Finding Unconditional Love

Do you think it is possible to find unconditional love?

It seems as if it would be impossible

In this world as it exists today.

Do you imagine it as just a dream–

Something unattainable for yourself?

To find unconditional love

Is like searching for a thrown out glove—

It is nowhere to be found.

We need to be loved, cannot anyone see?

God can—His unconditional love is waiting for us.

God is unconditional love.

His love is absolute,

Complete,

And all He asks of us is to believe.

Believe and accept His Son, Jesus.

Only God knows us as we are;

And He still loves us.

He loves us enough to change us from the inside out

So that we may be more like Jesus—

Loving, kind, compassionate, faithful,

Gentle, forgiving, and everything good!

God is the only one we can truly trust

And totally depend on with all our hearts

because we know His love is unconditional.

So you see-we can find unconditional love.

Romans 8:38-39 says: “For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities nor powers, not things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:8 says: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

1 John 4:18-19 (Common English Bible) –There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear expects punishment. The person who is afraid has not been made perfect in love. We love because God first loved us.

[Read all of 1 John 4:7-4:21—these are just a few of the verses about God’s unconditional love that you will find in His Word—the Holy Bible.]

Enjoy your journey with the love of Christ, Amen!

AVOID TRIBULATION AT ALL COSTS

Revelation 3:20 (New Living Translation)—“Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends.

God wants the best for everyone because He created every one of us for His pleasure. He wants us to eventually live eternally with Him. When we become a believer in Christ, we are guaranteed that we will go to heaven. Heaven is our ultimate home, earth is temporal.

Believe me, there is the choice of heaven and hell in everyone’s future. God does not want us to perish in hell. He gave all of us ‘free will’. The choices every individual makes in their lifetime determines where they will go eternally. This is why Christians talk about the hope we have in Christ Jesus and how He saved us. For God’s sake, we do not want you to be left behind.

Take this as a warning–everyone who does not accept Christ as their personal savior will face that ultimate Judgment Day. All Christians who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will receive their rewards.

The disasters and troubles we go through in this day and age are not the worst that will happen on this earth. When God’s wrath is released after the “Rapture”, during a time that will be called “The Great Tribulation” for the people left behind, will be the worst time there had ever been on this earth up to this period. When you read the book of “Revelation” in the Holy Bible, it will explain what will happen during this “Tribulation” period. You need to be a Christian to understand God’s Word because you will have the Holy Spirit teaching you, and you will have a ‘spiritual understanding.’ God blinds the hard-hearted unbelievers. We only receive the gift of the Holy Spirit when we are born-again.

This prophetic time of “Tribulation” will last for seven years during which God seeks, by taking away from man every other hope, to draw him to Himself. Millions will believe in the message of 144,000 Jewish evangelists who will have come to say that Jesus was their Messiah. These seven years in which they seek to turn men’s hearts to God are those seven years that the nation was cut short when they crucified their Messiah. They have the opportunity at that time to more than make up for failing to be God’s witnesses during their history. Psalm 2:11-12 is the solemn advice that David prophetically gives to those who will be living on the earth during the terrifying seven years of “Tribulation” just prior to Messiah’s return to earth to set up His Kingdom. In the rest of Psalm 2, David speaks of this time when God’s Son will come to earth and find that the “nations are in an uproar and trying to cast off all influence of God.”

Matthew 24:21-23 (New Living Translation)—For that will be a time of greater horror than anything the world has ever seen or will ever see again. In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, the entire human race will be destroyed. But it will be shortened for the sake of God’s chosen ones.

The unsaved people of this world who do not believe this prophetic Tribulation Period is true will be sorry they did not listen when they had the chance. We do not know when, but it will happen whenever God chooses to do so. This may be called a doom and gloom theory by the worldly unbelievers’, but it is all true. The “Rapture” is the Christian’s blessed hope because we know that Jesus will come and Rapture His church—all the believers (dead and alive) will be gathered and raised up to meet Him in the air.

