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Eating – A Sign of Life

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While watching a documentary one night, a statement was made which caused my spirit to jump within me.

The documentary was about a foal that was just born in the middle of winter.  It was having a very hard time.  It was not moving at all, barely breathing.  The family called the vet to come out and examine it.

After the vet visit, the family was told the foal would not make it through the night.

What the vet didn’t realize is, this family was a faith-filled praying family.  They continued to pamper and pray over the little foal that they named Gabriel.

All through the night they prayed.  The next morning, they were caring for the little foal, trying to get it to eat.  Although they had tried to get it to eat all night, this time was different, it began to eat.  The family was overjoyed!  The father then made a powerful statement, at least to me.  He said, “eating is a sign of life!”

When he said those words, a scripture came to mind.  It is found in Matthew 4:4.

But Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Hebrews 4:12 says the word of God is alive and powerful!  The word is filled with life.

Life is produced through the word and if you eat of that word…it is a sign of life to you.  It will produce life.

It is a sign that life is coming forth, just as it was with the foal.

As born-again Christians, we will not experience the life God has for us if we fail to eat daily of the word of God.  It is the ONLY place we will find life.

We eat of natural food to give our bodies strength and health.  We eat of spiritual food, the word of God, to do the same thing…for strength and health in our life.

If we go without natural food for a period of time, our bodies become weak.  The same thing happens when we go without the word of God.  Our spiritual life and our faith will become frail.

The word of God says Jesus is that bread of life.  He is our nourishment.  His word is what we must feed upon.

John 1:1 says, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The word, God and Jesus are one.  When we eat of the word, we are receiving all God is into our very being.  In our life.  In everything that surrounds us.  Life is coming into us, as we partake daily of the word of God.

I cannot emphasize enough how vital the word of God is.

It is not enough to simply know what the word says, we must eat of it daily.  We must partake of it…get it down inside of us.  Meditate on it.  Spend time studying the word of God.  Read the Bible daily, until the only thing coming out of our mouth is the word of God.  For when that happens, the only thing coming out of your mouth will be life.

Proverbs 18:21 says life and death are in the power of the tongue…LIFE or death literally comes out of your mouth each time you speak.  Think about that for a moment.

Life…the word…you cannot have one without the other.  Today, choose life.  Today, choose to eat of the word of God.  Remember, eating is a sign of life.

 

Meditate on this:

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12

Power in Words

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Sometimes kids amaze me.  Especially when they throw the words you have been trying to teach them back at you.

The other day, Breanne and I, were having a conversation about work.  I made the following statement…

“If we are going to do this project, we should do it now.  We don’t always have good months in the summer, it would not be a good time to plan that project.”

From behind me, I heard Bryson, my grandson, yell.  He shouted, “don’t say that!  Don’t say that!  There is power in your words.”

Not fully listening to him, I responded to him and said, “Bryson, honey, this is work, I am just talking about how things usually go.”

Again, he shouted, with arms waving wildly, “Don’t say that Nana!  There is life and death in your words, don’t say that!”  He continued on, “you are always telling me to watch my words, that there are power in my words, don’t say that, there are power in your words!”

Finally, I stopped and said, “you are right Bryson, you are right.  Thank you for reminding me.”

As funny as it was at the moment, it was truth.

The words I was speaking were based on prior facts, they were not faith-filled words at all.  They were based on experience, not on the word of God.

I am so thankful he reminded me and helped me shut my mouth.

Proverbs 18:21 in the Amplified Bible says, Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.

Bryson was trying to help me NOT bear the consequences of my words.  Thank God for that.

Proverbs 6:2 says, You are snared by the words of your mouth; You are taken by the words of your mouth.

I don’t know about you, but if I am going to bear the consequences of my words, and the Bible says I am, then I am going to watch my words carefully.

I don’t want my words based on something that happened in the past.  Or on a bad experience.  I want all my words to line up with the word of God and what He says belongs to me.  Only His word and nothing less.

I also love that our kids, and grandkids are listening, even when we don’t think they are.  Not only are they listening, but they are absorbing truths.  I thank God for that.  Yes, I have told Bryson over and over again, watch your words, there is power in your words.  Now, he is giving that same truth right back to me.

Your kids, your grandkids are listening to what you are saying.  They are watching what you are doing.  Be watchful of that.

Friends, life and death is in the power of your words.  Make sure the words coming out of your mouth are WHAT you want to see for you will bear the consequences of your words.  It’s a truth in the word of God.

