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Reasons Why My Heart Sings

Never LetHE leads and I follow, that’s the way it must be with GOD!

I feel like I did not accomplish my goal and the enemy got in the way of my heat felt prayer request to GOD.

I asked GOD for greater intimacy with HIM and instead received the most intense and painful trial of my life!!

But closeness to GOD is not one-sided filled with feelings of sweet surrender. There is another side of the cross associated with pain and suffering.

It seems GOD has chosen to share this side of divine soul with me instead of all the warm toasty feelings I had cultivated in my head.

GOD is so much smarter than I and HE sweetly set me up so that both our needs could be met!!!

You see, I long and ache for GOD’s voice period. But instead of speaking to me directly as I thought HE would instead HE speaks to my heart and urges me to HIS word 🙂

I know you have heard it said that absences makes the heart grow fonder, no where has this been more true in my desire to hear HIS voice.

Did you think that intense desire and longing was just for human to human relationships? Have you given real thought to what intimacy with GOD might be like? What does it mean to HIM and what does that translate into for you and I?

Nearness and a more instant access is what we often envision but I think GOD envisions a situation in which we must search for seek and run hard after HIM. This means that HE will place some things directly within our grasp as it pertains to HIM and other things HE will make us work hard for.

In everyday life do we not work consistently and with great effort on our dearest goals? Can you think back on something that  you really desired and were willing to roll up your sleeves for and commit to for the long haul?

GOD longs for us to desire HIM more than anything else in the world!

My heart sings this week because GOD has accomplished that work  in me because I do desire HIM more than anything else in the world!

 

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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!!!!

Fruit -Tasting and Matching Signatures -Fervid Friday Devotional

I love fruit each has its very own signature, aroma and taste 🙂

Fruit by its very nature is cleansing from a natural perspective and loaded with natural sweetness and to boot bursting with vitamins and minerals!

John 6-10 Message Bible

Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

Will you join me for a fruit tasting of the truth today?

Jesus Christ once said “I am the way the truth and the life and NO man can come to The Father except by me!”

These are powerful words spoken with great authority and no grey area!

The Perfect Man….

Was a high ideal in Greek culture. Written with Greeks in mind, Luke’s Gospel shows how Jesus Christ was the perfect man given as the perfect sacrifice for the sin of all people. Christ is the ideal human-the perfect model for us to follow. We must stand in awe of his character, which met humanity’s highest ideals as well as God‘s demand for an atonement for sin. He is, at once and the same time, our model and our Savior.- Life Application Study Bible

Back in the early 90’s my existence was at the apex of my living life on my own terms and I remember God sending a man into my sphere of influence that shared a bit of truth with me.

He simply stated to me either Jesus Christ is exactly who HE says the HE is “The only begotten Son of the Living GOD” or HE is not telling the truth at all! There is no middle ground, Jesus plays for keeps and HIS mission deals with life and death.

Perhaps, this is why Jesus does not like our lukewarm decorations of love and devotion, because there is nothing lukewarm about HIS going to the Cross for our sins.

When a person is hot or cold (either totally believing in him or not at all) Jesus can make dynamic things happen within both those context.

Roughly in the year 1999 or 2000 before I rededicated my life to Jesus Christ I remember seeing a portion of a movie on him and I had to admit even in my back slidden state at that very moment in time that Jesus Christ was the perfect embodiment of love and grace.

Even none Christians have a difficult time finding fault with our Savior’s character! That speaks volumes!!!

Jesus taught and still teaches the world much.

So much of the modern day “self improvement” movement are really biblical principles taken out of scripture format and used to serve more general life purposes.

Even the new age movement uses some of the teachings of Jesus Christ, such as Emmet Fox book “Sermon on The Mount” and there are many others!

We as believers know HIM as LORD and Savior and not just a master teacher with much wisdom.

In a world of lying spirits it seems when looking for the truth go to one whose character stands the test of time across multi cultural and religious doctrines.

