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|Posted on April 13, 2021 at 2:25 AM||comments (184)|
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!
|Posted on April 8, 2021 at 5:50 AM||comments (520)|
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!
|Posted on April 3, 2021 at 5:10 AM||comments (2540)|
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!
|Posted on March 31, 2021 at 4:25 AM||comments (354)|
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 (1277)|
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!
|Posted on March 22, 2021 at 4:05 AM||comments (257)|
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 (1036)|
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 (764)|
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!
|Posted on March 10, 2021 at 4:00 AM||comments (548)|
As Daughters For Zion, we are FULLY equipped in prayer to overcome every obstacle because when we in prayer step into what seems impossible, God’s answers with supernatural results. Encourage yourself in this truth as we continue to face obstacles both spiritually and politically concerning Iran and other challenges Israel is facing.
The following excerpt is taken from A Light In Darkness by Rick Renner:
Christ's Commendation And Correction to the Church of Ephesus
Years of Christian service can so consume the minds and strength of believers that through the passage of time, they can forget the great work of grace that gave them new life. The ingoing, unrelenting work of ministry can reduce what was once fresh and fervent into monotonous, religious routine. Memories of coming to Christ become buried beneath an overgrowth of religious activity until spiritual weeds choke out the gratitude and joy that were once the hallmark of a passionate intimacy with Christ.
Despite its veritable roster of high-profile Christians and an impressive list of accomplishments to its credit, the church of Ephesus was "fallen" in Jesus's eyes. Unintentionally, the believers had drifted from their once-characteristic fire and zeal from the Lord. Sophisticated and impressive in size, influence, and governance, this congregation needed to dig deep to remember from whence they had fallen and repent in order to regain God's approval and retain their stature before Him.
...Spiritual backsliding occurs when believers lose their focus on Jesus and become preoccupied with other things - including the work of the ministry. A loss of joy in service indicates a lack of intimacy with the Savior and a dire need to return to the fervor of love and heartfelt devotion they experienced when they first repented and yielded to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
Recently, I have begun to feel the loss of joy, and this reading hit home for me.It's time for me to go back and regain my intimacy, that I never believed I would lose; but alas I have allowed other things to interrupt my relationship with my Savior. I repent Lord; please restore our relationship as I vow to spend more time with You. Thank You my Lord for Your mercy!
The following word was previously given by Kenneth E. Hagin by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit:
Never allow the least bit of resentment or ill will, or bad feelings, but walk on. Walk on in love. Walk on in power. Walk on in the Spirit. Walk on with the Lord, and He'll come unto thee and manifest Himself unto thee."
"And it is even written in the Holy Scriptures that His coming unto us shall be as the rain. And so the Holy Ghost will fall, and the power of God will be in manifestation, and great shall be the reward thereof. And many shall be blessed, and great and good days stand just ahead. Walk on.
Yea, ye shall see, for the glory of the Lord shall appear unto thee. But most will move with the Spirit, and all will acknowledge, 'There are miracles happening over there. I guess God just saw fit to have mercy on them.'"
"But no, they saw fit to flow with God. And they saw fit to go with God. And His glory will fill that temple. Many will say, 'I just don't go along with those things. We have a pretty good church here. God has put His approval upon us.'"
"But yea," saith the Lord of Hosts, "I only put my approval upon that which lines up with my Word. Get into the Word and let the Spirit open the Word to you. Not only unto your mind, but get the revelation of it in your spirit. And your spirit will be more alive unto the things of God. And He - through your spirit - will be able to teach you, and admonish you, and direct you.
My Lord God, You are the lover of my soul. My mind, will and emotions were given to me by You. You understand them and You expect them to focus on You, to love You, to worship You along with my spirit. I shall determine that it shall be so. You are the holy One, the great all-knowing One, the Highest of the High, the most glorious One. You are my God! Before You I bow my head representing my body and my mind, I bow my will, I place my emotions under You.
