Failed Test?

Myself and a close friend each recently failed our individual tests.  Why?  Were we ill-prepared, too distracted?  Have too many fires burning?

It’s a chance to recalculate our goals and intentions, and move forward in a more confident way.

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV).

“Your word is lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 (NKJV).

“The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.” Job 17:9 (KJV).

 

 

Fallen Ember Warning

My husband jumped out of the way of a rolling, burning ember when he opened the wood stove door. Are we dodging bullets so to speak or are we aligned with God’s future and will for our lives?

“For God is a consuming fire” Hebrews 12:29.

“Thou He slay me, yet I will trust in Him: but I will maintain mine own ways before Him.” Job 13:15 (KJV).

“I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:” Isaiah 45:2 (KJV).

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalm 16:11 (KJV).

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Circuit Breaker Warning

The electricity flow was interrupted on 20 crock pots during the church’s soup fundraiser.  No excuse would cover the lack of Holy Spirit flow though or the omission of prayer.

Romans 1:20 (NIV):  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

Matt 22:29 (KJV), “Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

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Flat Tire Warning

We helped change a couple’s flat tire last Sunday night and were honored to pray with them, also.

Have you ever had a dream of having a puncture like I have? Signifing a draught in the Holy Spirit, a desert of sorts?

Acts 10:43-45 (KJV): “To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins.

While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

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Inherit a Blessing

“Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that we are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:9 (KJV).

“A wise servant shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.” Proverbs 17:2 (KJV).

Jesus says:

“But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:44-45.

I was especially blessed to talk with my granddaughter on this topic regarding her classmate.  Thank You Lord God!

 

Strong in Faith

1 Samuel 30:5-6 (KJV):

And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.

And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people were grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.

If I don’t have faith in You, O God, I don’t have anything.  Father God, I need You to help me, I need to trust in Your goodness, when we’ve run out of goodness down here. You are faithful.

Proverbs

‘Read one chapter a day’, reads my son’s handwritten note.  Today we’re on Chapter 18.  Last year a prophet friend admonished my husband to read Proverbs.  One minister advises to read through Proverbs while repenting from each mention of evil and foolish behavior and thanking the Father for each blessing.  Patricia Bootsma says to “read a Proverb a day to keep the doctor away.” (Growing in the Prophetic, 24 Jun 2016, youtube).

Proverbs (KJV):

  • “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.” 18:10.
  • “He that justifies the wicked, and he that condemns the just are an abomination to the Lord.” 17:15.
  • “By mercy & truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.” 16:6.
  • “The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.” 15:30.
  • “In all labor there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.” 14:23.
  • “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” 13:12.
  • “He that loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.” 12:1.
  • “A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.” 11:16.
  • “The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.” 10:16.
  • “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” 9:10.
  • “All the words of My mouth are in righteousness; there is noting forward or perverse in them.” 8:8.
  • “Keep My commandments, and live; and My law as the apple of thine eye.” 7:3.
  • “When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.” 6:22.
  • “My son, attend unto My wisdom, and bow thine ear to My understanding:” 5:1.
  • “Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.” 4:8.
  • “Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.” 3:17.
  • “For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” 2:6.
  • “To receive wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;” 1:3.

 

 

Are You Spiritually Fit?

My sister slipped on ice the other week.  I injured myself working.  A friend has residual pain from car accident injuries incurred last autumn.

But what’s really going on is: God wants us in tune to His voice and spiritually in shape.

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My sheep hear My voiceJesus says in John 10:27.

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”       1 Corinthians 2:14.
 

Dear Heavenly Father, we repent of our hard-heartedness and spiritual deafness.  We seek Your face, Your word O Lord.  Your ways are higher and Your word is higher.  Thank You for enclosing us in Your loving arms and cleansing us from all sin, and giving us discernment.

 

Celebrate Jesus

 For a holiday – everyday!

Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 (NIV).

In John 2:7-10 (NIV) turning water into wine at the wedding!:

Jesus said to the servants, Fill the jars with water; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.

They did so,  and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.

Luke 15:4-7 (NKJV):

What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

John 16:33 (KJV): Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world

John 10:10, Jesus says: I came that they may have abundant life

“God wants His people happy” says Pat Robertson on 700 Club.