Good News Memory Verse of Today:  Matthew 5:8, by Karen Rowe January 10, 2016

Good day to you! Today, God is first in all things as He is everyday, and each day is a choice to begin our day pure in heart filled with the love of God that HE has for all the world who might believe!

Our heart matters and our choices reflect our heart.

It is not always the best thing for us to sacrifice what is best for us for the benefit of others, but it is the best thing for others to do the right thing unto them God’s Way!

It was not the best thing for Jesus to go to the cross, but it was the best thing for us!

Many times people treat us in ways that we would never do to them and yet, God’s Word teaches us to turn the other cheek. This does not mean that we are to enable others in their iniquity; nor become their doormat –on the contrary, this means that because we have Christ living in us, we can demonstrated a goodness, kindness, patience and selfless love to others that the world has not understood or seen demonstrated until they are moved by the power of God’s love whom is living in you and me who know and believe in the love that God has for us!

People are moved by God’s power –not by our Bible thumping judging! Now, that is a powerful statement both ways, but in our human existence, we have to be willing to admit, “Are we human?” “Then, we are all are flawed in our human nature!” Yet, Christ in us enables a new spiritual nature, whom enables us to be empowered by God’s Holy Spirit to love like Jesus first loved us!

Have you experienced the love of Jesus alive in your heart yet? If not, you can; and your are invited to Come to Jesus and dine with Him literally!  It is okay if you don’t understand yet.  Understanding comes with believing, praying, asking, seeking and knocking on the door of understanding!  Understanding comes by God’s Holy Spirit and through His written Word.  Don’t be quick to give up your gifts from God!

Have you experienced the overflowing power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in your inner spirit yet? Just as experiencing God changes us, so does our demonstration of God’s transformation in us draw notice to God alive in us!   Now, for clarification, We don’t seek people to follow us -we seek to demonstrate Christ alive in us that others may see the light of God in a darkness covered world to seek Jesus to know and believe in the love God has sent to the world for hope!

People notice the difference, even if they don’t understand, God is attractive in us! This is exactly how Hope in Today Ministries “Mirror Ministry” began too!  First we have to know and believe in the beauty God has put in us!  On a mirror, we place a sticker with this prayer to help people see clearly how immensely and incredibly beautiful they are to God in His eyes!  If you struggle with self-esteem, pray, “Dear God help me see me as you see me; Let my smile remind me of who I am and let my smile demonstrate the power of Christ’s love living in me to the world that is for all who will come to Jesus and believe!

Did you know your smile is that powerful?  Don’t let the enemy’s lies steal your confident smile!

I prayed this week for strength in something I was struggling with.  God helped overcome a battle within through knowing the power that is in the truth of God’s Word.  Now, our brother’s are human, but God’s child they are.  And,there are others in our life that don’t know Christ yet, but still that is not our job to figure it all out.  Our job is to pray for spiritual discernment and be the light of Jesus in a dark world.  And, for me in this prayer, not to allow Satan to manipulate me to give away my peace and joy from God.  There is a power within us when we come into full agreement to God’s Word …

As Matthew 5:8 teaches us:  Blessed are the Pure in heart, for they shall see God!

Now, is there “any excuse” that we should use to justify doing as we please?  NO!  Seek to please God and experience the pureness of peace and joy that is in the midst of being near to God -even on this earth as it is in Heaven. Don’t be a “people pleaser” … but God will enable you to be a Christ demonstrator!  This love is a result of knowing the good news in the pureness of our heart of God!

Here is the short list that helped me; and which actually began as a basis of teaching our son about how to deal with someone who is not nice to us!

How do we love like Jesus?  We walk in the Truth God’s Way in the Life we have been given! Read God’s Word to know WWJD!

  1. If we say we love God …
    1. But, If we hate our brother, we are a liar.
  2. The Bible says, Let us not grow weary of doing good, so to me, “let us” means we have a choice and also explains we have a need to pray for spiritual strength to keep doing good even when people are not nice to us.
  3. Treat people like you like to be treated. This is for the Christian, every “I, me and you” out there believing in the love that God first has for us!
  4. Sometimes God allows a test to come to us by presenting us with a choice …
    1. To Obey …  God’s Command to love like Jesus
    2. To Trust God; and also in His Son Jesus.

Will you go out of your way to obey God just because He asked you?

Here’s how!

  1. Grounded in THE Faith of Christ’s Love, God’s commandments are made easy to us.
  2. Christ came to teach us, not only what we are to know and believe, but what we are to do.
  3. Jesus and God’s Word through the Holy Spirit corrects our view and teaches us how to do better each and every time we are challenged with an opportunity to obey God by our faith –and then we shall see what God will do!

This is my story and I am sharing my faith in a good God for your benefit to know and believe to help you in your challenges that God will give you the same opportunities to trust Him as He gives me and my family.

Will you trust God today? Greater is God in you than he that is in the world!  And, know also that your situation IS out of God’s hands in this world, because Satan has power in this world as long as God calls it today.  HOWEVER, you have a choice!  Your situation is spinning our of control, UNTIL you give it all to Jesus; and pray for God’s hand to guide you in the power of His Holy Spirit!  Place your hope in God through the hope God gave you, JESUS!  Put everything in God’s hand, because God is good!  Yet, also, ask God to help you know what to do by your faith!

