Tasting The Good

Our foundational verse this month is Psalm 34:8, we are talking about  how to taste and see that the Lord is good, as we celebrate Thanksgiving and soon Christmas. While our tables may be full, we want our hearts to be as well, in thanks for His many blessings.

We have talked about tasting and testing words, sweet ones and bitter. And we have also talked about seeing His goodness in our lives. That might be difficult, at time but we can do it, by remembering what He has brought us through and out of, and that He can will again, even if we don’t see how He is working.

Rest assured, He has your best interest at heart. Even if with losses, He is your comfort. He is acquainted with grief, a man of sorrows, Isaiah 53, Jesus is full of mercy and compassion, and He does answer prayers, why we must taste His words and remain in His love.

I know that if something is wrong, it is so easy to focus on the problem. That is why we must keep that word sown in our hearts and remain good ground, we have an enemy who would steal it and leave us wondering why He didn’t care.

Whatever happens, there is always something worse that could have. Sometimes that may be the only thing you can think of, it is seeing His goodness. God is good all the time, it is His creation that has gone astray.

I realize that many people are dealing with loss, Covid, quarantine, home schooling and many things, but I hope we can look past that and see His goodness. I believe we could be so close to His return as the world has become weary from the ravages of time and the ages. We live in a time such as this, Esthers who will rise and stand against our enemy and adversary, knowing that God prevails, hope prevails and love prevails. Jesus wins hands down.

I usually tell people to read the book of John about the love of Jesus, many people gravitate to Revelation with no knowledge of it’s meaning, but this time it is okay to read the happy ending. Just be sure you are on His side, and He will be on yours.

Let’s keep tasting the good in times of trouble. I have sown healing verses in my heart, it is why I think it is still beating with as much as I have overcome in the past few years. I have learned to rest, and let Him be God. Too often I have picked up the prayers I have prayed and tried to fix my problems, just leave them alone, he know what He is doing even if we don’t. He has the answers, some we may not be ready to receive, I have had that happen, and be sure to yes and amen His promises, many people thinks He says no, I think if He does, he has something better, perhaps no is wait. And sometimes it is the others we praye for that do not receive what He would give, some are just tired and He is merciful, He does not control people, but He is in control of our problems and trials would defeat us, we never win in our own power, but we victory in Jesus, who said, ” Why call me good? ” He said God was, and He sent Him for us.

So, even if we have to taste our words and look a bit harder to see His goodness, let’s do it and remember to share the bounty of His goodness, this season. I am blessed to taste His words those I believe and share and write, an no, not everyone listens to me, and I get tired and angry, but I don’t let it rule my heart when He does. And I have tasted the goodness of His healing, He has saved me from quite a lot, including almost not being born.

Jeremiah said He has good plans, I know that, and I taste and see His goodness everyday. How do you do it? Think about it? He loves you and I want you to know that as deeply as possible, taste and see that He is good and be blessed.

This picture is a wedding cake and He is waiting to celebrate the marriage supper with us. Because God has the strength of a father and the love of a mother, He created both men and women, and that is His definition of marriage. As the church we are a figurative bride, and we will taste and see all the goodness of God.

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The Terrible Taste

Did you know that the Bible says Jesus tasted death for us? We may not think to associate death or fear with the sense of taste but it is a very real idea. While people have always been preoccupied by it and fascinated by it, written about and studied if for centuries, the fact remains that Jesus took death for us as believers.

What we do see is Jesus, who for a little while was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because He suffered death for us, He is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone. Hebrews 2:9

Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could He die, and only by dying could He break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could He set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. Hebrews 2:14,15 New Living

It was for our sake, He calls us children, that God allowed Him to become flesh and die to save us, He was the only one who could have done it and He died for all who would believe and sadly many do not. Many never will. I know He saved me from it in 2012. And while He has mercy and takes some home to heaven, we do have His authority to speak life and hold fast to His promises, there will many believers alive and remaining in faith when He returns. He told people in Matthew 6:19, that some of them would not taste death until they saw Him come into His kingdom referring to the crucifixion and resurrection, it is the same now as we look for His return.

