Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Friday, March 30, 2007

How to Forgive...

How To Forgive...

Forgiveness is the act of setting someone free from an obligation, which has resulted in a wrong done against you.

Forgiveness is the cancellation of the debt.

Only when we truly understand God's forgiveness will be delivered from this bondage and be able to enjoy freedom to live our life to the fullest.

One day a while back, a man, his heart heavy with grief, was walking in the woods.

As he thought about his life this day, he knew many things were not right.

He thought about those who had lied about him back when he had a job.

His thoughts turned to those who had stolen his things and cheated him.

He remembered family that had passed on.

His mind turned to the illness he had that no one could cure.

His very soul was filled with anger, resentment and frustration.

Standing there this day, searching for answers he could not find, knowing all else had failed him, he knelt at the base of an old oak tree to seek the one he knew would always be there.

And with tears in his eyes, he prayed: Lord- You have done wonderful things for me in this life.

You have told me to do many things for you, and I happily obeyed.

Today, you have told me to forgive.

I am sad, Lord, because I cannot.

I don't know how.

It is not fair Lord.

I didn't deserve these wrongs that were done against me and I shouldn't have to forgive.

As perfect as your way is Lord, this one thing I cannot do, for I don't know how to forgive.

My anger is so deep Lord, I fear I may not hear you, but I pray that you teach me to do this one thing I cannot do - Teach me To Forgive.

As he knelt there in the quiet shade of that old oak tree, he felt something fall onto his shoulder.

He opened his eyes.

Out of the corner of one eye, he saw something red on his shirt.

He could not turn to see what it was because where the oak tree had been was a large square piece of wood in the ground.

He raised his head and saw two feet held to the wood with a large spike through them.

He raised his head more, and tears came to his eyes as he saw Jesus hanging on a cross.

He saw spikes in His hands, a gash in His side, a battered body, deep thorns sunk into His head.

Finally he saw the suffering and pain on His precious face.

As their eyes met,the man's tears turned to sobbing, and Jesus began to speak.

"Have you ever told a lie?" He asked?

The man answered - "yes, Lord."

"Have you ever been given too much change and kept it?"

The man answered - " yes. Lord."

And the man sobbed more and more.

"Have you ever taken something from work that wasn't yours?" Jesus asked?

And the man answered - "yes, Lord."

"Have you ever sworn, using my Father's name in vain? "

The man, crying now, answered - "yes, Lord."

As Jesus asked many more times, "Have you ever"?

The man's crying became uncontrollable, for he could only answer - "yes, Lord."

Then Jesus turned His head from one side to the other, and the man felt something fall on his other shoulder.

He looked and saw that it was the blood of Jesus.

When he looked back up, his eyes met those of Jesus, and there was a look of love the man had never seen or known before.

Jesus said, "I didn't deserve this either, but I forgive you."

It may be hard to see how you're going to get through something, but when you look back in life, you realize how true this statement is.

Read the following first line slowly and let it sink in.

If God brings you to it - He will bring you through it.

When Jesus died on the cross, he was thinking of you!

"And you who were dead in trespasses and in uncircumcision of your flesh (your sensuality, your sinful carnal nature), [God] brought life together with [Christ], having [freely] forgiven us all our transgressions. Having cancelled and blotted out and wiped away the hand writing of the note (bond) with its legal decrees and demands which was in force and stood against us (hostile to us). This [note with its regulations, decrees, and demands] He set aside and cleared completely out of our way by nailing it to [His] cross." Colossians 2:13-14 Amplified

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

How to plant a garden.

For The Garden of Your Daily Living.

How to plant your garden...

First, you "come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses...", -Hymn -In the Garden, C Austin Miles.

PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS:

1. Peace of mind

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." Isaiah 26:3

2. Peace of heart

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27

3. Peace of soul

"Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless." II Peter 3:14

PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH:

1. Squash gossip

"If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain." James 1:26

2. Squash indifference

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God." Romans 12:2

3. Squash grumbling

"Do all things without murmurings and disputings." Philippians 2:14

4. Squash selfishness

"I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." John 5:30

PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE:

1. Lettuce be faithful

"Most men will proclaim everyone of his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?" Proverbs 20:6

2. Lettuce be kind

"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Ephesians 4:32

3. Lettuce be patient

"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." James 1:1-3

4. Lettuce really love one another

"A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." John 13:34

NO GARDEN IS WITHOUT TURNIPS:

1. Turnip for meetings

"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." Hebrews 10:25

2. Turnip for service

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." Romans 12:1

3. Turnip to help one another

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in the time of need." Hebrews 4:16

TO CONCLUDE OUR GARDEN WE MUST HAVE THYME:

1. Thyme for each other

Do you remember why you married your spouse? If you spend time with your spouse, then after the children are grown and gone your relationship with our spouse will still be intact.

