Learn How To Overcome Bitterness – Part 3

What’s Happening? What’s EATING YOU!

Lately life has presented some real challenges. In other words, some of everything is going on everywhere. Have you noticed? As a result, anger, discrimination, injustices, disappointment, insecurities, fears, sadness and bitterness abounds. However, don’t fret. You can learn to overcome bitterness.

Desire to live a happier life.

First don’t be alarmed. Second be wise and stay alert. Third know, the Word of God is being fulfilled right before our eyes. We are in the midst of the “Perilous Days.” Jesus said that this would all happen. Therefore, it is imperative to know God and His Word for yourself. Disobedience against His Word is sometimes ignorantly encouraged by many… God has a better way.

ALL GOD’S WORD IS TRUE!

So consequently; whatever you do, please don’t panic. Instead, take control. How? First you must begin to take time to; “Be Still and Know!” Take some time away from the noise of this world to hear from the Lord. Then diligently Seek God’s direction in everything. For God is more than able in any and every situation.

Begin to incorporate praising God into your day as well. Take praise breaks all throughout your day. Keep in mind each day is a precious gift from the Lord. As a result you make it a priority to be thankful. This also will help you to stay more focused on your goals.

LEARN HOW TO Overcome Bitterness

GOD SAYS REPENT!

God wants to be a part of every area of our life. It is true; “He will never leave nor forsake you!” Neither does He force His way into our lives. It is your choice to invite Him in.

Life becomes a marvelous journey when you allow the Lord to lead you. You really can overcome anything with the Lord. When God is at the helm, you will not let bitterness take root. Your conscious becomes enlightened. As you make happiness your choice you will become happier. Yes, there will still always be trials and tribulations. They are a part of life. But you must learn that; “GREATER IS HE that IS IN YOU than he that is in the world.”

Now is the perfect time to get better and not bitter. This is a great season to begin to refresh your mind and start anew. It’s cleansing and renewal time. Begin to lean and depend on God. Trust Him for better days ahead.

Once you make happiness your goal; it won’t just happen. Be mindful of the many distractions.

How to transform your mind.

Think for a moment. God made the mind. You really cannot transform your mind apart from the Lord. So, who do you think knows best how to heal it? His Word emphatically teaches us; “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  God’s Word truly can renew and cleanse your mind. However, you must learn to sincerely embrace His principles and hold them dear to your heart.

What’s eating You? 

Is something bothering you? Do you want to experience the transforming power of God’s Word? Believing, knowing, trusting God, embracing and daily implementing His Word is key. Bitterness, will not be able to stay rooted. If it has it will have to flee. It’s time for some spiritual gardening. Rototill your mind. And then fertilize it with the Word. The results will be; A lighter load and brighter spiritual horizons.

You can be angry and “sin not!”

Ask the Lord to “Create in you a clean heart and renew the right Spirit within you.”  Invite him into you day. As the Holy Spirit within you is activated you are cleansed from the inside out. As a result deliverance emerges. You will begin to think differently. Each day as you invite His infilling presence within you to fill you, you can become transformed from the inside out!

When you desire peace.

God can give you His peace that surpasses the understanding of man.”

This is not a manufactured peace that is displayed just for others. Nor is it overturned by emotional outbreaks. It is a genuine inner contentment that is from the Lord. You become more balanced. The reassurance of His omnipresence brings much comfort. You are inwardly provoked to be inwardly transformed rather than to outwardly conform. You seek the will of God over the will of man.

The Fruit of His Spirit then begins to take root instead. “But the Fruit of HIS SPIRIT is Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control!” Galatians 5  

Your actions, words, thoughts and emotions can be transformed.

Strive to live a life of peace. This world is on a slippery slope.

God is the God of peace. He can give you peace in the midst of a storm. This is why it is important that you regularly spend time with Him in His Word. Attending Bible Study is also a good idea. Especially if you don’t regularly spend time in the Word on your own. Studying together with your spouse or a friend is also good. But, personally learning how to depend and trust in the Lord should always be a top priority.

What you eat is important

The Word of God is necessary Essential Spiritual Food for your mind, body and soul. You need to partake in eating; “at the table” often. It is just as important as your regular meals. As a matter fact you will begin to eat and enjoy them better as well. Learn moderation and practice self-control. You will learn how to better relate to food. In turn, you will see how what you eat impacts how your body functions. Be mindful of when, what and how you eat. Finding a right balance is key. You want to eat to live rather than live to eat.

Time with your Creator should always be a priority. Get to know God in an up close intimate personal way. Because, His Word is alive and it imparts life. It helps you become a better you! As long as the Lord has us on this side of heaven there is room for improvement. Make way for healthier living. Learn to overcome bitterness.

After all, you are going to live throughout eternity with the Lord? Well, you do not want him to be a stranger whenever you see Him face to face.

So, don’t just read God’s Word for quantity. But to actually partake in spiritual fine dining in order to yield a greater spiritually enriched understanding of who the Lord is. You should strive to learn how to embrace and implement what you are learning within your daily life. Daily nourishing our soul is important. You will become spiritually strengthened and better able to release any bitterness as you actually digest His Word.

GOD REALLY CAN HEAL YOU EVERYWHERE YOU HURT!

We can always and forever count on God to be God. It is absolutely true; “He will never leave nor forsake You!” Learn to trust God. For He truly is the ultimate healer.

You really can overcome anything with the Lord when you make happiness your choice. His joy will be your strength. But you must first believe and know without doubt that; “GREATER IS HE that IS IN YOU than he that is in the world.” There is ” VICTORY in CHRIST JESUS! “

Once you have decided to make happiness your goal; it won’t just happen. Start by setting realistic expectations you can achieve. This will give you a sense of fulfilment. Responsively exercise self-control. It is important to keep focused. Therefore, initially make small goals that you can achieve. This will also help you to build confidence.

This transformation process is lifelong.

Change takes time. In the Lord we are forever growing in His grace. If you are impatient? In the process you can progressively learn how to become patient. This is key in learning to not react impulsively. First remember: As you exercise discipline you get better at it. Second, Don’t make excuses for shortcomings. Take responsibility for your actions. Third, Believe God and His Word. The results; With Christ Jesus as your personal Savior & Lord you will begin to see life differently.

Remember the worm in the apple. And don’t let anyone lay eggs on your blossoms.

Your goal is to now; release any residual bitterness and embrace your happiness. How? Firstly you must yield and submit yourself to the Lord. Secondly you learn to; worry, less and PRAY more. Thirdly, you embrace and implement the truth & principles of God’s Word within your daily life. As a result you become delivered and set free. In the final analysis you actually are becoming a better ” Designer’s Original! “

“GOD IS LOVE” & His Love Makes All the difference in the world! Part 1

What makes the difference ?

