Live Him

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My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7 MSG

Just go ahead with what you know and what’s been given will be enough! If we’ve truly received Jesus Christ, then we must live Him. This journey isn’t rocket science, it’s simply allowing the Love He is to live through us into others.

I’ve heard so many people say, “I can’t do that! I’m not ready! I’m not comfortable with that.” But the truth is that the moment we received Jesus, we received power to be His witnesses. We are Kingdom citizens sent as ambassadors into this foreign domain to display Gods glory in the earth.

Our foundation on which we stand is solid enough to hold us in this unstable world. We were built for this. Start where you are and let that be enough. Quit trying to be perfect before you move out and be His witnesses in the earth. There are people around you who are starving to see signs, wonders and miracles and Jesus said they will follow you, but if you’re not moving, neither are they.

Father, forgive us for being insecure in who we are. We are Your sons and daughters and there is no where we can go that You won’t accompany us. Right now we choose to go where You say and do what needs to be done for Your glory we give you thanks, Amen.

No One Compares To You

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For who do you know that really knows you, knows your heart? And even if they did, is there anything they would discover in you that you could take credit for? Isn’t everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God? So what’s the point of all this comparing and competing? You already have all you need. You already have more access to God than you can handle. Without bringing either Apollos or me into it, you’re sitting on top of the world—at least God’s world—and we’re right there, sitting alongside you! 1 Corinthians 4:7-8

Never allow what others think of you, to keep you from being who God called you to be. Stop trying to be like other people, to imitate the gift that’s in them. Don’t compare yourself with someone else because you have been chosen for a specific task. The success of your assignment hinges on your ability to obey the direct instructions of God. Are you listening?

If you don’t take time to listen, you will never hear. If you never hear, you will continue on the same path you’re on, possibly going in the wrong direction. Find a quiet place, turn off the noise and distractions, worship the Lord and give Him thanks, then with no agenda, no prayer requests, just wait for Him to draw near and speak to your spirit. It will be the most productive time of your entire day.

You are good because God says you are. You’re not good based on your goodness, but on His goodness. You’re not gifted because of what you can do, but because of what He did. It’s not about who you hang around with or even what clothes you wear, it’s all about obedience to the instructions; Go into all the world. That’s your world, your neighborhood, your community, your city, state or zip-code. Be the gift to the world that is in you.

Father, I may be unsure of the direction, but if I’m moving I know You’ll direct me. I may not feel gifted, but You’ve placed enough of Your gift in me that will enable me to be effective. Thank that no one carries what I do and no one can be who You created me to be. It’s in Jesus name and for Your glory, Amen.

Turn Up The Fire-Refining Has Begun

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Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner. 1 Peter 4:12-13 Message

Well I don’t know about you but I sure needed this word! Life can get real difficult very quickly, can’t it? And when it does, we do tend to think, where is God? Did He step out for a break? Is He at lunch or involved with one of His other children? Of course not! He’s our ever present help in time of trouble. He never leaves us or forsakes us. We know this, but in the middle of the hard things, it’s not the first thing that comes to mind.

But the second verse is what really got me, ‘This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.’ Now that is definitely worth going through the tight spot, the difficult situation, the hard stuff, isn’t it. The glory we’ll see on the other side of this mess is going to be worth it all.

When I think of refining, my mind automatically goes to Zechariah 13:9; “I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’;
And each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’ ”

If this is just testing toward fulfillment of the depth of intimate fellowship and relationship with God, where when I call on Him, He promptly answers and calls me His own, I’m good with this. My heart leaps within me at the glory this holds for me. The Lord is MY God.

Oh thank You Lord for each difficult refining process I must endure, knowing that on the other side of the test awaits deeper trust and intimacy with You. I’m all in God! Not looking back at the past only to see how far I’ve come. You’re faithful to the end and I’m thankful that You alone are the Rock of my salvation. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen.

ALL not Part

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Most of all, I’m writing to encourage you to pray with gratitude to God. Pray for all men with all forms of prayers and requests as you intercede with intense passion.  And pray for every political leader and representative, so that we would be able to live tranquil, undisturbed lives, as we worship the awe-inspiring God with pure hearts. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 TPT

I sure do love what Paul said to Timothy in this passage of wisdom.  Let’s take a minute to break this down a little bit. First up is the ‘pray with gratitude’ to God. That word gratitude according to dictionary.com is the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful. So we are to come before God with thankful and grateful hearts, not crying because we didn’t get what we asked for.

The second portion says to pray for ALL men with all forms of prayers and requests as you intercede with intense passion. We don’t pray for just those we agree with or those who are Christians, but we pray for ALL men. How? With all forms of prayers. There’s not a right way or a wrong way, but we are to intercede (to act or interpose in behalf of someone in difficulty or trouble, as by pleading or petition: to attempt to reconcile differences between two people or groups; mediate.) with intense passion.

Ok, wait for it, ‘And pray for every political leader and representative,’ no specificity as to right or wrong, democrat or republican, good or bad, beautiful or ugly, rich or poor, Christian or heathen, just pray! Why? ‘So that we would be able to live tranquil, undisturbed lives, as we worship the awe-inspiring God with pure hearts.’ 