I realize this many not appear to be a Thanksgiving theme, but for those who are facing it and to have Him intervene, it is great cause for thanks, as I write ahead, it is only November 1st, I am witness to another miracle. A woman had been told that her baby had no heartbeat. She had prepared herself for the surgery she needed to remove her unborn child from the womb, she said it was all quiet and solemn, they had already accepted the fact the baby was gone. Looking again at the monitor, the nurse cancelled the surgery, the baby’s heart was beating. The child was truly safe in His hands, and there is no better place to be.

While He can  the sting out of it, comfort the mourners and destroy the profound grief, He died to destroy the works of the devil and that is cause for thanksgiving. In a season of family and joy, thankfulness and togetherness, let’s not overlook the one who tasted death for us. Let’s never forget that He is Lord and deserves to be praised and thanked all year and as He blesses out tables and hearts this season, let’s be gracious enough to realize that we need give any other offering, except to live life as He would have us to, it gratitude and with a grateful heart. For He tasted what many of us will not.

And if we would only begin to fully walk in that love, as He has blessed us, love that we cannot fathom, we will see more of the miraculous day by day, if we could only touch the hem of His garment, imagine if you will, a complete embrace. He is merciful and overly merciful and generous, we must never take His sacrifice lightly and Thanksgiving is good time to reflect on our lives and make changes, because, sin still has consequences and leads to death, if we ignore such a great salvation as believers, we can crucify Him afresh, and some will taste death for that reason, we want to believe and remain in love. And if you don’t know Jesus as Lord, read the Book of John, it is full of His love.

If words can be bitter or sweet, how about the sacrifice He made the sweetest of all taking the bitter and terrible taste for us, and we can have life abundantly and give thanks because He tasted death, the terrible taste.

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Just Desserts

Just desserts, a phrase for seeing people get what they deserve. But for God’s grace we would not like our just desserts would we? Still, many people face an eternity without the Lord and the sweetness of His mercy and grace. As we taste and see this month let’s talk about desserts for a moment. Just desserts and real ones.

For He saved us and called us with a holy call, not in accordance with our desserts, but in accordance with His own purpose and the free grace which He bestowed on us in Christ Jesus before the commencement of the Ages… 2 Timothy 1:9

The Bible is full of sweet fruits, we have talked about honey, which was obviously the sugar of the day. There were honey cakes and sugar plums, probably lots of real desserts. We know about Daniel being in captivity in Babylon and how he and his friends did not eat what the king served and were in better health than others, and I was always hearing the phrase from Proverbs about ” putting a knife to your throat ” in regard to sweets and though it is a good idea to not overdo it, the verse is really about their beliefs and practices.

In truth, you can overindulge in lots of ways, gluttony is not just over eating. And I know people who eat more than me and are thin.  This is a bit of a sermon, we should watch what we see and hear, even think about and listen to. Literally, and spiritually, but we want His sweetness in our lives everyday.

While you can go overboard with diets, even fasts and feasts, we should seek the wisdom of the Spirit who fills our temple. And a little something sweet everyday will not hurt anyone, even for diabetics, there are sugar free candies.  While a little piece of dark chocolate is good for you, a word fitly spoken is as  well. You get the idea.

Let’s look to God for the flavor of our lives and enjoy some sweets and more importantly the sweetness of His Word. Jesus is sweetness Himself, the altogether lovely one. We can read about dates or figs, all the fruit of Eden, and the passages from Song of Solomon, and Jesus is sweeter still.

Go ahead and enjoy your holiday helpings of sweets within reason. I can pass on the pies, I would rather have a piece of chocolate cake any day. Ice cream could be a weakness, it is really the only thing the Lord had me to give for a while, I think it must be a dainty or delicacy.

But while He has redeemed us from our ” just desserts “, He gives us wisdom and will not mind a few sweets in our lives as long as we look to Him, we don’t eat the delicacies of kings, that are not in line with Him, and we do not eat the bread of idleness. We have the King of Kings, and we have tasted and seen God’s goodness, and savored the sweetness of the Savior.

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Bearing Fruit? Taste And See.

I can ask you just to read John 15, but I will give a few verses. Jesus talks about the vine and branches, and bearing fruit, so are we?

If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, proving yourselves to be My disciples. As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Remain in My love. Verses 7-9.

You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. John 15:15, I like the New Living on this, simply for the term lasting fruit, it is the same as abide.