God is Love!

Having God within our lives is what actually makes all the difference in the world. Because, everything that you will ever need for life, daily living and eternal life you can discover in the Lord. Why? Because “God is Love!”


“We rise each morning to thank God for His Eternal Love. His love never ends. As you draw closer to Him love continues to flourish. We are forever grateful to the Lord for; “… Leading us on the Path of Righteousness for His Namesake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear NO evil for thou are with me. Thy rod and thy staff comfort me…” Psalm 23. Thank You Lord for being: “A Solid Rock Foundation!”

Holy Father You are truly forever; “The GOOD SHEPHERD!”

We are living in a time when some of everything is going on all throughout this world. Our faith in God is what continuously sustains us. And we know that without doubt we can always trust God and His Word. Each day is an opportunity to draw closer to the Lord. One of the most important things you should know is; “God is Love!” And correction is a part of His love.

Within His Word is a plethora of spiritual wisdom. As we study His Word the Lord implants it within our hearts and places it in the recesses of our mind. His Holy Spirit brings it forth when necessary. God’s Word is “A Lamp unto our feet and a Light unto our path. ” Psalm 119

Thank You Lord!

Praise and thank the Lord for saving me as a young child. It has been quite interesting being a part of His Church all of my life. I have learned that it is important to honor and worship God. For He has grown me in His grace, love, wisdom and understanding and is continuously shaping and molding me in His image. I am thankful to Him for freeing me, correcting, directing and protecting me. For it is only by HIS grace we are SAVED!

I thank Him for His Holy Spirit; His Comforter that He bestows upon us to lead us to all Truth. We together praise Him for His gift of eternal life. Because of this we are assured a place with Him in Heaven. We together are forever grateful to know that; “God is Love!” There is much contentment knowing that GOD is also omniscient. He knows absolutely everything about everyone who has ever been created. I know without doubt that nothing, nor no one or no thing can separate me/us from Him or His everlasting Love.

Truly having the Lord in your life will or can make all the difference in the world.

I am thankful to be married to a dedicated Man of God. He whole heartedly loves the Lord and His Word! Because of this he does not compromise His Word for the approval of man nor the acceptance of others. We are thankful for the “Oneness” and the freedom we have been given in the Lord! “…Where the Spirit of the Lord is; there is liberty!” II Corinthians 3 One must not use His or her liberty for a cloak of maliciousness. God teaches us how to firmly “STAND” upon HIS WORD!

Together we share a love for the Lord. We realize that Love is a precious gift from the Lord. It is what keeps us connected to Him. In Him by His grace we have a “Solid Rock Foundation!” Without the Lord life really has no purpose. Neither is there any promise of eternal life in Heaven.

Be Encouraged!

I want to encourage you to get to know the Lord in a personal intimate way. For in Him you can discover your true purpose in life. We daily share, the Gospel and live it out loud. It is our desire to live each day to please the Lord. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith. God has created us to glorify the Him!

We have been able to with the help of the Lord to preach, proclaim, teach, share, support and send others, as well as ourselves to; “GO YE THEREFORE…” There are many invaluable life lessons we have learned and continue to do so. GOD allows some people in your life to show you what not to do. Pray for discernment. The Lord is all His Word says He is and so much more. This is why I often say I am thankful for the life we have in the the Lord! We do not take this or one another for granted.

Worship & Praise has always been a part of our lives…

We are forever grateful the Lord has allowed us the opportunity to journey both far & near. Together we have experienced many different modes of Worship & Praise in the midst of many different cultures and environments throughout the world. There is a “Blessed Assurance” knowing that we belong to Him and that He is with us everywhere we go. All throughout this world, His creation speaks to our hearts and vociferously proclaims His omnipresence. We all must get better at listening.

We are Thankful!

Each day we are thankful for God’s Love and the Blessings that were spoken over us when we married. It was by God’s providence that we were destined to be married. We remain grateful for the Lord’s Blessing upon our union with (5) five adult children, their spouses and (24) twenty-four grandchildren.

Our ever increasing family has allowed us to be even more aware first-hand of the spiritual warfare that persists and is going on within this world. It cloaks itself in so many ways… One must learn to: “Be Still and Know!” This is necessary to be able to detect and discern the things that are not of GOD.

Spending time with God is important

There are many entrapments, pitfalls and strongholds that will attempt to attach to you. Be aware and be wise! They are designed to distract us from daily living in God’s presence. Life is a precious gift from God. So, make spending time alone with the Lord a priority. We as believers are to live each day as though we are expecting our Lord to return. It is absolutely necessary to know the Lord and His Word to be able to navigate through it all and remain on the Narrow Path.

We are blessed to have raised our now adult children within a balanced home of joy, peace & love with minimal contention. We could not have done this without the Lord. They know without that; “God is Love!” There was consistency, understanding, fun, structure & discipline. By God’s Grace there is not any doubt in them to whom our Lord & Savior Christ Jesus is.

This is our greatest legacy. Our children grew up knowing we the people are God’s Church and we gather together to Worship & Praise the LORD with others in many different assemblies and places of worship. We also realize that not everyone believes this…

We need to Pray!

We remain prayerful for this generation, God’s Church and the world at large. We realize that this generation as well as our grandchildren are facing a world that encourages compromising God’s principles by omission and commission. Today, alternative lifestyles are encouraged, supported, welcomed and permitted. This is true inside and outside of God’s Church.

Many of the ways of the world have gradually crept in. Lord have mercy! This also gives me/us the motivation to encourage them as well as others to holdfast to the Lord’ s Word. For this world wants to take you out on a limb that leads to the broad road… Please, know GOD’S WORD for yourself!

The WORD of GOD and the WORD in SONG have been dear to us. They are both effective in delivering the GOSPEL MESSAGE… For years we have traveled many miles back and forth to worship. The Word & Music have always been an integral part of our home lives. Music is a language of its own. It is important to daily Worship & Praise the Lord. For we will forever praise the Lord throughout eternity. The Bible is clear that the Church was inclusive within the homes of the believers for we are His Church. It is important to give GOD his place within our daily lives…

Christianity is a daily lifestyle. There is nothing anywhere in the world or this universe that GOD our Creator is not aware of. This is why it is wise to “Seek ye first His Kingdom and His Righteousness…” Mathew 6 For there is genuine “Security & Significance” & Peace knowing that He is Omniscient, Omnipresent and Omnipotent!

For us it has been; “Worldwide Ministry Beyond as well as Inside the Walls!” As long as the Lord has each of us on this side of Heaven it is to continue to grow in His grace, understanding and wisdom. Whenever we fulfill His purpose within our lives; He will call each of us home to transition to life forevermore with Him in Heaven. For this we are eternally grateful. Or we who remain will be “caught up to meet CHRIST JESUS in the air.” Everyone will bear witness to His return. Even those who pierced our LORD will witness HIS glorious spectacular return!

