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BE CHRIST STRONG

Posted on December 7, 2018 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (1)

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Words from John G Lake His Life His Sermons, His Boldness of Faith

Beloved, I want to tell you that

the soul joined to Christ and

who exercises the power of God,

ascends into that high consciousness of heavenly dominion

as it is in the heart of Jesus Christ today, for He is the overcomer, the only overcomer.


But yet, when my soul is joined to His soul, when

His Spirit flows like a heavenly stream through my spirit,

when my whole nature is infilled and inspired by the life from God,

I too, being joined with Him, become an overcomer, in deed and in truth. Glory be to God.


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Yes, Holy God! Glory be to You! I choose to have my soul ~ my mind, my will, my emotions ~ joined to You, Jesus, and exercising Your power, as I ascend into the high consciousness of heavenly dominion as it is in Jesus’ heart today. That happens only when Jesus Holy Spirit flows like a heavenly stream, thru my spirit and my whole nature ~ the I who is fully human yet whose nature has been changed and likened now to the nature of Jesus; that is, infilled and inspired by life from God. My nature is infilled by God-life. God poured His blood into me and I am reborn as His descendent, His child whom He loves to the extreme. With God-life in me I am an overcomer! John G Lake was fully comitted to God, totally believing His Word and trusting Him:



I am glad that God has permitted man, even at intervals, to rise into that place of high dominion in God, for it demonstrates the purpose of God. It demonstrates that He purposes we should not only rise into the high place at intervals, but that this should be the normal life of the Christian who is joined to God every day and all the time.


And that is what I choose Lord! I want to live constantly in that high dominion joined to You where I am an overcomer indeed~ yes doing the works of/as Jesus ~ and in truth. I realize that takes commitment and radical obedience. I'm asking You Lord God to bring me to that level.


Christianity is not a thing to be apologized for, rather Christianity is the living conscious life and power of the living God, transmitted into the nature of man until, bless God, man's nature is transformed by the living touch, and the very spirit, soul and being is energized and filled by His life. Thus you become indeed, as Christ intended, a veritable Christ.


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That startles some people. But the ultimate of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the ultimate of the redemption of the Son of God is to reproduce and make every man - bound by sin and held by sensuousness and enslaved by the flesh - like Himself in deed and in truth, sons of God. Not sons of God on a lower order, but sons of God as Jesus is. Yes we are to be, I am to be, God’s full child reproduced and made like Jesus in deed and truth in every way like Jesus fully and completely.



Paul declared, "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers." What for? "Till we all come...into the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" [Ephesians 4:11-13]. Bless God. Not a limited life, but an unlimited life. 


The idea of Christ, the idea of God was that every man, through Jesus Christ, through being joined to Him by the Holy Spirit, should be transformed into Christ's perfect image. Glory be to God. Christ within and Christ without. Christ in your spirit, Christ in your soul and Christ's in your body. Not only living His life, but performing His works by the grace of God. That is the gospel of the Son of God, I can live as Christ and do His works as He lives in me ~ Christ within and Christ without. . . in my spirit, my soul, and my body living His life and performing His deeds by the grace of God.

 

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ's: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek" [Romans 1:16].


Romans 1:16 (The Message) 
It's news I'm most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary Message of God's powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts Him, starting with Jews and then right on to everyone else! God's way of putting people right shows up in the acts of faith, confirming what Scripture has said all along: "The person in right standing before God by trusting him, really lives."


Romans 1:16 (New Living Translation) 
For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.


 . . . Beloved, don't you see that Christianity was unselfishness itself. It had no consideration for the selfish individual. The thing held up above everything else in the world, and the only idea worthy of a Christian was that you and I and He Himself might demonstrate to mankind one holy, high beauteous thing, of which the world was deficient, and that was a knowledge of God.


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My friends, John G Lake was a man who did indeed work in the power of God. His amazing life demonstrated what is possible when we know and follow the fullness of God's teaching. 


JUST TRUST!

Posted on December 5, 2018 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (1)




Thank You Lord! You are my most phenomenal, marvelous God! You greet me this early morning with the light of the full moon streaming in my window. I say “good morning” to You too, my marvelous Creator! It’s Your light shining love upon me! It’s ‘I love you’ from my God!. How incredible is that! That You love me is amazing and that You show Your love for me is wonderful! How blessed I am to be so cared about by You! Your tenderness to me is a warm cover on a cold night. You protect me from a harsh world as You keep me in Your hand.


With Your protection in place, we can fearlessly venture forth to whatever you call us to do. We trust in You, Lord! Command Your will, and we will go.

 

Pv 16:3 Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him. He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.

 

Our prayers can be a part of the victory here:

Psalm 33:8-11 Let all the earth fear the Lord [revere and worship Him]; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it was done. The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nought; He makes the thoughts and and plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the Lord stands forever; the thoughts of His heart throough all generations.

 

Deut 1:6-8 The Lord our God said to us in Horeb, “You have dwelt long enough on this mountain, (Mary). Turn and take up your journey and go to the hill country of the Amorites...

(We can personalize the Scriptures when we feel the Words are speaking to us personally. Here I felt God instructing me 'it is time to move on to the next step') 

Behold, I have set the land before you; go in and take possession of the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them and to their descendants after them


 Isaiah 8:13 The Lord of Hosts - regard Him as holy and honor His holy name [by regarding Him as your only hope of safety], and let Him be your fear and let Him be your dread [lest you offend Him by your fear of man and distrust of Him.] And He shall be a sanctuary, [a sacred and indestructible asylum to those who reverently fear and trust in Him.]


O Lord! We do trust You. Remind us always that we have nothing to fear; we just trust in You to handle all situations!

Isaiah 14:24 The Lord of Hosts has sworn, saying, “Surely as I have thought and planned, so shall it come to pass, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand...”




God loves us so much, He gifts us with beauty; and He's willing  to do everything possible to help us to know and do His will thereby attaining an excellent life here and hereafter!


Ps 32:8 I (the Lord) will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.


Remember, 

Phil 2:13 For it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you, energizing, [ and creating] in you the power and desire] both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.

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You are at work in us, Lord, energizing us; and it is You in us creating not just the desire, but also the power to do the work that pleases You. You enable us to do the work You have called us to do. Halleluia! 


WHAT IS GRACE?

Posted on November 30, 2018 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)


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Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God. He  gives it even though we have done nothing to deserve it. So how does it work? What does it do for us?


Romans 5:1-2 (The Message)

By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. 

And that's not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God's grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.



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We praise You Jesus, You Who unlocked the doors of grace for us, Who opened the door to the paths of wisdom. Without You and without them, we are nowhere and no one doing nothing of eternal value. OK Here comes the part where pride can lift its insidious head. (Eternal value clicked on the pride button as tho I would be known for eternity and that is something to seek). Stupid pride!

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Lord Jesus we seek to live a life You lived. Your value was to do the work of the Father;  we seek to do the same. You showed us Who the Father is. . .  our job is to spread the Word and show people Who the Father truly is! Give us words to sow for You Jesus. We are Yours to form and mold. Time is short and we find ourselves becoming impatient to do Your work. Please slow us down to Your divine speed Jesus. Please help us get this right.


Romans 5:1-2 (New King James Version) Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.


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Romans 5:1-2 (New Living Translation)   Faith Brings Joy                                                 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.


