Spend time daily with the Lord!!!

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Every morning, God offers to feed our hungry souls and invites us to sit in His lap and enjoy His affection. He deserves for us to make every effort to draw as close to Him as possible—to climb up His robe and “seek His face.” His greatest joy is to hear us say we love His company – not just because we love His blessings. Do you sense that God is seeking you, that He desires to know you and for you to know Him? It’s true. God really does desire your love and affection. He desires for you to worship Him, spend time with Him and to love Him. He is seeking you out. We have to spend Time Daily with The Lord!

“My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.’ And my heart responds, ‘LORD, I am coming.”‘ Psalm 27:8

As we continue to move forward on our journey with our Lord and Savior be intentional about seeking His face by spending time with Him daily in prayer and devotion. Meditate in His word for understanding and not just to acquire knowledge. Seek an understanding of God’s word that will be manifested in your behavior, mannerism and disposition.

Never put anything before God. I have learned through experience that anything you put before God will turn on you and devour you. Seek God with your whole heart and watch the amazing things that He will do in and through your life. Always know that whatever concerns you concerns God deeply and He has His hands on the pulse of the matter. Don’t allow any situation you are facing to consume your thoughts, emotions and speech, but rather magnify your God over the situation.

Finally my friends remember that God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that you could ever ask or think. Ephesians 3:20 and He truly rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Hebrews 11:6b.

If you are going to pray, don’t worry!

God really put on my heart this morning to post this scripture about praying instead of worrying. Notice it says to pray about EVERYTHING. God wanted to make it clear to us that there isn’t ANYTHING that we can’t talk to Him about. He knows that whatever we don’t take to Him in prayer, we’re going to worry about. And He doesn’t want us worrying, because He knows how destructive worry is to our spirits, minds, and bodies And He promises us that as we bring all of our concerns to Him in prayer, He will reward us with a supernatural peace that transcends human comprehension.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” ~ Philippians 4:6
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Worry is a sin. Worry is negative meditation. Worry usually comes when we play the “what-if” game. This is one of Satan’s favorite games, and he loves it when we begin to play it with him. When we are always thinking about the things that could happen in the future, we are in a fantasy land of deception. Satan has deceived us, and once again he has gotten our hearts and minds off the now into the never-never land of future events that may never come to pass. Two of Satan’s main tactics are to get our minds off the now by getting us to wallow in the past and worry about the future. Faith can only operate in the now; that is why Satan always wants to direct our thoughts away from the now.

We pay a great price when we worry. Satan has robbed us of the faith that can only operate in the now, and often he finds entrance into our lives to do further damage through fear of the future. Worry and fear are bedfellows; we must not allow them to climb into bed with us. If we do, we will be robbed of our peace, subject to mental and emotional torment, and even subject to physical illness and affliction. Worry is not worth the price we have to pay.

This passage in Philippians gives the cure-all to worry. It says, “Don’t worry about anything. Instead, pray about everything.” The moment a worry thought comes our way, we need to say, “Thank you, Satan, for giving me that thought, because that very thought causes me to get on my knees to pray.” James tells us to submit ourselves to God and resist the devil. Prayer is one of the key ways we submit ourselves to God. A worrying person can never be successful in resisting Satan, but a praying person will always have the victory over him.  Have you tormented the devil today? Every time you pray when worry thoughts come your way, Satan is tormented. He will be tormented, and you will receive the peace that passes your own understanding and God will set a guard around your heart and mind. DON’T WORRY, PRAY!

God does not Grow Weary!

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Are you heading into this weekend just flat out exhausted? Is there some great weight upon you that you just can’t seem to lift? Maybe there is something in your life that you have been dealing with for some time, and there seems to be no end in sight. Have no fear, for our God does not grow weary. He knows exactly what you’re going through. Even though it may not be time to release you from this trial, He will give you strength to endure. If you try to handle these life moments on your own you grow weary and collapse under the pressure. Scripture says even the youth will faint, and young men fall exhausted. So what do do? Seek God everyday, and allow Him to renew your strength.

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31

When we wait upon the Lord, and seek His face every moment of every day and He will lift us up. I know it’s so difficult this is in our fast food, 4G society. It is in our nature to look for instant relief. We seek to find the instant solution and why not? No one wants to suffer.

