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Reasons Why My Heart Sings-25

I am thankful this week because I was able to drive myself to bible study even in the face of deception, threats and some near sleep episodes while driving.

You see, I have been under heavy fire by the enemy since promising GOD all but I am still standing for our Lord and Savior!

Now enjoy the short devotional below!

“Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.” Romans 12:12 MSG Bible.

To all my fellow warriors and saints remember the battle is not yours but it belongs to the Lord!

Preparing oneself for ministry. Well actually I should say in God’s preparation to send us into ministry is it’s time to put cute and fluffy things aside.

I have not been hindered because I realize that the timing for all things belong to the LORD!

I have a question are you ready to live for our LORD?

Or is you motivation to help people along the way.

There is nothing innately bad about loving your fellow man but it is not the same as living for our Lord.

Here are some of the pro’s and con’s to both sides.

Most live life solely for themselves so they would benefit by having thoughts for the needs and concerns for others.

Actually we all benefit when we learn to live a life directed by the Holy Spirit.

This is not an either or place to be drafted from.

But the question is motive.

What is your and mine motive for the things we do? Are we seeking admiration? Friends or perhaps meaning in our lives?

Man needs many things, not doubt but a relationship with God is top on the list. If you seek any of these other things first then a call to ministry could be misused.

Glorifying God is not in how many times we post a blog or in how many people that like a Facebook positing.

To glorify God means to give of oneself for the purposes of having HIM (God know) that HE is your most treasured gift no matter what.

Can you remember how good God is when pressure is mounting on all sides?

I am thankful I can and I am praying the same for all of you:-)

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Reasons Why My Heart Sings-23

Each evening I read my sons’ a bible story.

Honestly, I think I enjoy them more than the kids!!!

God never fails to minister to that little girl in me as I read the stories for my sons’ spiritual growth:-)

 

Spending time with our children is precious indeed!

Living love ( Jesus Christ ) in a way to imprints itself upon the heart as treasured memories to be counted as more valuable than gold!

As a child I remember a neighbor that was a dear woman of GOD and she after working a long day at her place of employment would come home and take the time to sit down at her kitchen table and present snacks. But the icing on that cake is that this woman would take the time to share the bible-study with my best friend and I!

What impressed me so about this is the fact that this woman hardly knew me personally but opened up her heart and home to my friend and I!

I did not have the bible taught to me in my own home as a child! Which makes this act of kindness mean even more to me.

GOD always has a ram in the bush:-)

Bible study teachers are specially chosen by GOD!!

Mrs. Bolton I know that most likely you’re long gone from this side of life now and are directly in heaven worshiping GOD.

 

But that seed the God used you to plant into the soil of my life and heart is now very much bearing fruit:-)

I love you!!!

Isn’t HIS Throne beautiful, Mrs. Bolton?

Befitting such a magnificent KING of KINGS as our God!!!

 

Heavenly Father I want you to know that You fill me and fulfill me like nothing else can!

My gratitude list is going to be short but profoundly sweet this week.

I am so thankful being  that little girl sitting at Your feet just waiting for your next Word, smile, encouragement or even waiting for You to challenge me to reach for even more of You and Your wonders!

Thank you for knowing and reading my heart as if it were words dancing around on a piece of paper. You know me better than I know myself I look to You for all the answers.

I also want to share this poem that reminded me of some important things about GOD’s Promises!

 

What God Hath Promised -by Annie Johnson Flint

God hath not promised

Skies always blue,

Flower-strewn pathways

All our lives through.

God hath not promised

Sun without rain,

Joy without sorrow

Peace without pain.

But God hath promised

Strength for the day,

Rest for the labor,

Light for the way,

Grace for the trials,

Help from above,

Unfailing sympathy,

Undying Love.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I Say I Am A Christian-By: Carol S. Wimmer

When I Say I Am A Christian

When I say …”I am a Christian,”
I’m not shouting “I am saved”
I’m whispering “I was lost!”
That is why I chose this way.”

When I say…”I am a Christian,”
I don’t speak of this with pride.
I’m confessing that I stumble and need someone to be my guide.

When I say…”I am a Christian,”
I’m not trying to be strong.
I’m professing that I’m weak and pray for strength to carry on.

When I say…”I am a Christian,”
I’m not bragging of success.
I’m admitting I have failed and cannot ever pay the debt.

When I say…”I am a Christian,”
I’m not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are too visible but God believes I’m worth it.

When I say…”I am a Christian,”
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches which is why I seek His name.

When I say…”I am a Christian,”
I do not wish to judge.
I have no authority I only know I’m loved.

 

 

 

 

© 1988 Carol S. Wimmer    E-mail Address: CCCWimmer@aol.com

The Bronze Snake

Greetings!