 

Meditate on this:

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.  Proverbs 12:18

 

Ready….March!

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Tuesday afternoon I was spending time with the Lord.  I had spent time reading the word and studying for upcoming writings.

I stood up to take a break, as I had just completed writing my partner letter for the month of March.

Suddenly, yet quietly, the Lord spoke to my heart and said, “you are marching into your promises this month.”

Wow.  I had felt that this month was pivotal.  For days I had sensed there was something unique about this month.  Even in February I was excited for March to come.  I didn’t know why.  It was just a feeling…until this past weekend.

One of our partners, from another country had emailed me early one morning to share a word from God.  He said his pastor had just given a word that the month of March would be a month of total recovery.  He said the Lord gave him 1 Samuel 30:8.

1 Samuel 30:8 says; So, David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?”  And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”

Since reading that email, I have had something stirring in my heart concerning March.  I didn’t say a word to anyone, I was simply waiting on God for further insight.

Then He spoke this to me today…. “you are marching into your promises this month.”  Still, I kept this in my heart and didn’t yet share it.

Three hours later, I received a text from Kelita.  It said… March into Miracles.  I thought, “oh my WORD!”  God was indeed confirming what He had already said to me.

I questioned Kelita about her text and she said it was a word from Christy Johnston.  I want to share a portion of it with you.

MARCH INTO MIRACLES!  The month of Adar – deliverance and increase in JOY!

I hear the Lord saying over you that this month you shall MARCH into MIRACLES. Your miracles are in motion. You shall MARCH into PROMISES you have waited LONG for. The key is, you must march IN faith… you cannot stand on the sidelines and complain, this is not a time to give up on what has been promised, it is a time to MOVE in faith towards the land He has given you. It is a month of action and movement.

Amazingly, the month of March lines up with the current Hebrew month of Adar. It is said that when Adar arrives, JOY IS INCREASED! Adar means ‘STRENGTH and POWER’, it is prophetic of the displays of God’s strength and power in your life this month. Adar is also the month that Moses passed away, and Joshua stepped in as the leader to take the promised land. It signifies a transition out of the wilderness and crossing into the promise by the strength and power of the Almighty. Additionally, Adar is the month that God worked miraculously through Esther and set His people free by foiling the plots of Haman. It is a time of GREAT deliverance. We celebrate ‘Purim’ – the feast of Esther – in Adar and it is considered the most joyous of months… traditionally it is stated that JOY INCREASES from this month to the end of the year. I believe that is a prophetic declaration over you… from this moment on… your joy shall INCREASE as you March into promises and miracles throughout this month and the coming months of the year.

This word includes so many things the Lord spoke to me today.  He told me to be careful to always give thanks and refuse to complain.  He also reminded me that victory is in the obedience…even in the smallest things.  Furthermore, He reminded me that all promises were obtained through and by faith.  I was reading the book of Hebrews over and over today.  Meditating on those who had obtained their promises by faith.

My friends, this is a GOD word, given, confirmed and then confirmed again.  Lay hold of it this month.  Speak into it today.  Get your hopes up!  Put your faith out there!  Declare you are marching into your promises this very month.  Align yourself with it.  And then….get ready…it’s time to MARCH into your promises this month!

 

Meditate on this:

Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it?  I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.  Isaiah 43:19

 

 

Mid-Week Mindset

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Read Judges 6; Gideon defeats the enemy against ridiculous odds. It made no earthly sense. Supernatural intervention – (the third marker of this time/season) …the way things come about make no earthly sense. (Angel visits Gideon and gives him a strategy – pairs the army down, etc.) Remember, when the WHOLE army was assembled the Bible says they were outnumbered like 10 times!) then God gives a plan – torch, jars and trumpets – no weapons. LOL. There were thousands of the enemy. The plan made NO SENSE! They had to have supernatural intervention.

Declare God is moving in your life against ridiculous odds!

JOY

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The Joy of the Lord is our strength!

Things Done Right…

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I love when God speaks life-changing words, during a normal conversation.

 

I was having a phone conversation with a friend.  She was talking to me about where she and her husband are, spiritually speaking.  She shared with me how she had said to her husband, “we have done some things wrong along the way, but we have done some things right too.”

 

For some reason, over the next few moments, she repeated the statement a few times.  Each time she repeated it, it went a little deeper into my spirit.  God was speaking to me and not only to me, but to you as well.

