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    Monday
    May182015

    How Is Your Climb To The Top?

     

    Good morning everyone, thank you for joining me today and welcome to "Dee's Thoughts". I love hearing from you thank you for your comments. This morning we are talking about the journey of the Christian and the unexpected obstacles along the way. Let's get started..."Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? Psalm 24:3

     “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord?” I think it is fair to compare the life of a Christian to the ascent of a mountain and to ask the question “who shall ascend the hill of the Lord”? The hill of the Lord is a high hill and it is not climbed easily.

     This mountain I am speaking of is not Mount Sinai, but the chosen hill of God where the company of angels are gathered and the church of those whose names are written in the book of heaven reside.

     As we began our climb there was fullness of joy and faith, we were up for the climb and ready to go. But it didn't take to long to realize this is not an easy climb and we find ourselves becoming weary and footsore in the climb to the top. What was once joyful and exciting in the beginning has now become weary and we find ourselves losing sight of reaching the top. Even in doing the best that we can it is not enough. Our once joy and excitement has slowed down with our pace and our energy has weakened.

    At first we were “young believers” full of excitement, but we did not anticipate the rough climb of the mountain. In the beginning of our journey our strong muscles and bones made our ascend an easy path and we laughed at difficulty. We laughed at danger and no matter how difficult it seemed we were able to overcome it.

     But sooner than later we discovered that the climb was more difficult than we thought it would be. The rocks were sharper and more rugged than we anticipated and was filled with ravines tangled with briars and jagged stones that cut our feet. We soon realized that we could not make it our strength alone.

     2 Corinthians chapter 12 verse 9 says, But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Wow!! Much of the courage we have early on in our Christian walk is the courage of the flesh and though it may feel sad to lose it, it is a blessed loss! To be weak is to be strong ,but to be strong is to be weak.

    Blessings, Dee

    We are a non-profit ministry that operates on the donations/gifts of others. If you would like to help us as we reach out to the hurting and broken please send to: 

    Healing Hearts Ministry; P.O. Box 390003; Omaha, NE 68139-0003

    Website Address: www.reachingthebroken.org

    Dee's email address: deejohnston1@live.com

    Monday
    May112015

    Called By God Or Called By Man?

    Good afternoon everyone, thank you for joining me today and welcome to (Dee's Thoughts). please pass these blogs on to friends if you desire and thank you for  reading and your comments. I so enjoy all of them. Keep them coming. Today we are going to look at a passage in Galatians that looks at the life of Paul before and after his conversion. let's begin...

     I want you to know brothers that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. Galatians 1:11-12

     In 1961, President John F. Kennedy in his inaugural address, made the infamous statement, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”

     In Galatians, Paul is dealing with false teachers who are distorting the gospel of Jesus Christ. They were saying, “Don’t ask what Jesus can do to save you, but what you can do to save yourself.” Paul was saying the opposite, “Don’t ask what you can do to save yourself, but ask Jesus to save you.” The only way a human being can experience salvation is through the grace of Christ. This distortion was saying that Christ was not enough to save and was causing the Galatian believers to abandon the truth.

     John Stott describes Paul’s pre-Christ condition in this way… “He was a bigot and a fanatic, whole-hearted in his devotion to Judaism and his persecution of Christ and the church.

     Now a man in that mental and emotional state is in no mood to change his mind, or even have it changed for him by men. He was a content Jew with deep convictions about his religion and his practice. Nothing was going to change Paul’s mind ...No man at least!

     But then, Paul has an encounter with Jesus and Verse 15-16 says it all. But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man.

    So, there we have it…In and of ourselves we can do nothing apart from Jesus, Oh we can try and we do try at times don’t we? But usually our attempts apart from Christ fail and they are not as fulfilling as when we are speaking His words and being taught and led by Him and not man.

      Just like it says in Galatians 1:11-12. So let’s not ask Christ “what can I do for you”, but rather, “what do you want to do for me”? We cannot save ourselves. Let Him change your life!

     Blessings Dee

    We are a non-profit ministry that operates on the donations/gifts of others. If you would like to help us as we reach out to the hurting and broken please send to: 

    Healing Hearts Ministry; P.O. Box 390003; Omaha, NE 68139-0003

    Website Address: www.reachingthebroken.org

    Dee's email address: deejohnston1@live.com




     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Tuesday
    May052015

    Do we have a free will or not?

    Morning Everyone,

    Thank you for joining me this morning (Dee’s Thoughts) and thank you for your responses to these blogs. This morning we are going to discuss this question “Do we have a free will or not? This is a Spiritual question that many people debate and ponder….Believers and non-believers alike’. Who is really making the decisions “me or God’? Let’s examine this topic a little this morning and see what God says about it.

     First of all let’s define “free Will”. God has given to man by nature, the will and power to choose and act upon his choice free from being forced nor destined to do either good or evil.

