January 2nd, 2017 | 4 Comments »

Gifts

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? — MATTHEW 7:11  

Would you, as a parent, plan, purpose and will for your children to go through life poverty-stricken, sick, downtrodden, downcast, down-and out, with their nose to the grindstone, getting nowhere?

No! You most certainly would not! Yet most people, Christians and non-believers alike, do not believe that God is a loving Father. They believe He has horrible parenting skills, worse that the worst worldly parent on earth.

When they come to him in prayer, needing something important from Him, they don’t REALLY believe He is going to answer. They don’t believe He is into “good gifts” or they believe if He does answer it will be a resounding “NO”!

There is a lie people love to quote – “God always answers prayer. Sometimes it is YES. Sometimes it is MAYBE. Sometimes it is NO.”

These are people who do not know God.  At all.

John 14:21 says: (MSG) “The person who knows my commandments and keeps them, that’s who loves me. And the person who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and make myself plain to him.”

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F.F. Bosworth (1920’s American evangelist and author) said, “Most Christians feed their bodies three hot meals a day and their spirits one cold snack a week, and then they wonder why they are so weak in faith.”

Feed your faith daily! It is of utmost importance to your walk with God. It is a foundation for faith. If you spend time reading your Bible, you will begin to KNOW God and His ways. That, in turn, will build up your faith and you will be confident in His love toward you.

Then when you go to Him in prayer, you will know your prayers will be answered with a resounding YES! Why? Because you won’t be asking anything He can’t do – like asking Him to take out a pesky co-worker.

Nope, you will know to pray for that co-worker, to walk in love toward that co-worker, and you will be… nice… to that co-worker! You will leave the co-worker in God’s hands. You might even ask God to bless that co-worker.

Make a decision to spend time reading your Bible or a good faith-based devotional every single day. You need physical food every day, you need spiritual food every day. Find something you WILL read. Start with short devotionals that interest you and don’t try to do too much or you’ll quit.

As you do read your Bible or devotional, you will be amazed how your life will begin to change for the better.

As your life changes for the better, you will experience the BEST year ever in 2017!!  All because you made the one choice that will help change your life for the better.

December 18th, 2016 | 5 Comments »

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Tis the season… to be peaceful!  No stressing allowed!

Less of this:

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And more of this:

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and this:

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which comes from spending time like this:

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One of my favorite songs in ’60’s by Simon and Garfunkel stated, “Slow down, you move too fast, you got to make the morning last.”

During Christmas season, everyone seems to be hurrying along, hustling and bustling with personal agendas – gifts to buy, songs to sing, cookies to bake, parties to go to, and church functions to attend.  In the midst of all this rushing around, it is very easy to rush right past the REAL reason for the season, Jesus.

If this is the ONLY life we have here on earth, where are we rushing to and what are we rushing about? When are we going to stop and enjoy this life we have? When will we have time for what is really important? When do we sit still and enjoy the Peace of God? Time in His presence?

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We can be so busy that we are too busy. When we say, “I’m too busy to take time to…” and it sounds boastful, everything is out of whack in our life and being busy has become our god. A god of self-importance. “Look at ME, look at me!”

Everything we do has meaning and purpose and accomplishment – and busy-ness.  “I’m just too busy…” with the focus being on “I.”

Phil. 4:4 states, “Rejoice in the Lord alway and again I say rejoice!” (Always be full of joy in the Lord – Living Bible). Often the one thing that we don’t have time for is rejoicing in the Lord. We don’t have time to tell God how much we appreciate our lives – because we are too busy in those lives. And if we are too busy for time with God, we are too busy.

To rejoice is filling up again – to “re-joy” – a refilling of our JOY. To refill our joy, we actually have to slow down. We have to take time to read the Word of God every morning. We have to take time to spend with Him, simply rejoicing in Him. The more time we spend with God, the more our JOY will overflow. You can’t refill your joy – or rejoice – without spending some time with God.

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When I begin to feel stressful, I know I have stopped living and begun replacing God with busy-ness. We never mean for our lives to be so stressed and He never meant for our lives to rush by without enjoyment. Yet they seem to do just that. Sometimes we just have to let things go. So what if you didn’t get ALL the lights up this year? So what if you didn’t make all 23 different type of Christmas cookies your mom used to make every Christmas? So what if they are *horrors* store-bought???

Living is enjoying our life, every moment of it. Living is walking in JOY, relaxed and confident in God and His Word. Living is KNOWING He will take care of us. Living is savoring our life – tasting and seeing that the Lord is good.

I double-dog dare you to STOP this evening, grab a cocoa or your favorite drink, sit still for a few minutes and just savour the moment. Think of all you are grateful for and rejoice in the Lord.

And again I say, REJOICE!

“Life, I love you, all is groovy!”

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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November 8th, 2016 | 4 Comments »

Mat 18:19-20  Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I (Jesus) in the midst of them. 

2 Cor 10:4  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

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I was reading my morning devotional a few weeks back and the day I read about the power of the Prayer of Agreement (above), I learned something new. The prayer of agreement is actually a weapon of warfare. It is a powerful tool. 

I believe as Christians we have looked at that scripture and thought, “How nice” as if it is a fluffy scripture put there to make us feel good. Let’s look at that verse in the Amplified.

