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In Your Father’s House – There Is Unconditional Love!

-And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son [I no longer deserve to be recognized as a son of yours]! But the father said to his bond servants, Bring quickly the best robe (the festive robe of honor) and put it on him; and give him a ring for his hand and sandals for his feet bring out that [wheat-]fattened calf and kill it; and let us revel and feast and be happy and make merry, Because this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!

-Luke 15:21-23


Hey Neighbor,

I remember as  naive teenager, I couldn’t wait to break free from the nest…that was my parents’ house. I was the youngest of three and both my older siblings had already left home, had both gotten married and had begun to have children and homes of their own.

I thought I was also ready and prepared to manage my own life, but like many of us,  I had no clue how difficult it would be to make it on my own…and like many I found that without the financial support of my family, I could not make it. From time to time, I needed to be able to lean on mother and father… and many times I needed them to hold me up…and because they loved me, they did so, unconditionally…And I thank God for them!

Do you Remember the parable of the prodigal son? Luke 15:11-32

The Father in this story had two sons and his younger son decided that it was time for him to break free from the family nest, so he packed up his his things, took his inheritance, and left his father’s house.

Well, this naive young man found that he did not have much success without his father around to lean upon…and although his father had given him his portion of his inheritance, he found himself broke (financially) and broken (of heart)…literally sitting in a messy pigsty. Luke tells us he was sent to the pig pen by a stranger because he was homeless, he had no where to go…he had sinned and had recklessly spent his fortune and found himself so hungry…and so desperate that instead of feeding  the pigs, he would rather have eaten the pigs’ carob pods himself,  if it would have diminished the pangs of hunger.

Jesus is our story teller here…teaching us a parable…a lesson about morality…reminding us that when this boy finally came to himself…he remembered his father and the support available to him in his father’s house. He remembered that in his father’s house, even the servants were not of want and suffered no lack… yet here he was…a young man who had been accustomed to an especially extravagant lifestyle, was now living in a total state of desperation.

Jesus tells us that there had come a famine and this boy had fallen behind and was in a state of great want…He wanted to go home!!

He had found himself in need of many things…things that his father could provide for him…safety, food, shelter, clothing etc…But what he needed most of all was unconditional love, although he had made such a terrible mess of his life…

Well, if you know how the story ends, We learn that this prodigal son did receive the unconditional love of his father, who had welcomed his son back home with opened arms.

Are you ready to come home??

Have you yet come to reality, finding yourself sitting in the ‘mess-of-a-life’ that you have made? Have you fallen behind, dragging your feet in the guilt and condemnation of sin, because Satan has lied to you, telling you that you are not worthy of God’s love?

Well the truth is: You don’t have to wallow in that pigsty any longer. God has been watching and waiting for you to come to yourself and to get up and drag yourself on back home, where you can always lean on Him. He will hold you up and stabilize Your Life, because He Loves You!!

He is waiting and will receive you with His Unconditional Love…all you have to do is just Repent…turn away from the sin that has enslaved you for a time…and return to God Today!

Your Loving Father awaits You with His Arms Wide-Open!!

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Thanks For Stopping By…Until next time,

Remember….

God Loves You and So Do I!!

-Tam

 

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God Has Heard Your Cries and He Has Sent Deliverance!!

-LORD, HOW they are increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. Many are saying of me, There is no help for him in God. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. With my voice I cry to the Lord, and He hears and answers me out of His holy hill. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that.

Psalms 3:1-4

 

Hey Neighbor,

The Lord sits high upon his throne and looks low onto the earth at His people. He sees our tears. He’s witness to our suffering and his hands long to remove the heaviness of the world from our failing flesh. He says Look unto me, reach out your hand and take upon my yoke and release the hefty weight of your burdensome load. Cry out to me! Ask me for help! I hold the heart of the king in my hands and I can turn it in your favor or I can crush it, if in his vain, futile rebellion he does not submit.

Remember God always wins and He also causes us to triumph…as one songwriter says…that means He makes Us win!!

Look at the Hebrews that suffered under Pharoah in Egypt…day after day, their baby boys were being mercilessly thrown into the River Nile, but the cries of those weeping mothers had mounted up to the heavens and were heard at the throne of Grace. And God, in His mercy, sent deliverance…In the form of a beautiful baby boy who’s own little life was spared as he floated down the River Nile in a papyrus basket, bound for Pharoah’s household. He was no doubt an answer to the cries of a barren mother, Pharaoh’s daughter. She received him as her own son, in spite of him being a Hebrew child, and he was raised up as a prince in Pharaoh’s house. But as he grew…he could not bear to watch the oppressive treatment of his people, so he rebelled and would not submit to the will of his father, Pharoah, who had enslaved the Hebrews under the burdensome task of resurrecting monuments to celebrate his idolatrous rule and reign in this World. But Our God, The One who rules and reigns on high, once again heard the sound of the groans and cries that had stretched up to heaven although He had already seen firsthand the needless suffering of his ‘special’ people…Those whom he had handpicked and whom He had called ‘His Own.’ He saw how they had been misused and mistreated and forced to serve Pharaoh, who in his own vain imaginations, believed that he was the god over these People. Pharaoh had boldly usurped God’s authority, making himself Lord and King over those who were not ‘his own!’ He had no idea that he was merely a pawn on the Chess Game of God! God was using Pharaoh, hardening his Stone-cold heart as a means to turn the hearts of His Chosen People, Israel, back to Him.

