His name is our Foundation. It is the place where He builds us up.
23 May 2013
His name is our Foundation. It is the place where He builds us up.
23 May 2013
What name have we taken on?
23 May 2013
This morning when I woke up, I began thinking about and praying about what God wanted me to write about today. It was so important, that I saved this draft, and continued praying over it, and now, the next day, am finally completing the entry. There were so many things that came to my mind, heart and spirit. The one thing that stood out was the word NAME. What is in our name?
When we are named, it means something. Last night I was watching a movie with David, and the person had no name. The other day we saw another movie, and a person had no name. I began to wonder what God is trying to teach us through this. I do not believe in coincidence.
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I have called you by my NAME and you are MINE says the Lord.
As I began to seek Him more on this, what I received was simple. Our name that we are given is important. We must understand our identity. But, the name in us is even more important. The name within us, JESUS, is the most powerful NAME that has ever existed, and that will. As Christ is, so are WE in this world.
This is a command from the LORD to be like He was when He walked the earth, by tapping into HIM, and learning His ways. The Lord says, He will keep those in perfect peace whose mind is fixed on HIM. Does that mean we will never ever have a negative thought? Not necessarily, because we know the enemy attacks the mind, trying to keep us in FEAR, or put us back there when we have chosen FAITH.
When Christ died on the CROSS, the bad name that we HAD was resurrected to a GOOD name! Hallelujah!!!!! He took everything that could ever come against us and take us away from God onto HIM. All sin does is temporarily separate us from GOD. The sin itself is not where the destruction is, it is worshiping the sin, letting it continue to wound us, and damage our relationship with God. It is what comes with the sin, that is the biggest problem!
The LORD works in us and through us according to a measure of FAITH. People have said, “Oh I wish I had your faith.” My response is, “Ask God to do it through you.” Because when GOD does something, HE succeeds! The ONLY thing GOD cannot do is FAIL!
Even Jesus went through Heavy persecution. So why would we not go through it to? Yes, our logical mind can absolutely get in the way. This is something God is really working on us with. We now have a new view. We have HIS view. Does this mean we never get affected or wounded? Not necessarily, but when we do, we get convicted immediately and we repent of our involvement.
How many of you LOVE people? I do, I absolutely LOVE people so much. I have a desire for ALL people to come and experience the LOVE and GLORY of GOD. It is something that GOD put there. It is not in any way a religious spirit, though I did have one before. I was all about people coming to know the religion, not the one at the core of it. Thank God for HIS amazing Grace to help me learn, and grow in Him.
This is an excerpt from Romeo and Juliet ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy;–
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title:–Romeo, doff thy name;
And for that name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.
I take thee at thy word:
Call me but love, and I’ll be new baptiz’d;
Henceforth I never will be Romeo.
Note: She speaks of the NAME as her enemy, just as the name devil, or satan is ours. Though he cannot be reborn, those who are captive by him can. We must PRAY for them. We also must be loving when we encounter them, by God’s command. Love our enemies. I also think it is awesome that he speaks of baptism after a new name. 🙂
For years, I denied that God had plans for me, and I ran from Him. I ran to so many things. By the time I was done running to people, places, and things, of THIS world, GOD was still there, waiting. He was ready to show me HIS world, but I wasn’t as ready. I was the prodigal daughter, and He blessed me with so much. Guess what I did? I squandered it. Because I had so much in me that was broken and wounded. Thank God He forgives when we say I am sorry and mean it.
My NAME was damaged to me, it was awful. In fact, the name I went by as a kid, I changed it because I was tired of being a kid. Also because I hated my name and ultimately myself. I did not understand how disrespectful that was to God. I made that choice, not consulting God. In fact, I was rebelling against HIM at the time. I went by that name from age 18 to 34. Then, God was dealing with me one day on names. In fact, He was dealing with all of us.
He showed me that He named me, and that I must know who I am in HIM. I am Eleanor, which means “Fire of God.” See, I always thought it was just an old lady name, But God. He showed my husband that He is DAVID which we know in scripture is a mighty KING who conquered Goliath. As he begins to see himself this way, GOD is moving greatly. Sarah Elizabeth’s first name means Princess. She is a princess of God. All GLORY and honor to the LORD. We are grateful for HIS redemption.
