Numbered Hairs Monday, Sep 22 2014 

Yesterday, following the sermon, our pastor had us all praying for one another. (Novel idea.) During the prayer time, I prayed for a woman whose parents had set siblings against each other in a battle that apparently had become a life long war. I prayed that God would lift that spirit of sibling rivalry from her. She insisted that there was no sibling rivalry but only anger from what her parents were doing and had done all of her life.

So, I told her that God tells us in the Scriptures that every hair on our head is numbered. And not just those on top but also our eyebrows, ear hairs, and nose hairs as well. (For a man the beard is included.) And that no two people that had ever lived had the same numbers. I told her, “You are unique and God loves you just the way you are.”

I asked her if she felt any different and she muttered, “yes” through tears and red eyes.

There was another woman praying for her also and she said, “I see a road and all along the side of the road there are different things that you come upon that are tempting but these things are not good for you. Stay on the lighted path with Jesus and don’t veer off to the left or right. Narrow is the path that leads to life.”

God loves us and cares about our journey. He wants to be a part of our everyday lives. He cares for you.

We all come from a different place but we are all headed to the same destinations, either heaven or hell. The path is narrow.

How can we know the love of God? Who can claim this awesome massive “agape”?

God is like a mother who clips the babies first curls and keeps them in a memory book. We can’t really measure the depth of his love. But God is a god of details. He knows the desires of our hearts. He wants us to walk with Him.

Yesterday, the sermon was about how the kingdom of God is both/and. It is here and now and also coming. Then this morning as I entered into devotions God said, “Though heaven is future it is also present tense.  As you walk in the Light with me you have one foot in heaven and one on earth.” In a completely different devotional He said, “It is a process of dying and living.”

Over and over he reaffirms His presence. “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age.”

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Grieving the Holy Spirit Sunday, Sep 21 2014 

Let’s begin with a prayer this morning: LORD, lead us to your truth. Open our eyes, LORD, we want to see you. Open our ears, LORD, we want to listen. Let the meditation of our hearts be pleasing in your sight. Inspire each word to your purpose. May the light of your presence, bring us grace sufficient for this day’s plan. In Jesus Christ. Amen.

Each morning, upon awakening, the first thought in my head usually takes the form of something that compels me to action that is laid out in such a way that it quickens my body to respond to a specific detail on a map (God’s Plan for my life) that directs my steps. Throughout the day, I know I am on the right path because this same thought repeats itself over and over both as a reminder of where I am going and how I am going to get there. This thought is what I call inspiration. (In-Spirit).

Due to free will, I can make a choice to either follow that inspiration or not.

When I follow the inspiration it begins with prayer, bible study, praises, listening for God’s voice, thinking about what He tells me, and then acting on what He has said. When I do this, there is peace in Him. There is an absolute joy that comes from obedience. I feel inspired because I am inspired.

You see, my heart’s desire becomes to be righteous because He is righteous, to be Holy because He is holy, and to be pure because He is pure. When my heart is right with God, then I am free to allow the Holy Spirit to do His work in my life. He can live and move and have His being in my body. He acts out of love and patience and kindness through me. There is a joy just from watching it all and seeing what He will do next. It makes my days full of the peace that passes understanding. I see goodness everywhere. I see Him active in our lives. I see the grace He gives and it makes my heart thankful. I am humbled by His presence. The Spirit is so gentle and longsuffering. He abounds in forgiveness. It permeates Him. It allows me to be forgiving to others and to myself. I am weak but He is strong.

When I choose not to follow His inspiration, I unknowingly grieve Him. He anguishes for me over the unguided steps, the misdirected purposes, the wailing and groaning of the old self so evident in this choice. Not to mention the consequences. We miss out on so much in life when we go our own way and do the things we know we should not do.

Still, He gently nudges, hoping we will see and hear Him. You can’t see what you don’t look for in life. You can’t hear His call if you turn a deaf ear to Him.

Ephesians 4:30

30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Our proof that we are His is in that seal. That’s our deposit on a destiny to the pearly gates. That’s the passcode, that gets us past the gate; living in Him.

Christ’s Authority Wednesday, Sep 17 2014 

Christ’s Authority

There is no authority like Christ’s.

Romans 13:1-7

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: …

Authority to Rule

Proverbs 29:2

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

Authority to Teach

Matthew 7:29

For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Matthew 21:19-

19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.

20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!

21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

23 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?

24 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.

25 The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him?

26 But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.

27 And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

Mark 1: 22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.

Authority to Cast out Demons

Luke 4:35-37King James Version (KJV)

35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not.

36 And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.

37 And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round about.

Authority to Heal the Sick

Luke 9:1-3King James Version (KJV)

9 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.

