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What is the Pearl of Great Price?  The Pearls of your life are created by those people and circumstances which, at times, bring the greatest irritation.  Our growth comes not by avoiding the person or difficulty, but by learning to respond with love and grace.  The effect may be the transformation of an irritant into a lovely Pearl!


One of Jesus’ beloved Parables is known as – “The Pearl of Great Price“.  As with all the words Written in Red, there is much to seek and know within the telling.

Matthew 13:45-46 KJV – (Bold and Underline Emphasis Mine)

45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.



People, like pearls, come in all shapes, sizes and colors.  Most were wrought by the circumstances of their life – many beyond their control.  Those who inhabit the world of fine art and jewelry understand, some of the most extraordinary gemstones, like the Pearl, come from the most unlikely places.  Their value is often enhanced by the specific waters, temperatures and difficulties to which they are subjected as they form naturally.  The creation of the Pearls, though of immense value, comes with great difficulty and irritation to the oyster.



Is there anyone in your life you really wish you never had to see or hear from again?  We all have those folks continually or occasionally, so the real question is why?  Should we assume they’re problem people, misfits and seek to rid ourselves of their company as soon as possible?


Is there a deeper purpose, a point we are missing and a lesson God seeks to teach?  The Puffer Fish thrives in the same ocean as the Oyster housing the Pearl, yet without the protective housing they seek other ways to deceive their predators.  First, they inflate themselves to appear far larger and more fierce than they are in reality.  But, we must never forget, the Puffer Fish is also one of the most poisonous creatures in the sea.


Listen for the still small voice of Holy Spirit to learn when the creature we face is dangerous or merely puffed up in a defensive stance.  There is real danger in some who appear quite harmless and the poison inflicted with their words is long-lasting and can be deadly.  There is no great glory to be achieved by consuming the poisonous words of those who would intentionally harm us.  Be wise as the serpent . . . yet harmless as the dove. Flee from the Lion Fish in your life!




How often we chafe at the difficult people God brings into our life. When we consider the difficulty these people create, we should ask ourselves why.  They are there, sometimes only for a season and, at times, only for a specific reason.  This is the source of the oft repeated phrase – “Is this for only a Season or for a Reason?”  Its meaning speaks to God’s purpose in allowing the difficulty.  A Season may mean the difficulty is for a short space of time and if it’s for a Reason it may continue until the purpose has been accomplished.

Before you become so infuriated and frustrated with a seemingly intractable person, think about what God might be doing in your life through them or in theirs through you.  We really want conformity from others with our own thoughts and beliefs. God requires we conform to His Heart!  Ask yourself the question . . . Father, what can I learn from this person or situation I could not or did not learn without them?


The source of irritation in our walk through Life with Christ often comes from those who demand we conform to their doctrinal beliefs.  This strife is often over issues which are not Salvation specific, and though important, neither lead Unbelievers to faith nor contribute to the growth of young Believers.  Quite the contrary both groups become confused and run away from the discord.  After all, they assume, if these are mature believers and they behave in this fashion, this is not something they want to emulate.



Who can say to the eye, you should be an ear or, You’re only a toe, you don’t matter, for it’s the Big Toe which brings balance. Ask someone who has lost one and they will tell you its value. Either in life or in the Body of Christ, there are no coincidences.  Who is there to fix whom?  Probably, neither.  Experience is a great teacher and God is the author of many experiences. God’s vantage point, His heart and purpose is what we must seek to see. What is God teaching me in and through this person? Perhaps its patience and perhaps its how to really listen to another opinion, diverse from your own.


The purpose of dealing with difficult people is to either change your opinion, modify your understanding or strengthen your position. Perhaps the greater purpose in the experience is to teach you Grace and Love in dealing with those who are seemingly unloveable . . . yet they matter to God . . . therefore, they MUST matter to you!



In life as in the Body of Christ, we interact with people who hold different views on a wide range of topics.  The cry of the rabble – those who have the loudest, but not the wisest voice  –  scream “Unity“. We must unify as a nation, We must unify as a political party or We must unify as a church at all costs.  The rabble often resorts to scripture to “shame” the Believer, with absolutely no understanding of the context or purpose of the Scripture they reference. Be one as we are one to the legalist, the liberal or the controller means . . .  “Be Like Me”.  No, we are instructed to “Be Like Jesus”!


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Jesus’ point has nothing to do with Unity in everything, at all cost and everything to do with becoming like Him and like the Father in Purpose and in Spirit.

John 17:20-21 ESV – (Bold and Underline Emphasis Mine)

20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

Did Christ mean we should be one like “anyone”?  For what purpose are we to be unified?  Unity at any cost is merely submission to another’s opinion of right rather than conforming to the Word of God.  The final one-world system of anti-Christ will require submission, in opposition to the Word of God.


When the choice appears to be either succumb to the most abrasive or  become the most abrasive, we must seek the path Christ modeled. He dealt with confrontation  effectively by knowing and speaking simply the Word of God, without rancor or argument.

Matthew 4:4 ESV – (Bold and Underline Emphasis Mine)

But he answered, It is written, “ ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” 

Matthew 4:7 ESV from Deuteronomy 6:16 – (Bold and Underline Emphasis Mine)

Jesus said to him, Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”

Mark 12:16 ESV – (Bold, Underline and Parenthesis Emphasis Mine)

16 And they brought one (a coin). And he said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar’s.” 17 Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at him. 

We are all beautifully and wonderfully made by the hand of the Father. But, He’s not finished with us yet.  Our recourse on any issue must reflexively be, His Word for His responses are always succinct, profound and loving but firm.  His Words are never harsh, meant to harm or damage and they never contain poisonous barbs.



The Pearl of Great Price Parable in Matthew has two equally profound meanings.  The one most often thought of is the Believer who discovers the Gospel, the Kingdom of Heaven, and leaves everything behind to obtain this perfect Jewel.  At first blush, nothing could be more profound, yet look again.

The second and lesser understood message is our point of focus.  Mankind, every person, is The Pearl of Great Price in the eyes of God.  Our value is so great to the Father, He gave up His most precious possessionHis Unique Son, Jesus Christ – to redeem us and bring us home to His Kingdom forever.  We are, even now, being changed to be more like the one who paid the ultimate price to redeem us.

In what way are we being changed?  Consider the lowly oyster.  The invasion into the shell of the oyster by a foreign body, a grain of sand, creates irritation.  In an effort to reduce the irritation, the oyster secretes a substance called nacre (NAY-ker) coating the sand to reduce the irritation and contain the invasion.  The nacreous coated sand, over time, with a build up of secretion becomes entirely new and beautiful.  It is strong, resilient and iridescent . . .  we know it as a Pearl.


The interior of the shell itself is now coated with Nacre as well.  This thin layer of the shell now becomes a gem in its own right . . . we know it as Mother of Pearl. You have seen the beautiful jewelry with the Mother of Pearl layered shell carved to create rings, earrings or necklaces of exquisite beauty.  Even the interior of the rough and serviceable shell has been made a thing of astonishing beauty.  God has made all the component parts within the process, undergo not only a change in function, but a change in nature.

The beauty of Mother of Pearl is showcased by removing its many faceted, delicate layers to showcase them in an altogether unfamiliar environment.  The process is tedious, arduous and unbelievably rewarding to those with the skill, patience and fortitude to expend the time necessary to showcase this unmatched miracle of God’s Creation.


Believers are the potential Pearl in the oyster right now, but without the grain of sand there will never be a Pearl.  The grain of sand in the oyster’s shell, causes the excretion of Nacre, there would be no Pearl of Great Price nor the shell which contains it without this seemingly painful process.  The grain of sand is no longer . . . it has been transformed into one of God’s peculiar treasures!

The grain of sand was created to be the irritant and its doing its part. The question is what are we excreting? Our human impatience and pride wants to cast out the sand, to rid ourselves of the irritant.  But, what we are designed to do, what Father God desires is for us to excrete the Nacre – the Mother of Pearl – to coat the grain of sand, reduce the irritation and become something naturally and incredibly beautiful, strong, resilient and iridescent.

The purpose for our lives is not to cast out the grain of sand, but to add value by our Godly response. Only God can combine the events and process to create a Pearl. The irritant is doing its job. The question should not be, “How do I get rid of the sand?”  But, What must I produce within me to cooperate with God and become the Pearl of Great Price?”


There is one area around which we must unify – Jesus Christ and His suffering to pay for our sin.  The first drops of Jesus’ precious Blood were shed in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before the Crucifixion. As he knelt in the Garden that night, seeking the comfort of His Father, the disciples slept while the Hounds of Hell surrounded Him, creating in Him a fear and dread so great he sweat great drops of blood.  


