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Silent Praise and Sweet-Sour Worship -Wonderous Wednesday Devotional

God‘s ways don’t always make sense to us but they have great purpose.

Have you ever noticed that the power of GOD rest best in humble places?

Mark 8:36 Message Bible

Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for?”

Months ago now, the Lord spoke to me and told me my identity was about to be tested!

Serious stuff!

Do you really know who you are in Christ?

When the enemy makes every effort to twist you into a pretzel spiritually can you still pin point your location as a child of GOD?

Since I had been in the mist of an intense challenge from what is now a former friend during the time the Lord spoke those words to me I had believed that the “testing” would be around that issue and that by late to mid March all would be coming to an end.

The time frame turned out to be much longer and this testing would take on tones and avenues that I had never been exposed to before.

New levels… new devils!

As I am recovering from this trail I feel in many ways I’ve being asked to “start over” as yet a newer creation in Christ Jesus and more dependent on HIM than I was even before this testing and trial began. Then my perception was that I would  do was pick-up from where I left off!

This fantasy was also dashed:-0

My husband’s surgery story illustrates how I have felt during my recovery process very well.

First of all anesthesia taken for surgical operations can leave a person with a distorted perception of time. Patients report missing whole blocks of time and or confusing days!

Have you ever felt as if you were inside slow motion or being fast forwarded?

Well, I can’t explain it but I had some of those kind of experiences during my identity testing and recovery period.

And honestly, I am totally drug free! Some would even consider me a bit exacting regarding my health and what goes into my body. I mean the temple of The Holy Spirit.

Now on to my husband’s nasal/throat surgery story!

More than 9 years ago my husband had surgery on his nasal cavity and throat. This surgery was done because he was narcoleptic.

Narcolepsy is one of the most serious sleep disorders that affects people This particular condition can cause disruptions in a person’s life, and may even be dangerous in some situations. Although there is no cure for narcolepsy, it can be treated to help manage the symptoms that accompany this disorder.

To read more on Narcolepsy click here.

The procedure was done to prolong his life and the surgery was very successful and we remain deeply thankful to the Lord for its success!

However, this surgical process left all of my husbands taste buds  misfiring.

When he ate cake or other sweets it did not taste like anything except cardboard ( he reported) and on top of this it was very painful for him to even swallow even with pain medication!

My husband had to eat based on his bodily need and choose foods based on his memory of them and their taste!

No pleasure in his eating process would come for many, many months.

There are times in our christian walk when we might go through a trial that leaves us back at Christianity 101 with much of the former sweetness having disappeared and our spiritual taste buds not being able to perceive and discern sweetness and instead everything tasting bland or signals misfiring!

Depending on the type of trauma and persecution we’ve experienced it will point to what we need to fully recover so that we can dance and sing HIS praises once again with our full and whole heart.

Even in stopping to reflect on pain, mistreatment or our fears parts of our hearts are processing other matters and not able to be fully engaged to the max in our praise of him.

I think this is part of the reason why the enemy comes after believers with such a vengeance because if he can inflict enough pain then many times we are not able to fully walk in joy and praise GOD with wild abandon!

In those times spiritually when sweet taste like salty and hot taste sour, remember Jesus Christ knows how to read and process the deepest recesses of our hearts and a weak sounding praise in affliction may sound louder in heaven than all the running and shouting up and down the isles at church.

Praise and worship are about the shouts from the deepest recess of our souls and many are only heard in heavenly sound-waves!

Genesis 32:24-30

The Message Bible

24-25 But Jacob stayed behind by himself, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he couldn’t get the best of Jacob as they wrestled, he deliberately threw Jacob’s hip out of joint.

26 The man said, “Let me go; it’s daybreak.”

Jacob said, “I’m not letting you go ’til you bless me.”

27 The man said, “What’s your name?”

He answered, “Jacob.”

28 The man said, “But no longer. Your name is no longer Jacob. From now on it’s Israel (God-Wrestler); you’ve wrestled with God and you’ve come through.”

29 Jacob asked, “And what’s your name?”

The man said, “Why do you want to know my name?” And then, right then and there, he blessed him.

