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|Posted on May 28, 2021 at 5:45 AM||comments (1576)|
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.
|Posted on May 25, 2021 at 4:45 AM||comments (1112)|
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.
|Posted on May 22, 2021 at 4:15 AM||comments (1156)|
We know the story of Adam and Eve ~ God told ADAM he could eat from any tree in the garden, except the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the middle of the garden.
Genesis 2:15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
When satan, the snake, entered the garden and spoke deception to Eve intimating that God was holding out on them not allowing them to eat of the tree the middle of the garden, that she w,ould be like God knowing everything. He showed her how delicious the fruit looked encouraging her to taste it. She did, then gave some to Adam to eat.
Adam’s disobedience brought a curse into the earth and in mankind; it birthed sin in the world God created for goodness. Some think it was Eve who should be punished, but it was to Adam that God gave the command, so the sin passes down through Adam’s seed infecting humans bringing them into the world subjected to satan and sin.
There was no possibility for people to go and be with God after death because they were born with a sinful nature and God’s nature cannot tolerate sin. God loves His children (us) and wanted to spend eternity with us.The only just solution was for a divine / human to pay the price for a human betraying a Divinity. Jesus stepped up to the plate and did that; He was willing to become human and take the punishment for the sin. So Jesus was born under the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary, a virgin. Thus there was no seed of Adam in Jesus.
What a tremendous task this was for Jesus, but He loves us so much that He took upon Himself the sin of mankind and suffered the just punishment for us. So as soon as we repent of our sins, and accept the gift Jesus died to give us, we become new and the sin nature is cleansed out of us, and we receive Jesus’ nature. God becomes our Father withus having His DNA.
2 Peter 1:4 (TPT)
4 As a result of this, he has given you[a] magnificent promises[b] that are beyond all price, so that through the power of these tremendous promises[c] we can experience partnership[d] with the divine nature, by which you have escaped[e] the corrupt desires that are of the world.
1:4 The Greek word koinonos means “to participate as a partner, to partake of, to be a companion with, to have fellowship with” the divine nature. This is one of the great mysteries of our faith, that God shares his nature with us. We are given birth by the Holy Spirit to be God’s true sons and daughters, and every father imparts his DNA and his “nature” to his children. The Greek word physis (nature) is taken from the word phyō, which means “to give birth, produce, bring forth, or to grow up.” Christ lives in us and transforms us into his very own likeness. In Christ we share with him the divine nature. We will all bear the image of the man from heaven,
Jesus told the Pharisees that the devil is their Father:
John 8:43-44 (AMP)
Why do you misunderstand what I am saying? It is because [your spiritual ears are deaf and] you are unable to hear [the truth of] My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and it is your will to practice the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar and the father of lies and half-truths.
We were born of the devil too; However, when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the change in us transfers us into the Kingdom of God. This is possible because we now are truly Children of God; He is our real Father and we are reborn with His nature! The satanic nature has been completely cleansed out of us by the blood of Jesus.
My friends, having this new nature brings the Holy Spirit to indwell us; thus we can develop a new understanding of the relationship with our Father. We are no longer spiritually dead! We become alive in a new way ~ wisdom, enlightenment, and the joy of God’s promises for us become personal ~ An incredible blessing!
|Posted on May 18, 2021 at 4:35 AM||comments (1469)|
This month of May is full of glory. A child walks down the street in wonder at the warmth and colorful flowers filling her spirit as she jumps and runs and laughs. She is going to grandmother’s house and she loves her so much. Grandmother’s eyes sparkle every time they are together; the sparkles reflect down deep in the child’s heart as God-love.
Spring and winter have been in a battle reflecting what is happening in the spiritual world, for evil has been making its bid to take over the world on earth. I believe I would be afraid if I did not know that God is mightier than satan and Spring will win out. Trusting in God is the way to live a life of peace. All things good and evil can be calmly faced, because we know our God loves us and will take care of us. Do you have this knowledge? Do you want to KNOW it?
. . .for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!” 6 So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently say,
“The Lord is my Helper [in time of need], I will not be afraid.
Are you longing for a time of peace? to be moved from the chaos ~ just for a bit? Do you know what it is like to experience God’s Presence? to have your being filled with joy? to be at ease ~ in the total rest of Jesus? It’s a gift from God when we have relationship with Him. It’s our choice ~ you can have it! Just realize that you are imperfect and are a sinner; express sorrow for your sins, then choose to ask Jesus to be King of your heart. This establishes a relationship that can be built upon and extended. It opens the door for deeper understanding of God's character and connection with the heart of God.
My friends, There will never be better time than now to make this choice. Your eternity is at stake, and that is forever. Heaven and hell do exist, and this choice is critical in determining where you will spend your end existence. You can choose to follow God or the devil as your leader. One hates you; the other loves you. Yes God loves you and so wants you to live eternally in heaven with Him; He even sent His Son Jesus to earth to teach us about His love and character, and also to suffer the punishment for our sin, to pay the penalty by beatings and crucifixion. Be thankful and choose to accept this gift of redemption He purchased for us. Know who will welcome you home after death!
|Posted on May 14, 2021 at 3:55 AM||comments (1527)|
You are almighty and all powerful. You keep the whole universe moving at Your direction. You created this world with its sun and moon and stars and You keep them all in place. It is all in Your hands. All these huge things under Your control, yet still You seek me out with Your awareness to dwell in me. You direct me along Your path to do Your will. It’s not because You force the issue. You offer it to me and I get to choose to follow You and Your will.
And I do so choose because I KNOW You love me. You sent Jesus with Jesus agreement of love to die for me a horrible death. Jesus You spilled Your blood so I could choose to live in righteousness, so I could choose to love You. Now I love You and trust You in all things to watch over my life as You watch over the universe with minute attention and detail.
Your eyes are always upon me. You allow me to grow up to trust and love You and Your love for me. I bow down to You and Your will. You are my God.
Isaiah 52:12 (Amp) For you will not go out with haste, nor will you go in flight [as was necessary when Israel left Egypt]; for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
So God moves ahead as a guide and acts as a rear guard to protect us from an attack behind us.
Isaiah 58:8 (Amplified Bible)
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.
Then also look at what He says about us~ because of our right relationship with God, bought by Jesus for us by His blood, it will go before us showing the way to peace and prosperity.
(Eph. 3:12, 14-16, 19 AMP) In Whom, because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom and without fear)...
(14)For this reason [seeing the greatness of this plan by which you are built together in Christ], I bow my knees before the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, (15) For Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named [that Father from Whom all fatherhood takes its title and derives its name].
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]...
(19) [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!
What an awesome Scripture in Ephesians!! God wants us to be flooded with Himself! He desires that we experience His love, so that our whole being, our whole self is filled by the fullness of God. That is my desire too. What about you? Is it your desire to know God that completely? If not, why not? He is the God of the universe, and in His love for us, He is calling us to come and truly KNOW Him. Yes Lord, that is ny desire too!
Jesus offers us His joy which far exceeds human joy:
John 15:10-11 (Amplified Bible)
If you keep My commandments [if you continue to obey My instructions], you will abide in My love and live on in it, just as I have obeyed My Father's commandments and live on in His love. 11 I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.
