Hand in Hand

  Two Mites like the Widow gave

I’ve been thinking of 2 sides of the same coin and how important loving GOD and The Great Commission is and what GOD calls Pure and faultless.

Then I read the blog post below from Kim Petitt from her blog Beyond My Limitations 

https://fearandovercome.wordpress.com/2019/12/18/why-evangelism-and-helping-those-less-fortunate-must-go-hand-in-hand/

She inspired me to write more about what I’ve been thinking and meditating on.  Thank you Kim!

We can come to know GOD’s will and heart for us in following JESUS with our lives…

So, if we think of 2 coins that go hand in hand:

First coin in one hand:

1st side is Love the LORD your GOD with all your heart, soul,                                                                       mind and strength toward fulfilling The Great                                                                               Commission of sharing the Gospel
2nd side is Love your neighbor as oneself which can become an                                                                    action of providing for the poor and needy especially                                                                  to our brothers and sisters in Christ

Second coin in the other hand:

1st side is that Pure and faultless religion is this to care                                                               for the orphans and widows in distress
2nd side is Keep oneself from being polluted by the world

So I agree that evangelism and meeting needs go hand in hand is truth… And we must also practice purity in our personal lives…

We can often forget about the importance of purity, but there is great reward when we focus on praying to be pure, thinking pure thoughts, being pure in our actions with others, knowing the benefits of being pure, and trusting that HE purifies us…

Prayer to Be Pure

Psalm 51

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

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;
so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge.
Surely I was sinful at birth,
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

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.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
    you who are God my Savior,
    and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
    you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart
    you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
    to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
    in burnt offerings offered whole;
    then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Pure Thoughts

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.  Philippians 4:8

Pure Actions

1 Peter 1:22 English Standard Version (ESV)

Psalm 24:3-5 ESV 

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

2 Timothy 2:22 ESV / 2 helpful votes 

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

1 Peter 1:22 ESV 

22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,

Benefit of Being Pure

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God“.  Matthew 5:8

Hope in HIM to Be Pure

Hebrews 9:14 English Standard Version (ESV)

14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

1 John 3 English Standard Version (ESV)

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears[a] we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

 

We can have faith without deeds or deeds without faith. Both ways are lacking.

However, faith in action (with deeds) should be a priority and an essential part of the mix for others to find HIM faithful, to realize HE’s true to HIS nature/character, and to discover HIS authenticity/reality…

JESUS wants to save/forgive and provide for one’s needs…  When we read about HIS life, HE did both simultaneously…

The early church also had to focus on the priority of prayer/preaching of the Word and taking care of needs… It would reconcile to do both…

The Choosing of the Seven

1 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 
2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 
3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 
4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” 
5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 
6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. 
7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
For personal application, we may read further to become who HE wants us to be like…

James 2:14-26 New International Version (NIV)

Faith and Deeds

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[a]? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”[b] and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.

25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

Sharing faith, Shining faith in Hope, and Showing faith with Love

There is benefit when we combine our faith with good deeds out of a profound love expressed to GOD our FATHER in Christ…
We show our faith (belief/trust in JESUS and love for GOD) by our deeds for others…
So that our Spirit is alive by obeying and sharing the Way of the Gospel, shining the Light of HIS truth with our testimony and HIS Word, and our faith is alive by showing the Life with our love in meeting their needs…

Hebrews 10:24 New International Version (NIV)

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,…

I ask that you consider combining your faith in action toward sharing your faith story and supporting and caring for orphans and widows…  You’ll be glad you did!  For I believe that when we walk together hand in hand, there is great reward from GOD our FATHER in Christ…

Prayer For Healing

If YOU want to heal through me

I need my request received

I know YOU care

Hear my prayer 

And heal my precious wife

That she may partake of life

That she may participate by my side

That she may pray too for strength day and night

For healing to take place indeed alright

To keep up pace in this race contrite

To continue to praise YOU on High 

To continue onward count to pay the price

To continue to pave the way in the fight

To continue to meet needs of orphans and poor provide

For us together make a difference far and wide

For us together will shine YOUR light so bright

For us together forever YOUR Name will we magnify

For us together healing is solidified

For us together our voice one song for YOUR glory is amplified

For us together touch of faith, hope, and love is applied

For us together YOUR will and promises cannot be denied

For us together we stand strong and soar above on Heaven’s heights

For us together with YOU always will abide

For us together YOU’re our Tower of Refuge in which to hide

For us together finish the race as one in HIM with grace, mercy, and compassion arrive

New Year 2020

Notice I didn’t include in the title “HAPPY” New Year.  I do want you to be happy, but I know and understand many are not for they are dealing with difficult things even extremely severe pain/despair/loss, suicidal thoughts, and/or mental illness.  You are not alone… I thank all of you who have followed this blog and I’m here for anyone who needs support, encouragement, and care…  Reach out to me anytime!!…

JESUS understands all about whatever you’re facing and HE desires to be there for you in it, through it, and on into new life…

It is officially 2020 and what comes to mind is 20/20 vision which is considered good eyesight for humans to have…  How is your vision now?

