God’s Kiss Monday, Mar 20 2017 

Psalm 119:132-134New International Version (NIV)

132 Turn to me and have mercy on me,
    as you always do to those who love your name.
133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;
    let no sin rule over me.
134 Redeem me from human oppression,
    that I may obey your precepts.

In the fullness of your love, I am so in love with you, Jesus. I honor and glorify your holy name.

Father, you are holy.

You are righteous.

You are good.

You answer my prayers. You know my heart.

By the blood of the Lamb and by the word of your testimonies, I overcome. Raise up an army of lovers; willing to fight to the death.

Face to face; I want to see you, LORD.

1 Thessalonians 5:25-27 25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 26 Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss. 27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.

Your love is like a room full of precious jewels. When it is just me and you I can’t remember life without you. In your presence, LORD, I am lost in the warmth of your smile. Your love is like a ray covering my soul. The kisses from above give me strength. Your love is like the ocean.

1 Peter 5:14 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love.

Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

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Greatness of God Tuesday, Aug 16 2016 

1 Chronicles 16:25-36Amplified Bible (AMP)

25 
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
He is also to be feared [with awe-filled reverence] above all gods.
26 
For all the gods of the peoples are [lifeless] idols,
But the Lord made the heavens.
27 
Splendor and majesty are [found] in His presence;
Strength and joy are [found] in His place (sanctuary).
28 
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Ascribe to the Lord glory and honor and strength.
29 
Ascribe to the Lord the glory and honor due His name;
Bring an offering [of thanksgiving], and come before Him;
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
30 
Tremble [reverently] before Him, all the earth;
The world is firmly established, it will not be moved.
31 
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
And let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
32 
Let the sea roar, and all the things that fill it;
Let the field rejoice, and all that is in it.
33 
Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord;
For He comes to judge and govern the earth.
34 
O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness endures forever.
35 
Then say, “Save us, O God of our salvation;
Gather us together and rescue us from the nations,
That we may give thanks to Your holy name,
And glory in Your praise.”
36 
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
Forever and ever.

And all the people said, “Amen,” and praised the Lord.

How to Walk in the Spirit Sunday, Jan 12 2014 

How to Walk in the Spirit

 

In the previous blog post we talked about “How to Recognize and Accept Divine Appointments.“ Today’s post is about how to walk in the Spirit.

26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

When we walk in the Spirit, God is in us and with us and doing good through us. Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.

8 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

We are able to go about doing good things because His Spirit dwells in us and directs and guides our path.

15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

The whole purpose of walking in the Spirit is to do the will of the Father. He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

 

A major part of walking in the Spirit is to confess our sins. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. What happens when we confess our sins is we acknowledge that we are sinners and we are in need of the blood of Jesus for cleansing.

LORD, if there be any way in me that is not pleasing in your sight open my eyes so that I see it as you see it. Help me to know what to confess. Open my spiritual eyes so that I see your will and work in my life, LORD.

32 That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.

12 Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults.

 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

 

18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

Our conscience tells us when we are doing the will of God. God answers our prayers because we are asking in His will. And because we are keeping His commandments. Keeping a clear conscience is important to walking in the Spirit. It is an honest heart that truly wants to know God and be transformed into the image of His Son.

How to Recognize and Accept Divine Appointments Saturday, Jan 11 2014 

 

Remember in the Bible when the Holy Spirit would not allow Paul to go into Asia? That is an example of a negative divine appointment. These are times when the circumstances work out that we are unable to do what appears to us to be the thing to do at the time. You may have it in your mind to go and visit someone you know who is sick or to visit someone lonely but no matter how hard you try one thing after another interferes and you are unable to go and comfort them. I’m sure you know what I mean.

On other occasions you may find the circumstances are ripe for a divine appointment. The positive divine appointment occurs when God tells you to go and do such and such for so and so. Still others you may be told to go to a certain place and wait until God calls you. He is setting you up to arrive at the most opportune time to accomplish His will.

In my experience, I have found that many times, I will be asked to pray for the sick or dying. Then occasionally, the appointment is to just be a set of ears that really hears what the person is saying. To use the gift of discernment as a tool to comfort, encourage, and uplift them.

Usually, at the beginning of the appointment, the Holy Spirit will give me the “this is it” signal. I am aware of His presence as I begin talking to the person and scriptures begin to come to mind. I repeat them to the person because they are “a Word fitly spoken.” What happens is that the Holy Spirit uses my mouth to give a Word of knowledge or a personal prophecy.

One time, I was on the telephone with tech support for my job and the technician put me on hold. The Holy Spirit urged me to pray for a good session and to praise God for the solution to my problem. So I quietly prayed aloud. Each thing the Spirit asked me to pray I prayed. I asked to bless the technician and to make it easy for them to find the solution. I asked for God to relieve any stress that might cause the technician worry or uneasiness. I prayed that the solution they came up with would work and increase my productivity. Then I began to praise God for how He answers all of our prayers and how wonderful He is in all he puts his hand to do. Shortly after I said the prayer, the technician came back on and said she had the solution and walked me through the fix step by step. The session went very smoothly and I was delighted to find that indeed God had answered my prayers. At the very end of the session the technician said that even though she thought she had put me on hold that she could hear my prayer and said that her day had started out frazzled and when she heard me pray the Holy Spirit comforted her and made it very easy for her to find what she needed. She told me that she felt the presence of the Holy Spirit unlike she had ever felt before and she thanked me for my prayers on her behalf.

