Think back to the time you met Christ. Got it? Well, before you came to Him did you ever try to do good works? Maybe, it never entered your mind. Both versions whether one tries to look good thinking he will impress God and the one who doesn't even know Him are empty and vain. We have voids in our life that only Jesus can fill. I was one, growing up in church, who tried to be good but always had to repent over and over again. I didn't know who I was in the family of God and I didn't hear about His grace. Sadly, the condemnation would grow and more sin would be pushed back into the dark spaces so I thought I could get by. Empty and vain.
My cupboards needing cleaning, yes, but there is only one way to do this...just do it! The hard part was getting down on these old knees to reach the things forgotten at the back of the deep cupboards. It got me to thinking. Is there anything I need to bring out into the light today in my personal life?
I was reminded of Romans 3:23..."For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." I thought back to yesterday, my weariness from doing laundry, mending and watching granddaughters. By the time dinner came I got a bit sharp edged. They noticed and so did I. My heart felt weighted. Time for a makeover! Clean space so I could worship. There my knees don't feel so bad.
Romans 5:8, "But God demonstrates How own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Praise the Lord! There is a way out of the dark!
Titus 3:5,(Amplified version)..."He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but because of His own pity and mercy, by [the] cleansing [bath] of the new birth (regeneration) and renewing of the Holy Spirit which He poured out [so] richly upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior." There is nothing like a clean heart to make the day brighter. Whether the circumstances change or not, we become free from guilt and shame. The prayer for the lost, personally or otherwise is not lost.
You may be thinking by now, "Oh, I know this." So, it is time for a refresher! His Words are Living water to our souls and Jesus offers you fresh life now as you humble yourself before Him. Hebrews 10:10 tells us that we have been sanctified through the offering of Jesus, once for all. He only had to shed His blood on the cross once but, we are to come often into His presence. When we sense the Holy Spirit convicting us of sin whether large or small we must come back. Welcome back!
In the book of Acts 17:30-31, Paul preached..."Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all everwhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead." Jesus Christ our risen Lord! Is it time to quiet your heart and mind long enough to be washed in His presence?
Last one...John14:6 says, "Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me." Who is your master today? Is it many deities or little gods hidden in the dark places of your heart? Not long ago, I found one in my own life. My constant worry. We are commanded not to worry. It is sin. When I chose to let go I did struggle but, then day by day it has gotten easier for me to recognize this thing for what it is and surrender it to the light of Jesus. Now, I am really able to take the day that the Lord has made and rejoice in the steps He has chosen for me to walk. True freedom!
I hope this refresher has helped you take the time, asking the Lord to show you what may be hidden and repent. Then turning away from that finding your fellowship with the Lord is restored again. Father, please help us to know that we belong to You and that You have a good plan for each one of us. Thank You for shining Your light on every part, washing us clean and able to lift our hands up without heaviness. We love You and trust You in Jesus Mighty name, amen.
Abundance is...clean cupboards, clean heart!
Good morning everyone! Well, I don't know how your night went; mine was dealing with pain. So, this morning I kept hearing the little song in my head, "Rejoice evermore for this is the will of God..." This song I learned as a young girl has been a great source of putting on the gratitude attitude.
Reasons to rejoice? Because we are told to and it pleases God. Let us be renewed in the spirit of our mind today, shall we? A very good reason to rejoice in all things, as it says in Philippians 4:4. Another reason I found in Colossians 1:13-14..."For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." We need to remember the gift we have been freely given. Jesus Christ remains First!
Ephesians 1:1-14 tells us the Father chose us, His Son redeemed us and we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit. So if you aren't persuaded that you are chosen read this again. We find in I Peter 2:9 ..."But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a Holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him Who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light."
Are you seeing the value God places on your life? When you need a lift because of the weight of this world, REJOICE! "Now to Him Who Is Able to do immeasurably more that all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus." Ephesians 3:20-21. Did you notice HE IS ABLE TO DO IN YOU? Awesome!