A word to the unbelievers of the world, it may sound like nonsense to you now, but when you are left behind, you won’t be laughing. (Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11).

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (New Living Translation)—For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the trumpet call of God.

First, all the Christians who have died will raise from their graves. Then, together with them, we, the true and faithful Christians who are still alive, will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with Him forever. All the believing, true Christians are considered as ‘His church’. Jesus is the head of the Christian church. I am looking forward for this prophetic event to happen!

Second, the anti-christ will sign a 7 year treaty of peace; then the “Seven years of the Tribulation period” will begin. The last three and a half years will be known as the Great Tribulation period.

Third, It will be too late when you are not raptured with the believers of Jesus Christ because the one and only opportunity is gone–you are one of the people left behind. God will have given you plenty of chances, before this wicked time of “Tribulation”, to receive Jesus as your Personal Savior and Lord of your life.

The time is NOW; please do not put it off any longer. If you do not take heed, you are the one who will put yourself in those perilous seven years. You cannot blame God when you end up in this “Tribulation period”on earth. He never wanted you to perish. He will have no choice but to release you when you have denied Him throughout your life. The birth pangs have already started, it is not too far-fetched to think the time is near. No one knows how long it will be before the ‘Rapture’. In the name of our Lord, Christ Jesus, I pray for all the unbelieving and non-trusting souls.

Matthew 24:6-8 (Amplified Bible)–
6) And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened or troubled, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.
7) For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in place after place;
8) All this is but the beginning [the early pains] of the birth pangs [of the intolerable anguish].

The following Scripture is for the Faithful and Unfaithful Servants of God:
Matthew 24:45-51 (Common English Bible)–
Who then are the faithful and wise servants whom their master puts in charge of giving food at the right time to those who live in his house? Happy are those servants whom the master finds fulfilling their responsibilities when he comes. I assure you that he will put them in charge of all his possessions. But suppose those bad servants should say to themselves, My master won’t come until later. And suppose they began to beat their fellow servants and to eat and drink with the drunks? The master of those servants will come on a day when they are not expecting him, at a time they couldn’t predict. He will cut them in pieces and put them in a place with the hypocrites. People there will be weeping and grinding their teeth.

Please take heed! Amen

Are You in the Lamb’s Book of Life?

Revelation 3:12 (New King James Version)—And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the “Book of Life”. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.

Friends, I pray that your name is in the “Lamb’s Book of Life” before your life ends. This Book is God’s registrar where He records all of the believers who have been justified by faith. The eternally redeemed followers will be written in the “Book of Life” so that they may live in eternity with Jesus Christ. Those left out of the “Book of Life” – the unbelievers who have denied Christ all their life on earth – will be destined for the lake of fire. Would you rather see heaven over the alternative? Me too!

Revelation 21:1-2 (NKJV)—1) Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2) Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

The Word of God talks about heaven in Revelation 21 starting at the end of verse 9 saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” Revelation 21: 10–Revelation 22:5 explains what heaven, the “New Jerusalem,” will look like.

If you do not have a Bible, I will give a short version of the new heaven. In verse 11, heaven is described having the glory of God, it is compared to a bride—Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. Verse 12 goes on to say that she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel are written on them; the gates consisted of three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west.

The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. The city is laid out as a square. (The city’s measurements are all multiples of 12, the number for God’s people; there were 12 tribes and 12 apostles who started the church). The walls are 144 (12 x 12) cubits (200 feet thick there are 12 layers in the walls, and 12 gates in the city; and the height, length, and breadth are all the same. 12,000 stadia (furlongs) which is 1,400 miles. The New Jerusalem is a perfect cube, the same shape as the Most Holy Place in the temple (1 Kings 6:20). These measurements illustrates that this new home will be perfect for us. God is so amazing and precise!

In Revelation 21:18 the description continues– the wall is made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, third chalcedony, fourth emerald, fifth sardonyx, sixth carnelian, seventh chrysolite, eighth beryl, ninth topaz, tenth chrysoprase, eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth foundation was amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.