I was watching the movie “Titanic.” It has always been a favorite of mine. The scene that was on was where the mother is speaking to Rose about their name. Specifically abt the fact that the debts that they have are hidden by a Good name, and that name is the only card they have to play. I thought wow, if Jesus had not died for us, we would never have a good name. It was very humbling indeed.
This morning, while going through the “routine” God reminded me to choose God habits. Meaning, when we do the day to day things, like brush teeth, go to bathroom, eat meals, wash hands, clean house, work, etc….remember to rejoice in ALL things. No matter how it seems, God has an amazing plan in store.
Marriages may have been started in lust, but GOD can bring HIS LOVE in. He is a resurrection GOD!!!!!!! Believe it or not, many don’t understand the danger that comes from choosing the enemy’s name. It is talked up in this world, because he is the god of this world, according to the word of God. Many go to church weekly, pray sometimes, and do the best they can to just survive. God sees you, believe me, He does. I know, I used to do this too. Just survive, get through the day, our family lived this way, while still trying hard to be transparent.
I really believe GOD is tired of His kids just surviving. He has a strong desire for us to THRIVE in HIM! He does not want us to strive for anything, because HIS name proves us. His name alone. Even if our name gets damaged, or even what looks like killed, as it is dragged through the mud, and slandered, GOD will resurrect it, because He LOVES us.
We have authority in Christ to speak to our lives and see change. His word says we have authority to trample on snakes and scorpions!!!! For greater is HE in US than He that is in the world!!!
One last thing, a few weeks ago, Sarah Elizabeth was acting out. God has us in a place of transformation, and change is weird at first. We are earning to embrace it and TRUST God that HIS changes are best. Anyway, it was a Friday evening and she was misbehaving. She was pouting and acting like she was 2 years old. She was whining and then she jumped on the chair, fell off and slammed her ankle on the table.
Her ankle was swollen, and as big as a softball. My husband screamed, “Are you okay?” Then, because he was scared, she began to be. So she began to wail and scream, and I said, “Do you want to go to the doctor?” Because see this is how I was trained doctors fix us. But, then, after I got over myself and what was going on, I felt a nudge from God. I was led to ask Sarah E to crawl to her room. It was only a few steps from where she was. She looked at me funny, but complied. When she got there, she began calming down.
The words from scripture that came to me were this, we must first learn to crawl, to walk and then to run. When she crawled, even a little bit, she humbled herself before God. My husband came in, prayed over her, anointed her foot with oil, and we watched a foot that was incredibly swollen, return to normal. Within minutes she could walk and run. The word of GOD is a powerful tool. We can never underestimate our Master Physician. His LOVE heals us.
Remember who gave you your name today. Think about when the children God gave you were named. Seek God for what the names mean. There is A LOT in a NAME, especially the name of JESUS!!!
Love to you ALL, praying for you, that God’s GLORY multiplies in your lives. ~
Note: The pictures that go with this blog post could not be uploaded here, so we uploaded them separately. Please check them out as you are led. 🙂
In His Grace,
23 May 2013
Thinking today about how many are consumed by thoughts of the second coming. Or, just thoughts of what is coming next??? The enemy wants us in FEAR, because when we are consistently in fear we become inferior to his plans. Look around us, this is evident in so many places throughout the world. But GOD NEEDS us in FAITH!
To STAND in FAITH in HIM, we must REST. The word says, “we should labor to enter into HIS REST.”
God is a TERMINATOR of Evil. This is where the “I’ll Be Back” portion comes from. In that movie, the main character is out to destroy what is attacking them. For those who have seen the film, it appears that they succeed, and then of course, there was another film and then another. Which is fascinating to me, because 3 is the Biblical number of God’s Glory.
Yes, Christ is coming back, that is certain. But, should be miss out on the fact that He is HERE now? Because He is, within us, those who surrender to HIM. This morning I woke up and something was off. I was so sensitive to the noise that I left my earplugs in for a bit. I finally got up and started to do the day to day tasks. I repented later for not praising GOD first. I know He knows how much I love HIM. Then, I repented for not consciously choosing to receive HIS LOVE.
Somedays it feels like we are saying “I’m sorry” to God more than anything else. I pretty much daily now go to God and say, move in me so that when it is NOT perfect, I do not react negatively. In fact, this is a prayer not just for me but many. The LORD is here, ready to pour out HIS LOVE. Yet, so many are rejecting HIM and claiming they just can’t see it.
