Posts Tagged ‘savior jesus christ’

Que Sera Sera

Jul 25

by Victoria Robinson

In the Alfred Hitchcock movie, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Doris Day sang her now infamous song, Que Sera Sera.  She sang these words to her son who at the time could never have imagined he would soon become the victim of a kidnapper. Her idyllic life would soon be transformed into a terrifying nightmare.

Que Sera, Sera,

Whatever will be, will be

The future’s not ours to see

 Que Sera, Sera,

What will be, will be. 

This song echoes the divine providence of the Lord in the truth that He is the One who is ultimately in charge and the only One who really knows our future. Our Lord and Savior made this perfectly clear to a man who was rich and was making his own plans. Jesus said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” The apostle James gave us this wisdom regarding our future, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 

After Daniel’s prophecy to King Nebuchadnezzar came true this humbled king said of the Lord, “He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?”

While it is true that the Lord will do as He pleases, we as His children are in a wonderful position to approach Him with boldness and confidence and ask for His help. It is of the utmost importance that as we make requests to our heavenly Father, we do it in the same manner as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  When confronted with the horrendous reality of death on the cross He uttered these now famous words, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” This same attitude should be in our hearts as we boldly approach our heavenly Father. As was the case of Jesus, sometimes our Lord will not take the “cup” from us, but allow difficult things to happen in our life not only for our good, but the good of others. 

Then again, there are certainly times when our whole course of life will be altered because of a request we make to the Lord. In the book of James we see  the importance of making requests to the Lord. James said, “You do not have, because you do not ask God.” He further states that their motives should be right when asking our Lord for something. 

The infamous story of a lady named Hannah found in the book of First Samuel exemplifies how a godly lady boldly approached the Lord with her request. Hannah was so distressed after not being able to conceive that she came before the Lord in bitterness of soul weeping and praying to the LORD. The Lord not only gave her a son, but God rewarded Hannah’s piety and faithfulness with three more sons and two daughters. While we cannot know for certainty what Hannah’s future would have held had she not cried out to the Lord, perhaps she never would have received the blessing of children. 

So as we ponder the words of Doris Day, “Whatever will be will be, the future’s not ours, to see.” let us trust in the divine providence of the One who created us and has our best interests in mind. 

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would boldly approach the throne of God with our requests understanding that His answer is going to be perfect. 

And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ ~ Luke 12:16-20 NIV 

At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?” At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.  ~ Daniel 4:34-37 NIV 

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. ~ Hebrews 4:14-16 NIV

In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. ~ Ephesians 3:12 NIV

Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done. ~ Luke 22:42 NIV

… You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. ~ James 4:2-3 NIV 

In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the LORD. And she made a vow, saying, “O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” As she kept on praying to the LORD, Eli observed her mouth. Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk and said to her, “How long will you keep on getting drunk? Get rid of your wine.” “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.” Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast. Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the LORD and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her. So in the course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the LORD for him.” ~ 1 Samuel 1:10-20 NIV

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” ~ James 4:13-15 NIV 

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. ~ 1 John 5:14-15

Celebrate Freedom!

Jul 04

Celebrate Freedom 060411by Victoria Robinson

Oh girlfriends, the irony just cannot go unnoticed when the apostle Paul tells us, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” Is not this the same man who spent so much of his ministry in prison? Yet here we have a man celebrating freedom—freedom from the sinful life he had previously known before his encounter with the Savior.

Paul then goes on to tell us, “For you have been called to live in freedom—not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature …” The apostle James admonishes us that freedom comes from obedience  when he says, “But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.” The psalmist also tells us freedom requires obedience when he writes these wonderful words, “I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.”

All of these truths encourage us that regardless of our circumstances true freedom comes about through personal proper behavior. The responsibility to be free lies within each of us. Sin is a choice that will imprison our souls—obedience will set us free.

Dearest girlfriends, let us celebrate the freedom from sin that we have through our relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. ~ Galatians 5:1 NIV
 
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. ~ 2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV
 
For you have been called to live in freedom—not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love. ~ Galatians 5:13 NLT
 
I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. ~ Psalm 119:45 NIV
 
But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. ~ James 1:25 NIV
 
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 6:15-23 NIV

Wait … Before You Speak …

May 14

by Victoria Robinson

The strong leader and prophet Nehemiah, set a wonderful example of being slow to speak for us all to follow. After hearing the distressful news that his fellow Israelites were in trouble, he immediately prayed. Not so amazing since that is the usual action one would expect of a godly man. However, following this scenario is something quite interesting concerning prayer. When King Artaxerxes notices Nehemiah’s sadness and ask him what he wanted, Nehemiah does not just blurt out the overflow of pain in his heart. Instead, he pauses to pray before answering the king. We would do well to follow his example.

These two incidents are actually separated by three months. Nehemiah was a man with a strong conviction of the power of prayer and had prayed during this three-month period. One of his request was for God to grant him favor with King Artaxerxes. After praying for three months it would be easy to think he was “prayed up” and ready to speak up. Not this man who took prayer so seriously—he thought one more prayer was important enough to keep the king waiting.

Our Lord and Savior was an expert at not hurrying to blurt out the thoughts He held so tightly inside. When Pilate questioned Jesus where He was from, He did not immediately answer. When this was taking place, can’t you just imagine how uncomfortable the situation was as Jesus remained silent.

Girlfriends, we tend to look more at our horizontal relationships than our more important vertical relationship—our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It would seem that Nehemiah being the cupbearer to King Artaxerxes, a very intimate relationship, would have just blurted out his needs to this powerful man. Instead he trusted more in his vertical relationship with his all-powerful God. A great example to remind us of the power of prayer.

