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Meditation Monday Devotional -If There Be Any Thorns

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2 Samuel 24: 21-24

21 “Why have you come, my lord the king?” Araunah asked. David replied, “I have come to buy your threshing floor and to build an altar to the Lord there, so that he will stop the plague.”
22 “Take it, my lord the king,

and use it as you wish,” Araunah said to David. “Here are oxen for the burnt offering, and you can use the threshing boards and ox yokes for wood to build a fire on the altar.
23 I will give it all to you, Your Majesty, and may the Lord your God accept your sacrifice.”
24 But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on buying it, for I will not present burnt offerings to the Lord my God that have cost me nothing.” So David paid him fifty pieces of silver for the threshing floor and the oxen.Love and Sacrifice…..

Very often go hand in hand like rights and responsibilities!

You just can not enjoy one without accepting the other!

My husband bought me some multicolored roses yesterday and today as I was trimming back the leaves so that they would have more space between each flower and cutting the dead ends off so that the steams can adsorb more of the water and nutrients that they are placed in I noticed the thorns on each rose.

And GOD clearly pointed out to me the beauty of each rose is enough and the fact that there are thorns on each rose steam does not keep us from celebrating the beauty of the rose and the communication of love placed on the giving and receiving in this common exchange.

When we love we’re willing to roll up our sleeves do our part and even sacrifice if necessary. I have heard many shy away from GOD because they are afraid that at some point their relationship with HIM may call upon them to stand by HIM in good times in times of trial and persecution.

What I want most to share with all of you is that there is a beauty, joy and sense of worth connected with loving GOD ( the rose part of the relationship) that makes the trials ( thorns) not able to measure up to the gift loved shared between you and GOD.

Never run away from love because you are afraid of being stuck by thorns!

Hebrews 9:8-15

8 By these regulations the Holy Spirit revealed that the entrance to the Most Holy Place was not freely open as long as the Tabernacle and the system it represented were still in use.
9 This is an illustration pointing to the present time. For the gifts and sacrifices that the priests offer are not able to cleanse the consciences of the people who bring them.
10 For that old system deals only with food and drink and various cleansing ceremonies—physical regulations that were in effect only until a better system could be established.

Christ Is the Perfect Sacrifice

11 So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world.
12 With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.
13 Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity.
14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.
15 That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.

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Fervid Friday Devotional “Understanding Our Purpose And Future! “

Life can seem very scary and unsure when we need answers and are at a loss for where to find them! It can lead otherwise Godly and intelligent people to to began to scratch underneath rocks!
God spoke to me yesterday and HE told me “only a heathen would seek answers about themselves and to know me by trying to read the stars! And, then God went on to remind me that HE has carefully given us his children HIS love letter in the form of the Word ( the Holy Bible) to instruct us and each of us learn to recognize HIS Holy Spirit speaking to us.

2 Kings 23:24

Josiah also got rid of the mediums and psychics, the household gods ( charms ) and throughout the land of Judah. He did this in obedience of the laws of written in the scroll that Hilkiah the priest had found in the LORD’s Temple.

Do you believe that recreational occultism is okay? Yes? No?

When you ask someone what is your sign ( meaning sun sign in astrology) you are using the occult in a recreational capacity.Ignorance is not bliss and it is precisely through cracked windows like this that the enemy can use to eventually gain a stronghold on the people of GOD.

This art of astrology is very involved and detailed and is used as a method to predict events yet to come and to gain an advantage in human to human relationships!

Don’t let the devil in your car, otherwise he’ll want to drive!

Have you noticed as I have that about every two to three blocks in any major city now there are signs advertising the services and skills of occult practices. These people offer to give you answers/ solutions to life challenges if you pay them a fee.

The money all by itself is not my main point the point is that GOD has another way and HE is against these type of practices!

The bible tells us it is impossible to please God except by faith. Meaning our faith in HIM our trust in HIM and HIS ways, and precepts.

Wanting to know the answers ahead of time shows a character that desires control and denotes rebellion against GOD.

Sure, I understand it is natural to seek answers but GOD wants us to seek HIM for wisdom and understanding ( because HE is wisdom, and real comprehension).

