Still here, after all these years…

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It’s Been a Long, Dry Year but We’re Still Here!

Today marks the seventh birthday for His Truth, My Voice.  When I started this blog, I knew nothing about blogging–I just knew that I wanted to share what I had learned about the Bible with others.  There have certainly been a lot of ups and downs but then that’s the way life is, isn’t it?  As my mother used to say, if it’s not one thing, it’s another!

For the past year and a half, I have been taking care of our grandson (now twenty months old) while his parents work so I haven’t been as productive as in previous years.  But, I do hope that I can get back in the production groove soon.  For those of you who have stuck with me during this dry spell, your continued support is greatly appreciated–as are your prayers.  As always thanks be to God, as well as…

Blessings to you all,
Judy

New Life

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Raised to Walk in Newness of Life

The Monday night before one Easter several years ago, I casually asked my pastor husband what he would be preaching on the following Sunday.  Although he usually has it all planned out by then, he said that he didn’t have anything special in mind at that point, and asked me if I had any ideas.  I thought for a moment, and then told him that the only thing that had come to mind was the expression new life.  And, since I was busy watching my favorite television program at the time, I didn’t give it another thought for the remainder of the evening.  But the next day, when I began wondering what new life might have meant to Jesus’ disciples on that very first Resurrection Sunday, there were three things that immediately popped into my mind.  They were freedom, hope, and powerfreedom from the bondage they had known in the past; hope for a better, more meaningful life in the future; and the power they would need to leave the one behind and fully enter into the other.

Freedom…For freedom Christ has set us free…Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another (Galatians 5:1, 13).” 

From what I know about the times in which Jesus lived, it seems quite likely that most, if not all, of His disciples originally began following Him because they expected Him to be the leader of a rebellion that would secure the freedom of the Jews from their oppressive Roman overlords. This, however, was not the kind of freedom that Jesus came to bring them.  Instead of the temporal political liberation that they had been longing for for so long, the liberation that He came to provide was one which was spiritual in nature, and one that would endure throughout all eternity.  And, while they couldn’t have realized the full import of that type of liberation on that first Easter morning, in time they would come to treasure and rejoice in the freedom it gave them from…

  • The penalty and power of their sin;
  • Their fear of and enslavement to death; and,
  • The legalistic religious system under which they had had to operate all of their lives. 

Because of the resurrection of Jesus, never again would they have to…

  • Live day in and day out, wondering if they had “done enough” to have their sins forgiven, and if they were “righteous” before God;
  • Live dreading death and wondering what eternity would hold for them;
  • Offer up another sacrificial lamb, for the last and Perfect Lamb had just been offered;
  • Go through an earthly priest to get to God, for the Great High Priest had come and would soon be seated at the right hand of the Father and interceding for them; or,
  • Work at observing the letter of the Mosaic Law because the Holy Spirit would soon begin writing the Laws of God upon their hearts!

Wow, what a sense of freedom that must have been!

Hope…“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 3-5).” 

As a result of these new-found freedoms, new life would have also meant that the disciples could begin to enjoy a hope that they had never known before; a hope that…

  • As the born again Sons and Daughters of God, they could stand forgiven before God in the righteousness of Christ Jesus;
  • While Jesus was seated in Heaven interceding for them, He would also be living in and through them by His Spirit; and,
  • Jesus, the Blessed Hope, would one day return and take them to Heaven with Him, where they would stand in the presence and glory of God, and receive the inheritance that had been set aside for them and for all the saints.

Power…“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation, in the knowledge of him…that you may know…what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him form the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come (Ephesians 1:16-21).”

Of course, setting men free from their bondage to sin and death, from their centuries old religious traditions, and all the while giving them new life through a rebirth of their spirits was no mean task; it would require a power that had never before been seen by mortal men. And yet, this is the kind of power that was demonstrated when God, after Jesus had conquered the powers of hell and the grave, raised Him from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at His right hand.  And, the wonder of it all is that this same power, which was available to God’s only Begotten Son, is the very same power that He has made available to each of His adopted children—that is, to those of us who have placed our faith in this resurrected Christ.  For the power that can raise someone from the dead is the only power strong enough to free one from the chains of his past, to cleanse and purify him of his sins and place him in the position of an adopted child God, and then to lead him to victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil.  No wonder the disciples had cause to rejoice!

But they weren’t the only ones with a reason to do so; like them, we have become the beneficiaries of this new life of freedom, hope, and power which was made available through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This matchless gift of new life is something that this Easter should serve to remind us of, and something which we, as the modern-day disciples of Christ, should be rejoicing in every other day of the year.