The Call upon our lives.

We are thankful that the LORD has called us as His; Elders/Ministers & Ambassadors. We do not take this lightly. We do not compete with others. And nor do we attempt to make proselytes after ourselves. However, we do proclaim, teach and preach the Gospel of Christ Jesus. We daily live by His Word. It behooves us to daily keep in mind that Christianity is an everyday lifestyle. We therefore encourage all to know Christ Jesus, embrace His Word and the power of His Resurrection!

We have witnessed on occasions how many are quite territorial about their places of worship. Know that there is also much spiritual warfare in and about GOD’S CHURCH. Many feel that the Church belongs to them. This is evident by their actions. For many it is more like a membership club. You have rights and privileges according to your delegated membership status. It is important to know that title to the building does not give you ownership to God’s Church.

GOD does not live in a building made by hands.

It is an honorable thing if you desire to designate a place of worship for the Church and or unbelievers to assemble. He does not require this of everyone… Know, God does hold you accountable for what you allow during worship… But one must also know that God does not live in a building made by the hands of man. GOD has but One Universal Church. His Church consists of a diversity of cultures, and people of all colors and cultures from all throughout the world.

Jesus is coming back for His Church

JESUS is not coming into the millions of brick and mortar buildings when He returns. It is important to know that God lives within the hearts of HIS believers who are HIS CHURCH! Yes, Christ Jesus will return for His Church that remains at the appointed time. Many transition to Him daily… However; whenever He returns the entire world will know. For HE will be visible to ALL up in the sky. Even those who pierced Jesus will see Him! For HIS CHURCH those of us who still remain on the earth, will be caught up to meet HIM in the air.

Correction is a part of Love

Today, we have so many different denominations, non denominations and assemblies. There is an element of division throughout them because of the various chosen modes of worship. Each vary in their beliefs and practices. This is because of man not GOD! All throughout the Word the Lord gives instructions, rebukes, directions, corrections and encouragement to His Church. God’s true Church is led and given guidance by His Holy Spirit.

“… I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR HEARTS, AND I WILL BE UNTO THEM A GOD AND THEY SAHLL BE TO ME A PEOPLE: AND THEY SHALL NOT TEACH EVERY MAN HIS NEIGHBOUR, AND EVERY MAN HIS BROTHER SAYING, KNOW THE LORD FOR ALL SHALL KNOW ME, FROM THE LEAST TO THE GREATEST. FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR UNRIGTEOUSNESS, AND THEIR SINS AND THEIR INIQUITIES WILL I REMEMBER NO MORE…” HEBREWS 8

The New Covenant Sanctuary; “But CHRIST being come A HIGH PRIEST of good to come, by a great and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is to say, not of the building… “ Hebrews 9

“We Need To Pray!”

The Lord gives us the freedom to choose. I often discuss this in detail throughout the many narratives I have written… It is important to know GOD’S WORD for yourself. This way you will not be; “tossed and turned with every wind of doctrine.”

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Our hope is in the Lord!

Getting Your Joy Back Part 4

HALLLELLLUJAH THANK YOU JESUS!!!

You can call upon Jesus 24/7. So if you are going through; You have to learn how to TRUST GOD! Life may try to take everything that you have, but TRUST GOD! It may try to take your health or take the health of your love ones, But TRUST GOD! It  may attempt to divide your home, your marriage and your family and  to uproot your children, But TRUST GOD! The enemy  may even try to take your life, But TRUST GOD! Always remember who you are in the Lord! Praise and thank GOD for a; “Solid Rock Foundation!”

The prince of the power of  the air can not do anymore than God allows. We are living in the midst of an Invisible Spiritual Warzone. Therefore, daily keep your focus upon God! Know this; when you are God’s child know that when its all said and done in the end WE WIN! God did not say it will all be good. But He did say; “ALL things will work together for the GOOD when you LOVE HIM and are called according to HIS purpose.” So come what may;  PRAISE GOD & SAY HALLLELLLUJAH ANYHOW!

Spiritual warfare is all around us

Think about this the enemy wants to steal your JOY! He will use any and everything or anyone who is willing to attempt to do just that. He wants to pull you down emotionally, physically and to lower your standard of living by tempting you to compromise your principles. Praise be to God, for He has given us His Holy Spirit, His Comforter. Our God given principles are some of your most invaluable possessions. They are bestowed to help discipline and empower you. Each day is an opportunity to grow in the grace and knowledge of God. Through our faith and trust in the Lord we gain access. We never become the power but realize that; “Greater is He that is within us than he that is in the world. “

While going through you must open your spiritual eyes and ears. Quite often some of those you have helped will often get selective amnesia. I often wondered where were all those people that Jesus helped when they crucified Him. God always knows. We can always depend on God and His Word. There truly is much spiritual warfare about us. Our world and our country is in trouble. This world is on a “slippery slope!” But our weapons are not carnal. Stay prepared and be alert. Is your armor together? Our true help is only in the Lord.

The Peace of God can sustain you


Know God intimately! Pray daily for His Precious Holy Spirit to fill you with His presence. Then whatever comes your way as it gets too heavy give it to the Lord. Do all you can do, as you give it to Him and then simply STAND! TRUST GOD! Regardless of what happens the enemy can’t take your JOY unless you let him. He will try so do not give it to him.

Allow the peace of God to sustain you. When you know God intimately His Word becomes woven and deeply embedded into the fabric of who you are. “Your WORD have I hidden in my heart so I may not sin against YOU.” Trust His Holy Spirit who will bring it to your remembrance. He will also bring comfort for He is God’s Comforter.

If you have let the shade be pulled down over your life and the enemy has inserted, regrets, depression, anxiety, stress, eating disorders, compulsive behaviors, addictions, disease, manipulation, and anything else in as your daily companions know that they are not of God. Begin to let it or them go! Reach to the Lord. You do not have to live with regrets. Things can always get better… Call upon Him who is always near. When needed or necessary You can also pray with someone who is on one accord. You have the authority within you through Christ Jesus so use it and shift your focus to the Lord. You will be strengthened as you discipline yourself to praise and daily thank God!

Practice makes Permanent!

God is the Ultimate Father, readily accessible to ALL who call upon Him sincerely and believe and accept His Son Jesus Christ into their heart as their Lord and Savior. Continue or begin implementing His principles within your daily life. Practice makes permanent! His gift to you is His Precious Holy Spirit that nurtures us and is His GIFT that assures us of Eternal life with Him! No one or nobody can change that.

God teaches us the importance of faithfulness and loyalty! It is paramount to always take your commitment to the Lord seriously. There is nothing more important in life. “Whatever you do, do it as unto the Lord.” You can call upon Jesus 24/7!

