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Frist Fruits Sunday… Devotional – Performance Based Love

Ice PrincessPerformance Based Love

Praying for GOD to answer her prayers to serve HIM and give HIM all led HIM to have to do something drastic…. HE placed her in need ( intense desire of HIM) in order melt this very beautiful yet unproductive fortress!

I really used to  like the picture to the left and that spirit and I ( The Icy Princess ) had a long lived affinity for each other for too many years of my life.

She is beautiful but untouchable! The cold iciness of her demeanor offers a barrier between her and the world around her ( an icy fortress ).

Very little can get in or out of this crystallized existence!

Has the Ice Princess ever tried to lay claim to your soul?

Well today’s devotional is dedicated to that removal of that icy mask and all that is good that this iciness places a freeze on.

Isaiah 54:10

For the mountains may move
and the hills disappear,
but even then my faithful love for you will remain.
My covenant of blessing will never be broken,”
says the Lord, who has mercy on you.

I had a friend whom I loved dearly and since I loved her so and took every opportunity to show her; I intensely wanted the same in return. Inwardly I struggled with anger when she did not return my affection in the same measure ( actually no where close ).

I remember bringing my grievance to the LORD and pouring my heart out to HIM. When HE replied HIS response momentarily took my breath away. HE simply stated that my friend had the right to choose whom she loved. Not from an agape-love perspective but in terms of her personal preferences.

The warmth and truth of God’s love began to melt the Ice Princess syndrome that wanted to set it self up around my heart. You know that cool as a cucumber icy crunchiness, that I could give a flip about you air.

Lessons in love are not easy and they often come with a melting away of the flesh ( meaning ungodly mindsets and reasoning.

The fact of the matter is sometimes GOD works it out in such a way that we love other people more deeply and personally than they love us and we must learn not to punish them with coldness and icy stares  for having a different taste and preferences than our own.

Christ loves us much more than we love HIM, but does that stop HIM from being exactly what and who HE is?

In order to be true to myself in the instance above I had to just admit that I loved this woman deeply as a friend and that I would not with-hold my affection just because she did not respond in equal measured kind.

Love just is and it is not based on the performance of the object of love. We love because GOD placed it as a part of our very nature.

Intimacy ( warmth and closeness)  with GOD will cost me all of my iciness I don’t need anybody aloofness!

The warm breath of GOD’s love reverberates in the world on the just and the unjust because HE is love and mercy!!!

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John 3:16

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

Christ Loves Us At Our Darkest

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Fervid Friday Devotional – Faith or Speculation

Faith v/s speculation

Proverbs 20:6-7

Many will say they are loyal friends,
but who can find one who is truly reliable?

7 The godly walk with integrity;
blessed are their children who follow them.

So you have been wanting things to change in your world for quite sometime so that you can get your piece of the”American Pie”
and the lotto just became popular in your state and your desire for more is burning hot enough to consider legalized gambling. Besides, there are much worse things going on in the world than the state lotto and it does help with the education system, so by participating in the process  you’re helping someone other than yourself, right?

Keep in mind, none of this will keep you out of heaven, but for those that want to polish up the fruit of temperance, a divinely balanced virtue of displaying the right blend of reserve and force, come alone for today’s lesson!

Many in the body or Christ or The Church have often wondered secretly within their own hearts; what is the problem with legalized  gambling for self betterment, recreation and or relaxation on occasion?

It’s an issue of where or whom you are placing your hope and faith in from God’s perspective and HIS perspective is the only one that matters now and in eternity!

The Kingdom of GOD is an entire system and way of thinking, being and living. So, therefore it is a holistic process and all of our needs are covered within HIS system and we do not have to more outside and around it to prosper.

God is not pleased with our lukewarmness or the giving of ourselves in fragments or portions.

HE wants it all, because HE gave ALL to us first while we were yet sinners, HE died on the cross for our sins!!!!!!

The Bible tells us is impossible to please GOD without faith, that is faith in HIM! And prosperity is not just monetary but it entails the psychological and spiritual as well; when GOD gives increase it always starts spiritually first and trickles down into the other two realms.

What hurts God more than anything is when we love idols and not HIM and place our trust which should be kept safely in HIS care to another system.

In loving and supporting my King and Lord, Jesus Christ why would I in vanity by waste the hard earned  substance HE has given me the strength and intelligence to earn on anything that does not glorify HIM?

In the Kingdom of GOD we believe communication with GOD through prayer and HIS ability to bless and prosper us because HE created all that is. So,through the process called “faith” seeing without or past physical eye-sight alone, we happily place our destinies in the care of a loving, all knowing and holy GOD. The enemy is a cheap counterfeiter and many in the world seek though the sport of speculation, to get lucky. Gambling is unintelligent because it places one’s destiny in the hands of invisible dice or the process of chance.

When God is not sitting on the throne, who or what has taken HIS place in our hearts and minds?


Psalm 117:2

For he loves us with unfailing love;
the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever.

Praise The Lord!!!!

