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Hello Spring. God’s Calendar Coming into View

See the winter is past: the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in land.” (Song of Songs 6:11-12 NIV)

Springtime’s Story

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Velvet buds and blossoms

Aromatic sweet smells

Soft pedals blowing about

Springtime shows and tells

 

Sweet smelling sights

Season of new birth

Welcome sweet springtime

What sayeth the earth

 

Worship only The Creator

Never bow to the created

We are only here to teach

How one can be liberated

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The flowers do bloom

And life is all around

All springing forth

Rising Up out of the ground

 

What a picture

What a story

Spring is ‘The Telling’

Jesus Resurrection glory

 

Now do you get it

Can you see

Springtime comes

To remind you and me

 

He did rise

From deaths cold grave

Welcome springtime

No longer a slave

 

Death could not hold Him

The grave had no power

Springtime is earth’s celebration

Reminder of His finest hour

 

So hello springtime

Show us how again

Jesus did rise

Yes it’s all a picture of Him

 

He left panoramic calendar

So we would never forget

Believe in your heart

So you will never regret

 

The signs the season

Hello springtime glory

Thank you, oh thank you

For Retelling The Story

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© laurette laster 2019

 

The Bridegroom-King

From the Passion Bible

Arise, my dearest. Hurry, my darling.

Come away with Me!

I have come as you have asked

to draw you to My heart and lead you out

For now is the time, My beautiful one.

The season has changed,

the bondage of your barren winter has ended,

and the season of hiding is over and gone.

The rains have soaked the earth

and left it bright with blossoming flowers.

The season for singing and pruning the vines has arrived.

I hear the cooing of doves in our land,

filling the air with songs to awaken you

and guide you forth.

Can you not discern this new day of destiny?

The early signs of my purposes and plans

are bursting forth.

The budding vines of new life

are now blooming everywhere

The fragrance of their flowers whispers,

“There is change in the air.”

Arise, My love, my beautiful companion,

and run with Me to the higher place.

For now is the time to arise and come away with Me! (Song of Songs 2:12-14 TPT)

 

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

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Boo Haman

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Bride of Christ Arise. They shall mount up with wings of eagles………………………..

Boo Haman

Before the King and His throne,
Haman’s plot has been made known.
Haman is not good or wanted here,
he is an enemy who’s end is near.

But God has raised up such a One,
The bride of His only begotten Son.
His Scepter extended on Golgotha’s Hill,
The Cross of Christ it is for real.

He knew how
To get His people to pray,
By fasting and prayer
Did open the way!

Haman’s plan
Failed for sure,
Because God is there
even seemingly obscure.

God didn’t let
The wicked win,
For such a time as this
Bride of Christ, rise in Him!

 

Poem written by laurette laster © 2018 Purim

Purim begins tonight at sundown, and our Jewish friends will be celebrating their deliverance from the plot and plans of Haman. The reading the book of Esther, twice daily is the custom during this celebration. I believe we should remember Mordecai’s words to Queen Esther. When the Jewish people (her people) were being threatened and in danger of being destroyed and wiped out while in Ancient Persia, I am reminded of the very things that are happening right now in our land, in the United States of America. Can you see the comparisons? Anti Semitism is now funded by our tax dollars as we pay salaries for congress and house representatives who are very anti Semitic and do not support nor uphold our very own constitution, How can you be employed by a Country that you do not defend their constitution? We the people of the United States, what has gone wrong? Abortion and murder of the innocent being called rights, the second amendment being threatened, standing with Christian beliefs is called hate speech. Have we been negligent on our watch? I believe without a doubt the answer is a resounding Yes.

In two thousand sixteen The Lord spoke to me and said to me, “The Church is Esther”. I was like of course it is. Those plotting to take God out of our schools and universities cannot truly block God’s power. They can only close the door on His presence. We as believers in Jesus Christ, pure blood bought believers, we are the power carriers. But are we using this power and the grant or rite of passage given to us?

I saw and I knew that the scepter the king held out to Esther is a beautiful picture of the Cross of Jesus held out that welcomed us into the kingdom and is offered still to others during this dispensation. We are in the ‘church age’ or the dispensation of God’s great grace. Think about it.

We are the bride of Christ, The Church of the Firstborn. We are not a beaten down battered wife. We are the bride of Christ Church, and we need to yield our rights as the bride. Who knows Church “but that we have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.”

We (The Church) have been called by The True God, who reconciled us (believers) through The Cross of Christ “for such a time as this.”