Do you look on with faith, hope, and love or doubt, anxiety, and fear?…

If you have faith, hope, and love in JESUS (looking to HIM for your help) despite what circumstances you’re dealing with, you’re trusting HIM through it all no matter what so you can move forward along your journey…

If you have doubt, anxiety, and fear in yourself or others; the circumstances you’re dealing with become overwhelming and make one feel stuck…

What do you want your vision to be this year in 2020?

Can it be directed upward to whom your help comes from ultimately?

Can it change from despair within yourself or from mistrust in others?

Yes, you can change course by bringing everything you are to JESUS who will daily bear your burdens and give your soul rest… then onward, pressing on, to moving forward with HIM as HE leads you into new life…

There is available to every one of us a more perfect vision that is spiritual and action oriented…

I call it KING Vision 17/17…

It is a way of looking at our life in HIS love, through HIS love, and with HIS love for GOD and for others to continually pursue in order to know, to grow, and to show…

JESUS is the KING of kings…

Vision is viewing life with purpose on mission…

17/17 is inspired by Proverbs 17:17 which states firstly “A friend loves at all times…”

JESUS is our friend that is able to love us at all times…

Knowing this helps us love GOD and others at all times…

How about adopting KING Vision 17/17 in this year of 2020 that is better than 20/20 human vision?

At 2 years old, I had a very high fever that wouldn’t break.  I was taken to the hospital and the doctors couldn’t get it down either…  I ended up having seizures and was placed in an ice bath with hopes of bringing the temp down and not succumbing to an early death.  This experience may have contributed to me having a crossed eye and loss of vision.  At 4 years old, I had surgery on my left eye to shorten the muscle so as not to have an extreme cross eye.  I have not had unaided 20/20 vision since…  I needed corrective lenses to help me see better and obtain as close to 20/20 vision as can be had.

If I could have glasses/contacts made that help correct my vision by an optometrist, then wouldn’t it be possible for GOD to correct our spiritual vision in a greater way?  HE has done it for me…  HE can for you too!!…  Nothing is impossible for HIM!!!

Today is the first day of the new year 2020, so many choose to make new year’s resolutions which can lead to positive life-changing results.  More often than not, many resolutions fall by the wayside.

With GOD however, HIS mercies are new every morning, HIS compassions fail not…

You need to know this, so that when new year’s resolutions are met with adversity or failure you may still have hope each new morning…  Yes, today is 1/1/2020.  Yet, remember GOD gives each day as a new start and HIS compassions for you will not fail even when you do fail…

Does your vision for 2020 hold on to only what you’ve done today, for days in a row, for this week, or for even this whole year?

Would you rather have KING Vision 17/17 where love is available at all times and every day is a new start to accept change, accept healing, accept forgiveness of self/others, accept new life each and every day and accept new endeavors meant for you to be a part of one day?!…

New life is found in JESUS for HE is the Way, the Truth, and the Life…  HE changed water into wine…  HE can renew your mind with peace to not resign…  HE can repair your broken heart to be one of a kind…  HE can recreate a pure heart for new innocence to find…  HE can restore your despairing soul with peace to realign…  HE can redeem your wounded spirit with new found freedom in HIS love forever remind…  You can remain in faith, hope, and love eternally within HIS grace, mercy, and compassion with new beginnings to brightly shine…

 

 

Treasures

Orphans until found

Treasures that abound

 

HIS crown jewel

With HIM find renewal

 

Apple of HIS eye

Always in HIS sight

 

Engraved on HIS palm

Remain in HIS love calm

 

Tower of Refuge & Strength

Hide in HIM no longer shake

 

With HIS life bought with a price

HIS grace will suffice

 

Under HIS wing

HIS praises to sing

 

In HIS Truth

HIS embrace in the Spirit given proof

 

Where the Spirit of the LORD is aware

There is HIS freedom from burdens HE bears

 

To HIS throne upward go

HIS mercy and grace to know here below

 

In HIS blood forgiven

HIS Great Commission the vision on mission purpose driven

 

High Priest, Who understands, intercedes above

HIS defense for us against the adversary is enough

 

In HIM moving, breathing, being

With HIS new life walk agreeing

 

By HIS stripes when kneeling

Come unto HIM find healing

 

Prayer lifted up to HIM appealing

HE gives Heaven’s wisdom revealing

 

HIS living treasure become

Receive from HIM faith, hope, and love beyond measure that victoriously HE won

 

