God IS the Creator, by Karen Rowe May 30, 2015

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A)  Greetings to you!  WELCOME!  I hope this series is a blessing to you!


Good morning / day to you on this glorious day that the LORD has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it! 



This morning as I sit with the LORD and pull this message together, I am listening to the morning whispers of God’s Creation! 


What an uplifting blessing to my heart to hear the birds sing a song from our Creator’s heart to fill mine! This is the love that is from our Creator!


My eyes are blessed to see nature’s soft awaking to reveal God’s Creation to me this morning! God’s presence is near! Light created by God illuminates the undisturbed morning air. This is to the glory of God, the creator that I believe and write what the Spirit of God reveals! 


The leaves on the trees reflect peace and tranquility; each unique, yet the Pecan tree glows with an essence that is rare and a quiet calm fills the air! This is the presence of God in HIS creation –that is written from my eyes in the essence of knowing God is ever being near in my heart that believes!


Vibrancies of color and hue penetrate through the brilliant morning light to radiate a beauty that is undeniably alive and full of God’s radiant love for all HE has made! 


God is the creator! And, we are equipped to discover God’s Creation with a degree of vividness to experience the presence of our living God! We can discover and learn how to choose the blessings that are set before us; as we learn our blessings are a gift from God!



Deuteronomy 11:26-28 New International Version (NIV)

26 See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse— 

27 the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today;

28 the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known.


A blessing is a gift from God that is received by us with praise and thanksgiving!


Will you come along with me this morning, and through this series as you find time? Will you give God praise with me that is from your heart? As I, also, praise God from my own. God will speak HIS blessed whispers to our heart! 


Pray with me that God will open our eyes, ears and mind to hear His voice; and help us understand!


God is the Creator and HE will speak understanding to us! I share to encourage us to take time to sit and marvel at all God has done!


Will you allow God to work in your life today?


Love in Christ, 

Karen Rowe

Hope in Today Ministries, Inc.

The Train Whistle, Sounding the call of God's Love

The Creation 

of the World


In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.


Genesis 

Chapter 1 & Verse 1 ESV

B)   Discover Creation, By Karen Rowe May 28, 2015



As a diver puts on his equipment to go under the water to discover what has been created; we can read, in Genesis 1:1, that tells us that the Creator of all things IS God!








Introduction:

Let us discover the nature of Love from our Creator!

Let us discover the foundation of Love in God’s Creation!


We can discover how to live blessed in unity with the Creator!


Message:

If you have need for understanding then ask God!


Scripture:

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him (James 1:5 ESV).”


Revelation Message:

God IS THE Creator; God is not a scientist! 


A scientist is an expert who uses methods to acquire knowledge to discover things about what has already been created! 

God doesn’t need to discover anything! God is all-knowing, because God is the Creator of everything!


Scripture:  

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do (to whom we must give account).

Hebrews 4:12-13


As a diver puts on his equipment to go under the water to discover what has been created; we can read in Genesis 1:1 that tells us the Creator of all things IS God.


The Creation of the World

1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:1English Standard Version (ESV)


As we plant a garden, pray for understanding that God has first created the seed! The Seed is a powerful thing!


Mediation Moment: Will you pause a minute with me to think about how powerful a seed is?

A seed is created with life already in it! 

The life in a seed is waiting for us to plant it, but it is God who makes all things grow! 


We plant the seed in the fertile soil that God has also created! God shines nourishing sunlight on the seed; and God sends rain to water the seed. God created us with the ability; and, it is God who created the water!


From a tiny corn seed, life sprouts! From the corn seed a corn plant emerges! The corn plant will grow into a capable and strong corn stock! At just the right time, the corn plant produces multiple ears of corn –each with multiple seeds of corn! We can eat to be full and there is plenty to share with our family and neighbors! And, from that life, more seeds are available to plant –and God’s creation once again multiplies and always provides …


Corn does not grow green beans –what we plant is what we grow! The Holy Spirit is nudging me in remembrance to be careful of what we plant in our mind! The thoughts we plant remain with us; and the thoughts we nourish grow! Be careful to plant God’s thoughts in your mind and only allow HIS will to convert your thoughts to become agreeable to HIS will!


