One of my favorite chapters in the bible, from the book of Galatians is pertaining to the fruits of the Spirit. The Apostle Paul talks about, the fruits of the Spirit being; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control, in Galatians 5. The Apostle Paul instructs the church to stand fast in their freedom and to seek the opportunity to love one another.
How does one seek an opportunity to love? Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. When our flesh has been crucified with Christ, the Holy Spirit operates in the life of the believer and we can love others.
In the book of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 the bible says, “Love is patient, kind, does not envy, or boast, is not proud or rude, nor self seeking, and is not easily angered and keeps no records of wrong doings. Love itself always protects those who love others, and those who love others, protects them whom they love, by showing their love. Jesus said in John 13:34, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” Let’s all spread our fruits that we have been bestowed with to others, starting with loving others the way that the Lord wants us to, in our actions. Amen.
Ever had the feeling of giving up? Just want to throw in the towel. Of course we have. Life brings to everyone daily uncertainties and surprises. We think something will turn out this way, and it turns out that way. We have goals since high school graduation, and fifteen years later we still have the same goals that seem unattainable.
Hebrews 10:23 says, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;). When we have goals and dreams or a vision for life or the future and it seems like it’s taking forever to get here; to become a reality, the Word says that we should hold fast and progress in faith. We must believe. We cannot concentrate on the mental illness or the conflict; the arguments or the pain. We must look to God, and pray. As we pray, we walk with God as in having faith and continue to believe as we are on our journey.
We must believe that if we stand, that our vision will not perish; but we will have better than we would have hoped for. God is faithful and He promised happiness to His children. Happiness entails the fruits of the Spirit.
Many times people think that happiness is the money, the assets, the bank account. Happiness is the peace of God; that no matter what we have or do not have, there are more important issues such as health and family. When we stand on the promises of God, we will have the things that truly count in this world; in our lives. Praises Be To The Lord.
Annette Journet Jaco
Isaiah 28:1 says, “Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!” The Word of the Lord says that we are fading flowers. Ladies, we know that we all grow older day by day. We know that flowers are beautiful, but do not last forever. We also know that it is the Lord who gives us our beauty.
I am here to say; ladies, you are beautiful. You are beautiful; when you put God 1st. You are beautiful when you walk in the fruits of the Spirit in love showing love and compassion. Ladies you are beautiful when; you acknowledge your Creator and when you confess the Lord Jesus with your mouth. You are beautiful when you stand for what is right, and ladies you are beautiful when you fellowship with your sisters in Christ and encourage non-believers to draw them into fellowship. So stand, you are beautiful!
Your beauty will not wither, but will last forever in the glory of God. Besides, people remember inner love that extends itself and acts of kind deeds. Amen.
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I’m busy, I’m busy, I’m soooo busy. The world today has adopted the new word of the decade, “busy”. As a Christian you realize that brotherly and sisterly fellowship is important. The Apostle Paul loved his brothers and sisters in Christ to the extent that he not only instructed them about the duties of the church, but he was so loving pertaining to other Christians that he took the time to write them letters.
His letter to Timothy was so loving because he knew Timothy was facing a heavy burden of being responsible for matters dealing with the church. He warned the young pastor about a challenging task ahead, false doctrine and how to protect the people of God and his position in leadership. Today other people of God want to push you towards danger or watch you fall. We ought to lift one another up and encourage one another.
The “I’m so busy” phrase is just another way to dismiss others. If someone is doing the will of the Father, and they see others doing the will of the Father, isn’t that an invitation to connect with one another? The Apostle Paul says, “they have greedy motives.” If someone has a motive to do harm, how can they say God told me to do this? I’m never too busy to worship, my Father.
Worship is adoring God and giving reference to Him not only in song but in our daily actions, adoring His people, our brothers and sisters in Christ, when we know them to be genuine. The Apostle Paul was in prison when he encouraged the churches. He could have been overly concerned about his present position and his imprisonment. Instead he chose to encourage, and to spread the knowledge that he had been given of the Father. He wrote that the good news of Jesus Christ is a fact to be lived, a life of righteousness.
