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My Goodness!

Hello blog readers. I’d like to take some time to praise God for His goodness, and share what I’ve learned.

I spoke my heart to God, and He heard me. I thank Him for his ear, and His heart for me. He heard a sinner’s prayer. He heard me before I asked, and worked on my behalf. Who can do that, but God? What an awesome Father.

Isaiah 65:24 Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.

I am experiencing the answered prayers today that were petitioned years ago…some were even forgotten. I spoke my heart to God, and He remembered.

Psalm 105:8-9 He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac.

What I’ve learned is this: The answer to every prayer you or I could ever make is Jesus.

 

Pray for a relationship with Him. He will hear, and remember. He will answer you because He loves you.

James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

I thank my Savior for the salvation of my soul. He is my superhero. I thank the Lord for our growing relationship. I thank Him for choosing not to remember my sins. I thank Him for filling voids in my heart. I thank Him for transforming me, and giving me a new identity in Him. He changed my attitude. He gave me a new spirit, and a heart that loves to worship Him.

Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.

He gave me His name, and gave me permission to use it to fight spiritual battles. Hallelujah. His name is above all names — everything on earth and heaven must bow to His name — and He loved me enough to give me permission to use it. Who else can give us that kind of authority in their name? My Goodness! There is nothing He hasn’t provided for us!

Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.

What I’ve learned is this: Anything I set to accomplish in my own ability and strength will fail.

I can’t forgive apart from Him. My spirit can’t be strengthened apart from Him.  I can’t be set free from the sins that had me bound apart from Him. He is an awesome wonder-working God.

I can’t pray for my enemies apart from Him. I can’t be humble apart from Him. I can’t access my rightful heavenly inheritance while I’m on earth apart from Him. I can’t be anointed apart from Him. I can’t be holy apart from Him. I can’t make wise decisions apart from Him.

John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Pray for a relationship with Him. He will hear, and remember. He will answer you because He loves you.

Time doesn’t heal all things. Jesus heals all things in time. A broken heart would never mend if there wasn’t a God who loves you. The enemy would never allow it to heal because his mission is to destroy you. It’s God alone who mends broken hearts.

Psalm 147:3  He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

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You want effective change?

Hello blog readers. I had a conversation tonight after prayer service at my church that I want to share. I believe it will bless someone.

One of my sister’s in Christ asked me for advice in how to effectively share the gospel to a particular person. The person she wants to share with is a co-worker, and a Jehovah’s Witness. The reason she asked me for advice is because I was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness until my teenage years. Although I stopped going to the Kingdom Hall, I carried many of the beliefs that I was taught with me for the majority of my life. Ultimately, the only One who can undo and correct a lifetime of teaching is the Holy Spirit.

Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

In my earlier years, I wouldn’t have believed that I had a heart of stone. Because of what I was taught, I rejected the gospel of Christ dying, and rising up to purchase a place in heaven for me. My heart was stone, and I was unaware. I’m in awe of what God did to my heart. He kept His word.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

You want effective change? Never underestimate the power of prayer. It’s the most powerful tool we have as believers.

1 Timothy 2:1-4 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people– for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Pray for others to come to know Christ in an intimate way. Pray for them to experience the goodness of having a relationship with God. Prayer isn’t just about yourself. God wants us to pray for others.

James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

If you don’t know how to have an intimate relationship with God, I strongly encourage you to cultivate a prayer life. The more you pray, the more He will become real to you. God loves when we come to Him in prayer just to talk. He loves when we come to Him in prayer to give Him honor and praise. God expects us to come to Him in prayer when we need things, because He is a Provider and a loving Father.  And, He loves when we pray for others to come to know Him. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.

If there are family members or friends in your life that you want to know Christ, and they aren’t seemingly interested — your job is to pray for them.  Love them, and trust God to open hearts in His timing.

Jeremiah 24:7 I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.

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The real MVP

Hello blog readers! Yesterday, I took time to think and reflect on how good God has been to me. He is constantly molding and transforming my thoughts and heart. He’s always teaching. I love it. When we invest in a relationship with Him, every area of life improves.

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

I had to remind my son recently that the only thing free in life is our salvation. That’s it. No matter what your definition of earthly success is, you have to work for it. If you inherit it, you still have to invest in it to maintain it. Real growth will cost you 3 things: commitment, diligence, and sacrifice. Even though heaven is a free gift, the earthly benefits of receiving salvation will cost the same 3 things. Commitment, diligence, and sacrifice. Try binding the enemy, and healing in the name of Jesus WITHOUT committing your heart to Him, and living with Him as your Lord. The power isn’t in the words “in the name of Jesus”… The power is Jesus.

John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Commitment, diligence, and sacrifice. Those 3 things offer both physical and spiritual benefits.

Spiritually, when we commit to living under the Lordship of Jesus, remain in him, and sacrifice the things of the world for the things of God, AMAZING things happen. Our heart and mind becomes transformed. Child of God, you become the person God sees when He created you — and you ARE beautiful.

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

We live in a fallen world — and, it is challenging sometimes to focus on spiritual growth when there is lacking in the physical. In the Bible, Jesus often times would satisfy a person’s physical need first. He wants all of our physical needs to be met. He healed and blessed people without hesitation, and that drew them in so their hearts and souls could be touched.  Once your heart is touched by Jesus, and you open up to Him, the holy spirit teaches you how to apply scripture and ‘have life to the full’.

