August 05, 2019

The Relationship of Salvation


© 2010 Debbie Turner Chavers
Water-Man Series
Welcome home. Luke 15:11-32



Once Saved. Always Saved?
Serious question, serious answer. From the very first days of my salvation I heard many people refer to this concept “once saved, always saved.”
So I decided to write a few of my thoughts on this statement and the question, “Once saved, always saved?”
From my perspective it has never been about whether Jesus changed His mind about saving me or being my Savior.
The question was more in line with my agreement to the received fact.
At any point in my walk with God, past, present or future, did I change my mind?
Am I walking away from God or toward Him?

God has promised to never leave or forsake me. Did He mean it? Yes
Did I mean it? Yes.
Am I backing up my decision with my obedience? 
Am I applying myself to the study of His word to show myself approved?

So, I ask myself, "Have I applied His teaching to my life?” Am I applying His word currently in my everyday decisions?”
His word is active and alive, am I actively participating in my relationship with God?
Once saved? Yes, I was once saved.
And because I am in a relationship with God through His son,Jesus Christ, I have committed myself to the nurturing of this relationship. 
Not of works, lest I boast, but an active relationship with Christ Jesus who shed His blood to set me free from all that would hinder me. 
In his love he has provided everything that I need, and I am receiving daily what He has provided, a new life in Christ Jesus.

Gratefully Saved,
~Debbie

Have you experienced a falling out, a falling away from your relationship with God?Do not despair, you can return unto your first love.
Repentance is a free gift from a loving Father, extended to all who will receive it.
Ask and receive. You have not, because you ask not.

Father God,
I have turned away from your original intention to bless me, to provide for me, to be in a forever relationship with you.
Forgive me, create a clean heart in me. 
Father God cause me to joy in your provided salvation once again. 
In Jesus name. Amen



Hebrews 13:5; Habakkuk 3:18

Ephesians 1:13  In whom ye also [trusted], after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

2 Timothy 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Ephesians 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

John 14:23  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

Hebrews 3:14  For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;



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July 22, 2019

For The Joy Set Before Him


© 2019 Debbie Turner Chavers



The Last Supper was a glorious event, a gift to the world to celebrate in remembrance of Jesus Christ and the gift He gave us.
The bread and wine, the stripes and the blood of our Redeemer. Remember, it is for us that He died and rose again. Eternally grateful to He who sits on the throne. He who died and rose again, that we might have life eternal in Heaven. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Redeemer.


© 2019 Debbie Turner Chavers
Water-man Series
Hebrews 12:2 

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

* Click on the painting to see it enlarged. On the title to be taken to the Art Parables website.

The treasured blessing of taking communion.
Can you see the shadow of the Cross?
We are loved.


Luke 22:1-23 
Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.
And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.
Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.
And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.
And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.
Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed.
And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat.
And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare?
And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in.
And ye shall say unto the goodman  of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?
And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready.
And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.
And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.
And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:
For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:
For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
But, behold, the hand, of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table.
And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!
And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing.


As I painted each one, it was almost as though I could see them. Take time to look at them, at yourself as his disciple. He loves each one of us in our uniqueness. Yet each one needed to be redeemed just as we did.

~Debbie



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June 29, 2019

The King in Thorned Splendor

The King in Thorned Splendor
© 2019 Debbie Turner Chavers
Water-Man series



God is a great mystery. Our pearl of great price.
Our faith, a path to finding the depths of treasure hid in Him. I am on that journey.
When one finds a treasure there is a natural gut reaction to hoard what we have found.
Fear arrives with the knowing of the immensity of the value.
Yet God would have us tell the world.
To overcome the fear we must obey and allow the Living Water contained within the midst of us freedom.
Fear is a dam.
Fear is a thief.
Here is part of my search to find the eternal in the brief interlude that we call life.
It seems quite odd to me that anyone would value what I say.
So I have struggled to not be selfish, to overcome my disdain of the humbling required.
The root, pride.
God would have the garden of my heart, mind, spirit and soul free of all such impediments.
Therefore I must dare to be bold and cast my fear to the ground from which it came.
Treasure is carried in a vessel.
Each vessel different, yet each given gifts and beauty by the Creator.
I am learning how to carry and share the treasure of Christ Jesus within me.
I pray for understanding, strength, and the boldness to be what I can only imagine the Father has for me as I learn to do and to find His strength in the being.