And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.

Authority to Execute Judgment

John 5:26-28King James Version (KJV)

26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

This Is Us, Christians Tuesday, Sep 16 2014 

2 Corinthians 3:17-18New International Version (NIV)

17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

The Pursuit of God Tuesday, Sep 9 2014 

Of all the pursuits of men, there are none so worthwhile as the pursuit of God. For in this endeavor men are able to accomplish their highest goals. It is in the pursuit of their Creator that men use their time to the fullest.

Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Hebrews 11:6 but without faith it is impossible to please him for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

It takes faith to see God.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 

The pursuit takes all of men’s desire.  Their will becomes focused on finding him.

It is a conscious decision to pursue hi.  It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that evidence of his presence becomes evident.  We see first the signs of his presence through answered prayers, the Word coming alive before our eyes, and just like the wind moves the branches of the tree, God moves too. His actions speak louder than his words.

It has been my experience that when God shows up miracles happen.

You would need to be willing to recognize these events as the miracles they are rather than labeling them coincidences.

Examples of these events would include your remembering the scriptures you need at the precise moment they are needed for prayer, encouragement and understanding.

John 14:26 But the Comforter which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

The tools necessary for this pursuit of God include a bible, prayer, and a desire to find him.  It is important to use all of the skills of observation in your pursuit.  Use all of your senses. You may hear him, smell him, touch him, taste him or see him.

In the Old Testament in the book of 2 Chronicles chapter 30 there was a king named Hezekiah who prayed, “the good LORD pardon everyone that prepareth his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though he be no cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.”  And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.

You do not have to be perfect to pursue God.  He loves his creation. He knows your heart and your desire to seek his face.  He wants to be found by you.

The pursuit should be diligent.

The first step is to be quiet.  Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

You can’t hear God if you are talking. In this age of electronics there will be a thousand distractions. You need to be in a quiet place.  No buzzers, or beepers, or ringing telephones. No clocks ticking or motors running on the fridge.

Just now I hear the bubbles from the fish tanks, the creaking sound of the house settling, and the hum of the air conditioner running.  It’s early morning, 5:30 a.m., and the neighbor drove off to work.  Their pool pump is humming in the distance.

Is it no wonder that silence is hard to find?

The enemy will be hard at work to distract you. I hear the toilet flushing, the door knob turning and the flip flops as my husband leaves the bathroom.

In my own head there is a constant ringing in my ears.

Just then a message on my cell phone that causes a tone to go off.  LORD, help me to be still and to know that you are God.

The second step is to exalt Him. Praise his Holy name. Sing praise. this step is preparing your heart for the next step.

The third step is confession. And follow it with more praise and worship. It is like a sandwich where praise  is the bread and confession is the meat. 

The fourth step is to wait patiently. Meditate on the LORD.  Listen for him. Be aware of changes in the way you feel.  Be aware of changes in the atmosphere. Remember to breathe. Invoke the Holy Spirit, “Come Holy Spirit.”

At about 6:18 He came.

You may be asking yourself, What do I do once he comes?

It was a question I struggled with through the years. I also questioned was it really happening? Why would he want to visit me? What was I to do with it?  Thank him for his presence in your life, for his mercy and grace, for his free gift of salvation. Accept it.  He wants you to know you are cleansed by the blood of Jesus.

Put your hands out in front of you as though receiving a gift.  You may even feel your arms and hands feel as though you are lifting something heavy.

At times it feels as though my hands are magnetized and they seem to be pushing against each other like two big magnets.

Magnets are often used to relieve pain of headache, earache, toothache, backache, bruises, and arthritis.

When he comes I often have empathy pains in different parts of my body which helps me to remember others who are suffering so I can pray for their healing.  A part of His presences opens up the word to us. Part of it allows us to prophecy and speak truth into the lives of others.  Whenever this happens I can feel the fire in my heart as I speak and I know that it is Him.  He comes with such a sweet gentleness.

I always feels so honored to be used by Him to speak a word of knowledge or a word of wisdom into someone’s life.  Sometimes he uses you when you least expect it around known agnostics or even atheists.

Many times he uses you to encourage and uplift fellow Christians. 

It is important to remember while praying for the sick that it is an opportunity to be used.  There is no need to worry about what he will do.  He may or may not heal the person but it is certain he won’t if you don’t pray for them when given the opportunity.  Remember also to pray over handkerchiefs and send them when it is not possible to pray in person.

God can do anything he wants to do. He can and does heal through distant prayer when the laying on of hands in not possible.  The pain and suffering that people go through can be made bearable through prayer of even completely obliterated.

Over and over I have seen others healed of pain whether physical, mental, or emotional.  God is good.