Don’t try to be like someone else. Be the best you, you can be! Be the Designer’s Original. Everywhere you are God is. So if you have let your JOY go because…. Take it back. “Though you have not seen Him, you LOVE Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious JOY, for you are receiving the goal of your FAITH, the SALVATION of your souls.” I PETER

God is Omnipresent

You can always and forever count on God knowing He is everywhere you are. The question is do you invite His presence? Did you know that it really is true; “ …For in Him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17. To better understand this it is important to daily  begin building your very own ongoing personal relationship with Him.

Just think when something happens; don’t you prefer to talk to someone you know? Always remember; You can call upon Jesus 24/7! So don’t just wait until something happens. God is not far away. He in fact is so close that you do not even have to say a Word for Him to hear you. He even knows your every thought! Our little finite minds cannot really conceive of GOD and all His fullness. “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” But through FAITH we can develop an ever growing TRUST in HIM.

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Getting Your Joy Back! Part 1

Do you want to hear what God has to say?

More often than not in the past the people did not want to hear what God had to say. As a result they conformed more to the ways of the world than to the ways of God.  Right now in this 21st century things really are not TOO much different from what was going on then. Therefore, some of everything is going on. What we are seeing are actually the results of man’s choices down through the generations. Many look to the ways of the world to resolve conflict and problems rather than to God.  No wonder that there are so  many unresolved issues.  Taking into consideration what God has to say about daily living is not as much of a priority.  Think about it for a moment. God is omniscient. He knows everything  about everything and everyone, past, present and future.

Listen closely

If you listen closely to the prophets in the Bible they often forewarn the people about things that are going to happen. They candidly proclaim God’s Word. The word prophet in Hebrew means; spokesperson. God’s people were quite deep into sin, disobedience, civic confusion and rebellion. Isaiah reminds us that our actions really do have consequences!

Whenever I read Isaiah, I can feel the anguish and heart wrenching despair that intensively emits forth from his soul.  The Prophet Isaiah fervently speaks forth the  oracles of God.  Isaiah had a very difficult mission. Quite often when you speak Truth you can expect to be labeled as “negative” or the bearer of “bad news.”   Along with a lot of other unflavorful words that I do not subscribe to.  Usually because it shows a contrast to what someone wants to do. 

Isaiah was a true visionary! He had great spiritual insight.  It was an arduous task of speaking to a group of despondent people.  Isaiah passionately shares of the purity of God, how powerful and loving God is and that God is a righteous Holy God! He informs us that God is also a God of wrath. But  most of all God definitely is a God of Justice! God will in His time deal with those who oppose His principles.  “God will not acquit the wicked.” Isaiah vehemently proclaims to the community at large the pitfalls of evil. Isaiah always exalts God! Yet in return he is called everything but a child of God. He told them that the land was becoming a desolate wasteland. He constantly pleaded with them to turn back to GOD!

There is a desire to bring about change

Isaiah did not have some morbid desire to make anyone unhappy. He did not try to tell them anything just for the sake of making them feel bad. He had no desire to be popular among the people. He was not a lunatic, neurotic, narcissistic, uncaring, self centered or mentally challenged in any way.  There was absolutely no hidden agenda. He was focused upon His God given mission. He simply wanted to do the will of the Lord. Isaiah could see that they were suffering.  It was because he was obedient to the “Call” God had placed upon his life, he said the very things they did not want to hear…  Although hurtful at times he did it to bring about good. To promote change and encourage the people to REPENT and move towards God’s Way of life.

Look at what has been happening around us!

Today our country is slowly still recovering from the last recession.  Our government even “SHUT DOWN” because President Obama and Congress were not able to agree.  It “SHUT DOWN”  for and extended period of time  again because President Trump and Congress could not agree. Has anyone every really considered what God would say. Is not America a country under God with liberty and justice for all?  Well there have certainly been a lot of decisions made that go contrary to His Word! LORD HELP US!

We are always on alert for terrorists both foreign and domestic.  Yet notice that those who make decisions in the political arena  often  cause much havoc in the lives of the people as well. They themselves bring much division. As a result because they could not come to an agreement the people have suffered greatly. There needs to be more focus on resolving the inner conflict between all parties. It really usually boils down to someone wanting more power. Someone wanting the people to be at their command and think and respond like them.  It behooves us to also become even more aware of the many things that are happening. Really it’s because the principles of God have been laid aside. 

All one has to do is gather together a mass of people to support whatever their cause is. Their shared issues or grievances then become the priority. They feel because they are the united majority they rule. It does not matter what it is? Just the fact that you can get many to agree and join with you to do whatever does not mean you are right. Sad but true, some are simple minded and will follow anyone. Man often advocates freedom without God. This really  will not lead to true freedom but eventually to more  dependency and chaos.

During the recession; Properties values fell drastically and are now on the rise, homes were lost, corporations were closed, careers lost, many relationships broken, unemployment rates were at an all time high, stock devalued and  pensions lost. This is more results of man’s decisions that impacted many. We can now see the aftermath. What has really been learned? Overall we can expect more of the same until Christ Jesus returns.  Now  divorce is at an all time high, families are being pulled and torn apart,  murder, crime you name it is on the rise.  Many things were tremendously impacted.  Some things will never be quite the same.

There has been a moral decline

The moral decline is unspeakable as well.  The astronomical percentage of abortions continues to increase. The plethora of mass shootings continue.  One must now be daily concerned for the safety of their children in school. Let’s not forget the continual fight to making  “Marriage God’s Way” the same as same sex unions. This is man’s design for relationships not God’s. God has not changed.  Marriage God’s Way is “Holy Matrimony” which is  between One Man & One Woman!” Now today no wonder we have many also confused about their gender?  This should not be?

It is important to seek the will of God Almighty above the ways of the world. God has made it clear in His Word about what constitutes marriage. He also teaches us about traveling on the broad road. This is the frequent road of the majority… As a result this will only lead to more destruction.  God’s Way is the road less traveled, which is the; “Narrow Path” But what does that matter? Check it out for yourself in His Word!

Getting Your Joy Back!

WoW!   Everybody knows it and no one wants to say it.  GOD IS SPEAKING in many ways!  You can only ignore Him as the Creator and Sustainer of life  for so long. No wonder pandemonium and mayhem have really set in.  What has been happening in the dark is now coming to the Light! We are seeing the influences of the prince of the power of the air.  Some of everything is happening all over the world.  PRAY FOR DISCERNMENT! Ask the LORD to open your spiritual eyes. In these “Latter Days” the Word of God is being fulfilled. Know this; God can still help you get your joy back! 

There really is hope!

