Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Psalm 95:1
If you’re too busy to spend time with God, you’re too busy. Adjust your schedule, break stubborn habits, remove obstacles and hindrances. Find a quiet place void of distractions. Come with no agenda but to worship. No asking for anything, just an audience of one, singing your own song, making your praise about Him.
Ten minutes. Can you not spare ten minutes every morning? It’s such a small token of time when He’s given you the breath you breathe. If you find it hard to fill ten minutes, begin to make a list of things you’re thankful for and read them off to Him. Soon those ten minutes won’t be enough. You’ll find yourself setting your alarm earlier and earlier.
His presence is addicting. Your spirit will begin to crave time with His Spirit until you can’t stop thinking of Him. All throughout the day and when you wake at night, you’ll begin to hear Him calling you to that secret place where He can be with you and make you like Him. Then one day He’ll ask if you’re ready to be completely His, laying down your life long dreams, plans and hopes for a journey with Him.
It’s when you say yes, forever yes, that your life becomes one with Him and all that matters is what pleases Him. Loving others isn’t hard anymore. Giving becomes second nature. All that He is, becomes all that you are. By giving up, you gain so much more. By surrendering, you gain access to everything He has. What a great trade-off! Worship-it’s a game changer!
So give yourselves to God. Stand against the devil, and he will run away from you. James 4:7
There are two things I see here; first, we are to give ourselves to God. Some translations say submit, both words denote complete surrender. No more me, me, me, but what can I do for You, Father. The second is something we must do; stand against the devil. He does not in anyway, shape or form, go away quietly and leave you alone. ‘Oh, sorry, I forgot you gave yourself to God!’ will never come out of his mouth.
He will try everything he can to try to get you back, but if you keep resisting, he will run away like the chicken he is. How do I know this? Because I’ve submitted my life to God and not a day goes by that satan doesn’t try to discourage me, lie to me, and try to cheat me out of what’s mine. The more I testify of what God’s done for me, the more I tick him off.
Remember when Jesus spoke the Word to Satan in the wilderness? It was to show us how to resist, giving us the right tools to resist with. He will definitely run away, but be prepared and keep resisting.
My friend, stay submitted to God, His plans are more important and rewarding than any of your own. Be ready to be messed with! Just because you submit to God doesn’t mean a life of ease, it means ‘game on’ devil. GAME ON!
I’m not sure if this is for one person specifically or many people around the globe, but I felt an urgency in my spirit this morning to remind you, however your situation looks right now, God will make a way.
There’s a story that comes to my mind of a group of people making a mass exodus from Egypt, who came upon an impassable body of water. They panicked when they realized the entire Egyptian army was pursuing them. They couldn’t move.
Fear does horrible things to us, doesn’t it? It holds us in a prison and keeps us from moving forward. We feel like there is no where to go and no one can fix it. Please know this, God will make a way! He’s good at knowing what lies ahead in the dark and how to dispel that darkness, allowing us to see the path. He is the light of the world, you know that, right?
And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
So right where you are, throw your hands up in surrender, give it to God and announce, “I trust You, oh God! I know You will make a way!” Now hold onto your peace. Don’t let it go, don’t talk about your situation anymore. Don’t give it another thought. Trusting God will make a way, keeps you looking at the Way Maker, not the obstacle or impossible odds you’re facing.
Hebrews 10:35 tells us; Do not throw away your trust, for your reward will be great.
Father, I ask that Your Holy Spirit will bring comfort, wisdom and strength. Not to the situation, but to the person facing it. May they stand still and know that You are God and that nothing is impossible for them, because You are their God. I speak peace over them. That as they sit in Your presence, perhaps reading this message, Your incomprehensible peace will permeate them from head to foot. May they know You in every sense of the word in this moment. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen
We’ve all seen it–people who get offended when reading a social media post. It happens to me, often, possibly because I’m more vocal or opinionated than most. But it’s your perspective that draws the conclusions you make. That perspective or how you draw those conclusions, are based on a lot of things; personality, family dynamics, history of past hurts…
No one can know what others have been through or are going through or with what lens they’re reading your posts. Sometimes people get upset about things that weren’t meant the way they read it. It doesn’t make them a bad person for posting it, it means that what you’re going through is painful.
Before you unfriend or unfollow someone, remember that one day, they may be the very one to show you the way out of the hellish hurt you’re in. Yes, definitely unfriend unhealthy friendships! Keep yourself safe in the natural and virtual world. But remember that not everyone agreed with Jesus or how He presented things, and HE was God in the flesh. It would be a perfect world if everyone just got along, believed the same and knew what they meant when they said that, but seriously, if that was true, we’d never need a Savior.
So this is a disclaimer of sorts. I would never intentionally say hurtful things or be insensitive to what you’re going through. I try to write or say what the Holy Spirit leads me to write and say. I’m not perfect! But I do love you and care about where you spend eternity.
I’ve been told I have an odd perspective on things. I’ll take that! At least I don’t get stuck in the rut of wrong or religious thinking. I have conversations with God that if you were privy to them, you’d truly wonder if I need a padded room with a white coat that has extended sleeves. Because of these ‘talks’ with God, my life is forever changed. I’m not a slave to my past because He constantly tells me who I am.
