Catch Up!

Another great post by my son, Daryl Chesser:

The most terrible thing had happened.  

Hundreds of Lying, murderous, hateful, thugs, government officials and religious leaders had actually framed an innocent guy who was just trying to help people. 

They fixed the trial results by ramping up social media outrage and where necessary, payoffs and threats, so that any “honest” leaders would cower into submission of the mob mentality.

But when the dust settled, the crowds gone home, the media silent, 3 women headed to the site of the tragedy to salvage what dignity they could.  Discouraged, afraid, they came to the place…

Mark 16:1-7 

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they could go and anoint Jesus’ dead body. 

Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they came to the tomb. 

They were saying to each other, “WHO’S GOING TO ROLL THE STONE AWAY FROM TH ENTRANCE FOR US.?”

When they looked up, they saw that THE STONE HAD BEEN ROLLED AWAY.

And it was a very large stone! 

Going into the tomb, they saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right side; and they were startled. 

But he said to them, “Don’t be alarmed! 

YOU ARE LOOKING FOR JESUS OF NAZARETH, who was crucified. 

HE HAS BEEN RAISED. 

HE ISN’T HERE.

Look, here’s the place where they laid him. 

Go, tell his disciples, especially Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. 

YOU WILL SEE HIM THERE, just as he told you.” 

 – tragedy, horror, fear.  

The worst thing that could happen, had happened.  

However, anyone familiar with the last two thousand years knows that this tragedy at the cross, of betrayal, jealousy and hatred, turned out to be the very definition of “opposite”.

This tragedy was the plan from the very foundation of the world by our Heavenly Father.  It was his idea that Jesus Christ would come as the Lamb slain for the sins of the world.  

It was Jesus’ love and obedience to His father that brought him here, and put him on the path to this very tragedy. He willingly, knowingly, went to that cross…because of love.

This was indeed a tragedy, but not for the ones we would suspect.  This was a tragedy for sin, for death and hell, for sickness, disease, poverty and fear.  

This was the final solution for the Serpent, the devil and all of the spiritual darkness.  

They had walked right into the very tomb they had hoped to inter the Source of Life, Jesus Christ.

Death and hell were now interred in the trap they set for Jesus…the tomb.

The women who approached the tomb that day dejected, alone and terrified after the events of the previous 3 days, asked the question that we all ask after tragedy or loss or despair…”WHO WILL ROLL AWAY THE STONE OF DEATH, DESPAIR, LOSS, FEAR, DEBT, DISEASE, AND HOPELESSNESS FOR US?”

They were going to see Jesus, to anoint him or clean him up…that is when they saw it.  The stone has already been rolled away.  Jesus was not in that tomb.  He had risen.  And, he had gone on ahead of them.

Catch up.  

What?  

I said, “catch up”.  

Catch up to what?

Catch up to Jesus who has already gone ahead of us into our day, our harvest, our hope, our righteousness, our salvation and our victory.

He is not back at the tomb.  He is in your heart and your mouth right now.  Believe what you heard, DECLARE WHAT YOU HAVE BELIEVED, THAT HE IS RISEN, HE IS NOT IN THAT TOMB, HE WILL SEE YOU OUTSIDE OF THAT GRAVEYARD.

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, that God has raised him from the dead, and declare with your mouth that He is Lord, and you and your house will be saved.

No matter the tragedy that darkness has perpetrated on us, we won’t find Jesus in the grave, in the past failures or successes.  

No, he is gone ahead of us into the shinning path of the just, of the righteous souls redeemed by his blood, and by his flesh ripped apart for our entrance into the very presence of our Heavenly Father to obtain grace and mercy to help us in the time of need.

Catch up.  Run to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ today.

Hebrews 4:16 

So let us come boldly to the very throne of God and stay there to receive his mercy and to find grace to help us in our times of need.

Dr. Daryl

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Peace! Peace!!

Our world is in turmoil.  

Our nation is divided.  

Individuals are anxious, confused and angry.  

People by the thousands are standing in line, even now, to vote in this presidential election of 2016.  Deb, my daughter, was told this morning when she got in line she had about a 3-4 hour wait to vote. 

Anxiety, lies, and confusion in every form fills our land!

BUT GOD!

We need the PEACE of GOD to flow through our nation, and fill individuals!

