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God Remains the Same

God Remains the Same – Hope Stream Radio

On the show Growing Through God’s Word at Hope Stream Radio today, I look at how God remains the same. I change but He does not.

God Remains the same - Hope Stream Radio

You can listen to my podcast by clicking on Hope Stream Radio – Growing Through God’s Word Janis Cox.

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We can see in our scripture today which is Hebrews 1:10-12 that we will change but God remains the same.

God Remains the Same

Reading from Hebrews 1:10-12

 

“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
 They will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
You will roll them up like a robe;
like a garment they will be changed.
But you remain the same,
and your years will never end.”

 

This is the scripture at Word of God Speak this week. I have said it over and over as I try to memorize it.

Hebrews 1:3 says:

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

Jesus sustains it all. Everything.

I think about the intricate creatures God has made – like hummingbirds. They are totally amazing. They flap their wings about 80 times a second – yes 80 times per SECOND.

They can fly in all directions including upside down. They only use their feet for perching not to hop or walk.

What an awesome God we serve to have created such a fascinating creature.

God Remains the Same - Hummingbird Batik

I’ve had a hummingbird stop right in front of my face for a few seconds – seeming to stare right at me – then whoosh – it’s gone.

According to our Scripture today all will be changed. God will roll everything up like a robe, then change it all.

God remains the same - Hebrews 1:10-12

I do hope the hummingbird remains.

God remains the same. (click to tweet)

I love the permanence of that statement. That’s how I feel about God’s Word. It is truth. We can grab hold of this truth. It will not change like fads of this world.

Not like shag carpet, or typewriters or VHS tapes.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever – Hebrews 13:8

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

May I pray for you and me?

Lord, we are grateful that You do not change – ever. In our changing lives holding on to Your unchangeable qualities puts us at peace. Your permanence gives us assurance Your Word promises life everlasting for those who acknowledge You. Thank You Jesus. In Your name. Amen.

Until next time, as you look about you see all the things than can and will change over time and remember that God remains the same and the Word of our God endures forever – Isaiah 40:8.

 

Change is on the Horizon for 2016

Hope Stream Radio Podcast – Change is on the Horizon for 2016

On this week’s podcast I talk about change and how we are called to change while God stays unchangeable. Change is on the horizon.

by Janis Cox

Hope Stream Radio - Change is on the Horizon

 

Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly (AW Tozer)

Join me on my podcast at Growing Through God’s Word – How Must I Change?

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Change is on the Horizon – Podcast for Hope Stream Radio

Each day we walk our little dog Snowball around the man-made lakes in Arizona. As she sniffs and runs, sometimes she will suddenly stop and stare. It takes us a few seconds to see why. One time a Christmas tree had been put out for the garbage lying on the sidewalk where she would walk. Another time there were chairs out on a porch where before the porch had been empty. Snowball notices changes. She is secure in her little world and reacts quite strongly to new situations or circumstances.

As we head in to 2016 I think about change. Are we ready to adapt to changes? Am I able to transition from where I am now to where God wants me to be this time next year?

This year I have chosen the word abound – abound to me is filled with change. It means planning but it also means listening to the Holy Spirit.

I made an acronym for the word PLAN

– P – is for prayer – prayer is so essential to everything we do.

L – is for listening. If we pray and only talk and don’t listen we are not getting full communication with God.

A – is to Act – When I do hear from God, and He tells me to do something, I had better ACT. There are many stories of people in the Bible who act and those who don’t. When we say we “can’t” do something, God comes back with the answer, “no –but I can”.

Finally in my acronym I have the letter N – to me that means Never stop. Never stop praying, never stop listening and never stop acting. And then repeat the PLA over and over again.

CHange is on the Horizon Plan - ICON - Janis Cox

This week our memory work scripture is from Hebrews 1:10-11.

“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
11 They will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
12 You will roll them up like a robe;
like a garment they will be changed.
But you remain the same,
and your years will never end.”[
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It reminds me that God never changes. I am the one who will change.

I have been reading AW Tozer. In his book, Pursuit of God. He says:

Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly.

Do you feel sometimes like you are stuck in a rut? You are doing the same things over and over but getting no traction. I would suggest you try my PLAN method. Spend time with God in prayer. Study His Word. Listen to what He is telling you through prayer, through His Word, through other people, through circumstances. Then ACT – make the decision not to let fear, or inability stop you. Do it because you know He can act with you to make it happen.

God does not change. I need to remember that. I can find everything I need to know about Him and His character from His Word. But I need to work at it. I need to adjust my life so I can learn more about Him, listen to Him and act when He speaks.

