Psalm 98

Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
For He has done marvelous things;
His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.
The Lord has made known His salvation;
His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel;
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth;
Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.
Sing to the Lord with the harp,
With the harp and the sound of a psalm,
With trumpets and the sound of a horn;
Shout joyfully before the Lord, the King.

Let the sea roar, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell in it;
Let the rivers clap their hands;
Let the hills be joyful together
before the Lord,
For He is coming to judge the earth.
With righteousness He shall judge the world,
And the peoples with equity.

Highest Compliment

They say imitation is the highest form of flattery.

“Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.

“Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you. But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” 1 Corinthians 11:1-3 (NKJV).

“Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”               Philippians 2:1-11 (NKJV).

Power in The Blood

“There’s power in the blood of Jesus,” a friend at church mentioned this song when her brother’s health was failing.  Knowing how many people he brought to Jesus, she said though he may die prematurely, he served the Lord.

 1 Peter 1:18-19 (KJV), “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”

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Higher Calling

“That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:6

Do you know those who are focused, good-natured, unphased by circumstances?  Marching to the beat of their own drum?

“For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” 1 Corinthians 9:16 (KJV).

Whoever loves his life will lose it, but whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life“. says Jesus in John 12:25.

If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciples.

“And whoever does no bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple,” Jesus in Luke 14:26-27 (NKJV).

Challenge to Worship the Father

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” Jesus says in John 4:24 (NKJV).

Dated January 2012, Carol’s testimony and challenge to Worship

I first visited Catch the Fire in Virginia Beach, Virginia February 2012, where God healed me of arthritis.  This testimony was recorded shortly before the conference.  A new start a new level in God’s presence!

Sweeten The Pot

And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.

“And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?

“And he cried unto the Lord; and the Lord shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,

And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.”                                  Exodus 15:23-26 (KJV)

This saying came to my spirit throughout our courtship last year. Can I liken the marriage to the sweetened waters of Moses’ time?

God’s no respecter of  persons.  What He says to one He reveals to you, too, His children.  He’ll do it again.

 

Step In

Step up, clear your calendars, clear the air. Give the Lord, Who is worthy, your praise, your time, the honor due Him. Make room for Him. He will anoint you to preach the Gospel.

“A noise will come to the ends of the earth – for the Lord has a controversy with the nations; He will plead His case with all flesh.  He will give those who are wicked to the sword,’ says the Lord.”  Jeremiah 25:31 (NKJV).

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.” Psalm 23:5 (NKJV).

You Have A Big Mouth

When the dental hygienist said this to me the other week, I’d heard it before.  She meant for a small person, I have normal size teeth and amazingly still retain all but one.

Several years ago, a friend ‘saw’ my mouth in a vision, much larger, opening and closing.  She said laughing, “you’re going to speak for the Lord.”

“For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” 1 Corinthians 9:16 (NIV).

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 (NKJV).

“If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11 (KJV).

 

Now That We’ve Seen Your Miracles

Now that we’ve seen Your hand on our little lives, Lord God, there’s no going back. Thank You dear Jesus, for healing my husband’s olfactory senses.  Praise God!! Physically, the nose detects danger as well as delicious foods.  Spiritually the nose stands for discernment.  Hallelujah! You Lord, are glorified!!

In John 15:22, Jesus says they have no excuse for their sin, since seeing His miraculous works.

Now that we’ve proclaimed the Lord’s truth, we stand by Him & His word.

Romans 1:

Vs. 16: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

Vs. 21: “because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”

 

Glorify My Name

Jesus said:

I have glorified You on the earth.  I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.” to our Father in John 17:4 (NKJV).

By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, so you will be My disciples,” to His disciples in John 15:8.

I heard this in my spirit the other day.  It’s easy to worship the Lord when we believe in Him and know He is always good and honest, He is for us.

We need to get on our faces before the Lord and repent of our double mindedness and lax attitudes toward Your word and for agreeing with the world about events, reading the horoscope, joking about marital sex, hoarding addictions and praising the dark arts and occult. 

We have offended You only, Lord.  Dear Lord, raise up the men to be prayer warriors, leaders, fathers, husbands, teachers, and the men and women to be after God’s own heart. Light the fire! Praise You only Lord God!

“You be holy for God is holy” 1 Peter 1:16.

Recently, we heard a powerful prophecy given by David Ruis, where God says, “Give Me Glory!!!!!”