The Radiance of Gods Voice

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But while Peter was still speaking, a radiant cloud composed of light spread over them, enveloping them all. And God’s voice suddenly spoke from the cloud, saying, “This is my dearly loved Son, the constant focus of my delight. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:5 TPT

I was hearing the word ‘suddenly’ in my spirit and so I began putting the word into my bible application to see what would come up. This verse spoke to me, not for the word suddenly, but for the very first part, “But while Peter was still speaking.” I heard the Lord say that even while we’re still speaking, we will see things shift and change and hear His resounding voice declare to the world, “This is my dearly loved son/daughter, the constant focus of my delight. Listen to them!”

I’m not trying to add or take away from the Word, but I’m personalizing it because we need to remember who’s our daddy! We need to remember that He delights in our worship, in our praise and that Jesus was the firstborn of many brothers and sisters

Can you even imagine hearing the booming voice of God? Perhaps if you tune in you will because He’s always speaking. His Word is alive, active, powerful and always hits it’s mark. So while you’re speaking, so is God. He’s telling you of His love for you and that He’s constantly watching, elbowing the angels, “Did you see that? Did you see her faith? I’m so pleased!”

Father, I feel Your love as You breathe on my heart like a flame and it bursts into a fiery passion. I hear Your declaration over me every time I open the written word and speak it aloud. Oh Your voice. It sound like mine but with so much more power. Perhaps some day I will understand the power that works in me and my voice will be as booming as Yours. It’s for Your glory, Amen!

 

Sweet Presence

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But I know that you will welcome me into your house, for I am covered by your covenant of mercy and love. So I come to your sanctuary with deepest awe to bow in worship and adore you. Psalm 5:7 TPT

Just a little worship this morning, enjoying the great mercy and love of God. When I was lost, He found me and rescued me. I’m so thankful! He loved me when I was unloveable, and that love changed my life so completely. I haven’t cataloged the many things He’s done for me, but if I did, there wouldn’t be enough room to contain the pages.

It’s amazing to me that even as I type these words, I can feel His presence rush in to the room. He knows when I’m thinking of Him and always responds with sweet embraces and tender kisses. I’m in awe. To think that such a powerful presence would respond to little me.

So I bow and adore you this morning. There’s nowhere I’d rather be then in Your presence, for it’s there that I experience true joy, peace and satisfaction. This is the first step into my day and the very best step. Knowing I’m on Your mind as You are on mine. It’s with all my love and thankfulness, Amen.

My Hero

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But he answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness.” So I will celebrate my weaknesses, for when I’m weak I sense more deeply the mighty power of Christ living in me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
You know the saying, ‘Opposites attract?’ Walt and I are extreme opposites. I think the older we get the more evident it becomes. We love each other VERY much, but over the past almost 43 years, we’ve learned to appreciated the differences and realize that together, we are a formidable force. Where I’m weak in an area, it seems to be his strong point and I let him have it. It was not always that way. In those first years when we would tend to fight to keep the tenuous hold on who we were alone, the becoming of what we would be together.
Do you know that in every area of weakness, God is our strength? He is. We go through a similar struggle to retain control in our relationship with Him. At first, we come broken and commit completely to Him until He asks us to do something difficult, then its a whole different story. But the longer we know and trust Him, the deeper the intimacy and rhythm we develop.
I can’t imagine my life without Walt, but I would be lost without Jesus! I would fail miserably at everything I attempt to do if it were not for my deep dependency on Him. Every attempt to do something on my own would fall flat on the ground if I did not allow Jesus to make something beautiful out of it.
Rather, I will celebrate my weakness, for then You are my mighty deliverer, my rescuer, my hero! I will only be good when You have all of me. I don’t have to be strong, You oh Lord are all the strength I need. It’s for Your pleasure I serve. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Quiet Please

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Trust in the Lord and wait quietly for his help. Psalm 37:7a

Sometimes I think that is the most difficult thing to do, trusting and the waiting quietly yet this is what God asks of us. All throughout the bible we read the same things, wait on the Lord. I believe it’s because His vision is so much broader than ours and so vast. He takes it all in, the beginning, the end, He sees and knows it all. There is so much to His plan and we are only a small part in it.

Most of us have trust issues. We will only trust in what we see, what we know to be fact. We refuse to trust the unknown, to place our trust in a God we can’t see. We won’t trust anything we can’t control or manipulate into giving us the desired end result. But what we end up doing is simply frustrate ourselves because we can’t control all the variables.

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20

It’s ok not to know everything, but know the one who does and wait quietly for Him to work it all out for Your good. Trust who is in you! The same God who raised Christ from the dead lives in you! The same power. The same answer. The same God.

I will trust you Lord for you know what’s best for me. This week may our focus shift to You who knows. Let me remember that You have all things in Your hands. You have all the details worked out. I will be quiet before You and wait patiently until You reveal your great plan and my part in it. I will trust You. Amen

God vs Problem

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“So then, forsake your worries! Why would you say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’  For that is what the unbelievers chase after. Doesn’t your heavenly Father already know the things your bodies require?

