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KEEP THE FIRE BURNING
Leviticus 6:13 Amplified
The fire shall be burning continually upon the altar; it shall not go out.
It’s so easy to let distractions and the business of life get in the way of what is most important to us. And that is our relationship with God.
We have been so blessed by God to have so many examples in the Bible of how to live, and today I want us to look at the Leviticans and their priestly example of the altar. (See Leviticus Chapters 6-7). It was their job every morning to get rid of the old ashes that laid upon the altar and also they had to make sure that the fire was continually burning, that it never went out, and to make an offering to the Lord.
I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of all the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies presenting all your members and faculties as a living sacrifice, holy, devoted, consecrated and well pleasing to God which is your reasonable, rational, intelligent service and spiritual worship.
-First: I want you to notice it says make a decisive dedication. This means it is something we deliberately choose to do. We choose to do this. It is not by accident. It is by choice. Our choice.
-Second: We present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, devoted, consecrated and well pleasing to God. Again, this is something that you and I do. It is our choice to do. Not something we are made to do. Something that we want to do to please our God. We are the living sacrifice offered up to God each morning.
-Third: This is our reasonable, rational, intelligent service and spiritual worship. This is not just something we do out of duty, it is spiritual worship to our God. Imagine how this honors and pleases and brings Him great joy each morning when we do this, because we desire to. Not because we have to. But because we long to. O Beloved, what love fills His heart when His children approach Him this way.
The phrase “stir-up” in 2 Timothy 1:6 means “stir up the flame into life again.”
2 Timothy 1:6 Amplified
That is why I would remind you to stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the (gracious) gift of God (the inner fire) that is in you by means of the laying on of my hands (with those of the elders at your ordination).
-No one else can stir up our fire but us. It is our responsibility. And we should want to because it is the gift that God has given to us personally. Praying daily will keep your fire burning and keep the flames lit. Praying in the spirit keeps the flames burning brightly. Are your flames burning brightly? Or have you stopped praying and are they embers now? O Beloved, fan them into fire again with prayer. It is possible, I promise.
Is the flame burning high on the altar of your heart (Luke 24:32),
And they said to one another, Were not our hearts greatly moved and burning within us while He was talking with us on the road and as HE opened and explained to us (the sense of) the Scriptures?
-The Word of God will keep the fire burning brightly. God speaks to us through His Word. You will feel your heart burning as He speaks to you through His Holy Word. So please don’t let your Bible sit on a shelf somewhere. Pick it up and read it daily. It is medicine to your body, spirit, and soul. It is your best weapon to fight the enemy with. Use it, that is what God gave it to us for. Don’t let anything prevent you from using all that God has blessed you with.
Or are you getting lukewarm (Revelation 3:15-16)
Revelation 3:15-16 Amplified
I know your (record of) works and what you are doing; you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot!
So because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth!
-Look how dangerous this is. The Bible tells us that in the last days, that even some of God’s elect could be deceived. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss it or be misled. I don’t want to be in error. I don’t want to sadden my Father’s heart or displease Him. And if I am not hungry for Him or hungry for His Word, then I know I am in danger because I have gotten complacent (comfortable) and lukewarm. I never want to get to a place where I never want more of Him, or to stop growing, or to stop learning. I will be the first person to tell you that I have a LONG way to go to get to where God is shaping me to be. And I have a lot to do before I get there. So I cannot afford to take a break, or to stop. I cannot think for one minute that I have gotten there, because I haven’t. And Beloved, neither have you. We all have a long way to go before He comes back for us. And there is much work to be done until then. So don’t get comfortable with where you are at. Keep striving to do better. To finish your race. I know that is what I am doing.
Or are you getting cold (Matthew 24:12)?
And the love of the great body of people will grow cold because of the multiplied lawlessness and iniquity.
-Have we allowed sin to run rampant in our lives, not seeking God’s forgiveness or repenting? Not admitting what we have done? Do we prefer the world and its way of life to God’s way of life? We need to be honest with ourselves and honest before God. After all, HE truly knows what is in our hearts even if we don’t want to admit it.
So let’s stop and take time to do a heart check and see if there is anything hindering our walk with God today. Is there any bitterness or unforgiveness? Is there anything we need to repent for? Is there anything we have not talked to God about? If so, now is a good time to get down on our knees before God. He is there waiting and listening and HE is merciful and faithful. He will not beat us up. HE is gentle and kind. HE loves us so very much.
Let’s make sure that we are keeping the flames burning brightly in our hearts for God. Let’s make sure that we are craving God’s Presence and His heart above all else. Nothing else matters more than Him.
Let’s follow the example of the priest and make sure every morning that we are getting rid of the old ashes and stirring up the flames of the new day so that the fire continues to burn on the altars of our hearts. Let’s make sure we have an offering for the Lord. Will you beloved? I know I am going to.
Much love to you always, in Him.
THE WORD OF GOD BRINGS HEALING
Beloved, what a gift we have been given. We were given the Word which is Christ, so when we abide in Christ we are abiding in the Word (John 1:1). When we abide in the Word, we are abiding in Christ (John 1:14 ).
In May, we looked at what the word “abide” means. We learned that it means to stay close to God. We learned that we have been placed “in Christ.” We learned that we are to stay in intimate fellowship with the Lord, spending time with Him in prayer, reading the Word, and obeying His Word, fellowshipping with His people and being constantly conscious of our union with Him.
Beloved, did you know that the Word of God brings healing? Well it does. Let's look at what the Word of God tells us and see how we can apply it to our lives. Let's begin by looking at:
“My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.
Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart;
For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.”
We can see from this verse how important it is for us to pay attention to the Word of God. When you keep it in your heart, and it becomes real to you, it will become health (Lit. medicine) to all of your flesh. If we can read this and really believe that this is true, it should encourage us to pick up our Bibles willingly to sow into our hearts and bodies the life-giving Word of God that will produce healing for us. We can see from the verse above that God's Word is medicine, so if you have to take physical medicine, take it, but take God's medicine too, the Word of God.
This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life.
We can see from this verse in Psalms that even in our afflictions, the Word gives us life. The Word of God is life-giving. It imparts life to our bodies and to our spirits.