You are all powerful! And I am under Your protection! I live in Your divine health. For You have said in Your Word that You are my healer; You have said You watch over Your Word to perform it; You have said You are not a man that You should lie nor the son of man that You should change Your mind; You have said, by Jesus’s stripes I was healed. I claim these Scripture promises over my body today. Thank You Lord for a body that once again lives in Your divine health.
I lift You up and proclaim Your glory! I love You!
Joel 2:10-13 (AMP)
The earth quakes before them; the heavens tremble. The sun and the moon are darkened and the stars withdraw their shining.
11 And the Lord utters His voice before His army, for His host is very great, and [they are] strong and powerful who execute [God's] word. For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible, and who can endure it?
Therefore also now, says the Lord, turn and keep on coming to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning [until every hindrance is removed and the broken fellowship is restored].
13 Rend your hearts and not your garments and return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness; and He revokes His sentence of evil [when His conditions are met].
|Posted on March 5, 2021 at 6:15 AM||comments (594)|
John 15:1-10 (MSG)
1-3 "I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn't bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more. You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken.
4"Live in me. Make your home in Me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can't bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can't bear fruit unless you are joined with Me.
5-8"I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you're joined with Me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can't produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire.
But if you make yourselves at home with Me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who He is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.
9-10"I've loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you'll remain intimately at home in my love. That's what I've done—kept my Father's commands and made myself at home in his love.
'You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken.
Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you.
When you're joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant
This is how my Father shows who He is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.'
If you keep my commands, you'll remain intimately at home in my love.
So You are telling us: When we live intimately united to You, Jesus, just as a branch is intimately and organically united to the tree~attached with sap flowing from the tree into the branch giving it life and thus the ability to bear fruit; when we live that closely and intimately united to You the / my harvest will be plentiful.
Wow! I want to live that way with You; Jesus come live that intimately in me! Let the virtue that flows from You be also in us. Help us here Jesus. Organically~cell to cell connection. When a vine master implants a branch from one vine to another, the virtues of the two are mixed together. As Father God connects our branches to You as the vine, we become brand new. Your essence flows into us changing us to be more like You. As we accept You and become obedient to Your word, we accept the flow of You into us changing us to be like You~same DNA, Divine DNA. You live in us, not imprisoned in us, but allowing us to partake of Who You are, as we become like You, You call us to be You to the world.
You told us as we absorbed Your Word into ourselves~You are the Word [John1]~we are absorbing You into us.[ “you are what you eat”] we become Jesus through eating His Word~digesting it into our soul and spirit. So as we meditate on Your Word and digest it, absorb it, we are becoming more like You one Scripture at a time. Then we live out the Scripture and fruit is produced.
Good morning God. You are the ultimate. You are in the farthest reaches of the universe, yes Your presence is seen there. You are in the deepest depth within me~yes Your creation is seen there. You are everywhere and You know all things. You are the alpha and the omega~beginning and end. I can go nowhere without Your presence. I bow down to Your greatness! I thank You for Your guidance in me as I stay connected to You, Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, You show me the path, the way to go each day. You clear the way. Thank You Lord for Your showing us 'the way'.
|Posted on February 28, 2021 at 6:10 PM||comments (699)|
Thank You all powerful God for giving us teachers! I'd like to share a word from one:
The following excerpt is taken from How To Turn Your Faith Loose by Kenneth E. Hagin:
Right Confession - Door to the Supernatural
The Bible contains God's thoughts - and, of course, God's thoughts are different from man's. In the Bible God says :
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. (9) For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
You may not always understand everything the Bible says with your natural mind, because your mind hasn't been renewed - but the Word still works. It works by saying, or it works by praying.
In Mark 11:22 we read, "...Have faith in God" (or have the God-kind of faith). And in the 23rd and 24th verses we read, "For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall SAY. . . and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall BELIEVE...What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, BELIEVE that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."
The Amplified Bible reads, "For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it]."
The greatest things that will ever happen to you will be when you move into the spiritual realm. There is a spiritual realm to enter into....