Wonderous Wednesay Devotional- Pushing Past External/Superficial Labels

” The number one problem in our world is alienation, rich versus poor, black versus white, labor versus management, East versus West… But Christ came to bring about reconciliation and peace.” ~ Billy Graham

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Peeking behind GOD’s veil has been a fascination of mine for the last 12 years of my life!

I don’t know, perhaps/ maybe that is why HE called me to share HIS Word with others!

As an inspiring teacher what I have found is that God is the best teacher I know! He never ceases to use a moment or one life experience as a means of revealing more about HIMSELF us and HIS awesome plans for us separately and collectively.

I have a question for you ( my friends) today.

What if you were viewed as being of a lesser status by some faction in society; would you have the nerve the guts to go to said establishment without malice or anger in your heart and still petition for what your needs?

Mark 7:24-30 New Living Translation Second Edition

24 Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre. He didn’t want anyone to know which house he was staying in, but he couldn’t keep it a secret.25 Right away a woman who had heard about him came and fell at his feet. Her little girl was possessed by an evil spirit,26 and she begged him to cast out the demon from her daughter.

Since she was a Gentile, born in Syrian Phoenicia,27 Jesus told her, “First I should feed the children—my own family, the Jews.  It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”
28 She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even the dogs under the table are allowed to eat the scraps from the children’s plates.”
29 “Good answer!” he said. “Now go home, for the demon has left your daughter.”30 And when she arrived home, she found her little girl lying quietly in bed, and the demon was gone.

This passage above has caused many to take offense by mentioning of the word dog as it pertains to people and the eating of scraps from under a table.

But this morning GOD gave me a lovely illustration of how food scraps in the hands of proficient homemaker can become her family’s next meal.Scraps are not the same as trash and can be skillfully woven together to make an eye please delicious meal!

And the mention of the word ‘dog’ refers to a spiritually unclean condition and at that time in history the oracles of GOD had not been shared with the rest of the world (gentiles) and were exclusive to the seed of Abraham or what is more commonly known as the Jews.

And it’s true, one would feed the family members first before feeding the family pet any of the left over scraps. Jesus was born Jewish and therefore the Jewish people represented family in terms of heritage purely on a physical plane of life.

Jesus Christ is able to do away with the strict adherence to so many outer ordinances in favor of a deeper revelation of their inner meaning because HE is the perfect fulfillment of all that the Law entailed!

And we as gentiles ( non Jewish by birth) are no longer seen as “unclean” spiritually when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

Mark 7:17-23 New Living Translation Second Edition

17 Then Jesus went into a house to get away from the crowd, and his disciples asked him what he meant by the parable he had just used.18 “Don’t you understand either?” he asked. “Can’t you see that the food you put into your body cannot defile you?19 Food doesn’t go into your heart, but only passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer.” (By saying this, he declared that every kind of food is acceptable in God’s eyes.)
20 And then he added, “It is what comes from inside that defiles you.21 For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder,22 adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness.23 All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.”

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Meditation Monday Devotional -If There Be Any Thorns

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2 Samuel 24: 21-24

21 “Why have you come, my lord the king?” Araunah asked. David replied, “I have come to buy your threshing floor and to build an altar to the Lord there, so that he will stop the plague.”
22 “Take it, my lord the king,

and use it as you wish,” Araunah said to David. “Here are oxen for the burnt offering, and you can use the threshing boards and ox yokes for wood to build a fire on the altar.
23 I will give it all to you, Your Majesty, and may the Lord your God accept your sacrifice.”
24 But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on buying it, for I will not present burnt offerings to the Lord my God that have cost me nothing.” So David paid him fifty pieces of silver for the threshing floor and the oxen.Love and Sacrifice…..

Very often go hand in hand like rights and responsibilities!

You just can not enjoy one without accepting the other!

My husband bought me some multicolored roses yesterday and today as I was trimming back the leaves so that they would have more space between each flower and cutting the dead ends off so that the steams can adsorb more of the water and nutrients that they are placed in I noticed the thorns on each rose.

And GOD clearly pointed out to me the beauty of each rose is enough and the fact that there are thorns on each rose steam does not keep us from celebrating the beauty of the rose and the communication of love placed on the giving and receiving in this common exchange.

When we love we’re willing to roll up our sleeves do our part and even sacrifice if necessary. I have heard many shy away from GOD because they are afraid that at some point their relationship with HIM may call upon them to stand by HIM in good times in times of trial and persecution.

What I want most to share with all of you is that there is a beauty, joy and sense of worth connected with loving GOD ( the rose part of the relationship) that makes the trials ( thorns) not able to measure up to the gift loved shared between you and GOD.

Never run away from love because you are afraid of being stuck by thorns!

Hebrews 9:8-15

8 By these regulations the Holy Spirit revealed that the entrance to the Most Holy Place was not freely open as long as the Tabernacle and the system it represented were still in use.
9 This is an illustration pointing to the present time. For the gifts and sacrifices that the priests offer are not able to cleanse the consciences of the people who bring them.
10 For that old system deals only with food and drink and various cleansing ceremonies—physical regulations that were in effect only until a better system could be established.

