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“A Word”

How many times have you wanted/needed a word from the Lord and opened your bible and received just that.  A word from the Lord that carried you through another day, another hour, another minute!  Those times are too many for me to even tell.  However, not too long ago I was having a very restless night (thank you Grandma for this “disease”).  I tossed and turned.  I had gotten up several times.  I wandered around the house for a while.  I went back to bed, only to toss and turn and get up again.   This time I went and tried to sleep in the guest bedroom so as not to disturb Nathan, who was sleeping so soundly. UGH!  I slept soundly for hours only to wake up, look at the clock and realize it had been about 25 minutes.  So, up again!  Downstairs again.  I had already prayed, so if you’re wondering if the Lord was trying to get me to pray, I had already prayed.  Believe you, me!   So, now I reached for the Bible to see if  He wanted to speak to me through the word.   I opened it up to begin looking for scripture that would possibly  be that “special” word, straight from God and read;  “And to you who are troubled, REST with us,” Well, I sure did like that part.  But then it went on to say, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels.” Okay! I immediately began praying, Lord Jesus come quickly! If You are trying to tell me that I’m not going to receive any rest until you come, the please come NOW!

I know many of you have had something like this happen. It is just comical to me.  I believe the Lord must have a sense of humor and probably had me open my Bible right to that verse for me to read that night.  I got really tickled and I just imagine HE was laughing at me too.

The Lord didn’t come back that night to give me rest,  so now I  just pray for a few hours of sleep each night when I go to bed. Lord help!  Do I dare ask  for “A WORD”?

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YOU SAY

GOD SAYS

 

You say: ‘It’s impossible’

God says: All things are possible   (Luke 18:27)

You say: ‘I’m too tired’

God says: I will give you rest   (Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: ‘Nobody really loves me’

God says: I love you      (John 3:16 & John 3:34 )

You say: ‘I can’t go on’

God says: My grace is sufficient     (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: ‘I can’t figure things out’

God says: I will direct your steps    (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say: ‘I can’t do it’

God says: You can do all things   (Philippians 4:13)

You say: ‘I’m not able’

God says: I am able    (II Corinthians 9:8)

You say: ‘It’s not worth it’

God says: It will be worth it    (Roman 8:28 )

You say: ‘I can’t forgive myself’

God says: I Forgive you     (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: ‘I can’t manage’

God says: I will supply all your needs    (Philippians 4:19)

You say: ‘I’m afraid’

God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear    (II Timothy 1:7)

You say: ‘I’m always worried and frustrated’

God says: Cast all your cares on ME    (I Peter 5:7)

You say: ‘I’m not smart enough’

God says: I give you wisdom    (I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: ‘I feel all alone’

God says: I will never leave you or forsake you    (Hebrews 13:5)

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You have to be under 30 to understand all of this. 🙂

IF GOD TEXTED THE 10 COMMANDMENTS

1. no1 b4 me. srsly.

2. dnt wrshp pix/idols

3. no omg’s

4. no wrk on w/end (sat 4 now; sun l8r)

5. pos ok – ur m&d r cool

6. dnt kill ppl

7. :-X only w/ m8

8. dnt steal

9. dnt lie re: bf

10. dnt ogle ur bf’s m8. or ox. or dnkey. myob.

M, pls rite on tabs & giv 2 ppl.

ttyl, JHWH.

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Sunday was my first Sunday back to church since surgery and I was not disappointed. Of course I’m never disappointed when I go to church but there are some services that are just over the top and this was one of those. I find it hard to write about how powerful God can be sometimes. It is just not explainable. I will tell you though, that the POWER of the Holy Ghost so overwhelmed us that it was incredible. Everyone in the house was moved in some way or other. There was healing, deliverance, cleansing, blessings (bountiful), and the list goes on. I had rejoiced in this service all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Then last night going into the prayer room before service, I automatically was carried into His presence once again. The service again was kissed with God’s sweet presence as the congregation began to sing praises to our God. A young man, Kyle was leading the worship service and for his last song of the evening he asked everyone to get their songbooks out and turn to the song, The Old Rugged Cross. He said, “I know it may be old young people but I want you to pay close attention to the words. They are powerful.” As he began to lead the song, he wept. There was such a precious remembrance of what Christ has done for us at Calvary as we sang that “old song”.

