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Change

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24

I am wondering dear lord is It me? Am I the problem? Am I too defensive? Am I unknowingly offensive? Am I anxious and nervous for nothing?
I trust you lord, but is my trust in you reflected in my words, actions, reactions and ways?

Dear lord forgive me if I have offended others. Forgive me if I have overreacted. Forgive me for being over emotional.

Sometimes we are quick to blame others without looking at the man or woman in the mirror. We are quick to blame others without seeing the bigger picture.

We need to think, rationalize not jump the gun. We need to take it easy. (Actually to quote one of my professors "Cojelo con el take it easy okay mama".)

Proverbs 16:32 ESV /m
Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

We can all heed this advice. Myself, you, even our President. We all have had moments of reacting…. and over reacting.

I'm wondering the cycle of behavior patterns if that's something one can truly change. I can lift my hands and ask you dear lord for guidance. Not everyone understands the power in reaching out to you can do.

I spent 14 years with my husband, 9 of those years married. I uprooted myself to be with him. Moved to his side of time which is about a half hour to forty five minute drive to my everything, my life line, my family, at the time my friends. Some of my anger which comes up during arguments is the notion of being uprooted.

Building a relationship with my husband I lost many. I always put him first. Yet I still tried my best to be there for my family, friends and loved over time, distances grew and I've had to make a choice. My house hold or yours?

How much sacrifice I have to make for those whom don't appreciate my efforts. How much more sacrifice do I need to make for those whom don't acknowledge what I've done in their lives. Why sacrifice for people whom don't even look for you?

Tensions buildup, external and internal reasons for them. Quick to explode, quick to snap, quick to anger.

Why though? Over the trivial things that we keep thinking of. Right now I'm only briefly mentioning things that bother me from time to time, but we all go through experiences like this. We bottle things up that bother us up and snap.

Think about this: for many years I've said I uprooted myself from my family and friends for you, dear husband…. for you. I've stopped going out, stopped seeing people since you had me move with you. Deflecting to the real problem. Deflecting from the truth. Deflecting from admitting I had a choice.

I chose not to go out when invited, because of my own fears and insecurities based off where I live. I never wanted to be caught walking out late alone.

I chose not to travel sometimes because my commute is longer using mass transit (before we had a car). Blaming my husband for my own inability to accept what was really going on.

God had pulled me away from toxic people. God was even pulling me away from toxic relatives…. you know the ones that milk you until you have no milk left. You know the toxic friends….the ones that want you to binge drink with them until you all pass out.

Toxic relationships.
Relationships which did not honor gods will.

My husband was a pawn, by God to get me away from what distracted me from my reality. My husband was used by God to reopen my eyes and get me back on my feet. I was also a pawn used by God to get my husband to accept him as his lord and savior and serve him dutifully.

My lord has taught me time and time again how one can change. How one can be used for his greatness. How we need to open up and look at the bigger picture.

My dear lord thank you father for another day to write, worship, praise your name and analyze the great deeds you've done in my life. Without you lord I am nothing. You are the god of my fathers, the god of Abraham, the god our father, the king of all kings dear lord. I love you with all my might and my being. I thank you for the lessons of life you present me. I pray for forgiveness if I have offended anyone. I ask you for forgiveness dear lord for I am human and have sinned. I ask for forgiveness and redemption in your holy name. Amen

Measure of faith

"…God has dealt to each one a measure of faith."

(Romans 12:3, NKJV)

In this chapter Paul gives clear instructions to the romans. He asked them to sacrifice their bodies as living sacrifices in verse 1. In verse 2 he instructs us not to conform to this world, instead he asks that we be transformed by our renewal of our minds so that when we are tested we can be able to discern what is gods will and what is not.

In verse 3 he tells us to not think that we are better than the next but to use sober judgement and each if us to be faithful with the amount of faith given to us by God. Our faith and how much faith we have is passed down to us by God himself.
He continues on in the rest of this chapter teaching us how we are to function, treat one another, to love one another, be compassionate , rejoice and even behave towards one another and others alike.

You have the ability to Believe because god had given us that ability. He had given us the ability to help one another, to love one another, to pray for one another to be one with one another. If you believe in God, in his word, in his ministry you can be successful in your walk and overcome obstacles.

We were given the tools and resources in this bible and more specifically in his chapter. The important thing to remember is God had given us the ability to do what we want to do. Our faith in him can allow us to do so. Our faith in him can allow us to grown spiritually, succeed secularly and help our fellow brothers and sisters in their walk.

This chapter speaks of unity for we are one church. To pray for one another as you would pray for oneself. To pray for those whom hurt and offend you in the same manner you would pray for a loved one. Our faith is given to us.

The lord knows some need more faith than others. He provided according to each and everyone of our needs. All he asks in return is that we walk a clean walk, we follow the laws of the Bible and love one another.

Father we thank you for loving us. I thank you for providing just enough for me to live the life you want me to live. Thank you for your mandates for remind me that I need to show love to those whom don't show me love. I need to pray for those whom may not like me. I need to remember always that we are all your children and apart of your body. I thank you for your words of truth, for your words sort me free. I thank you for my eyes for they slow me to see. I thank you for being in each and every select of my life. For providing just enough of what I need. Amen

Arise

"Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you."