The Lord once said to me, "So many have barely touched that spiritual realm, You enter into it briefly in being filled with the Spirit and speaking with tongues. Why not enter on into it? Yea, go on out, even into the deep things of Mine. For surely your every desire shall be granted, and the fullness of God shall be yours to enjoy."...
...Don't confess your doubts. You don't have any more business having doubts than you do having dope! Doubt is just as evil as dope, and if it's evil, we haven't got any business having it. Doubt is contraband goods. Doubt is of the devil.
Many people think they are just being honest when they confess that they are afraid or that they doubt. But if you are saved, you need not be full of doubt. Start confessing who you are in Christ. You are a believer - a new creature. Talk that, believe that, think that.
“does not doubt in their heart but believes”
But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. Believe without the encumbrance of any doubt; believe with surety [the state of being sure or certain of something]. Guarantee, absolute surety of belief! Know that I know Your Word is true God. You watch over Your Word to perform it. You are not a man that You should lie, nor the son of man that You should change Your mind. What You say, that You will do! I do believe with all that I am, that You are God, You are all powerful; You love me; Your Word is truth; You shall do what Your Word says You will do!!
Lord, You are the God of Love. Your sweetness makes me smile. I want 2021 to be about getting immersed in You, absorbed in You my Holy God! I desire a full revelation of You Jesus, to truly know You, that my heart sings in joy every time we speak and come together. Help me this morning to become identified with/as You, Jesus. Holy Spirit of Jesus You are the part of Jesus that is Spirit. As I have a spirit soul and body, You Jesus lived as a man here on earth, so You had a physical body, a soul and a spirit ~ only Your spirit is Holy Spirit. As my spirit is an integral part of who I am, Holy Spirit is an integral part of Who You are. You have enabled Your Holy Spirit ~being spirit~ to inhabit us, to help us, to lead and guide and teach us~to go on continuing Your message that you started long ago. So that sweet spirit of love I began to feel the other day, Holy Spirit, comes from You, Jesus. The Father, You and Holy Spirit are One. You Who love me so sweetly Jesus. Holy Spirit, help me go deeper in Jesus.
|Posted on February 25, 2021 at 6:45 AM||comments (421)|
You bring joy to life. I saw my Mom dance in a beautiful meadow when death freed her from an Alzheimer ravaged body. Her music and happiness was a ballet of freedom and joy. Even in sorrow, it made my heart smile.
When Dad took a long time to die at the end of his life, You gave me a vision and a reason when I asked “why?”. The reason was pride. . . You asked me, “When was the last time you saw your father bow down to anyone?”. Then You gave me the vision of Dad dressed in a white robe, down on one knee, bowing before Jesus as a knight bows before his king. You give us joy even in death. Even before Dad died, Teri saw an angel in his room. You sent Your angel servants to guard him in his last hours.
You are good! My Father thank You for so many blessings! Even in times of sorrow You know how to bring solace to our souls.
Have you ever received such a gift from God when a loved one died?
|Posted on February 23, 2021 at 5:45 AM||comments (307)|
Time has speeded up, and holidays race by. Each year is a look at, “What’s next Lord?” The year 2020 ended with a feeling of relief for many. As time flew by, a deeper more serious note entered in. The old year was gone never to return, and a new year began. But many do not feel there is necessarily a hope for better in 2021. However, we usually get what we expect, so keeping a positive expectation is a necessary step. We serve a good God, and He loves us, so with His hand upon us, we are able to hold on to affirmative thoughts.
Visions for life and new goals setting became an important note. Truthfully I do not recall the goals I set at midnight any year. What became important was to have goals and visions and live life to bring them forth. A God centered life will be an encouragement to keep us on the right track in achieving those dreams.
