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Frist Fruits Sunday… Devotional – Performance Based Love

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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

Reasons Why My Heart Sings-22

2 Corinthians 5:13-14 (NLT) 13 If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. 14 Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.

Jesus Christ ( the anointed one) I envision in my heart that Whitney is singing the bridge to the song “I’ll Always Love You” in YOUR name; and for that beautiful vision I am thankful!!

JESUS, we’ll always love YOU!

May your daughter Whitney Elizabeth Houston now bask in the fullness of Your LOVE and JOY for an eternity!

LORD, I am eternally grateful and thankful that YOU love me and that your love is oh so real and concrete (in the person of Jesus Christ) to my body, mind, soul and spirit! Oh LORD, how we all need YOU ( not extreme wealth and fame but endow me (us) with the talent to obey YOU cheerfully)! And, shower us in YOUR LOVE, GRACE, and MERCY! 

Pray with me, will you?

May my ( mind., body soul or spirit  never- ever be smitten/ enamored by or eclipsed by any idolatrous drives or mask from within or without but may the true image and likeness of Jesus Christ thrive vibrantly lighting-up both my inner and outer world!  In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen!

Beloved sister Whitney…thanks for the beautiful legacy of music you have left for our pleasure:-)

It is by HIS amazing grace (through the gifting of Jesus Christ) that any  enter into the Kingdom of Heaven!

Nothing else makes us good enough!!!!

We as your body of believers want to honor thy unfathomable  sacrifice Jesus, to redeem us!!!

Just to try to sum it all up, my heart is singing oh, Holy One at this very moment for thy complete faithfulness!!!!!

I can count on YOU and who You are even when nothing else makes sense in life because JESUS YOU are TRUTH:-)

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thought For Today -What’s Happened To The Me I Once Knew?

What’s Happened To Me I Once Knew?

The diet ( or lifestyle) that I followed in my twenties and even thirties somewhere along the lines stopped working for me.

When , where and how did that all happen?

My needs  changed/ mutated as I have matured and aged.

I have always been a flexible person.

And I define being flexible as…

Having the ability to realize and accept once something or someone in my life begins speaking the prophetic message… ‘move on’ it’s time to redefine yourself.

I confess,  that I have spent so much of my life starting over from the way I think to the way that I eat.

So much of my life has been spent in transformation that I feel as if  I have majored in ”  How To Rise From The Ashes“!

But, this frustrating and sometimes painful reality of never-ending change and renewal  has produced one decisive strength and advantage.

My faith in the one who never changes  Jesus Christ!

HE’s the secret weapon that you never what to be without in the mist of a battle Especially the most important battle of all the one fought for your very soul identity!

Jesus being my anchor is the one and only fact that qualifies me to speak and model truth!

HE has been my anchor in an ever-changing inner terrain and in an outer world that has known very little order!

When I look at my life today, the landscape looks nothing like it did 10 or even 5 years ago.

I no longer recognize myself  by my familiar thoughts, habits, friends, physical form or even by the possessions under my stewardship but I do recognize my true identity… the image and likeness of Christ!

 

What’s In a New Year? The Realization of a Fresh Start!!

What is it about moving into another calendar year that inspires such a longing to live more fully to the authenticness within each of us? Beloved, GOD does not wish that we become dull in our response to the passage of time. Perhaps in part this is one of the main reasons that each New Year is celebrated and ushered in with a list of “resolutions”.

However, in Christ we can resolve at anytime we have a fresh revelation that sweeps upons us to live more fully in HIS spirit and our authentic selves! Time is but a tool in the all powerful hands of our GOD. HE can make it standstill, go backwards or move forward. So the next time you feel “stuck” remember these facts and move into the presences of the One who can still the waters of your soul.

 This coming year is the year we all should strongly desire to come out of hiding from behind the mask many of us have been wearing for half a lifetime or longer. This simply means dealing with and challenging anything that we may have allowed to obscure our true identity. 

We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!

Do you really know who you are? Your trials and obstacles were not meant as barriers but they stand as giants to guard the “promises of GOD”. God called you into that “situation” to transcend it not allow it to determine who you are and your destiny. Our GOD is bigger than our circumstances and since HIS Spirit lives on the inside of us, then…. 

Do you know the GOD that you serve and who you are according to HIS Will and Word?

I’m not talking about what you do, or the positions you hold, what you eat or drive, where you live or even defining yourselves by your important earthly relationships. GOD created us to have a oneness with the human community but to also celebrate our unique giftedness. Nobody can do it the way GOD created you to do it! And HE created all of us for a specific and divine purpose.