We will never fully understand this night while on earth, but we know He was fully human, yet He knew He was to die by crucifixion, for it had been prophesied.  He knew He would be lashed with 39 stripes, beaten beyond recognition, spat upon, humiliated and crowned with a Crown of Thorns for all these things were part of His own Word!  But, could He have even imagined the absence of the Father for those moments on the cross when He literally became our Sin

Yahweh cannot look upon sin, even when worn as a garment by His own Sinless Son to save Mankind. Jesus has existed eternally, just as the Father.  He had never known and thus could He even have imagined the darkness, the absence when the Father turned His face away from sin on the Cross?  He cried out – My God, My God, Why Has Thou Forsaken Me! Jesus paid a price beyond what most, perhaps even He, have ever imagined.



We unify in and around our Belief in one thing – Jesus Christ and His Suffering – shedding His Blood to pay our Sin Debt.  The gift wasn’t free by any stretch of the imagination, but it is freely offered to all.  Jesus Christ and Salvation is our God ordained point of unity.

Everything else in scripture is important, but not essential to salvation.  Discuss with vigor, listen to Holy Spirit – but the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only hill we need to die on. Never are we allowed to verbally berate our brothers.  Like Christ, we must disagree without being disagreeable.  The Garden of Gethsemane was one of Suffering, yet it led to Victory in the Garden of Golgotha and the Cross.

It is absolutely acceptable to disagree on peripheral issues in scripture.  But you cannot do so without first really listening and submitting your understanding to Holy Spirit, then doing what He requires.  It is this listening, this vigorous discussion which combines the Sand and the Nacre of our experience to create the Pearl in our own lives and the lives of others.


Sometimes we’re the grain of Sand and sometimes we must be the Nacre. We cannot always be sand or nacre, for one without the other produces nothing. The trick and the growth comes from knowing how to be both, effectively, at the right time and in the right way. Then and only then are we about the Father’s business and not focusing on our own self-aggrandizement or succumbing to pride. It’s a fine line and we can only walk that line in the power of the Holy Spirit, for to do so alone is to walk boldly and foolishly in an area where angels fear to tread.

A Grain of Sand without Nacre is simply an irritant. Nacre without Sand has no foundation upon which to build a beautiful treasure – the Pearl of Great Price.

Thanks for taking time for me . . . 


Sherry Driskell Griffin

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I am very troubled by some of the vicious posts I have seen in both secular media and in Christian circles regarding Billy Graham’s life and his eternal destiny.  I believe it is incumbent upon mature Christians to signal caution.  We should use this time, not to disparage a man of God and the errors he made, but to look to the faithfulness of God Himself.  My Faith is In Jesus Christ and His Faith.  I trust Him with my eternal soul and I also trust him with Judgement.




“If you went for a walk in the woods, but then decided to wander off the path, and found yourself surrounded by a thicket of thorns and poison ivy, who would you blame? Would you blame the person who built the path? No, of course not. Instead you’d blame yourself if you were honest, because you alone were responsible for wandering from the path.

In a far deeper way, this is what happens when we decide to leave God out of our lives. For a time, it may seem like wandering away from Him doesn’t make any difference; it may even seem easier and freer. But eventually it catches up with us—just as wandering off that path and into the thicket caught up with you.” — Billy Graham

Is this proof positive Billy Graham fell on his face in repentance for any misstatements and doctrinal errors he may have spoken? No, but if we had only the life of the Thief on the Cross at Jesus’ left as evidence we would know without question he is in hell. But, by the Grace of God we are allowed to know his final thoughts and conversation with our Lord and Savior and by this alone are we encouraged to know his life is covered by the Blood and He is with Jesus.

2 Corinthians 12:20 ESV – (Bold and Underline Emphasis Mine)

20 For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder.

State your opinion, if you feel certain you are led by Holy Spirit, and leave it alone. Anything beyond is gossip, slander and pride. We address a believer Biblically in person and with 2 witnesses in the assembly to which they are submitted. This is done to prevent their sin from infecting the rest of the body. For this reason only, I believe the stated opinions of his doctrinal misstatements are acceptable so others in the Body of Christ do not believe he was correct on all points. Once you go beyond correcting the misstatement for the record, it’s gossip and you’re dragging others into sin.

One only has been given authority to Judge and that is Jesus Christ. When we stand before Him at the BEMA we will stand on the foundation which is Jesus Christ and our Faith in His Blood and His Faith, not ours lest any should boast. When we sit down upon the throne of judgement in His stead, we become a Gold Star graduate of the Class of Pride taught by none other than Satan himself. More importantly, we invite others to study with us at the very feet of the Deceiver and cause them to sin as well.

Every Christian will stand at BEMA to be judged for the things done in the body. If we have built with wood, hay and stubble it will be burned up. But, if there is any Gold, Silver or Precious Stones it will have been built by the Grace and Power of God through His Holy Spirit in us and in spite of our own shortcomings and failures.

Matthew 12:33-37 ESV –

33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” 

A good tree produces good fruit.  It may occasionally produce a piece of rotten fruit, but the Gardener will prune the section and watch it flourish with new growth.  A rotten or dead tree cannot produce good fruit, for the Gardener will remove it and replace it with good stock.


I came to Christ as a very young girl and there have been times in my life when anyone inspecting the fruit in my life would have found it to be a very quick job indeed. However, He has always found me where I had wandered in my disobedience and wrong thinking and brought me back to him. He has pruned out the dead wood, grafted in sturdier stock and allowed me to flourish under His careful tending.

He did not do so because of who I am, but because of Who and What He is. He would never have allowed me to slip from this earth without bringing me back into His arms, for He is the Faithful One and it is in Him I boast.

I believe if anyone began sifting through my life and some of my comments they might have reason to suspect whether or not I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. However, I know any suspicions are simply not true. I have stumbled, like Peter, I have doubted like Thomas and I have railed like the prophets, but never has anyone, including myself, been able to remove me from my Father’s hand.

I trust not in what my flawed speaking may relate.  I trust not in what someone’s twisted interpretation of what I said might relate.  I trust in the Word of God and in Jesus Christ who redeemed me by His Precious Blood and in His own Word when He said, “Father I have not lost even one.”

Anne Graham Lotz Message at Her Father’s Funeral

Billy Graham’s last written message before his death spoke of leaving the path and the pain it causes. I attended one of his crusades after I was saved and my Spirit witnessed to me he was a Child of God and Brother in Christ. Some of his later statements spoke of doctrinal error, but then I am Saved by the Blood of Jesus Christ not by poorly articulated or ill conceived statements of understanding, even if in gross error. 

A life of abundant fruit speaks testifies loudly of Graham’s relationship with Christ.  While a person lives, instructed to inspect their lives for fruit to see “if they be of the faith.” We have no authority or right to judge the heart of a man and his final relationship with Christ or his eternal resting place.  Jesus Christ alone has been given all right to judge mankind.

John 5:22 ESV –

22 For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son,

I am grateful I am so insignificant in this world no one will ever feel the need or liberty to sift through my life looking for garbage I intentionally, stupidly or inadvertently spoke for I am sure they could find it. Nonetheless, and despite my own stupidity and failings, I am His, I am Loved and I am going home when He is ready for me to do so and nothing anyone spews about me can change my eternal destiny.

Blessings in the Mighty Name of Jesus who is able to hold us close to Him and keep us to the Day, in spite of our weakness and ignorance. He is my Righteousness for I have none of my own. Blessings in the Mighty Name of Jesus and I praise God for all His Saints, warts and all.

Thanks for taking time for me . . . 


Sherry Driskell Griffin

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What is the River of Life? The River represents our journey through life flowing from our Creator and the Clean Life of the Mountain. When we leave the shelter of Jesus’ and His teaching, we become susceptible to the influences in the River and  the swamps and bogs to either side.  Time is short to swim for Jesus or return to His arms and safety . . . but there is only a short time remaining.

One morning recently the Holy Spirit gave me a Vision and Words of Knowledge regarding the current state of the Church and Religion.  You surely have been there, the moment just before waking when your mind is rested and your own brain hasn’t kicked in yet.  I find those are magnificent times for me to understand what Abba Father wants to convey while my own intellect doesn’t intrude.

Allow your mind to see as I recall the pictures . . .


It was as though all the earth stood before a great mountain with one impossibly beautiful peak in the center at True North.  This Mountain of God was covered with trees, lush meadows teeming with wildlife and capped with snow.  The promontory was surrounded on either side by scraggly, non-descript hills to the east and west with barren, lifeless landscape spilling down through muddy, debris strewn streams.


God’s mountain flowed forth sparkling blue water cascading down its slopes forming The River of Life directly from the Throne.  Its waters are the pure Word of God, revealing His Son and the Life conveyed in Scripture.  Jesus stands at the head of the River, for He is the Word and the Cleansing Water of life.  When His Church, His own Body is properly aligned with Him, and following the path He has laid out He breaks the force of the water, creating a wake of calm and protection as we follow Him.  In this fashion the River becomes a pure, cleansing flow when the outside influence is minimized or eliminated.  The water is invigorating, edifying and purifying but not destructive in His wake.  The current in the River outside His Presence is so strong one can be pushed downstream and over the falls by the flood without His protection.


