Our Lord bring you Peace and Joy everlasting.
JESUS was born,
that I might be born twice.
HE became poor,
that I might possess wealth.
HE became homeless,
that I might have a mansion.
HE was stripped,
that I always should have clothes.
HE was forsaken,
that I always should have friends.
HE was bound,
that I might have perfect liberty.
HE was saddened,
that I might have full joy.
that I should be lifted up.
HE became a servant,
that I might be a son forever.
HE was made sin,
that I should share HIS righteousness.
that I should never taste eternal death.
HE will come down,
that I might go up.
All of this -- that HE might display
in me the riches of HIS grace,
and so I can dwell with God in heaven.
The following conversation took place:
"What property do you possess?" asked the assessor.
"I am a very wealthy man," replied the Christian.
"List your possessions, please," the assessor instructed.
The Christian said:
"First, I have everlasting life, John 3:16
Second, I have a mansion in heaven, John 14:2
Third, I have peace that passes all understanding, Philippians 4:7
Fourth, I have joy unspeakable, 1 Peter 1:8
Fifth, I have divine love which never fails, 1 Corinthians 13:8
Sixth, I have a faithful wife, Proverbs 31:10
Seventh, I have healthy, happy obedient children, Exodus 20:12
Eighth, I have true, loyal friends, Proverbs 18:24
Ninth, I have songs in the night, Psalms 42:8
Tenth, I have a crown of life, James 1:12"
The tax assessor closed his book, and said, "Truly you are a very rich man, but your property is not subject to taxation."
I pray that all of us will have this kind of tax free "wealth."
Deliver me in Thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline Thine ear unto me, and save me. Psalm 71:2
The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.
Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions.
But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky.
The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stunned with grief and anger. "God, how could you do this to me!" he cried.
Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him. "How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers. "We saw your smoke signal," they replied.
It is easy to get discouraged when things are going bad. But we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering.
Remember, next time your little hut is burning to the ground it just may be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God.
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Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and He saveth them out of their distresses. Psalm 107:19
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered:Joel 2:32
by Anne Bodnaruk
This dear Sister has since been promoted by her Master.
She is now praising, clapping and singing her heart out.
All her tears were wiped away as soon as she stepped through the Gate.
HALLELUJAH! What a Savior!
GLORY TO JESUS!