God will renew your strength until it is time for this trial to be over. In Him you will not fall, you will not grow weary. Will you still feel the pain of your journey? Yes. Will it still seem like the world is crashing in on you, it might, but in the arms of Jesus you will be held safe and strong until this storm passes.

Let us praise God! Let us sing songs glorifying His wonderful name! Even in your storm, let us sing Hallelujah, for He is with you. He is supporting you, and you know that your prayers will be answered in His time. The storm will not last forever, but the Love God has for you will last for all eternity. So when this storm does pass, His love will be right there showering down on you, blessings in abundance!

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Have a wonderful day as you remain in His presence. Love you all.

Self-Worth, determining this….

How do you see yourself? Pause for a moment and think about it. What thoughts have you had about yourself today?

As women, so many of us find ourselves:

  • basing our self-worth on how others see us and on our accomplishments
  • feeling shame from our past
  • defining our value based on our looks
  • setting unrealistic standards for ourselves

But it doesn’t have to be this way. If only we could see ourselves as God sees us!

I want to look with you at three thought patterns that can act as roadblocks to thinking– and living- the way God desires for us. These destructive thought patterns were identified by prominent psychologist, Albert Ellis (1973). We will contrast these ideas with what 1 Peter 1 tells us about how we can “prepare our minds for action.” Adjusting our thinking to Scripture is the foundation for “be[ing] holy in all we do.” (1 Peter 1:15b)

1. “I must be loved or approved by virtually every significant other person in my life.”

If we are living to make sure that others love us, we give them permission to evaluate us based what we do – we give people the power to determine our self-worth.

Living to please our parents

Even when we leave home, we have “internalized parents” who are now voices in our heads that tell us what we should do, what is important and how we should do things. Have you ever been in a situation where you have to make a decision and you can hear your parents saying, “That’s not responsible… or “I told you that would happen?”

Living to be loved by a man

Many of us are so concerned that we are loved by a man, that we give the opposite sex permission to evaluate our self-worth. As adolescents, girls might sacrifice their own identity to get the attention and acceptance of guys, even to the extent of pretending not to be bright or athletic, because they think guys won’t like it. Or, they might deny themselves food to lose weight to try to fit in with the body image that seems to be portrayed in women’s magazines. Even as adults, we buy the beauty myth, thinking that our appearance is our number one asset, and what will bring us acceptance and approval from our spouse. Eating disorders abound — anorexia, bulimia, and the number one eating disorder today, binge eating.

Living to please our church community

We may even feel pressure from our church community to measure ourselves according to a certain image — to be nurturing, quiet and gentile, to raise well-behaved children, and maybe even do crafts. If we live to please our church community, we may find ourselves negating interests or even gifts that God has given us.

God’s truth

Our identity is found in Jesus Christ. It is rooted in the freedom-giving mercy of Jesus Christ. Our identity is that of a child of God and a joint heir with Jesus Christ. Our spiritual inheritance is one of forgiveness, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and hope of spending all eternity enjoying fellowship with God. It is this truth that gives us unconditional love, intimacy, security and hope. And it is not based on our identity, but on what God has already accomplished at the cross of Jesus Christ.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:3-4)

2. “My past history is an all-important determiner of my present behavior and because something once strongly affected my life, it should definitely continue to do so.”

You may have had something happen to you which you have not told anyone, or only a few people. Perhaps you feel shame about certain aspects of the family you grew up in, or maybe you have sinful habits which you feel embarrassed about, such as gossiping, lusting, pornography or criticizing others. Maybe you have done some things in your past you are ashamed of (an abortion, an affair). Or maybe something has been done to you that you feel ashamed of (sexual assault, emotional abuse). Approximately 30-40% of women experience some kind of sexual assault in their life; 30% experience physical abuse.

If we don’t deal with issues in our past, they will continue to control us in some way in our present. But they don’t have to. We can deal with past sin, our family histories, as well as past violations to our bodies and minds.

It is important to identify whether what we are feeling in these situations is destructive shame or healthy guilt. Healthy guilt always separates our identity and our behavior. Shame links these two, so wrong behavior taints our image of ourselves. Healthy guilt alerts us to the fact that we have done something against our internalized values.