But wait there is Hope! And yes there is still Joy! GOD HAS NOT CHANGED. We can STAND FIRM in HIS WORD against the things we know are NOT of GOD! Ultimately GOD has everything and everyone under His control.  The battle has already been won.  God is patient. He has given all of us the freedom to choose. As we grow in His grace we learn to make better decisions. Always  keep in mind that there are consequences for the choices we all make. Always remember that GOD is also THE GOD of WRATH!  Seeking the will of the Lord daily will result in becoming more patient. You will not seek confirmation from the masses. You will instead seek to please GOD above all others… This yields marvelous spiritual benefits and inner peace. God teaches us in His Word.   “Those that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40.

Trust the Lord!

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Learning The Art Of “Being Still” Part 2

 

Couple on the Beach

 

Part 2

 

Triune God

There is an art to learning how to be still. More importantly,  know that Almighty God is the majestic  triune God. The Father, Son and His Holy Spirit His Comforter are all one. This world and everything in it belongs to Him. “Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in he earth. The Lord of hosts is with us…”  Psalm 46

 

The  Proverbs  contains a wealth of spiritual wisdom. They candidly informs us that understanding comes from  the Lord. God is omniscient, omnipresent and  omnipotent. Everything you need for life you can discover in the Lord.  Above Him there is no other. HE IS AN AWESOME AWEWONDERFUL GOD!

 

We must solicit His Holy Spirit to open our understanding.

 

God’s Word is alive. We should approach His Word humbly and interactively with respect. His Word; is distinctly different. It is outstanding! There is like no other book in the world. The Bible is the only book that the Author is always present. As we navigate through its amazing passages we find it exudes a plethora of spiritual wisdom. It ignites and enlightens our innermost being.

 

Spiritual Wisdom

Godly understanding is a companion of spiritual wisdom. God does not want us ignorant. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.” Therefore, humbly and sincerely ask the Lord to open your understanding as you journey through its contents. His Word is marvelously powerful! Be sure to read comprehensively with the intent to glean and apply its intended messages to your daily life. The Lord alone knows exactly what we all need.

 

The Art Of “Being Still!”

 

Rest in PEACE

Be Still  Daily Praise Him.

God’s  marvelous Word is not of man’s interpretation.  It requires assistance from His Holy Spirit to open our spiritual  understanding.

 

Life Presents Challenges

Adorn  yourself daily with  the Armor of God. Whenever  life presents  inevitable  challenges and bombards you on every side His Word helps us to be prepared. If you are not prepared  they will take you under.  Each day take time  to draw even nearer to the Lord and polish up your spiritual armor.  Put into practice  all that you learn.  Be willing  to be attentive, conscientious,  focused and  ready to hear.  Be open to conviction and enthusiastically listen from the deepest depth of your being. It is His Truth that keeps your loins protected and your mind sharp!

 

God’s Spirit transforms us from the inside out. It is also  in His presence where you  internally re-energize,. You become more aware as your mental telepathy is  tuned in to Him.  Your  inner  peace resonates  and  becomes amplified.  Your God-given joy and  encouragement  is fortified. Remember, grace and peace is multiplied by the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

You can hear from God wherever you are

Keep in mind, the Word of God is “Quick and powerful meaning it is alive,  active!  Hebrews  8 tells us that God really will  “put His laws in your minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people…”  You can hear the Lord wherever you are. However you are. You must discipline yourself to learn how to; “Be Still!”  This is not something that man can inhibit unless you allow it.  Keep your focus upon the Lord.  Hebrews also goes on to say that this is  the  “New Covenant…”  It is important to know God’s Word for yourself.  Life was not meant to be an aimlessly ephemeral,   simple transient   excursion.

 

Christianity is a daily Lifestyle

The people of God  down through the generations have gone  through some things.  This is why Praise and Worship was meant to be a daily lifestyle. Worship keeps us connected to who we are and for whom we were created.    To “lift up Holy  hands,” inside, outside, whenever or wherever.  His Church assembles together large or small, or when “two are three are gathered in My name. I am in the midst…”  It does not take a crowd to praise the Lord!  Jesus should be praised, thanked, edified  and  magnified.  Everyday; “To GOD Be the GLORY!”

 

His Covenant is a promised  agreement.  In your leisure take the time to see how throughout the lives of His people God was always meant to be their  “Central Theme.”  The  many preparations, numerous  offerings and sacrifices  that were made in the Old Testament were mere reminders of  the sins of the people and the need to be mindful of God and His principles daily.    God always leaves a remnant of His people .  Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior through which all was spoken into existence, who is Holy, sinless, blameless, once and for all sacrificed His life for us so we could live life differently.

 

Your Body is A Temple

This is why it is vitally important and so relevant  to know Him and what He has done for all  of us!  God  is not a respecter of persons.”  As a believer it is significantly important to know that you have a place with Him. A place specifically meant for you within His body; the Church. Christ Jesus is the Head of His Church.   His Church  is not made by the hands of man. Your body is the Temple where He resides.  His nurturing presence is readily available wherever you are. 

 

His plenteous manna  is accessible for the  ripening  of the Fruit of His Spirit within your life.   Just   know with confidence, no one can separate you from the Lord unless you allow  it. It is your choice.  Seek to  Know the Lord  personally. who He is and what you believe,  put your faith and trust in God.

 

Make is a priority to spend some time each day with the Lord in His Word.  God wants to make a difference in your life everyday.

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The Spirit of Truth

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JESUS CHRIST is the LIGHT of the world! The LORD does not want anyone to walk in darkness. HE has given us HIS WORD JESUS CHRIST & HIS COMFORTER HIS HOLY SPIRIT! “HIS WORD is a LAMP unto your feet and a LIGHT unto your path”

This is what HIS WORD teaches:
“Unless I go away, the COUNSELOR, will not come to you; but if I go, I will send HIM to you. When HE comes HE will convict the world of guilt in regard to SIN & RIGHTEOUSNESS and JUDGMENT, in regards to SIN men do not BELIEVE in ME; in regards to RIGHTEOUSNESS, because I AM going to the FATHER where you can see ME no longer; and in regards to judgment because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when HE, the SPIRIT of TRUTH comes, HE WILL GUIDE you to ALL TRUTH
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John 16

All around and throughout this world our Lord has created there is much Spiritual Warfare about us. Because of Jesus Christ death upon the cross we have been given the opportunity to have Eternal life. It is upon the cross Jesus Christ overcame the forces of darkness and redeemed us from the penalty of sin of the original sin that entered the world via Adam & Eve. No one else was able to do this! We who believe can now look forward to one day living with God in Heaven forever after we have completed the course of life or once Jesus Christ returns for those of us who remain before the RAPTURE! This is only possible once we truly accept Jesus Christ into our hearts as our personal Savior & Lord. Praise God!