So many reasons that people do this. But the number one reason is, we tend to worship our wounds, and desire to shoot the wounded. That desire is NOT put there by GOD. IT is planted by the enemy. Even today, I went to GOD in prayer and said, “Help me LOVE the wounded as you do so through me.” Because our number one job is NOT to make people perfect, or even to get them to obey us, it is to be used by GOD to teach them obedience to the LORD.
That means, when seasons change, and God reveals this, we must walk away. Otherwise we partake in the rebellion of the ones he has us ministering to. When we are used to share the LOVE and they keep rejecting it, and pretend they are applying it, we will often be pulled away. Have had this happen so many times, but GOD. He works behind the scenes in ways we may not understand, and we give HIM GLORY always.
So, today, on this day of REST in the month of Grace and Favor, and the year of Jesus Christ, seek GOD for the HERE and NOW. Choose NOT to be trapped in the past, but receive from HIM today. Because we can only GIVE what we are given. He IS coming back, just as He promised, but let’s focus on what He is doing now. Today, we choose to stand on the promises of GOD.
In Jeremiah it says, “The Lord has plans to prosper us not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future.” GLORY to our MIGHTY GOD! He alone will vindicate US! He alone will RECEIVE the GLORY!!!!! He is HERE right now!
Show us your GLORY LORD!
In His Grace,
15 May 2013
Today is Mother’s Day. What an honor it is to be a mom! I still wake up in awe and think, “Wow, He chose me.” Last night I was remembering lyrics to an old song. Be you can guess which one. 😉 Though the song is NOT a great song, the point is clear. We have to be like the virgin. The most infamous one is Mary, Jesus’s mother.
I have a special affection for her. So many reasons why, but the number one reason why is, no matter what came against her, she was faithful to GOD. I personally know how hard that can be, and am certain many of you do as well. Because serving God is NOT an easy path. But, it is so very worth it! Because there is nothing more spectacular, wonderful and amazing than the LOVE of GOD. The more we choose HIM, and obey HIS word, the better it gets!!!
So, in this entry of writing today, being a virgin is not just from a not having had sex standpoint. It is about purity, grace, love and more. Let’s look at the definition.
b capitalized : virgo
b : an unmarried girl or woman
b : a person who is inexperienced in a usually specified sphere of activity
Amplified Bible (AMP)
9 But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and [a]show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may [b]pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!
Praise GOD that NOTHING is impossible for HIM, even making us virgins again!!!!!
In His Grace,
12 May 2013
Today, am really tired in my body. But my spirit and SOUL are leaping for JOY! So many great things are coming to pass. We will share more as led. Grateful for GOD’s eyes on our life. Reminded today that SURRENDER is an almost every moment thing. Because if we are not surrendering to GOD, we are surrendering to something else.
In scripture it says, “Choose this day whom you will serve.” Because if we serve the devil, it leads to death. But that death has no chance of resurrection. The enemy is so subtle. He plants small ideas, and uses memories and really anything and anyone that will let him. The great thing is so does GOD. He uses things for the good of those who LOVE HIM.
If we do NOT surrender ALL consistently we are rebelling, and rejecting God. Look at the world around us, and you will see this. God is bringing about a turnaround, and it is coming into completion. So here is the question, whom or WHAT are we surrendering to?
Are we throwing babies out with bath water, by assuming GOD cannot use something? Because SIN is SIN is SIN to GOD. Only Blasphemy that is a conscious choice, is the unforgivable one. We have to begin to consistently give GOD credit, not because He wants it, but because HE DESERVES IT!!!!!
We watch many programs on TV, some that have great morals and values, and some that are a bit off the wall and yet comical. We do pray that GOD show us what He wants us to see, and protect us from what He does NOT want us to see. GOD can use anything, PERIOD.
TODAY, we choose to surrender ALL, to be children of GOD who have integrity and choose to do ALL things in HIS timing, and step back and let HIM move, when we are led to sit down. Thank you in advance to our awesome GOD for teaching us to release all unto HIM, for HE loves and cares for US!
In His Grace,
10 May 2013
Today is the 6th, It is the month of May which is the fifth month and the year is 2013, which is the number of Jesus Christ, and also apostasy and rebellion. The 6th is the number of man and the evils of the enemy, and the 5th is the number of Grace and Favor according to scripture.