The passing of many midnights have brought my husband and I into the golden years~and they really are. I have a husband who loves me dearly and enjoys taking care of me. At the same time I treasure him and like doing the many little things I can to make him laugh and enjoy our life together. God is good and He blesses us. We also set goals for ourselves individually and together. God is a main focus for us. We know Him and thank Him for His teachings and His care. Hand and hand we walk our path together with our Lord through the years as they come and go. Picture our silhouettes walking into the sunset, or picture that hand in hand silhouette walking away from the morning sunrise~with lots of life to live yet and much to accomplish.
Thank You Holy One! Beautiful Holy Spirit, yes You are beautiful. I cannot picture You, as You are spirit, but my spirit sense sees how beautiful You truly are. You have the beauty of the smile of a child’s innocence, the freshness of new rain on a thirsty earth, the gentleness of a Father’s loving touch upon His child, the playfulness of a puppy, beauty of a horse running all out in pure joy, and the power of fire to warm or remove. Holy Spirit You are so lovely to experience! You love me Holy Spirit! That is like a new revelation to me! I sense Your love. The essence of who You are is love. Thank You Holy Spirit for this new revelation. I sense Your Presence around me; please stay with me like this throughout the day, throughout eternity.
|Posted on February 17, 2021 at 6:45 AM||comments (1021)|
Here I am at the bottom of the sea with Jesus and the Treasure chest. It’s been a somewhat exhausting swim, but valuable in growth and learning! Now the goal is within reach. The front of the chest has a buckle holding it shut tight. Releasing this, and already escaping from opening cracks is a bright golden light. Gently lifting the lid, amazement fills my soul. What is contained inside looks like parchment encased in translucent golden balls.
Touching one golden globe sends an electric sensation through my fingers. A vision fills my mind. A person I know with a fiery wound in her chest. Tell me Lord, is that physical or emotional? “Mary, Holy Spirit will lead you; go to Him; He will reveal to you why she is the one who needs prayers. His love flows as He downloads other details of the situation.” My prayers will be a lifesaving moment, a healing touch of the Father for her. What a wonderful privilege to work with the power of God to help people and bring His love and salvation to them.
Eyes closed, I meditate on the Holy Spirit asking for Him to pray through my mouth. Each golden globe contains a plan, a task for me to perform, each laid out along a path. This is the supernatural strategy of God for my life, an objective of purpose and power. Raising with the globes through the sea, my head crests the surface, and I eagerly watch the globes movements; some are settling like buoys, and others moving toward land. I try to keep eyes on them, but their speed is beyond my ability to follow. Lord now what? Smiling, Jesus looks tenderly and reminds me to trust. “All things will come to you at the proper time. Everything My Father has for you, you will find. Fear not!”
Jeremiah 29:11 (NLV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord,
‘plans for well-being and not for trouble,
to give you a future and a hope.
I have found the heart of God, the love for His children and His will for my life. He has assigned me the task of bringing His Word of healing and love to teach His children how to come into relationship with Him. Whispered words fill my spirit:
“Mary you have found your desire. Your seeking has pleased Me. As you walk your journey I will lead and guide you to the places and people who are your assignments. Trust in Me. As you travel I will draw closer to you, and you will live in my Presence. I am your ever present help.”
Psalm 46 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
What are your experiences in seeking the Father’s heart? As Jesus walks through your challenges with you, do you remember to keep your eyes focused on Him and His Word?
|Posted on February 14, 2021 at 7:40 AM||comments (492)|
Rest time over; the journey to find the treasure is renewed. Continuing to swim has become more difficult, for my body is weary from its struggles. “Jesus, I am really getting tired.” He responds, “So you want to stop?” Again I realized this was a defining moment. Do I have the determination to continue? Is my will committed enough to pursue this journey through exhaustion to the end? Am I passionate enough about finding the heart of God to push through the fatigue?
Closing my eyes I looked into my own heart, for we cannot know the heart of God if we do not know our own heart. There I found a desperate desire to know my Lord and my God at a deeper level, to push our relationship to a farther depth. “Jesus, let’s continue” I respond.
Then the thrill hits as in the distance I see a treasure box! Yes, just like a pirate’s treasure box holding lots of golden coins. Wow! Extra energy empowers my body to move more swiftly through the water until I see large shadows swimming around it. Ok. I never even considered sharks and other dangers lurking in the darkness at this level. Jesus, what will we do now? I hear no response, though I know He is near. Looking around, I see His eyes peering at me, but no words; it’s up to me.
Pondering what I know to be true, I search my memory for an answer. There is the treasure chest which holds answers my heart deeply desires. But the bodyguards of the chest are formidable, and wisdom is required here. Check the 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!
Psalm 55:16-19 (MSG)
I call to God;
God will help me.
At dusk, dawn, and noon I sigh
deep sighs—he hears, he rescues.
My life is well and whole, secure
in the middle of danger
Even while thousands
are lined up against me.
God hears it all, and from his judge’s bench
puts them in their place.
But, set in their ways, they won’t change;
they pay him no mind.
Psalm 55:16 (AMP)
16 As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord will save me.
Jesus, Your Word says if I call upon my God, He will save me. It says my life is secure in the middle of danger. I have the authority to command the truth of the Word to take place against my enemy. I am secure in His hands, in Your hands Jesus. Let us go and secure the treasure. With firm conviction I take the lead to the chest, and reaching it I give praise to my God for His wonderful goodness. The dark shapes keep their distance. I am protected.
When was the last time you called upon the faithfulness of our God?
|Posted on February 11, 2021 at 5:30 AM||comments (451)|
Somehow Jesus You have sustained me here in the depths of the sea. My lungs are no longer desperately crying for oxygen, my brain is focused on You. You know where the Treasure is, and You are leading me there. What is the Treasure? It’s why I have chosen to undertake this journey. The treasure is discovering what is in the heart of the Creator. In His mighty love, what plans? What thoughts? What strategy, proposals, ways has He designed for my life? for the world in this crazy time?
As we swim farther down, the pressure begins to build in my lungs and my head. It builds to a crushing intensity; can I survive it? “Jesus!” I cry out! “Help me.” I begin turning in circles. Where are You Lord? Nowhere? “Jesus, you promised in Your Word You would never leave me, never fail me!”
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.”
As this thought crosses my brain, it leaves a trail of light behind. His Word is true. He is not a man that He should lie nor the son of man that He should change His mind. I do not see you with my eyes, Jesus, but I know You are nearby.
Then I hear my Lord speak, “Mary, in life you will face many storms, and some will seem so painful that you could fear they would kill you; or the pressure may be so severe as to challenge your very faith. What You have chosen now (to trust My Word) will sustain you through any intimidation that tries to lead you to give up.
Trust in Me and I will always navigate you through the arm-twisting harassment, and ease your torment.”
With these words the pressure relented and my body began sinking again as the muscles relaxed. Jesus, You are a tough trainer like a sergeant in the military training troops for war. There is a greater battle coming, Jesus. Thank You for being tough!
Have you met General Jesus? Remember to trust in Him and do not struggle against the goads as was the case with Saul:
Acts 9:4-6 (NKJV)
4 Then he fell to the ground, and
heard a voice saying to him,
“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”
Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus,
whom you are persecuting.
It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
Trusting in God and in His Word is the vehicle that conquers any situation.
|Posted on February 8, 2021 at 5:00 AM||comments (564)|
Inspiration by a teaching of Pastor Marie Helene-Moulin, A head of a prayer ministry in France. she says:
“But with the prayer, the Church on earth is an expression of the thoughts of God. And that’s really what we want. And there are arrangements, there are settings, there are ways, there is gold that only can be found in Him. And we have the privilege to be a coworker with Christ. We have the privilege to be part of His work, which means speaking out those plans that are in Him, speaking them out as we are going to do in order for them to be established on earth.
So "speaking out the plans of God" means we must know the plans of God .How can we know the plans of God? Asking this question of myself brought forth this thought: To know God's thoughts and plans, I will have to know God deeply and personally. This desire crying out from my heart led me to the Scriptures~
Proverbs 20:5 says, “Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water;
but a man of understanding will draw it out.”