We need an old-fashioned Awakening, and an old-fashioned Revival to change all our hearts and cause us to fasten our eyes upon HIM!

Oh how we need HIM in our nation!  JESUS is more important than any man or woman who lives in OUR White House!  

May the PEACE of GOD infuse your heart, mind, and spirit today, in the Name of our Lord and Savior, JESUS CHRIST!

 Peace, Peace, wonderful Peace,

Coming down from the Father above.

Sweep over my spirit forever, I pray,

In fathomless billows of love. 

(W. D. Cornell-W. G. Cooper-19th Century)\

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

John 14:27 NKJV

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Jeremiah 29:11 KJV

 

For in Him, we live, and move, and have our being…

Acts 17:28

 Dr. Jean

cLife Ministries

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The Protection of the Lord!

This is the beginning of my story, at least this particular one.  

 On Wednesday afternoon, October 12, 2016, I was on my way to the surgeon’s office. I was hoping it would be my last visit after having surgery last May. 

I didn’t make it to the surgeon’s office. 

As I was driving down Independence Blvd. toward town in the middle lane with cars on my right and on my left, we were all going at least 50 MPH. 

For any of you who do not know Independence Blvd. (Hwy 74) through Charlotte, NC, it is one of the main thorough-fares through the city.  

All of a sudden, my car made a horrible noise.  It completely turned off – no brakes – steering becoming terribly hard to manage – no power – everything gone. 

Flipping on my flashers quickly, I immediately had an opening in the right lane that only the angels of the Lord could have opened, and I was able to pull the steering wheel enough to get over against the curb in a merge lane. 

The car finally came to a stop, but I couldn’t start it again.  

I called OnStar, and they were getting ready to send me a tow truck, but it would take 70-90 minutes to get there.  By that time, a police officer had pulled up behind me with his lights flashing. 

As he came up to my window, he overheard the ’70-90 minutes’ from OnStar, and he said, “You cannot be out here on Independence waiting for a tow truck that long.  It’s too dangerous.”  He said he could get one much quicker.  He called and his guy was probably there in 15-20 minutes.  As he was pulling my car up on his truck, my daughter, Deb, came from work to pick me up.  

By the way, the police officer who came to my rescue told me he hated Independence Blvd., because of how dangerous it is.  He said so many times, while he is working one wreck, other wrecks will happen all around him.

I was blessed in several ways – no one hit me at all with that sudden experience – there was a space that came open for me to go completely across the right lane to the merge lane – there was no screeching of brakes nor any horn that blew – and then…

The policeman went back to his car for a little bit.  When he came back I was thanking him over and over for his kindness and I told him I prayed for all the police officers because I had a nephew who was a policeman.  And he said, “Oh, yes, Tony”! 

I asked him how in the world he knew (since he had not even asked my name yet). He said that he ran a check on my license plate and came up with ‘Chesser’, and there weren’t that many Chessers around.  He said he was a friend of Tony’s, and he also knew ‘Andy’, who is Andrea, Tony’s sister.  She used to be a medic.  So I felt like I was with family!

God is good!!

As of now, my car is in the shop, and with first checking it out, the engine has blown.  The mechanic said it was no fault of mine.  There was plenty of oil in the engine and I had maintained the car well, so it was in perfect condition; it was just a catastrophic engine break down.

He will be pulling the engine out, taking it apart, and seeing if it is less than replacing the whole engine, but at his first glance, that is the worst scenario.

Thank God for His protection!!  That could have hurt so many people as well as me, so I’m blessed! 

Looking back upon the incident, I had no fear nor panic.  I just could not figure out what in the world all the noise was, and what in the world had just happened.

Today, I felt I was to post this.  Some who are reading this may feel like your ‘engine’ has gone to pieces.  You may have had a bad report.  You may be going through a difficult time.

I just want to encourage you!  In your weakest moment, in your time of despair, Jesus is there!  When you think He does not care, His thoughts are upon you! (Jeremiah 29:11)

As I was driving down Independence Blvd. on Wednesday afternoon, I don’t remember praying or even thinking about the Lord at that moment, but ‘in the twinkling of an eye’, (I Corinthians 15:52) He was there!

