Simple Truths

I wish I knew the plan of God in my life today!
Can we know the will of God for our life today?
How can we know the will of God for our life today?

Jesus is God’s will in action. Jesus came that we might have life and have that life more abundantly! John 10:10. Abundant means more than you will ever need! God wants us to have His abundance! He sent Jesus, specifically to deliver to us that abundant life! The action to His plan for your life today is through Jesus! CAN you know the will of God, if you know Jesus you already do! His plan and purpose was for you to recieve God’s will for your life! He is sitting at the right hand of His Father because He finished His part of God’s will! Your part is to believe it, recieve it, and live it! Abundantly!

Choose tunnel vision today and let that thought sink in, all else around you will seem less improtant and less overwhelming! And Peace will come when you believe, If you believe you will have Hope! If you have Hope you will be able to use your Faith! If you are in Faith you can have what you ask God for in Jesus name according to His will: if you believe…! This my friend is your confidence that you can know the will of God in your life today!1 John 5:14. That Simple!

There is no lack or need in Jesus; the perfect will God. When you get that YOU CAN rejoice in all things! THEN you can do ALL things in Jesus Christ; no matter what the devil and this world throws at you! That’s the plan!

3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” So if ask yourself this, “Will what I am asking God for prosper me according to His plan for my life?” Or; “Does God want to heal me?” According to God’s Will…Jesus, who is God’s will in action already provided it for you, you recieved it as part of the package if you are a child of God…There we go back to your part! Believe it! Recieve it! Live it! Abundantly!

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Many times we are not taught details in the Word that will renew our minds and encourage us in our walk of faith. Details such as this simple truth I thought about today while studying in Act 14.

Paul was a born again Christian just like you and I. If we take all the years out from between us and him, we can imagine Paul as a visiting preacher at our church or even a new neighbor down the street. The Apostles in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John however had something we didn’t have. They walked and talked with Jesus. They were taught how to be a Disciple of Christ straight from the source! But because of His resurrection and the gift of the Holy Ghost we can walk and talk with Him still today! The very same source that taught the Apostles! I find that encouraging! I know we have heard that but I have never comprehended that in my faith walk like I do today. Paul was taught the same way! Paul believed it just like I believe it today! Through Faith!

If you think about that for a minute you can see that Paul was just the same as you and I. We all have the opportunity to live a life like Paul did, because of who we are in Christ. Why don’t we then? Jesus taught His Apostles how to teach the Disciples of Christ and they were to go and teach others to be Disciples of Christ. Some might say that Paul had a miraculous encounter that caused him to be saved. There are many of us that can testify that Jesus miraculously saved us! Paul had to choose that day to obey and follow after God or stay in fear and live in blindness all those years ago. We have that same choice to obey and follow after God or stay in fear and live in blindness in the same way… today!

Paul, you and I all chose to follow after God and daily He through the Holy Ghost shows us how to follow after Him and live free of fear and He opened our blind eyes so that we can see the way He made for us. We have the choice to pick up our Bible and to pray, to sit and fellowship and teach others the “details” God shows us in His Word…details that renew our minds and change our life. It is only by choice that we believe, learn and share with each other all God has for us just as the Apostles did with Paul. Jesus intended us to be Disciples of Christ but we have to be taught! When was the last time you gathered with a group of people to simply share about God and all that He has done for us? To teach and to learn from each other the truths that set us free? People, that is a major key of where we are missing it today compared to Paul’s day. We are busy and have many “toys” to keep our minds on, when we should be keeping our minds stayed on Jesus, our salvation and His restoration message!

Let me share this example with you found in Acts 14 13&14. Paul and Barnabas who were now Apostles of Christ, having been Disciples of Christ sitting under the teachings of THE Apostles! In this verse it says that Paul and Barnabas rent their clothes after the Gentiles and Jews had witnessed a lame man be healed, while Paul was teaching to them. They were so excited about what they had seen, they wanted to have a celebration and honor Paul and Barnabas. When Paul and Barnabas had heard all this they ran to the crowd and “rent their clothes!”

