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Quality Time With God

By: Online Pastor Dianne Ashton

Rest & Enjoy

Contributor: Rev. Dianne Ashton

August 3, 2022

Psalm 62:1 says “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.” (NIV)

Our salvation comes His grace, His precious gift that frees us from our sins, because of the taking on of our punishment for our sins on the cross. We are forgiven of our sins, justified by God through faith in Jesus, declared not guilty, delivered from sin, experience new birth, receive eternal life, have a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus and receive the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. He has saved us from the power and penalty of sin therefore we can rest in Him who gives us salvation.

Our soul finds rest in the Lord and our salvation comes solely from Him. It is in Him that we can lay down in peace for He is our safety. He has offered us the invitation to Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30) When tired of living a sinful life, when tired of struggling He can give us rest. We must just come to God through Christ Jesus for it is Jesus who frees us from carrying the burden of our own sin because He has already done the work for us.

When we seek God with all our heart and all our soul we will find Him. He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. It must be our earnest desire to seek Him, to hunger and thirst after Him. When we own Him as Lord and Savior of our lives the Word says “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”

For as the Host High He shows Himself to be greater than any threat we will ever face, as the Almighty He shows Himself as the All Powerful One who can confront and destroy all of our enemies, as the Lord He assures us that His presence is always with us and as our God He expresses the truth that He has chosen to associate Himself with us for we trust in Him. We must make every effort to enter into the rest of the Lord, for it is in His rest that we will not perish.

Know this Ephesians 2:4-5 says “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions, it is by grace you have been saved.” Let us just rest in and enjoy our salvation for Jesus paid it all.

Prayer of the Week:

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the precious gift of Jesus and of grace that saves us and frees us from the bondage of sin. We find rest in You and know that it is in You Lord Jesus that we lay down in peace, you are our safety and our hope and we trust in you and you alone. We take refuge in you and the finish work of the cross. We continually seek you with all our heart and soul and we find rest and take joy in our salvation, in Jesus Christ name we pray. Amen.

“Be Encouraged”

Contributor: Rev. Dianne Ashton

July 6, 2022

John 14:16-18 - And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

We receive God’s comfort by the Holy Spirit the Comforter Himself. Be encouraged because as our comforter He is our relief, consoler, assurance, and encourager. He is our resting place. Be encouraged because as our Divine Teacher He teaches us the truth and instructs us as how to put the truth into action. Be encouraged and take comfort in Psalm 27:14 which says “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”

Be encouraged because as our enabler He anoints our head with oil and gives us power, He gives us the ability to trust God, remain faithful and be steadfast in faith. He strengthens us, gives us the power and the means to endure. He reassures us that everything will be alright for our labor is not in vain in the Lord. Be encouraged because as our faithful companion He never leaves nor forsakes us, He accompanies us through life’s entire journey. Be encouraged and take comfort in Matthew 28:20 which says “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Be encouraged because as our willing helper He aids us, He provides what we need to accomplish His will and He is our heavy load bearer and our burden sharer. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Be encouraged because as our greatest supporter in the midst of trials and tribulations He holds us up. In times of uncertainty He keeps our minds and spirits from giving way. Be encouraged and find comfort in 1 John 4:4 which says “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

Be encouraged because as our advisor and wise counselor He prepares and equips us for battle. He is our biggest encourager. He gives us everything we need to thrive and survive the attacks of the enemy. Be encouraged and take comfort in Isaiah 54:17 which says “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”

Be encouraged because God is there with us in our affliction, trouble, tribulation, anguish, persecution and burden. No matter the size or shape of our affliction be encouraged for there is nothing too hard for God. Be encouraged and take comfort in Romans 8:31 which says “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”

Prayer for the Week:

Father God, Thank you for our Comforter, the Spirit of truth (The Holy Spirit) who not only dwells with us but is also in us. Through it all our hope and trust is in you. We wait on you Lord for we know that you are ever with us, you are the greater in us, you cover us and that you are for us, therefore we are encouraged and take comfort in your Word, in Jesus Christ name we pray. Amen.

Suit Up Stand Up Withstand

Contributor: Rev. Dianne Ashton

July 19, 2022

Ephesians 6:11 says “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

As we wear the Armor of God we must use each piece properly. As we gird ourselves with the belt of truth around our waist we must daily commit ourselves to Jesus Christ as the foundation of our lives. Acknowledge that it is with His strength that we will resist the temptation to stand on any worldly foundation; for Jesus alone is our solid foundation for any situation that will arise in our lives.

On our hearts we must put on the breastplate of righteousness knowing that we can fight any battle that comes our way because of the righteousness of Jesus Christ and not our own righteousness. We must declare that He is our righteousness and that through the victory on the cross we can stand victorious against any temptation, sin and attacks of the enemy.

On our feet we wear the shoes of readiness and peace. We put on the shoes of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We stand prepared by knowing Jesus in a deeper way. We let the Word of God become the guiding light for every step that we will take during the course of the day. We also, let our knowledge of the good news of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection be our daily source of peace.

Above all we must daily take the shield of faith in our Hand. It is our faith that connects us to the power of Jesus. Our faith causes us to trust in Him and His strength alone. As we rely on His power and stand in His strength we are protected from the arrows of the enemy from day to day. It is by our faith that we can go forth daily doing His will.

As we put the helmet of salvation on our heads let us remember that Jesus is our salvation and our deliverer. He will cover our mind and deliver us from sin and spiritual, physical and emotional weakness. He will strengthen us, anoint us and bring us to complete wholeness in Him.

We take the sword of the Spirit in our hand (the powerful Word of God). We take with us the living version of God’s Word (Jesus). His Word will give us wisdom that allows us to apply His Word to our life’s situations and daily troubles. Suit up, stand up and withstand!

Prayer for the Week:

Lord God prepare us to suit up, stand up and withstand all that will come our way from day to day that we may stand against the wiles of the devil. We stand on your Word and in your power and strength. We trust you and we walk in your wisdom for our faith is solely in you, in Jesus Christ name. Amen.