Mediation Moment: Even our time is created! Our life and time on this earth are gifts from God!

Will you take a moment of your time to think about the creation in a tree?


From a tiny acorn, a strong Oak tree will grow! 


The life is in the seed! Just as the life is in you and me! GOD CREATED LIFE!!! Now, we can discover how to live, grow and change in a good way that works, according to God’s creation way. 


God’s way is blessed!!! We can learn from our creator the way to life and prosperity!  LIFE AND BLESSINGS ARE through believing in, hoping in, trusting in and following in God's Son, Jesus, whom IS the Christ the Son of the Living God!





PAUSE ... WILL YOU PRAY WITH ME TO BELIEVE IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO BELIEVE?

"Father God, Help me believe.  Jesus Help me. I desire to know and believe in the love that God has sent to me!  Thank you for giving your life for mine!  Help me know and believe; follow and obey.  My heart desires to know you!"


Scripture for you:

The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness (Jeremiah 31:3).



We can learn from our creator how to enjoy our gifts from God as blessings!





Scripture:  

The Choice of Life or Death

…14"But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it. 15"See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; 16in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the LORD your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it.…

Deuteronomy 30:14-15


Mediation Moment

The Oak tree IS A CREATION by God, with life and purpose in it for us to enjoy!

The tree will bring us shade and shelter! 

We can discover how to use the wood from the tree and build houses, furniture and even make paper to write on! We can discover how to use wood from a tree to build a fire to produce the energy needed to cook our food; and stay warm by and enjoy the pleasures of the flame!



Fire also destroys! We are set in charge to discover the creation and charged with the choice to choose life and blessings.



Some trees produce fruit for our nutrition; and also to enjoy! 

Some trees produce sap from which we can make maple syrup! 

How much greater are you as an individual? Have you figured out your purpose in life yet?



I remember my grandfather tapping the large Maple trees with this really cool “back in the day” wooden spout that looked a lot like this stainless spout pictured here! My grandpa would then hang a bucket on the spout to catch the sugar that flowed from the tree!


Trees are created! Apple trees produce apples; peach trees produce peaches, orange trees produce oranges –each to their created design with a message of God love for us woven in!


Gardens produce vegetables for us to eat and enjoy, but all things began by God's Creation!  Creation is from the inspiration, mouth, breathe and hand of God! 


And, we discover things about what has already been created!

God loves you!  Can you believe God is this GREAT?


The message is this

God Created and made the world for us –but God Created and made us for Himself!


Yes, God loves you! 

I know this because the Bible tells us so in John 3:16! 


Scripture:

“God so loved the world (you and I needed a Savior & Jesus Qualified).” How much does God love you? Well, the Bible says that God SO loved you that He gave His only begotten Son for you that if you just believe on God’s Son, you shall not perish, but have everlasting life (emphasis mine).” Jesus come to save –not condemn (see: John 3:17)


We are created for the relationship with God!!! God created everything else for us to enjoy with Him -BEFORE we were even MADE!


This is Creation by our Creator that we are loved, fed and well cared for by God, who desires for us to know Him as our Father, who art in Heaven!


God did not create you by accident! God chose you to be born!


Just as… God did not just throw a couple of trees our way for the fun of it! 

God created this creation with love and tender care for you and me, on purpose and with purpose.

 

Creation was created for us to enjoy with God and to provide for us. 

We are called to work in the creation and tend to what was created!  God has provided for all we ever need!


God created the seasons. And, God has created a way through our trials!

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1):”




Believe and rest assured that God values you! 

God created man and made woman –and you and me have been woven from Creation that began as a seed that God created! 


God desires to know you; and so God created your seed for you to be born!

