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Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Matter of Life or Death

Good day Mars,

     Never forget the power of prayer dear beloved, for our petitions have been answered. The blood of Trayvon cries out no more. Mr. Zimmerman has turned himself in. Nobody had to search for him any longer nor did they have to ask how or why. What the enemy meant for evil; God meant it for good.
     Our petitions have to go out to Jesus for Zimmerman's soul. I believe he's crying out because God did not create us to take anothers life and get off scott free! Turning himself in is a sign of redemption, a sign of remorse. Do you realize how many murderers are out there still running rampant? So we thank God that Trayvon's parents can find solace in knowing that their son's murderer is being justified. We cannot account for his salvation but we can continue to plead the case of Zimmerman, his family and The Martin's.
     In the meanwhile, what precautions do we take to prepare and protect our sons? I'm affiliated with a group out of Maryland named Raising Him Alone. Their hands are full enough with the lost lives of too many sons and the sons that are doing the killing. So many questions:
          Where are the fathers? And if their are fathers, then why aren't they standing up? Why do our sons fall prey to such negative images? Why are black boys in particular so drawn to evil and corruption? Why is their self esteem so low if they have any at all? Lastly, why do mothers give up on them?
     I listened to a mothers testimony the other day. Her complaint was that her son, who has changed his ways, still wavers back and forth on his dreams and aspirations. She claimed that one minute he wanted to act, then rap, then play an instrument, she went on and on. I declared to her, that at least he has dreams and not just one but several. He's only 20 and went from sleeping all day and getting high all night. Now he travels all the way to Manhattan, in a shirt and tie, to work at a marketing company. This is a far cry from what I use to witness him walking through the neighborhood all red eyed and pants sagging. I told her let him make his own mistakes and pursue any dream his heart desires because he has too.
     These young men out here, all they want to do is get high, be disrespectful, not work and have sex in order to make babies too soon while barely putting forth any effort to support himself and the baby. Her son through the grace of God has found a way out which is not common. So lets be glad when our sons are pursuing dreams, it gives them hope. And if he's working and being a productive citizen while doing so then we need to rejoice even more.
     Mars help stop the insanity of beating up on our sons, peer pressure and society has enough fun with that. Talk to other mothers on how to be loving, say kind words, keep the house clean and food in the cupboards; continue to pray to God for wisdom and guidance. Be vigilant and act peculiar like this mother. She scared girls out of the house and his crazy friends too. If their are severe consequences to their actions then they will know their limits. Most sons have none because you've set none, all you do is either yell or nothing. Neither of these leads to nothing!
     In the end, like the prodigal son, when he squandered all he had, he came to himself and I repeat came to himself. He thought about his father and all that was at home. Also thought about how he was going to ask for his fathers forgiveness but before he could murmur a word, his father took him in his arms and loved on him. Question Mars, when our sons make mistakes, come to themselves and come back home for forgiveness, (and they will) are we available to love on them? Remember if you don't the gangs will... visit this site, share it and don't forget to leave me a comment at the bottome of my blog, I need to hear and feel your words.

Forgiven and loved,
Jerri of Mars

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Good day Mars,

Our meditation for Saturday, April 7, 2012
Jesus: Exercise His Priestly Office
Zechariah 6:13 “It is he who will build the temple of the LORD, and he will be clothed with majesty and will sit and rule on his throne. And he will be a priest on his throne. And there will be harmony between the two.” NIV
Hebrews 7:25, 26 “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. 26 Such a high priest meets our need--one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.” NIV
Read: Zechariah 6:13 OT prophecy; Hebrews 7:25-8:2, Romans 8:34 NT fulfillment
Zechariah 6:13
It was foretold by the prophets, the Messiah will wear the insignia of the kingly glory and He himself shall bear the glory. He will sit and rule upon His throne as the King forever. Jesus is the Lamb of God, slain from the foundation of the world, with an everlasting priesthood. Jesus is the High priest who sits at the right hand of the Father, continually interceding on our behalf. In virtue of this, all who were saved, are saved, and will be saved, are saved through Him. He is and will forever be the High Priest, the Sacrifice, Intercessor, and Mediator for all who will receive Him as Lord and Savior.
Thought to ponder: Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father interceding on our behalf. He takes our cares to the Father and sifts through our idle prayers, taking what is needful to God. He pleads our case before the Father, asking Him still, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do!” Isn’t that good news?
God our Father, Jesus our Redeemer, Holy Spirit our comforter, Thank you for guiding us through these 40 days of Lent. It is only by your grace and through your mercy we were able to reach this point. I bless you for revealing who Your Son is and the sacrifice He made for me. Please help me to not attach myself to those things you released, delivered me of during this Lenten season. And help me continue to seek Your Son in order to know Him more. It is my desire to know Him even more intimately than I do, so I will know His voice when I hear it. I need Him to lead and guide me daily, so I can one day hear you say,“This is my child, in who I am well pleased!” This I ask in Jesus’ name, AMEN!
Sunday He go up!
Jerri of Mars

