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Reasons Why My Heart Sings 27 -Prayer Is The Best Armor

Psalm 12:2

New Living Translation (NLT)

Neighbors lie to each other,
speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts.

Has God ever met blessed you and then the greatest trail in your life as a believer came down the pike?

Back in February 2012 this is exactly what happened to me!!!!

In 2011 many of you signed up to receive my blog post as I had began a weekly log of posting reasons I am thankful and these post were dedicated to GOD!

At that point although I had my challenges I was moving along in a very comfortable and familiar place with GOD.

Not that I ever thought I could predict HIM and the way HE would choose to further my dependence upon HIM and HIM alone; but I must admit what HE next permitted to take place in my life was not something that I could have ever imagined or braced myself for.

I stopped posting under “Reasons Why My Heart Sings” for more than 8 months because I was coming out of trauma and although deeply thankful my heart was not singing ( it was crying).

This trial that Our Lord permitted shook me deeply and I briefly wondered about my very sanity as Satan challenged my perception of the limits of  my salvation! But then God helped me to began to experience HIS deep sense of grace and mercy thus I feel in the deep sea of HIS love all over again, but HIS love felt even vaster and HIS life giving water sweeter and wetter to my dehydrated  soul because it was HIM and HIM alone that breathed life back into me and I know it.

All GOD said to me just before the testing began is that my identity was about to be challenged!!!

I feel that the word challenged was a bit of an understatement but in the end it is not what I feel that matters as much as HIS truth.

Which brings me to this weeks topic…… Prayer!

I have done more praying since April of 2012 than I have in my whole life as a born again Christian.

God has has taught me more about the process of prayer this year than I could imagine.

First I want to say that prayer to GOD should be based in love and on that which is true, good and of lovely report:-)

Prayer at first glance seems such an easy and uncomplicated means of communication. And at it’s core it is simple and beautiful in its original design!

The power of prayer is truly a gift from GOD, but like all gifts we must be deeply aware of the instrument we have at our disposal.

When we pray are we responsible with this power that we are wielding?

Are we yielding our hearts to GOD and allowing HIM to direct and guide our prayers?

There are many type of prayers that we can pray.

Not that GOD is unintelligent and knows not what to do with our prayers just the way we pray them but for the sake of spiritual growth please take a stroll down this lane with me.

When in conversation with another human being  do we not let that person know when we just need someone to talk in order to bounce ideas off or to vent some of our frustrations?

Have you ever vented your frustrations and formed them into prayers to GOD about other people?

It is okay to vent to GOD but it is not okay to pray against other people.

Prayer is a sacred form of communication between us and a Holy GOD!

We are made in HIS image and likeness but one major difference between us and HIM is  that HE has never had a relationship with sin and you and I are recovering from ( being sanctified) step by step on a daily basis from the effects sin has had on us. This means that our perceptions can misfires on occasions about people, places and situations.

We should always take the high road, not just on how we speak to people face to face but even in prayer.

When tough words of truth need to be spoken to another they should be done so under the direction of the Holy Spirit and submerged in HIS love!

Here are some other points that are helpful in all communication; even in prayer our conversation should glorify GOD first and foremost, then we should esteem others above ourselves, thirdly lets ask GOD to forgive us of our sins ( because even when we miss them they are present) fourthly we need to ask GOD to give us HIS supernatural ability to love others so that we can forgive them when they hurt us (either on purpose or by mistake). We all have weaknesses and lets remember to ask GOD to keep those from being exploited by those that do not love HIM or us. Lets be big boys and girls and take our medicine from GOD when necessary ( meaning being rebuked ) as a point of great honor because only true sons and daughters are disciplined by their loving Heavenly Father! Lastly, learning to pray that the Will of The Father be done in our lives keeps us from yielding unto the spirit of witchcraft and trying to  use prayer as a means of forcing our will upon others!

Lord, I am thankful that you have created a hotline from earth to Heaven in which your people can speak with you. Where we would be without this method of communication with you I do not wish to know. Lord, you are not interested in hearing us slander each other verbally and disguising it as communication with you! Deliver us from using prayer as a means of evil speaking!!!! In Jesus name we pray AMEN.

Treasured Thursday Devotional- It’s The Simple Moments That Knit Us Together As A Family

We have this moment to hold in our hand, and to touch as it slips through our fingers like sand. Yesterday’s gone and tomorrow may never come, but we have this moment today~ Gloria Gaither

Does the mention of the P 31 woman make you shake in your boots, wondering if you can ever measure up to those high standards?

Proverbs 31:27-28

New Living Translation (NLT)

27 She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.

28 Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:

Those two little verses say so much! They speak volumes in terms of all we would like to give to our families. And for those of us women that have been called into ministry we take this mandate even more to heart, trying to balance it all effectively and with some finesse.

In my case lately I have been under a very taxing trial and this has added baggage on to my already carefully sectioned task plate.

But the one point I return to over and over is the fact that GOD is in charge so it’s up to HIM to make sure it all works out for my good and the fact that I understand that I am not called to manage task ultra effectively but instead I’m asked by GOD to be mindful and intentional in everything HE allows me to touch.

The Savior once reminded me of the fact that there is nothing, no task or deadline that is more important than my attitude.

With this fact carefully kept in focus I am able to bring a standard to each task that I attend and everyday moments with my family can be made into celebration/ focal points of seeking the Divine and Sacred ( Jesus Christ) more clearly!

Application Point of  Focus: The natural enemies to sacred moments being clearly defined, experienced, perceived and celebrated is to be intensely focused on self, rushed and wallowing in the spirit of impatience.  These are the areas in which asking for God‘s direct intervention in the form of revelation will open up new avenues of growth so that the energy that is being used in the frustration cycle can be released to live more richly and fully in the moment.

Power Verse: Psalm 90:14

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all of our days.

 

Let’s Pray, shall we?

Dear God, I pray You would cleanse my heart of all that is not of You. Pour out Your Spirit afresh in my life and wash away all negative attitudes and feelings. Renew my soul so that it is steadfast and strong. Purify my heart pouring into me Your purity and holiness. Align my thoughts with Yours so that the mind of Christ is clearly manifest in me. Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me so that I can become the whole person You made me to be.

In the matchless name of Jesus Christ we pray… Amen!

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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