(Isaiah 60:1, NKJV)

The Glory of the Lord has risen within you. The glory of the lord gives us the strength to rise and shine the light the lords has given us.

We all have gifts/ talents that were given to us by his good grace. These gifts and talents were given to us for us to grow and use in his glory. They are provided to us so that we can rise up from our circumstance in the flesh. They were given to us so that we can shine in his holy light. It is when we put god first in all of our endeavors, it is when we properly glorify his name, it is when we give him due praise for our success and talents that we can shine like beacons of light in his name.

We shall and can rise up. We shall and can shine bright and let his glory manifest among us. His glory is already with us. All we have to do is wake up, look for it, rise up and we shall shine and be of blessings. We don't have to look far. We don't have to travel the world to find ourselves, we have to search within. We need to look in the depths of our soul, the depths of our hearts. We need to see from within to see what God wants from all of us.

Did you know that the word “glory” in the original language indicates that God’s favor, blessing and splendor is on you in a heavy way.

He has filled us with so much of his glory that it weighs us, its there, in searching for it you shouldn't have to search far, it's there.

Please know that your time is now. It is time to shine bright. It's time to rise. Let that sink in. Let this marinate in your spirit. His glory is with you. It's time to ride and shine because of his glory.

Thank you father for your glory. Thank you for letting your glorify marinate and manifest within me. Thank you for allowing me to rise, so that I may shine. Lord I know I shine because your glory is within me, you placed it there. Many may not realize this my lord. Many may not realize that your glory is with them. I pray for them dear lord, I pray for them dear lord that they may see your glory within them so they too can rise and shine. Amen.

Zanqueo quiero conorcerle… Zacchaeus I want to get to know you

Luke 19:1-5New International Version (NIV)
Zacchaeus the Tax Collector
19 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-figtree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”

Zanqueo quiero conorcerle… Zacchaeus I want to get to know you.

This was a sermon that my pastor gave and even hours later it kept resonating. I needed this sermon. I think if your read my post a few days ago about an encounter and once you read this, you will understand why I feel this resonated deeply inside me.

God I am listening!
I'm going to paraphrase the sermon.
In The sermon the pastor described Zacchaeus procession. He was the chief tax collector, hated by all because of what he did. Yet when Jesus arrived, he had a drive, a need, a wang to see Jesus. Zacchaeus was short in stature, no matter how hard he tried, the crowds were so big they kept preventing him from seeing.

I tried moving along with the current of the crowds, but was still unable to see.
He saw a sycamore tree, so Zacchaeus climbed a sycamore tree so he could be able to see Jesus, despite his lack of height, despite being held back by the crowds, beside being hated due to his profession.

He wanted to see Jesus…. with his ambition, drive, and faith…. he saw Jesus. He saw Jesus….. and Jesus saw him too.

Don't let what others think, what others say, what others do deter you from getting to where you need to get spiritually. Do not let their actions, their words, their expressions deter you back. Do not let their actions, their words, their expressions hold you back spiritually.

Now back to the sycamore tree. It was explained to us that in those times the fruit of the sycamore was used to feed the pigs, pigs were deemed and unclean by the Jews, since the pigs were deemed uncleaned so was the fruit and the tree which provided Nutrition to these animals.

God qualifies the unqualified.

The sycamore tree was used to help Zacchaeus both became qualified and significant to God for an important lesson in our faith.

I also wanted to learn more about this tree, here is what I learned: links and references will be found at the very end of this post.

Sycamore Symbolism:
1a-"In Catholicism, the sycamore tree symbolizes the place in a person’s life where he has a clear vision of Jesus. "
2a-"In mythology, the sycamore tree was thought to be the embodiment of three goddesses: Isis, Nut and Hathor, who was called Lady of the Sycamore. In a traditional and attributive sense, the sycamore tree is considered the tree of protection and favors."

In this section where I have quoted from an article I found where we see how in Catholicism the tree symbolizes a place in a persons life where he has clear vision of Jesus, the author also shows the mythology of the mythology of the tree

Sycamore Tree
1b-"The sycamore tree that Zacchaeus climbed into was the Ficus sycamorus, also called the sycamore fig.  Some scholars argue that the Ficus sycamorus was the original fig tree in the Garden of Eden, not the Ficus carica. "

2b-"In Israel, sycamore trees grow where underground water is shallow and is most prominent in the southern Israel because of construction and rapid development.     Under very favorable conditions, the sycamore tree may produce up to six crops per year."

Symbolism: Regeneration    
3b-"In Israel, the sycamore tree symbolized regeneration.  Regeneration refers to someone who is spiritually reborn.  (Like zacchaeus)Zacchaeus had a spiritual rebirth thorough his discussion with Jesus in his home.  Levi, known as Matthew, was one of Christ’s original 12 apostles.  Like Zaccheaus, Levi was a tax collector (Mark 2:14).  When Christ called, Levi left his tax collector’s booth and followed Christ.  Possibly Zacchaeus knew Levi and wondered why his colleague who could become very rich collecting taxes would give it up for Christ.  After spending several hours with Christ, Zacchaeus no longer wondered because he too had a regenerated heart. Zacchaeus’ new heart did not cause him to follow Christ as did Levi’s.  Instead, Zacchaeus’ regenerated heart caused him to make restitution and change his life where he lived in Jericho."