Lets bring this down to the human level. Do you have children? Would you want them to seek the answers for life important issues from the street? Would you want your son to seek a pimp in order to model manhood? When we go to the occult to seek answers we are seeking darkened backwards street wisdom, from our Holy GOD‘s perspective!

HE ( GOD The Father) is our creator and original parent HE created us in HIS image and likeness and HE deserves our love and respect in every-way!!!!!

2 Kings 23:12-14 New Living Translation

12 Josiah tore down the altars that the kings of Judah had built on the palace roof above the upper room of Ahaz. The king destroyed the altars that Manasseh had built in the two courtyards of the Lord’s Temple. He smashed them to bits[a] and scattered the pieces in the Kidron Valley. 13 The king also desecrated the pagan shrines east of Jerusalem, to the south of the Mount of Corruption, where King Solomon of Israel had built shrines for Ashtoreth, the detestable goddess of the Sidonians; and for Chemosh, the detestable god of the Moabites; and for Molech,[b] the vile god of the Ammonites. 14 He smashed the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah poles. Then he desecrated these places by scattering human bones over them.

Let’s pray, shall we?!?!

Lord, to the only GOD with all authority and power, help us to not be discouraged when it seems as though we don’t see fruits in our lives. We know you are the source of all fruitfulness. We as your body of believers praise you and invite You to release You life-begetting power in us. I pray You will make every barren area in our lives fruitful and productive. When we start to feel that we may never give birth to anything of significance, we will learn to lift up praises to You, because it is only through You that we are enabled to walk in our purpose displaying Your Royal signature! In the matchless name of Jesus Christ we pray… Amen!!!

Note, if you have indulged in this past time of Astrology on any level it needs to be formally renounced in prayer to GOD almighty if you are a Christian to avoid this weed from producing unholy fruit in the garden of your life. I tell you this because I love you not because I am judging you or wish to control you in anyway. Then trust GOD by not leaning to your own ways and HE will direct your path!!!!

The Spiritual Emergency Room- Worship Wednesday Devotional

James 5:14 (NLT)

Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.

There comes a time in everybody’s life in which we come face to face with the fact that “if we had to pay for our spiritual health-care plan we would not be able to afford it!”

Why?

Because none of us has anything worth enough value to afford the Gifts of God.

Which brings me to why we are in need of Spiritual Health Care!

As I reflect on this matter ( The Holy Spirit is allowing me to see) clearly that often, when we teach and preach the Word of God we speak of sin from the perspective of those willfully sinning. That is, being enticed or tempted by situations, or people of a nun productive and destructive nature. But the key here is the person’s own ungodly desires getting the best of them.

However, we also deal with the presence of sin.

There are cases in which we are minding our own business “In The Lord”, looking and seeking only to glorify HIM and we find ourselves dealing with presence of sin in someone else either by physical, emotional or spiritual modalities.

In this case, I’m speaking of believer, firmly on his or her own spiritual path with our Lord could then find ourselves the victim of  an evil plot to come against our platform in which to minister.

In these type cases, the ministering person can quickly find themselves needing a Spiritual Transfusion, by means of a mad dash to go to God’s Spiritual Emergency Room!

In the SER ( Spiritual Emergency Room) we must first confess our sins known and unknown then medication is administered directly into our spiritual bodies through intercessory prayer, because in many cases sometimes we may be too weak to pray effectively for ourselves.

God sees intercessory prayer as one of the highest forms of prayer, because it is done in the spirit of Agape love and with sacrifice.

Intercessory prayer teeming with love acts as “milk” and is fastest and most easily assimilated.

So, the milk of the Word is… God’s unearned unconditional love!

Nothing or no-one can heal without HIS ( Jesus Christ) love.

This reminds us that the “gift” of Salvation is free because it is steeped in God’s heart filled love. It is this heart that devised the plan and method by which all men, women and children would be saved!!!!!!!!!!!

Why would sophisticated spiritual heavy weights need to hear these basic doctrinal things at least quarterly?

To continue to grow we need to move deeper into the ripeness and richness of God’s fruit of love.

That means first we need to take more of HIS love into our own souls ( not necessarily more advanced doctrinal information) then we will be in a position to better do whatever God has called us to do, with whatever our skill level happens to be on the behalf of others.

If you think I’m over playing this remember people do not care how much you know until they know how much you care:-)

Luke 4:39 (NLT) Standing at her bedside, he rebuked the fever, and it left her. And she got up at once and prepared a meal for them.