The bible clearly tells us there will come an age in which people will not wish to endure sound doctrine.

Our final place of rest cannot be found in self-improvement pep talks and enlightenment affirmations/ statements and spiritual hype, propaganda and what is convenient and easy for us to follow.

Truth has a definite signature and if we are honest with ourselves we can all admit to character flaws but I know a man who had none… Jesus Christ and I have chosen to become HIS disciple and learn from HIS Holy Spirit and follow HIM now into eternity!

What about you?

Romans 14-16 Message Bible

Personally, I’ve been completely satisfied with who you are and what you are doing. You seem to me to be well-motivated and well-instructed, quite capable of guiding and advising one another. So, my dear friends, don’t take my rather bold and blunt language as criticism. It’s not criticism. I’m simply underlining how very much I need your help in carrying out this highly focused assignment God gave me, this priestly and gospel work of serving the spiritual needs of the non-Jewish outsiders so they can be presented as an acceptable offering to God, made whole and holy by God’s Holy Spirit.

Let’s Pray… Shall we?

Father God in heaven… In the name of your only begotten Son Jesus Christ, I want a relationship with the truth so I submit all my soul, my body and my desires, and my emotions to You and Your Spirit.  I denounce any conscious or subconscious attachments from in my past: past involvements, past emotional attachments and past premarital sexual relationships, I denounce the emotional, physical and spiritual ties formed by these involvements. I confess any ungodly spirit, soul and body ties as sin. I thank you for forgiving me an cleansing me of all unrighteousness, right now.

Release me from all soulish ties in the mighty name of Jesus Christ we pray.. Amen!
Meditative Scripture…
Romans 14-16 Message Bible

Personally, I’ve been completely satisfied with who you are and what you are doing. You seem to me to be well-motivated and well-instructed, quite capable of guiding and advising one another. So, my dear friends, don’t take my rather bold and blunt language as criticism. It’s not criticism. I’m simply underlining how very much I need your help in carrying out this highly focused assignment God gave me, this priestly and gospel work of serving the spiritual needs of the non-Jewish outsiders so they can be presented as an acceptable offering to God, made whole and holy by God’s Holy Spirit.

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Christ Glorified In The Mist of Trials

Yesterday I sent out a duplicate from last weeks post. Please forgive that little oversight and accept this post as it’s replacement!

 

Galatians 5:22 (NLT) But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

I have a heritage in our Lord Jesus Christ that is undefiled, immaculate and incorruptible and so do you if you believe upon Christ Jesus as your Lord and Savior!

Christ is rich treasure-house of all that is necessary for the abundant life mind, body and spirit.

We often want to wait on our outward circumstances to change before we taste of HIS richness but the truth is the sweetness of Christ can be sampled no matter what state you’re in.

His Spirit liberates and sets free and there is not circumstance that can block this flow from heaven but we must choose to connect to it.

Are you one that loves your freedom?

If so, I understand because so do I.

But there are times in our lives when our ability to come and go just as we might please may be a bit dampened but that does not mean we have lost our liberty in Christ Jesus.

It is always nice to have a measure of both freedom and liberty but sometimes we are called upon in our lives to glorify Jesus even when we are in the flames of affliction.

Job demonstrates a penetrating example of that.

1-3 Job was a man who lived in Uz. He was honest inside and out, a man of his word, who was totally devoted to God and hated evil with a passion. He had seven sons and three daughters. He was also very wealthy—seven thousand head of sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred teams of oxen, five hundred donkeys, and a huge staff of servants—the most influential man in all the East!

Even though Job has his moments of loosing his personal poise he never looses his the Gospel and he is able to praise and up lift GOD in a very unique way in while in the pangs of deep affliction.

Confusion about the how and why of GOD and HIS divine movement in our lives is not the same as turning our hearts away from GOD and the enemy cannot no matter how much he boast take anything away from you that God has given but we can walk away from and give up what GOD has given us to birth by walking away from it and ceasing to nurture and feed it the proper food.