Upon the profession of our Faith we receive the precious Gift of His Holy Spirit It is through an ongoing committed intimate relationship with Him we are able to grow in His wisdom, Grace & knowledge. God has given us His Word which is our necessary Spiritual Food to nourish our eternal souls. We are then better able to recognize and discern when something or someone is not of Him as we implement the principles of His Word within our daily lives. We must continually as often as necessary asked to be filled by the indwelling presence of His Holy Spirit! “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be SAVED. For it is with your heart that you BELIEVE and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are Saved.” Romans 10

The prince of this world who is satan has already been condemned to eternal damnation. Therefore he does not want any of us to know the TRUTH and he daily continues to try and deceive and confuse the inhabitants of this world any way he can… The reason why we are seeing so many things going awry within the world is because so many are turning away from the Word of God. Many are ignorant and do not know GOD. Many are doing what is right in their own eyes and seek to fulfill the lust of the flesh. This is true in the world and also to a degree within God’s Church! God created this world that was spoken into existence through Jesus Christ. Everything that He made was good. Through man’s disobedience it was corrupted by sin. “In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with God, and the WORD was God. He was God from the beginning..” John 1

God has given us the BIBLE which is His infallible Holy Word! It consists of the Old & New Testaments. A good acronym to remember is: BIBLE = Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth! It is here in His Word we better learn what life & living is all about and its history and origins. When Jesus Christ came He fulfilled the laws and all the requirements of the Old Testament. In the New Testament we learn how He now wants us to live. As believers committed to His word, we have a Covenant relationship with Him. Here is what His Word teaches us: “This is the Covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put My laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be My people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying ‘Know the Lord, because they all will know Me, from the least to the greatest…” Hebrews 8

Spend time with the Lord each day and allow Him to write His Laws upon Your heart. He will refresh and strengthen your body and soul and give You a sound mind. Readily repent of any sin. Daily seek Him above everything and everyone!

This is why it is so very important to know the Word of God for yourself. We are under the Covenant of Grace. The invitation to accept Him as Lord and Savior that was given to Israel has been extended to all nations. We as believers are not to use grace as a license to sin. Sin is anything that separates us from God. “ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” We are not supposed to practice sin. Nor or we to excuse sin in ourselves or others… We are to readily repent of any sin and start anew walking in the Light of His Word. Spiritual growth is an ongoing life long process. We can do this through the Power of His Holy Spirit which is; the Spirit of Truth!”

The Holy Spirit His Comforter is a precious Gift from God to lead us to all Truth! To help us navigate through the Spiritual Warfare that has been designed to entrap us and pull us away from God’s purpose & plan for our lives. It is important that we learn to become better focused, stay connected to the Lord and “pray without ceasing” throughout our day!

KNOW this: JESUS CHRIST IS THE WAY THE TRUTH & THE LIFE! Do NOT be deceived there is NO OTHER way to HEAVEN! “Through Him all things were made; without HIM nothing was made that has been made. Above the Lord there is no other. Nothing or no one comes before HIM or is greater than He! The Father, His Son and His holy Spirit are One! Christ Jesus is the Light of the world. Without Him we would all be in darkness. In Him is life, and that life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” John 1
All the honor and glory belongs to the Lord! Everyday we should Praise, Thank and Bless His Holy Name!

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Contending For The Faith

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If you ever want a powerful defense for the Christian Faith Jude is an excellent book to refer to. Defending the Faith is not something new. Jude teaches the importance of not compromising the Word of God! The Word of God is priceless! You cannot manipulate God nor His Word no matter who you are! There are a lot of worldly influences that from the very beginning have tried to twist the Bible and its teachings! Many have been deceived, this is still the case today! Many worldly ways, concepts and methods have been embraced and embedded into the organized church system that are not of God. This is why it is important to know God and know His Word; of Him you can be certain and sure!!!

Jude tells us to “Contend for the Faith!” What does this mean? Contend means to strive against difficulties, to be persistent and assert yourself. Faith means believe without seeing. “FAITH is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By Faith we understand that the universe was formed at GOD’S command so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible…” Hebrews 11 The Bible gives us the real facts! It is was not   misconstrued circumstantial evidence. Many today attempt to use the Word to control others, justify their behavior and lifestyles but are really only promoting sin!

God is powerful as a matter of fact He is OMNIPOTENT meaning He is ALL POWER! He is SUPERIOR and SUPREME! Think about it with all the millions of organized church assemblies opened in the name of God, what is going on in this world should not be! It certainly is not because of GOD! It is because there are so many wolves in sheep clothing. “They are godless men who change the grace of God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord” Saints are supposed to be believers! Not followers of the world. But, followers of Jesus Christ!

Today too many want to be leaders that are served, rather than Servants of God! All too often you now find that many in the church instead follow the latest trends and adopt the ways of the world. No need to be jealous! Disengage from the messiness and focus on GOD! Make it your goal to share the WORD and truly live everyday to please GOD! Come what may in the end you will have VICTORY through JESUS CHRIST! ALL you will ever need you can discover in the LORD! “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it…” Psalm 24. Want what GOD wants for you! When you “STAND” on GOD’S WORD you never have to stand alone! “GOD WILL FIGHT YOUR BATTLES” Take some time and think about it? Who are you really following and where are they leading you to? Truly; “The LORD is my SHEPHERD!” & “HE leads me in the path of righteousness for HIS Namesake…”

We must TRUST GOD! When you know that there is a lot of false teaching going on what do you do? When you know that you have helped those that no one else would help, and they turn on you, what do you do? When you know that you have been mistreated and maligned and falsely accused what do you do? Do not have a pity party! PRAISE GOD!!! Know that you are in good company because this is what happened to Jesus! When you know that manipulation and deception is present you still must remain faithful to God and His Word! Don’t let anyone pull you so low that you hate them… Don’t settle or compromise your godly principles to get access or support by the majority… Christianity is really not a popularity contest or a social club. Yes we are supposed to fellowship and Worship & Praise God! But don’t get caught up in the gossip… Anything you say about someone when they are not present you should be willing to say to their face.

Everyone will have to answer to the Lord at some point! So get right with GOD! God knows what you have or have not done. Don’t become bitter! Become BETTER! Guard your heart! God is more powerful than what any man or woman can EVER do to you! You must draw closer to God and TRUST HIM! Seek Him above all else! God will give you a strong sound mind! He CAN KEEP you from falling! “Do not be conformed to this world. But TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind!” Your true security and significance can only be found in the LORD! “If GOD is for us who can be against us!” THANK YOU LORD! & PRAISE GOD!