At the start of the chapter Jesus talks about being the vine, pruning and bearing fruit. Nobody likes pruning but we have to have our rough edges cut off in order to be fruitful as a believer. For years, I thought I chose Him, though I had read this, now I know He chose me.

And while people consider themselves disciples, He goes on to call them friends, no longer servants as He has taught them what the Father said. Why? For the father’s glory. If God gets the glory we will be blessed and bear lots of lasting fruit. He even says He appoints us to bear fruit. And we won’t be cut off.

Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.  Matthew 3:8

I like to tell people to keep a repentant heart, which lines up with grace, we should not want to go on sinning or struggle against it, we should not trample His grace through willful sin but we have an advocate when we do sin. Keeping a repentant heart is helpful, allowing Him to guard it and keeping us in check, it will keep us from being fearful of receiving Communion.

Our fruit can be our family or friends, souls won to Christ, even our work, though salvation is a gift not through works,  He appoints things He would have us do, from His heart to ours. Fruit can be a kind word, a helping hand, it is my writing this blog, and encouraging you. This Georgia peach has a lot of peaches to her credit and all for His glory. And I pray He blesses you and heals you, delivers you, and that you know Him and bear fruit. It doesn’t have to be peaches.

You will know them by their fruit. Matthew 7:16

…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22,23

You know the phrase about a bad apple spoiling the bushel, I had that happen with potatoes, and yes, they are vegetables but the principle is the same in the natural and spiritual. It is the same with apples, bananas or tomatoes and potatoes. One will spoil another, and the whole lot of them.

Jesus goes on to say that good trees produce good fruit and bad, you get the idea. It is why we should choose our friends wisely.

Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals. 1 Corinthians 15:33

I sure hope this helps you to taste and see His goodness from Psalm 34:8 And that you take a moment to think about what your fruit may be.

Rebecca Jones

Tasting Words

For the ear tests words as the mouth tastes food. Job 34:3

While we are tasting and seeing God’s goodness, let’s not forget about our own words and mouths. I have to be truthful and tell you I cannot recall ever reading this verse. Probably because I tended to shy away from poor old Job, if he had a turkey, it would not have been puny. He was righteous and rich, blessed and under grace when the enemy attacked him. And richer still when he was restored, but He went through tremendous suffering.

Our post is not about Job or whether his fear and sacrificing caused his suffering and the hedge of protection to go down. It is about the wisdom of this verse. We all hear words we don’t like, right? We would turn off offensive an vile language as a believer. If only we could turn off the negativity, the criticism and mockery, even what passes as comedy that is often coarse and crude. Sometimes, things just appear way too loud to me or over the top.

That is why I can hide myself away with poetry books or the Bible, listen to softer music, even praise. We hear the rhetoric, the hype, the politicizing, the bad news. We test things with our ear, we test words, and choose to listen or not. People are listening to fear these days, and understandably so with all that goes on, but we must choose to listen to God and the fear nots he has commanded.

Like we choose food, we choose words, but what we listen to is one thing and what we say is another. While a lot of people, I would say most people, don’t pay a lot of attention to what they say, there are others who do, like myself. Though I believe the Bible and Mark 11:23, and I have been criticized for it, and I do enjoy charismatic ministry to a point, I found that I could not control what other people said or did after a lot of trial and error, even believers.

God never forces His love on anyone, or the obedience He expects as believers. If people want to to speak lies or bad into their lives, they will, they will fulfill the prophesy that call out into existence, just like God calling light to dark. Now, as I said, I came out of a small Baptist  church, to Pentecostal, and into charismatic, but I was never as good at guarding my heart as Jesus and got hurt way too much.

Words hurt! Even if you don’t listen, Proverbs says they go down and our in the belly and sour, as opposed to the sweet ones. The words we speak have an effect on everyone, ourselves and children, there is discipline and admonition and that can be lacking, and then there is destructive criticism, instead of constructive criticism and some toxic people you will have to avoid altogether. People have free wills and prayer will not always control them, they have to receive. Faith works by love, love is what moves the mountains and heals the wounds.

Thinking about what we say, before we say it is always a good idea, and I hope we can memorize and visualize this short verse enough to listen to what we say, chew it up if necessary, but don’t spit it out, if it is not going to help. Often we are paying attention to the words of others and hoping we can ” fix ” them, but we can’t. We can only choose our words and Job in all his trials came up with this pearl of wisdom, we wouldn’t eat something spoiled or rotten, bitter of distasteful, though some people would appear to anything.

