Who is higher? You or The Lord?


For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8, 9 KJV)

Can you even image what your life would be like if you lived each moment, made each decision, seeking, listening, obeying, following The Lord in every detail of your life? Can you image how wonderful this world would be if all of us lived our lives that way? What I imagine is …

WOW what I image looks and sounds a lot like Heaven to me — a place where God reigns and ALL will bow before Him, eager to praise Him, worship Him with no thought of self.

BUT we don’t have to wait to get to Heaven to experience the joys that come from following The Lord. If we seek Him and place His thoughts, His ways ahead of ours, and we are obedient to His Word, we can experience a taste of Heaven right here on earth for we will be in His Presence! Praises be to God that He has offered himself to us, through the blood of Jesus and walks with us each day as The Holy Spirit — even if we do not acknowledge His presence or acknowledge His supremacy in all moments of our day.

Praises Be to God

Wishing you a blessed day as you walk with The Lord.

Trust In The Lord


It is better to trust in The Lord
Than to put confidence in man
It is better to trust in The Lord
Than to put confidence in princes.
.PSALM 118:8-9

It is not an accident that these two verses are in the very middle of the Holy Bible . Simple words with a powerful message that our trust at all times is to be in The Lord regardless of what we may be experiencing in our lives at any given moment.

When we are filled with The Holy Spirit, our relationship with God is restored to the pre-fall of man relationship in the Garden of Eden. His provides ALL OUR NEEDS and sometimes even our wants when we commit it all back to Him.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

When we walk in His Glory and Grace we are rich!

Children Through The Eyes of Jesus


About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. “And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea.

Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father.

If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost?  And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away!

In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish.

Matthew 18:1-5;10-14 NLT

COMMENTS:

How upset Jesus must be as He looks down on this earth and watches the way we carry ourselves with arrogance and self-sufficiency much of the time instead of walking in humility — the humility of a child exhibits.

How His heart must break when He sees how children are ignored, hurt, abused or go hungry in our nation and in our world.

How His heart must bleed as he see our disregard for life — the life of an unborn child.

How do you approach Jesus each day? Is it with the humility, the acceptance and the unconditional love and praise of a child? To you come to Him with all your needs, wants and desires as your children come or have come to you?

How do you treat the children that cross your path each day — your own or those of others? Do you treat them with respect, with love?

Where do you stand on the issue of abortion? Do you value the life of that unborn child?

I wonder — when we stop, as people or as a nation, valuing the life of a child — born or unborn — I wonder, does Jesus no longer value us or our nation?

The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own  child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing  between.

Mother Teresa

A Best Friend — Who is Yours?


“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”

Henry Ford

Who is my best friend?

Who brings out the best in me?

Jesus Christ!

  • Jesus has transformed me and is transforming me each day.
  • Jesus has loved and loves me with an unconditional love and has given me His love and compassion for others.
  • Jesus is always there when I need someone
    • 24/7, rain, snow, sleet or shine
    • Anywhere, everywhere, any time
  • Jesus always listens and hears my heart behind my words or tears.
  • Jesus always gives me love, grace, mercy, strength, comfort, hope and peace – whatever I need at the time.
  • And most of all Jesus never judges me instead Jesus died for me on The Cross; He covered my sins with His Blood and I appear righteous before Holy God The Father.
  • Jesus will raise me from the grave one day just as He arose from the tomb 1983 years ago.
  • Jesus has promised me an eternity in Heaven!

I sing the words of this hymn this morning as I think of my best friend, Jesus.

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,

O, what needless paid we bear,

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged,

Take it to the Lord in prayer:

Can we find a friend so faithful

Who will all our sorrow share?

Jesus knows our every weakness,

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Saviour, still our refuge;

Take it to the Lord in prayer:

Do they friends despise, forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in prayer;

In His arms He’ll take and shield thee;

Thou wilt find a solace there.

Written 3/25/2013, Marilyn Hoeth

					

A Humble Ride


If the President or the Pope were to come to our city today, they would probably arrive by private jet and would travel in a motorcade of limousines filled with Secret Service agents or body guards. There would be much pageantry and splendor with their arrival. Depending on the occasion, a red carpet might be rolled out before them to signify their importance. By contrast, 1979 years ago today, there was a humble, yet memorable arrival of Jesus in the City of Jerusalem.

