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Let’s Start Over!

Jan 09

by Victoria Robinson

In the beginning … ahhh those famous first words recorded in the book of Genesis. Beginnings so often start with a sense of great hope and wonderment. This was the fresh starts of all fresh starts. A blank canvas with limitless possibilities. Girlfriends, don’t you just love a fresh start? A chance to begin anew with no past mistakes. There are times when we just need to start over.

Spiritually speaking, a new beginning is found in the book of John. That new beginning is found in putting our faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The apostle Paul spoke of this transforming faith in the book of Titus. he said, “… a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time …” Acknowledging that a new life is only possible through Jesus Christ is the only way to have a fresh start. In fact, Jesus said to a man named Nicodemus, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” Born again—let’s start over! If this is your desire, click on this Heaven link and learn more. Heaven

If you already have a relationship with Jesus Christ then you surely know what a wonderful feeling it is to be able to “wipe the slate clean” and start over. King David came to a place in his life when he desperately needed to start over. Troubles surrounded him due to his disintegration into a sinful life. The enemy of his soul had enticed him to indulge in lustfully gazing upon a beautiful woman named Bathsheba. This led to sleeping with her apart from marriage as set forth in the Word of God. Once it becomes known to him that Bathsheba is pregnant, we see the actions of a desperate man. So panicked by his circumstances that he engaged in a murderous plot to kill Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah. If ever a person needed to start over it was King David.

The good news is David repented and turned his heart back to the Lord. David’s fresh start resulted in the Lord speaking these kind words about him after his departure from this world, “… walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness …”

King David whose life was ravaged by his sinful choices, but who got a fresh start from the heavenly Father, has been memorialized by the Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus.  He wrote, “David was truly a man after God’s own heart.”

This is an encouraging story when we reach a point in our life where we need a new beginning. If that is where you are today, then praying the very words King David prayed after he repented are appropriate. In the book of Psalms David wrote, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

Near the end of Lamentations, a book of poetry written to lament the destruction of Jerusalem, the prophet Jeremiah makes a plea to the Lord. He says, “Bring us back to you! Give us a fresh start.” What a wonderful way to cry out to the Lord when we have a remorseful heart and want to start over!

Dearest girlfriends, let us turn our hearts towards our heavenly Father and receive a new beginning.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. ~ Genesis 1:1-2 NIV
 
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. … The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. ~ John 1:1-2,14 NIV
 
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, ~ Titus 1:1-2 NIV
 
Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.” In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. ~ John 3:1-6 NIV
 
… walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness … ~ 1 Kings 9:4 NKJV
 
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, …  Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. ~ Psalm 51:1-4,7-12 NIV
 
Bring us back to you! Give us a fresh start. ~ Lamentations 5:21 CEV

Are You a Big Person?

Mar 06

by Victoria Robinson

There is a story of a person of small stature who became a big person after an encounter with our Lord and Savior. This amazing change started with a sycamore-fig tree. Our little friend Zacchaeus climbed up in the tree so that he might get a glimpse of Jesus. Much to his surprise, Jesus looked right up at him and invited himself over to his house. Zacchaeus excitedly welcomed him to his house and did something that would transform him from a little person to a big person. He repented of his sins! Zacchaeus said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” His repentance led to salvation. Jesus told him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Notice that Zacchaeus not only repented with his words, but also his deeds. The apostle Luke told us we should prove our repentance with our deeds when he said, “… I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.”

When you think about a big person I bet you think about someone in your life you admire greatly spiritually speaking. Height of stature has nothing to do with having spiritual stature. The Lord told Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Girlfriends, whether you are saved or lost, showing the Lord you have a repentant heart is a sure way to become a big person. If you need salvation to come to your house today click on this Heaven link. If you are already saved it is still important to have a repentant heart. Dearest girlfriends, let us become a big person right now by repenting of any sins in our life.