Our identity is Jesus Christ is not rooted within our ability to not sin but instead it flows from the one whom became the appropriation of our sins.

Life changing water into wine, Christ ( The Anointed One) has the ability to transform our broken sin sick  state into one of wholeness and righteousness.

I given up on identifying with Jennifer because this represents the flesh and all the needed Jesus Christ to become her Lord and Savior.

The more I identify with Jennifer ( especially during times of trial )  the less liberty I have and the more I long for or seek fleshy freedom ( the ability to please myself) through my daily activities.

I would rather the Holy Spirit be please than I because then I know that what I have spent my time and energy on will reap dividends beyond the cares of this world.

I understand that all of this is a process for each believer and I am not stating that you are anyone else is sinning if this is not your current residence in your walk with Jesus Christ.

But it is only through the Holy Spirit can we walk in “The Fruits of The Spirit“.

We can begin to awaken these fruits even within a more personal context but they will not fully blossom until they are fully given over unto your new identity in Christ Jesus.

Until then we experience being in and out of    love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness within and with our fellow man.

GOD is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness but for HIM to be those things HE has to take a strong stance against that which is not these things.

That is why is the Cross is necessary to restore people to GOD so that we are able to glorify the sacred ( Jesus Christ ) and celebrate HIM in our daily lives once again.

Proverbs 15:6

The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings them trouble.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reasons Why My Heart Sings 20

This message is for the saints not the aints!

When we love someone we pray for them, right?

I want to emphasize praying for and not against another child of God.

Being able to go before the Throne of GOD and offer prayers is one of the greatest gifts we’ve been offered as children in proper standing with The Most High God!

And this high privilege should never be abused to try to force your will over another or the Will of GOD.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving enter into HIS  courts with praise!

Saints when we are angry with raw and unbridled emotion it is not the time to offer up prayers about the person we are angry with attempting to make ourselves feel more Godly ( acting as if we praying for our enemies).

In cases like this we wind up actually praying horribly against the person because our anger is in the drivers seat/ blinding us.

It would be better to ask GOD to help us with our anger and to understand what is fueling or motivating it.

Hypocrite first get the beam out of your own eye, then you can see your brother/sister more clearly!

No matter what we feel the other person has done to us, remember we are all sinners saved by the grace of GOD almighty!

So it is not up to us to try to speak our words over another life.

None of the other gifts given by the Holy Spirit or even the fruits of the Spirit work properly without Agape love.

For instance, acting with a lack of patience towards another child of God  can reveal a preoccupation with your needs over theirs but if the fruit of love is in operation in our lives then the fruit of God’s perfect love will gently correct your impatience.

Thus restoring the relational equilibrium.

Anger is a tricky emotion in that very often other issues, emotions, feelings and motivations hide behind it.

Pride ( thinking too highly of self) a need to be right commonly known as self righteousness, unresolved issues of self-worth that lend themselves strongly towards the expression of Jealousy, emotional issues those concerning abuse that involved shame and self loathing all can mask themselves behind a smoke screen of anger!

Can’t we all clearly see why our time spent before the throne would be best used in asking GOD to help us to unmask the real demons and culprits  behind why we are miserable and angry!

Lord, this week has been a hard one as far as lessons go. You have turned me inside-out and upside down/ showing me clearly what the enemy means to destroy me that You are bent on using every morsel for my good, benefit and ultimate growth.

I need to let you know that I know that I am your child and I am thankful and that I love you always especially so when I don’t get  what I want the way that I desire it.  I learn more about YOU and who I really am  in my trials than by serving a yes GOD.

You’re too good to pacify me!

I  accept that my full understanding of how You work is not necessary in order to offer you my full submission. I give that to you willingly because YOU are my GOD Jesus!!