‘For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,' says the LORD.
Though the wound seems incurable, God will cure it. No matter how dangerous the disease is, the patient is safe if God is the Physician with the cure. God is our Great Physician. We can rest in His capable hands knowing that HE will restore our health and HE will heal us. HE has promised to in His Word. So stand on His promises knowing that HE is not capable of lying.
Now let's look at Matthew 9:27-30 a
When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, "Son of David, have mercy on us!" And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to Him, "Yes, Lord." Then He touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith let it be to you." And their eyes were opened.
If we all received what we asked for by the faith that we truly have, what would we receive? What are we receiving? Are the disappointments we are experiencing due to our own lack of faith when the Word of God says, “according to your faith let it be done to you?” If we are experiencing disappointments, then maybe we do not fully grasp the meaning of abiding in the Word of God. Maybe we do not understand what it means to abide in Christ.
Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
What a wonderful passage of Scripture! Most people can quote this passage but how many really understand the depth of what it means? HE forgives ALL our iniquities. HE heals ALL our diseases. HE redeems our life from destruction. HE crowns us with lovingkindness and tender mercies! HE satisfies our mouth with good things! And our youth is renewed like the eagles! This is something to really be excited about!
These are wonderful verses to stand on. Meditate on them and let them take root in your heart. When they do, they will cause healing to rise up in your body. All of the Word will bring healing. If we will allow the Word of God to grow within us, the changes that need to happen will happen. Health will flourish in our bodies and we will thrive. But it will only happen if we allow the Word of God to take root, which means we must spend time in the Word and we must abide with God.
Now let's look at 2 Peter 1:3-4 : As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Notice it says “has” given us all things that pertain to life. The blessing of divine health was already purchased for you and me on the Cross and it belongs to us now. Are you beginning to see how very important it is to be rooted steadfastly in the Word of God, and not on what you see or how you feel?
We have been blessed to be given an example of Someone who knew how powerful the Word of God was and what it meant to those who cherished it and lived it. That example was our beloved Jesus. Let's look at the example HE gave us in the book of Matthew chapter 4:
1Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.
3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'”
5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,' and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.'”
7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'”
8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”
10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.'”
11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
Because Jesus knew the Word of God, HE was able to say, “It is written….” and defeat the enemy. If we do not know the Word or we do not have enough of it in us, we will not be able to stand against the enemy and we will not be able to stand on the promises for healing when sickness tries to attack us.
An anointed teacher of mine taught me that in order for us to keep our healing; we need to feed ourselves daily, Scriptures that have to do with healing. Just like we feed our physical bodies food, we also need to feed our spiritual bodies the Word of God. So no matter what part of the Word you are feeding yourself, make sure to add some verses on healing to your daily portion
Now let's look at Isaiah 53:4-5: 4 Surely He has borne our grief (Lit. sicknesses) and carried our sorrows (Lit. pains); yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
The last part of that verse says “by His stripes we are healed.” That means now, present tense. Our healing was paid for in full at the Cross.
Now let's look at 1 Peter 2:24: 24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.
In this verse we see it is past tense, “You were healed.” Jesus paid for your total healing at the Cross. What can we do to keep our healing? Well, as we saw above, we can stay in the Word of God; meditate on it so it becomes rooted in our hearts. But God has also given us something else to do along with it. He has asked us to do something in remembrance of Him. Let's look at it in Luke Chapter 22:15-20:
Then He said to them, "With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God ."
Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, "Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."
And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me ." Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.
Although the body of Christ today understands the importance of doctrine, fellowship and prayer, few in the church truly understand the significance of breaking of bread (or the Holy Communion). That is why many are sick and weak and why some even die before their time.
Part of the problem is that many have been taught incorrectly about the elements in the partaking of the Holy Communion. There are two elements because there is a two-fold application in the Communion. The wine, which is His blood, is for forgiveness. And the bread, which is His body, is for our healing.
It is important for us to take care of our bodies and for us to use the wisdom God has given us to keep and walk in health. One of the things that God has told us to do is to take communion. Many people believe that you can only do this in church. But we are the church and our bodies are the temple of God and our bodies are called to be His “House of Prayer.” So I want to share with you how to do communion at home and give you the steps here so that you can do communion at home daily and keep and walk in divine health and healing.
Prepare the bread and the wine (grape juice). Pause for a minute and realize that you are about to fellowship with the Lord and allow yourself to feel His love for you.
Hear Him say the Words we just read, “Take, eat. This is My body, which is broken for you . Do this in remembrance of Me.” Feel His love for you. "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you .”
See the Lord carrying all of your sins and diseases. HE took your sins in His body on the Cross. See Him taking on His body your physical conditions too. See whatever it is, if it is a tumor, see that tumor on His body, if it is cancer, and see that cancer on His body. Every sickness and disease that is on you, see it on His body now. It is NO LONGER on you. Now see HIS HEALTH come on you.
Surely HE bore your sins and carried your diseases (Isaiah 53:4-5). So as you partake, release your faith in the bread and the wine (grape juice).
Hold the bread and say this or something similar that is on your heart:
Thank you Lord Jesus for Your broken, bruised, and torn body. It is for my healing, my spouse's healing and my children's healing. Thank You that by Your stripes, by the beatings You bore in my place, by the lashes that fell on Your back, we are completely healed. I believe and I receive. (Eat the bread.)
Next, take the cup and say this or something similar that is on your heart:
Thank You Lord Jesus, for the New Covenant cut in Your Blood. Your Blood has brought me forgiveness and washed me from every sin. I thank You that Your Blood has made me righteous. And as I drink, I celebrate and partake of the inheritance of the saints, the righteous, which is preservation, healing, wholeness, and prosperity. (Drink the wine/grape juice now). Thank You Jesus for healing me and making me every whit whole. Thank You for Your love. I love you. Amen. So be it.
Now you will be able to do this every day at home and walk in your place of healing. Do you see from the Scriptures we have looked at, how important it is to do this?
The early church believed this. That is why “ …..they continued steadfastly in the apostle's doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42 ) What was important to God was important to them.
They took God at His Word. It is no wonder that they experienced God's power. In Acts 2:43 , 46 , we read that they broke bread from house to house and many signs and wonders were done through the apostles.
