3/8/19   (Across my desk this morning.)

Today’s Scripture
“And provide for those who grieve in Zion…a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”
(Isaiah 61:3, NIV)

New Garments
Do you need a new garment today? I’m not talking about a physical garment. I’m talking about what’s covering your mind and emotions. When you feel that heaviness and discouragement are trying to overtake you, the first thing to do is take off the old coat of heaviness and put on a new coat of praise. When you put on the garment of praise, that spirit of heaviness has to go. Sometimes you won’t feel like being grateful. That’s why God says to offer up the sacrifice of praise. God knew it would not always be easy. You will have to dig your heels in and say, “God, I’m tired and discouraged, but I know You are good. You are good all the time, so I choose to give You praise.” Today is the day for new garments! Thank Him for restoring you, even if you don’t see it yet. As this verse says, you will be called an oak of righteousness, strong and secure, and you will display the splendor of the Lord!

A Prayer for Today
“Heavenly Father, I come to You today and ask that You take off my old, heavy garments of despair and heaviness. Make me new today. Give me a garment of praise so that I can be a display of Your glory and splendor. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

My Comments:
Seems to me that this can only be done through believing that the KINGDOM of GOD is more real than our earthly existence.   If we truly believe that this temporary time on earth is for spiritual growth, testing and deciding to “Walk in the Light as HE is in the Light” then it is become much easier. Then it becomes stupid not to pass up the lies of the world and the signs that say buy this or that to be happy.  So it takes a heart change as to what is real and eternal and what is not to be able to settle into a Holy life style.

The Good Book teaches that “FAITH comes by hearing,  and hearing by the Word of God.”   So if you really want to get ready for eternity with the time you have left you are going to need to spend some real time with the Bible and especially the New Testament.  The Holy Bible gives us GOD’s perspective on eternal things like nothing else.   So if you are really REALLY expecting to live with The Creator through out eternity when this life is over,  what needs to change?  Are you really on track with what HE created you to do while being tested in this temporary dimension of time.  I often think that HE has given me more time here (at 86) because I am a slow learner.  But I am learning that we can only keep what we send ahead.

So setting things in place here in Kealia,  Hawaii to be able, in the Holy Spirit, to gather a small house church gathering with some extra space to mentor some young folks who feel called to be leaders in HIS CHURCH.  Rafters are now up for the roof for the ohana/barn/shop/storage area.  So please keep us in your prayers.
Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,   Ken<><

Good Quotes:

“Put off a sin or a piece of a sin every day.”-Rutherford.

"A revival is no more a miracle than a crop of wheat. In any community revival can be secured from heaven when heroic souls enter the conflict determined to win or die - or if need be to win and die! The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent   take it by force." - Charles G. Finney    "Truth must be spoken, however it be taken."-John Trapp    "Playing marbles with diamonds, thats what we are doing in the church today."   - Vance Havner

“When the church and the world can jog comfortably along together, you can be sure something is wrong. The world has not compromised – its spirit is exactly the same as it ever was. If Christians were equally as faithful to the Lord, separated from the world, and living so that their lives were a reproof to all ungodliness,  the world would hate them as much as it ever did. It is the church that has compromised, not the world.”    – Catherine Booth

"I bet you there will be people in hell saying, 'I thought there was no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.'"   - G.A. Jarquin    "Where there have been mighty deeds, there need be no multitude of words to tell of them. Many words are required only where the deeds have been too feeble to speak for themselves." - A.W. Tozer

The Washington, D.C. based, Christian Defense Coalition, calls for Speaker Pelosi to include Christianity in a potential House Resolution condemning all forms of hatred including anti-Semitism, racism and Islamophobia. According to the Pew Research Center, Christianity is the most dangerous and persecuted religion in the world with nearly a quarter of a billion Christians facing bigotry, harassment and violence.

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