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|Posted on September 16, 2021 at 4:20 AM||comments (2299)|
TRUSTING GOD Acts 28:1-6
1 Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. 2 The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. 3 Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. 4 When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.”
5 But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. 6 The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.
What God does for one, He will do for another. God can nullify any evil effects of the vaccin. Paul just shook off that poisonness snake and suffered no ill effects. Jesus returned authority and dominion back to us by His sufferings of the crucifixion and death. Jesus said “It is finished” then died having fulfilled all the prophesies. We gained salvation, healing, authority, dominion and all the things we lost with Adam’s betrayal / satan no longer has power over us. He works only by lies and deceit now. Any power he has ~ we have to give him. We can resist him and he will flee. Christ defeated him and restored our authority and dominion God gave us at creation. Thank You Jesus!
My God You are so good! You bless us extraordinarily! These days are so full of seeming satanic victories, but we know in the end evil will not win. We can depend on You for a successful battle.
|Posted on August 28, 2021 at 3:15 AM||comments (6026)|
2 Chronicles 7:14-15
14 If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.
15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer offered in this place.
Lord we do bow our heads and lift up our country placing it in Your hands, because we know You are faithful to Your holy Word. We as a people do humble ourselves and seek Your face, turn from our wicked ways, and we require You Lord; we must have a deeper relationship with You! It is time to truly see You as our Almighty God. There is none like You, Lord! We need You! Only You have the answer to return our country to righteousness. We beg You Lord, show us what we must do if You have an assignment for us. We will pray and build our connection with You to a higher level.
Lord the people of Afghanistan are in deep trouble. Let us pray for those being held hostage, for those whose live are in danger, for the women who will lose their freedom and the young ones who are being held as sex slaves. We lift them up asking Your help for them. It looks like only You can help them now. Be with them and strengthen them Lord!
Oh God, our world is in sad shape right now. Let Your will be done.
|Posted on August 25, 2021 at 4:25 AM||comments (1015)|
You are my eternal God. You always were and You always will be. You created us out of Your great love. We blew it and now our lives have many hardships. BUT you provided a way to redeem us, to bring us back into Yourself, to actually have You to live inside of us and to provide guidance and leadership through life. You are so full of love. Fill us with Your love, that we may love as You love. Let Your tears that flowed down our faces flow in love for Your people. Allow us to love others as You love them. You know those souls You have provided for salvation that can be influenced by Your Word. I am Yours to do with as You will. You will supply the provision. I trust You!
Now let’s dive beneath the surface praying to go deeper into God. If you hunger to go deeper, pray for it: Pull us deeper Lord, deeper than we’ve ever been before:
1. Trust Holy Spirit to guide us in the words to speak. Do not prepare ahead of time, except to pray.
John 3:16 (The Message) "This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in Him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was.
He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in Him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust Him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person's failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to Him.
God You love us so much. How can we ever return Your love? According to Jesus it’s only by obedience we can show our love to You. It’s also by “feed My sheep”.
This is the command He gave to Peter. We show our love for You Jesus by spreading the salvation Gospel to all we meet. Jesus we need you working in us like Hebrews 13:20-21 promises:
Hebrews 13:20-21 (Amplified Bible)
Now may the God of peace [Who is the Author and the Giver of peace], Who brought again from among the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood [that sealed, ratified] the everlasting agreement (covenant, testament),
Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to Whom be the glory forever and ever (to the ages of the ages). Amen (so be it).
2. You Father, the Author and Giver of peace, You raised Jesus from the dead sealing the everlasting covenant! Sealing the everlasting covenant, the final covenant covering us for all eternity granting us everlasting life with You in heaven when we fulfill our part of the covenant. . . accepting the gift of Your Son’s payment by torture and crucifixion for our sin debt. We accept and choose to live lives Your way following Your commands.
3. Now we pray this Scripture that You would indeed Strengthen, complete, and perfect us making us what we ought to be as a child of Almighty God! How wonderful You are! You do not just command us to fulfill your demands. You strengthen us and help us become who You call us to be.
4. You Father, we ask to equip us with everything good You give us everything good that we need . .
5. .so we may carry out Your will, . . . to follow Your will for our life.
6. while You Yourself actually work in us and accomplish that which is pleasing in Your sight through Jesus Whom we glorify forever and ever. Amazing that You actually work IN US to accomplish what You desire that we can please You. You never hang us out to dry. You are ever and constantly in us helping us. WOW!
7 We count on You Lord! Without You we are incapable of anything pleasing to You.
We need, require, Your work in us, Your strength working in us. With that we are capable of doing all things You call us to do!
|Posted on August 21, 2021 at 4:35 AM||comments (1035)|
A prayer ~ Guide me Holy Spirit in my time with You today
My Father, I receive the message this morning: YOU have trained me up in the way I should go. You have taught me those things necessary for the purpose You have given tomy life. You will be asking things of me' that could be difficult and out of my comfort zone, but You will never leave me, and I can trust that You have prepared me for what You ask of me. YOU HAVE TRAINED ME UP.
I ask that You continue and never stop training me. Speak to me Lord, that I may always hear Your voice. Help me Jesus as You speak to the Father, allow me to come closer to You, that Your love may flow in ever increasing volume through me. I want Your heart Jesus, Your love. Fill me, drench me, overflow me in Your love and let it happen now! Jesus I hunger for Your love to flow thru me. How else can I take it and tell it to others? You love me and take care of me, my ‘Big Brother.’ I love You too. Do not let this seem like I am minimizing YOU JESUS. It’s a relationship that I can relate closely with at this time. You do love me; You asked Peter 3 times, “Do you love me?” Then You said “Feed my sheep.” Give me whatever I need to do Your will to feed Your sheep ~ to take the gospel to those who need to hear, Your love to those who need to know it. Thank You Jesus!
And You are my God; You created me some years ago. [Abraham lived 900 years!] I am just a pup.] You smiled over me. You put a fire in me. You made me uniquely Yours. Here I am now at this age ready for a new season in my life, a season of following after You to a deeper depth. You have put a yearning in my heart to bring as many of Your people as possible to You. Lord, You know me. You put in me that I need to do Your will. Close doors that need to be closed, Lord. Open doors You want open. Open ways You want me to go. I live my life for You now. The future is in Your hands and I am in Your hands. You will take care of me. You have given me a man to care for me, a husband who dearly loves me. Thank You! Bless him Lord. Guide him in the ways he should go.
Bless our children and grandchildren Lord! Your Word promises:
Isaiah 65:23 (Message) They won't work and have nothing come of it,
they won't have children snatched out from under them.
For they themselves are plantings blessed by God,
with their children and grandchildren likewise God-blessed.
Before they call out, I'll answer.
Before they've finished speaking, I'll have heard.
You are also the God who holds an enormous love for all Your children, including me. You invite me into the Throne room ~ right into Your glorious Presence! I enter in and fall down first to worship and then to sit in rest in Your glory allowing it to enter into my spirit. Head bowed, eyes unable to look at the brightness of Your glory, I can hear You speak:
You call me, “Mary, I call you by your name. You are Mine”. You speak loving words to me. Then You pass me on to hear Jesus speak to me. He tells me He will take me places I do not wish to go. I must trust Him completely. He will never let go of me. My children and grandchildren are in His hands. God will take care of them and we will all meet in heaven forever. He will also take care of my brother and sisters and their families. We will all, spend eternity together. But I must be obedient: listen for His word and obey what He tells me to do.