What we see in these three points from the author is that the genome of the sycamore tree, we see why and how it was able to grow in Jerusalem and we see its symbolizing regeneration, renewal and rebirth. How this tree became qualified for a pivotal moment in someone's life. How this tree was pivotal in ones salvation.

Focus on the Lord, not "the crowd."
1c-"Faith is not a vicarious experience. While others can help to bring us to Jesus, He calls our name and we must personally respond. Not just once, but every day, every moment. Faith is a door into an ongoing, intimate dynamic relationship with a living, loving God who, in Jesus Christ, has come to seek and save the lost. Jesus reminds us "You did not choose me but I chose you…" (John 15:16) Zacheus climbed that tree in order to see the Lord, not to be seen by Jesus. He did not care what the crowd thought of a grown man climbing a tree! He went after the encounter with Jesus Christ with a childlike simplicity and a reckless abandon. Do we?"
2c-"The "crowd's" in our lives rarely lead us to God. Remember the exchange with Simon Peter recorded in the Gospel of St. Matthew, chapter sixteen? Jesus asks the disciples "Who do men say I am". They told him what the "crowds" said about Him. "Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah…." Jesus then spoke personally to Simon and asked "…but you, who do you, say I am." Peter replied "You are the Christ".

3c-"Desire to see Jesus more than anything or anyone else
The story of Zacheus invites us to ask ourselves if we are serious about fully and truthfully living out our Christian vocation. Do we really want to see Jesus or are we comfortable with keeping Him at a distance? Do we compartmentalize our lives, living a separation between faith and life that keeps religious things in a "religious compartment", treating faith like a hat that we put on and take off depending upon the environment that we find ourselves in?"

4c-"The Christian vocation is a call to ongoing conversion by giving ourselves away to the One who poured Himself out for us…and being transformed in the process. It is about giving our whole lives over to the Lord who takes up His residence within us and then continues His mission through us. "

5c-"We are also called to love differently, because we love "in" Jesus Christ. We are invited to "be" differently, because we are different now, at the deepest level. Jesus Christ continues His life and mission on this earth through His Body, His Church, of which we are members."

6c-"Choose to live in the Sycamore tree
The Sycamore tree created a clear line of vision for Zacheus. It helped him to rise above the crowd and see the Lord clearly. It placed him in the right position for the invitation that would follow. Jesus told him to come down for he was coming to his house! Imagine the thrill. For us, the Sycamore tree is a symbol of that place in our own lives which enables us to have a clear vision of Jesus. Zacheus did not hesitate. With the same lack of caution which he had demonstrated in climbing the tree, he came down to stand in the presence of God Incarnate. There he heard the call that would forever change his life."
7c"Where is Jesus passing through in our own lives? He always shows up for those who have their spiritual eyes opened to see Him. How about in our workplace? How about in our relationships? How about in our families? Are we running out to meet Him? Or, are we afraid? Are we wondering "if we see Him, what will He ask of us?" The invitation of this story is to climb that Sycamore Tree; to find the place that will make it possible for us to see Jesus, unimpeded, so as to hear Him call our name. He still comes to seek and to save what is lost. He still comes to the homes of all who open their hearts wide to his presence and are willing to live lives bathed in the light of His refining fire."

8c- "When we see Jesus on the Jericho Road of our own lives we are invited to exercise our faith, to choose Him and change. He does not do the changing in the relationship. He is the same "yesterday, today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).Prayer is not, in the first instance, about getting God to do what we want. It is about entering into an intimate communion with Him and in Him, and then abiding (St. John 15). In that relationship, we invite Him to change us and we learn to surrender all to Him in love. ……. Zacheus teaches us about life in a Sycamore Tree. "

In this section we see 8 points 1- focusing on faith and it the crowds around you. 2 the crowds won't always lead you where you need to go 3 ones faith and determination, 4 ones vocation as christians, 5 we are called to love, 6 we are asked to live in the sycamore tree 7 we are asked to question where we see ourselves with Jesus and our relationship and 8 we are taught and reminded Jesus is the same.

I loved this added research on the sycamore tree and how it relates to us and our faith. I can't wait until the second part of this sermon.

Father God I thank you for this sermon and this research that came from it. You know my heart and you know how this sermon moved me. God I hear you. I will not listen to the crowds nor will I let them deter me from you. My relationship with you matters more than what others say. I will climb that sycamore tree, I will look for you with all my might so that our relationship can grow. Amen.