Biblical guilt is a God-given emotion that “red flags” a behavior and tells us it is an act of rebellion against God. It spurs us to confess our sin and experience the love and forgiveness that God has provided for us through Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:9 tells us, “If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” After we’ve confessed our sin, feelings of guilt are not from God, but may be from ourselves or from the Evil One. Now, we still have to live with the consequences of our sin, but God does not punish us for our sin. God disciplines us to get us back on track so we can continue to experience God’s love and plan for our lives. Our struggles can bring us closer to God and heighten our faith as we experience His faithfulness in forgiving us and drawing us closer to Himself.

“In this you greatly rejoice, though for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith — of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire — may be proven genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed” (1 Peter 1:6-7).

3. “I should be thoroughly competent, adequate and achieving in all possible respects in order to consider myself worthwhile.”

One quarter of women will struggle with clinical depression in their lifetime. Depression can be biological or situational, and often can be the result of both. However, one of the leading causes of depression is having your standards so high that you cannot live up to them. You are constantly striving for a standard that is unattainable, but you wear yourself out trying anyway. One of the messages that can play over and over in our minds is that we have to “be perfect.”

As women, we often fall into the trap of feeling responsible not just for ourselves, but the lives of others, whether our co-workers, friends, children, or husband. We take on the weight of everyone’s world!

It is often difficult for us to separate our identity from our behavior. We feel if we don’t measure up, it reflects on who we are as individuals.

God’s truth

God’s grace, “charis,” is a gift. It is through God’s grace that He heals us and brings freedom to live a new life. Sometimes grace does not come easily to us. We have to work at changing our thinking to cut ourselves some slack. We need to humble ourselves to accept God’s grace and give grace to ourselves when we don’t measure up.

“Concerning this salvation, the prophets who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care” (1 Peter 1:10).

Removing the roadblocks

  1. Identify which roadblock affects you most.
  2. Think of new ways to look at that situation and thought pattern that would be more helpful to you.
  3. Whenever you recognize that pattern of thinking or behaving, interrupt it and substitute your new way of thinking and behaving.

We need to try to begin to align our view of ourselves with God’s view of us. God uses various metaphors to describe His love and care for us, that of a nursing mother, a nurturing mother, a loving father, a shepherd, etc. Here are some verses to meditate on:

  • Jeremiah 1:5
  • Matthew 10:28-31
  • 1 Peter 5:7

Once we extend grace to ourselves, we will be able to live a life of extending grace to those around us, both those in the church community and those outside. We need to take our lives back from trying to live up to these distorted beliefs and line our thinking up with the way God views us. Instead of being so focused on ourselves and our own failure, we will be able to extend a helping hand to those around us and be God’s vessel of grace to those we come into contact with wherever we go.

Consider it Pure Joy!

Every time I read this verse, I am reminded of a few things: first, James is writing to Christians who have been bought from Judaism and into Christianity, so these truths are applicable to all we who believe. Secondly, he exhorts us to count the issues we go through while living this life with joy, which takes on a different spin when knee deep in the midst of an issue. And thirdly, it almost seems that he sneaks in the word “when” as he talks about these “diverse” or many kinds temptations or trails.

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“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,”. James 1:2

God teaches us His truth and wisdom through His Word. Part of His teaching process also includes applying that very same truth to our lives in a way that it will never be forgotten. Many times this will come in the form of a testing or a trial of some sort that the Lord allows or sends.

HOW can you be joyful in the midst of facing a trial, especially a very difficult trial?  Not by pretending to be happy – no – there is no joy in the details of the difficulty. But by persevering in believing God’s promises and resting in the confidence that God is at work.   He will carry you and He will give you all you need as you fully trust Him in the trial.

Thank Him for who He is.  Thank Him for His ability to work all things together for your good and for His glory. God can be trusted with your life. Thank Him for His love. Find the joy in the opportunity to see God at work in amazing ways! Turn down the opportunity to quit or to abandon your faith in the midst of hardship.

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Have a wonderful day knowing that you can consider it pure joy whenever you face trails. Love you all. Please share this blog with others and I pray that it will bring joy and hope in this thing we call life!!  I pray it will bring encouragement in their walk with Jesus as well!  God bless you for sharing!

