Faye Bryant

Another Daily Musing from the Comfy Chair with a View

We can see God?

I think this verse can be understood a couple different ways – and I think these two complement each other.

First, if our hearts are truly pure, cleansed by Jesus, kept in line by the Holy Spirit, we will have eternal life with God, seeing Him face to face, living forever in His presence.

Second, when believers keep their hearts pure through confession and repentance before God, we get to see His touch in our world.

The key component to both is that pure heart.

There’s no cleansing that thing outside the blood of Jesus Christ shed for us in Calvary.

No, I do not mean literal blood
spread on the organ inside our
body. I mean it figuratively –
when we accept the gift of God
through Jesus’ torture, death,
burial, resurrection, and ascension.

Do you remember when Jesus washed the apostles’ feet at their last Passover meal (the last supper)? Peter told Him He would NOT wash his feet like a common servant. Jesus said that if He didn’t wash Peter’s feet, he would not be clean. Pete exclaimed that He wanted all of himself washed then. The Lord said the feet were enough.

To me that’s saying our salvation, our full-on belief in Jesus and acceptance of His sacrifice for our sins, is washing the whole person, top to bottom, inside and out.

Then life happens and a stepping off His path causes dirty feet that need cleaning.

John wrote that if we confess (agree with God about the wrongness) those steppings off God’s path for us, wandering outside His will, sin, He will not only forgive us, but CLEANSE us from all unrighteousness.
He washes our feet.

And, what about this “blesses”? What does that mean? Let’s read the expanded text of the Amplified Bible:

Blessed –
happy,
enviably fortunate, and
spiritually prosperous
possessing the happiness produced by
the experience of God’s favor and
especially conditioned by the revelation
of His grace, regardless of their
outward conditions
are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!

Such amazing benefits for keeping ourselves pure – clean in the sight of God. The best of which is seeing God Himself, whether face to face or in the miracles He does here every day.

Let’s get clean today. If you’ve never believed in Jesus’ deity, that He is God, maybe today is the day. If you believe to your core that Jesus is God, that He walked this earth a sinless man, was tortured and crucified for your sins, buried and rose again to life, say so. Believe it in your heart and speak it with your mouth. He will wash you all over.

If you’ve stepped off God’s path for you, please recognize that He has not stopped loving you. You have moved away from Him, but He’s there, a faithful Father, waiting for you. Agree with Him that the things you’ve said or done were wrong, and stop doing and saying those things. He’ll wash those feet of yours and guide you along His path. You can trust Him.

Coffee, Bible, Journal.

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© 2019 Faye Stoeffler Bryant
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Another Daily Musing from the Comfy Chair with a View

I am excited to introduce my friend, Daphne V Smith, author of 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩’𝙨 𝙔𝙊𝙐𝙍 𝙎𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙡𝙚𝙩 𝙇𝙚𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙧? 𝙍𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙜𝙣𝙞𝙯𝙚 𝙔𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙃𝙪𝙧𝙩𝙨, 𝙍𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙚 𝙔𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙎𝙝𝙖𝙢𝙚, 𝙍𝙚𝙘𝙡𝙖𝙞𝙢 𝙔𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙑𝙤𝙞𝙘𝙚.

The beautiful, confident woman you’ll see wasn’t always as you see her now. Shame from the past overshadowed her entire life. Her journey to her healing is what she shares in the book, principles and truths that will help anyone dealing with shame and anxiety.

If you or someone you love is struggling with memories of the past, get a copy of this book today: https://amzn.to/35BL0yD

Another Daily Musing from the Comfy Chair with a View

Seems crazy to say don’t let one hand know what the other is doing. I mean, it’s two hands, but one brain, right?

I’m certain Jesus understood that fact, too. He was using hyperbole (extreme exaggeration) to make a serious point.

Jesus had just condemned the hypocrites who announced their alms-giving and acts of mercy with trumpets and loud announcements. That shone the light on the giver, and Jesus said that would be their only reward.

Today this would be like us standing up in the church service and declaring, “I just gave an extra $100 to the mission in Kenya!” after the offering plate has passed. Imagine how disruptive that would be if everyone did that – drawing all attention from the Savior you’re there to worship.

I dare say, if we do that, we’re putting ourselves out there to be worshipped.

Not good at all.

I think God wants our acts of mercy and our giving to the needy to be an act of worship to Him – just between us and God. That our focus and that of others would be squarely on Him.

The next time you give alms – hand a couple bucks to someone in the street, finish paying that last $3.28 on someone’s grocery tab, drop money in the bucket for a far-off orphanage – don’t let anyone know. Let it be God who gets the recognition, not you.

Coffee, Bible, Journal.

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© 2019 Faye Stoeffler Bryant

From Elaina: Breaking Beans

Elaina was given the chore of breaking beans for supper and getting her little sisters to help. She knew they would whine and play at helping if she didn’t do something different, so she came up with a plan.

There’s so much more to the story. Preorder your copy of “Elaina” today!

You’re also invited to join us at the Elaina Global Launch Party, Sunday, December 8th at 5:00 PM EST. Locally at Church of the Cove, 642 Wears Valley Road, Townsend, Tennessee or right here on Facebook Live.

You didn’t do it!

Faith. Belief.

Whatever we call it, it’s impossible to please God without it and our salvation from sin requires it.

I don’t know if perhaps the Apostle Paul has gotten word that the believers at Ephesus were taking credit for their salvation, but he addresses the point anyway.