Back in the craggy hills on either side of God’s Mountain, muddy creeks and polluted streams flow downward.  The hillsides are home to the old gods . . . the fallen angels, their pagan religions focused on the occult, and false doctrine filled with lies.  These gullies are full debris and rocks chugging down through the ravines into the ponds, creeks and canals along the river. There is no clean water here, only filth with flint-like rock and sediment from the lifeless landscape emptying into the stagnant pools on either side of the river.

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I saw the ponds and pools on either side of the river formed by those seeking refuge from the river currents in their own lives.  They had moved away from the center, from Jesus and the Water of Life rather than toward Him.  Some knew of his protection, but saw freedom and lack of accountability as an opportunity and had moved away. They had struggled to keep their head above the water in the strong current of the rushing river, but no man can withstand such a deluge without Jesus and His Word.



What they failed to understand is by moving away from the still waters around Him, they had ventured into the raging currents, true safety is only found in the Center of the River, the Purity of the Word and In His Shadow moving directly behind Him.   They had floundered toward shore, attempting to create their own version of the water of life . . . and a pathetic substitute it is.  What appeared to be solid ground, was only marsh, filled with quicksand, disease, danger and the religion of men fit for nothing more than the destruction of men’s souls.

The West side of the River was the bastion of western Religion and its man-made systems of control, with all its doctrinal differences, separations and quarreling.  Religion is Man’s effort to force God to conform to their desires and standards.  The first exercise in this foolishness resulted in the Tower of Babel, the confounding of the language and the dispersal of the Nations.

Each group had created their own separate pond and were no longer connected to the River.  They were still interconnected and even in close proximity to the River, but no longer part of the Main Body of Living Water.  Their water now came from the polluted streams and gullies of the rocky hillsides and from each other.  The debris from these hills coursed into their man-made pools, causing death, disease and spiritual adultery.


On the east side of the River were pools of the Eastern religions – Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and their offshoots.  The mixing was occurring on this side of the river as well.  These were perhaps more artfully arranged and certainly steeped in tradition. Yet, the stench of death was everywhere and pollution flowed in unchecked.  False doctrine, New Age and the Occult came rushing in with the pagan worship of old to contaminate the now stagnant waters.  There were elements of truth in all the pools, but those with the greatest deception were almost black in color.


Many of the people who now inhabited the backwaters had moved, bit by bit from the harbor of Jesus’ teaching and the safety of His wake and found themselves in the strong current with no ability to survive without Him.  They had floundered to apparant safety on the shore only to be dragged into deadly deception.  Rather than safety, they found Religion, Denial of the Pure Word, and Compromise with the Pagan and Occult.  Some sensed the spiritual deceit, but seemed unable to break free and return, while others were oblivious to the deception.  They remembered with longing the depth of Peace and Safety in the River beside Jesus.  If they could only return . . . 


A few had recognized things were not as they appeared, yet they feared the strong river current and the treacherous and uncomfortable journey to find Jesus.  The people near them who had been their friends, now seemed condemning . . . almost threatening.  They preferred to build ever more elaborate estuaries, creating  a name for themselves, enabling them to control and rule others, just as the leaders at Babel had done.

These Backwaters on both sides of the River offer no cleansing, but freely spread disease and contamination. Far from being a place of safety, they are a breeding ground for ever-increasing deception, apathy and fear based control.


Familiarity often breeds contempt . . . at other times it merely breeds more filth, deception and a mud pit deep enough to drown the human soul.   Many people hold on tightly to that which they have come to know . . . no matter how unfulfilling or lacking in nourishment for the Spirit.

The “leaders” assure anyone who considers fleeing for the purity of the River they must stay for they are “safe”.

They point to the great crowds of people, the long history of acceptance by many and even good works of charity being done.  Like the carnival barker they promise . . . Prosperity and Greatness is coming . . . Blessings are on the way . . . Qualify yourself . . . Scrub Harder at the Filth with the filthy water we dispense. Attend More Services, Work harder, Pray more, Tithe more, Feed the Homeless and Your Righteousness Will Come . . . You haven’t done Enough . . . It’s Your Fault . . . Keep Hanging On.


The East side of the river offers much the same encouragement, yet this side adds the seeming safety of more Rules, Commandments, Dietary Restrictions and the allure of the ancient.  The Occult underpinnings create a perfect environment for the Spirits of Old and their deception.  Asceticism, combined with sacrifice and a form of perverted godliness maintains the control so necessary for the deception to flourish.

The theory offered by both camps on either side of the River is to walk into the future by repeating the past with a few minor alterations.  Some, though certainly not all, admit Jesus is the Son of God, but require something more . . . as though His Work Was Not Enough. They appeal to Satan’s favorite weapon, the pride of self-sacrifice, and the personal ability and willingness to do what others are unable or unwilling to do.  Jesus plus YOU . . .  He needs your help . . . YOU can do this.


People from both sides of the River had begun to see through the façade and are challenging the wolf leaders.  They’ve begun to realize the beguiling surface covers evil, fetid water and certain destruction.

The First Great Question rings loudly in their own Spirit . . . “DO I HAVE THE COURAGE TO ESCAPE?

Almost imperceptibly, a still small voice echos . . . a knowing more than a whisper – “YES, You do.  Truth exists in its pure form, BUT NOT HERE!  Come Out Of Her!”

As though in response, a Second Question thunders from their Mind – as though birthed straight from their Spirit,IF I HAVE THE COURAGE TO SEEK GOD, WILL HE FIND ME?

Once again . . . the whispered encouragement . . . YES, He Will . . . Always! Trust! Believe!  Step Out . . . He will Catch You!


I saw some who had made great progress.  They had come out of the stagnant ponds on both sides and were nearing the River.  They were beginning to break new canals, throwing baggage away as they pushed forward.

They looked at the river current and the piles of baggage remaining and realized the impossibility of the path ahead without casting aside the comfort of the known.  The mental and physical weights of religion and false doctrine they carried, their baggage, would never survive the current.  The essential work of the River . . . its purpose . . . is to cleanse . . . to sweep all pride and pretense away . . . Surrender . . . how daunting!

Some were at the water’s edge, but hesitant to plunge into the current and swim to Jesus.  Soon, many will realize the swim toward Him is assisted from On High . . . the struggle, after the awakening . . . is to remain in deceit and mediocrity!


Many remember with longing the clean water, peace and safety of Jesus and the quiet calm of the River behind Him.  They encourage others to jump in the river and trust Jesus to rescue them, for many on the banks had never seen The River, been cleansed or even introduced to Jesus personally.


A great number on the shoreline had a mental understanding and even agreement about Christ’ existence, but they had no personal relationship . . . they did not know Him! They believed the historical records, nothing more!  They had lived their whole life in the cesspools for that is where they were born.  They call themselves Christians . . . yet they have never known the cleansing Water of Life . . . and the Savior.

The crowds which once gave comfort, now smother and stifle joy, light and life.  The friends of old became mockers and scoffers, furious at any who would dare seek new light by leaving the pack.  The ridicule offered for any who dared believe there was more than the swamp was done to wound, hamstring their escape and maintain the company of others in misery!


The brave ones are beginning to awaken, they can smell the clean, clear air and water of the river . . . but they’ve lived in those backwaters their entire life and have no idea how to swim.  They are gripped with a Spirit of Fear, although they have seen others make it to Jesus, they’re not sure they have the courage or the strength. Oddly, they are more afraid of the ridicule of their “friends” than the river.  They love being part of the crowd who seems to have all the answers . . . even though they know they don’t!

I can see, in the vision, there is little time remaining for those who would brave the river and seek Jesus once more . . . or for the first time. The river is approaching a great waterfall and will soon scream over the rocks in fury into the rocks below and The Tribulation . . . the time of Jacob’s Trouble.  Those who would be saved from the coming wrath, MUST JUMP INTO THE ARMS OF JESUS NOW . . . NO MORE DELAY . . . there is VERY LITTLE TIME LEFT.


How can they be made to see?  One leap of faith, trusting in Jesus . . .  into the River of Life . . . and they would experience the Miracle . . . of His Arms, His Righteousness, His Cleansing . . . and Eternal Life.

Thanks for taking time for me . . . 


Sherry Driskell Griffin

P. S. If this was a Blessing to you . . . be a Blessing and pass it along!




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Once again it’s the season of love, caring and kindness.  It feels so wonderful . . . we have a spring in our step . . . we think of our lives in review not only to enjoy the good times and adventures again, but also to seek areas in which we might improve.  The area of focus God is bringing to my attention this year is the lack of Thankfulness.

