|Posted by Mimi on May 9, 2011 at 12:01 PM||comments (0)|
1 Thessalonians 5:16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Few verses in the Bible are this precise. Verse 16: Rejoice always. Verse 17: Pray continually. Verse 18: Give thanks in ALL circumstances... Recall that the Holy Bible is the living, breathing Word of God. What do these verses tell you? Do they say: Rejoice when good things happen? Pray when you feel like it? Give thanks when things go your way? No.
Each day, every situation and experience has been divinely placed in your life's path. God is loving on you, teaching you, guiding you, and carrying you through it all. He sent Jesus to walk with you. So take His hand and REJOICE ALWAYS, for God has blessed you beyond measure. Take His hand and PRAY CONTINUALLY, for in His sacrifice and His supplications to the Father, Jesus Christ has secured your future. Take His hand, and GIVE THANKS, for God knows you. He knows your every need, your every desire, and He knows His plans for you - plans to prosper you and to do you no harm; to give you hope and a future (Jer 29:11). Follow God, for He will fill you with love and joy, and He will make your path wide.
In everything, Rejoice, Pray, and Give Thanks.
|Posted by Mimi on May 1, 2011 at 4:10 PM||comments (0)|
Psalm 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies; 5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
God loves it when His children come to truly worship. How is it, then, that worship can be degraded to a series of motions? Why is it that so many Christians drag themselves to church to sing the “obligatory” hymns, instead of heartily crying out to YAHWEH, each day, in eternal gratitude for the love God has poured down? When did worship become a part of the formula for church, instead of the greatest sacrifice of self? GOD HAS GIVEN YOU EVERYTHING!
We should enter His gates with thanksgiving in our hearts, and into His courts with praise! For each day, THIS DAY, is the day the LORD has made! Sing with all of your might, wail from the depths of your soul, for the LORD God reigns supreme! Bless the LORD, for He is good! He has forgiven your sins, born your illness and disease. He walks with you each day, ready to strengthen you in times of struggle, never failing in mercy and grace. In God is everything we need and desire, an overflowing fountain of Life! Worship God with everything that is within you, and never forget all He has done for you. TO GOD BE THE GLORY FOREVER AND EVER, AMEN!
|Posted by Mimi on May 1, 2011 at 3:35 PM||comments (0)|
Psalm 84:10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
God's presence is so complete. There is nothing that can compare to being in the presence of perfect love, joy, peace, hope and rest. Once you have truly found His presence you will only want for more. Nothing in this world is as glorious as communion with the Holy One, the Lion of Judah, Yea and Amen, I AM. In Christ there is only promise, no matter what the world brings. Remain in Him, that He would keep you safe from harm, and instead use you for His good will.
Has God been good to you? Do you pursue Him each day with such zeal, that you would rather be a doorkeeper, a servant in God's house, than to “dwell in the tents of the wicked”? Do you choose to glorify God with your thoughts, words and actions, over choosing sinful, ungodly behavior? Reflect and remember: GOD chose YOU.
|Posted by Mimi on April 27, 2011 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you...” 8 And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”
What does it mean to be bold in faith? Here are a few things that it means to me:
I am unashamed of the Gospel of Christ; it gives me the greatest joy so share God's message of LOVE with the world!
I do not care what the world thinks of me, for I am not of this world! (John 15:18-19)
Doubt has NO place here!
GOD'S WORD IS FINAL! (John 1:1-18)
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. (NIV)
|Posted by Mimi on April 26, 2011 at 3:14 PM||comments (0)|
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
Have you ever felt like if life doesn't let up soon, you know you are just going to have a mental breakdown? I mean, if you have to keep jumping over hurdle after hurdle, problem after problem, that you might just stumble and fall, and lose the race? Yet somehow, you never seem to fall. Somehow, God always comes through at exactly the right moment ~ right before everything falls apart. God never said this race would be easy. Jesus showed us this when He came to live the perfect life in this sinful world, and to face death on the cross for His beloved children.
