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Posted on December 9, 2016 at 6:45 AM

Hey, my friends, I stumbled across a Scripture that I really enjoyed. This translation is in the Message Bible whose accuracy isn’t what some of the others are, but its language sometimes brings clarity. i will share part of it with you:


Romans 9:27-33 (MSG)

Isaiah maintained this same emphasis: If each grain of sand on the seashore were numbered and the sum labeled “chosen of God,” They’d be numbers still, not names; salvation comes by personal selection. God doesn’t count us~ He calls us by name. (btw, This is what Isaiah 43:1(AMP) says too~ I call you by name. You are Mine!) Arithmetic is not his focus. . .

How can we sum this up? All those people who didn’t seem interested in what God was doing actually embraced what God was doing as He straightened out their lives.

And Israel, who seemed so interested in reading and talking about what God was doing, missed it. How could they miss it? Because instead of trusting God, they took over. They were absorbed in what they themselves were doing. They were so absorbed in their “God projects” that they didn’t notice God right in front of them, like a huge rock in the middle of the road. And so they stumbled into Him and went sprawling.

Isaiah (again!) gives us the metaphor for pulling this together: Careful! I’ve put a huge stone on the road to Mount Zion, a stone you can’t get around. But the stone is me! If you’re looking for me, you’ll find Me on the way, not in the way.

Romans 9:33 in the New Life Version says it this way:

The Holy Writings say, “See! I put in Jerusalem a Stone that people will trip over. It is a Rock that will make them fall. But the person who puts his trust in the Rock (Christ) will not be put to shame.”

Because of my experiences with God, the first words to grab my attention were that God doesn't count us, He calls us~ by name. Oh how beautiful it was when I first was dealing with a cancer diagnosis, and God took me to


Isaiah 43 and told me He was calling me by my NAME. He knew me. He loves me. I am a treasured daughter! Our mighty God calls me by my first name! Wow, did that ever lift me up above any negative the enemy could try and use against my emotions!


Having a personal relationship with God goes far above any intellectual knowledge, far above any historical study. Holy Spirit guides our relationship. He teaches us, protects us against satanic influences in our thought life, convicts us of incorrect thoughts and attitudes. When we grow sensitive to His touch, it is so heart filling. He loves us so much and encircles us in His love, demonstrates His love and care throughout the day. Until you desire a personal relationship with Him, you will never know it, and friends, it is SO worth having a close connection with God!

Begin today, my friends, to seek out His heart. Be not afraid to give your heart to God, He will handle it with gentleness and reverence. No one can imagine the peace and quiet joy that comes to rest within, when we live in love and harmony with our Creator, Savior, and indwelling Holy Spirit. God holds us close to His own heart; He is love.


That Stumbling Block? Yes that is Jesus. He’s right there in the middle of the road. You cannot get around Him without a lot of effort. Why would you want to? Pride in knowledge, believe you have figured life out without the help of God? That path ushers one right into the demon’s lair. You’ve heard 'pride is the deadliest of sins’? Now you know why.


Dear ones, do not allow satan to make Jesus a stumbling block in your life. Rather, go to Jesus and request His help to come to know Him. Be humble enough to recognize that God is much greater than we are; be willing to give your life to Him; allow Him to be your King! Follow His lead and be reborn into a totally new life of dynamic love!

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SEARCHING FOR A CLOSER WALK WITH GOD


                                        AWESOME GOD


 DIGGING DEEPER

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:


Psalm 139:1-10

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.

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