What is the key to knowing the will of God?

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Knowing the will of God is one of the most important things we can seek in our Christian walk. The keys to knowing God’s will for decisions we make are twofold. First, we have to be sure what we are asking or considering is not forbidden in the Bible. Second, God’s ultimate will for us is always to glorify Him and help us grow spiritually. If what we want meets these two qualifications and we still don’t receive what we are asking for, then it is likely not God’s will for us to have what we are asking for. Or, perhaps we just need to wait a while longer for it.

Knowing God’s will in specific situations is sometimes difficult. People want God to tell them specifically what to do—where to work, where to live, whom to marry, etc. God rarely gives people information that direct and specific. But the key to knowing the will of God is found in Romans 12:1-2: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” This passage tells us that obedience to God is of utmost importance. We are to be “living sacrifices” to Him, offering everything we are and think and feel to Him, the essence of the greatest commandment—loving the Lord with all our heart, mind and strength (Matthew 22:37).

We also need to deliberately reject the voices that are contrary to His—”Do not be conformed to this world.” We will find it difficult to determine God’s will if we are so wrapped up in an ungodly culture that our thinking is warped. Paul explains that no one knows a man’s thoughts except the spirit of the man (1 Corinthians 2:11-16). Believers have been given the Spirit of God, and He can teach us God’s thoughts and will. But we won’t be able to hear Him if our minds are filled with worldly concerns. To know the will of God, we should be so submitted to His Spirit that we can hear Him when He leads us.

Being able to determine God’s will in a situation is influenced by our effort to submit to Him and obey Him. But it’s also a matter of practice. We shouldn’t be so anxious to get it exactly right that we’re too paralyzed to act. God knows when we are trying and He is bigger than our mistakes. He can redeem anything we do wrong. And the simple act of growing closer to Him through obedience and prayer will reap rewards of its own.

Let the Holy Spirit guide your Life!

If you’re a born-again believer the Holy Spirit is living inside you to guide and direct you, but the raging battle still exist within every believer: our own sinful nature versus the desires of the Holy Spirit. Who will win? In Galatians 5, Paul warns us that without a fight, we will do what comes naturally – following our own heart’s sinful inclinations and ultimately submitting to the folly of our own desires and influence. By doing so, we will not only experience the natural outcomes of our choice that lead towards destructive behavior, but we will also lose our heavenly inheritance.

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“So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.” ~ Galatians 5:16

The great news is that as followers of Jesus, we do not have to live life that way! We can live a life guided by the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit directs and influences our decisions, our character will reflect love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

So, how do we allow the Holy Spirit to direct our lives and influence our decisions?Later in the passage, Paul says that those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature and its passions and desires, and he urges us that “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (verse 24).

Submit to the Holy Spirit’s influence: Let Him be your Master, set your pace, and be your life manager.  Let Him refine, correct, and discipline you. Live your life for Him – under His influence, supervision and power.

Real freedom is letting the LORD win the battle for control of your life.

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Have a wonderful as you remain in the presence of the Lord being led by the Holy Spirit. Love you all in Christ. Please share this blog and I pray it brings you encouragement in your daily walk with Jesus!

I will Hope Continually and will yet Praise God More!

So often we focus on small disappointments that cause us to grumble and complain rather than focusing on the wonderful things God has brought into our lives, not the least of which is His everlasting love and eternal salvation. As endless as God’s blessings are, So should our praises be for all His daily goodness’ that flow unceasingly! Instead of being preoccupied with our problems, let’s praise the Lord for His blessings.

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“But I will hope continually, and will yet praise Him more and more.” ~  Psalm 71:14

Hope breeds praise! We all at sometime will be facing situations which seem impossible . . . more now than ever before! But in the midst of each and every situation, there is hope regardless of how bad things seem. Hope because God’s promises are true; He’s never neglected or forgotten anyone in their time of need, regardless of what it looks like in the natural!

Hope and faith go hand-in-hand . . . Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” When we apply faith to our hope, we find substance in the things we hope for. Perhaps the manifestation has not yet been realized, but it’s almost as if we can reach out and grab it, it becomes that real! When we couple hope with faith, we will soon find ourselves full of praise to the One who works all things to our good!

