Look, Mom!

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“Look, Mom!  Come on, come on- they hatched, they hatched.”

There is nothing like the enthusiasm of a four year old. My daughter is creative, intelligent and her enthusiasm holds no bonds.  This of course means my house is in a constant state of chaos as it staggers under the pull of her latest creative explosion.

As you can see in her enthusiasm to see the newly dyed eggs hatch, into baby chicks. She helped the hatching. By squeezing them till they exploded she didn’t even wait for the paint to dry. (only for my back to be turned)

Did baby chicks receive liberation from their shells?

No, definitely not.

My daughter lacked the understanding that hard boiled eggs did not in fact house cute fuzzy chicks desiring a good cuddling. They did however house a big mess.

Proverbs 19:2  (NIV) Desire without knowledge is not good—    how much more will hasty feet miss the way!

 

How many times do we squeeze the living day lights out of the egg? Hoping to help along the situation that God clearly has in control. His mighty hands are already moving for us and we try to throw ours in the mix.

Oops! We just created a mess.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, save us from our own desires to jump ahead and rush where we have no wisdom. You tell us in Your Word that if we lack wisdom then we should ask. We are asking now. Grant us discernment to know whether to stay or go. To lie down or get up. We need Your might hand in our lives. We wait expectantly upon You. Cover us in Your blood as we rest in You.  Amen.

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Ouch!!!

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Acts 26:14 (NIV)

 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic,‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’

They all fell down which means they all felt the power of the Living God but Jesus only spoke to one.

He speaks to Saul the man in active, vengeful and deadly pursuit of those who claim Christ as their Lord. Asking why did he continue to kick against the goads?

Goads are a long stick with a horrible metal hook at the end designed to steer an oxen in the direction he should go. If the oxen kicked against the goad it would impale the beast. This of course would be horrifically painful.

The maker of the Universe was not only interested in stopping the persecution of His church but also  in the life and pain of the man who was doing the persecution.  This kind of love is scandalous, outrageous and absolutely delicious.

From the scripture we can read that apparently Jesus had been goading Saul to go in the correct direction and up until this point Saul had ignored it. Then something drastic happened he was thrown to the ground and was blinded for three days.

I have seen it in my life and in those I love that claim Christ as King that they kick against Jesus’s goads and directions only for so long before Jesus takes drastic action. Blinding us for three days? …  Maybe.

 

Will you choose the pain of the goads or the freedom of Christ? 

Prayer: God, Your mercies are great. We stand in awe of Your love and ask that You deepen our walk with You. We desire to hear Your voice only, loud and clear so that we might respond with immediate and complete obedience. Your will is great, wise and holy. Help us to lay down ourselves so that we might pick up Your greater life. Help us to live a life of worship.  Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

This pain can’t be good!?

 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,

    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”Luke 2:14 (NIV)

 

What is favor.  It’s easy to understand when we are well fed, comfortable and without turmoil. (or is it?)

What a slippery trick of the enemy. Because to live in the comfort zone is NOT favor.

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Photo by Louis Blythe on Unsplash

I repeat it is NOT favor.

Comfort Zone living is NOT favor. 

Wealth is NOT favor.

Everyone loving you is NOT favor.

                  Favor is living and being in the center of Christ’s presence. Favor is the movement towards sanctification because of His mercy. He will not leave us where we were. To restore us to our original creation design we will not be comfortable.  We will be without earthly means of reliance we will be blessedly forced to acknowledge Christ as King and our only Provider of all things.  What a blessing.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, stretch me, have Your way within me. I renounce comfort and cling to You. In Your blessed mercy rescue me from myself. I seek Your presence, Your glory and Your power. I willingly lay down what I think are my needs in order to obtain Your will for my life. You are greater than and greatly to be praised. All glory and honor be to Christ Jesus the Savior of the world. Thank, You Jesus. 

 

 

 

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.

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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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.