Yes, I do know that ‘I Corinthians 15:52’ is talking about the coming of the Lord, but He certainly came into my situation on Wednesday!

His Word is true!  God is not man, so He does not have the ability to lie!  (Numbers 23:19)

You can put your whole trust in our God!  There is NO THING (NOTHING) that takes God by surprise.

If you don’t know this God – Who is our Savior, our Protector, our Provider, our Healer, our soon-coming KING – He’s waiting for you!

that if you CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH THE LORD JESUS and BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART THAT GOD HAS RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD – YOU…WILL…BE…SAVED!! 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

(Romans 10:9-10)

If you have now confessed Jesus Christ as your Lord, and you have believed in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, welcome to the family of God!! 

I’m now expecting to spend eternity with you! 

You can trust God! 

OUR GOD IS FAITHFUL! 

 

Yea, though I walk through the ‘Valley of the Shadow of death’.

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During the summer of 1984, my husband, H.L., and I took a vacation.  We put our bikes on the back of our car, and proceeded to travel from North Carolina to visit my parents in Indian Rocks Beach, FL and my in-laws, who lived in Tampa, FL

According to our plans, we came back up through Charleston to spend several days at ‘Wild Dunes’ on the ocean.  We so enjoyed our time as we would ride our bikes to lunch and around ‘Wild Dunes’.

One afternoon, I put on my bathing suit to take a walk on the secluded beach.  As I was walking along, the scripture from the 23rd Psalm just kept ringing in my mind.

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” (Psalm 23:4)

As I started meditating on that verse and saying it over and over, somehow I felt it was much more meaningful, and tears started to flow.  Somehow, I felt like it was almost a commitment.

That evening we went out for dinner, and as we rode out the gate, there to our left was a doctor’s office, and one of us commented about the doctor’s office.  Who ever notices doctors’ offices?

The next day, H.L. went out to play golf, and I rode my bicycle down to the restaurant to have shrimp salad for lunch.  Our plans for the afternoon were to go out on a boat when H.L. got back from golfing.

I finished lunch, went back to the condo and put on my bathing suit to take a walk on the beach.  Again, there were very few people out on the beach. 

As I walked along, my legs started itching, and I thought maybe it was the sand on them, so I went to walk in the water.  Then I realized I was breaking out with hives, and pretty soon, my lips started swelling.  It was all happening so fast, I didn’t think I could make it back to our condo, so I started looking for someone I could ask for help.

Far up ahead, there was a father playing in the water with a couple of his little children, but I didn’t want to bother them, so I kept on walking and almost trying to run.

Then in the distance I saw two women sitting in beach chairs and reading.  I decided to ask them for help.  By the time I got to them, I just said, “I need help.”  I showed them my condo key and told them the number.  I said, “My husband’s name is ‘Harold’”, and down I went.

The next thing I knew, H.L. was there with the car on the beach as far as he could come.  He helped me up and into the car.  We profusely thanked the ladies – and remembered the doctor’s office just outside the gate we had seen the night before!

We got to the doctor’s office.  He immediately took me in and put me on the table.  When he found out I had shrimp salad for lunch, he decided that was the problem because his brother had the same problem.  (Needless to say, I have had no shrimp since then!)

For 2 ½ hours he worked with me, with shots, etc., and I was finally able to leave, shaky, but thankful to be alive.

The following month, H.L. and I flew to Denver, Colorado to visit his sister.  While there I fell and had one of the worst sprained ankles I had ever had.  That caused me, several weeks later, to go to my doctor about my ankle, and he recommended I also have a mammogram.

In the process, I was found to have cancer, which ended up with double mastectomies within a 6-month period.

During that last 6 months of 1984, I did, indeed, walk through the valley of the ‘SHADOW’ of death, but no evil was able to touch me!   The operative words here are ‘walk THROUGH’! 

I came through all of this – even the cancer – and I chose to have no chemotherapy – nor radiation – nor pills – no any kind of treatment, although my doctor suggested all of the above.

As of today, I am 32 years out, and don’t consider myself a ‘survivor’; I consider myself an ‘OVERCOMER’, because although I ‘walked through the valley of the shadow of death and I feared no evil, God was with me all the way!’

Our God is a Good God!  He can be trusted in our darkest hours!!