The Message version says, “Knowing what is right is like deep water
in the heart; a wise person draws from the well within.”
Deep deep waters. Jesus calling, “Come out into the deep.” Proverbs teaching that the counsels of a man’s heart is found in the deep waters. My heart is crying out this morning. Lord I want to go deep into Your heart! I am feeling like I’m just feeding in the shallows. Take me deep O Lord.
I see Jesus out on the boat calling me to come. I swim out and follow him as He dives into the water. I’m no great swimmer and my lungs aren’t large capacity, and as I dive after Jesus, a little anxiety niggles in my thoughts. I must follow Him, but what about air? As my body and mind begin to struggle with these thoughts, Jesus turns and looks into my eyes ~ choose air to breathe and go topside again, or continue down with Him and trust?
Do I trust Him? My future hangs in the balance. Do I trust Jesus to sustain me through the endeavor to maintain life underwater, and discover the treasure below in the deep? Or do I return to life in the shallows never attaining the full potential God put in me? Choosing to trust my King, I embark again into the depths. My lungs try to discourage me crying out with a desperate need to breathe. Jesus is nearby and speaks into my heart: “Peace I give you. My peace I give unto You.” Somehow His words go straight to my lungs and they release the tension. I am swimming without pain or fear in my heart.
Jesus, You are so amazing! Your almighty power has found me in the deep waters and is easing my way to the treasure laying on the bottom. Life with You is challenging, Lord, but You are always faithful!
Have you embarked on a journey to the depths to find the heart of God? Do we go to Jesus when the challenge appears too long, too hard? Or do we quit?
|Posted on January 30, 2021 at 5:35 AM||comments (1403)|
As I sit at my computer this morning and speak to You Holy Spirit sent by Jesus, I pray to live in continual awareness of Your Presence in me, of You being the leader and me being the follower. I have given this body over to You to use. As I sat here and prayed, the screen on the computer went dark as it does to save energy when no activity is happening on it. As we / You walk through my day, there are times when awareness of You in me ‘goes dark’, that is, I am not consciously aware of Your Presence. So I want more of You... to be more aware of You all the time.
You created us so that our minds are single focus. They cannot think of two different things at the same time. So when I am thinking and performing my job, I am not thinking of You. Perhaps it is that You, through me, are doing the job. When I give You my self wholly, You can operate in me that way. So it is not me doing it, but You are doing the work. So my awareness of You is there, I just do not need to think with my conscious mind about You. We are not separate, but one as Jesus and the Father were/are One. And You Holy Spirit are of that oneness as well. So when I give myself wholly to You, we are one.
John 15:7 If you remain in Me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
John 17:20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message,(that is you and me, my friend!) that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You ~ May they also be in Us.
'that they may be one as We are one— I in them and You in Me' What a great concept! Jesus wants us to be ONE with HIM and the FATHER and the HOLY SPIRIT.
Message Bible: John 17:20-23 I'm praying not only for them, but also for those who will believe in Me because of them and their witness about me. (PS Jesus is praying for you and me here!!) The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind — Just as you, Father, are in Me and I in You, So they might be one heart and mind with us. Then the world might believe that You, in fact, sent Me. The same glory you gave Me, I gave them, so they'll be as unified and together as We are — I in them and You in Me. Then they'll be mature in this oneness, and give the godless world evidence that You've sent Me and loved them in the same way You've loved Me.
Father, create in me correct understanding of Your Word. Reveal to me the message within the message of the Word. Allow truth to inhabit me. Show me how to be the person You purposed me to be.
