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  10/18/17                                                 A Soul Cries Out

Lord God, ruler of heaven and earth, You are high and lifted far above us. And sometimes we can slip back into that kind of relationship with You ~ so far above us You are unreachable; we call but not from that deep truth-believing spirit at the center of our being, and so we do not reach You. Our words just shout out, then die like fireworks on the 4th of July, dying into the dark ethos of a world of sin and unbelief. 

BUT You provided an answer when You sent Jesus to us. Jesus God-man came to teach us Your character and ways and the colossal love in which You, our Father, envelop us.

Oh, let me reach the depths of my spirit and allow the peace and quiet joy of Your presence to fill the wounds left in my soul by harsh encounters of yesterday. As I bide in the stillness and glean a word, a thought, a way, a feeling of Your love, it infuses me with new strength and contentment. Every moment I spend in stillness, listening, always brings communion with You. My heart so hungers for more of You, an ever deepening touch with You, a true union of hearts. I so need Your consolation, word of strength, the assurance of Your love!

Without You I am desolate, so when I hear Your whisper calling me to Yourself, I eagerly close out the world to just be with You. Your love is so all encompassing. . . so filling, words cannot fully render meaning to its intensity. But as I am engulfed with Your love and breathe it in, my heart spirals in purest joy! I dance in jubilation! 

My friends, if you have not yet developed this relationship with our loving God, i urge you to seek it. There is nothing better in life than to live it with a constant connection to Him and His love for you!

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                                              OK God. Where are You?

Ever feel spiritually blind? Future looks blank? Call to God and there is no answer? Prayers seem to bounce off the ceiling? I know the feeling.  Is your call originating in the head or in the spirit? That was my question to me this morning, and the unanswered call was in my head not my heart. 
My despondent emotions were getting in the way. 
Is there hope? In desperation I yelled, "Where are You God?"

When I settled down, I realized that if my desire for an answer is serious, I need to get serious. It’s my own advice from Cast Up A Highway. Set aside my will, my emotions, and go straight to my spirit; for the Word tells us: God is spirit and to communicate with Him, it must be spirit to spirit, but we have a tendency to forget that the spirit is where we connect, and It is here that real communication happens. 

John 4:24 (AMP)
God is spirit [the Source of life, yet invisible to mankind], and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Oh, Father, I am so sorry; my stubborn will forgets Who You are. I can't command, demand, even request from my heartless head; the connection is by my spirit, and so to get true help and answers, my spirit humbly comes before Your throne, my God, trusting in Your love for me. Father, help me find the answer to my frustration.

 I have discovered that trusting is a key piece.

Our Creator knows us so well! Our goal is to also know Him well, and because He desires it, He makes it possible. As I slip meekly down into my spirit, I experience Your presence, Lord, and just want to stay here. It is from this place of love, I ask my questions, and faithful Father that You are, my answers come. You are my comfort and my peace. 

How I need Your presence, Lord! It brings that quiet joy.  Going from glory to glory, as the Bible says, learning more about my God and my relationship with Him every day, creates a flowering of ever deepening love. Seeking You Jesus, my Lord, brings true satisfaction, completeness and desired answers. 

Is this your experience too? If you do not have this relationship with God, I pray you will seek His face and discover it. Nothing is better!


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Original Blog from April 2011 

John G Lake:  
His Life, His Sermons, His Boldness of Faith

I'm sharing from a book about a man of formidable faith! See these few powerful excerpts taken from this book:

1) 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 (and women) who were BOLD and STRONG and PURE and GOOD, BLESSED BY GOD. The greatest and the strongest and the noblest is always the humblest.

2) In one of these 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."

3)Bless God. Not a limited life, but an unlimited life. The idea of Christ, the idea of God was that every man, 

through Jesus Christ, through being joined to Him by the Holy Spirit, should be transformed into Christ's perfect image. Glory be to God. Christ within and Christ without. Christ in your spirit, Christ in your soul and Christ in your body. Not only living His life, but performing His works by the grace of God. 

That is the gospel of the Son of God. . .

You can see John G Lake’s indomitable spirit reflected in these few passages from the book. Do you desire to have this strong inner core of faith yourself? I’ve discovered that whoever yearns to live a life of victory and have this rugged spirit can do so. It does not come by wishing, but it comes by commitment. It is developed by an insatiable thirst to know God intimately, by a desire to learn about Him and a desire to share with Him in a communion of thoughts and spirit. 