Let’s purpose to hear good things and to say good things or nothing at all, as we are bound to run across relatives and even friends or coworkers that excel in obnoxious, this season, let it be rather a blessed season of rest for us and we will taste and see that God is good, especially, if we taste our words instead of those of others.

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The Wine Of Thanksgiving

No one pours new wine into old wineskins. The wine would swell and burst the old skins. Then the wine would be lost, and the skins would be ruined. New wine must be put into new wineskins. Both the skins and the wine will then be safe.  Matthew 9:17

This is the Contemporary version though they are close, I like the word safe, the rest are either preserved or preserved together, or kept in good condition. I like safe because when you are full of the Holy Spirit, you are safe in Him. when He says nothing can harm you He means it, but we have to be aware and obedient.

He gives us all a measure of the Spirit at salvation, and we are to grow in grace and He is our teacher. But there is a subsequent baptism in the Spirit, and gifts and that are powerful. He can’t put His Spirit into unsaved people through He draws them to repentance.

And likewise, He can not pour the Spirit into believers who continue to oppose His ways, who may not be walking in His will or continuing in a willful sin. While the Lord is a patient and a loving fisher of men and allows a lot of grace in our lives, He expects us to grow in love and grace and to grow up or mature in Christ.

He is not going to put the Holy Spirit into the old ways or the old wounds we may be nursing. He wants to heal those hurts, forgive and have you to forgive, and He will fill the hurts with His love and peace. He can restore souls, return joy, He is our joy, and He left us His peace.

We have all tried to fill something with a leak right? We have to realize that the canteens of Jesus; day were some old skin, I suppose you would have to be familiar with tanning or saddlery. It is a bit gruesome to me. You may see someone drinking out of something that looks like a sheep leg in some of the Bible movies, you get the idea.

Those wineskins dried up and burst, probably, in the constant use and desert heat. Just like we can dry up. I will resist the temptation to refer to us av old bags, and come up with something humorous. We need Jesus in us on us, for us to  be confident and comfortable in our own skin, we need to be a new wineskin.

Let’s face it ladies, we dry up. We go through a lot of moisturizers, don’t we? Even my skin that people admired and that made me look twenty years younger than I am, now has a little crepe paper look in places. I may be pushing sixty, I can hardly believe that, but I am forever young in Christ, He renews my youth as He promised.

Still, I drink some extra water, use some creams and lotions, anointing oil. He prepares a table for me and I know He heals all wounds, not time. We can open our hearts to Him in thanks, take Communion, taste and see His goodness, and He will refresh and renew us and fill us again and again and we will not dry up, break or burst but rather burst with joy, peace an love, as we are in Him and He in us.

The wine of thanksgiving is an appreciation for His sacrifice daily, not just on occasion or even once a year. Thanksgiving is communion with our Lord and His Spirit in us is the new wine, let’s taste and see His Spirit, the wine of thanksgiving.

Fill us each morning with your constant love, so that we may sing and be glad all our life. Psalm 90:14

And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:52

While we may consider ourselves disciples, He calls us sons and daughters. Being filled with His Spirit, bringing all nine fruits, healing, we can prophesy, now do we really want to be dried up? That is where the devil and his minions roam. We don’t have to be in the wilderness, we can enter His rest and enjoy the wine of communion and thanksgiving.

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The Fruit Of The Lips And Spirit

By the fruit of his lips, a man enjoys good things; but the unfaithful crave violence. Proverbs 13:2

A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Proverbs 18:12

I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him. Isaiah 57:19

Through Him then let us offer up a sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of lips which make confession to His name. Hebrews 13:15

Aren’t theses great verse, I just love them. What we say, fills us, and we enjoy it like like a good meal, while the unfaithful to God crave violence. I’m all for His peace and rest. And He creates the fruit of our lips, our praise, and it brings healing. So we should be familiar with the healing verses and believe that He still heals.

The reference to far off and near is a  to the Jews and Gentiles, as He planned to cover the earth with His glory, and the Gentiles were grafted into the Covenant, beginning with Cornelius receiving the Spirit, if not others being saved first and subsequent baptism in the Spirit.