John 17:13 And now I am coming to You; I say these things while I am still in the world, so that My joy may be made full and complete and perfect in them [that they may experience My delight fulfilled in them, that My enjoyment may be perfected in their own souls, that they may have My gladness within them, filling their hearts].
Thank You Jesus for Your great love for us. You desire for us to have Your joy!! Praise You and glorify You. Your love is amazing! You always have and always will want the best for me. I submit to You and Your love for me. Cover me O Jesus, my beautiful Savior!
Help me to follow You in all my ways; let Your ways be my ways always! Holy Spirit, empower me to do Your will; guide me down this road of life. Lift me above the traps and ditches that attempt to trap me; do not let detours lead me incorrectly. You be my perpetual guide.
Father God, it is amazing how You have planned all things, that You Are all. I AM that I AM. Enfold me Father in that AM that I AM. Enfold me in that space, that power, that love that is You. From the shining shimmering light of Jesus, to that space of the same light in You, fold me, let me just BE in it, rest in it.
Cleanse me of every false thought in me, of every negative influence in me, of any curse of the enemy trying to deceive me. YOU are my God! You Who created the universe to the furtherest reaches the mind of man can conceive; You Who placed wonders for us to discover and enjoy; You are my God! You dwelling in me... What a concept; yet You do dwell in me, are a part of me, communicate with me. Oh mighty God! Thank You!
|Posted on May 11, 2021 at 1:15 AM||comments (1163)|
Psalm 5:7-11 And here I am, your invited guest— it's incredible! I enter your house; here I am, prostrate in your inner sanctum, Waiting for directions to get me safely through enemy lines.
Indeed, You invite us in Lord, into Your holy of holies, the inner sanctum. I am overwhelmed, overcome. Your grandness, Your absolute holiness blankets us with an incredible awe! I want to reach down into the hearts of kids, yes, and others gripping their hearts and hanging on until they see You here in Your presence. Keep that intensity in me Father. Open the doors for us to do what You have called us to do. Guide us thru the enemy lines.
9-10 Every word they speak is a land mine;
their lungs breathe out poison gas.
Their throats are gaping graves,
their tongues slick as mudslides.
Pile on the guilt, God!
Let their so-called wisdom wreck them.
Kick them out! They've had their chance.
Lord the enemy is indeed a foul smelling demon with evil deeds in its heart. Out of his mouth the slime runs in evil-speak of lies, deception, debauchery. It’s time to kick them out, rid our country of them! Blanket our nation with truth-speak!
11-12 But you'll welcome us with open arms
when we run for cover to you.
Let the party last all night!
Stand guard over our celebration.
You are famous, God, for welcoming God-seekers,
for decking us out in delight.
We know we are welcome in Your sight Your arms open wide to us! We run to You for love and protection from the evil one. We shall celebrate and You will join in. You will cover our celebration with Your shield the enemy cannot penetrate.
I love Your Word! It says You are famous for welcoming God-seekers, for decking us out in delight! You are wonderful! Thank You!!
You are the HOLY ONE. Above all You are our God. You are MORE IMPORTANT THAN anything else! We bow before You! Our time is Yours for as long as You want us. All these distractions call and we're off and running. But, no! You are our beloved Father and You are # ONE! No one is greater than YOU! No one is holier than You! Hey, Lord, do You see this inner war calling me to come out and play? But I say “NO” My God wants to spend time with me and it shall be my choice also. He is critically important to all our life! And he speake to us telling us His thoughts, His will.
In all things, Lord, You are great! You created a universe that is greater than man can explore. It’s very hugeness is overwhelming. The Hubble Telescope shows us You placed surprises of beauty throughout it. it’s like being in a dream land where fantastic shapes and colors appear as you float through it. All You create has its own beauty and can bless us. Some people stop there Lord. For You as Creator out there in space are untouchable, far away. But that is just the outer edges.
There is an inner space within each person. We try and fill it up with thoughts, imaginings, entertainment, dreams, etc. Yet that inner space is also where we can find You. . . Here in us You will dwell if we invite You in. Here You are touchable, You are knowable~to some degree~and that degree can expand. Come fill our inner space, Lord, for it is the place where You breathed life into us. It’s the place where we seek to find You.
Jesus, you gave us freedom from the shackles of sin, the guilt, the ugliness of it. When we elect You as Lord and King of our heart, You cleanse us with Your own blood and pain and suffering. You paid our debt. You raised us up out of the muck, the slime, the sucking clay of sin. Now we are free to love You and be loved by You, because You raised us up out of the pit, and You washed us off inside and out that we may be presentable at the table. Yes, the table of the lamb, the wedding feast of the King. I am garbed now in Your righteousness and clothed properly to join with Your guests.
We choose to live our life for You and Your will choosing to do what You call us to do. Father, it is You we want to be close to; we're hungry for a deeper relationship with You. We love You and being in Your Presence.
|Posted on May 7, 2021 at 4:00 AM||comments (1381)|
My friends, power prayers that reach heaven are the ones that pray the Word of God. They bring to remembrance what our God has said and promised, Now there are often conditions and we have to be aware of them as well. For instance, in the Scripture prayer for today, Psalm 91, the first two verses say: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High” and those who can say”He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in Whom I trust” . Also verse 9 tells us: Because you have made the Lord, [who is] my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place. . .”
these are conditions for the promises contained in the Psalm. Now let us read the Psalm carefully seeing the wonderful promises contained in it for those who do love and trust the Lord:
Psalm 91 ( AMP)
He who [a]dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand]. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!
” 3 For He will save you from the trap of the fowler, And from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you and completely protect you with His pinions, And under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and a wall.
5 You will not be afraid of the terror of night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day , 6 Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, Nor of the destruction (sudden death) that lays waste at noon
. 7 A thousand may fall at your side And ten thousand at your right hand, But danger will not come near you. 8 You will only [be a spectator as you] look on with your eyes And witness the [divine] repayment of the wicked [as you watch safely from the shelter of the Most High]
. 9 Because you have made the Lord, [who is] my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10 No evil will befall you, Nor will any plague come near your tent.
11 For He will command His angels in regard to you, To protect and defend and guard you in all your ways [of obedience and service]. 12 They will lift you up in their hands, So that you do not [even] strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread upon the lion and cobra; The young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
14 “Because he set his love on Me, therefore I will save him; I will set him [securely] on high, because he knows My name [he confidently trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never abandon him, no, never].
15 “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. 16 “With a long life I will satisfy him And I will let him see My salvation.”
Thank You my faithful God! You are fully trustworthy and always true to Your Word! When we do trist in God, life is much less stressful, because Jesus has told us to cast our burdens on Him, and we can take His burden which is basically to trust in Him.. My friends, praying the Word is fulfilling and powerful.
|Posted on May 3, 2021 at 3:50 AM||comments (1903)|
So how are You surviving in our crazy world of today? Many have fear as the over riding emotion ~ fear of the pandemic, of the disease, fear of the vaccine. They have bought into the idea that masks will save them, or being 6 feet from everyone will preserve their life. It’s all they think/ talk about.