What more is there for this mortal until Eternity?
~Debbie


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June 25, 2019

Catalyst

© 2005 Debbie Turner Chavers Psalm 30:5 



There are catalyst in every persons life.


On June 12, 2019 I was told that my sister had died unexpectedly of a heart attack on the 11th.
Silence.
No more laughter with my sister.
Silence.
No more time or opportunities with her.
Silence.
Until Heaven.

Terri was my younger sister by 11 months.
My only sibling.
We were total opposites in almost everything.
I loved her, the gift of her.
No matter our difference of opinion on almost every subject in life, I was grateful that she was my little sister.
Grief is not always silent.
Silence is not always quiet.
Silence can reverberate with "Why?" or "I don't understand" and
"Help me, God."

And He has.

Loss is hard.
Each loss that has come has been a catalyst. A drawing nearer to my Redeemer.
My questions have not been answered, but as I obey, choice by choice I feel His peace bathe my mind, body, and spirit.
As I tearfully prayed about this loss, I heard the Lord speak to my heart.
He said to quit trying to figure out, the "why" and the "I don't understand."
My flesh wants to wail, to wallow, yet I have been told to acknowledge each fragment of grief with gratitude.
I am obeying.
God is comforting me in the process.
Moment by moment as I remember Terri, I verbalize and think about her with gratitude.
Even the difficult moments of our relationship.

I hope sharing this helps someone as they walk through their own grief process.

Father God, thank you.
~Debbie


Philippians 1:3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.







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May 03, 2019

Prophesy


© 1999 Debbie Turner Chavers



1 Samuel 10:6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shall be turned into another man.
And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee.

These Old Testament verses brought my attention back to the New Testament promise found in Acts 2.

Acts 2:17-21 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see vision, and your old men shall dream dreams:
And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.


*Receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit will change you if you will receive Him.
As you read about Saul and his journey to becoming a king, you can see how his anointing and obedience played out in his everyday life and choices.
Even though a change had happened within him, he hid from it.

We all have baggage we hide in. (1 Samuel 10:22)
COME OUT.
God will not force our repentance. We are given the choice to choose Him.

1 Samuel 10:1 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?

We too have been on a journey and God has sent His only begotten Son to anoint us to be a captain over his inheritance.
He has given you every good thing

We too have been made kings and priests unto our God.
Consider Revelation 1:5-6
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, washed us from our sins in his own blood,
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen

*Today you have a choice. You can receive the gift of repentance and change into a new creation.
 God will receive you.
Jesus said in John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me: and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

Jesus said in John 20:21-23
Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.



~Debbie






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February 28, 2019

Poem: Marriage Through the Years

I wrote this poem for my husband, Timothy. We have been together 40 years. Married for 39 years.
So many hard days and happy days. Without God there would have never have been a marriage.
Without God we would be nothing and have nothing.
Only God can help two diverse people become one.
It is a difficult process, yet so worth the trouble. I pray that when you think it is over and you feel misunderstood that you will ask God for His peace that passes all understanding and His wisdom to guide your choices. There were so many times one or both of us wanted to quit.
To take our flesh and our feelings and leave. Yet each time over the years God would grant us the grace to forgive one another and grant another layer of maturity to cover our human failures.
I want to encourage you that there is a ripening of young love that can astonish you with its beauty if you will nuture it in God's presence.

~Debbie



Marriage Through the Years

The path lies before us. A gentle curve to the right, into the distance.
Where will we go from here?

We wandered, this boy man and I, over rocks
and through thickets of emotional splendor.

Leafy limbed we grabbed each branch
and swung with wild abandon.

Our youthful lust driving us ever onward.
A pulsating staccato beat that demanded more.
Always more.

Single file we had walked a narrow path together,
yet separate.

As we aged, the path opened and fingers twined,
kisses taken at the edge of loves grapevine.

We drank deeply and held one another
as we looked for the horizon.

Mountains behind us, hills ahead.
Whispered directions as we joined heads.

