Are you a tool?- I am

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Will anyone pray with me for God to know you are His?  I am sure I will get some amens, but will you submit yourself to be a tool for God?  Maybe, not. In reality both questions hinge on your understanding of who God is.

2 Timothy 2:19-21

Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”

In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use.  Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

Do we believe that God can really know us?

If you are staring at this question and don’t know, I beg you to ask the Lord to enter your fortressed heart and allow yourself to know God and He you.

Matthew 7:21-25  

I Never Knew You “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’  And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

 

Once you begin to see a glimpse of the glory of the Lord your desire to be used by the Maker of the Universe will become a driving force in your life. What greater thing can there be than to be a part of His will (even in the small things)? Allow God to cleanse you so that you might be a partner with Him in miracles. I promise you, you won’t be bored.

 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, search me and know me. Cleanse me of everything holding me back from You. I submit it all to You- even that which I thought was good. Order my life Lord Jesus. Use me a willing tool for Your will. Prepare me to do any good work. Interrupt my day with divine assignments. Your plans are always greater than my own. I desire to know You and be known by You, above all things of this earth.  Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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Squeaked by…

Revelation 21:19-21  

The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald,  the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. (NKJV)

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Photo by Dmitry Bayer on Unsplash

Wow! If that’s what heavens gates look like just barely a glimpse within. No wonder people just want to squeak in. Salvation with a big sigh of relief. “Just made it”- victory dance and more than a few high fives.

Is there more than just the gates?

Why work for a closer relationship to Christ?

I too am guilty of just seeking His glory and am frightened to trust deeper. I refuse to live by fear but instead cling to His promises.

1 Corinthians 2:9  (NIV)

However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
    the things God has prepared for those who love him

 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I acknowledge You in all things not just at the entrance but in the journey. Walk with me and teach me my heart. Open my eyes to the movement of heaven on earth. Search me and burn off what is chaff. Embolden my life to seek after what quickens Your heart. I desire Your throne room and not just Your gates. Thank You, Jesus in Your name. Amen.

Renewal of hope

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You God are the great redeemer. I proclaim a renewal of hope and a renewal of calling in your life. Grant them a vision on how to give to the body of Christ. Embolden them to be conduits of love.  Spark, ignite, and re-fire your people to become seekers after Your great love. Empower them to use their giftings. Embolden them to run the race that was set before them by Your resurrection life.

I proclaim there is freedom in Christ. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

I proclaim the truth spoken by Christ, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. I choose life for my family and for all those I love and anyone that my heart touches.

As Christ’s perfect love takes, its seat in your life fear and anxiety will flee in Jesus name.

We praise You Jesus. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty.  Worthy is the Lamb to be praised.  Let everything on the earth that has breath within it give praise.

 

Thank you, Jesus.  Amen.

 

Galatians 5:1 (NIV)  John 5:24 (NIV) 1 John 4:18

Precious

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Precious

Life is so precious.  Why is it that we need to be confronted with pain, uncertainty and risk of death to truly embrace and digest that truth. We rush through life and never look at what is precious.  Lately, I have been pausing at each task and saying will this effect eternity? Will it matter even a day from now?

 

Consider this.  How you spend your time is how you spend your life.

 

2 Corinthians 4:18 (AMP)

So we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen; for the things which are visible are temporal [just brief and fleeting], but the things which are invisible are everlasting and imperishable.

 

Prayer: Work within us the knowledge of this gift called life. You created us for Your perfect purposes remind us of this. Strengthen within us the joy of our salvation, so that we might have the wisdom to turn away tasks that are beneath our calling. Remind us that we are sons and daughters of the King Most High.  All praise and glory to Christ this Christmas season and always.  Amen.

Outrageous love!

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(Mohamed Nohassi- unsplash)

Ephesians 3:16-18 (AMP)

16 May He grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self, [indwelling your innermost being and personality], 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. And may you, having been [deeply] rooted and [securely] grounded in love, 18 be fully capable of comprehending with all the saints (God’s people) the width and length and height and depth of His love [fully experiencing that amazing, endless love];

 

 

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, work your miraculous wisdom within us.  Teach us our identity in Christ. Whisper to our inner being who we are as your daughters and sons. We proclaim and declare it is our desire for You to abide within us and we within You. Please draw us near. Remind us of the mysteries You spoke to us before creation. Help me to rest in your outrageous love. Thank You, Jesus. Amen

Failure alert!