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This Scripture, Jesus, I have put in several translations to try and grasp it more fully; help us Holy Spirit. Jesus You came to give us fuller understanding of the Father. Open our eyes to fully grasp Your Word when we need the deepest meaning of it. Jesus You paid for the punishment of all our sins and Father God considered Your sacrifice as our debt 'Paid in Full'. This cleansed us so we could have a deep personal relationship with our Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

For me the best thing about Grace is that it does bestow on us the gift which enables a deep supernatural connection with God himself!. Hallelujah!



 

HOW FAITHFUL IS OUR GOD!

Posted on November 28, 2018 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (2)

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The Holy Spirit is so wonderful and faithful. I come to Him this morning feeling weak and downcast. So I ask Him for a Scripture to lift me up. He does not speak, so I go to Biblegateway and there is His answer:


[Psalm 95 NIV] Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.


You are so awesome Holy Spirit,  so good to me! You give me this Scripture, then nudge me to play EKKLESIA, a very anointed album that goes way way back to celebrations we had in the old family room in the 70's and 80's. By the fireplace flames I played this album after all had left, and back then in the quiet and through these songs you ministered to my soul. Thank You!


AMEN! Praise and worship my God! I was wishing song words would stay in my head, but alas they rarely do. So Holy Spirit urged me to go to my song list; instead of my great songs of Julia True, I remembered EKKLESIA. So I play it, and my soul soars as sounds of anointed words and voices lift me up! Time spent singing along with these words left the downcast spirit way behind! Joy filled me, as I entered His Presence singing and worshipping my wonderful loving God! It’s Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity so perfectly fulfilling my every need!

 


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Oh, my Lord, words can never voice the wholeness of who I am with You, of who You are to me. I love You with my whole being! Thank You!


My friends, this morning was so blessed! If you wake up and joy has left your soul,


                             


I advise you to begin praising God. If you are like me and singing is not your gift, play anointed songs. You may well have your favorite, so play the music and sing along. When songs have Scripture words they are especially powerful. Hearing and speaking brings extra power to the spirit! These words can raise up your spirit and pour divine power and strength into your being, lifting you into the very Presence of God Himself!                       

 

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My friends, as we enter into the holidays / Holy Days, let us be drawn deeply into the seeking of a closer relationship and understanding of the mighty love of God for us!



DRAW ME CLOSER!

Posted on November 23, 2018 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (2)


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Psalm 33:8-11 (The Message) Earth-creatures, bow before God; 
 world-dwellers—down on your knees! 
 Here's why: He spoke and there it was, in place the moment He said so. 

 10-12 God takes the wind out of Babel pretense, He shoots down the world's power-schemes. 
 God's plan for the world stands up, 
 all his designs are made to last. 
 Blessed is the country with God for God;

 

Keep working in me Lord. I am so not-ready for this task. You have so much work to do in me. i know this for sure because I thought I was ready. I can never be as ready as You require until I truly rely fully on You. No false humility,  because You know the deepest motives of the heart. Help me dig out and expose the deepest thoughts that are not of You Lord! I claim this Scripture as truth in my heart:


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Phil 2:13 For it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you, energizing, [and creating] in you the power and desire] both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.

Lord, You are working in me effectually; it is You creating and energizing me both to will and to work for Your good pleasure, satisfaction and delight. Your Word says it, so it must be true.


Philippians 2:12-13 (The Message)

What I'm getting at, friends, is that you should simply keep on doing what you've done from the beginning. When I was living among you, you lived in responsive obedience. Now that I'm separated from you, keep it up. Better yet, redouble your efforts. Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God's energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.

Father You show us Your huge heart. Give us a heart like Yours for Your people! Father put Your love for others in us, always  functioning from love. Let our prayers overflow with love. Pray thru me Father with the indomitble love You have for others. Let them know how mighty is Your love for them. You are the Potter, we are the clay. Make of us instruments You can use mightily. We refuse to settle for mediocre, for we desire to be powerfully used by You, and fully who You created and purposed us to be.

Come Lord Jesus, our Rock! Continue to work in us as You promised.

Into my heart He spoe these words:

"Love each other; just live a life of loving. Just speak My word out of your mouth to lodge in their hearts. Fear not. There is nothing to fear. Am I not enough? Can I not do it? Trust in Me. Rest in Me. Call Me to be in you, to work in you. I love you!

 


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Jesus said "Come home for more faith to be poured into your breastplate of righteousness, to strengthen your faith. Come it is pure gold and I will pour it into you. Come with your hungry heart; run into My open arms! Let Me hug you. I love you! Nothing can harm you. I have called you by your name; you are Mine! Just trust in Me."


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Isaiah 43:1-2 ... I have called you by your name; you are Mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you.


Cast Up A Highway is a book that builds the breastplate, a piece of armor covering and protecting the chest, the heart of the warrior. This message of the book builds an iron-strong covering of protection over the heart of the reader who constructs the highway within themselves. It is a spiritual strength of pure gold and nothing of the enemy can penetrate it. It is constructing a personal love relationship with God Himself and that is why it is impenetrable.


Lord God, its Your peiple in our nation. Help us continue to fight this battle for our country. Love conquers all... the enemy cannot fight, has no weapon that can come against love.  Fill Your children’s hearts so full of Your love, for I know, Lord, love is our greatest weapon and our strongest defense.

 We trust in You!


Ephesians 6:13-15 (New King James Version) Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth,having put on the breastplate of righteousness,  15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

 


We know Lord, Your love flowing through us builds up that breastplate of righteousness. Our relationship~ building our intimacy with You, mighty God,~ constructs our breastplate of righteousness.

 

I'TS ALL YOU LORD

Posted on November 21, 2018 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (3)

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This morning it’s just You and me God. It feels like I am beginning a spin cycle time. . .  You know where many things whirl around saying 'catch me if you can' and all must be accomplished in a specified time. This has a tendency to distract my eyes from YOU. I choose to focus on You. You are the One Who created the universe and all it's beautiful gifts just for me. You put me in a beautiful family~  a wonderful husband who loves me~  3 beautiful girls and 5 grandkids. Lord, my desire is to please You, yet sometimes I feel so inadequate, so lacking in strength and ability to do that. But “greater are You Who live in me than he who lives in the world”. I know You, Holy Spirit,  help me to be who You created me to be. 


Phillipians 2:13 For it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you, energizing, [ and creating] in you the power and desire] both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.


My Lord, You are so good! You are wise.  You created the physical world and the spiritual world. You created us with a physical part and a spirit part.

Psalm 139:13-16  (MSG) Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.


My Lord, You are an amazing  God Whom we can know; You have made it possble for us to have a peronal relationship with You. You've given us a path, a roadway for building our connection. Indeed from You all blessings flow! Jesus will even give us His joy, and that is powerful!  I know, because His joy was the buffer that carried me all the way through every step of my cancer journey with His joy filling me each day. How do you get His joy? Look at the condition and His promise:


THE CONDITION: if you continue to obey My instructions

John 15:10-12 (Amplified Bible)   If you keep My commandments [if you continue to obey My instructions], you will abide in My love and live on in it, just as I have obeyed My Father's commandments and live on in His love.

 

THE PROMISE: 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.

 

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If you desire His joy, claim His promise: 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.


Yes! I want His joy because another promise says: “The joy of the Lord is my strength”. Jesus I want Your supernatural joy! I qualify for it, because I do obey Your commands, so I do claim it!


Oh mighty God! You do indeed know us totally. We worship You my God! Lead us, guide our words and actions. We want our life to give honor to You, yes body, soul and spirit. One thing please Lord, our soul is where the devil can sneak in, so we're asking You for every door, and every window and every crack to be sealed against him. Father help us follow You and You alone. Give us wisdom on how to help others see truth!