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 

He makes me to lie down in green pastures; 

He leads me beside the still waters. 

He restores my soul; 

He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 

YEA, THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH, I will fear no evil; 

For You are with me; 

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; 

You anoint my head with oil; 

My cup runs over. 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; 

And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.”

Psalms 23:1-6 NKJV

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Get Wisdom Now!

We vote all these politicians in by their ‘words’, not having a clue what is in their hearts!  They WILL say and do anything to get elected – and then set out to accomplish what was in their hearts the whole time!  

We need the WISDOM OF GOD in this season as never before!!

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth
come knowledge and understanding

Proverbs 4:5-9 Get wisdom! Get understanding!
Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;
Love her, and she will keep you.
Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.
Exalt her, and she will promote you;
She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.
She will place on your head an ornament of grace;
A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”

 

Feeling Overwhelmed Today?

Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer.

 From the end of the earth I will cry to You,

WHEN MY HEART IS OVERWHELMED;

         LEAD ME TO THE ROCK THAT IS HIGHER THAN I.

For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah

For You, O God, have heard my vows;

         You have given me the heritage of those who fear Your name. (Psalm 61:1-5 NKJV)

 There are times in our lives when it seems like all is falling apart and it would seem like we are being ‘attacked’ on every hand – Deaths; surgeries; Urgent Care visits; cars wrecked and ‘totaled’; finances at the bottom; loved ones hurting with various issues; my nation in the throes of discontent and distrust; my world in chaos; babies being slaughtered; people, in our nation and across our world, being consumed with hate; churches going over the edge and embracing Chrislam; – on and on and on – and it seems like you and I are absolutely being overwhelmed and there is no help and there is no hope!

 Such is in this episode of our lives called ‘life’!

 In the last couple of months, I have experienced several of these things (and please don’t get in touch with me to find out what, and please don’t call or write people to try to find out what all has gone on and/or is going on.  If I would have wanted the world to know, I would have told it.  LOL)

 I have become aware that so much of the time ‘I am trusting in Jesus’, my eyes and my mind are full of the circumstance, and I am not looking above each and every circumstance to see Jesus!  I realize my gaze has not gone ABOVE in a VERTICAL position, but it has been a HORIZONTAL gaze – looking at the problem, while calling on the name of Jesus to help, thinking my faith was in action.

 In one of my recent situations when it seemed like fear wanted to rule and reign, it really dawned on me, I was looking at my problem and the resolving of that problem. But when I really looked up and turned my eyes upon Jesus, the problem was out of my vision, and my eyes were fixed on Jesus, Who did and does have all the answers!  It is impossible to look up VERTICALLY and at the same time, look Horizontally – straight in front of you!  You make a choice – VERTICAL or HORIZONTAL, which will it be!     

 But in the midst of it all that I’ve gone through, what I want you to know today is that ‘IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL’! ‘THROUGH IT ALL, I continue to learn to know my Jesus, and I continue to learn to trust in God, the Author, the Finisher and the Creator of all of our lives!

 In the midst of ALL the issues through which I have gone, not only these last 2 months, but throughout my lifetime, I have experienced a PEACE that passes all understanding!  Before and after every situation, God has given PEACE, and He has put His Word in my heart! 

 God has no favorites!  Jesus loves ALL of us – Red & Yellow, Black & White, we are ALL precious in His sight!  Whatever is going on in your life today, I want to assure you God loves you SO much, He sent His only begotten Son to this world to be beaten to a pulp, shed His blood, hang on a cross, and Jesus did it all!  He bled and He died – for you and for me!!

 As inhumane as the death of Jesus was as far as His earthly body was concerned, what He bore in His body and until He said, “IT IS FINISHED”, was/is beyond any human comprehension.  He took all our sicknesses and diseases and ALL the SIN OF THE WHOLE WORLD – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE!  It was the death that only the Savior of the world and the Savior of all mankind could endure! 

 AND HE WENT AS A LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER!

 Jesus paid that price so that you and I today, in all our issues of life, can look vertically into the face of Jesus, and know He has the plan – He has the answer – He has our deliverance if we only trust Him with it.

 As you read this today, I pray you will “Turn Your Eyes Upon JESUS, and Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the Light of His glory and grace!”  That not only sings well, it lives well!