30 Jacob named the place Peniel (God’s Face) because, he said, “I saw God face-to-face and lived to tell the story!”

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

No More Regrets… Saying Farewell to Heaviness and Hello to Joy

Psalms 94:18-19 (NLT)18 I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me.  19 When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.

No More Regrets…

Saying farewell to the spirit of Heaviness and Hello to Joy!

Don’t you and I want to enter into a New Year and find a New Us?

A successful new beginning has its genesis in making over our thoughts thus resulting in an extreme spiritual make-over!  Not just in making a list things we want to become.

That’s how to keep a New Year’s resolution!

Are you making plans/ resolutions for 2012 and dragging along baggage from 2011?

I hope not but if so I sincerely want to help by passing on what I have learned.

Regret is not a romantic longing over past events is an unclean spirit that often manifest itself with a blending in varying degrees of the inner states of being below.

1. Grief
2. Despair
3. Hopelessness
4. Depression
5. Rejection

We often do not give ourselves permission and the time necessary to properly and respectfully; mourn the loss of people, relationships, situations and things that were important to us.

Regret is often an accumulation of UN-dealt with feelings of failure or negatively internalizing life lessons and other people’s emotional baggage from past relationships.

We cannot move on fully embracing life and all that God has to offer us until we evaluate, learn from, then let go of our negative emotional evaluations (judgment) of ourselves and others.

Healthy evaluation means to look at events, people, places and things through Gods eyes and through The Gospel 🙂

God’s perspective and HIS Word take us out of the realm of our negative, repetitive thoughts/ feelings and give us a fresh and life giving perspective on an old problem.

We often learn how to respond to ‘life saying no’ by watching how our parents coped with disappointments.

Were your parents generous in spirit towards themselves?

By not beating themselves over the head and rehashing things over and over again?

If so, they would clearly have able to model separating themselves and their self-worth from their experiences in life.

Or, perhaps they went to the other extreme (as many of us do) and could not accept any personal responsibility when things we wrong and fell into playing the blame game.

One of the most constructive things that can be done in letting go of regret and supporting the ‘moving on process’ is to put to rest the spirit of perfectionism. Once we are delivered from this lying spirit then inner peace can come and begin to find a roosting place in our hearts and minds.

See, we have no righteousness of our own. So once we are delivered from the Religious and Lying Spirit that brings forth striving for ‘perfection’ then we can let go and accept God’s grace and mercy and the maturing process in Christ Jesus can take root in our souls!

When we have done our best (for our current level of maturity) and given our all (done everything as if we were doing it unto the Lord) what do we have to regret?

Perfectionism cancels out the generous covering of mercy and rejects God beautiful grace.

After all, it is only a sinner that recognizes that he or she needs God’s gifts of grace and mercy.

We all have lessons to learn and our sanctification (perfecting/ maturing)  process in the Lord is ongoing on this side of life!

In Christ, we learn to apply all learned in previous times to similar experiences that come around in present and the future life-events.

Upon doing so, then, we can see how much we have grown and learned and that our trials were there for the purpose of refining us and moving us closer to  the image and likeness of Jesus Christ.

God keeps His promises.

HE takes what the enemy meant for bad and turns it into a spring-board for our greatest  good!

Power Verse :Romans 12:2 (NLT) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

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Jesus Celebrates A Wedding!

Beloved; I greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Before we get started let’s pray!

Prayer is a privilege and a power as “saints” that we should never over look or take for granted.

Beloved Heavenly Father we are so thankful for your RSVP to be married and  joined with you some day in heaven in our heavenly home. A place where there are no shadows and all light, as You are the light and the life giver.

Jesus Christ and his earthly ministry painted us a clear picture of ultimately the bridge we have longed for to You Father!

Bless us to make our daily lives a celebration of Your glory in which You turn the ordinary waters of life into wine through the celebration of Your love between a man and woman.

May we be filled-up with the “new wine” that is Your Spirit!

With this new Spirit we can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens us.

Lord let us know when our hour has arrived, so that the plans that you have for our lives can unfold before those that need to hear our unique stories of salvation. Each of our stories share the way you “saved” us and Your are capable of drawing out the souls that are still in desperate search of that something, that someone that they have yet to even name. And we know that that precious something is the work of the cross and that special someone is Jesus Christ. Thank you Father for saving the best wine for the end of the celebration so the we can enjoy it once finally joined with you in our heavenly home.