Life is in the seed! The seed is made with love! God is love and God loves you!


The life God created in the seed was part of God’s plan in creation –we would never go without!







Mediation Moment: Think about the power of God’s Creation of DIRT!


From dirt, God made soil to sustain and provide for life!  

God created dirt and He made soil! God placed nutrients in the soil to grow and feed life that God has created! 

The seed is a powerful thing that God has created; and we plant the seed in the enriched soil that God has first created!


Everything we have available to discover, use, enjoy, and appreciate has first been created by God! Nothing we need for life is without God’s hand on it! We may take for granted the sun and the rain, but even the sun we need and the rain that is necessary for all life to continue and is necessary for a seed to grow and reproduce are from the hand of our Creator –as it is with all things!


Mediation Moment: God created a seed to make you!

God created the first man and breathed life into him! God then, made woman from the rib of a man! In them, God made a seed to reproduce. God had plans for you before you were even born!


Scripture:

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Genesis 2:7 KJV

Pray with me that God brings understanding to us that the Word of God IS Powerful and Effective!


God is not surprised –FROM the very beginning of CREATION, God has always had a plan that He is working together for the good to them that love God, according to His purpose. That we will be transformed into the image of HIS Son!


Scripture:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:1


Jesus is the Word that God has sent to us! The Holy Spirit brings us to remembrance of all things that is written from God to us to help us and guide us with Wisdom from Heaven; and comfort us with peace that Jesus has left for us to receive by God’s grace!


Scriptures: 

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27).


Jesus said also: “…for the Father is greater than I.…John 14:28”


God has created a Way for us! “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me John 14:6).”


God has a plan for you and for me! Not to harm us, but to bring us hope and future and to prosper us.


God’s way is Holy. 

We can pray for understanding that God loves us too much to let us stay the way we are! 


God is our creator and maker and we can discover how to live blessed in this life that God has given us to live well with Him. God’s way works –not ours …


Pray with me that we will tune our ear to the Lord –not to figure all things out, but rather to discover how to live blessed with God! Today and forevermore. I pray this is a blessing of encouragement to you.


PRAISE MOMENT! 

Do you sense the presence of the Lord with you? I sure do! 

Praise God –all glory goes to HIM whom is working through the life HE has put into me and you through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord!


Pray with me that we will discover the true meaning of Salvation.

Let us see how God has already created the way for us to be saved!


God created LOVE:

For God SO loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 English Standard Version (ESV)


Pray with me that we will discover JOY!  God's emotion that HE gives us is JOY!

And, finally, today, God created JOY! As we rejoice in our knowledge and understanding of God, whom is our Creator and the creator of all things, we can discover the JOY of the LORD in all things! 


Yes, joy is possible! All we have to do, is discover how to abide in Jesus –knowing that God IS LOVE!


Scripture:

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:1 & 5



Pray with me that we will discover the power that is in God’s love!

And, as we discover what love is, we can learn how to apply the power of God’s love in our lives to live blessed in this life God created for us to live! 


We can learn from our Father God, the Creator!


God IS love and God Created Love for us to rely on!


“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him (1 John 4:16).”


Pray with me that God will open up our understanding to what God has created. A scientist is one who makes discoveries about what has already been created. Isn’t it our duty and to our benefit to acquire knowledge about our creation? Especially since our creator has given us HIS LIFE, His Word of written knowledge to instruct us; and the Holy Spirit to help and guide us through this life we have been blessed to receive by God.


We can discover how to choose the blessings that God has already set before us to choose!


If you have questions or concerns, please write me [email protected] 


Love in Christ,

Karen Rowe

Hope in Today Ministries, Inc.

The Train Whistle, Sounding the call of God's Love

Did you know that there is a powerful and living message from our Creator that is waiting on you to discover today? The Word of God; the Good News about Jesus the Christ, is written (in the Bible) and living (though the power of the Holy Spirit) to be our help, our shield, our guide, our Wisdom, our comfort, and our assurance in our life!

