Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Sunday, September 27, 2009

a piece of cake

Ever wonder, What did I do to deserve this?

or

Why did God have to do this to me?

Here is a wonderful explanation!

A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong, she's failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.

Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack.

The daughter says, Absolutely Mom, I love your cake.

Here, have some cooking oil, her Mother offers.

Yuck - says her daughter.

How about a couple raw eggs?

Gross, Mom!

Would you like some flour then?

How about maybe baking soda?

MoM, those are all yucky!

Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves, but when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!

God works the same way.

Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times.

But God!

God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good!

We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!

God is crazy about you.

He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning.

Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen.

He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Carrots, Eggs and Coffee

A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee...

You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her.

She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up.

She was tired of fighting and struggling...

It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen.

She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire.

Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans.

She let them sit and boil ; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners.

She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl.

She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl....

Turning to her daughter, she asked,


Tell me what you see...

Carrots, eggs, and coffee, she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots.

She did and noted that they were soft.

The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it, after pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee..

The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.

The daughter then asked, What does it mean, mother?

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water...

Each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting.

However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile.

Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however.

After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

Which are you? she asked her daughter.

When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?

Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean ?

Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt
and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the
heat?

Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff?

Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or

Am I like the coffee bean?

The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain..

When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor.

If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.

When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level?

How do you handle adversity?

Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet,
Enough trials to make you strong,
Enough sorrow to keep you human and
Enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; They just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches!




Sunday, September 13, 2009

Will you?

After contemplation and soul searching...

I have decided to reach out to my friends and relatives and ask you to do something that has been troubling me for a long time.

Our nation is and has been on the slippery slope for a long time.

If you take a good look around you will find corruption, greed, moral decay, and a steady move away from the things that made us great.

The principles upon which this nation was founded are no longer our backbone.

We were found on Christian principles.

However, we can reverse this trend...

"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their Land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

I am convinced that we must pray for our nation and its leaders and ask for forgiveness.

I ask you to join me in this plea.

Would you please pray EVERYDAY.

Let me just add a quote from Ronald Reagan...
"If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."

I truly believe this is why the United States of America is in the shape that we are in today.

Most people have forgotten that we are one nation under God!

Let us as Christians stand up and remind people of this.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Do you have faith to praise Him?

"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

The mouth is the center of all spiritual warfare.

The weapons of God are launched here.

Praise is the ordained strength of God.

It is the backbone for all we are, what we do.

We were created to praise God.

"I will praise Thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; and I will shew forth all Thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in Thee; I will sing praise to Thy name, O most High." Psalm 9:1-2

The ordained strength of God's people in battle is perfected through praise.

Our mouths must be watched over, because no matter what one says we are launching weapons of one sort or another.

"Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile." Psalm 33:14

We are to practice not deceiving each other.

Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.

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

If and when we don't use our mouth's correctly, we simply make it impossible for us to win the battle.

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat of the fruit thereof." Proverbs 18:21

It is so important that we watch what we say.

It is so important to watch what comes out of our mouth.

Our mouth is the way that we cast our vote.

So, when we praise God, we are casting our vote for God, not the enemy.

When we start casting our vote for God, the atmosphere will start to change.

The mouth is the center of spiritual warfare.

When our heart is filled with the Word of God...

When we are standing in faith on What God's Word says, then that faith will be expressed out of our mouth.

"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." Luke 6:45

Faith looks to God, who is limitless.

Faith looks up and over opposition.

Faith sees a way out.

Faith believes that God is alive.

Faith believes that God can do it no matter what it is, no matter what.

Faith is the power in which you believe God.

Faith is when there is nothing inside other than a knowing that you know that you know- in that moment of knowing you have no doubt.

If you can get a hold of a little faith in your heart, anything is possible.

"For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that the things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith," Mark 11:23

Put your faith in God, not in man!

We need to lose ourselves to the limitless power of God, whether we understand it or not.

Many ties our heart tells us to do things we don't understand or can't see how they can work.

This is when we must totally trust in God!

Each morning we have two choices when we first wake up...

You can say good morning Lord

or

You can say good lord it's morning.

So which do you say?

Do you make statements like....

I'm fine under the circumstances.

I'm under the weather.

I'm under a lot of pressure.

or

Do you make statements like...

"Greater is He that is in me, than He that is in the world." 1 John 4:4

"I can do all things through Christ which strengthenth me." Philippians 4:13

Your destination is determined by the fruit of your lips.

Each person is responsible for what they say and how they say it.

One day each of us will stand before the Almighty God and take account for our actions - which includes what comes out of our mouth.

Each person must come to God personally.

If a man believes in his heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, and confess with his mouth, he shall be saved.

I'm talking about a heart experience, a whole heart, a response that we say with our mouth.

A confession we make with our mouth.

It is not just positive thinking, but thinking that has turned positive believing because you have mixed faith with it.

You can think about something all day, but if you don't mix faith with it, you might as well forget it.

If you believe it, you can hear it when you speak it.

You are setting you faith to it.

The most important thing that a Christian to know is who God is, and to know that you are in Him, nothing doubting.

We need to be steadfast in our faith.

We need a steadfast faith, and unshakable faith, an immovable faith.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." Romans 10:17

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Have you cleaned house lately?

Last Week I threw out WORRYING,

It was getting old and in the way.

It kept me from being me; I couldn't do things God's way.

I threw out a book on MY PAST(Didn't have time to read it anyway)

Replaced it with NEW GOALS,started reading it today.

I threw out HATE and BAD MEMORIES,(Remember how I treasured them so)?

Got me a NEW PHILOSOPHY too, threw out the one from long ago.

Brought in some new books too, called I CAN, I WILL, and I MUST.

Threw out I MIGHT, I THINK and I OUGHT.

WOW, you should've seen the dust.

I ran across an OLD FRIEND,I hadn't talked to in a while.

His name is God , and I really like His style.

He helped me to do some cleaning and added some things Hmself.

Like Prayer, Hope, Faith and Love,

Yes... I placed them right on the myself.

I picked up this special thing and placed it at the front door.

I found it-it's called Peace.

Nothing gets me down anymore.

Yes, I've got my house looking nice.

Looks good around the place.

For things like worry and trouble there just isn't any space.

It's good to do a little house cleaning, get rid of the things on the shelf.

It sure makes things brighter; Faith is: Not believing that God can, it is knowing that God will!