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Thursday, December 9, 2010

I'm the Apple of my Fathers eye!!!

You and me are the apple of His eye..He sees you as His most perfect creation..Your Heavenly Father loves you  so much...He gave it all just for you..
Parents see their own children differently than other people do. As believers in Jesus, it’s the same way with our Heavenly Father.
When we make mistakes and have messed up He is not far.. He is right by our side ready to pick us up, clean us off and bring peace to our soul again.. In His eyes we are overcomers, we are victorious, we are strong.. In His eyes we are pure and whole.. You see, when He looks at us, He sees His Son.. He has removed our far as from the east is to the west........:-)
Today, trust in His love, trust in His goodness, and trust that you can find safety and rest in His eyes..
He delights in you!
In this parable, Jesus is the merchant man and He found you.. You were bought with a price that no other could afford.. and remember, He gave it all..

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:

"Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it."
In the Old Testament the thing was, obey and I will bless you.. In the New Testament God is saying.. “I have already blessed you”, now out of a heart of love and relationship with me, obey Me...

I pray that we would choose this day to allow our Father to adjust our thoughts to His.. to renew our mind and destroy religious and traditional mind sets.. I pray also to our Lord that we would allow Him to  get our heart right with Him..A heart filled of awe and worship ... He longs for a loving intimate relationship with go back to our first love...
He doesn’t want or need our ‘service’ our ‘money’ our ‘church attendance’ our ‘scripture memory verves’.. He longs to pour out unspeakable joy into our heart.. We cry out to Him, create in me a pure heart Oh Lord.. He longs for us to be filled with love and gratitude beyond our imagination.. He longs for us to fulfil our God-given purpose....
I am convinced, there is no greater joy then knowing our Father in Heaven and His love through our Lord and Saviour Jesus!
He wants us to know today, He loves us beyond, beyond!
Teach us your truth Lord, renew our spirit...
Teach us to worship You in Spirit and in Truth!

In the Name of Yeshua, the Son of the Living God! Praise you Jesus.. Amen!
Mary J

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

We cannot IMAGINE!!

Would the God that of the descendants of Jacob living in Egypt could have imagined their God being big enough to free them from the grip of Pharoah? Could they possibly have imagined a God that could:
  • turn a stick into a snake
  • turn the water of the nile into blood
  • bring darkness on the land but only on the Egyptians
  • destroy the Egyptian army
  • lead them through an ocean on dry ground
  • feed them and provide water for them
Could Joshua have imagined a God that could deliver a city just by marching around it? Possibly he could have because he had seen the previous miracles. There are just so many miracles described in the bible that most people could not have possibly imagined that their God could be big enough to do them, and yet without a God big enough to do those miracles where would they have been? Still captive to Pharoah, thats where.

Could any of us have imagined that our God would come down to earth as a child, live and grow among us, eat, drink and sleep among us, and finally to allow himself to be killed for us? Could we have imagined that he would also rise from the dead and through this act pay for OUR sin allowing us to have eternal life with him? If we had not been told about it in the bible could we have imagined a God that created everything and yet knows the number of hairs on our head and cares for each one of us? I don't think so. The god that we could imagine in our mind would never be big enough to have done everything that he has - including paying for OUR sin and buying us eternal life. Even now we often fail to imagine a God that can heal our bodies without medicine or doctors, provide for our daily needs even when we don't have employment, or that can bind the forces of darkness through our prayers. We still don't fully grasp the power of our God as expressed in these verses:

Isaiah 50:2  Why, when I came, was there no man?
      Why, when I called, was there none to answer?
      Is My hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem?
      Or have I no power to deliver?
      Indeed with My rebuke I dry up the sea,
      I make the rivers a wilderness;
      Their fish stink because there is no water,
      And die of thirst.

Isaiah 53:5 

5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
      He was bruised for our iniquities;
      The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
      And by His stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 40:29 

29 He gives power to the weak,
      And to those who have no might He increases strength

Jeremiah 32:17 

17 ‘Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.

Oh that He would increase our understanding I pray!!

