Posts tagged ‘Christ’

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!”

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Worship Wednesday- Me Myself and Lies Bible Study Mid Week Update

Did you know that Hebrew name Pharisee means separated ones?

What thoughts do you need to separate from?

There are many ways  to come by faulty thinking!

A painful event in your life, constantly being around negative speaking people etc.

Have you ever struggled with unproductive or negative the thoughts?

A “label” perhaps placed on you by someone else?

Or, even perhaps unkind names you have spoken to yourself in those difficult moments in life?

This “label” although it may have some factual basis should not place a “fate” on you less desirable than the label itself!

Perhaps, someone told you that you were average looking?

Or perhaps you were told that your eyes their color or shape were unattractive.

As a result of being told that … what kinds of things did you began to think or envision?

Ultimately, labels should drive us back to the Word of GOD to find and speak a “faith” statement.

Our thought closets craves God’s Word so that we can put on the mind of Christ!

 

 

 

Meditative Monday -Weekly Scripture Verse

1 John 3:2-3

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as HE is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

 

Outside influences are not all that are marketed as being able to offer.

Carefully consider what you long for because as you mature you’ll realize that true richness is found in your relationship with Jesus Christ!!

Waking Up Scripture

Do you long to be really spiritually alive?

Then don’t just read this verse this week but commit to placing it in your heart  through meditation.

What do I mean by mediation?

It’s simple…….

Just take each word in this scripture verse and ponder its meaning by placing intensive focus on each word. Example …  Beloved ( ponder this word) even look it up in a dictionary if necessary to bring a deeper and richer awareness then commit to do the same with each of the following words. I promise ( if you will do this) the process begin wake up a dormant bible verses and help you to bring life to flat words resting in your mind and hearts.

 

 

Prayer……..

Lord Jesus, our hope is in You because we are your children.  We want to become all the You have made us to be so continue to work Your perfect process of sanctification in our lives. Let the beauty, purity and hope that is You (Christ) rise up within each of us each day this week and for the rest of our lives so that no matter what the fact of our circumstances are that we will rise up to see ourselves through the eyes of the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things yet to be seen ( faith). We look to You Lord in your infinite wisdom to provide all that we need for our journey at this time.

In the name above all other names Jesus Christ we pray… Amen!!

 

 

 

Me Myself and Lies Bible Study Week 2

The labels we wear must be truthful… Learning to fill our thought closets with God‘s truth!

It’s one thing to be aware that there is a problem but quite another to know exactly what to do to turn a challenge into an opportunity for growth:-)

Some issues are more stubborn than others but from a biblical perspective the same set of principles apply.

The more of your senses that are bombarded by said challenge the more diligent one must be in applying GOD’s Word and putting on the armor.

Issues and concerns as it pertains to our though closets can get messier before things start to look better. It’s always this way when we are cleaning up!

So, this is not the time to check in with your emotions to see if things are actually getting better. Most likely, your emotions will not have cleared enough distance between them and the painful thought to be able to give a positive report.

Hurtful labels can come from different places in our lifetimes (parents, siblings, employer, former failures, childhood comments etc.) But all lies originate from the enemy (Satan).

List some of your most hurtful labels in life and place them under the correct heading.

Are your labels based on actual truth?

What does Ephesians 6:12 state? Look up this scripture and fill in the blank spaces below.

We do not wrestle against …… but we do wrestle against…….

So, just below is our formula for building a orderly Thought Closet and crushing all the lies we have formerly entertained or believed about ourselves. Place all lying thoughts captive because they are half truths that are God law breakers. The blood of Jesus has been shed and these thought hold no rights or authority over you as a believer in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6

The Message Bible

 3-6The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

That message bible put it all in perspective in plain English, we get God’s Word!

Label Makers:

We all need to have a good talk with ourselves from time to time. How do we evaluate if a conversation with ourselves is actually life building?

If you walk away feeling condemned and not feeling good enough then either you have trouble accepting correction due to something like excessive pride or the words used did not help you to build a clearer picture of  who you are in Christ and what steps you need to take next to more closer towards a clearer image and likeness of HIM.

Being place under conviction and being condemned are two different things.

DILEMMA: HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M FEELING CONVICTION OR CONDEMNATION?