Jesus opened the door for our union with Him, for our growing ever stronger, ever closer in our relationship. We can walk through that door whenever we choose to do so. We can live everyday lives full and strong. The highway is before us. (See the book Cast Up A Highway for the architect’s design/plan)

Psalm 28:7 (AMP)
The Lord is my strength and my [impenetrable] shield;
My heart trusts [with unwavering confidence] in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I shall thank Him and praise Him.

We have the ability to lead lives lion-strong and complete with joy and victory!! Do you believe it? And what do you think of his comment at the end of the first excerpt. . . “The greatest and the strongest and the noblest is always the humblest.” What does it mean Thanks to YSRMK for great picture!.                              to you? I’d really like to know                                                                                     h                                                                  how you see this concept.

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1 Peter 1:3-5 (MSG)
What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.

I like this Scripture! ‘how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus!’ This Father, that is Father God. He raised Jesus from the dead. That resurrection gave us the promise of a new life; it means when we accept His Son Jesus, and His gift, our life is changed; with Him as the Lord of our life we become new creatures. It’s like going through a paradigm shift. I remember that. Seemed like everything  was seen in a new light. And it’s never returned to the old. Jesus has a hold on me now for all eternity. His hold is love, pure love, strong and bold. It consumes me; it’s a strong magnet that never releases, just continues to draw me ever closer to His heart, guiding my soul, ever purifying, and sometimes with fire. 

Father God sent Holy Spirit to indwell me and keep me on the right path, instructing me, giving me a light to follow in the darkness. Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, loves me. I am enfolded in His love. It is soft, almost cloud like, without aroma, just filled with contentment and quiet joy. 

This is different from His work in me, because sometimes Holy Spirit is a fire and like processing gold, it draws the dross to the top so it can be eliminated. That can be harsh and hard, because purification is not easy on us. However, He is always with me helping me through the hard; nothing can overwhelm me, because His Presence holds me up, and thus I am able to go through the hard successfully, coming out stronger and better. Thank You for loving me Lord! 

I come to You, Most High Lord God, and lay at Your feet in humble obeisance offering my life to You. May I serve You Lord by always doing  Your will. My heart needs You, Lord; it grows a desperate requirement in me to know You more. Life is beautiful when I am close to You, feel You at my side, or joining with indwelling Holy Spirit in the privilege of performing Your work, my God. May my life be ever searching for what is in Your heart. My Three-in-One, I love You. In this world where the enemy is attempting to eradicate Your presence, like David, I need You more than ever.

Psalm 63:1 [ A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.] You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.

 October 6, 2017 New Blog #3                                         No Greater Joy
A candle burns low in the darkness of His bedroom. Head in hands as he sits at the table, his soul cries out, 
“Oh God, where are You tonight? 
“My son, I am here. Do not fear; have you not put everything in my hands? Patience, my beloved. Do you not know I am in the waiting?” 

Cramped muscles loosen their grip as peace begins to fill him. Holy Spirit whispers a reminder, “Whatever God’s plan is in this hard time, it is for good.  Remember the Word?"

Jeremiah 29:11  (NIV)
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future

Tears run down his swarthy cheeks. God’s goodness is overwhelming. The candle sputters and goes out. He smiles, for the darkness is no longer a threat; he has found his God once again. 

This morning I arose in darkness, but dawn has awakened the day. I rather enjoy getting up early when the sun is still sleeping. The night time wraps me in a special place where me and God are alone together. I love being with Him! 

Now the sun has taken his place revealing a blue sky. This is significant, because the past week has been mostly rainy, cool, damp, and grey, which was refreshing after a rather hot dry period. But everyone is now ready for sunshine and blue to brighten our days again. 

Seems weather often affects  people’s moods. Perhaps this is true for me too, as there seems to be a lifting of a burden today. Maybe it’s not the weather so much as it is the reminder from Holy Spirit that God is not surprised by the challenges happening right now in my life. I have given them to Him, and I am waiting~ not exactly patiently, but with the reminder that “God is in the waiting”, my spirit settles down to a new calmness and trust.

How beautiful it is to know my God intimately, and trust Him implicitly. My God is good, faithful, loving and kind. He makes me smile. My friends, if you do not Know our marvelous Lord God; if you have not yet established a personal relationship with Him, I highly recommend that you do so. 
                   There is no higher goal in life, no greater joy!

October 4, 2017 # 2 New Blog:                                            WITH GOD
Lord there is no way I can do anything to live a supernatural life on my own. It is only possible with YOU. You indwell me. When I open myself to You being the boss, the leader the guide, then my journey becomes supernatural, and nothing that You ask of me is impossible. 

