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This Thanksgiving, Do You Have Enough?

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The two men stood facing each other. One man was armed the other was not. The armed man had vowed to kill the other. Behind the armed man were about four hundred warriors. The two enemies were close enough to see each other, and the gap could close fast.

Today was the showdown. A life-long grudge was about to be settled. The fight was certainly going to be one-sided and it wouldn’t take long.

The unarmed man was known for his underhanded dealings. He had a shady past. Today was the day for his comeuppance.

The armed man stood still as the unarmed man walked toward him. They hadn’t seen each other in many years. Then the unarmed man did something very unexpected. He dropped to his knees and bowed his head to the ground. Then he got up and walked a bit closer and dropped to his knees again and bowed his head to the ground. He did the same thing over and over for seven times.

The armed man started running towards the other. The two men hugged each other and cried like boys. The flood of tears washed decades of hate away. There would be no blood shed here today.

At length the unarmed man presented the other with a great herd of cattle and sheep.

The armed man modestly declined and said, “Thank you, but I have plenty.”

The unarmed man nodded and still persisted that his gift be received. He said, “I have all!”

Gen. 33:8 And he said, What meanest thou by all this drove which I met? And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my lord.

Gen. 33:9 And Esau said, I have enough my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself.

Esau’s enough – (Strong’s #7227 “rab” = Much, Plenty),

Gen. 33:10 And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me.

Gen. 33:11 Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it.

Jacob’s Enough – (Strong’s # 3605 “kole” = All).

 The difference between the two men’s possessions is explained in their own description. Esau had plenty as far as the carnal mind could evaluate wealth. Jacob on the other hand, realized that since he had a relationship with Jehovah, he in fact had ‘All’.

As far as earthly possessions go, many wealthy people may feel that they have enough.

But while those that have received the Holy Ghost may be poor by this world’s standards, they are actually rich. They have Jesus Christ in their hearts. They have Enough. They have ‘All’.

Esau had enough. Jacob had more. He had Enough!
Do you have enough? Or do you have Enough?

If you have Enough this Thanksgiving… be extra Thankful!

Enjoy Your Family And God’s Blessings This Year!

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Written by Martyn Ballestero

November 25, 2013 at 10:08 am

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King David’s One Line Autobiography

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King David’s One Line Autobiography

King David wasn’t young anymore. The gray showed in his hair. Wrinkles on his hands told the truth of his age. His moods had changed; his thinking now wasn’t focused on fulfilling his future dreams.

Now, he spent a lot of his private moments remembering all of his yesterdays. Somehow memories of his life’s failures occasionally crept into the forefront. Some of his sins were even knowledge.

His subjects knew of them, the historians had recorded them, and he even told on himself.

bwquillToday, in a moment of transparency uncommon for a king, David turned his thoughts to the times he had failed God, failed his subjects and shamed himself. Bathsheba’s name came to mind, as did her dead husband, Uriah. His encounter with Nabal had raised everyone’s eyebrows. Guilt was not a stranger to his thoughts.

He keenly remembered the preaching of Nathan the Prophet and the three days of God’s judgment and he was grateful for God’s mercy. He knew he didn’t deserve it, but God had been quick to forgive him when he repented.

David picked up a quill and dipped it into the ink and wrote his autobiography in one sentence on the parchment.

Psa. 119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.

Then he thought a moment and added a short postscript…

Psalms 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

(How Will Your Autobiography Read?)

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November 13, 2013 at 12:19 am

I Cried This Morning!

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I Cried This Morning!

Actually, my eyes just watered up good, but this time, they did it for joy.

Driving in the predawn hours across Western Minnesota, I saw something that moved me so much, that I couldn’t get it out of my mind for several hours.

Yesterday, I had driven through hours of pouring rain with strong winds. The sky had been dark, since the early afternoon. But, now it was cold and dreary. The outside temperature reading on my dash showed 23 degrees. I watched carefully for black ice.