Worshipping God is sacred and it’s beautiful in a way that touches the worshipper. When we have a heart for God, we have a heart for people. Wake up people. I’m too busy should not be a phrase you use, on others that you claim to love. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 3:1-2, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.” It hurts, but it is so true. People love their own self so much that they feel a need to boast; to be proud, to say, “I’m so busy” in a disdainful way.
Many of us are busy, but keep in mind, that we should never be too busy to worship. Worship is genuine and it goes deep. Worship is being there for others, especially those of the household of faith. I’m agreeing with the Apostle, with God’s Word spoken through a man of God. I am never too busy for God, to worship Him, to encourage His people. Envy is banished, pride is crushed, bragging is relinquished, conceit is thrown out the window. Humble attitudes take precedence and God is watching. Praise His Name.
Annette Journet Jaco/Author/Poet
Ladies, do you ever feel like you are running a race? Get ready, get set, go! You hear the sound of the mark go off and off you go. The Word of God says in Philippians 3:14, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Now bear in mind that Philippians 3:16 says, “Nevertheless whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.” Ladies if we are to walk as if we have already attained the prize or in the prize that we have already attained, why are we racing?
The Word of God says that Jesus is the Author and Finisher of our faith. The bottom line is that we should always press toward the goal that God has called us to. Since God has called every one of us to a different ministry, there should be no competition, no race. We are to press toward the prize in a humble manner, in obedience to the Father, obeying every assignment that God has given us. God does not give anyone the same assignment; because we all have unique gifts, unique ministries.
Two people might have a gift of singing but the assignment from God is different for each person or ministry on how it should be achieved. When we press to win the prize in which God has called us to, we should be reaching for Him to give us the prize; God’s hand to our hand. God will not give anyone else what He is handing over or giving us. He is the hand that is not shortened. Isaiah 59:1 says, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy that it cannot hear.” The Word says that we should live up to what we have already attained. The Lord will lead us to the rest; He gives us a little at a time. So there should be no race; only our own.
The Bible says, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” (2Timothy 4:7). In 2Tim.4:8, the Bible says, “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.”
He is calling us to a heavenly calling to take part in spreading the Great Commission. There are pricipalities and powers in the air ruling in certain places, Ephesians 6:12. So God speaks to His ministers or the called according to His purpose. No one knows what God has told us except us and the Father, and we should walk in that manner for what we have attained through Christ’s power and wait for our next assignment.
One of the really good traits on running a race is to be still, take a rest, a break, a breather. Get a drink of water. John 7:38 says, “He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” Amen.
Annette Journet Jaco
Loving yourself is one of the required elements in your Christian walk; and why?, ‘because the Word of God says’, in Leviticus 19:18, “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself; I am the Lord”. The Word of God says, love others as we love ourselves. Now this may seem a bit odd to you to love your neighbor even if you don’t know them; as much as you love yourself.
We must be neighborly and kind to others, and even if they seem strange or may not be living as a Christian, we ought to love them; not only secretly but outwardly by saying hello at least. We ought to love them enough to pray for them. Keep in mind that God’s Word says to love them as we love ourselves. Seemingly God is saying that it’s o.k. to love ourselves. We must have self love, an inner love of ourselves in order to express an outward love. We appear happy and our countenance is beautiful when we love ourself.
Proverbs 10:12 says, “Hatred stirreth up strifes; but love covereth all sins.” So love yourself and the love that you have for yourself and for others may cover your sins. God is love and love is powerful. It is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, who is God. Whether you have gone through stress, pain, loneliness, illnesses, trauma, heartache; just love yourself. Be in the eye of the storm, the Word of God; and love yourself.
Annette Jaco/Author/Freelance Writer
It is very important to have confidence in yourself and to believe in your dreams and the things that you want in this life. You go for your dreams in strife, with a potential that is unending but resilient and believable. When others see you they see a strong person, a person who seems to have no fear of failing.
Many times we see the outward person and we do not realize that the inner person might have something worth testifying about, something completely different, from the outer shell. The inside of this person is their true self and they exude in a God confidence. It’s that kind of confidence that you don’t have or put merely in yourself, but your strength and confidence comes from the Lord. It is in Him that you find strength to perservere. God confidence is relying on a God of power. He is omnipotent and this strength comes from Him, so continue in your God confidence and faith walk!