Notes 1a &2a came from:
http://peopleof.oureverydaylife.com/sycamore-tree-symbolize-6810.html

Notes1b-3b came from:
https://www.google.com/amp/s/godasagardener.com/2013/10/13/climbing-a-sycamore-tree/amp/
But for further reading on
Bible plants along with their symbolism. Check out : 1) Rooted in God and 2) God as a Gardener. You can purchase them from website: Carolyn Roth Ministry at http://www.CarolynRothMinistry.com/

Notes 1c-8c came from: http://www.catholic.org/news/hf/faith/story.php?id=34384

Marital advice … an open letter to my cousin

This is an open letter to my cousin whom is having a destination wedding.
I was unable to go due to timing. My sister just had a baby, as mentioned in prior posts she's a special needs. She is doing well, but I would've felt better being able to be there for her, with her during this new transition in her life.

Juny I don't say it often but I love you…. my first brother, my twin. For many years my other half. I want to congratulate you on your upcoming nuptials. May this day go smooth, may you and your bride be blessed beyond belief, may God our father anoint this union while you say your vows. I pray for your health, years of happiness, longevity, wisdom, strength, endurance, may your love and passion for one another always remain.

Mark 10:9: “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate."
I pray that you both weather the storm, for there will be good days and there will be bad days, but trust in God, keep faith in God, keep hope in God to ride out the storms to come. Both of you Remember always marriage isn't a one way street, two people, joined together to become one, it's a 50/50. There may be times one or the other have to meet at the half way point. Always stay united.

Ephesians 4:2-3: “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."

Love one another with all your night, remind each other often day it, display it, always keep an open Chanel of communication.
Ephesians 5:25: “For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her."
But tell your bride that I said to love you just the same, love your husband the way Christ loves his church.

Remember to always be supportive of one another. Be each other's rocks. Be each other's support system.
Ecclesiastes 4:12: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."

As I mentioned before you will have storms (later vs sooner). Always love each other even in the storm. Always talk it out, never go to bed angry at one another, as I said earlier always communicate.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs."

1 Peter 4:8: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins."

Nothing breaks my heart more than not being able to go to witness this big day for you. Nothing breaks my heart more than not being with my family during this time. I will be there in spirit covering you with blessings. I will be fasting and praying for you and your wife. May god bless you always.
I love you June.

Father God I ask that you cover this union in prayers. May they heed the advices of marriages others provide. May they always put you first my lord, may they always love and honor one another. Lord I ask you to bless them, protect them, let the Holy Spirit manifest in them so that he can guide their every step. I rebuke negativity and Harm in the name of Jesus. May their union be of a blessing, of love and success in their celebrations. In the name of the father, the son and the Holy Spirit Amen.

​ How to Keep Our New Heart Pure, Loving, and Soft toward the Lord

How to Keep Our New Heart Pure, Loving, and Soft toward the Lord
The link below is for an article i read with the title of this post. I want to give this organization all the credit hence why their link is below. As i read this scripture and article I knew I had to share what they wrote.
July 09 2017 (I know today’s not the 9th, but this is when I saw this post and I saved it to further analyze it, reflect and savior the message before sharing).  My commentary will be in bold.
 
Ezekiel 36:26New International Version (NIV)
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.
My husband once told me I was heartless, I was cold I was stubborn. My response to him was, man had made me heartless, man had made me cold…. I was born stubborn. My past experiences made me put up my guards with a fortified fence. I used to wear my heart on my sleeve. I was used, abused and ignored, only to be called upon when in need of something.
 
The article I referenced stated(which hit home in so many ways):
Before we were saved our heart was hard and cold toward God. We wanted many
things, even sinful things, but not God. We felt little affection for Him and had no interest in the things of God.
This first intro paragraph hit home, hard. Got me thinking of the times my husband said I was cold and heartless. He didn’t know the girl I once was, he met the family oriented girl who put her families needs above her own, he met the girl who’s been through betrayal, by friends and what at the time I felt by God. He met a girl who believed in charities but no longer had the will to fight or help. He met a girl who always believed in God but had gone silent and stopped praying. He had met a girl who has become stone cold, upset and turned her back on everyone whom has offended her, used her and showed they didn’t care. If they ever read this, they may not even realize it’s them I’m talking about. These people are so self absorbed that nothing matters but me. I can’t live like that, or associate with self absorbed individuals …. so I walked away…. a lot of things combined led to me going cold. My flame, that fire I once had was no longer igniting. I can resonate with this post…. let me continue with what the author says.
But God wants to have an affectionate relationship with us. So when we were born again, God not only forgave us and cleansed us of our sins, He also did something in our heart. Ezekiel 36:26 says,
“I will also give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take away the heart of stone out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.”
God renewed our heart of stone and made it soft, “a heart of flesh.” Now
our new heart loves God and is inclined toward Him and responsive to
Him. With this new heart, God wants us to enjoy all He is in a
relationship of love.
Since we all received a new heart when we were saved, why is this loving
heart evident in the lives of some but barely detectable in others? How
can some of our hearts seem to have become cold and hard, like they were
before? How can we keep our heart in its new soft and loving condition?
Yes this is a question I constantly face and struggle with. How can we keep our heart in its new soft and loving condition? Why is my loving heart detectable with some and not others? Why am i cold and hard to some, yet warm and bubbly with others. Why no matter how hard I try, I always kee my guards up?
 