Christ Is the Perfect Sacrifice

11 So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world.
12 With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.
13 Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity.
14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.
15 That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.

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Spangled Sunday Devotional -Pit or Faith Eyesight

1 John 4:1

Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.

Pit or Faith Eyesight

If you must be desperate for something have deep expectation for a move of GOD! In the human experience there will surely come a time in which our endurance and strength will tried beyond what we can bear alone!

Many of us have places in our lives at this very moment where our hope has or is threatening to fade into a dark abyss of despair. Waiting, and waiting and waiting on a break-through can try our soul until we see only ‘dry bones’. When we place our hope in GOD( not just in seeing our circumstances change) we are operating by seeing our circumstances through the eyes of Christ, Jesus as it is by HIS blood that we receive this regenerated spiritual eye sight and are able to abide in hope, faith and love ( no matter our circumstances).

GOD is grace and mercy so by abiding within HIM we can live in the lap blessings, beauty and thanksgiving!

Dismiss, rebuke and turn away from any other account/ news report as vain babbling and a voice not to be relied upon or trusted, if it does not align itself in Word and Spirit with God almighty 🙂

And as far as those circumstances are concerned it’s not over until God says that it’s over.

Ezekiel 37:1-6

1 The Lord took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones.
2 He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out.
3 Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?” “O Sovereign Lord,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to that.”
4 Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord!
5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again!
6 I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”

 

Treasured Thursday Devotional- It’s The Simple Moments That Knit Us Together As A Family

We have this moment to hold in our hand, and to touch as it slips through our fingers like sand. Yesterday’s gone and tomorrow may never come, but we have this moment today~ Gloria Gaither

Does the mention of the P 31 woman make you shake in your boots, wondering if you can ever measure up to those high standards?

Proverbs 31:27-28

New Living Translation (NLT)

27 She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.

28 Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:

Those two little verses say so much! They speak volumes in terms of all we would like to give to our families. And for those of us women that have been called into ministry we take this mandate even more to heart, trying to balance it all effectively and with some finesse.

In my case lately I have been under a very taxing trial and this has added baggage on to my already carefully sectioned task plate.

But the one point I return to over and over is the fact that GOD is in charge so it’s up to HIM to make sure it all works out for my good and the fact that I understand that I am not called to manage task ultra effectively but instead I’m asked by GOD to be mindful and intentional in everything HE allows me to touch.

The Savior once reminded me of the fact that there is nothing, no task or deadline that is more important than my attitude.

With this fact carefully kept in focus I am able to bring a standard to each task that I attend and everyday moments with my family can be made into celebration/ focal points of seeking the Divine and Sacred ( Jesus Christ) more clearly!

Application Point of  Focus: The natural enemies to sacred moments being clearly defined, experienced, perceived and celebrated is to be intensely focused on self, rushed and wallowing in the spirit of impatience.  These are the areas in which asking for God‘s direct intervention in the form of revelation will open up new avenues of growth so that the energy that is being used in the frustration cycle can be released to live more richly and fully in the moment.

Power Verse: Psalm 90:14

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all of our days.

 

Let’s Pray, shall we?

Dear God, I pray You would cleanse my heart of all that is not of You. Pour out Your Spirit afresh in my life and wash away all negative attitudes and feelings. Renew my soul so that it is steadfast and strong. Purify my heart pouring into me Your purity and holiness. Align my thoughts with Yours so that the mind of Christ is clearly manifest in me. Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me so that I can become the whole person You made me to be.

In the matchless name of Jesus Christ we pray… Amen!

Millisonant Monday Devotional – The Principal of Holy Heat

Malachi 3:2-4

New Living Translation (NLT)

2 “But who will be able to endure it when he comes? Who will be able to stand and face him when he appears? For he will be like a blazing fire that refines metal, or like a strong soap that bleaches clothes. 3 He will sit like a refiner of silver, burning away the dross. He will purify the Levites, refining them like gold and silver, so that they may once again offer acceptable sacrifices to the Lord. 4 Then once more the Lord will accept the offerings brought to him by the people of Judah and Jerusalem, as he did in the past.

Infrared sauna treatments decouples toxins from water molecules, acts as a nutrient and enhances cell regeneration. Infrared resonates at the frequency of water and increases the normal activity of water molecules in the cells.

As I was sitting in my Far Infrared Sauna reading a magazine and sweating out physical toxins GOD spoke to me regarding how HE uses heat spiritually.

I became aware of the fact that even by entering into the physical sauna I had the control as to the actual heat setting, and how long I would sit in the sauna, and how much water to bring in with me.

And last but not least….. I could leave that sauna anytime the heat got too uncomfortable for me personal preference!

But God sometimes allows Holy Heat into our lives that turn up the thermostat. As the heat climbs we become more and more uncomfortable crying out to GOD to deliver and save us. God saves, then calls us to make us able to comfort others. So, too much comfort can actually abort that which God wants to birth in us.

1 Peter 1:1-2

New Living Translation (NLT)

1 This letter is from Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ.

I am writing to God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.[a] 2 God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.

May God give you more and more grace and peace.

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