In the name above all names we pray… Jesus

Amen!

Have you visited my website this week?
If not; go on over and listen to this week’s audio devotionalJesus:Barabbas Is Freed Then come back to this blog to finish reading this week’s Bible Study.. From Water to Wine! I’ll see you back here in a few minutes:-)

Did you enjoy the devotional? I pray that you did! Now, to get started on this week’s Bible Study.

Here are the verses that we will discuss this week. Please take a few minutes to read the text so that we can all enter into this discussion with the knowledge of the bible text that is being expounded upon.

John 2:1-12 (MSG)

1 Three days later there was a wedding in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. 2 Jesus and his disciples were guests also. 3 When they started running low on wine at the wedding banquet, Jesus’ mother told him, “They’re just about out of wine.” 4 Jesus said, “Is that any of our business, Mother—yours or mine? This isn’t my time. Don’t push me.” 5 She went ahead anyway, telling the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.” 6 Six stoneware water pots were there, used by the Jews for ritual washings. Each held twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus ordered the servants, “Fill the pots with water.” And they filled them to the brim. 8 “Now fill your pitchers and take them to the host,” Jesus said, and they did. 9 When the host tasted the water that had become wine (he didn’t know what had just happened but the servants, of course, knew), he called out to the bridegroom, 10 “Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you’ve saved the best till now!” 11 This act in Cana of Galilee was the first sign Jesus gave, the first glimpse of his glory. And his disciples believed in him. 12 After this he went down to Capernaum along with his mother, brothers, and disciples, and stayed several days.
The Water to Wine miracle actually kicks off Jesus’ ministry as the first sign that HE is the “Anointed One“.
Spiritually speaking Water to Wine is symbolic of “transformation” but in this bible study session we are going to focus on the wedding! I have provided some nice links below for those that want to read more on the miracle and transformative aspects of Jesus changing water to wine at the Cana wedding.

Godly love shared between a man and a woman is trans-formative in nature!
With all of the important issues going on in that day and the fact the the Jewish people were subjugated to the Romans;  would not Jesus have spent His time best “fighting” Rome with the powers that His Heavenly Father had given Him?
Instead we find Jesus enjoying Himself at his cousins wedding! Perhaps part of what made this such a joyous occasion  was seeing ahead in time HIS wedding ceremony with the body of Christ:-)
This wedding of His cousin’s took place in Cana Galilee about 7 miles north of Nazareth (Jesus’ hometown).
Also, back in those days wedding feast could last up to 7 days!
The Lord our GOD has ordained marriage by a man a woman.
A wedding is symbolic of our eternal commitment to Jesus Christ and HE first commands us to love HIM and then HE commands us to as husband and wife love one another. So as believers in Jesus Christ when we marry we are holding foundational of the oracles  of GOD before the world! This is why our life in HIM must come before joining with another soul and this is also why it is important to allow GOD to choose our mates. Pray to GOD for guidance even before dating!! If you omit this step, then you could develop feelings for someone that GOD has not chosen as your life long partner. Emotional and physical attraction alone should not be the deciding factor.
The choice to marry has to be righteous spiritually first and foremost by allowing the Holy& Righteous One to be the head of our lives in every way. We are to trust in the Lord our GOD with all of our hearts and lean not on our own understanding by acknowledging Him in all of our ways then HE will direct our paths!
Our life’s purposes and that of our potential mate must be aligned in Christ.
It is only within a union/marriage rooted and grounded between us ( HIS Church or body) with Jesus Christ that is capable of bringing forth life Spiritually.
What good is a relationship that is dead spiritually but alive with ungodly soul ties, emotion and physical love (sex)?
We are made in the image and likeness of GOD and we are tri-fold beings.
Satisfying the true needs of our spiritual personage ( the Holy Spirit) that has come to live on the inside of us is placing things in proper order. It’s a matter of giving GOD first fruits, then HE properly orders the rest.
The earthly union between the man and the woman is to bring forth more Godly seed and we are to cultivate a place and atmosphere for each family member to be nourished and to flourish to the glory of GOD!
So keeping all these things in mind it should not surprise us to see Jesus at this wedding celebrating and blessing the union by His mere presence! When two or more people gather in the Lord’s name HE is in their mist ( and weddings were ordained by HIM before the beginning of time as we know it.
Time as we know time began at”The Fall” in the Garden of Eden. When Satan, that old serpent tricked and beguiled Eve.
So that we are crystal clear on the meaning of both wedding and marriage let’s list them below.
Wedding: the act or ceremony of marrying; marriage; nuptials.