Jesus jumped over hurdle after hurdle, endured temptation after temptation, and overcame defeat after defeat ~ and His Father was right there with him, every time! When Satan tempted Jesus, God was there. Jesus only had to speak the Word, and tempation fled. God is here for us in the same way today. When temptation comes, when there is another hurdle to overcome, God is there. He will not let us stumble and fall, as long as our eyes are fixed on Him, on seeking Him; as long as we are focused on the upward call of Heaven. When we lose sight of Jesus, we will fall and sink. However, God is ever-ready to stretch out His hand, and help us back onto the path. Seek God in times of trial and temptation, and take rest in His promise: Jesus Christ.
|Posted by Mimi on April 25, 2011 at 1:58 PM||comments (0)|
2 Corinthians 12:9 Each time He said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Paul says a great deal here, about the attitude we must take in our daily walk, and our weaknesses. First, God is ALWAYS with us, including when we are struggling, be it a physical struggle, or financial, emotional ~ you name it, God is there! If you are faithful to seek Jesus in times of pain, of weakness, you will learn to “take pleasure” in your weakness; for in your weakness, GOD is strong! When we can learn to give God glory and praise, even through the darkest of storms, we become victorious THROUGH JESUS CHRIST! Then, in Christ we may boast: a testimony of how He helps us to overcome our trials.
Do not be scared into submission. Do not allow Satan to have the win. When you feel you cannot move forward, ask Almighty God to BE your strength. Rebuke Satan's efforts to sabotage God's work. Bind fear, worry, doubt, anxiety, anger, and other destructive emotions, in Jesus name. Ask God to pour His grace into your life, so that you may boast in HIS VICTORIOUS NAME, the name above all names, the LORD of Hosts, Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Our Savior, Jesus Christ!
|Posted by Mimi on April 21, 2011 at 10:56 PM||comments (0)|
Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Have you ever felt like God has been awfully quiet lately? Like perhaps, He has stopped listening to your prayers? Have you considered that the problem may not be related to God's answers? That the problem could be related to you?
God has said in His Word that when we ask for things that are in line with HIS will for us, we will receive them; when we seek HIS face, we will find Him; when we knock on the door of God's opportunity, that door will be opened wide. However, if we don't ask the right questions, we won't get the answers we need. We must learn to ask the right questions. We must also be willing to accept the answer that God gives, for He does not always answer prayers in the way we request or expect.
Do not ask “What do I need to do”; instead, ask “What must be done? What is YOUR will, LORD? What isYOUR plan for me?”. He will show you the way. He will show Himself to you. He will open your eyes, so you can see what He has been doing in your life all this time! He will also show you all He is willing and able to do, once you have surrendered to His will. Seek Christ, and He will show you joy and life. He will open doors and tear downwalls for you. But it all begins with a question.
|Posted by Mimi on April 21, 2011 at 12:28 PM||comments (0)|
Yesterday was a rough day, very heavy; I was thankful I had no classes to attend. Last night as I gathered my Bible and journal, I asked what God wanted to talk about. The answer was: "My Business". What exactly is Your business, LORD, and how may I be about Your business?
Here was the flood of response:
Intercession and prayer. Stretching and growing. Fishing. Serving. LOVING. Humility. Caring. Praising.
FILL THE ROOMS. "In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you." (John 14:2)
Each time God fans the flame, the blaze (God's Kingdom and children) grows larger, stronger.
revival ==> Revival ==> REVIVAL ==> REVIVAL
Pick up your cross and follow Jesus. Use your gifts. Bear fruit.
THE WORK OF GOD IS THAT YOU BELIEVE... Jesus answered and said unto them, "This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." (John 6:29)
Giving. Healing. Encouraging and lifting one another up.
My debt was paid. #FORGIVEN!
|Posted by Mimi on April 14, 2011 at 12:58 AM||comments (0)|
Matthew 25:40 The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
What a simple truth! In order to be a blessing - a blessing to another person, to yourself, and most of all to God - all you must do is SOMETHING for another person. The verse does not say how large or small the deed must be ~ only that it must be done. "WHATEVER you did..." When we remove ourselves from the equation, and all we are left with is the world around us, it is easy to see how much need there is. However, we are often too wrapped up in our own agenda to fully acknowledge and appreciate people in our lives whose job is to serve us, like the grocery store clerk, the gas attendant, or the customer service representative at your utility company.
Take the time, starting today, to be a blessing to others. You don't have to give a lot of money or time ~ in fact, you can give none at all! Just as long as you take the time to place someone else before yourself, for this is the heart of the message: humble yourself in love, for you are loved. Be kind, give a smile, hold the door, wave the next car in... there are countless opportunities to be a blessing in a day ~ all free! When you do this small thing you have been a blessing to another human being. However, it will not be considered a small thing when Jesus Christ accepts your blessing! So give fully, in joy and love, and without expecting anything in return. This is how Christ gives, and He came to be an example to us all.