During his short life Jesus would travel to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, many times to visit his friends Mary, Martha and Lazarus.Bethanywas an easy two-mile walk to Jerusalem where Jesus ministered on several occasions. This time, however, His entry into Jerusalem would be different. This time Jesus knew that he would be entering Jerusalem as a culmination of his earthly work, the offer of the kingdom, and he knew he would be starting the last week of his earthly life. This entry would be a memorable entry.

As Jesus neared Bethphage, he sent two of his disciples to a nearby village where he told them they would find a donkey and a donkey colt on which no one had sat. They were to loose the colt and when asked they were to tell the owner that the Lord was in need of it so that the owner would immediately send the colt to Jesus.  The disciples placed their cloths on the back of the colt giving Jesus a place to sit as he road the colt on this momentous occasion.

Jesus, fulfilled Zachariah’s prophesy in Zachariah 9:9, “Behold your King is coming to you, lowly and sitting on a donkey, a colt the foul of a donkey”, as he road this young donkey colt into Jerusalem those many years ago. There was to be no royal steed for Jesus, as he entered Jerusalem. There was no royal red carpet. Instead there were branches from Palm trees laid on the road and Palm tree branches waved in his honor. Jesus, The Messiah, The King of Kings, The Lord of Lords, in his humble state as he proudly sat in simple elegance on the back of a lowly donkey colt must have appeared more royal, more elegant, and more ceremonial to his followers than if he had been on a mighty steed and in flowing, elaborate robes.

Although, Jesus rode a lowly donkey those many years ago, he will one day ride a royal white horse befitting a King when he enters to establish His Kingdom. What a glorious entrance that will be!

Scripture Verse

 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

Revelations 19:11-16 (NIV)

Prayer

Heavenly Lord, may we remember your Son Jesus with a renewed sense of awe and reverence this week. Help us to have sensitive spirits this week as we recall the price Jesus paid for our sins and the cruelty he endured on our behalf as he died on The Cross. May our JOY be full as we recall Jesus’ resurrection during Easter Season. Help us to be so spiritually full that we must share The Good News of Christ’s resurrection with others who do not know him as their Savior. And may we be filled with hope as we look forward to the day when Jesus will ride on a white horse.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

Written 2007, originally posted 3/31/2012.

Aroma


The smell of coffee brewing in the early morning…

Bacon frying in the skillet…

A clean freshness in the air after a spring time shower…

The lingering fragrance of cologne as a loved one says good-bye for the day…

These sweet aromas, and many others, fill us with a peace and a sense of all is right in the in the world.

As we walk in love of God and love of others, we also leave a sweet aroma in their midst.

A simple smile…

A hug…

A visit or phone call instead of email…

A kind act…

A helping hand…

A listening ear…

A caring heart…

Will those you come in contact with, pause after you walk away and bask in the sweet aroma that you left behind?

Will you be a sweet-smelling aroma in the life of each person you encounter today?

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling aroma.                                                                                                                Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV

Marilyn Hoeth, 3/20/2013

 

Praying for You Today


Today I pray the words of Paul over each person who reads this post…

“…so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

EPHESIANS 3 : 17 – 19

If you already know Jesus Christ as you Lord and Savior, I pray that He will draw you closer this day.

If you do not know the love of Jesus and have not acknowledged Him as your Savior, than I pray that you will acknowledge that you are a sinner and that God sent His Son to die on the Cross in your place, in my place, to pay the price for all our sins – yesterday, today, and tomorrow. I pray that you repent and will accept the salvation and eternal life that He offers to all who acknowledge Him.

In His Holy and Precious Name,

Amen

Have a blessed day walking with Jesus.

Making Plans


Making vacation or business trip plans, setting short-term and long-term goals, striving to “reach the mark”; terms like these are often a part of professional and personal daily life. Discussions are rampant with what our plans are for tomorrow. Yet without goals and dreams, we would wander aimlessly through both our personal and professional lives.