(AMPC)  Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven.

One translation says: my Father in heaven will do it for you, will do what you ask. Another: my Father in heaven goes into action.

Here is one of the most powerful things that can be said about that scripture:  JESUS said it.  So if JESUS said it, are you going to argue with JESUS Christ Almighty?  I don’t think so.

Let me give you a few examples of how powerful this weapon is in the hands (mouths) of God’s people. Also realize that if you read your Bible, you know what God can do for you. You will not pray something He can’t do for you (i.e., knock off a co-worker who’s driving you batty).

Leland was waiting for a contract to be signed off on. This means the contract funding is approved and he would be able to start working on projects and billing the contract-owner. It was taking a long time in the process – so long, others were beginning to confess that it would never happen and to just give up on the contract.

Now together we had agreed the contracts were his and we had done communion over this contract. We knew God had told us that these contracts coming available were his and to settle it with communion that it is a done deal.

At the time we had no real understand of the powerful weapon we had as a couple (see verse 20 above). Once we got that revelation – that if we agreed, hat agreement meant GOD WILL DO IT FOR US – we knew we were onto something so powerful that we had not been using as a weapon (2 Corinthians above).

We were questioning “Why is this taking so long” – what we should have been saying is, “This has to come to pass because we agreed it would and God promised that He would bring it to pass.”

After we realized the power behind the Prayer of Agreement and that it HAS to come to pass (if we believe), we repented of our doubt and questioning.  We went back to our notebook that had the contracts we were believing for listed in it.  We laid hands on the notebook and we called on our weapon of warfare, the Prayer of Agreement.  We agreed and we claimed it was a done deal.  God would do this for us.

Actually, we also added that the paperwork would be signed that next week (we were doing this on a weekend). By Wednesday of the next week, the paperwork was signed. This was after a long wait of eight (8) months.  What changed? Our faith and what we believed.

LOOK OUT! We now understand our power as God’s people. He put into our hands a powerful weapon against our enemy. And it works! Just like Jesus said it would.

We are using our weapon on anything we know God said we could have that has either been delayed, or that we’ve been told we can’t have when God said we could, and on pesky sickness symptoms that hang around! The Bible says “anything” so get to believing!*

 

GOD IS GOOD! Use the weapons He has given you to help manifest the life His son died on the cross for you to have.

*Just remember, you have to know what God made available to you through His Word and the Blood of Jesus. You can’t just willy nilly agree with someone when what they believe is not scriptural. And you can’t be in agreement for something if you don’t really believe it is for you. There are many, many promises so start digging and learn what you can agree with someone for. You will be amazed

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October 10th, 2016 | 2 Comments »

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So many times we want to blame God for the results of bad choices we make.  Time and time again, we choose a wrong pathway, and when we hit a brick wall or something goes wrong, we cry, “Why God? Why did this happen to me? Why did YOU do this to me?”

Wrong question.  The first and most important thing is to always stay on God’s side.  Never choose against God by blaming Him for your choices.  The right question is, “How did I get here, how do I get out, and how do I make sure I never choose this wrong pathway again?  Please show me.”

The Bible is very clear.  Our life is a test and it is an open book test.  God sets before you the choices – life and death, blessing and cursing.  Then He gives you a big hint when he says, “Choose life.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

What does it mean to choose life?  It means to choose His way of doing and being right.  Choose His way of living.  Choose His way of doing things.  He has given us everything we need in this life to live a good life.  He even explains what He expects from us.  But unless you spend time with Him and in His Word, you’ll never know how to choose life and blessing even though it is readily available to you.

He has even given us an “early warning system” when we are making bad choices (1 John 2:20; the Holy Spirit).  We usually can’t hear that warning because we are too caught up in our busy life or haven’t learned how to tune into God.  He won’t beat you over the head although He tries always to send messages.  I’ve looked back on my life and seen so many times where I skipped over warnings because I didn’t see them as warnings.

We rarely take advantage of everything God has given us to live a victorious life.  Why?  Because we don’t take the time to learn how He operates and what He expects from us.  Often we don’t even believe it is our responsibility to do anything.  Many Christians are sitting back ‘waiting on God” when He is expecting them to take control of their present and future through the words of their mouths.

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Choose good or bad

He says that our death or our life – the choice of blessing or curse – is in our mouth – what we speak consistently (Proverbs 18:21).  Do you realize there are no grey areas with God and life?  Everything we choose to say or do falls either on the blessing side or the curse side.  There is no grey area – no “oh, God understands. He knew what I meant”.  No, He doesn’t.  He only knows you chose cursing instead of blessing, which opened the door to the enemy.

That’s all I’m leaving you with this week – I just wanted to plant the thought into you that you should begin to think twice before saying anything contrary to the Word – anything contrary to The Blessing.

If it comes to “steal, kill and destroy your life”, it isn’t God (John 10:10).  Don’t choose it.  If you are living results of a life that has had things stolen, killed or destroyed – your future, your present, your dreams – ask God where you got off and to help you get back on the right pathway to the good life – to the life of blessing.  He will.  He desires to bless us and to help keep us out of the curses of life.