  1. C) God’s Economics –Verses the World’s economic System, May 30, 2015!

Opportunities come to us in the form of challenges to demonstrate our trust in God!


Will you Trust God with your finances?
God doesn't want your money, God wants your heart!

Who is your master?  

Money or Jesus?  



Will you think about some hard questions:  What would you do for money? 

What are you doing for God? 


What do you love more?

Your relationship with God; or the things you have?


Money is neither good nor evil, it is neutral!

However, people can give POWER to money!

Our view of money will reflect the authority we follow!


Friend, Can I share with you that God doesn't need your money!  

Hope in Today Ministries does not need your money!  In fact, I don't believe in asking for money! YET, WE ALL NEED GOD!  


God provides all we ever need!  This is a true statement!  God gave me a vision and God has provided THE WAY to succeed in the vision that God has given to me!  


When God calls you to do something, it usually does require some money, but money is never an issue with God!  God will provide!  Will you trust God to obey?


 In your all aspects of your life; God will provide for all you need that is GOOD for you, your life, your family, your business, your ministry ... Whatever the good thing is that God calls you to do, rest assured, God will provided a WAY! 


Friend, money is not the big thing!  Money is easy for God!  Following Righteousness is the BIG thing for us to learn!  


Righteousness is where the Blessings from God are found in abundance.

IF you need money, ask the Creator what to do; and work loyally hard for God's glory in all you do -God will provide!


Have you proven to God your trust in HIM yet?


Scripture:

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.

Luke 16:10 (ESV)


God is the source of all provisions –But who do you serve?


In this world, it seems there is a power put on money that doesn't belong!

Money should never be the power we give to our worth -whether rich or poor!  Having money doesn't make someone's self worth more!  Nor, does having less make someone's worth less!  To God our worth is our heart!!!!  And, God values people!


Money talks –or does it? Have you ever witnessed a child discovering the power that can be given to money?  "I'll give you ten bucks to do this!"  "No, I'd probably get into trouble."  Thank God this child used his head that God gave him.  I asked the child to put the money in his pocket ... he looked at me like I was a fool!  However, this child listened!  And, the opportunity was there to teach this child about his worth to God!  Our worth to God is way more than valuable than the money in our pocket!  This child admitted that he was poor, but he found out he was rich in God's worth!


I watched a group of children amazed at a vending machine!  Money was the attraction, not the product!  One child discovered that if he kicked the machine, it gave up money.  He thought this was free money!  He told his friends how to get more free money!  YET, friends, as you know, there is no such thing as free money!!!  I told this child that money is not free; money is EARNED!


Only the LOVE of God in Christ Jesus is a gift that was given for free; at no cost to us.  It is a choice to love God back and follow Jesus for our own benefit.  


I have watched even children attempt to believe that money buys friendships!  However,a friend is only a friend when they are a friend in Christ!


Money is neutral, but the power we give to money changes the effect it has on us and on others; as well as our situation. 

Money is a tool we use, but tools don’t talk; a tool works! Tools work effectively according to how they are used. 


How do you value money? How do you value your relationship with God?


Is your money truly your money –or God’s? 

What do you believe in our heart about money –Do you need money more than you need the Source, the Creation of all things?


Is your goal more important to you?  Or, is pleasing God more important to you?  What is motive?  What is your goal?


Money is neither good nor evil, it is neutral, but according to the power we give to money, it is a tool to accomplish many things. People have given money more credit than is due. 


Here's a thought:  What are we teaching our kids about money? 

Are we demonstrating trust to God in our personal tithings, offerings and blessings we receive from God?


Our kids want money.  Yet, adults struggle in the discernment it takes to manage money well -whether in getting money; or in being blessed to be a blessing!  Only God knows the all matters that are concerning all the hearts around.


Money involves action! 

Yet, money does not talk –money reflects our heart which does talk. 


What is your attitude about money? Ask God to show you.  You will be blessed!  


