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JESUS My Lord and Savior

Anastasia Diamond ©All Rights Reserved 2011

Have you pulled up along side a car with music blaring so loudly you had to put your windows up to hear what you were listening to?

Me too.

Until…I decided the music in my car had something equally or even more important to say. This time, instead of closing my windows, I turned up ‘Come…Now is the Time to Worship’.

The driver looked at me as if I had violated his space, then rolled up his window; apparently his music was already as loud as it could go.

I have to admit, it felt somewhat powerful.

Wondering if perhaps I should have remained quietly submissive, I talked with God. I didn’t think he really said anything at time. But, in the process of this prayerful, rather one-sided conversation, I realized my car and the sounds coming from it were another way to give Him the glory. So, perhaps He did say something to me after all.

Since then,I have a Christian music ministry in my car. Because I have Christian music or Christian radio on all the time in my car…I now choose to share ‘The Good News’ at every stop and red light.

No, I’m not obnoxiously loud about it. I say a little prayer, smile, and roll down the window, so others who are beside me with their window down might hear a sweet an old hymn, praise and worship music, Christian rock, or a piece of a sermon. Sure, some roll their eyes…and some roll the windows up. However, some..stop, look and listen. Some even smile back.

We never know when or how God will use us. Let us be willing servants in all things. A passing word, or lyrics to a song, could be exactly what that driver next to you needs at that moment. They may be believers…or seekers. Not matter, we all struggle and need encouragement. Your willingness to give God the glory in all things may bring them comfort, increase their faith, till the soil of their heart, or plant a seed of Jesus in their heart. You may never know…because that’s about them and God, not you.

The important part for you could be learning to take another step in obedience and service to God’s glory.

How about starting a Music Ministry in your car; allowing your car to be yet another way (vehicle) to speak God’s truth, light and love to those you encounter…while traveling the roads of your city or town.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1Corinthians 10:31


  

Happy Birthday America!

Jesus my Lord and Savior

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The 4th of July is ‘Independence Day’ in the United States.

Happy 235th Birthday and may God bless America! Yes…I am an American. I still get that lump in my throat and catch in my heart at the sight of our flag, or singing our national anthem; The Star Spangled Banner. I love my country and know that I am blessed to live in the land of the free and home of the brave.

Today I also want to talk about a another kind of independence…

Long before America declared independence from England…God, the Creator of all that is, our heavenly Abba Father, gave us the free will to be independent in the thoughts of our mind, words of our mouth, and actions of our body. Though He knew some would stray and some would cleave…He gave us that choice.

However, He also  gave us the opportunity to become His blood-bought children when we repent of our poor choices and accept His Son, Jesus as our Lord and Savior  Additionally, when we realize this is only our temporary earthly home, we can choose to relinquish our passport to worldly things, submit our will to His…and through faith, become more dependent on Him.

Yes, of course we will still make personal choices. However, when we ask for His daily guidance and direction…our choices are tempered by His indwelling Holy Spirit, and the process of sanctification. Therefore, we will have more of Him and less of us in the choices we make.

He enlightens us mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. He teaches us that we cannot go to some of the places we used to go; We cannot look at some of the things we used to look at; We cannot think about some of the things we used to think about; We cannot listen to some of the things we used to listen to; We cannot say some of the things we used to say; We cannot wear some of the things we used to wear…and we cannot do some of the things we used to do.

Then, if or when we do make poor choices, His Holy Spirit lovingly, yet persistently, convicts our heart…teaching and reminding us of who were are in Him; our righteousness in Christ, that we will learn to make better choices…all to His glory.

Is the loss of our spiritual independence a negative?

I don’t think so. Rather, it is an opportunity to partner with our Creator, who has known us since before we were formed in our mother’s womb. It is such an amazing opportunity to live life in agreement with His perfect plan.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

We exchange spiritual aloneness for a precious blood-bought relationship with the only begotten Son of God…and are promised life in eternity with Him.

We receive spiritual wisdom, guidance and discernment from His most Holy Spirit.