Give us wisdom on seeing truth for ourselves. . . convict us of any false beliefs or thoughts  Holy Spirit. We desire to follow You perfectly! That is our hearts desire. Did you put that ability in us Father? Can we do that? Not sure of that but we know You in us can do it.


Why did that comment bring a twinge of discomfort in me Father? Like little termite nibble of fear. Ho Ho no! Fear is of the enemy. In the name of Jesus I squash you little bug, wipe you off the bottom of my shoe and go on.

We serve the God of gods and He has never failed us, and He never will! We have nothing to fear. He holds us in the palm of His hand. He has hidden us, as His polished arrow, in His quiver until we are honed to perfection and the time is right for it to fly. (Isaiah 49:2 NIV) You my God are perfect and do all things right. You pare us down to just the right size. You design us to fly by Your plans. We are totally where we choose to be; in Your hands, your protection, and submitted to Your control. Hold us close every moment Lord! We love You!!






Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash


 

My friends, what do you think? Are you with me on this? Or do you have questions?











GOD'S BLUEPRINT

Posted on November 16, 2018 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (1)


Here is a lesson I learned a couple of years ago. I imagine a number of you, my friends, have learned it too:



"Don’t hold on to things. They are seasonal, short term; there is a long term blueprint.


A blueprint is a future plan, a vision of what is to be. God has a blueprint for each individual life ~ yes, my friends, one for you and one for me. My goal is to be sure my life fulfills the blueprint in Gods mind for me. How we do this is the key. Of course, first one must realize the truth of this, that God put a purpose in our life, and He has made it possible for us to discover it.


It began when God's Son, Jesus, fulfilled His mission on earth (that we know the Father and that we are redeemed); we then had full access to God. As we accept Christ’s gift, we ourselves become righteous and able to communicate with Him, because God sends Holy Spirit to indwell us. We have our Triune God within us. God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit~


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There is one God in three eternal and equal persons. The personhood lovingly relate in perfect unity and peace as the Godhead. 

They share exactly the same attributes and power. The persona are distinct, yet indivisible. 

This means their roles are different, but they always work together communicating with one mind and will in all things. 

The Triune God enables us to enjoy His presence forever through His work of salvation.

 

Now the Jewish nation had an established relationship with the Father; but Jesus was changing it. Yes He made it Into a personal relationship beyond the veil, a personal relationship where people are born again into a new Kingdom. One has to become like a little child to enter... wholeheartedly in joy and thanksgiving.


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One caveat Jesus said was, “ love one another as I have loved you”. my question was "How do YOU love me Jesus?" His response:  Unconditionally, accepting you right where you stand now. One example of that came to me ~  In the Bible was a man named Zacchaeus who was small in stature, a tax collector; he had power and was disliked. But Jesus called him down from the tree telling him He was coming to his house for lunch. Zacchaeus was elated!


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Jesus is calling you and me to come down from our perch and join Him as the bread of life. Accept Him as the King of our heart to follow Him in love and obedience. In return He will be our Guide, our Protector, our Comforter, our Mentor. Life will have peace and joy.

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Let me share a little more from John G Lake with you. This is a great meditation piece!

The following excerpt is taken from John G. Lake: His Life, His Sermons, His Boldness of Faith:

 ...Jesus went to heaven in order that the very treasury of the heart of the eternal God might be unlocked for your benefit that we might intimately know the Father, know His very heart

and that out of the very soul of the eternal God, the streams of His life and nature would possess you / us and in that knowing the very nature of God Himself would possess me;


and that in the knowing from the crown of your head to the soles of your feet, and that there would be just as much of the eternal God in your toe nails and in your brain, as each are capable of containing and every cell of my being would be filled with the nature of God Himself


In other words, from the very soles of your feet to the last hair on the top of your head, every cell of your being, would be a residence of the Spirit of the living God. Man is made alive by God and with God, by the Spirit. And in the truest sense man is the dwelling place of God, the house of God, the tabernacle of the Most High. The Most High God Almighty Creator and Ruler of the universe dwells within me.

 

...A weak Christianity always wants to drop to the imperfect, and adjust itself to the popular mind. But a real Christianity ever seeks to be made perfect in God both in character and gifts.

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Oh my friends, do you see the grandness of God’s blueprint for you? Let us together pursue God’s purpose for our lives and in the end, fulfilling the blueprint He has for each of us.


Diving Deeper

Posted on November 14, 2018 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (1)

Life can be complicated or it can be simple and anywhere in between. The variatiions really depend on one's perspetive, especially where God is concerned. Denying God brings lots of difficulty, for answers have to be concluded through human's defective thinking~


You may think according to your own conscience, God thinks according to His. God thinks in accordance with the heavenly purity of His own nature. Man thinks in accordance with the degree of purity that his soul realizes. But the ultimate note is in God. The finality is in God.



John G Lake says: When men rise up in their souls' aspirations to the place of God's thought, then bless God, the character of Jesus Christ will be evident in their lives, the sweetness of His nature, the Holiness of His character, the beauty of the crowning glory that not only overshadowed Him, but that radiated from Him. Blessed Be GodAnd the real life of the real Christian is the inner life, the life of the soul, that is the mind, will, and emotions.  They are focused on Jesus Christ.


 I call you today, beloved, by the grace of God,  to that high life, to that holy walk, to that heavenly atmosphere, to that life in God where the grace and Spirit and power of God permeates your whole being. More, where not only your whole being is in subjection, but it flows from your nature as a holy stream of heavenly life to bless other souls everywhere by the grace of God. Yes! Yes and yes! This is what I seek Lord!!



Romans 1:16 (The Message) 
It's news I'm most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary message of God's powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts him, starting with Jews and then right on to everyone else! God's way of putting people right shows up in the acts of faith, confirming what Scripture has said all along: "The person in right standing before God by trusting him really lives."


This is it Lord where the rubber meets the road. If I am in right standing with You, trusting You, then I am able to truly live!



Isaiah 52:11-13 (Amplified Bible)12 For you will not go out with haste, nor will you go in flight [as was necessary when Israel left Egypt]; for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.


Isaiah 58:8 (Amplified Bible) 
Then shall your light break forth like the morning, and your healing (your restoration and the power of a new life) shall spring forth speedily; your righteousness (your rightness, your justice, and your right relationship with God) shall go before you [conducting you to peace and prosperity], and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.


PRAY: You, Lord,  are my rear guard, the shield over me and the light before me, the protection behind me! You, my Lord and my God, are the power that rules my life, for I have given my life to You! I trust You and love You with all my heart! You are my Father and You never take Your eyes off me. You protect me and keep me on the right path. All this because I am Your beloved child. Yes, You love me with a Father’s love. I need your loving hand really powerfully each day. 


Isaiah 51:14-16 (New Living Translation)
  For I am the Lord your God,
 who stirs up the sea, causing its waves to roar.
      My name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
  And I have put my words in your mouth
  and hidden you safely in my hand.
 I stretched out the sky like a canopy
  and laid the foundations of the earth.I am the one who says to Israel,
      ‘You are my people!’”


“Safely in your hand” my God means I can relax and trust You. You cause the ocean waves to roar.

John 15:1-15 (Amplified Bible)    I AM the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser.

  Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit.You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word which I have given you [the teachings I have discussed with you].

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....Beautiful work by renowned artist Heidi Jung........ 


Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.


If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned. If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.