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Give your feeling a Lab Test:

I John 1:6-2:2

1 John 1:6-10 (NLT) 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.

To the church he says: If you will confess (own up to) HE WILL FORGIVE!

Repentance = Genuine Remorse!

2 Corinthians 7:3 (NLT) I’m not saying this to condemn you. I said before that you are in our hearts, and we live or die together with you.

2 Corinthians 7:8-11 (NLT) 8 I am not sorry that I sent that severe letter to you, though I was sorry at first, for I know it was painful to you for a little while. 9 Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. 10 For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. 11 Just see what this godly sorrow produced in you! Such earnestness, such concern to clear yourselves, such indignation, such alarm, such longing to see me, such zeal, and such a readiness to punish wrong. You showed that you have done everything necessary to make things right.

SOMETIMES we feel the mixture of feeling in us… BUT AFTER GENUINE REP.

Any guilt, shame, dread, sorrow, = THE DEVIL

1 John 3:7-10 (NLT) 7 Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. 8 But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. 9 Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. 10 So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.

1 John 3:19-22 (NLT) 19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. 20 Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. 22 And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him.

SOMETIMES… we condemn ourselves – with doubt, fear, low esteem,

WE REFUSE TO FEEL FREE – EVEN AFTER A CLEANSING!

LISTEN: God is greater then your heart! No Matter How You Feel!

TRUST THE WORD ====> W/O FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM!

JESUS IS OUR HIGH PRIEST!

Hebrews 4:1-4 (NLT) 1 God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it. 2 For this good news—that God has prepared this rest—has been announced to us just as it was to them. But it did them no good because they didn’t share the faith of those who listened to God. 3 For only we who believe can enter his rest. As for the others, God said, “In my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest,’” even though this rest has been ready since he made the world. 4 We know it is ready because of the place in the Scriptures where it mentions the seventh day: “On the seventh day God rested from all his work.”

Hebrews 4:16-19 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things [pertaining] to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity. And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.

(quite dissecting everything to the enth degree)

II Cor 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

( You must learn to fly on instruments! – TRUST THE WORD! )

Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Your Truthful Labels ( use these as affirmations)

I am a new creation ( 2 Cor. 5:17)

I am forgiven (Eph. 1:7-8)

I am gifted with power, love and a sound mind ( 2 Tim 1:7)

I am chosen to be fruitful ( John 15:16).

I am complete (Col. 2:9-10)

I am  secure ( Rom. 8:31-39)

I am confident (Phil. 1:6)

I am free ( Rom. 6:18; 8:1)

I am capable ( Phil. 4:13)

I am spiritually alive ( Eph. 2:5)

I am God’s workmanship ( Ehp. 2:10)

I am welcome in God’s presence (Eph. 2:18; Heb. 4:14-16)

I am shelterd and protected in God ( Col.3:3

I am valuable to God (1 Cor 6:20)

I am a member of God’s family ( 1John 3:1-2; Eph. 2:19)

I am God’s treasure. (1 Peter 2:9-10)

I am dearly loved (Col. 3:12)

I am being transformed (2 Cor.3:18).

I am heir of God (Rom. 8:17)

I am a friend of God( John 15:15).

I am God’s delight (Zeph. 3:17)

I am welcomed to draw near to God ( Eph. 3:12)

Me, Myself and Lies Bible Study Introduction and Update

Me, Myself and Lies Intro Bible Study!

Do you need a thought closet makeover?

Below you will find the introduction on this  bible study. But in addition these files can also be found on Facebook page as well:-) But, I’m going to recap it all here as well and proceed into week 2 from this point forward on the blog.

 

John 10:11 (NLT) “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.

Researchers have proven the most people have an inner dialog of 150-300 words per minute. The enemy can accuse you from without all day long and it would be quite irritating but not fatal unless you go into agreement with this kind of dialog bout yourself.

What are the nature and quality of your thoughts towards yourself?

This morning in my bible study time GOD it clear to me that we can tell the quality and character of someone spirit by the quality and tone of the words spoken.

Even when God has to say something that appears to be negative and discipline us it is with the purpose of correction and restoration in mind. Never just to hurt, tear down, or to make less.

God’s purpose is always to increase us!