It goes right along with abiding in Him. Beloved, abiding is also the secret of a successful prayer life. The closer we get to the Lord, the more we will learn to think His thoughts after Him. The more we get to know Him through His Word, the more we will understand His will. The more our will agrees with His, the more we can be sure of having our prayers answered.
The Bible says, "MY house shall be called a house of prayer." (We are God's house of prayer) and as God's house of prayer, we should look forward to praying and meeting with Him. It should be as important to us as breathing, and when you know that you are not alone when you pray, it should stir such an excitement in you that you cannot wait to enter that secret place to meet with your Father.
The Holy Spirit has been given to us to help us pray, so we are not alone. HE helps us and gives us the strength and wisdom we need to pray. Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered.
And how the Father lovingly waits to hear His child's voice call to Him as we enter that secret meeting place to spend time with Him. And what excitement it brings Him, when the greatest reason, is just because we love Him and want to spend time with Him.
So I ask you Beloved, are you abiding today? Are you abiding in the healing Word? Are you abiding in Christ? Are you using what God has given you and taking communion and applying the Word? Are you able to say, “It is written….” with the Scripture necessary to fight with? Are you abiding in prayer and meeting the Father in your secret place?
I pray that you were able to answer yes. If not, it is never too late to start. I pray that you will be encouraged to start. Today is a good day to begin your great journey of abiding with God, and abiding in the healing Word. The Truth is that the whole Bible will bring healing to any situation we may be facing, whether it is physical healing, financial healing, spiritual healing, whatever kind of healing that we need, the Bible is our healing answer. May we always be found by the Father, abiding in His healing Word.
I want to challenge you, beloved to read Psalms 119 , Ephesians 1:16-20 , and Ephesians 3:14-19 daily for the next month. I promise you that it will bless you so very much if you do. I would love to hear from you of the blessings you receive from doing this. Please feel free to email me.
Please know that you are loved, valued, and appreciated, by God and by me.
Until next time beloved, much love and hugs,
When You Know Where Home Is…
I have really been meditating a lot on some of the things the Lord has been speaking to my heart while studying.
What does it really mean to possess nothing yet have everything? What does the Bible reveal to us about this? What is to be our first priority in our walk with God? Where is our focus supposed to be pointed? In what direction?
Let's look at Matthew Chapter 6. What does Jesus tell us about where our focus is to be?
Mat 6:25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Mat 6:26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Mat 6:27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
Mat 6:28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;
Mat 6:29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Mat 6:30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Mat 6:31 “Therefore do not worry , saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'
Mat 6:32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
Mat 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Mat 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
In the King James Version of Matthew 6:25 it says: “ Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?”
Take no thought is the same as do not worry. We should not be consumed with thinking about these things. It means resting fully in God and His love and Provision for you. It means not being consumed about things here on the earth, but putting what God wants and what matters eternally as your first thought and priority. It means the one primary concern you should have is whether or not your focus is on God and fulfilling the call HE has on your life. It means honoring God with your thoughts, concerns, actions, and with your heart's desires.
Some translations render the verses above as being “anxiously careful.” To be anxiously careful concerning the things of daily life and the things we have, is to lose all satisfaction and comfort in the things which God gives, and to act unthankful and unwise. When we are anxious, we are not in a position to be thankful. When we are anxious, we cannot appreciate what we have already been blessed with from God. When we are anxious we lose sight of all the wonderful things God has given us, and all the wonderful things that God does for us, every day. And when we lose sight of that, we cannot be thankful, and we cannot be at peace.
When we put God first place in our life, everything else will simply follow. HE is the Head of the Church, we are the body. As Head, HE knows what is best for us and HE has filled the Bible with wonderful instructions for our daily living. In order for our lives to be victorious, we need to follow closely the instructions and directions HE has given us.
How much emphasis is put on the Words of Christ? We know that the Word says we are to be imitators of Christ, but are we? The greatest possession we could ever have is Christ. HE is our greatest gift. If we are not focused on this precious and wondrous of all gifts, then how can our focus be as it should? How can we be truly thankful and appreciate all that we have and all that we have been given, if we do not value and appreciate THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL, JESUS CHRIST?! How can we honor Him with our lives, if our focus is not as it should be? The truth is we can't!
We are to be strangers and pilgrims here on this earth. Sadly today, many children of God believe and act as though their home is here. They have settled in, or settled down. They are tied into the homes that they have here as well as so very many other physical and material things.
Now I am not saying that we are not to be thankful for the wonderful things that God gives us. We are supposed to be thankful. But we are to put more importance upon God and our future home, than upon the things we have here upon this earth. We have been given all things here to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17 ). God wants us to be blessed, to be happy, prosperous, and fulfilled. And HE willingly blesses us. We bless God by keeping our focus and priorities straight, and that means eyes and heart fixed upon Him.
I am so thankful for the Bible and all the wonderful examples we have of those who walked closely with God, those who know what battles are and how to get through them, those who possessed nothing, yet were rich in every sense of the word. One of those examples is Abraham. Let's take a look at Abraham and what the Bible teaches us about the life he lived. We will look at the verses carefully to see what we can learn from them.
Let's look at Hebrews 11:8
Heb 11:8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
How many of us today, would willingly leave our family, our home, our country to go someplace unfamiliar, and at the same time not knowing exactly where you are going? That is truly what you call blind faith.
Abraham had faith in God. He trusted that God would show him and tell him where he was supposed to go and what he was supposed to do. Abraham did not look back sorrowfully. He left the home that was dear to him, to obey God.
It is so sad, that today many will complain about having to go across town to do something for God. I wonder how many of God's children today would literally leave it all to go where HE was calling them?
Abraham was looking for the city that was built by God and had the foundations of God. Abraham's faith in God was so great that he left all, and wandered around in a strange country, living not even in a house, but rather in tents. This is very important to notice. If Abraham had lived in a house he would have been essentially tied down to that place. Abraham was not tied down to anything. He kept himself available to the move of God. He was ready at any time the Lord said, to move on. So living in a tent is not necessarily a bad thing as shown by Abraham.
