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Real Happiness Matthew 11:28-30 “Random Thoughts and Ramblings for My LORD Jesus Christ – by Jerry May 12, 2014

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In Matthew 11:20-24 Jesus talks and denounces the cities which most of His miracles had been performed in and they didn’t repent. What are we as a nation in for?? We as a nation say it’s okay to abort or kill babies because the would be parent/parents want to pursue their career or they just aren’t ready for children. We as a nation are supposed to say that it is okay for gay couple to be married? We have strayed o far from the path of our beginning that judgment is going to be poured out on us, too.

We want to be entertained. We don’t want to be bothered with Jesus. Why?

Because we think that we aren’t going to get to do all of the fun stuff.

But the God that I serve means so much more to me than all of the supposedly fun stuff that I’m “missing out on.”

The cares of this world and the pleasures of this world are not worth turning my back on God, anymore. It took me some years to come to the realization that God is enough for me but now that I’m there I wouldn’t trade the journey for anything.

Also, in Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus tells us that He will give us rest if we will take His yoke upon us and learn from Him for He is gentle and humble in heart. Jesus is the example for us so I think that is the way Jesus wants for us to be. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. I have learned that Jesus’ yoke is easy and His burden is light and that we, as followers of Christ, enjoy.

The world seeks all of the things that Jesus promises His followers through worldly ways but I know that when I was lost and I thought, “If I just had this or that then I would be happy.” But once I got whatever “it” happened to be then I learned that the dream of having what I wanted was always better than the reality and that worldly things are never enough.

Jesus is more than enough. Jesus is the only One that can give us peace and lasting happiness.

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Matthew 5:10-12 Blessed Are They Who Are Persecuted – Jerry from Jail on 5/2/14

Matthew 5:10-12 “10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for also they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Let’s not fear man that can kill only the body but let us fear Him who can kill body and soul.

I went to a class, me and my wife, about sharing our faith. The number one reason that people don’t share is fear.

We don’t have to be afraid to share our faith, that doesn’t mean that we are perfect, it just means we are doing what our Lord told all of us to do. If we are doing what our Lord wants us to do and people talk about us and accuse us of this and that, then the Lord will bless us. Don’t be afraid. Trust in Jesus.

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Praise in the Valley and on the Mountaintop – Mark 4:35-41 Random Thoughts and Ramblings for My Lord Jesus Christ (by Jerry in jail on 5/1/14)

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Mark 4:35-41

Jesus Calms the Storm

35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.38 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?”

39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

How many of us are more likely to praise Jesus on the mountain top, but when we are in the valley or storm that’s when we need to cling to Jesus the hardest. When we are in the storm we might feel like Jesus is asleep on the job but Jesus is in the storm with us.

Jesus just knew that everything was going to be all right and we, like the disciples, go to Jesus and tell Him we are perishing even though He is in the storm with us and knows what is going on. He told the storm: “Peace. Be still!” And there was a great calm. Then Jesus asked them why they were afraid.

Have you still no faith? Now from time to time we may question our faith, but if we get in the Bible we will see that many people have done the same thing. How do we strengthen our faith? By reading the Bible and clinging tightly to our Jesus in the storm. He will never leave us or forsake us, so when the faith building storm blows through our life, let’s just wait on our Jesus to say: “Peace. Be still!” to our storm.

In Matthew 14:22-32 These verses area bout Jesus and Peter walking on the water. When the disciples first saw Jesus, they thought it was a ghost. But Jesus told them that it was Him and to not be afraid. Peter asked Jesus if he could come to Him on the water and Jesus said, “Come.” But when Peter looked at the circumstances; Peter started sinking. We need to know from that verse that if Jesus tells us to come that He is not going to let anything happen to us! Our Savior is a supernatural being who loves us and just wants us to believe in Him, love Him and have faith in Him.

We are living a little over 2,000 years since all of those miracles happened but our God is NOT out of miracles. When Peter was sinking, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out His hand and took hold of him. “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” asked Jesus. When they got into the boat the wind ceased. We can still have faith in the Lord our  God, that no matter what we are going through, He is with us.

If we keep our mind, eyes and heart on Jesus on the mountaintop and in the valley when the storms of life will (not if) come, then our Redeemer will save us. There are literally hundreds of verses in the  Bible that tells us to have faith and we still want to doubt. Do I think that the people of great faith of the Bible wanted to go through what they went through? I would say no! But they knew that their Father loved them and would see them through or they would die adn be with their Father!

That is the kind of faith that we all as Christians should desire – that no matter what happens to us we know that our Father is in control. I’m in a storm and I know Father has not abandoned me. I know that He is in here with me and I know that He is out there with my wife and children and that He is keeping them safe and at peace about the situation.

People of great faith are remembered in the Bible. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in to, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated – of whom the world was not worthy, wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. (Hebrews 11:36-38)

God knew that all of these people were strong enough in their faith to go through what their and our Father was putting them through. He talked to some in an audible voice but God still speaks to us: through the ones that have or are going through the same thing that we are going through, through the Bible and yes God can and does speak to us through an audible voice. (The Holy Spirit speaks to us through a still, small voice) He also showed us as believers what they went through in the Bible to let us know that He is with us and reading their stories may help build our faith.

So, let us as believers stay strong in the faith and let Jesus shine out of us that others may want Jesus in their lives.

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Jerry writes from Jail “Random Thoughts and Ramblings for My Lord Jesus Christ 4/21/14”

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Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

I claim these verses for me and my family as we go through our trial. God is going to keep us as long as we keep our Redeemer in first place. The world of people that don’t know Jesus just think this is all crazy fairy tales but I know that God is real. Because I can pray to my God and He answers me. No, He doesn’t always give me what I want but He always gives me what I need.

Luke 6:27-28 tells us to love our enemies, do good to them that hate us, bless those that curse you and pray for those that despitefully use you. Does this sound like a God that hates people? He is love wants everyone to believe in Him.

Luke 6:35 is also a good verse: “35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be childrenof the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”

Luke 9:56 is also a good verse: “For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village” (KJV). This verse says that the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. Jesus doesn’t want to condemn anyone but He wants to give everyone life to the full. 

I can tell you from experience and I’m really trying to drive this home so I’m not going to quit saying it, there is no better high than serving our Lord because when you are in the world the people that you thought were your friends will be gone in a minute, but not the Lord! He will stick closer to you than a brother. He will never leave you nor forsake you, when times are tough for us and it looks like all there is – is darkness, that’s when Jesus shines the brightest, He shows up and shows out for His people. He is not some weak God like the world thinks that He is, He is a mighty warrior ready to go to war to save the lost and hurting to give them hope. So let’s get the word out that the war against the devil and his minions is on – and we are going to win because we serve a living God that loves people and doesn’t want any to go to hell. We all have the Great Commission, now don’t get me wrong, you have to know that the time is right and have no fear about talking about our Jesus and be Spirit led. 

We love Jesus, He is always to be the main focus of anything we say or do. He is always the Head. Amen.