What is on my heart today is simple. We live in a GAME. Why are video games popular? Because people LOVE to play games, and because all of LIFE is one. I enjoy games, like most, but there are 2 types of them which relate most to God to me. When playing games, we must have armor on, and ask GOD to protect us. The enemy likes to manipulate, plant evil seeds, and lie.
The first game we are discussing is TENNIS. In tennis there is a game, which is also called a match. When a person wins, it is game, set, match. So, think about GOD and our relationship with HIM. The enemy is out to kill us, period. This means, he is out to literally kill us, figuratively kill us and spiritually kill us. The word says He comes to kill, steal and destroy. In the game of LIFE, prayer is like the tennis ball. God is the maker of the GAME, per se, and the MATCH or winning happens when we do as He leads, and HE wins through us. As we pray, the set happens and the MATCH is already won through HIM in the Heavens. Hallelujah!!!!
The second game, CHESS, is all about eliminating pieces. Look at the enemies plans, isn’t that how it works? Think about movies like “Independence Day” or shows like “The Mentalist.” The first one is all about retaliation and elimination, and the second is all about observation to uncover the enemy’s plans. See, this is NOT so different than life. Look around you and you will see this in everyday news programs.
The JOY comes in this amazing gift. The greatest weapon we will ever have is GOD’s word. It really is “a double edged sword.” So, why are we walking around in a daze, it seems as we make plans, but do not consult HIM, or HIS word? This is really not smart, because these days the enemy lies around in the open, waiting for those who have their guards down.
The word says He sits and waits to pounce, like a roaring lion. Many have said, he is getting stronger. But, he isn’t, it just seems that way. Thankfully the more we rely on GOD, the more ignorant the enemy becomes. GOD has plans that even we don’t know, but they are for our GOOD and that is what matters.
The enemy will try and steal our memories, children, hopes, dreams, faith, JOY and more, but we don’t have to let him. IN fact, the word commands us not to, and if we ever have we must repent for coming into agreement with the enemy and not God. Because only GOD deserves the GLORY and only HE can bring about lasting change.
God does not hold us to a standard of perfection, He holds us to a standard or righteousness, and holiness, where when we sin, it is like a lightning strike. Immediately, in the next breath, we must repent, and ask HIM to bring transformation and permanent change.
Yes, the enemy will keep trying, but who cares, cause our GOD is so much BIGGER!!!!!
God is a multitasker, He does ALL things well. Let Him nurture you 🙂 Receive HIS LOVE today!!!!
This picture reminded us of how GOD gives unconditional LOVE!
Game, SET, MATCH and GLORY TO GOD!
In His Grace,
06 May 2013
Today is the 28th, which Biblically represents eternal life. When we say yes to Christ and we receive what was done on the cross for us, then we are given salvation. But, what if we say yes and continue every single day to walk in sin. What if we do not chose to walk in His ways?
I remember the time I said yes. It was at FCA Camp in GA. I was nine years old. At the time I did it out of desperation, cause things were so stressful around me. My parents would argue, there was little love shown in the home, unless people other than family were around. It was a very performance based place, it seemed. I remember thinking, “Wow this sounds great!” Like I had won the lottery or something.
But, here is what I quickly learned, I had to give up what I thought I wanted. Now, in hindsight that is a great thing, because GOD has so much more in store. But, as a kid, I had no direction.I remember I would read my bible for hours, but every time I asked for explanation or help, there was none. This really wounded me. I did not understand how people who were supposed to love me, could just ignore my questions. I was so on FIRE for God. I wanted the FIRE to spread, yet everywhere I turned, it seemed wanted to extinguish it.
GOD sees US as WARRIORS. How do we see ourselves?
It was 2 years after I accepted my salvation, that I had back surgery. My parents lived a life of FEAR because it was what they were taught. They walked around in life trying to fix other people’s problems because they thought maybe it would heal theirs. Not, that GOD did not use them, because He did. God can use anyone, and anything. He still does. He is awesome that way.
The surgery was done to fix a problem too. I had scoliosis, and the doctors convinced my parents that it HAD to be done. I did not know why then, but I had 100% peace that GOD would handle things., MY family was terrified, but I was in peace, because GOD was and is still in charge. because of this PEACE and FAITH in HIM, things went smoothly during surgery.
The last few days, I have been reflecting on things, not in a bad way, but in a way where God can teach me, and give revelation that can be shared. Have been asking GOD to shine the GLORY LIGHT of JESUS on the wounds. The scripture for this is listed below.