Heb 11:11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
Even Sara believed in the faithfulness of God.
Heb 11:12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.
Heb 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
There is a problem with many of God's children today. They are living like this is home. They are not living like strangers and pilgrims on earth. But I have news for you, this is not our home!
A fugitive is running from home. A vagabond has no home. A stranger is away from home. A pilgrim is heading home! And we are God's pilgrims. We are also strangers here. This world is not our home.
That's why Abraham, a wealthy man who could have built himself a mansion, lived in a tent. Abraham knew the importance of living in a tent. That's where Lot got into trouble, he gave up his tent. Lot settled in to a place and town that God had not called him to or chosen for him. And still God had mercy upon him.
I wonder how many people today say that they are strangers and pilgrims upon the earth. And could they explain why they are, in a way that someone else would understand? What would they say?
Heb 11:14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
Who are those who say such things? Those who say that they are pilgrims and strangers here upon this earth.
Notice that it says that they “declare plainly.” When we speak are we declaring plainly that we are seeking a heavenly country?
Heb 11:15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
Those who look back at what they gave up to follow God would be tempted to go back to what they had before, back to where they were before things got difficult or hard. “Being mindful of” is to be focused upon in such a way that it becomes foremost in thought. We are not to be like this.
Heb 11:16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
Notice what they desired? A better country! God was not ashamed to be called their God because their focus was on God and their home with God. Do you desire a better country? Do you desire a place that has been prepared and handpicked for you by God Himself? Is your mind set upon your home above? Do you see that your place here is just a temporary place and part of the greater journey to which God has called you?
Abraham had not only his house in order, but he had his mind, thoughts and heart in order and set upon the Almighty God Who gave him the very breath he breathed. He sought God and His Kingdom first, and lived his life accordingly. As a result, Abraham was a very rich man in all aspects of life. And it was noticed by all who knew him. His life visibly showed the very blessings of God that were upon him. So how could this man, who in his heart possessed nothing, be found to be so rich? The answer is: he kept looking up. He kept looking up to his home with the Lord. It was the key to how he lived and directed his life. He made choices that affected everything else.
Yes there were mistakes that Abraham made in his life, but he persevered to honor God and to repent and seek to get back in right standing with God. He placed a high importance upon pleasing God. His heart was in the right place.
There are many people in the Bible who we have been given as examples. Many of them, though they finished their races, did at one time or another make mistakes. They were human just as you and I are. The significant thing is that the majority of them did not let their mistakes stop them from fulfilling the call of God on their lives.
There is much to be learned from studying those men and women of faith in the Bible. We can learn from their mistakes as well as from their victories. We can learn what happens to someone who turns from God or refuses to obey or go where God has told them to go.
We can learn from those who put a higher price on what they could acquire above their relationship with God, and the consequences they suffered because of it. And we can learn from those whose heart, mind, and focus was on above. We can learn from those whose heart desire was God, and honoring God. We can learn from those who put the right value on what they had been given.
Let's look at a time in Solomon's life. 2 Chronicles 1:7-12 .
2Ch 1:7 On that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, "Ask! What shall I give you?"
2Ch 1:8 And Solomon said to God: "You have shown great mercy to David my father, and have made me king in his place.
2Ch 1:9 Now, O LORD God, let Your promise to David my father be established, for You have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.
2Ch 1:10 Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?"
2Ch 1:11 Then God said to Solomon: "Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king—
2Ch 1:12 wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like."
What a wondrous moment in the history of one life! Imagine, God asking Solomon what he wanted, what God could give him! I am sure there are many who would not have asked for what Solomon did. Solomon could have said, “God, I desire riches, wealth, honor, I desire that my enemies be made as nothing, I desire to live a prosperous long life!”
But look at where Solomon's heart was when God asked him what HE could give him. He asked for wisdom and knowledge so that he could be a good judge over the people whom God had given him. Notice, first of all, that Solomon honored and valued what God had entrusted to him. Next, he did not have a greedy heart that was thinking only of himself and what he could get. Solomon wanted to honor God and to be a blessing to the people that God had entrusted him with.
And because his heart was set on things above (God), he was blessed with not only wisdom and knowledge, but riches, wealth and honor that no other king had ever seen or would ever see! Why did God do this? Because Solomon looked up! He kept his focus on God and not on self!
Beloved, we have looked at two examples of men whose focus was on their home above, with God. We have seen their hearts. We have heard God speak to them, and we have seen their response. What has God been speaking to your heart? What has your response to Him been? What is your greatest possession? I know what mine is.
I pray that you come away with a greater understanding of what that means to be strangers and pilgrims in this land. I pray that you came away with a greater understanding of where your home truly is. I pray that you will look up to your home with God, the one that was built and handpicked for you by Almighty God.
Will you pray this prayer with me now:
Father God, we thank You that You have a home already waiting for us with You. A home that is greater than any we could ever have here upon this earth. Help us to daily be reminded that we are only here temporarily. Let our time here be well spent, doing Your work for the Kingdom. Let us be ever mindful of what is truly important and eternal, and help us to let go of the things that hinder and weigh us down. Let us reflect Your image here in all we say and do, May our hearts beat as one with Yours. May our words be seasoned with salt so that they may be edifying to those who hear them. Help us to see with Your eyes, and to hear with Your ears. May our response to Your beckoning be instant. May we please You in all things. Father, may our focus always be on You and our home above with You. Let us daily go to our meeting place with You to receive all You have to say to us, and Father, to daily go just to bask in the warmth of Your Love for us. May we always lift grateful hearts to You. In Jesus Most Holy Name we ask and pray and give You thanks. Amen. So be it.
Until next time Beloved, know that you are loved, valued, and esteemed, by God and by me.
Job 23:10, "But He knows the way that I take; when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold."
Abiding Or Hiding
Are you abiding or hiding today? Are you abiding in peace, joy, and security today or are you hiding? Hiding from friends, family, self, and even trying to hide from God? What does the Bible say about hiding from God and His Spirit?
Psalm 139:7: Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where could I flee from Your presence?
Jeremiah 23:24: Can anyone hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? says the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the Lord.
“We have been given a wonderful gift from God. That gift is life. What we do with this gift of life, is our gift back to God.”