Today, Jesus is waiting for us to cast ALL our care on Him.  He does care so much for us!! God is LOVE and His love is so deep, so wide, so open to everyone, we only find what all that means as we have Him as our Savior!!  May you have that experience today and may your issues that are overwhelming you be seen through the eyes of Jesus.  I promise you – they become very small!

 God is able and HE IS FAITHFUL!   He is so faithful that even when we are faithless, He remains faithful!  He cannot deny Himself!! (II Timothy 2:13)

 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life!  (John 3:16)

 TURN YOUR EYES UPON JESUS

O soul, are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see? There’s light for a look at the Savior, And life more abundant and free!

Refrain: Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace

Through death into life everlasting He passed, and we follow Him there; O’er us sin no more hath dominion— For more than conqu’rors we are!

His Word shall not fail you—He promised; Believe Him, and all will be well: Then go to a world that is dying, His perfect salvation to tell!       

                                                                                       (Helen H. Lemmel, 1922 – Hebrews 12:2)

 IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.

     Refrain: It is well with my soul, It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, Let this blest assurance control, That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! — My sin, not in part but the whole, Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live: If Jordan above me shall roll, No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait, The sky, not the grave, is our goal; Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord! Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight, The clouds be rolled back as a scroll; The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend, Even so, it is well with my soul.

                                                                                                                               (Philip P. Bliss, 1876)

 

A Song In the Night

I wrote this about three years ago.  Today as I reread it, I felt it was very timely for the day in which we live!

A SONG IN THE NIGHT

Psalm 42:8

8Yet the LORD will command his loving kindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer to the God of my life.

Last evening a big storm blew into our area.  It had hail, thunder, lightning, and in some places 70-75 MPH winds.  The sky was beautiful – blue, not a cloud in the sky – but the weather forecast kept predicting this big storm.

My son, Daryl, called from Texas because several of his friends from Charlotte had posted about the coming storm, and when Daryl checked the radar, he could see the magnitude of what was headed our way.

I had no fear or trepidation whatsoever about it.  However, as the sky turned dark and almost black and the wind whipped up, there was a song that I started singing. These days I find myself singing more than I have in years, and most of them are songs from my childhood.

The song I heard myself singing without even thinking about it was:

Til the storm passes over –

Til the thunder sounds no more –

Til the clouds roll forever from the sky-

Hold me fast, Let me stand, In the hollow of Your Hand –

Keep me safe til the storm passes by.

I even went to my old piano and started playing and singing.

The hail was the hardest and largest I have seen in many years.  It hit the windows until I wasn’t sure whether the windows would break or not.  Then on the roof, the sound was horrendous, and almost sounded like some of the shingles were coming off the roof that isn’t even a year old.

There continued to be complete peace in my heart as the Lord gave me that song in the ‘night’ as it were.

It made me think of the storms of life that hit all of us.  You may be in the midst of one of them right now.  Everything seems to be going smoothly, and then suddenly, it seems, out of nowhere, we find ourselves in the midst of a physical or financial storm or many other kind of storms.

If we will turn our hearts and our eyes to the Lord Jesus Christ, I believe there is a ‘song in the night’ for our situations!  There is no one else to turn to in those times.  There are many who will try to help in one way or another, but our answer comes from our God!  He is our Saviour – our Healer – our Provider – our Beloved Lamb of God!

Psalm 30:5

5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

Our weeping may endure for a night – and some of those nights are very long –

BUT our joy will come in the morning as we look to our God!!

Just as fast as that storm came into our area, it left.  Quickly those very dark skies turned bright once again – there was no rain, no hail, no wind, no lightening – it was just as if it had never stormed!

As we come out of those storms of life. We look back at those situations sometimes, and it is as if it had happened to other people.

In our family we have had many, many storms – many with different names – but our God is faithful, and through all these troubles and trials and storms of life, I can still proclaim His faithfulness!

May I encourage you today – wherever you are and whatever is going on in your life – may you have a song in your ‘night season’ that rises up with the Word of God and you know that you know everthing is going to be all right!!

As we follow God, I believe we are going to arise and shine.  The Spirit of our God is risen upon us, and I believe the glory of the Lord will be seen upon us as we lift up our Lord, Jesus Christ!

Isaiah 60:1-2

1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.