2. Thyme for family

If you have children, do you spend quality time with them? Don't make the mistake that quality time can make up for too little time.

3. Thyme for friends

Do you have friends that will help fill your cup? Do your friends lift you up or bring you down? Look for friends to whom you will not always need to minister. Have someone in your life that can minister to you.

WATER FREELY WITH PATIENCE AND CULTIVATE WITH LOVE.

THERE IS MUCH FRUIT IN YOUR GARDEN BECAUSE YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Galatians 6:7

Monday, March 26, 2007

What do you look at?

"And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." II Corinthians 12:9

Do you look at your present circumstances?

Do you chose to look past your circumstances at God?

His grace in this statement is talking about His empowering presence.

That means that He is all that you will need to get through your situation.

I don't know any one who enjoys pain, pressures or hassles of any kind.

I don't, but never the less it takes us through the fire to be purified, and ready for what God has for us.

It is when we keep our eyes upon the problem, the difficulty of what we are going through we will have a harder time making it through.

We need to take our eyes off the problem and keep them on Christ.

He will give you the strength to persevere.

"In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul." Psalm 138:3

We have got to come to the point when we stop looking at the process, the pain, those barriers, those boundaries that make it hard.

We must look beyond all those things that are holding us back, and look towards the healer.

We must keep our eyes on Him.

We must learn to keep our mind on God, and not on self, not on what we are going through.

God will use these difficult time to produce that Christ like character in you.

As we go through this process that at the end will begin to look more like our loving Savior.

We need to take one step at a time.

We need to learn to walk in His strength and not our own.

When we walk in His strength we will be able to endure the process.

He will give you grace for the race.

Count it all joy that you can endure the sufferings.

"For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether be comforted, it is for you consolation and salvation. And our hope of you steadfast, knowing that as you are partakers of the sufferings so shall ye be also of the consolation." II Corinthians 1:5-7

We can endure when our life is hid in Christ.

We can endure because we are complete in Christ, we are secure in Him.

We have that peace that comes from God.

We can endure because we are growing in Christ, as we are becoming more like Him.

Everyday we face those problems that help us grow.

God will use everyday situations, life's difficulties to strengthen and build our character.

The problems that we run into will deepen our preservence.

Perseverance is the same thing as endurance.

We need to remember the power of God that is available to us, who live in us through the Holy Spirit.

Thank God for the opportunities that He has given you to persevere, that will help you grow, deepen your trust in Him, and let you be able to deal with them in His strength.

"Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ." I Peter 1:6-7

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Do you dwell on the past?

"Rememnber ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:18-19

There is one fact that is true about all of us, we all have some sort of problem or another.

It depends on how long you dwell on those problems to how fast they get resolved.

Do you go to God for sustaining power of do you lean on your own understanding?

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1-2

Many of us forget that we can let the past be the past and move on.

There are many of us who live in the present, but still have the past attached.

It could be a past failure, abuse, past sin, past hurts, memories or even unforgiveness that has us in bondage.

One of my favorite stories about overcoming is about Joseph.

The one with the coat of many colors.

Joseph became the Prime Minister of Egypt.

Before he became Prime Minister he endured alot of trials.

His own flesh and blood was jealous and sold him into slavery.

Joseph was then taken to Egypt and was purchased by Potiphar.

"And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was aprosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand." Genesis 39: 2-3

Potiphar's wife falsely accused him, as she wanted him to lie with her.

Joseph ended up in prison.

While in prison he was given favor, "and the keeper of the prison commited to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the priso; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it." genesis 39:22

Man talk about all the persecutions, there was alot of bad memoriess there.

While in prison, he interpreted a dream for tha butler and baker of the king of Egypt, as they had offened their master and was thrown in prison.

Joseph interpreted the dreams with God's help and it came to pass just as he said.

The chief butler remembered Joseph, but forgot him.

Joseph satued in prison doing what god had called him to do at that time.

Two whole years went by and the butler remember thatjoseph could intrepret dreams.

There was no one else in the land that could tell Pharaoh's dream.

Pharaoh called for Joseph, cleaned him up and put fresh garments upon him, before seeing him.

Isn't that just like God to lift us up out of where we are, and give us His best.

Pharoah saw the gift of God in Joseph and made him second in command, next to him.

With all that Joseph went through, he could have looked back and played the blame game.

Joseph could have let those memories keep him from fully ralizing the promise that God had fro his life.

Joseph could have stayed in the land of bondage.

He did not, he forgave.

"But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive." Genesis 50:20

Remember our life is supposed to be hid with Christ in God.

We are to press on toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

He who the Son sets free, is free indeed!