We all experience many different kinds of tests and trials in life. These tests and trials are types of fire. Fire is not always bad and many good things can come from going through the fire. The choice of what happens in the fire is ours. We choose whether we will come through blazing with the glory of God or melted and burnt from the flames. What will you choose today? What did our foundation verse say?
Job 23:10 But He knows the way that I take; when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
When gold is purified, it is put through fire. All the impurities rise to the surface where they are wiped away. All that is left is what is pure. In much the same way, when we go through fire, all our impurities rise to the top where they can be wiped away. There is a way to come through the fires not even smelling like smoke. It is by staying close to God. Let's look at Isaiah 43:1-3;
But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:
Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel , your Savior…
I gave Egypt for your ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
There is no reason to be afraid when you realize what God has done for you. He formed you (v. 1). When you trusted Jesus Christ, God redeemed you (v. 1).He knows your name (v. 1). What a privilege to belong to such a great and gracious God! Even more, God promises to bring you through the water and the fire (v. 2). HE is your Lord, God, and Savior (v.3). Perhaps the three Hebrew heroes claimed this promise when they faced the fiery furnace (See Daniel 3).
In the Bible there is a wonderful passage that speaks about the benefits of abiding. It is found in the Gospel of St. John, Chapter 15:1-11.
15 "I am the true vine and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in Him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this, My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, so you will be My disciples. As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full."
Notice that the word “abide” is mentioned 9 times in this passage of Scripture. I would venture to say that must be important to God. And if it is important to God, it should be important to us.
This passage tells us that we need to abide in Him. We need to stay close to Him. When we abide in Christ, we will produce much fruit. And even when we produce fruit, we still need to be pruned by the Master Gardener so we can produce even better fruit.
Abiding is focusing on God instead of yourself. It is in trusting Him to make your life all that it can be. To “abide” means to stay where you are. We have been placed in Christ; that is our position. In our daily walk, we should stay in intimate fellowship with the Lord. A branch abides in a vine by drawing all its life and nourishment from the vine. So we abide in Christ by spending time in prayer, reading and obeying His Word, fellowshipping with His people, and being continually conscious of our union with Him.
As we maintain constant contact with Him, we are conscious of His abiding in us and supplying us with spiritual strength and resources. The branch can only bear fruit as it abides in the vine. The only way we can bear the fruit of a Christ-like character is by living in touch with Christ moment by moment.
Abiding depends on obeying, and obeying depends on loving. Love and joy both go together and make it very easy for us to obey His will for us. We should love Him, love His will for us, and we should love one another.
When we abide in Him, we are continuously focused on Him. HE then is first place in our lives, where HE is supposed to be. As God, HE is to be above all people and things. That is why the Bible tells us in Matthew 6:33 : “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Revelation warns us not to leave our first love.
Let's look at 1John 4:16: “And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God and God in him.”
So we see that from this verse that when we abide in love we are abiding in God and God is in turn abiding in us. I want you to see and understand something from this. See not only your part in abiding. But we need to also realize that it is God abiding in us! The more we are able to do that, the more we are able to walk in complete victory.
Now lets look briefly at some things that can prevent us from walking in victory. One of the things that we can do to hinder all that we have been called to do is to ‘hide.' When we become afraid and live in fear, it is crippling. It prevents us from doing what God has called for us to do.
The Bible tells us in I Peter 5:8-9: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”
God has told us this in His Word so we would be prepared. HE did not want to leave us hopeless or defenseless. In His Word we have all the weapons we need to stand strong and fight. In Ephesians Chapter 6 we are told to put on the whole armor of God so we can stand against the wiles of the devil.
So let's not hide. Let's not cower afraid of the day and what may happen. Let's fight the good fight. Let's hold onto our faith. Let's NOT let the enemy have the victory. We are not supposed to agree with the enemy, we are to agree with the Word of God that says we are more than conquerors through Christ.
If you think that staying home and hiding is going to make things ok, I want to tell you that it is not. If you are hurting, I want to encourage you to reach out to those who can and want to help you. Reach out to me, I will be there to help you. We can pray together. There is so much power in prayer. The enemy shakes and quakes when we come together to pray. Prayer is a mighty force and when it is done in faith, it is a mighty force to bring down strongholds.
God wants to see you well, to see you strong, and to see you finish your race. So do I. We can all do it together. Don't walk in defeat another day. Don't stay in depression and sadness. God wants you well and wants to use what you have gone through to minister to someone else. You see, no one will know that they can get through what they are going through unless someone tells them “God helped me get through this and HE will help you too.”
The Bible tells us in John 10:10: “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”
See, that is what God wants for you. To have and enjoy life, in abundance, to the full, till it overflows! How wonderful is that?! And we can. We just need to stop hiding, and we need to start abiding. Abide in Him, in His love, His protection, His grace and mercy.
There is a wonderful verse in the Bible that I have so come to love. It is in the Amplified Bible.
It is found in Luke 1:37:
“For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.”
This verse should really encourage you. Let God show you today how He feels about you as you open up your Bible. He will give you such wonderful gifts found in His Holy Word. But the only way you will know, is if you open up your Bible and read what it says.
Our focus is so important to how our day will go. You see, the Lord wanted us to know that we would go through tests, trials, and fires in this life. HE wanted us to know that there would be others who would want to hurt us or possibly abuse and use us. HE wanted us to know so that we would be prepared, and so that we would go and tell others of His wondrous love.
We cannot always know what we are going to be facing, but we can be prepared. No matter what you may be facing today, it is your choice whether you will abide in Him and have peace, or hide and let the enemy beat you up. The choice is always ours. What will be your choice today?
Will you pray this prayer with me today:
Father, I choose to abide in You today. I make a conscience choice to abide in You. I long to stay close to Your heart. I long to be filled to overflowing with Your Presence. I am learning that I am the one that determines whether I succeed or not. I am the one that determines if my day is one filled with peace or one that is spent trying to hide from life. I need You and want You to be close to me, so I open my heart to You now. I cannot make it today without You and Father, I do not want to do anything without You. You are my Source for all my needs and I rely on You alone. May I be ever mindful and aware of the choices that I make today and the affects it will have on me.