Submission is not always filled with emotions of sublime pleasure sometimes it can be down right unsettling  to my emotions but YOU allow this to reinforce that I am not to  bow  to my emotions but to bow to and worship YOU only!

And there are even times that I am asked by YOU to let go of my place of being right for another child of God’s in need, but in cases as such I solely rely upon YOU for direction.

Your Spirit guides me not a list of rules!

I choose to stand with YOU Lord because YOU are the Truth and because I love you!

 

 

I am thankful for…

190. That you Lord do not abandon me in the thick of the fight!

191.  Thank you for teaching me that my faith in you is not blind or radical but that YOU Lord are all that I have to use in the pursuit of  seeing what is true, right and good.

192. Thank you for teaching me that carnal weapons never solve the problem.

193. Thank you for unmasking the real enemies and isolating the fight to the spiritual arena ( we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against powers, principalities, rulers of the darkness and wickedness in high place).

194.  Thank you for showing me that pride always kills but humility heals.

195. Thank you for the wisdom and love that you have placed  my elder brother in Christ Rev. William Boddie

196.  Thank you for preparing my heart and never allowing one in right standing with you to enter into any situation blindly.

197.  Thank you for second chances.

198. Thank you for the perfect work of  Agape Love.

199. And for its companion forgiveness.

200. Thank you for teaching me what prayer is and what it should never be used for.

201. Thank you for teaching me that there are no short-cuts in working with Your principles and precepts that each of us must pick up our cross and follow you daily.

202. Thank you Lord for emptying my heart of all the stuff that wants to crowd  You out and come between us.

203.  I am thankful for your seal of approval Lord that speaks life into my being!

204. Thank you for the reality that I am free in you Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reasons Why My Heart Sings 15

Who is my Mother?

Who is my Father?

Who are my sisters and brothers?

I am a born again Christian.

Hallelujah!!!!

What exactly does the phase’ born again Christian’ mean?

It means that I have experienced two births.

One brought me into this world and just like you I was born of earthly parents and into a specific blood-line.

Within this earthly blood-line I have a mother, father, grand-parents, brothers, aunts, uncles, and cousins!

That was my first birthing experience.

But, my spiritual birth is what makes my heart sing!

This birth was one of my spirit coming to life through the person of Jesus Christ!

How can this be?

It was one very unlikely meeting.

A meeting of life v/s death.

Jesus, is light and life and I before I  joined with HIM was a shell ( a body with some basic wiring brain functions) and accumulated past experiences or memories.

I had a soul that had experienced its share of pleasure and troubles but my spirit was a place of voidness.

Many in the world still mistake that they have a living soul as being interchangeable with being alive spiritually.

The soul and spirit are not the same but communication can and does take place back and forth between the two.

The Spirit of God moved upon the empty/ darkness of my spirit.

And HE spoke LIFE into a place that was once dead as the dead-sea!

These are the Words God spoke directly into my spirit.

John 1:1-5 (NLT) 1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. 4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

Message Bible  John 1:1-5 The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one. Everything was created through Him; nothing not one thing!- came into being without Him. What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.

I knew not this above bible verse by heart through any effort of my own but it was the Holy Spirit that spoke these words unto me and I repeated them out-loud as I lay in my bed one evening with tears in my eyes!

These words brought a deep warmth to my renewed spirit!

I like yourself was born into an earthly family whom I love dearly.

However, Jesus Christ is my closest kinsman and my redeemer so HE is closer and dearer to me than any previous blood ties.

HE shed HIS blood to create a ‘new’ family/bloodline!

God, The Father loves all people and wishes that none should perish.

HE invites all to accept HIS very precious gift ‘Jesus Christ’ ( His only begotten Son) gracious invitation for communion and  fellowship in the dance of eternal life!

So all of you whom share this precious blood-line of Jesus Christ with me are my mother, father, sisters and brothers:-)

Let’s celebrate HIM as the gift that HE is this Holiday Season and let’s not forget that Jesus is the reason for every season!!!!!

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