Once the Holy Spirit brings this issue to the forefront and you begin to study the repercussions of an unthankful heart, alarm bells should begin to go off.

Romans 1:21 Amp – Highlight and Underline Emphasis Mine

21 Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. But instead they became futile and godless in their thinking [with vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, and stupid speculations] and their senseless minds were darkened.

The startling point about the verse to me, was not that ingratitude is displeasing to God, but the result of which He so clearly outlines. The outcome is a primrose path to a place no one should want to go – futile and godless thinking with a darkened, senseless mind.

As a Mississippi girl, the first analogy that popped into my mind was a frog dropped into nice warm water.  Initially, he could easily just jump right out, but he was enjoying his swim so much while the temperature slowly climbed, he didn’t notice what was happening to him.  Before too long, he was overcome with his own leisure.

The minute we think we have God all figured out and everything under control, we’re swimming in a warm bath with no way out.  His ways are not our ways and the moment we begin to take God for granted we begin the trek to become futile and godless in our thinking and ultimately darkened in our minds.

God will not be taken for granted, ever.  Yet, many in America today, even in the Church, have enjoyed the blessings of God for so long we believe they are ours By Right . . . we believe we deserve them.

A former Google engineer has applied for 501C3 Non-Profit status for his new Church of Artificial Intelligence, called The Way of the Future.  Isn’t this just a perfect example of godless thinking and a senseless darkened mind?  Now, I recognize there are more than a few steps between failing to say, “Lord, I thank you for the food I am about to enjoy, the family around me and friends who love and care about me” to opening a Church of AI.  But, doesn’t futile thinking begin somewhere not completely obvious?

Praying about this and pondering it, I believe it begins with our failure to understand the difference between in and for.  I know you think it can’t be that simple, but it is.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV Highlight and Underline Emphasis Mine

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Most of the folks I know, and I am thankful for every single one of you, have no problem giving thanks in your blessings.  The brand new, healthy grandbaby, the new house, the acceptance to college for the one you thought might never make it or the promotion at work all bring forth showers of praise and thanksgiving.

Where we often fall short is the day we’re stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire and a flat spare.  Especially difficult is the day of the cancer diagnosis or heart attack.  That’s the day most of us look up and say, “Why me, Lord.”  The Word didn’t change, the circumstances did.  We are still required to praise Him IN the circumstance, not FOR it.  Always the greatest example in scripture is Jesus.

Luke 22:19-20 KJV Highlight and Underline Emphasis Mine

19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

The passage is from the Lord’s supper, just prior to the Crucifixion and Jesus was giving thanks in the circumstance.  He was about to suffer the most ignominious death imaginable with brutal beatings and public shame beforehand, yet he gave thanks.  I am convinced He did not merely give thanks FOR the bread or the cup or what He was about to suffer.  He was giving us the clearest of examples of how to give Thanks IN a situation more horrendous than any we will ever face.  He explained the bread represented the breaking of His own body and the cup represented the spilling of His own blood, yet He gave thanks IN the circumstance which would bring about our redemption.

Matthew 11:25 ESV Highlight and Underline Emphasis Mine

25 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;

The wisdom of man leads us to be thankful when things go our way and the perceived gain is evident for all to see.  Only the true revelation of God, the things hidden from the wise, allows us to see and recognize the greatest opportunities, the areas in which we are being refined.  Daily tribulation should cause us to draw closer to Him, to be more daily dependent upon His direction, if we simply choose to notice and do so.

The gems we fail to see are in the thorns, when we take the gifts and trials of life and the things of God for granted.  Nine of the ten lepers took their healing for granted.

Luke 17:11-19 ESV – Highlight and Underline Emphasis Mine

11 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

The lepers all stood at a distance, for their disease was so horrific and highly contagious they were not allowed to approach the citizenry.  Yet, Jesus saw their condition, was moved by their plight and healed them all.  Ten Lepers were healed and cleansed and, apparently, all except one were from Judea.  The one exception was the Samaritan, only half Jewish and despised by those of the Temple and even the other lepers.

Only the foreigner, the lowest of the lowly returned to give thanks.  His genuine gratitude is obvious, for he falls to the ground at Jesus feet to thank him.  Because his heart of thanks was evident, Jesus told him to rise and go, for his faith had made him well.  I believe the man received an additional blessing of salvation as well as healing, for he responded “in faith”.

The greatest lesson we can learn from the leper, is not only the blessings which come with thankfulness, but the infinite blessing which comes from true gratitude in situations others take for granted.

The measure of those who are the elect versus the ones chosen offers another cautionary tale.  All scripture tells us the Hebrews are the elect and nothing will change their status.  However, they have a personal responsibility and choice to accept or reject Messiah in gratitude. Israel’s leaders were not only ungrateful, they denied Jesus’ purpose and deity.  Many who will read this message, would not have the opportunity to know and follow our Savior, if not for their grievous error.  For this we should be Thankful for all eternity!  But, how often do we behave as the Judeans did, as though the blessing is our right?

The Syrophoenician woman asked for the bread of the children, a demon to be cast from her daughter, yet she was willing to beg for crumbs for her daughter.  Not once did she assume the help was her right or take for granted Jesus would respond.

Mark 7:25-30 – Highlight and Underline Emphasis Mine

25 But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29 And he said to her, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” 30 And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.

Can we even imagine her gratitude, her thankfulness?  She judged the heart of the Savior rightly, for He will never deny faith from any person. But, her heart of non-expectancy won His heart.

I saw recently one of the most egregious examples of the lack of thankfulness. Three Basketball Players from USC were in China and arrested for shoplifting.  The President obtained their release, yet one of the fathers spoke openly of his ingratitude and their entitlement to be released and even maintained they should have been returned on Air Force One.

This attitude, while recently a young man’s release was negotiated from a N. Korea prison and he died shortly after returning home from the torture he endured while imprisoned.  This attitude, while another young American has been in a Chinese jail for over a year with no hope on the horizon for release.  As egregious and inexplicable as the father’s response was, many in this country and the media agreed with his sentiment.

My point has absolutely nothing to do with politics.  My point is the evidence exhibited of an America where generations have been raised with a sense of entitlement and an attitude of ingratitude we have never seen before.  We saw a clear and present example of a society which has become futile and godless in their thinking and their senseless minds have been darkened.

If we are entitled to the blessings we enjoy, what do we have to be thankful for?  If we allow ourselves to move into the mental place of, “I deserve this”, “I am owed that”, “the benefit is my right because I am a human being”, it is no longer a blessing or a gift which will or should elicit thankfulness.

Many, even and perhaps especially in the Christian faith, believe because we do x, y, or z we “deserve” what we have or even more.  The thinking in your heart of what you deserve speaks to a failure to recognize the source.  Is it about you and what you “do” for Him or is it about God and His Magnanimous, Beneficent gifts to His children?

Thankfulness must be our own internal gauge, our method of reckoning our heart status.  It tells us where we are in our relationship first with God and then with others.  If we stop being thankful, we don’t give up our belief in the Virgin Birth, Jesus’ Death on the Cross or the Resurrection – we don’t lose our salvation, but we lose the closeness of dependency and reliance on the Savior.  We fall woefully short in sanctification and the return trip could be a very rocky one.

How is it possible to be thankful in the most difficult storms of life?  

Matthew 14:25-30 ESV – – Highlight and Underline Emphasis Mine

25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”

The disciples were certainly fearful for their life, there was no apparent good in the raging storm and yet in these circumstances they would be given the greatest gift of all.  First, they sought their source.  Then Peter walked on the water and all in the boat worshiped Jesus, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Our moments of walking on the water for Jesus come not from the top of the mountain, but from the valley, when we call to Him in fear, in despair and in praise and thankfulness . . .  and in every circumstance!

What does this mean in our everyday, walking around life?  Salvation and its accompanying blessings are given to those who Trust in Jesus Finished Work on the Cross as a gift.  It is not our right, nor do we deserve Him or His Blessings.   His Blood Atonement is a gift given freely and at the greatest cost imaginable.  Are we thankful?  Do our actions match our tearful, glowing testimony on Sunday morning or have our minds become darkened?

Do not forget to thank Him in all those difficult moments . . . for it is then you will learn to . . . Walk on the Water!

Thanks for taking time for me . . . 


Sherry Driskell Griffin

P. S. If this was a Blessing to you . . . be a Blessing and pass it along!




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What is the BEMA?  The Bema to which Paul refers, was the podium for awarding prizes to competitors in an athletic competition. In our current Olympic games we call it the “medal stand” where prizes are awarded and honor bestowed. Many current translations have chosen the word Judgement Seat of Christ and thus the BEMA is seen as a place of judgement. It is judgement for the life you have lived for Christ and the awards you receive for the things you have done for others.  All judgement for salvation has already been paid in full by Christ on the Cross.