During a very supernatural time of prayers and illumination I knew The Lord was saying He isn’t judging the world, it is already judged. We as His bride and representative in the earth will be held accountable for allowing these things to happen. That’s pretty heavy, right? We have a responsibility to occupy until He comes.

How could we be so ignorant? This morning I thought of the wheat and tares. The scripture that came to mind was, “but while they slept.” (Matthew 13:5 Matthew 13:36-43) Church we must be fully awake and aware of the conditions of our country. We are fast losing ground as we nothing about this and those yet to be saved; their blood is on our hands.

 

In the book of Esther God is obscure and never mentioned by Name, but through the faithfulness of the kings bride, God’s chosen people were spared. The diabolical plot of Haman, who by the way was a descendant of Amalek from the Amalekites, was unveiled and came back on his own head and his family.

Esther 4:14 JUB
For if thou art silent at this time, then enlargement and deliverance shall arise to the Jews from another place, but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed; and who knows whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

Psalm 23:4 GNB
Even if I go through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, LORD, for you are with me. Your shepherd’s rod and staff protect me.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift His countenance upon you, and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

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Slow Your Roll – Those Who Wait Upon The LORD

Slow Your Roll

(Those who wait upon The Lord)

Slow Your Roll

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 All powerful God and Lord

Have your way within this soul

It is for You I live and breathe

Yes Sir I will slow my roll

 

 When The Lord begins to move

In and on a doubters heart

Many a scoffer has been changed

And given a brand new start

 

 

 With words like do you believe

Believe in what they may say

Believing is beginner’s faith

Has changed many a dark day

 

 

 Just look up and you will see

The sun the moon the stars

And realize what never changes

Is out of mans reach and seems so far

 

 

Far away yet clearly visible

Causing us to look creating this hunger

Who on earth created the cosmos

And You just know

couldn’t have been a Big Bang blunder

 

 

 Like your breath and beating hearts

These oft overlooked life giving elements

In unison without our agreement

Tucked away in His care, the relevant

 

 

 

 

No we do not choose Him

He looked and began to move

Upon the hearts He created

Beating to His wonderful groove

 

 

All powerful God and Lord

Have your way within this soul

It is for You I live and breathe

Yes Sir I will slow my roll

 

 

 © laurette laster March 2019

 

 

 Isaiah 40:31

But those that wait upon The Lord

Shall renew their strength;

They shall mount up with wings like eagles,

They shall run and not be weary,

They shall walk and not faint.

 

 

John 15:16 Weymouth New Testament

It is not you who chose me, but it is I who chose you and appointed you that you might go and be fruitful and that your fruit might remain; so that whatever petition you present to the Father in my name He may give you.

 

 This morning after writing this poem, I couldn’t help but think about new terminology and phrases. When The Lord gave me the last line, I realized God is always reaching out to each of us. And I know that The Lord Jesus Christ is cool, cooler than we can know. He is Holy and He is cool.

We know that we will be without excuse when we stand before Him, so therefore, He is reaching out to us, if we slow our roll. I had to go see exactly the meaning of the phrase, ‘slow your roll’. I trust God but I wasn’t exactly sure about ‘Slow Your Roll’ and the meaning. I felt sure I understood but also I have learned to search it out.

When we don’t know or understand ourselves we have a tendency to think or believe, God, doesn’t or wouldn’t understand us at all. He created us how could He not understand us.

The truth is His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. Thank goodness for that. He is Holy and calls us to come out from among the world and the ways of the world.

 Isaiah 55:8 The Lord tells us through His prophet Isaiah; “for My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says The a Lord.

 

 

When writing this poem the last stanza and line just flowed. When God begins to move upon your heart He will speak your language. Jesus will speak our language to engage us but He expects us to hunger for His ways and to learn what pleases Him.

 

The truth is, you may not understand or be aware of exactly how Cool God is.

 

Like Greg shared, there ain’t no high like The Most High!

 

God is cool enough to create you, right?

So with that being said I’d like to leave you with this thought;

Have you not known?

Have you not heard?

The Everlasting God, The LORD,

The Creator of the ends of the earth,

Neither faints nor is weary.

His understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 49:28

 

I challenge you to go read the rest of it.