Hands down, He’s the best employer I’ve ever had. I will work for Him until I retire to His throne room, where we’ll continue to have these unusual and wonderful conversations.
If I could have one wish it would be this; that you too would know Him like I know Him. But that, my dear friends, though available, is absolutely up to you. Know that I will always continue to encourage and challenge you toward that relationship, and that I love you and He does too.
My peace is the legacy I leave to you. I don’t give gifts like those to this world. Do not let your heart be troubled or fearful. John 14:27 Voice
What an appropriate verse for the day we live in. It seems every day, our peace is disturbed as we watch endless acts of violence on the news. Unlike the English word “peace”, “shalom” does not just mean peace of mind, but also wholeness for your entire being — spirit, soul and body. It means having a sense of completeness and soundness. In other words, shalom encompasses your prosperity, health and total well-being.
When God steps into the middle of your problems, you allow His shalom to come. Just leave it to God to add so much more to the simple word–peace. He doesn’t just give us a nice feeling of euphoria. He completes us.
I once heard the definition of shalom as nothing missing or broken. Wow, I don’t know about you, but I needed that word today. He doesn’t just heal part way, He doesn’t provide just enough, if we speak His peace over our situations, we can expect WHOLENESS, COMPLETENESS, NOTHING MISSING OR BROKEN.
Glory, glory, glory to God in the highest, and on Earth, peace goodwill toward men! Lets remind our bodies of that. Lets remind our finances of that. Lest we forget whose we are, let’s rest in the complete shalom of God today and every day this week.
I hear so clearly the words of Psalm 91 this morning, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My Refuge, my Fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
“For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall seek refuge, His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.
“You will not be afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day; of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. Five thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not approach you. You will only look on with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. For you have made the Lord, my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place. No evil will befall you, nor will any plague come near your tent (home).
“For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, that you do not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and cobra, the young lion and the serpent you will trample down.
“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him. I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble, I will rescue him and honor him. With a long life I will satisfy him and let him see My salvation.”
Those are not merely words on a page to me. Those are words I live by, everyday. They are so deeply seated within me, that there is nothing or no one can take them from me. They are not affected by the way I feel, the things I see or the things I hear. They are simply deeply rooted truths that cannot be shaken.
Until you have personal relationship with this covenant word and promises it contains, you will continue to fear what this world will try to put on you. Step into the assurance that He always keeps His Word to those who trust in Him.
I was sitting at my desk at work, looking at the next scheduled patient and her request for me to wear a mask even though a glass window separates me from her. Severe allergies to paper dust and the chemicals in the fabric ones has caused me to have breathing difficulties each time, but nobody seems to care about that.
I’m hoping you aren’t offended by my thoughts today. That’s truly not my goal. I’m simply sharing something that just happened in hopes that it may help you whichever side of the spectrum you may be on.
I heard in my spirit, “If someone asked you for $100 would you give it?” I could see myself picking up my wallet and opening it up, responding to the prompting of the Holy Spirit is always what I strive for. But as I opened my wallet, there was nothing in it. I then heard the Holy Spirit say, “You cannot give what you do not have.”
O Holy Spirit, that is so true! If I do not have sickness, how can I give it? I have trusted Him through this whole entire season of uncertainty to continually keep me well and whole, me and my family. Does it make me more holy because others have gotten sick and died? No.
I’ve been through an unusual season this past year. I didn’t enjoy it, nor did I seek it, it simply came and I tried to meet it the best I knew how. But somehow in the meeting, I began to learn the value of trust in a way I’ve never had to before. I’ve always trusted God, but only in ways I had experienced Him.
For example, in the mid-80’s, Walt was out of work and we had no means of provision. It was our trust in God that saw us provided for, time and time again. Groceries would appear at our door, Christmas gifts were placed under our tree. Our trust had been there all along, but it was lack that strengthened that trust in ways we wouldn’t have learned in good times.
So it seems that tests and trials, times of extreme difficulty and impossibility, are designed to give us what we do not have, so that we can have what we need to succeed. As James 1:2-4 says so well; My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up in you the power of endurance. And then as your endurance grows even stronger, it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.
Every time my faith is tested, it stirs in me the power of endurance. It’s the endurance that gives me everything I need to succeed. He designed me that way so that I would never lack in any area. As food and water are for the body, so are tests and trials for the spirit and soul. Without them, we’d never grow into mature believers who know to trust in God.
So do you understand what I mean when I say, I cannot give what I do not have? What I do have and what I can share has been deeply rooted and grounded in the deep love the Father has for me.
The Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. II Corinthians 3:17 & 18 NLT
My prayer today is, “Make me more like you, Lord. More of your glory. Fill me up to overflow so that what comes out of me is unrecognizable to the world. No fitting into this worlds design for me, I will break the mold! May I be a stranger to this world and a friend of Yours forever.”
