Muted Color / Muted Hearts

Father, I’m sorry for when I muted Your voice, strayed from Your commandments, Your word.  Other people & their ideas became more important to me.  Then I was lost, distracted, far away from You & Your talking.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation (Psalm 51).  Likewise, people have been saying our fall glory, the array of colors has been washed out looking.  And now it’s end of October, beginning of November and we’ve lost our chance to view real beauty on the leaves this year.  Let us hope for joy remembering the beauty of years past & years to come as we stay grateful.

We don’t need a performance from You or Your preachers.

Our hearts have grown dull – Matt 13:15:

For this people’s heart has become calloused;
   they hardly hear with their ears,
   and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
   hear with their ears,
   understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.

Hunker Down and Come To The Light

But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” says Jesus in Matt 6:23 (NIV).

Father God, thank You for miracle baby Scott’s (5 mos old now) continuing, increased strength, O God!  Prove the doctors wrong.  You have Your hand on him, and You are unstoppable. Praise God.

Colossians 1:13 (NIV), “For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,”

1 Thes 5:5 (NIV), “You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.”

Eph 2:12 (NIV), “remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.”

Eph 5:2-6, “and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

“But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.”

11-13, “Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-11, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”

Prepare to Fight

O Father God, motivate our hearts for Your spiritual battle. Teach us to fast & pray: we lift up the unbelievers & half-hearted followers, so they don’t believe in money anymore, and forsake all belongings & materialism.  Give them Holy Spirit fire. Let them be fired in the natural, from their old lives and fired with God’s love.

Malachi 3:3, “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness,”

It’s not going to be what you thought, but it’s going to be amazing.

 

 

 

Where Are You Going?

“Enoch walked with God; then he was not there because God took him.” Genesis 5:24 (KJV).

“And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.” Genesis 16:8 (KJV).

“It’s a painful business to get thru into the stride of God…Spiritual truth is learned by atmosphere, not by intellectual reasoning.” by Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, October 12, “Getting Into God’s Stride.”

The fountain runs deep & never dries out.

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

Dear Lord Father, You complete us, we need You everyday.  Help me to serve You whole heartedly and never lose faith.

God of Truth vs Father of Lies

You can take the devil out of the person, if they’re willing.  Choose this day whom you’ll serve.

God of Truth:

Deut 32:4, “He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous & upright is He.”

Psalm 119:60, “the entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.”

John 8:32, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.'”

Father of Lies:

John 8:44, “ You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, kill and destroy.

Rev 21:27, “But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

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Face / Faith

Misread face for the word faith, once alone and once with a friend, but aren’t they the same thing?

Isaiah 50:7 (NIV), “Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.”

Matthew 6:17 (NASB), “But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV), “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

James 2:18, “I’ll show you my faith by my works.”

Dear Lord Jesus, may I be bold as a lion in face and faith, Amen.

Incognito

Did Peter pretend not to know Jesus outside Ciaphus’ house, thinking he needed more time to help Jesus escape from His captors? (Luke 22:60).

Later, Jesus totally forgives him and gives Peter a ministry, “Feed My sheep,” John 21:17

*Do we hide what we’re doing or what we truly believe because we want to hold our cards close to the vest and change the outcome? We’ll wait till the other person’s cards are on the table, then we’ll reveal what we think or feel, like when it’s safe.

Dear Lord God, nothing’s hidden from You.  What do we care what others think?  We want You to be pleased.

 

Speak Life, again

Prov 4:20-22 (KJV), “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.”

Hate the sin, love the sinner, right?

In the name of Jesus, right now I rebuke every filfthy, distasteful, rude, mocking word said to or about myself and everyone who reads this.

We are children of God, He says who we are, not _______!  We are loved, forgiven, righteous, blessed, planned and hoped for.  We have the Holy Spirit, the oil of gladness, love, joy, peace, faithfulness, truth, and purity.  God the Father’s on our side, who can be against us?

 

Consecrate Yourselves

“Joshua told the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.'” Joshua 3:5.

You alone are holy, dear Lord.

We were listening to a pod cast where the speaker talked about sacraments.  What I found near to that word in the Bible is consecrate and holy.  Our take is everything God does is holy or sacred and when we do things with Him, then those things are also holy like eating, praying, everything you give to the Lord or do unto Him (Colossians 3:23).

On a church trip 12 years ago, the Pastor prayed over every meal, I began doing the same upon returning home  — the Lord will give you revelation about eating when you pray before a meal. And you’ll be truly thankful.

“Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” Proverbs 9:9-10 (KJV).

Here is a lovely article about consecration:   https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-consecration.html