Thursday, August 25, 2016

BUT You Are JUDGING Them!

"Fruit inspector" scriptures
God have given us guidelines on being "fruit inspectors" in His word. This is not an exhaustive list but a beginning. So many now, seem to yell "you're judging me" or "don't judge them..." but there are verses which address what we are supposed to do as believers. Hope to write a much needed and more in depth article on this topic soon. Marijo
Consider this exhortation in I Corinthians 5:9-13:
I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—
not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world.
But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.
What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?
God will judge those outside. "Expel the wicked man from among you" (NIV).
Here Paul instructs the Corinthians to judge those within the church. They must also judge those who are not in the church in the sense of evaluation, or otherwise how would we know that they are immoral, greedy, etc.? There can actually be no true relationships without judgment that is evaluation. We are judging others all of the time whether we realize it or call it that or not. What we must learn to do is judge righteously, or rightly. This begins with not trying to assume things we really don’t know about the motives of others. It also applies to judging those who are within our sphere of authority, as Paul is pointing out to the Corinthians in the text above.
Matthew 7:14-16
New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
You Will Know Them by Their Fruits
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?
Psalm 66:18
If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.
1 Corinthians 6:3-12
New King James Version (NKJV)
3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? 4 If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? 5 I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren? 6 But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers!
7 Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated? 8 No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! 9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,[a] nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
Glorify God in Body and Spirit
12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
James 5:19-20New King James Version (NKJV)
Bring Back the Erring One
19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul[a] from death and cover a multitude of sins.
Corinthians 5:12-13New King James Version (NKJV)
12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? 13 But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”
Just some quick thoughts on being a fruit inspector from God's Word.
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Full Moon Setting and Buck in Velvet... TODAY!






The Lord's blessing to me this morning (early)!!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

BORN TO BLOOM


Born to Bloom

God handed me a package

Wrapped carefully in His love.

I gently removed the wrapping

And saw a mass of roots

With tiny green plant above.

 

"What am I to do with this.

It has no soil or earth?"

And the Lord replied

"It's a plant of faith

Which grows in your new birth."

 

"If those roots grow deep in me

They might break me all apart."

With loving gentleness

He softly replied,

"Yea, even your stony heart."

 

"You mean I must let go

Of that which is me,

And let the roots go

Deep within

To make a place for Thee?"

 

"Allow Me to work in you

And soon you will find

My gift of roots

Will help you grow

In body and soul, Mine."

 

"Well, Lord, I guess You know

Being the greatest gardener of all

That Your roots don't grow

In stony hearts

But in fertile, well tilled soil."

 

"Lord, do with me what You will

Use me as Thine own,

Break my rocky heart,

Into thy Holy Spirit's

Permanent, Lifelong home.

 

"Jesus I thank and praise You,

For this massive bunch of root,

That will break me

Into fertile soil

To be used to produce Your fruit."

 

Jeremiah 17:7-8 Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.

(C) Marijo Phelps all rights reserved. From my devotional Praising Adonai and available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, on nook, kindle etc.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

A Prophetic Word (word from the Lord Series) Listening to Your Lord


Listening to Your LORD


Child, you are Mine - I love you with a never ending - inexhaustible love...  that means My patience, My concern for your very best interest, My energies, YOU are my focus and joy. Yes, YOU bring joy to the heart of the Father - not just when you shine, but also when you tumble and skin your knees, as it were. You are my delight as you grow up to become more and more like my SON. Fret not nor worry but simply put one foot in front of the other following Him, your Big Brother - go forward in Jesus. He will carry you when you can no longer walk - HE is your provider, HE is your healer, HE is the one who FORGIVES. HE is freedom for you from all that is dark around you or that you have pursued in your past... You simply cannot out-give or our bless what Jesus has in store for you. Obedience is the best give you can give and the most freeing pathway to walk in. Pursue holiness - HE walks in front of you showing His way. Enjoy the blessings - the people I have placed in your pathway. Enjoy the sunsets - look to your God - look deeply into His eyes - His eyes are upon you each minute of His day - this IS His day - please take time to rejoice and be glad in it - His joy truly is your strength... You truly are never, ever alone. Do not take side paths but follow, follow after your Jesus. AMEN


7-27-16

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Chosen Praise to the Chosen One


 

Father hear my praises
The spoken but also the unspoken
Help my very heart
To pour forth and dance
At the mention of that name  
 
JESUS
 
Oh that my eyes might see
And my fingers touch
My spirit behold
My Lord, resplendent,
Only God and King,
 
JESUS
 
Unplug my channels of praise
That my love
Might flow free
And be a wondrously fragrant
Offering unto our soon returning
 