We are healed, sealed, and blessed with the anointed blood of Jesus; giving us a covering and protection from the evil one.

Our sins are forgiven and covered with His divine grace and mercy.

Do you find it difficult to trust an unseen God with your life? Yet, you trust man and governments you can see with your life…and they fail you daily.

“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: has he said, and shall he not do it? or has he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”  –Numbers 23:19

Declare and celebrate your personal Independence Day. Use your God-given free will…and give it all back to Him! He will take the broken pieces of your life that may have been meant for evil…and use them for good.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” –Romans 8:28

The Church is the Body of CHRIST
JESUS My Lord and Savior
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 Do you believe this familiar Laurence J. Peter quote? “Going to church doesn’t make you any more a Christian than going to the garage makes you a car.”

Well, let’s see…on the surface, you might agree, as going to the garage certainly will not make you a car. However, do we become any more of a Christian from going to church? Though it may not necessarily happen…it is more likely it will.

A car is an inanimate object that cannot make the choice to go to the garage…it cannot get there or leave by itself…it must be driven, pushed, or towed. Though someone may take a person to a church building, they have the option to stay, go, or return. However, God Himself can call a person to go to church and become a member of the body of Christ.

Is everyone who goes to church a Christian? 

Unfortunately, no, because all persons who go to church have free will to choose to accept or reject Jesus, and may be in various steps of submission or the process of sanctification.

However, going to church should provide all potential Christians the spiritual setting, scriptural background, knowledge, leadership, and opportunities for increased faith and spiritual growth that will improve the possibility of that happening.

Going to church should also provide the declared Christian a place of worship, fellowship, prayer support, and opportunities for ongoing spiritual growth that will increase the likelihood of them remaining in church, the body of Christ.

A person called to be a Christian answers Jesus’ knocking at the door of their heart…opening the door and inviting Him in.

Not everyone who enters a church enters into a relationship with Jesus. However, it is available to all who choose Him. As much as some people like to give their car a name and personality that reflect them selves, it is impossible for a car to have a relationship with anyone or anything. However, our God invites us to have a relationship with Him.

Christians…we are His church, made to reflect His way, His truth, His life, His light, and His love.

While people cover, guide, protect, direct and love their cars, it is God who covers, guides, protects, directs, and loves His people. Let us not just sit in our church…as a car parked in a garage.

Let us be active members of the body of Christ.

Mother’s Day…Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

JESUS My Lord and Savior

Anastasia Diamond ©All Rights Reserved-2011

You can see three more Mother’s Day posts on this blog:

Another Mother’s Day…without you

https://jesusmylordandsavior.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/happy-and-blessed-mothers-day/

https://jesusmylordandsavior.wordpress.com/2009/05/11/mothers-day-reflections-and-prayer/

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We believe the roots of Mother’s Day may have started as early as seventeenth century England, when it was called ‘Mothering Sunday’, and celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent.  Children honored their mothers; bringing them bouquets of wildflowers and treats of sweet cakes. Though many may still celebrate ‘Mothering Sunday’…most know it now as Mother’s Day.

In 1872, American activist and poet, Julia Ward Howe, who wrote the words to ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’, proposed having religious gatherings for an International Mother’s Day to celebrate peace and motherhood.

Thank you dear Mother

Then, Mrs. Anna M. Jarvis worked many years to establish Mother’s Day as a national celebration. She held annual gatherings of ‘Mother’s Friendship Day’ to heal the pain of the Civil War. After Mrs. Jarvis died in 1905, her daughter, Anna was devoted to having Mother’s Day declared a national holiday. In the spring of 1908, Anna wrote to the Methodist Church where her mother taught Sunday School for over 20 years, requesting that a Mother’s Day service be held in her honor. As a result, the first formal Mother’s Day celebration was held on May 10, 1908.

For you…dear Mother

By 1911, Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state of the Union. Anna Jarvis’ relentless campaign is the reason we have an official holiday today.  President Woodrow Wilson declared Mother’s Day a national holiday in 1914; since then, we celebrate Mother’s Day every second Sunday in May. Anna chose Carnations to pay tribute to all mothers because they were her mother’s favorite; white carnations are worn to honor deceased mothers, and red ones to honor living mothers.