Amplified Bible (AMP)
2 But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and you shall go forth and gambol like calves [released] from the stall and leap for joy.
What people don’t tell you is, that wounds cannot be healed unless others receive the healing. Jesus healed them ALL, all who came to HIM. That is what His word says. If people never come to HIM for help, they cannot get healed. It really is that simple.
It seems many are losing relatives to death and sickness lately. People say, so and so lost a battle with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc… But, here is the problem, the BATTLE is NOT with the disease. The battle is with the ONE who created it. GOD did not create the sickness. When we credit it as a loss, or give the sickness acknowledgement, is it possible we are giving the enemy credit?
How far is TOO FAR to run from GOD? Sin is SIN to HIM. Whether we curse and say bad words, or we sleep with a married person, or we choose something else that GOD has shown us is not honoring to HIM. We have learned A LOT from people who have been deeply rooted in EVIL about what not to do. We went to a lot of Christian friends and family, and at that time, no one could help us. Ultimately, we went back to GOD and cried out to HIM. He always helps.
We sought the word of GOD, because so many are so wounded right now, that they just cannot help. We still go back to HIS word. His WORD is an infinite resource of HIS LOVE. Every page is more information about who we are in HIM.
There are some who blatantly worship satan, and they throw it in people’s faces. Also, there are others who do it in secret, by quietly hiding their sins. Again, SIN is SIN to GOD. He still loves those and even died for those who worship other god’s. He wants them in HEAVEN just as much as us.
God is all for us having fun, but if all we do is try and have fun with our life, don’t we miss the point? His word says there is a TIME for everything. Lord, help us to enjoy what you call us to do, and what you call us not to do. When we do ALL things for you, even the tough stuff become rewarding for your GLORY. Since that time at age 9, I have rededicated my life a few times to GOD. In fact, daily, our family asks HIM to resurrect us for HIS GLORY. He deserves it, for He is worthy to be praised.
Today, I have a plea which is BE HONEST with GOD. If no one else, BE REAL with HIM. He will forgive us for the LYING, but we have to COME CLEAN.
Only you know HOW FAR is too FAR dear GOD. Only you can WAKE US up and cause us to take responsibility for our actions, or even lack of actions. Lord, have your way. Multiply for your GLORY!
Come with FIRE, WATER, and your HOLY LIGHT. WE are glory bound, and we are seeking YOU. Your promise is to take us from GLORY to GLORY to GLORY. You will not FAIL and ALL the CREDIT for the success belongs to you.
In Jesus Name and by HIS precious BLOOD,
THIS PICTURE reminded me of HIS HOLY FIRE and the HEALING WATERS!
In His Grace,
28 Apr 2013
Today is the 26th of this month. The Biblical number means the GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST. As I woke this morning, had been dreaming about rebellion. Don’t recall a lot of the dream, but do recall something else. When I woke my husband was up, still working. Even though, He had promised around 1:30am that he would be done in 5 minutes. I woke up, looked at the clock, and I got very frustrated.
After, I calmed down and he and I talked, I realized that he had already been praying and seeking GOD on it. I sort of had a moment with God, where I thought, “Wow, my work here is done.” The funny thing is, it was never my work to begin with. It was a real revelation. I had been telling myself for years, that I was a REBEL with a cause. But, all of the sudden, the CAUSE was gone. I had to repent for trying to FIX problems, and thank GOD for HIS GRACE in the circumstances.
Beginning to reflect on it all there was revelation. We tend to try and fix problems as humans. WE, myself included, figure if we fix it in others, then we will get fixed. Then tell ourselves that if we can control something or someone then our life won’t be or feel so out of control. But the fact is, that is just a LIE. It is one the enemy planted a long time ago, in the garden of Eden. He convinced Eve that if she would just disobey, of course he did not say that, but if she would just TRY it, it would be better. THIS awful LIE, wow. It has been floating around ever since. Not to mention, the other lies that followed.
Do you see how in this picture, it looks like they are hiding, scheming, gonna get in trouble???
Looked up the plot line for the James Dean film with the same title as this post. Have never really seen it, just recall people talking about it. It was fascinating to see how similar it is to the NOW movies, that Hollywood is still trying to create. The film has a lot of tragedy that comes from the rebellion. Here, will encourage you to see what God says about rebellion.