 

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you Shalom

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

 

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Have You Any Evidence

Have You Evidence of His Great Exchange

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I have a question I want to ask

May we be upfront and personal

If I could I’d like to know

Have you felt His Hand so merciful

 

 

Can you say you’re being changed

Has your heart been thoroughly purged

Do you understand what I mean

If I say completely submerged

 

(Oh Victory in Jesus, my Savior forever, He bought me and sought me with His redeeming blood. He loved me ere I knew Him and all my love is due Him, He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood)

 

I have a question I must ask

Is your heart being made new

Have you had a life changing encounter

Do you feel like a brand new you

 

Not another day with different clothes

I am talking now about a burning deep within

Where you sing that old time favorite

I was glad when they said to me come in

 

(Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling oh sinner come home.)

 

I was glad when they said unto me

Let us go into The House of The Lord

You know that old time chorus

Into His house with one accord

 

I must ask are we being changed

Or have we forgotten about His mercy

Have we lost our hunger and zeal

So full of the world no longer thirsty

 

(Living water flowing through, God we thirst for more of You, fill our hearts with one desire)

 

I have a question burning in me

I must asked are we being changed

Because if we are simply playing church

This is Blasphemy, taking Jesus name in vain

 

(Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe, sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow)

 

I have a question I want to ask

Can we say we have really been changed

Have you given this any thought

I must ask, have you evidence of His Great Exchange

 

Copyright © laurette laster 2019 all rights reserved

 

In light of so much controversy surrounding sin, yes sin and “The Church” or a group of some people who hang out and say this is church, I cannot but help feel somewhat ashamed.

Have we any evidence?

Where is the burning desire to be purified from the life of sin? Where is the hunger and the thirst, for Living Water? Have we shown or shared the evidence we have? Or have we like many others decided we don’t want to make sinners uncomfortable, thereby just pacifying them with lukewarm words?

The church is not supposed to be a comfortable lounge atmosphere as we watch the deceived being lured in by Satan while on their way to hell. The church isn’t a coffee break while awaiting a verdict. The ekklesia, the body of true believers, have been called out, and given a ministry and a job to do. As blood bought believers, we are given the ministry of reconciliation. We have been reconciled to God, through His Son, Jesus Christ, and we are called and have a calling. We are called and co-missioned, joint heirs with Christ, commissioned into the work of Jesus Christ, to snatch others out of the fire, hold back those who are going to the slaughter. It is true this isn’t palatable today, but hey, who are we living for? Better yet how did we become alive? Not by buying the lie that sin is ok.

Thank God for Altar calls.

I knew what I was doing wrong. I knew I needed help. I wanted to get into church and get The Spirit of God in me, and come out of sin. Thank God for alter calls that said if you need to be right with God you need to come to the front. Thank God for someone saying, may I pray for you. Thank God for the reading of the word that gave me hope with conviction. Thank God for those willing to confront my wrong behavior and correct my sin. Thank God for the day when it wasn’t, everyone just repeat after me and say this prayer and never making it official.

I pray for Holy Ghost power in the pulpit. I am calling for the revival of our souls. A revival that will get us up out of our pews and that brings and calls others along with us to the altar. Getting us up and going to the altar, why, because we refuse a lukewarm watered down feel good gospel.

We need help, we need hope, and we need The Power of Salvation through the work of Jesus Christ and the baptism of fire to fill our Churches. And that my friends is ekkelsia

The word for Church is ekklesia a noun, Greek word # 1577 in Strong’s Concordance,  ekklesia or Ecclesia and has the meaning of the ones called out. The definition is, an assembly, a (religious) congregation, The Church or the whole body of believers. Who do we believe in? Jesus Christ. What do we believe about Jesus Christ and His work on the Cross? That He died for our sins and we can receive the gift of salvation by believing in His death, burial and resurrection.

If others can come into the house of God and be comfortable with sin or engage in sin while in the house, we have something other than the Power of God in our midst.
We have become powerless and are disconnected from God.

As a believer in Jesus Christ we are the temple of The Holy Spirit and we house the Spirit of The Living God within us.

Have You Any Evidence?

How can we be like others? How can we blend in? The answer is simple; we cannot! It is impossible to look like the world and be a Christian.

Anybody can say they believe or call themselves believers, without understanding that in order to believe in Jesus Christ, there must have been a work of repentance. In order to believe in Jesus Christ we must have a change of mind, a metanoia, and then we desire to cast off dead works and sin, and to repent of our sins. It is impossible to believe without repentance.

So my friends Have We Any Evidence?

In order to call your gathering a church, it is widely accepted that you are attending a body of believers; people who believe in the work of Jesus Christ. As believers, we are evidenced by change, and known as those who are denouncing sin, not engaging in sin but are called out of sin. Jesus has quickened us and made us alive to Him.

