Stay Connected

We just bought a new house and have been living out of boxes for about the past three weeks. I also recently started a new job. There’s so much going on in my life right now, I feel disconnected. I feel as though I’m out of touch with my church family and friends. I’ve even been out of touch with this blog for quite some time. I don’t know if I’m going, coming, or already been. Have you ever been there?

Even though I feel disconnected from family and friends I know how to stay connected to God! I’ve stayed connected by reading my word daily, praying and communing with Him. I’m staying connected by worshipping and praising His Holy Name! He alone is worthy of all the glory, honor and praise.

Now that things have settled down, I just wanted to encourage myself along with everyone else. No matter what you’re going through in this season stay connected to God. It’s okay to disconnect from this world but don’t disconnect from Him!

Blessings!

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Stand

I thank God for His teaching us in His word how to stand. The Lord had me to read Ephesians 6:10 – 18 where He talks about the armor of the Lord. God showed me that He didn’t tell us to fight with the armor but to stand with the armor. So I looked up the word stand. Here’s what I found:

Stand means to have an upright position; an attitude toward a particular issue; remain valid or unaltered; withstand without being damaged; a determined effort to resist.

We have to be able to stand in these last days. We need to resist the enemy and stand girded up with righteousness, truth, faith, the gospel of peace, salvation, and the word of God. Standing with this armor on will keep us in the will of our Lord.

To stand in God means to trust in Him. Standing is showing God you believe on Him and in His word. You believe in His power and in His might. Standing in God shows Him you are obedient. You do what He says when He says. To stand shows God your heart and here is where we need to be.

There’s so much we can stand for in this world we live in but only what we stand for in God blesses us to be with Him in heaven. I encourage you today, stand! Stand in Jesus, stand for Jesus, and stand with Jesus! Stand, stand, stand!

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Keep Your Line of Communication Clear

There are times in life when we call people and there’s a bad connection on the line. Sometimes there’s lots of static or the person on the other end sounds choppy. The line of communication is not clear. In situations like this we hang up and try or call again to see if we can get a better connection.

Keep your line of communication clear with God. When there’s sin in your life, you’ll have a bad connection with Him. The way to clear this up is through confession and repentance. Confession is telling God what you did and repentance is turning away from what you did.

I’m so glad to have a loving heavenly Father who is always there whenever we call Him. Not only is He there, but He doesn’t make it hard for us to reach Him. We have been given an emergency number which is Jesus. We never get a busy signal. We don’t have to go through hoops to clear up our bad connection, and we’re not greeted with a recording or hold music. God is always there. 

Let’s do all we can to keep our line of communication clear with God at all times!

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The Pearl

My life begins when a foreign object such as a parasite or a piece of shell accidentally lodges itself in my soft inner body where it cannot get out. This irritates my body and to ease this irritation my body takes a defensive action against the foreign object. I begin to secrete a smooth, hard, crystalline substance around the irritant in order to protect myself. The longer that irritant remains inside my body, I will continue to secrete around it. Layer upon layer upon layer and over time, the irritant will be completely encased by a silky crystalline coating, and the result is the lovely, luxurious gem called the pearl.

The birth of the pearl is a miraculous event. Both the size and the color determine the value of that pearl. So the larger the size and the brighter the color the more valuable that pearl is. It takes an oyster three to six years to make a pearl. It’s a process which the Lord is using as an example of the life of the Christian.

Trials and tests in our lives are our irritants. We begin to secrete around this irritant when we seek the Lord through prayer. We develop a layer. We then begin to read our word more. Another layer is added. Praise and worship becomes a daily routine in our lives. Another layer forms. This process continues as our faith grows and increases in the Lord.

Over time we produce the fruit, the precious pearl. It’s a process we go through over and over again through out our life here on this earth. Be encouraged because God is making us through this process. Know that God values you no matter what you go through. God sees you as the pearl.Pearl

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Sacrifice

This morning I heard the Holy Spirit say “sacrifice”. A sacrifice is something of value you give up for something more valuable and worthy. I thought about Jesus and how He gave up His life for us because we were of importance to Him. Jesus valued our lives and by His sacrifice considers us worthy to inherit the kingdom of heaven.

