Sunday, June 17, 2018

Peace

No matter what we face God promises to give us peace.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6‭-‬7 KJV

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

I'm in the Lord's Army


God calls people who are tough.

You gotta have backbone.

Fight a good fight for what is right.

Put on the whole armor of God.

Fight like a soldier of God.

Put on holiness and fight the good fight as a soldier in God's army.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Love Like You Have Never Been Hurt

Love like you've never been hurt' are the words that I have tried to live by for the past eight years.  I owe my Lord and Savior my life and he has given me the grace and the fruit of the spirit to see through people's emotions and attitude, to see their hurt, to forgive them for what they never intended to do or say; to love with an 'agape' godly love.

Sometimes we just have raw emotion and don't know how to deal with what's going on or how to sort it out in our thoughts and get a grasp on it emotionally. It is at these times that I see how unconditional love and patience and understanding helps people to break down strongholds and to develop the skills that they need to gain self control of themselves, their thoughts, their emotions and their words before they speak them.

I have been through that. The fruit of the spirit is something that is developed over time and treating people with a godly, unconditional love helps them not only to see how much God loves them and how great he is but also how much they're loved just the way they are. And practicing it, learning how to love others the way we love ourselves, helps us to grow stronger spiritually and to bear more favorably the fruit of the spirit for our good and benefit. It is a learning process.

Breaking down strongholds is just the beginning to a whole brand new life and brand new identity. Just like everyone else I once was lost in sin and like the song goes Jesus took me in. People say there is no manual to life but there is. God used holy men of God to write the God breathed word, the Holy Bible. These words, these books, chapters and verses hold the keys to so many secrets to life. Secrets that unfold as you learn and grow just like when you go to college for a degree and take courses that build on one another to build your understanding and knowledge, truths will be unfolded to you as you study the word of God.

What started with love ends in love. God doesn't care what you've done or where you've been or where you plan on going out of revenge or anger or spite or hurt or grudges or blindly because you have lost touch with your heart and who you are underneath all the pain. God loves you just like you are, where you are and he loves you unconditionally and completely. He wants you to come home and to sit at his table and for you to let him feed you the words of life that feed your soul and develop inside of you into fruit that gives you true from God love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.

Give God a chance. Let him come into your heart and change you. He will be true to cover you with the grace you need to be a better person. He will forgive you of all your sins just because you believe in him and what he did out of love for you. He will freely give you an eternal life of happiness and health, a perfect life in a perfect world after we you through this one. And he will give you the strength to get through this one. He will lift you up. He will begin in you a new work. He will show you who you are in Christ and call you beloved, friend, daughter and son. Who better to give your life to than the creator of all instead of vengeance, pride and emptiness.

God loves you and he is waiting for you to ask him to come into your heart and into your life so he can fill you with his holy spirit and lead you and guide you to a whole new peace and joy filled satisfying life until this one is over. Mind you the powers of hell will try to deter you, steal from you the joy that God gives you and kill the spirit of hope in you and destroy that part of you that will live forever your soul.

Study the holy Bible every day. Find a church body of like minded believers that you can worship and praise God with and pray with and learn God's word with. Pray often throughout every day. Include God in every thought. Let him change you and your life and give you life and joy and peace that is beyond all understanding. Let him fill you with his holy spirit and love you and strengthen you the way he wants to.

God bless all my brothers and sisters in Christ. I can say I love you because if you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you have been born again of God's Spirit into his family and are now seated at his table.

Love honestly and whole hearted and remember that none of us is perfect. That part of us that's made in God's image is perfect. But these human bodies and emotions and thoughts that we have have to be gotten under control so we can bear the fruit of the spirit. Love one another. Help one another. Uplift one another. After all, just like we can't choose our earthly family we can't choose our family in Christ. We're none perfect and the powers of darkness are trying to rob all of us from the fruit of the spirit.

God's peace and joy to you all. I love you because God first loved me. And he first loved you, before you ever knew him. Love yourself enough to give your heart and life to God. Let him inspire you to have a new life that he can change and empower. God gives us strength, love, joy and peace in a world of hate, chaoes and loss, and hateful pride.

God's peace to you all.

Written By: Lisa Clewis
April 7, 2018

Monday, April 2, 2018

I Will Bring In His Name

To others I will bring healing.
I will move myself out of the way.
I will honor Him and praise Him.
Through me He will do works of healing and praise.
His name will be lifted high.
Others will see His power work through me.
I am forgiven of my sins. My body embodies His Holy Spirit.
His anointment is poured out on my head.
It is my will to bless Him, to honor Him, sing praises to Him for all of eternity.
His miracles will be heard of again across the land.
His name will be upon the lips of many.
Blessed are those who believe in Him who have not seen Him.
Blessed are those who see His miracles and live to tell others.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Kick the Dog