So, that tells about the fruit of our lips, they are the words we are speaking that are whole and fresh like fruit. He creates them, poetry and songs. And since they are created by Him, we are the under the influence of His Spirit, and He gives gifts and fruits. And we can offer those fruits in thanksgiving, though Jesus was and is our one time offering.

As opposed to all that is wicked, ” But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. ”  I always divide these in to threes for teaching purposes. The first three are essential for the rest to work in our spirits, by the Spirit. It starts with love and ends in self control, there is no law against that.

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The Bread Of Life

For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven, and gives life unto the world. John 6:33

I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. John 6:35

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh. John 6:51

When Jesus told stories in parables people did not understand, did they? They did not view Him as the Messiah, though they realized He was comparing Himself to the manna from heaven, and indeed, He is that. And surely there were those who had no idea what He was talking about giving His life and the bread being His flesh.

There were many who stopped following Him as He taught and instituted the Eucharist and Holy Communion. We should not have that same mentality as believers, we have the benefit of hindsight, not being taught Judaism, though there are Messianic Christians and those who observe  some of the traditions. For the most part, we had Gentile upbringing or even no religious training, that is why when we receive Christ, we need the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth, after all Jesus, the Son of God is the only one who came as God in the flesh to give His life. He sacrificed for us to be saved.

Many people do not understand the blessing of Communion, though it was practiced in the early church. Believers would go from house to house  breaking bread. Now, it is often received once a month or  at certain times, but has come back into to teaching in recent years, as a daily practice at home and a way to bring healing to our minds and hearts.

What many failed to realize then and now is that Jesus existed in the beginning, He was before the patriarchs, I  believe He was the one walking in the Garden of Eden, and He appeared often in the Old Testament being referred to as the Angel of the Lord, though sometimes it may have been an actual angel.

Communion and even parables, the Bible, in general, can present mysteries, another reason He sent the Holy Spirit. We must never forget the sanctity and sacred, holy, teachings of God. His words are definitely pure and simple. They were not intended to confuse, God authors peace. They were meant to be studied and rightly divided, understood by believers, they are not the children’s bread give to dogs, Jesus even said, though He did heal the girl.

That woman dropped her pretense and realized she was a Gentile, when she said even dogs or puppies as it may translate get crumbs, He healed the girl. While Jesus came to the Jews, His own received Him not, even though He was crucified many still did not believe, even having seen miracles, but after the Spirit came, Gentiles or really non Jews, all of us were included and have been given the privilege of accepting Christ as Lord. Since He had made us priest and kings in the spiritual sense we can break bread and feast on the fresh manna, fresh grace and the bread of life and the bread of heaven every day, whether it is through Communion or just studying and honoring His words.

Now, many people have fear about taking Communion and not being worthy, let me assure His grace covers you, don’t be afraid, but keep a repentant heart, I would not take it as a willing sinner, if you are refusing to give up a lifestyle or sin, that you know is wrong. You have to rightly divide that His blood was for sin, so I would not drink it and keep sinning, that is quite different to the mistakes we might make on a any given daily or something we may overlook.

The bread is His body broken for us, for our healing. It gives life, the bread of life. Jesus came to give abundant life. John 10:10, and I was amazed as we studied offerings that the Greek for thanksgiving is Eucharisto. So Jesus is our once and for all offering, and worthy of all praise, and He alone makes us worthy and is our bread of life.

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To Taste And See

The question is how do we taste and see the goodness of God? It is why I chose this lovely lady with an eye in a shadow and red lips to give us a visual of what it is to taste and see the goodness of God from Psalm 34:8. Here is another verse we can use from the Psalms.

Open wide your mouth and I will fill it with good things Psalm 81:10.

While the Israelites complained about food in the  wilderness and doubted He could make a feast, He was giving them manna and He wanted to feed them and take them to a land of milk and honey but He wanted to fill their mouth with good things. Prayer and praise, worship for Him, getting past that doubt and unbelief, they even talked of the food they had in bondage. Would anyone go back to being a slave just to eat rather than praise Him?

The quick answer is yes. The Prodigal Son is a good example, he didn’t go home being sorry, just hungry and remembered the slaves in his father’s house had bread. Now, obviously this was a more generous man, slave owners were not necessarily as kind, though  Jews had laws about that. Joseph prospered as a slave. Joseph moved on to the highest rank beside Pharoah, he did not bow down and kept good things in his mouth.

