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Thursday, December 31, 2015

EVERY Word of God.

We should live by every word of God.

God lead the Israelites into the desert for forty years and during that time they were humbled and tested to find out what was in their heart and whether they would keep His commandments or not.  They were fed mana to teach them that "man shall not live by bread alone; but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." 

The Lord knows our heart, but do we. We might think we do, but are we able to pray like David,



Jesus lived in this world, but he was not of this world. He obeyed the voice of Father and did His will. He did not speak on his own authority (John 12:49-50), He did nothing of himself, but was taught by Father (John 8:26-29). Christ dwelled, abided, in Father and Jesus Christ did and said what Father instructed (John 14:10).


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This fall I asked God to search my heart and see if there is any wickedness in me. This lead to Him telling me to fast and then finding pride and gluttony was in me. Which has lead to repentance and a struggle. I want to be like Jesus. I prayed this at another time --to be like Jesus-- and what you have read today is what God has been showing me over the past two months.  As well as when we don't surrender to Christ's lordship, but attempt to co-mingle with Christ and our self-will, we are basically living an unsurrendered life to Christ. We are not fully abiding in Him. We are being fooled into thinking we are ok, when we are not.

Today God told me, "Trust." 

When I affirmed that I did, I remembered our conversation from the 28th and heard, "Do you?" 

What can I say, He told me to fast with some specific instructions and I've made excuses...

"Fast and you will see." So, I am fasting, no excuses. I will chose to wait for instructions rather than pushing ahead. 

Self, you are not welcome here...you are dead. I deny you the privilledge of ruling and ruining what I have and will have in Christ. Satan, you aren't welcome here either. You can take your fillthy lies an deceit and leave. In Jesus' name.

My heart is breaking over my foolish pride. Father, cleans me and make me new. I want Your authority and Lordship to rule this life. . .I give you my heart and my life. Thank you for showing me my sin and being ever patient with me. Thank you for your grace, mercy, faithfulness and the cross. I chose to live under your authority and denying myself. I know I cannot do this without You.



Wednesday, December 30, 2015

I will bless the LORD at ALL times!

 

Why is this so hard to do? 
 
It is so much easier to speak our mind,
rather than take every thought captive
and control our tongue.
 
Salt and fresh water cannot come out of the same source.
It is impossible.
So, why is it so hard to bless the LORD at all times?
 
What is your source of life?
Where do you go what do you plug into?
Should we not go to the source of Life.
The Author and giver of life?
 
Jesus would only speak and do what Father God told him to do.
Should we not do the same? 
Abide in Christ and let our praise bubble up
 for all the things God is doing in us and through us?
Should we not make our boast in the Lord?
 
Oh, come, magnify the LORD with me,
let us exalt His name together.

If you abide...., then

I am rereading John 8 and this jumped out:

31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. (John 8)



Would it be true that if you do NOT abide (dwell, live) in My word (Bible), then you are not my disciples indeed? (Abide is found also in John 15.)

Questions that comes to mind is:

Where do we dwell and spend our life/time?
What consumes us?
If not God, then should we turn and abstain from it?
What about Jesus, what was he occupied or consumed with?
What were some of Jesus' final instructions to his disciples (hint Mat. 28 18-20)


Monday, December 28, 2015

Do you trust Me?

Once again God asks me the same question and I feel like Peter at the water when he was asked three times if he loved Jesus.

"Do you trust Me?"

"Yes....Lord, You know my heart. What do You see?"

He gently replies, "Frustration. You desire to please others, yourself; please Me. Be single-minded, whole hearted, be Mine.

I cry that I am sorry and ask for forgiveness, once again.

Again He questions, "Do you trust Me?" 

"Yes, you are God and know and see all."

"I see all futures (possible paths). I want you to stay on the path and follow Me. Trust Me."

"Yes, Lord."

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Trust -Do Not Doubt

Many reminders today to trust God.

'John 10' reminded me:

1.  Trust Him  
2. We will have abundant life in Christ (not material blessings, but life) 
3. Just as Jesus abided in Father and obeyed (v.38) so should I (Jn 15)
4. Jesus escaped even though they sought to kill him.
5. Depend on Him.




My life is in His hands. I can and choose to trust my Creator, the Author of life. I do not need to fear, for He is the good Shepherd and He tends to His sheep. I only need to abide, trust and obey. 


While looking for a picture to add to this post, I found this at Today's Promises:


In today’s promise, we are reminded that we are God’s people, the sheep of His pasture. There are many references to us being sheep in the Bible. Jesus said in John 10:27 that His sheep hear His voice and will not follow a stranger. In Psalm 23 we read one of the most celebrated passages that tells us that the Lord is our shepherd.
I am not an expert on sheep, but from what I do know about these animals, they are pretty dependent upon their shepherd to lead them and to protect them. All they have to do is to listen for his voice and follow wherever he goes. They are not required to make decisions for themselves or manage their life. They simply live under the watchful care of a shepherd that they know would lay down his life for them if it came to that.
In a world system that celebrates independence and self-sufficiency at every turn, this might be a thought that offends our mind. We don’t want to be led …we want to lead! Yet in Romans 8:14, we read that those who are led by the Spirit of God are the very sons of God.
We were never created to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. We have a Great Shepherd and Lord and Savior who has already done that for us. All we have to do is listen for His voice and follow Him wherever He goes.

Monday, December 21, 2015

So that nothing is lost.

John 6:12 b (NKJV)
...Jesus said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.”
John 12:40-50
He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts,
Lest they should see with their eyes,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.”[g]
41 These things Isaiah said when[h] he saw His glory and spoke of Him.
42 Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

I was lead to read all of John 6 and 12. These are the verses that stood out this time.
God is still using His people to gather. What started off as a few men has grown to many disciples of Christ. But there are still many who are blind to the truth and have hard hearts. When reading John 12:40-41, I saw a prayer for the lost:
LORD,

Unblind the eyes of the lost and soften their hearts; so that they may see Your truth with their eyes and understand it in their hearts. Let their hearts become fertile ground and let them see that Jesus is the only way. May they boldly confess you as their Lord and Savior and get into Your Word. Lord, heal them. So that nothing is lost. In Jesus' name.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Disciple, go make disciples.




Go and make disciples (Mt. 28:19)

Jesus spoke, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciple indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. (Jn 8:31-32).

"If anyone keeps My word he shall never see death. (Jn 8:51) -never be seperated from Him.

Questions:

     *Where do you abide (dwell, live - where is your heart, your life)?

     *Is your life in Christ or are you of the world? It IS about Who you know and Who knows you. (Mt. 7:23)

     *Are you intimate with God? Do you have a close relationship?


You can be intimate with God through accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and spending time with him by talking to him and reading his word, the Bible.

The choice is yours. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be add unto you. (Mt 6:33).