Priceless Peace & Perspective

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Have you ever found yourself overwhelmed with the circumstances you face? Regardless of where you look, there’s another problem, and another, and yet another. Wave after wave seems to hit you in the face and you can’t get your breath. In times like these, what do you do? I don’t know about you, but I just want to run away! It’s days like this that I wish I was a child and could just let my mom and dad fix it.

Well guess what? You’re still Gods child and He wants you to come to Him so He can fix it with you. Please hear what I’m saying. I’m not advocating we bury our heads in the sand and do nothing. No, I’m saying He wants to be an active partner with us in everything we face in life. He’s offering His peace and perspective.

“Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me.  I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me.  For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear.” Matthew 11:28-30 TPT

My dear friends, it’s when we want it our way, in our time and on our terms that we grow frustrated and overwhelmed. His ways are so much better, but to allow someone else to carry the load, we must surrender it to them. I can offer to carry something for you, but unless you give it to me, I’ll never be able to help.

That’s how it is in any relationship. We partner up with people because we don’t want to do it alone. Every one of us has unique gifting and abilities that we add to the whole. Where one is weak, the other is strong.  Where one is unable, the other is able. When you’re to close to the problem, the other can give a better perspective.

So if you’re in a situation and find it’s hard to breathe, take time to come to God and find His priceless peace.  If you stay long enough, He will show you things you don’t know and give you His perspective on each thing you’re facing. There’s no time like the present and no one like the Father.

Father, thank You for consistently loving me. Even when I’m stubborn and want to do it on my own, You’re always there waiting. You only ask that I come to You, lay it down so that You can show me what I don’t see or know. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

 

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You Just Don’t Know

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Have you ever questioned God? You know, tried to figure out what He’s doing with your life? Asked if He knows what He’s doing?
 
Job and his friends tried to philosophize God, tried to ‘figure’ Him out. It seems God grew a bit weary of listening to them so He came down and began asking Job some very pointed questions.
 
Where were you when….? If you know so much, tell me this? I love reading these verses because it truly puts things in perspective. We spend so much time trying to figure out what God’s up to when we should be reminding ourselves that He created it all. He knows all, see’s all and is accurate in everything He does.
 
“Do you presume to tell me what I’m doing wrong? Are you calling me a sinner so you can be a saint? Do you have an arm like my arm? Can you shout in thunder the way I can? Go ahead, show your stuff! Let’s see what you’re made of, what you can do. Unleash your outrage. Target the arrogant and lay them flat. Target the arrogant and bring them to their knees. Stop the wicked in their tracks—make mincemeat of them! Dig a mass grave and dump them in it—faceless corpses in an unmarked grave. I’ll gladly step aside and hand things over to you—you can surely save yourself with no help from me! Job 40:8-14 MSG
 
Great God! Forgive me for questioning Your plans. I cover my face in shame. To think of all You’ve created and yet You loved me enough to provide a Savior to buy me back so we could do life together. A life where I place my hand in Yours and allow You to lead me. I will trust in You. In the quiet pain that threatens my home, I will trust You. In the not knowing, I will trust You. Your love is enough. Amen

What You Do With What You Have

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Sow seed, it’s the only way to obtain a harvest. No seed, no harvest. Regardless of the size of the field, the only way to gain additional seed is to sow what you have. You will ALWAYS end up with more then you started with.

Here’s my point. A stingy sower will reap a meager harvest, but the one who sows from a generous spirit will reap an abundant harvest. Let giving flow from your heart, not from a sense of religious duty. Let it spring up freely from the joy of giving—all because God loves hilarious generosity! Yes, God is more than ready to overwhelm you with every form of grace, so that you will have more than enough of everything—every moment and in every way. He will make you overflow with abundance in every good thing you do. What you do with what you have determines your outcome. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 TPT

My friends, I don’t believe this is just about money. It’s about what you do with your talents, your words, your life and your time. As a parent, you may be sowing into your children right now. What you sow in them today will manifest in them later. It may be FAR later, but it will show up.

Whatever it is you’re sowing, do it to please the Father and do it with ‘hilarious generosity’. It all belongs to Him so don’t hoard it, give it away. Know that everything you’ve planted will produce more of it’s kind and allow you to continue giving. You’ll never run out of seed!