Prayer is needed in our daily lives, because prayer is being devoted to our God; especially when we pray to communicate with Him.
When we pray we can be thankful for the blessings that we have received from the Lord. It shows a gratitude when we go humbly to God in our appreciation for what He’s done for us.
Jesus died for our sins; all of our sins. He died for the young, the old, all denominations, all races, all genders. We must always go to the Lord and remind Him how much we are greatful for this amazing grace and gift. We must pray in Jesus’ name. The Lord recognizes how much we believe in His truth and His Word which says that Jesus is the Mediator between God and man.
The Word of God is God speaking to us. As Christians and others we want to acknowledge His Word. His Word is power.
The Scripture tells us in, Hebrews 4:12, “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. The Word of God is God piercing the dividing asunder of our soul and our spirit; our joints and our marrow. God can discern our thoughts and He knows the intents of our heart. Praise God.
Prayer is communing with God Almighty and when we pray we must pray with a genuine love for God. The Word of God says that we ought to pray without ceasing. We should pray without stopping. Now this does not mean that we cannot take a break on prayer but it means that no matter where we are or what we are doing we must be continuing in prayer. When we are driving, when we go to bed, when we wake up, when we are working; in all things that we do we must come to God in prayer, always.
Whatever we face we can come to God in prayer, but not only must we come to God in prayer when we are facing difficulty but we must always be on our face, praying to God. We must always be communing or communicating with our Father.
Communing or communicating with the Lord is having a relationship with Him. Prayer might be difficult to speak about or even to do, but when it is a form of communication; it pours out of the heart. The reason that we don’t pray may be, that we need to draw closer to the Lord and devote time to Him. When we pray we will feel a genuine reason to pray and a self-less reason to pray.
What are some reasons that we should pray?
Prayer is the power of God that moves upon our lives.
The Bible says to pray continually.
The Bible says that the prayer of the faithful avails much.
Prayer acknowledges the Lord as the source of all things in our lives.
Praying brings the Spirit of God (the Holy Spirit) in our midst.
We should pray for wisdom and understanding.
We must pray for forgiveness.
We must pray to accept Jesus, so that salvation is possible for us for eternity.
We must pray for the protection from the attack of the enemy and to be able to stand against the enemy.
We must continue in prayer so that we are able to preach effectively.
We must pray for redemption.
We should pray for our leaders and government.
We must pray for our children and our families, our descendants, and our friends.
We must pray for truth to reveal itself in our lives and ministry.
There are many other reasons to pray. The epistle of James in the Bible talks about having patience. In James 1:3 the writer says, “but let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” When we pray and wait on God and when we are patient we can receive the perfect work of patience. The Bible says we would be entire, or complete, wanting nothing. When we pray we should want nothing from God; although we do have needs and the Lord knows what we have need of. When we pray, we should pray and devote our heart and our words to Him. When we do that we show the Lord that we know, that He already knows our needs before we ask.
James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” When we humble ourselves we are in communion with the Lord, we are establishing a meaningful relationship. We give God the honor He deserves.
The Bible also says to count them happy that endure. When we pray we endure. We need the answers of our prayers from God, when we have a need that takes us to the Father in petitions.
First, we need to draw closer to Him. The Word of God says, seek God first and everything else will be added unto us. So it is o.k to make our requests known to the Lord, when we pray. The bottom line is that we should not come to God only when we are in need. Again, He already knows what we need before we make our requests known. As the Scripture says, “make our requests known”; it shows the Lord that we trust Him and that we believe that He will answer our requests according to His will.
We can pray for the sick:
James 5:13 says, “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Verse 14 of James 5 says, “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” Verse 15 continues with, “and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” What an awesome God we have who forgives our sins even when we are sick. God loves us just that much; He loves us greatly.
We who are sinners are loved by the Lord and we need to be devoted in prayer to our one and only Jehovah Jireh. Amen.