My friends, God desires us to have an intimate relationship with Him. He cherishes us and wants the best for us. Knowing Him closely, deeply, gives the best life in every way! Let that be your goal, your efforts now.
|Posted on August 17, 2021 at 4:50 AM||comments (1132)|
Know, my friends, that our wonderful God is love. He loves us as His children ~ we are His beloved family. He is Abba, our dear Father. Many have no concept of this God. They follow a religion that teaches an idea of God, or others either deny Him totally, or mock Him as simply a crutch for weak people. They are ignorant of the eternal God who always was and always will be. Some choose to think they are superior and have the power to get what they want neglecting their spiritual side completely.
But lets look at God’s Word which shows His feelings toward us:
16 May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality]
He indwells us to lend His strength for us to improve our lives. When we depend on Him, understanding how much He loves us, our lives soar above fears. We become indomitable conquorers!
17 May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love,
Our hearts expand with God in them. We welcome Jesus to live in us. We build relationship with Him sharing love and being mentored by Holy Spirit
18 That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it];
19 [That you may really come] to know [practically, [a]through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses [b]mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] [c]unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and [d ]become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!
It’s one thing to intellectually ‘know’ Christ, but quite a difference to encounter Him by experience, for then one intimately “knows” Him.
20 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—
21 To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).
My friends to live our life with God as our focus, and building a deep relationship with Him, will cause fears to flee and joy to fill us.
|Posted on August 10, 2021 at 4:00 AM||comments (1696)|
Do You know God loves you? Deeply? Perfectly? He cherishes us and has designed a great life for each of us. To know His love, we must get to know Him. How do we come to know Him? He is found in the Bible. You see, the Bible is the Word of God. His thoughts are written here, and spending time in the Bible is how we get acquainted with God, and we come to love Him as well. Abba, Father, cherishes us with a perfect love. But for what purpose did He create us? One purpose is because God wanted a family to love. We are His kids.
Another is found is in 1 John:
1 John 4:7-11,18-19 TPT
God Is Love
Those who are loved by God, let His love continually pour from you to one another, because God is love. Everyone who loves is fathered by God and experiences an intimate knowledge of Him. 8 The one who doesn’t love has yet to know God, for God is love.[a] 9 The light of God’s love shined within us[b] when He sent his matchless [c] Son into the world so that we might live through Him.
So the Word tells us because of Jesus and His payment of our sin debt, we have the marvelous love of God in us, and it can pour through us to others. We become carriers of His love.
[d] 10 This is love:[e] He loved us long before we loved him. It was his love, not ours. He proved it by sending his Son to be the pleasing sacrificial offering to take away our sins.[f]
11 Delightfully loved ones, if He loved us with such tremendous love, then “loving one another” should be our way of life!
Footnotes for 1 John
4:8 Or “God continually exists, being love.”
4:9 Or “God’s love was revealed among us.” The base word for “revealed” is phainō, “to shine light.”
4:9 Or “only begotten.” That is, Jesus had no beginning and was the eternal Son of God as part of the triune essence or Godhead.
4:9 The Aramaic can be translated “that we might live in His hand,” considered to be an idiom for living by His grace.
4:10 The Aramaic can be translated “This is how love was born.”
4:10 The Greek term hilasmos can be described as “a cleansing, satisfying sacrifice that provides a covering shelter.” A form of the word is used for “mercy seat” in Hebrews.
God’s love provides the answers for life’s greatest questions:
Why was I created? To receive and experience God’s love.
Does God care about me? God’s love is indiscriminate; he loves everyone and cares about every detail of our lives.
Am I really free to choose or reject God’s love? Yes—love must be a choice, freely and without compulsion.
What is the way of salvation? Love became a man, Jesus Christ, who died as our sacrificial offering and by believing in Him we receive the gift of salvation.
How can I really know that I am saved? When we respond with faith to God’s loving invitation and then demonstrate it by loving others, we have the assurance of our salvation.
How can I know that God loves me? His love prompted Him to send his unique and beautiful Son to the earth to be our Savior and Redeemer. He offers to everyone the invitation to experience even deeper measures of his love. And he gives us his Holy Spirit as confirmation that He loves and cherishes us and gives us the power to love others.
See Ephesians. 3:16–18
May He grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self, [indwelling your innermost being and personality], 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. And may you, having been [deeply] rooted and [securely] grounded in love, 18 be fully capable of comprehending with all the saints (God’s people) the width and length and height and depth of His love [fully experiencing that amazing, endless love
What Jesus did for us is explained in Romans. We become new creatures:
Our New Life
5 Our faith in Jesus transfers God’s righteousness to us and He now declares us flawless in His eyes.[a] This means we can now enjoy true and lasting peace[b] with God, all because of what our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, has done for us. 2 Our faith guarantees us permanent access into this marvelous kindness[c] that has given us a perfect relationship with God. What incredible joy bursts forth within us as we keep on celebrating our hope of experiencing God’s glory!
5 . . . we can now experience the endless love of God cascading into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who lives in us![f]
5:1 Or “having already been declared righteous.” What bliss! We are declared righteous in the eyes of the Holy God. This is the wonder of grace!
5:1 Or “Let us enjoy peace with God.” The Greek word for peace is eirene and can also mean “to join” (as in a dove-tail joint). We have entered into the union of our lives with God’s peace and enjoy lasting friendship with God. The Hebrew word is shalom, which means abundant peace and well-being. 5:2 Or “grace.”
My friends, Look at all we gain through our relationship with our loving God. If you do not enjoy that now, I encourage you to begin today. Accept the gift of salvation offered by Jesus; admit you are a sinner and thank Him for paying for your sin debt through His crucifixion and death. He rose again and we rejoice, as we accept His gift; we are free of guilt and are seen sin free by the Father. We are redeemed! We are cleansed! We are perfectly loved by the perfect Father!
|Posted on August 6, 2021 at 3:25 AM||comments (575)|
My friends, Paul was such an inspiring teacher!! He was on fire to bring forth the messages and mysteries of God's Word. I love Ephesians which he actually wrote while imprisoned for his faith. I invite you to just settle down with me and let’s share some of Ephesians 3~
The Divine Mystery
3 Beloved friends, because of my love for Jesus Christ, I am now His prisoner for the sake of all of you who are not Jews, 2 so that you will hear the gospel that God has entrusted to me to share with you. 3 For this wonderful mystery, which I briefly described, was given to me by divine revelation, 4 so that whenever you read it you will be able to understand my revelation and insight into the secret mystery of the Messiah.
Paul did not mind suffering for his faith, so long as he could spread the richness of the Gospel. Here he reveals the mystery that was hidden through the ages:
5 There has never been a generation that has been given the detailed understanding of this glorious and divine mystery until now. He kept it a secret until this generation. God is revealing it only now to his sacred apostles and prophets by the Holy Spirit.
So it is not only the Jewish people who are privileged to know God, but non-Jewish believers as well. That would be a shock to the people of the time. Now all believers can become one with the Body of Christ, one with God!