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32

Thursday, March 22, 2007

How do you fare with change?

"No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment; for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from thier garment, and the rent is made worse." Matthew 9:16

Did you know that God has a remnant people?

Remnant means a small surving group still remaining.

Remnant people are those that have been set apart from the rest.

Remnant people have a hard time with church as ususal.

God will usually take some extra time on the Potter's wheel with His remnant people.

God is looking for those to stand in the gap and make up the hedge for humanity.

God is looking for those warriors who will give up their right to be recognized, rewarded or regarded.

God is looking for those warriors who will give all the credit to Him, and not take the credit for themselves.

God wants and likes to pour into these tried and proved vessels.

He tends to spend more time preparing, making and breaking and remaking those special vessels.

Only after they go through the tempering fires of testing, that they become strong.

When God's fresh move of the Spirit comes in, those that refused to be changed will not be ready to receive from God.

Neither do men put new wine into old bottles; else the bottles break and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new wine bottles, and are both preserved." Matthew 9:17

Jesus talked about different vessels.

Jesus was not talking about sheepskin wine containers.

He was referring to us and our ability to endure and accommodate the pressures of change.

It is when we try to force to fit His gift into old wineskins, they will burst, and we will lose both the new wine and the older vessels.

God wants His vessels to have a mix of conviction, grace, mercy and His anointing power.

Are you a vessel fit for use?

Are you a stiff or brittle vessel?

A stiff or brittle vessel is unable to receive a fresh move, or a fresh Word from God.

A stiff or brittle vessel is satisfied with where they are and are not wanting to adjust their spiritual sails to catch the winds of God.

Are you one who clings to the back of the pew and doesn't feel as if the wind isn't blowing?

Well, maybe your soul is stiff or brittle.

"And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles." Mark 2:22

Are you ready to shed your old wineskins, so you can be equipped to carry His presence.

Why get a new wineskin?

Why not?

God is preparing a vessel pure enough, flexible enough, strong enough, and bold enough to contain His transforming glory.

It is obvious that no ordinary vessel will do.

"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." II Corinthians 3:18

He is changing us into His image from glory to glory so He can pour His glory all over the earth.

He has to have vessels ready and waiting to catch, carry and pour out His glory to the world.

Are you ready?

"According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue." I Peter 1:3

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Have you been in the darkness?

"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12

Most of us Christians try to stay away from darkness.

Could it be in part that darkness is mostly associated with evil?

We as Christians draw away from darkness as we think that it contains nothing good.

Darkness is the time during which our strength is restored, our energy replenished, and our life revitalized from all the activity of the day.

When we talk about Christian character, darkness has more than one dimension.

One dimension of darkness that we have around us is unbelief.

The darkness of the world seperates us from God who is the source of light.

"Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while we have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While you have the light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them." John 12:35-36

There are men and women who are in search for that light, but have not met that man from Galilee in the light of His own wonderous, glorious light.

So how are we to respond to the darkness around us?

Will I shrink back physically or emotionally as if to the starting point?

Will I draw from those unfortunate ones who walk in such darkness?

Will I go on seeking to eagerly lead some of them to the Master?

Even the darkness will be transformed into light, life and energy when they meet the Master.

"To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and an inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Me." Acts 26:18

To every Christian, every child of God, the greatest thrill is that of introducing a soul to the light, which is Jesus Christ.

This experience alone gives energy, but vitalizes the Christian's life far beyond the power of words.

This experience will make his inner life a bright adventure despite the darkness that is around him.

The other aspect that a Christian must understand that pertains to darkness is his own personal life.

There is no guarantee set forth that will promise that all of our days here on earth will be nothing but brightness.

For all of us there are going to be some tears, sighs, sorrows and sadness.

There will be some dark periods of disappointment and despair.

Most of the time we have no control whatsoever over these times.

They will come as swiftly and quietly as the darkness in the night.

How are we supposed to respond to their oppression?

How will I react to these situations as they come to me?

Will I rebel against them?

Will I accept them calmly?

How will I respond to that which comes from the hand of the Father for my own well being?

It is possible to walk in the dark unafraid, undisturbed, and undismayed.

"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness." Isaiah 41:10

We as Christians get so busy, so caught up in many things.

God will deliberately let darkness descend around us just so that we can have a quiet walk with Him.

It is in the cool and stillness of the dark that our frustrated souls are refreshed.

It is in the cool and stillness of the dark that those things that we get caught up in are forgotten and we become like a well watered garden.

"And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a well watered garden, and a spring of water, whose waters fail not." Isaiah 58:11

It is darkness where we find the part of that character of Christ that is wholesome, fruitful and radiant.

For some it is only in the darkness that we dare draw so close to Christ that we later come away with His own presence upon us.

"Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh unto you." James 4:8a

It is only in the darkness that we discover the sweet fellowship of His suffering.

It is through the darkness that I understand those words, not my will, but thine.

"Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." Luke 22:42

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Fresh Faith


"Thou a host encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war arise against me,
Even then, in this will I be confident.
For in the day of trouble,
He will hide me in His shelter;
In the secret place of His tent,
He will hide me;
He will set me high upon a rock."

- Psalm 27:3,5 Amplified Bible

Are you broken hearted and weary?

Do you need to be set free?

Do you want to be transformed through the power of faith, and by the love of Jesus?

What is faith? Faith is total dependence upon God! Faith is an attitude of life. Faith means we must put our trust in God. Our trust must be grounded in the facts of life, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior. Obedience is the outcome of faith, it is the desire of our purpose to practice what we profess. Nothing else counts if faith is missing! Faith is the affirmation of God in us, when we answer His Word. Faith is confirming God's Word.

The easiest mistake that we can make is to think that we can make ourselves be what we think we ought to be. We cannot lean upon ourselves, we cannot do it on our own power. It may take a long time, many hard knocks before we realize this, but sooner or later we will find out that we are not sufficient ourselves to do what we know we ought. In all His omniscience knowledge, God understood this long ago, and He will not leave us helpless. Without God our best efforts will equal out to be a zero.

No matter how low you get, no matter what collapses around you, no matter who rejects you, or speaks ill of you, God is able to encourage you! You see at the core of all our losses, there is this silent thief that comes to kill, steal and destroy our spiritual walk of faith. Satan is out to steal those hot embers of our devotion, our zeal and intensity. [Lord, blow on the embers of my soul and stir the fires of passion again. Lord, do for me what I cannot do myself. Amen.] We must believe in Him, and put all our trust in Him as our strength.

"But David found strength in the Lord his God." I Samuel 30:6 NKJV

We must come to that place, that moment when we say that we have had enough.

Am I just going to keep sitting here feeling bad for myself?

No matter what has happened to make you discouraged, God is still right beside you. Could be somebody let you down, or something went sour at your church. Suddenly, your dream was gone, and the calling wasn't as real. All the inspiration that you had is missing. We must come to that reality that we left open a door for the master thief to come in. The master thief (Satan) was right there waiting to step in and snatch all from us.

Remember, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." (Ephesians 6:2) Our enemy has no feeling of sympathy. If he can sever our faith connection, he has gained a tremendous victory. He tries very hard to snatch our faith, more than anything else as he know that "the just shall live by faith." (Romans 1:17)

There is no other foundation for Christian living. What foundation? That foundation which is built upon that solid rock of Christ. We simply trust the Father's heart when we simply trust in Him whole heartedly. We need to stand on that confession of faith; that I will have faith in the God who answers all prayers. We must gather ourselves together before God and pray; even more so when it feels like the bottom is falling out of our life. For this is the right thing for anyone who is uncertain about the next move. We need to be saying come on, let's go after this problem in the name of the Lord.

"For with God nothing shall be impossible." Luke 1:37

What the enemy steals, God alone is able to recover. God will recover more for you than you lost, just as He did for David. This is what the Bible promises when it says we can be "more than conquerors through Him who loved us." (Romans 8:37) God will revive fresh faith in our souls if we ask Him. We have not because we ask not. He will bring faith alive in us through His Word.

"Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the Word of God." (Romans 10:17) He will strengthen you deep within your heart in a place where no one else can reach. He will help you get through!

Do you believe that God will recover stolen property?

Do we think that our situation is far too great for Him?

Are you ready for the power of God to turn it all around?

"And call on Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall honor and glorify Me." - Psalm 50:15

Friday, March 16, 2007

In God's word there is life.

"My Son, attend to my Words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh." Proverbs 4: 20-22

When we stay in God's Word it is life.

When we attend to His Word then we re hearing the Word of God.

We need to listen to the Word that is brought forth either by radio, if you can't get out, or by a pastor.

"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." Hebrews 10:25

We are not to get caught up in every wind that blows.

We are to stay firmly grounded in God's Word.

I use this theory, when it doubt throw it out.

When one is in doubt you can throw it out, or you can go to God's Word abd research it, by no means take what someone is telling you for face value.

Go and find out for yourself!

That is how you will grow.

"If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven;" Colossians 1:23

Faith is now, today.

Hope is for tomorrow.

If you believe that you'll be healed tomorrow, then you have hope.

If you beieve that you will be healed now, then you have faith.

Faith happens in you heart.

Faith comes from recieving God's Word in your heart.

So, we must give our undivided attention to God's Word.

How so?

By spending time in God's Word.