Would you like to learn more about God’s Economics –verses the failing world’s economical system?


God is the creator of all things! Pray with me to understand that God is teaching us how to survive in this world after the Miracle through Jesus!



Pray with me to understand the power and necessity of understanding the message to us found in the Lord’s Prayer that Jesus teaches us to pray daily:


Matthew 6:9-13 King James Version (KJV)

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.


God’s way leads to blessings in abundance, but are you willing to toss aside your fear to trust God and Tithe? What about offerings? Would you like to learn the blessings in blessed to be a blessing?


A blessing is a gift from God that is received by us with Praise and Thanksgiving!  When we DISCOVER that we are blessed to be a blessing ... Then, God multiplies to provide even more!


If you need help finding Scriptures in the Bible about these topics, please write me [email protected] 


Love in Christ, 

Karen Rowe,

Hope in Today Ministries, Inc.

The Train Whistle, Sounding the call of God's Love

As a diver puts on his equipment 

to go under the water to discover things about what has been already been created; 


We can read, in Genesis 1:1, that tells us that the Creator of all things IS God!

A cute chuckle “funny” with a message that relates:


One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way...

... And no longer needed God. 


They picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they were done with Him. 


The scientist walked up to God and said, "God, we've decided that we no longer need you. 


We're to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don't you just go on and get lost."


God listened patiently and kindly to the man and after the scientist was done talking, God said, "Very well! How about this? Let's have a man making contest."


To which the man replied, "OK, great!"


But God added, "Now we're going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam."


The scientist said, "Sure, no problem" and bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt.


God just looked at him and said, "No, no, no. You go get your own dirt!"

 
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7).”
 

A scientist is an expert who uses methods to acquire knowledge to discover things about what has already been created! 


 
As we plant a garden, pray for understanding that God has first created the seed! The Seed is a powerful thing!
 

Will you take a moment of your time to think about the creation in a tree?

 

I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them (Hosea 11:4).

 
See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity –God says choose Life and choose Blessings (Deuteronomy 30:19)!
I remember my grandfather tapping the large Maple trees with this really cool “back in the day” wooden spout that looked a lot like this stainless spout pictured here! My grandpa would then hang a bucket on the spout to catch the sugar that flowed from the tree!
 

"No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day (John 6:44)."

 

You have Searched Me and Know Me
12Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You. 13For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. 14I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.…

 
 
 

God wants your heart!

I hope this is a blessing to you!

 
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Matthew 6:24 (ESV)

  1. Boasting is the polar opposite to Humility, by Karen Rowe May 26, 2015!

Introduction: God’s way is LOVE. God IS Love! ABIDE in LOVE and you are abiding in God and God in you! God’s Love is never unsuccessful! Do you know this great and powerful love?


Scripture Reference:

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Charity (LOVE) never faileth: but…(1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (ESV & KJV)


Message: God’s Way serves LOVE –The world’s way serves self!

God is the Creator of you and everything in your world! If you KNOW that you are blessed –then the praise of your success goes to God for leading you in the right way! We are blessed to be a blessing! If you are in need, then pray with me for God to bring understanding to us about what to do now! But in all things, let us remain humble –Do you know why? Today, pray with me that God will bring a deeper understanding to us about boasting –just one of the qualities described that keeps us abiding in HIM!


The Revelation:

God is the Creator!  We are the scientist!  And, we are SO much more than just a discoverer!  We are made to be a child of God when we first believe on Christ Jesus as our Savior and we make Christ Jesus our Lord!


We can discover things about what has already been created!

We can discover God's Way! We can discover God's LOVE!


A child who desires to know how something works will take it apart to gain understanding, but rarely can a child successfully put it back together again! Usually, there are parts and pieces that left over, or get lost –and the ones that make it back in the gadget rarely function properly, as it did, before it was disassembled.