We were all created for one purpose: to establish an intimate personal relationship with our Creator God. Once we have achieved this, He will lead us into other endeavors for our next purpose. These goals are not excluded by the pandemonium of the world. They remain in place and actually will remove the need for fear. God loves us so much, He sent His Son to go through torture and death to redeem us so we can have His nature, His DNA, obey His commands, and have His promises.
God promises to not just go before us to prepare the way, but will also be our rear guard.
Isaiah 52:12 (Amp) For you will not go out with haste, nor will you go in flight [as was necessary when Israel left Egypt]; for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
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.
The lies of the enemy cannot then plague us, for the Lord God of Hosts goes before us and He is also our rear guard. Nothing can come up behind to attack us, for my all knowing, all sufficient God of the universe is our rear guard. He is also the One Who goes before us to lead and guide.
I praise You and I worship You, mighty God! You provide the fresh air to breathe, that wondrous clean cool freshness to bless us. You gift us with rain to refresh the thirsty ground and bring up beauty. You bless us with rain of the Spirit to quench the thirst of our souls! Your love is powerful life-giving glory that fills our lives. You are indeed a marvelous God! Let us bow down our hearts and heads before Him, that we may live a life pleasing to Him.
The following prophecy was given by Pastors Mac and Lynne Hammond on January 16, 2011:
You've wondered in your heart "Why is this happening this way? Why is this unfolding? Why is this occurring? I've prayed, I've believed, I've exercised my faith, I've spoken the Word, I've stood and I've stood" and you've wondered "Why is this unfolding in my life? Why are these things happening? I don't understand.”
The Lord would remind you that there is a realm beyond this natural arena, much larger, much more significant in scope, a realm that the natural man does not see nor understand, a realm that you will not penetrate naturally or have natural understanding of, a realm that I've described in My Word as the unseen realm, an eternal realm, a realm where a war is being waged of such magnitude that the individual cannot even imagine, a war that has its effect and impact on your daily life.
And you'll not understand why some of these things occur that do in your life. And that's the reason, saith God, I've said not to lean to your own understanding, that there are things now that you won't understand. You see as though through a glass darkly. But know this, saith God, regardless of your natural understanding, My Word is a lamp unto your feet.
My Word will guide you and give you a system of supernatural navigation in an arena of warfare that often you don't even perceive. So it is vital, saith God, regardless of your understanding that you remain firmly anchored in the truth of My Word each day proclaiming the truths of who you are in Christ. And you will find your life unfolding in victory and in blessing, saith God.
2 Peter 1:4
4 As a result of this, He has given you[a] magnificent promises[b] that are beyond all price, so that through the power of these tremendous promises[c] we can experience partnership[d] with the divine nature, by which you have escaped[e] the corrupt desires that are of the world.
FOOTNOTE 1:4 The Greek word koinonos means “to participate as a partner, to partake of, to be a companion with, to have fellowship with” the divine nature. This is one of the great mysteries of our faith, that God shares his nature with us. We are given birth by the Holy Spirit to be God’s true sons and daughters, and every father imparts his DNA and his “nature” to his children.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Cor. 5:17 NIV) Whwn we have chosen Jesus as king of our heart, we beome new people; it's a real change of who we are!
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Eph. 2:10 NIV)
For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. (1 Cor. 15:221 NIV)
Indeed, with Adam’s genes we are tainted and death is the result; however when we choose to accept Jesus gift of salvation, we receive the new DNA of God Himself. We are made alive for eternity, able to know God and live in His presence as one of His beloved children.
My friends, I invite you to come and be part of the family of God. Choose to accept Jesus freely offered gift of salvation. He’s paid the price. Just repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be the King of your heart. The rewards are mighty!
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Jeremiah 10:12-13 (TNLT) But God made the earth by his power, and he preserves it by his wisdom.With his own understanding He stretched out the heavens 13 When He speaks in the thunder, the heavens roar with rain. He causes the clouds to rise over the earth. sends the lightning with the rain and releases the wind from his storehouses.
Father, I come humbly before You this morning. It’s You Who are life. I am nothing without You. Holy Spirit, I am feeling at loose ends this morning ~ really in need of Your help now Holy Spirit! Where do You want me to go from here? mostly for our relationship?
You gave me Jeremiah 10:12 above. You Lord God are all powerful! You created this earth, this beautiful, magnificent earth full of wonders. Mountains tall! Rivers wide and deep! Melting snow causing mountain streams to begin to grow and cascade full force down the mountainside. Flowers of myriads of scents and colors! Trees that rest in winter and miraculously begin a blooming process in the spring, new life. Refreshing moisture in rains and in frozen rain, that is snow. Beautiful white snow that covers up and reshapes our world for a time. Waterfalls that leap over cliffs in rushing tumults crashing thunderously in the frothing pools below.
In Your power You made beasts of every size and variety, all in perfect order, all knit together working in Your plan. Yes, You put a plan in the workings of this world. In Your wisdom You planned how everything is to function to continue each species of plant and animal. All working in harmony to go on into perpetuity.
Then You created man to intermingle in the beauty and harmony. Now Your wisdom alone can preserve what You created. Man and his sin can sure mess it up. Bring us into alignment with Your perfect wisdom, Father. You created man in Your image and likeness. I am created in Your image and likeness. Preserve me by Your wisdom. I trust in, lean on, and rely on You.
Now You have shown me that as I hungered for You, as I struggled briefly in the dark, it is what many people have with no answer they know. In other countries, third world countries, they hunger and eagerly accept the Gospel. But in our nation, we have so much pride, we do not want to humble ourselves. Pride is the sin that separates us from God. He is in control; always has been; always will be. Bow down your head and your heart to Him. Lay at His feet in abject humility.; abase yourself before Him. Allow Him alone to raise you up. See Who He is above:
"When he speaks in the thunder, the heavens roar with rain. He causes the clouds to rise over the earth. He sends the lightning with the rain and releases the wind from his storehouses."
Who am I to refuse to bow before Him. Did I make myself! Did I create the wonders of this human body? What is my great accomplishment that I believe myself unable to bow before the King of Kings? You know, the One who came to earth in order that I might come to know the all powerful, all loving God for myself, and Who then died an ugly horribly painful death to pay my sin-debt. He freed me from a sin nature where I was blinded by satan and could not see the truth, where sin called and I answered. Now I have accepted Jesus gift of salvation from that sin nature, and have received Jesus’ divine nature. I see clearly and can truly know and receive my God’s love. You are so good, my Lord!
Pride will hold back many from accepting Jesus as Lord. Holy Spirit, show me the sword of the Word that will battle for these children of God. Fear of rejection; fear of being hurt again; fear of failure; fear of past mirages. FEAR is the enemy’s favorite weapon! With this whole pandemic fear is promulgated by satan. It is being fed by those seeking to control our nation.
Lord, this is Your country founded by those seeking to worship You. We continue to praise and bow down to You, our King of Kings, our Savior. We are thankful that You still sit on the throne!