The Word is often used to justify lifestyles and wrong behavior that are not sanctioned by God! Minimizing sin and embracing tolerance. Often justified under the guise of unconditional love! God never intended for Christianity to become a legalistic doctrinal concept of rules and regulations. The House of God is supposed to be the Pillar of TRUTH! It is written! Christ died so we could have an abundant spiritual life! As a matter of fact it was the religious leaders that conspired to discredit JESUS and secretly sought to destroy Him. How ironic they called Him evil. Does this sound familiar? The Bible is the inspired Word of God! “It is a lamp unto our feet and a Light unto our path…”

The gift of Eternal Life is one of the most precious gifts one can ever receive! Along with that gift comes the promise of His Holy Spirit. The Comforter and ultimate internal Teacher! Jude extends to us Mercy, Peace and Love in abundance! When Jesus ascended to heaven He promised that the Holy Spirit would come. Jesus prepared His disciples for His departure. He told them “Nevertheless I tell you the TRUTH. It is to your advantage that I go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment; of sin, because they do not believe in Me, of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. I still have many things to say to you, BUT you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of TRUTH, has come, He will guide you into All truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come…” JOHN 16

Jude known as the brother of Jesus Christ tells us that we have a duty to fight for GOD’S TRUTH! Not in a physical carnal way! Our weapons are not carnal! We must stay adorned with the spiritual armor! “PRAY also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the GOSPEL, for which I am an ambassador in chains. PRAY that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should” See Ephesians 6 Know that your body is a temple of GOD and GOD is everywhere that you are! Without doubt we are in the last days and the Word of God is being fulfilled! We need not be afraid but prayerful! It is important to persevere knowing that God is with you! Jude says:“But dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times, there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires. These are the men who divide you. Who follow mere natural instincts and DO NOT have the SPIRIT. But you, dear friends build yourself up in your most HOLY FAITH and pray in the HOLY SPIRIT. Keep yourselves up in God’s LOVE as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh…”

One must only watch the news, read the newspaper or search online to see that time is near! “Anything goes!” There was not only been an Economic Recession but a “SPIRITUAL RECESSION” as well! Just look around and see the extremity of things that are happening in and about the world… Many of our congregations are also allowing carnal worldly teachings. Bible study on many occasions has turned into group think and mind conditioning sessions to tell people who they should or should not associate with… This is a cultist mentality. No wonder there is so much havoc within the homes, schools, work places, entertainment events and communities. Ministry goes beyond the walls! Please do not just go to Church! Be the CHURCH! I always say; “Character is who you are when no one but GOD is watching!” We must not just read and talk about the Word. We must actually apply it within our daily lives. “Do not walk in the counsel of ungodly people…” Psalm 1 It is important to know that the LORD is with you wherever you go and one must constantly seek the direction of HIS HOLY SPIRIT! Healing & deliverance is truly possible! Quite often respect for God and His Word are all too often are laid aside; carnality takes the forefront because somebody says; “I’m human” The time of increased Apostasy is definitely here! Meaning the abandoning of Faith! “Without Faith it is impossible to please God!” We must encourage believers as well as non believers to get to know the LORD in an intimate up close and personal way. LORD HELP US!

Anyone can be subject to error therefore PRAY for SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT! This is why we all need His Holy Spirit to convict the heart of sin and point us to righteousness. What is righteousness? It is right living in the eyes of God! It is walking in the path of righteousness for HIS NAMESAKE! Sin is anything that separates us from God! Sin is missing the mark. The world says do what you feel is right and the majority votes to change the rules to suit its carnal desires. Remember Sodom and Gomorrah? God really will set you FREE! But not to do as you please. God has a better way. We must daily strive to delight ourselves in the WORD of GOD! Exercise your Faith in GOD as you PRAY in the HOLY SPIRIT! This means as you pray in power & strength you turn your focus to the LORD and seek HIS WILL above all others! Jude says:”Contend for the Faith that was once entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of GOD into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Lord as Sovereign and Lord” Jude 1 God wants to reveal to us daily HIS WILL & HIS WAY This is another reason why Jesus left us His Holy Spirit! “But dear friends build yourselves up in your most HOLY FAITH & PRAY in the HOLY SPIRIT. Keep yourselves in GOD’S LOVE as you wait for the mercy of our LORD JESUS CHRIST to bring you to ETERNAL LIFE…” Jude 1

Everyday, “To GOD be the GLORY!” The LORD wants us to, “be in the world, but not of the world!” Having an encounter with God regularly will bring you closer to Him! It will continually open your “spiritual eyes” This is also why we must contend for the Faith and stand firm! If you have grown slack in your commitment to God; He can speak renewal and strength to your heart! We must humbly and diligently pursue TRUTH! God can bring a plan and a purpose into your life like no other! “To HIM who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great JOY to the only GOD and SAVIOR be GLORY, MAJESTY, POWER and AUTHORITY, through JESUS CHRIST our LORD, before all ages, now and forevermore! HALLLELLLUJAH, SALVATION & GLORY HONOR & POWER to THE LORD our GOD!!!”

True Beauty Comes From Within Part 1

TRUE BEAUTY COMES FROM WITHIN

True beauty emanates from deep within your soul. You are able to age gracefully as you draw from its reservoir.  It is not at all superficial.  True inner beauty is not  based upon your size,  shape or physical features. Your inner beauty is  comprised of a multiplicity of   layers  that are not always readily apparent.  This  goes far beyond the epidermis yet at times remains reflective upon your countenance.

Nourish Your soul

Daily begin to embrace the Word of God.  It spiritually enriches and nourishes us in a marvelous way.  It magnificently  will replenish your soul. It is bursting with a wealth of wisdom that will make your heart glow.  It is necessary spiritual food for our mind, body and soul. Your soul is the essence of who you really are.  It lives forever. God is the giver and sustainer of life.   There is much contentment to be gained in continuing to develop  an ongoing growing   relationship with the Lord.  This reassures us of life eternally with him.

Each of us has been given a unique inborn temperament by God. Our personality is composed of the various experiences we encounter in life.  It  begins to develop in infancy. It is also a covering for your soul.

“GOD is LOVE!”

God’s Love is steadfast and genuine. When properly nurtured His love becomes deeply embedded into the fabric of who we are. We each have been created by God for a purpose. It is important to make it a daily priority to get to know our Creator on a personal level. It is within an up close intimate relationship with him we grow spiritually in His grace.

I truly understand more each day why the Lord tells us to “hide His Word within our hearts, so we might not sin against Him… Only God can see into our hearts! “Man looks on the outside. But God looks at the heart.” As believers His Holy Spirit resides within us. It is utterly amazing that He knows each and everyone of us totally from the inside out.

We are all transparent to the Lord. There is nothing that is hidden to him. Sin is anything that separates us from God. It is in our best interest to readily “REPENT” of any sin so we can stay connected to the Lord.