Written by Annette Jaco
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Prayer for Miracles
People want to believe, even today; that there are miracles that occur in dire situations of someone’s life. Many people still believe in angels and there are times even presently that we hear the true miracles stories of survival in someone’s life. Whether a person survives an accident, where a car has been crushed into pieces, and it’s seemingly misunderstood how a person could have come out of such an accident, it’s called a miracle. Divine intervention if you will, comes more often than we think to people who are a target of tragedy. God intervenes and saves this person from death.
That is the kind of God that we have, a God who saves. God saves, especially by sending His Son to die for mankind. God intervenes in situations where He wants the probable target or person to continue to live for a purpose. When the enemy knows that we have a purpose and he comes in as a flood to destroy a child of God, God has the last say.
The Bible says, that the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. He wants to kill. God wants to save. There are times when the Lord may also send angels in the fields of life. People have attested to seeing angels. Psalm 34, verse 7 the Word of God says, “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them.” The Lord sends His angels to take charge over us. Amen. Praises Be To His Name
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BEAUTIFUL IS HIS NAME
HAVE YOU EVER JUST CALLED ON THE NAME OF JESUS? YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO CALL ON HIS NAME TO FEEL THE BEAUTY OF THE MAN, THE SON OF GOD WHO WALKED THE EARTH AND WHO IS NOW SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER. YOU CAN ONLY SIMPLY SAY, “JESUS” AND EVERYTHING SEEMS TO COME TO A HALT. JESUS!
WHO IS JESUS? JESUS IS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD, THE SON OF MAN, THE SAVIOR. HE CAME TO EARTH, GIVEN BY THE FATHER TO SAVE A SINFUL SOCIETY, A SINFUL HUMANITY. HE WAS ONE HUNDRED PERCENT HUMAN AND ONE HUNDRED PERCENT DIVINE. HE WAS GOD AND MAN ALL WRAPPED INTO ONE. JESUS CAME TO MINISTER AND TO ULTIMATELY DIE FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD, TO BEAR OUR SINS. JESUS CARRIED OUR SINS UPON HIM, LITERALLY UPON HIS SHOULDERS ON A CROSS. JESUS CARRIES OUR BURDENS EVEN TODAY. HE IS ALIVE!
THE SON OF GOD WHO DIED FOR OUR EVERY SIN. WE DO NOT KNOW AND NEVER WILL KNOW HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS FOR JESUS. HE PRAYED TO THE FATHER; HE SWEAT AT GETHSEMENE AS HE WAS IN AGONY. JESUS KNEW THE POWER OF WHAT HE WAS ABOUT TO DO. THE AGONY AND THE ENTIRE WORLD OF SINFUL PAIN AND ANGUISH OF PEOPLE THAT HE WOULD CARRY. AS HE WAS NAILED TO A CROSS SO WERE OUR SINFUL BEINGS, PASSIONS AND DESIRES. HE DIED FOR MANKIND, YET HE PAVED A WAY FOR US TO BE ABLE TO BECOME NEW; TO BECOME BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS, BY THE SPIRIT.
WE WOULD BE ABLE TO START OVER SPIRITUALLY. SAME BODY, NEW MIND AND A NEW WAY OF THINKING, UNTIL WE PASS ON TO AN ETERNITY WITH THE FATHER, IF WE ACCEPT CHRIST. THE WORD OF GOD SAYS THAT THE ONLY WAY TO GET TO THE FATHER IS THROUGH THE SON. WE MUST ACCEPT JESUS TO GET TO HEAVEN, WHERE THE FATHER IS.
THE POWER OF HIS NAME CAN STOP PEOPLE IN THEIR TRACKS. JUST SAYING HIS NAME, STUNS NON -BELIEVERS. THE MENTION OF HIS NAME CAUSES BELIEVERS TO SHOUT IN EXCITEMENT. JESUS IS HIS NAME, THE REDEEMER OF MANKIND. BEAUTIFUL IS HIS NAME IN ALL THE EARTH. THE BEAUTY OF HIS NAME SAVES A WORLD OF LOST PEOPLE TO START TO LIVE FOR THE LORD. JESUS SETS US ON A BETTER COURSE, ON THE PATH OF GOD. JESUS IS HIS NAME. JESUS HEALED AND STILL HEALS TODAY. CALL ON HIS NAME. AMEN.
Article written by Annette Jaco