 

I think all of us can say we have done some things wrong in the past.  We have made some mistakes.  We have made some bad decisions.  We have not always used wisdom.

 

We can all look back and say we wish we had done some things differently.  It is good to reflect and learn from our mistakes.  I don’t disagree with that at all.  But in the midst of it all, remember, you have done some things right too.

 

How can I know that?  Because you are still here.  You are still seeking His face.  You are still reading His word.  Apparently, you have done some things right as well.

 

I love Philippians 3:13-14, which says; but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

 

If the word tells us to forget those things that are behind, why do we find it so easy to remember our mistakes?  It’s not God reminding us.  He doesn’t remember them.  If we have repented, they are as far as the east is from the west.  If He doesn’t remember, neither should we.

 

I am a person who desires to sow mercy to all those around me.  However, when it comes to me personally, I am hard on myself.

 

I can see the mistakes I made in the past that caused delays for me.  I can see decisions I should have made differently.  I can see where I should have prayed more, sought more, used more wisdom.  I can easily see those times.

 

But I don’t always see the truth that…I must have done some things right too.

 

I am still here serving God.  He is still the love of my life.  He is still the one I go to for every little thing.  I continue to read His word and follow it.  I continue to seek His wisdom.  My relationship with Him is closer this day, much closer, than it was ten years ago.  Apparently, I have done some things right too.

 

So then why don’t we remember that truth?

 

When I heard my friend make that statement, it brought freedom and peace to my mind.  Freedom and peace in knowing I have done some things right too.  There is fruit in my life.  There is evidence of the good things I have done and accomplished.  I thank God for that.

 

Today, if you are feeling you have messed up somewhere along the line.  Remember this, you have done some things right too.  Celebrate those things today.  Let the mistakes stay in the past and remember the good things you have done.  Look and see the fruit of your labor.  Allow God to bring freedom and peace to your mind concerning where you are today.

 

I will leave you with Philippians 4:8; Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.

 

 

 

Meditate on this:

 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  Proverbs 3:5

Blessings of a Tither

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I want to share something with you that I heard this morning.

 

I was listening to a man tell about his granddaughter who had drown in a swimming pool.  She had been submerged in the pool for several minutes before she was discovered.  When they pulled her out, she was not breathing.  The family called the paramedics.  Once on the scene, they checked the little girl and turned to inform the family she was already gone.  The paramedics even called the hospital to let them know a child had died and they were bringing her in.

 

The paramedic reported this amazing story.  He said when he told the parents she had drowned, the father let out a blood-curdling scream.  It is said the father of the child screamed, “NOOOO!  Devil you cannot have my child, I am a tither, God will rebuke you this day for my sake!”

 

The paramedic said when the father screamed, the child’s body bounced up.  She woke up and ask them to turn off the pool.  She was alive.  She was fine.  Even though they thoroughly checked her out at the hospital, she had no negative effects of the drowning.

 

Malachi 3:10-11 says; Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.  And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field, says the Lord of hosts;

 

The blessings of a faithful tither are many.

 

God will prove Himself to you as a faithful God.  He will open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing you cannot contain.  And, as in this awesome testimony, He will rebuke the devourer for your sake.  He will not allow him to destroy your fruit.  That day, that little girl was the fathers fruit and he was refusing to allow it to be destroyed.  And he had a Biblical right to do that.

 

We all have fruit.  Our fruit may be from our jobs or careers.  Our fruit may be our children.  Our fruit may be our own business.  Our fruit may be from seeds sown in the natural.  Whatever your fruit may be, God will not allow the enemy to destroy it…if you know your rights.  Thank God the father knew his rights that day.

 

I remembered when I learned the end result of a prayer I had been praying for one of our partners throughout the year.

 

This partner had a large amount of debt.  So large, in the natural, there was no way it could be paid off in one year.  Yet, he and his wife sowed a seed toward paying off that debt in one year and their prayer was it would be paid off by December 31.

 

Throughout the year, I would keep their letter before me, praying over it and standing in agreement with them.  Ever so often I would check with them and see how it was going.  When I read his letter today that they had indeed paid off all debt by year’s end, I was rejoicing with them.  God is indeed faithful.  This partner was faithful in their tithe.  They even went beyond that and sowed a seed toward that debt.  God met their faith and did exactly what they asked.

 

What God did for them, He will do for you.  He wants to do it for you.  He wants to do this for all of us, the first step is to be faithful to GOD in our finances.  To give God want belongs to Him.  To do as the word says and give as He leads us to give.

