What You Let

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Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God and trust also in me. John 14:1

Let is such a small word with such big meaning. The dictionary defines this word as to allow or permit; to allow to pass, go or come; to grant the occupancy or use of for rent or hire.

With this understanding, let’s re-read this verse again; Don’t allow or permit your hearts be troubled (fearful). Don’t grant fear an occupancy permit. Trust, rely and lean heavily on God. Remember that God can be trusted in ALL things, not just a few things. If your heart is troubled, it’s time to take a look at what you’ve let in.

I’m reminded of Proverbs 4:23 GW which says; Guard your heart more than anything else, because the source of your life flows from it

Think about this; your heart pumps the blood through your body, right? It provides oxygen and life to every part of you. What if there’s a blockage in your leg that doesn’t allow the blood to flow to your foot? You lose blood flow, you lose your foot plain and simple. Or say there’s an infection in your blood, your heart pumps that infection to every part of your body so that it spreads. It doesn’t stay isolated, it spreads. That’s why it’s so important to guard your heart!

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Philippians 4:6-7 MSG

My dear friends, unless you address the problem with what you ‘let’ or what you allow to  come into your ears, eyes, minds and hearts, you will live in fear instead of faith. I don’t know about you but I don’t want fear to poison me and keep me from trusting in God. I will measure everything against the Word of God and the nature of God. God is LOVE and if it goes against LOVE it’s not God. If I use that as a measuring stick, I will never come up short.

Father, I trust in You and You alone. I will not be afraid of the storms of life for You spoke peace over me, not the worlds peace but Your peace. It passes all understanding and it guards my mind and heart. I trust You in everything, the seen and the unseen, the known and the unknown. You’ve made me an active participant in this choice and I choose You. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

A Taste For New

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Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16

What does it mean to be renewed? I love this definition: to restore to a new or fresh condition. Thats what happens when we spend time reading the Word of God and meditating on it, our minds begin to adapt new thought patterns and we exchange the old for the new. 

God is doing a new thing, so new that there are not words to describe it. You can’t put new wine in old wine skins because they will burst and become good for nothing. I have to get rid of my old thinking, my desire for the old or former things in order to take in and enjoy the new things of God. My mind cannot accomadate the old and new.

This new thing is nothing we can figure out or fit it into our box or schedule. The only way to experience true renewal is to seek Gods face, go after him with your face buried in the Word, hungry and thirsty for his body and blood. It must be a personal thing! Don’t look for it in your church till you find it on your knees. I have a ‘more taste’ in my mouth for fresh manna, not yesterdays bread.

Father, as I sit with You this morning may I empty out the corruption that has snuck into my thinking. I’ve been slowly conforming to the worlds way without realizing it. It sounded good, it looked ok, but it’s taken a toll on the truth of Your Word. Forgive me once again. All that matters is found in You. May the light of Your presence expose what I could not see and restore me to a new condition in You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Who Lives In You?

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But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Romans 8:11

This is the word that kept looping through my head last night each time I woke up. Why? I have no idea.  I only know that when this happens it’s usually a teaching moment for me. Since I grew up in the King James version, that’s the way it came to me in the night.

This word quicken means to hasten or accelerate, to give or restore vigor or activity to, so when applied to this verse, we see that the Spirit of God who raised Jesus from the dead has the same power to restore or give life to dead things within us as well.

Why else would God place His Spirit in us? John 14:26 says that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things and bring back to our remembrance all that Jesus said. All those years ago when Jesus spoke something, those words are still alive and powerful today. If you have heard them or read them, they are still working. It’s the Spirit of God who quickens or gives life to them.

When I listen to a message that is full of the Word of God and revelation begins to come to me, my spirit links up with the Spirit of God on that Word and comes alive in me. That’s why I’m so passionate when I speak about things God is showing me. It literally wakes me in the night because it’s always working, always revealing things, always!

That’s why it’s so important to spend time in the Word and allow it to settle in you. Psalm 1:2 Passion says it like this; Their pleasure and passion is remaining true to the Word of “I Am,” meditating day and night in his true revelation of light. In Proverbs 4:22 Solomon says the Word is equivalent to life for those who find them and health to their flesh. That’s pretty potent medicine right there.

So it is that the Spirit of God quickens or gives life to the Word in us to bring us everything we need for life today and always. What you feed grows, what you starve dies. Perhaps that is what we really need to hear today. If we feed the Spirit of God in us, the life that comes into us will be so powerful that nothing can harm us. The things in us that have died will come to life! Disease will have to be healed. Wholeness comes by the Spirit of God who quickens.

Spirit of the Living God, fall fresh on me! For without Your Spirit I will not live to do what You’ve created me to do. I will not have the strength or wisdom to do anything if Your Spirit doesn’t lead me and bring me into all truth. Stir up the dormant Word in me that I may speak and bring life to those who hear it. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen.

Means & Opportunity

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Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying,  “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan.  And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”

So he went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan.  The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook.  And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. 1 Kings 17:2-7

I’m pretty sure that if Elijah had stayed there, he would have died. But because he chose to listen and move on, God used him to save a widow and her son. God will always supply the means if we give Him the opportunity.

I believe that the thing we struggle with the most is that we shift our attention from the provider to the provision and when the provision dries up, we freak out. But those who trust in the Provider know that He will use any means necessary to care for us because we trust in Him.