John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

When Jesus came and died for us it cost him at least 3 things: Commitment, diligence, and sacrifice. He had to commit to saving us. He had to be diligent through all of Satan’s attempts to  cause him to fail. He sacrificed spending his time in a perfect heaven, to come to a fallen world and become a living sacrifice for the sins of man. He’s more than your best friend. He’s your Savior. And when we allow him, he aligns our hearts with his, through power of the holy spirit — transforming our cold, selfish, stubborn hearts into hearts that love, give freely, and recognize the gift we have in Him.

Hebrews 12:2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

Jesus is the real MVP. The real Champ. The Greatest of all time.

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Psalms 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

 

He is Love

Hello blog readers! I’m excited to share with you today. This morning, I was thinking about Valentine’s Day — which is two days from now. I’ve decided to stop celebrating it.  It’s something I’ve been praying about every since my son came home from school this year with a reminder to bring valentines for his classmates. It’s something we’ve done every year he’s been in school. This year, it didn’t feel right. I understand it’s because of my heart for God that’s been growing as I seek Him.

Psalm 89:14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.

God is faithful to remember every promise He’s ever made to me. He has made many.

I’m cleansed of my sin by means of His Son. I’m given the gift of the Holy Spirit because I’ve accepted His Son as my Lord and Savior. The enemy has no authority over my life or future because my Heavenly Father protects, guides and provides for me. In my weakness, He is made strong. He hears every prayer I pray. He supplies all my needs. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. His Word assures me of this. Those are His promises to us. He remembers every promise, and I know He will never forget them.

Isaiah 55:11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

He forgets nothing. Forgetting is a fault. He is Perfect. He chooses not to remember our sin, which is a very loving thing from someone who cannot forget.  So, how can a God who forgets nothing, forget that Valentine’s Day started as a day of pagan worship? That’s the question that I had to come to terms with.

My son and I looked up the origins of Valentine’s Day to find that it started as a “Christian liturgical” feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus.

Christian liturgy: a pattern for worship used (whether recommended or prescribed) by a Christian congregation or denomination on a regular basis.

It was a worship feast in honor of a priest named Saint Valentinus.

Luke 4:8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'” 

Exodus 34:14 –for you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God–

Here’s an interesting article about how Valentine’s Day started:  http://www.npr.org/2011/02/14/133693152/the-dark-origins-of-valentines-day

Is there anything wrong with celebrating love? I don’t believe so. He is love. But have we, through tradition, accepted something offensive to our Father in Heaven because we’re unaware of how the tradition originated? I’m not ok with offending Him. A bouquet of flowers and some candy is not worth it. Nothing is. He’s a Good Father with feelings. Foundations matter to Him.

Thankfully, He is an Examiner of hearts. He knows that we’re celebrating “love” as we’ve been taught. We mean no harm, and He knows it. He’s so understanding and patient. He is love.

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.

He waited on me for over 30 years to surrender to Him. He’s teaching me that the narrow path isn’t the popular route, but it’s the avenue to peace.

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Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Everything You Need Is In Your House!

Repost from ROYAL SISTERHOOD blog

Video post by @joannroscondrey.

Source: Everything You Need Is In Your House!

The fragrance of words

The Holy Spirit ministered something to me this week that can benefit all of us. I never thought of it in the way it was explained — but it makes total sense.

A person’s speech reflects their purpose. If a person’s heart is not in line with God’s spirit, their speech will reflect it.

I personally know that when we practice bad speech, it’s almost natural to say things that aren’t supposed to come out of the mouths of God’s children.

Ephesians 5:4 Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes–these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.

Be kind to one another. Don’t let a bad saying come out of your mouth. Keep God in your heart, and He will make your speech a precious sound.

Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Your speech hosts miraculous power when you speak the word of God from a clean heart. A clean heart is the backbone of a miracle.

A clean heart has no tolerance for a wicked tongue. The word of God is sharper than a double-edged sword. It cuts to the soul. The deepest part of any creature in the physical realm is the soul — and God’s word reaches it when spoken from a clean heart.

It would be unwise for us to believe that we can use our mouths to say disgusting things, and then ask God for His promises. His promises are for those clean of heart and mind. A clean heart has no tolerance for a wicked tongue.

Speech is a reflection of the hearts motive.

Luke 6:45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

Proverbs 13:3 Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.

The Holy Spirit revealed to me that a person’s praise will bring forth their purpose — and their purpose will bring forth praise. If a person’s  speech reflects the inward parts of their heart, how would praise from an obscene mouth smell to our Heavenly Father?

Let’s be conscious of the way we speak, so that we are not presenting a filthy fragrance before God.

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

It would be plagiarism if I allow you to think that I wrote this article. The worst thing I can do is pretend to be wise. It grieves the Holy Spirit. The truth is, I typed the message — but, my Heavenly Father gave me the words. The words that I share are from Him. He is my Provider. Draw near to Him. We wants to uniquely share with every one of His children by power of His precious Holy Spirit.

James 4:8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.

 

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