Faith works - For right reason & right timing

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Reading in Luke this morning about how Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit while he was in the  water baptism process, and then immediately led into the wilderness by Father to be tempted of the devil, which He passed with flying colors! How many times have we all been tempted to do the right thing for the wrong reason?  John 5:19 says that Jesus only did what the Father led him to do.  He did the right thing for the right reason in God’s perfect timing.  He worshiped and served only the Lord our God.  This is a great reminder that temptation can come from any direction and when we are filled with the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the devil is especially fond of tempting us to do evil by doing something good for the wrong reason.  

Now there is another side to this equation, doing NOTHING for fear of doing something wrong.  Don’t settle for just having faith!  LIVE YOUR FAITH - make it active - DO something with it.  It’s why you have it - not to keep but to give.   Faith is an action word.  James says if we have faith, we should practice it.  

Here’s the bottom line:  
God gives you faith that is activated by God’s Holy Spirit and inspired by Him to put it into practice in His perfect timing and for the right reason.  

Just words to ponder.  

Have a blessed day!


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I have been doing a new Bible study in my quiet time with God.  It is called NO OTHER GODS by Kelly Minter.  I highly recommend it. I came across the study during the week Jimmy Needham's song CLEAR THE STAGE had my attention (and it still does).  I've pondering this scripture for about a week or more now:
They (God's chosen people) worshipped the LORD, but they ALSO served their own gods (idols).  Even while these people were worshipping the LORD, they were serving their idols.  To this day their children and grandchildren continue to do as their fathers did. They secretly did these things against the LORD their God that were not right" 2 (Kings 17:32-33, 40-41, 8-9).
I remember the first time I read about Israel and idols, I thought how can they bow down to a manmade statue?
But looking all around me all I can see is manmade stuff.
Anything can become an idol.
Even ministry, when man made and sustained, is an idol. Even my children. Even my grandchildren.  When I think about them too much, even good things can become an idol.  I love Jimmy Needham's lyrics that remind me that anything I can't stop thinking of, or worrying over, is an idol.  I've been asking God to show me my idols because I believe all of God's chosen are capable of having them. Today I crushed one of them: Candy Crush.  Deleted from my phone.  The way I knew it had to be an idol was because I had been justifying why it was ok to enjoy it for 15 minutes a day.  Last night on my knees I asked God show me my idols.  This morning I woke up to the candy crush song and seeing candies crushing.  It was pretty clear, so I crushed it from my phone.  The Word says to confess our sins to one another and be healed.
I'm going to continue praying this prayer.  The world we do life in is worse than Sodom and Gomorrah.  May God have all our hearts.  Every single last part of them.  I love you friends.

Listen to the Voice of the LORD

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Read 1 Samuel 1-3 this morning.
I was greatly encouraged
1.  That Hannah dedicated her son to the Lord to live in His house forever as God’s servant and she made this decision before he was even conceived.  She “lent him to the Lord” for as long as he should live.  It was a sacrifice pleasing to the LORD.
2.  That Samuel was raised in the House of the Lord by Eli, who was Aaron’s grandson, and yet, was not brought up to truly know the Lord! 1 Sam 3:7.  A person can be in the house of the Lord daily and under the care of God’s priest and still not know God.  Eli’s two sons were themselves blasphemous men who did not know God even though they served in the House of the Lord.  Being in God’s house and serving Him does not equal knowing God!
3.  It takes a revelation and a calling from God to truly know Him.  God is the one who raises us, and our children up, to know Him.  It is God who calls our name and anoints us to follow Him.  God told Eli: “I will raise up for Myself, a faithful priest, who shall do according to what is in MY heart and in My mind, and I will build him a sure house and he shall go in and out before my anointed forever.”
4. 1 Sam 3:19 “and Samuel grew and the LORD was with him, and let none of his words fall to the ground”.  For when the LORD spoke to Samuel in Shiloh, “Samuel, Samuel!”, Samuel’s response was, “Speak, for Thy servant hears”! (1 Sam 3:10).