 
 
The article continues:
Medical science tells us that for our physical heart to be healthy, we need to
exercise, even vigorously. But exercise doesn’t come naturally or easily
to most of us. Consider what it takes just to put on our athletic shoes
and go for a run. Even while we’re running, we have to exert ourselves
to keep going and not quit. And exercise isn’t a once for all matter; we
have to do it over and over again. But working out regularly isn’t
optional if we want a healthy heart.
Similarly, if we want our new heart to be kept in newness, that is, to be kept
loving, soft, and responsive toward the Lord, then regular, continued
spiritual exercise is needed. This is what makes the difference between
whether our new heart remains in newness or goes back to its old
condition.
Ha! if we are basing this on how health our heart is, then here her goes my answer, the most exercise I get is walking from my house to train, and from the train back.
 
 
 
The article continues with some very good suggestions:
 
So what is this regular exercise for our new heart? Since our heart is composed of our conscience, mind, emotion, and will, the “workout” our heart needs involves four parts.
1. Exercising our mind to turn our heart back to the Lord
Second Corinthians 3:16 says, “Whenever their heart turns to the Lord, the
veil is taken away.” Everything begins with turning our heart to the
Lord. When we were saved, we first repented and received Christ to begin
our Christian life. To repent means to turn, to have a change of mind
and direction. We realized we were sinful, and we turned to God.
But even after we’re saved, we still need to keep turning. Our minds are
easily distracted and can cause our hearts to turn away from the Lord.
Whatever turns us away from the Lord becomes a “veil” to us, keeping us
from seeing Him. Similarly, Matthew 5:8 says,
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
To be pure means to be unmixed with anything else. When we’re turned away from the
Lord, our heart is impure toward Him. Our focus is split between the
Lord and something else. We have two goals in mind, two aims
our heart longs after, and we can no longer see clearly. Our future, our
career, even our work for the Lord can begin to compete with God in our
heart and occupy our mind.
So we need to exercise our heart by praying, “Lord, I turn to you right
now.” In fact, in the course of a single day we need to turn repeatedly
to the Lord. For instance, we might be thinking about a certain thing
and suddenly find we’re away from the Lord, so we need to turn. Later,
we might see a billboard that sticks in our head, and we have to turn
again. Then we begin to have negative thoughts about someone close to
us, and we have to turn yet again.
Again and again, when we realize we’re turned away from the Lord, we need to
turn our heart back to Him. It takes regular exercise. When we turn our
heart from all other things back to the Lord, we’re made single and pure
again, and the veils are taken away. This is a daily workout we all
need.
2. Exercising our emotion to love the Lord
For us to have an affectionate relationship with the Lord, we need to
exercise the emotions of our heart to love Him. We may not think we’re
that capable of loving the Lord, but we can remember, He gave us a new
heart specifically to love Him! And according to Romans 5:5, His love
has been poured out in our hearts. He even told us in John 15:9, “Abide in My love.” Our heart is ready to love the Lord; we just need to start exercising it.
One way we can daily give our heart a “love workout” is by telling the Lord out loud
that we love Him. What an enjoyable workout! Just as a spouses want to
hear these words from each other, the Lord wants us to tell Him, “I love
You”—the more often, the better. How wonderful it would be if we were
to begin and end each day with, “Lord Jesus, I love you!” We can even
say it all throughout the day.
Telling the Lord we love Him not only makes Him happy, it also helps to nurture
our own love for Him. Exercising our heart this way keeps us in the
sweetness of His love and refreshes our love for Him. We enjoy Him and
sense His nearness.
We can also exercise our heart to love the Lord by singing to Him. As we
sing to Him, our heart warms and we love Him afresh. For example, we can
try singing a song like this. (You can hear the tune here.)
Give yourself to love the Lord.
No other way is so prevailing
And no other way, no other way is so safe.
Give yourself to love the Lord.
No other way is so rich,
And so full, oh so full, of enjoyment.
Each morning we must rise up and say to Him,
“Lord Jesus, I love You.”
Give yourself to love the Lord.
Do not care for anything else;
Just love Him! Do not care!
Give yourself to love the Lord!
We are not our own, Lord;
All we have we give to You.
Lord Jesus! Lord Jesus!
Lord Jesus, we love You!
3. Exercising our will to obey the Lord
We also keep our heart new by exercising our will to be obedient and
submissive to the Lord. We do this by saying “Yes” and “Amen” to the
Lord when He speaks to us in our daily life.
Perhaps the Lord speaks to us, “Don’t go to that place.” If we ignore His
speaking and go anyway, we disobey Him. Repeatedly disobeying God
hardens our heart toward Him. But if we go along with Him and say, “Yes,
Lord, I won’t go there,” we obey Him. This may be difficult, but when
we obey Him, our heart is kept soft and submissive. We enjoy Him and He
becomes so real to us, not in theory, but in our actual experience.
4. Exercising our conscience by confessing our sins
We exercise our conscience by confessing our sins to the Lord. Confessing isn’t saying, “Lord, I won’t do that again.” It’s saying, “Lord, I agree with you, that was a
sin. I sinned. I was wrong. Forgive me.” Confessing is simply agreeing with God when His light shines on something.
We shouldn’t be afraid to confess, nor should we try to hide our sinful
selves from the Lord. A strong believer is a confessing believer. We may
have years of unconfessed sins on our conscience, clogging our
spiritual blood vessels and resulting in poor circulation; we’re
“sickly,” that is, spiritually weak and lacking in God’s life.
Accumulated sins on our conscience can make us insensitive to our
conscience, causing us to lose the proper feeling toward sin. Our heart
becomes hardened, callous toward sin and unfeeling toward the Lord.
But confessing clears everything away; God forgives us and the blood of
Jesus cleanses us. We’re restored to fellowship and enjoy the flow of
God’s life in us again. Because our conscience is clear, our heart is
untroubled and peaceful, and we can have unhindered fellowship with the
Lord. We desperately need this regular exercise of confessing our
offenses to the Lord.
Paying a price to exercise
The thought that we can live any way we like, do whatever we want, and
still experience Christ as our life is harmful to our Christian life.
The experience of Christ is something precious; it has a price. In
Revelation 3:18, the Lord counseled the church in Laodicea, “Buy from
Me.”
To buy something means to pay a price for it. It’s a spiritual reality
that to gain the precious experiences of Christ, a price must be paid.
Our own wishes, desires, and decisions are the price we pay when we
exercise our heart to keep it in newness. But by daily exercise, our new
heart is kept pure, loving, right, and submissive. When our heart is in
this condition, all the riches of Christ are ours to experience. And
the more we go on, the more we realize the price we pay is actually a
bargain for the unsearchable Christ we enjoy in return!
If you want to learn more about our heart, take a look at these additional posts: What Is the Heart in the Bible? and What Does It Mean to Love God with All Your Heart?
Father God I thank you for sending this message. As usual the timing was perfect. I feel love for some, and loved by some. I am warm and fuzzy to some and cold and hard to others. I need your help to keep turning, to keep your veil, to keep my heart warm and soft at all times, regardless. Lord I thank you yet again for this message which reached my inbox. I know I needed to share this, I know i needed to read this. Help me utilize the tools you have presented before me to be a better person. Amen.