Praise will increase our faith . . . faith will give substance to our hope . . . the result will be more praise. As long as we continue to have hope . . . praise will spring forth from our innermost being and I will rejoice in You.

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Have a wonderful day having hope in God and praising Him more and more. Love you all in Christ.

Cling to God!

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I was led to this message this morning about Clinging to God. In every situation we face, we have to decide if we are going to follow the leading of God’s Spirit who dwells in us, or go off on our own. Jesus is our Good Shepherd, and it’s His heartfelt desire that we cling to Him and follow Him closely at all times. But He won’t force us to. He will gently nudge us in a certain direction, and then expect us to comply. The second part of this verse says, “Your right hand upholds me.” As we cling to the Lord and follow His lead, He will reward our obedience by sustaining, supporting, and protecting us, so that we can rise above the things that would defeat us or hold us down.

“My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You.” (Psalm 63:8)

The idea that God would long to be that intimate with us even before Christ covered our sins is amazing. David felt God’s nearness and presence the most in the desert. Sometimes intimacy with God requires desert experiences. It is only when God is all we have that we really come to see and experience Him for who He is. One doesn’t cling to God if one is distracted by the world. Clinging to God is felt only by those who detach from this world and open their eyes to the gifts of heaven.

Clinging alludes to the notion of a satisfaction that one desires to keep and never let go. It conjures up the idea of feeling that your best self is brought forth in the presence of the other. You tend to cling to the one you think does your life most good. David didn’t blame God for his present condition in the desert. He didn’t ask Him, “Why?” David’s inability to get comfort from the world opened his eyes to a spiritual comfort that could not be taken away. He discovered a love that is better than life (verse 3).

Do you find yourself clinging to God? Have you ever felt so loved and connected to Him that you begged Him not to leave you. In later years, David’s sense of clinging to God was not as intense. When life was good and the kingdom secure; David seduced a married woman, deceived her husband, and finally orchestrated the man’s death. Obviously, his sense of clinging to God was diminished. However, once that sin was exposed one of the cries of his heart was a pleading to God that He would not take His Spirit from him (Psalm 51:11).

Difficult circumstances lead us to cling to God. Maintaining the longing to cling to Him when difficulties lift is the real spiritual challenge. Set your soul to cling to God. Observe all the ways that His right hand upholds you. Open your heart, mind and soul to see His goodness to you moment by moment. Experience the spiritual reality of clinging to God.

And Jesus said….Your Faith has made you well!

So many times we are temped to believe that our circumstances are impossible since they haven’t changed for a long time. But in our desperation we don’t have to worry the correct way to reach out to God, we must simply reach out to Him in faith. As He can change what seems unchangeable giving you purpose and hope.

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“Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well. And the woman was healed at that moment.” ~ Matthew 9:22

Maybe right now do you desperately need a miracle! Then I encourage you to believe it, confess it and receive it! But you think “Oh, I just don’t know if I can do that.”  Yes, you can! You’ve already done it once.  If you have made Jesus the Lord of our life, you believed, confessed and received the greatest miracle in the universe, the miracle of a reborn spirit! Every other miracle you receive will come in exactly the same way.

How do you receive your miracle, you start by simply believing what God’s Word says concerning your area of need, by letting that Word change your heart and mind.

A lot of people try to skip that step. They try to believe for a miracle without spending enough time in the Word to change their heart and mind. They just want to confess it with their mouths and have it instantly appear. But that won’t happen. It’s what we believe in our hearts and say with our mouths that we receive. To have faith means that you act and live like it is true. Having faith goes beyond logical proof. Faith goes beyond what you can see, and even beyond what you can think. Faith requires you to walk with God, as faith keeps your dreams alive, gives you hope for your future, and faith keeps your expectations achievable.

If you don’t have enough faith yet to believe for the miracle you need, then you can get it. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Good News about Christ” (Romans 10:17). So start filling the ears of your heart with the Word until faith for your miracle is born inside of you. That’s what the woman did in this story in the Bible she had the issue of blood. But she believed in her heart that Jesus would heal her. Then she spoke her faith out loud. Then she acted on that faith—and she received her miracle.