Father, today I plant again so that my future will be full of seed to harvest. You’re such a giving Father, how can I not duplicate all that You have displayed and taught. Cause me to be more aware of what You would have me sow into so that the seeds You’ve given me will be an optimal harvest. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Promise Keeper

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Now when God made a promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater than himself, he swore an oath on his own integrity to keep the promise as sure as God exists! So he said, “Have no doubt, I promise to bless you over and over, and give you a son and multiply you without measure!” So Abraham waited patiently in faith and succeeded in seeing the promise fulfilled. It is very common for people to swear an oath by something greater than themselves, for the oath will confirm their statements and end all dispute. So in the same way, God wanted to end all doubt and confirm it even more forcefully to those who would inherit his promises. His purpose was unchangeable, so God added his vow to the promise. So it is impossible for God to lie for we know that his promise and his vow will never change! Hebrews 6:13-18 TPT
 
Hopefully that wasn’t too much scripture for you to read. I was only going to post a couple, but the more I read, the more I thought that somebody out there today needs to hear this. Someone needs to know that Gods purpose is unchangeable!
 
I hear you say, “Sandy, that promise was made to Abraham! I’m not he and that promise wasn’t made to me!” Well, let me answer you like this my dear friend. Galatians 3:29 says, “And since you’ve been united to Jesus the Messiah, you are now Abraham’s “child” and inherit all the promises of the kingdom realm!”
 
So when every force in hell seems to be standing between you and your promise, the Word that is in you does not lie. It cannot lie! It will accomplish what God sent it to do. You can throw that back at the devil any time and any day. Each time you do this, you’re flexing your faith muscle in the face of your opposition. Wait patiently. Don’t be discouraged. It’s coming.
 
Promise Keeper, I call out to You this morning, reminding You of Your promises to me. I know You know, but You said I’m to remind You so here I am doing just that. Remember, You said when we tithe, You’ll open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing we don’t have room to contain? I still have lots of room, so I’m patiently waiting for the promise to be fulfilled.
 
Promise Keeper, remember You said You heal ALL my diseases? Well, I believe You keep Your word to me and my family, so I patiently wait in faith for the manifestation of Your promises because, oh Mighty and Sovereign God, You’re the one who swore by Your own integrity, I believe it! I am Your child and I inherit all the promises You made. All praise and glory to Jesus Christ who sealed the deal for me. Amen

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“Loving me empowers you to obey my commands. And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Savior, the Holy Spirit of Truth, who will be to you a friend just like me—and he will never leave you. The world won’t receive him because they can’t see him or know him. But you will know him intimately, because he will make his home in you and will live inside you.” John 14:15-17 TPT

I tried so hard to be good! No really! Have you ever heard those words or said them? There seems to be a lot of pressure to follow the rules. But it’s so hard!

Yesterday, I was listening to a message about a man who threw a party for his sons birthday. There were bouncy houses and all sorts of fun activities he’d provided. As he gathered all the kids together, he gave instructions that the only thing they couldn’t do is spit in his flower garden.

Guess what all of them did? Spit in his flower garden. Why? He had made them ‘rule’ conscious and whatever we become conscious of, we tend to do. If he had shown them all the games and fun things to do and not mentioned the flowers, they probably wouldn’t have been aware they were even there.

Satan makes us sin conscious. He constantly reminds us of our sin nature and the things we’re not suppose to do. He highlights the wrongs done, the bad things happening around us. It’s all a distraction to keep us focused on the wrong things. But Jesus said to love because love empowers you to obey.

What if our primary focus wasn’t on the wrongs but on ways to love and show the love of God to others. What if by training ourselves to love, we lost sight of the wrong attitudes and actions. Jesus knew that if we’re focused on loving Him, we would become more God conscious and aware of His abilities in us. He gave us the biggest gift, the Holy Spirit, who leads us into all truth. Knowing Him intimately is the only way to walk daily in the love of God.

Father, thank You for Your Holy Spirit. I choose to focus on You because You are Love. The more I surrender myself to Love, the more like Love I become. My goal today is Your goal for me always, that I may so consumed with Love that there is no room left in me to do anything else. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Lamp Trimmer

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Did you know that there was actually a position called ‘Lamp Trimmer’? According to Wikipedia, a Lamp Trimmer was a specialist position aboard a ship who was in charge of  keeping the lamps filled with oil and trimming the wick which drew the oil from the reservoir so that the flame would be clean and bright.

