Embrace God, the Father! Embrace God the Son! Embrace God the Holy Spirit! Celebration of their Presence!

Every single moment of every single day there are too many choices of what to think about and focus on. We can choose to focus on what is “true, noble, right, pure and lovely.” In all the ways God, our Father has been faithful to mankind throughout history and the amazing promises he has for our future.  

We can meditate on the truth that, “the same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in us”. Renewing our mind on these truths lead to actions of faith, that have allowed mere men to walk on water, pray down rain from heaven and stop the sun. It also allows us, like Paul, to rest and experience peace, and all the fruits of the spirit, no matter what nature of the circumstance we are all facing.

 Whatever it is which we choose to focus on, to prioritize, is what we are going to feel. Whichever side we allow to consume our thoughts is the side that will consume our lives. Cultivating a mind of faith is the difference between living in the power and rest God desires for us or living in anxiety and sleepless nights.

Philippians 4:6-7 The Message

6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

The Word of God for the Children of God. Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.

At some point in our lives, without exception, we have all dealt with or suffered from worry, stress, doubt and anxiety. Call it what you want but we all have to deal with it. No one is immune from the effects of life’s current circumstances.

We still are who we are. We are still where we have always been. Our life is still our life – good, bad or indifferent – it is what it is right in this exact moment.

Rich. Poor or somewhere in between – if you are reading this, then, welcome, you are in the midst of the same reality you were in five or ten minutes ago.

It is still pandemic. The Variant is running amok.

The Variant is very much a threat to our health and safety.

Will I or won’t I get the virus?
Will I get a little bit sick, or will I get major league sick?
If I get sick, what are the implications for my job?
What about my spouse? My children, My family?

When you see bills piling up and you’re not sure how you’re going to pay them.

When you experience an illness or injury which makes you wonder if you’ll ever be able to play or do the things you love so very much to do.

Will I still be able to provide for and feed and care for my family?

In such moments when life is planting every weight imaginable upon your shoulders, when because of all that you see and hear in the world around you, you question your salvation, or when you’re wondering if you’re about to lose your job, these are just a few of life’s many trials that can cause you anxiety, worry, stress, and even doubt.

And guess what? 2022 is only three days old …. 362 more days to go till 2023.

What can possibly happen to any one of us between now and then?

What can we do in all of the time between now and then?

Breathe! then pray! Breathe again! Let Go! Breathe again! Let GOD be GOD!

Embrace God, the Father! Embrace God the Son! Embrace God the Holy Spirit! Breathe! then Pray! then breathe again, let it be a Celebration of their Presence!

I love what these two verses remind me to do.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6(NASB)

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 (NASB)

Try reading them directly from your Bible.

No Smart Phones or Computer Screens or I Pads or any other techie device.

Pick up your bible, slowly thumb through its pages until you get to our verses for today.

If your fingers get caught on any particular page, read something on that page. It could be there is a divine reason why God grabbed your finger in exactly that moment and on exactly that page. It may not be immediately obvious what that might be, breathe, pray! and breathe again, let go and study each page anyway!

Then please keep on going. Keep on thumbing through the pages of the Bible. Repeating as often as your fingers, your thoughts, get stuck on a page God has set aside for you.

In the process of thumbing through your Bible, do you know what you are gradually doing as your body, mind and spirit are focusing more, prioritizing more – GOD?

You are PRAYING! Perhaps with words too silent for even you to hear or perceive.

But, wholeheartedly believe exactly this, there is a whole lot of prayer going on within you with each and every single Word of God you are now reading, trying to absorb!

Romans 8:26-28
English Standard Version

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

In the process of thumbing through your Bible, do you know what God is doing?

He is “enveloping you, bubble wrapping” you in His Word. Your thoughts are slowly, but surely and certainly turning away from whatever it was which had brought you to your Bible in the first place. Let GOD!

Eventually, I suspect, and indeed, do sincerely and steadfastly and immovably believe, you will eventually, inevitably find yourself at exactly our devotional text for today:

Philippians 4:6-7
J.B. Phillips New Testament

6-7 Don’t worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer, and the peace of God which transcends human understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus.

Breathe! Pray! Let Go! Let GOD be GOD!

Breathe! Pray! Let Go! Let Jesus Christ be your Salvation!

Breathe! Pray! Let Go! Let the Holy Spirit be your Prayer Warrior!

Prayer is the privilege of people who are saved by grace thorough faith in Christ, for by His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, He tore down the dividing wall between God and man and gave us access to His throne of grace, for mercy to find help in time of need. We are exhorted not to worry about anything, but instead to pray confidently about everything. We are to tell the Lord our needs, laying our petitions humbly at His feet and thanking Him for all He has done.

We are not to be anxious about anything but are to strive every day to bring everything in life to the Lord in prayer. We are to pray aright, and this is only possible as we embrace, celebrate and abide in our Savior Christ and He in us. We are to strive every day to keep our hearts free from fretting and worry and this can only be achieved as we embrace God, the Father, cast all our care and concern on the Lord Jesus – for He cares for us. (Isaiah 55, Matthew 11:28-30)

Being anxious for nothing is not a suggestion… it is a covenant command and a covenant responsibility for all who are born from above. Our anxiety, fear and worry not only demonstrates our lack of confidence in God and a lack of faith in His Word, but it is also deliberate disobedience to His clear directive. The more we embrace, celebrate, recognise God’s sovereign hand in our daily problems and life’s uncertainties, the more our anxious thoughts will simply melt away.

We are to humble ourselves, tell Him all our needs, lay all our burdens down at His feet and leave them exactly there… for as anxiety is set aside, so our faith will correspondingly increase. We are instructed to cast all our anxiety upon Him because He cares for us, but we are to do this with a heart of thanksgiving and an attitude of reverence and worship. Any inward-focused worries are to be replaced by God-celebrating, God-focused, God-embraced, dependent prayer.

Worry has a seriously detrimental effect on our fellowship with the Father, for as faith increases so worry is eliminated. But if worry is allowed to bubble-up in our heart and ferment in our mind, overwhelm our souls and spirits so too faith begins to stumble and falter and perhaps fail and the enemy is given a foothold.

There is nothing too great and nothing too small that cannot be given to the Lord, and there is no area in our life or the lives of others, about which we cannot come boldly to the throne of grace. There is no anxiety so disturbing that cannot be guarded by the perfect peace of God and no pain so deep that cannot be healed by His tender touch. There is no pain heaven cannot heal!

In worry, we talk to ourselves. In prayer, we talk to God. When we worry, we focus on the circumstances of life, but in prayer, we focus on our heavenly Father. Worry is self-centered and selfish and is rooted in the sin of unbelief, but prayer is God-centered and pleasing to Him, for prayer is built on a heart that implicitly trusts His whole Word and depends upon Him for all our needs.

True prayer comes from a worshipful heart of thanksgiving and praise that is looking to the Lord God by faith to supply everything we need, according to His riches in glory. When the prayer of faith sees the Lord as the sole Supplier of our every need, we should be anxious for 100% nothing but trust Him in everything!

It is by faith we were saved, and it must be by faith that we live. It is by faith that every anxious thought is utterly banished from our heart, and when faith in our heavenly Father is translated into prayers and supplication, with thanksgiving, our requests may be made in quietness, in confidence He will hear and answer.

It is to God that our prayers and petitions are made and through our Saviour that our prayers are presented, because we have been saved by grace through faith in Him. May we maintain a heart of grateful thanksgiving and praise for all His goodness and grace to us, and may we be anxious about nothing, but in everything through our grateful prayers and entreaties make our requests known to Him… and we will discover His peace that passes understanding, guarding our heart and mind, as we abide in our Savior Christ, and He is us.

In the name of God, the Father, and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,

Let us Pray,

Dear Lord, thank You that You know all things and that You know everything about me. Thank You that You hold today in Your hand and my future is secure in You. Thank You that I can cast all my cares upon You – for You care for me. Keep me from anxious thoughts and help me to train and discipline my mind on my Savior Jesus for I want to 100% depend entirely upon You in all things, not only today but in the days that lie ahead. This I pray in Jesus’ name, AMEN!

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Embracing God as He is Embracing us! Celebrating as God Celebrates us!

Who is the Lord our God? What is His realm? Remember, we are talking of the God of creation; yet how quickly we reduce Him in our hearts to a person more like us. We are more comfortable with a God who is always there to help and guide us rather than a God of judgment, strength, and power over all the earth. 