Friday, April 6, 2012

Crucified for Us

Good day Mars,
Our meditation for Friday, April 6, 2012
Jesus: Victorious over Death
Psalm 16:10 “Because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.” NIV
Matthew 28:2-7 “…The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay...” NIV
Read: Psalm 16:10, Psalm 49:15 OT prophecy; Matthew 28:2-7, Acts 2:22-32 NT fulfillment
After Jesus was crucified, Joseph of Arimathea had Christ's body placed in a tomb he owned. A large stone was placed in the entrance way and soldiers were place there to guard the sealed tomb. On the third day, a Sunday, when several women (Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, Joanna and Salome) went to the tomb at dawn to anoint the body of Jesus, they found the tomb empty.
An angel from heaven rolled back the stone and the guards shook in fear as the angel, dressed in bright white, sat upon the stone. The angel announced to the women that Jesus who was crucified was no longer in the tomb, “He is risen,” just as he said. He instructed the women to inspect the tomb to see for themselves and then told them to go inform the disciples.
With a mixture of fear and joy they ran to obey the angel's command, but suddenly Jesus met them on their way. They fell at his feet and worshiped him. Jesus then said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee . There they will see me."
Thought to ponder: If you believe Christ is risen, do you go and inform others? Jesus is telling us today, “Do not be afraid, go tell…!”
Almighty God, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob! Thank you for another day. Thank you for your love towards me and the precious gift of your Son. I am grateful for the sacrifice He made for me and the victory He won over death and the grave. I know your Son is alive and because He lives, I can live eternally also. I promise, this day, to tell everyone I meet, Jesus is risen, He is alive! In Jesus’ name I pray, amen!
Crucified for us,
Jerri of Mars

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Meditation Scriptures til Resurrection Day

Our meditation for Thursday, April 5, 2012
Jesus: Buried with the Rich
Isaiah 53:9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.” NIV
Matthew 27:57 “As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus… he asked for Jesus' body…”  NIV
Read:  Isaiah 53:8, 9 OT prophecy; Matthew 27: 57-60 NT fulfillment
The prophet states “They appointed Him His grave with the wicked,” since He was crucified two thieves, then He should have His grave "with the wicked."   Denied His kingly honor, He would also be denied a honorable burial.  The prophet declares He would be buried with the rich when He was dead.  God purposed to honor Him in by appointing Him to be "with the rich in His death, because He had done no violence (wrong)."   Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, two rich men, honored Him at His death.
Thought to ponder:  Isn’t it amazing how we wait until people are dead before we honor them?  Take a moment to honor someone special in your life today by praying for them and let them know just how much they mean to you.  
God, my Father!  I take this time to tell you “thank you” for all you have done and continue to do in my life.  Thank you for loving me so much, that you sent your Son to redeem me and thank you for _(fill in name)  , for allowing  (him/her/them) to be in my life.  I take this time to pray for (him/her/them) and I ask you to bless them indeed.  I pray for (him/her/them) that they prosper and be in good health, as their soul prospers. Please give me the opportunity to tell them how much I love and appreciate them for all they do.  This I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen!
I honor you all please leave a comment or email me one, your opinion is very important.
Still waiting on a word from God,
Jerri of Mars

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Fasting and Prayer

Hey Mars,

     This is the season for the true saints of God to know Him in the fellowship of His suffering. The very reason why we're now reconciled unto Him because of the blood shed on Calvary. So most Christians are fasting and consecrating. Remember fasting is not about lack of food but becoming totally submissive to God. Thinking about Him! Setting our mind, body and soul on the spiritual person of God, Son and Holy Spirit.
     Some are doing a Jesus fast; no food or water and then there's the Daniel fast; just vegetables and water with some modifications. My suggestion to anyone considering fasting is to first seek God and He will lead you and if you have health issues to your doctor. Fasting should be done for a period of time and not used as a way to diet. Fasting is spiritual not physical but will attack your body predominantly but in the end elevate you spirit.
Please read scriptures concerning fasting such as, Isaiah 58, Matthew 4, Matthew 6:16-18, Luke 2:37, and Acts 13:2/14:23. To name a few.
     Do know that fasting and prayer go together. I find that most people including myself are more concerned about the fast and not the prayer portion. In this time of fasting the Holy Spirit should be speaking clearer to us because we'er getting and moving closer to God.
     While I was with my other church family on Sunday, during praise and worship they sang and song that went a little something like this:
                                                  I'm chasing after you
                                               no matter what I have to do
                                              I need you more and more...
       So if you really need Jesus more and more then continue to fast and pray especially in this season when He suffered for us. We are looking for faith to build up in us so that every mountain will be removed and every serpent will be crushed. We only overcome by His blood and the words of our testimonies....Seek the Lord and wait on Him!
Please leave a comment we need to hear from you too...

Jerri of Mars

Monday, April 2, 2012

Scripture Meditation for today

Good day Mars,

Our meditation for Monday, April 2, 2012 
Jesus: Covered in Darkness  

Amos 8:9 “And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:” NKJV  

Matthew 27:45 “From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land.” NIV

Read:  Amos 8:9 OT prophecy; Matthew 27:45, Luke 23:45 NT fulfillment
"Darkness" made to rise "at noon" is the emblem of great calamities.  Although in the day of the prophet Amos, the darkness was a result of an eclipse, it is not the cause of darkness on the day of Jesus’ crucifixion.  The crucifixion occurred during the time of the Passover, which was celebrated at the time of the full moon.  Luke states (Luke 23:45), "the sun stopped shining," caused only by the interposing power of God.  This was a proper backdrop as the Son of God expired and gave proper testimony to the Redeemer of men. 

Thought to ponder: Darkness is blackest in contrast with the brightest light, just as sorrow is saddest, when compared to explicit joy.  We cannot fully appreciate the light of day until we have experienced darkness! 

Almighty God, Father and Creator of all things, once more I say “thank you” for this day.  Thank you for allowing me to know the ‘Son’ shines brightest in the midst of my darkness. I thank you for every dark hour, because I know it your opportunity to show yourself mighty in my life.  Thank you, when darkness covered the land, Your Son was swallowing death in victory! Thank you, in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

God bless you all...
Jerri of Mars