I love what Jude says in verses 24-25, "To Him Who Is Able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy---to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! AMEN." Don't miss this, HE IS ABLE TO KEEP YOU!
Today friends, if you and I will take up a shield of faith and stand on the promises of God in Christ Jesus we will find it easy to Rejoice. Already, I feel better as I write this and speak outloud these promises. There are so many more for us to build our temples with. If we take the time changes will happen. There is only one problem I can see here. It is if I don't take the time.
Building up our spiritual muscles is work yet, rewarding. I pray that the Holy Spirit guide us today into all truth. "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26. Let us Rejoice!
Abundance is...strong muscles, strong temple!
Good morning! "The grass whithers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever." Isaiah 40:8. Do you believe His Word abides forever? Where are you standing today?
After this last few days I am finding that no matter how the wind blows; the heat drying out my life through trials, I CAN stand. Pressure to conform to the standards of this world and being teased by the enemy to just go with the flow...these I CAN stand firm against. Lately, I have had lots of practice!
Galatians 5:1 says, "In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off]." We are free in Christ because of the work He did in coming to save us. When the world presses in, then look to eternity. Ask the Lord to give you a glimpse and you will find the strength to stand once more.
Everything here will pass away. Our bodies, our stuff, our culture. There is nothing firm in these. Yet, we have been given precious promises in God's Word that we can lean into for support when our knees feel too weak to hold us up. Jesus came so that we might share in His strength. No our own. He doesn't hold it against us if our flesh is weak. He does provide His Spirit in us to teach us and train us to stand firm.
If you read on Galatians 5, you will see that the desires of the flesh are opposed to the Holy Spirit. There is a continual conflict. It goes on to show us exactly what that list of the flesh is. Then, by His Grace and Mercy we are reminded what the fruits of the Spirit are. In these we stand firm! In these we raise up a standard in the battle that proclaims King Jesus has the victory over the flesh, hell and the grave. Let's look at these fruits.
Galatians 5:22..."But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]" Wow! Just imagine if every believer lived out this list. My mind went back to this again and again as I was dealing with the last trial. Over and over again these kept me in line I guess you could say. Or, kept my flesh from having her way!
I am encouraged that we have all we need as we look into the Word of God. We have a wardrobe of godly armor, clothing that makes us kings and queens of the kingdom. We are fueled with the Bread of Life and all our thirsts are quenched with Living Water. We have a purpose everyday to walk in the attitude and mind of Christ and are given the empowerment of the Holy Spirit who resides in us.
Sometimes I feel like a child needing her nanny. Here I am still learning the lessons over and again, yet, finally seeing some positive changes. The Holy Spirit guides and comforts me with every step. Would you like to find your way today through the troubles around you? You can. Only submit yourself and all of it, whatever the it is and then you will find yourself in the presence of the Lord. He promises never to leave you so, He won't. He will not lie to you. He will not disappoint you either! He does know.
I will leave you with the words of Jesus. Matthew 11:28-30..."Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good---not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne." I want that, don't you? So, what are we waiting for? As I have said before, "Run, don't walk to the arms of Jesus!"
Abundance is...Standing on the promises of God in Christ Jesus!
Good afternoon! Thank you for joining us today. Are you trusting the Lord as your light and refuge,your defense? My spiritual buttons have been pushed the last couple of days! Oh, how I needed a refuge to run to. I even got pushed to the point of a panic attack and it startled me because I haven't had one in years. At first I didn't recognize what caused it. I called out to Jesus, "Help Me!" Then, I knew. The enemy does not like us submitted and humble before God. He squirms when we sing praises to our God!
So, just keep on doing it and soon the peace of God which passes all understanding stands in our defense, Philippians 4:6-7. Praise the Lord! Last night before going to bed I read in the quiet, Psalm 27. Before I knew it all the trouble of the day dropped off my shoulders and mind like a soiled garment to the floor. Jesus gave me His peace. He gave me assurance that He was at work. Conflict was His battle, not mine.
