Wednesday, October 26, 2016

I John 2:12-14 - "Live It Well"

John blesses my heart in these words from I John 2. They are a reminder God is constant in life. He can be our stability when we receive it. He can be our assurance when we allow it. He was there in the beginning and will be there in the end. He forgives our sins and loves on us in a way no one on this earth can do. He listens to us no matter what. He is never too tired or distracted to hear our voice. John was not talking about fathers in the world sense but was meaning ones who have wisdom through life's experiences. He is not speaking of just men but of all. The 'children' spoken of here are not necessarily young in age but young in their spiritual age. Both of these groups have Jesus yet they still struggle with the enemy in their lives. The key is we do not have to struggle. John uses the words 'have overcome' which means the victory has already been won! Jesus' death and resurrection allowed for that victory. We no longer have to sin because He gives us discernment in the choices we make. We have to go beyond salvation and into a consecrated life for Him. Then the victory of the cross will not be for naught. All believers need reminded of these words. We all need reminded that we are where we are today because of Jesus. We also can have confidence in our relationship with Him because He is constant. His faithfulness enables us to live life as He so desires of us. The only way we can love with His love is to be full of Him. Once we are full of Him we can accomplish all He desires of us. This morning I awoke to "Live It Well" and now realize why after reading these verses.

Life is short; I wanna live it well...One life, one story to tell (one love)
Dear Jesus,
Thank You for these reminders this morning. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for caring for me so greatly. Lord, I pray You will continue to draw me deeper in my relationship with You. I pray great and mighty things will occur due to my faithfulness to You. Father, I pray for miracles to be seen. I pray for people to be healed not only in their physical bodies but most of all in their spiritual bodies. Fill me to overflowing with more of You. Direct my words, thoughts, actions and attitude today to be mirrored of Yours. Father, as I live out my life I want to be known as being 'constant' in my walk with You. Would You please enable me to fulfill that? Thank You Jesus for being My Constant. Amen.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I John 2 - "One Thing Remains"

I woke up this morning singing "Your love never fails, it never gives up..It never runs out on me..." I was crushed in thinking of people who do not know the Lord's love. There are so many people in this world who may have heard of Him but yet are not in relationship with Him. They are hurting so greatly but yet many do not even realize there is an answer for them. I love the beginning words of this song...

Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant through the trial and the change
One thing... Remains, yes
One thing Remains.

Sometimes people stray away from the Lord because they blame Him for their circumstances. God gives us free choice. That free choice can make us stray away from Him. The enemy is on the prowl looking for open doors into our lives to pull us away from God. We must be on guard at all time to stay strong in our spirit to not allow the enemy in. As I read I John 2 this morning I was reminded the day is coming where the Lord will return and we must be ready. He must remain in us at all times. His love must flow from us at all time. If we expect to live for eternity with Him, we must be willing to live for Him while on this earth. Verses fifteen through seventeen reads:

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

I like the way Matthew Henry explains these verses: "The things of the world may be desired and possessed for the uses and purposes which God intended, and they are to be used by his grace, and to his glory; but believers must not seek or value them for those purposes to which sin abuses them. The world draws the heart from God; and the more the love of the world prevails, the more the love of God decays." In other words, we cannot be in complete submission to God and love with His love if we allow the world to take over our thoughts and actions. His love will remain forever yet this world we live in will not. Henry continues, "Unless this victory over the world is begun in the heart, a man has no root in himself, but will fall away, or at most remain an unfruitful professor. Yet these vanities are so alluring to the corruption in our hearts, that without constant watching and prayer, we cannot escape the world, or obtain victory over the god and prince of it." We must be obedient to the Lord and stay living in His presence in order to live with Him for eternity. 

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for the reminders You have given me this morning. Thank You for Your love, mercy and grace. Lord, if there is anything in my life that is not of You I pray You will wipe it out in order for be to be who You desire me to be. I pray You will enable me to be strong in my faith and bold with my words. I pray You will fill me to overflowing with You so people will see and hear You through me. Father, I am not sure where You will lead me today but I do know I desire to be Your obedient servant in all that I do. Thank You for giving me that desire. Lord, would You please put someone in my path today that I can encourage through Your love? Thank You for my friend who You told me to pray for this morning. I am not happy she was having a tough morning but I am happy You used me to encourage her. Thank You for my friend You woke me up in the middle of the night to pray for. I pray her pain was lessened through my obedience. Lord, sometimes You allow me to know answers to my prayers and sometimes You do not. But either way it does not matter. I am blessed to be Your praying servant. Thank You for being My Constant. Amen.