Oh my, the love of Jesus that enables us in all things to overcome by His Spirit and according to our faith!  Not by our human strength or might alone. We all need Jesus –and we need each other to encourage us in THE Faith of Christ, our Savior and Lord along our way in this journey as long as God calls it today!

I hope this is an encouragement to you today!

By faith, I will share the link to another close writing “Claim the Truth -Letting God and Living Free!”  that I believe the Spirit of the Lord will bless you with something good that is found in the Truth Today.

Claim the Truth! Letting Go and Living Free! By Karen Rowe January 6, 2016

Love in Christ,
Karen Rowe

Hope in Today Ministries, Inc.

P.O. Box 441, Efland, NC 27243

See also The Train Whistle, Sounding the call of God’s Love, by Karen Rowe

The Train Whistle, Published by Tate Publishing 2012

The Perfect Scripture!  The Perfect Prayer!

Good morning,

Hi, this is Karen Rowe joining you again today!

 Let us begin our day together by opening heart and address our mind ...

“to live by every Word that comes from the Mouth of God”that faith comes from hearing the message of the good news in Christ; and we begin with Prayer (Matthew 4:4, Romans 10:17)!

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ (Romans 10:17).”

The Perfect Scripture!

3 Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.

Proverbs 16:3 Amplified Bible (AMP)

The Perfect Prayer!

9 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.

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

Good morning to you!!! I prayerfully brewed this Cup in Prayer last night –and this morning, I am prayerfully pouring out this fresh cup for you! I am rejoicing at an answered prayer from a friend we have been praying for!!! I received a text from her just moments ago that she has made it!!! She made it out of a very difficult situation; and she is happy and good –all is well with her, from deep within her tormented soul; to find peace with God once again!!! Jesus never left her and God never stopped loving her! Now, she is in a good and safe place!!! Praise God!!! This makes me so HAPPY and full of JOY!!! I thank God for answered prayer! The Holy Spirit is our helper –that we can’t do it alone! Don’t underestimate the power of prayer! Don’t forget the joy of the Lord is your strength!!! Praise to God is the blessing of joy!

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances;

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18English Standard Version (ESV)

I hope this day finds you well –and well, sometimes the day finds us with more needs. Life certainly has ups and downs, but in Jesus we can find Peace and even Joy –Always!

Isn’t God amazing that even when we go through tough things, God is still our Sovereign God! “Sovereign” in the descriptive property means “having unlimited power or authority!” So, when God doesn’t seem to come to the rescue right away; does that mean that He doesn’t care? Or, is not aware; –or worst yet, hasn’t rescued?

Here is the best word of Praise I can think of Today: Jesus Saves!

I have heard people say, “according to what I believe, or my opinion is;” but what really matters is the Truth.

So, let’s take a look at the Truth.

Can I shift your thinking just a minute? I am watching “The Waltons” tonight –as I was praying about what to write to you about. In this episode, the young boys –(really young men) were fighting out of control in anger growing, but when Grandpa showed up –the scene stood still! This made me think, Wow! Now that is earned respect!!! How much greater is our God?

Here’s what I know. God is God. God gives us HIS Word to meet every situation that we encounter. Jesus Saves. The Holy Spirit is our Helper. Our job is to depend on God in prayer, but also in faith –doing all that is on our heart to do –and knowing that God is with us! Again, Jesus is the WAY!

So friends in Christ, I encourage you to pray! Get your Word from God and pray some more! And, when you pray begin with Praise!!! And, remember to thank God for hearing your prayers! You can even thank Jesus for saving you!

Then remember, God’s Word to you!

… PRAY, and do not doubt God’s ability; and do not doubt God’s love for you! “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened (Matthew 7:8 & Luke 11:10).”

NOTICE the word EVERYONE! Isn’t God gracious! Now, if you haven’t seen your miracle yet … And, if you have to wait until you arrive to Heaven, can you hold on for a vapor more of time? Meanwhile, we have a wonderful honor to uphold in the sweet and powerful Name of Jesus the Christ:

“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful (Luke 6:36).”

Read also Hebrews 13:1-6! (Included at the end)

God loves you my friend! I am just happy to report this good news! Really Happy from deep down in my soul!!!

I sure hope this is a wonderful blessing to you of strength in the Joy of Jesus, with complete Peace in Jesus!

If you don’t quite get this message just yet, that is okay! God still loves you!

I will leave you today with something powerful that I found quite amazing. One night, while reading my Bible, I was reading in Proverbs … and the section kept saying, “I, Wisdom” over and over!

Can you imagine the look on my face in my lack of understanding? “I, Wisdom” I thought??? In my bewilderment! “Who is Wisdom?” That is a loaded question Today for me! God IS! Jesus IS! The Holy Spirit is the Wisdom that God will bring to us from Heaven! It is all about following Jesus! God the Father knows all things; and HE makes us understand all we need to know.