Now, as I looked out of my driver’s window, I saw an opening in the clouds that framed the Morning Star perfectly. It shone so bright! I could see the promise of sunrise turning the gray sky behind me into a faint pink.

I looked again at the Morning Star; it seemed more beautiful to me than it ever had. I had been through a long storm. The clouds still hung low. I hadn’t seen the sun in long while.

It was kind of like real life. Like yours, members of my family have been through some storms lately too. We also have seen the clouds hang low, and wondered when the sun would shine again.

And then with the promise of the morning, there it was. Announcing to me: “Welcome To The First Part Of Your New Day!”

I quickly remember the Scripture in Revelation. That’s when my eyes teared up. He is not just, THE Bright and Morning Star; He is MY Bright and Morning Star! And now, I had my own promise of a better day!

Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

He chooses to the One that starts your day out. “Welcome To The First Part Of Your New Day!”

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October 11, 2012 at 11:23 am

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Thank You Jesus!

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Did you ever have a day that you just started out thanking the Lord for everything you could think of? Not even thinking to ask for anything, but rather thanking Him for what He has already done? Today was such a day for me.

I drove down the Interstate in my rental car and began thanking the Lord for His blessings. It was a precious moment that seemingly came out of nowhere. It sounded something like this…

 

Thank You, that I woke up this morning.

Thank You, for a home to wake up in.

Thank You, for a good night’s rest.

Thank You, that when I got up, there were no aches and pains in my body.

Thank You, that you’ve let me live these many years.

Thank You, that I didn’t need help getting out of bed.

Thank You, for the food I ate today.

Thank You, for the food in my cupboards.

Thank You, that my bills are paid.

Thank You, for supplying all my needs.

Thank You, for my peaceable, loving and nurturing wife. Who just happens to be the prettiest woman I’ve ever seen.

 

I’m Thankful that she loves You like I love You, and walks beside me on this journey.

I’m Thankful for five loving and wonderful children… a daughter, and four sons.

I’m Thankful that they all have received the Holy Ghost and live for You.

I’m thankful that it has pleased you to use them for your glory.

I’m Thankful that they all have wonderful spouses that live for You too.

I’m Thankful for thirteen loving grand children.

I’m Thankful that they all have the Holy Ghost. (Except for the baby, who is only two.)

I’m Thankful for the love and peace in our family.

I’m Thankful for every moment we get to spend together.

I’m Thankful for four wonderful daughters-in-law and a wonderful son-in-law.

I’m Thankful for a loving dad and mom that carefully raised me in the fear and admonition of the Lord.

I’m Thankful for my four loving sisters and their wonderful husbands.

I’m Thankful for my wife’s four loving sisters and their wonderful husbands.

I’m Thankful for my large and extended family that lives for you.

 

Thank You, for the day you brought me to an altar of repentance.

Thank You, for the day that Your Spirit drew me.

Thank You, for granting mercy and forgiveness of sins, to me.

Thank You, for washing my sins away when I got baptized in your Name.

Thank You, for filling me with the Holy Ghost.

Thank You, for a revelation of the necessity of Baptism in the Name Of Jesus.

Thank You, for a revelation of who you are, the Mighty God in Christ Jesus.

Thank You, for a revelation of the importance of the Church.

Thank You, for a pastor that instructed me in Your ways.

Thank You, for a revelation of Holiness and my need to live separately from the world.

Thank You, for a revelation of Your Covenant blessings to all who bring You their tithes.

Thank You, for the honor of working in your harvest field.

Thank You, for finding a place for me in your Kingdom.

Thank You, for every hungry soul you’ve led me to.

Thank You, for Calvary.

Thank You, that your Blood still works.

Thank You, for all the things you’ve kept me from.

Thank You, for the godly Friends You’ve placed in my life.

Thank You, for giving me strength enough for today.

Thank You, for giving me strength to stand for Truth.

 

I Thank You, for every valley You’ve brought me through.

I Thank You, for every trial and every tear that has brought me closer to You.