In Psalm 27 we see once more David's struggle with the enemy and his heart desire to seek the Lord. Verse 4..."One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to meditate in His temple." David knows where his strength come from. It is found in the presence of the Lord. Believe it or not, we can be in the Lord's presence regardless of what the enemy is up to. Can't we?
I realized the battle recently has been from my old relatives the fearing clan. Pride, bitterness over the past, unforgiveness, self-pity and others decided to take residence in my own home, my mind. We had more people going in and out our doors yesterday with all kinds of attitudes. Most self centered and unloving. I was listening and soon added my two cents in, which wasn't worthy of speech. But, because of prayer, I could recognize the strongholds and target them to be gone. I love my family but, there are times when the enemy of their souls robs them, us, of rest. I want them to be free! I want to stay free! I want you to know freedom in Christ too. There is no reason to put up with these intruders. The Lord is faithful, forgiving and loves compassionately to bring us to abundance in Him.
Verse 5-6 says, "For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; in the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me; And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord."
Are you ready to put a stop to the foolish lies and twisted plans of satan? I am! Let's pray. Dear Lord Jesus, you took the time to cast out demons, sickness and poverty of soul. You came for us to say, "I love you and this is how." You have given us Your Holy Spirit to carry us to the tops of the mountains and down through the valleys. Each step, You are walking beside us. We choose to trust You today to equip us to rise up above our enemies. You enrobe us with righteousness to be separate unto You. Be our first love. Help us hear Your voice through all the other noise. In Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Abundance is...I see the goodness of the Lord!
Good afternoon! Alright, so I played a bit with the spelling. Funny thing though; if I were to just speak "As for me", you assume my words make perfect sense. To see it on paper is another story. We were made to be communicators whether or not we can spell.
Psalm 17:15..."As for me, I will continue beholding your face in righteousness (rightness, justice, and right standing with You); I shall be fully satisfied, when I awake [to find myself] beholding Your form [and having sweet communion with You]." In the beginning of this chapter David is pleading with God to hear his prayer. A shrill, peircing cry before God. Have you ever been here? I have. When I was already at the end of my rope and it seems no one else was listening I deperately cry out to the Lord.
I like how chapter 18 starts out, almost as if it was the same time table in David's life. Verse 1-3 says, "I love You fervently and devotedly, O Lord, my Strength. The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer; my God, my keen and firm Strength in Whom I will trust and take refuge, my Shield, and the Horn of my salvation, my High Tower. I will call upon the Lord, Who is to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies." Wow! Here is a mighty impressive resume of the Lord Christ, Almighty God Who has my life in His hands. Anytime, anywhere, all the time!
Today, if you need to talk to someone go, or I should say run to the arms of God and speak to Him about it all. This song was written on the day when the Lord delivered David from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. Whoever thinks he is able to bring you down will find he has lost that battle plan as it crumbles beneath the glory of God!
Why am I talking this way today? Well, because miscommunication between people can be deadly. Our words sometimes need to be directed first and sometimes only before the Lord. Jesus is the Living Word, right? So, it is by His Spirit that I can speak the best words in reply to bring a living hope to the hearer. Right! Today, I am applying this application to my present situation. I am learning to take a pause and keep my mouth shut for a more, if any suitable time and place. This is a tough lesson for me. I will call upon the Lord Who is worthy to be praised!
Can we take a look at Chapter 18:6? It says, "In my distress [when seemingly closed in] I called upon the Lord and cried to my God; He heard my voice out of His temple (heavenly dwelling place), and my cry came before Him, into His [very] ears." And, that's all I have to say about that! Take time to check out other scriptures that speak of speaking to God. It's a great study.
You know, the Father has the best for you. If you begin to doubt that go through this character sketch from Psalm 18 again. As this becomes a habit for us, this way of worship, sends the enemy running. My desire for each of us is to lean more often into the heart of Abba. Speaking to Him not only your concerns but, praise for Who He Is. He loves to hear our voices, that's why he gave us mouths to speak. From the beginning His intention was to be our friend. He knows our hearts and what is on them.
"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, impenetrable] Rock and my Redeemer." Psalm 19:14. Amen? Yes, in Jesus name!
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