My best new communication move has been the “shut up” technique.

My colossal failures in communication have always occurred after I tried to go it alone. When I tried to coerce them into understanding that I was just trying to help them.  Attempting to force my heart intent and motives onto someone on a completely different place on the path than me. (insert laughter here or in my case most definitely my foot)

Needless to say it did not go well (understatement of the century)

It turns out the Maker of the Universe, the One who created the person I am failing miserably at communicating with may have some excellent pointers on how that person operates.

 

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(Jason Rosewell- unsplash)

When I finally sought His counsel, He instructed me to “shut up, be still and know that I am God.”  When I let Him be the Lord over both of us- things began to move. He was very busy working things out and into her heart and mine.  His gentle pruning needed time to take place and manifest.  Once this was done He created a pathway of easy, gentle communication I never could have established.

Ephesians 4:29 (AMP)

Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak].

I had been concentrating on speaking to be heard so that I could get the answers I needed to make decisions for the mission in front of me.  I missed Ephesians 4:29 by a long shot.  Never once did I consider that all communication should be a vehicle to distribute blessings.

Has the Lord taught you any communication tips that we can take into the Holidays and New Year? I would love any pointers I can get.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me of my hasty words I rocket at people without regard for their heart.  Help us to re-frame our words to be a blessing to all that hear us speak.  Not just in times of prayer and love filled conversations with people we care about but with all people we interact with.  Let the Holy Spirit speak through us without any hindrance.  Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Flattened dreams = No praise?

Dreams of chocolate chip goodness wafting through the house promises of a warm, gooey and tasty delight.

“I should have checked to see if we had all the ingredients kids, sorry.”

Promises shattered we stared into a bowl full of ingredients but devoid of baking soda. Without baking soda, the mixture would be flat, dense and unrecognizable as cookies. All of that work not to mention drooling for nothing?!

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What is the one ingredient if left out of your spiritual life will create flattened and lifeless Christians?

                        Praise:

  • Is our purpose
  • Is the highest form of warfare
  • Is arguably the most individualistic ingredient in our Christian walk
  • Is a point Christians seem to ridicule the most (to raise hands or not to, to dance, or sway or even to bring out banners, flags etc. or to stand with hands folded across our chest)
  • Praise scares the daylights out of Satan and his minions because it negates every curse he could ever think to lay on us

 

What is stopping you from praising?

Your circumstances? God forbid.  Praise releases you from your rotten circumstances and unleashes God’s promises into your life.

We cannot go down aisle #4 and pick up some praise to add to our Christian walk but we can begin where we are at and build from there.

 

2 Corinthians 5:7 (AMP)

7 for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]—

 

When we begin to take account of His promises and live not by sight but by faith. Praise naturally explodes from within us.  You can’t hold it back any more than if you tried to hold your breath your body would burst out into life.

If your life looks like a rotten pile of steaming junk, do not speak life and strength into your rotten circumstances.  Speak glory and praise onto the Lord of your salvation.  Did He save you or not? If He saved you once, He can do it again.

 

Please pray with me to release God’s will.

 

I praise You for Your promises You say You will supply all my needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus.  How great are the riches found in the depths of Jesus- I seek those riches, grant me my heart’s desire to know and walk within Your promises.  I proclaim that I seek the Lord, restore my heart to You as You grant me my heart’s desire- Your Presence.  You know the plans you have for me and they are for good.  Help me to rest in Your goodness.  Darken my eyes to the world and awaken the eyes and ears of my heart to Your Kingdom.  Let Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.  My life is Yours and I praise You for my finances for what You have given me and for the provisions that are to come.  Every knee shall bow to the glory of Christ Jesus and I bow now.  Your ways are so far above my ways.  Holy, holy, holy great is the Lord God almighty and greatly He is to be praised.  I lift my life as a living sacrifice available for Your great plans.  I desire my obedience and praise on earth to match my obedience and praise I live out in heaven.  My joy leaps within me let my praises lift You higher.  Please forgive me of where I had You seated in my life previously.  Cover me in the blood of the Lamb who is worthy to be praised.  Awaken the sleepers let the shofar blast be sounded- I will be found in You.  I proclaim and declare as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.  Teach me what it is to abide in You and You in me. My great and glorious Lord I praise You. Thank You, for loving me.  Amen.

Does God ask you to praise for His benefit or yours? (consider this question as you enter this time of thanksgiving)

What do you need to praise for?  Let me know and I will praise with you.