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.

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.

Take It

Jesus says:

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matt 11:29 (NIV).

“While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:26-28.

“Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:22 (NIV).

Revelation 5:7 (NIV), “Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.”

 

I Choose Joy

Acts 3:8-9 (NKJV), “So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God.

Luke 2:20 (NKJV), “Then the shepherds returned, glorifying & praising God for all the things that they had heard & seen, as it was told them.”

2 Samuel 6:14 (KJV), “And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.”

Psalm 150:4-6 (KJV), “Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.

Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.

Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.”

“It Is Done”

The Lord said this after a time of interceding for some friends.

John 19:30 (NIV), “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

God is so faithful, much more than we are.  Though His days are like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a day.  Don’t worry, He’s got this, whatever you need or are praying for. Just trust Him, to complete it.

Take this ‘word’ for yourselves and whatever you’re believing Father God for.

First Thing

One morning on route to work I decided to speak life, to actively reach higher, look higher, speak good things.  Later I saw a newspaper heading on a lobby table: ‘Life & Death.’  “Life & Death are in the power of the tongue,” Proverbs 18:21.

  • First thing: Whoever desires to be first shall be slave of all (Mark 10:44)
  • First thing: I AM WHO I AM has sent me (Exodus 3:14)
  • First thing: He is the Savior of the world (John 4:42)
  • First thing Honor your father & mother (Ephesians 6:2)
  • First thing: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul & all your strength. And love your neighbor as yourselves (Luke 10:27).

Christmas

Luke 1: 67-79 (NIV), “His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
    because He has come to his people and redeemed them.
He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
    in the house of his servant David
(as He said through His holy prophets of long ago),
salvation from our enemies
    and from the hand of all who hate us—
to show mercy to our ancestors
    and to remember His holy covenant,
the oath He swore to our father Abraham:
to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
    and to enable us to serve Him without fear
in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.

And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
    for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for Him,
to give His people the knowledge of salvation
    through the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God,
    by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
to shine on those living in darkness
    and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

Matthew 3:13-15 (NIV), “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.”

Matt 5:6 (NIV), “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.

Matt 4:23-25, “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to Him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and He healed them. Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.”

Keys to Hell & Death

Revelation 1:17-18 (NIV), “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. Then He placed His right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”

Hallalujah, praise God!

2 Timothy 1:8-10 (NIV), “So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me His prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”

Amen, Jesus is the only way, the truth and the life!

Matt 10:28 (KJV), “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

 

Hate Sin

Jesus says in Matt 6:9 (KJV), “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” Pastor John Bevere teaches how God is holy and He hates sin and we need to, too.

Dark & light can’t mix, says another Pastor.  The scripture is clear.

Don’t compromise with the enemy, or ‘the world’ (see http://www1.cbn.com/teaching/the-consequences-of-compromise). Read James 4:4.

Gave my heart to the Lord again today: “Lord, I’m sorry for when I hurt You & abandoned You, for when I sided with the world and turned away from You and Your truth, give me a brand new life from this day forward and live in me forever.”

Smith Wigglesworth says, when you say you’re born again, you’re prophesying (John 3:5, 1 Peter 1:23).

Someone saved my life tonight.