Would you agree with this statement? How well you walk is based on how well you rest in Jesus.
I love that! I heard Creflo say that a few weeks ago. Isn't that so true? Our success as a Christian is a direct reflection of how deeply we believe in what Jesus already did for us and whether we rest confidently in that belief. Getting to the point where we "know that we know" with all of our heart (a.k.a. revelation knowledge) that He has supplied a way, a solution, an answer, and the provision.
Have you found your restful place in Jesus ...or... Are you constantly striving to earn God's blessings by your own works?
Not a long post today, but a good one to ponder.
Have you ever considered how you would have answered Jesus' question in Matthew 16:15? Not what you've been taught but who has He been in personal experience? For me He's been my peace, savior, healer, and anchor of my soul. He is my redeemer, my strong tower, a very present help, my shield, fortress, and refuge. Jesus is a reflection of God our Father and the Anointed One.
I find that the names of God are also great descriptors.
Adonai - The Lord - God is Master and Lord. God is our total authority.
Elohim - The All Powerful One - The Creator
El Roi - The God Who Sees Me
El Shaddai - The All Sufiient One, The God of the Mountains, God Almighty
Immanuel - God With Us, "I Am"
Jehovah (YHWH) - "I Am," The One Who Is The Self-Existent One"
Jehovah Rapha - The Lord Who Heals
Jehovah Rohi - The Lord is my Shepherd
Jehovah Tsidkenu - The Lord Our Righteousness
Who do YOU say that He is??????
Wow! I was so amazed to learn the Latin root to the word religion.
Religion comes from the root "re" which means again and "ligare" which means to bind. Together, religion means a return to bondage. Isn't that so true? When we follow religion instead of a relationship with God, we focus our efforts on what WE do instead of what JESUS did. There is so much bondage that comes when we try to earn our righteousness and think we can do it better than Jesus. Another way of saying it would be that religion is a return to operating under the law. Thankfully, Jesus fulfilled the law and redeemed us from it therefore we don' have to operate that way any longer. After this, I know that I'll never look at the word "religion" the same again! :-)
Have you ever listened to a teaching that came at just the right time? While it may contain the same points that you've already heard, it never hurts to hear them again.
I recently listened to a broadcast by Joel Osteen titled "It's the Heart that Matters." He shared so many great points that I wanted to pass along my notes.
God doesn't bless us for perfect performance.
He looks for a perfect heart...a desire to please Him.
It's who we are, not what we do.
Accept yourself while you're in the process of changing. It doesn't do any good beating yourself up for not being where you think you should be.
God changes us from glory to glory. Enjoy this level of glory while you wait for God to take you to the next level.
There will always be something that isn't right. We are being transformed by God so we aren't perfect yet. (Our behavior isn't perfect.)
You are not a finished product. Accept yourself were you're at. Thank God for the grace to overcome, change my behavior, etc.
Keep your heart towards God and your behavior will catch up.
God does not expect us to be perfect but be willing to change.
Did you ever notice that no one hopes that something bad will happen? Hope is always associated with good.
We hope to get a good grade on a test or hope that we get the job promotion. We hope that we have money to pay off the mortgage or hope to be healed. The Bible brings hope to people because it is the good news that tells us the good things God has done for us. This is why Romans 15:13 tells us that God is the author of hope.
Now I'm sure you've heard people say they are "hoping and a praying" that something will happen. Unfortunately, in these cases, hope is defined as a wish that may or may not come true. It isn't based on any facts or a guarantee. The true meaning of hope is favorable and confident expectation. It is . . .
A Guaranteed Outcome
A Done Deal
So, how can you be confident that something will happen?
Hebrews 10:23 tells us to hold fast to our hope because God is reliable and faithful to His Word. We learn in I Corinthians 1:9 and 10:13 that God can be depended on and is trustworthy. That means what God said in His Word He will do.
I encourage you to take some time and write down the Bible verses that you are placing your hope in. Meditate on them each day. Speak them over your life. Let that hope build and nurture your faith and watch expectantly for great things to happen!
Are you limited by the "I'll believe it when I see it" mentality? I purposely said limited because if God is going to do the impossible in your life, you need to believe past what you can see. Having faith in what you see is belief based on experience. True, Biblical faith is believing when you can't see it.
II Corinthians 5:7
For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man's relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance.
II Corinthians 4:18
Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.
In order to function in God's system, we need to change what we base our beliefs on. Many things that we see right now are temporary. That means that they are subject to change. Why would we want to put our faith and trust in something that is probably going to change? That isn't a very steady foundation. This is why God tells us to put our faith in the unseen because that is eternal. The unseen are the promises in the Bible that we don't see with our physical eyes yet. However, we know that they will manifest at some time because God's Word is eternal and what He said will come to pass. We need to soak in God's Word so that they become revelation knowledge to us. This unwavering faith will cause us to say "I walk by faith and not by sight" and will allow us to receive all the blessings that God has in store for us!