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Thank You Holy Spirit as You guide us along the narrow path of Gods plan for our lives, You give us wisdom and understanding. You set us high upon a Rock (Jesus is the Rock), that we might come to know You better, see You more clearly. We want to dwell every moment in Your manifest love; Holy Spirit thank You for that is You indwelling us. Pray: Jesus You love us and Your love infuses us as we bow down before You as our King! Let it overflow from us to all we meet! From the beginning Lord, Your love was manifest.
Psalm 139:16 (AMP)
Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.
God has specic plans for each of our lives. Word becomes flesh in our lives. Spirit light is visible to the spirit man; this enfolds the mystery of our personal destiny.
God Creator has planned every day of our life since before we were born. His thoughts about us are more than the grains of sand. He is all knowing and all wise. God knows all about us. He is all understanding and He has seen and calculated every day of our life. God has gifted us.
Psalm 139:1-5 TPT
Lord, you know everything there is to know about me. 2 You perceive every movement of my heart and soul, and you understand my every thought before it even enters my mind. 3–4 You are so intimately aware of me, Lord. You read my heart like an open book and you know all the words I’m about to speak before I even start a sentence! You know every step I will take before my journey even begins. 5 You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way, and in kindness you follow behind me to spare me from the harm of my past.[a] You have laid your hand on me
You Lord are beyond my comprehension; my life does not belong to me. It’s God’s. God is indeed beyond my comprehension. My personal destiny is a mystery hidden for me, not from me.
Romans 12:2 (AMP) Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. [His sight for you; He knows what He has planned for you]
God knows the plans He has for our life. (Jeremiah 29:11) All the things of the past, the mistakes, the wrong choices. . . God knows and has taken them into account in His plans for our life. Where we made wrong turns ~ He just recalculates like the GPS and He will REPOSITION US.
God has great plans for our life. Jeremiah 29:14 (AMP)
I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will release you from captivity and gather you from all the nations and all the places to which I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I caused you to be carried away captive. He will restore us!
Ephesians 4:27 (AMP) Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him].Be in the right position! There is never a time when God is not moving in my life. Focus, press into Him; the forces of hell will rage on unchecked; satan will occupy important places if we are complacent.
Romans 8:18-21 That's why I don't think there's any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what's coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.
Romans 8:36-37 (MSG)
31-39 So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn't hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn't gladly and freely do for us?
And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God's chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture.
They kill us in cold blood because they hate You. We're sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I'm absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.
Romans 8:36-37 (AMP)
Even as it is written, For Thy sake we are put to death all the day long; we are regarded and counted as sheep for the slaughter. Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.
No one can keep my destiny from being fulfilled. God has given us authority.
Years ago there was a comic strip called Pogo and one line from there was impactful: "We have met the enemy and he is us." Is that not true? We can be our own worst enemy. But if we follow God's plan and His will, our life will be good. See His promises in Joshua:
Joshua 1:5-9 (AMP)
No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.
6 Be strong (confident) and of good courage, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
7 Only you be strong and very courageous, that you may do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you. Turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.
9 Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Thank You Father God that You are our Father. Sometimes we need You to help us with self-discipline. Our mind tries to scatter and run all over the place when we truly just want to spend time with You. We bow before You King Jesus. You are the Lion [King] and the Lamb [Sacrifice]. You are definitely King of the heavens and the earth and we do bow before You! Oh majestic King of Kings! Let Your mighty love wash over us, infill us, infuse us, that it may spill over to all with whom we come in contact.
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Reflections from 2017
[ME: Holy Spirit, You are mine, You indwell me as my Lord and my God; You come to help me to live the life I was born to live. I’ve been looking at You with a certain exclusivity. . .yeah, like You are MINE. But I don’t own You; rather You own me. I am Yours to do with as You will. You are my God who loves me with a perfect love. I trust You. I love You too.
Isaiah 43:18-19 AMP “Do not remember the former things, Or ponder the things of the past. “Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.
And He brought new church leaders to us revealing Himself in new ways
2 Chronicles 20:6-9,15-17
“Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. 7 Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? 8 They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, 9 ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’
And the Lord responded:
15-17‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. 17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”
We remember that sometimes the battle is God’s and we must just take our positions and stand. What is our position? It is: faith entrenched within us, obedience to His Word a given, trust in God firmly in place, belief in His promises sown into the fabric of who we are. We stand staunchly in place and watch our God work.
“Because His existence is first and your existence flows forth from His. That’s the flow of existence. Therefore, you must put GOD first and then let everything flow from that. Let everything begin with Him and flow forth from Him. That’s the secret of life. To not only live for Him, but to live your life from Him, to live from His living, to move from His moving, to act from His actions, to feel from His heart, to be from His being, and to become who we are from who He is… I am.”
********************A Prophecy from Kenneth E. Hagin**********************
October 14, 1970
Walk not in your own strength nor be strong in your own power, for the strength of man is as nothing, and the power of man is even as the grass that withers and falls away. But be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His power for the Lord is the Almighty One.
Yea, He is the one that brought into being out of nothing, the earth on which you stand. He is the one that brought into being out of nothing the sun, and the moon, and the stars. Yea, He is the one that delivered His people from the hand of Pharaoh. He is the one that divided the Red Sea.
Yea, He is the Mighty One.
Be strong in Him and in the power of His might, so He’ll rise up in thee and show forth Himself mighty to work on your behalf. Yea, ye shall find that there shall be strength within you that you never knew you had.
Ye shall find that there shall be wisdom on the inside that shall rise up out of your inner most being and pervade your mind until you’ll know the right course to take and the correct steps to make the right decision.
And ye shall be guided in all the affairs of life.
For the Lord is thy guide. And He is thy portion forevermore. So bring your thinking into captivity. Every thought and let your mind be stayed on Him. And in the midst of stress and in the midst of strife when all the world around about runneth rife, ye shall live in the God life. Yea, ye shall rise up in the strength of the Lord and speak the Word of Faith, and it shall come to pass.
Ye shall even speak unto the heavenly messengers, even the angels and say, “Go ministering spirits.” And they shall go and minister on your behalf. For power and authority is given unto the individual member of the body of Christ. For what belongs to the whole body belongs to the least member of that body.
Take your place, stand your ground, and accept the challenge. Do not wait for Satan to come and challenge you. Go out to challenge him and put him on the run. For remember that it is written and this is not just a pun. But it is the holy sacred Word of the heavenly writ. Resist the Devil and he from you will flee, that is run from you as one in terror. So be not terrified, nor afraid. But put the enemy on the run. And ye shall be victorious, everyone.
*********End Bro Hagin Prophecy*********
Lord God, thank You for the strong leaders You have sent us! We praise You and give You the glory!
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My Lord, I bow down before you this morning. I sit at Your feet. Sometimes I sits and thinks. Sometimes I sits and prays. Today I just sits.
Strength of a warrior. 20 years ago You gave me a prophecy Lord. Yesterday You said You were giving me the “strength of a warrior” which reminded me of the prophecy. In it You said You were anointing me with wisdom; You are seeking my hands to war and my arms might brace a bow of steel; I’ve run thru the troops now showing me how to leap over the wall. You are calling me to a new level, a new place. Stretch out my faith.