Neighbor, God also holds your heart in his hand…does it beat for Him? Does it thirst for the life-giving blood of Jesus? Is it occupied by the presence of the Holy Spirit?

If Your answers are No!…Then You can change all of that right now!! God Loves You and It is not His will that you should continue to suffer.

God Has Heard Your Cries and He has Sent Deliverance!!

God Gave to You His Only Son, Jesus!!
And Jesus came to Give You Life…and Life More Abundantly!!

You can submit to God’s Will today, by receiving Jesus Christ as Your Personal Savior. There’s no hard work involved…if you will simply believe that Jesus Christ is the Resurrected Son of God. And confess with your mouth that “Jesus is Lord!” and Ask him to be the The King and Lord of Your Life….then instantly, Your heart will beat and circulate the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ into your Soul, as the Holy Spirit takes up residence in your own spirit, insuring that You have received God’s Salvation.

God is Listening…Cry out to Him today and receive Jesus!!

Give Him Your Heart and He will give You Everlasting Life!!

Thanks For Stopping By, Neighbor!
Until Next a Time, Remember…

God Loves You and So Do I!!
-Tam

 

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Healing Hands!!

Hey Neighbor,

I was flipping through the channels the other night, when I saw a young couple sitting together in their doctor’s office holding their little baby and the doctor sitting with them preparing them for horrific news in regards to the fate of their little baby, who had been rejecting food of any type including formula. The parents were extremely concerned and had requested that the doctor quickly run every test possible to find out why and treat the baby. Unfortunately the doctor had discovered that the problem was that the baby had a rare liver enzyme that was not treatable. He was sitting there with the couple in his office trying to figure out how to tell this young couple to take their baby home to die. This was during the Christmas holidays, so the couple had decided to wait to tell the other family members about the tragic findings until after Christmas. Now on Christmas evening, the baby’s uncle was awakened by a voice that told him to get up and go to his brother’s house to lay hands on the baby’s stomach and pray for that baby. Long Story Short….he was obedient! He had gotten out of bed, gotten dressed and surprised his brother and sister-in-law with his late evening visit, asking to spend some time alone with his niece. They agreed and he held the baby, sang to the baby, and finally laid her down on the couch. He then placed his hands on her little stomach and prayed for her to be able to eat and for insides to function properly. It wasn’t until the next morning when the wife screamed out for the husband that he found his wife and baby in the nursery together and their baby girl was nursing. God had sent this man to pray for this sweet child, he was obedient and God had healed her. Wow!! But what happens if God awakens you with directions to go and pray for the most treacherous, heartless person that you know of?? Will you be obedient?? Do you think that you could actually leave your home, enter that persons door who you despise passionately, and lay hands on him and pray for healing and blessings?

Well let’s take a look at Ananias…a man who was called to do just so…He was instructed by God to go and pray for Mr. Persecutor, himself- Saul of Tarsus!!

In our next Lesson, We will look at Acts 9:1-22 To Learn more about This Persecutor of Saints and the Disciple called to Lay healing hands on such a sinner.

Thanks for Stopping By,

God Loves You and So Do I!!

-Tam

 

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I WILL MISS YOU, MOTHER!!

Isaiah 61:10

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness.

Hey Neighbor,

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I lost my Beloved Mother, Tangee Sherree Horton on last Monday, February 27th. She past away quietly in her home with a smile on her face…accompanied by the Angels!!
When I last saw her in January, we had a lovely visit together. We had spoken on the phone several times since my brother had passed away in February of 2015, but she had a tendency to become reclusive at times, shutting herself away during times of trouble.
Anyway…we stood out in the brisk air….where we hugged and we cried. I told her I loved her and that I missed her. I told her that I didn’t want to be separated from her, nor did I want anyone to keep us separated anymore…and she agreed!