I know the percolating inside of me is You preparing me to see what You will ask of me next. Life becomes exciting when You share Your will with me. Sometimes Your 'speaking' appears as “hunch’, a feeling, then other times it comes at prayer with Your Words in a Scripture, or sometimes in Your still  small voice. No matter how You choose to share it with me, I love Your personal communication! 

I recall one blog where You and I were climbing a mountain, and from a ledge we could see the ‘land’. There was a darkness encroaching closer and closer. You asked me if I was willing to go into the darkness carrying Your Word. I felt a fear inside and asked, will You go with me? You answered, “I am always with you.” Am I brave enough to go into the darkness with the Gospel? On my own? “No”. But with God, all things are possible. When I trust God, I know He will take care of me, so “I will do whatever He asks”, I say 'yes' bravely (with just a little trepidation in my soul).

These times are definitely growing darker. Terror attacks around the world are increasing. Violence has recently been attacking our country with those who choose to punish any who do not agree with their philosophy. 59 people were recently murdered and 100s were injured at a concert in Nevada. Yes the world grows darker every day. Abortions murdering millions of babies continue. That number is set to grow as the U.N. Human Rights Committee is rewriting the definition of the "right to life" to mean the "right to kill." And North Korea is firing off ballistic missiles which could carry nuclear warheads. They will start world war III if this keeps up. Their leader seems to have an egotistical  bully mentality. 

Now look at the natural disasters worldwide: Huge hurricanes, floods, tidal waves, earthquakes, mud slides, raging forest fires. Yes the shadow of evil is moving faster than ever across this land and the world. What can we do? What will we do? As an indiviual what are you willing to do? As for me number one is to pray. Praying with the power of God who indwells me brings supernatural results: Remember how  hurricane Harvey was a number 5 until people began to pray? It was a number 1 as it traversed up Florida. Remember, my friends, this is not a time to shrink in fear. God is more powerful than anything the enemy can do. Stand strong in His might!

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October 2, 2017  Sorry my friends that there have no been new blogs posted for ten days. My Vistaprint friends have been unable to fix a technical glitch. This is a temporary resolution. Enjoy

Lessons Learned Through Depth Study.

With the “In Depth” studies, You have led me, Lord, on the path to discovering Your purpose for my existence: to reach the unloved with Your love, Your Words speaking on the page and from my mouth. My heart's desire is to serve You. 

I’ve discovered that as I go over these 4 blogs on going deeper with God, they are even more meaningful. They showed me I need to refocus on God’s promises, His Word again to continue my journey. I know it is a continuing saga until I go home to Him. 

Do you feel this way too, my friends? We go from glory to glory~ level to level. My heart is focused now on going deeper with my Lord. My current place is feeling shallow. I want more! I must have a closer connection with my Lord, and that will require spending more time with Him I know! It is a choice.

Proverbs 2:1-5 (NIV)
1My son, if you accept my words
    and store up my commands within you,

2 turning your ear to wisdom
    and applying your heart to understanding—

3 indeed, if you call out for insight
    and cry aloud for understanding,

4 and if you look for it as for silver
    and search for it as for hidden treasure,

5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.

In the Depth series I began to see the truth of this Scripture:

#1 When He calls it may seem impossible; but if He calls, we trust, and He will enable.

#2 Name the treasure I seek. Is it the same as God’s will? 
When the journey seems too difficult, believe His Word; His promises are true! Sometimes the pressure can seem too much to bear, severe enough to even challenge my faith. Always go to His Word and His promises to be revitalized. 
He will guide me through any storm.

 Deut31:8 Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)
The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

#3 When growing weary of the struggle, be determined to reach the goal;
 be committed to it. 
Be passionate about following God’s will! Know my own heart to find His heart. 
The enemy will try to bring fear and doubt threatening with its lies and deceptions,  but we remember God’s promises in His Word.  

Psalm 19:11-14 (MSG)
There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger
    and directs us to hidden treasure.
Otherwise how will we find our way?
    Or know when we play the fool?
Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!
    Keep me from stupid sins,
    from thinking I can take over your work;
Then I can start this day sun-washed,
    scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.

Ps 55:16 (MSG) As for me I will call upon the Lord and He will save me. 

#4  Trust in the Holy Spirit to lead me along the path He set out for me. Continually seek Him.

These lessons are basic to living in God’s will and gaining wisdom to know Hs purpose for our life! Trusting Him is paramount! Having purpose gives meaning to every day! Thank You Lord! Put Your Life into us!

Do you know the purpose for which God gave you life? If not, go to Him! He brings strength and joy!

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