For two are better than one
as God has said.

The path lies before us, a gentle curve to the right into the distance.
Where will we go from here?


© 2018 Debbie Turner Chavers

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Matthew 19 :4-6
And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Genesis 2:22-25
And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they both were naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
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January 21, 2019

Thirst No More


© 2006 Debbie Turner Chavers



Good morning! I am inviting you to study, to ponder God's word in John 4 with me today. I journaled my study over several mornings and here is the condensed version of my study.
If you thirst to know the LORD, He will meet with you and by your invitation He will fill you with His Living water. He longs to reveal His truth to you. To meet your every need. You are loved, He has always loved you. Ready? Let's begin to ponder His good word to us.

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In a world where sorrow and need is abundant it is a gift to know that there is a well of salvation that never runs dry and is available to everyone.
Are you thirsty? I was.
I longed to have Living water and a relationship with the LORD.
I jumped through the hoops of good works and tried to be good.
I concluded with the Preacher (Ecclesiastes) that after all the self-effort I was still thirsty.
After trials and error, I recognised the fact that there is hope.
Hope that beckons to the unbelieving and the believer.
A revelation that we can trust the LORD.
That if we are thirsty, we can sip and drink deeply from loves inexhaustible supply.

We all long for help in areas of perceived need, yet the majority of mankind is not sure why we feel this innate sense of lack.
Most of life is filled in some manner by the pursuit of work and worldly pleasure.
The grasping at life straws to fill time and bank accounts.
All pleasure is momentary and addictive in that it demands more from the recipient than it gives.
Simply put, the well of mans pleasure runs dry.
The well of pleasure takes and takes and yet it is never filled.
I too have gone this route and from experience I know there is a better Way.
There is a well of salvation that never runs dry.
A hope that is pure, proofed by and in Heaven.
We may drink deeply and be satisfied forever more.

As I considered this thought process I began reading John 4. The scripture accounting of the woman at Jacob's well.
Starting at verse 6 my attention was arrested by the statement:
Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

Jesus revealed a need to someone who was not expecting to be called.
Someone who questioned.
Someone who thought they had the answer.
Until..Jesus reasoned with them and revealed Truth.

Jesus told the woman in verse 10 "If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that sayeth to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

Jesus used a natural need to highlight a supernatural revelation.
If you are thirsty, God will open your eyes to the provision which is right before you.
Just as as Hagar was shown in the Old Testament, so we can be shown that which is right before us.
(Genesis 21:19 And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water...)
Then we can use our dipper, our bucket to receive this Living water by faith.

We see Isaiah 1:18 in the conversation that is happening between the woman at the well and Jesus, the Messiah.

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD:
Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

As we continue to read chapter 4 of John, you can see how Christ reasoned with her compassionately.
Jesus sums up her life choices in few words, yet the validity of his summation causes her to declare to him, "Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet." (verse 19)

As they reason together, the woman questions what she perceives, by what she has known previously..."Our fathers.." she states.
Jesus then plainly tells her that he is the Messiah.
Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. (Verse 26)

The revelation of truth and the promise of provision draws the woman to the well of salvation.
Verse 15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come here to draw.
Her response was natural. Our need to be provided for is natural, yet Jesus was revealing her deepest need. Our deepest need. A well of water springing up into everlasting life. (Verse 14)

Jesus told us that any well that we drink from that is not sourced from the Living water that He gives, will leave us thirsty again. (Verse 13)

Are you thirsty?
Ask Jesus to give you Living water.
To cover you by His shed blood and to fill you with His Holy Spirit.

~Debbie




John 7:37-39
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)








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January 07, 2019

Sweet Encouragement





Last night I observed a wonderful thing about honey. If you put several teaspoons of honey in a bowl and cover it with several teaspoons of water and swirl, an amazing thing is revealed. As you swirl the water rapidly over the honey it will image / return to its original honeycomb shape.
As I did the experiment I was reminded of the scripture in 2 Timothy to stir up the gift of God within me because our DNA is in the image of God.

Persevere. Stir up. Press forward into your destiny.

~Debbie

Genesis1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

2 Timothy 1:6-7
Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear: but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.



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