Here is the info on the movie- http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/rebel_without_a_cause/
When we REBEL for our purpose, and our plan, we defy GOD. The word of God is clear about this. In scripture Paul talks about this. He says that no matter how much He tries, He just cannot stop sinning.
Here is the chapter that covers this in Romans :
Amplified Bible (AMP)
7 Do you not know, brethren—for I am speaking to men who are acquainted with the Law—that legal claims have power over a person only for as long as he is alive?
2 For [instance] a married woman is bound by law to her husband as long as he lives; but if her husband dies, she is loosed and discharged from the law concerning her husband.
3 Accordingly, she will be held an adulteress if she unites herself to another man while her husband lives. But if her husband dies, the marriage law no longer is binding on her [she is free from that law]; and if she unites herself to another man, she is not an adulteress.
4 Likewise, my brethren, you have undergone death as to the Law through the [crucified] body of Christ, so that now you may belong to Another, to Him Who was raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God.
5 When we were living in the flesh (mere physical lives), the sinful passions that were awakened andaroused up by [what] the Law [makes sin] were constantly operating in our natural powers (in our bodily organs, [a]in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh), so that we bore fruit for death.
6 But now we are discharged from the Law and have terminated all intercourse with it, having died to what once restrained and held us captive. So now we serve not under [obedience to] the old code of written regulations, but [under obedience to the promptings] of the Spirit in newness [of life].
7 What then do we conclude? Is the Law identical with sin? Certainly not! Nevertheless, if it had not been for the Law, I should not have recognized sin or have known its meaning. [For instance] I would not have known about covetousness [would have had no consciousness of sin or sense of guilt] if the Law had not [repeatedly] said, You shall not covet and have an evil desire [for one thing and another].
8 But sin, finding opportunity in the commandment [to express itself], got a hold on me and arousedand stimulated all kinds of forbidden desires (lust, covetousness). For without the Law sin is dead [the sense of it is inactive and a lifeless thing].
9 Once I was alive, but quite apart from and unconscious of the Law. But when the commandment came, sin lived again and I died (was sentenced by the Law to death).
10 And the very legal ordinance which was designed and intended to bring life actually proved [to mean to me] death.
11 For sin, seizing the opportunity and getting a hold on me [by taking its incentive] from the commandment, beguiled and entrapped and cheated me, and using it [as a weapon], killed me.
12 The Law therefore is holy, and [each] commandment is holy and just and good.
13 Did that which is good then prove fatal [bringing death] to me? Certainly not! It was sin, working death in me by using this good thing [as a weapon], in order that through the commandment sin might be shown up clearly to be sin, that the extreme malignity and immeasurable sinfulness of sin might plainly appear.
14 We know that the Law is spiritual; but I am a creature of the flesh [carnal, unspiritual], having been sold into slavery under [the control of] sin.
15 For I do not understand my own actions [I am baffled, bewildered]. I do not practice or accomplish what I wish, but I do the very thing that I loathe [[b]which my moral instinct condemns].
16 Now if I do [habitually] what is contrary to my desire, [that means that] I acknowledge and agree that the Law is good (morally excellent) and that I take sides with it.
17 However, it is no longer I who do the deed, but the sin [principle] which is at home in me and has possession of me.
18 For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot perform it. [I have the intention and urge to do what is right, but no power to carry it out.]
19 For I fail to practice the good deeds I desire to do, but the evil deeds that I do not desire to do are what I am [ever] doing.
20 Now if I do what I do not desire to do, it is no longer I doing it [it is not myself that acts], but the sin [principle] which dwells within me [[c]fixed and operating in my soul].
21 So I find it to be a law (rule of action of my being) that when I want to do what is right and good, evil is ever present with me and I am subject to its insistent demands.
22 For I endorse and delight in the Law of God in my inmost self [with my new nature].
23 But I discern in my bodily members [[d]in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh] a different law (rule of action) at war against the law of my mind (my reason) and making me a prisoner to the law of sin that dwells in my bodily organs [[e]in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh].
24 O unhappy and pitiable and wretched man that I am! Who will release and deliver me from [the shackles of] this body of death?
25 O thank God! [He will!] through Jesus Christ (the Anointed One) our Lord! So then indeed I, of myself with the mind and heart, serve the Law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
In this picture, he looks so lost, and yet posing like he is trying to keep it together. How many of us live this way, performance based?