We must come with a humble and teachable attitude.

We must lay all of our preconceived ideas, and dcotrines aside.

The only thing that matters is what God's Word says.

We must begin to focus on what God's word says.

I heard something a while back about taking time away from God, let's see if I can remember...

Most of us know that whatever we do that takes time away from God, and we put in the place of His time is an idol.

Are you more concerned about what other writers have to say that what God has written.

Yes, He did use man to write, but it was by the Holy spirit.

We are to mediate in God's Word day and night, so that we get it in our hearts, and written upon on minds.

What God has said in His Word, will impact the power in our lives.

When you are in need of help, you will be able to pull from what you have read out of God's Word because it will have been written on you heart.

When we continue to look at the eternal realities of healing, prosperity,deliverance, not matter you need,and having not wavered, will lead to God's blessings in our life sooner or later coming to pass.

The realities of the unseen world will manifest themslves in our body and in our personal circumstances.

"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal." II Corinthians 4:17-18

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

How do you praise Him?

"I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation." Psalm 118:21

How do you praise Him?

Did you know that without faith it is impossible to please Him?

But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for him that cometh to God must believe that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." Hebrews 11:6

Faith is the by product of His love, and calling in your life.

Faith is an attitude of life.

We must believe in Christ, to put our trust in Him as our strength, without whom we can do nothing.

He is our shield, our defender, and the lifter up of our head.

"Our soul waiteth for the Lord: He is our help and our shield." Psalm 33:20

We must keep our eyes upon Him, to enjoy Him in all things, wherever we are, and whatever we do.

"The dead praise not the Lord, neither ant that go down in silence. But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the Lord." Psalm 115:17-18

We are to bless the Lord "from the rising of the sun, unto the going down of the same the Lord's name is to be praised." Psalm 113:3

No matter what you are going through, no matter how weary you are, you can still praise Him.

Sometimes we think that our problems are bigger than God.

It is when we forget that God can take care of all our problems that we go even deeper into a state of depression.

We get into that state after we take our eyes off Him.

Yes, it is true what we put in our heart, and mind come out of our heart.

"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." Proverbs 4:23

Has something kept you broken, and weary?

"Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly." Psalm 31:9

God can take a broken vessel and make it brand new.

"Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah." Psalm 32:7

When we start praising Him, all our situations are pushed aside, and his love comes down and engulfs us.

He sets us free!

Free of fear and condemnation.

Free to receive all His blessings.

Free to live in victory.

Free to be found whole in Him.

Free to become a doer of the Word of God.

Praise is the confession of our faith in God's Word.

God demands that we come to Him with our faith.

We must learn to get the words of our mouth lined up with the Word of God.

Our praise will release that faith when we use the Word of God.

God's Word contains power.

There is something about the costliness of sacrifice that touches the heart of God.

You see, God is not only interested in the praise that we give Him when things are going well.

God is after that praise that comes out of a difficult trial, or grief, sickness, depression, oppression, temptation, financial difficulties, or whatever else there maybe.

It is very hard to praise aloud when you inner most being has been shattered.

We all must learn that sacrifice of praise, no matter what the circumstance.

We are to offer a sacrifice of praise to God continually.

So if you are down and out, weary, or just frustrated, start to praise Him and watch what God will do for you!

"By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name." Hebrews 13:15

Monday, March 12, 2007

Are you in between moments?? (Reprint)

Sometimes we just need a friendly reminder...

Are you in between one problem or another, or between life's little adventures?

Life is just that, it is full of in betweens, life and death, between rich and poor, between good and evil, between doubt and faith, between here and there, and so many more in betweens, or seasons that we go through.

If we are a people of faith, then there are a series of life's little in betweens, and God gives us the opportunity to be a part of these.

We as Christians go through stages in our faith, form justification, through sanctification, onto glorification, from redemption to completion.

We are in that moment, we are in between in everything that we do in our daily life. If we just sit back and take the time to think about, and enjoy the moment, in that moment there are life lessons for us to learn from, to help us grow.

There are so many different messages in our everyday moments, we just need to stop, take a deep breath, and sit back and see what is in that moment.

Is it guidance, peace, comfort, growth, promise, wisdom, prosperity, or maybe even rest.

Whatever the moment maybe it is a tool of learning to help you in your walk.

We need to learn to surrender of ourselves to the Holy Spirit who will show us all things in truth and righteousness.

"Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and will shew you things to come." John 16:7, 13

Let our teacher the Holy Spirit walk with you through life's daily little struggles.

"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye." Psalm 32:8

Don't miss out on that intimate relationship, that we each can have on a daily basis, and will only leave us for the longing of more with Him.

There are needs that need to be met, but in that defining moment there is God, ready and willing, all we have to do is ask, and in that moment He is there.