Monday, October 24, 2016

I John 2:1-2 - "Jesus Messiah"

As I was reading in I John this morning the Lord stopped me right at the beginning to ponder the first two verses. These verses show the love John had for those he wrote to. That love is the love of Christ. He is affectionate in his writing when he wrote, "My dear children..." That is exactly what the Lord wants to lavish on us...His affection. He also is wanting us to grasp what he has grasped about the Lord...He will forgive us of our sins IF we sin. I believe John was wanting us to realize we do not have to sin. This is a hard concept for most people to understand. But we truly do not have to blatantly sin. We may involuntarily sin by doing something such as hurting someone with our words and not realizing it. But we do not have to be intentional in sinning. The only way for this to be a part of one's life is they must be sanctified through and through. In other words, one must take on the mind of Christ and live in His presence, doing His will in order to not sin. Yesterday in children's Sunday school we talked about God living in our heart and what it meant. One made the statement, "I asked Jesus in my heart but how do I know He really lives there?" What a pleasure to allow the Holy Spirit to speak through me in answering that question. As I reflect back on it, I'm not even completely sure what I said. I am confident it wasn't my words but instead they were from the Holy Spirit. I love the part in these verses that says we have an Advocate that will plead our case to our Heavenly Father. It is really cool to think about Jesus being our Advocate on the cross when He died for our sins and now He is our Advocate after His resurrection because He died for our sins. 

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for yesterday and all of the ways You encouraged me! Thank You for bringing old friends to worship with us. Thank You for the love shown to us by our new friends. Thank You for the time of fellowship we had around the fire last night with neighbors. It was a full day and by the time I went to bed I was so ready but it was a blessed day. Lord, today is a new day. I am not sure where You will direct me or who will be in my path but I do know You are in control of this day. Father, fill me to overflowing so You are my words and actions. Most of all Father I pray You will be my attitude. Father, I am so grateful for the way You love on me and encourage me. I also am grateful and want to thank You for being My Advocate. Amen.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Romans 6:18 - "Break Every Chain"

Where did yesterday go?!?!?! I realized coming home after 8PM I still needed to make some cookies or something for the ones coming to work this morning at the house. I also still needed to make a pot of soup. I was tired and my legs were hurting from shopping and I just wanted to go to bed. I also wanted to listen to Brother Dan on the livestream before going to sleep. It also hit me that I did not do my school work. I started to scold myself and then the Lord stopped me. Very clearly He told me He had blessed me with the day with my hubby. Of course, I told Him I was thankful for the day and appreciated Him blessing me with it. I then asked for a bit of energy to get the things accomplished that I needed to get done. He enabled me to make muffins but the soup and school work waited until today. As I listened to Brother Dan I was reminded of how my life use to be consumed with 'to do' lists. I sometimes had lists for my lists. I was shackled down by them. I felt I was a failure each and every day when everything was not accomplished on them. A few years ago, after hearing Brother Dan speak on living in His presence, I realized my 'to do' lists were not a part of His presence. I was not capable of doing His will to the fullest when I was tied to those lists. From that point forward the lists were only used for special occasions where I need to make sure I have everything for a church event or dinner. I received such freedom when I no longer was enslaved to the 'to do' list. I also realized so many more blessings by being ready to do His will at any time. Last night as I listened to Brother Dan I was reminded of a lot of things but the most important one was there is freedom in dying to things in our life that are not from Him. Woo hoo!

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for the reminders Brother Dan came last night. Thank You for the way You bless me through him. Thank You for the freedom You give through to me as I allow You to work in and through me. Thank You for our friends who worked hard at our home today. Thank You for the time Doc and I had together yesterday and for the peace You gave me in what to do and not do last night to prepare for this day. Father, fill me to overflowing with more of You so You ooze out of me in such a way people will know You are My King. Father, I praise Your Holy Name for all the blessings of this day. Thank You for being My Freedom. Amen.

Friday, October 21, 2016

John 14:23-24 - "Blessed Be Your Name"

I woke up this morning singing...

Blessed be Your the land that is plentiful....
Every blessing You pour out, I'll turn back to praise...

Watching the Awakening on the internet was such a blessing. Hearing of all of those who experienced healing yesterday brought back the memory of February 4 all over again. Seeing Brother Dan gave me the Holy Spirit goose bumps. Not because of who he is as a man but because of what the Holy Spirit does through him. His words renewed my spirit last night in so many ways. Two verses in particular that stood out to me were John 16:23-24. I pondered on what he was preaching and thought about how I fell in line with it. When we ask, He knows our heart. Our petitions show Him whether we are asking in the Spirit or in the flesh. Many times I have asked for things in the flesh only to be disappointed in the outcome. I am not disappointed when I ask for something in the Spirit. That does not mean I am pleased with the result but it means when the result is different than I expect I am at peace with it. When we ask in His name, it shows we are dependent upon Him. We also have the comfort in knowing He is our Intercessor with God. He is our Access to heaven. Woo hoo!