She warmed my heart when she called me beautiful…I told her it was because when I see my reflection…I see You!! We ate lunch together and shared photos. She got a chance to hear her granddaughter sing (phone video) and she was wowed by Alexandria’s voice.
As she listened to Allie’s song, She looked up from the video, smiling and she said, There’s nothing like family!!
My mother was a very solemn, private woman…she was never around many people, other than the family that she loved so much, but for many years she was saddened and troubled by the loss of her most precious loved ones.
She had missed and mourned her Madear
She mourned her Dad, Thel
She mourned her Beloved Grandmother, Lollie C.
She mourned her darling husband and our dad, Hubert
She mourned her brother, Brantley.
And finally, She was left to mourn her only Son, Hubert the III, but today we praise God because there are no more tears for her to shed. She’s not in this box…She’s Free!!
Free of the Trouble’s of this ol’ World!!

And Our Father God has received her into heaven…where Jesus Has clothed her with the reward of salvation and robed her in His righteousness.
And for that I cry…Hallelujah!!

Thanks So Much for Stopping By!!

‘Till Next Time, Remember…

God Loves You And So Do I!!

-Tam

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Can’t Sleep…Read the Psalms!!

-I am weary with my groaning; all night I soak my pillow with tears, I drench my couch with my weeping. My eye grows dim because of grief; it grows old because of all my enemies
(Psalms 6:6)

Hey Neighbor,

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Did you know that David wrote most of the 150 Psalms? This was his mental/emotional therapy as he suffered through the greatest trials of his life. Read Psalms 6:6 above again….

Here David describes his own experience with insomnia and great mourning. Notice that he describes a night, devoid of sleep. I can imagine that his eyes were red and heavy with bags underneath because he tells us that he has been awake all night crying intensely. Of course his pillow is not literally soaked, nor his bed flooded, but David wants us to know that he has had a long, tear-filled night, crying out to God for fear of his enemies.

Well, like David, I needed some mental/emotional therapy also, because I’ve been battling some health issues and I’ve found myself struggling with my own bouts of insomnia…For hours and hours, through what seemed like endless night after endless night, My mind would just race like crazy with thoughts of impending doom, until I finally decided to take the Holy Spirit’s advice to calm myself, during my long worry-filled nights with a Psalm to Lord, so I wrote my own psalm….After all, a psalm is simply a poem, only it was written to be sung to the Lord as a hymn. It is a poem that reveals the emotional intensity of someone’s personal experience with suffering and/or sometimes celebration…We’ll, I certainly would have rathered be awake at 3am celebrating, but unfortunately, my experience was that of suffering…Here’s my Psalm!!
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Your life for mine, the ghost You gave
and my wretched sins, yes You forgave
So that the windows of my soul might see your face,
‘Til then I abide in that secret place
Awaiting the day my eyes behold Your Light,
sitting next to my Father- just there at His right
Grasping tightly to Your word, Lord I still stand
Praying for the mercy of your healing hand
Though sudden death lurks all about
And it’s hard for me to silence the doubt
I’ve questioned your will because of my fear
Still believing You know me and my prayers You still hear
I know it’s Not long before Your Love is revealed
And I’ll will shout to the world,
YES, I am healed!!!

I hope that you were comforted by my Psalm and that it re-stimulates your confidence in God and reminds You that He is still with You, even in your time of trouble…when His voice seems silent and when it seems His face cannot be found…He wants Us to lay our worries and concerns upon Him…not within Ourselves…lest anxiety take root in Our lives.

So, Remember This…As I am also reminded by the Holy Spirit!!
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-You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ – eternal and glorious plans they are! – will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does!!
(1 Peter 5:8)

And Remember This Also….

God Loves You and So Do I!!
-Tam

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Slay Your Giants with the Sword of the Spirit!!

-For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,-
(2 Corinthians 10:4)

Hey Neighbor,

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As I was reading through 1 Samuel chapter 17 this morning, I was particularly taken in by verses 49-51. It just reminds me again that the weapons of our warfare are not physical, but spiritual!! When we use God’s word against our enemies, we are able to slay our dragons…and just like Goliath,…The Bigger they are, the Harder they Fall!!

So often when We have heard the story of how David defeated the giant Goliath, We have been lead to believe that David killed Goliath with only a slingshot and a stone, but when We read verse 49, scripture tells Us that after that stone sank into Goliath’s forehead, Goliath just fell on his face….verse 51 goes on to tell Us that Goliath was not killed until David drew the sword to cut off his head…

So what does that mean to You?

Well, again we must realize that, contrary to what most of Us have been taught, Goliath was not slain by a stone…but he was slain by the sword, i. e. the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

Remember is verse 23, When that arrogant Goliath made his daily debut, he would come out before the Philistine armies everyday, ‘talking trash’ and spiritually intimidating the Israelite armies. Verse 24 tells Us that the men of Israel were terrified at Goliath’s approach and they fled from him.

There was not one spiritual giant in the Israelite army that had the courage and boldness to talk back to this oversized devil, except for David.