   

8 When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine.


9 I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me; abide in My love [continue in His love with Me]. 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.


12This is My commandment: that you love one another [just] as I have loved you.  No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends. You are My friends if you keep on doing the things which I command you to do. 15 I do not call you servants (slaves) any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing (working out). But I have called you My friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from My Father. [I have revealed to you everything that I have learned from Him.]

Oh Jesus, You are our Savior! See us wrapped in a cocoon with Jesus. His love spins the cocoon around us. It's like in nature~

 

A worm spins its cocoon and hidden in this secret place, it resides there as God does a changing miraculous work on it. In God’s perfect time it emerges as a glorious butterfly.

 

Cocoon us with You Jesus; spin Your love around us forming a hidden place within, where You can change us into one who has a bold and passionate love for Your people. Jesus I desire Your love to be paramount in my life. Dwell in me Jesus and allow that love to pour from me to others.


Form me and make me one whom You can use to bring salvation to souls! There are so many who are lost! Many do not even recognize their need for You. Open doors Lord to get Bibless into the right hands to bring these lost souls to know you. Help me to recognize what is You and what is not you. Help me to always give You the glory.

 

Thank You Lord! You are my most phenomenal, marvelous God! You greet me this early morning with the light of the full moon streaming in my window. I say “good morning” to You too, my lovely Lord! It’s Your light shining love upon me! It’s ‘I love you’ from my God!. How incredible is that! That You love me is amazing and that You show Your love for me is wonderful! How blessed I am to be so cared about by You! Your tenderness to me is a warm cover on a cold night. You protect me from a harsh world as You keep me in Your hand.



GIVE YOUR MIND AN OIL CHANGE

Posted on November 7, 2018 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (3)



Took my car in for an oil change the other day, and as I sat and waited, I realized that our lives can sometimes use an oil change too. We can get down into negative thoughts when hard or disappointing things happen to us. Hey, someone cuts you off in traffic, what are your thoughts? What influences your thoughts and mine? How does that affect our lives?


Joyce Meyer wrote a great book that has helped many people. I have put some of her concepts here after this Scripture:

 Mark 4:24 (Amplified Bible) 
And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you--and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.

 

You Can Win the Battle in Your Mind   by Joyce Meyer 


Thoughts are powerful, and according to the writer of the book of Proverbs, they have creative ability. See Proverbs 23:7.

Proverbs 23:7  (AMP) 
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. . . 

In fact, you cannot have a positive, exciting life and a negative mind.


See I spent a lot of years unhappy because the minute I woke up in the morning I started thinking negative, sad, depressing things. Now I can truly say I am fully satisfied since the Holy Spirit has helped me operate out of the mind of Christ (the mind of the Spirit) that is within me.


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Maybe you've spent years thinking wrong thoughts based on a warped, dysfunctional past, but that can change today.

 

A Powerful Force

If you struggle with negative thinking, it's important for you to come to grips with the fact that your life won't change until your thinking does.


 Renewed, God-like thinking is vital for change.


The Bible says that God loves us, but have you ever struggled to believe this? I have learned that if we never meditate on God's Word, we will never experience the depth of His love for us.



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The love of God is meant to be a powerful force in our lives, one that will take us through even the most difficult trials into victory.

 

Think About What You're Thinking About.


The Bible presents a lot of detailed instruction on what kinds of things we should think about. Philippians 4:8 alone tells us to think about things that build us up, not tear us down.



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If you're a believer, you probably think some Scripture-based thoughts throughout each day, but think about this. Are you mixing them with negative thoughts or just any random thoughts that come into your mind?


For most of my life, I simply thought whatever fell into my head. Much of what was in my head was either lies Satan was telling me or just plain nonsense. The devil was controlling my life because he was controlling my thoughts.

 

Read Mark 4:24. It tells us the more time we spend thinking about the Word, the more power and ability we will have to walk in it. It also says the more we read and listen to the Word, the more revelation we will receive to understand it.


Mark 4:24  (AMP) Then He said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear. By your own standard of measurement [that is, to the extent that you study spiritual truth and apply godly wisdom] it will be measured to you [and you will be given even greater ability to respond]—and more will be given to you besides.


In the flesh we are lazy and want to receive from God without any effort on our own part, but that's not the way it works. You will only get out of the Word what you are willing to put into it.


I encourage you to make a decision to meditate on God's Word every day because every moment you spend absorbing it, the more virtue and knowledge you will receive from God.

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There is much wisdom in these words, my friends! You can change your life by just changing your thoughts! Then allow positive words to replace negative words; words have power and will work on your mind and actions. Your positive thoughts turned into spoken words will change your life! Meditate on Scriptures Holy Spirit gives you, and speak them aloud. Then watch the changes in your life.


GOD IS WTH US ALL THE TIME

Posted on November 2, 2018 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (1)


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Good morning Lord! You are holy, the Holy One of Israel, the God of gods, the Lord of lords. You are glorious! You shine in a blazing white light of rainbows constantly shimmering! It is to You we come this morning. My friends it seems the Lord is calling us to praise and worship Him! This call is going out across our world. let us join in!


This morning we seek Your joy Jesus, like John 15 says

John 15:10-11 (Amp)

If you keep My commandments [if you continue to obey My instructions], you will abide in My love and live on in it, just as I have obeyed My Father's commandments and live on in His love.


11 I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.


Jesus prays to the Father for us:  

  John 17:13 
And now I am coming to You; I say these things while I am still in the world, so that My joy may be made full and complete and perfect in them [that they may experience My delight fulfilled in them, that My enjoyment may be perfected in their own souls, that they may have My gladness within them, filling their hearts].



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Jesus, You say You offer YOUR joy to be made full and complete and perfect in us; that we may experience Your delight fulfilled in us;

that Your enjoyment may be perfected in our soul;

that we may have Your gladness within us filling our heart.

I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you,

that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.


Wow! Thank You Jesus for Your great love for us. We praise You and glorify You. Your love is amazing! You always have and always will want the very best for us. I submit to You and Your love for us. Cover us, O Jesus, our beautiful Savior! Help us to follow You in all  ways; let Your ways be our ways always! Holy Spirit, empower us to do Your will; guide us down this road of life. Lift us above the traps and ditches that attempt to trap us; do not let detours lead us incorrectly. You be our perpetual guide.


Father God, it is amazing how You have planned all things, that You Are all. I AM that I AM. Enfold us Father in that AM that I AM. Enfold us in that space, that power, that love that is You. From the shining shimmering light of Jesus, to that space of the same light in You, enfold us, let us just BE in it, rest in it, Let us shine with Your love! Cleanse us of every false thought, of every negative influence, of any curse of the enemy trying to deceive us.


 


Let us shine with the potential You put in us. YOU are our God Who created the universe to the furtherest reaches the mind of man can conceive; You Who placed wonders for us to discover and enjoy; You are our God! You dwelling in us...  WOW! What a concept; yet when we invite You in, You do dwell in us, are a part of us, communicate with each of us; for You have chosen us!.


Thank You Lord! You love us so deeply and always are doing the best for us. Sometimes we don't understand Your ways, but we trust in Your love for us! My friends, never allow pain or disapointment to cause you to doubt God's love for you.