A dog owner tied his dog to a fence. Every day the owner walked by the dog and kicked the dog. Other people saw the man kick the dog and assumed that the dog was worthless and they too started walking by the dog and kicking the dog who was tied to the fence. But there were some who saw the dog and had compassion on him; and they lavished him with gifts and attention, food and water, and kind words while lovingly stroking the dog as if to praise him for being humble and not biting or turning on the owner but they didn’t want to get involved. One day a man walked by and noticed the dog was institutionalized and he set the dog free. He neither berated the dog nor gave the dog food or water but simply left the dog to fend for himself. The dog not knowing what to do stayed by the fence. The people came by who gave him gifts, food, water and praise for not turning on his owner and lovingly stroked the dog but didn’t want to get involved. The dog wanted to follow each one of them home but was afraid of what the owner would do. For days this went on without the owner noticing that the dog had been untied. A storm came which was so treacherous that the dog forgetting his owner ran to safety. After the storm, some people found the dog and felt compassion for the dog. They called him a rescue dog. One of them wrote an article about him and published it in the newspaper. The owner seeing the article and not wanting to be rioted for leaving the dog tied to a fence kept quiet about his ownership. The man who untied the dog felt responsible for leaving him unattended. Those who walked by him and kicked him didn’t recognize him because his surroundings had changed. Those who showed kindness but didn’t want to get involved hoped that someone would give him a good home. But those who found him stood back and prayed he’d find a good home. One day a little girl walked into the dog pound where the dog was being housed. She stood at the door of the cage and beckoned him to come to her wondering what he would be like as a pet. He started towards her with a glimmer of hope in his eye then he remembered the man and the other people who repeatedly kicked him and he lowered his head and backed into the corner as though he couldn’t get far enough away. Three times this happened. Three chances passed by because he could not forget the tragedy in his past. How do you think this story should end? Should the dog leave his past in the past and take a chance on a better future even if he has to remind himself every day that the days of being abused are behind him? Will he be able to separate the past from today or in his mind will he always remain the dog tied to a fence, lonely and mistreated by his owner, and judged unworthy by others? Will he remember the people who did show him kindness and commended him on his loyalty to his owner even though he was abused? Should he stay caged in the pound until he is put down? Should someone keep working with him until he learns to trust again and gently remind him daily that he is valuable, he is loved and he is cared about? What will change the dog’s thinking? Will he ever be free to give his heart to a new owner who will treat him well? What is he thinking? Written By Lisa C Clewis

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

I Come To The End Of Myself And Give It All To You LORD.


Dear readers, like other people, sometimes I forget to take everything to the Lord and I try to do things all on my own first. My heart goes out to my parents. My mom is one of the strongest people that I know. For so many years she has been taking care of others. First her brother, then her mom and now her husband, my step dad. I see her so tired and worn down emotionally and physically sometimes. And she is a woman of pride. She wants no help from anyone because she feels like it is her burden to carry alone. And it breaks my heart. And where I was able to help take care of my uncle and my grandma especially my grandma, I quit my job to stay home with her as long as I could afford it. But I have been able to do very little to help with my step dad other than praying for them and encouraging them. And then there is my poor old dad. My heart breaks for him. He is such a bad alcoholic that he's not managing his money well, he's living here and there, often staying in a motel or with friends. He has plenty of income to have a nice life and have all his needs met but he won't cooperate. And bless his heart he will tell us anything that we want to hear, he's going to rent an apartment, he is going to get something and put behind us to live in but he never follows through. As soon as he gets his deposit he is partying it up with his friends and shopping and living it up until his money runs out and he's looking for somewhere to stay. I tried so hard to keep him here with me. I am afraid that he doesn't trust me any more. The last time that I got him out of jail for stealing beer I asked the magistrate to give him a police escort to the hospital and have him admitted for observation but it didn't help. He didn't have to stay against his will and they found nothing wrong with him. Unfortunately he is an expert at tricking and manipulating people. He may seem like a complete illiterate, pitiful homeless person to someone who he thinks will give him food and then come up with an elaborate scheme to trick someone into doing something for him usually feeling sorry for him. Then he may use that high IQ of his and gift of gab and have some very intelligent person snowed over. My dad has changed so much. He has no hope. He has slight dementia and I am afraid that the excessive alcohol makes it worse. He has nothing to look forward to in his mind but he does. He has a family who loves him. The family that he insults and uses and manipulates and causes strife between members of the family and steals from family he is staying with until he gets his next deposit and then he is gone again. My dad always worked and paid his bills. If I had the money I would rent him an apartment where he wants to live, apparently that's not with me, and I would take care of him. He could continue to blow his money like he wants and hopefully in the freedom that he would find in that and the love that I would be able to show him he would find hope and look forward to something and get back into fellowship with God and enjoy the benefits of the fruit of the spirit again. But I can't afford the luxury of getting him his own home and he no longer trust me because I tried to have him committed. My heart is breaking and again I find myself at the end of myself and I give it all to our loving heavenly father who I know can change circumstances and cause things to fall into place for my dad and restore his hope and cause him to once again to enjoy life and look forward to the future and setting goals. He has so much anger and bitterness from relationships gone sour and losing someone he loved very much, someone he wishes he could trade places with because he is old and has lived but his grandson was young and had so much to live for and look forward to. Please help me petition to the Lord a change in my dad's heart and supernatural strength for my mom to continue doing what her heart desires which is taking care of the love of her life. And pray that God continue blessing us with my step dad being with us. It is a miracle that he is alive. Every day he is with us is a blessing. Thank you in advance. Sincerely, Lisa Collier Clewis

Monday, November 27, 2017

Proverbs 3

My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying. Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine. My child, don’t reject the Lord ’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly. By wisdom the Lord founded the earth; by understanding he created the heavens. By his knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth, and the dew settles beneath the night sky. My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them, for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace. They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble. You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly. You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the Lord is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap. Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.” Don’t plot harm against your neighbor, for those who live nearby trust you. Don’t pick a fight without reason, when no one has done you harm. Don’t envy violent people or copy their ways. Such wicked people are detestable to the Lord , but he offers his friendship to the godly. The Lord curses the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the upright. The Lord mocks the mockers but is gracious to the humble. The wise inherit honor, but fools are put to shame! Proverbs 3:1‭-‬35 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.3.1-35.NLT