Prayer warriors needed to fight the good fight 

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
(1 Timothy 6:12)

We have all been placed here for a specific reason. We all have a specific role to play and a specific fight we need to fight for our creator. Each one of us has a story. Some are simple, some are hard, some are very complex.  
What we all have in common is no matter what our stories are, no matter what struggles we face, we all have the same fight. Yours may be more specific than mine, mine may be more specific than the person sitting next to me on this train, but we all have the same fight.
Our fight is a spiritual fight.

It’s is a fight for our faith.

It’s a fight for acceptance.

It is a fight for hope.

It is a fight for our eternal salvation.
Regardless of our backgrounds. Regardless of our hardships, the fight of faith is one in the same.  
We were chosen to be Gods people.

We were chosen to be his prayer warriors.

We were chosen to spread his word.

We were chosen to defend him against the enemy.
Fighting the enemy could be tiresome.

He comes from Many angles.

He uses different pathways to deter not only your blessing but your faith in God.

He attacks us using our loved ones.

He attacks us using our colleagues:

He attacks us using random strangers.

He attacks us with illness.

He attacks us with stress.

He attacks us with uncertainty.

He attacks us by filling us with doubt.
Our faith is what can help us with this battle. We all have a pivotal role in this celestial fight for our eternity. Are you willing and able to pick up your arms (spiritual) and fight the good fight?

Are you going to continue to fast, continue to pray, continue to praise even during the hardship?  
Job lost it all, was tested, over came his circumstance and in the end was blessed.

As parents, nothing hurts us more than seeing our children in anguish, pain and torment. As I am writing this, I have an uncle who’s son (my cousin) is in a hospital because he was found unresponsive in his room. Several exams were done to see where the problem lies. My aunt and my uncle are desperate in need of prayers. 
We will fight this food fight with you for your son. We will take up our coats of arms, we will hold our shields, we will gather our swords and we will fight this good fight with you.
My grandmother told my uncle, ” he was chosen by God to do his work and that everything he is going through is the battle that he will face against the devil.”

God chose his son for his specific battle. He God will lift him up from this circumstance.
My young cousin maybe unresponsive right now. But I know deep down he is fighting. This poor young child…. whom has been through a lot in his life, please feel our prayers, please feel our thoughts, please feel our words, listen to the voice of God. Follow his lead little one, he will direct you, he will guide you, he will help you in this fight.  
I am praying for you little champ. 

You will come or victorious in Jesus name. 

The lord will guide your doctors to reveal the nature to your current mysterious circumstances. God has he answers and in time will provide. While we wait I will pray. While we wait I ask for prayers. While you fight, we will fight with you. 
Father God I ask you to cover your hands over my cousin and bring forth healing. I ask you to wake him from this nightmare. I am asking for healing and liberation in your name for this child. May he be liberated from the demons holding him down. I ask for strength for my aunt, uncle and family as they face this battle of the unknown. I ask for guidance, patience while awaiting diagnostics, I ask again for healing. I ask that anyone reading this can unite with my family in prayers. May the Holy Spirit move so that we can provide strength and liberation for my family. Lord your will, will be done. Amen.

