A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

July 24, 2017

Just the other day I met a little girl in our neighborhood. She is in the first grade. We began to talk and my heart broke when I mentioned heaven. She had never heard of heaven and knew almost nothing about God. I think we forget…..if people have not heard …..they don’t know!!

I was thinking of another girl I met on a plane. She was a chiropractic school graduate and as we talked, she began to reveal that she had gotten her belief system from a fiction book she had read. She knew almost nothing about Jesus and what she did “think” she knew was skewed.

They are all around us, and we cannot stay silent! Here is why…..Romans 10:14
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

Now you may not think of yourself as a preacher…..but if you are a Christian…..you have at least a testimony and some truth. A testimony of how Jesus changed your life is powerful and personal. We must not stay silent.

I prayed about the little girl and got a book on heaven called “Heaven is Real for children” We sat on the swing and she read that book at least a half dozen times. I have peace that now she knows. She stated that she believes in Jesus now and I hope it will carry over throughout her life and pray that it does.

I think my first touch of God’s love and presence, that had an impact, came from a woman that cleaned our house once a week. She hid tootsie rolls in her pockets and would slip them to me. I don’t remember how she said it….but I knew that she knew Jesus. I felt so much love from her. The rest of the world was busy…..but I knew this lady named Willie, “saw” me. I felt important to her. What powerful characteristics of God she showed me with her quiet gentle ways and tangible love. She prayed for me too. I got a card from her when I graduated High School, long after she had retired from her work. Maybe no one but me and God saw it. But that lady was a powerful witness.

May God open our eyes to see the opportunities and give us the boldness to speak and testify. Look….you don’t even have to be a churchgoer to tell folks what you have experienced with Jesus. You don’t need a degree or special language. Just ask the Holy Spirit to open the conversation up and help you. His answer is “Yes”! And your efforts will have eternal value for you and whoever you speak to. God help us not be silent. Only through You can we obey your command to preach the gospel to everyone. These days are moving by so quickly…..

Well that’s my two cents and the burden on my own heart. I have such a powerful testimony and I have let discouragement and resistance cause me to hold back many times. May God forgive me and open doors and empower me to keep going. Thanks for your prayers as well! 🙂 Love you all and have a great day. Look for that Divine Appointment…..they are all around.

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MAKE YOUR LIFE COUNT

October 26, 2016

Did you know that God prepared things for you to do during your life before you were ever born?

It’s true!! Look at this scripture carefully:

Ephesians 2:10
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Notice the words “prepared beforehand”. Do you know what they are for your life? Have you done any of them? If you are not certain….don’t despair…..you can start today. Here are instructions straight from God’s Word….

James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Luke 11:10
“For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

So you can seek God and find out in the word and in prayer what He wants you to do in His kingdom. For example (and there are hundreds in scripture) James 1:27
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

It is important that we know what God is asking of us as individuals. God often will give us small tasks or projects or even tell you to call someone and encourage them. Don’t discount these small obediences. There is great reward each time we obey the Spirit of God’s promptings and His word.     For example: Mark 9:41
“For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”

So when we do things according to the Word, things the Bible instructs us to do and things the Holy Spirit leads us to do…..our work will remain and there will be a reward. It needs to be directed by God for your life. Then we will be building gold, silver and precious stones as opposed to wood, hay and straw which are works done in the flesh for wrong motives or wrong reasons. See this scripture below:

1 Corinthians 3:9-15  “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.  According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.  For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,  each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.  If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.  If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”

Now just to clarify……doing works will not save you……salvation is NOT by works.

Ephesians 2: 8,9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

BUT …..after you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior….He has some cool stuff for you to do that will bless you in this life and cause you to receive a reward laid up for you in heaven!!

Ephesians 5:15-17 “ See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,  redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

May God help us to see, know, and understand what He is asking each of us to do. And on a side note…..He loves when we are willing to do things in secret….just seen by Him when it is possible.

Matthew 6:4
“…that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”

God bless you…..many of you already know these things…..but some have never heard this lesson from the Bible. I pray it will stir you up to be about the Master’s kingdom business. For He Himself longs to bless you and greatly desires for you to receive eternal rewards!!!

Much love,

Jean

Ephesians 2:10   “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for GOOD WORKS, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Don’t Miss Out!

September 27, 2016

If we don’t VALUE the kingdom of heaven ….guess what?

Matthew 13: 12 ” For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”

DON’T BE THAT GUY…..PRESS IN! HE FREELY GIVES…..

Romans 8:32   “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?”