I Thank You, for every time You’ve made a way, where there seemed to be no way.

I Thank You, for every time You have convicted me and warned me that something was wrong.

I Thank You, for every time You’ve fought my battles.

I Thank You, for every joy You’ve brought into my life.

I Thank You, for every miracle You’ve performed just for me.

I Thank You, for every time You’ve healed my body.

I Thank You, for every time You restored my soul.

I Thank You, for every refreshing.

I Thank You.

I Thank You.

I Thank You.

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My mind, by this time, remembered an old song. I forget who wrote it and I am also unsure of the title, but the words stuck in my heart…

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Oh, Lord in my heart, I have something to tell

So I’ll start from the first…when on my knees I fell;

I asked for mercy and that You supplied,

Now my sins are forgiven; I have nothing to hide.

Just want to tell You I’m Thankful for all You have done

For the stars and the moonlight and the setting sun

When my work here is through, I’m coming home to be with You

Just want to tell You, I’m Thankful that’s all

When I feel discouraged, You’re there to see me through

Of all the friends I have known, there’s no one like You

All my needs You supply; oh, it makes me want to cry

Just want to tell You, I’m Thankful that’s all.

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August 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm

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I’m Thankful

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November 24, 2011 at 1:31 am

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The Unwanted Girls

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The Unwanted Girls

The news story told of 285 young Indian girls that had chosen new names.

“Nakusa” or “Nakushi” (two variations of the Hindu word meaning “unwanted”) were among the names abandoned in an effort to promote their self-worth.

“Now in school, my classmates and friends will be calling me this new name, and that makes me very happy,” a 15-year-old girl told the AP after the ceremony. The teenager was formerly named Nakusa by her disappointed grandfather, but chose to be called “Ashmita,” which translates to “very tough” in Hindi.”

Girls hold certificates stating their new official names during a renaming ceremony in Satara, India, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. Almost 300 Indian girls known officially as "Unwanted" have traded their birth names for a fresh start in life

http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/10/24/unwanted-indian-girls-get-new-start-in-naming-ceremony/

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Reading this story made me very sad. Their culture devalues women. An unborn baby girl might well be aborted if the parents knew its gender. It’s heart breaking to me. The very thought, is unthinkable in my family.

I have been blessed more than most men to have been surrounded all my life by loving and amazing women.  Their lives are blessed of God. My life has been blessed to the highest level because of them.

In my family, the women and girls are cherished, and loved. They are also respected, listened to, and honored. I always want them to know that!

Each of the married women love and honor their husbands and treat them like kings. No wonder each husband finds it easy to treat his wife like a queen and cherish her.

The daughters love and honor their fathers. They treat him with great respect. They in turn are loved and doted on. They have never felt unwanted, but rather are treated as if they were a princess.

The same is true for all the grand daughters.

It would be a near impossibility to find a family that loves it’s women more than the Ballestero family loves theirs.

With all of the above in mind, today I wish to stop and honor the women in my world.

I want to tell all of you that I love you, I honor you, and I cherish you, and I am proud of you. You all have me forever wrapped around your little fingers. I have you wrapped around my heart.

You are so gifted and talented. You are:

  • Singers
  • Song Writers
  • Musicians
  • Music Teachers
  • Choir Leader
  • Speakers
  • Writers
  • Authors
  • School Teachers
  • Recording Artists
  • Artistic
  • Designers
  • Business Owners
  • Leaders
  • Beautiful
  • Loving
  • Nurturing
  • Tender
  • intelligent
  • The Best Cooks In The World.
  • The Best Mothers In The World.
  • The Best Wives In The World.
  • And… You really love the Lord.
  • (This list could go on awhile…)

You might often be embarrassed by me, but you will never be unwanted! I love you and pray God richest blessings on you in all you do! There will never be such a thing as an unwanted girl in my family!

Let me show my readers a picture or two of why I am such a blessed man!