However, with practice, knowledge and maturity, learning can happen in this way; and a Scientist, Doctor or a Mechanic is born! Yet, nothing is done without Creation! All things begin with a complete understanding of how something functions. All things function with a series of positives and negatives, but only with understanding will anything we build work properly or effective!


We are building our life with God! 

LIFE with God, along with everything under and in God’s Creation works according to God’s basic design!


This message today arrived from what began as a beautiful and powerful –yet simple, Revelation from God this morning while taking my son to school! The Holy Spirit brought a deeper understanding about God’s Word to me to teach my son. All my messages from God revolve around HIS LOVE! 

Based on what love is and is not –in order to learn more and more about abiding in God’s love, because this is where our blessings are found in Christ!


Boasting is the polar opposite to Humility!


Humility in Christ is a firm footing on solid ground with God; no legs beneath us to be knocked down!   Trusting God, humility is strenght under control!

Boasting is building “self” up on a platform with legs we put beneath us, based on accomplishments. (Or even lack of??? Is another notion to ponder) –wouldn’t that be what God’s Word warns us about “ENVY”? And “BOAST” …


If our accomplishments (or lack of) are the basis that we set to hold “self” up; or even tear “self” down on a platform of self-worth, then consider that on a platform, there is room to fall! There is room for others to tear us down.


Perhaps “boasting” is not your issue, however day to day, something will be an issue that God will bring to your attention for your benefit in LIFE! Pay attention to the positives and the negatives that God reveals to you in your life! And make that CHANGE!


God knows how LIFE works!!! And, God warns us of what won’t work in the LIFE we have been given in Christ Jesus!


SCRIPTURE:  Provided for us: Proverbs 4:7 in Three different Versions of the Bible: NIV, KJV, and ESV


Proverbs 4:7 (NIV)

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.
    Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

Proverbs 4:7 (KJV)

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Proverbs 4:7 (ESV)

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,
    and whatever you get, get insight.


If we desire to know how the Kingdom of God works, then we must go to God’s Word to gain knowledge, understanding and pray for God’s help to apply HIS Way to our life! God designed and created all aspects of this world –and God understands how His Creation works; and HE knows what will not!


Game day! Daniel, our 4th grader, took out two college students at the famous game of Monopoly –the board game that revolves around who has the biggest pile of money, largest spread of land and most hotels! In the end of the game, whoever has the biggest pile of lute wins!


This morning, months later, my son was recalling his big win! God gave me a revelation and the Spirit of the Lord nudged me to share!

As the Holy Spirit teaches me, God enables me to teach my children in God’s time alone! I am not a perfect parent and if you ask my teenager, you would hear more from that view I am sure. Life grows in seasons. Yet, on this particular day, my son’s attention was caught and I was amazed that something so simple, but powerful in life!


The message was quite simply this:

We’ve got to be careful of building a platform to stand on, because the higher we build that platform, the farther we have to fall when we hit the ground. We have to be careful of building our self a stand to stand on more highly than we ought –and giving legs beneath us that are waiting to be knocked down! This is why God said to us as a warning, do not boast (Love does not boast).

I like to explore different versions of same Scripture in God’s written Word to gain deeper meaning of God’s message to me; so that I can really understand what God is asking me to apply in my life! 


Here I share 2 versions (ESV & KJV)


1 Corinthians 13:4-8English Standard Version (ESV)

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.


1 Corinthians 13:4-8King James Version (KJV)

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.


We have to be careful of boasting, which is building ourselves up more highly that we ought! Because sooner or later, there will be a time to fall. There is a time to win and time to loose. Learning how to win successfully is just as important as learn how to loose effectively. It is not about the game –the win or the loose; it is about our time with those we love –and even those we don’t know. Somehow this gets lost in competition; and somehow this message gets lost in life.


Everyone wants to feel valuable! However, our value in NOT set in our wins or loses! Our value is set in Christ and who we are to God!


I hope this is a blessing to you!


Love in Christ,

Karen Rowe

Hope in Today Ministries

The Train Whistle, Sounding the call of God’s Love

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