LET US GO DEEPER

Posted on October 31, 2018 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (1)

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Today my friends, I'm inviting you to join me in prayer to seek the Lord to deepen our relationship with Him:


My God, You are the Holy One. Above all You are our God. You are more important than anything else!   I bow before You! My time is Yours for as long as You want me. All these distractions call and I’m off and running. But, no. You are my beloved Father and You are # 1.  No one is greater than YOU! No one is holier than You! Lord, do You see this inner war calling me to come out and play? But I say “NO” My God wants to spend time with me and it shall be my choice also. He is critically important to all my life! And he speaks to me:


You have told me, Lord, You are calling me to something greater. i will go thru pain, but never more than I can tolerate and You are always close and will come the second I call. The pain will bring strength. I will be stronger for having gone thru it. Like exercising to build muscle. No pain, no gain. 

"Trust Me Mary! Do not be afraid". 'Yes, Lord, as You told Joshua, “Be courageous. Do not fear”, I will trust in You and not fear.'



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In all things, Lord, You are great! You created a universe that is greater than man can explore. It’s very hugeness is overwhelming. You placed surprises of beauty throughout it. it’s like being in a dream land where fantastic shapes and colors appear as you float through it. All You create has its own fascination and can bless us. Some people stop there Lord. For You as Creator out there in space are untouchable, far away. But that is just the outer edges.



There is an inner space within each person. We try and fill it up with thoughts, imaginings, entertainment, dreams, etc. Yet that inner space is also where we can find You. . . Here in us You will dwell if we invite You in. Here You are touchable, You are knowable~to some degree~and that degree can expand. Come fill my inner space My Lord, for it is the place where You breathed life into me. It’s the place where I seek You.


It’s the space in me where I chose to invite You to come dwell in me. Jesus, you gave me freedom from the shackles of sin, the guilt, the ugliness of it. You cleansed me with Your own blood and pain and suffering. You paid my debt. You raised me up out of the muck, the slime, the sucking clay of sin. Now I am free to love You and be loved by You, because You Jesus raised me up out of the pit, and You washed me off inside and out that I may be presentable at the table. Yes, the table of the lamb, the wedding feast of the King. I am garbed now in Your righteousness and clothed properly to join with Your guests.




I choose to live my life for You and Your will. I choose to do what You call me to do.Father; it is You I want to be close to; I’m hungry for a deeper relationship with You. I love You. I love being in Your Presence. :)   You are good! In all ways I want to be closer to You.


My body is under attack this morning. I claim Your Word over my body. Jesus said by His stripes we were healed. Now that’s in Your Word Father. And You are not a man that You should lie, nor the son of man that You should change Your mind. And You further said You would watch over Your Word to perform it. Thank You for healing our bodies!


You are almighty and all powerful. You keep the whole universe moving at Your direction. You created this world with its sun and moon and stars and You keep them all in place. It is all in Your hands. All these huge things under Your control, yet still You the God of the Universe, seek me out with Your desire to dwell in me. You direct me along Your path to do Your will. It’s not because You force the issue. You offer it to me and I get to choose to follow You and Your will. And I do so choose because You love me. You sent Jesus with Jesus agreement of love to die for me a horrible death. Jesus You spilled Your blood so I could choose to live in righteousness, so I could choose to love You. Now I love You and trust You in all things to watch over my life, as You watch over the universe with minute attention and detail.


Thank You mighty God! My friends, we are  blessed beyond compare! 

 


YOU HAVE WON THE ROLE

Posted on October 26, 2018 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

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Curtains rise on a stage and the play begins. Each actor has memorized their part and perform with fully developed knowledge of the role they are playing out, and all moves smoothly through the conclusion when each major character takes their bow.


Is life a play upon a stage? In the back of my mind is a monologue from a Shakespeare’s play: “ All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players:” If life is seen this way, then the end is already determined and the players’ roles merely rote. Ah, but in truth, is life not much more?



.........................................      From the day we are born into this world we have a Father watching over us; He has a plan for each life, but we decide our own ways until we choose to become the Father’s child. For it is our will that gives us choice, and that is the gift of our loving God ~ free will. Some refuse to see how this can bring evil into the world. Unfortunately it can, for we are born with a fallen nature. Ever since Adam chose to believe satan’s lies and disobey God, the human race was born subject to the villain’s temptations. (See its slithery black shadow form like tendrils of smoke moving across the stage?)


God, however, loves us too much to allow us to be forever subject to evil’s deceptions. From the beginning God had a script, and Jesus agreed to this plan of salvation for us. Jesus came to earth, a God-man. The Son of God was filled with great love and His role was twofold. First, Jesus wanted to show us the character and totally loving nature of Father God. And His second major role was to bring us redemption. The stain of Adam’s betrayal of God needed to be removed, and .the sin debt we owed Father God paid. This was the difficult role assigned to Jesus the Christ. Torturously painful and totally humiliating though it was, Jesus chose to endure the cross for us. And when we choose to recognize our sin and repent of it, we are able to accept Jesus’ great gift to us. 

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This gift opens the curtains to a changed scene on the stage of life, enabling us to come into the Father’s presence freely and with joy. It empowers us to face down the enemy in every scene that develops. We are strengthened with Holy Spirit actually living inside of us. We walk through each part as God-indwelled characters with new purpose directing our lives, and supernatural ability to accomplish any goal the Father places before us.


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Can you see yourself in this role now for the years in the future? If you have chosen to repent of sin and accept Jesus’ salvation gift, you are supernaturally empowered to walk through the curtain onto the stage of every year with a new God-strength empowering you to move forward; you will know and follow God’s will, thus realizing your own potential with surety.


Such happiness and joy comes from succeeding in a God-directed life. Choose to let God be the director of your role on the stage of life. The final scene is best of all, for those redeemed shall walk into the arms of Jesus to live eternity ~ forever and ever ~ in an atmosphere of pure love and joy. We cannot come close to visualizing this marvelous eternity of complete satisfaction and fulfillment, where we continue to grow and accomplish greater understandings and revelations.


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All of us are major characters and it is our choice to bow before God or bow before evil: our eternity depends on that choice. My friends, I certainly would go along with God as He advised in Deuteronomy 30:19  "Choose life!" :)


WHERE IS THE POWER?

Posted on October 24, 2018 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (1)

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Colossians 3:1-4 (The Message)

So if you're serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that's where the action is. See things from His perspective. 
Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you'll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.


He does not want some of me. . .  what I choose to give up to Him. . .  He wants ALL of me. That sacrifice of my body is giving all of me to Him. THAT “ME” WAS INDEED CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST. and WHEN HE AROSE, I AROSE WITH HIM ~ IN ME.

MY EGO IS NO LONGER CENTRAL. MY LIFE IS NOT MINE. Holy Spirit, come take over my life totally. That is what You want; that is what I choose to give.


Holy Spirit is quietly speaking to me ~ 
I have not come just to give you blessingl. You will find all that you need in Jesus. I have come to teach you how to do your part in saving a lost world.


OK.  Please do put my ego, my will to the cross, so it is YOU who directs all I say, do and believe. My ego must die so You can fully live in me. Your will be done, not mine. I choose this.


Help me HOLY SPIRIT. Without You this would not be possible. I give You permission to . . . do what? I will not make this decision blindly, ignorantly, without understanding of what is called upon. But I can make a decision based on trust in You. If You keep me in Your truth, I choose to submit my self totally to You. I give You permission to do Your will in me. I require Your grace. I trust You will provide it.  AMEN


Romans 12:1 

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is true worship.