My Mom, Mother-in-law, Wife, Daughter, Daughters-in-law, Grand Daughters, Sisters, Sisters-in-law and Nieces are shown below. Besides all these, there are my wonderful cousins, close friends  and “adopted” family members.

Every One Of These Ladies Are Wanted!!

It don’t get any better than this. I, my friend, am a blessed man!

Written by Martyn Ballestero

October 28, 2011 at 1:10 am

Devil, I Hate What You Do!

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Part 1. Devil, I Hate What You Do

1Pet. 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

You Brought Sickness, Devil, I Hate What You Do!

  • Cancer
  • Strokes
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Episodes
  • Aids
  • HIV
  • MS
  • Depression
  • Emotional Disorders

You Create Addictions, Devil, I Hate What You Do!

  • Drugs
  • Meth
  • Crack
  • Alcohol
  • Nicotine

You Break Up Homes, Devil, I Hate What You Do!

  • With Sin
  • With Death.

You Bring Condemnation, Devil, I Hate What You Do!

  • Guilt
  • Shame

You Create Rebellion, Devil, I Hate What You Do!

  • Cause Many To Reject Truth
  • Cause Millions To Be Lost

You Discouraged Good People, Devil, I Hate What You Do!

  • Cause Many To Quit
  • Make Some Backslide
  • Tell Them They Are Unloved, Unwanted

You’re The Father of Lies, Devil, I Hate What You Do!

Because Of You

  • We have Murder
  • We have Crime
  • We have Skidrow
  • We have Jails
  • We have Crack Houses
  • We have Sin
  • We have Violence
  • We have Sex Crimes

 

1. Devil I Hate What You Do To Us.

2. Devil I Hate What You To Our Children

3. Devil I Hate What You Do To Our Parents

4. Devil I Hate What You To Our Friends

5. Devil I Hate What You To Our Churches

  • Bring Division
  • Divide Friends
  • Sow Discord
  • Vex The Church
  • You Are The Author Of Confusion

 

The Good News Devil, We Know What To Do About You

 

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 

The Good News Devil, Your Days Are Numbered

Rom. 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Part 2. Jesus, I Love What You Do.

Eph. 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,

 

1. Jesus, I Love How You Stop Lion’s Mouths

2. Jesus, I Love How You Take Heat Out Of the Fiery Furnace

3. Jesus, I Love How You Calm Stormy Seas

4. Jesus, I Love How You Speak Peace To The Storm

5. Jesus, I Love How You Give Me A WORD

 

6. Jesus, I Love How You Fight My Battles

7. Jesus, I Love How You Make A Way Where There Seems…

8. Jesus, I Love How You Are Always On Time

9. Jesus, I Love How You Heal My Body

10. Jesus, I Love How You Heal My Wounded Spirit

 

11. Jesus, I Love How You Deliver

12. Jesus, I Love How You Restore My Soul

13. Jesus, I Love How You Renew Me

14. Jesus, I Love How You Change Me

15. Jesus, I Love How You Encourage Me

 

16. Jesus, I Love How You Put Marriages Together

17. Jesus, I Love How You Bring Down Jericho’s Walls

18. Jesus, I Love How You Stop Funeral Processions

19. Jesus, I Love How You Give Me Hope

20. Jesus, I Love How You Do The Impossible

 

21. Jesus, I Love How You Open My Blinded Eyes

22. Jesus, I Love How You Comfort My Heart

23. Jesus, I Love How You Take Away Fear

24. Jesus, I Love How You Washed My Sins Away

25. Jesus, I Love How You Filled Me With The Holy Ghost

Jesus, I Love What You Do. That’s Why I Sing…

1. There’s No God Like Jehovah

2. Our God Is An Awesome God

3. He’s The Great I Am

4. How Great Thou Art

5. He’s An On-time God

6. He Is Able To Deliver Thee

7. He Brought Me Out Of the Miry Clay

8. What A Mighty God We Serve

Written by Martyn Ballestero

July 25, 2011 at 12:00 am

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