Read : Discipleship Practices Through Our Relationships

http://www.whole-listic-christian-ministries.org/newsletters/newsletter/7831542/78050.htm

Me Myself and Lies Week 3 Introduction

Sure we all have certain preferences as far as physical clothing. But…. our inner issues can often clothe us as well.

What kind of clothing do your issues voice?

What would it take to have a change of perception about those issues?

What are some of the common concerns or fears people have regarding dealing with a long-standing issue?

The longer we deal with a condition the greater the impact and in many cases it affects more than one area of life.

In Mark 5:25-34 we find a woman with an issue of bleeding.

Before you read the text I want you to ask yourself these questions.

1. How might this woman’s issue of bleeding for 12 years have affected her social life?

2. How might this woman’s issue of bleeding for 12 years affected her own sense of self-worth?

3.Do you imagine that this woman felt strong physically and how might her on going lack of physical vitality effected her ability to carry on day-to-day work activities?

4. What kind of strain do you think her long-term ongoing issues of blood might have had on her marriage?

5. Last but not least when joy is low in our lives it absolutely affects our attitude and perceptions towards GOD.

No, maybe not to the extent of not loving GOD or worshiping HIM but prolonged suffering can distort our perceptions we can clearly see this displayed in the book of Job.

Now for the great news… Jesus does heal this woman…..

Mark 5:25-34 NLT

25 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding.
26 She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse.
27 She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe.
28 For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”
29 Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.
30 Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”
31 His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”
32 But he kept on looking around to see who had done it.
33 Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and told him what she had done.
34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”

 

  • Why do you think the bleeding woman was afraid to admit she was the one who had touched Jesus?

Let me take a stab at this question.

She considered ( thought and felt) herself of low status and rank due to her condition she was considered “unclean” by the social and spiritual standards of her day.

The traditions of men make void the Word of GOD!!!

When one lives in fear for so long and has been show very little kindness it is often easy to assume the worse. After all she devised this plan all on her own and had not spoken with Jesus. Perhaps she felt she was taking something from HIM that HE would not have given had she asked directly. But what we must realize is that nothing but love held Jesus to the cross and nothing but HIS love for us causes HIM to bestow us with a healing. Our faith does not have to be perfectly mature but a perfect seed. Within each seed GOD has placed the DNA for life to spring forth, under the right conditions!!

I’m sure this woman with the issue of blood had heard many wonderful things about Jesus and in her heart she had reached out to HIM spiritually before HE ever reached her geographical space physically.  Clearly within her heart GOD kept a space for her to properly receive HIS Son.

Had she been bitter instead of hopeful and then thankful she would have been in the presence of Jesus physically and missed out on a blessing that would change her life!

In what ways have you been thinking with your feelings and according the traditions of men?

Our feelings were designed by GOD to serve us and not meant for us to become their slave!

Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to give us deeper insight into how to have our feelings serve instead of enslave us.

Once you have prayed and inquired of The Holy Spirit share your insights with me right here on this blog:-)

I’d love to bask in the wisdom HE shares with you!!

Our lives by GOD’s design are to be bathed in HIS wisdom ( HIS thoughts, HIS Words and HIS perceptions) and not saturated sense of fragmentation.

 

 

 

 

Reasons Why My Heart Sings 21

From a human perspective love feels right/ means being comforted and being understood emotionally.

God’s version of love requires us to put on the Whole Armor so that we can stand!

God takes into consideration our need to be comforted, understood, to have real and lasting stability, for unconditional love and opportunities to grow!

God does not waste one single moment of our life experiences. They all can be turned into divine teaching sessions!

God does not want you and I to bow to  fear AKA ( false evidence appearing real) .

In prayer we often ask God to divert our fears or we ask HIM to direct us around our fears.

Danger and fears are not always perceived as the same, by GOD.

What God  often does instead is to walk with us through our fears in very creative ways and HE provides us with the tools to over come them and place the enemy under our feet!

Good earthly fathers have many of these same qualities of helping their children do things that they did not think they were capable of achieving!

God’s way of nurturing is also to give us a deep sense of our real identity and sense of worth.

When we know our value and worth to HIM, then we can love ourselves although we are perfectly imperfect!