James, the half-brother of Jesus, however, tells us not to boast about tomorrow when he says:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

(James 4:13-14) NKJV

I don’t think he is telling us not to make plans, In the context around the verse and in other scriptures, James and other biblical authors urge us to acknowledge God’s role in our planning, understanding that His plans for us are far greater, and supersede any plans that we may have for ourselves.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

(Jeremiah 29:11-13) NKJV

Where is God in your planning? Do you seek His Divine Wisdom as you make your plans? Are you plans aligned with His plans for your life?

Lord, as I make my plans and set my goals, may I first seek your wisdom and discernment. Your plans for me are greater than anything that I can imagine. Help me to always align my plans with your direction and plans for my life. In His Name Amen.

Written by Marilyn Hoeth, 3/13/2013

A Sight to Behold in Awe


The Throne of God

Revelations 4 and 5

In her Bible Study on Revelations, Beth Moore, passionately reads and discusses Chapters 4 and 5 of the great book of Revelations. With her encouragement, my imagination came alive and I began to envision what the Apostle John was describing in his vision. Beth asked us to draw out the vision that was coming alive in our imaginations, in our mind’s eye. With crude pencil strokes I began a feeble attempt to draw the magnificent scene. This simple drawing remains in my Bible today and reminds me of The Throne Room of God – A Sight to Behold in Awe.

From the time I studied Revelations under the passionate and humble teachings of this beautiful Christian speaker/teacher, these two chapters of Revelations have been some of my favorite scripture passages. When I begin my quiet time, I often pull out the child-like, pencil drawing and reflect on the vision I see –

  • God sitting on His Throne in Heaven
  • He looks like jasper and sardius stone (ruby or red jasper) in appearance (brilliant, bright, shining)
  • An emerald rainbow surrounds His Throne
  • 24 smaller thrones surround His Throne, with 24 elders sitting there clothed in white robes with crowns of gold, harps, and golden bowls holding each of our prayers
  • Lightnings, thunders and voices are heard coming from the God’s Throne
  • 7 lamps of fire, the Seven Spirits of God, are burning before God
  • The beautiful Crystal Sea flows in front of God’s Throne – I can see it’s beautiful sparkle. It glistens in blinding brilliance
  • There are 4 creatures in front and around the Throne – interesting and unique creatures – one is like a lion, another is like a calf, one has the face of a man, and the four soars like a flying eagle.
  • Magnificent, wonderful flying creatures singly beautifully

 “Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”

  • Simultaneously, the 24 elders, falling down in worship and casting the crowns before God are saying

“You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.”

  • Jesus reaches for the Scroll sealed with 7 Seals and takes in out of the God’s hands. Only Jesus has the power to open this Scroll
  • As Jesus opens the scroll the 4 flying creatures and the 24 elders bow down in worship before him. I hear harps and singing –

 “You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth.”

 

  • More angels than I can count are singing in loud, melodious voices

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

  • And all creatures in heaven, earth and sea are saying –

“Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”

  • The 24 elders are saying AMEN

It is now that I know I can humbly, oh so humbly, kneel before the throne of My Lord. It is now that I know that in raw awe, wonder, and praise that I know my heart is ready for pure, open worship of My Lord. All my cares are gone, my worries have vanished, sad tears have evaporated, my fears no more, all now consume and buried under the beauty of the Crystal Sea.

It is now that I truly know, am reminded, that each prayer praise and petition I make is placed in a gold bowl, held by one of the 24 elders, to be specifically and individually heard by My God through His Son Jesus. I can see Jesus now, selecting one of my prayers from a golden bowl and discussing it with God and then sending angels to carry out God’s directives to answer that prayer.

 Yet, this beautiful vision, so beautifully and wonderfully described by John, will pale in the splendor and glory of seeing God’s Throne one day when He sends His angels to take me home to live in Heaven for Eternity. In the words of a wonderful old hymn – Oh What a Glorious Day That Will BE!!!

Praise The Lord!

I urge you to read and meditate on Revelations 4 and 5.

Written by Marilyn Hoeth, 3/9/2013