Feelings are not reliable. I feel unworthy of Your Love my Lord. Yet I am Your daughter. So You love me. . . because I am your daughter. It is nothing I achieved, nothing I earned, it is what / who I am, Your child. Thank You Lord! You Jesus have clothed me with Your righteousness, because I have accepted Your gift; Your death paid the entire price for my sins, changed my sinful nature to Your godly nature. Now I am worthy to come before the Father, to interact in love with Him, to sit on His lap with His arms around me, to be enfolded in His love. Because You changed my nature, I am now able to walk indwelled by You~You can indwell me because I have accepted Your gift Jesus and am capable of being holy. . . that is, consecrated for Your work to show the world that You loved them enough to die for them. Your indwelling Presence flows through me as I give my life to You through the Holy Spirit for Your use. Now I am rambling. I love You.
Thank You for the sunshine warmth of Your love! In it I feel cuddled in safety, caring, comfort, and contentment. I rest in this warmth of Your love.
OK. The evil one would distract me, pull me out of the loving reverie of Your awesome great love and sweetness, protection, warmth and strength. But enemy, I speak to you now: “my God defeated you 2000 years ago; you and your minions have no power over me. My God loves me and protects me; you are a pitiful, stupid devil dumb enough to give up a wonderful life in heaven with the Father for what you thought of as power and pride. Now your only strength is hate and death. But those are weaknesses. His love is so much more powerful than your hate. He resides in me, cherishes me. I am His kid. He shields me with His love” .
Father, I give to You everything I have and I ask for Your protection over my family, my finances, my property, and my physical being. Thank You Lord! Will You please show me Lord what this scripture is saying to me:
Isaiah 21:15 They flee from the sword, from the drawn sword, from the bent bow and from the heat of battle.
Response; Times get tough and you'll find yourself in battle with satan. I say, "Do not flee from the heat of battle, rather stand strong, for this battle is the Lord’s. Do not fear; when the Lord is with you, who can be against you that you need to fear? You are in the hands of God. True, Jesus is my King! Jesus is my KING, and to Him I bow in submission and service. Holy Spirit is my guide. Him I follow. This battle is the Lords!
John 15:10-11 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. 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.
Thank You Jesus for giving me Your joy!
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6 I am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
7 You shall have no other gods before Me or besides Me
.God's Word tells us the most important rule is this one. We have one true God and we must honor and worship Him and no other. Think deeply: do you sit at the altar before another? What do you think of most of the time? Is money your god? Is pride your god? What others think of you? God tells us, if He comes first in our life, our life will come into order. Let's take a look at a Psalm:
Psalm 25 [A Psalm] of David.
1 Unto You, O Lord, do I bring my life.
2 O my God, I trust, lean on, rely on, and am confident in You. Let me not be put to shame or [my hope in You] be disappointed; let not my enemies triumph over me. 3 Yes, let none who trust and wait hopefully and look for You be put to shame or be disappointed; let them be ashamed who forsake the right or deal treacherously without cause.
4 Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths.
5 Guide me in Your truth and faithfulness and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You [You only and altogether] do I wait [expectantly] all the day long.
6 Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercy and loving-kindness; for they have been ever from of old.
7 Remember not the sins (the lapses and frailties) of my youth or my transgressions; according to Your mercy and steadfast love remember me, for Your goodness’ sake, O Lord. (According to Your Word, when we repent, you do not remember our sins),
Rather He Himself will teach us
8 Good and upright is the Lord; therefore will He instruct sinners in [His] way.
9 He leads the humble in what is right, and the humble He teaches His way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and steadfast
love, even truth and faithfulness are they for those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.
11 For Your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity and my guilt, for [they are] great. Our God is full of grace and mercy and loves us deeply; He desires to be one with us, so His forgiveness comes by grace. Our heartfelt repentance brings forth His pardon.
12 Who is the man who reverently fears and worships the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way that he should choose. Our Lord will instruct us.
.13 He himself shall dwell at ease, and his offspring shall inherit the land.
14 The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning. I love this verse! Yes, when we revere and worship our God, we do have His sweet companionship where He reveals His secrets and shares His heart with us, as we share ours with Him. It's a beautiful relationship bringing peace and joy! We grow to understand what a covenant relationship is. Do you have this kind of connection with our God? Did you know it was possible?