"And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, He will give it to you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full." John 16:23, 24


Saturday, March 10, 2007

Are you sure of His will?

"For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother. Mark 3:35

Is your obedience rewarded by progress and day by day being conformed more and more to the image of Christ?

Obedience is the outcome of faith, it is the desire of our purpose to practice what we profess.

We are essentially acknowledging that God knows better than we do how our lives ought to be lived.

It is when we obey Him, that very moment that we obey Him we are sure of His will.

Once you start to obey Him you will soon find that He is leading you out swiftly and easily.

He is leading you out into a life of conformity to Himself that will be a testimony to all around you, beyond what you yourself will ever know.

"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you." I Corinthians 3:16

To each believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, it is absolutely true that their body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in Him, which he has of God.

When we become one in Christ we then take on His character.

We will feel a change, but more than feeling is that which we are to be.

Even though we feel the change, the vital thing is not the feeling, the reality of the change.

Some of us will be instantly changed.

For some of us it will be a step by step process.

One of the biggest characteristics in my opinion in one's daily spiritual walk is that of meekness and quietness.

This will bring along with it a submissive acceptance of the will of God, through the events of the day.

Absence of worry or anxiety, deliverance from care and fear.

It will bring a calmness in the midst of turmoil and bustle.

These are just a few, there are many more other characteristics of outward development of that inward life that is found hid with Christ in God.

The kind of food that our minds devour will determine the kind of person we becomes.
- John R. W. Stott

"Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world." John 17:24

Thursday, March 08, 2007

How busy do you get?

"Wherefore recieve ye one another, as Christ also recieved us to the glory of God." Romans 15:7

Are you too Busy for a Friend??

One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name.

Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down.

It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and as the students left the room, each one handed in the papers.

That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that individual.

On Monday she gave each student his or her list. Before long, the entire class was smiling.

"Really?" she heard whispered.

"I never knew that I meant anything to anyone!" and, "I didn't know others liked me so much."

were most of the comments.

No one ever mentioned those papers in class again.

She never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn't matter.

The exercise had accomplished its purpose.

The students were happy with themselves and one another.

That group of students moved on.

Several years later, one of the students was killed in Viet Nam and his teacher attended the funeral of that special student.

She had never seen a serviceman in a military coffin before.

He looked so handsome, so mature.

The church was packed with his friends.

One by one those who loved him took a last walk by the coffin.

The teacher was the last one to bless the coffin.

As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to her.

"Were you Mark's math teacher?" he asked.

She nodded:"yes.

" Then he said: "Mark talked about you a lot.

After the funeral, most of Mark's former classmates went together to a luncheon.

Mark's mother and father were there, obviously waiting to speak with his teacher.

"We want to show you something," his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket.

"They found this on Mark when he was killed.

We thought you might recognize it.

"Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times.

The teacher knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which she had listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about him.

"Thank you so much for doing that," Mark's mother said. "

As you can see, Mark treasured it ."

All of Mark's former classmates started to gather around.

Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, "I still have my list.

It's in the top drawer of my desk at home."

Chuck's wife said, "Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album."

"I have mine too," Marilyn said.

"It's in my diary."

Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group "I carry this with me at all times," Vicki said and without batting an eyelash, she continued: "I think we all saved our lists."

That's when the teacher finally sat down and cried.

She cried for Mark and for all his friends who would never see him again .

The density of people in society is so thick that we forget that life will end one day.

And we don't know when that one day will be.

So please, tell the people you love and care for, that they are special and important.

Tell them, before it is too late.

Remember, you reap what you sow. What you put into the lives of others comes back into your own.

May Your Day Be As Blessed As You Are Special!

"A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly; and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Thorns

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to Hid purpose."

I had a friend send me this and I thought that there might be others who need to read this...

Sandra felt as low as the heels of her shoes as she pushed against a November gust and the florist shop door.

Her life had been easy, like a spring breeze.

Then in the fourth month of her second pregnancy, a minor automobile accident stole that from her.

During this Thanksgiving week she would have delivered a son.

She grieved over her loss. As if that weren't enough, her husband's company threatened a transfer. Then her sister, whose holiday visit she coveted, called saying she could not come for the holiday.

Then Sandra's friend infuriated her by suggesting her grief was a God-given path to maturity that would allow her to empathize with others who suffer.

She has no idea what I'm feeling, thought Sandra with a shudder.

Thanksgiving? Thankful for what? She wondered.

For a careless driver whose truck was hardly scratched when he rear-ended her? For an airbag that saved her life but took that of her child?

"Good afternoon, can I help you?" The shop clerk's approach startled her.

"I....I need an arrangement," stammered Sandra.