The point is not to beat anyone up or judge them for sin. Yesterday, God opened a door for us to see a film. I knew when going to see it, that it would be healing to watch. As we did, God moved for both my husband and I, and even others God had been using us to minister to and mentor. When we ask GOD to multiply, with a sincere heart, for HIS purpose, He does not hold back.
In fact, something interesting was, in this film we watched that was one of the last things said, “Nothing good ever came from holding back. ” When we do it FOR GOD, this is absolutely true! We must not hold back on sharing HIS LOVE. We must at least offer.
After this film, we walked outside, really feeling weary from the emotional message, yet on FIRE for how GOD is undoing the plans of the enemy. I personally, realized that I had been having some challenges staying joyful that day. It had been a very ODD morning. God had been sending us signs, so to speak that it would be a ministry day. Those are days where he puts people in our path that need healing from HIM.
So, again, we were walking outside, and I felt led to hold my husband’s hand. When I did, something happened. Just a simple gesture, that was done without control, or holding back, broke down a wall. I sit here in tears typing this. Because we have really been through HELL and back, quite literally. I have known for a while that God was restoring, and still is.
But, to see HIM move is something that seemed so small to me, BLEW my mind and was used by GOD to heal deep wounds on my soul, and his, and from what we have heard, many others. God’s love cannot be limited. We cannot hold back. That simple act, led my husband to open the door for me. Now, my husband does this once in a while, usually after we have disagreed, so, I was kind of shocked.
But, GOD says that we reap what we sow, and I promise daily to sow LOVE. Do I keep that promise every moment, no way. But, if I am used by GOD, to be loving at all, it is a success. We can sow LOVE or we can sow HATE. We can sow agreement with GOD or agreement with the enemy.
Are we rebels without a CAUSE or are we WARRIORS with ONE?
When my husband responded in LOVE and opened the door, he saw a man in a truck. God led him to talk to this man. This man was very deeply wounded. He had been sitting outside smoking. We did not worry abt the cigarettes or FEAR getting sick from the smoke. Yet, before we came out there, and we were leaving the movie, the enemy had been trying hard to stir FEAR in our hearts. Thankful that GOD gave us 100% peace to be used by HIM. We talked with the man for a bit, knowing we had something to do, but feeling led to hold off on it.
This wonderful man, who GOD loves so much and died for, just like me and you, had simply fallen into bad hands. He even mentioned that he had been reading his bible and trying to do right. He had been in Chicago recently, and had been in the hospital with chest pains. From life stress, and what not, he had begun smoking.
So, we asked him, if we could pray for him. Because if he had said no, we would have walked away. God is not forceful, and we have repented for ever being used by the enemy to be that way. May GOD shine the GLORY LIGHT of JESUS on the soul wounds so that we act in peace, led by HIS SPIRIT alone. After, we prayed for this man, and God used us, there was immediate breakthrough. Praise GOD!!!
The funny thing was, we ran out of gas. Now, this man, a virtual stranger, was led to take my husband David to the gas station to get some more gas, so we could travel home. SO much praise to GOD here. I went inside the theater, where it was cool, and called a sister in Christ to pray, and thank God. The man brought my husband back, we called the person who we were supposed to get back to, and explained what was going on, and GOD kept moving.
See, He moves when we OBEY, much more effectively than when we DISOBEY. It is NOT that He cannot use disobedience, cause GOD can use anything. But,it is more complicated, and confusion ensues, and GOD must undo the confusion. For His word says, He is not the author of confusion, He is not the tornado itself, but He is the greatest EYE in the storm.
So, this man said to me, “Well you got my attention.” I looked at him asking, “How so?” He said, “After you prayed, I went for a cigarette and did not want one.” I said Praise GOD! That is wonderful!!!! This man thought we got his attention, yet we said, “God got your attention.” Hallelujah! May the healing and deliverance multiply!
We cannot effectively throw the baby out with the bathwater, and ignore our enemy. WE must be very aware, his tactics are not changing, they just seem to be intensifying, as the word says they will. But, SO IS GOD’s LOVE!!!!!!!!
Today, will you commit to GOD that you will be HIS WARRIOR with a CAUSE?
Because being a REBEL means being LOCKED into DEATH. The wages of sin is death, as God says. Be redeemed from the curse of the LAW, the letter of the LAW kills.