My husband has been in a series of Bible Study about “The Rhythm of Life”. So far we have covered, Work and Rest. Last Night was his first study on Worship and all throughout the lesson you could just feel the Lord’s presence. At the closing of the lesson as we began to worship, God’s presence once again touched us is such a special way.  It is just one of those times when we are walking in the Spirit.

There are many times when we must walk by faith and we are not feeling God so much. We feel like Job when he said, “Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!” (Job 23) So allow me to encourage you in the Lord. He does know the way you take. He will come through for YOU. Don’t give up. Keep worshiping Him! A breakthrough is coming your way. If He will do it in Hollister, He will do it wherever you are! YES HE WILL!

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Christian LIVING implies the idea of being alive. Being alive implies movement. Movement implies direction. Direction implies destination.

When Paul wrote to the church in Phillipi he noted the focus of his life as a Christian. Even though he had been involved in much fruitful ministry, instead of resting on his past successes, his involvement in the work of God continued. Not only was this necessary for the sake of others, but when action ceases, the life tends to become stagnant or complacent and soon one can find themselves slipping away.

Philippians 3: 12-14

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Paul always made diligent effort to press upward and strain forward. To press on in spite of challenges (even through his present imprisonment) implies DETERMINATION! No coasting, but rather PURPOSEFUL MOTION! Is our life marked in the same manner or have we chosen the path of least resistance? Have we decided to sit down where we are and go no further? This Christian life does take determination. It does take effort. It must be approached purposefully. It won’t just happen by itself anymore than getting to the top of a mountain will. We have to purposely put one foot in front of the other and press onward and upward. We must choose our steps carefully and ask the Lord’s guidance.

May God richly bless you as you continue walking and pressing onward and upward on purpose.

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There is a little girl, Madeleine in our church. easter-2007-013-large-web-view.jpg She is six years old. Her dad, Rodney and mom, Mindy and little brother, Joshua also attend our church. One day Rodney came down stairs and Madeleine was playing and she said, “Dad, are we going to church?” and he said, “Well, of course we are going to church Madeleine.” To which she responded, “Oh good. God is my Life”. Rodney being taken back a little asked, “Madeleine, what did you just say”? and she repeated it, “God is my life, Dad”. As Rodney relayed this to the adult bible class I was deeply touched. I pray that Madeleine keeps that focus as she grows and matures. And then I wondered…how many people really live their life that way. Is God really our life? How much of our life CENTERS around HIM. Paul wrote about this centered life focus in his letter to the church at Colossae.

Colossians 3: 2-4

2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

Our life is to revolve around Him and His will. If that is not the case, then all we are set to experience is the devastation of eternal loss. However, if we maintain a life centered around God then we have the hope of appearing with Him in glory! I hope that “God is my life!” truly is our motto. There is no better life!

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Hebrews 10:24-25

King James Version (KJV)
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

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

I know you have seen and heard all the statistics in the news about how Americans don’t go to church anymore.  This has been on my mind for a few days now.  Could this be another sign that Jesus’ coming is getting closer?  The last part of verse 25 says, “and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching”.  I for one LOVE to go the house of God.  For instance, tonight in Bible Study, my husband continued his series on “Building a Quality Walk With God”, and my heart was once again stirred and enlightened as he taught on “patience” this week.  This past Sunday in our services we felt the presence of the Lord in such a powerful way.  Every church service has something different for me.  There is just something about going to church, gathering together with other believers and worshipping God and hearing His word that nothing else matches.  Don’t forsake the house of God.  That is where you gain strength for another day. The house of God is where our minds and spirits are renewed.  No wonder David said, “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord”.  (Ps. 122:1)

Psalm 73

 1 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

 2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.

 3For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.  

I don’t have enough room to put the whole chapter here, so be sure and read it later.  However, what I wanted to emphasize is verses 16 and 17.  David was almost backslid (my steps had well nighed slipped), until he made it to the house of God.  There are some things that do not make sense and we will not understand until we get to the house of the Lord. 

 16  When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

 17  Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

Church is to good to not go.  Even when I’m tired, I always come away from church feeling refreshed and better.  This is not just spiritual either.  God gives our physical bodies strength too.  It’s amazing, but it works.

Just a thought. 

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