One Up Them

…in love.  Dealing with difficult people? Come up higher.  Look from God’s perspective.

  • “As a father pities His children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. Psalm 103:13.
  • “A father of the fatherless, a Defender of widows is God in His holy habitation,” Psalm 68:5.
  • “For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men -” 1 Peter 2:15 (NKJV).
  • “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty,” 1 Corinthians 1:27.
  • “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them,” Ephesians 2:10.
  • “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself,” Philippians 2:3
  • “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God, has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit Who as given to us,” Romans 5:5.

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth,” Psalm 121:1-2 (NKJV).

“That’s What You Want”

The Lord said this twice as I drove from visiting my new grandbaby, Noah, in the hospital.  My ex-husband was also there.  He is remarried, there is nothing between us, in fact I intercede for them both.  Not sure where the Lord was going with this word, but it led me to seriously lament again the failed, former marriage and how everyone suffered by its demise. I’m powerless to change what happened, maybe praying for them would make me a better wife one day.

The good Lord , now 3 years later, gave me a new husband. He brought us together for His purposes, though we reap the many beautiful benefits of being under His wing.

Boaz to Ruth in 2:12 (KJV), “The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.”

Jesus said He made them male and female in Mark 10:6.

Mark 10:27, “And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

John 15:5, Jesus says, “without Me ye can do nothing.”

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“It’s A Mystery”

A daughter’s reply to her mother whenever she didn’t want to answer on what she did!

Ephesians 5:32-33 (KJV), “This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”

Ephesians 1:9 (NIV), “He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ,”

Ephesians 4 (KJV)”

2-3, “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

20-25, “But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard Him, and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness, wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.”

32, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiving you.”

Genesis 2:24, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

Ephesians 5:2, “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Ephesians 5:8, “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:”

“I Remember You, MY Daughter”

Heard in the spirit while worshipping at church.

Have you ever been sliding by, too? with a little worship here, a little attention paid to the Lord there?  I think I’m alright with the Lord, but this showed I had been distracted.  He welcomed me back.

My first Love, I return to – Revelations 2:4.

First and extravagantly, over the top love. Nothing else will satisfy.

It was my first time in that building, but I stepped into the mindset of total & complete worship to our God.

Abide in My love,” says Jesus in John 15:9.

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The Elephant in the Room

“Jesus Christ hates the wrong in man, and Calvary is the estimate of His hatred.” Oswald Chambers, November 21st, My Utmost for His Hightest.

In your church, do they blaspheme the Lord by denying His ability to heal sickness? Or deny the truth of the Bible, the ultimate word of God?  Is it black & white? The difference between sin & purity; the flesh & being born in the Spirit (John 3:6-7)?  They can “repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” says Jesus in Matt 4:17.

Forgive us for our unbelief, O God (Mk 9:24)!

Matt 4:23 (NIV):

“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.

Hebrews 13:8 (NIV):

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Jesus says in Matthew 18:15-17 (NIV):

If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you.  If they listen to you, you have won them over.  But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.(Deut 19:15)‘ If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

Luke 17:4 (NIV),

Even if he sins against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.

James 5:19-20 (KJV):

“Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.”

Jude 21-23 (KJV):

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

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Matters of the Heart —(thanks to: Jeanie Shepard Ministries)

Focus Scripture: “And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear and understand: Not that which goeth into the mouth that defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. But those things which proceed out of the mouth comes forth from the heart; and they defile the […]

via Matters of the Heart — Jeanie Shepard Ministries

Discuss, Not Fight

A kind, wise man answered he discussed things with his wife, not fought.  Saying, “if you love someone, you don’t fight, you don’t get into a lot of horse baloney.”

“Our goal is to be like Jesus,” our Pastor prayed after a couples seminar.

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets,” said Jesus in Matthew 7:12 (NIV).”

Live peaceably as much as possible, reads Roman 12:18.

Ephesians 5:25-33 (NKJV), “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.  Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” Proverbs 25:11 (KJV).

 

 

Get Off MY Clay

“Don’t look at that, that’s MY work,” the Lord rebuked my questioning Him about a fellow congregant a few months ago. We don’t know what others have walked through. (below photo courtesy PIXEL).

Jeremiah 18:1-6 (NKJV),

“The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.

“Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!”

Galatians 6, 1-10 (NKJV),

“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load.

“Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

Philippians 2:1-4 (NKJV),

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

Esther 4:14 (NIV), “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

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Pray for the Witches & Wizards

We don’t hate them back because they hate us.  Jesus says love your neighbor, and with His help all things are possible.  A self-proclaimed witch spiked my drink as a trick.  “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34).

“Love never fails” 1 Corinthians 13:8

“Love covers a multitude of sins” 1 Peter 5:5

“…not returning evil for evil, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:9

Isaiah 9:2, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.”