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I am a mid-life Christian writer who enjoys sharing ENCOURAGING Scripture, Music, & Insights with others. Spiritual EMPOWERMENT is I believe at the root of living a fruitful Christian life. The many assurances provided to Christians are richly described in the Bible's 66 books.

The Lord is Our Lifeguard (Scripture)


Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.  Psalm 55:22 (NIV)


  • A church sign I photographed in late June 2018 . . . in Greensboro, NC.  I have a lifeguard.  His name is Jesus Christ!  He walks on the sea for me.

Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.  And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!”  And they cried out for fear.  But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”  And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.  Matthew 14:25-29 (NKJV)


The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.  Psalm 23:1


“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.   “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”

John 14: 1,2,6 (NKJV)


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“Strength” / John P. Kee & New Life Community Choir

Video

Strength to make it, Strength to take it
I’ve got the strength to know that everything will work out fine
Strength to suffer, Strength to conquer
I’ve got the strength to know the blessings of the Lord are mine

The Spirit of Jesus Christ (Scripture)


Do you want to embody the Spirit of Christ in your life?  These five scriptures are a good place to start.   

Matthew 25:40; Matthew 19:14; Jeremiah 22:3; Isaiah 10:1-2; Matthew 25:42-43 NAS

“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’  Matthew 25:40


But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14


‘Thus says the LORD, “Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place. Jeremiah 22:3


Woe to those who enact evil statutes And to those who constantly record unjust decisions, so as to deprive the needy of justice And rob the poor of My people of their rights, So that widows may be their spoil And that they may plunder the orphans.  Isaiah 10: 1-2


For I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ Matthew 25:42 – 43




I did not choose these verses I will confess.  They were chosen by MSNBC’s Ali Velshi in a segment he called “What Would Jesus Do?” (in response to the Bible, Romans 13:1, being used by US Attorney General to justify the uncaring border policies of the current administration).  Scripture taken out of context can often be used to justify the unjustifiable.  The 1st verse of Romans 13 was used by American slaveowners and Nazis in Germany too. 

  • I felt they conveyed well the spirit of my personal Savior Jesus Christ.

Photo taken by Art4TheGlryOfGod by Sharon is one she calls Seek Him (flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

All scripture is from the New American Standard Bible.


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Lord, I’m ‘Available to You’ (Gospel/Scripture)

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy,

to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing

to God—this is your true and proper worship.  

Romans 12: 1 NIV



Now I’m giving back to You, all the tools You gave to me

My hands, my ears, my voice, my eyes

So You can use me as You please

I have emptied out my cup, so that You can fill it up

Now I am free, I just want to be more available to You

 

Lord, I’m available to You

My will I give to You

I’ll do what You say do

Use me Lord to show someone the way, and enable me to say

My storage is empty, and I am available to You

  • Rev. Milton Brunson and the Thompson Community Singers / “Available to You”

A powerful rendition of this Gospel gem by the Young Adult Choir of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden MD.  3 versions (two live) of this uplifting song are provided in this post.

Do you want to be a living sacrifice like the man who wrote this song?

  • The 1990 song as originally recorded by Rev. Milton Brunson and the Thompson Community Singers (link) and performed live (link).

  • The live performance video (link above) leads with the testimony of Carl Moody, Jr. (who wrote the song) – as shared by Rev. Milton Brunson. Carl wanted to be a living sacrifice, to be available to the Lord.  Carl wrote a beautiful song!



Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed

by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to

test and approve what God’s will is—his

good, pleasing and perfect will. 

 Romans 12: 2 NIV


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Prevail: Your Victory through Jesus Christ (Part 2)

God worked it for my good

Just like He said He would

“For My Good” / Earnest Pugh featuring Beverly Crawford


The spirit’s interceding on your behalf is at the root of your ability to Prevail. Whatever the circumstances you’re in, in the end you will escape defeat. A small setback today may be dwarfed by a bigger blessing you’ll get later; as I heard a preacher say this weekend, why ‘cry over spilled milk’ when God will give you another glass? (and it may be for something better!)


In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:26-28 NIV


I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:10-13 NIV


Prior Series posts:

  1. Your Joy: From the Almighty, Not Amazon
  2. Christians: Do You Have A ‘Gratitude Attitude’? (Praise)
  3. Praise is Your Weapon: You’re Not Walking Alone
  4. Prevail: Your Victory Through Jesus Christ

He worked it out, without a doubt.

He worked it out, without a doubt.

He worked it out, without a doubt.

God worked it out!

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Prevail: Your Victory through Jesus Christ


While others may fail, faithful Christians will Prevail.  In Roman 8 we read: If God is for you who can be against you?  Those who accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior know the answer to this question; no one!

Through your praise, prayers, and faithfulness you hold the keys to a life of Prevailing.  If you enjoy ‘perfect peace’ you are surely able to avoid stumbling and falling.  Enjoy your Joy!


They will fight against you, But they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you.”  Jeremiah 1:19 NKJV

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.  Psalm 34:19, 22 NKJV

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ JesusPhillippians 3: 13-14 KJV


  • Prevailers keep ‘pressing towards the mark’ because they know the Lord will deliver.

So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.  Zechariah 4:6 NKJV

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.  1 Corinthian 15: 57-58 NKJV


  • God gives us our victory if we stand firm. By interceding on our behalf we are ‘more than conquerors’.  It’s not by our own might, it’s by the Almighty’s might.

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  Romans 8: 31 – 37 NKJV


God Is In Control / Wilmington Chester Mass Choir


But By My Spirit / Mississippi Mass Choir (inspired by Zechariah 4:6)


To God be the Glory.  If God is with you how can you not Prevail?

(to be continued)

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Photo Credit (Cross): Dave King / flickrCC