 

 


The spiritual battles we fight are against our enemy satan and his hoard. With our Holy God indwelling us, we have the victory within us. How do we use His strength and power? What else does the believer do to take his stand against satan? The Bible says we are to stand fast in the Lord. What does that mean? The command is found in


Ephesians 6:10

Finally, my brethren, be STRONG IN THE LORD, and [be strong] IN THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT 


Taking our stand against satan includes trusting in the Lord to be with us as we take our rightful position in Christ. Did you notice in Ephesians 6:10 that the Bible says we are to be strong in two areas:

Be strong IN THE LORD, and

Be strong IN THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT.




To be strong in the Lord, you'll have to be strong in His Word. But what is the power of God's might? The power of God's might is the Holy Spirit. We ask You Holy Spirit be the power that leads our life. If we search the New Testament we can notice how many times "power" is mentioned in connection with the Holy Spirit. Some of these verses are listed below~


Acts 10:38 (Amp)   How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him.


You won't be able to be strong in the power of God's might without being filled with the Holy Spirit and without praying. Part of taking a victorious stand against the devil is to be filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit. You won't be able to stand strong against the devil as an empty vessel. 

 

Romans 15:13 (The Message)  And Isaiah's word: 
 There's the root of our ancestor Jesse, 
breaking through the earth and growing tree tall, 
 Tall enough for everyone everywhere to see and take hope!
 Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!


Romans 15:13 (Amp) May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.


Romans 15:19 (Amp) [Even as my preaching has been accompanied] with the power of signs and wonders, [and all of it] by the power of the Holy Spirit. [The result is] that starting from Jerusalem and as far round as Illyricum, I have fully preached the Gospel [faithfully executing, accomplishing, carrying out to the full the good news] of Christ (the Messiah) in its entirety


The Bible tells us how to be victorious in life. Any problem we face can be solved by our Almighty God. There is nohing good that He cannot do, but remember He is not Santa Clause to give us our every desire. Seek true relationship with Him, and know Him and His character, then watch how He will help you in any storm. Jesus will send Holy Spirit to indwell you and lend you His strength to fight every battle. His power will enable you.


REMEMBER THE STORMS WILL COME...

Posted on October 19, 2018 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (3)

Jeremiah 10:12-13 (New Living Translation)
                                                                                   But God made the earth by his power,
 and He preserves it by his wisdom.
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He stretched out the heavens.
13 When he speaks in the thunder,
  the heavens roar with rain.
 He causes the clouds to rise over the earth.
 He sends the lightning with the rain
 and releases the wind from his storehouses.


Father, I come humbly before You this morning. It’s You Who are life. I am nothing without You. Holy Spirit, This task is completed. Perhaps that is why I am at loose ends. I am really in need of Your help now Holy Spirit! Where do You want me to go from here ~ especially to grow our relationship?


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You gave me Jeremiah 10:12 above. You Lord God are all powerful! You created this earth, this beautiful, magnificent earth full of wonders ~

Mountains tall! Rivers wide and deep! Melting snow causing mountain streams to begin to grow and cascade full force down the mountainside. Flowers with myriads of scents and colors! Trees that rest in winter and miraculously begin a blooming process in the spring, new life. Refreshing moisture in rains and in frozen rain, that is snow. Beautiful white snow that covers up and reshapes our world for a time. Waterfalls that leap over cliffs in rushing tumults crashing thunderously in the frothing pools below.



In Your power You made beasts of every size and variety, all in perfect order, all knit together working in Your plan. Yes, You put a plan in the workings of this world. In Your wisdom You planned how everything is to function to continue each species of plant and animal. All working in harmony to go on into perpetuity.


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Then You created man to intermingle in the beauty and harmony. Now Your wisdom alone can preserve what You created. Man and his sin can sure mess it up. Bring us into alignment with Your perfect wisdom, Father. You created man in Your image and likeness (think of that!) - we are  created in Your image and likeness. Preserve us by Your wisdom. I trust in, lean on, and rely on You.

 

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With Your own understanding You stretched out the heavens; You send down the rain; You cause the thunders to shout and the lightenings to flash. You send the wind to blow and warn and exude Your power as it moves systems of storms about the earth. It's all YOU! You are in control.


Now You have shown me that as I hungered for You, and struggled briefly in the dark, it is the truth. You and Your love keep us always close. Many other  people have no answer to the storms of life. In third world countries, they hunger and eagerly accept the Gospel. But in our nation, we have so much and we do not want to bow down to anyone, do not want to humble ourselves. Pride is the sin that separates us from God. He is in control; always has been; always will be. We don't understand everything, but let us bow down our head and our heart to Him. Lay at His feet in abject humility; abase ourself before Him. Allow Him alone to raise us up. See the magnificence of Who He truly is.


It is He who speaks in the booming thunder, causing
 the heavens to roar with rain.
 He causes the clouds to rise over the earth.
 He sends the lightning with the rain
 and releases the wind from His storehouses.


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Who am I to refuse to bow before Him?  Did I make myself! Did I create the wonders of this human body? What is my great accomplishment that I believe myself unable to bow before the King of Kings? You know, the One who came to earth in order that I might come to know the all powerful, all loving God for myself? and Who then died an ugly horribly painful death to pay my sin-debt and yours? He freed us from a sin nature where we were blinded by satan and could not see the truth, where sin called and we answered. Now we have accepted Jesus gift of salvation from that sin nature, and have received Jesus’ divine nature. We can see clearly and can truly know and receive our God’s love. You are so good Lord!


Pride will hold many back from accepting Jesus as Lord. Holy Spirit, show me the sword of the Word that will battle for these children of God. Fear of rejection; fear of being hurt again; fear of failure; fear of past mirages. FEAR is the enemy’s favorite weapon. Show us how to free people from fear. If you are caught in fear, remember God loves you so much, and He longs to share a lovng relationship with you! Intimacy with God will bring peace and joy to overcome fear!


WHY GOD'S WILL?

Posted on October 17, 2018 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

After gaining victory in the cancer battle, and resting for a space, it was time for the Lord's next assignment: a book. He sent a mind-capturing Scripture. Isaiah 62:10 began appearing everywhere, but what can you do with a Scripture like that: “Cast up a highway in the desert for my people”? But I was obedient  and phoned an engineer asking , “How do you build up a highway?”. Once the engineer relayed the the information, Scriptures began downloading into my mind filling in the basic design of a God-highway. 


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It was establishing a structure of faith to shape a love life. It became a foundational mind picture to check anytime there was a feeling of drifting away, of a break in the connection. The book, Cast Up A Highway, leads one in logical steps to know God and to construct a love relationship with Him, then grow that bond, and maintain it. 



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The book being simple to read and basic in teaching creates a mind picture our youth can put in their suitcase as they go off to college. It's a staple when their faith comes under attack. Young ones can grasp the simple truths in the basics of faith and then be taught a life pattern for retaining it. The book is perfect for new believers who crave a stronger and deeper bond with their God.


Now understand I knew and know the power of this little book, yet the Lord did not let it grow exponentially as I expected. Rather, God set me on a shelf and told me, ‘now you grow’ in preparation for the next trip on the train. So there I sat as a potted plant on a shelf, not as my vision ~ of the mighty cedar trees of Lebanon deeply rooted on the river of life giving love and healing to all those who came by. :)   Pride has a way of being exposed so it can be excised, and God is good at that. 


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So, I had to speak to my God, “Ok God, my plans are not always Your plans. I bow down to You and accept Your plan for my life. Not just “accept” with the resentment of no choice, but “accept” with gratitude and trust knowing You love me and always have the very best for me.” It's a good place we all can come to when our plans or expectations don't happen as we hoped they would.