I thank You now for Your peace, comfort, and love. Bless Your Holy Name. I am so thankful for what You are doing in me and through me. May I be found to be a vessel of honor to be used by You today. In Jesus' Holy Anointed Name I ask and pray and give You thanks. Amen. So be it.
Until next time Beloved, know that you are loved, valued, and appreciated, by God and by me.
Much love and hugs,
ANOINTED AND APPOINTED
As I was thinking about what to share with you this month, my heart has been heavy about whether or not we have been fulfilling the Commission given to us by Christ. We have been anointed and appointed by God to fulfill the Great Commission that has been given to us. I know each of us as Christians desires to see family and friends saved, the sick healed, our family, friends, and those who are so in need, financially stable. We would love to see the nations that are stricken with poverty set free from the chains of despair that are holding them hostage.
If you have ever gone to a 3rd world country and spent any time there, then you know what I mean when I say how much your heart aches when you see those who are sick and are not able to afford healthcare, or those who do not have food and cannot afford to feed their families. It breaks your heart. And sadly, our nation is reflecting that here.
We are blessed in that we have heard about Christ. But I have been to nations where they have no hope. It is hard to imagine what that is, to truly be hopeless, but that is how someone is when they do not know Christ or what HE so desperately longs to give them. There is a verse in the Bible that says in Romans 10:14:
14 But how can they call on Him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them?
Are we telling those who do not know? What are we telling them? Are we telling them how much God loves them? Are we telling them that God has a better life planned for them? That God desires for them to be healthy, strong, happy and at peace? Are we telling them that God can help them with any situation that they may be facing? Are we sharing with them how God has done that for us? Are we sharing with them what God has done in our lives and in the lives of our family and loved ones, so that they can see that HE is real and not just “Someone in a Book”?
When you turn on the news you can easily see by the world's standards how troubling the time is that we live in. But as a Christian, we are to be bright lights shining in the dark places. We are to share the Good News of a better life and a better way. We are to be reaching out to those around us everywhere we go. That is part of what we have been told to do in the Great Commission. But are we doing it? What is the Great Commission? What does it say exactly? Let's take a look.
It is found in Mark 16: 15-20 N KJV:
15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
How easy it should be for us to do what is asked of us here when we have been endued with power from on high. After all, it is God Himself Who backs up His Word. Matthew 17:20 (NASB) 20 And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.'
If we have but the faith of a tiny mustard seed (see Matthew 17:20 above), and we rely on the promises found in His Word knowing that HE watches over His Word to perform it (see Jeremiah 1:12 Amp), how then can we not with the faith of God go forth and tell others of His Wondrous love? Notice that the verse above in Matthew says nothing would be impossible for us! That is powerful!
That is a verse that we would do well to meditate on. Do you know what the word “meditate” means? It means to chew on, to mutter under your breath over and over. It is something you would do for a long period of time. You do it until it gets down deep into your heart and spirit. You do it until it becomes alive in you.
When we see someone sick, how can it not grip our hearts to not want to see them rise up well? I am someone who in these last days want so much to see the power of God manifested like never before. I want to see the sick raised up from their sick beds. I believe in the tangible anointing, that is why I anoint and pray over prayer cloths and send them out to the sick, because I believe what the Bible says. There are some powerful verses written in John 14:11-13:
11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. 12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
Verse 12 says, “He who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also and greater works than these.” Well I believe in Jesus. So I believe then that I will do what He did and even greater works because He said I would if I believed in Him. Do you see that in this verse? But we need to have faith and believe in these verses. The Bible says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him,” (Hebrews 11:6).
Do you believe in Jesus? If you do, then I challenge you to really meditate on these verses. Do you believe what they say? Do you believe the promise applies to you? Are you willing to act on it? Are you already acting on it? What part of reaching out are you doing?
Do you know that there are many sick people in hospitals without family? They have no one to visit them. Have you ever thought about getting involved in that? It truly blesses them when someone thinks enough of them to invest their time to visit someone they do not know. I know it did me, that is how I came to know the love of the Lord. And I sold out my life to Him because of a kind woman's heart to visit me, someone she did not know. So think about how you might touch a heart that way.
My heart is also concerned about our homeless and those who are hungry? What are we doing for them? Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him. The way that he would show it was by feeding and tending His sheep. (See John 21 15-17). Would we not also show our Father our love for Him by feeding and tending His sheep when we help by feeding the homeless and clothing them? And I believe that is both physically and spiritually. We need both and so do they.
I am sure you have heard the stories of people who have seen the homeless lying in doorways and people just stepping over them as they go on their way. Maybe they did not want to get involved because they were dirty, or smelled bad. Maybe they did not want to get involved because they were afraid. Fear will move people to do things that they would not normally do.
But, I am sure when we were in our sin, we were smelly, and dirty, yet Christ in His love for us, found something of value and worth in us and sacrificed everything so that you and I could have what He deserved. How can we, knowing what Christ gave us, not give to those who we see that are without? There are many ways to give, and it does not always mean you have to give money.
You can volunteer at a soup kitchen. You can go to a dollar store and buy a small baggie of necessities to give out (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, Kleenex, deodorant, shampoo, etc), or a bag of food that you can give, just buy extra when you go grocery shopping.
And then you can tell them how much the Father loves them and that this gift of love is from Him. That the Lord sent you to bless them. You have no idea how much that will touch and minister to them and how life changing that is.
You see it does not take much, just an open heart and a willing spirit to go forth and do what the Lord has asked us to do. We have no excuse really. We can't say that we can't do it. The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:13 Amp.
I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency].
Beloved, let's let this year of 2012 be a year of telling others about Christ's love and sacrifice, about clothing those in need, about feeding the hungry both physically and spiritually, about laying hands on the sick and seeing them rise up well. May 2012 be a year of fulfilling the Great Commission that God has given us. And may we serve Him with honor and may HE receive all the honor and glory for all that HE has done for us, and through us. I know that when He comes to judge the nations, I want Him to be pleased with what we have done with the lives He has so blessed us with.
I want to leave you with these verses found in Matthew 25. I pray that these are the Words that we hear on that blessed day:
34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.'