Be a blessing.
|Posted by Mimi on April 7, 2011 at 10:24 PM||comments (0)|
I used to think "I don't have enought time", to give more time to God, to Jesus, and to the Holy Spirit of God living in me by His grace. I never had enough time, until I learned to take it. Where can you find more time to be with the LORD? How can you seek His face, when there is so much to be done? God will show you. He knows where there is time in your schedule, and if you are willing to put Him first, He will give you all the time in the world.
At first I listened to Christian music, instead of secular, and not just music by Christian artists ~ music that glorifies God and Jesus, music that has their name throughout, and that will awaken the holy spirit inside of you. This kind of music will speak to you, comforting, convicting, encouraging and strengthening you. I also began to read the Bible through, so I could learn everything God has done, everything He will do, and everything He calls me to do.
God grew me, and called me to seek Him ever-more. I am now hopelessly in love with, and addicted to, Jesus Christ, my Savior and LORD. I am not content with a Sunday service, or even with a daily devotion time. I want to be with Him always! As a result, I can now take advantage of all the things I used to despise; of all the things that used to cause me worry or strife. Here are some of the things I get to do, when I am singing praises to and / or communing with, Christ Jesus my LORD:
Wake up ~ thanking God for today, for His blessings, and asking blessings, guidance, and protection for today
Getting ready to go - showering and dressing, gathering homework, etc.
Really, any other household chore, indoor or out
Shopping ~ especially at the grocery store!
The extra five minutes before I have to be [fill in obligation], since I'm early!
While going to pick up a child who is sick, or (sigh) in trouble at school
Driving ~ especially in traffic!
While exercising, stretching, doing yoga, etc.
At the doctor's, or in the dental chair
Awaiting any other type of meeting, especially the ones you aren't "excited" about
While waiting for the gas attendent / DMV / DEQ / mechanic / etc. (I appreciate having a car!)
As you can see, there are SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES in the day for you to PRAISE LORD JESUS, instead of worry about the day, or fret about cost, or become frustrated at others, or become angry, or, or, or... wouldn't you love to glorify the LORD your God, every spare second you could? I know, we have to draw the line somewhere, for we have families, jobs, activities - we have LIVES. But in our quiet moments, to give them to God will always leave you infinitely blessed, for you will be living in the joy that is Jesus; in the peace of your promise of salvation, and at rest in His mercy and good grace.
You are in charge of your time, and what you do with it. What are you choosing to put first, in the few moments you have alone, in your own head? God? Or other emotions or things that are actually sin? I am not perfect, but in choosing to praise and seek God in these things, I am protected from the temptation and fall into these types of sins, as well as from plotting my own success ~ for I AM NOTHING WITHOUT CHRIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you do not want to spend THAT much time with God, with Jesus who has saved your soul through His blood shed on the cross, perhaps you should ask yourself: what would you would rather spend this time with, if not with the LORD?
|Posted by Mimi on April 5, 2011 at 1:44 PM||comments (1)|
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
Choose your words carefully. Choose them with precision, heeding the direction and guidance of Your Father. Stay in the Word. A spoken word. Speak the Word Over your life. Speak the Word over strongolds. Speak blessings. Speak protection. Speak love. Speak fruitfully. Speak in VICTORY. SPEAK JESUS.
Speak Truth. Speak Praise. Speak with God-given authority. SPEAK UP.
God told me to use my words Sunday night, when I journaled the above. Since then, He has shown me these scriptures (in devotional books, and randomly flipping open the Bible). GOD IS INFINITELY AMAZING, THE LORD ALMIGHTY REIGNS SUPREME! JEHOVAH SHALOM, YOU ARE MY PEACE!
1 John 5:14 We are certain that God will hear our prayers when we ask for what pleases Him. 15 And if we know that God listens when we pray, we are sure that are prayers have ALREADY BEEN ANSWERED.
Daniel 10:12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.
Hosea 10:12 Plow your fields, scatter seeds of justice, and harvest faithfulness. Worship Me, the LORD, and I will send my saving power down like rain.