6 Here’s the secret: The gospel of grace has made you, non-Jewish believers, into co-heirs of his promise through your union with Him. And you have now become members of his body—one with the Anointed One!
One thing that becomes evident is Paul's humility. He is careful to give God the glory, calling himself the least significant. I believe it was because of Paul's humble spirit that God was able to use him so powerfully!
7–8 I have been made a messenger of this wonderful news by the gift of grace that works through me. Even though I am the least significant of all His holy believers, this grace-gift was imparted when the manifestation of his power came upon me. Grace alone empowers me so that I can boldly preach this wonderful message to non-Jewish people, sharing with them the unfading,[a] inexhaustible riches of Christ, which are beyond comprehension.
Paul was eager to spread the Gospel to those laid out by God's plan.
9 My passion is to enlighten every person to this divine mystery. It was hidden for ages past until now, and kept a secret in the heart of God, the Creator of all. 10 The purpose of this was to unveil before every throne and rank of angelic orders iln the heavenly realm God’s full and diverse wisdom revealed through the church.[b] 11 This perfectly wise plan was destined from eternal ages and fulfilled completely in our Lord Jesus Christ, so that now 12 we have boldness through Him,[c] and free access as kings[d] before the Father, because of our complete confidence in Christ’s faithfulness.
God has a good plan for each one of us as well as for each nation. As we fulfill the plan in our lives we have Gods help working for us and even inside of us. He prepares our lives as we progress through the years to become whom He created us to be. As we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, His guidance is active in us all the time ~ every moment. He sends the Third Person of the Hoy Trinity, His Holy Spirit to actually indwell us.
We can develop a personal relationship with Him, and come to love Him as He loves us. 'Knowing God' is a life long journey. We will never know Him completely; part of the joy is discovering His many attributes and characteristics and mysteries. We have three Persons in one God; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit make up our One God. See? Mysteries. The human mind cannot comprehend all of them; but as I said, it's as we grow, discovering and understanding them brings joy to our hearts.
Come choose to build relationship with our wonderful God!
|Posted on August 3, 2021 at 3:20 AM||comments (248)|
When I first came to know the Lord, I 'talked’ to the Father and developed a relationship with Him. Then Abba (the Father) spoke to me saying ~ "come to know Jesus".
Emphasize Jesus. This is an admonition from the reading. I had to emphasize it, because it is what the Father instructed me to do. He told me ‘Get to know Jesus and honor Jesus as you honor Me.’
Father You showed me Your huge heart. Give me a heart like Yours for Your people! Father put in me Your love for others; let me function always from love. Pray thru me Father with the mighty huge love You have for us all. Let people know how deep is Your love for us,. You are the Potter, I am the clay. Make of me the instrument You can use mightily. I am not willing to settle for mediocre. I want to be powerfully used by You! I desire to be fully who You created and purposed me to be.
Come Lord Jesus, my Rock! Continue to work in me as You promised.
"Love each other; just live a life of loving
Just speak My word out of your mouth to lodge in their hearts.
Fear not. There is nothing to fear. Am I not enough? Can I not do it?
Trust in Me. Rest in Me. Call Me to be in you, to work in you. I love you!"
And God calls us: "Come home for more faith to be poured into your breastplate of righteousness, to strengthen your faith. Come, it is pure gold and I will pour it into you. Come with your hungry heart; run into My open arms! Let Me hug you. I love you! Nothing can harm you. I have called you by your name; you are Mine! Just trust in Me.
Isaiah 43:1-2 ... I have called you by your name; you are Mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you.
This is the Scripture You gave me as You led me through the cancer journey, the encouraging words You formed within my soul for me to share with others. This is how You love us.
Lord, Jesus, I believe the book is what You were preparing me for ~ the book Cast Up A Highway. and teaching its message everywhere. . . building that inner strength~that breastplate of righteousness in pure gold within people. (A breastplate was a piece of armor covering and protecting the chest, the heart of the warrior.) This message of the book will create an iron-strong covering of protectiion, over the heart of the reader who constructs the highway within themselves. It s a spiritual strength of pure power and nothing of the enemy can penetrate it. Its sharing a personal love relationship with God Himself and that is why it is impenetrable.
Ephesians 6:13-15 (New King James Version) Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Your love flowing through us builds up that breastplate of righteousness.. Our relationship, feeding our intimacy with You constructs it. Lord, Our country needs to see and know You, for we are under spiritual attack now!
Our nation are Your people, Lord!
Love conquers all... the enemy cannot fight
has no weapon that can come against love.
Fill Your children’s hearts so full of Your love,
for I know, Lord, love is our greatest weapon
and our strongest defense.
Ps 33:11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the thoughts of His heart through all generations.
JESUS!! It's You who redeemed us, You bought our ticket to heaven, You walked through agony with my face before You. It was for love of me and my sisters and brothers that You made that choice. Thank You!
|Posted on July 30, 2021 at 4:15 AM||comments (78)|
Romans 5:1-2 (The Message)
By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with Him, make us fit for Him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that's not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he Has already thrown open His door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God's grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.
I praise You Jesus, You Who unlocked the doors of grace for me, Who opened the door to the paths of wisdom and grace. Without You and without them, I am nowhere and no one doing nothing of eternal value.
Lord Jesus I seek to live a life You lived. Your value was to do the work of the Father; I seek to do the same. You showed us Who the Father is. . . my job is to show people Who You and the Father truly are! Give me words to introduce You Jesus. I am Yours to form and mold. Time is short and I find myself becoming impatient to do Your work. Please slow me down to Your divine speed Jesus. Please help me get this right; help me show the love God has for us, for our people, and for our nation ~
Our nation are Your peoples.
Love conquers all... the enemy cannot fight
has no weapon that can come against love.
Fill Your children’s hearts so full of Your love,
for I know, Lord, love is our greatest weapon
and our strongest defense.
Romans 5:1-2 (New Living Translation) Faith Brings Joy
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
Jesus You came to give us fuller understanding of the Father. Open my eyes to fully grasp Your Word when I need the deepest meaning of it.
Psalm 33:8-11 (Amplified Bible)
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord [revere and worship Him]; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nought; He makes the thoughts and plans of the peoples of no effect. 11The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the thoughts of His heart through all generations.
Psalm 33:8-11 (The Message)
Earth-creatures, bow before God; world-dwellers—down on your knees! Here's why: He spoke and there it was, in place the moment he said so. 10-12 God takes the wind out of Babel pretense, He shoots down the world's power-schemes. God's plan for the world stands up, all His designs are made to last. Blessed is the country with God for God;
Keep working in me Lord. I am so not-ready for this task. You have so much work to do in this nation and in us. i know this for sure, because I thought I was ready ~ I can never be as ready as You require until I truly rely fully on You. No false humility, because You know the deepest motives of the heart. Help me dig out and expose the deepest ones that are not of You Lord! I claim this Scripture as truth in my heart:
Philipians 2:13 For it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you, energizing, [and creating] in you the power and desire] both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.
Your Word says it, and I believe Lord, that You are working in me effectually; it is You creating and energizing me both to will and to work for Your good pleasure, satisfaction and delight. Your Word says it, so I know it must be true.