The following has been floating around the internet and I thought it was a great Biblical approach to how we should vote. Please prayerfully consider how you place your vote. Don't vote out of emotion or feelings. Vote on the facts and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
I will vote for the most pro-life candidate, because God hates the shedding of innocent blood (Proverbs 6:16,17)
I will vote for the most pro-Israel candidate, because God blesses those who bless Israel and curses those who don't (Genesis 12:3).
I will vote for the most pro-debt reduction candidate, because the borrower is servant to the lender (Proverbs 22:7).
I will vote for the most pro-work candidate because God says if a man does not work, let him not eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10).
I will vote for the most pro-marriage candidate, because God is for marriage as defined in Genesis 2:24.
I will vote for the candidate who most closely believes government's purpose is to reward the good and punish the evil (Romans 13).
I will vote based as close as I can on God's Word (2 Timothy3:16), knowing that whoever gets elected, wisdom and power are God's, He sets up kings and deposes them; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what lies in darkness and light dwells with Him. (Daniel. 2:21).
I just read Jerry Savelle's partner letter for January 2016. It was so encouraging that I wanted to share it with you. He said that he kept hearing the following in his spirit after preaching in Boston recently.
“Extraordinary things are taking place in the heavenlies, and 2016 will come to be known as the year of the great breaking loose.”
Below is the link to the entire partner letter which goes into greater detail. Hope it is a blessing and encourages you to continue to hold fast to what you are believing God for!
Many years ago, I attended a healing series at our church taught by Dr. Don VerHulst. Below is a Word from God that he shared with the group. This is still so good and relevant that I wanted to share with you.
September 5, 2004
"I want you well says your Creator, but I cannot heal you unless you use the authority I have given you to deal with the root of the problem. My hands are tied by your fear, by your expectation of the same old thing. I AM LIMITED by the time you spend considering the problem. Quit trying to figure it out. I am directing your path. I've already met that need. The evidence that you truly believe it is what you allow to enter into your mind and what is coming out of your mouth. You will have great peace, nothing missing, nothing broken when YOU keep YOUR mind stayed on ME. Then and only then will you speak out of the abundance of what you have allowed in your mind and heart. Put my Word concerning healing in your heart by saying only what I have said, I sent my Word and healed you.
I cannot heal you without your permission. Why don't you give Me permission to heal instead of giving your enemy the power to continue to steal, kill and destroy?"
Look back on this past week. What did you spend most of your time and energy on? Were you worried about a challenge or obstacle that looks too big to handle? Were you focused on something someone said or did that was upsetting? Did you "nurse and rehearse" the issue so much in your mind (or in your discussions with others) that it made you nearly sick?
While we can't avoid the issues of life, we do have a choice in how we respond. Mulling over the problem constantly or talking about it with anyone who will listen is not going to solve the issue. In fact, this often makes it appear bigger than it really is and drains our energy and time. Our choice should be to focus on how big our God is and not how big the problem is. How do we do that?
1. Find verses that address your situation.
2. Confess those verses regularly each day, like you are taking medicine.
3. Avoid talking about the problem. This doesn't mean you pretend it doesn't exist. Instead, you are making a choice to focus on the solution, Jesus, and not the problem.
4. Guard your heart. Are you listening to music, watching shows or reading books that allow fear and doubt into your mind and heart? Play Christian music in the background. Listen to Christian teachings. These will keep a positive atmosphere around you and will encourage your spirit, soul and body.
5. Ask a few close, faith friends to agree with you in prayer regarding the situation. If you do this, make sure you know that they will be praying from a place of faith and not fear. Begging God for help and fear filled prayers do not move God. God is moved by our faith.
I'll leave you with this.
"So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word."
I just came across a poem I found many years ago in Joyce Meyer's book "If Not for the Grace of God." So many good points to soak in. I believe this is God's heart for us.
Only I can move mountains,
only I can push it away,
only I can conquer the problems,
that you face.
Your only job is to believe,
to listen to My voice,
and when you hear what I command,
obedience is your choice.
But I will not make it too difficult,
for the victory is already Mine,
and I will fill you with My Spirit,
and through you My grace will shine.
Not when you are perfect,
like you think you need to be,
but when your heart is willing,
to become more and more like Me.
"Grace is letting Me do what I want to do in this earth through you."
How many times do we try to make it our job to be perfect and conquer the problems with our own strength, wisdom and energy? Unfortunately, God can't go to work in our lives until we let go and rest in Him. Our job is to just believe. While that may seem simple, it can be the greatest battle sometimes. Our "battle" is to fight to keep God's Word first place in our heart and mind. Our battle is to fight off the negative, fearful thoughts from the enemy. Our battle is to speak what God has promised and not to talk about the issues we see. I don't know about you, but this is such a great reminder for me.
This posting was just going to be a place holder, but as I typed the title I thought of how it is applicable to our lives. We are continually being developed, refined, and molded by God. While we were immediately made righteous when we accepted Jesus, our minds and bodies often need some transformation. We have to learn how to think, speak and act as a righteous person.
So many other tangents come to mind as I type but I better log off for now. Talk to you soon!
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