My application: I, who have the privilege of the Holy Spirit within me (The temple of the LORD), should be as Samuel, ever alert to the voice of the LORD who is speaking.  I am His servant and also His friend, if I do all he commands me to do. Every morning, every evening and during the night watches, LORD train my ears to be attentive to your voice.  Make me keenly aware of your instructions.  Cause me to run to obey You and may the fear of man not hinder me from carrying out Your will. LORD, thank you for the great privilege of carrying Your Presence within me.  May I be a priest who keeps your fire burning without going out.  May I be a Wise Virgin whose lamp is constantly full of oil - at all times - and my intercession never cease.  I pray that the doors to Your temple are free of participating with any “prostitutes” (1 Sam 2:22) and any vile thing that would love to lead me astray from my First Love and corrupt your name I bear.  By Your grace, I take every thought captive to do Your will.  May my thoughts be Your thoughts and my will be Your will in Jesus name.


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I have been thinking a lot about choices, lately.  Everyday, I have the opportunity to make many, if not hundreds, of choices.  Every choice has a consequence- good or bad.  Most choices are subconsciously made, and take no extra thought or prayer.  But now that I've become aware of choices, I see them literally almost every minute.  They begin with the alarm clock - do I snooze or stop the alarm? Do I read a devotional or FB first? Do I wear the dress or the jeans? Do I answer that phone call now or call them back tomorrow? Do I attend the luncheon or take a walk instead? Those may seem insignificant, but what if they are life-changing for someone instead?   How do my choices of action or inaction change the course of my life or another's life? And does God care?  Suddenly, I think he does care.  If Galatians 2:20 is TRUE, then my choices DO matter.  My attitudes matter. Whether I engage or don't engage matters.  Everything matters.
And every choice that doesn't reflect God's love, is not an option for this child of His.  I pray God continues to make me aware of the things that truly matter to His heart and that I have the courage and the strength to choose wisely instead of selfishly today.


SCRIPTURAL TEST 2 Timothy 3:16
Has God already spoken about it in His Word?
SECRECY TEST Proverbs 11:3
Would it bother me if everyone knew about my choice?
SURVEY TEST 1 Timothy 4:12
What if everyone followed my example?
SPIRITUAL TEST Galatians 1:10
Am I being people-pressured or spirit-led?
Could this choice cause another to stumble?
SERENITY TEST Philippians 4:6-7
Have I prayed and received peace about this decision?
SANCTIFICATION TEST 2 Corinthians 3:18
Will this keep me from growing in the character of Christ?
SUPREME TEST 1 Corinthians 10:31
Does this choice glorify God?
Walk as children of light... and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord
Ephesians 5:8, 10

Golgotha Thoughts

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Do you recall the location where Jesus was crucified?  It was called "Golgotha", which meant: "Place of the Skull".  If we are to be fully effective, in any area of our lives, the first field of conflict, where we must do battle, is the territory of the mind.  For the battlefield of the uncrucified thought-life is the precursor to vile and unwanted behaviors.  Do you know the areas where you are most vulnerable to sin?  To humble ourselves, is to refuse to defend the flesh, and acknowledge the rebellion as against God alone, and choose to abandon that pathway of destruction.  Sin habits rob us of power and joy and peace and they become strongholds and playgrounds for the enemy to do his best work in us. Secret sins are the perfect building materials for strongholds in the "house" of the mind.  The enemy of our soul is counting on us to build a nest, in our mind, of corrupt thinking, opinions, attitudes and judgments that are in agreement with the plots, plans and schemes of the Adversary, impregnating us to birth sin, unforgiveness and bitterness.  Death to all our hopes and dreams for a good future is the end result of a corrupt mind.  To live a full and victorious life, we must crucify the flesh, in the place of the skull.  We must be renewed in the spirit of our minds!