I knew going in that this was a divine appointment. Even though I did not know the woman or have any foreknowledge of her day or experience level, I knew to yield to the Spirit and that all would work out in the end. The whole time I prayed the Spirit was upon me and I could feel His presence.

Another time, I attended a healing conference, and on the first night we were asked to pray for someone with something wrong with the arch of their foot. I thought to myself, how serious could that be? A Charlie horse maybe? So I felt led to pray for a woman in a pink suit. I asked her what was wrong with the arch of her foot and she told me that three years earlier she had surgery and the doctor had accidentally removed the wrong nerve.

In my mind, I instantly said to the Spirit, “Nerves? I can’t do nerves! You’ll have to do this one,” as if I could even cure a charlie horse. I was fairly new at praying for the sick, but I remember the Spirit urging me to ask her if there was something else she wanted to pray about. She began to sob and said, “Yes, my father in law is in the hospital in Wyoming and they aren’t sure what is wrong with him but he is going to have brain surgery. He can’t walk or talk and he is very confused. They think he might have alzheimers.

I thought to myself, oh wonderful, a thousand miles away no one will know whether the healing works or not. I felt a sense of relief like I had bitten off more than I could chew and this was going to get me off the hook.

I began to pray for her father in law and asked God to help the surgery to go smoothly and to help the doctors find the problem and to help him to heal quickly after the surgery.

Then the Holy Spirit urged me to ask if I could pray for her foot. So I did. As I was reaching down I saw something happening to her foot. I asked, “What was that?”

She said, “I don’t know what it is.”

We both agreed on what we had seen and just agreed to start thanking God for whatever he was doing with her foot.

The next morning when she arrived at the conference she told me that for the first time she didn’t have to wiggle her foot before she got out of bed and that it used to feel as though she had a sock bunched up in her shoe all of the time but now it was completely gone.

A month later she came back to our regular service to tell me that her father in law’s surgery was a complete success, that the doctors said it went very smoothly, and that he could walk and talk and there was no alzheimers disease.

It was after this conference that I noticed my faith became Faith. I saw God from a whole new paradigm. I knew that He was and that He was a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

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.

By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

Divine appointments are our opportunity to put our hands to what God is doing. We can accept the appointment by yielding to the Spirit and instantly following His instructions no matter how impossible it may seem to us at the time.

How to Pray to God Friday, Jan 10 2014 

 

 

Jesus teaches us how to pray to God in Matthew 6:

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

In addition to praying the LORD’s prayer in the closet, many times Jesus went to the mountain top to pray. Once again in Matthew it says: 23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

The mountain took him away from the bustling crowds and helped him to be alone with the Father. Even the creator of the universe needed time alone with the Father. This is a sort of battery charging time when God hears the deep concerns of our hearts. During these mountain top experiences the distractions of this world are left below. No cell phones or traffic jams to contend with, just God and you.

It is important before you go to the top of the mountain to first forgive those who have wronged you.

Forgiveness means being aware of what someone has done and still forgiving them. Choosing to keep no record of wrongs. Refusing to punish. Not telling what they did. Being merciful and gracious. It is an inner condition. It is the absence of bitterness. It includes forgiving God and forgiving ourselves.

When someone wrongs you do not let anyone know what someone said about you or did to you. Do not allow anyone to be afraid of you or intimidated by you. We will want them to forgive themselves and not feel guilty. We will let them save face. We will protect them from their greatest fear. It is a lifelong commitment to never tell. And finally, we will pray for them to be blessed.

Make the deliberate and irrevocable choice not to tell anyone what they did. Be pleasant to them should you be around them. If conversation ensues say that which would free them from guilt. Let them feel good about themselves. Protect them from their greatest fear. Keep it up, today, tomorrow, this year and next. Pray for them.

37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.

Praying is a two way conversation with God.

Go boldly to the throne of grace. Pour out your heart to God. Adore Him. Admit your wrongs. Request for your needs and for the needs of those you love. Spend time thanking Him for all the answered prayers. You see God does answer prayers in His time.

Aligning your prayers with the will of God comes from nudges from the Holy Spirit.

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Praying in the Spirit is when you set aside your own agenda and pray the will of the Father.

I would encourage you to keep a record of your prayers, a sort of prayer journal if you will, so that in the future you can look back and see what God has done.

If you use the fingers of your hand to remind you of who to pray for:

The thumb: those closest to your heart.

The pointer: Those under your direction.

The next finger: Those in authority over you.

The next: Your community, friends, church.

The pinky: Yourself

Pray all your prayers in the name of Jesus.

I will leave you with this exhortation from Paul to Timothy:

2 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;