Philippians 2:12-13 (The Message)
What I'm getting at, friends, is that you should simply keep on doing what you've done from the beginning. When I was living among you, you lived in responsive obedience. Now that I'm separated from you, keep it up. Better yet, redouble your efforts. Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God's energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.
'You see my friends, we are called. God inplanted a purpose within each of us that is His divine plan. We can all find it and achieve it, and when we do, God's blessings go with it. It is definitely achievable, because God will work inside of us to help us. Do you have a personal relationship with God? If not know that time is short, and none of us know the span of time we have, so I urge you to develop a intimate knowing of our God, and a love for Him. He loves You and welcomes a closer tie with you.
|Posted on July 25, 2021 at 4:20 AM||comments (133)|
It’s useless to try and see through the misty curtain of the future, it remains a mystery. So Abba we humbly ask you to guide us on Your path into the times that are coming. You alone have the knowledge of what is there in our lives, so we seek wisdom, a closer connection with You, and pray that You will always be our guide keeping us on Your path. We know it may contain storms on the seas of life, then stay in our boat through them and help us trust You. There could be a forest with dangerous critters, or with mountainous regions requiring strength to climb (then give us the supernatural power to know and do whatever is Your will).
Basically we’re asking to always be in Your hands, for we are a citizen of Your Kingdom Jesus, not of the world. We must have awareness of Your ways, Your wisdom. 1 Corinthians 2:16 says I have THE MIND OF CHRIST. so Jesus what I ask is Your will.
1 Corinthians 2:16 (Amplified Bible) For who has known the mind and purposes of the Lord, so as to instruct Him?
But we have the mind of Christ [to be guided by His thoughts and purposes].
You Jesus are our King, to You alone we have allegiance. Each morning we seek Your vision of our day asking Holy Spirit to be our mentor throughout it. We immerse our life into Your life ~ You Holy Spirit living Your life in this body. And we are content to give You ourself as a vessel for Your use.
In this condition we have no fear, for we are confident that You will protect us and life will be not without challenges, but the best possible. We trust You and bow down to You. You are our God Whom we trust, love and obey.
|Posted on July 20, 2021 at 5:20 AM||comments (75)|
FEAR is an enemy straight from hell, and satan uses it to weaken us in every area. It refocuses us away from God and His mighty Word. Desires of the enemy are to capture our mind in darkness and fog, our thoughts with confusion and doubts. Whereas God-thoughts toward us bring love and strength; God is our rear guard; nothing can sneak up unnoticed by Holy Spirit who indwells us; He promises us His care and protection. We battle the devil with the Word of God sealed in our minds~
5 And the Lord will create over the whole site, over every dwelling place of Mount Zion and over her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory shall be a canopy (a defense of divine love and protection).
6 And there shall be a pavilion for shade in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge and a shelter from storm and from rain.
You, my Lord, have placed a canopy of Your glory over us and it is the defense of Your love and protection.
Isaiah 58:8 (Amp) Then shall your light break forth like the morning, and your healing (your restoration and the power of a new life) shall spring forth speedily; your righteousness (your rightness, your justice, and your right relationship with God) shall go before you [conducting you to peace and prosperity], and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Indeed we have a rear guard so nothing can sneak up behind us, as our Holy Spirit sees all. Our world today offers many tools for the devil to frighten people. The pandemic was/is a biggie and has the assistance of the media to spread the fear. Threats from around the world continue to shout fear. China’s inroads into our power grid, and they’re seeking world domination gives rise to consternation. Violence is on the rise everywhere. What is threatening our future? The enemy would have us believe we are alone and hopelessly drowning in evil.
However, those who know their God can relax, because Jahova loves us and is mightier than our enemy; He will help bring us into the best place, He will bring us through all circumstances. See:
Romans 8:28 We are assured and know that [[a]God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.
Freedom from fear comes from being obedient to God; studying His Word and choosing to be guided by the Holy Spirit in our words and actions. This way we come to know our God, His character, His power, His faithfulness, and His love for us. Then we can trust Him and be secure in His protection. Fear is deleted when we know Who our God is. We trust Him.
My friends, do not allow fear to rule your life! Rather become deeply acquainted with, and develop a close relationship with our mighty Lord God. If fear has captured your mind, FREE it with the Word and promises of our God Who loves and cherishes us as His family.
|Posted on July 16, 2021 at 4:05 AM||comments (95)|
When we pray, our first priority is not to move mountains or to cast out the devil, our first priority is to grow closer to God and step deeper into His Glory. When stepping deeper into His glory, we need to see ourselves righteous and washed in the precious Blood of Jesus.
PRAY: Jesus, I want to step deeper into Your glory. You have made me righteous and You have cleansed me of sin. Therefore I can come into Your glory. The Word says You Father raised me, personally, up together with Jesus and gave me joint seating with Jesus in the heavenly sphere. So that means I can see from Your perspective through Jesus eyes. I can see what’s happening on the earth and see with, yes, Your perspective.
My eyes see, my ears hear Your heart. Help me act as Jesus in every situation. I plead for grace to do what Jesus would do. There is no place I would rather be than here in Your Presence. If it is possible, let me live every moment in Your Presence. Jesus, the apostles lived in Your very Presence as You walked the earth. Now I can walk in Your very Presence with Holy Spirit indwelling me.
Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Your name is mighty and powerful and all must bow before Your name! Jesus You walked the earth as a man just so we could come to know the Father and His love for us. And You came to take on our sin debt so our life on earth is just the beginning of our heavenly life with You.
I want to know You Jesus in a deeper way, to know how to live and express Your Spirit within me. Jesus Your love for us is something hard to comprehend, because what You did for us is die a horrible death so we could live. You love us individually so much You were willing to go through excruciating pain for us. Why? because You love us.
Jesus, if we stand face to face now today, what would You say to us? What would I say to You? What is truth here? I think I would shrivel up to nothing, shrink down to a puddle. I feel so insignificant. Yet You were willing to die for us. We repent.
Jesus, You say to us to not get drowned in Your crucifixion pain. Move past the pain into mission. That is, ‘show our love for YOU through obedience.’
Father, help us here. Give us Your grace to do as You command. We bow before Jesus, King of kings! Interesting, I am seeing in me the old drive to go to the top person when something needs doing. And my God I see Father as top person. I am messed up here Lord. You are God, three in one. You are equal each as powerful, each all knowing, one in the same God! Father You instructed me to get to know Your Son Jesus. Holy Spirit of Jesus, teach me, immerse me in His love, that I may be obedient to my Father. Jesus, You are the key to many things I need to understand. From early on You said make wise choices:
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (New Living Translation) “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
In making those choices, we are rewarded~
Proverbs 4:12-13 (New Living Translation)
When you walk, you won’t be held back; when you run, you won’t stumble. Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to life.
God is in control. Follow His instructions! He is our reward!
Revalation 3:10 “Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world. 11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown.
Revelation 3:10 “Because you kept my Word in passionate patience, I’ll keep you safe in the time of testing that will be here soon, and all over the earth, every man, woman, and child put to the test.
Lord God, You are the ruler of the universe. You know us and love us and will take care of us. We trust You and follow Your commands!
|Posted on July 7, 2021 at 4:05 AM||comments (251)|
Satan knows that we realize that our interests and God's are identical, and that God cannot see you fail without seeing Himself fail; and this He will not allow. I like this Lord ~ a new thought: God’s interests and my interests are identical ~ to save souls and strengthen faith of the saved. We cannot fail in our mission, because, Lord, it is Your mission and You cannot fail!