Let’s go back to the understanding that Paul and Barnabas were born again Christians, same as you and I are today…Why did they rent their clothes? We have never been taught to do that as a Christian! What does renting their clothes mean? I always thought that it meant an outward show of repentance and humility. Why would Paul be repenting after teaching to this crowd. Something wasn’t right! I looked up these words “renting their clothes” (I have E-sword Bible program on my computer) nothing came up so I went to the internet and typed in “renting their clothes” for a search and found this site: http://www.biblemeanings.info/Words/Clothing/Rend_garments.htm.

“The signification of rending the garments is mourning, namely, on account of truth having been destroyed, or because there was no faith. We often read in the Word, especially the historic, of persons rending their garments; but the origin of this is not known at the present day…”

Awwww! Now that makes sense! Boy was I thinking wrong! Not only did this help me to understand but it allows me to see the faithfulness of Paul! He so did not want the glory for the healing and wanted to set the record straight this was the work of Jesus! He was so instant with his actions because it was his custom and the custom of those around him so they would not miss his meaning! How many times have I read that and just passed that by? God helped me to see a simple truth that as I share and teach this, it will encourage us!

This was a custom developed to express to someone that they were soooooo wrong! A “blasphemy” against what you believe. How many times do we hear something someone says and in our hearts we know is not true but don’t say a word or don’t express in anyway what we believe in comparison! Why? We don’t want to offend them, speaking for myself anyway! Maybe we need to bring back that custom!

The next few verses in this chapter show that this group of people wanting to honor Paul were offended and beat Paul! Can you see how details can very much help us to get a clearer picture? I always thought through teachings that I heard that Paul was just being driven to prove himself! He was but not in a prideful way in a compassionate way! If you read on Paul went back into town to further testify to those that did not believe and then they believed! Then in verse 21 it says that he taught them! I pray that I can have that commitment and stamina to teach JESUS like Paul!

“The Lord is helping us today!” That is a familiar statement at our church. I can tell you that the past few days I know the Lord is helping us! The scripture that God gave us to use as we prepare ourselves to go into the mission field is Deuteronomy 5:31: “stand by me and I will speak to you what to teach them but first you must do it! 9Speak in that verse means rehearse.) Countless times in the past few months we have watched God do just that and this morning was no exception.

After spending time with Him, in praise and worship, there was something heavy on my heart. We have some good friends which have been absolutely a God sent to us. Supportive and encouraging, next to our children our biggest cheerleaders! We were having a discussion about what we believe about healing. Many questions came up and there began to be a tense feeling between us, each being confident in our belief but careful not to offend each other.

This stuck with me and I could not get that out of my mind. This morning while in prayer I gave it to God and asked him to help me! I wanted to have a guide line to know how to handle those times, I don’t know all there is to know! I don’t know how to answer some of those questions that are going to come up. I know I am not the first to feel that. I simply asked for help from God!

I went on into studying after prayer; I have been studying in 2 Timothy. I went there and was reading and I read something that made me want to back up in the verses to understand what I was reading. I ended up in 2 Timothy 2:19. As I read those verses I was looking for something totally different than what I found, I knew God was answering my prayer. He led me there and was helping me! Verses 23-25 say: “But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strife’s. And the servant of the Lord must not strive: (!) but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves: if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging the truth.”(!!) I got my answer!

We don’t believe our friends are foolish people. They love God and we share the Word with each other all the time. We do believe differently in some areas according to what we have been taught, it has never been a problem between us. We have learned from them much and hopefully they us. This one question, “do you believe in healing?” was a foolish and unlearned question that should have been avoided. It should have been a statement. “We believe in God healing those that are standing in faith for their healing!” That statement, God is happy to back up with a gentle teaching if they didn’t understand! It would have put us back on solid ground and could with meekness, gently teach them the goodness of God to heal. God helped me today!

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Which one of these shoes would you say looks like the walker is ready for a walk? The one on the left laced but not yet tied and how would your foot stay in that! The one on the right laced, tied and even double knotted making it secure! No foot will slip out of that one! Or will it?