“Out Of The Box” –  Learning to have “ears to hear”  with Bible Teacher  Jean Chamblee – Passing The Torch

Doesn’t the title just give you a good feeling?!! A wishing inside that we could all at some point in our lives start over? A new beginning? A better than great “do-over”?

Of course. We’ve all screwed up royally at some point. God knew that. Before He made us He knew all that we could and would do. He has foreknowledge. He knows the beginning from the end.

Isaiah 46:9-11

“Remember the former things of old,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like Me,

Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things that are not yet done,
Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
And I will do all My pleasure,’”

So if God already knew what we would do before we ever did it…..then why does He still love us? Because His love is far greater than you and I can understand. His desire for a family (us) was far deeper in Him than our mistakes could ever take us. That is why Jesus came and paid the price for our sins. He made a way for us to get a blank slate. For real!!! Isn’t that good news? I think the “good news of the gospel” has gotten buried somewhere under a lot of religion.

Now this doesn’t mean that we are free to be lawless, but it is not a permanent condemnation if we come to Christ and “get honest with Him” about what ever it is we have done to royally screw up. We’ve hurt people….we’ve hurt ourselves. God wants to forgive all that and cleanse us from all of it’s effects. He will get all that junk out of us and lead us down a path that won’t hurt us. He is wise and He understands how things work in this kingdom He created.

Can we trust Him? Trust is hard for many because we have seen so many messed up churches and christians, but we can’t let that deter us from meeting the real Jesus. And THAT Jesus proved His great passion and love by laying down His life and suffering a horrible death to show us how serious He was about wanting us and getting us back from the bondage that sin brought upon us.

Romans 3:23 “… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

Like it or not we are all in the same boat…..we all need a chance at a “clean, blank, slate” in our lives many times over and He has provided a way for us to have that. He never intended us to be captured by our sins, the flesh or the devil. He is about our freedom.

1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Now let me make that “confess our sins” a little less religious and a little more understandable. He just wants us to be honest about whatever it is that we did to violate our consciences (that inner knowing of right and wrong) It can eat at us and we don’t even know exactly what it came from. Hey…..God is all about communication ….you have no idea how much He wants to communicate with you. YOU. Let that sink in. There is only one you ever created. Only you can give to God what He created you for. It’s kind of like a treasure hunt. You have to seek out your purpose and seek out your purpose Giver!! Only God knows why you were created. Why look anywhere else???

Romans 10:10-13 “ For it is by believing in his heart that a man becomes right with God; and with his mouth he tells others of his faith, confirming his salvation.
For the Scriptures tell us that no one who believes in Christ will ever be disappointed. Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect: they all have the same Lord who generously gives his riches to all those who ask him for them. Anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord (Jesus Christ) will be saved. (Living Bible)

So how to get a blank slate? Believe in Jesus Christ that He is who He said He is, paid our price for a blank slate, and just simply requires our honesty with Him when we blow it. He will then help us walk away from whatever sin has caused us or others harm. (I highly recommend you seek out the Baptism in the Holy Spirit too …..He will freely give you extra power to walk in this life with lots of help …Luke 11:9-13) ( also explanation found on Youtube…. “How do I receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit’….Jean Chamblee….Passing the Torch #14)

Anyway……I pray you seek Him out and get that clean, blank, slate and watch your past no longer control your future. That’s true freedom and only Jesus Christ can give it to you and the awesome thing…..HE WANTS TO!!!! This isn’t religion…..it’s relationship with the one that made you. Go for it. Seek and you shall find!!!

God bless and grace and peace to you!! Have a great day!!!

Sometimes I think we forget that there is a reward in heaven for all those that run the race as God has laid out in His word. Take a moment to read the scripture below:

2 Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

I hope you will read that scripture over a few times and let it sink in. We each have a predestined race to run. We each have a unique destiny to fulfill. Will you search for yours?

Romans 12:4,5 “For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.”

How do you find your destiny? Only one way….seek the One that created you. Only He knows your purpose.

Isaiah 55:6,7 “Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.”

The rewards we lay up for ourselves will go with us into eternity. Why fight the good fight of faith? It pleases our heavenly Father who desires for all His children to be overcomers and receive the rewards He desires to give. Yes, we battle the world, the flesh, and the devil, but it is so worth it and Jesus paid such a price for us to have His grace to overcome….. May the lives we live, be lived to Honor Him!

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Bless you and Hope you have a great day!!!  🙂

Your sister in Christ,   Jean

“The Blessing of Abiding”    Jean Chamblee  – Passing the Torch