Showing posts from August, 2011

The GREAT Masquerade

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:15. Just what is a “masquerade”? Definition: “A masquerade ball (or bal masqué) is an event which the participants attend in costume wearing a mask.” Recently I began to ponder (once again) the dissoluteness of our culture, the church and the combined state in these last days we are in. It was brought to my attention. Prayerfully searching this out, and grasping the reality and magnitude of such depravity is gut wrenching and heart sickening!!! Look at the state of the “modern” church! Lies, hypocrisies, meditations, and witchcraft have seeped deep within the church walls. Many Bible believing Christians have fallen prey to the underlined tactics of the enemy. Today’s modern church spiritual deception has become the great masquerade! Let’s take a look at a few things that have crept in… “Emergent Church-offers: Questions as the new answers. Maybe as the new yes. Doubt …

Quiet time with the Lord

"And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever. And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;" Isaiah 32:17-18 Quiet time with the Lord is vital in our walk with Him! Praising Him all the more for making this time possible! It is here that we rest; we're renewed and rejuvenated to continue to fight the good fight! Christ is our peaceable habitation!
I have a little picture by my coffee pot that reads, “Make time for quiet moments, as God whispers quiet moments.” I’ve kept it there for years. It’s my reminder each and every day to give the Lord His time. When I rush out of bed straight into the day without quiet time with Him, my whole day seriously falls apart!
Why is time spent with Him so vital? It is here that we grow! All relationships require TIME! The more time we give Him, the stronger our faith grows! It is in the stillness we can hear His vo…

Counting the COST of Discipleship

There are very few who understands what it truly means to follow Christ. Those of us, who fully get it, understand there is no other option!
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.” Luke 9:23-26
To carry our cross requires every ounce of our being, time, attention, sacrifice of our will to accomplish the Lord’s Will regardless of what others say, think or do against us. After all, it is Christ they reject not us. It means letting go of the temporary fulfillments of the flesh, our own desires & plans to completely tra…

The Seed & the Sower

"Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." Matthew 13:18-23

Let's take a good look at each type of soil and the roots it produces.

*The way side:…

Hungry for More of Jesus ~ Study

Hungry for More of Jesus
By David Wilkerson
Study by Michelle James
Chapter 1- Feeding on Christ

Section1 – The Bread of God
Read Amos 8:11-12 What is “spiritual drought”: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Read John 6:33 what is the Bread of God?
Read John 6:57 In order to have life we must ___________________________
How often should we partake? _______________________________________
Honestly, how often do you? _________________________________________
Describe your thought/vision of today’s “modern” church: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

“Worship from unclean lips is actually an abomination to God. Praise that flows from hearts full of adultery, lust or pride is a stench…

A couple I know...

My heart is saddened over a couple I know.
One is holding tight and the other is ready to go.
Both have come to know Jesus, but yet doubt His mighty plan.
Restoratin and healing are available in the Master's hand. Let go of the hurt, let go of the pain and let Jesus take the lead; it is why He came.
The grass may look greener on the other side, but really there is misery and devistation behind the lurking tide.
You can live in the past, but God holds the key of what a family in Him is meant to be!
Don't let go and venture your way, give God a chance in your marriage this day!
I love you both and it's so hard to see the misery you carry when Jesus can set you free.
No one knows the best and the worse in your mate like God and no matter what He's the one in whom you should confide. Don't let others add to the tide that will destroy in an instant and add to your pride.
Only the Lord knows the misery and pain, but when you let Him work free you will see, this marriage…

Money here money there...

“The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” Proverbs 15:13 “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight; but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him we have to do.” Hebrews 4:13. We cannot hide our actions nor our thoughts and intents from the Lord. He knows all things and exposes that which is in opposition to His will and call. This most definitely pertains to our money!
In studying a virtuous woman (Proverbs 31) I’m learning more about our responsibilities and our requirements & expectations not only as women, but as being our husband’s help mate. “She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:27. Carefully tending the needs of her family: Mentally~ encouraging and building them up. Physically~ making sure they are properly clothed, clean and fed healthy. Emotionally~ giving words of encouragement, hugs and wiping tears.  Spiritually~ Training our children in the way…

The tangled web of Words!

Ah, the issues and reality of life continuously bring me to the Word of God for answers, direction, renewal and change. It truly does pertain to every area of life. One of the realities in our daily lives is the choice in our words. The Words says so much about this! All my life, even in recent days, I’ve seen the building up and the tearing down of lives around me (Including mine) due to the power of the tongue! Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” I love the breakdown Francis Frangipane gives on this topic… the topic of GOSSIP!

"The Scriptures say that we will be justified or condemned by our words. Yes, our words, even those spoken in secret with a spouse or friend about others, are used by God to measure our obedience to His will. Simple words, yet James writes, "If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man..." (James 3:2). Scripture reveals that "Life and death…

Lesson From The Garden

I've learned so many lessons while gardening this summer. The most recent happened just a few days ago! Last week I wanted to go in and harvest the veggies that are ripe and enjoy the fruits of my labor, BUT while attempting to enter, I met opposition! Lol, yes, an 8 legged critter... later found out it is a Brown Recluse! A very dangerous and can be fatal spider!

The Lord used this incident to speak GREATLY to my heart! After being grossed out and intimidated by this spider, not knowing if it was dead or not, my friend and I gathered the kids and went inside the house... YES WITHOUT THE HARVEST!

Here is the spiritual relation to my experience:
This spider is representative of Satan. He and his ways are so poisonous! Even though Christ within us is greater than he, we still allow his lies to intimidate us and keep us from the Lord’s work. See where this is going? Instead of standing firm in Christ, fully armed in the Armor of God (Eph 6:10-19), grounded & gripping our Sword …

He Staggered Not

"(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness." Romans 4:17-22
The Lord has given us many promises too, just as He gave Abraham! Abraham's faith was strong. We as believers can experience the fullness the Lord has offered too... FAITH IS REQUIRED! As we mature in our walk, our faith grows. Each trial and t…