Meditations From the Heart

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Posted 4/1/16 at 6:32 AM | June Samuel

He Is Risen As He Said

In the Gospel according to Matthew chapter 28, Matthew gave his account of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. He said, the first day after the Sabbath – the Sabbath after Jesus’ crucifixion - at the dawning of the day, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb where Jesus laid. Instead they saw an angel, who said to them, “He is not here; for He is risen as He said.” “Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” “And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, …..” As they were going Jesus met them on the road. They fell at His feet and worshipped Him. V9.

In the Gospel according to Mark chapter 16, Mark adds that the women had brought spices to anoint Jesus’ body. Mark repeats the same message given by the angel. “He is risen!” “He is not here.” “See the place where they laid him.”

In the Gospel according to Luke chapter 24, Luke mentioned there were two angels present and several women. The same message was delivered, “He is not here, but is risen!” The angel reminded them how Jesus had told them he “must be delivered, crucified and the third day rise again”. The women remembered Jesus’ words. Later in the day Jesus appeared to two of His followers as they travelled to Emmaus. When they reached their destination, they invited Jesus to stay with them. He sat to dine with them, and as He was giving thanks for the meal, they recognized Him and He disappeared out of their sight. Right away the two got up and returned to Jerusalem. They told the disciples their experience, how Jesus had walked with them on the way to Emmaus. They learned that Jesus had also appeared to Peter. While they were together, most likely, discussing, wondering and remembering Jesus’ words, Jesus appeared in their midst and said “Peace to you.” Jesus asked them, “Have you any food here?” “So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish.” Verses 41-43. The Lord Jesus was proving His authenticity to His disciples and to those gathered that He was indeed alive. FULL POST

Posted 3/25/16 at 6:01 AM | June Samuel

The Soul That Sinneth - It Shall Die

God has decreed it. In the Garden of Eden, God said to Adam, “in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die”. Genesis 2:17. Adam disobeyed God and ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam died spiritually that day.

Esau, Adam’s son offered a sacrifice of the fruit of the ground to God. God rejected it. Why? No animal was killed as his brother Abel had offered. No blood was spilt. The fruit came from the earth that God cursed, because of Adam’s sin.

God in His grace and mercy instituted the slaying of lambs, bulls and goats upon an altar of earth for the temporal forgiveness of sins. In order to appease God’s wrath this ordinance was given to the people of Israel, and to the strangers within their borders, who would embrace this sacrificial offerings for the forgiveness of sins. Note the word “sins”. The annual sacrifices could only atone for sins committed. It could not atone for the sin root - our sin nature that we inherited from Adam.

That is why Jesus came to this earth. He came to die. When God decreed that the soul that sins, it shall die (Ezekiel 18:4), He knew His Son would have to die to pay the penalty of sin. The Lord Jesus is the only one in the universe qualified to die for the sin of Adam’s race. FULL POST

Posted 3/11/16 at 10:22 AM | June Samuel

It Is All About Love

Valentine’s Day 2016 is gone. It’s over. It’s forgotten. We are now on to Easter Eggs and all things yellow.

Easter has been taken over by the secular world. For a great many, outside and inside of Christendom, Easter is about eggs. Easter has also been relegated to children, as Christmas has been.

I have often heard mothers of adult children – inside and outside of Christendom – say “Christmas is for children”. Some mothers have mentioned that their children are grown and gone from the home, so they are no longer interested in celebrating Christmas. They observe the Christmas activities inside and outside of the church from the sidelines.

The world system driven by the enemy of our souls, has come in and removed the focus of the Christian’s celebration of Christmas and Easter from the love of God to fun for the kids.

Yes, I understand that once pagans celebrated these dates or dates close to these celebrations with their pagan revelries. However Christianity came and changed these observances to Christmas – the birth of Jesus Christ; and Easter the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Any holiday or day honoring the Lord Jesus Christ should be embraced by all Christians. It is always better to honor God Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, than a pagan god or ourselves. FULL POST

Posted 2/26/16 at 6:09 AM | June Samuel

Hold Fast What You Have …..

"Till I come." Revelation 2:25 As believers in Jesus Christ, what do we have in our grasp?

We have the confession of our faith. Let us hold onto our confession. Our confession of our salvation: “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10: 9, 10 “But as many as receive Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His Name.” John 1:12.

Our confession to the world:  “….That Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures,” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 Jesus is the Christ – the Sent One, who came to redeem the world unto His Father. We have to hold firmly our confessions. We have to hold sacred our confessions.

Confession of our hope -  “Hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering.” Hebrews 10:23. The confession of our hope is the return of our Lord Jesus Christ to take us with Him. Our Lord Jesus promised to come back for us in John 14: 2-3. Verse 3 states: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself that where I am, there you may be also.” Jesus is the Truth. He speaks truth. We can rest assured our Lord Jesus is returning for us. Hold onto this truth. Live by it! FULL POST

Posted 2/12/16 at 6:22 AM | June Samuel

The Church of Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus when He was here on earth on one occasion asked His disciples “….. who do you say that I am?” “Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to Peter “……On this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hades shall not prevail against it”. Matthew 16:15-18

Who is this Rock? The Rock is Christ Jesus. 1Corinthians 10:4 The Lord Jesus was referring to Himself when He answered Peter – “On this rock I will build My church”.