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for the blessing of technology which enabled us to watch the Awakening. Thank You for the many blessings of healing You performed through Your servants. I believe there were people not only healed in that place but also in their own homes as they watched and listened. Lord, continue that ministry today in a mighty way. I pray for those who received impartation yesterday to pass it on today and in the days to come. I pray for all of Your servants who are leading and speaking to be blessed in abundance. Lord, I also pray the same for myself in Your Name. Fill me to overflowing so You will ooze out of me in such a way that there is no doubt who You are in my life. Thank You Jesus for being My Access! Amen.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

II Peter 3:11 - "Magnify"

As I read through II Peter 3 again this morning, I stopped at verse eleven. I am amazed at how many times we are reminded in the Bible of the importance of living a holy life. We must not only believe in the Lord but we must live for Him. He set the example for us to follow in the way we live. When Jesus was on this earth, He did the work His Father gave Him to do. The Bible doesn't tell us He questioned it nor does it tell us He ever said 'no' to His Father. It only gives examples of Him serving over and over. It does not show that He complained but instead shows how He encouraged people. These verses encourage all to live a life of holiness each and every day. As we do that, we will be prepared at all time for His return. Matthew Henry states, "Those only who are clothed with the righteousness of Christ, and sanctified by the Holy Ghost, shall be admitted to dwell in this holy place." I believe it is going to take more than just being saved to get into heaven. It is going to take living a holy in His presence day-in and day-out, doing His will. Henry continues, "Those, whose sins are pardoned, and their peace made with God, are the only safe and happy people; therefore follow after peace, and that with all men; follow after holiness as well as peace. Never expect to be found at that day of God in peace, if you are lazy and idle in this your day, in which we must finish the work given us to do. Only the diligent Christian will be the happy Christian in the day of the Lord." Wow! We must be diligent in our life with Him. In order to find true peace in Him we must live a life of holiness. How can we find true peace? The only way is by living a life consecrated to Him. That life looks crazy to those outside of His presence. It doesn't make sense as to why one does what they do. It also doesn't make sense how one can have peace in the midst of chaos. It all comes down to having the Holy Spirit reside in those who choose to be totally sanctified through and through.

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for the way You give me Your peace. Thank You for the way You enable me to work through things such as an upcoming surgery. Thank You for the way You guide my words and steps. Father, I pray for a cleansing in my spirit. I pray for nothing to stand in the way of me living in Your presence. I pray for more of You to ooze out of me. Oh Father, how I pray for more people to get to the end of themselves and to allow You full control over their lives. Lord, You know the obstacles in people's way of living such a life. I pray those obstacles away. I pray for a cleansing in hearts and an infilling of the Holy Spirit upon people. Father, bless my efforts today as I strive to do Your will. Keep my ears in tune to Your voice. Thank You Father for being My Goal. Amen.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Matthew 11:28-30; James 1:2-3 - "Oceans"

I was reminded of Matthew 11:28-30 yesterday as I rested trying to get a headache to go away. These words were ones a friend gave me last week as I was resting from after having a biopsy. The anxiousness was hitting me hard as I awaited results. As I prayed and asked the Lord to calm my spirit He did but then it seemed like the anxiousness came back after a period of time. The weekend was tough at times but I felt His strength in me. When Monday rolled around and still no results, once again the anxiousness kicked in. I prayed for calmness and He gave it. In my humanness the anxiousness came upon me from time to time. Finally yesterday in hearing "no cancer" the tears of joy started. Then hearing 'but' I was once again anxious. In my humanness I understand taking something out that can easily turn to cancer. It was just hard to think about. All kinds of things went through my mind. When I asked when and was told "it's not an emergency but needs done within the next month" my first thought was 'if something isn't cancer than why so soon to get rid of it' then I told the doctor I want it out as soon as possible so I do not have to worry about it. Upon pondering over that appointment I am disappointed in myself. I tell people frequently 'don't worry...God has got this...' and here I am not 'practicing what I preach'! I go back to James 1:2-3 where we are told that when we go through trials we need to be joyful in knowing He is using these trials to grow our faith. It was no mistake the Lord took me back to these words this morning to bask in them. I am determined to accept His rest throughout these times. I am determined to not allow any open door for the enemy to steal my joy. There is no cancer! That in itself is a huge praise! When the schedule was open for next week and I asked for it the following week due to school and church, there was an opening. That is another praise! He is with me no matter what happens in this life and as I live my life for Him I know I will live with Him for eternity. That is another praise! I love this version of these verses. " might appear heavy at first, but it is perfectly fitted to your curves." Woo hoo! In my humanness this situation appeared too heavy for me to handle but then as He loved on me and brought His strength to me I realized this is just another way to stretch my faith. He knows 'my curves' and He knows what I need to be His faithful servant. 

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for the comfort of Your word. Thank You for the knowledge that You are with me no matter what comes my way. Thank You for stretching my faith. Lord, fill me with more of You as I go throughout this day. Oh how I pray people will see You working in and through me! Lord, You answered my prayers with no cancer and now I ask for You to answer my prayers for a strengthening in my spirit as I go through this surgery. Empower me with Your spirit to stand against any fear. Thank You Jesus for being My Rest. Amen.