You He hath quickened, You were once dead because of your failures and sins, stupidity, trespasses, offenses, disobedience, in which you used to walk when you conformed to the ways of the world and of the rule of the power of the air, the spirit who is now at work in the people of disobedience.

So do you go to church? Do you know what church is? If you love your sin and plan on staying in sin, you are dead in your sins and trespasses. You are without hope if you deny the gift of God’s great mercy through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who died that you and I can be pardoned. Jesus didn’t come for the righteous but for me and you, the sinners who were without hope. But Jesus didn’t die that agonizing death so that we could be pardoned to live in sin, He ransomed us out of sin. No one in their right mind would want to lie in filth and feces.

If this is you, your heart has been hardened and you need to ask God to bring you to repentance. If you have been taught to justify your sin, you need to ask for God to give you a new heart of truth. If you are confused and have bought the lie, then repent and go to a Church where you can learn truth.

A true believer is one who is called out, to come out of the lifestyle of sin and serve The Living God. None of us will ever be perfect, but we do not love our sin or desire to remain in our sinful disbelief. We have received the work of Jesus Christ being made our sacrifice and do not again want to trample underfoot the blood of Christ.

And we as true believers have a calling to help reconcile you to the Cross of Christ and to come out of your sin.

If this sounds like hate to you, you have bought the lie. A loving Father hates what is destroying His children. The purest form of love is discipline, not punishment but discipline.

What agreement can exist between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God and they will be My people.” Come out from among them and be ye separate and I will receive you unto Myself, and I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters, say the Lord Almighty. 2 Corinthians 6:16-18

Amen, will you be the Church?

Have You Any Evidence?

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you.The Lord lift up His countenance on you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

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A Heart on Loan

from The My Forever Valentine Series ©

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This heart that lies upon my chest

Once belonged to my mother

I am reminded often and reminisce

How she loved me when could no other

 

A mother’s love is called to be

The picture of safety and security

We however now miss the mark

Leaving the sacred place of purity

 

A mother’s love is like no other

Phrases Hallmark cards still dare to pen

But now are they simple words lacking

Overflowing in overstocked bins

 

What has happened to our hearts

Now worn and used as weapons

Weren’t they designed to love

To teach us and give us lessons

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Titus describes we are to teach

So Godly love much be taught

Have we rewritten ‘Bible Truth’

To say what we think it ought?

 

Are we unwilling to speak the truth

Worrying about hurting someone’s feelings

Do we limit ‘The Word’ to have power

No matter if it seems unappealing

 

The Word is not food for the flesh

It is training for my soul

My mind, and will, and emotions

To guide me as I go

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I need the truth of the Cross of Christ

To discipline and feed my spirit

Nurturing and pampering the carnal nature

Is like shopping at racks marked clearance

 

Think again about your heart

And listen for just a minute

Hidden within those four chambers ‘The Word’

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are written in it.

 

This heart that beats inside my chest

Once belonged to my Father

It is given to me only on loan

To reveal I am His. A son or daughter

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He placed this heart inside my chest

Connected to His love and guidance

So please if you’re going to feed me

Do not keep ‘The Word’ obscured with silence

 

So Speak ‘The Word’ I hunger, feed me truth

Selfish desires must leave so I can grow

Jesus is ‘The Word’ made flesh

He loves me for the bible tells me so

 

 

I want to deny myself and my carnal nature

Feed only on ‘The Word’ God’s power

I will not stomach a watered down gospel

That leaves tHIS Body weak in our final hour!

 

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In today’s society we are hearing so many teachings, or sermons, that do not teach what the bible says. I hear a spin put on a truth of God that makes it powerless, especially to a hungry heart. I am so hungry for an encounter with The True, All Powerful Creator of heaven and earth. I want an encounter with The Creator of mankind. I want to know Him more.

 

In our hearts we know, and can see, with evidence, whether we are growing or simply surviving. For many years I survived by shear grit and tenacity, with no knowledge of God’s pure love, through the Cross of Jesus Christ. Not understanding that Jesus came to seek and to save the lost, sinners (low life sinners), not the righteous. He was searching for and looking for sinners, and that was me. I was lost and without hope. It was the grace of God that led me to repent. His goodness when I knew I didn’t deserve it, now that is grace.  I was afraid to confess my sins. But He met me right where I was. In that encounter, at that moment,  I knew, that He knew. Then I started feeling safe with Jesus, who already knew how low I could go, yet still wanted a relationship with me. Those with a repentant heart will see God.

