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From frustrating to FREE...Lord work in ME!

Though we endure afflictions, we know it's all for the Glory of the LORD!

"Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:" 1 Peter 1:6-8

If we aren't willing to be tried, are we really following the Lord? Have we truly taken His hand in TRUST to allow Him to create in us a clean pure heart. I've decided to allow God to move in mighty ways in this life that belongs to Him. Surrendering to His will and counting the cost... will is cost pain? Heartache? Discomfort? Will it be worth it in the end? The answer to all of the above is YES!

What if we don't let go?
"I a…

This is my Life...*JESUS*

Yesterday while talking with a friend, I was told, "In the real world there is more to life than Jesus Christ." I was stunned. Speechless and all I could think was, ummm, no not really. To the worldly person, it is hard for them to comprehend and understand how Christ pertains to all things in this life. I didn't take offense with this in mind, but boy oh boy did it give me much to pray about.

My life is consumed with Christ. He is my life. I've laid down my life in order to find my life in Him. To majority this makes no sense and the assumption is made that I go overboard with all this "Jesus stuff"! I say PRAISE GOD! GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH! This has been my prayer for years, to be used and to be consumed... Every ounce and fiber of my being...let me be completely consumed in Christ.
I say, Let us cry out & declare as David, "In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness." Psalm 31:1 and as Paul,…

Fishing in FAITH

Last Sunday morning while my kids and I were getting ready for church; my husband was getting ready to go fishing.I asked him if he was bringing home supper. He replied, “I don’t know, depends if I catch anything or not.” I told him, “GO FISHING IN FAITH”! He looked at me crazy and I explained: “Faith is ‘believing in something you cannot see’, go fishing believing you’ll bring back supper.” He shook his head and said, nah, I’m just going fishing. Later on when we all returned home, I asked how his fishing journey went, if he brought anything home… his reply was “just one” as he was filleting it. I said “Oh, did you go fishing in faith?”…He said, “No, just went fishin’.” I’ve thought about this quite a bit these last few days, and it continues to come to me, how often do we “go fishing in faith”? Jesus said, “…Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19 While we are growing in Him and sharing with others He brings across our path, do we truly believe in the unseen that…

Defeating Discouragement

O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save! Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.” Habbakuk 1:2-3
The burden of being discouraged is heavy. Circumstances around us may be unavoidable, but how we respond to them will make all the difference! “Living in discouragement will divide the mind, making it hard to focus on anything but the pain. Then as anger becomes habitual, we’ll look for someone to blame—whether God, people around us or ourselves.” ~Charles Stanley
Discouragement is an emotional sink hole. The longer we’re there the harder it becomes to get out. Putting our focus on self, allows us to wallow in self-pity and indulging in a “blame game”. This is opposite of what the Lord wants for and from us: He desires our focus, time and attention to be solely on Him. It’s a battle, a fight for sure, …

A personal requirement of the Lord

"Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the High God...He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:6&8

Wow, so personal! The Lord requires we "walk humbly" WITH Him! He is not beyond reach, He made a way through the Loving sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, shedding His blood to bridge the gap..."But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. Fo…

Children of the Light

"For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light." Ephesians 5:8-13

What a beautiful blessing being transformed from wretched & depraved to chosen peculiar Children of the Light! Great sacrifices are made as we are changed from our old ways and graciously in time, transformed into the likeness of Christ! "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministr…

Just One Drop

In the midst of adversity and trials, let it be our heart's cry for the Lord to touch us with just one drop of His majesty!

Too many trials, and too many much sadness and too many fears!
O dear Lord just one drop of Jesus' precious blood
Just one drop to heal their hearts
To wipe away their tears and release them from their fears!
Just one drop to take away the pain;
Open their eyes to see joy in the rain.
Lord just one drop of your peace upon their lives;
So many hurting and many believing lies.
Just one drop of Your truth to set them free;
Help them Lord to be who You've created them to be.
Just One drop of Your grace;
To help them see Love in this wretched place.
Just One drop O Lord,
Let their hope be restored for the blood sets them free and they'll taste death no more.
Just one drop, I pray, you remove the wax from their hearts this day.
Help them see You are merciful and kind;
and trade Your riches for the pain they hide.
Just One drop of Jesus prec…

Accountability and the Judgement Seat of Christ

"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden. Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of f…

For I am NOT Ashamed

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth..." Romans 1:16

As believers we will meet opposition those who want to make us fall, fail and forsake the calling Christ has commissioned us for. To them it is foolish, dumb, and for many it's a hobby...not a lifestyle. So, they choose to mock and belittle those who have counted the cost of following Jesus. It's OKAY! Take heart! Dont be discouraged nor dismayed, but continue on that extremely narrow path and do the work of the Lord!

"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." 1 Corinthians 1:18 Jesus warned us it would be this way! "And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved." Matthew 10:22 He endured it and by His grace He provides strength for us to overcome pain & persecution.

If you are…

*~*Let Jesus SHINE *~* Bible Study 7/14/11

"But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day." Proverbs 4:18 "And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." John 1:5 Oh how we ARE a PECULIAR people! Many people around us don’t understand the beauty of falling in Love with Jesus Christ. For them it is about “religion”. They don’t know what a real relationship with Him is all about. They don’t understand why we can be so joyful, at peace and calm in the midst of adverse trials in our lives… Our answer is simple…JESUS! “Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:15-16
What are some examples of things we can do to share the Light of Jesus? _______________________________________________________________

What is a hypocrite... who me???

"He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him. Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears." Job 13:16-17
So what is a hypocrite?
a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs. ~

"Let me ask you, how many atheists are now in this house? Perhaps not a single one of you would accept the title, and yet, if you live from Monday morning to Saturday night in the same way as you would live if there were no God, you are practical atheists; and as actions speak more loudly than words, you are more atheists than those doctrinal unbelievers who disavow God with their mouths, and, after all, are secretly afraid of him."~ CH Spurgeon.

"A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." James 1:8

Another term for this "athiest", "hypocrite" or "doubl…

"A bruised reed He will not break..."

“A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench,  Till
He sends forth justice to victory.” Matt. 12:20

I have thought much about this verse lately... seeing one close to me completely broken has caused me to reflect upon our awesome God, His Word and all that He is... He is gracious and kind, loves beyond measure and He will not beat down what is already broken.

Our Heavenly Abba Father, gently touches this person and picks them up, holds them close to His chest, embraces them, gives encouragement and heals their brokenness. A state we must come to in order to see, hear and feel His magnificent tender touch! To know that He is God and nothing or no one can compare to His goodness. He nurtures, strengthens and creates a bond between Him and us that cannot be broken. This my friend, is the example of pure tender unconditional love.

A bruised reed is the picture of vulnerability and uselessness.   A healthy
reed might be used to make a wind instrument and deliver beau…

The Process we must know & Endure

The LORD said, "...I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh. That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God." Ezekiel 11:19-20

There is a process we all must endure to become like Christ. First we are drawn to Him by His Spirit, then we see the need for Him in our lives. Once we surrender to His call He takes our stony hearts and breaks them down to penetrate His seed of Love in our hearts. This is painful as He shows us who we are apart from Him. He gives us a new heart & His Spirit within us, so we are no longer hardened to the things of this world. We are allowed to see, hear, feel & do as He allows bit by bit. He breaks down our hardness so we can have a heart of flesh! Think about that!!! Flesh is PIERCEABLE!!! Which equals PAIN! We must know this to follow His will &…