 It’s time to embrace the real you, the you that  GOD created because HE has something uniquely important for you to express and walk in to bring glory to HIS name in this earth!

Here at Whole-Listic Christian Ministries GOD has given us some fresh ideas for aiding you in your journey to become Wholly HIS and allowing HIS glorious image to shine even more brightly in you this coming year.

Each of you were created as an answer to a specific issue in this earth today. Just make sure that when you begin to walk in your divine calling that you never forget the one who has empowered you to do so.

Legacies are not made by trying to make a name for ourselves but in serving the living GOD with all our minds, hearts and souls. If you don’t believe me, just search the bible and you will clearly see how a mighty GOD uses plain and God-fearing men and women and raises them to greatness for HIS name sake!! 

Please allow me to take this time to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a member of this online body dedicated to a deeper intimacy with GOD. I know as woman nothing stirs my heart like a true meaningful union with those that I love. Jesus being at the very top of that list!

Let us be one of the first to wish you a Happy New Year!

If it is GOD’s Wil and pray that it is. I plan to meet you here for yet another exciting year and yet another chance to lift up the name of our Lord and Savior…  In 2011!

Living In HIS Richest Blessings just because I am me and HE loves me!!!

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Are you wearing a mask?

I know it is that time of the year when many kids and adults alike play dress-up and wear mask. But, what happens when the “mask” is a permanent fixture? 

Many Christians are wearing mask and have yet to be authentic versions of what GOD designed HIS church or body to be.  

God never meant for HIS church or body to live out our lives wearing a mask. 

How will the world recognize that The Holy Spirit that dwells within all believers of Christ if we are concealing our true identity? 

What makes void the Word of GOD??? 

The traditions of men. 

Our LORD and MASTER Jesus Christ said, ” I am the resurrection, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except by ME.” 

Traditions that we celebrate need to be investigated to learn what is behind them. Many of them may not “strengthen” us as believers but could in fact undermine our spiritual growth and tarnish our witness of Christ. 

If we are ever as a “body” to be recognized as being the “head” and not the tail in this world we are not to be conformed by this world ( into it’s image) but transformed (into the image and likeness of Christ) by renewing our minds (our thinking). This means that even many of our traditions will ultimately need to be checked by Christ to see if they “fit” into the newness of life HE has given us. 

Halloween is a celebration originally steeped in pagan belief systems and forms of worship that go counter to many doctrines held as corner stones of our Christian faith. 

It is not possible to serve two masters faithfully and without injuring one or the other! 

I fully realize that this topic may touch nerves in some but my role in ministry is to provide truth (as Christ sees it) so that souls will have been given the proper information in order to choose between life and death. 

Below is clip from an article on the subject of Halloween that goes into some detail. 

Knock, Knock, Knock….. You open the door and there stands one or more children standing in some sort of costume, highly excited and all screaming at the top of their lungs….”TRICK or TREAT, with out knowing the meaning of what they are saying or doing.  

As an adult, do you know what Halloween represents? Most people are ignorant of what Halloween is all about and for that matter don’t care. I grew up trick or treating like most kids in America and never knew what it was all about. We even had a haunted house in the attic of the little country CHURCH I attended!!!! I was like most kids in the fact that all I wanted to do is get as much candy as I could and would do what I had to do to get it!! Including fighting with my brothers and sisters to be the first at the door….Every year I was the devil. I had the most evil, horrible, grotesque, rubber mask that was ever made. I had a pitchfork and my precious mother even sewed me a long pointed tail on my red suit. 

We all have stories to tell of Halloween, but do you really know what it is all about?? If all you know of it is what I have described above, you may want to read a little further and find out more info about what you are celebrating. Now if you are a pagan you know exactly what it is, if a Christian you are involved in something God forbids and if you just a “good ole boy or girl” you don’t care. 

Where did it begin?

It began over 2000 yrs ago with people known as the Celtics. They lived in what is today England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This was also the beginning of the Celtic new year, a time to give thanks to the sun god for the harvest. 

What is it all about?

Halloween, All saints day, All hallows eve or All souls day is a festival. It was held to honor the Samhain the so called “lord of death”. It was a Druidical belief that on the eve of this festival Samhain, lord of death, called together the wicked spirits that within the past 12 months had been condemned to inhabit the bodies of animals. 

It was a pagan belief that on one night of the year the souls of the dead return to their original homes, there to be entertained with food. If food and shelter were not provided, these evil spirits would cast spells and cause havoc toward those failing to fulfill their requests. 

Sacrifices were offered on this night to the dead spirits because it was thought they visited their earthly dwellings and former friends.

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