Monday, June 29, 2015

2 Timothy 3:2-4New International Version (NIV)

People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—

MARANATHA!!! We worship and adore You, Lord Jesus Christ... come quickly?


HE Listens to My Cry!


HE Listens to My Cry

Jesus, Jesus, Holy and Anointed One – Jesus

Help me return to sit at Your feet, daily, Lord Jesus.

More Mary, less Martha,

More Jesus, less me, please?

 

Help me to write to You

My heart of hearts, again

Renew You, in me

Me lesser, You greater each hour

 

I want You;

My purity, holiness and truth,

My everything;

Awesome God!

 

Praising You is what I want,

NEED to do.

Praising You, Praising

Raising You.  HELP me?

 

Healing,

Empowering,

Liberating,

Placing me.

AMEN.

 

Luke 10:38
[ At the Home of Martha and Mary ] As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. (NIV)

Luke 10:40
But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" (NIV)

 

Luke 10:41
 41"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, 42but only one thing is needed.[f] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her. (NIV)

 

MARY SAT AT THE FEET OF JESUS. Help me to choose to SIT at Your feet too. AMEN

 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

Can We Really Know How to Rest in the Lord?


Can We Really Know How to Rest in the Lord?

It seems like our Jesus is speaking much about resting in Him lately. We have instant breakfast, microwaved lunch, GPSs to tell us where to go and how to get there, I-pods, Instant Messaging, phones in our pockets. We are barraged by buzzers, pings, dings and bells probably like never before in the history of mankind. Yes, those “rest” and “be still” are making more and more sense with each ensuing new year in our lives, aren’t they?

It is almost getting to the point where we need to be taught how to rest. We sit down with our feet up but the TV is blaring and all the rest of the bells and whistles of our life are going off at once.

Silence, ever, maybe not. We don’t have a TV, DVD player, VCR or talking GPS and I think that helps but I still have so many things happening at once even here in the middle of the mountain meadow. I am sure you can all relate to this.

And once again I hear the Holy Spirit whispering to my soul:

Child, I shall teach you to REST in Me. Strive not. Be at peace. Receive from the Great I AM for all your needs. I cherish you. I shall teach you more. Rest in Me. SELAH

Psalm 62:1 speaks of our souls finding rest in God alone stating that our salvation comes from him. I think this is so true. We try to relax or rest in many ways but true rest comes only from our Lord Jesus Christ. Our salvation comes from him also, not only our born again salvation but out salvation from the tyranny of the urgent – those little fires that we think just have to be put out minute by minute throughout our day. Pretty soon the day is gone and have we truly had that rest time sitting at the feet of Jesus sharing our hearts with Him and listening to His heart for us?

In Psalm 91:1 David speaks of those dwelling in the shelter of the Most High resting in the shadow of the Almighty.

Who could be a better resting place than Him who created us and knows exactly how we are wired to function optimally, who indeed but the Most High and the Almighty. He wants us close to Him. He created us for relationship with Him. Imagine that, the Creator of the Universe caring and creating us to relate intimately with Him.

In Haggai 2:9 the writer speaks of the glory of this present house being greater than the glory of the former house (quoting the Almighty) and in this place I grant peace declares the Lord Almighty. He says it and it is a promise you can bank on. How about inviting Him to bring His glory into your house, your home and your “temple” – we are His temple….. Invite Him to do this yet today while granting you His peace in a new and mighty way?

Prayer: I am so glad, dear Jesus, that you are going to teach me to rest in You.  It seems I am forever retaking this “final” exam. I do desire to receive from You even though sometimes I wiggle too much. Help me to be still? Beginning today, let me wait for that new work in my heart and soul and your peace. AMEN.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Some Thoughts on Real Love


Some Thoughts on Real Love

1 Corinthians 13:4-15 (New King James Version)


4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.


WE place conditions on God’s love for us. It isn’t God placing conditions on His love. We become what we think other people think we are. We build barriers because we think we are inferior to them. We listen to the enemy. Most likely the other people weren’t thinking that about us to being with.

Love needs to be two way (returned) We need to give and receive. Sometimes we can’t receive because we feel unworthy.

1 John 3:18 (New King James Version)

18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

Condemnation separates us from God and it is a LIE. Conviction is from the Holy Spirit and it is the truth gently nudging us to look.

We think “if I measure up then I’ll be lovable”. This is not unconditional love from God.

Some people cannot receive unconditional love and will lash out at you.


I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death…


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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

"ACCEPT" JESUS?

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 accept .....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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Jesus, Healer of My Heart

The year had been a really rough one. Divorce, that I never dreamed would happen, did. I ended up doing what secular counselors would say was terribly unwise. After prayer, I felt that the Lord was leading me into short term missions which meant moving away from my good friends and church home, leaving the job I had worked at almost 10 years and going to Texas, where I didn’t know  a soul. I began Youth With a Mission, Discipleship Training School and a most incredible time of healing in the Lord.

There I was with a group of people who were, for the most part, about 10 years younger than I was. We were having a meeting at the house of the married leaders of our group. It was a wonderful time of seeking the Lord and prayer. It was my turn in the “hot seat”. As various members of the group laid hands on me, I closed my eyes.

While my eyes were closed, I saw a picture of a heart.  Not the anatomical one but a heart shaped like a Valentine. There was a bench seat on top of the heart and Jesus was taking a seat there, the heart had a jagged crack running diagonally across the whole “Valentine”. As they prayed I realized it was my heart. I felt impressed that if I kept Jesus enthroned in my heart that I would be healed totally. As Jesus sat down, the brokenness disappeared from top to bottom.

Psalms 51: 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

In the situation my heart was broken and the Lord move in. He put my broken pieces back together better than they had been in the first place.

He was enthroned in my heart and did His most incredible work in me during the ensuing weeks and month.

Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel.


The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever.

Through this trauma, I came to know the reality of these scriptures and God’s most incredible faithfulness.

I have assurance that He will be there for you also, if you just let Him!


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Monday, June 8, 2015

My next devotional, Praising Adonai, has a release date of June 20th! I am selling autographed copies for $20 including shipping. This is a hardback book full of color photos of Colorado, praise poems and scriptures. The retail price is $25 NOT including shipping...

Also, my first two devotional Bible study books are available - for a limited time and autographed for $10 each, including shipping. Let me know if you are interested. Give me a holler here or e-mail or on facebook? Thanks - these also make great gifts!