"For Thanksgiving? Do you want beautiful but ordinary, or would you like to challenge the day with a customer favorite I call the Thanksgiving "Special?" asked the shop clerk.

"I'm convinced that flowers tell stories," she continued.

"Are you looking for something that conveys 'gratitude' this thanksgiving?"

"Not exactly!" Sandra blurted out.

"In the last five months, everything that could go wrong has gone wrong."

Sandra regretted her outburst, and was surprised when the shop clerk said, "I have the perfect arrangement for you."

Just then the shop door's small bell rang, and the shop clerk said, "Hi, Barbara...Let me get your order."

She politely excused herself and walked toward a small workroom, then quickly reappeared, carrying an arrangement of greenery, bows, and long-stemmed thorny roses.

Except the ends of the rose stems were neatly snipped: there were no flowers.

"Want this in a box?" asked the clerk.

Sandra watched for the customer's response.

Was this a joke?

Who would want rose stems with no flowers!

She waited for laughter, but neither woman laughed.

"Yes, please," Barbara, replied with an appreciative smile.

"You'd think after three years of getting the special, I wouldn't be so moved by its significance, but I can feel it right here, all over again," she said as she gently tapped her chest.

And she left with her order.

"Uh," stammered Sandra, "that lady just left with, uh....She just left with no flowers!

"Right, said the clerk, "I cut off the flowers.

That's the Special.

I call it the Thanksgiving Thorns Bouquet."

"Oh, come on, you can't tell me someone is willing to pay for that!" exclaimed Sandra.
"Barbara came into the shop three years ago feeling much like you feel today," explained the clerk.

"She thought she had very little to be thankful for.

She had lost her father to cancer, the family business was failing, her son was into drugs, and she was facing major surgery."

"That same year I had lost my husband," continued the clerk, "and for the first time in my life, had just spent the holidays alone.

I had no children, no husband, no family nearby, and too great a debt to allow any travel."

"So what did you do?" asked Sandra.

"I learned to be thankful for thorns," answered the clerk quietly.

"I've always thanked God for the good things in my life and never questioned the good things that happened to me, but when bad stuff hit, did I ever ask questions!

It took time for me to learn that dark times are important.

I have always enjoyed the 'flowers' of life, but it took thorns to show me the beauty of God's comfort.

You know, the Bible says that God comforts us when we're afflicted, and from His consolation we learn to comfort others."

Sandra sucked in her breath as she thought about the very thing her friend had tried to tell her.

"I guess the truth is I don't want comfort.

I've lost a baby and I'm angry with God."

Just then someone else walked in the shop.

"Hey, Phil!" shouted the clerk to the balding, rotund man.

"My wife sent me in to get our usual Thanksgiving Special....12 thorny, long-stemmed stems!"

Phil laughed as the clerk handed him a tissue-wrapped arrangement from the refrigerator.

"Those are for your wife?" asked Sandra incredulously.

"Do you mind me asking why she wants something that looks like that?"

"Four years ago my wife and I nearly divorced. After forty years, we were in a real mess, but with the Lord's grace and guidance, we slogged through problem after problem.

He rescued our marriage.

Jenny here (the clerk) told me she kept a vase of rose stems to remind her of what she learned from "thorny" times, and that was good enough for me.

I took home some of those stems. My wife and I decided to label each one for a specific "problem" and give thanks for what that problem taught us."

"I don't know if I can be thankful for the thorns in my life." Sandra said.

"It's all too...Fresh."

"Well," the clerk replied carefully, "my experience has shown me that thorns make roses more precious.

We treasure God's providential care more during trouble than at any other time.

Remember, it was a crown of thorns that Jesus wore so we might know His love.

Don't resent the thorns."

Tears rolled down Sandra's cheeks.

For the first time since the accident, she loosened her grip on resentment.

"I'll take those twelve long-stemmed thorns, please," she managed to choke out.

"I hoped you would," said the clerk gently.

"I'll have them ready in a minute."

"Thank you.

What do I owe you?"

"Nothing.

Nothing but a promise to allow God to heal your heart.

The first year's arrangement is always on me."

The clerk smiled and handed a card to Sandra.

"I'll attach this card to your arrangement, but maybe you would like to read it first."

It read: "My God, I have never thanked You for my thorns. I have thanked You a thousand times for my roses, but never once for my thorns. Teach me the glory of the cross I bear; teach me the value of my thorns. Show me that I have climbed closer to You along the path of pain. Show me that, through my tears, the colors of Your rainbow look much more brilliant.

"Praise Him for your roses; thank him for your thorns!"

Sunday, March 04, 2007

What do you think?

"And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15

Did you know that God will set you up?

I have come today to ask what kinds of things that you would like to read about.

