Author: Teresa Roberts

“In Him, we live, and move…”

Acts 17:28 For in Him we live, and move, and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ How glorious it is to know the one true God that Paul is speaking of in the city of Athens, full of idols. I am so thankful to be able to declare with Paul in Him we live, and move , and exist. I know Who I belong to, and He belongs to me. I move through life out of the strength that comes from Him. I know I am forever His child. My deep need for the qualities of a mother and father are met by His unfailing love. I know I have my being in Him and it is eternal security. How glorious to know the one true God. As Paul said in verse 27, "He is not far from each of us." What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?" (Mark 8:36) What is consuming your life this morning? Do not be robbed of knowing the love and wisdom of the one true God who created you with purpose. Draw near and seek Him with all your being, and He will let Himself be found. (Jeremiah 29:13 In His love. Teresa Roberts Masterpiece Fitness 276-237-6680 I ran the New River 25 K...

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“Come away by yourselves to a secluded place…”

Mark 6:31-32 And He said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a secluded place, and rest a while." (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) They went away by themselves to a secluded place. How do we find ourselves this Sunday morning? Perhaps you like the disciples have been very busy with life serving others. Maybe many people have been coming and going in and out of your life like a revolving door, and you to haven’t had time to eat or rest. Do you too hear Jesus saying, "Come away by yourselves to a secluded place, you who are weary and heavy laden, and find rest for your souls?" (Matthew 11:28) I personally love going to the secluded places alone, because I go intent on meeting Him there with no distractions and to quiet all other voices in my life but His. These times are treasured above all else. I leave refreshed, and refilled with His perfect love, and then I return as His ambassador. May I encourage you to accept His bidding today? It will be a day of no regrets! In His love. Teresa Roberts Masterpiece Fitness 276-237-6680 I often get into my boat slightly different from the disciples, but it gets me to the secluded places....

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“…what kind of spirit you are of…”

Luke 9:55-56 “But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what kind of spirit you are of, for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” And they went on to another village.” Two of Jesus’s first disciples were James and John. He gave them the name, Boangerges, which means, “Sons of Thunder.” As we read in Luke chapter nine, Jesus and the disciples were weary traveling to Jerusalem. They needed a place to rest entering a village of Samaritans. The Samaritans rejected them, because they were usually treated badly by Jews. When James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” We see Jesus’s response in Luke 9:55-56. I have to say as I read this I could so relate to the immediate response of James and John. They responded out of their flesh, which comes natural to sons and daughters of thunder. When we do things our way leaning to our own understanding we destroy lives and relationships. If we react according to the Holy Spirit living inside of us we bring life and save others. His ways are always higher. To follow Him we must deny our will for His in our daily lives. In Matthew 20:20-23 you find the mother...

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“…you meant evil against me, but…”

Genesis 50:19-20 But Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid for am I in God’s place? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive." Most of us are familiar with the story of Joseph in Genesis. His father favored him which created jealousy and resentment from His older brothers. He also was given a promise from God through a dream at a young age he would rule over his brothers. He shared this with his brothers, and they hated him even more. He was treated terribly by them being thrown in a pit to die, but eventually being sold as a slave to some Midianite traders. You will find the whole journey of Joseph’s life beginning in Genesis 37, and ending in chapter 50. Eventually it happens just as was revealed in His dream from God. He was made the king of Egypt after being a prisoner falsely accused suffering many injustices. He stayed true to God through it all. There was a famine throughout the land. His family was starving, so they came to Egypt out of desperation for help. They were helped by the king of Egypt, Joseph, as they bowed low before him just as he had shared with them many years earlier. In Genesis 50:19-20...

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“See to it no one takes you captive…”

Colossians 2:8 "See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ." During these turbulent times in this world I cling to an anchor of hope that will hold throughout eternity. I join Paul in Colossians, chapter two, praying our hearts may be encouraged, and will be knit together in love,and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. What anchor are you clinging to this morning? See to it no one takes you captive through vain philosophy and empty deception in a false hope according to this world, rather than according to Christ. All other options are false anchors of hope that will not hold in the turbulent, destructive storms of life whether figurative or literal such as Irma. May I encourage you with a heart knitted in His to take hold of the wealth not of this world, but the wealth that is offered in the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of the mystery of Christ, that is, in Christ Himself, are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. It is...

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