Verse 22 tells how the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or moon to shine because the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The gates will never be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

The Scripture in Revelation 22:1-5 talks about the river of the water of life, the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse because Satan and evil do not exist as a threat any longer because he will be in the lake of fire with all the evil from the world. Heaven will be called the New Jerusalem, where all of the Christians who are written in the “Lamb’s Book of Life” will live for eternity. Scripture proves that there really is a heaven and a hell. Jesus says that He is coming soon and I believe Him.

Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.

CHECK THIS OUT!
I looked up some extra information on Google about the significance of the number 12 to God. I found some interesting details on ‘The Bible Study Site’.—Number twelve can be found in 187 places in God’s Word.

The book of Revelation has 22 occurrences of the number 12. The meaning of the number twelve is considered a perfect number, is that it symbolizes God’s power and authority, as well as serving as a perfect governmental foundation.

It can symbolize completeness or the nation of Israel as a whole. Jacob had 12 sons, each of which represented a tribe begun by a prince for 12 princes total.

Ishmael, who was born to Abraham through Hagar, also had 12 princes.

The number twelve also shows up in Leviticus 24; Matthew 28:18—God’s divine authority; Revelation 14:1-5; and Revelation 12. These are just some of the examples in the article. It is really interesting—I hope you look it up for yourself because there is a lot more neat information. It also has explanations of other numbers’ significant meanings. It is fun to study facts of the Bible! ENJOY!

“DARKNESS”

(My testimony from 1988–in Poem form)

The day my husband decided to leave me
My world (as I knew it) ceased to be
I dreaded to wake up every day
Because there was nothing more to say.

All I saw was DARKNESS.

Cloudy skies, no sunlight was going to shine
My only incentive on life was to resign
Suicide was very tempting at the time
But that idea wasn’t totally mine.

All I saw was DARKNESS.

My flooding memories only made me cry
The grief and guilt only made me want to die
I didn’t give him a reason to end our love affair
The horrendous pain and loneliness was too much to bear.

All I saw was DARKNESS.

When our darling infant son accidentally died
You said I was unworthy of love and I am damaged goods
You said our marriage wasn’t worth fighting for
The only reason you married me had died.

All I saw was DARKNESS.

I woke up in a deep, unforgotten, dilapidated,
seeping-wet black-holed well.
I had to be rehabilitated
because I let your rejection put me in my own prison cell.

All I saw was DARKNESS.

Then one miraculous day the sunlight appeared.
I saw Christ Jesus’ light everywhere.
His majesty became all aglow
as I felt His unconditional love flow.

No More DARKNESS!

Back in that deep, dark well
Where I was about to drown
Jesus dropped His strong saving, steadfast rope down.
He became my personal savior and saved me from hell.

No More DARKNESS!

Lord, thank you for loving me.
Being born-again helped me see
That my life was worth living now
Thank you, Jesus, for showing me how.

NO MORE DARKNESS!

Yesterday is gone
(with all its sorrows and heartaches)
Tomorrow is not here yet
So I won’t think about it
But Today there is
NO MORE DARKNESS!

PRAISE GOD!

Here are some great verses on darkness:

Micah 7:8–“When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.”

John 12:46–“I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on Me should not abide in darkness.

John 12:35-36 (Amplified Bible)–
35)So Jesus said to them, You will have the Light only a little while longer. Walk while you have the Light [keep on living by it], so that darkness may not overtake and overcome you. He who walks about in the dark does not know where he goes [he is drifting.]
36) While you have the Light, believe in the Light [have faith in it, hold to it, rely on it], that you may become sons of the Light and be filled with Light. Jesus said these things, and then He went away and hid Himself from them [was lost to their view].

Psalm 112:4 (Amplified Bible)–Light arises in the darkness for the upright, gracious, compassionate, and just [who are in right standing with God].