So with the knowledge of our privileges as a child of God, and a will to have success in our mission, coupled with a persistent spirit that will not admit defeat, we as God's warriors, are able to cast into the sea any mountain that stands before us; and acting with this determination, to go with Thy might Lord, You will get the glory, and we the victory.
Father, You have whispered Your gentle message in my ear: “Trust Me” You said.
We know how much You love us, for You sent Jesus for us. And You have allowed us to truly know You, at least somewhat. You indwell us as we ask You to live Your life through us. We do not choose to live our life with You just inhabiting the body. Rather You live Your life in us. Help us to do this Holy Spirit. We sacrifice our life to have You live Your life in us. The concept is not yet full and complete (in us), but it is growing. We trust You to teach us.
We bow before You as our all-in-all. It is You that must consume us, not the world and its concerns. Now we see better, clearer. We work together, but You call the shots. You direct us, telling us what to do and say as we walk through each day. Thank You for Your understanding of us and for teaching us. Holy Spirit You are the One Jesus promised to send to live within us, to be our guide and so much more:
John 14:15-17 (Amp) If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter
(Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby),
that He may remain with you forever-- The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you.
Lord Jesus, You sent Holy Spirit when You went to heaven so we would always have You near by, being always with us throughout each day! Live through us today. You be in charge. Let Your words come out of our mouth!
Jesus, Son of God, our Savior. You chose to suffer in the extreme for us and You did it because You love us. Jesus You are King. We come and bow down before You because You are the King of Kings. We are open to serve You and Your Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit engulf us and live Your life through us. We need to go deeper, Holy One!
In Rees Howell’s book INTERCESSION the question is asked,
"Why had He manifested Himself to us in this way? He made that quite clear. It was because there was a work to be done in the world today that only He could do.
(John 16:8 )
And He, when He comes, will convict the world about [the guilt of] sin [and the need for a Savior], and about righteousness, and about judgment:
With Holy Spirit indwelling us, we have the power and ability to obey the Word in 2 Timothy in our daily lives.
2 Timothy 4:1-5 (The Message) I can't impress this on you too strongly. God is looking over your shoulder. Christ himself is the Judge, with the final say on everyone, living and dead. He is about to break into the open with his rule, so proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don't ever quit. Just keep it simple.
3-5 You're going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food—catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. They'll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages. But you—keep your eye on what you're doing; accept the hard times along with the good; keep the Message alive; do a thorough job as God's servant.
Jesus Christ You are the Judge with the final say. Your word says “proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch” You have given us a message for the people Jesus through your Holy Spirit; we want to get this right! But without You we cannot do it; However, with You nothing is impossible! Jesus please guide us in this work of Yours. Holy Spirit put Your words in our mouth. Build Your intensity in our spirits!
Oh Lord, the world needs You now more than ever. Help us to be whom You created us to become, being Holy Spirit led teachers in our actions and in our words. With You living Your life in us, it can be accomplished! Thank You, Lord!
|Posted on July 2, 2021 at 5:40 AM||comments (1573)|
SOME CONCLUDING THOUGHTS FROM REES HOWELL’S BOOK INTERCESSOR
"Many of us on the previous March 29 had put our all on the altar for the sake of giving the Gospel to every creature. We had become willing to be any cog in the machinery that God needed to put that through in our generation. But now the Holy Ghost said, as Jehovah had said to Moses, 'I am come down to do it.' And we knew that He was as almighty as He was holy."
Almighty Holy Spirit, as You told Rees "I am come down to do it" then You are able to save. . . Help me to speak, no, You speak through me, let Your words come from my moutht to each person, each group. You open the doors. You provide the path (You do it!) I will follow Your way, Your plan, Your will. Live Your life in me.
These concepts by Rees Howells were also understood by John G Lake:
JOHN G LAKE : Bless God. Not a limited life, but an unlimited life. The idea of Christ, the idea of God was that every man, through Jesus Christ, through being joined to Him by the Holy Spirit, should be transformed into Christ's perfect image. Glory be to God. Christ within and Christ without. Christ in your spirit, Christ in your soul and Christ in your body ~ not only living His life, but performing His works by the grace of God. That is the gospel of the Son of God. . .
Build that truth into us Lord!! My friends, these thoughts / teachings by great men of the past are not pablum; they are the meat and potatoes diet for our spiritual life. They go down deep enriching our souls. I encourage all to meditate on these concepts, or buy the books and read them for fuller and further understanding. May you be blessed by a hunger to grow closer to Christ and spiritual truths. Read The Word every day, but don't just read, rather study and partake of the banquet of God's thoughts He has provided us in the Biblle. Our challenge is to become who God created us to be.
|Posted on June 29, 2021 at 5:10 AM||comments (995)|
FROM REES HOWELLS’S INTERCESSOR by Norman Grubb
"In the light of His purity, it was not so much sin we saw as self. We saw pride and self-motives underlying everything we had ever done.
(Blue type = my comments)
Pride and self-motives. Holy Spirit, reveal to me when these are my motivators. They can be insidious and I do not chose to live with them. Convict me Holy Spirit when You see them in me. Please help me, Holy One, to be holy as You are holy. It is what you call us to. Hebrews 13 says You work in me and make me pleasing to Yourself. Do an attitude adjustment in me and make my attitude be Your attitude of total love.
Lust and self-pity were discovered in places where we had never suspected them. And we have to confess we knew nothing of the Holy Ghost as an indwelling person. That our bodies were meant to be the temples of the Holy Ghost we knew, but when He pressed the question, 'Who is living in your body?' we could not say that He was. We would have done so once, but now we had seen Him."
"In His nature He was just like Jesus - He would never live for self, but always for others. We were people who had left all to follow the Savior, and had forsaken all we had of this world's goods to enter a life of faith, and as far as we knew we had surrendered our lives entirely to the One who died for us. But He showed us, 'There is all the difference in the world between your surrendered life in My hands, and Me living My life in your body.'"
Holy Spirit, live Your life in my body. What does that entail Holy Spirit? It means the ‘me’ in me ‘that holy ego” is not so holy, but desires my own happiness, building up me. YOU living in me with Your life, You living in my body ~ not me living my life in my body. Whoa! Now that is a heavy concept. It is also a goal whose accomplishment is possible only thru divine intervention. My human will is much too weak to do this. But You are God and if I commit my body and soul to You and ask that You take over, it is possible.
To put it clearly, I desire YOU Holy Spirit to live Your life in this body of mine, in my body! Then all things are possible. It is like being Jesus ~ you live Your life in my body. Possess my body Holy One! I give it to You. Now show me how to do this, Lord. You have my will and my body. Look at the second paragraph down!
You are a consuming fire! Consume the “me” in me and replace it with Yourself!
"We read the Acts afresh and found we were reading, not the acts of the apostles, but the acts of the Holy Ghost. The bodies of Peter and the others had become His temples. The Holy Ghost as a divine Person lived in the bodies of the apostles, even as the Savior had lived His earthly life in the body that was born in Bethlehem. And all that the Holy Spirit asked of us was our wills and our bodies."