The Resurrection of Jesus

Celebrating Five Years

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“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1: 6

It’s hard to believe but it was five years ago today that I began His Truth, My Voice, and during this time, I have published over a hundred posts (not a lot, I know, when compared to other bloggers, but a lot when you consider the depth of the material we’ve covered), created a lot of illustrations, and shared a lot of music.  It is my hope that all of this hard work has been as meaningful to you as it has been to me–and, even more so, that it has been truly glorifying to God.

We will soon be coming to the end of our spiritual exercises in the Workout Room and when we do, we will resume our presentation of God’s One Big Storypicking up where we left off, with Act 1 Scene 2–Genesis 12 and the introduction of Abraham.  I hope you will continue with us on our Journey to the Land of Revelation Knowledge, as we continue to grow in the knowledge of God’s Word and, in the process, become more like His Son, Jesus Christ.

 


Join Wintley Phipps, the Gaithers, and me in giving God the glory for the things He has done…

A Mother’s Day Greeting

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Here’s hoping you get all of the praise that you deserve…

Happy Mother's Day

May Your Day Be a Special One

A New Year, a Fresh Start

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Happy 4th Birthday

Four Years and Counting

Today marks the fourth birthday of this blog, His Truth My Voice.org.  In spite of its being birthed during one of the most challenging times for my family and me, it was and continues to be a labor of love on my part; one born out of a need to share with others some of the truths I have learned about God through my long-time study of His Word.

Unfortunately, due to a major move at the end of last summer (one which took me several months to recover from) and a recent knee replacement surgery, I have not been as productive as I would have liked to have been.  However, now that I can sit at my desk for a while relatively pain-free, that will soon change, and we can resume our series of exercises on the spiritual discipline of Service.

While the discipline of Service may not seem like a particularly stimulating one, since the exercises remaining in its workout session will be dealing with Satan’s tactics for disrupting the Service of the Church, and such a controversial issue as Women in Ministry, I am confident that they will greatly aid us in the stretching and toning of our spiritual muscles.

At this point, I would like to thank all of you who, throughout my hiatus, have continued to visit this site and pray for its ministry—your support has been greatly appreciated.  And, I would like to offer you a little trip down memory lane by sharing, once again, the first post I published on May 11, 2013, The Prophet is In, Just Bring Your Own Snacks.

 

 

Just a note…

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…to let you know that I will be out of commission for a little while.  I will be off to the hospital tomorrow to get a new knee.  Please pray that my new knee and I become good friends–fast!  As always, Judy

 

Knee replacement

 

Happy Second Birthday!

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Happy 2nd Birthday, His Truth, My Voice!

Dear Friends,

This week, we are celebrating our Second Birthday at His Truth, My Voice!  In spite of the fact that this past year has been an unusually challenging one, I am praising God that we are still here on our Bible Study tour, and working our way through the Land of Revelation Knowledge.  Thanks to all of you who have continued to journey with us, along with a special thanks to my son, Alex, for his superior technical support, and a thank you to my husband, John, for all of his efforts at promoting this blog.

As part of this week-long celebration, I will be re-posting one of my favorite reflections each day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; while on Wednesday,  I will replay my favorite teaching video, “The Bible:  The Story Behind the Story.”  I hope you will enjoy revisiting these as much as I will.

Please continue to stay with us as we travel on through the Word, and to hold us up in your prayers as we go.

With blessings to you all,
Judy

Happy Birthday, His Truth, My Voice

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Happy Birthday Balloons 27Greetings!  I am so pleased to be able to announce that on May 11,2014,  His Truth, My Voice celebrates its first birthday!  Yippee!  I can’t believe that we have actually made it through a whole year together; a time during which I have managed to publish 30 reflections on a variety of subjects, with some being of the “deeper” variety and others being of the “quirkier” kind—but with all, I hope, being saturated with the Truth of God’s Word.  Although I have often wished that there could have been more, and that the ones I have done could have been published on a more regular basis, I am so pleased with the content that I wouldn’t go back and change anything about any one of them.  And for a perfectionist like me, that is saying a lot!

In addition to the Lord, who deserves all the credit for getting me started, for providing me with His Truth to share, and for keeping me motivated when I was tired, frustrated, and discouraged, I would like to thank my son, Alex, for not only hosting this blog for me (so I don’t have to have a bunch of blinky, blinky ads on it) but also for his expert technical support and encouragement; and my wonderful husband, John, for his pride in my accomplishment and for his non-stop efforts at promoting this blog.  No one can possibly hold a candle to John when it comes to being a husband who not only appreciates the achievements of his wife, but who is also so quick to promote those achievements to other people.  And to those of you who have been so faithful to visit, and to pray for me in this effort—my thanks to you, too, along with my prayers that you will always know God’s blessing.

With a very grateful heart,
Judy

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