It’s in His awe-inspiring hands.

16Rejoice always, 17pray continually, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22reject every kind of evil.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 (NIV)

God wins.

Every day we have a choice, a semblance of choices. We can choose God’s will or our own. Not choosing God’s way, can be a sense of duty … another’s opinion … our own selfish desires. Whatever we choose sets the tone and trajectory for life continuing.

We can choose His way, consistently and reach our destination quickly and with ease. Or we can waver and be confused, and not really seem to ever go anywhere. Lastly, we can rebel, and run in any direction except God’s will. When we do this, sometimes God comes after us and we get aligned … and sometimes the rebellion is strong that it leads to death.

Always, always choose what is right. Choose to do what is best in His eyes. As I learned as a young child….God is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient. He is everywhere, knows everything and is all-powerful. It’s kind of irrational to go any way, except His way! 😉

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28

Some verses about God’s will for us : Bible Hub #beencouraged!

 

Things Change!

In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?
Psalm 56:4

Hey Everybody,

This marks a difference in the posts here on out.

I’ve been praying, and am being led by the Holy Spirit to speak more about myself, and my life.

Please connect. Please feel free to comment. Please … I hope you Enjoy!!
Firstly, I’d like to tell you of some of the patterns and essential testimonies of the handful of close and godly friendships I have.

1. We have been encountering God clearly saying “Let it go.” Usually this is in regards to difficult situations where a person (like myself) might react emotionally in a situation .. or even try to fix it.

What we have been finding is that God is wanting to take over. God is handling situations that previously … were difficult.

Also, by letting it go .. we essentially release control to Him. So we don’t get in the middle of it and perhaps muddy or even..mess up the waters. As you well know, God can handle everything…but sometimes we can get in the way. Letting it go … allows us to see His hand move, to see Him making changes in those around us, without any doing on our part … except for important and simple aspects of obedience.

It is not easy to learn these things… it is actually, testing… in terms of character, and willingness to submit to God’s will and ways. I guess this is a test of pride, as well … it certainly is humbling, as well as awe-inspiring to see things changing so dramatically and quickly.

Lastly, I want to say .. and ask… if you are experiencing this in any way, shape, or form, I’d really appreciate you writing a little bit and sharing with me and everyone else. God bless!

#weAreinexcitingtimes !

Happy Easter!!

so that, “‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!'”
Mark 4:12

This verse is taken as Jesus is saying to His twelve disciples .. you’ve been given the secret of the kingdom of God. Others have not. Then He comments saying..don’t you understand this parable? The parable He has shared is that of the Sower and the Seed.

Jesus goes on with more parables, each time repeating “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” First the Lamp on a Stand (vs 21), then the Growing Seed (vs 26), then the Mustard Seed (vs 30).

Based on these stories, I begin to wonder…how much is our own choice? It isn’t .. I choose for my ears to listen..but rather..I choose, and then I work on it.
Satan comes to destroy the plant … but there is a seeking or a desire that must be nurtured. If the enemy comes to destroy your vision or purpose… you need to have a desire to continue. You need to foster that passion so that you keep running, even when you get discouraged or it looks so much greater than your own ability.

In the past, I read these parables from the angle of what I had to do. I had to be able to win. I had to be able to overcome. I had to be strong and be the lamp on the stand…not let anyone hide me under a basket, or a bowl, or a bed.
But no…. now I realize… if I keep my eyes on God, all these things fall away. The seed keeps growing, the plant keeps growing, the lamp keeps shining .. the only question is for how long. For how long will we let the passion burn … how much ‘fight’ do we have within us. Are we going to keep running when it seems like everyone else is taking a break? Or are we going to look around and say, I’m alone … I don’t want to try this anymore. Whatever.

I think… as this is a journey .. each for him or herself, we each have our own duty to ourselves to run this race as hard and as far as we can. There should be no … looking to the side, who is with me…just…am I right with God? Am I aligned? Can I do any better? And then to watch and see His hand move, to create opportunities or even change the way the race looks.

Life is exciting if we’ll just hang on and run with Him!!!

PURPOSE! Don’t fight God ;)

For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.
Acts 5:38-39 (NIV)

I enjoy reading this sort of encouragement….that if you are aligned with God, you cannot fail! And that everyone should be aligned with God .. because if you aren’t, you could be fighting against Him.

Clean Life! Check Up! #righteousness

Judges 20-21 (NLT)

Wow!

So this story starts with a man and his concubine. Contextually and historically not so unusual for a man to have a concubine. But anyways. Moving on. His concubine gets abused to death in Gibeah. Then he sends her body to 12 different parts of Gibeah, in all directions. Terrible. Disgraceful. Horrific.

This happens in a time where every Israelite is basically living however they want – “they did what was right in their own eyes”. However, this crazy situation unites the rest of the tribes of Israel, as they declare “None of us will return home! No, not even one of us! 9Instead, this is what we will do to Gibeah; we will draw lots to decide who will attack it. 10One tenth of the mena from each tribe will be chosen to supply the warriors with food, and the rest of us will take revenge on Gibeahb of Benjamin for this shameful thing they have done in Israel.” 11So all the Israelites were completely united, and they gathered together to attack the town.

The other tribes of Israel request the tribe of Benjamin to give up the people of Gibeah, but the Benjaminites decide to defend them and fight the rest of Israel. This means fight to death. Not verbal. Not ‘we hate you’. No. Killing. Death.