Today I want to look at and discuss The Bronze Snake in the book of Numbers. The actual chapter and verses are

Numbers 21:4-9

Please read text below so that we are all on the same page and then we can dive into our spiritual food because GOD did not create humankind to live by bread alone but we are to consume each and every Word that comes from the mouth of GOD.

This text is taken from the New Living Translation or NLT abbreviated.

Then the people of Israel set out from Mount Hor, taking the road to the Red Sea to go around the land of Edom. But the people grew impatient with the long journey,5 and they began to speak against God and Moses. “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?” they complained. “There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this horrible manna!”6 So the Lord sent poisonous snakes among the people, and many were bitten and died.7 Then the people came to Moses and cried out, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take away the snakes.” So Moses prayed for the people.8 Then the Lord told him, “Make a replica of a poisonous snake and attach it to a pole. All who are bitten will live if they simply look at it!”9 So Moses made a snake out of bronze and attached it to a pole. Then anyone who was bitten by a snake could look at the bronze snake and be healed!

 

It was not the bronze snake image on that pole that healed the children of Israel that looked upon it.

 

 

Then, just what did this “Bronze Snake” on the staff represent?

In John 3:14-17 Jesus said…

14 And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,15  so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. 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.17

Since Jesus Christ became the personification of Sin on the cross He likened Himself to that old serpent Satan! So all that Satan’s system represented was nailed to that cross. Satan and his authority is what died that day and grace got up, love got up, mercy got up.

Now, in the dispensation of “Grace” we are blessed to experience and see the Father’s heart towards us. Unlike the children of Israel that were living under the dispensation of the “Law”.

The law is a hard task master that is designed show us that we are sinners in need of a Savior.

But at times, I have even had to be hard on my own children in order not to ultimately lose them.

I see GOD the Father this way as it pertains to the children of Israel and even in our own personal lives at times.

The reasons for GOD’s anger with the children of Israel that day was because they spoke out in evil against GOD Himself and Moses and had once again failed to follow HIS commandments that they had promised to at least try to keep. Even though we can not keep the law perfectly GOD knows if our hearts are towards and for Him. You see,  the children if Israel hearts were still captivated with Egypt and all of her strange fruit!

When we break the first commandment …

 

We have really broken all the others! Because none of the others can be properly walked out without proper reverence for GOD. It’s like a mathematical equation that is always not quite adding up but in our own personal reasoning we try to make it right. 2+2=4 not 5, 6 or 7. The people were ungrateful for GOD’S provisions for them and over and over longed a ached to return to Egypt!

Have you ever needed to be truly free from something or some relationship but found yourself drawn to this life sucking vampire much to your utter confusion and dismay?

Sometimes in life when our thinking is not in alignment with life the pleasure we seek is wrapped up in our pain.

Of course GOD understood that they were sin sick needed to be totally re-educated or renewed in their thinking because they had been slaves for a very long time. They had been in a “bowed” position to Pharaoh ( the King) of Egypt for centuries. They had come to see the Egyptians as their masters or the gods in their lives.

I have learned in my own life that whatever you bow down to will master you.

This is why we have to learn to stand up to the giants in our lives; ultimately! Because GOD does not wish that we bow down to and worship anything or anyone or any principality but HIM! As a matter of fact worshiping other GOD makes HIM down right unhappy with us.

You see I think that  the children of Israel wanted their liberties from the Egyptians and they were more than willing to allow GOD to fight for them to “spring” them from their Egyptian jailers but once they had their liberty they  wanted to be free to live on their own terms much as the Egyptians had modeled life and living to them for centuries.

But GOD... had other plans in HIS mind for HIS people that HE had longed to live among since the fall in the Garden of Eden. HE came back for them (to deliver them from Egypt) because of the promise that HE had made to Abraham.

With each of the 10 plague GOD used to deliver the children of Israel from  Egypt there were  lessons to be learned by the Israelite s of the GOD of their forefathers (Abraham, Issac and Jacob). Personally I think that they failed to fully understand this fact because GOD could have delivered them from Pharaoh with just one plague but instead GOD chose the longer way around because they had many things to learn of HIM.

So just who and what healed those snake bitten children of Israel in the desert long ago?

Jesus said ” If you love me then you will keep my commandments”. The ones that were healed were obedient to God’s instructions as HE had given them to Moses to share with the children of Israel.

Even though the children of Israel did not know the meaning or the person of Jesus Christ  nor did they understand the fullness of what the  bronze serpent lifted up on a pole meant. But they; the ones that were healed that day believed in and obeyed their GOD and received deliverance from death and a type of salvation!

The process of sanctification for each of us is a step by step process so hold on to GOD’s unchanging and all powerful and wise Hands through your wilderness experiences in this life.

Today I want to thank GOD for His bountiful love, grace and mercy towards myself and all HIS people!!

 


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