“So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly.” Matthew 6:31-33 TPT

I was recently reading about a friend of mine who lost her keys and looked everywhere for them to no avail. We’ve all been there. The search for misplaced items can be truly frustrating and such a time waster for sure! She spoke of how God put things into perspective for her; God whispered: No one has died. Your identity has not been stolen. You had a key in your purse. You could get in the house. All the keys were easily and inexpensively replaceable…even the Kroger card with your gas points—all replaced.
Inconvenient, yes.
Earth-shattering, no.
Life-altering, double no.
Thank you, God, for Your peace and perspective.

I couldn’t help but hear my mom say, “Once you stop looking, it will show up!” She used to say to women who were trying so hard to get pregnant, “Once you stop trying, you’ll get pregnant!” and surprisingly, 9 times out of 10 they did.

Simply put, what you feed grows, what you starve shrinks. That’s why Jesus said to prioritize what you focus on—God! When you become consumed with His Word, seeking to know Him and spend time tuning into His voice, everything else becomes seemingly obsolete. Problems shrink into the background and Gods faithfulness rushes in.

My friend, whatever you face today will be there tomorrow. You may as well enjoy the presence of God and magnify Him over what’s screaming for your attention. It’s the one thing Satan cannot stand, that’s why he constantly hurls his darts of lack, sickness, bad reports and causes you to feel depressed. He’s trying to get your focus off God and onto the problem. Most of the time it works.

Make the choice that today will be different. Today, choose to focus on God. God is bigger than any sickness or disease. God is bigger then any problem you face. He’s bigger then your questions or fears. He’s bigger then your lost keys or that bad investment. He is well able to deliver you and keep you. How do I know? Because He’s done it countless times before and will continue to do it. There’s no lack of resources with God. He’s got this!

Thank You Lord! You said that You conquered death, hell and the grave for me. Everything I need, You’ve already provided! Creator of the universe and all that I see, the God who was and is and is to come, You are well able to take care of all my concerns so I leave them in Your capable hands and rest assured, You’ve got this. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen!

Assignments Carried Out

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“I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.” God’s Decree. “For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think. Just as rain and snow descend from the skies and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth, Doing their work of making things grow and blossom, producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry, So will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-handed. They’ll do the work I sent them to do, they’ll complete the assignment I gave them.” Isaiah 55:9-11

There’s nothing quite like completing a project or finishing what you started. It’s so gratifying, the feeling you get when it’s done. Imagine for a moment how God felt when He spoke the worlds and hung the stars, separated light from dark, set boundaries for the oceans, made man and woman then saw it was all good and rested. Done!

Now imagine Jesus coming and doing the will of His Father, healing the sick and raising the dead, showing us a true picture of God as love, wrapped it all up when He hung on the cross and declared, “It is finished!” Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2:15). Now that’s a completed project!

We think we get this, but we see such a small portion of His elaborate plan. It would take us a million lifetimes to understand the ways of God, yet we continue to press in with great expectation simply for the pleasure of intimacy with Him. “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11

Just as God attached assignments to each of His words, we too must give assignments to ours. For good and not evil. To bless and not curse. To encourage not discourage. To build and not tear down. Each and every day, watching our words, standing guard over them, not negate them or allow the enemy to steal it from our heart. We can’t be flippant carriers of the very keys to our future and the future of our families.

Father, as David prayed so long ago, Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. May the fruit of my lips bring You praise! May they accomplish the good assignments I’ve sent them to do. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory and the building of Your Kingdom, Amen.

 

Reaction Happens Through Action

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When he finished teaching, he said to Simon, “Push out into deep water and let your nets out for a catch.”

Simon said, “Master, we’ve been fishing hard all night and haven’t caught even a minnow. But if you say so, I’ll let out the nets.” It was no sooner said than done—a huge haul of fish, straining the nets past capacity. They waved to their partners in the other boat to come help them. They filled both boats, nearly swamping them with the catch.

Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell to his knees before Jesus. “Master, leave. I’m a sinner and can’t handle this holiness. Leave me to myself.” When they pulled in that catch of fish, awe overwhelmed Simon and everyone with him. It was the same with James and John, Zebedee’s sons, coworkers with Simon.

Every action causes a reaction. Once the first domino is tapped, the rest fall as a reaction to the first. Had Simon not allowed Jesus to use his boat to teach from, or obeyed when Jesus said to go out for fish, he wouldn’t have experienced the ginormous blessing that  filled not just his boat, but his co-workers boat as well.

So many are waiting for the ‘signs, wonders and miracles’ but they reside right now within each one of us. When we obey, step out and lay hands on, call demons out, follow the unusual instructions of the Spirit of God inside of us, they will follow our actions and our words. It’s out of our movement that causes a chain reaction to occur.

Somewhere, somehow, someone has been effected by something you have done or said. May our action cause those to be blessed that felt the reaction. May we hear stories of someone brushing up against us and being healed. The glory of God will invade this earth through those who are learning that action speaks louder then words.

The Word is already in us, alive, active, powerful and transforming. We’re merely vessels He chooses to use. Are you ready? Are you willing? Do you want it at any cost? Tune in to His instructions and get ready to be the living, moving church in the earth today.

“Jesus use me and oh Lord don’t refuse me for surely there’s a work that I can do. And even though it’s humble, Lord help my will to crumble. For though the cost be great I’ll work for You.”