May I pray for you and me,

Father God, we know you are unchangeable. We know that we must change to know you more. Help us to make the changes necessary to glorify you, to help others and to strengthen our belief in You. Change isn’t easy. Please be close to us as we strive to do Your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Until next time I hope you have found your word for this year. And I hope you know what changes are necessary for you to achieve where you believe God wants you to go. Remember to be in His Word.

 

Freedom and Change for 2016?

Word of God Speak – Linky – Freedom and Change for 2016?

by Janis Cox

This week I want to look at freedom and change for 2016.

Freedom and Change for 2016

 

As we head into a new year – 2016 – I am filled with expectancy. After much praying I finally found my word for 2016.  – ABOUND

This year these words have been flowing through my mind:

Freedom and Change

 

 

Expectant, rebirth, birth, growth, newness, refreshing.

And that’s probably what led me to eventually find my word ABOUND.

This week I was led to Hebrews 1:10-12 so this is our scripture to memorize for this week.

It’s a longer passage to memorize but I really like it. I want to change and I will; God will not change – ever. Hallelujah.

S – Say the passage out loud:

In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth,
    and the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish, but you remain;
    they will all wear out like a garment.
 You will roll them up like a robe;
    like a garment they will be changed.
But you remain the same,
    and your years will never end. (Hebrews 1:10-12, NIV).

I – Interpretation – Find out all you can about the passage. When? Where? Why?

Hebrews 1:3

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory, and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.

Read through the following: Ps 8:6; Zechariah 12:1; Isaiah 34:4; 51:6; Hebrews 12:27; Hebrews 13:8; Psalm 102:25-27;

As I read through these verses these thoughts stood out:

God is the Ruler of All Things
He lays the foundation of the earth; formed the Spirit of man
He will make judgment on all nations
Even though the heavens will vanish He will save us
God can shake things up. But we can remain unshaken.

I love Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.

Notice how Psalm 102:25-27 is very similar to our passage.

M- Make a list of thoughts, questions and ideas.

Tozer talked about the unchangeableness of God; but he also talks about God giving us freedom and change.

He can change us too. Working in our sphere of influence God can make changes in us and others.

I thought about why God can’t change. Here’s what I think.

God can’t get better – He is perfect.
God can’t get worse – He cannot sin.
God is unique – so He can’t change.

He is immutable, which means that He has never changed and can never change in any smallest measure (Tozer, The Pursuit of God). (tweet this)

A couple more quotes from Tozer made me really think:

Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly.

Are we “unwilling to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly”? AW Tozer (click to tweet)

A satisfactory spiritual life will begin with a complete change between God and the sinner … a conscious and experienced change affecting the sinner’s whole nature.

One of the first Bible verses I learned:

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17, NIV)

My mind focuses on permanence – of God but the changing of us. This year 2016, is it one of change, rebirth, experience for me?

I see a butterfly and freedom and change.

Freedom and Change for 2016

Watercolour butterfly by Janis Cox

P- Pray for God’s Guidance This is a silent time of prayer, listening to God Speak.

L- Life – How can I apply what I have heard from God to my life?

This time was different. I don’t usually fall asleep during my prayer time. But this time I did. I felt like the disciples when they fell asleep when Jesus asked them to watch and pray with Him.

But through my dozing I heard – newness of life; change; rebirth. I know that my Word is exactly what God told me.

I know I must change for my relationship with God to grow. (click to tweet)

E- Exit with a prayer of confirmation, forgiveness, praise or acceptance.

O Lord, mold me, melt me, make me into the one You want me to be. Help me to listen to You, study Your Word and grow closer to You. Help me to know how to feed Your lambs. Increase my wisdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

This hymn kept going through my head:

Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.

Hebrews 1:10-13

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TWO INTERPRETATIONS OF MATTHEW 9:14-17 – Sermon

Two Interpretations of Matthew 9:14-17 – Sermon

based on a sermon by Harry Morgan.

prayer and fasting

Sunday’s sermon, based on Matthew 9:14-17, talks about fasting, and tells two parables.

Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?”

Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.

“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse.  Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” (Matthew 9:14-17 NIV)

Harry first talked about the Pharisees, reviewing last week’s lesson that Jesus requires mercy not sacrifice.

He talked to us about the Pharisees’ tradition of fasting where they made a big show of this practice. He even had a picture of Pharisees with long faces showing how much pain they were in. He asked, “Would you want to join these guys?”

Instead, Jesus said to enjoy Him and feast with Him while He was on earth. There would be a time for mourning and fasting when He was gone.

