8.12.2012

Laugh About It!

"...but we also glory* in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us." Romans 5:3-5

*glory - boast or rejoice

Let the enemy’s antics be reason to run to our God who is faithful and cares for us. Let this storm or season of trouble be the fuel Believer’s use to press in the more for a deeper relationship and to reap a greater anointing. 

Like Paul, I rejoice in nonsense of life and the agenda of darkness. Go so far as to recieve the joy in the midst of circumstances.  Yes, I have laughed!  That's the biblical "joy of the Lord."  It casues me to run the more to my source of strength, Jesus Christ, from where cometh my help. 

Let’s praise Him for His goodness, mercy, compassion, and steady hand upon our lives regardless of our present tribulation. Reflect and give Him all the honor and glory for what He has done, what He is doing (even the unseen), and what He will do!

"He who sits in the heavens laughs." Psalm 2:4 ESV

Jesus Laughing prints here.

Study Scripture:
Psalm 9
Psalm 28

8.08.2012

Take My Life

I remember some years ago while near the end of a difficult and dark season, and God spoke to my heart, "I will fill the empty space."
 
My sweet Lord, how I love thee!

Emptiness looks and feels different for us all. Even those that have parallel life stories for no two journeys are exactly alike. That's why it's imperative to our spiritual survival and growth that we have personal fellowship with Our Heavenly Father. This is truth—and I can testify that the more we surrender and give up control the more HE fills us, and might I add until overflowing!

Be encouraged my sisters and brothers, no matter the storm or circumstance, your reality can shift. Yes, God is in the business of changing lives!

8.07.2012

Philippians 1:21

Charles Spurgeon Morning Devotional
"For me to live is Christ." Philippians 1:21

"...and when by grace he was brought to see the dying Saviour making a propitiation* for his guilt."

 *propitiation - turning away of wrath by an offering

My, my, my. I was stirred up thinking how true, when Paul said "to live is Christ but to die is gain." My focus is on the "joy set before me." No matter the obstacles or opposition I will continue this journey, which the Lord has deemed worthy that includes celebration and suffering. Amen! Let not my soul revel in only the seasons of celebration, for the seasons of sorrow and suffering are also needed, and attribute to my testimony of God's goodness. For how can I be thankful or grateful with such exuberance if the Lord had not taken me through and preserved me.

Praying that you would come to live in Christ and for Christ.

Jesus is seeking that which is lost, and He is wondering are you ready for the mission. Are you a true follower or just a fan of His? There is a succinct difference between the two. Which are you?

Study Scriptures:
Philippians 1:21
Hebrews 12:12
Philippians 3:10
Romans 8:17-18
1 Peter 4:12-13

8.03.2012

The Goodness of God: Do You Acknowledge It

For those who are not yet convinced of God's goodness I challenge you to take inventory on your blessings today, yesterday, and perhaps this week alone and review them. Then, take the time to rehearse the blessings that you have experienced thus far in your life. I bet there are numerous experiences or events where God supernaturally intervened and made a way out of no way. Yes, give Him the praise because He is your Way Maker.

For those who have yet to turn to God in full surrender -- making Him Lord and Savior -- it is written that it's the goodness of God that leads a man to repentance. So what are you waiting for? Give God -- the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob -- a reverent and perfected praise from a heart of thankfulness for His goodness that is leading you to a 180-degree turn—an about-face from the ways of your flesh to God's way.

Study the Scriptures:
Romans 2
Deuteronomy 11

"Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?" Romans 2:4 Or despisest - This word properly means to contemn, or to treat with neglect. It does not mean here that they professedly treated God's goodness with neglect or contempt; but that they perverted and abused it; they did not make a proper use of it; they did not regard it as suited to lead them to repentance; but they derived a practical impression, that because God had not come forth in judgment and cut them off, but had continued to follow them with blessings, that therefore he did not regard them as sinners, or they inferred that they were innocent and safe. This argument the Jews were accustomed to use (compare Luke 13:1-5; John 9:2); and thus sinners still continue to abuse the goodness and mercy of God. - Barnes' Notes on the Bible
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