"'I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice…'(Rom. 12:1). It seemed as though we had never seen that scripture before. He made it clear that He was not asking for service, but for a sacrifice. 'Our God is a consuming fire; and if God the Holy Ghost took possession of these bodies, then His life was going to consume all that there was of ours." You Holy Spirit indwell me and consume the 'me'. . .let this life be You living Your life in me, so I become You ~ my life is no longer my life, but rather Jesus-life alive in this body.
"We had often sung 'I want to be like Jesus,' but when we had the offer from a Person who is just like the Savior to come and live that life daily and hourly in us, we found how unreal we had been. How much there was in us that still wanted to live our own lives - that shrank from this 'sentence of death'! We now began to see the meaning of the Savior's words in Luke 9:24, 'For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it.'"
Ok, this is the truth! For You Lord to be daily hourly living Your life in me, it will be a battle for me, a death of the “me” in me; what “I WANT” has to die in subjection to what YOU WANT. Death is not easy especially this death. But Holy One, with Your help it is possible. Like it says above
LUKE 9:24 Whoever shall save HIS life shall lose it; but whoever shall lose HIS life for MY sake, the same shall save it.
This is not only physical death, but death of self and let Holy Spirit live His life in my body. Sacrifice my ego self to Holy Spirit that He is alive living His life in me.
"Why had He manifested Himself to us in this way? He made that quite clear. It was because there was a work to be done in the world today that only He could do (John 16: No wonder the Master told His disciples not to move from Jerusalem until they had received 'the promise of the Father.' But when He had come, they would be His witnesses 'in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and into the uttermost part of the earth.'"
There is work to be done in our world today and time is short. I must be humble as Jesus was humble always submitted to the will of the Father. I must love as Jesus loved to be ready to die for those I love. He was fearless and if in the garden He did fear, He took it to the Father Who strengthened Him. Totally trust in God. Now if Holy One, You live Your life in me, I have no life but Your life living in me. I become Your agent, because Your life will consume all that there was of me. Be a consuming fire in me Lord God Almighty! Make me who You created me to be.
|Posted on June 25, 2021 at 5:00 AM||comments (1290)|
2 Samuel 22:2-4 MSG
God is bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live, my rescuing knight. My God—the high crag where I run for dear life, hiding behind the boulders, safe in the granite hideout; My mountaintop refuge, he saves me from ruthless men. I sing to God the Praise-Lofty, and find myself safe and saved. —
Words to God:
You, God, are the bedrock support under me and within me; thus I can stand in strength and fierceness against the enemy. You have awakened me to Your mighty presence this morning. You lead me and guide me in all I do; You protect me; You empower me. I shall obey You and be dauntless for Your will. I come against any mindset of fear or excuses; I choose to abolish procrastination from my life, and I shall complete even the difficult tasks today! You are here to help me. Help me be responsible; give me an awareness of every situation I face and the power of prayer to bring God-answers into it. I claim Your protection upon myself, my family, my belongings, and my finances. You are my Father, and I am under Your powerful protection! Let Your peace reign.
Know that I treasure you as my precious child, and My eye is always upon you. I watch over you with care and concern, as a loving father watches over his child. You are safe with Me. Come, walk and talk with Me in the high place of My presence, and your journey will surely end in victory.
Thank You, my resplendent and magnificent God! I have a sturdy determination to be the person You created me to be. You are my bedrock support reinforcing me and enabling me to do Your will. I am determined to fearlessly follow You; for I am assured that with You, my life shall fulfill its purpose. I'm constantly guarded against evil, and I can always run to You for help, because You are my mountain refuge, my castle of protection, my ever-faithful God.
The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing.
Thank You Lord for Your expressive, intense and passionate love for me! The power in this love is fierce. Endow me with this same fierce love for your people. Jesus, it is the love that caused you to leave your divinity behind and come to earth as a man. It was necessary for us to live lives knowing and dwelling in the Father’s presence. It was necessary to open the doors to heaven for us. Sin could never enter; so you had to make a way to cleanse sin from us. So as a man you took on the sin of mankind and suffered the extreme torment in your body and in your soul that sin’s ugliness spewed out. You suffered that we might live lives of victory on earth and spend eternity in victorious resurrection joy.
|Posted on June 22, 2021 at 4:20 AM||comments (1720)|
1 Samuel 16:13 MSG
God vitally empowering him for the rest of his life.
Words to God:
Holy Spirit, you are like the wind; there is nothing of rigidity about You. You glide in and around different parts of my life filling, nudging, inspiring, and calling to me. You put a hunger in me for You; I desire You to fully empower my life, all the time. I ask for You to guide my decisions, thoughts, and actions every day, as I listen for Your direction and encouragement. Vitally empower me, Holy Spirit, for Your work!
Do you know my heart? I am with you now, my beloved child. Open your heart to My indwelling Spirit. Quiet your mind to the distractions of the world, and in the inner silence focus on My Word, as the Holy Spirit leads you. Focus, be still, and hear My words in your spirit. Obey Me, and My Holy Spirit will empower you.
In the quiet of the early morning, I seek Your heart, so I can speak my heart and hear Yours in return. O Holy Spirit, indeed I call for you to truly fill me! Replace today’s anxious thoughts with Your Word’s comfort. Enable me to trust You and feed my mind with Your Word. I need You to help me focus on You, Your Word, and Your love for me. What I truly desire is a more intimate relationship with You, and I need time with You to develop that. Show me where more time is hiding, so that we can arrange frequent appointments together. I need You!
Now may the God of peace [Who is the Author and the Giver of peace],...strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself ] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ. —
Words to God:
What an awesome God You are! You put a purpose in my life and call me to acts of obedience, then You equip me: (a) You provide me with all the gifts required for the purpose; (b) You prepare me by presenting experiences that bring growth and understanding; (c) and best of all, You indwell me giving me opportunity to call on You anytime as You do Your internal work with my soul. Together these all enable me to discover my purpose, please You, and be fulfilled by accomplishing the purpose You created in me.
My child, remember, I know the end from the beginning. I already have good plans for you; obey Me and fear not. I’ve called you to fulfill a part of My plan for My people. My love flows over you and through you to others! As you are faithful to my call, so shall My will be carried out. Do not fear to go where I direct; I am always with You. Trust Me. Come forward and take that step I am calling you to, even though you cannot see the future result. Fear not. I AM with you. Come!
Lord, I know you are working in me. I bow down to Your will in my life, trusting You. Open the eyes of my understanding to Your call on my life. As I journal, Holy Spirit, lead my thoughts to reflect Your wisdom, Your understanding, and Your will.
Absorb the Word
God’s blessings are so varied and shine in every aspect of our lives. He is our builder, our protector, our guide, and our trustworthy Father, who burns with incredible love for us. As we read and meditate on the verses of the Bible, we acquire deeper, fuller understanding of God. His plan for us is a good one, and it can lead us throughout our lives. He is truly and amazingly personal with His truths and promises!