The rewards given are our qualifications for responsibilities and opportunities in the Kingdom, they are not badges or medals warn to impress or to establish a caste system of Believers, one better than another. The Joy of the Event is the acknowledgement of those things we have done well on earth, the kind word to the struggling Mom, the encouragement to the young trainee or the love and care for aging parents.  This only adds to the greatest reward of all – for we will be home with Jesus and the Father.

The Bema event will occur immediately following the rapture or resurrection of the church after it is caught up to be with the Lord in the air. Scripture is clear the rewards are given at the resurrection and the resurrection of Believers in Christ occurs at the Rapture. The Resurrection and rewarding of Old Testament Saints occurs after The Tribulation. When the Bride returns with Yeshua at the final stage of the Second Coming, she is already found robed in Bright, Clean Fine Linen, a reward and clothing of those at the Bema.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 ESV (Bold and Underline Emphasis Mine)
17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.


Paul speaks specifically of “building on a foundation” which is Jesus Christ,   This is the work which he, himself or others have begun in order to build the Body of Christ. It is the works or the fruits of our labor after salvation which will be revealed whether for gain or loss of reward, but not for punishment.

The disclosure by fire should remind you of the Old Testament acknowledgment of the acceptance of an offering. Thus, we bring an offering of the “works” based on our love for Yeshua and the fire will test to see if it is burned up or remains in order to garner a reward. Valuable things (gold, silver, precious stones) remain, for those are things that cost us something whether money, time, prayer or spirit and are done at the direction of the Spirit. The things done in the flesh or those done for ourselves or for the praise of others will be burned as wood, hay and straw.  These are the good ideas – not the God ideas.  The term “saved, but only as through fire” is a reference to the evaluation of our works in the fire of the Judgement Seat of Christ.

Phaneros = ManifestBe Revealed, to Make Evident, Clear

Photizo = DayThe Light of Day, To Bring Light in Order to Make Visible

Phaneroo = DiscloseTo Manifest or Reveal or Disclose

1 Corinthians 3:10-15 ESV (Parenthesis and Underline Emphasis Mine)

10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 each one’s work will become manifest (phaneros), for the Day (photizo) will disclose (phaneroo) it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

Paul used the Greek “Bema”, translated judgement in the English. The translation is unfortunate, for it brings to the western mind a place where sin is judged and penalty ascribed. Paul often spoke in terms of athletic competition, striving to win the race and receive the victor’s crown.  The Greek athletic competition to which Paul refers, the Isthmian Games, would be most similar to our modern day Olympic games. This is the Believer’s opportunity to receive the reward for those things done in the body.

This is the purpose of the Bema Seat and portrays a time of rewards or loss of rewards after an examination. It is not a time where believers are judged for sin or adjudged punishment. This would be inconsistent with the finished work of Christ on the Cross. He paid the full penalty for all our sins; past, present and future. This has nothing to do with punishment, but there will be “loss of rewards” for those who did not persevere until the end of their time on earth or for others who did things “for” Yeshua, but with wrong motive. If the purpose was to gain notoriety, money or self-aggrandizement there will be no reward at the Bema.

The Doctrine of Rewards must never be confused with the free gift of Salvation. The Bema is in heaven, thus those who are being rewarded have already received Eternal Life based on their faith in Yeshua’s finished work on the cross. The rewards at the Judgement Seat of Christ or Bema are for those genuine acts of selflessness done on Yeshua’s behalf, freely and with a heart to encourage and magnify Yeshua while on the earth. The works are done only by and through the Grace given to us by the Holy Spirit lest any man should boast.

Bema Seat – Bestowing of Rewards on Believers in Heaven

Romans 14:10 ESV (Parenthesis and Underline Emphasis Mine)
Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment (Bema) seat of God.

2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV (Parenthesis and Underline Emphasis Mine)
For we must all appear before the judgment (Bema) seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body (our Works)  whether good or evil.


Once you understand the concept of the Bema this will enable you to fully see the point being made when we are chastised in Scripture for “judging” a brother and assured we will stand before the Bema for righteous judgement. Christians are not offered the privilege of criticizing another’s ministry or lack thereof on earth, for this judgement can only be rendered by Yeshua Himself, who knows “the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

We are required as a Body of Believers to call those to account who are acting in direct disobedience to the written Word of Yeshua in Scripture regarding personal behavior or a teaching which is antithetical to Scripture. No question should remain whether the Believer is acting contrary to Scripture. This is not done for those who simply have a difference of doctrinal interpretation, but a very clear teaching or action opposed absolutely in Scripture. This is a very serious issue and, if appropriate, must be done strictly in accordance with the Biblical admonition of dealing with a brother or sister in Christ. In effect, you are disciplining someone else’s children, the Father of us all, Yahweh. If it is necessary, it must be approached prayerfully and exactly as we are instructed in Scripture by Yeshua Himself in this four step process spelled out in Matthew.

1. Go to your Brother or Sister and tell him his fault privately
2. If he does not listen, take 1 or 2 others along and speak with him again
3. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church (Body of Believers)
4. If he refuses to listen even to the church do not associate with him any longer

Matthew 18:15-17 ESV (Parenthesis and Underline Emphasis Mine)
15 “If your brother sins against you, (Step 1) go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone (privately). If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But (Step 2) if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 (Step 3) If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church (Body of Believers you are submitted to – this is not the Internet). And (Step 4) if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector (do not associate with him).

The purpose of this process is not to punish, control or embarrass a brother, but to bring them up short in their transgression and restore them to fellowship. Each individual Believer’s behavior in this process will be a subject to examination at the Bema so exercise care and prayer. There are numerous scriptural admonishments for how and when this is appropriate.


There is ample evidence in Scripture Believers in Yeshua will not come under judgement. Therefore, it is essential we understand the concept of the Bema in order to rightly divide the Word of Truth. Yeshua spoke specifically about the lack of judgment for one who “hears my word and believes him who sent me”, they not only have eternal life through salvation, but they do not come into judgement.

John 5:24 ESV (Parenthesis and Underline Emphasis Mine)
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life (Salvation). He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

Therefore, the Believer does not come into Judgment for sin, but there are rewards for those who have served faithfully and loss of rewards for those who have served with wrong motives. The judges at the games bestowed awards or rewards on the winners, they did not whip or punish those who did not finish first in the race – this is the key point to understand.

It is clear in Paul’s ministry he encouraged us all to “run the race” for the “prize”.

1 Corinthians 9:24 LEB (Parenthesis and Underline Emphasis Mine)
Do you not know that those who run in the stadium all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.

Paul also made it clear those who were brought to Salvation or Discipled in their walk of faith were his hope and “crown of boasting”. It was for the good done for others he hoped to be rewarded.

1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 LEB (Parenthesis and Underline Emphasis Mine)
19 For who is our hope or joy or crown of boasting? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at his coming? 20 For you are our glory and joy.

We can only imagine the emotions we will experience at the Bema for certainly there will be elements of remorse, regret and perhaps even shame. It is scarcely possible to imagine a review of one’s life before the Creator of all the world in all His majesty and perfection without an awareness of the wasted time, selfish endeavors and lack of holiness. However, this must surely be fleeting for the picture the New Testament paints of heaven is one of joy and gratitude. The graciousness of the Lord Jesus Christ would surely find something worthy of praise in each of us.


What rewards are described in Scripture? The rewards are given in very general terms, but you can gain a sense of what can be anticipated for Believers.

  1.  The Promise of Crowns – This seems to be used as a symbol of victory, authority, and responsibility.There are five (5) Crowns discussed for reward of Believer
  2. The Promise of Heavenly Treasure – Stresses their eternal value and security as those things which are imperishable, undefiled, non-fading and stored in heaven for you.
  3. The Promise of Accolades or Commendations – This is seen in those passages where a reward is administered in the form of something like “well done thou good and faithful servant …”. The precious words of praise from Yeshua would be a reward greater than any could imagine, yet these words of praise are followed also with additional authority in the Kingdom of God, Special Responsibility and Authority over the Lord’s Possessions. The Lord’s possessions will include everything.
  4. The Promise to the Overcomer – These could refer to special blessing of rewards to those believers who overcomer special trials and tests rather than a general promise to all believers. Those who overcome are promised access to the hidden manna (hidden knowledge), a white stone with a new name written on it giving us our permanent calling and identity, which no one knows and increased authority over the nations.
  5. The Clothing of the Saints (the Glorified Believers) – Fine Linen, Bright and Clean is given to the Saints for clothing.

Each person will be thoroughly happy with their rewards, for they will be totally just. There will be no sin nature to create envy, jealousy, resentment or dissatisfaction. The joy of being with our Father in our glorified state will be the reigning emotion. Our initial discouragement will be fleeting and only for the realization we could have and should have done more for His Kingdom.

