Saturday, June 18, 2016

What Does Anxiety Purchase for You and What Does that Cost?

What Does Anxiety Purchase for You and What Does that Cost?
 
Think about being anxious or worried, it takes time and is a total distraction. Hanging on to anxiety doesn’t solve the problem, does it? It might actually keep you from prayer which could solve the problem. It keeps your focus on you and usually off the One who could do something, God. It gives you the side “benefit” of a tummy tied in knots, a wrinkled expression on your face and sends the message that you do not trust. That is quite a price to pay for being able to have an anxious moment or day, isn’t it? How do I know all of this? I have paid that price realizing in hind sight that even one day is too great a price to pay when there is an alternative.
 
Listen carefully to what Father God would say. Remember that He and maybe He alone is able to make that difference in your anxious situation:
 
You are so filled with questions – some necessary and pertinent. Some you’d do better without, for your own anxiety. You are learning the difference even now.

Your mind shall be refreshed and renewed as you focus on Jesus and ask. I am with you to teach, strengthen and empower you in His name.

Be flexible in my Spirit and when in doubt, ASK ME. I won’t leave you in doubt.

Praise be to God most High for His incomparable gift, His Son, Jesus Christ, your Lord.

Isaiah 26:3 speaks of peace, perfect peace saying God will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on God, because he trusts in God.

If we can focus on God and His capabilities instead of our lacking ones in the circumstances we find ourselves so much changes in our perspective.
Philippians 4:6 exhorts us to be anxious for nothing (that doesn’t leave very many exceptions, does it?) then it goes on to tell us what we should do, in everything (again, no exceptions) by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Talk to Him who is so able. Looking up supplication we find that it too is prayer, earnest and humble prayer. We know what thanksgiving is and there is one who can never be told enough how thankful we are, Jesus. He gave His all to set us free. He paid for our freedom, why do we sometimes still act like slaves? For me this means it is time for an attitude adjustment so that my thoughts line up with His reality.
Luke must have known our propensity to “wart” about things when he said in 12:29 to seek not what you should eat or drink nor have an anxious mind.
Looks like this “anxiety” thing is not new to this era but goes a long way back.
In 2Corinthians 10:5 we are encouraged to cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
In a practical sense this means to put on our Jesus filter in our mind and eyes and ears and mouth. Let His perspective prevail and toss out anything that doesn’t line up with His Word and the principles brought forth therein. Toss out all else, the Word of God is our reality for life and we need to make active choices based only upon His Word and the promises, thoughts and instruction we find there. Get rid of the junk. Ask the Lord to help you clean your closets tossing out every wrong conception that doesn’t line up with the Bible. It is amazing to me how many things are part of my life and thinking that really have no scriptural basis. Over the years I have prayed to have the Lord “clean my closets” many times and have never been disappointed.

I will end with a great scripture which tells us what we should dwell upon:

Philippians 4:8
[ Meditate on These Things ] Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (NKJV)


Prayer: Dear God, I know the mind of Christ is in me. Please put a lid on those wanderings and flights of thought I have that do not line up with your Word. Help me to bring every thought captive to the perfect will of Christ in my life! Let no anxious thought be found in me. AMEN
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Friday, June 17, 2016

ACCUSER

From my book, Praising Adonai which has devotionals and Colorado photographs... available online @ Amazon, Barnes and Noble etc. This is a hardback book and makes a great gift!
 
Accuser

 My heart aches
When communion is torn
This sheep feels shorn
In wintry bluster
The enemy gloats
As relations miss
While demons hiss
Closeness ripped
Why is the accuser,
Destroyer by name,
Serving up shame
To heartbroken ones
BUT JESUS.....
My champion bold
My heart, He holds
Knowing my thoughts
I trust in Him
To set things right
By His might
His peace flows
Evidence not seen
He knows my hearty
Patience, my part
I rest in Him.
 
Revelation 12:10-12 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time."
 
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Monday, June 6, 2016

All the Nations Before Him are as Nothing






Our scripture for today seems to hit that nail on the head with appropriateness for the season:

"All nations before him are as nothing;and they are counted to him less than nothing,and vanity." (Isaiah 40:17)
This doesn't mean that God doesn't love the people of the nations, simply that nations, strutting and being puffed up, posturing and stancing are not exactly what He had in mind I think.
I suspect that we (as nations) might be making our creator a bit weary at this point.

Our eyes should be looking up because it seems that His coming back is oh, so very much closer! Only when our Lord is here to rule and reign will we have “perfect” government.

I am not sure if the world leaders right now are incapable of good government or just choosing ways which do not have the highest good of any population at heart. It seems that things are getting worse and worse with each passing minute.

However, if you balance all that out with careful reading of the scripture, especially end times scripture you know that many things which might not“feel good or right” need to happen and then our Lord will come back. Most of the major prophesies have been fulfilled. There is an anti-Christ. There has to be such a world-wide mess that he can come in with a one world system and take over. One world finances, money and government will be. It is in the Bible and it is a question of “when”. Good news, we don’t have to have that all figured out but we need to be ready. Praying, staying in the Word and close to our Jesus. Learning how to listen and get direction from His Holy Spirit. We need to be growing into that beautiful Bride who will be without spot or wrinkle and telling many in our daily lives about our incredible, beautiful, freeing, powerful Lord Jesus.