I need to be less; You must be more in me. The more I trust You the deeper I will go with You.
“Holy Spirit, take over. Possess me. Clothe me with Your energy. Make me brave.
Give me the strength that defies all odds. Supply me with Your divine wisdom, skill, and ability.
Anoint my eyes with Your vision. Fill my mind with Your knowledge.
Move through my hands to do the very works of God. I yield myself to You!”
Then I take You with me wherever I go. And I have not only Your love, but also Your mind. I can walk in Your power, for You Yourself are with me, in me, indwelling me. For what purpose? Not just to get me to heaven, salvation, but to walk as You walked this earth in the power of love; I want to take You with me into the dark places, into the minds of people harassed by satan. Lead me Holy Spirit,. Shield my mind Lord so only Your thoughts enter in; bring healing to my words and touch.
The Lord speaks: "You don't have to to worry how it works. You don’t have to know how the Word jumps from here and goes to the intended… you don’t have to worry. In fact I have told you before: you call, I answer. While you are yet speaking, I hear. So, before you call, I am already there. I am just waiting for the Word. My angels that I have given you, there is only one thing that they hear. They harken to the voice of My Word. So, once you have the Word in your mouth, the angels say I recognize those Words. I recognized those Words! Let me go for those Words! Praise God!"
Revelation 3:20 (KJV)Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice,
and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.
The Lord said something to me in prayer:
“You should not think of healing as you "need a healing” like when you have so and so lay hands on you and now you’re healed, kind of thing. He said, “You need to look at healing as the way I am.”
God doesn’t live in a realm where He’s constrained by time. We only think of time because we live in the realm of time.. We try to put Him in a box by the way we think about Him. We try to put our limitations on Him. And we talk to Him like that. He doesn’t have those limitations. We think about, “How can I pray for a certain situation or event, it’s already happened.” That’s our thinking, right? Or you think of a situation that’s impossible. You think “Yeah, they’ve already made their decision and they’re not going to change their minds,” those kinds of things. You just don’t even waste your time praying for it, because you think it’s a forgone conclusion that event or situation exists now so therefore me praying is not going to make any difference.
That’s human thinking. That’s not God thinking. Because God doesn’t look at things the way we look at things. He’s not boxed in by time nor is He limited by our circumstances. So if you’re a prayer, you should not be limited into thinking about these things in those terms. Because if you do that, you curb yourself and you limit what God can do in your life. And you limit your prayer life and the things that happen in your life. We look and listen always for the words of Holy Spirit as we pray
Example: Holy Spirit showed me that I had a spirit of rejection in me. So I immedfiately chose to delerte it. "In the powerful name of Jesus before whom every knee must bow, I command that spirit of rejection to flee from my entire body, mind, and soul; be rooted out completely in the mighty name of Jesus! Amen!
Father, I am Your daughter. You created me special for a particular position in the earth in Your grand plan. I so desire to be the best me I can be with Jesus and Holy Spirit indwelling me. I submit myself to You.
Being humble before the Lord, He responded with a Scripture to me personally ~
Ps 91:14-16 (AMP) “Because Mary has set her love on Me, therefore I will save her I will set her [securely] on high, because she knows My name (she confidently trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never abandon her, no, never].15 “She will call upon Me, and I will answer her; will be with Mary in trouble;I will rescue her and honor her.16 “With a long life I will satisfy her”
Psalm 19:14 AMP Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable and pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, immovable] rock and my Redeemer. You are indeed my Rock, my Redeemer!
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John 16:7 AMP However, I am telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send Him to you [to be in close fellowship with you].
Lord You have sent the Divine Encourager, The Third Person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit to us. Thank You! In essence You have come to indwell us Yourself. You are One ~ Three in One ~ so where One is, so are the other Two. You indwell us Lord God. Being Spirit, You can be in us and commune with our spirits.
So how does that affect us? We can have communication. Holy Spirit You told me that You love me, and that has affected me deeply! It demonstrates that I am individual and not just one of many. You love me, Mary, and You call me by Name. God the Father called me by Name and claimed me as His own. That happened when the diagnosis of cancer was given. Jesus, You thought of me on the cross. Your great mind captured each of us and freed us from the enemy prison by forgiving our sins; and when we choose Jesus as our King and choose to believe and follow Him, we receive God’s nature, His DNA; this changes our sin nature to God’s nature; We actually become His sons and daughters; we are then truly of the family of God.
1 John 3:9 (TPT) Everyone who is truly God’s child will refuse to keep sinning[a] because God’s seed[b] remains within him, and he is unable to continue sinning because he has been fathered by God himself.[c]
Footnotes: 3:9 The Aramaic can be translated “never serves sin.” 3:9 This is the Greek word sperma, “male seed.” See 2 Peter 1:4.3:9 Or “born of God.” We have been fathered by God Himself and we carry His DNA, His genes.
2 Peter 1:4 The Passion Translation (TPT) 4 As a result of this, He has given you[a] magnificent promises[b] that are beyond all price, so that through the power of these tremendous promises[c] we can experience partnership[d] with the divine nature, by which you have escaped[e] the corrupt desires that are of the world.
1:4 As translated from the Aramaic. The Greek is plural, “us.”The Greek sentence that extends from vv. 3–5 is somewhat ambiguous. It could also be read as “Through a glorious manifestation of his goodness he has imparted to us his magnificent promises.”
1:4 That is, by claiming these tremendous promises as our very own. Faith always releases the power of the Word of God.
1:4 The Greek word koinonos means “to participate as a partner, to partake of, to be a companion with, to have fellowship with” the divine nature. This is one of the great mysteries of our faith, that God shares his nature with us. We are given birth by the Holy Spirit to be God’s true sons and daughters, and every father imparts his DNA and his “nature” to his children. The Greek word physis (nature) is taken from the word phyō, which means “to give birth, produce, bring forth, or to grow up.” Christ lives in us and transforms us into his very own likeness. In Christ we share with him the divine nature. We will all bear the image of the man from heaven, Jesus Christ. See Rom. 8:9–25; 1 Cor. 15:12–57.
1:4 The Greek word apopheugō also carries the connotation of being “acquitted.”
Being of the family of God and having God’s nature means we have no more desire to sin, for we have received a divine nature. We are fundamentally changed. Now we still are also human, so we will make mistakes and commit a sin, but that sin will no longer have a hold on us; we will recognize it as sin and repent of it. As soon as we do, God forgets and forgives the sin. We are cleansed. In this process we become more like Christ step by step.
Our job is to spend time with God, to study the Word, since it is God’s word, thus His thoughts. We can have conversations with God during our meditation and study. This is how intimacy grows. Is it not the same when we develop friendships on earth, we get together and share our ideas and thoughts? It works that way with our God relationship as well. Seek to grow closer to our Savior, to our heavenly Father, to Holy Spirit by spending daily time with Him. There is nothing that gives greater satisfaction than a close encounter with our God.
So. my friends, imbibe in the magnificent promises of our Creator! Choose to repent and invite Christ to come and be King of your heart! Commit to follow Him; your sins will be washed away, and Holy Spirit will come and indwell you as a Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby.