2 Timothy 4:2-4 the apostle Paul is preparing Timothy to preach, he explains what the word of God is to do. Correction does not always feel good, but it is necessary. Have you had your heart convicted recently?  Not condemned, but convicted. If you answered yes, that is good and will lead to a more excellent outcome in your affairs. That simply means that Holy Spirit is living inside of you and showing you the correct path of life.

 

2) Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and encourage with every form of patient instruction.

3) For the time will come when men will not tolerate sound doctrine, but with itching ears they will gather around themselves teachers to suit their own desires.

4) So they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.…

 

The word should teach, reprove, rebuke, and encourage. What a powerful truth. Listen to that beacon in your heart, the one that cries out Abba Father, He is calling for you.

 

That loneliness you’re feeling in your heart may well be the cry of your heart, for The Father. My heart is screaming I am thirsty for living water. The Living Water from the eternal springs of life, from the well of my salvation.

That just may be your heart’s desire also, and you are being summoned from The Father. I know I am.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May His countenance rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#FollowingHim@HolyBible

The wonder of God’s Word is that if you’re willing, God will make His truth come alive to you. His truth will become real to you.

© From the Grace series

My Forever Valentine

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The greatest blog I have ever followed

Has endured the test of time

The greatest read can testify

Has the power to reprove a mind

 

The greatest book ever written

Truth and stories on every page

The life, the death, and RESURRECTION

Transforming hearts of every age

 

This great message is more than alive

Simply refuses to be quieted

Now electronically downloaded

*YouVersion Bible app-how many are delighted

 

The greatest story ever told

The one you’ve heard before

Will never ever be forgotten

Written in your heart that is where it’s stored

 

Your mind may attempt to silence

But that beacon in your heart

Screams listen up and hear

In this narrative you take part

 

The greatest blog I’ve ever read

More powerful than a locomotive

Has the ability knock down walls

Are you aware it is the most quoted

 

Are you looking to follow the in crowd

Do you desire to be cutting edge

Just follow His Blog@Holy Bible

Better than Google or World Wide Web

 

Eternally written for safe keeping

Guaranteed to speak to every heart desire

It’s more than you can think or imagine

Follow Jesus @Holy Bible if you dare inquire

 

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I read that a good blog should have a thousand words or less to keep it palatable. In our busier than ever world, a long read is said to discourage or turn people away. It is easy to become overwhelmed when faced with one more to do thing, on our already long list of things to do.

God inspired men and women in the bible and their lives became alive, living epistles to quote Peter. Each one of God’s chosen vessels told their story by believing God and becoming obedient to His commands and then walking these out.

Their stories include and describe their faith in the face of fear, their perseverance through adversity, their endurance through trials, but most of all their devoted love for God and His promised Messiah that was bringing salvation and deliverance to Israel and to God’s people.

God inspired the bible and holy men of God penned the words detailing; where He had been, where He was, and where He was going. Isn’t it wonderful that these words continue to inspire us daily? The word of God is indeed alive and powerful. His Word empowers believers, walking us right into Salvation arms, sets us apart through obedience, into sanctification, and then showing us that as doers of His Word we have been liberated. His word becomes precious like gold and is spiritually discerned. Through Salvation and Sanctification, and Liberation, we become spiritually alive and are set free by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Our sins are not counted against us, our sins are forgiven. God promises to not remember us as sinners but sees us as His children and heirs, heirs of the promise.  We are no longer bound, nor entangled, with the cares of the world. Of course we have responsibility to the world because as Jesus teaches us through teaching His disciples, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. So as it is in heaven so shall it be on earth, right? Yes!

Now as His body, we are to govern from a seat of authority; we are not fighting for authority. We are seated in heavenly places, far above all principalities. We are seated with Christ Jesus, let that sink in. Ephesians 2:1-10

In the Hebrew language each letter tells a story. So our early patriarchs were in essence telling a story with each word they wrote.

If you haven’t begun reading your bible, as a love story of redemption through Christ finished work on the Cross, His death burial and resurrection, I challenge you to pick up your bible and ask God to speak to you through His word. You don’t have to read an entire book in one setting, which would overwhelm you if you are just beginning. Just begin reading and trust His Precious Holy Spirit to speak to you. I promise if you make the choice, God will make His word come alive in you.

 

 

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.” Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21NKJV)

 

“THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM A FTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL IMPRINT M Y LAWS UPON THEIR HEART, A ND ON THEIR MIND I WILL INSCRIBE THEM [producing an inward change],” He then says, “A ND THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS ACTS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE [no longer holding their sins against them].”

(HEBREWS 10:16-17 AMP)

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

 

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