 

 

My heart sings HIS praises at this moment because…

 

205. I do not have to be perfect God’s strength is made perfect in my weaknesses! Through my cracks and breaks HIS glory can be seen by others that much more:-)

206.  I am so thankful for the fact that I continue to bear fruit in HIM.

207.  I don’t even mind and am thankful for the pruning that must take place constantly in my life so that I can continue to bear fruit into my old age!

208.  I am thankful being delivered from being B.U.S.Y (being under Satan yoke). God desires instead for me to BE more in HIM  not do more in an already impossible schedule.

209.  I am thankful for the God opening the eyes of my heart to see how perfectly HE has molded and made me to fulfill the unique calling that HE has placed on my life.

210. Thank you GOD for making me totally unique and irreplaceable no-one else can ‘snatch my value”  or take my place in your heart nor walk the path and reach souls exactly as You have crafted me to show YOU to this dying world.

211. Thank you, Heavenly Father for rescuing me from no-mans-land of self-service!

212. Thank you for the special gift promised to each of us that reads the book of revelation. Each time I have read it ( twice now) I have consciously been aware of being blessed but at this time I want to really focus in and thank you for the blessings that I have given that I have yet to perceive!

213.  Thank you, beloved Father for being the sweetener in my life that otherwise would be quite sour!

214. Lord, you’re so good and I am so thankful for YOUR heart, virtues and aspects of your character in each person, or situation you have ever provided to bless me  in this life! You’re not invisible to my heart, soul and spirit! You are everywhere! Thank you for for giving me the means ( method) to see and be with YOU in this life ( and beyond).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reasons Why My Heart Sings 20

This message is for the saints not the aints!

When we love someone we pray for them, right?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thus restoring the relational equilibrium.

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

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

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

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

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

You’re too good to pacify me!

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

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

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

Your Spirit guides me not a list of rules!

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

 

 

I am thankful for…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

197.  Thank you for second chances.

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

199. And for its companion forgiveness.

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reasons Why My Heart Sings 19

When I was a child I remember each Wednesday or Friday ( depending on the year and grade level) being ‘show and tell’.

Do you remember those school day, school days, dear old golden rule days?

Now that I am a student/ disciple of Jesus Christ I’m back in school!

Feeling like a child, in that everything I visit and learn being fresh and new.

Christ has restored my capacity for pure wonder!!

Secretly I think HE kind of enjoys my awkwardness and utter dependence upon HIM ( wink)!

HE likes to use show and tell techniques in the teaching model HE employes with me.

AND.. I often feel a little like Alice In Wonderland falling down the rabbit hole ( wee) 🙂

Or even like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, watching Kansas go bye bye:-)

See, when we take trips like these, my only anchor is my relationship with The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Wanna make HIM smile, trust Him! As it really speaks deeply to HIS God-hood!

If you want to walk in The Spirit with GOD, then your going to have to turn in your perceptions for HIS.

You’re game I know and it all sounds simple enough, right?

But, seeing and looking at life through someone else eyes means letting go of your own sense of  reality…what is concrete, unchangeable and immutable.

Not so easy, right?

But, your life will be changed forever in the most profound easy and you’ll be ruined for walking through this life without the sacred peeking out from behind every experience:-)

This week beloved Father I want to make mention of  some of the things I am especially thankful for.

179. I am thankful for the fact that YOU are the most awesome teacher ( knowing what it means to administer a lesson holistically).

180.  After said lesson, thanks for dropping me back off  safely in Kansas!

181. Thank you for helping me to understand the deeper reasons behind the three-letter word… why

182. Thank you for revealing your self as the reason behind all other reasons.

183. Thank you for showing me that the only cure for idolatry is a life spent in constant worship of YOU!

184.  Thank you for controlling my thoughts so that they do not control me.

185. Thank you for the richness and depth of experiences that you give me to further show more aspects of Your glory:-)

186. Thank you for being The only one true GOD and the head of my life.

187.  Thank you for being my best friend ( sorry it took me so long to see this fact)!

188. Thank you for meeting me at the Cross and teaching me that YOU are bigger than all my problems and directing my thoughts back to YOU.

189. I crown you as King and ruler of my heart ( thank YOU Jesus for residing there)!

 

 

 

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