So many times in my past I’ve allowed my lack to scream for attention. While I scrambled around trying to find enough to make ends meet, I only ended up stressed out and frustrated when nothing seemed to work for me. But in the morning I heard the call of the Provider, “Come to me! Seek my face! I will take care of you.”

How quickly we forget the words of Jesus, “Look at all the birds—do you think they worry about their existence? They don’t plant or reap or store up food, yet your heavenly Father provides them each with food. Aren’t you much more valuable to your Father than they?” Matthew 6:26

Oh Father, my Father, how deep is Your great love for me. If there was never a need there would never be opportunity to show us Your faithfulness as our provider. If we were never sick, how would You be our healer. In the place of our deepest need, we cry out for help which is what You long to hear. So we cry out for help, knowing that our help comes from You oh Lord. Until it manifests, we will sit in Your arms and await Your instructions. It’s in Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.

Own Your Peace

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What is the cost of peace? How much would we spend to get some? If your life is full of stress, worry and turmoil, that is NOT the place God wants you to dwell. Jesus paid the ultimate price for your peace but it’s up to you to own it.

Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” John 14:27 GNT

There are a lot of things that can steal your peace. Please be aware of what you’re reading on social media, what you watch on TV and even what you’re entertaining in the lunch room. Remind yourself that you’re a child of the most high God and that He knows what you have need of even before you ask. Answer every fearful thought with the unfailing Word of God.

I speak peace to your day, the peace that passes understanding, guarding your heart and mind. The peace that sweeps over you, bringing you everything you need for today, restoring everything missing or broken in your life.

Repairer of broken things, Redeemer of missed moments, wrong steps and deep losses, come press over us today. Don’t pass us by! Don’t allow us to be too busy that we miss this opportunity to soak in Your presence where Your peace is found. Amazing Father, as we sit in Your presence this morning, we thank You that in Your presence is fullness of joy, peace that passes understanding and overwhelming love.

We always come away with so much more then what we entered with. The exchange for our burdens and cares, pain and sadness is, deepest losses are met with Your grace and goodness. We walk away restored.

“No one ever cared for me like Jesus, there’s no other friend so kind as He. No one else can take the sin and darkness from me. Oh how much He cares for me.”

The Bitter Cup

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“Beloved, refuse to lament over what has already been done or become a victim of the past. Nothing you do will change it or make it better, but you can let it go and launch yourself into this new day that is filled with possibilities and opportunities to know Me better and to understand My kingdom with greater clarity. This is a day to forgive and be forgiven, says the Lord. Draw near to Me!” Marsha Burns (9/11/2012)

When I re-read this, the word that came to my mind was ‘distractions’. Anything that causes us to lose focus on our race is right where the accuser wants us. If he can get us focused on wrong things long enough, he can keep us from being harvesters of souls. Anything that deliberately keeps us focused on what ‘he’ did or what ‘she’ said, keeps us from hearing what God says!

Our heart should be crying out, “Holy Spirit, teach me how to forgive, how to stay on track.”  We can’t afford to walk in unforgiveness and allow bitterness to set in. My dear friend, that is pride! Get rid of it! Its ruining your life and stunting your growth. Every moment you refuse to forgive and walk in love, you are holding yourself back from the blessings God wants to heap on you and your family.

Unforgiveness is the poison you drink while wishing the other person will be harmed. Lets bring life (God) to every situation today by letting go of the cup of bitter hurt and misery. Walking down the road to forgiveness is sometimes the longest road to travel, but in order to get to our destination, it’s the one we must take. 

Father, I forgive them because you forgave me. I have no right to hold this against them.  We’re all your children and we answer to You for how we treat one another. I choose to let it go into your very capable hands. I will be a reflection of your love with nothing standing in the way. Search my heart, Lord, and see if there be any wicked way in me. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Now, retrain your brain to think on good things by praying for that person. When you speak blessings over them, then the healing process has begun!

I Just Can’t Get Enough

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Have you ever tasted something and just needed more? Like that flavor that soon became your favorite flavor. The first batch of peanut butter cookies hot off the cookie sheet. You stuff the gooey mess into your mouth quickly panting because it’s burning your tongue but you don’t care cause it’s tasty! Or how about putting a scoop of vanilla ice-cream on it with a drizzle of hot fudge. I may just have to do some baking today.

Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—how good God is.  Blessed are you who run to him. Psalm 34:8 Message

That’s how I’m feeling about the Lord this morning. When I think about His goodness and all that He’s done for me, I have an overwhelming feeling of deep and lasting satisfaction that can’t be described with mere words on a page. Excuse me while I take a moment to tell Him how much I love Him.

Oh God, my God, how awesome are the works of Your hands. Your promises are bookmarked in my mind and I’m constantly speaking them out-loud. In Your presence is fullness of joy and at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Who would want to live without you? Where would I be if you hadn’t loved me? Your Word is always alive and powerfully at work in me. It gives life to my flesh and strength to my bones.

Your Word is a light to my feet and you show me which road to take. I won’t be afraid because you are with me. If you see me going off the path, you quickly pull be back with your staff. You care so much for me that you’ve prepared everything I will ever need for my journey. I know I will arrive safely at my destination because I’m under your watchful eye.

“If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God“I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!” Psalm 91:14-16 Message