During the Millennial Kingdom, many Believers will reign with him over nations and cities, perhaps even galaxies or universes. Others may not be in a position to reign for they will have lost those rewards. There will be further awards given at the Resurrection of the Old Testament and Tribulation Saints as well. Recall, we are not only dealing with rewards and positions in the Millennial Kingdom, the 1,000 years after Christ’s return, but also the Eternal Kingdom which will last for eternity with no end. There will be plenty to do and each Believer will be given responsibility in an area for which they are perfectly suited and for whom the work is a complete and total delight.


Crowns are given as a reward for specific types of faithfulness in the Christian Life. The faithfulness exhibited is our appropriation of the Grace of God and the Power of the Holy Spirit utilized in specific circumstances to enable each of us to rise victorious In Christ at the end of the age. Thus, by abiding in the vine we are rewarded for utilizing the tools at our disposal – all of which belong to and were provided by Yeshua.

There are two (2) types of crowns referred to in the New Testament.

1. Stephanos – The Stephanos is the victor’s crown, the wreath given to the victorious athlete before the judge at the Bema. It is the word used of the crowns promised to believers for faithfulness in the Christian life.

2. Diadem – The Diadem is the royal crown, the crown of a king. The Beast with Seven (7) heads in Revelation is said to wear Seven (7) Crowns representing the nations over which they have earthly authority. The focus in Revelation, however, is upon Yeshua at His return for He is King of kings and Lord of Lords, thus the word is also used of the Many Diadems the Lord will wear at His return.


The Crown of Thorns is worn only by Yeshua and speaks of His work on the cross. The thorns from which the Crown was woven represent the curse over which Our Savior triumphed. This crown stands for His victory over sin, Satan, and death.

Many Crowns – Diadems are the crowns of royalty which stand for Yeshua ha’Mashiach, Jesus the Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lord who alone has the right to rule and judge the world. These are worn only by Yeshua upon His return at the Second Coming.

The Crowns or Stephanos awarded to Believers for service are these;

1. The Incorruptible Crown – Although all crowns are incorruptible, this special crown is given for faithfulness in running the race and exercising self-control while serving Yeshua to finish the race.

1 Corinthians 9:25 LEB (Underline Emphasis Mine)
And everyone who competes exercises self-control in all things. Thus those do so in order that they may receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one.

2. The Crown of Exultation or Rejoicing – This crown is a reward given for witnessing, follow-up, and ministry to others. In one sense, the Thessalonians will be Paul’s crown, and the effect at the Bema and throughout eternity will be rejoicing or exultation over their presence in heaven. Though not stated explicitly, the implication is there will be a literal Crown of Exultation or Rejoicing, not solely the presence of the Believers at the Bema themselves.

1 Thessalonians 2:19 LEB (Underline Emphasis Mine)
For who is our hope or joy or crown of boasting? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at his coming?

Philippians 4:1 LEB (Underline Emphasis Mine)
So then, my beloved and greatly desired brothers, my joy and crown, thus stand firm in the Lord, dear friends.

3. The Crown of Life or Martyr’s Crown – This crown is also referred to as the Martyr’s crown for it will certainly be awarded to those who died a Martyr’s death. Anyone whose life has been taken from them for their faith in Yeshua is considered a Martyr. This crown is also given to those who have endured testings or trials and temptation. The crown of life itself, is not eternal life but a reward for enduring trails and overcoming temptations. Eternal Life is a gift, by faith alone in Christ alone. The two are separate and distinct – Eternal Life (Salvation) and The Crown of Life (Reward).

James 1:12 LEB (Parenthesis and Underline Emphasis Mine)
Blessed is the person who endures testing, because when he is approved he will receive the crown of life that he has promised to those who love him.

Revelation 2:10 LEB (Parenthesis and Underline Emphasis Mine)
Do not be afraid of the things which you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested, and you will experience affliction ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life (Martyr’s Crown).

4. The Crown of Righteousness – This crown is a reward given for faithfulness in His service. It is given to those who have used our gifts and opportunities in the service of the Lord and for loving and praying for His appearing. To truly love His appearing, one will live in the light of His return and with an emphasis in one’s life on that goal.

2 Timothy 4:8 LEB (Underline Emphasis Mine)
Finally, the crown of righteousness is reserved for me, that the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but also to all who have loved his appearing.

5. The Crown of Glory also called The Shepherd’s Crown – This crown is a reward promised to Elders for faithfulness in their responsibility to shepherd the people of Yahweh.

1 Peter 5:4 LEB (Underline Emphasis Mine)
And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.


What could possibly be more glorious than the opportunity to cast our crowns at the feet of Yeshua? Without His righteousness, there would be no righteousness among any of us. Without His Holy Spirit nothing could have been accomplished for the Kingdom. Without the Father who regenerated us and called us to come to Yeshua there would be no salvation and thus no rewards. Yeshua alone is worthy for any fruitfulness in our lives by allowing His life to fill ours.

Finally, we will clearly see and understand this as we all cast our crowns before Him in recognition that all we have done is by His Grace and Only He is Worthy of All Praise!

Revelation 4:10-11 ESV (Underline Emphasis Mine)
10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”


Thanks for taking time for me . . . 


Sherry Driskell Griffin

P. S. If this was a Blessing to you . . . be a Blessing and pass it along!




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Blessings . . . Especially this time of year, I find myself thinking about the amazing people I know and love.  For quite some time now I’ve been astute enough to realize that I, like many Americans, am incredibly blessed and I am absolutely thankful to the one from whom all blessings flow – Father God, His Son and the Holy Spirit.

Once I began the journey of stepping back from my life in an attempt to see Blessing objectively, I found that I had recognized the obvious – faith in Christ, family, friends, health, job and home and I am incredibly grateful for them and for you.

Yet I began to realize there was more that I was to see and understand.  Sometimes you just sense a nudge from the Holy Spirit that says, “There’s more, look deeper.” So, I began to search the Scriptures to see what Blessings really are.  I found ribbons of truth throughout to show us their purpose and effect.

I have always thought of a Blessing as a benefit given by God to His children for a job well done or to fill a need.  That is true as far as it goes, but woefully short of the true nature and purpose of Blessing as God meant it to be understood.  Once you begin to probe, think and pray you begin to see so much more.

God gave 3 blessings during the creation – one to the living creatures of the sea and air, a second to man and a third to the Sabbath Day itself.

Day Three – Creatures of the sea and air were Blessed to “be fruitful and multiply”.  The Blessing was given for a purpose – to equip them for a job they were assigned to do.

Day Six – Living Creatures were created.  Man was created “in His Image” . . . “to rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air and over the livestock, and over all the earth and over all the creeping creatures that creep on the earth.”  This Blessing was a Blessing of Dominion and Authority to Rule over the creation.

Day Seven – God Blessed the Seventh Day – Made it Holy (set apart) and a day of rest to honor the work He had done, to Honor Him and His work of Creation.

Blessings were given to Living Creatures, to Mankind and to a Day.  Clearly these weren’t gold stars being handed out for good work since they had done nothing. Blessing is an equipping for people and creatures.  It is also an honor given to mark an event as a remembrance.

With this altered viewpoint, you recognize the real purpose of Blessings – to Be a Blessing – to accomplish a God-Given purpose – to be His Image and to recognize, mark and honor what He has already done in creation.

Go back to Day Six and see that mankind was created “in our Image”.  What does that mean?  An image is a representation or a likeness.  So, we are made to be a representation or likeness of our Creator God here on this earth.  We are “like” Him, but we are not Him.  As we grow in the knowledge and likeness of Him we are more able to Image Him or to be His representative.

What was Jesus doing in His final act on this earth?

“He led the disciples out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.  And while He blessed them, He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.”

He never ended the blessing . . . He is our High Priest . . . He is Blessing Us Still.  His Blessing has no limitation, no expiration, no ceasing.  It is an unending Blessing!  What greater legacy can there be?

He Blessed Us so that we can be a Blessing!  Our own culture has diminished that to mean “If I make money, I give money to the church or to a worthy cause and that’s how I am a Blessing”.  As far as it goes, that’s okay, but it is only a pale imitation of how we see a Blessing in Scripture.

In the first century the cultural Blessing was of utmost importance.  The Blessing of the First Born conveyed property and spiritual authority.  The first born son received twice the amount of property as the other sons and the first born received the authority to rule over (guide, guard and protect) the family.  So, with the Blessing (inheritance) came Responsibility. Additional property made extra wealth available to care for the needs of other members of the family when it was required.  Remember . . . you can’t have privilege without responsibility!

The Blessing of the First Born was so important that Ishmael, born of an Egyptian slave, Hagar, and fathered by Abraham, was not allowed to receive the blessing.  That Blessing was bestowed upon Isaac, Sarah’s son. God had a specific purpose for Isaac, and despite the cultural norm of the First Born receiving the Blessing, God elected Isaac.  The fallout from that decision still rages today in the Middle East.  It is more clearly defined as Judaism and ultimately Christianity versus Islam.  Blessings mattered then and they still matter today!