We don’t do anything
for our salvation
except to believe.

God set up the plan.
Jesus came to earth.
Jesus died & rose again.
Holy Spirit says “come!”

All we do is believe it’s all true, all for us, and accept God’s perfect gift.

And the next words? Salvation isn’t a reward for the things we’ve done. It’s not based on doing 150 or 150,000 good deeds – it’s not even based on doing one.

No. Our salvation is based entirely on God and His magnificent love for each of us.

If you don’t have a salvation relationship with God, all it requires is faith. It seems hard, because our human brains don’t understand it. We have to suspend logic to understand grace. We have to relinquish control to walk in freedom. We have to surrender to a Sovereign we can’t see.

By faith.

Trusting in what we know/believe as though it’s already a done deal.

And those who already believe? We should revisit that salvation moment for ourselves. Not the place and time, but what we believe. It becomes easy to think we have the faith unto salvation when we really have faith of our salvation experience – the time and place.

Let’s take a few minutes today to consider where our faith lives, and if necessary, make the changes to move into or renew a relationship with God. He’s ready.

Coffee, Bible, Journal.

From Elaina: a day off

Sometimes children end up taking on adult roles out of necessity. While they seem to be handling things, they really need to be allowed to be children as often as possible.

Elaina and her brother were given the gift of a day off by their grandparents.

What can we do to help our children and grandchildren enjoy no-adult-drama childhood?

Preorder now!

Interview with Lisa Rae Morris

Introducing Lisa Rae Morris – Author of 𝙏𝙞𝙢𝙚 𝙏𝙧𝙚𝙚: 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙀𝙢𝙚𝙧𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚. Hear how she came up with the idea for this book and those planned to follow it.

Learn how this story holds life applications we can use today and in the future!

If you or your kids love to read, this one is perfect for you. Grab some copies here: https://amzn.to/2KZUnQV

Don’t be conquered

First God through Paul said, “Don’t be conquered by evil.”

Sounds like we’re in a defensive position, battling an onslaught of the enemy.

That can be scary. People react differently when these attacks occur. It’s the whole fight-or-flight thing. Some stand to do battle while others run for safety. Some even burrow down in safety, pulling the covers over their heads, plugging their ears, repeating ‘nah, nah, nah’.

Believer, if you are truly a follower of Jesus, you will suffer the same attacks He and his early followers did. He said so. Evil will come to take you over, and you need to be ready when it does.

There will be sneaky mind games where evil will try to convince you God didn’t REALLY mean… (remember Eve?).

There will be personal attacks, trying to discredit you and shake your confidence in Christ.

There will be sickness and pain – all designed to get you to stop believing in Christ.

God says you do not have to be conquered by that.

Matter of fact, He says YOU can conquer evil!! That’s the second point.

Wait! This sneak attacks? Those personal attacks? Those physical attacks?

Yes. You kick evil in the teeth every time you choose doing things God’s way instead of yours or the enemy’s.

If you live your everyday this way, filled with integrity, doing good, your reputation will help shield you from character attacks. Those who know you will rise up in your defense.

When you keep your mind focused on doing good as a sacrifice to Almighty God, it will be much less susceptible to assertions made by the enemy.

Imagine if every believer in Jesus followed these words, doing good in order to whip evil. The government wouldn’t need social aid programs, God’s people would take care of all that.

Imagine if every believer learned the Word well enough to be able to answer the deceitful tester as Jesus did in the wilderness. No doubts, only truth.

You and I are not responsible for what every believer does, only the one living in our skin. Let’s put that one to work doing good today.

Coffee, Bible, Journal.

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© 2019 Faye Stoeffler Bryant

Interview with Renee Vidor

May I interrupt your scrolling to introduce you to Renee Vidor? She’s the author of the forthcoming 𝙈𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙐𝙥: 𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙩𝙤 𝙒𝙄𝙉 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙒𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝘾𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙣.

Renee knows what it means to try to win through comparison and the damage it can do to mind, body, and spirit.

Hear her heart. Feel yours quicken as you learn she has ways for you to get out of the comparison game.

Watch for 𝙈𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙐𝙥: 𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙩𝙤 𝙒𝙄𝙉 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙒𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝘾𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙣 to come out in early 2020.

Jesus was Born to Die

Whew! So very late today. No. It’s not because I went fighting – err, shopping this morning. Bless y’all’s hearts who did.

For me, this day after Thanksgiving is when we prepare to usher in the Christmas season. We’ve seen the official entrance of Macy’s Santa, marking the opening of the Season.

As we open the season, I think it’s important to recall the why. We often hear “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” but then we focus on the Baby. The fact of His birth is amazing and wonderful, but I believe we must couple that with the why else the “Reason” doesn’t mean much.

The fact is, Jesus was born to die.

John wrote in what we call chapter 3, verse 17, that He didn’t come to condemn the world (people who don’t believe in and serve God), but to save them. See, they were already living under condemnation. Their journey was taking them further away from God until they died, when they would be fully separated from Him for all eternity.

Jesus was born of a virgin, grew up, and began His ministry of bringing people into God’s Kingdom. He gave Himself up to heinous torture and death in our place, paying for our sins with His sinless self. He could have stood in judgment of all who didn’t believe. Instead, He drew them to a safety only He could offer.

This, friends, is what Christmas is all about. Enjoy the baby in the manger, but please, please do so under the shadow of the cross.

It is the cross that sets us free.

Coffee, Bible, Journal.