But then came captivity, and then when the delivered came, there was the wandering Jews, wondering about food and forgetting what God had done. And that He could do it again. We have all had our days of wondering and wandering.  And the Prodigal is a picture of all who return to the Father, his father never gave him a chance to be a slave and neither will God. He wants sons and daughters serving out of love.

We taste His love, by hearing the story of Jesus and by believing in Him as the Son of God, crucified and risen to atone for our sins. Our confession of salvation is made with our mouths. Romans 10:9, 10. He has filled it with a good thing, and if we accept the gift of the baptism of the Spirit, He does it again. Everyone has a measure of the Spirit at salvation, but there is a subsequent baptism by fire. remember, John baptized with water and Jesus with fire. I always tell people to study first, 1 Corinthians, 12,13,14, for that gift.

Tongues filled the mouths of Jews in Acts and they had to see them as tongues of fire because they were so observant of food laws. While we can renounce sin and all false teaching and receive, there are other verses that will show how he fills our mouths. And Jesus told us not to take thought of what we will eat or drink, He wants to provide for us, we are His, He will decide our path.

While most of us never will know hunger there are so many that do, and I encourage everyone to help in anyway they can, He will fill our mouth with good things as we praise.

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with a shout of joy. Job 8:21

You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. Psalm 4:7

Fill us each morning with your constant love, so that we may sing and be glad all our life. Psalm 90:14

For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107:9

Blessed are those hungering and thirsting for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6

Yet He did not leave Himself without witness, for He did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness. Acts 14:17

May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:19

His Spirit fills us with power, love, and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7

So, in effect we taste His love and grace, His goodness and we see it evidenced by our praise and in our daily lives as we dwell safely in Him. Can you picture a harvest coming up? It is apple picking time. We have sown in love and well reap what we sow, His banqueting table is ever before us.

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Seeing Goodness Through Windows Of Light

You are good and do good; Teach me Your statutes. (1)

It may have become poetic but Jesus called our eyes, lamps. They give off light or they are shut off and dark, much like opening and closing a window, We are talking this month about tasting and seeing God’s goodness and what we see and what say impacts our vision in very spiritual ways.

The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 5:22-24.

How can the light in us be darkness? As believers we experience many trials, and while God lives in the darkness of time and space, originally darkness was called good. So, the answer is that it can’t be that great darkness, His light will move it and shine through. Even a measure of that may exist in non believers.

But for people who only see the negative, the ugly, the doubt, fear and unbelieving souls, even believers who fail to see His grace, the darkness can be great. Black clouds of depression can hang over them, constant problems and worries. What you see and what you say matters and affects your eyes, health, and walk with God.

Do you see what the world sees or what God sees. Do you look at situations in the natural or supernatural. God is greater than any problem. And that is not a trite answer for someone suffering, it is still the truth and He know what you need to change your situation, and He is patient and loving.

You can choose to see good or bad, light or dark. And it with affect your life and health and even your soul. You can be saved and struggling with darkness through natural circumstances or spiritual warfare. Isn’t it interesting that Jesus says you will serve one or the other master and He names money, that was Judas’ problem, it is not having money that is evil but the love of it. Money is not the root of all evil, the love of money is and that is greed.

If your eyes have given in to darkness how great is that darkness? But Jesus is the light, He can dispel the darkness. This was another of my suggestion from my mother, it could be a series. What are we opening our windows to everyday? Are we seeing God’s goodness? Or are we seeing dark days? Jesus is  our hope and anchor in those times, but we are to look to Him, He has to be our focus. Hebrews 2:12.

We are approaching the Christmas season and I can tell you He is the light of the world. Jesus is the light, as God and the Spirit are. There is no darkness in them at all. Jesus is called the shemesh, the servant candle of the menorah, the center one always lights the others, that is a wonderful visual of Him.

And we carry that light and help to light the way for others. He did not give you light or a lampstand, for you to hide under a bushel. Isaiah 60 tells us to arise and shine, His glory has risen upon us. I told you it was a series, there is a lot to say about light.

We must never let our spiritual eyesight dim, so let’s keep our eyes open to Him and reading His words can be like gazing into His eyes of love. So, don’t think just memorizing it or quoting it is enough, it’s good but we need to see it, so open that Bible, taste and see His goodness through windows of light.

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