Exactly how powerful is the voice of the Lord our God? Exactly how much can all that power influence our circumstances and transform who we are? Ought we not to be embracing all God’s potential? The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders. . .. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars, yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon. . .. The voice of the Lord shakes the very wilderness . . .. The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare.

Now, look at the Psalmists response to this God of power and might. In His temple everyone says, “Glory!” Are we to fear this God? Yes! For non-Christians this is a fear of quaking and trembling before a holy God who will judge all His people. For the Christian this is a fear of respect, of unyielding reverence, at the awesomeness of God who sits as King forever. The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace. The Lord our God will do it all.

Pray today that God would fill you with a fear and respect toward God our true King, who alone can give you strength and peace. Who alone can speak into us!

Psalm 29 The Message

29 1-2 Bravo, God, bravo!
    Gods and all angels shout, “Encore!”
In awe before the glory,
    in awe before God’s visible power.
Stand at attention!
    Dress your best to honor him!

God thunders across the waters,
Brilliant, his voice and his face, streaming brightness—
God, across the flood waters.

God’s thunder tympanic,
God’s thunder symphonic.

God’s thunder smashes cedars,
God topples the northern cedars.

The mountain ranges skip like spring colts,
The high ridges jump like wild kid goats.

7-8 God’s thunder spits fire.
God thunders, the wilderness quakes;
He makes the desert of Kadesh shake.

God’s thunder sets the oak trees dancing
A wild dance, whirling; the pelting rain strips their branches.
We fall to our knees—we call out, “Glory!”

10 Above the floodwaters is God’s throne
    from which his power flows,
    from which he rules the world.

11 God makes his people strong.
God gives his people peace.

The Word of God for the Children of God. Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.

Jehovah GOD is the all-powerful Sovereign over all the earth and worthy of our praise. He is worthy to be celebrated each and every day! Celebrate GOD as GOD is celebrating you right in this exact moment. GOD is worthy to be embraced in every moment of every day! Embrace GOD as God is embracing you right now!

I love to think I am a pretty important person but when I am honest about it, I know my realm of importance extends (hopefully) to my family along with (maybe) a few close friends, that is about it. The importance of even the most powerful person on earth, now or in history, is infinitely smaller than an ant compared to God in heaven. We are who we are, where we are because of him.

We can never over the long and winding course of our lifetimes over emphasize the maximum majesty and greatness of GOD. Our worship to him is not about us, what abundance we get out of it (though it should lift us up and give us a genuine peace), but rather, our worship is about GOD and who He is. A better recognition of God and his majesty will affect our religion, our prayer life, our life at home, at work, at school, in our neighborhood. We are his and serve him.

How ought we to feel in our hearts and souls in the recitation of this psalm?

If you were to watch a man, take a gigantic tree of three feet in diameter and snap it in two, like a toothpick, you would most likely stand there for a moment in amazement. And if he, did it by simply speaking the word, you would be in absolute awe. We stand in awe of the authority, the majesty, the power, and the sovereignty of GOD. Some sports fans will roar with delight when a football player jumps six feet into the air to grab a ball, landing in the end zone. But how much more should we shake with thrill and raise our voices with praise at the greatness of our GOD who made and controls the swirling realms of nature!

What does this psalm teach us?

Verses 1–2. For some of our modern ball games, we find cadres of cheerleaders whose responsibility it is to whip the audience of fans into a fervor of praise and encouragement for the players on the field. In a similar way, David opens this psalm with an indescribable, encouragement to praise the One who can do infinitely more than toss a ball around a field. Here is a “high five” to praise.

Now generally speaking, powerful and proud men do not want to yell “bravo” celebrating the glory to GOD. They are so consumed with their own power; they cannot see their power is nothing in comparison to GOD. That is why this psalm instructs the even most powerful men in the world, including our president, to ascribe to GOD all glory and power and strength. Although one will rarely hear the presidents of modern countries acknowledge GOD’s power and sovereignty over their countries, that is precisely what the Psalmist says they ought to do.

Verses 3–10The following verses describe the GOD whom we worship, with a special focus upon His power working through natural phenomena. By merely speaking, powerful men can accomplish great things through their influence. With their words, they can greatly influence both great and small change. It might be they can influence national and world economies with a thought of what they might or might not do in a given situation. We assign that influence.