It cannot be ALL LAW…. there must be LOVE.
THERE IS NO HALF WAY with GOD. YOU receive HIS GRACE and become healed from THIS world. or you DO NOT.
We must watch what we think and even more so what we SAY, for now is the time that when we speak it becomes. It has never been more important to walk by FAITH and NOT by SIGHT.
This verse has been our verse for the week. 🙂
WE PRAY YOU DO…because this world appears to be getting DARK and HIS LOVE is the only LIGHT that will LAST for ETERNITY!!!
In His Grace,
26 Apr 2013
Am certain by now that ya’ll have noticed a few things. One is that WE LOVE GOD and people, and two is that we LOVE music and three we LOVE movies. A few years ago, we watched a movie called “August Rush.” In the film, the woman has a child prematurely and then her father takes the child from her and tells her it died. But, she always feels like something is missing. The story is about healing really, in the heart. How an Orphan becomes adopted back into the fold of family.
This morning when waking, I was very tired and wanted to go back to sleep. But, GOD. Thankfully, it is a beautiful sunny day! So, that does make getting up a bit easier. 🙂 I kept hearing lyrics to a song called HOLD FAST by Mercy ME. The point of the song is simple. GOD will NOT FAIL!!!
It is the same point as the movie “August Rush.” We are adopted into the family of GOD, free from the FOG of this world, and accepted into the midst of HIS. There is a spirit of adoption, and it is beautiful. It is angelic, and full of LOVE. It is one of the many reasons people desire to adopt nowadays. They have this LOVE inside and want to share it.
We have always known we will adopt, in GOD’s time. When I was a little girl, my mother would say you need A LOT of LOVE. She was right, but what was not mentioned was just how much GOD had given me to share. Our job as Humans, especially children of GOD, is to be loving and kind.
We look at the world and wonder how many are taught that nowadays. But, times they will ALWAYS change, and the enemy will always try and undermine God. But, the fact is, he cannot. GOD is bigger, He always will be. He has saved our lives too many times to count, and the lives of countless others we know.
When you are healing, and wounds feel like they will never heal, remember this, HOLD FAST, HELP IS ON THE WAY. He doesn’t give up on us, and never leaves us or forsakes us, so we have to let HIM move on our behalf.
Today, the 23rd, the BIBLICAL number of death. We are choosing to die to ourselves, once again. To wait on GOD and serve HIM patiently knowing that wonderful things are in store for those who choose HIS ways.
GOD can use anything, this has been proven time and time again. Yet, people still try and limit HIM. The reason we believe this happens is because it was what they were taught to do. God gave us free will, and He will not come against it. He will go around it, above it, and even through it sometimes if necessary, but NEVER against it. Our will is a gift we were given to choose God.
The LORD does not want us as prisoners. We are FREE in HIM, and who the son sets FREE is FREE indeed!!!!!!!
Yesterday Sarah Elizabeth was talking about school. She has been doing a reading assignment and misplaced the paper. She said, ” if I do well i get a trophy, but I don’t need a trophy.” It was such a profound statement about our world. Love how GOD uses HIS kids. SO, today we say GOD something is missing in Heaven, if u want her to find it, make a way. 🙂
The pictures posted today on here represent the movie mentioned. One is of the mother, another of the son, and the 3rd of the child as he has grown. The family is a family of music and LOVE and God, whether they know that last one or not. What drew us to the film was the purity of the story.
God can and WILL take ANY tragedy or challenge and use it for HIS GLORY and purpose!!!
One other reason I sense we were drawn to the story of this family in the movie, is because at the time, it was just me, Sarah and Tim. We have gone through many transitions. One is that we now go by new names in our new place where we live. He is David, I am Ellie, or Eleanor, and Sarah is Sarah E. Watching the film when we were going through difficulty, gave us HOPE that GOD would move and things would get better as we grew in HIM. They have, and do every single day. We are humbled and grateful.
Lastly, I was on FB yesterday and saw someone post a picture of a woman in Boston. She had lost a leg. But, oh the JOY in her eyes when she vowed to dance and teach again, and RUN again! See, now THAT is GOD. May he grow her led back for HIS GLORY and all the others who will receive it. He can do it! NOTHING is IMPOSSIBLE for GOD!!!!!!!
Love to you ALL this beautiful day 🙂
In His Grace,
23 Apr 2013