Now David knew God and he knew God’s Word and although he had come, armed for battle with sling and stone, he first came prophesying…and speaking out against Goliath with the Words that could have only come from the Spirit of the Lord that was upon him.

In Verse 45, David says, “I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel, Whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will smite you and cut off your head.

I can hear David now, “Ok Goliath! Whenever you get done talking Trash, I’m gonna cut you down today with my handy dandy slingshot, in the Name of the God of Israel…then I’m gonna put that big head of yours on a platter!!

So David aimed for Goliath’s forehead and took him down with the stone, but it was the Sword that caused the fatal blow to Goliath. David Cut Goliath down with God’s Words!!

So when those oversized demons come against you ‘talking trash,’ reminding You of Your past transgressions, replaying painful defeats, and stirring up old wounds…Just CUT him!!

CUT him down with the Word of God!!

And as You take the time to read 1 Samuel Chapter 17, notice that scripture goes on to tell Us in verse 51 that after the backup soldiers of the Philistine armies saw that the mighty Goliath was defeated, they fled.

I Love That!!

So that means…that Not only can You use the Word to CUT off that GIANT demon’s neck, but then…You can also put his little backup demons on the run!!

In Jesus’ Name!!

-So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you-(James 4:7)

Thanks For Stopping By…Until We Meet Again,

God Loves You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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Go Up and Possess Your Promise!!

‘Go Up And Possess Your Promise!!’

Hey Neighbor,

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If the word F.E.A.R. was an acronym, those 4 letters would represent these 4 words: FORGET- Everything- And- RUN!!

You see, that’s exactly how satan wants us to respond during our trials and tribulations. He wants Us to forget everything that God has done for Us and all that He’s brought Us through and RUN away from God.

Take a Read through the book of Numbers, Chapters 13 and 14 and You will see that the Israelites were afraid to face-off against their enemies in the land of Canaan and were ready to RUN right back to Egypt…right back into bondage and captivity.

Why??

Because they were afraid of the Giants that inhabited the Promised Land. The people had believed the evil report given by 10 of the 12 scouts, who had returned from spying out the land of Canaan. These 10 Scouts returned with tales of men of great strength and stature and projected devastation for the Israelites. So the people, believing that they would become prey to their enemies, sought out a captain amongst them to lead them back to Egypt.

You see, the people had indeed FORGOTTEN the Wonders of God. They had FORGOTTEN how God caused Pharaoh to loose them from slavery with His mighty hand. They had FORGOTTEN how God had rescued them from Pharaoh’s advancing army, as He divided the Waters of the Red Sea. They had FORGOTTEN how God had caused them to walk through the midst of the Red Sea on dry shod…that means their shoes didn’t even get wet!!

WOW!!

Oh…but the other 2 Scouts returned with a different report.

Joshua and Caleb’s report did not include tales about the size and the strength of the inhabitants, but their report was specifically about the land. In verse 13:7, the 2 scouts reported that the land was ‘Exceedingly Good!!’ Caleb even states that…13:30, “We are well able to Conquer it.”

So why was Joshua and Caleb’s report so ‘different,’ in contrast??

Hadn’t All 12 of them been together during those same forty days…and hadn’t they spied out the same territory together??

Well, Verse 14:24 tells Us that Caleb and Joshua had a ‘different kind’ of spirit.

You see, Joshua and Caleb Followed God fully and trusted Him completely; leaning on Him…relying on Him…and clinging to His every Word!! They Believed God when He said that, “I am Giving this land to You!!” They believed God by Faith and through their spiritual eyes, they had already visualized themselves taking Possession of Their Promise!! In Verse 13:30, Caleb says, “Let Us Go Up At Once and Possess it.”

Sure!! They may have sensed fear!
Sure!!…they may have even agreed that they looked like grasshoppers in comparison the the Sons of Anak…but unlike the other 10 spies, Joshua and Caleb did not FORGET God and refused to RUN from their Giants.

They remembered how The Lord had passed over their door posts in Egypt and did not allow the destroyer to come into their houses to slay their firstborn.

They remembered how The Lord fought Pharaoh for their freedom and completely delivered them out of his hands.

…And now, they were confidently expecting that God would cause them to triumph over these giants, as well.

They believed that God would cause them to Go up and Possess the land…the land that He had promised them.

It was that ‘different spirit’ that caused Joshua and Caleb to grab hold to God’s Promises and they were prepared to RUN upon their Giants and slay them, like King David…’In the Name of the Lord!!’
1 Samuel 17:45

It was that ‘different spirit’ that was upon Caleb and Joshua that said to them, “F.E.A.R. not The Giants in the Land…But Go Up At Once and Possess Your Promise!!”

Thanks For Stopping By…Until We Meet Again,

God Loves You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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