2 Corinthians 4:6 (Amplified Bible)–For God Who said, Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts so as [to beam forth] the Light for the illumination of the knowledge of the majesty and glory of God [as it is manifest in the Person and is revealed in the face of Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

“Shine His Light”

John 8:12 (Amplified Bible)–Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light which is Life.”

Matthew 5:16–“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Hoping to be more like You
Knowing You would like me to
With You it is possible
Because You do the impossible

If only I could
Like I know I should
Show Your light
With all my might

You are my motivation
I’d have no realization
If it wasn’t for You–
I didn’t always know what to do

I learned so much from you–The more I read your Word
I know You are my shepherd who safely leads His herd
You wrote “The truth will set you free”
That is exactly what you did for me!

Would you like to know how
I am able to really show love now
By putting Christ first in my life
Helps me have less stress and strife.

God, You have made me as free as a bird who flies above
By learning and knowing all about your unconditional love
I hope everyone will see
Your light shining through me

It is a pleasure for me to share Your story
And a privilege to always give You the Glory
Because the joy You bring me is always overflowing
Every time I see what You bring to others–their hope and joy is always growing.

Jesus, I love You and Your light.
Help me always to do what is right.
May Your light shine through me
So it is only You that others will see!

Luke 18:27–But He said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”

John 15:11 (Amplified Bible)–I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.

Praise God!

“Hope”

Belief in Jesus’ existence
Is when your “Hope” comes alive.

When you learn to fully trust in the Lord,
You will have “Hope.”

You’ll know it’s possible to have a better life
By reading God’s Word–which fills you with “Hope.”

Looking forward to a life with Christ
Gives you “Hope” for a better future.

You’ll be assured how to cope
When you have “Hope” in your life.

Having confidence in the love of God
Is when your “Hope” will overflow.

Whenever you ask for God’s help,
You will have “Hope” by knowing you’ll get an answer.

You will know your salvation is true
When your “Hope” comes from your faith.

Others will be encouraged
When you share where your “Hope” comes from.

Telling the Gospel to unbelievers
Is when they will have “Hope,” too.

Romans 15:4 (New Living Translation)–Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. They give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises.

Amen for having “Hope!”

Waiting

I love this story on a view of God’s perfect timing. Waiting for His return!

More Than Dreamt Of

The following was written for the Christian Flash Weekly Event #20 – please click through to see the eligible submissions (this is ineligible for the event itself as it borrows its characters and setting from the play ‘Waiting for Godot’ by Samuel Beckett).

‘He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.’
– Ecclesiastes 3:11

Waiting Tree

“How long have we been waiting now?”

“Oh, for some time, to be sure . . . it has been a while.”

“Will He come soon do you think? We’ve been waiting a good while.”

“Oh yes, very soon, I’m sure. It has been a while.”

“The tree looks a good deal healthier now. It doesn’t seem that long since it was just bark, and twigs.”

“Indeed. Those leaves certainly give this whole place…

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His Promises

(A Poem)

People promise just about anything;
But most promises will be broken.
We mean well, but things happen
And we cannot always keep our promises.

Jesus promised that He will be back for us.
We are to be awake and watch for Him.
Only God knows when.
Trust Him, He will return.

1 Thessalonians 5:2 (King James Version)–For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

God promised us eternal life.
His promise will never be broken.
Those who love and accept Jesus
know eternal life is theirs.

1 John 2:25 (King James Version)–And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

He promised He would never forsake us.
We are the ones who leave Him.
He is always with us.
He is faithful.

Hebrews 13:5 (King James Version)–…for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Once we asked Jesus into our heart and He became our personal savior,
He promised that nothing could take us away from Him.
God means what He says
And I believe Him.

John 10:28 (New King James Version)–And I give them eternal life and they shall never perish, neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand.

WE CAN DEPEND ON HIS PROMISES!

Jesus promised that He would leave us with a Helper.
He did.
He gave us the Holy Spirit.
We receive Him when we accept Jesus as our personal savior.

