One Thing for Jesus

Recently I came across the book “Then Sings My Soul” which tell the story behind Christian songs. Turning to the song “Jesus Loves Me”,because I was doing a project for my Sunday School class,  questions arose within me.

Two sisters, Anna and Susan Warner who after the Panic of 1837 found themselves go from riches to rags found they needed to do something to bring in money to live on. They both found they were gifted at writing resulting in 106 publications which they authored together and/or separately. Being obedient to God and not giving up or in other words standing on The Rock (Jesus) they persisted in the storm of their lives.

One of the novels written jointly was entitled “Say and Seal”. In  the novel a little boy named Johnny Fox was dying and his Sunday School teacher comforts him by rocking him and making up a little song entitled “Jesus Loves Me”.

The sisters who went on to be in heaven never knew that the little song “Jesus Loves Me” was set to a children musical score and would be the best children’s hymn on earth. These are my questions:

What is the one thing we will  do that will affect generations to come for Jesus?

Do we see stories in the Bible of others who have affected the earth for Jesus by one thing they have done?

Who on earth has done one thing other than the sisters above to affect the earth for Jesus?

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Prayer

In reading “Praying with Smith Wigglesworth Faith-filled prayers for Fervent prayer warriors by Larry Keefauver” I ran across a prayer  entitled “Praying Through.”
It raised questions in my mind as to how I’ve been praying.

Here is the paragraph I need help understanding.
“Teach me, O God,
Instead of praying about, to pray through the problem,
Instead of praying for, to pray in the Spirit,
Instead of praying to, to pray with Thee.”

Questions I have is, am I praying with God and what does that
look like?

 

  The Dig and the Light Reveal the Hidden

Ephesians 5:13 ESV But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible. John 3:20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.

In my backyard,  I’ve had a hard time growing grass.  I had a lawn specialist come in who fertilized and aerated it. Two years they worked on it but no grass!  I had to let them go, as the lovely green grass in their ads didn’t happen.

As I was making bigger flower beds this year, I decided to put the grass plugs I had removed and place them on the bare areas.  The ground was so hard I dug a little deeper to break up the soil.  Oh my, what did the light expose, a small amount of soil, plastic mesh, and roots heavily crisscrossing everywhere.  I pulled out the roots one by one for those that pulled out easily and used loppers on others.  New soil was dispersed, and plugs were set in place. Within  weeks the beginning of lush green grass could be seen.

I wish God would have said, “Grass Grow”.  How easy that would have been, however, I learn more by real life situations that God uses to teach. How about you?

On the surface you can see there was a big problem that seemed not to be able to be fixed.  One professional after another with their solution weighed in. Trying to doctor the problem by fertilizing, and punching holes didn’t even touch the problem.

Asking God to help me and to show me what He wanted me to learn, I heard Him say one word, Dig!  Immediately, I picked up the shovel and dug.

The first thing brought to light was a thin layer of dirt. 🤔 If soil feeds plants then the Word must feed me.  “O mercy Lord, I need help!

Second, the light revealed mesh holding down a massive network of roots which symbolize sins.🤔 Mesh must be a cover up of the sins.

Third, roots symbolizes sins which are exposed. 🤔 So sins you think you had hidden like Adam and Eve did in the garden is a cover up to you alone, making you sick.. God’s gaze upon the sins and you know  that you’ve been caught. He had seen it all along but His full exposure brings you to your knees in great sorrow and repentance.  God the Son looks down on you and speaks three words, “You are forgiven.” Then pauses and says, “Sin no more.  Be about my Father work.”.

Bury these words in your heart – John 3:16. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever (that’s you) believeth in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.  By Rena K. Oynes © May 21, 2018

Hebrews 10:23 NLT

“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.”  

Thus we can sing: What a friend we have in Jesus” We all have a friend in Jesus when we met Him we knew He would be our friend for all eternity.  He never tires of our constantly talking to Him throughout the day.  This morning as I was dragged myself out of bed to a new day by a persistent barking dog, I thought does Jesus get tired of us with all our issues we verbally deluge Him with day after day?  Does it sound like my barking dog does to me?

Just like our furry pets whom we love regardless of their barking, I know Jesus loves us more, so much that He laid down His life for each one of us.  He calls us friends.  He loves to talk with us, he loves us just the way we our, and walks through both our challenges and joys of each day.  Hold fast to Him!!!.  He has already lifted us up at Calvary, and He is there to see us through the gates, and talk to us on the right side of heaven!  

So hit the trial everyday with the enthusiastic, playful dog who is excited to be walking with you.  Link arms and hold fast to Jesus as you talk and share how much you love Him, how much He has done in your and others lives, and your prayers and concerns you would like to put in His lap for the day. Listen as He speaks to you and shares something from His textbook for our lives with Him.

What a friend who always keeps His promises.  Hold tightly, stay on your walking path of life with Him. Hold fast!

A Choice

By Rena Oynes © April 3,  2018

The powerful eagle gently calls her chicks to awake, awake, awake.

They will need food to grow into fledglings, and be ready for take off.  

They will need strength, courage, and faith to fly high.

Our powerful, Almighty God calls – Awake, awake, awake.  You sleepy ones, I’m coming soon. Eat of the food of the Word that you may be equipped to fly like the fledging you are to become.  Pray for strength and great faith to fly like the eagle.  Pray and God will be with you.