Be Doers of the Word and Not Hearers Only

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This passage has meant a lot to me today. I am once again reminded to not respond out of anger or pain in the midst of a very unjust, ungodly and fiery trial.  This passage has greatly encouraged remain soft, to continually turn the other cheek, to allow God to be the Just Judge, to remain steadfast in faith and to KNOW that The battle is the Lord's.  My response should never be a reflection of the enemy's behavior, but rather like Christ, who knew how to entrust his life to the one who saves Him.  This is a difficult and DAILY surrender but I know the refining process will produce His reflection.  When anger rises, I KNOW to ask myself, "Who or what are you angry with? And Why?" Then, I can ask, "What do You briber will happen if you are no longer angry?" And this will help me uncover any lies I am believing.  The next step is to let that anger go and see what God wants me know in prayer.  He always shows up!  He is faithful.  So I press on.  I pray you, in the midst of your own fiery trials, will as well!

James 1:19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.


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When your husband, pastor or church leader abandons the faith and walks away from you, the Church, his family and God to pursue the things of this world, there are some things you will need to accept, know, lay down, and fully believe, in order to find healing.    
  1. CHRIST IS HEAD OF THE CHURCH.  Nothing has changed.  God is still your Leader, follow Him.  Either you have followed a man, or you have followed Christ.  Choose this day whom you will serve, as for me and my house, we will follow the Lord Jesus. 
  2. ACCEPT THE FACT THAT ANYONE CAN REJECT CHRIST AND THEN, MOVE ON  Just because a person carries a title of minister, pastor, teacher, etc,  doesn't mean they will remain faithful or committed.  Stop asking "Why?" Or "How could this happen?", and accept it. Denying the facts only delays your healing.  Anyone can choose to walk away at anytime.  No one is exempt.  Acceptance paves the way for forgiveness. 
  3. FORGIVENESS BRINGS LIFE TO YOU.  You will have a tendency to want to hate or be angry.  All this does is put you in a position to painfully and vainly follow the one who betrayed you.  Through forgiveness, you release them to God for His righteous judgment and let go of your rights to be right.  Their sin, although causing many innocent ones pain, is still sin against God and God alone (Psalm 51).  God will not be mocked and as a man sows, so he will reap.  Vengeance is the Lord's, so lay down yours.  Those who have been forgiven much, love much.  
  4. LOVE ANYWAY.  Remember Christ, He is your example.  There is nothing you have experienced that Jesus didn't experience.  There is no pain that He cannot sympathize with.  On the day He died for every sin, He saw this day would come into your life, and He paid the highest price.  You may be surprised, but He is not.  Jesus, as your example, was betrayed with a kiss by the closest of friends, for a few pieces of silver.  He was mocked, beaten, laughed at and publicly exposed.   But no matter what it physically and emotionally cost Him personally, he loved them anyway.  He laid down his life willingly.  No one took his life from him.  It was a gift.  Undeserved and trampled underfoot, but nevertheless, a gift of God's grace.  You will never be able to scrape together what it will take to forgive and love the one who betrayed you.  That love is heavenly minded and can only come from the Spirit within you.  When you release them into God's hands, you let yourself go free.  Forgiveness doesn't mean they get a "get out of jail free card"; it does means you do.  Unforgiveness and bitterness is the worst kind of prison.  As you forgive others so God forgives you.  Love covers a multitude of sin.  Love never fails.  
  5. DON'T LOOK BACK; YOU AREN'T GOING THAT WAY.  Regret is not your friend.  Stop rehearsing the past and move forward.  God knows the plans he has for you: plans to bless and prosper you; plans to give you a future and a hope.  No one can thwart God's plans for your future.  He is an expert at making all things work together for your good because you love Him and you walk according to His ways.  He will withhold no good thing from those who love him and walk uprightly.  You will see the salvation of the Lord because His banner over you is love.  There is nothing too hard for the Lord.  Grieving may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.  There is a time to grieve and there is a time to put away grieving.  The joy of the Lord is your strength.  Have a confident expectation of something good to come.  God is not a man that He would lie.  He will never leave you or forsake you.  With men, this is impossible but with God, all things are possible.  Man will fail you.  Man will leave you.  Man will forsake you.  But God will remain faithful.  His love endures.  Your story is still being written.   God holds the pen.  Trust Christ. 

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