The gap, the chasm between God and man is unimaginable!  The Lord God tells us in Isaiah55 that His thoughts and ways are so far beyond us that our only action is to seek and worship Him – for we certainly can’t understand Him. 

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians that the foolishness of God is greater than the wisdom of man.  Paul witnesses to the Greeks that God doesn’t live in temples made by man neither is He worshipped by men’s hands as if He needed anything. (Acts 17) 

Deuteronomy 29:29 states that there are secrets withheld from us, and our only action is to abide by what has been revealed – the Law (which of course we can’t do).

“You sew the wind; you reap the whirlwind.” (Hosea 8:7) Adam’s rebellious sin infected and spread like a pandemic throughout mankind and is incorporated in our very being. Jesus warned of our downward spiral into apostasy.
So when our sin abounds God’s grace abounds even more!  (Romans 5:10)  Think of the miracles He will perform during the Tribulation.  At the beginning there are no believers left on earth – the whole world is Satan’s - then He anoints 144,000 Jewish witnesses and by His grace there is a marvelous revival!

So while theological and doctrinal arguments can be made it boils down to a heart-thing and not a head-thing.  By God’s grace we are given a new heart when we accept the fact of Yeshua, our Lord Jesus and His resurrection, when we repent of our worldly ways and fall on the mercy of God’s grace, when we acknowledge the only way to eternal life is by accepting the blood of Jesus as a covering for our sin, when we realize that God is perfect and therefore His plan is perfect – and that it must be taken on faith alone.  “So we set our eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)

Lord, increase our understanding of the fullness of your greatness and power and the size of your love for us.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thoughts on Holy Spirit and Turning the World upside down!!!

Just pondering on the Holy Ghost!

My hubby recently was sharing about a part of his life experience some years ago, where his heart was so broken.. Where he was asking God to take him home because the pain he was in was too much for him... He felt such depression from being betrayed...
 I have heard his testimony many times.. When you look at him today, he is whole, healed completely from that experience.. he says it was something that took a while to walk through.. he goes to finish that he felt one day the Hands of God just hug him and heard the Father say ‘I love you son’..
When we are in pain it is good to focus on the Love of God..
But it’s not the love of God I want to write about.. Tonight what’s on my heart is the Holy Ghost!
To witness my husband  being healed and walking in the Spirit more than anyone I know after the ‘dark’ season of his life, shows me that it is the work of the Holy Spirit..
The Spirit gives us power and abilities we didn’t think we had! He gives us insights that are impossible to have without Him..
After Jesus established that the Holy Ghost was a personal counsellor, He went on to say “I tell you the truth; it is for your good that I am going away.. Unless I go away, the Counsellor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.”
1 Corinthians 6:19 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”

Jesus friends were probably thinking.. This is not a good thing.. You’re the greatest motivational speaker we’ve ever heard! You do incredibly powerful things like healing people! You conquer demons and put religious people in their place!!
But Jesus was saying that his presence and power were limited by time and space while He was in human form.. Jesus couldn’t physically be in two places at the same time! He couldn’t always be with both His friend Peter and his friend John! But if He left, the Holy Ghost could come upon and dwell inside each of them and never leave them! That’s why you could say I’d rather have the Holy  Ghost in me that Jesus with me!!
You may think that if Jesus were physically with us it might be easier to believe in Him.. It’s hard to deny the existence of flesh and blood.. But there isn’t any evidence from the Bible to support the idea that it would be easier if we had lived during His time.. If fact, the evidence in the Bible shows us that people who witnessed a physical manifestation of God lost their faith very frequently.. The OT shows again and again how God’s people see miracles but the next day rebel!!
Thinking of Peter.. Jesus tells Pete that within twenty four hours he will deny Him!! Peter can’t believe this! He’s experiencing a momentary buzz from being around Jesus But as Jesus is arrested that night and is no longer by Peters side... Peter doesn’t have the internal power to count himself as a friend of Jesus... Three times he denies Him... And just hours before, he had sworn he would never leave Him...
This same guy, Peter, goes on to do unbelievably bold and powerful things in the years after Jesus is physically gone.. How?  Because what Jesus said would happen did happen! The SPIRIT literally SETTLED into people who had given their lives to Christ, so they had power that transcended normal human experience... how else could you explain an emotionally unstable flake like Peter transforming into one the main leader of the early church? Or a broken man like my hubby, willing to ‘go home’ being so filled with the love and joy of God!

