John 1:17

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Sunday, January 1, 2017



I bring Grace and Peace to each one of you in the name of Jesus the Savior of the world!

Yes, it is now 2017 and a lot is being said about the coming year, some say it is the year of Jubilee, others say it is the year of the rapture.  What does God say? He sent His son Jesus to save the world and to bring us, his creation back into relationship with him. 

In NAS Exhaustive Concordance the meaning of the numbers 2017 means “turning of things upside down”, with the reference being Isaiah 29-16. I am reading from the Message translation.

You have everything backward!
    You treat the potter as a lump of clay.
Does a book say to its author,
    “He didn’t write a word of me”?
Does a meal say to the woman who cooked it,
    “She had nothing to do with this”?

So I ask you; Are you living with God or saying to yourself and others, “I got this, I am in control of my destiny”?
Everybody these days seem to be looking for happiness and not to sound like an old country music song they are looking in the wrong places.  I have been there and there are times I have to remind myself is this with God or just me trying to make it happen? 
In today’s glamour, technology and everything new, it is easy to get caught in the trap of the world’s meaning of what I call “short lived” happiness.  Even Drugs and alcohol can, for the moment, bring you a fake reality of happiness.   Now that is a prime example of looking in the wrong place.
Do not be that person.  God wants relationship with you; he wants you to find all that you need in him. God loves you so much that He gave his son to die for you so you could bring Him back into the recipe of life forever.
In the bible “God’s Word” the number 17 symbolizes “overcoming the enemy” and “complete victory”.  Now I know everyone wants to say yes to that!  This brings to mind one of my favorite verse, Philippians 4:12&13;

I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. 

The “One who makes me”; the potter, the author, the cook, for those of you who would recognize the King James version more I will put it here;

Philippians 4:12-13King James Version (KJV)
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

It is because of Christ you can “overcome your enemies” and have “complete victory”.  This reminds me of a hymn while growing up and here is the chorus;

O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought 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 am going to end with this, In the book of 1Corinthians the thirteenth chapter, the seventeenth mention of the word 'love' comes when the apostle Paul states that it is the GREATEST gift of all (1Corinthians 13:13). God's unending love (John 3:16) is truly victorious over all things.

1Corinthians 13:13; But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. (MSG)

2017 is going to be one of your best years ever as long as you do not forget the most important ingredients; Father God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.  Trust in God, put your Hope in Jesus, and your faith in God’s Love for You, the Holy Spirit to guide you to “Complete Victory”! 

Don’t look to the world for the answers, instead be ALL-IN-WITH GOD and make 2017 your best year ever.

ALL-IN!, Believe!, God loves You!, Grace be!

Until next time;
I love You, and God Loves You More!

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