But when the Father sends the Spirit of Holiness, the One like Me who sets you free, He will teach you all things in My name. And He will inspire you to remember every word that I’ve told you.
Being God’s child comes with all the benefits of inheritors. As we study the Scriptures, we will become familiar with the wonderful gifts we receive from our Father who loves us beyond our imagination. We are His special treasures!
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The following excerpt is taken from A Glimpse into Glory by Kathryn Kuhlman with Jamie Buckingham:
Religion to Love
Mama had a little frame hanging in the dining room. When she died I brought it with me to Pittsburgh - the paper in the frame now yellowed with age. It's called "Guideposts to Success." It was Mama's formula for life. This is what influenced me as a youngster. It stated, in part:
Go out of the way to please others.
Be determined to be kind and helpful to everyone. Be truthful. Be optimistic, no matter what comes. Make a great effort always to give somebody a lift whenever possible. Radiate sunshine, hope, good will. Scatter flowers as you go along. Enjoy each day. Live the present to its utmost, and do not wait for tomorrow before you begin to enjoy these things. This is what opens wide the door to happiness.
We really make out own happiness when we come right down to it. If you want to really be happy, go out and do something nice for somebody else. If you do it with the right purpose in mind, if you do it without expecting anything in return, if you do it because you want to do it, you'll find happiness
No doctor can prescribe a bigger better pep pill. You'll find yourself so glad, you'll find yourself so satisfied on the inside. Of course there are some folks who love being miserable. But if you want to be happy and feel good, do something kind for someone else.
There's a final item on Mama's "Guideposts to Success" list.
You must believe in the religion of love. Love for everybody, everywhere, the rich and the poor, the learned and the unlearned, the well and the afflicted. That's the religion of love. It satisfies the heart. It's deep enough for the soul, and broad enough for the whole world and everybody.
Now that's exactly what the world needs today. A religion of love.
The religion of love is the religion of the Lord Jesus Christ. It's not a religion you can legislate. It's not something you can force upon men and women. There is only one true religion of love, and that's the religion of the Lord Jesus Christ. This kind of love is not a natural love, it is a love God has to impart. It's inside. It's His love. Remember:
You pass through this world but once. Any kindness you can show any human being, don't defer from it. Be thankful for each day. Get out of it all the good that you can, and give as much good as you can.
We magnify the Name of Jesus
The Name that made a way where there was no way
Jesus, be Jesus in and through us!
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Easter Day comes then is gone. But the truths it contains will never “be gone”. It’s not about Easter bunnies and pretty colored eggs. It is more like Springtime and new life. Jesus came to bring new life to us. And that word “new” is not just a concept like new clothes to wear. It’s totally “new” like regenerated, new, like new life growing in the womb. When Jesus said we must be 'born again' to Nicodemus, a member of the Sanhedrin of Jesus day, he asked, “can a man climb back into the womb?”
No, but Jesus came to make us new creatures. Before Jesus, we had a sin nature which made it very difficult if not impossible to live a pure life. Adam’s betrayal of God and his resulting sin nature came down through the blood line to all of us tainting our very DNA.
When Jesus came, He first prepared us for our new life by teaching us about the Father and His magnificent love for each of us. Then He offered Himself up as the required sacrifice to pay our sin debt. He went through betrayal, scoffing, mental torment, an object of men’s hatred and scheming. Though totally innocent of any sin (His Father was not Adam, but the Holy Spirit, so He did not have Adam’s blood to infect Him). Yet He stood before human judges and submitted Himself to their scorn.
He was scourged mercilessly, tied to a pole while pieces of His flesh were torn away by the sharp nails and bone bits at the end of the whip. The Roman soldiers were pros and knew how to inflict the worst pain possible. Then Jesus’ bloody body was made to carry the tree of His crucifixion up to Golgotha outside the city.
There again they pounded nails through His wrists where all the nerves endings were, once more inflicting the most excruciating pain. Then they lifted the cross up planting it in the ground so His body hung by it’s wounded flesh. He hung for three hours during which the thick curtain in the temple that covers the MosOHoly Place was suddenly torn in two, symbolizing that now there was full access to our God. Jesus death fulfilled the many prophesies written about it in the Old Testament. The final one just before He died when He said, “I thirst”, and they wet a ‘sponge’ with sour wine and lifted it to His mouth~
After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said in fulfillment of the Scripture, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar full of sour wine was placed there; so they put a sponge soaked in the sour wine on [a branch of] hyssop and held it to His mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and [voluntarily] gave up His spirit.
After suffering this horrible price to pay off our debt, Jesus rose from the dead three days later.
What a joyful time! It was such a delight to His friends, and to all of us! Jesus, our Savior, has freed us from the chains of the enemy.
We are free to choose Jesus’ gift of redemption and have Him live inside of us. As Lord of our life we have a helper, a teacher, a comforter as our personal guide through our lifetime. It offers us the opportunity to know our God, to develop an intimate relationship with Him, for we are made new creatures with God’s DNA; when we repent and choose Jesus as Our King of our hearts; we are washed free from the old sin nature. We are God's kids full and complete because of what Jesus did. We have been born again truly. Our nature is changed from satan’s nature to Our Father GOD'S nature ~ we are truly reborn with Your (God's) nature, completely Your Kids!
So, yes Easter is the perfect time to choose our Savior as the KIng of our hearts.
1 John 3:9 The Passion Translation (TPT)
9 Everyone who is truly God’s child will refuse to keep sinning [a], because God’s seed [b] remains within him, and he is unable to continue sinning because he has been fathered by God himself.[c]
3:9 The Aramaic can be translated “never serves sin.”
3:9 This is the Greek word sperma, “male seed.” See 2 Peter 1:4.
3:9 Or “born of God.” We have been fathered by God himself and we carry His DNA, His genes
Our new relationship with our God is so beautiful! We come to know Him in a one-on-one way, growing in love with Him as a response to His marvelous love for us. This enviable connection is open to us by choice. His love flows to us and through us enabling us to grow into more loving people. It is the ultimate answer to the chaos in our world today. Come my friends, I invite You to know the love of our wondrous God! You can choose now. You can have it all!
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Paul tells us: Acts 20:24
But none of these things move me; neither do I esteem my life dear to myself, if only I may finish my course with joy and the ministry which I have obtained from [which was entrusted to me by] the Lord Jesus, faithfully to attest to the good news (Gospel) of God's grace (His unmerited favor, spiritual blessing, and mercy).
Our contentment is only in our relationship with God, because when one after another problem assails us, we have only one recourse. That is our all powerful, all knowing, all loving God, One finds that our only true lasting contentment is in our relationship with the Lord. We are designed for a relationship with Him. And hard times teach us we need the Lord; hard times strengthen us! It all belongs to God. Remember Jesus said:
John 16:33 Amplified Bible
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]
What really is church is those who are born again with God’s nature ~ a totally new nature. Only God can change you. God looks for those who have faith; the currency of heaven is faith. Do not doubt in your heart. Bible shows those who were ‘accusers of God’ like Mary and Martha when Lazarus died. . .' if You Jesus had been here, he would not have died.'