Lesson received in heart: Trust in God always! He loves us exceedingly, cares for us gently, and building one God-step upon another, leads us always to victory in our life battles!


RETURN OUR SCHOOLS

Posted on October 12, 2018 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (1)

My stomach just sunk as I watched the news, but anger stffened my back and shoulders.

A young boy recently committed suicide, because he said he was gay and got bullied. He was too young to even know what "gay" meant; but in school they taught little children all about the unnatural gay agenda. I blame that boy's death on the evil being propagated in our schools now. This is the result of the LGTB given their evil right to instill their agenda into our children. Parents, we must take our schools back. The evil is spreading.


Use to be we felt like  we could trust our chidren to the teacher's care. Now kids are being taught all kinds of false information and liberal facts according to the liberal agenda; consequently,  we have more suicides and school shootings.


Praying:

Today Father, help us return You to our schools so that our kids are protected, and they can learn how to live right, to handle their own emotions with Your help, and they do not later become pawns to the devil’s evil schemes.



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There is a huge wound in our nation; only You Lord have the power to heal it. The power of Your love cures. Anytime we gather together to celebrate the greatest love there ever was / is ~ Jesus, we can find a powerful joy to enfold the sorrow. Lord we ask You to put a shield of protection around the parents and families and close friends of the slain. The special difficulty of trying to be happy, while their insides are mourning has to be terrible. Hold them close to Your heart Lord! Loose Your love to enter into and to surround them.

Father, we know You have a plan and it will bring redemption to this land. Lead each of us to do Your will in our lives, because Your will extends to all in goodness and light. Let Your angels sing Your glory.


Father God, have Your mighty love shower upon every home in this nation, and shine through the special lights of joy bringing the true message of Salvation ~ that Your immense love for Your children brought our Savior to the earth. He came to erase evil and free us from satan's damnation. Only Jesus' gift can free the chains that bind us to sin. We accept Jesus as the King of our heart, and the Lion of Judah will free us today!


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Let us all humble ourselves, repent and seek the face of God with all our hearts and souls! He promises healing to our land if we do. Our land is oozing sadness now, but God promises to bring His hand of love over us IF WE. . .


2 Chronicles 7:14 (AMPC) If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.


CANCER JOURNEY

Posted on October 10, 2018 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

WITH US IN EVERY BATTLE  With the Word on our lips, we defeat every wile of the enemy; we walk with victory in every step, for our God is a mighty God! When we trust Him, He is always faithful, and that faith and trust will ease our fears, our struggles, our stress. There are always going to be storms and trials, because the enemy does not want us to be in relationship with Jesus Who defeated him so totally. Yes, Satan is a defeated foe already. We just remember to focus on Jesus when attacks come, and trust in Him!  


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I remember one especially challenging time for me. It involved money~or the lack thereof.  There was no money to pay a bill that was due. The only option was to use a credit card check to pay the bill. . . it was something I vowed I would never do. It crushed my spirit! I ran upstairs to bed and began sobbing! As I cried I talked to God, until I heard myself say, “I do not even know if You are real!” That stopped me. I thought, “life is not worth living if You are not real, Lord.” And right there I chose to believe in God, no matter what, forever. 


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Amazingly enough, when I chose that, God gave me an idea on how to make more money. I went downstairs smiling and began planning immediately. My puzzled husband was astonished at my “mood” swing. When I told him of God's revelation, he joined in with the program.

   

Hindsight is good, and looking back I can also see how God prepared me for another major storm; it was my journey through the cancer attack on my body. It was long range planning ~ no surprise for God. Even the first day the news came “Mary, I (the doctor) have bad news for you; you have breast cancer”. God had prepared me that very morning; This is how it happened:


It had been a few days of feeling like a rain cloud was hanging over my head, and that was not like me. So I said to God the night before, “We need to have a little chat!” In my usual quiet time with my Lord the next morning, I was speaking with Him about how it was not like me to be grinchy, and what was going on? Then I happened to glance down at my Bible, which "just happened" (O yeah) to be opened to John 15. My eyes focused on these verses:  


John 15:10-11 AMP)

  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. 


I stared at those words feeling they were just for me; then “Jesus”, I said, “I obey Your commands and therefore I qualify for this promise of Your joy and I claim it.” Faithful to His Word, as always, Jesus filled me with His joy ~ full and overflowing! Wow! A totality of joy took over my body, my mind, my emotions. (It stayed with me throughout the cancer journey.) 


Now it was that afternoon the above ‘bad news’ phone call came. Fear was unable to attack, because Jesus had filled me to overflowing with joy, and nothing of fear nor evil could enter. Joy became like an inner wall against any evil thoughts; they could not enter.


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In our quiet time the next morning, Father God told me I was healed, but He did not tell me to forgo the medical treatments. He sent His strengthening message instead:


Isaiah 43:1 (Amp) I have called you by your name; you are Mine.


Isaiah 43:2 (AMP) When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you.  


With these Words from God spoken to me, complete peace settled in my soul. God knows ME; He calls me by name.  What a powerful knowing: it definitely deepened our relationship. Then He promises to walk with me throughout the journey of treatment. The fires of chemo will not burn me. Fear had no place!


There was a time when I was just as fearful of cancer as many other people, but God carefully took me through experiences first with my Dad and then with a friend, who both had the disease. During these times He taught me how to stand, how to pray, that He is faithful, and that fear is unnecessary. This was all in preparation for my own journey with cancer. The finger of God was pointing at me. Jesus is my Rock, and He walked with me constantly buttressing me with His joy. No fear could come close, because I believed God.  


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My doctors, nurses, fellow office workers were amazed at my constant joyful demeanor throughout the chemo. When my hair began to fall out, I had my head shaved and bought a wig. First time I wore it to the office one of the very young secretaries noticed the different look. I just said, “ I decided I wanted different looks so I shaved my head to accommodate.” She thought that was "pretty cool". 


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Laughter and joy were always in my spirit, but it was all God. He gave me Isaiah 43:2 and 43:1 above; when the God of the Universe tells you these kind of things, what is there to fear? They are truth, and I believed and was delivered from fear and from the disease. God is so good! He never asks of us what we cannot do. 


After the chemo/radiation therapy were complete, He revealed His next assignment:

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SEARCH FOR A DEEPER CONNECTION

Posted on October 5, 2018 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (2)

Astonishing! Amazing is our God Almighty! He is so huge; He created the universe and keeps all things in place so our world will continue to exist. The immensity of Who He is goes beyond words. I talk to Him about this, and about our relationship:

 

There is no way for me to comprehend why You, my God,  chose me, but You did. You created me,  because You wanted me to exist, to be. . .   to love me~ and then You taught me to love You. You desired a love relationship with me.


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You, Jesus, at great cost,  took my sin-debt upon Yourself, and now I am free to live and love and spend eternity (which has begun already) in joy and gladness with You and Daddy God as well. Is that disrespectful Jesus? to call the Father "Daddy or  Abba"?

 

Thank You Holy Spirit for answering me: The Father holds a deep affection for me. He calls me by my name. He sings over me with joy.


Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV) The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
 He will rejoice over you with gladness, 
He will quiet you with His love, 
He will rejoice over you with singing.”

 

When I hold deep affection for Him and choose to call Him Daddy, that is ok. It’s a term of love and affection and brings the realization to me of my love for Him. Despite His immenseness, I can find His heart of love for me. It’s personal between me and God. It’s relationship in its deepest sense.