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.’” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” ~ Luke 19:1-10 NIV
… I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds. ~ Acts 26:19 NIV
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” ~ 1 Samuel 16:7 NKJV
… Your sins have been your downfall! Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips. ~ Hosea 14:1-2 NIV
The high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts. ~ Isaiah 57:15 NLT

Every Cinderella Has Her Midnight

Jan 06

by Victoria Robinson

In the 1939 screwball comedy, Midnight, Claudette Colbert plays Eve Peabody a down and out American singer who impersonates Hungarian royalty in order to infiltrate the Parisian jet set.  John Barrymore plays the very rich, George Flammarion, who knows Eve is pretending to be someone she is not. He engages her to help him with a scheme of his own. At one point in this charade she tells him, “You forget, every Cinderella has her midnight.” Soon enough, he warns her, “It’s midnight!”, meaning she has been found out.

The Word of God warns us that pretending to be someone we are not will result in our own “midnight”. Midnight came for the Pharisees when Jesus confronted them about their pretentious spirituality. Midnight also came for the man who showed off his false spirituality in the book of Luke.

Some ways the Word of God shows people pretending to be something they were not are:

  • People posing as being spiritually mature. (Boasting about righteousness is not mature.)
  • People posing as being godly for their prayers. (They were only trying to impress others.)
  • People posing as generous givers. (A true generous giver does not tell everyone.)
  • People posing as Christians. (They only did this to hurt the Apostle Paul.)

While all of these are wrong, the saddest of these is pretending to be a Christian. The “midnight” that is coming for that person will be eternal damnation in hell. If you do not have the assurance of eternal life, please click on the Heaven link and find out how you can receive God’s wonderous gift of Heaven. Heaven 

Scheming to get our way and pride are two reasons we pretend to be something we are not. Girlfriends, there is a sense of freedom when we quit masquerading as someone else. Think about it. It takes a lot of effort keep the spiritual mask on. Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would allow our heavenly Father to search our hearts and eliminate any pretentious behavior in our lives.

But evil people who pretend to be what they are not will become worse than ever, as they fool others and are fooled themselves. ~ 2 Timothy 3:13 CEV
 
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. … “Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them ‘Rabbi.’ ~ Matthew 23:1-3,5-7 NIV
 
To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” ~ Luke 18:9-14 NIV
 
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. ~ Matthew 6:16-18 NIV
 
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. ~ Matthew 6:2-4 NIV
 
Some, of course, are preaching the Good News because they are jealous of the way God has used me. They want reputations as fearless preachers! … And some preach to make me jealous, thinking that their success will add to my sorrows here in jail! ~ Philippians 1:15,17 TLB
 
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ ~ Matthew 7:21-23 NIV
 
The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out. ~ Proverbs 10:9 NIV

A Heavenly Affair

Dec 25

by Victoria Robinson

There once was a man who was a member of a royal wedding party. What an honor it must have been to have a heavenly connection to this royal event, to be chosen to be part of the wedding party as Jesus Christ prepares for His bride. This honor was given to Jesus’ cousin, John. You probably know him as John the Baptist. This man was sent by God to prepare the way for Jesus.

Good news girlfriends! It is not to late to get an invitation to the wedding. And hold on to your party dresses for this … you have been asked to be the bride. Your prospective groom is knocking at your door with a proposal and waiting for your answer. If you answer yes, He is going to come in and dine with you. What a glorious affair that will be. If you have not entered into this relationship, this is your opportunity. The Word of god tells us, “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

If you have already said yes to this glorious marriage proposal, you need to busy yourself making preparations for the wedding. Oh girlfriends! So much to do! You will be wearing a wedding dress made of pure and shining linen. This linen stands for the good things you have done. So get busy preparing yourself  by living a godly life. Understand, living right is not what gets you into heaven. Heaven is a free gift given to you by your bridegroom, Jesus. Though God did tell us to live a life worthy of the calling of Jesus Christ.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray if you have never become the bride of Christ, today you would invite Him into your heart. Click this link: Heaven. If, like myself you are already the bride of Christ, I pray we would spend our days preparing for the heavenly wedding!