There will be crisis~when Jesus said to the apostles “we will go to the other side” and a vicious storm came up, they panicked. ‘Don’t you care that we are all about to drown?’ But if Jesus said ‘we will go to the other side of the lake”, no devil in hell, no storm could keep that from happening.
We may have crisis after crisis on our journey to our promise (ie. the Israelites journey to the promised land of milk and honey). And the same idea is also for us: We must get the force of faith into us! May the force be with you! The challenge~total abandonment. . . like Paul: 'my life is worth nothing - neither do I esteem my life dear to myself,'
Let us give our lives to our God~Redeemer. Trust Him and remember His Words like Romans 8:28
Romans 8:28 (TPT)
28 So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together for good,[a] for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose.
Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
God has a purpose for each of our lives; and even when circumstances seem bad, God says ALL things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Sometimes our faith testing seems unendurable, but God will put things together to bring good out of it. Have faith that His Word is true; He will do what He says He will do.
When the storms come, focus on God and His Word. Never doubt His love for us; He cares for us and will take care of us
The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.
|Posted on March 24, 2021 at 5:25 AM||comments (2260)|
I had a dream that I was about to be attacked in the parking garage. I called on Your angels to protect me. . . using Psalm 91: If I Dwell in the secret place of the Most High and remain stable and fixed there close to You, and if I claim You as my refuge, my fortress, and trust in You, than You promise (AMP) vs. 11 For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service].12 They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. Or as Message Bible says: Evil can't get close to you, harm can't get through the door. He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they will catch you; their job is to keep you from falling. I twisted my ankle on the stairs and they pushed me back to keep me from falling. Thank You Lord.
You also promise in Psalm 91 when we learn to trust You, 14-16 "If you'll hold on to Me for dear life," says God, "I'll get you out of any trouble. I'll give you the best of care if you'll only get to know and trust Me. Call Me and I'll answer, be at your side in bad times; I'll rescue you, then throw you a party. I'll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!" See how much You love us, Father! You delight in making good plans for our life!!
ISAIAH 43:25, 26 I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put Me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified. Lord You instruct us to put You in remembrance of Your promises. we do that.
Father we will continue to stand for Your complete healing for our body. A sore, thyroid, foot injury, extra weight, diabetes, any and all imperfections in physical health are healed by You; I remind You of Your promises in Your Word:: Exodus 15:26 (AMP) Saying, If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God and will do what is right in His sight, and will listen to and obey His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon you which I brought upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord Who heals you.
Lord, we do diligently listen for Your voice, and try to keep all Your commandments and statutes, and do what is right as Your Son taught us, so Lord we claim Your promise that You will put none of the disease of the Egyptians on us (What were they?) but most of all~You promise that YOU ARE OUR HEALER! We trust in You! We claim Your promise for it is in Your Word, You promise to watch over Your Word to perform it. You must be honorable, for You can be nothing else~
Jeremiah 1:11-13(AMP) Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Jeremiah, what do you see? And I said, I see a branch or shoot of an almond tree [the emblem of alertness and activity, blossoming in late winter]. 12 Then said the Lord to me, You have seen well,
for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it.
Your Word says Your Word is health to one’s whole body:
Proverbs 4:19-29 (NIV) My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Your Word says “what You say, that You will do” whether good or bad:
Ezekiel 12:25 (For I am the LORD! If I say it, it will happen. There will be no more delays, you rebels of Israel. I will fulfill my threat of destruction in your own lifetime. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!”
This morning we claim Your Word over our lives. knowing You will perform Your Word just as You promised. Thank You for Your watchful care over us.
Psalm 32:8 (NLT) The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.
Isaiah 27:2-3 (AMP)
In that day [it will be said of the redeemed nation of Israel], A vineyard beloved and lovely; sing a responsive song to it and about it!
I, the Lord, am its Keeper; I water it every moment; lest anyone harm it, I guard and keep it night and day.
Thank You Lord! You love us so much! You guide us along the best pathway for our life, and YOU are our advisor! YOU watch over us. And we are in Your garden, Your vineyard as Israel is and as the redeemed are. You are our KEEPER. You watch over us every moment; You will let none harm us as You watch over us night and day. You love us. Thank You!!
You are overwhelming us with Your love! I am exstatic being in the Presence of Your love, the pouring out, the over abundance of it! In MSG Bible it says in Ephesians 1:7-10 Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, His blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we're a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.
You delighted in making a good plan for our lives. You were grinning as you made it, because You saw us walking out the plan and the enjoyment we would get from it. You love us and bless us every day! Thank You Father!
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WE are called to love; to have unity, yet in our present culture the enemy has created an atmosphere of cold hearted hate, of separation. Do not blame politics, for this is a spiritual battle; it is the work of satan using politics as a tool to create a black mold in the hearts of people. Christ died to bring us peace and love, and if we are Christ followers, that is what we must allow to grow in our souls.
Christ has gifted us with the Holy Spirit to indwell us, and so with His power in us we are able to overcome the evil atmosphere created by the devil. God never abandons us, nor gives us more than we can handle. He Himself gives us His strength to fight the enemy. He fills us with His love ~ if we choose to obey Him. It is our choice. He instructs us:
Colossians 3:12 NIV
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience
Romans 12:16-21 (MSG)
14-16 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.
17-19 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”
20-21 Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good!
We praise our God for the wonder of Who He is:
He is mighty and glorious; the power in a great storm, the crack of flashing lightning power, voice the thunderous roar! The force of the wind ~ the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s why I love a storm~its filled with You; it draws me.
You, God, are worthy of all praise and honor and worship! You mighty Lord created the creatures in the waters and on the land. You used Your creative abilities to make beauty like the leopard running, the horse standing tall on a hill, like a giraffe grazing from the top of a tree. You created huge ~ like a whale breaking the ocean surface and crashing down before descending into the deep again, on land the elephant with his long nose and big ears. You made graceful like a gazelle flying across a meadow or a dolphin doing a dance with its mate. Then you gifted them to us. You have all this creativity and You created humans. . . You wanted creatures with minds and souls and spirits that were aware of You and could converse with You and come to deeply know You. You created us to know You and to love You.
You. O Lord are LOVE. And that is the answer to our situation in this nation. To fight against the enemy, who is hatred, we need love. Act love, talk love, write love, spread love in our little section of the world, and gather together other Christ followers to also do the same. Let us spread love-talk across the world. There is no other way to have victory in this war against evil.
My Friends, I may have iindicated that it is an easy thing to do; however, I do not find it a simple step. It takes intense prayer and a commitment to the Lord to desire His will, and to see that His WORD IS TRUTH. He does help by giving us His indwelling Holy Spirit to help us understand and "see" His power at work here. And remember, all things are possible: So if you have been caught up in satan's anger and hatred, first know that it is evil's trap and is ungodly
Matthew 19:26 Amp
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With people [as far as it depends on them] it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
|Posted on March 17, 2021 at 4:00 AM||comments (2049)|
My friends, who has prayed a prayer and it has not been answered? God asks when the end comes will there be persistence in faith on the earth? Well here is one persons thoughts on answered prayer:
The Prayer Secret of Praying for Results
ISAIAH 43:25, 26 I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put Me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
Notice that God said, "Put Me in remembrance." Those who have been mighty in prayer have always been those who reminded God of His promises and brought His Word before Him. So, have we been doing that?