 

 

Holy Spirit live Your life in me. Indwell me and live! i give my life to You. I want to be radical for You... guided by You in all I do. Let me dwell in Your deep love so that it flows through me every time I speak, and let my every thought come from Your deep loving presence in me. Soak me in Your love; let every pore soak it up so that only You get squeezed out! May I be a sponge saturated in Your love. 


Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit! YOU are my God and all things are possible for You. Help me be whom You want/created me to be.


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In April we encountered a situation which brought anger into my soul. Refusing to allow anger to rule over me, I prayed:

Lord I need your help. I’m angry. The planning commission chose to allow one man’s greed to mess up our home territory. They will let him build a 260 apartment complex right across the street from us. Lord, HELP!! I don’t know Your will in this, but You knew it would happen. So I need Your help to increase my faith in You and Your plan, and to settle my emotions. You gave me one Scripture~


Exodus 14:14 The Lord shall fight for you, and you shall hold your peace

 Ok Lord, I shall trust in You and I will be at peace!

 

What’s forefront on my mind today is closing any gap between You and me, my Lord. I aim to crawl close to You and rest in Your loving presence. I’m tired of busy, busy, with worldly things, worries about . . . whatever. It’s You I require more strongly in my heart, and Holy Spirit, You know how to guide me there.

 

Hebrews 12:9 says (AMPC) Moreover, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we yielded [to them] and respected [them for training us]. Shall we not much more cheerfully submit to the Father of spirits and so [truly] live?

 

I need to submit to the Father more. Help me Holy Spirit! It's never the easy path with You, but it is always the right one. And You always are with me to help me! Thank You. I do choose to worship and praise You as my one and only Lord and God of my life!


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COINCIDENCE ?

Posted on October 3, 2018 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (1)

I remember ONE SPECIAL TIME when coincidence shaped my life. Talk about God’s plans and coincidence ~ coincidence is just a miracle where God chooses to remain anonymous. Sometimes it happens when we wait for His timing.


You see Bill, newly returned from Wyoming, was walking down the streets of St Paul one day and chanced to run into a former classmate, Tony from Tasmania. In the ensuing conversation Bill told Tony he was looking for a roommate, and Tony told Bill he knew a couple of guys who were also looking for a roommate. Thus Bill and Brad met. [Look at all the coincidences in this paragraph].



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Why is this crucial? My roommate Sharon and I were debating about going out one snowy Friday night, and decided to go. At our destination, Sharon met Brad. It took several months for the relationship to become serious, but by late summer when I returned to Minnesota, it was a done deal! I was very happy for her, but a little depressed for me.


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Well, God’s behind the scenes work became visible, and life took on a whole new dimension with love leading the path. Indeed God is always there; we just have to wait for His timing. You see, Brad and Sharon introduced Bill and I. We were impressed with each other, and since we shared the same goals, values and friends, our relationship speedily escalated into love. God’s hand was right there leading us on, and in 2 weeks Bill asked me to marry him, and I said "yes”. Two weeks!?! Yes, really two weeks. One of the first people we announced our engagement to was Sarah, Bill’s ‘Jewish God-mother’ (we affectionately called her that); she responded with the proclamation, “It was made in heaven”. We will never forget that.


Bill is the God created perfect man for me. Now understand friends, we were not perfect together from the beginning. We got along well most of the time, but all close relationships have to go through periods of adjustment, and life is one long period of adjustment. But know this, when we married and the vow said, “till death do us part” we meant it. To us it was a commitment. This, I believe, is what most young couples today miss. They seem to vow: “until I am unhappy” we will stay together.


Commitment  


I hate to see divorce for so many reasons. One is that in most cases so much reward comes from sticking to a commitment; in most cases, once you've begun the trek together, sharing many life experiences both positive and negative, the relationship that develops can be strong and happy. Don’t quit because you have to walk through some really rough places; they will just cause the good times to be even better. Do not quit on each other and on God! Allow God to work on you and your marriage. He can do miracles!


Bill and I often enjoy laughing together now. God helped us through many rugged times when we were tempted to seek different trails, but our God led us through that stony ground time; and we chose to stay. How thankful I am that we did not give into the temptation to take what seemed like the easier less painful way of giving up. Stand through the rough places! God will give you the strength.

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During the early married / kid raising years, many challenges presented themselves; it was good and built something sturdy in us. Of course, it was still a time where events gave me joy; an inner source streamed through my spirit causing joy-flow continually. It was time for me to truly hear and accept the Word, for it teaches us that Jesus loves us and wants to be good to us. He gives us joy, and His joy is our strength:


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Nehemiah 8:10 (NLT) This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”

 

John 15:10 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. 


MY friends, when you decide to marry, pray about your decision together. Marry someone who is also a born again believer, then you will be on the same page when you have to strugge through difficult situations. Also remember that God's thoughts are hgher than our thoughts, and His ways are often not our ways, but they are always better!

Trust God and count on Him to be your leader.


A Favorite Scripture:

  Psalm 138:8 He (God) will perfect that which concerns me.


GOD CHERISHES US!

Posted on September 28, 2018 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (1)

Temptations of these times can lead us into wrong thoughts and ways, and an independent spirit and pride can keep us from seeing life from God’s perspective. He so wants to bless us, but His Word must capture our hearts to get the fullest blessings.


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Unfortunately in my life, I had missed signs that could have warned me of problems ahead, because I was not open to God’s leadership. It is sad when we get too busy with the world to submit to God as truly being the Lord of our life. Oh, the wasted times!! Thankfully we serve a patient and merciful God Who loves us despite our faults. How can we not see it? 


Romans 3:21-26 (MSG) But in our time something new has been added. What Moses and the prophets witnessed to all those years has happened. The God-setting-things-right that we read about has become Jesus-setting-things-right for us. And not only for us, but for everyone who believes in Him. . .

 

25-26 God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin. Having faith in Him sets us in the clear. God decided on this course of action in full view of the public—to set the world in the clear with himself through the sacrifice of Jesus, finally taking care of the sins he had so patiently endured. This is not only clear, but it's now—this is current history! God sets things right. He also makes it possible for us to live in his rightness.


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Finally, the truth grabbed my heart! God wants us to know Him intimately, for He loves us on a personal level. My Jesus is Savior in every way! I invited Jesus and Holy Spirit to come and indwell me, and began spending dedicated time each morning with God; our relationship was growing in intimacy, as God taught me about Himself. I could not wait to be with Him! Remember falling in love, and wanting to always be with the other? Eagerly, I arose early in the mornings to spend time in His presence in His Word. Journaling brought us even closer, as He spoke to me, led and mentored me showing me how past experiences could relate to true understanding of His Word right now.

 

Isaiah 30:18 (AMP)

Truly the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you and me; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on us and show loving-kindness to us. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]! 


 

Our God loves us so much! It is incomprehensible to our human nature how deeply He cherishes us! That love, similar to, but even greater than, the love of earthly parents, also entails times of testing and discipline, and through it we learn to trust. Life was never meant to be ‘easy floating on a cloud’ time. For nature requires us to battle difficulties in order to grow strong. . .  like muscles in the body must be challenged before they become defined and full of strength, our spirits, minds and wills must also be strained and stretched until we learn to trust God with the answers, the timing, the fears.




My inner buttress of strength became:

Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the Rock and firm Strength of my heart and my Portion forever.

Dear ones, if you do not have an intimate relationship with God, at least be aware that it is not only possible, but a cherished position to have bringing joy and delight into life. Please take time to seek and find it my friends! You will be Blessed!



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