Galatians 4:6 “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”

My point is this! When we have decided to follow Jesus and have a relationship with Him, we have the Ghost in us! We have the same power Peter had... We have everything we need to be one of  the spiritual greats that people will talk about for generations to come! We have power now beyond our normal physical abilities!

Will you believe it!!
Mark 16:17-20:  "And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

Let us then choose to believe in Him and His Mighty power and once again allow His Spirit through us to TURN THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN!!!!!!

Ephesians 4:6 “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

 and Remember... It's ALL about JESUS :-) xx
"These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also."—Acts 17:6.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

You Have The choose! :-)


The Power to choose!!!
Some time ago, I received a revelation about the power of choice!
I remember from my experience that this idea lay ‘asleep’ within me! So it was so freeing for me and liberating to ‘know’ that I have the power within me to choose and it’s  God that has given me this  ‘power’ through the indwelling of His  Holy Spirit!  I can  execute  this God-given gift of choice from my moment to moment existence!!
And for this I am grateful and give God the glory!!!!!!

It has been and continues to be at times very it’s good to be encouraged and reminded !!
Choice!  It just came to my heart this morning as I was driving my son to school and we talked about peer pressures and the other life matters!  I love the way Mark Butler writes about this!
“In the beginning God created everything (even though it doesn’t always seem that way), and gave two human beings a mandate to rule the Earth and reproduce after their own kind.  When Adam and Eve were in the garden, God gave them a choice: choose His way (a loving relationship), or choose their own way (autonomy via broken relationship)....
As we consider ourselves and how we are wired, and those close to us with their unique personalities and traits, it’s clear that each of us is given a certain measure of different traits.  I often picture it that God came up with every single trait possible, and dished out to each of us a measure of each one and that is how we are configured.  Of course this is pure fiction but you get the picture!
But in the Genesis story, we see one thing very clearly: all of us have the ability to choose.  Now some of us have a measure of certain skills, and others have a measure of certain physical features, and others have certain traits and abilities to varying degrees.  But as a human being, you are born with a full measure of the ability to choose.  You can’t decrease it, you can’t trade it in for anything else, you can’t increase it or take someone else’s away from them; you have it and that’s that.
Indeed, this ability to choose is one of the clearest indications that we are unique from the animal kingdom.  A cow can choose this tuft of grass or that one, and an anteater can choose this ant or that one, but they do not have the ability to choose this life, or eternal life.  You my friend have that choice, in full measure.
This ability is so powerful it will determine your eternal destiny.  The sad fact of life is that many people do not have the awareness to make this choice, or simply by default will not choose to enjoy the life God has for them, both now and in eternity.
If you were the enemy, wouldn’t you do everything you could to distract, confuse, blind, and even turn people against God and His redemptive plan for humankind?  Wouldn’t you make this choice the prime target of every single one of your plans and schemes?  Of course you would, so guess what?  We need to take responsibility for our faith, not take it for granted.  Because the enemy of your soul will do anything he can to get to that choice!

Love Mary J *”˜˜”*°•.ƸӜƷ...•°*”˜˜”*°•.ƸӜƷ...•°*”˜˜”*°•.

 *”˜˜”*°•.ƸӜƷ✫Love ...•°*”˜˜”*°•Freedom .ƸӜƷ...Truth •°*”˜˜”*°•.

♪♫It was for freedom that Christ has set us free
No longer to be subject to a yoke of slavery
So we’re rejoicing in God’s victory
Our hearts responding to His love..