Our part; pray. It’s the only way we will be able to live in peace. Our peace does not come from man but from God. His peace boggles the human mind. Listen to what David says in Psalm 37:29 TPT; The faithful lovers of God will inherit the earth and enjoy every promise of God’s care, dwelling in peace forever.

I believe the deepest travesty today that is tearing families and friends apart is not allowing our hearts and opinions to be changed in the waiting room. The place where relationship with God becomes the ONLY thing we value and what we receive there, transforms our relationships with others. To set aside our rights and ask God what HE would have us value.

Here’s what Jesus says in Matthew 5:9 NASB; “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” What a beautiful name to be called! I wonder what the name is for those who stir up strife and trouble? We’ll pray for them as well and allow the Holy Spirit to stir them to change.

Father, with a humble heart I come to You desiring Your heart be seen in me. May my love of You and Your Word be more evident then my opinions. I am thankful for those who are in authority over me and I lift up each elected official before You today. I ask that You instill them with wisdom in every decision they make. I believe that they are there for a reason that only You know the plans and purposes for their lives of service. You alone order our steps for Your glory in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

 

Hope In The Lord

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“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.” Jeremiah 17:7
“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.”  Proverbs 21:1

This morning there are those who are happy with the election results in their state and there are those who are sad. What I would say to you is these two verses I’ve listed above are still true in either case. If you trust in man you’ll be very disappointed, but trusting in the Lord regardless of what you see is the best place to be.

If you keep your eyes on Jesus and spend time with Him, you just can’t go wrong. We’ve seen it over and over and over again, people get so focused on what’s going on in the world that they loose sight of who is in control of everything. Everything! If He can direct and move a river, he can direct and move a mere man.

This is the season when harvest takes place, crops are brought in before the first snow fall. Vegetables and fruits are canned and stored for the long winter. Be thankful and bless His name for the abundance He’s given. Put your hope and trust in the God who is still in control. For those who do will never be disappointed.

Father, we trust you with our future. You always have our best interests in mind. Regardless of the outcome, we place our hope in the most stable and secure place; YOU. We thank You for our peace that passes understanding and guards our hearts and minds. We will focus on YOUR business and trust You with the plans YOU have for us. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen.

 

Don’t Trash Talk My Daddy!

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David said to the Philistine, “You come to me using sword, spear, and javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord All-Powerful, the God of the armies of Israel. You have said bad things about him.” I Samuel 17:45 ERV

Have you ever felt that way when you hear someone trashing the name of Jesus or using Gods name to damn things? I have! I’ve even said to them, “Hey! Stop already! That name means something special to me!” Well that’s exactly how David felt when he overheard Goliath doing the same thing.

David was just a young boy when he said these words to a giant, a man who had caused all of Israel to freak out for quite some time. But David knew the power of His God, mighty to save and deliver. I loved this translation where he called the Lord All-Powerful! How did he learn these things about God? In a valley while tending sheep. 

Perhaps you’re in a valley tending sheep right now. This is your time when you learn to lean into the mighty power of God to deliver, save and keep. This is the time when you learn who God is and what He’s capable of. There may be a battle you’re about to face that will test what you know about Him. When you face your giant, remember what you learned in the valley. He will never leave you, He’s always got your back.

He didn’t say you would never go through hard places, but He did say He’d be with you. He never said there would be no battles, but He did say He would fight them for you. This might be the day when you face your enemy and say with a loud voice, “You can mock me, but you cannot mock my God and get away with it. He is well able to deliver you into my hand!” Now, go choose your stone and when you throw it, it will not miss it’s mark.

Father, I’m so thankful to be Your child and to have deep intimate knowledge of who You are and what You’re capable of. There’s absolutely nothing impossible for You and the giant I’m facing right now must bow a knee to You. I will walk in victory today because You already won and have given my enemy into my hand. It’s in Your All-Powerful Name I pray, Amen.

You Will Enter In

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Then Moses summoned Joshua. He said to him with all Israel watching, “Be strong. Take courage. You will enter the land with this people, this land that God promised their ancestors that he’d give them. You will make them the proud possessors of it. God is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t worry.” Deuteronomy 31:7-8 Message

I just felt like someone needed to hear this today. Just as Moses said to Joshua, God is saying to you, be strong and courageous, stand your ground, don’t allow what you see with your natural eyes to influence the truth you know in your spirit. Whatever God has promised you, He is faithful to deliver on that promise.

He said, “I am the Lord your healer!” That’s His word and you can trust in what He said. It doesn’t mean the thief won’t try to steal it, but if you stand, don’t be weary and quit, hold on for dear life, you will see the manifestation of that promise.

He said, “I am Your Provider!” That’s His word and you can trust in what He said. It may look bad right now, your account may look empty, your cupboards may look empty, but the same God who takes care of the birds will take care of you. Get up, get dressed, spend time in the presence of the Lord and listen to what He directs you to do. As you go, He will show you what to do and where to go.

He said, “Go possess the land!” That’s His word and you can trust in what He said. Make the offer, trust God to provide what you need. Begin packing up your house. Prepare yourself for the move. God loves to see your faith and trust in Him. He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all you ask or think according to the power that works in you. What power works in you? The power of the Holy Spirit.

Thank you Holy Spirit that You are in me, working on my behalf, bringing about the will of God concerning me. May I make the necessary steps to possess the promises given to me. I trust in You and know that You will cause me to enter in. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.