As you read the Bible, read it knowing it was written for you specifically. Allow the Bible to be a banquet you dine from each day. Consume each verse and digest it; nourish yourself and grow in joy and gladness. Let the power of the living Word emancipate you to live the life God purposed you to have. The Word reveals our blood-bought freedoms and our ability to enjoy the freedoms Jesus purchased.
|Posted on June 2, 2021 at 4:25 AM||comments (4553)|
Christianity is not a thing to be apologized for. Christianity is the living conscious life and power of the living God, transmitted into the nature of man until, bless God, man's nature is transformed by the living touch, and his very spirit, soul and being is energized and filled by His life. Thus you become indeed, as Christ intended, a veritable Christ.
That startles some people. But the ultimate of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the ultimate of the redemption of the Son of God is to reproduce and make every man - bound by sin and held by sensuousness and enslaved by the flesh - like Himself in deed and in truth, sons of God. Not sons of God on a lower order, but
Yes we are to be, I am to be God’s full child reproduced and made like Jesus in deed and truth in every way like Jesus fully and completely.~ having God's nature.
Paul declared, "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers." What for? "Till we all come...into the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" [Ephesians 4:11-13].
Bless God. Not a limited life, but an unlimited life. The idea of Christ, the idea of God was that every man, through Jesus Christ, through being joined to Him by the Holy Spirit, should be transformed into Christ's perfect image. Glory be to God. Christ within and Christ without. Christ in your spirit, Christ in your soul and Christ's in your body. Not only living His life, but performing His works by the grace of God. That is the gospel of the Son of God,
(Me) I can live as Christ and do His works as He lives in me ~ Christ within and Christ without. . . in my spirit, my soul, and my body living His life and performing His deeds by the grace of God.
Romans 1:16 (The Message) It's news I'm most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary Message of God's powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts Him, starting with Jews and then right on to everyone else! God's way of putting people right shows up in the acts of faith, confirming what Scripture has said all along: "The person in right standing before God by trusting him really lives."
Romans 1:16 (New Living Translation) For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.
...Beloved, don't you see that Christianity was unselfishness itself. It had no consideration for the selfish individual. The thing held up above everything else in the world, and the only idea worthy of a Christian was that you and I and He Himself might demonstrate to mankind one holy, high beauteous thing, of which the world was deficient, and that was a knowledge of God.
...You may think according to your own conscience, God thinks according to His. God thinks in accordance with the heavenly purity of His own nature. Man thinks in accordance with the degree of purity that his soul realizes. But the ultimate note is in God. The finality is in God.
When men rise up in their souls' aspirations to the place of God's thought, then bless God, the character of Jesus Christ will be evident in their lives, the
- sweetness of His nature, the
- Holiness of His character, the
- beauty of the crowning glory that not only overshadowed Him, but that radiated from Him. Blessed Be God.
And the real life of the real Christian is the inner life, the life of the soul.
Repeated from above:
- I call you today, beloved, by the grace of God,
- to that high life, to that holy walk, to that heavenly atmosphere,
- to that life in God where the grace and Spirit and power of God permeates your whole being.
More, where not only your whole being is in subjection, but it flows from your nature as a holy stream of heavenly life to bless other souls everywhere by the grace of God.
(Me)Yes! Yes and yes! This is what I seek Lord!!
Romans 1:16 (The Message) It's news I'm most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary Message of God's powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts him, starting with Jews and then right on to everyone else! God's way of putting people right shows up in the acts of faith, confirming what Scripture has said all along: "The person in right standing before God by trusting him really lives."
This is where the rubber meets the road. If I am in right standing with You, Lord, trusting You, then I am able to truly live ~ doing Your will, fulfilling Your purpose for my life.
|Posted on May 28, 2021 at 5:45 AM||comments (1514)|
In one of the class meetings one day, as I sat listening to the testimonies, I observed that there was a kind of weakening trend. People were saying, "I am having such a hard time." "I am feeling the temptations of the world so much." Etc. I was not able at the time to tell people what was the difficulty. I was only a young Christian. But when they got through I observed the old class leader, a gray headed man. He said something like this, "Brethren, the reason we are feeling the temptations so much, the reason there is a lack of sense of victory is because~
we are too far away from the Son of God. Our souls have descended. They are not in the high place where Christ is. Let our souls ascend, and when they ascend into the realm of the Christ, we will have a a new note, it will be the note of victory."
Beloved, that is the difficulty with us all. We have come down out of the heavenlies into the natural, and we are trying to live a heavenly life in the natural state, overburdened by the weights and cares of the flesh and life all about us. Bless God, there is deliverance. There is victory. There is a place in God where the flesh no longer becomes a bondage. Where, by the grace of God, every sensuous state of the human nature is brought into subjection to the living God, where Christ reigns in and glorifies the very activities of a man's nature, making him sweet and pure and clean and good and true. Bless His Holy Name.
(ME) Lord help me, Holy Spirit, to not stray from You God for a moment. My goal is to remain in God~presence constantly. Holy Spirit, give me the grace to do that. Let all my actions be God~directed actions not self~directed actions. Give me grace to align my thoughts to Your thoughts consistently. Holy Spirit help me become more like Christ every day.
I call you today, beloved, by the grace of God, to that high life, to that holy walk, to that heavenly atmosphere,to that life in God where the grace and Spirit and power of God permeates your whole being.
- More, where not only your whole being is in subjection,
- but it flows from your nature as a holy stream of heavenly life to bless other souls everywhere by the grace of God.
(Me) Yes! Yes and yes! This is what I seek Lord!! Open my life as a conduit for You to flow through. By Your grace Father bless other souls by that holy stream of heavenly life flowing thru me.
I have been a student all my life. Not just a student of letters, but of the things of the soul. God helped me by His grace to take note of and analyze the conditions of my own soul.
I noted that when that high consciousness of heavenly dominion rested upon my life, there was one thing that stood uppermost in all my consciousness.
That was the vision of the triumphant Christ, the Son of God, as pictured by John in the first chapter of Revelation, where He stands forth in the mighty dignity of an overcomer, declaring, "I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the key of hell and of death" [Revelation 1:18].
(Me) Yes, Jesus You are and aways will be the Overcomer and because You overcame I can overcome.
Revelation 1:18 (The Message) Eyes pouring fire-blaze, both feet furnace-fired bronze, His voice a roar, right hand holding the Seven Stars, His mouth a sharp-biting sword, his face a blinding sun.I saw this and fainted dead at his feet. His right hand pulled me upright, his voice reassured me:
17-20 “Don’t fear: I am First, I am Last, I’m Alive. I died, but I came to life, and my life is now forever. See these keys in my hand? They open and lock Death’s doors, they open and lock Hell’s gates. Now write down everything you see:
Beloved, I want to tell you that the soul joined to Christ and who exercises the power of God,
[ Look at this:]
- ascends into that high consciousness of heavenly dominion as it is in the heart of Jesus Christ today, for He is the overcomer, the only overcomer.
- But yet, when my soul is joined to His soul, when His Spirit flows like a heavenly stream through my spirit,
when my whole nature is infilled and inspired by the life from God,
- I too, being joined with Him, become an overcomer, in deed and in truth. Glory be to God.
(ME) Yes, Holy God! Glory be to You! I choose to have my soul ~ my mind, my will, my emotions ~ joined to You, Jesus, and exercising Your power as I ascend into the high consciousness of heavenly dominion, as it is in Jesus’ heart today. That happens only when Jesus Holy Spirit flows like a heavenly stream, thru my spirit and my whole nature ~ the I who is fully human yet whose nature has been changed and likened now to the nature of Jesus ~ is infilled and inspired by life from God. My nature is infilled by God-life. God poured His nature into me and I am reborn as His descendent, His chid whom He loves to the extreme. With God life in me I am an overcomer!