But even these acts of power and influence are a mere pittance when compared to what the voice of GOD accomplishes. When we hear the thunder, and the roar of humungous waves that too easily toss around the largest sailing ships in the world like they were made of paper, we know there is a GOD behind it. We can hear the very voice of GOD. In nature, we come face to face with the reality of the Creator. The power of nature harnessed by men through thermodynamic and atomic processes is borrowed power—borrowed from the GOD who created all matter and energy, holds absolute sovereign control over every atom of it.

Using powerful poetic language, the Psalmist continues to describe the power of God, snapping huge cedar trees in half, tossing them around like toothpicks, and sending earthquakes that make whole land masses skip like a calf. These tremendous earthquakes can move hundreds of thousands of square miles of land, and over (un)written history they have been known to level entire cities.

Thus, we see that God merely speaks and the inanimate and animate world obeys His voice. That is absolute authority. If He purposes an earthquake or the birth of another baby deer in a forest somewhere, He merely speaks the word, and there is an earthquake or there is another fawn to grace nature’s beauty.

Every doe wandering around in every forest in the world produces the miracle of new life solely on the command from the mouth of Yahweh Himself. He is intricately involved with every detail of His creation. Nothing is hiding from Him, right down to the tiny insect wandering about on the floor of the darkest and most remote forest on this globe. Nothing of mankind can be hidden either.

He sits as King over the vast oceans and the galaxies in this expansive universe. Kings control the land over which they rule, and our King maintains absolute control over every square inch of this universe. Surely, He is absolutely worthy of our praise and worship. He is worthy of our strongest embrace, celebration!

Verse 11The psalm ends with a comforting word for the people of GOD. The same power that moves the earth and causes a mother to bring forth new life will provide strength and salvation for the people of GOD. The Sovereign who brings about the turmoil of the raging volcanoes and earth-shaking quakes is the same Sovereign who blesses His people with the abundance of His peace.

As you and I meet with GOD in the light of the morning or the growing darkness of the evening and night skies, as our thoughts turn away from lies ahead of us or what just transpired over the long course of our 24-hour days, as we look to confidently move forth into the silent sanctuary on the Lord’s Day, please know that GOD will take His place upon the throne of our hearts and souls whenever we embrace Him as He embraces us, whenever we celebrate as He celebrates us.

Our bowed heads, our bent and bowed knees, our humbled hearts and humbled souls, our attentive spirit open for us the gateways unto our Father in Heaven. It is a gateway that swings both ways, for we can get to GOD and our GOD comes to unto us no matter who we are or where we are or why we are. Embrace that! Celebrate that with every last ounce of worship you can muster from within you.

The wonder of worship is the wonder of GOD’S very real presence. It is music from another place entirely. It is indescribable wonder and an undefinable awe which floods out all the darkness and the dust of sin and death our life contains.

We rediscover the innocence of children again as we embrace and celebrate and exalt GOD as GOD embraces, celebrates, exalts us every moment of every day. For our GOD opens Himself unto us. It is the most awesome moment of our life – more awesome than the greatest degree and measure of awesome we define.

Indeed, the whole of GOD’s glory is manifold, and this Psalm captures a great deal of how his glory is witnessed and worshiped in creation and salvation. To that end let us read and pray and remember, embrace and celebrate this, Psalm.

In the name of God, the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, let us pray,

Lord GOD, as I come to you today, I cry Glory, Glory, Glory! You alone are the only true and living God. You made everything and put it in its place. You give unto me strength and bless me with your peace. Yet, in your strength and majesty, you love me and care about me. Give me greater faith and a deeper commitment to live for you and to allow your Spirit to lead me, guide me and motivate me as he molds me into your image. Forgive me when I fail to be all you want me to be. Use me in your service in your own way. I pray in the name of Jesus my Savior. Alleluia! Amen.

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Happy New Year! Live Life Like You Were Loving Life! Embrace God! Take the Risks! Embrace New Beginnings!

God uses events in our lives to shape us, to teach us, to grow us — and some of the key events are those sparked by sin (our own or someone sinning against us), by our missteps, by our confusion. Memories of the past, therefore, can too easily feel like shackles holding us to failures, regrets, ignorance, foolishness, and sin. However, God never intended for any one of us to be bound to our past.