We all have cares and concerns in our thought closets but cares and concerns are meant to be taken to God in prayer and left at the alter. In time, HE will bring the increase!

Don’t fall into the perfection trap even as it pertains to “fixing” your thoughts because perfectionism is is only a set up for felling like a failure.

Instead learn to like yourself on the way to where God is taking you. HE is moving you from glory to glory to glory.

Perfectionism is deeply rooted in pride and none of us can claim the goodness of GOD outside HIS perfect redemptive work on the cross. In other words we are all sinners that miss the ideal mark daily. But that statement is not one of condemnation but instead one that frees us from what would be impossible for us to obtain or maintain.

Bathe in the nature and character that GOD’s very own Word daily that produces life abundantly.

Hebrews 8:13 (NLT) When God speaks of a “new” covenant, it means he has made the first one obsolete. It is now out of date and will soon disappear.

 

 

Me, Myself and Lies Bible Study Update

1 Corinthians 6:13 (NLT)

You say, “Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” (This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them.) But you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies.

The task of the immune system is to identify what is of “self” or that which naturally by God’s design belong to the body and that which is non -self foreign or harmful ( from the enemy).

The immune bodily system is not a physical structure but a set of complex interactions.

What constitutes spiritual, emotional or physical fitness?

The immune system on a physical level learns to identify and then recall specific determinants.

In this bible study Me, Myself and Lies we are learning to determine how to develop healthy mental immunity! Because our minds connect with both our physical gates and spiritual ones!

Here are what one can naturally expect to find in almost any thought closet.

Cares and Concerns ( the what if’s, concerns, worries and responsibilities).

Like and dislikes ( personal preferences)

Objectives and goals ( dreams etc.)

Secrets

Eternity ( our relationship with GOD)

And….

Treasures

So as we clean out our thought closet lets also take a look at the physical end of the spectrum.

Many elements in our physical environment today can depress immunity.

Chemicals in household cleaners
Overuse of antibiotics
Pesticides
Additives to foods we eat
Exposure to environmental pollutants; even in the air we breathe

Philippians 3:19

The Message (MSG)

17-19 Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I’ve warned you of them many times; sadly, I’m having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ‘s Cross. But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites.

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- 24

Do you remember that song from our childhood that we sang in Sunday School?

It starts off… Deep and wide, deep and wide there is a fountain flowing deep and wide!

Have you missed out on this deep and wide fountain lately?

Has life felt long, dry, hard, twisted and winding lately?

Both love and joy are rich in nutrients unto the human soul!

Without them in adequate amounts in our lives we experience dehydration and undernourishment.

A long narrow winding canal, is what a river bed appears like when naked and stripped of its vital nourishment.

Can we still even call it a river bed, if its function has been forgotten?

Can existing ( the number of breaths taken) be called living?

Maybe, the riverbed has been dried up for so long that it is now being used for other functions.

Even creative functions may have emerged during this time of dormancy but a river-bed remains dry until it can perform its original intended function!

Many of us in the body of Christ are  experiencing dry and cracking places in our lives where hardly anything grows anymore!

Even when regenerated  spiritually by our confession of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we can remain vastly untapped and walk out our lives in an  UN regenerated state in our souls, minds and bodies!

The rich flowing waters of “THE GOSPEL” or Good News is fully capable of interweaving itself through each of us holistically.

And that’s my prophetic point today that I am bubbling over with thankfulness for….

Wholeness in Christ!

You see, when we go through the daily life motions  and we don’t experience GOD’s joy  we are not walking out the fullness of HIS greatness! In this case our steps feel disintegrated and we miss out on sharing the beautiful dance with HIM through this life, while dropping bread crumbs for others to follow so they too can met the Master!

His signature those things which makes my Master so irresistible universally and the best thing since sliced bread are  HIS boundless  love and joy!

Jesus speaks love and joy in an effortless fashion through HIS unspoken body language. Have you allowed these attributes to embody you? I promise it will make witnessing super painless and ultra effective!!! You’ll see, the next time there is an opportunity to witness to others about Jesus ( show them these two pieces of polished fruit of HIS Spirit) operating in your lives and watch them salivate for more of HIM!!!

I’ve danced and dinned in the presence of the Divine today!

Have you?

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