15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He will pluck my feet out of the net. His love covers us with protection. . .
16 [Lord] turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. He helps us with our emotional needs. . .
17 The troubles of my heart are multiplied; bring me out of my distresses.
18 Behold my affliction and my pain and forgive all my sins [of thinking and doing].
19 Consider my enemies, for they abound; they hate me with cruel hatred.( Is true of the devil and his demons)
20 O keep me, Lord, and deliver me; let me not be ashamed or disappointed, for my trust and my refuge are in You. I trust Him.
21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for and expect You. Yes our God is faithful to His promises and we can count on Him - so long as we obey His commands, trust and lean on Him. This is a growing bond as with any association. Time spent together in heart-sharing builds us closer in trust and love. God shares His love for us in the Scriptures, and so immersing ourselves in His Word will enable us to tie ourselves strongly to His wonder and affection for us.
22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all their troubles.Especially now we must remember to pray for Israel! President Trump did much to help our connection with Israel. The Word tells us that if we bless Israel, we will be blessed. Oh Lord, please work with our new potus to undrrstand this. All things arr possible for You
My friends, don't waste another day of heart sharing love with our Redeemer. A tender warmth of affection fills our spirit in a God - relationship; it is totally rewarding in this life and in the next. Now is the time, this is the year to seek Him out and buiild or rebuild that close tie with Him; get to truly know the enormity of the love He has for you and me! It makes a huge difference in our lives on this earth and in eternity!
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Isaiah 51:1-2 Ponder the rock from which you were cut,
the quarry from which you were dug
Yes, ponder Abraham, your father,
and Sarah, who bore you.
Cut from the rock of Abraham and Sarah. You, Father God, formed Your covenant with them that we, 1000s of years later, would be in covenant relationship with You. It is a spiritual rock with an eternal history, and we are a part of it. Jesus came and cut a new covenant, a higher better covenant with You, our almighty God! So now we are in covenant relationship with You, able to call upon You as our covenant partner in all we do. When the enemy attempts to do us harm, You are there to protect us.
When You call us to do something, we are required by covenant to do it. I always looked at what You could do for me, not about what You want me to do for You, but now, I am Yours to command.
Think of it! One solitary man when I called him,
but once I blessed him, he multiplied.
"but once I blessed him, he multiplied." Your blessings caused a miracle to happen. When Abraham was old and Sarah past the childbearing age, You gave them a son, and created a nation of Your people to grow strong. Yet they were also weak in being obedient, a stubborn people, but God is loving and patient. Convict me Holy Spirit when I am disobedient.
Likewise I, God, will comfort Zion,
comfort all her mounds of ruins.
You bring comfort when we repent and return to You. You bless us extraordinarily, because You love us so much; and as the father of the ‘Prodigal son’ rejoiced at his son’s repentance and returrn home, You rejoice when we repent and return to You! Then You can turn our ruins into gardens.
I'll transform her dead ground into Eden,
her moonscape into the garden of God,
A place filled with exuberance and laughter,
thankful voices and melodic songs.
It’s a time for celebration! You turn our dead lives into a garden that You nurture so it can produce fruit; our barren desert moonscape personalities into beauty filled with exuberance and laughter, thankfulness and song! You love us so much! You not only forgive our sins when we repent, You forget them. Show me Holy One, how to be the one You have called me to be.
You call us to be like the eagle ~
My majestic eagle is not afraid of storms; it just flies above them. When its beak gets dull and its feathers no longer do their work, it goes to the mountains, to the high places, to be renewed and refreshed.
Come up to Me, and I shall renew you. I shall refresh you in the fountain of My Word. Come, spend time with Me to develop a deeper rapport.
Plumb the depths of your soul and bring your hidden thoughts and concerns to Me. I will hear and help you work out every situation that holds you back from compete freedom in Me.
My friends, do not tarry. This is a God who cherishes you and invites you to come and live as His son or daughter in His family. Accept His invitation today.
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.