 

 

 

Hope

“hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls” (Hebrews 6:19, NLT).
What is hope?

As defined by Webster dictionary, hope is:
Definition of hope

hoped; hoping

* intransitive verb

* 1
:  to cherish a desire with anticipation :  to want something to happen or be true hopesfor a promotion hoping for the best I hope so.

* 2
archaic :  trust

* transitive verb

* 1
:  to desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment I hope she remembers. hopesto be invited

* 2
:  to expect with confidence :  trust Your mother is doing well, I hope.

hoper noun

hope against hope

* :  to hope without any basis for expecting fulfillment
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hope

We have personal carnal and spiritual desires in our lives. These desires and aspirations give us the hope we need, sometimes to carry on.

We all depend on hope.

We hope for a better future.

We hope our elected officials can take care of their constituents.

We hope, as children, our parents will take care of us.

We hope, as children, we will get that cool toy we saw.

We hope, as parents, that we are doing a good job parenting.

We hope we are setting an example for our kids.

We hope God will protect and guide us.
We hope, despite our flaws, that god will continue to love and protect us.

As parents we try our best.

Parenting is not easy. 

It’s not easy being a working mom.

It’s not easy juggling work and educating your kids.

It’s not always easy setting your temper aside.

We can hope we are doing the best we can.

We can hope that every effort we make for our families can lead to a better future for them.

With hope, we need faith.

With faith, we need to trust.

With hope, we too need to do our part.
Our hope gives us something to look forward to. Our hope can build our faith, our hope can build our trust. 
Paul writes that hope is our anchor, it is an anchor for our soul. With hope all things are possible to move forward and move closer with God.
When we loose our hope, all is lost.

Desiring God has a sermon written by John Piper. In his sermon he mentions our struggle with hope. He says “Hoping in God does not come naturally for sinners like us. We must preach it to ourselves, and preach diligently and forcefully, or we will give way to a downcast and disquieted spirit.”

He mentions the need to preach to our selves, the Bible helps us with that. Hope in God- psalms 42:5.

He used psalms 42 for its example of struggle.
The author stated “I love the way the psalmists wrestle and fight and struggle to maintain their hope in God. This is normal Christian experience while we are still just saved sinners. And we better own up to it, or else we may grow sluggish and negligent in our fight for hope. And that is very dangerous, as our text plainly teaches.”
Psalms 42:5 says “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God!”
Just like I started with Webster definition of hope, the author mentions we are to not only know websters definition but the Bible’s. He breaks it down in to three parts

1- ” Hope is the desire for something good in the future. The children might say, “I hope daddy gets home early tonight so we can play kickball after supper before his meeting.” In other words they desire for him to get home early so that they can experience this good thing, namely, playing together after supper.”

2. “Hope is the good thing in the future that we are desiring. We say, “Our hope is that Jim will arrive safely.” In other words, Jim’s safe arrival is the object of our hope.”

3. “Hope is the reason why our hope might indeed come to pass. We say, “A good tailwind is our only hope of arriving on time.” In other words, the tailwind is the reason we may in fact achieve the future good that we desire. It’s our only hope.”

He summarized it as follows:

So hope is used in three senses:

1. a desire for something good in the future,

2. the thing in the future that we desire, and

3. the basis or reason for thinking that our desire may indeed be fulfilled.
Then he goes on to mention “The Distinctive Biblical Meaning of Hope”

“Biblical hope not only desires something good for the future; it expects it to happen. And it not only expects it to happen; it is confident that it will happen. There is a moral certainty that the good we expect and desire will be done.”

“When the word says, “Hope in God!” it does not mean, “Cross your fingers.” It means, to use the words of William Carey, ‘Expect great things from God.”

http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/what-is-hope

God teaches us the biblical definition of hope. As I mentioned earlier that:

 With hope, we need faith.

With faith, we need to trust.

With hope, we too need to do our part.
The scriptures teaches that here in Hebrew 6.

Paul shows us the relationship between faith and hope.

He also shows us this in Romans 4:22, discussing Abraham faith.

In romans 6:18 Paul shows how faith and hope go hand in hand “In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations.

Our God is a god of Hope and faith. We can hope for things, but we need to also have faith that God will make it happen, that God will provide, that God will work it out. We need to trust him. Our hope is our Anchor!
Father God, I thank you for another day, another opportunity another moment to take in your greatness. Father I live with not only hope that i will be with you in heaven but have faith that i wil lget there. I trust in you my lord. I trust in you my lord. I ask that you continue to guide me so that I may not steer in the wrong direction regardless what obtstacles are thrown at me. As in pslams 42:5 says, we will hope in God, no matter what. Abraham’s hope in you lead to his faith and trust in you, Paul’s faith in you is intertwined with his hope in you. he says our hope is our anchor. May our anchor remain firm so that we could never loose the faith and hope we have with you. Amen.