John 14:26 (Amplified Bible)–But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf]. He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.

Thank you, Jesus, for your promises.
I have faith and I trust in you.
I know I can depend
On You to keep all of Your promises.

2 Corinthians 1:20 (New King James Version)–For all the promises of God in Him are yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

Hebrews 10:23 (New King James Version)–Let us hold firmly to the hope that we have confessed, because we can trust God to do what He promised.

Will You Be Chosen?

Matthew 22:14 (New King James Version)–Jesus said, “For many are called but few are chosen.”

Everyone is invited to follow Jesus,
But only a few accept Him into their hearts and live for Him.
It is an individual choice–no one else can save them.

Only a few are chosen because
a lot of people do not believe Jesus is the only begotten Son of God,
and they have not surrendered their selfish lives and follow His life.

What is stopping you from believing in God’s Son?
What is holding you back from accepting Jesus into your heart?
Why don’t you want to follow Him?

Do you think you won’t have any fun if you become a Christian?
Being a Christian does not stop you from living. It is the beginning of your eternal life.
God’s Word teaches us how to live abundantly and shows us how to treat others.

Do you think there are too many rules?
Besides believing in Him and loving God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength,
all He commands of us is to love our neighbors as ourselves. (Matthew 22:37-40)

It is harder to have a good life without Jesus.
God asks you to believe in and accept Jesus,
His only begotten Son, as your personal savior, and apply His Word in your life.

When you become a Christian–a believer in Christ, you will have a relationship with Jesus.
You will be reconciled with God, receive the Holy Spirit, and become a child of God.
Then you will be chosen to have eternal life with Him.

If you do not choose to have Jesus in your life,
then God will have no choice but to let you go.
Yes, there is a hell. God doesn’t send you there, you do.

Isaiah 14:9 (New King James Version)–Hell from beneath is excited about you, to meet you at your coming. It stirs up the dead for you,…

Isaiah 14:9-11 (Common English Bible)–The underworld beneath becomes restless to great your arrival. It awakens the ghosts, all the leaders of the earth; it makes the kings of the nations rise from their thrones. All of them speak and say to you: “Even you’ve become weak like we are! You are the same as us!” Your majesty has been brought down to the underworld, along with the sound of your harps. Under you is a bed of maggots, and worms are your blanket.

Revelation 21:1-4 (Common English Bible)–Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne say, “Look! God’s dwelling is here with humankind. He will dwell with them, and they will be his peoples. God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more. There will be no mourning, crying, or pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

Revelation 21:6-8 (Common English Bible)–Then He said to me, “All is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will freely give water from the life-giving spring. Those who emerge victorious will inherit these things. I will be their God, and they will be my sons and daughters. But for the cowardly, the faithless, the vile, the murderers, those who commit sexual immorality, those who use drugs and cast spells, the idolaters and all liars–their share will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. This is the second death.”

Give Him All Your Cares

Picture the cross in your mind.

Jesus died on that cross because of His love for you.

Imagine yourself walking up to
the foot of that cross.

Set your problems down at the foot of that cross.
Ask Jesus to take your worries and help your situation.
Praying is just talking to Him.
Listen. See if He speaks quietly to you in your conscience.
If you feel a peace come over you then you are ready to leave.

Watch yourself walk away.
Do not turn around.
Do not go back and reclaim your burden.

Because He cares for you so much,
He will take your burdens upon Himself,
and help you with your fears and anxieties.

Trust in the Lord.
Believe that He will help you.
Nothing is too big for Him to handle.
He is waiting for you to come to Him.

1 Peter 5:7 (Amplified Bible)–Casting the whole of your care (all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all) on Him, for he cares for you affectionately and cares for you watchfully.

Psalm 55:22 (New King James Version)–Cast your burned on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved (shaken).

Psalm 37:24–Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down. For the Lord upholds him with His hand.

Psalm 37:5–Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.

Matthew 11:28–“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”