You can still have a flame without trimming the wick, the thing is, if the wick isn’t properly trimmed, the flame that’s created will be full of smoke and give off a dim and cloudy light. There are actual instructions on how to properly trim a wick to give off optimal light. Back in the days before electricity was harnessed to give us a different kind of light, this art was taught and handed down generationally.

You may be asking me why I’m going on about the art of lamp trimming? I’m glad you asked, because since I posted yesterday, I can’t seem to get it out of my head. Matthew 25:7 says, So all the girls got up and trimmed their lamps. Well, based on reading the above, they didn’t just light their lamps, they trimmed the wick for optimal light and filled the base with oil so that it would burn for hours.

Why should you have to trim the wick each time you light it? Because even the wind can effect the way the wick burns. After adverse conditions, the wick must be trimmed so that when it’s lit again, it will give optimal light.

My friends, dealing with adverse reactions to circumstances in our lives, things that undermine our trust in God, things that cause our faith or flame to waiver, must be dealt with daily. To allow the light of Gods Word to shine through our lives, we must allow the oil of the Holy Spirit to bring us into ALL truth, not just a part of it.

Hebrews 4:12 says;  For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

In The Passion Translation it reads; For we have the living Word of God, which is full of energy, and it pierces more sharply than a two-edged sword. It will even penetrate to the very core of our being where soul and spirit, bone and marrow meet! It interprets and reveals the true thoughts and secret motives of our hearts.

Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Oh Lord, trim me today. May nothing cloud my flame. May I be full of Your oil, trimmed and ready to light the way so that others may find You and experience the light of Your presence. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

 

Shift Change-Times Are Changing

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Have you ever read something that triggered another thought? This happens to me a lot! I recently read about a shift change in the angelic realm that I couldn’t get out of my mind. As I spent time with the Lord, I felt there was something I wasn’t catching and so I asked Him. Lord, what is it you’re trying to show me here? The following is a small part of what He showed me.

Just as with some companies that work round the clock, there are shift changes which cause the work to continue but the workers to have time off. I know that when Walt worked at a bakery many years ago, productivity was achieved by this rotation. Keeping things going while allowing those who had worked their 8 hours to rest. If you’ve ever worked a factory job, you’ll understand this.

There are 280 references to angels in the bible. I don’t claim to be a scholar on the angelic realm, but from the things I’ve read, God gives assignments to angels. Some carry messages to warn us, some carry out a specific order, some gather the saints of God, and some are warriors. There was a host of angels assigned to announce the birth of Jesus to the shepherds.

So when I hear that there’s a shift change in the angelic realm, I’m wondering what assignment they carry and how will it affect me? I know the time is short and Jesus is coming soon. I know that there is an end time revival, the likes of which we’ve never seen before. I know that when God says He’s doing a new thing, it’s unlike anything else and there is nothing to compare it with.

I will close with this from Matthew 25:1-13 out of the Passion Translation at the Lords direction:

 “At the time my coming draws near, heaven’s kingdom realm can be compared to ten maidens who took their oil lamps and went outside to meet the bridegroom and his bride.  Five of them were foolish and ill-prepared, for they took no extra oil for their lamps. Five of them were wise and sensible, for they took flasks of olive oil with their lamps.  When the bridegroom didn’t come when they expected, they all grew drowsy and fell asleep.  Then suddenly, in the middle of the night, they were awakened by the shout ‘Get up! The bridegroom is here! Come out and have an encounter with him!’  So all the girls got up and trimmed their lamps.  But the foolish ones were running out of oil, so they said to the five wise ones, ‘Share your oil with us, because our lamps are going out!’

“‘We can’t,’ they replied. ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. You’ll have to go and buy some for yourselves!’

“While the five girls were out buying oil, the bridegroom appeared. Those who were ready and waiting were escorted inside with him and the wedding party to enjoy the feast. And then the door was locked.  Later, the five foolish girls came running up to the door and pleaded, ‘Lord, Lord, let us come in!’

“But he called back, ‘Go away! Do I know you? I can assure you, I don’t even know you!’

“That is the reason you should always stay awake and be alert, because you don’t know the day or hour when the Bridegroom will appear.”

Father, as new angels are released, may I remain filled with the oil of Your Holy Spirit, quick to hear and obey Your call. To step out and display Your signs, wonders and miracles. May my belief in You be a demonstration everywhere I go and in everything I do. For those who have kept their lamps trimmed, may their flame be fanned by Your breath as You breathe on their lamps. Strengthen them for the task at hand, in Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen.