Wednesday, November 24, 2010
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
"For I know the thoughts and plans I have for you", says the Lord, "thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome".
The Lord sees not only what you are right now, but also what you can become. He knows the plans He has for you and they are good plans for progress and success, not defeat and failure.
God does have a plan for our lives, but we have to participate in that plan for it to come true. God is not likely to do anything in our lives without our cooperation. We need to cooperate with God each and every day of our lives in order for our potential to be developed. Every day we ought to learn something. Everyday we ought to grow. Everyday we ought to discover something new. Everyday we ought to be a bit further along than we were the day before. We should be "lifetime learners".
We must understand that no other human being on the face of the earth can develop our potential for us. We must each discover our own God-given gifts and talents, what we are truly capable of, and then put ourselves to the task of developing those gifts, talents, and capabilities to their fullest extent.
God has a plan for each of us. It is a good plan, an uncommon plan, a great plan!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
The words of a good person are like pure silver, but an evil person's thoughts are worth very little.
Good people's words will help many others, but fools will die because they don't have wisdom.
Proverbs 10: 20-21
As Christians, we all need to make a commitment to love with our words and to build confidence in others. Every word we speak can be a brick to build with or a bulldozer to destroy.
Chose your words carefully because you will have to account for the idle, thoughtless things you say. Remember, words are seeds and they are containers for power. They carry creative or destrctive power and they produce a good harvest or a bad harvest in your life and in the lives of those you love.
The same is true of our thoughts. Thoughts bear fruit. If we think good thoughts the fruit in our lives will be good. If we think bad thoughts, the fruit in our lives will be bad.
We can look at a person's attitude and know what kind of thinking is prevalent in their life. A sweet, kind person does not have mean, vindictive thoughts. By the same token, a truly evil person does not have good, loving thoughts. Your thoughts determine your results in life, so think good thoughts and bear good fruit.
Lord, Consume us with the power of silver tongues. Teach us that our words really do matter in expressing true love to those around us.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
You fools, how long will you be foolish?
I called you, but you refused to listen;
I held out my hand, but you paid no attention.
You did not follow my advice and did not listen when I corrected you.
So I will laugh when you are in trouble.
Then you will call to me, but you will not find me.
It is because you have rejected knowledge and did not choose to respect the Lord.
You did not accept my advice, and you rejected my correction.
So you will get what you deserve;
You will get what you planned for others.
Proverbs 1:22, 24-26, 28-31
Those who choose to live in His Kingdom (although very much alive on Planet Earth) choose to live under His authority. The Kingdom is the invisable realm where God rules as supreme authority. That's helpful news. The bad news is that we, by nature, don't want Him to rule over us. We much prefer to please ourselves.
To put it bluntly, we don't want anybody other than ourselves to rule over us! Much like those people in a story Jesus once told, "We do not want this man to reign over us!" (Luke 19:14).
Not until we experience a spiritual rebirth will we submit to God's rule.
Lord, I pray that you will help us to be wise. Help us to hear and increase in learning and knowledge so that we may attain sound counsel that we may steer our course rightly.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
For He will give His angels charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways.
Reports continually flow to my attention from many places around the world telling of visitors of the angelic order appearing, ministering, fellowshipping and disappearing. They warn of God's impending judgement and they spell out the tenderness of His love. They meet a desperate need, then they are gone. Of one thing we can be sure, angels never draw attention to themselves but ascribe glory to God and press His message upon the hearers as a delivering and sustaining word of the highest order.
Demonic activity and Satan worship are on the increase in all parts of the world. The devil is alive and more at work than at any other time. The Bible says that since he realizes his time is short, his activity will increase. Thru his demonic influence he does succeed in turning many away from their faith. But we can still say that his evil activities are countered for the people of God by His angelic angels. They are vigorious in delivering the heirs of salvation from evil men.
They cannot fail.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
The Bible reveals the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, and the happiness of believers.
It's doctrines are holy, it's histories are true, it's decisions are immutable.
Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy.
It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.
It is the traveler's map, the pilgrim's staff, the pilot's compass, the soldier's sword, and the Christian's charter.
Here, Heaven is opened and the gates of hell is disclosed.
Christ is its grand subject, our good is its design, the glory of God its end.
It shall fill your memory, rule your heart, and guide your feet.
Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully.
It is given in life, will be opened in the judgement, and will be remembered forever.
It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all those who trifle with its sacred contents.
Owned, it is riches; studied, it is wisdom; trusted, it is salvation; loved, it is character; and obeyed, it is power.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever will come near to God must believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him.
Without faith you cannot please God. Therefore, no matter how many "good works" you offer, God will not be pleased if they were done to earn His favor. Whatever we do for God should be because we love Him, not because we try to get something from Him.
God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. I rejoiced when I finally realized this! I know I have made many mistakes in the past, but I also know that I have diligently sought the Lord with all my heart. That means that I qualify for rewards. I decided a long time ago that even though I did not deserve them, I would recieve any blessings that God wanted to give me, graciously.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
It is the veteran, not the preacher, who has given you freedom of religion.
It is the veteran, not the reporter, who has given you freedom of the press.
It is the veteran, not the poet, who has given you freedom of speech.
It is the veteran, not the protester, who has given you freedom to assemble.
It is the veteran, not the lawyer, who has given you the right to a fair trial.
It is the veteran, not the politician, who has given you the right to vote.
It is the veteran, who salutes the Flag, who serves under the Flag, whose coffin is draped by the Flag.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Most people know something is seriously wrong in our country, but they don't understand the cause of the problem or what can be done to remedy the situation. Why are there 20-25 million unemployed people in the United States? Why isn't the federal government enforcing our immigration laws? Why does the federal government give tax incentives to manufacturers who offshore their production and outsource their jobs? Who is responsible for the economic recession that is crippling our nation?
I cannot tell you what lies ahead, but I fear the United States will soon collapse and there will be chaos on the streets of our nation. What can you do? You can help educate our fellow American people, and hopefully you can lead them into a personal relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ. That is our primary weapon because:
"... we have this treasure in earthen vessels [our bodies], that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed, always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh."
2 Corinthians 4:7-11
"O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home!
Under the shadow of Thy throne,
Still may we dwell secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure."
Monday, November 8, 2010
The characteristics of the lion are totally different from those of the lamb, yet the Lord is recognized as having both qualities.
Someone once gave me a picture of a lion and a lamb lying down together, and it reminds me that I am suppossed to be a good, godly mixture of both qualities. I never had any trouble with the lion part, but I had a lot of trouble with the lamb part When we need to communicate with someone, especially concerning confrontational issues, we should first pray for God's grace and mercy to annoint us as lion-hearted lambs. Then we should wait until we have balance in our perspective and our approach.
It is a challange not to defend yourself when someone comes against you. It is difficult to ignore insults and shun retaliation. Sometimes I find that one of the hardest things God asks us to do is to be Christ-like in our communication with others. When people are rude and tell you off, mistreat or insult you, it is hard to look at them with godly love and just wait on God.
Thank God He gives us the power to change and to become like Christ. A healthy person who knows when to be a lion and when to be a lamb.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagle's wings and brought you to myself. Exodus 19:4
My holy people; true spiritual life in Me is found in one source alone: Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit reveals. Holy Spirit sets free. Holy Spirit causes you to bear fruit for Me.
My holy people, why do you roam around, blind, enslaved and bearing no fruit? Could it be that you are ignoring My provision for you? Could it be you are afraid of My provision for you? Some are afraid of My provision for them, because they do not want to be recognized as Me in the earth. Afraid of persecution and rejection, they instead reject My provision for them.
My holy people; it really is time to wake up out of your sleepiness and begin to radically follow Me. Throw aside the traditions of people and the world and begin a bold new walk of following Me. You see, it is all about turning to Me. That is what repentance is you know. It is not about what you are turning away from, but it is about Who you are turning to.
Those that turn to Me will begin to walk in true spirituality in Me. Your eyes will be opened. Your lives will be set free. It is time to mount up with wings like eagles. It is time to fly with Me, My holy people.
Friday, November 5, 2010
And I will give them one heart and I will put a new spirit within them; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 11:19
God says He will replace the stony hearts in His people with new hearts that are sensitive to His touch. When we give our lives to God, He puts a sense of right and wrong deep within our consciences. But if we rebel against our consciences too many times, we can become hard-hearted. If that happens, we need to let God soften our hearts so we can be spiritually sensitive to the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
I was very hard-hearted before I really began fellowshipping with God. Being in His presence regularly developed the new heart in me--the new heart that Jesus died to give me. Without a heart sensitive to God's touch, we will not recognize many of the times He is speaking to us. He speaks gently, in a still, small voice, or with gentle conviction about a matter.
Those who are hard-hearted and busy "doing their own thing", will not be sensitive to God's voice. I am grateful that He has softened my heart with His Word, because a hardened heart cannot recieve the blessings He wants to give.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
WE are living in dangerous times. But few are those who realize it. What I’m speaking of is not the threat of terrorism, climate change, or nuclear war, but something more subtle and insidious. It is the advance of an enemy that has already gained ground in many homes and hearts and is managing to wreak ominous destruction as it spreads throughout the world:
I am speaking of spiritual noise. A noise so loud to the soul, so deafening to the heart, that once it finds its way in, it obscures the voice of God, numbs the conscience, and blinds the eyes to seeing reality. It is one of the most dangerous enemies of our time because, while war and violence do harm to the body, noise is the killer of the soul. And a soul that has shut off the voice of God risks never hearing Him again in eternity.
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
In union with him, through his faithfulness, we have boldness and confidence when we approach God.
My Little Children, the highest potential you may reach in life is to be in union with Me. For with Me, and in Me and through Me all things are possible. My call is going out across the earth to those who will come, to those who will be drawn to My Great Heart and who will run with Me.
Gone are the days of limitation and separation. For My love, My Little Children, you are My Great Heart desire and having you run beside Me is My delight and My joy. Together, all things are possible. Together we will run through the villages and bear much fruit for Father.
Come to me in Union, in boldness and confidence. This is the simple message of your King concerning your life in Me. This is the King’s message of the Kingdom.