To this John replied, “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.’ The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. ~ John 2:27-29 NIV

It is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”— “a voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. … And this was his message: “After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” ~ Mark 1:2-5,7-8 NIV  

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. ~ Revelation 3:20 NIV

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. ~ Romans 10:9-10 NIV  

I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride with her jewels. ~ Isaiah 61:10 NLT

I celebrate and shout because of my Lord God. His saving power and justice are the very clothes I wear. They are more beautiful than the jewelry worn by a bride or a groom. ~ Isaiah 61:10 CEV
… “Praise the Lord! Our Lord God All-Powerful now rules as king. So we will be glad and happy and give him praise. The wedding day of the Lamb is here, and his bride is ready. She will be given a wedding dress made of pure and shining linen. This linen stands for the good things God’s people have done.”Then the angel told me, “Put this in writing. God will bless everyone who is invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” The angel also said, “These things that God has said are true.” ~ Revelation 19:6-9 CEV
 
… I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. ~ Ephesians 4:1-3 NIV
 
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. ~ Revelation 22:17 NIV

Just Believe!

Dec 19

by Victoria Robinson

There are lots of things to believe in. The Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, even a rotund jolly man named Santa Claus. Yet the most important thing to believe in is really just a bunch of words. However, these are not ordinary words. These words are divine in nature and the most trustworthy things you can believe in. From these words come the ability to believe in all sorts of things. Your future, heaven, and most importantly, the creator of the universe.

To believe is to have faith. In the Greek, the word faith translates as pistis, which means to have conviction of the truth. That is where the words come in. Faith is the conviction of the words spoken by God.

The book of Romans states, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Do you really believe what you see when you read the Word of God? Remember, the Word of God is not a fairy tale. It is instead the divinely inspired words spoken from God. The Greek word for believe is pisteuo which means: to think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in.¹

We will be at peace when we come to the place in our lives where we believe, just simply believe every word we read in the Scriptures. Whether the divine words we are reading tell us about trusting our heavenly father for everyday decisions and provisions or something much loftier like a place called heaven.

The most important thing you can believe in is God and henceforth His Son, Jesus Christ. The Scriptures tell us that, “… if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” If you need to believe in Jesus Christ, click the Heaven link.  Heaven

Dearest girlfriends, I pray you would allow the words of God to be, “a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. ~ Hebrews 11:1 NIV
What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” ~ Romans 4:3 NIV
Every word of God is flawless; … ~ Proverbs 30:5 NIV
 
We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. … And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. ~ 2 Peter 1:16,19-21 NIV 
 
This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe. ~ 1 Timothy 4:9-10 NIV
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. ~ John 14:1-3 NIV
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. ~ Romans 10:9-10 NIV
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Hmmm … What Will Another Day Bring?

Dec 16

by Victoria Robinson

Another day is coming for all of us. Just what that day will bring depends a great deal upon you. While you reside here on this earth, another day will hold the consequences of your actions today. That can either be good or bad. When you have breathed your last breath on this earth there will be another day known as eternity. Again, your actions now will determine what that day will bring. The Word of God speaks about this as a day of rest for those who have a relationship with the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It also describes this day as a day of torment for those who have not received God’s gift of eternal life.

Girlfriends, make no mistake, God never told us that if we behave correctly, then there will only be good things in store for us. What He did tell us is that we will be rewarded for our good actions. You might perform great deeds today, and yet tomorrow have a rotten day. But, we are not to lose heart, for the reward of those good deeds will eventually come. One benefit we will always have immediately is a sense of peace, knowing we have conducted ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would take stock of our behavior and understand the consequences. If you are wondering what your eternity holds, click on the Heaven link and find out how to have eternal life. Heaven 

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. ~ Galatians 6:7-10 NIV
  
Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. ~ Hebrews 9:27-28 NIV
For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. ~ Hebrews 4:8-10 NIV 
 
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. ~ Revelation 21:1-4 NIV
 
Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. ~ Revelation 20:14-15 NIV
 
And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. ~ Revelation 20:10 NIV
 
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. ~ Philippians 1:27 NIV
 
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. ~ 2 Peter 3:10-14 NIV