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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)

God,Man and Woman

Proverbs 30:18-19

There and three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a maiden.

There are many mysteries in life.

One being God! The one that is both knowable and unknowable.

Although I do not know him absolutely I can know him relationally to things that pertain to me and the world that I live in.

God made me and HE designed me to soar.

What does the eagle and I have in common?

The Lord provides the under current for the eagle’s wings and HE provides the very Spirit and breath to lift me above all of my problems and maps me a course around my enemies.

To make an enemy of someone it has to start in our heads and heart. I don’t know about you but I don’t spend time in prayer and reading the Word daily to come away with’ snake thinking‘!!

A snake slithers, and withers around in the dust on the ground.

Hiding in the grass and looking for an opportunity to strike!

Is this what you want?

The Spirit of GOD does not make enemies out of anyone but loves and goes about walking out his or her God given purpose in the face of obstacles and traps that the enemy tries to set-up!

Learning how to stay focused on what is most important in all situations is… glorifying GOD and believing HIS Word is what building eagle status in the Kingdom of GOD is all about!

Flying higher and higher!!!

Yes, there are times when feeling tossed about as a ship on the high seas is likely to happen while on this God given mysterious journey.

And when you dare to exclaim “Lord, GOD, Jesus
… I want to dedicate myself back to YOU for your Glory honor and praise buckle your seat-belt because life as you know it is going bye-bye!! But even in this being tossed to and fro offers a deeper opportunity to trust and depend on Jesus Christ.

Love, sweet love can bring forth strength we never knew we had.

God as it relates to HIS children will die on a cross for their sins and a man as it relates to his wife, a mother as it relates to her children can often do things she never imagined possible and

Ladies don’t get made at your man for putting you and your relationship and alone time with him a bit before the kids.

But wait… Before you stone me let me try and explain:-)

The best way to ensure security for your children emotionally and spiritually is for you and your husband to have a solid relationship meaning spending time with him minus the kids. But this only works when the relationship is deeply grounded in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Okay, lets get real.. What is eros (sexual love) with our agape (Godly and unconditional love)? Selfishness and lusting in most cases

But, then what is agape love in marriage without eros?

I won’t answer that one directly.. I’ll let you fill in that blank (wink- wink)!!!

A man built by God’s Holy Design is at his best when he is afforded the opportunity to bring forth his God given qualities to provide for and be the spiritual covering for his wife! Women don’t totally rob your man of this functioning in your lives by doing so, you would be missing and rejecting the best part of what GOD has given him to give to you:-)

Men need respect, and physical affection and women need emotional and physical security and need to know that they are love unconditionally before they blossom.

Deep down I think all men want to be a knight in shinning armor for his wife at least once or twice in the lifetime of their marriage!

Thought For Today…..

Don’t make an enemy of your problems they can be used as opportunities for deeper growth, if you submit to GOD and let HIM direct your thinking on the topic. Just know that thinking that goes counter to GOD is what the bible calls the flesh and that is enmity with GOD!

Negative perceptions can actually make one unwell.

Keep those thought straight according to God’s Word!!!!

Psalm 92:5 NKJV

“O Lord, how great are Your works! Your thoughts are very deep.”

Reasons Why My Heart Sings-23

Each evening I read my sons’ a bible story.

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

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

 

Spending time with our children is precious indeed!

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

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

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

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

GOD always has a ram in the bush:-)

Bible study teachers are specially chosen by GOD!!

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

 

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

I love you!!!

Isn’t HIS Throne beautiful, Mrs. Bolton?

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

What God Hath Promised -by Annie Johnson Flint

God hath not promised

Skies always blue,

Flower-strewn pathways

All our lives through.

God hath not promised

Sun without rain,

Joy without sorrow

Peace without pain.

But God hath promised

Strength for the day,

Rest for the labor,

Light for the way,

Grace for the trials,

Help from above,

Unfailing sympathy,

Undying Love.

 

 

 

Reasons Why My Heart Sings 15

Who is my Mother?

Who is my Father?

Who are my sisters and brothers?

I am a born again Christian.

Hallelujah!!!!

What exactly does the phase’ born again Christian’ mean?

It means that I have experienced two births.

One brought me into this world and just like you I was born of earthly parents and into a specific blood-line.

Within this earthly blood-line I have a mother, father, grand-parents, brothers, aunts, uncles, and cousins!

That was my first birthing experience.

But, my spiritual birth is what makes my heart sing!

This birth was one of my spirit coming to life through the person of Jesus Christ!

How can this be?

It was one very unlikely meeting.

A meeting of life v/s death.

Jesus, is light and life and I before I  joined with HIM was a shell ( a body with some basic wiring brain functions) and accumulated past experiences or memories.

I had a soul that had experienced its share of pleasure and troubles but my spirit was a place of voidness.

Many in the world still mistake that they have a living soul as being interchangeable with being alive spiritually.

The soul and spirit are not the same but communication can and does take place back and forth between the two.

The Spirit of God moved upon the empty/ darkness of my spirit.

And HE spoke LIFE into a place that was once dead as the dead-sea!

These are the Words God spoke directly into my spirit.

John 1:1-5 (NLT) 1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. 4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

Message Bible  John 1:1-5 The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one. Everything was created through Him; nothing not one thing!- came into being without Him. What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.

I knew not this above bible verse by heart through any effort of my own but it was the Holy Spirit that spoke these words unto me and I repeated them out-loud as I lay in my bed one evening with tears in my eyes!

These words brought a deep warmth to my renewed spirit!

I like yourself was born into an earthly family whom I love dearly.

However, Jesus Christ is my closest kinsman and my redeemer so HE is closer and dearer to me than any previous blood ties.

HE shed HIS blood to create a ‘new’ family/bloodline!

God, The Father loves all people and wishes that none should perish.

HE invites all to accept HIS very precious gift ‘Jesus Christ’ ( His only begotten Son) gracious invitation for communion and  fellowship in the dance of eternal life!

So all of you whom share this precious blood-line of Jesus Christ with me are my mother, father, sisters and brothers:-)

Let’s celebrate HIM as the gift that HE is this Holiday Season and let’s not forget that Jesus is the reason for every season!!!!!

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