Are you now ready for take off?  Are you ready to soar?  Jesus is waiting. With confidence and Jesus you begin your flight. Know you may fail to soar in the beginning, but know the Master Lord Jesus Christ is there to take you in His hands to release you again on your adventure with Him. With faith, further training in the Word, encouragement you will fly higher and higher with Jesus.

Oh people of the earth, do not fall into the Fowler’s trap.  He is looking for whom he can entice to eat of His earthly poisons which trap and then kill, steal, and destroy. With glee he says, “You silly fool, you’re trapped forever!

A choice is made.  Flying high with Jesus or caught in the Fowler’s trap.  Which do you choose?

 

FORGIVEN

   By Rena Oynes © March 25, 2018

Two donkeys walked down the road on Passover Day.

Celebrations abounded in the city of Jerusalem as many people had amassed for the week long celebration. Many either kept their distance or teemed around one called Jesus.  Some were Pharisees who didn’t want others to note their allegiance to King Jesus.  Others boldly proclaimed Jesus was King, the Messiah prophesied in the scrolls given to prophets (Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders.  And He will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”)

The priest were astounded by the crowds.  They were much heavier than usual.

They came to see the man they opposed and to see what all the fuss was about.

The path took on a heavenly welcomed glow for Angels surrounded the special one, the chosen one of the most high God who was called to save all.

On the path were thrown cloaks of every hue (2 Kings 1:19 They quickly took their cloaks and spread them under him on the bare steps. Then they blew the trumpet and shouted, “Jehu is king!”). Rich men cloaks and poor man’s cloaks were thrown were intermingled and unrecognizable as with joy they paid homage to Jesus.

Palm branches were thrown across the path (symbolizing submission).)

Others waved their palms to exult Jesus.  Many among them had gathered to hear Jesus. Like sheep they followed their shepherd.

The masses formed as they had heard Jesus was coming on the path soon. They had already planned the words in their hearts to sing as soon as He appeared: “Hosanna!” Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord – the King of Israel!!”  They could hardly wait to hear His voice of Hope once again.  Others gathered out of curiosity.  Still others were like vultures waiting to catch  some word or wrong doing of the law.  They were in their attack mode.  

Those who followed their King from place to place hearts began racing, they only hoped they could catch a glimpse of Him this day.  Thank goodness it was a sunny day with sunbeams filtering through the palm trees.  Having arrived early, people started stripping palms leaves from the the trees and throwing them on the path along with their cloaks.  Anything for their King.  Some palm leaves were retained to wave when Jesus past by.   Joy was mounting and songs arose among the people.  Tears rolled down the cheeks of many as they stood and waited.  

Straining their necks, they saw a mature donkey leading the way. What, no Jesus.  Their King should be riding this donkey who had held many kings and royalty before.  

Eyes searching, they saw Jesus riding on a foal. (Ezekiel 9:9 …See, your King comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a foal of a donkey.)

The mature donkey walked ahead with no one on his back.  Some people thought the Lord in the scrolls would be a warrior king to destroy the enemy, their enemy, Rome. .  That type of king would have ridden the mature donkey as many had ridden in times past.

Jesus, was a different type of king, who touched the sick and healed everyone who believed.  Jesus who performed the miraculous.  One example was multiplication  of five loaves and two fish to feed thousands.  Jesus who turned around lives who were outcast due to their sin.  Jesus who forgave their sins.  People who had had no hope, now filled with hope.  They became like their master, Jesus, always serving God, always giving Him the praise.  One example was the woman at the well, a woman of ill repute.  She believed in what Jesus spoke and He forgave all her sins.  She ran back to her village and told everyone about Jesus.  She a women who no one wanted to have anything to do with became one of the first evangelist.  Forgiven! Forgiven!

People who were forgiven were anxious to tell everyone around about Jesus, the one who saves people from their sins!  The one who gives life and life eternally.  “Go tell everyone you know about Jesus” became their calling.    

That day the many who had had their lives changed by Him and were forgiven  their sins were at the the celebration to honor their King.  No longer was an animal, a spotless animal needed to carry the sins of the people and be killed.  Before the people stood Jesus who would bear their sins on the cross in a few days.

Are you the ones who are forgiven and “Tell people everywhere you go about  Jesus” or are you the ones who yet need to be forgiven by Jesus?  He’s waiting!  Are you ready to hear the word, “Forgiven”.

KING JESUS

By Rena Oynes © March 25, 2018

The rustling in the trees

The birds excitement mounts

The plants lift up their leaves to announce

The coming of the King

       King Jesus,

       King Jesus

       Is HERE!

The white clouds cushion each step

As the King comes for those who heard the shepherd’s CALL

In His Presence love falls

In excitement they shout, King Jesus, King Jesus is HERE!

     They bow to the one who cared enough

To come from heaven to earth to save

and pay a debt they couldn’t repay

A whispered silence crescendos to majestic heights

        King Jesus, King Jesus Is HERE!

   Now heaven’s hall was finally complete

With ALL who had called Jesus Lord of Lords

Each person took their rightful place

As King Jesus walked through that majestic hall

welcoming each one

They then cried King Jesus, King Jesus Came for Us!

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