Then Jesus tells us two parables:

        1. Putting new unshrunk cloth on old material
        2. Pouring new wine into old wine skins

Harry said there are two theological interpretations on these parables:

 Out with the Old and in with the New:

wineskin wikipedia

We resist change and innovation. We don’t like renovations. Some people like the “same old, same old” [my words].

From Charisma Magazine there are three painful steps to make this renovation:

  1. Fear of Change: If we don’t change we will be in bondage. “Don’t park when God is calling you forward.” (tweet this)
  2. Defy Traditions: To move forward we need to be willing to defy traditions. “God is with the courageous few who are willing to blaze a new path into unreached territory.”
  3. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal new strategies: “If the work of transforming the church is not totally led by the Holy Ghost, then our changes will be shallow and our impact will be pitiful.”

And the second interpretation is:

Mature the new gently so it can appreciate and renew the old:

Harry spoke of seeing value of the old traditions, hymns. We need to respect the past.

Then he left us to figure it out for ourselves. But he said he sees value in both interpretations. Today we had a contemporary service in which we also sang an old hymn. Harry showed us there is power of the Spirit in the past as well as in the present.

He left us with these words:

“We are Christ’s witnesses to reach the world around us. Let us be graceful in our approach.”

After reading the article from Charisma Magazine I like the J.L. Grady’s conclusion:

“I believe the Lord wants to unleash a gushing river of new wine into the church today, but He is directing us to prepare our wineskins. What is old must be renewed by the Spirit, what is outdated must be remodeled, and what is ineffective must be replaced. God wants to do a new thing. Don’t resist it.”

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request. Janis also is a contributor to Hope Stream Radio. Join her on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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Sunday Stillness – Looking Ahead with a Survey

Sunday Stillness – Looking Ahead with a Survey

Saying-Goodbye-to-Arizona

I hope to continue my study of Titus soon using my SIMPLE Method of Bible Study.

We have made the transition quite well back from Arizona to Haliburton. [I do have to clarify because I seem to be confusing my readers – we are Canadians who live in Haliburton and winter in Arizona.]

My focus in the past week has been to source natural food products. Since we are basically eating a Paleo diet, that means finding good sources for free range chicken (and their eggs), grass fed beef and pork. Of course we are always looking for organic everything.

My garden plans are coming along thanks to a wise friend. We live in deer, skunk, gopher, and rabbit country. I hope to post pictures of my progress. We had a garden many years ago but that was in my fenced backyard in the city. This is entirely different in the country.

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In the meantime I want to write blog posts to inform, enrich and excite your lives. For this reason I have made used Survey Monkey to make a questionnaire with a very easy click answer form.

Would you please take a moment to help me best serve you with posts that you will enjoy?

Please wait for a few seconds for the survey to upload. Thanks.

Create your own user feedback survey

If the survey doesn’t pop up please click on this link – Survey Monkey

Please rank 1 – as Favourite – to 10 least favourite.

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Today is Sunday Stillness! Please join us by linking your posts about what God is doing in your life. Remember to visit your neighbour and leave an encouraging comment. Continue to get to know wonderful writers for God online.

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request.

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You can find her on Facebook, and Twitter. Tadeo has his own Facebook Page.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thoughtful Tuesdays – How to change my plan to His plan

Thoughtful Tuesdays – How to change my plan to His plan

I have been mulling over my Word for 2015 – Intentional. I know I have to get over the procrastination part of me and the scattered plans and change. However, there is one thing that remains the focus of all that I will not give up – that’s:

to be Intentional to listen to God.

change And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28, NIV).

And as I listen my plans may change – because I must be ready to change:

my plan and follow His plan.

Readings from Oswald Chambers on December 18th:

It is only a faithful person who believes that God sovereignly controls his circumstances.

Being faithful to Jesus Christ is the most difficult thing we try to do today.

The goal of faithfulness is not that we will do the work for God, but that He will be free to do His work through us (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, Dec 18).

The working words here are “free to do His work”.

And from Romans 8:31:

If our God is for us who can be against us.

I know that everyone at this time of year is not ready to be merry and bright and I want to be sensitive to that issue.

But I do believe we all can have a Blessed Christmas if we focus on the One who saved us. Let’s focus on the JOY of the LORD.

So to all my friends, have a Blessed Christmas.

Janis

Here is I’m Trading my Sorrows (for the joy of the Lord) by Darrell Evans.

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Although I plan to be intentional I must remember that I must keep myself free to follow Jesus. (click to tweet)