 

It is my prayer we will all be faithful to God in our finances this year.  It is my prayer for all of us that we have a year overflowing with the blessings of God.  That the blessings of God will come in such abundance that it will be as the word says…we won’t have enough room for it.  And that He will rebuke the devourer for our sake, preserving our fruit.  My expectation is in God and His word.  My faith is in His faithfulness.  It is, after all, what He declares to be the blessing of a faithful tither.

 

Meditate on this:

 

A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great. Proverbs 18:16

Stay Anchored in Hope!

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Last week I wrote an article that was about making sure our hope is anchored in God. I want to share an article Kelita wrote recently for her church. Enjoy! – Kim

The God Kind of Hope….by Kelita Deems

I keep hearing – anchor yourself in hope. Stay in hope. This caused me to think and ponder and look up some biblical definitions of hope.
See, I have always thought of hope as being wishy washy – like maybe it will or maybe it won’ On the contrary! The Apostle Paul wrote much of hope, and he was not an unstable man.

I looked up hope in the Strong’s Concordance online today and here are the biblical definitions of hope:
Cord, hope, expectation, things hoped for – outcome, to have possession or possess, ANCHOR, safeguard, firm – that which can be relied on, certain true, steadfast, stable, securely, to wait, expect and tarry, hope in the WORD, expectation of good! (expect good things!) joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation, the author of hope, or HE who is its foundation, the thing hoped for, REFUGE, shelter, (from storm or danger), trust, confidence, act of confiding, object of confidence, STATE of CONFIDENCE, security, to hope, in a religious sense, to wait for salvation with joy and full confidence, hopefully to trust in, to have, possess or lay hold of. (Capitalized words are my emphasis)

WOW – I don’t see wishy washy anywhere in the definitions above!

So, when I read Zechariah 9:12 (Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. Or Hebrews 6:19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.) I know that God is telling me that His hope is my Stronghold, my anchor!

Over a year ago, while fretting one day, God said to me “why can’t you expect good things?” and I noticed in the meanings of HOPE – expectation was a part of this.

Psalm 43:5 – Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!

Hope there means to EXPECT and WAIT! So we can read this verse this way – Why am I discouraged and my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God, I will expect Him to deliver me and and I wait for Him to answer my prayer!

We can also read Zechariah 9:12 like this – Return to your fortress you prisoners of hope, of expectation of things to come; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you!

Or how about Hebrews 6:19 – We have this hope, we possess it, we lay hold of this hope, this confidence, as an anchor for the soul, (mind, will and emotions), firm and secure!

What is this hope? If you read the previous verses it is talking about the promise God made to Abraham and that He cannot lie – to grab onto THAT HOPE that He has set before us.

God is saying – grab onto HOPE!

Find your promise in the Word of God and possess it! Grab onto it, expect it, wait for it, tarry for it, allow it to build your confidence, let it ANCHOR your soul, (your mind your will and your emotions), and stand firm in your faith! An anchor will keep a ship from being moved off course in a storm; it will keep it safe!

I know we have all had disappointments, but those disappointments come from people who are not perfect, and from our own misunderstandings, or our own human reasonings which are flawed. God will never and has never let us down! His ways are perfect and higher than ours. So, determine right now to release the disappointments, repent if you have blamed God, release others from fulfilling your expectations (big one!) and set your heart to expect, hope in and wait for the Lord!

Rehearse and immerse yourself in the Word of God. Find your scripture (your legal right to what you expect and desire) and confess it, dissect it, look up the meanings of the words in the verse and get it down into your spirit, then let it be your anchor. The word of God will keep you on course and it will keep you safe!

God is continuing to say to us EXPECT GOOD THINGS and STAY ANCHORED IN HOPE!

P.S.
After writing this I came across a sermon by Kris Vallotton that caused me to go AHA!

The Scripture Hope deferred makes the heart sick – Proverbs 13:12. He said – it’s not thing thing we are hoping for being deferred that makes the heartsick, but hope itself being deferred. In other words, when we quit hoping, we get heartsick. WOW. This is why God is saying to us stay anchored in HOPE!

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but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Is. 40:31

Stay in the Center

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Lately, I have been hearing a familiar warning from the Lord.

He is telling me, “Remain in the center of my will, in the center of humility.”

When I hear these words from the Lord, I am always reminded of the way these words first came to me.

