2.17.2016

Praise Him!



Sharing worship and prophecy -- the fruit -- from my morning time of intimacy and communion with the Lord. May it bless you on your journey of faith. Believe, and trust God no matter what!

Praise Him!
Praise Him!
For the Lord stands high upon the hills with outstretched arms.
Won’t He do all He said He would do?!
Come all who are weary and burdened. He will give you rest.
He is not upon the lowest of hills, but upon the highest!
Praise Him!
Praise Him in the temple!
 Praise Him in the streets!
Praise Him in the market!
Praise His Holy Name!
Selah

2.11.2016

Love God. Love People.

“Don’t be discouraged Believer by what means God uses your purpose or where.” – Rosemarie


My pulpit can often be a grocery cart with my purse nestled in the child’s seat. I roam the familiar counters where I meet and greet others in the name of the Lord, even when I don’t utter a word. However, some days are more exceptional than others in the marketplace.

I adore the uniqueness of her voice with an infectious laugh. She is always busy in and around the bakery department with a netted silver bun. Recently we made a connection, and so God was faithful to build on that again. She was speaking of dreams and with an open door I spoke into her life. As the conversation progressed she divulged her past, and when the words left her mouth her heart was troubled. Would it make a difference in how I perceived her going forward.  She relayed this to me, and with compassion I shared as long as you don’t see me differently when I stumble or fall. We both smiled, and I could almost hear heaven rejoicing as I uttered, “Oh no, I see you much better now.” It’s better because her vulnerability gave way to mine, all the while being Jesus in the grocery store with grace and truth. It was a win-win as time stood still to love thy neighbor with two fresh wheat rolls in my hand!

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” And Jesus replied to him, “ ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].’ The whole Law and the [writings of the] Prophets depend on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40Amplified Bible (AMP)

She waits on me at the deli counter, and on occasion we share more than the usual exchange of deli meats and weights. This week I wanted to bless her grandson with a gently used scooter that was my daughter’s once favorite. It was gathering dust in the garage as I waited patiently to send it off to a good home with a child who would enjoy it. Goodwill drop-offs are great; however, this kind of giving makes room for a personal connection and the building of perhaps something greater. We never know how an Act of Kindness is received beyond meeting a need or blessing others. Love God. Love People. There’s no getting around that—one flows into the other. If we’re in love with God we are susceptible to love people.



As I waited patiently for the deli lady in my car with Christian tunes on the radio I was observing a couple near retirement age. It was a sweet coming together -- her after a grocery run and he from the neighboring dentist. They exchanged on what seemed to be an update on his visit as he motioned towards his mouth with hand gestures. As they continued, I said aloud to myself, “I just want to draw a heart around them.” In hindsight, if only I would have taken a picture, but then again it would have distracted me from the moment. She was intently listening until he had finished. Then it was her turn, and he listened well too. I gazed with wonderment, “This is what loves looks like!” Being who I am I couldn’t keep that to myself. I quickly rolled down my window, “You two are just darling. How long have you been married?” She was quick to answer, “38 years,” while I sensed he was more cautious at the strange woman admiring them. I get it. The world is getting weirder by the minute, and so innocent mentions can be reluctantly received. Even so, I blessed her as she walked away hand-in-hand with her husband.



For those of you who are in a difficult place in your relationship, or not quite satisfied with the level of lavishing you receive on Valentine’s Day, holidays, anniversaries, or even on ordinary days, I want you to be encouraged. Movies, television or romance books are fantasy. They offer some likeness to our reality, but very small considering the tainted truth portrayed, which can easily become an expectation. Stop comparing your love relationship with fantasy and read the Word. What does it say? How is love exchanged and received there? How does love respond even without flowers or diamond rings?

Believer, don’t get caught up in the hype of what is in cinema and literature. Be content, and ask God to give you a desire to want what you already have. It is possible. All things are possible! For He who is the Giver of Life can restore and rebuild old ruins to palaces of luxury within our hearts.  Give that ol’ devil notice! Love God. Love People.

Giving God all the glory for working through me in power with demonstration of love!

2.04.2016

There Is No Hiding Place

"What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!" Romans 6:15 

Saints, God is still speaking.

Like Israel we have failed, plundered the blessings of God on worldly desires, given into temptation, and brought self higher than the seat of Christ in our hearts and minds. We have forsaken Him and sought after treasures in land and sea, and even in the universe wanting to expand our knowledge and to increase our financial portfolio. Yet, it will all be in vain—as a nation and as a people. Only what we do for Christ will last. The mortar we purchased for buildings and the labor to build it, will all be in vain. Only what we do for the glory of God will multiply and remain. All else will decay from the wickedness it was cradled in at birth. Every vision, dream and goal that came out of wickedness -- greed, lust, and self-gain -- will utterly come to naught.

But if that be the case, is there hope for us? Yes! God is demanding obedience in all things. These are the times where your allegiance is made plain. Will it be for the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who keeps covenant with His people of obedience or will it be the false gods of this world -- self, wealth and accomplishments.



This Should Be Our Prayer:
Father God, I surrender everything to you—all I am and ever hope to be. You are the author and finisher of my faith, and I thank you that there is nothing done that hasn’t already been done. You are sovereign and nothing escapes your view. Even when I try to hide myself from you because of shame and sin I find there is no hiding place. Your eyes are upon me at all times. I give up the chase and the treasure-hunting for worldly things, and I accept my lot as you have portioned for me, which took place before the foundation of the world. I know in my heart that what you have for me is no small thing, but help me Lord to give up the attraction of a false sense of security concerning this world. I cling to the promise of eternity while I wait on the promises you have especially for me in this land of the living. I surrender my plan in exchange for yours. Give me the revelations that will charge my thinking and change my direction. I thank you Lord for a mighty move of your Holy Spirit in my life in accomplishing all that was written for me. I thank you Lord that your answers today for me are, “Yes and Amen!” In Jesus’ name I pray!

Malachi 3:5-7 And I will come near you for judgment;
I will be a swift witness Against sorcerers,
Against adulterers,
Against perjurers,
Against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans,
And against those who turn away an alien—
Because they do not fear Me,”
Says the Lord of hosts.

“For I am the Lord, I do not change;
Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.
Yet from the days of your fathers
You have gone away from My ordinances
And have not kept them.
Return to Me, and I will return to you,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
“But you said,
‘In what way shall we return?’

From Slaves of Sin to Slaves of God Romans 6:15-23 "What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
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