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'
Until next time beloved, know that you are loved, valued, and appreciated, by God and by me.
HOW WILL YOU LOVE HIM?
This is the beginning of a New Year and with it brings New Seasons of God’s Grace and Leading. As we move forward into this New time with our Father, it is time for us to do a health check on what we accomplished last year, and examine where we are now.
Take a moment and reflect back on the past year. Did you achieve all that you hoped and planned to? Did you accomplish all that you set out to do for Christ? For your family? For yourself?
What did God do for you and through you the past year? What prayers did you have answered? What prayers are you still awaiting answers on?
Many of us start the New Year making promises, and a lot of them are not kept. This year of 2012 needs to be a year of NO REGRETS! A year of fulfilling all our assignments for God! A year of completing each task that we have and not making excuses! This needs to be a year of more! More of Him and less of us! 2012 is the year to come Alive and to Arrive in the place you are called to be! 2012 is the year of fulfillment! Fulfilling those things that the Lord has called us to do.
This year needs to be a year of diligence, in every aspect of our lives. We have been blessed with so much. We need to stop taking lightly all that we have been blessed with. We need to live vividly before God and the world. We need to quit flopping around from one thing to another never completing what we have been given to do. We need to be loyal to complete one thing at a time, for it is only when we complete what we start that the rewards are there.
We need to be diligent in our time with God, the Word, prayer, and study. We are only equipped properly when we have all that we need to face the battles before us.
Would a football player rush onto the field to tackle someone dressed only in shorts, sandals, and a t-shirt? That would be absurd! Yet that is how we are when we are not filled with all that we need from God each and every day. We go out into the world and then cry when we face difficult things. But whose fault is it? It is not God’s! He has already provided for us all that we need for each day, it is our choice whether we use it or not!
The Bible tells us that we need to be filled continually with the Spirit of God. It is when we are filled to the overflow that we are sensitive enough to hear God’s voice speak to us. We want to receive direction from Him, yet won’t spend the time necessary to receive it. When we don’t receive after 5 minutes of prayer or waiting on God, then we get up, go on our way, and we have not received what we needed.
Why is it so difficult for many to wait before the Lord? It is so easy to sit for 3 hours to watch a movie, but waiting before God, that is so hard to do.
We want more, and we want to do more, but in order to have that we need to invest our time. We need to invest in our future, the future of our spouses and children, the future of the nations, and that takes time and diligence. It takes PURPOSE! We need to invest in the God Who thought so much of us that HE invested all that HE had so that you and I could fulfill the Divine Call! HE loves us with an everlasting love that is so pure. Should we not also, return His love?!
God thought it important enough that HE invested His time in you and me. HE invested His life in you and me! There is so much awaiting us in the future! We have a purpose and a plan that God has given to each of us. It is up to us whether we will finish our race honorably or not! The choice is ours.
I challenge each of you to take time today to reflect on the past year. Search your heart and ask yourself whether you did all that you wanted to last year? Did you accomplish all that you wanted to do? What are your desires and your hopes for this New Year? What plans do you have? What steps will you take to accomplish them? Where does God fit into all of your plans? Is He an active part of your decision making process? Would HE be pleased at what last year reveals? How will you please Him this year? How will you show your love for Him this year?
Did you know that the number one reason you and I were created was to bring Him pleasure?! With that being said, and true, how much of our time is being spent seeking to bring Him pleasure?
Oh beloved in Christ, we need to change some things this year. We need to strive in 2012 to please God in all that we do. We need to excel in 2012!
I challenge each of you this year to do more, pray more, seek more, wait before Him more, love Him more, seek to please Him more, strive to fulfill those things God asks you to do.
Look for opportunities and take them. Look for open doors and go through them. Look for those who need a touch from God and touch them. Look for those who are sick then anoint and pray for them.
I know in my heart that this is going to be a year of the Prophetic. God wants all His children to speak boldly what they are being given. Do it in the strength of God. This is the year that God is raising up those who are willing and ready to do the unusual, the impossible. Don’t look at anything that God asks you to do as absurd, step out anyways. Trust Him.
I am a voice, one voice that is determined to speak out for God this year, determined to teach this year, determined to touch this year, determined to pray, seek, grow, love, determined to fulfill each assignment that God gives to me this year. What is God asking you to do this year?
Whatever giftings God gives you this year, it will be like never before, new dimensions of His glory and purposes are filling this earth. For those who are ready, those who will listen, those who will sacrifice all to guard what God is giving them, this will be a time of great growth, a time of great accomplishments, a time of greater grace, greater mercy, greater glory, greater gifts, greater insights, greater abilities! Will you be one who is ready? I pray that we all are. Be blessed!
Until next time beloved, be blessed always in Him. Much love and hugs always.
~ WRITE IT DOWN AND LEAVE A LEGACY ~
As I was meditating and seeking what the Lord would have me share this month since it is the beginning of a New Year, He led me to share this with you. I pray that it will touch and minister to your heart as it has to mine.
Our foundation verses:
Write down for the coming generation what the Lord has done, so that people not yet born will praise Him. Psalm 102:18 GNT
And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as he hastens by. Habakkuk 2:2 AMP
Why have we been told to tell others what HE has done? Why is it important to tell others? Why are we to write down what the Lord has done?
The first reason we should tell others is simply obedience, because we are told to do it. The second like the first, is that we have been given the great commission to go and tell others in all the world (Matthew 28:19-20). The third is that God would always be honored and receive all the glory for all that He has done and is doing in each of us (1 Corinthians 10:31). And last of all, but not least of all, we are to write it down (Habakkuk 2:2)!
The reason? So that when we are gone and no longer here, others will be able to read and know this wonderful God that we serve. You see, over and over again in the Bible, God has given us anointed men and women who wrote down all that the Lord had done and was doing in their lives. We are so blessed to have this to read whenever we want to.
As I was meditating on the verses above, I heard so clear in my spirit, “If you do not write it out, it is lost, and you leave nothing of God for others to see, read, or know. If you do not write it down, the enemy can steal it from you. After a while, you will not be able to remember it, it will lose its power.”
How sad is that?! Can you imagine that? Do you understand the significance of that? What we write down, lives on when we are gone! It lives on in the lives of every other person who reads it, then to those they pass it on to.