JESUS

 

Philippians 2:9
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name. (NIV)

 

Psalm 8:1
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. (NIV)

 

Psalm 138:2
I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.(NIV)

 

Psalm 148:13
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens. (NIV)

 

Jeremiah 31:13
Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. (NIV)

 

2 Samuel 6:14
David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the LORD with all his might. (NIV)

 

Ephesians 5:2
and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (NIV)

 

Luke 22:18
For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes (NIV)

 

Revelation 19:11
[The Rider on the White Horse ] I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. (NIV)

 

He gave His life for us, he who was sinless and the only one who could actually take our penalty upon Himself, Jesus part of the triune Godhead, God the son in flesh appearing. Just to think that He intercedes for me and cares about what I do, where I go and who I interact with is mind boggling. If it breaks my (your) heart, it breaks His heart. If you cry, He cries with you and is right there to walk “through the valley of the shadow of death” with me (you). Could there ever be a closer friend? Oh, what a privilege to call Him friend, Lord and Savior.

 

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Autumn's Child

 
Child, it is coming autumn, a season of apparent dying without but a time of fortification/strengthening within.
 
It is a beautiful season for roots to go deep, even into the Rock and it is not impossible.

It is not a season of blooms, blossoms or fruit. But without the autumn preparation there would be no resurrection or bursting forth season.

Rest and allow Jesus to deepen your roots, yield.

Be not frenzied, nor dismayed.

Absorb the crisp air, delight in the color and relax in Your Lord. He is able.

Stretch your roots and He will bring forth the increase. Fear not.

You stay put and grow in Him. It is a season of quiet depth and internal growth, a season of strengthening. Selah.
 

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Do Not Let Guilt Overwhelm You into Inaction
I was running errands in Colorado Springs one day recently. We live about 65 miles “out” from the big city so when I do go in I have a “list to run”. About twice a month I make the day long trip into the city of close to half a million where we used to live. What has changed in the five years we have called the mountain meadow our home? Not much. There is the convenience of many and varied stores. Streets are torn up with construction and the traffic seems to have doubled. There are still people doing most dangerous things on the roads sometimes at the expense of other drivers.
My list was getting shorter. I’d met Mick for a quick lunch and was back at doing errands when my cell rang.
“Marijo, I just remembered we were supposed to meet for lunch at Souper Salad today and I missed you!” Chris’s voice sounded remorseful and a bit panicked.
“Oh, no! I didn’t turn the calendar over to the 1st today. Chris, I missed you too and had lunch with Mick!”
“Well, how weird we both forgot, let’s do lunch the next time you are in Colorado Springs.”
This was a first. Chris and I have been friends for over sixteen years since meeting at a retreat for the crisis pregnancy center volunteer staff. She and I chose a room that was away from the rest of the gals in the dorm setting because we were just sure they’d all stay up way past midnight talking and giggling. By 3AM they had all been sleeping for hours and Chris and I were still discussing end times prophesy .We clicked SO well. We have been good friends and prayer partners ever since.
I am mentally contrasting my missing lunch with Chris with my missing my quiet time with my Jesus. And wondering why I beat myself up so badly about the latter instead of picking myself up and purposing to not let it happen “next time”.
Child, be not condemned because of occasional shorter or lacking quiet times. DO NOT let the backwash of separations come between us in any way but draw closer still. I AM your beloved and you are Mine. There is purifying to be done and intimacy to be gained. Delight your heart in Me, as I delight in You. Draw really close and I shall gather you into my waiting arms. You are mine. You are Mine. You ARE MINE. Selah.
In Deuteronomy 33:12 we, as the beloved of the Lord are encouraged to rest secure in Him and reminded that He shields us all day long, the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.
OK, I missed a “date” with my Lord. Does that mean He will turn around, get huffy and walk away leaving me on the sidewalk? Thinking about it I cannot say that has ever happened. I might realize I have missed richness and intimacy but He doesn’t turn on His heel scorning me, far from that.
 
 
It is a simple matter of me turning and once again, lifting my face to my Lord.
DIGGING DEEPER
Tonight grab your favorite Bible and a pen writing some things the Holy Spirit teaches you from the following verses.
Job 22:26
 
Psalm 1:2
 
Psalm 35:9
 
Zephaniah 3:2
 
My Commitment
 
It doesn’t take too much thought to figure out which woman (person) we would choose to be, does it?
Prayer: Dearest Lord God, how can I not draw near to You? You who ask, You who call, You who carry me so many times? Thank You that I am yours and You call me by name… Help me to feast upon your word even more!  Lord Jesus we ask this in Your Name, AMEN.
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