If you choose the tied shoe over the untied shoe I want you to look again with me at this simple truth. Dressed and ready to go, where are my shoes? After finding where I had taken them off last, I sat them down on the carpet just like this in front of me, except both were tied. I picked one up and started to put it on. I had to untie it first before it would go on my foot. I paused and that small still voice, I have been trying to listen to more often, told me “untying your shoe in preparation to walking is extra step! Did that make you blink, it did me! I heard the word preparation though and that is a key word for this season in my life as we prepare to go to St Croix. I paused and took in a deep breath and waited for more information to come! I put the shoe back down and looked and thought about it for a few minutes, trying to figure out the meaning.

Why were the shoes tied? Because I slipped them off after my last walk without untying them! There goes our theory from before… a foot wouldn’t slip out of a tied and secure shoe. There is one problem with our theory! There is no foot in the shoe yet!! So, the shoe is not ready for the walker to begin a walk. Try putting your foot in a shoe laced tight and tied and even double knotted for security…that will slow you down! I didn’t finish the last walk properly or completely. If I had, I would have untied my shoes before I took them off and put them away. Not only does that complete my task but it is preparation for the next time I do that task. It did slow me down this morning when I had to find my shoes and untie them before I put them on! I know it may have been only a minute or so, but how many times in the day do we say there just isn’t enough time in the day? Bad habits!! I hate to break a bad habit, how about you?

There is an obvious solution to correct this problem, finish the task I have started, by finishing it prepares me for the next time! We can use this simple truth in anything we do. I love that God shows us these seemingly and perhaps silly insights, but I want to tell you I haven’t been able to think of anything else today! I have caught myself walking off and not finishing the simplest tasks: Putting my scissors back in the drawer; putting our dishes in the dishwasher when we are done eating; getting my new bottle of shampoo and replacing it with the old one in the shower! Simple finishing steps sure make starting that same task easier the next time! How many minutes in our day do we have to stop and finish the task because we didn’t finish it the last time we did that task before we can move on and how much frustration does that cause us?

Thank God for that small still voice leading and directing us. When we understand the simple truth we will be aware of the truth! That isn’t silly that is wise!

Jam 3:13 (CEV) Are any of you wise or sensible? Then show it by living right and by being humble and wise in everything you do.

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Lydia’s A

There have been so many changes in me and my life in the past few years, especially the past few months. While I was doing some studying the other day, I began to understand the change in my ability to study! I was overwhelmed with thanksgiving to God. I took some time to just honor him and thank him. As I did that, I understood that I was in a place I had always wanted to be and I didn’t want to not be in this place, ever again. I also realized that if I don’t continue to do what I have been doing, which is what got me to this place with God, I will gradually get away from this place as I had so many times before.

That caused a concern to flood my heart. I began to talk to God and share with him my concern. I never want to loose what I have right now, this moment. I heard him say to me (I don’t mean I heard his audible voice, I heard him through an understanding in my heart, a still small voice) “Think of a Lydia A.” I stopped my praying and thought “what?” I had no idea what that meant. I have a 4-year old granddaughter named Lydia, so I pictured in my mind an A that she would draw. I was quiet and waited. Nothing!

I started to continue in my prayer time but then heard, “Now, think of a Micah A.” I have a son named Micah who can write calligraphy beautifully. I began to picture an A in calligraphy. a Micah A. I thought on that for a minute and thought, OK? Nothing!

I started to get up and immediately I heard, “Now, you are at a Lydia A. I want you to be at a Micah A!” I laid there thinking about that for a long time! I couldn’t move! I wept some more and understood, to stay humble I could keep that image in my mind!

As I was thanking God for this understanding, one more time I heard that small still voice as if the volume had been turned up! “Now, I want you to understand that there are 35 more letters if you get to that far!” I wept some more! It would take an eternity get to the beautiful A. …I got it!

I had my Lydia write me this A and I have asked my son Micah to write me an A in calligraphy, to frame and put over my desk! Then I said “Yes Sir!”

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Family Picture taken 08/09

Deuteronomy 5:29
O… that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep my commandments always , that it might be well with them and their children forever!

I always taught my children that Ephesians 6:1 was the first scripture with promise because that is what I was taught.
Ephesians 6:1-3
1Children obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2Honor your mother and father; which is the first commandment with promise.
3That it may be well with thee, and thou may live long on the earth.