We are to be light in this current darkness which grows dimmer. We need to share our hope with those who ask a reason that we have that hope within us. The Bride can choose to look to His Word and see that though this whole planet might seem to be spinning out of control, God is right on time with His eternal plans. We are part of that plan and need to take hope in Him.

We need to make sure we have oil in our lamps and be very ready for our Bridegroom.

Matthew 25 (New King James Version)

The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

 1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;[
a] go out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. 11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

We can do this and all the while be praying ending those prayers with Maranatha – come Lord Jesus!


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Thursday, June 2, 2016

"Accept" Jesus

Definition of THEANTHROPOS:
a man incarnating or believed to incarnate God or a god :  god-man
Someone, today, asked a group of us (through Facebook) if we "accept" Jesus....
Like we are in a high enough position to accept Him. Jesus, the God-man (theanthropos) who left the splendor of heaven, fellowship with the Father and Holy Spirit to come here as a human baby (diapers and all I suspect) to grow up PERFECT. And then do the unthinkable - go to a cross and be crucified after suffering a horrible beating and flogging and mocking... WHY? Because you have chosen to sin. Because I have chosen to break God's heart.
Jesus paid a price I could not pay. Jesus, being perfect and God, paid the price for you, that you could not pay nor could I pay it for you.
Our Jesus is the One of creation, who spoke worlds into being. And people seriously ask if we "accept" Jesus. Not just on Facebook either but at altar calls - sorry but I CRINGE.
What should we do? We should be falling at the foot of that cruel instrument of torture, the cross. We should be repenting - turning away from our sin and SO grateful that God, the only Son, said yes. That God, consented to come and become a human so He could experience things that we do on a daily basis...

2 Corinthians 5:20-21New King James Version (NKJV)

20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
I see myself weeping and reaching out to touch the hem of His garment.... and He lifts me, hugs me and asks me to run with Him in a meadow of flowers...
Jesus, who DIED to set you FREE. Jesus, who was tortured to pay the price for me to be covered over with His robe of righteousness because mine is filthy rags.
I am no longer able to be quiet when someone asks me "do YOU accept Jesus?"
Oh, my Lord and savior, Him who liberated me.... I do not know how to begin to express how thankful I am that You, that You accepted .....me.
PS to whomever "shared" that post today - this question has been grieving me for a long, long time. I realize it is a very commonly asked one in various Christian circles - I am not upset with you at all - thanking you for, once again, bringing this to my attention so I finally sat and wrote this long overdue piece. Does anyone else relate to what I am trying to say here? Or am I simply being "weird"?
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Making Time and Taking Time

 
Have you had a time when you weren’t working or were between jobs with a little more time than usual? And then realized that maybe you missed the most important thing you could be doing during that time? I have been there. In retrospect the most important thing I could have done was to spend time in the Word and with my Lord Jesus. I didn’t. I know there is no condemnation to those in Christ who walk according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh. I am reflecting back on that time so that next time I will have learned what really matters.
 
Here is what was on my heart back then:
Prayer: Father, I need You and I want to really desire to press in spending quality time with You; undistracted, in Your presence. I am not such a blessing to You lately. Please help me? Please help us in the church to be where You want us – SOON, Lord Jesus. Forgive me for not using my recent jobless time to get closer to You. Thank you for the time you do give me each and every day – help me to choose wisely! AMEN
 
"Strive not, daughter. Be at peace before Me. I have heard your cries. I Am working. Let your focus be Jesus. Timing is the key. My timing is perfect. SELAH."
 
Prayer: It’s July, oh, Father where are the months going and the years? I thank you for who You are and that we are Your people and You’re our God. Help is to choose, moment by moment to draw closer to You!!
 
In Ephesians 6:18 we are encouraged to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.

 
Our Lord is present and we don’t need an appointment or to leave a voice mail hoping He will get back to us later. He is there. He is with us. He is ready, willing and able to talk to us and to listen.
 
In 2 Corinthians 1:11 speaks of prayer again saying, in part ”Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.” (NIV)
 
Prayer is talking to and listening to God, simple and straight forward but we do need to take time and make time to do that often.
 
Philippians 1:19
Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. (NIV)

 
In Philippians we are told of deliverance. How many of us have circumstances today in which we could use a bit of help or deliverance? Prayer to the Lord works. I know sometimes it seems like I think of many ideas and solutions and then remember that I should pray about any issue that concerns me.
 
In Revelation 5:8 we are given another picture of prayer: Revelation 5:8
And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. (NIV)
 
Prayer: Dear Jesus, it is incredible that You always listen and answer our prayers. Sometimes it is yes, sometimes no and sometimes in your perfect timing but you always answer. Thank you for your patience and for teaching us even through our blunders. We praise Your incredible name, Jesus. AMEN
 
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