Dearest girlfriends, let us always consider the importance of prayer before we speak.

The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so that I can rebuild it.” ~ Nehemiah 2:4-5 NIV
 
When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” ~ John 19:8-11 NIV
 
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert … ~ Ephesians 6:18 NIV

Days of Darkness—Nights of Light

Feb 12

by Victoria Robinson

I love the dark of night, but only when I can balance it with the beauty of light. I enjoy lighting my home and have dimmer switches everywhere to obtain just the right glow. My favorite lamp is an antique stained glass light that hangs in my foyer. It is very special to me because it hung in my grandparent’s home when I was a child. After I purchased my first house, my grandmother graciously gave it to me. At night I enjoy the warm glow and memories provided by this sentimental possession.

However, there is a night coming when I will no longer need any lamps because there will never be darkness. That time will come when I enter into a glorious place called Heaven. Yet, as long as I reside here on this earth I desperately need good (and sometimes sentimental) lighting. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ came to earth to bring all he light I need. He said, “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” Only through the mercy of His light am I able to cope with the dark days I experience here on earth. His light is wonderful and provides a glow during difficult times.

Girlfriends, if you are walking in some darkness right now, allow the heavenly lighting provided by your Lord and Savior to illuminate your way. Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would be reminded of the provision of His light that glows in our dark nights.

However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all. But let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. … ~ Ecclesiastes 11:8 NIV
 
There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. ~ Revelation 22:5 NIV
 
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. …. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. ~ Revelation 21:23,25 NIV
 
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. ~ 1 John 1:5-7 NIV
 
Then Jesus cried out, … I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. ~ John 12:44,46 NIV
 
Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. … So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. ~ Hebrews 10:32-34 NIV

Sleep Sweetly Girlfriends

Feb 11

by Victoria Robinson  

The thought of sweet sleep is heavenly. Our heavenly Father loves us so much and is the One who enables us to have sweet sleep. He is our protector, the One who brings peace to our hearts, the One who calms the storms in our lives.  

I reside in Florida and a few years ago there were four major hurricanes in one season. I shall always remember lying on my bed at night with the blinds open so that I could keep watch on the storm. On the other hand, my “concerned” husband slept peacefully through all the wind, rain, and my fear. He always jokingly likens himself to someone else who slept peacefully through a storm—our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the book of Mark we see a story of Jesus resting in sweet sleep during a storm. His disciples were in fear of their very lives while he was not bothered at all. After His companions awoke Him, He stilled the wind and waves, then proceeded to chide the disciples for their lack of faith. Hmmm … sounds like what He would say to me when I do not sleep in peace because of my problems.  

King Solomon wisely wrote, “a dream comes when there are many cares …” I have awoken many more mornings than I care to admit with stressful dreams on my mind. This always happens just like King Solomon said it would—when I have many cares. The psalmist gives us a great remedy to this problem when he says, “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you …”  

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would place our trust in God and allow sweet sleep to come and refresh our bodies, minds, and spirits.  

At this, I woke up and looked around. My sleep had been very sweet. ~ Jeremiah 31:26 NLT  

I lay down and slept. I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side. ~ Psalm 3:5-6 NLT  

A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” ~ Mark 4:37-40 NIV  

 As a dream comes when there are many cares … ~ Ecclesiastes 5:3 NIV

  

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. ~ Psalm 55:22 NIV

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. ~ Psalm 4:8 NIV  

Ahhh … Perfection!

Feb 01

Ahh Perfection 020111by Victoria Robinson

Chasing perfection can be an illusion. While perfection is always a wonderful goal to try to attain, it is sometimes elusive as in the case of attaining sinlessness apart from the pure grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Though when it comes to our prayer life it is possible to pray in perfection. In the book of First John the apostle John tells us that if we pray anything according to God’s will, we know whatever we ask for will come true. This is the only way we can pray in perfection. In the book of Romans the apostle Paul tells us the key to understanding God’s perfect will. He admonishes us to not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. Success in this can only come through understanding the Word of God, as this is what transforms us.

Girlfriends, do you have needs in your life where you do not know what the perfect prayer would be? If so, delve deeply into the written words of your heavenly Father and find out what His perfect will is. Then pray with the confidence that comes from the Word of God.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray (with confidence) we would desire to know our heavenly Father’s perfect will and then proceed to pray in perfection.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.  ~ 1 John 5:14-15 NIV
 
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. ~ Romans 12:2 NIV

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

Easy Living

Dec 11

by Victoria Robinson

In the 1937 classic comedy, Easy Living, we find the leading lady, Mary Smith, broke and in dire circumstances. Through some very funny events, Mary, who is still broke, soon finds herself living in a luxury apartment. Mary is living an easy life, even though her life is imperfect. By the end of the movie Mary finds true happiness.

Does an easy life mean an idyllic life? According to a story found in the book of Jeremiah, not necessarily so. Imagine living as an exile from your homeland, yet still having an easy life. Sounds like a paradox doesn’t it? Here we find the Israelites having been carried into exile by God, the one no less, telling them to live a wonderful life. The truth we can take from this is to look at our lives right now, no matter how difficult, and look for the good things God has for us.

Jesus himself told us, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Yet He also told us, “In this world you will have trouble.” He also went on to say, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Dearest girlfriends, I pray that no matter how imperfect our lives are, we would look for the “easy living” found in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
 
This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” ~ Jeremiah 29:4-7 NIV 
 
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33 NIV
 
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. ~ Matthew 6:34 NIV