If your past feels like a wilderness, know that God wants to make a road through it, perhaps to help you navigate the difficult years and salvage the good. If your past feels like a desert, filled up with mirages, a land of lingering hopelessness, know God will make rivers of redemption flow as He brings beauty out of ashes. Embrace the risk of embracing all the fresh beginnings God wants to give you.

Isaiah 43:16-21 The Message

16-21 This is what God says,
    the God who builds a road right through the ocean,
    who carves a path through pounding waves,
The God who summons horses and chariots and armies—
    they lie down and then can’t get up;
    they’re snuffed out like so many candles:
“Forget about what’s happened;
    don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
    It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?
There it is! I’m making a road through the desert,
    rivers in the badlands.
Wild animals will say ‘Thank you!’
    —the coyotes and the buzzards—
Because I provided water in the desert,
    rivers through the sunbaked earth,
Drinking water for the people I chose,
    the people I made especially for myself,
    a people custom-made to praise me.

The Word of God for the Children of God. Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.

“Live life like you love living!”

“Live life like you were Loving Life”

There are a lot of things that excite people in life. There’s music, sports, money excites a lot of people! What gets your “I love to my life” going?

Why does culture and society become so excited over man made achievements and events in life?

Have you noticed over the long course of these past 12 months, and indeed back into 2020 when pandemic swept over our lives, a lot of the things our society has held dear in the past, because of the pandemic, doesn’t seem to mean so much anymore, to a lot of people? Do we sense somehow, our priorities differ?

Frustration levels seem higher than they have ever been, because one too many limits have been placed in our paths and rigorously enforced of our freedoms!

The attitude of, “well…if it’s not affecting me or my family” is long a thing of the past. Because this forerunner of things to come has 100% affected all of us!

I can remember following and watching a lot of things, like the news, sports, and finding new restaurants to “be getting out of the house” eat out. Things I once found intriguing, interesting, now I find myself not caring so much about!

Our passions along with our sense of personal security, our sense of personal space and freedoms have been subjected to regulations, in an effort to set new boundaries of who we are and what the future supposedly holds for mankind.

But who we are is not something which can be altered or changed so easily, as long as we remember who’s we are! We belong to Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

For just a moment, it seems as though we the church have been caught up, in both following and marching to the same beat of the drum, everyone else has.

Wake up Church, that’s not who we are and not who we were created to be!

For everyone who proclaims the name of Christian we are Christ’s followers, that’s who we are! We have an eternal identity, and we should easily embrace it and embrace being identified by the world, because of our identity in Christ!

We have a heritage to embrace, we have a future to embrace, we also have a destiny to embrace! Have a God to embrace! Have a resurrection to embrace!

I desire each of us to embrace a scripture which should be read over and over, until it becomes an indelible part of the tapestry of yours and mine very being!

Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-14 The Message

The God of Glory

3-6 How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.

(WHAT KIND OF PLACES? Places of favor we could never achieve with any amount of labor!) of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind,

(Who was on His mind? Insert your name right here!)

had settled on us as the focus of his love,

to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving

(I have to ask, what kind of gift giving? “IMMEASURABLE! GIFT! GIVING!”) by the hand of his beloved Son.

11-12 It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.

Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, for glorious loving, a glorious part of the overall purpose He is working out in everything and everyone in this moment.

13-14 It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this message of your salvation), found yourselves home free—signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This down payment from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life.

The scripture gives such great definition to Jeremiah 29:11! The plans which God has for us, for our well-being, for our welfare! Plans for our future and what glorious plans they are, as we just read! Pland for living and loving life.

Who are you and Who’s Are You? There should be no question, or hesitation. If you’re a Christian, the correct answer is, I am my Lord and Savior Christ’s! I am an adopted son or daughter of the absolute highest God! I intend to embrace it!

I am an heir to an indescribable future,

I have an eternal inheritance in heaven coming to me and

I am somebody, because God has made me Somebody!

I am fearfully and wonderfully made!

I desire nothing more than to jealously embrace the whole Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior! As my only source of salvation in whom I 100% trust.

I desire nothing more than to jealously embrace the whole of God’s Scriptures for my personal instructional guide – let the Scriptures speak God’s life into me.