Quite some time ago, I received a letter from a pastor friend.  In a portion of the letter, he stated; “Stay under the shadow of humility, not near the edge, but deep in the center, because God is going to lift you up and it is your humility that will keep you grounded in Jesus.”

Don’t stay near the edge of humility, but deep in the center.

At the time of this letter, God showed me that staying in the center of humility would provide safety and security.

If you are in the center of something it would take a great deal of effort to fall from it.  However, if you sit on the edge of something, falling is likely.

Imagine sitting on the edge of a fence.  A sudden wind could knock you off the fence.

In the same way, if you sit on the edge of the will of God, or the edge of humility, falling is always a risk.  One small blow can knock you off.  Or one small temptation can remove you from that place.

However, if you are in the center of His will.  In the center of humility.  It will take a large shaking to remove you from that place of safety.

If we live on the edge of humility, we live on the edge of pride.

Every property line borders something.

Humility borders pride. To be safe in the realm of humility, we must be in the center of it, not on the edge.

If I am on the edge of God’s will, I am also on the edge of disobedience. However, if I stay in the center of God’s will, I would have to travel a long distance to get out of His will.

If I am on the edge of love, I am also on the edge of hate. But, if I stay in the center of love, I would have to travel to walk out of it.

With humility. If I press in until I am in the center of humility, pride is far from me. I love that.

Remember, if you live on the edge of anything, it will always border something else.

My friends, it is not enough to be on the edge of God’s will. In the center of His will is the only place to be.

I have never been a person who wants to live on the edge. I want to live in the center of all Gods word says. In the center of humility. In the center of love. In the center of peace. In the center of His will.  In that place…I find safety.  In that place, I dwell in peace.

I encourage you today, stay in the center of God…of His word, His will and humility.

 

Meditate on this:

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Matthew 6:10

Hold Fast to Your Position

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Today I was reminded of a scripture I once saw on a t-shirt at a local produce stand.

Scripture often captures my attention, and this day was no exception.

Bright and bold on this t-shirt it said; Farmers who wait for perfect weather, never plant.  If they watch every cloud, they will never harvest.

I am familiar with Eccl. 11:4, although I had not seen it in this translation.  I love it!

If a farmer waits for perfect weather…he will never plant his seed.

This is so true.  In the natural and in the spirit.

If we wait for everything to be perfect, we will never plant seed.

This seems to be a common problem with those want to give but are convinced they cannot.

Well-meaning people have said to me, “When I have more money I will give to God.”  I’m sure they are sincere, but it is probably not true.

It has been my experience, if you don’t give to God when the conditions are not perfect, you won’t give to Him when they are.

Frankly, if we don’t give to God when it is hard to give, it will never ever get easier to give.  It is in our giving during hard times that our faith is proven.  It is often our giving during times of perceived famine that brings increase.  It is the word of God in action.

God gives seed to one person…the sower.  Not only that, but the word says He also increases the seeds once they are sown.  THEN…He gives us more seed!  His ways are awesome!  (2 Cor. 9:10)

We must not look at the conditions.  We need only obey the word of God concerning giving.  As we do, He will bring the increase.

Still, as the word says, if we watch every cloud, we will never harvest.

Once our seed is in the ground, we can’t look at circumstances.  We can’t get caught up in the time that is passing without seeing our harvest.  If we do that, we will dig up the very seeds we have lovingly planted.  We must not dig our seed back up with negative words of doubt and unbelief.  We look one place…to the word of God.  His word is truth and it will not fail.

Galatians 6:7 says; Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

We will reap what we sow, if we refuse to grow weary.  (Galatians 6:9)   We have God’s promise on that truth.

We simply can’t look at the clouds, we must look only to the word of God.  Look to the promise of God concerning giving.  Be fully persuaded that God will do what He said He would do.

I love Eccl. 11:4-6 in the Amplified…I believe it says it all.

He who watches the wind, waiting for all conditions to be perfect, will not sow seed, and he who looks at the clouds will not reap a harvest. Just as you do not know the way and path of the wind or how the bones are formed in the womb of a pregnant woman, even so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.  Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle with your hands in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening planting will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both alike will be good. Eccl. 11:4-6

Friends, today, don’t look at the conditions…hold fast to your position in God.  Your position of faith in His word.  Your position of faith in what He has spoken to you.  As you do, you will bring in your harvest.

 

 

Meditate on this:

Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.  Proverbs 22:9