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Trials...counting it joy!!!!.. well...x

I honestly find it difficult to ‘count it all joy’ when I go through trials.. but I believe that encouragement is a good medicine  for us when we are in a storm... so if  you are going through a trial.... as I am at the moment..I pray that these words will lift our weary heart........xxxx
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing
this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her
perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
James 1:2-4
What I sometimes find just amazing is that Paul is in Mammertime Prison, knowing his execution is near, and is encouraging Timothy… We are promised persecution
Like you would think the guy would want some encouragement for himself!!!!!!!!!!
The Truth is in the Word of God! If we are Christ followers!.....
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution
2 Timothy 3:12

Rom  8:18 says “consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us”
And in 2 Corinthians 4:17 "For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all".
I pray if you are reading this and going through a trial that these words of encouragement from the Word of God will go deep in your spirit and lift it up..
Here is a list of Why we Have Trials.. I am sure more can be added!
Why Do Christians Have Trials?
1. To glorify God Dan 3:16-18, 24-25
2. To Discipline for known sin Heb 12:5-11; James 4:17
Rom 14:23; 1 John 1:9
3. To prevent us from falling into sin 1 Pet 4:1-2
4. To keep us from Pride 2 Cor 12:7-10
Paul kept from pride by his “thorn in the flesh.” Gal 4:15; 6:11
5. To build faith 1 Pet 1:6-7
6. To cause growth Rom 5:3-5
7. To teach obedience and discipline Acts 9:15-16; Phil 4:11-13
8. To equip us to comfort others 2 Cor 1:3-4
9. To prove the reality of Christ in us 2 Cor 4:7-11
10. For testimony to the angels Job 1:8; Eph 3:8-11; 1 Pet 1:12

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Running Ahead of God...

Jonah 4 – Running Ahead of God – His Heart or Our Agenda?
Jonah was doing fine. He was doing what he had no desire to do and getting the kind of success that he never wanted.
It was an ideal ministry – sort of.
The hand of God was upon him, but the heart of God was not in him. Yet, he was running with God up until the time that the people of Nineveh repented and God relented. Then, he pouted and began to run ahead of God.
Here is the Word of the Lord:
“ 1 But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. 2 He prayed to the LORD, "O LORD, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. 3 Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live."“
Jonah was greatly displeased. Make no mistake about it. He was not merely displeased with the circumstances. He was displeased with God. He didn’t like the way God handled things. He didn’t agree with God’s purpose. He liked absolutely nothing about this situation.
So what did he do?
Out of his intense displeasure, Jonah did what most of us are afraid to do. He prayed.
So, are you angry or displeased with God or something He has done or not done according to your expectations, ideas, or preferences? Have you discussed the matter with Him? I think the first step toward coming back into sync with Him is coming clean about where your heart really is.
Here is what He prayed:
“God, if you really want to know why I didn’t want to go to Nineveh, this is it. You are a compassionate God. You are slow to anger and full of love and, frankly, I thin k you are a little “wishy washy” about how you carry out your threats. The least little repentance from these yahoos, and you change your mind. So go ahead and kill me, because this kind of life is not worth living and I really don’t want to be a prophet who is known for his prophecies not coming true.”
And what follows is …. NOTHING!
No lightening bolts from heaven, no sudden death, just a question:
“4 But the LORD replied, "Have you any right to be angry?" “
We would really like to get angry and be left alone most of the time – or heard with the desired effect of someone being completely caught off guard and then changing their behavior to our desired outcome.
God answers Jonah’s rant calmly, but firmly – not the way Jonah wanted. He did not desire to have his rant challenged, but god did it anyway.
He asks Jonah if he really thought he was within his rights to be angry about this matter. Jonah does not answer. He can’t answer. Most anger is not rational. When we are confronted with our irrationality, we have no answer. We just storm off and pout.
We truly believe it is our right.
Aren’t you glad we have a patient God who gives us a little space to work things out and come to our senses? And then, when we don’t, He gets back in our faces and tries again … and again .., and with increasing intensity until we confront the real issues.
When we run ahead of God, we abandon the heart of God.
Our hearts are not beating in rhythm with His.
“5 Jonah went out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city.”
Jonah takes his pout outside the city and there are some interesting characteristics to it.
 The first is that he sets himself apart from what God is doing. He removes himself from the city. When we get ahead of God with our own agendas, we often do just that. We remove ourselves from the center of His activity. If you are feeling apart from what God is doing, ask yourself if you have moved.
 The second characteristic is that he attempts to make himself comfortable. Arrogance and pride crave comfort. We desire the comfort of our own preferences, of peaceful shelter, of a detached view of things, and of our biased opinions.
 The third characteristic is that is evident in Jonah’s pout is a strange sort of denial that continues to hope that God will come around to our way of thinking and act in the way we think he should. Jonah had seen the city repent and had seen God relent, but still he sat down from a distance to watch them fail and come under the wrath of God. He was cheering for the wrong side.
"6 Then the LORD God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the vine."