In the 18th and 19th centuries, a Blessing was given by the church and a Father and Mother to children upon their marriage.  The young couple sought the blessing of the Body of Christ we think of as “the church” and their parents on the proposed union. Once that Blessing was given it was a “joining” of the family and spiritual community in willingness to come alongside the couple to be available to advise, assist – someone to lean on who has been there and been successful at it, even in their failures.  They’ve learned and they blessed the couple with that knowledge and experience.

In the 20th and 21st centuries those cultural constructs have been pushed aside.  The tradition is no longer honored and we see unions without Blessing, without support and the aftermath it creates is horrific.  We’ve replaced it with moral relativism – “I will do whatever I want, however I want with whomever I want and it’s none of your business”.  The focus on ‘Just Me’ has become our god. We’ve become our own idol.  We’ve culturally cast aside on the dust heap of convenience and entitlement those things which gave us security and support within a family and spiritual structure.

Be careful of your wishes, they could become reality.  You are on your own and your only support system is a blind and faithless government which may give you a fish, but it will never teach you to fish or to become independent.  Your dependency conveys your strength and power to the entity upon which you depend.

Our society has arrived at this point, but we don’t have to join the Church of Me, the Gospel of God Owes Me or the Religion of Self-Will.  As a nation and people, we have sacrificed our Blessings on the altars of I Will, If it Feels Good Do it and Social Justice.

However, we do not, as individuals, have to agree with society’s choice or their behavior.  In fact, we must be willing to SAY NO!  We are the image of God and we must choose to reflect His values, His choices by doing what He instructed, by living as He lived.  By a willingness to stand up in our land and say, that is not acceptable to me – that is against the teaching of God which I hold true.  No – I will not be a part of this. We must require it of our leaders.

How do we begin to turn our life and culture back in the right direction? We begin by Being a Blessing.  We learn to heal and not to injure with our own voices.  We speak Blessings – not curses.

The Power of Life and Death is in the Tongue.  How is that possible?  Take a step back and think it through – God created the Heavens and the Earth and all that is within it by SPEAKING it into being.  We are created in His Image.  We can’t create people, animals or the cosmos but we can certainly wreak havoc in the life of another by our clever, cutting and hateful remarks.  Scripturally, those are curses – the antitheses of Blessings.

How many darts are stuck in our own hearts and minds and those of our children from careless, hateful words thrown our way as a child, a teen or an adult?  We have felt it and we have done it to others.

If you wore glasses, you were 4 eyes.

If you were afraid of something you were a chicken.

If you were a bit overweight, you were a pig.

If you were too skinny, you were a string bean.

If you raised your hand and offered to answer a question or help in class you were a suck-up and teacher’s pet.

If you offered to do extra work at the office you were seeking brownie points.

If you slipped and fell, you were clumsy.

If you burned dinner, you were a horrible cook.

If you wrecked the car, you were a bad driver.

The list is never ending.  Those words spoken were curses.  They damaged self-esteem and caused unnecessary harm.  Many were simply not true and said maliciously to hurt, others were said out of sheer stupidity – but they caused harm nonetheless.

Now think back again.  How many times have you said or done things which hurt others?  Whether it was intentional, thoughtless or just to be clever or noticed by the group — it was wrong and you spoke evil into another person’s life.

We are beings of Free Will.  We can choose to Image God and be a Blessing or Image our Sin Nature and be a Curse.  We always have a choice.  The question is WHEN WE MAKE OUR CHOICE.  If our choice directly affects only us and we are individually the only person to gain or lose from that choice – it’s ours to make.  Any time our choice tramples someone else’s free will, coerces them or binds them to a decision in which they had no choice – you’ve transgressed another’s Free Will.

The choice was given to us in Scripture, God said:

“I have put before you life and death, the blessing and the curse.”  You choose. We are no longer under the law, but we have His written instructions – we can choose to come into agreement with God and Bless or come into agreement with Satan and curse.

This is still the choice for each of us today.  I choose Blessing and I choose to Be A Blessing, not just receive Blessings.  If we have skills, abundance of finance, clothing, food, human kindness or wisdom we become a blessing when we share.  We can choose to empower, to enable to achieve, to assist by creating an environment where others learn, grow and achieve.  God does not enable in order to control and we must be His Image and do the same.

What about the Blessings in our own life that aren’t so obvious?  How can we learn to recognize and be grateful for and utilize those?  Here’s a start –

Every problem, crisis, adversity, setback and sorrow will be turned to blessing triumph and breakthrough when you have chosen to walk with God to the best of your current ability.  These are blessings in disguise waiting to be realized.  How do I know that?  Hindsight!  Many of the things I believed to be a horrible disaster and unfair to the max proved to be the things which taught me the most.  More importantly, God said so –

We typically focus only on the first potion of this verse, but to do so misses the point, the purpose.  He does not say all things work together for good.  They do not.  He says, All things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  I know I love God and I know He called me for His purpose.  I know HE CANNOT LIE.  Therefore, all things work together for good.  Be careful to never lift a verse out of context or to take only the portion of a verse you LIKE.

How I react in each situation will determine when and how much blessing I will derive from it.  The first question I’m learning to ask is, “What can I learn from this situation, trouble or problem that I could not have realized without it?”  God has allowed it for a reason, therefore, my first response must be to attempt to discern what He wants me to learn, do, see or experience – the things I could not grasp or have not grasped without it.  God teaches us by His Word and by our experience.  We can choose our preferred method.  For me, I choose His Word as my mode of learning since Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you wanted.  Experience is a brutal instructor.

Remember, we are created in His Image as a representation and likeness of Him.  As we grow in the knowledge of Him we should be a better, clearer more exact likeness of Him.  The mirror of Him, our life, should become more clearly like Him.  The people around us may not yet be able to identify exactly what it is, but they should be able to see something distinctly different about us, unlike the world and its distortions.

Imaging of God is a process, not an event and how we become more like Him is to learn from this training session called life to respond and react as Jesus did when He was here on earth.  We are ALREADY . . . BUT NOT YET . . . LIKE HIM.  It will happen – you made that choice when you became His.

How do we make it happen sooner?

Recognize the difficulty as a blessing, an opportunity to grow and progress

Respond as we are directed in His Word, In Love

Take control of that Tongue!

Once we learn to do these things, our time in the midst of the trouble will be lessened.  Difficulties are our classroom and once we learn the lesson we can then be a blessing to others, pass the course and move on to another learning experience.  If you continue to have the same problem, you didn’t pass the test and you’re repeating the course.  Look back, review and change your response.  Don’t continue doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.  We build our experiences, layer upon layer to become a better Image of God.

We often struggle with the questions, “Why am I here? What could God use me for?  Can I make a contribution to the lives of others?”  Oftentimes your past difficulties will define your new opportunities – the areas in which you could be the greatest Blessing to others.  What you have overcome empowers you to assist others who experience the same struggles.  You know what to do, YOU SURVIVED – pass it along and be a Blessing.

Parents who’ve lived through the loss of a child are a Blessing to those who are in that dark valley.

A woman who has survived rape can minister to a rape victim like no other could possibly do.

A Father who is raising his children alone can help another Father who is experiencing this same walk.

The grown child who suffered verbal and/or physical abuse as a child can speak to the broken heart of a child experiencing that pain when no one else can help.

For those who recognize the ashes of their experience contain Blessings, their difficulties can become opportunities and they, themselves, a blessing to others.  The mountain which was my problem, has now become my channel of blessings to fulfill my purpose by lifting someone else up.

So many references and examples in Scripture are agricultural.  The culture of Bible Times was directly connected to the land and the people could easily grasp the point being made through these references.  Think in that cultural time and you’ll get the references and understand the lessons much more easily.   The people of God are referred to as Trees, Jesus is a root and branch and branches are broken and grafted back in.  Many things happened in a garden so we ought to take a closer look.

Eden was the perfect place where Adam and Eve made the dreadful decision to disobey God and they were banned from that perfect place.

Jesus sweat great drops of blood and was seized in a garden as He prayed, “If it be possible, let this cup pass from me.  But, not my will, but Thine be Done”.

Jesus was laid in a garden Tomb after the crucifixion and was resurrected there.

It seems fitting then, that we are pictured as a tree in this garden of life which produces fruit.  What fruit are we producing in our life?  What fruit is growing on our branches? How do we know what good fruit looks like versus bad.  It’s really easy – look in His Word.

Scripture defines the Works (fruits) of the flesh as well as the fruit of the Spirit.

“And the works of the flesh are well-known, which are adultery, whoring, uncleanness, indecency, idolatry, drug sorcery, hatred, quarrels, jealousies, fits of rage, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, murders, drunkenness, wild parties and the like . . . “

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustworthiness, gentleness, self-control.”