Until I possess more hunger for the things of God, I will never see His glory and that, my friends is all I want. If I miss your birthday or don’t respond to your posts or perhaps don’t live up to your expectations of me in part or in whole, I just don’t care anymore.
I purpose to offend you! Yes, you read that right. I hope I downright offend you! I hope my postings become so offensive that your religious spirit drops off and you see the truth lies not in you, but the Spirit that lives in you.
Isaiah prophesied it, “Behold I do a new thing..” When we reflect the glory of God, trust me, everyone around you will see it just as they did with Moses. Until we seek Him with all our heart, read His Word as the only food we need, we will only stay on the pretend train going to our pretend destination.
Well this chick, is on the Glory train going after the glory of a living God who loves me enough to leave me the instruction manual on how to find Him. Thank God for His Word!!!!! He said few would find the narrow road. Are you the few?
I love the story of Daniel. What an example he set to constantly place God as highest priority. Daily he rose early to pray, even after law was passed to stop. What he received for his seeking the face of God is found in Daniel 9:20-23 ” I went on praying and confessing my sin and the sin of my people, pleading with the Lord my God for Jerusalem, his holy mountain. As I was praying, Gabriel, whom I had seen in the earlier vision, came swiftly to me at the time of the evening sacrifice. He explained to me, “Daniel, I have come here to give you insight and understanding. The moment you began praying, a command was given. And now I am here to tell you what it was, for you are very precious to God. Listen carefully so that you can understand the meaning of your vision.”
I see lots of things here, but two that personally spoke to me. When you prioritize the Lord and the things that are dear to His heart, you gain insight and understanding, and you become very precious to God.
There is a high price tag that comes with seeking the face of God, you’re not real popular with man. They don’t understand why you’re not more like them, why you don’t value what they value, why you can’t just fit in. You become a social outcast, a misfit, people plot against you, set you up for a fall. Sometimes it’s your own family, even members of your church. They tell you not to be so extreme, they don’t understand why you weep for the lost, why you carry such a heavy load, why you’re loud or so passionate.
Can I just encourage you for a moment, my remnant friend? Set your face toward God as Daniel did, and carry what He’s called you to carry. I would rather leave this world light then to try to carry it with me. Knowing I’m obedient to the voice of the Lord is probably the most rewarding choice I’ve ever made. Am I perfect? Not by a long shot. God’s probably the only thing I’ve been able to focus on in my life.
Sometimes I think even our pastor shakes his head and wonders what to do with me. I still blurt out inappropriate comments, still get upset and still vent about ‘stupid people’, but my heart is set on God and little by little He’s changing me to care more about what HE wants and less about what I want.
This isn’t a fad or a new clothing style that if you decide you don’t like it, you can take it back and exchange it. This is for keeps! Don’t try this at home and live something else on your job. It’s not like make-up that you take off at night, it’s permanent! You won’t find it in any church; you find it on your knees.
Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. Genesis 37:5
I don’t know why this popped into my head this morning, but none-the-less, it did. Sometimes when that happens, God is trying to show me something, but often it’s to bring revelation to others. I’m not sure which this is at present, but perhaps it will present itself as I type.
A dream in itself is just a dream. It can puzzle us with it’s meaning, or simply have no meaning at all. Reoccurring dreams are usually something that’s meant to be either a warning or a wake-up to a future event. I believe that’s what Joseph had, his error in judgement brought on his brothers hatred.
When I was younger and began having visions or dreams, I shared them with anyone who would listen. I’d never had them before, so I guess I was hoping someone would tell me what they meant. When I was young, I thought as a child…..truer words were never spoken. But as I matured, I realized the value in holding onto my dreams and allowing clarity to come along the way.
Knowing the whole of Josephs story, those young dreams make sense. But think about this; how would it feel to read a book only to discover that the first 3/4 of the book was missing. It would be hard to piece it all together, wouldn’t it be.
I think of the prophets of old, prophesying an unimaginable end, one that held things they had never seen before. How would you describe it? What reference would you have? If you’d never seen an airplane and the technology wasn’t there, what would you call it?
I often hear modern day prophets, those who have stepped into a realm that makes no sense, but have been told to release what they’ve seen to their sphere of influence, only to be ridiculed and condemned as heretics when what they spoke didn’t come to pass. What do I have to say about that? Well, since they work for God and answer to Him, I’ll just stay focused on my job and leave them to theirs.
Bottom line, sharing may bring hate, so what? Didn’t Jesus say, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ (Matthew 10:34-36)
I don’t know why people choose to hate rather then love, but they do. I don’t understand why someone would choose to walk away from a God who loves them so much, that He gave His only Son to allow them to fellowship with Him. Who wouldn’t want to experience that? But so many choose not to.
There are even Christians who would rather have a man tell them what they should do rather than sitting at the feet of the Father who promised to lead them into all truth. A Father who created us for relationship, waits for us to draw near to Him so He can give us dreams and visions, allowing us to glimpse His great plans, but we’re too busy.
So the next time you hear a prophetic voice, or have a dream or see a vision, know that it’s merely a peek into a future you may or may not see yourself. Keep it hidden in your heart and watch and see what the Lord does with it.