There is no human explanation for the love, compassion, and patience of God. The same grace He showed to Jonah when he was running away and later in midst of the sea, is what he showed to the people of Nineveh. It is the same that he now offers to Jonah again.
As much as Jonah does to make himself comfortable, he is still in a state of discomfort as we all are when we are outside of the will of God and the rhythm of His heartbeat. Running from God is not a comforting place to be, so God gives Jonah some temporal and temporary comfort – just to get him to the next place where He can deal with his heart.
At the moment, Jonah was happy. He was beginning to rely upon the temporal, temporary comfort of the vine in much the same way that we take for granted the blessings God gives us and become addicted to our comforts.
He could almost forget how displeased he was with what God was or was not doing about Nineveh.
But God was simply waiting for Jonah to be ready for the next encounter with truth.
Don’t get complacent with your earthly comforts. God is not averse to shaking things up to move you beyond where you are to where He wants you to be.
"7 But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah's head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, "It would be better for me to die than to live."“
God provided a fish in the sea and a worm in the desert. Both were about grace and neither were obviously so.
The temporary, temporal blessing of the vine was gone and now Jonah was back to where he had begun at the start of this chapter. He was left only with his disgruntled attitude and again, he wanted to die.
The pout was back and so was the question God had let ride for a season: “Do you have the right to be angry?”
Now Jonah is not only angry, but he is faint and depleted. His fight is gone. He is depressed and lethargic and yet, he answers with a resounding, “YES I DO!”
9 But God said to Jonah, "Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?"
      "I do," he said. "I am angry enough to die." “
Just how angry is one when one is “angry enough to die?” People commit suicide every day in this world to get back at other people. They shoot themselves in the feet, sink their own ships, and sabotage their own lives because they are mad at someone else.
But God does not deal with his threat. He has a larger purpose and a larger issue. If Jonah can get this one, he can get over wanting to die and start to live at a higher level, his heart beating with the heartbeat of God, running at God’s pace, living in His grace.
“10 But the LORD said, "You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?"”
The vine had been an object lesson. It was about a larger lesson that God wanted to teach.
Like many of us, Jonah was thinking it was all about the vine, but it was not. Nor was it all about Nineveh – or Jonah’s wounded pride or damaged reputation or loss of power and influence. It was about the heart of God, a heart that beats with compassion for people.
That was the lesson for Jonah. It was the lesson that God wanted to teach Israel centuries later as the story was told and retold and eventually written down.
God’s love and compassion are not just for you. They are for the world.
“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.”
It is not about the vine in your life, not about your pride, reputation, preferences, prejudices, power, or comfort. It is about the mission of God. It is about the heart of God.
Anything else is your own agenda.
Anything else is running ahead of God.
It is an unholy pout.
God gets the last word in this book and He had better get the last word in your life.
What could Jonah have said? Actually, it is unimportant. We know that He told the truth about it because no one else could have known and told the story. He told it. He gave God the last word. He made himself out to look like the bad guy. He obviously learned the lesson. Otherwise, we would have never heard.
But the response is left blank at the end of the book of Jonah – for us to fill in the blanks – for us to ‘get it,” and modify our attitudes and behaviors.
This day, each of us has a decision to make in each of our hearts. Will be step back from our own feelings, beliefs, and preferences and listen to the heart of God? Are we willing to put aside our own agendas and take up His? Are we willing to repent of wanting our own way and desire only His purposes?
Are we willing to run with God with full heart engagement and absolute submission to his will?
God may be using you and have His hand upon you, but you will be miserable until your heart beats with His.
Make the change today. It is a simply change of mind and He will do the heavy lifting in your heart.
Now is the time.!!!

...Thank you! this is awesome! :-)