We as Christians are called to be “living sacrifices.” We’re to give up something we value each and every day we’re here upon this earth. We’re to sacrifice our time and give it up to God as we spend it by doing the work of kingdom building. We’re to sacrifice our bodies by using our hands, feet, mouth, eyes and ears to spread the gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth.

To sacrifice means to trust God. You trust God to use you for His glory. You trust that God has it all under control. To sacrifice means to trust God without a shadow of a doubt.

You see saints, “sacrifice” is an act of worship unto God. When we sacrifice, God sends down fire from heaven to consume the gift which was offered up. Let us choose this day to worship the Lord by giving Him a sacrifice of praise.

Sacrifice

Hebrews 13:15-16

15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

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Rest In The Lord

Matthew 11:28

Rest

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Thank you Jesus! I can rest in you!

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Your Heart’s Desire

Heart - PurpleLet your heart’s desire be God’s desires for you!

Psalms 37:4 – Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Desire the gifts of God which He freely gave to all of us!

1 Corinthians 14:1 – Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

Dear Father God, Your Heart’s Desire is my heart’s desire, in Jesus name, Amen.

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There Aren’t Enough Words…

Today I’m reflecting on all the words we say and how much power and meaning they have. Because our words have power, I want to take this time to exalt my King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

Creator of heaven and earth, maker of man, my Father, the Great I Am. I exalt you today and honor you with words of power. You are the righteous governor, you are the prince of peace. You are the great eternal wonder, and the holy comforter. You are magnificent in all you ways. You alone are great and greatly to be praised! I thank you for who you are. Thank you for your compassion, mercy, and grace. I thank you on today for being everything to me. I thank you today that you are mindful of me. I am beautifully and wonderfully made in your image. You have made me and anointed me to do great things for the kingdom of heaven. I glorify your name. You are awesome! Your name is excellent! You are joy, strength, peace! All the words in the world cannot sum up how great you are. I love you Lord with all my heart. I say YES, Lord, to your will. I say YES, Lord to your way. For your ways are righteous and your path is the path of peace. Thank you Lord for loving me and for dying on the cross for me and giving me the greatest gift of all. Thank you for the gift of salvation! In Jesus name, Amen.

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Seek The Lord While He May Be Found

We must seek the Lord while he may be found. There will come a time when the Lord will turn his face from us. We want to be found in His presence and not out of it. Too many people walk this earth thinking there is no God or they think they’re their own god. They believe they have to answer to no one but themselves. They are deceived.

Jesus was the only one who could endure God turning His face from Him. No one who has walked this earth could endure such a fate. We must do our due diligence as believers to see to it that our tasks get completed while there is still time.

I look out to the harvest and it is ripe with unbelief, hatred, wickedness, and idolatry. I’m here to do my part. God is REAL. Right now His face is towards us. When His face is towards us we have all of the promises He gave to us. We have His love, grace and mercy. When He should turn away His face from us, we will no longer have His promises nor His love, grace, and mercy.

Seek the Lord while he may be found. Tell others where to find Him, so they too can receive the gift of eternal life.

Isaiah 55:6

Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

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Ponder Your Path

The Lord spoke to me this morning about ponder. Ponder means to carefully and thoroughly think about something. We need to ponder the word of the Lord each and every day. We need to carefully and thoroughly think about the path we want to take and the things we want to do. The Lord ponders our paths and He ponders our hearts. How much more should we ponder our ways if even our Father ponders them?

Proverbs 5:21

21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings.

Carefully consider your path because there are eternal consequences which lie in the balance. Our pondering should go far beyond one, two, or even five years. Our pondering should reach into eternity.

Proverbs 24:12

12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

We tend to not think about the things which will affect our lives and the lives of others in the future. But our Father desires for us to think about the choices we make and how they will affect us and others. We are not placed on this earth in ignorance or to be ignorant. God left us precepts, His word, and the Holy Spirit. Use these tools God gave you and carefully consider your path.

 

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