HIS cross to die only momentary, 3 days buried, risen again extraordinary

Deny oneself necessary, pick up your cross to carry, all for HIM now primary, like a missionary, no longer to tarry, and wait on HIM to renew strength when wary…

Alarm

Alarm heard around

The world

Afar off is the sound

Does skirl

Arm oneself in love found

To unfurl

Armor wear surround

Give it a whirl

Fight for to crown

Freedom twirl

Forward toward abound

For every boy and girl

Face to face profound

Find treasure astound

Within forms a pearl

To express and expound

Truth with excellence hurl

To enter hearts compound

Encase faith, hope, and love will swirl

To embrace HIM renowned

As evidence of the eternal 

Pure Strength

Pure strength 

Sought deep within

 

The last frontier 

Taught in the open

 

Savior’s blood

Wrought for us to be forgiven

 

Savior’s scars

Bought souls for HIM

 

Savior’s stripes

Brought healing to the broken

 

Savior’s crown of thorns

Blot out what left shame, regret, guilt ridden

 

GOD’s Word

Ought to warn us about what’s forbidden

 

Holy Spirit

Caught up into us all truth that we may listen

 

Abba, FATHER

Forethought gives us Heaven’s wisdom

 

High Priest

Fought to intercede until we’re awoken

 

King of kings

Allot to reign in HIM with sons and daughters once orphans restored for Heaven as treasured tokens

17/17 Vision

Starry eyes pierce

From behind

The night sky

 

Heaven’s eye witnesses

One of a kind

Wondering why

 

I look above

For HIS will to find

HIS Word below in front of me clear as day to try

 

If only I open my own eyes

See with faith aligned

Follow through to apply

 

Shines the Light

From HIS heart remind

Salvation from the Most High

 

Within Love’s letter

HIS SON provides

All that’s needed in life come nigh

 

Into all Truth Spirit will guide

On the heights may ride

Before I die

 

Stargazers stare

To find a sign

While I walk on by with an answer for what’s gone awry

 

Commanded to proclaim

Good News why HE came and died

Save souls as the only Savior reply

 

In the Light

In HIM delight

With Heaven’s wisdom and insight ally

 

Desires of my heart come true

When I pursue

HIS will to do comply

 

As HIS workmanship

Reach out in kind

Lives to match the stars descry

 

Pure and faultless religion

Is to visit the orphans and widows in their distress

And keep oneself from being polluted by the world so deny to walk on spry

 

With this focused vision

And this purpose on mission

Is the only decision that will fortify

 

Revisit to meet needs of orphans and widows

Forsake wicked thoughts and wicked ways

This is HIS will to further clarify

 

Orphans and widows are desperate to be heard

Will you let your heart come awake to HIS Word astir

And really choose to answer the cries they amplify

 

Stars in the distance for eyesight 17/17 vision correct

Are soul ties for instance broken and contrite listen to reconnect

Direct one’s attention to the Great Commission’s perfection imply until expectations defy on HIS mercy and grace alone rely as our only response that will justify for HIS desires to gratify, for HIS will to magnify, and for HIS renown to glorify

 

HIStory

Found each other in the Mystery

Now, today, and tomorrows we have a history

I live for HIM and HIM alone

HE gave me family to be known

Each child from the nest will have flown

Until they have a family of their own

Forever etched in the pages of Heaven

Never knew before there would be seven

Plus one adopted to also be with us

Must only believe to receive in trust

HIS promises to come true in our lives

Wait for when answers from HIS heart arrives

Orphans, widows, and believers in India a part of our story

From HIS heart known to live out for HIS praise, honor, and glory

  

Needs to Meet

Hunger in their eyes

Desperate

Renewing their minds

Increment

Feed their bodies

Resilient

Share faith’s Words

Evident

 

Thirsty for something more

Infinite

Saving their souls

Innocent

Give water cup overflowing

Implement

Share hope’s Light

Vigilant

 

Dependence of their cries

Diffident

Rescuing their lives

Imminent

Walk to reach out by HIS Spirit

Anticipant

Share love’s deeds

Visitant

When I Looked

When I was lost

I looked to faith and was found by HIM who will never leave

When I was alone

I looked to hope and found a Friend through my grief to bring within more peace

When I was in need

I looked to love of my Friend who set me free from fears that ceased

When I was desperate for change

I looked to mercy freeing from failure to be released

When I was growing

I looked to grace HE gives that lifted me above my failure to be in a family that increased

When I was helped

I looked to compassion from HIM within the family to give forward what I received

When I was newly open

I now look forward to a hope and a future conceived

When I was learning what was in HIS heart

I now look with vision of a future forthcoming where orphans find relief

When I was seeking HIS will

I now look with purpose forthcoming of Heaven filled with others who too believe