Think of how your life would be if you did not have the Word of God to read? Think of how your life would be if you never knew anything about what happened to anyone in the Bible. There would be no lessons learned that you could glean from. There would be no insights or revelations of the awesome heart of God for His people. There would be nothing that could give you direction or guidance.
There was a profound reason that God had them write it down! It was so that it could live on for all time, and so we could know! Think of all the wonderful stories we have been given of God's great love for us! Can you imagine never hearing of or being able to read the story of how God gave His Only Son to come down in the flesh to give His life so we could spend all eternity with Him?
Can you imagine what it would be like to never have heard the story of such a profound and miraculous birth taking place in a simple manger where three kings came to bow and honor and present the Greatest King of All Kings gifts, while angels sang and rejoiced?
Can you imagine never hearing the story or being able to read how Jesus went to teach in the temples while yet still a young child? Can you imagine never knowing that healing was possible? Can you imagine how dark or terribly distraught our lives would be, not knowing about the Holy Spirit and the help He gives to us daily?
Can you imagine never hearing about how our Precious Lord was tempted in the wilderness for 40 days? We would never see how He can be compassionate and help us when we are tempted daily. We would never learn the lessons of how to fight the devil with His Words, and if no one had written them, we would never know how He did that or what Words to speak.
Can you imagine never hearing how our Precious Jesus fed 5000 people with 2 loaves of bread and a few fish? Never being able to learn that what HE gives us and supplies us is always sufficient and will fill every need! What HE gives is always enough!
Can you imagine never hearing about the story of the Cross? Yes, it is the most painful story of all to hear, for we are the ones who put Him there, and HE went willingly and unashamedly and laid Himself on the Cross. The soldiers did not do this, He did. He went over and laid down upon it of His own free will.
Why? Love! Love for you and love for me! What if you had never heard that or could not read it? As painful as this story is, it leads to other stories. His defeating of hell and the grave. His taking back the keys of the Kingdom. His resurrection on the third day. His sitting at the right hand of the Father, interceding for you and me day in and day out, every day for all eternity.
Can you imagine never hearing how the Church who is us, was built. Never knowing anything about His disciples and the many wonderful and valuable things He taught them for leading their lives, and the lives of others?
Can you imagine never hearing or being able to read His prayers, or how He prayed? What moved Him and what brought forth His righteous anger? We would be left without so much. You and I would not be able to lead the lives we do today, if we did not have these wonderful stories and lessons left to us.
We would never have heard or read about Noah. We would not know the meaning of a rainbow in the sky. We would not know about Abraham who was a friend of God, or David who was a man after God's heart. We would not know about Elijah and his passion and power in prayer, or how Enoch walked so closely with God that he never died, he simply walked into glory to be with God.
We would not know about Deborah who shows how a judge should be. We would not know about Esther and how her life affected her people, and stopped the enemy from bringing certain death to them. We would not know about the prophets of old. We would not know about Paul, and we would not know how God could take someone who hated all that God stood for, touch his heart, open his eyes, and cause this same man to bring many to saving grace and a saving knowledge of God.
Everywhere you look in the Bible, we have been given stories, written down by men being led by the Spirit of God. Why? So we would know Him. So we could have an intimate and personal relationship with Him. So that we could follow the examples He left for us to live a life that HE chose for us, one that is a life of victory.
God knew the vital need for us to know. HE knew how much it would help His children to be able to read and learn from these many wonderful stories. Both the good ones as well as the bad. We have been left with both, so that we could have a clear picture, a faithful and true picture of right and wrong. Without it there would be no balance. Without it we could be deceived.
And even today, we have mighty men and women of God who are leaving their legacy of what God has given them behind for everyone else. We have been given lessons and the Word from so many of God's children. Just look at all the men and women in ministry today who are doing just that. My point is this, all of these precious men and women who have gone on before us, left us a legacy of what God had given and imparted to them. Because they were obedient, because they understood the value of what they had been given, you and I have them too!
Also looking again at the very first reason given in our foundation verse, beloved, the same is true with what we share. As you read in my last message, I am a very strong believer in telling others what the Lord has done in our lives. I am very passionate about reaching out to those who are hurting and letting them know that they are not alone, and that there is a better way. We can only help when we are willing to do what the Lord has asked us to do, “go tell”. Tell what the Lord has done so it won't be lost. Tell what HE has done in the Bible but also make it real and tell what HE has done in you, for you, through you, or for your family or loved ones. When it is real like that, it truly touches others in a way that is truly the heart of God. They realize you are not phony, its not just words, but you really understand. And that makes all the difference in the world to them.
All this last year I have meditated on how much the Lord has impressed upon me the importance of giving voice to His Word, declaring what His Word says. As we have seen in the examples above, we would have missed out on so much or lost so much if these precious men and women of God had not shared what the Lord had given them. And how much would have been sacrificed and lost above everything else if Jesus Himself had not shared?! There is so much power released when we give voice to the Word of God. It is creative power, restoring power. It has the power to change nations. It holds within it the power to heal diseases. There is power when we give voice to the Word of God. When we line our mouths up with the Word of God and declare for our families, our children, our spouses, ourselves, our nations, and the world what the Father says, great things happen.
So once again, child of God, I encourage you to not take lightly this year, anything that the Lord gives you. We are right at the beginning of the New Year. So now is a great time to get started, fresh and new. Write it down, so that those who are left behind can reap from them, grow from them, and so that we can honor God with them. Not only will you be touching another's life, you will also be touching the very heart of God! And use your voice to release the power of God this year, over your family, your children, your spouse, yourself, your nation and the world. Then watch what your heavenly Father will do. HE watches over His Word to perform it on our behalf. And His Word does not return to Him void. Have a blessed start to the New Year. Now I leave you with a letter from the Father of how your Father sees you. I pray that you will read it often, speak it out loud often, and feel how very much the Father loves you. May it bring great joy, refreshing, blessings, and healing.
Until next time beloved friends, remember that whenever Jesus speaks to the Father, our names are always on His lips . Know that you are loved, valued, and appreciated, by God and by me.
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John 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.