I am glad that God has permitted man, even at intervals, to rise into that place of high dominion in God, for it demonstrates the purpose of God. It demonstrates that He purposes we should not only rise into the high place at intervals, but that this should be the normal life of the Christian who is joined to God every day and all the time.
(ME) And that is what I choose Lord! I want to live constantly in that high dominion joined to You where I am an overcomer in deed ~ yes doing the works of / as Jesus ~ in truth.
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There is an awesome man who was a great missionary/teacher. I wish to share some of His book with You. It is a powerful teaching:
John G Lake
But beloved, the soul that receives from God into his spirit that heavenly touch, knows, bless God, he does not have to be told by man:
He knows by the Spirit of God that he has become the possessor of the consciousness of union with the Spirit of God, which has enlightened his heart, filled his soul with holy joy, and caused his very being to radiate with God's glory and presence.
The hunger of my soul for many a long day has been that I might be able to so present that high true note of God, that the souls of men would rise up in God to that place of power, purity and strength, where the presence and character and works of Christ are evidenced in and through them. There can be no distinction between the exercise of the real power of God as seen in Jesus, and its reproduction in a Christian soul. There is a purity, the purity of heaven, so high, so holy, so pure, so sweet that it makes the life of the possessor radiant with the glory and praise of God. . .
A TIME WHEN FUNDS WERE LACKING TO SUPPORT THE MISSIONARIES IN THE FIELD:
However, not being able to supply funds to those on the front, I deemed it the only wise thing to do to get them all together in a general conference, and decide what was to be our future action. By great sacrifice, a sacrifice too great for me to tell you of this afternoon, we succeeded in bringing in our missionaries from the front for a council. I told them the existing conditions and we sat down in the night time to decide what would be our future policy.
After a time I was invited by a committee to leave the room for a minute or two. While I was in the vestry the brethren in the body of the tabernacle continued their conference and went on discussing the general question. When I returned they said to me, "Brother Lake, we have arrived at a decision." Old Father Van de Wall spoke for the company. He said, "We have reached this position. There is to be no withdrawal of any man from any position. We feel that the time has come when your soul ought to be relieved of responsibility for us. We feel we have weighted your life long enough, but now by the grace of God we return to our stations to carry on our work.
[This is called commitment]: We live or die depending on God. If our wives die, they die, if our families die, they die, if we survive, we survive, but we are going back to our stations. This work will never be withdrawn. We have one request. Come and serve the communion of the Lord's supper to us once more while we stand together."
And as I took the cup they arose and stood in a large circle. I took the bread and passed it. It went from hand to hand around the circle. When it came time to pass the wine I took the cup in my hand, and with the usual statement that Jesus gave in the committal of Himself to God, "My Blood of the new testament" [Mark 14:24]. I passed it on, and the next one, looking up to God, he said too, "My blood of the new testament." And so it passed from hand to hand clear around the circle.
...But beloved, we had made our pledge to God. We had declared by the love of God in our souls, and because of what Christ had done for us, that we would be true to Him, and that in the Name of Christ His gospel should be spread abroad as far as it was in our power to do.
We see the note that was in the soul of Paul, and which characterized his message, when he made the splendid declaration which I read from Romans 1:16 - "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jews first, and also to the Greek."
You see the note that touched the souls of men, the note that rang down through the centuries, and which rings in your heart and mine today. Christianity NEVER WAS DESIGNED BY GOD TO MAKE A LOT OF WEAKLINGS. It was designed to bring forth a race of men who were bold and strong and pure and good, blessed by God. The greatest and the strongest and the noblest is always the humblest.
...God is endeavoring by His Spirit in these days to exalt the souls of men into that high place, that holy life, that heavenly state whereby men walk day by day, hour by hour in the heavenly consciousness of the presence of Christ in the heart of man all the time.
Beloved, your soul will never demonstrate the power of God in any appreciable degree until your soul conceives and understands the real vision of the Christ of God, whereby He knew that through His union with the living God, His soul became the creative power, through which He took possession of the power of God, and applied it to the needs of His own soul, and the needs of other lives.
JGL is saying here his soul became (through His union with the living God) or my soul becomes the creative power which takes possession of the power of God, and I can apply that power to my needs or the needs of others. My soul ~ my mind, my will, my emotions - becomes the creative power. So in prayer my mind
- knowing the union I have with God my Father,
- conceives the need,
- wills to help,
- and goes to the seat of power and brings it to my Father
- with earnestness and a commitment to have God-power applied to the need.
Just as Jesus with His connection with the Father healed the sick and raised the dead. Jesus’ union with God the Father was so strong He was aware of the will of the Father and he prayed out or brought it to God and it became.
So how strong does our connection with the Father have to be to achieve this ability? It is through daily meeting with the Father, being obedient to Him, truly getting to know Him, that we can walk into the throne room right up to our Daddy and present our prayer knowing He will give us His full attention.
Jesus’ union with God the Father was so strong He was aware of the will of the Father and He prayed out or brought it to God and it became.
SEARCHING FOR A CLOSER WALK WITH GOD
SEARCHING FOR A CLOSER WALK WITH GOD
Sometimes the terrible awesomeness of God hits me and sends me reeling into deep meditation. It always carries its reward of a new closeness with my God. It happened this morning. In the beginning I was distracted with my mind wandering here and yon. Then I ‘woke up’ and commanded it to return. God is so good! Holy Spirit began to lead me in prayer.
Sorry, my Lord. I come to our meeting this morning with scattered thoughts; help me, Lord, to rein them in. That You even desire to meet with me is so amazing! Deep breath. Moses asked God, “what shall I say when they ask 'Who sent me’?” You responded, “Say the Great I AM sent me.” You, God, are not hemmed in by time. For You there is no ‘was, will be’, there is only I AM. Before You I bow down my heart, my 'who I am' I submit to You; help me become who You created me to be.
Exodus 3:13-14 (AMP)
13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? 14 And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!
- Footnotes: Exodus 3:15 To know the name of God is to witness the manifestation of those attributes and apprehend that character which the name denotes.
Can you feel the depth of that name? 'I AM' signifies so much ~ timelessness, absolute love, supreme power, unimaginable expansion ~ an incomprehensible being, totally surrounding. There simply are not words to express the grandness of Who our God is. HIS LOVE FOR US S SO APPARENT IN HIS WORD!
Psalm 91:14 (AMP)
Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].
Isaiah 52:6 (AMP)
Therefore My people shall know what My name is and what it means; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks; behold, I Am!
Indeed my God! You are the great I AM! This measures so deep and so high and so wide. You revealed Your staggering magnificence to David, and it comes out here:
O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
2 You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
Even when it’s my mind traveling on tangents.
3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
4 You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
5 You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!
7 I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave, you are there.
9 If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me.
You are always with me.
You will guide me.
You will always be my support. Your strength
upholds me, protects me, supports me.
Lord, You are so good! What a privilege to know You! Thank You that You continue to grow me closer to You. Thank You! I love being together with You, my Lord.