Aloha Family & Friends,  Beloved of God and me….   John 3:16-18

FREEDOM,     “WORHT CONSIDERING”   4/24/20   from Ken<><

Today’s Scripture
“…to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment…”
(1 Timothy 6:17, NIV)

Enjoy the Simple Things
Don’t miss a great season in your life wishing you had more, complaining about what you don’t have. The real joy in life is in the simple things—making memories with your family, riding your bikes together, watching the sunset with your spouse, or staring up at the stars at night. You don’t have to have big vacations or lots of money to have fun. Learn to enjoy the simple things in life.

Could it be that you’re at the right place for the season that you’re in, but you’re not enjoying it? Maybe if you would step back and see it from a new perspective, you would realize that God has you in the palms of His hands. He knows where you are, what you like, and what you don’t like. Instead of living discontented, frustrated, always wishing you were somewhere else, embrace the place where you are. See the good. Be grateful for what you have.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for being the God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Help me find real joy in the beauty of this moment and in life’s simple things. I declare that I will embrace the place where I am and be grateful for what I have. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Ken’s Thoughts:
Really a great message today to consider.   When we walk with the Holy Spirit in loving humility and obedience we are promised to be provided for with all of our needs according to the Riches and Glory in Christ Jesus.  And that HE would see to it that we are never without food and shelter.  The problem comes when we expect God’s blessing when we are in sin and disobedient.  We quickly forget that our Creator has in place an immutable Law of sowing and reaping.  In Isa. 53 we see Jesus, the Christ, setting us free from the sins of Adam and the ones that we repent for.  But if we still lie. covet, and are prideful in this world in our words and actions, how then can God bless?  In the past I have had to counsel with a pregnant young woman who was very repentant.  But 9 months later there was a brand new soul to take care of anyway..  I once made a 15 minute decision that took 17 years of pain to account for.  And a difficult lesson to learn, for me, anyway.  Jesus taught us that God’s Truth, HIS Truth was given to set us free.  Free to be whole of Spirit and free of rebellion and pride and anger and negative thoughts, words and actions.   But the lies of this world are so very many and presented in such a deceitful way.  I once was driving from L.A. to San Diego and along the way you can rarely see the beautiful country for the really big bill boards.  There is one I remember passing that had a warm fireplace scene with a lovely lady in black velvet about 20′ tall next to an vintage round oak table.  The only words on the whole billboard were the words: “Black Velvet on the bottle of whisky besider her on the table with two glasses.  The lie, buy the whisky, you can have the girl.  Guess it sold a lot of whisky as it was a very expensive billboard.  My personal experience with whisky is that those who bought that lie, paid a lot more than money for the pain and suffering that settled in from it over the years.  The concept of buy now, pay later that I see in auto publicity is such a big scam.  And our world is full of demonic scams like that which will in no time at all try to snare you into a net and keep you captive till you life is over.  In the O.T. Isa. 61 share with us God’s promised provision.  And in Luke 4:18-21 we find the fulfillment.   ““The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me (the Messiah),  Because He has anointed Me to preach the good news to the poor.  He has sent Me to announce release (pardon, forgiveness) to the captives,  And recovery of sight to the blind,  To set free those who are oppressed (downtrodden, bruised, crushed by tragedy), I like to add to this 1 Cor.1:16-31   “Just look at your own calling, believers; not many [of you were considered] wise according to human standards, not many powerful or influential, not many of high and noble birth. 27 But God has selected [for His purpose] the foolish things of the world to shame the wise [revealing their ignorance], and God has selected [for His purpose] the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong [revealing their frailty]. 28 God has selected [for His purpose] the insignificant (base) things of the world, and the things that are despised and treated with contempt, [even] the things that are nothing, so that He might reduce to nothing the things that are, 29 so that no one may [be able to] boast in the presence of God. 30 But it is from Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God [revealing His plan of salvation], and righteousness [making us acceptable to God], and sanctification [making us holy and setting us apart for God], and redemption [providing our ransom from the penalty for sin], 31 so then, as it is written [in Scripture], “He who boasts and glories, let him boast and glory in the Lord.”

“There will be no great Revival until the people of God are deeply convicted of their need of holiness.”   -MAJOR ALLISTAIRE SMITH (Salvation Army).
“A God-sent Revival must ever be related to holiness”   – Duncan Campbell.
“That such widespread misunderstanding should exist about the word (sanctification) and its meaning, is a spiritual disaster. If there is one New Testament term more than another which calls for rescue it is that precious, expressive word, Sanctification.”   -Sidlow Baxter.  
 “Believers must be brought into conviction of the shame and evil of the carnal state. God brings believers  into, what may be called, a second conviction – conviction of a need of deliverance from the power of sin.”  – ANDREW MURRAY.
“True holiness is a Revival of Holiness. Personal holiness is more desirable than happiness, he (Duncan Campbell) taught, and it is not in heaven alone that God wants our saintliness – it is here and now; holiness is not just a doctrine to be taught, it is a way of life – it is the life of Jesus.” – DUNCAN CAMPBELL.
“God Who delivers us from the guilt of sin through faith in Jesus Christ, is able to deliver the believer from the power of sin as well.” – J. EDWIN ORR.

U.S. unemployment is nearing levels of the Great Depression of the 1930s, with one in 6 Americans of working age out of a job as the coronavirus pandemic essentially shut down the economy. About 4.4 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance last week alone, reported the U.S. Labor Department on Thursday.

Yours in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,   Ken<><

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