This situation of warfare reminds me of when a person has a ‘hole’ in their life, and they aren’t willing to deal with it. Maybe it’s a habit of lying, where one abuses the truth…or just stretches it. We all know someone who exaggerates, which in turn is lying. Little lies are equal with big lies, in God’s eyes. Right? #Standards

These Benjaminites are willing to defend these horrific people, against all the other tribes of Israel. To the death. … Literally. Most of the women of the tribe of Benjamin are killed, to the point where the rest of Israel comes up with ‘solutions’ so as to not let the tribe of Benjamin die out. Man-made solutions are not usually the best way .. always better to go with God’s way.

Here are some ways to check yourself for holes that you might be covering up. All of these areas (as we are Body, Soul, Spirit) often overlap. One issue can affect us in all 3 areas. So go find the roots, and deal with them! Holes are ways for the enemy to come in and attack you.

Physical
Ignoring physical pain. Or covering it up with painkillers …or an addiction to food, cigarettes or the like. If your body is not healthy, then chances are, you have some work to do. Your body is a temple, and you have the daily responsibility of looking after it well. Do research, act on the simple principles of eating, exercising and resting in the correct ways and proportions.

Go and seek out what your problems are…and destroy them. Don’t let the ‘Benjaminites’ (cancer…obesity … addiction etc.) come back at you. Go destroy the things that might cause havoc in your life. The little things we leave alone, often come back to get us and are bigger than when we first let them in. :/
Seek guidance from professionals, and get your life on track! 🙂

Everything works better when it is looked after properly. You will feel better, and it will affect you positively in the other areas of your life.

Emotional
These holes can be easily covered up with excuses, or blame on others. Unforgiveness and Bitterness can wreck havoc in our lives. Go into those places and find them, and face the issues that bother you. Take them to God. Journal. Process. Heal! Often the supressed memories we hold, only affect us anymore. When you deal with the painful areas of your life, you will find freedom. You will find more peace. You will take back territory that the enemy has stolen from you. Go get it! This is warfare!

Spiritual
Go seek out issues the enemy is attacking you in. Maybe there are patterns you notice in your life, and you have fought them emotionally or even physically but they keep coming back. Maybe the issue is on a spiritual level, and needs to be dealt with from that standpoint. Prayer, intercession, speaking to and listening to the Holy Spirit leading. Having a SOZO can very much help!

There are options, but it’s your life. Nobody can make you do these things…truly. But your life will be so much better when you decide you want a full and free life!

Take Over! and don’t let the enemy dwell anywhere near you!

Submit to God…and let’s not be like the Israelites in these chapters where they “did what was right in their own eyes.” (Judges 11:25) Let’s do what is right in God’s eyes. Righteousness.

The Spirits of Prophets

The spirits of are subject to the control of the prophets. 1 Cor 14:32 (NIV)

Or as in NLT:
Remember that people who prophesy are in control of their spirit and can take turns.
This is a lesson in self control. And also a way to ‘test the spirits’ as in 1 John 4:1Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.

A person should always speak out of peace … this is an expression of self control. Self Control is a fruit of the spirit – Gal 5:22-23. If a person is speaking out of a place of anything but peace … check it with God. If you don’t sense peace in a situation or conversation, you might want to leave. Be discerning. Find people who speak and act out of a place of peace, God’s peace. Be led by peace. In Jesus name. 🙂

When you have a difficult situation and do not have peace, or you are emotional because of the state of your child, or a person has been disgraceful and you don’t know what to do .. pray.
Pray.
Pray.
Find your peace. Find peace. Find the peace that surpasses understanding (Phil 4:7). Love from God also surpasses knowledge (Eph 3:19). We can also have the love that surpasses knowledge! God’s love …so awesome.

Peace and love…two things we receive from God and can ALWAYS grow in … things that surpass understanding and knowledge! An unlimited source of peace, love, joy.!

If we all spoke and acted out of  peace from God, wouldn’t our world be a better place?
We wouldn’t say things that we shouldn’t say … we wouldn’t meaningfully hurt others. We wouldn’t do things out of selfishness, or unawareness of others .. we would genuinely be looking for God’s outlook on a situation, and be concentrated on His will, and walking in obedience to Him.

I would LOVE a world like that…where everyone has their eyes set on Christ. On being like Christ. Imagine. Phew. I guess I have a new thing that I desire for this world. I guess, that’s a new beginning. Thanks God. Let’s see where this goes. 🙂

My Shield

My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.
Psalm 7:10 (NIV)

God is my shield. God Most High….not a little angel. God Most High!

10My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.
11God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day.
12If he does not relent, he will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.
13He has prepared his deadly weapons; he makes ready his flaming arrows.

The unrelenting shield. Wow! May I always walk in alignment with this shield…this word of God!

God Never Lies

God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.
Hebrews 6:18 (NIV)

Verse 16 then 17…16People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath.

And then afterwards in 19 to 20 …19We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

An anchor for the soul is the hope in the reality that God does not lie. This hope is set before us as a great encouragement!
Only God is Perfect!

Favor. Shield. Love

Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.
Psalm 5:12 (NIV)


For you bless the godly, O LORD; you surround them with your shield of love.
Psalm 5:12 (NLT)

God’s favor. His love.
Shielding and surrounding the righteous and godly that He blesses.

We can all be shielded and surrounded by God’s love and favor!

May I be so covered, all the days of my life.
May I never distract or detract from what He is doing.

God Loves Us!

But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. Psalm 3:3 (NIV).


My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior– from violent people you save me. 2 Samuel 22:3 (NIV)


You know, a person who can lift your head high…. who can defend you, … even save you from violent people (few can or will do this)…. that is someone you probably want to keep close. Someone who can lift your head high… is a good friend to have. 


To think that God so cares about the body,  mind and soul of every individual… wow. What a loving God!