I desire nothing more than to jealously embrace the whole of Christ’s church for my koinonia, my fellowship with my brothers and sisters and all my neighbors.

I desire nothing more than to jealously embrace every corner of the whole world for my mission field from home which serves as one of my God’s sanctuaries.

Acts 1:6-8 AKJV

When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Here is a question for believers to embrace moving into the New Year 2022. What are you expecting God to do for you and those you hold dear in your life?

If your best and greatest answer, is shrugging your shoulders “I don’t know,” then you are probably settling and getting only the crumbs from the masters table, when you could be busy with abundance, feasting at the masters’ table!

Embrace this! God has prepared an extravagant feast big enough to feed the entire world. The time has come for you to claim your chair at God’s table, and start to consistently enjoy the feast that has been bountifully prepared for you

If you and I do not start embracing this now, will you and I ever begin? Tell me, brother, sisters, who gets all dressed up for dinner and does not eat the meal?

The time for wasting time is over! There’s a new norm that is coming, one you had better start jealously embracing. The new norm is God’s standard of living!

Jealously embrace “wonderful” in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

Jealously embrace “marvelous” in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

Jealously embrace “magnificent” in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

Jealously embrace “superb” in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

YES! those are a few descriptive words of what lies ahead for the church and Gods anointed believers, it will be God’s Glory beyond belief without a doubt!

But right now……It’s time to praise and thank God for what has already been supplied and to raise our praise along with our expectation of the blessings in the pipeline “even right now in this orchestrated chaos” awaiting deliverance!

Jealously embrace this beautiful, glorious truth, God does not want any of His Children to have to settle for anything less, than His very best!” (Reread again)

“Live life like you love living!”

“Live God like you love living!”

“Love God like you love living!”

“Embrace God like you embrace life”

“Embrace Loving God like you Embrace Loving Life!”

“Embrace Loving God like you Embrace Loving Living Life!”

In the name of God, the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,

Let us jealously embrace God in this moment of prayer,

40 1-3 I waited and waited and waited for God.
    At last he looked; finally he listened.
He lifted me out of the ditch,
    pulled me from deep mud.
He stood me up on a solid rock
    to make sure I wouldn’t slip.
He taught me how to sing the latest God-song,
    a praise-song to our God.
More and more people are seeing this:
    they enter the mystery,
    abandoning themselves to God.

4-5 Blessed are you who give yourselves over to God,
    turn your backs on the world’s “sure thing,”
    ignore what the world worships;
The world’s a huge stockpile
    of God-wonders and God-thoughts.
Nothing and no one
    compares to you!
I start talking about you, telling what I know,
    and quickly run out of words.
Neither numbers nor words
    account for you.

Doing something for you, bringing something to you—
    that’s not what you’re after.
Being religious, acting pious—
    that’s not what you’re asking for.
You’ve opened my ears
    so I can listen.

7-8 So I answered, “I’m coming.
    I read in your letter what you wrote about me,
And I’m coming to the party
    you’re throwing for me.”
That’s when God’s Word entered my life,
    became part of my very being.

9-10 I’ve preached you to the whole congregation,
    I’ve kept back nothing, God—you know that.
I didn’t keep the news of your ways
    a secret, didn’t keep it to myself.
I told it all, how dependable you are, how thorough.
    I didn’t hold back pieces of love and truth
For myself alone. I told it all,
    let the congregation know the whole story.

11-12 Now God, don’t hold out on me,
    don’t hold back your passion.
Your love and truth
    are all that keeps me together.
When troubles ganged up on me,
    a mob of sins past counting,
I was so swamped by guilt
    I couldn’t see my way clear.
More guilt in my heart than hair on my head,
    so heavy the guilt that my heart gave out.

13-15 Soften up, God, and intervene;
    hurry and get me some help,
So those who are trying to kidnap my soul
    will be embarrassed and lose face,
So anyone who gets a kick out of making me miserable
    will be heckled and disgraced,
So those who pray for my ruin
    will be booed and jeered without mercy.

16-17 But all who are hunting for you—
    oh, let them sing and be happy.
Let those who know what you’re all about
    tell the world you’re great and not quitting.
And me? I’m a mess. I’m nothing and have nothing:
    make something of me.
You can do it; you’ve got what it takes—
    but God, don’t put it off. (Psalm 40 The Message)

Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.

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