Ask, seek, knock

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the 

door will be opened to you.”
(Matthew 7:7, NLT) 
Keep Seeking
I love this verse because it simply tells you everything you need to do in order to get your petitions answered.
Here is a scenario that sometimes plays out in our minds with God when we are asking for specific petitions.
Ask and you shall receive…..

Wait I did, I’m still waiting…. now what?
Keep asking!
I already did, what’s asking again gonna do ?
Ask again.
Why?

I want you to.
You also got seek, keep looking….. 

What you mean, Keep looking, you just told me to ask again, now you telling me to look, look where? If I knew where to look you think I would be asking?
Well you need to look, the problem is

your asking the wrong questions and not looking in the right direction!
Huh?
Keep looking, keep asking!
I can’t find it, I don’t know what else to ask, what now?
Knock!
What?

Knock?
Knock what? You bugging now!!

Been there?

What is he talking about, keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking…. and in doing so you receive what your asking for, find what your looking for and the doors will open for you. 
However it will not come that easy. First you have to realize when we are asking, knocking and seeking we are not doing so in the flesh we need to spiritually ask…. we need to seek what we are looking spiritually we need to knock on that spiritual door so we can get our answer.
Many times we ask god for petitions not realizing God doesn’t want you to have it for a reason, God has a plan, you need to listen, you need to pay attention and follow the breadcrumbs he’s leaving you, you need to seek to find the answer for your blessing. He will guide you to the right path and when you open that door you will realize the greatest blessings god had for you.
We keep asking for things to come, yet we do not have faith nor patience, sometimes it feels like an eternity before it all comes to pass.

 

The Bible says with faith and patience you will inherit his promises
Si remain in faith, keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking snd before long you will see your petitions answered. Remember they are not going to be answer when we want them, they will be answered in his timing.

The biggest problem we have as to why we do not receive miracles we are is seeking due to our lack of patience and giving up before we receive our blessing.
We drop when things get difficult.

We give up.

Wave the white flag.

Find an alternative solution which is more damaging than helpful.

This verse here though not only encourages us to keep asking and seeking, but to stay determined while we seek him until we receive his promises.

Tonight, when you pray to the lord, remember to have hope and faith in him that an answer to your petition will come. Keep a positive attitude. Keep faith. Stay in spiritual contact with the lord. Stay obedient in him and be willing to accept the answer to your petition, even when it’s not irme we want to hear.
What you may feel is what you need, god may feel is not aligned for your future. We need to accept that as well. Today pray to the lord to maintain an attitude of faith. Pray for expectancy. Keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking. When god is ready he will open the door.

Father God you know my petitions and my pleas. You know the outcomes and when my answers will come help me keep an attitude of faith and expectancy. Help me to open up and pay attention to your cues, words, signs as to what I am to do while I wait. I will keep asking, keep seeking and keep knocking. Patiently waiting for when you decide the answers for my pleas. Amen.

Receive Power of the Holy Spirit. 

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me…”
(Acts 1:8, NKJV) 

Receive Power of the Holy Spirit. 

The Holy Spirit is essential in our Christian walk. Once we have received the Holy Spirit we shall be empowered by God. Now I’m not talking about the pinky and the brain I am going to take over the world empowerment. Being empowered by god is being provided wisdom when you lacked wisdom on a given subject. Being empowered means having courage when you fear. Being empowered by god means coming out of your comfort zone and take on a new role for his glory. 
God strengthens us, he equips us with everything we need to move on to the next task he has for us.

Remember your victory is his victory. The scripture tells us that when Jesus ascended to heaven he told his disciples that he was sending his comforter. Who was that? The Holy Spirit of course .

The Holy Spirit doesn’t just comfort us, the bills Spirit I s our counselor, teacher 

And our strength. The Holy Spirit provided for us. In order to receive the power and greatness god had in store for you, one needs to open your heart, open your mind, open your eyes, open your would and be ready to receive.
I challenge you today. 

Receive gods power. 

I challenge you.

Open your heart.

Open your eyes.

Open your mind.

Be ready to receive.

Invite the Holy Spirit and be willing and ready to be filled with gods power and glory.
Let the Holy Spirit do his works in you.

Read the Bible, as you read, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you.

Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal gods plan.

Invite him in.

Open the door.

Be ready to be equipped by the Holy Spirit.
I challenge you today.
Do you accept?
Pray with me.

Father God I want to be empowered by you. I want to feel the warmth of your spirit. I want to be equipes by you. I want to be used in your glory. God help me open my eyes to be able to see your wonder. God help me open my ears to be able to hear the call of the Holy Spirit. God help me open my mind so that doubt doesn’t pass my mind and I can accept your power. God open my heart for I want to be filled with your glory. Lord use me any way you seem fit using the Holy Spirit. I am willing, able and ready to receive your Holy Spirit who will equip me in this walk with you. Amen

A Prayer for Today 

“Father, thank You for the Holy Spirit who is my helper in this life. I choose to open my heart to Your Word to receive power so that I can walk and live in the victory You have prepared for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.”