Charles Finney is probably the most outstanding exponent of prayer. He is known as the man who prayed down revivals. He has the greatest success, and his converts were the most consistent since the days of the Apostle Paul. It is common knowledge that eighty-five percent of his converts remained true to God.
D. L. Moody was a great evangelist, but only about fifty percent of his converts remained faithful. We have had a mighty move over the past several years, but it is common knowledge that not more than fifty percent of the converts have remained true to the Lord. Finney had the greatest success numbers' wise as far as keeping the fruit of his labor, since the days of the Apostle Paul - whole cities were stirred.
For instance, I read in Finney's autobiography that in 1829 he went to the city of Rochester, New York, where he conducted a meeting and practically everyone in town was saved. All the grog shops closed down. (We now call them honky-tonks and beer joints.) There was not a place left in town where one could buy anything to drink. The only theater in town closed down. There was such a revival that when a circus came to town, only two people went to see it, so it had closed. Everyone was interested in God. The revival was on. The people were just not concerned about anything else.
I also read that Finney went to hold another meeting when he was a Presbyterian. He had been talking about fifteen minutes when the power of God fell on him. About four hundred people fell off their seats onto the floor, and it was a Presbyterian church! He didn't know what was happening, but he said that he found out later they had all been sinners and had just gotten saved when they fell under the power. Finney prayed for revival. He was a real man of prayer. He said that he had some experiences in prayer that indeed alarmed him. He added that he found himself saying to the Lord, "Lord, You don't think that we are not going to have revival here, do You? You don't think that You could withhold Your blessing?" He found himself reminding the Lord what He had promised....
Smith Wigglesworth said that God delights in His children having the audacity of faith to say, "God, You have promised it, so now do it." You say that in faith". This agrees with what God says, for God said, "Put Me in remembrance." They were putting Him in remembrance of what He said. If God wants us to put Him in remembrance, then let's do it. Isaiah 43:26 said it.
By faith we stand on the written Word of God - it is true!
Today we take our place of authority and call things that are not as though they are
We speak wholeness, health, and change of heart to the broken hearted
Declaring peace over them and covering them in the Blood of Jesus
God has a plan for you!
We pray over political positions of authority
Every office covered in the Blood of Jesus
The Blood covering every state
Lifting up specific locations in America
There will be ministries in every state that will be lifted up and others that will be brought down
ISAIAH 43:25, 26 I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
How often do we do that in prayer? We know God is faithful. We know He loves us, so if He wrote that we should put Him in remembrance, then that is what He meant. So let us pray with audacity and remind God of His promises.
|Posted on March 13, 2021 at 4:00 AM||comments (1602)|
I am the Bread of Life [that gives life--the Living Bread]. (49) Your forefathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and [yet] they died. (50) [But] this is the Bread that comes down from heaven, so that [any]one may eat of it and never die. (51) I [Myself] am this Living Bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he will live forever; and also the Bread that I shall give for the life of the world is My flesh (body).
See what I mean?
Then the Jews angrily contended with one another, saying, How is He able to give us His flesh to eat? (53) And Jesus said to them, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, you cannot have any life in you unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood [unless you appropriate His life and the saving merit of His blood]. (54) He who feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood has (possesses now) eternal life, and I will raise him up [from the dead] on the last day.
Here Jesus emphacizes it even more.
(55) For My flesh is true and genuine food, and My blood is true and genuine drink. (56) He who feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood dwells continually in Me, and I [in like manner dwell continually] in him. (57) Just as the living Father sent Me and I live by (through, because of) the Father, even so whoever continues to feed on Me [whoever takes Me for his food and is nourished by Me] shall [in his turn] live through and because of Me. (5 This is the Bread that came down from heaven. It is not like the manna which our forefathers ate, and yet died; he who takes this Bread for his food shall live forever.
Let us look at another translation and see how it words this concept:
John 6:53-60 The Passion Translation (TPT)
53 Jesus replied to them, “Listen to this eternal truth: Unless you eat the body of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you will not have eternal life. 54 Eternal life comes to the one who eats my body[a] and drinks my blood, and I will raise him up in the last day. 55 For my body is real food for your spirit and my blood is real drink. 56 The one who eats my body and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in him.[b] 57 The Father of life sent me, and he is my life. In the same way, the one who feeds upon me, I will become his life. 58 I am not like the bread your ancestors ate and later died. I am the living Bread that comes from heaven. Eat this Bread and you will live forever!”
59 Jesus preached this sermon in the synagogue in Capernaum.
Many Disciples Became Offended 60 And when many of Jesus’ followers heard these things, it caused a stir. “That’s disgusting!” they said. “How could anybody accept it?”[c]
How do the FOOTNOTES explain it?
6:54 To eat his flesh is to take into our life by faith all that Jesus did for us by giving his body for us. To drink his blood is to take by faith all that the blood of Jesus has purchased for us. This “eating” and “drinking” is receiving the life, power, and virtue of all that Jesus is to replace all that we were in Adam. Jesus’ blood and body is the Tree of Life, which is offered to everyone who follows him.
6:56 The Aramaic is “He that eats my body and drinks my blood is strengthened in me and I in him.”
6:60 Jesus knew that these words were offending the religious Jews. To eat flesh that was not kosher was a violation of the law; how much more so to eat human flesh. Drinking blood of any kind was also forbidden (Lev. 17:11–12). The imagery is similar to Ezekiel who “ate the scroll” (of the Word, Ezek. 3:1–15).
(59) He said these things in a synagogue while He was teaching at Capernaum. (60) When His disciples heard this, many of them said, This is a hard and difficult and strange saying (an offensive and unbearable message). Who can stand to hear it? [Who can be expected to listen to such teaching?]
(61) But Jesus, knowing within Himself that His disciples were complaining and protesting and grumbling about it, said to them: Is this a stumbling block and an offense to you? [Does this upset and displease and shock and scandalize you?] (62) What then [will be your reaction] if you should see the Son of Man ascending to [the place] where He was before?
(63) It is the Spirit Who gives life [He is the Life-giver]; the flesh conveys no benefit whatever [there is no profit in it]. The words (truths) that I have been speaking to you are spirit and life.
(64) But [still] some of you fail to believe and trust and have faith. For Jesus knew from the first who did not believe and had no faith and who would betray Him and be false to Him. (65) And He said, This is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless it is granted him [unless he is enabled to do so] by the Father.
(66) After this, many of His disciples drew back (returned to their old associations) and no longer accompanied Him. But bthe apostles were trusting Jesus
(67) Jesus said to the Twelve, Will you also go away? [And do you too desire to leave Me?] (6 Simon Peter answered, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words (the message) of eternal life. (John 6:48-67 AMP)
Paul encourages us to focus on the true goal in life:
Philippians 3:12-16 (MSG) Focused on the Goal
12-14 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
This determined attitude of Paul should also be ours!
15-16 So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.
Let us run our race with all out perseverence!
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.