My children are grown and some are raising children of their own. I look at these two scriptures and I wish that I would have known this scripture in Deuteronomy to teach them. The verses in Ephesians certainly are life giving verses, but as I look at them today I can see the heart of God in Deuteronomy 5:29. As I watch my children make choices in their life, some good and some not so good, I can feel the longing in the voice of God in this verse. I can feel that same urgency watching them, as he watches me live my own life as I make choices some good and some bad.

As parents it is easy to look back and see where we could have done better. I sure can. However there is not one of us that can’t say that we did the best we could with what we knew then. As I read Deuteronomy 5:29 I see hope, a fervent expectation. I am understanding, even though my children are grown and not under my voice of correction any longer, I can still profit them much!

Deuteronomy 5:29 is instructing me to fear the Lord and to obey his commandments always. Even though I may have fallen short in teaching my children when they were under my care, I can be obedient today to all that the Lord requires of me and as I reverently fear him for my own life, I am causing things to be well with them not just now but forever! Isn’t that just like our God, just when we think we are done helping to raise our children he opens the door for us to still be apart of their growth and that of our grandchildren also!

There is never an end or “done” with God only growing and going forward for those who fear and obey him. Ephesians promises my children long life for obeying me, the parent, Deuteronomy promises them a forever if I, the parent obey him! O…Thank you God!

If the devil has beat you up about how you raised your children read and reread Deuteronomy 5:29 till it becomes so much your heart that you understand the heart of God is for you to fear and obey him and he will handle the forever of your children! Don’t wish you would have done better! Take your eyes off of their life and put them on your own! He is faithful to do what he said he would do for them when you are faithful to do what he asked you to do!

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Picture taken by Debra Titsworth, Branson West, MO 04/05/10

May times events happen in our life and even past events happen that make an impact on our life and possibly history! The day the event happens it consumes us and our thoughts. There is nothing the same again about our life as we knew it before. As the days pass we adjust and move on. True we are changed, but it becomes an accepted part of our life and soon the thoughts of it are history, an awesome memory!
*Tourist: one who makes a tour for pleasure or culture
*Culture: the act of developing by education and training
We are given the choice to be a tourist or to grab experiences as a culture in our daily walk. That is what I saw in this picture today. Can you imagine the events that happened the day of the Resurrection of Jesus. I’m thinking it was pandemonium after the guards woke up, finding Jesus gone! Were people being a tourist or were they realizing opportunity for culture? Their choice started that day! How many do you suppose separated themselves to follow the developing education and training of what their life could become?

What do you suppose you would have done the second day after or Resurrection Sunday? What are you doing today, the day after we observed Resurrection Sunday? Did you choose to just be a tourist yesterday or to begin the development by education and training of what we experienced. We stopped and took time to realize who Jesus is yesterday, maybe for the first time we understood that: He is no longer on the cross! The stone is rolled away and the tomb is empty! Thomas put his hands in his flesh and believed! Jesus is resurrected, is sitting at the right hand of our Father God, the simple truth!

Notice the four flowers (click to enlarge): It looks like there are three but there are actually 4. Father, Son and because of the gift of the Holy Spirit with us! He is alive today just as real as He was to Thomas and the other disciples that day!

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This picture was taken at Acorn Acres RV Park and Villas, Branson West, Mo by Deb Titsworth 04/03/2010.

Psalm 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

As I was getting my walk in this morning I saw God!  He was in this picture.  The first lap I saw him in the beautiful tree with the bark, black from rain, seeming so strong in the morning light.  Second lap I saw him in the developing blooms.  His consistency to always show up right on time, to care for those who will respond to Him.  The next lap I saw Him in the sun light coming through the branches.  He leads and guide us as we grow and He is always there, ever watching over his fruit.  As I went around the fourth time I noticed the small yellow bush snuggled up to this magnificent tree.  I saw me!  Waking up to the knowledge of who I am because of Him!  Beginning to realize the gifts He has placed in me and growing confident to let them show!  His strength, His light, His watchfulness over me, nothing can compare!

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