The Church universal is the body of Jesus Christ and it is comprised of all born again believers in Jesus Christ – irrespective of our name tags. All of us who have been awoken by the Holy Spirit of God, of our sinfulness and of our need of the Savior and has responded by faith to that call, is a member of Christ's church. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” We needed the Savior to redeem us to God. In repentance we confessed Jesus Christ died to pay the penalty of our sin and lives to save us from our sin. We believe through faith Jesus has pardon us of our sin, and He has risen from the dead and gone to heaven. Soon He will return to take us to live with Him forever. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16, 17 FULL POST

Posted 1/25/16 at 11:46 AM | June Samuel

The Sun Comes After the Storm

The Morning After the storm

Just wait out the storm. The sun follows the storm. I have seen this phenomenon a few times. Yesterday, while I was praying the title of this blog came into my mind. Immediately after I finished praying, I rushed to the window and looked out. As I expected, the sun light was shining through the trees. The sun was not quite fully shining in its strength. It was a perfect sight.

As we have seen on television and heard over the radio the calls coming from the authorities for people to stay inside. However, some people for whatever reason chose to venture out on the roads. Some got stuck. They could not wait for the storm to finish. People had to come alongside of them and dig them out. Some had to abandon their vehicles on or alongside the street.

The frustration, the worry, their burden which was laid on others to solve, was it all worth it? If they came away from their situation with repentance and a resolution, maybe it was worth it. They may have the scars to prove it.

What about those of us who heeded the calls to stay indoors. We were on the sidelines watching. We watched those who were stuck on the roads and heard their trials. Some of us might have prayed for them. Some of us might have chastise them with our tongues for their disobedience to the authorities. Some of us might have just shaken our heads. Those of us who obeyed the calls to relinquish our ambitions to ride through the snow saved ourselves from trouble and anxiety. We also saved others from troubles that would have been. FULL POST

Posted 1/19/16 at 4:28 PM | June Samuel

The Spirit of Truth

In the Gospel of John Chapter 14 the Lord Jesus tells His disciples He will pray to the Father, and The Father will send them the Holy Spirit. The King James Version in this chapter calls Him the Comforter, the New King James calls Him the Helper, and the New International version calls Him the Advocate. The Holy Spirit comforts us, helps us and He advocates for us in our prayers to the Father “with groanings which cannot be uttered” Romans 8:26. In verse 26 of John chapter 14 Jesus says, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” The Holy Spirit is also our Teacher and He is holy.

 In verse 17 Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as “The Spirit of Truth”. In John 15:26 the Lord Jesus again calls him “the Spirit of Truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of me.” Many times when I hear teachings on the Holy Spirit, the teachings always seem to center around the Spirit’s power to enable us to live the Christian life, which is absolutely true. I hear very little, however, on the Holy Spirit as our Teacher. The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Truth will not camouflage the truth. He will expose us to the truth. (1Corinthians 2:13) The Spirit of Truth will declare the truth of the Lord Jesus. FULL POST

Posted 1/2/16 at 12:58 PM | June Samuel

Rumors

As I was reading the Christmas story out of Luke chapters 1 and 2 about a week or so before Christmas, the question arose in my mind. How did the neighbors on Mary’s street react to this episode in their neighborhood? I started to imagine.

 One of their neighbors – a nice quiet girl named Mary – could always be seen on any given day living her life. Then it happened that some days passed, and Mary was not seen by the neighbors. One may wonder, “What happened to Mary?”

 Now imagine you were living on Mary’s street during that time. Knowing yourself as you are now, how would you have reacted to Mary’s absence? Some of us would have said to ourselves, “I haven’t seen Mary in a while, I wonder if she is okay. Oh well.” We would continue on with our business. Most men would react in this manner. However, not many of us ladies would. We would, want to know what’s going on.

 Some days ago I was listening to a talk show on radio, and the topic was on rumors. Some listeners called in and shared an experience they had with rumors. I thought then, this question I have is legitimate. Let us explore it. FULL POST

Posted 12/13/15 at 10:04 PM | June Samuel

Rest In The Lord

If we believe that God is in control, then we know the terrorists can only do what God allows.

 Psalms 37: 14-15: “The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who are of upright conduct.” 15: “Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.” Those who will inflict terror upon us desire us to melt with fear. They continually sound out the message that they are coming our way. Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation are to be calm and unafraid. We are to “be anxious for nothing” Philippians 4:6 We have nothing to fear. God is on our side. Psalms 37: 9,10: “For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.” 10: “For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; indeed, you will look carefully for his place, but it shall be no more.” Let us see the events happening in our world today from God’s perspective. “A little while and the wicked shall be no more”. Look through God’s eyes if you will.

If we believe that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”; then we know that if anything happens to us we will have a good outcome. Psalms 37: 25, 28: “I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.” 28: “For the Lord loves justice, and does not forsake His saints; They are preserved forever, but the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.” Instead of being fearful, we are to rejoice. God is with us!! The God of Jacob is our refuge! FULL POST

Posted 11/16/15 at 11:35 PM | June Samuel

Hope In God

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? …. Psalms 42:11

I am sure many people in Paris today are having feelings of uneasiness and fear as they try to deal with the multiple acts of violence in their city. In these unwanted situations, one of the first words that rushes into our minds is the word why. Why did this tragedy occur? Why us? Why me?

Psalms 42:11 continues: Hope in God. We have to place our hope in God. We have to trust God for the outcome. He is over all, and He is a God of justice. He cares for us, and He tells us “vengeance is mine I will repay”. Romans 12:19 “Vengence belongs to God”. Psalms 94:1. Why? He sees and knows everything. He sees the entire workings of the event from the conception to the implementation to the consequence. God is the only one qualified to give vengeance.

 Deuteronomy 32:35 states: “ Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; Their foot shall slip in due time; For the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things to come hasten upon them.” I think this verse is a fit for last Friday’s tragedy in Paris.

 When people do us wrong, we are to give the situation and the persons over to God. We leave vengeance to our God, and we step back and let him act in His time. We cannot interfere even though we want to. FULL POST

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