I know that there are other ways of receiving what God has for you other than just being preached at all the time.

How many readers out there would like to hear real life situations of what God is doing in others lives?

Not every one learns the same way.

Some of you that read these journals need that extra step of encouragement.

I still will have the Word mixed in.

I know that there are many out there that would like to be encouraged.

Many of you who visit are down and need a lift, are looking for that void to be filled.

I can tell you right now that there is only One person who can fill that void.

If you think that I have run out of material, sorry, have lots.

I have been seeking new direction for my journals.

Almost everything that I have written about I have either been through, or have some how been connected to someone going through it.

I have learned that life experiences are the best teachers.

I don't any anyway want to build up self, as that is the way to self destruction.

We learned a new song in church a couple of Sundays ago, and sorry to say all that I can remember is a chorus, which is now embedded in my mind.

I would like to pass it on...Thank you Philip Lassister.

I am the type of person like many of you who have a hard time with change.

I am human, and struggle just like you all.

The one thing that keeps me going is what am I going to learn from this new trial, this new experience.

Here is that chorus....

Lord, my soul sings
Here in Your presence
Let me fly on Your wings
Jesus, Love You so much
Love You so much, Jesus

I have been dealing with change, to the point of being confused.

"For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints." I Corinthians 14:33

My pastor, who is where you covering is at says...

That if you don't know you don't go.

If you don't have a pastor or a local church I would highly suggest you ask God to send you some direction about where to go.

Let Him lead you to a church and stay where you are planted so that you can bloom.

Every time that confusion comes in you have left a door open so that the enemy can come on in.

We have to give everything to God.

No matter what the circumstance look like, we must learn to keep our eyes focused on Him!

Yes, I agree that this is hard.

Can I share my heart with you?

When others look at me, I want them to see Jesus.

I want to step out of the way, and let Him take over.

It is not about us anyway, it is all about Jesus!

"For in Him we live, and move, and have our being." Acts 17:28a

No matter what we say, where we go, what we do, there will always be someone watching.

It is when they see that difference, that something special then they will begin to ask what is so different about you.

Why are you so happy all the time?

It is the joy of the Lord.

Why do you not worry?

Because "God will supply all my needs according to His riches in glory." Philippians 4:19

Ya Know that no matter what you are going through...He is all you need!

Have you ever asked Him to open your eyes to see, open your ears to hear, or open your heart to receive what He has for you?

How much do you really love Him?

Do you love Him with your whole heart?

Do you love Him with your soul?

Do you love Him with all your strength?

Do you let His Word saturate every inch of your being?

God wants us to be totally dependent upon Him.

God will always keep us in need, so we will be totally dependent upon Him.

No one is here to twist your arm, it is your choice.

"Shew me Thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day." Psalm 25:4-5

Friday, March 02, 2007

Shake it off...

"And let us be not weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Galatians 6:9

Have you made poor choices?

Sure, all of us have at some point in our life.

Maybe some of those choices might include, but not limited to....

...Violence, hatred, alcoholism, incest, drugs, porn.

Maybe you have had something bad happen to you from abuse, sexual assault, rape, maybe it has not even been mentioned here.

Life is going to shovel all sorts of dirt upon you, one can either chose to lay down or you can shake it off.

We must shake off the past, to walk in freedom for today.

We must not let our past get to us.

One day a farmers donkey fell into the well.

The donkey cried for hours as the donkey could not get out.

The farmer tried to figure out what to do.

Finally, he decided that the donkey was old, and that the well just needed to be filled in.

The farmer thought that since the donkey was old and the well was old, it would do good to just fill in the well.

The farmer did not think it worth it to save the donkey.

The farmer had invited all his neighbors to come over and help cover the donkey up in the well.

All the neighbors that came grabbed a shovel, and began shoveling dirt into the well.

The donkey was scared at first and really began to cry that much louder.

All of the sudden, the donkey became quiet.

The farmer out of his curiosity looked down into the well.

Boy was he surprised, by what he saw.

With every shovel of dirt that landed on the donkeys back, the farmer watched him shake it off, then step upon it.

It wasn't long until the donkey stepped up, over the edge of the wall and trotted off.

I would hope that one would want to get out of the well.

I would think that one would want to shake it off and step up in their circumstances.

One right choice will not make things right.

We must continue to do what is right.

It is not always easy making right choices when you are hurting.

We do not carry ourselves through these tests and trials.

God carries us!

He is God of the daily!

I love You, I thank You!

I'm nothing without Your grace.

If it wasn't for Your grace, where would I be?

I want to thank you for Your grace.

Your grace is enough for me.

Wherever you go, know that he will take care.

Whatever you do He will make a way!

Do you that name?

JESUS

"Because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world." I John 4:4