Life brings about a plethora of varied experiences.  Some can be quite difficult; some which are good others not so good. Yet there are those  that are just  simply incredible! Life is about learning how to grow through them all.  Going through the various experiences we can learn to  sin less.  However, you must begin to exercise self control. To respond patiently rather than react impulsively.   What you practice you become. We should want to always remain connected to the Lord. It is in Him we can have His deep abiding peace.

The Blessings of the Word of God

“Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep His statues and seek Him with ALL their heart.” Blessed means to be happy and consecrated by God. God did not intend for His Word to just become mere letters on a papyrus (paper). He meant for it to become ALIVE within our soul to feed us and nourish us spiritually and emotionally so we can daily walk in His precepts. To help us go through whatever life presents to us, Blessed! One can then say Hallelujah Anyhow! The JOY of the Lord remains with us when we allow HIM to be our strength.

It is often said “What comes from the heart goes to the heart.” Many quote this as Scripture. Yet, this actually is  not a scripture. This infamous   quote was given to us by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. There is a heartfelt sincerity when one speaks from the wellspring of their heart. This is why it is so memorable.  It is important that we learn how to guard our hearts.

A strong fervent prayer life is important

“Our FATHER, Give us today our daily bread…”

Knowing God intimately makes all the difference in the world. The sooner you start the better. Tomorrow is not promised therefore we do not know what a day may bring. Your relationship with the Lord will help immensely in later years. It will preserve you and help keep your soul refreshed and renewed.

Knowing and believing the fact that God is Omnipresent and always with you is a precious TRUTH. When you fully embrace this you won’t feel lonely even when you are alone. It is important to have our priorities right. We can emerge triumphantly and rise above whatever has happened, is happening or will happen.

It is through the many experiences we encounter in life we grow. How well we fair through those experiences can help strengthen us an build our character. Some experiences can be difficult. It is important that we are not embittered by those experiences. When things are unpleasant we must learn to face them responsibly. This is how we build character. Yes, there are times in life that we will encounter difficult people.

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Learning The Art Of “Being Still” Part 1

dreamstimefree_1144122[1]Whenever you are amidst spiritual warfare or when a crisis arises, it is important that  you  seek and learn to “BE STILL.” Being still does not mean that you are unconcerned or oblivious to what is happening. You  are not  simply just doing nothing.  Nor is it a delusional state of  unconsciousness  rendering being in denial.  You are not having   erroneous illusions of  grandeur. You are not being self-centered.  Quite the contrary.  You are God centered!  Your spiritual awareness is  actually  heightened.  It is a non combative state.

During spiritual warfare or a crisis, usually there is much stress.

People often respond in ways that are counterproductive.  One will tend to make hasty decisions and  become easily angered.  Over indulgence in drugs, alcohol, or  some other substance  or unfavorable activity is not advised.  You may even become passive since there is a  lack of  coping skills.  Instead it really is very important  to be responsible.  Instead strive  to  be  more attentive.

Be alert  to your surroundings as well as  those about you.  Learn to become flexible and resilient,   so you will not get towed along.  Being still is a state of mind that helps you remain focused. Staying in a cognizant preferred  chosen calm state of  tranquility.  Not walking  in  weakness,  but  making a sincere attempt to submit to a disciplined practice of walking  in “meekness.”   Here your faith and trust is rooted and grounded in the Lord.

Seek to be led by the Spirit!

It helps sometimes to also keep a  sense  of  humor about you.  Just know, a bit of  appropriate  laughter is a good antidote for the soul.  Laughter helps to keep things within a healthy responsive balance.  Readily enlist earnestly the opportunity to “pray unceasingly.”  To be aware that the often orchestrated  situation at hand, really wants you to “act out”  or respond in an unseemly, improper or inappropriate  carnal manner.  Which  really only  wants to cast you in an unfavorable light to simply mar your testimony.

Take a few moments of  personal Worship and Praise!

Having the Lord within your life truly does make all the difference in the world.   It is  quite splendid.  As we grow in His grace we learn to respond or not respond by embracing the Fruit of His Spirit. You care more,  but impulsively react less. You instead consciously respond  Your desire is to please god increases.  Your commitment to Him increases as well. You learn to daily  incorporate “Praying without ceasing” into all areas of your life.  This conscious state of being  keeps you connected to the Lord. You choose to focus on the Lord rather than get pulled away from your center.

Know that there is always  spiritual warfare all about us even in the midst of corporate worship!

One must learn to depend and call upon the Lord. This is possible  wherever you are. This can be done in an inaudible way, momentarily and meekly  inwardly bowing, knowing that your heart becomes an immediate altar.  Since we cannot avoid crisis learn to invite God into the messiness about you. It is possible as the Word says; to be angry and sin not.”  Trusting and knowing that God knows your heart and  always hears your cries.

Remember Psalm 27; “The Lord is my Light  and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid…”  In His time He can and will deliver you from any and all evil!  Ephesians clearly tells us to  “Finally be strong in  the Lord and in His mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on your spiritual armor of God so when the evil day comes, you may be able to stand your ground…….” Ephesians 6

The Greek word for crisis is krinein, which means “to decide.”   Crisis and spiritual warfare can come at unexpected moments. Usually the decisions that you have to make are life changing.  decide  to  take some time and “BE STILL.”  Know that God is always near.   See this as an opportunity to put in  practice what it means to exercise “patience.”   His  Blessed Assurance can truly be experienced, once born of  His Spirit! Always  keeping  in mind that God knows and has everything  under His complete control  really helps.

Your relationship with the Lord is very important

Once you become a child of God   it is important to get to know Him. Draw close to Him.   Your ongoing  up close,  personal and intimate relationship with the Lord is more important than anything or anyone!  Absolutely nothing  or no one  can take God’s place in your life     He has embedded deep within  each of us a place that only He can fill. One must  avidly  commence to daily   seek to grow in the grace and  knowledge  of  our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Without Him we are merely  walking breathing shaped formed  dust.

God has a plan and purpose for each of our lives. We are  to read, ponder, digest,  and dwell upon His Word and implement the principles therein.  Our  desire  should be to strive to respond in a way that pleases Him. To know the difference between the  “works of the flesh”  and the “Fruit of His Spirit” that is discussed in Galatians 5.   We need not make excuses for sin but readily repent.  Sin separates us from the Lord. His Word truly is meant to be our Life  Manual.

It is essentially, imperative to keep in mind that the people, situations and scenarios presented really did happen.  He has given us fabulous examples.  There is a plethora of wisdom in the Scriptures.  So much so to a degree, that it can boggle your mind.  This is why it is important that we ask for His promised Comforter  to fill us, to illuminate our understanding while journeying through its tasty, appetizing, palatable pages.

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