Marriage: the  institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by ,  spiritual/religious ceremonies,legal commitments etc

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 Resolves for Maintaining Spiritual Balance in Severe Interpersonal Conflicts

Author: Jim Elliff

The pain of interpersonal conflict may seem too acute to bear. Sometimes we see these conflicts erupt suddenly among families, or between church members, or at work or school. They may involve serious allegations that tend to rip people apart in ways that seem irreparable. In these most severe ruptures of confidence, when the necrosis of sin is eating up the lives of those involved, is it possible to rise above and maintain a spiritual composure? Certainly that must be so. But we have to apply biblical principles ruthlessly, without wavering.

Here are fifteen areas of obedience that will bring personal peace, assure that God’s reputation is honored in our lives, and improve dramatically the possibility for reconciliation. I have stated them as personal resolves since they demand our action, determination and faith:
1.       I will accept whatever means God may use to make me more humble and therefore more dependent on Him, no matter how damaging to my reputation or ambition.
 
“Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10)
 
2.       I will seek to peacefully and humbly resolve the conflict face to face immediately, unless it is providentially impossible to do so.
 
“Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go: first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.” (Matthew 5:23-24)
  
3.       I will thoroughly repent of any known sin in my life, and will sincerely express my repentance to those who are concerned, even if there is blame on the other side.
“Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.” (Revelation 3:19)
4.       I will be painfully accurate in my words about myself, even if it embarrasses or condemns me (yet I will not be intentionally and unnecessarily hurtful or demeaning to others).
“Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal faithfully are His delight.” (Proverbs 12:22)
5.       I will believe and speak the truth (i.e. what God says), and not the lie (i.e. what anyone else might say, including me, if my thoughts are contrary to His word) by grounding myself daily through meditation on God’s word.
“If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32)
6.       I will make affection for God and others my great ambition no matter how deeply I have been hurt. 
“Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8) 
7.       I will value fellowship with Christ in suffering as one of the high callings of life even if accused unjustly. 
“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12) 
8.       I will treat anxiety as an insipid enemy and a sign to prompt me to pray and to build up my faith by seeking God’s perspective found in reading the Bible carefully and constantly. 
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:8) 
9.       I will gladly leave all vengeance to God, who sees and evaluates with perfection. 
“Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. . . . If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:17-21) 
10.   I will forgive from my heart any time I’m asked to forgive, not analyzing whether the offending person is worthy, has perfect motives, or is adequately repentant. 
“Then Peter came and said to Him, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.’” (Matthew 18:21-22) 
11.   I will cry out to God that His commands would be accomplished in the lives of all involved, but will fully accept His sovereign will even when they are not. 
“Your kingdom come. Your will be done.” (Matthew 6:10
12.   I will entrust myself to the one who judges rightly, just as Christ did, even when I am misunderstood. 
“Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.” (1 Peter 4:19) 
13.   I will give thanks in everything, and rejoice in the Lord always, for this is safe for me. 
“Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you.” (Philippians 3:1) 
“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (2 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
14.   I will persist in believing that God will yet use me in the future even if I have been accused wrongly or was the guilty, but now repentant, offender. 
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will be converted to You.” (Psalm 52:10-13) 
15.   I will refuse to let Satan, the archenemy of believers, gain the ultimate victory in this conflict. 
“. . . so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.” (2 Corinthians 2:11) 
“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” (Romans 16:20)
You will notice that the direction of these resolves is downward so that all who are responsive will be in the best position for God’s grace. Grace is often missing in interpersonal conflicts, but it is what we need the most. The apostle Peter said, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:5-7).
 
 
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