     Every single day…Every moment we are making choices—what to eat, what to wear, what to say, what to do and how to act. We make hundreds of choices every day. The question…Are those choices pre-determined by God? Or is there a middle ground where both free will and predetermined choices meet?

    Ephesians 1:11 says, In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.

     The answer lies in what do we mean by ‘free will”? If you mean, are we free to act outside of God’s sustaining and controlling activity, Scripture reaffirms to us that “in no way are we free to choose outside of ourselves. But if you mean….the ability to make willing choices-choices that have real effects, free choices that we are aware of without restraints, then, yes it is clear from Scripture to say “we have a free will”.

     A.W. Tozer expl.ains it this way. “An ocean liner leaves New York bound for Liverpool. Its destination has been determined by proper authorities. Nothing can change it. On board the liner are scores of passengers. These passengers are not in chains, neither  are their activities determined for them by decree. They are completely free to move about as they will. They eat, sleep, play and lounge about the deck, read, and talk as they please: but all the w.hile the great liner is carrying them steadily onward toward a predetermined port (which they have accepted as their destination). 

     Both freedom and sovereignty are present here and they do not contradict. So it is, man’s freedom and the sovereignty of God. The mighty liner of God’s sovereign design keeps its steady course over the sea of history.

    Blessings Dee

    We are a non-profit ministry that operates on the donations/gifts of others. If you would like to help us as we reach out to the hurting and broken please send to: 

    Healing Hearts Ministry; P.O. Box 390003; Omaha, NE 68139-0003

    Website Address: www.reachingthebroken.org

    Dee's email address: deejohnston1@live.com

    Monday
    Apr272015

    Good Morning Everyone,

     Thank you for joining me this morning with “Dee’s Thoughts”. Today we are going to talk about something we all have fallen into at one time or another. Envy! Envy is when you have something and I feel I deserve it as much as you do! Envy feels more like a bruise or a slight wound when it hits us.

     Oscar Wilde tells this powerful story: The devil was once crossing the Libyan Desert, and came upon a spot where a number of small friends were tormenting a monk. The sainted man easily shook off their evil suggestions. The devil watched their failure, and then he stepped forward to give them a lesson. He whispered to the monk ‘Your brother has just been made bishop of Alexandria. A scowl of malignant envy at once clouded the monk’s serene face.

    Envy is dangerous to the soul because it doesn’t leave quickly.

    Why is Envy so toxic? Because we fixate on it, all of a sudden you and what you have or do has become my emotional enemy. Envy starts with a case of mild jealousy but can turn into a tornado soon if we it let it get the upper hand in our life. It will eventually turn us away from God if we don’t deal with it because it is a sin issue. Exodus 20:17 says, you shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

    When we are envious, we lack seeing the whole picture as resentment begins to builds. How is envy broken? We need to get our eyes off of others and what they have and be thankful for what God’s has given us. In our thankfulness, envy is broken. Hanging onto envy only destroys us it does not promote us or build us up. God gives us the best. Not what we want but what is best for us. When we embrace that we embrace life at its best!  

     Blessings Dee 

    We are a non-profit ministry that operates on the donations/gifts of others. If you would like to help us as we reach out to the hurting and broken please send to: 

    Healing Hearts Ministry; P.O. Box 390003; Omaha, NE 68139-0003

    Website Address: www.reachingthebroken.org

    Dee's email address: deejohnston1@live.com

     

     

     

     

     

    Monday
    Apr202015

    What Are We Going To Do?

    Morning Everyone, thank you for your responses to these blogs and "Dee's Thoughts." I love hearing from you. Today we are going to examine "What do we do" when our circumstances are difficult.

     When we find ourselves in a difficult situation what do we do? It is far easier to look for a rescuer than to take responsibility isn’t it?  I am reminded of how we as people go through life’s day to day challenges. Are we participants or bystanders?

     Do we go through life feeling helpless unable to do anything about our situations, living with our hurt, rejection and disappointments rather than doing something about them? Where does our responsibility lie in these matters and what is our responsibility to God?

     Let’s take a look at a piece of Scripture in Mark 2 regarding a paralytic man that is being carried by 4 men to a house where Jesus is expected to be. Now let’s go down to verse 9 and following, which is easier, to say to the paralytic, your sins are forgiven, or to say, Get up, take your mat and walk? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins….”He said to the paralytic, I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home. He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all.

     We can all identify with the paralytic on some level, in that, we may still be living with past hurts and disappointments, living with our problems as a victim of our circumstances. What would Jesus say to us about our problems and our sin? Could it be that he would also say to us, “Get Up” take your mat and walk!

     The question is….What are we going to do?  ”Do we want to get well”? All too often we hold on to tightly to the things that paralyze us spiritually and emotionally. Jesus can and wants to heal us of those things but when he does, he will not leave us without excuse for the things we need to be forgiven for as well. So let’s take the challenge, take your mat and walk! 

     Blessings, Dee