Remember the Word we started with? Reread Matthew 4:4! I believe you will rejoice in this Word of God! I just praise God for His Word! I find God Amazing in HIS Grace and goodness! And, I just thank God for all that HE is –and also for His love that is for us! Thank you Jesus for saving us –and teaching us!!!

Well that is about all that is on my mind on this night as I prepare this wonderful morning Cup for you to read a message anointed by God to hear from Him –in His way. Please know that I will be praying for you. I don’t have to know what it is, but I know that by you reading this, God knows your heart. The Holy Spirit will enable us to pray, which is really sowing the seed of God’s Word back up to Him! Now, think of what an apple seed will do when we plant it –It will grow a tree producing many apples. We don’t have to understand –we just have to believe it is possible! And this is our obedience and trust we have in God through our faith in Jesus the Christ!

I would love to share a huge blessing –well, a miracle is what it is! I invite you to see what the Lord has done! Come and celebrate & explore with me –as we know there is more work to do, but in all we do, it is a reflection of what we are ready to do…as far as it depends on today!

The Word of God:

Final Exhortations

13 Let brotherly love continue. Don’t neglect (don’t forget) to (entertain strangers) show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it. Remember the prisoners, as though you were in prison with them, and the mistreated, as though you yourselves were suffering bodily. Marriage must be respected by all, and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will judge immoral people and adulterers. Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you. Therefore, we may boldly say:

The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?

Hebrews 13:1-6Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Thank you for joining us! Thank you readers for praying –we all need each other; and we all need prayer! I hope this was a blessing to you!

Love in Christ,

Karen Rowe

Hope in Today Ministries, Inc.

I invite you to read and share: “The Train Whistle, Sounding the Call of God’s Love

  • Hope in Today gifts this book (& “plants” this book in ministries) at no charge, however it is also available at the ministry’s cost online as well! See the footer on Hope in Today Ministries’ page for details!
  • Thank you for allowing me to join you today! I hope this has been a blessing to you! My love and prayers are with you in Jesus, the Christ, who is the Son of the Living God! HALLELUJAH TO THE LAMB!!! May God bless you, keep you, protect you and may you receive His Grace, Peace and Joy in this moment!!!

"Desire" is the "Magnetic Pull" away from God, but God is Greater!

Photo by Gregg Braden



Trust God | Trust also in JESUS!

That God will do a marvelous thing for you!

Remember, God doesn't do bad things to us ... 

GOD is just -yes! But, God is MORE!

God didn't Create us for bad things to happen to us. 

Rather, God foreknew what we would face; and HE gave us the exact measure of FAITH that we would need to OVERCOME & HIS WORD that HE would not ever leave or forsake us ... just one request: Found in John 3:16 

... & then God teaches us HOW!

Don't focus on wishing you were never made!  Focus on why you were made!  You were not a mistake!  And, you are not being punished for things out of your control!  It is pretty simple really, God wants to live with you forever ... much beyond and away from Today's trials, fears, torment, pain !!!  God will erase your tears away one day!

The hard part right now is the Work to persevere & not give up in the middle of believing!

Three words will to remember:  

  1. The little word "Want" can and will draw us to justifying something bad for us ... if it is not good for us!
  2. The middle sized word "emotion" will pull us in the direction of our want!
  3. The heavy weight word of "temptation" will blow us in wrong direction!

James 1:6New International Version (NIV)

6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

Ephesians 4:14New International Version (NIV)

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.

So if we pray for God to help us:  God if it is your will, open the door and give us the courage to walk through with you!  But if this is not good for me and this desire is not your will for me, then slam that door closed for me!

Then, we have a part to do!  Please don't begin to blame God for the bad things that happen!  God is our helper!  And, God really does have a plan!  EVEN when we can see through our very real PAIN ... God still knows what HE is doing!  And, God IS working all things out for the good!

You see, many people think that this life is it!  That we have arrived!!!  But this life is like a cake mix unbaked!  The batter is good, but the cake is not done!  

So, don't get mad at you helper!  Stay tight with the ONLY one able to help you through the good, the bad and even the ugly!!!  Jesus is TRUTH, the WAY and the LIFE!

So ... 

  1. Focus less on what you "Want" and see what God will do for the sake of Jesus!
  2. Stand still until emotions are under control ... willing to say no ...or yes.
  3. Know that a whirlwind of temptations will come RIGHT BEFORE the Breakthru!
  • This is the opportunity to Praise and Worship God! 
  • Bless God for Grace, Peace and your strength of Joy to overcome!  But Satan wants US to to abandon God.

Can you name some ways that you would be abandoning God? 

...When fear comes at you? 

...When frustrations whirl at you? 

...When doubt seems to be more of the truth??? than the actual Truth from God!  

***Remember your gift of faith ... and keep on believing and trusting on God and following JESUS!

Then, after we have stood the test, the door will be (opened or closed) according to the blessing you have prayed for.

I don't have it all figured out, BUT God does!  ... Follow JESUS!

Love in Christ, Karen 
Hope in Today Ministries

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