When we are shaken, and we will be, will the fruit that falls to the ground or on someone’s head be the good fruit of the Spirit or the fruit of the flesh?  What will come out of our mouth – Blessings or Curses?  Out of the abundance of our heart, the mouth speaks.  What exists in our hearts?  Will we project the Image of God (the fruits of the spirit) or fallen mankind (the works of the flesh)?

It simply means do what He said  –  Jesus left us with 2 Commandments –

“’You shall love God with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your mind’.  This is the first and great command.  And the second is like it. ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”

So then – What is Love from God’s viewpoint?

Love – pure, absolute divine love is uncaused and unmerited.  It exists as God exists, of its own without Cause.  God was not created, He has always existed and the love of God has always existed with Him.

God needs no reason to love you.  He loves you because He is and because He has chosen to Love You.  You can’t Cause God to love you anymore than you can Cause (create) God Himself.  Divine Love is without cause, simply because God has made the choice to Love You with . . . no reason or cause.

What does that mean?  Since you cannot cause God to love you, neither can you cause God to stop loving you.  What a relief – my sins, my failures, my shortcomings and my mistakes cannot separate me from the love of God.  I can choose to leave God and His Love (just because I was saved I did not relinquish my free will), but I can never sin enough, mess up enough or make enough mistakes to cause God to stop loving me.

Divine Love is the Greatest Blessing of All!

My Prayer for the Upcoming Year – Abba Father, I confess to you my failures, my shortcomings and my sin.  I ask for your forgiveness and a forgiving heart for the year ahead.  Lord Jesus, help me to live in constant awareness of the blessings you’ve bestowed on me and the opportunities for blessing others I am being given.  Holy Spirit teach me by your Word and not by my circumstances, but when circumstances are necessary help me to be a quick study and a fast learner.  Father you’ve created me to produce the fruit of the spirit, but when I allow the fruit of the flesh to fall when I’m shaken – I ask you to forgive me, make me mindful and prevent me from speaking curses to and about others.  Make my tongue more quick and sure to Bless and to forgive, not to curse.   I choose to Image you and not my fallen flesh, but without your Spirit and the Blood of Jesus it is not possible.  Help me to decrease, Jesus, so that You can increase in my life.  Let your image be made clearer in me every day.

I speak Blessings of Wisdom, Knowledge, Discernment, Health, Abundance and the Love of Christ to each and every person I know and come into contact with today and every day.  Father God, Bless them Indeed!

In Jesus’ Mighty Name and By His Precious Blood I pray – Amen.

Commit with me today to be purposeful as you seek and bestow the Blessings of Almighty God upon those you love, those you meet in passing and especially those whom you see as your enemies.

So . . . Love someone today . . . Encourage someone today . . . Inspire someone today . . . Praise someone today . . . Protect someone today . . . Befriend someone today . . . Share with someone today . . .  Comfort someone today and every day and . . .  you will Become The Blessing you were destined to be!

Thanks for taking time for me . . . 


Sherry Driskell Griffin

P. S. If this was a Blessing to you . . . be a Blessing and pass it along!




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During the Christmas season, we are typically more sensitive to forgiveness than at any other time of year.  This is a time when the world in which we live celebrates the birth of our Savior, Jesus.  The difficult transition for me has been to honor the good Christmas brings while eliminating the bad. The uncontrolled spending, overindulging in food and drink and working yourself to the bone to create an atmosphere maintained for a very short period of time.  I believe it is the unrealistic expectations and wrong motives which set many people up for suicides, depression and family problems that spiral out of control this time of year.  We are attempting to create an atmosphere of Peace and Love which Yeshua taught, but without His Spirit, thus producing non-lasting and devastating results.  Once the presents are opened and the decorations are down we revert to our “old selves” and the temporary joy, peace and good will are gone leaving us with only a hollow emptiness and a mound of debt.  How do we remedy this?

Perhaps this year, while we’re in the midst of it and our hearts are temporarily opened to the love of Jesus, we could focus on Him and ask for His help to make the change permanent. We could ask Him to move the “feeling” of care for others to a “decision” to walk in His Way, to aid us in maintaining that spark of love and warmth in our hearts for those around us – family, friends and strangers.  We tend to be nicer to others this time of year,  perhaps we could ask Him to help us extend that behavior.

If we look at this time of year as a time to examine our hearts in the light of His expectations for our behavior, we will see where we’ve fallen short. With that awareness and an earnest desire to become more like the person He intended us to be, wouldn’t that be the greatest gift of all and the most lasting?  If we were to offer up the selfishness, pride, stubbornness, manipulation and bullying we are all guilty of – what a great gift of honor it would be for our Savior, our families and ourselves.  The only lasting gift is the gift of becoming more like the Son of God.

We certainly can’t do it on our own, but if we simply look up and cry from our heart, “Help Me, Jesus” you’d be amazed at how quickly and miraculously the change would come in our own conscience which is the voice of the Holy Spirit.  We all have so much baggage from our past – scars of hurt, disappointment, lack, failures and deceit.  We are so damaged, we feel the need for counseling and we are instructed this must be done by earthly professionals over an extended period of time – Not True.  We have immediate access to The Great Counselor – The Comforter.  This is a time of miracles, reach up, not out. Call to Him, ask Him to show Himself to you miraculously for He has encouraged us to test Him in these things.

Ask Him for the miracle of self-evaluation and correction performed by His Holy Spirit. You are then giving Him permission to identify to you alone, those things which are self-destructive, hurtful and not pleasing to Him or to ourselves.  Ask Him to help you be a better person, to set aside the sins and habits dragging each of us down.  He paid for every sin and every failing with His own blood, but we have to ask for His help. I know I am convicted to do this as a sacrificial offering to Him during the celebration of His Birth and I pray you will join me.

We always believe we have “forever” to search our hearts, to make peace with others and with our Creator.  Your Forever and My Forever could be today, only God knows.  This is the time of the year when we who have faith bring our offerings of love, peace, forgiveness and honor to Christ.  But, he also tells us if we have anything against another, if there is unforgiveness in our hearts, we should put our offering aside and go immediately to that person and “make it right” or our offering is worthless in His eyes.  We tend to skip over this part because its hard and we cling to our hurts as though they are a bandage, a salve or even an award to which we are entitled for what we’ve gone through.  His Word doesn’t say to forgive those who deserve it, none of us deserve it, but to forgive . . . EVERYONE . . . no matter what!

In searching our hearts for those we need to forgive or “release” from the debt they justly owe, we actually enable our own release from the burden.  We are the ones who are shackled by unforgiveness, not those who’ve committed the sin against us.  If we fail to forgive others, we cannot be forgiven – it’s that simple.  God doesn’t remove our Salvation because of unforgiveness, but does open the door for attacks from the enemy. Unforgiveness gives Satan a legal right of entry to sift and torment us because we are in disobedience. Some of us still hold unforgiveness against those who’ve already passed away – they have to be forgiven as well. When you forgive, you simply step aside and allow God to step in on your behalf.

When we forgive we do not excuse anyone for their actions and we certainly do not give permission for them to repeat or continue the behavior.  In some cases, it is not necessary to re-establish relationship with that person, it may not even be advisable, only God can guide you in this.  You are simply saying, “I know longer hold you accountable for the wrong done to me.  It’s between you and God now.”

Forgiveness is a process, not an event.  You may find you forgive one day and then find blame creeping back in. Don’t allow it, give it to Yeshua again and ask Him to help you no longer feel the affront.  You are now in alliance with the only one who can help you to take control of the situation, for you and for the offender . . . JESUS CHRIST!

For each of you, I know that I have offended you at some time and in some way and perhaps more than once.  I have failed to give you something you needed from me or I’ve offered something you did not want, I’ve been insensitive, selfish or uncaring.  I am genuinely sorry and ask for your forgiveness.  Be patient with me . . . God isn’t finished with me yet!


Father, I choose right now to forgive and release offenses – whether real or perceived – between my family, my friends and myself. I pray if there is something specific which I have said or done or failed to say or do which is causing a snare for any person You would bring it to my mind and understanding. I will go directly to the individual and seek reconciliation.  I choose to make this Christmas season about you, Father and the gift You gave of Your Son.  My increasing and growing relationship with You is the greatest gift I can give to those I love.

I pray specifically for each of my friends and family to experience a deeper, clearer relationship with You by the Holy Spirit. It is only in true relationship with you they can know lasting peace, love, prosperity of soul and eternal security.

I beseech you in the Name of Your Only Begotten Son, Jesus – who was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, shed His Blood and died on a cross in payment for our sins and is coming again – our Savior and Lord.  Amen

Blessings to You All and may the Joy of the Lord Be Upon You and Within You –  Starting Now!

Thanks for taking time for me . . . 


Sherry Driskell Griffin

P. S. If this was a Blessing to you . . . be a Blessing and pass it along!




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