Over the years, Mother’s Day has changed from a simple, semi-religious event of prayers of peace and thankfulness for the efforts and labor of love of mothers around the world…to the present day holiday that is often filled with extravagant and costly gifts, flowers and cards.

Honor your mother in the thoughts of your mind, words of your mouth…and actions of your body

Interestingly, Anna Jarvis was arrested at a Mother’s Day festival while trying to stop women from selling flowers. She said, “I wanted it to be a day of sentiment not profit.” Many mother’s the world over tend to agree with Anna…often preferring a personal handmade gift from the heart of their loved ones that they will treasure forever.

Mother’s Day Blessings

The Fifth Commandment reminds us to “Honor thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee.”

Jesus honoring and obeying His Heavenly Father is our model of perfect, submitted love, from a child to a parent.

The ultimate strength or breakdown of any society starts at home. Let us remember our Creator’s miracle of motherhood, as we honor and respect our mothers…in our thoughts, prayers, words, and actions.

May your Mother’s Day be blessed…and may you bless and honor your mother.

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I AM the Resurrection…and the Life

JESUS My Lord and Savior

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Anastasia Diamond

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Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. John 11:25-26

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very heartbeat of Christianity. However, though most Americans view Easter as a religious celebration, many do not know why.

A recent Barna Group study asked adult Americans what Easter means to them…

While 67% consider Easter a religious holiday, there was some serious confusion: 2% of those said Easter is about the “birth of Christ”; another 2% indicated it was about the “rebirth of Jesus”; and 1% said it celebrates “the second coming of Jesus.”

An additional 3% said Easter is a celebration of spring, or a pagan holiday.

Of the 67% who acknowledged Easter as a religious holiday…only 42% rightly identified the resurrection of Jesus as the true meaning of Easter!

HE is Risen

Dear one, do not be confused…our salvation depends on faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Romans 10:9 tells us, “if you confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

In 1 Corinthians Paul states, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen sleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.”

Then Paul victoriously announces, “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” The resurrection of Jesus Christ secured our justification; He died for our sins and was raised for our justification.

Resurrection Sunday Blessings

I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Philippians 3:10-12

May your Resurrection Sunday be blessed with the truth, knowledge, light and life of the resurrection of Jesus in your heart…and in your life.

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DRIVING, TEXTING or TALKING on Your CELL PHONE???? You almost caused an accident…with me as the victim!.

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Are you talking on your cell phone or texting while driving??? Three different times this week you might have been one of the people who was doing just that and almost caused an accident…with me as your victim.

Are You the Distracted Driver Who Almost Caused an Accident…with Me as the Victim?  How Would You Explain It to My Family?

One of you was driving  in the left lane, then drifted into the right lane…almost forcing me off the road…while you were talking and laughing on your cell phone.

One of you drove right through a stop sign without stopping…good thing I was watching, otherwise you would have hit my little car on the driver side at about 45 miles an hour…and would not have finished your text message.

And then, one of you drove up behind me so fast…that I had to change lanes to prevent the accident you would have caused by rear-ending my car because you were looking at your phone…not the road ahead.

Three ‘almost accidents’ that you probably don’t even remember almost causing… because you were distracted by a phone call that just couldn’t wait, or a text message that just had to be read or sent.

I am a mother and a grandmother…my children and grandchildren will be thankful I was watching when you were not. Think about your mother or grandmother, father, grandfather, husband, wife, children, grandchildren, friends, and yourself the next time you get behind the wheel. What if the next ‘almost accident’ becomes a real accident? How will you justify your addiction to using your cell phone while driving…to the victim and their family?

Please turn off your cell phone when you are in your car if you can’t be trusted to use it with responsibility.

I prayed for you after each ‘almost accident’…and I thanked God that he was watching over me…while I was watching out for you.

May our heavenly Father watch over, guide and protect all of us…and give us wisdom, discernment and knowledge to drive safely.

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