He Delivers Us From Our Troubles

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“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him from them all”

Psalm 34:19

This is the Lord’s personal promise to me in this season of my life.  He has quickened it to my heart more than once, and then I’ve read it many times in different places.  When I begin to fret about a problem, old or new, I recall this promise.  Then I rest again.  It only takes a tiny bit of faith to move mountains.  It only takes the word of God given to you personally to build your faith.  When he says that he will deliver me from everything, I mean he will deliver me from everything.  His presence comes upon me and shows me the fine details I get caught up thinking about, and he says to me, “I am going to deliver you from all that concerns you”.  How glorious is that promise!  How consuming is the delivering fire of the Lord.  I am reminded once again, he is going to deliver me from all my cares.  Think of a single care, and this is what he said he will deliver you from.  Anything that brings an ounce of interest to my mind, he will deliver me from that and make it right.  My finances, you are going to deliver me from all my troubles, my home needs, you are going to deliver me from all my troubles, my children and family, you will deliver me from my troubles.  My enemies, you will deliver me from all my troubles.  Everything that has been done wrong, you will make all things right.  All things within my thinking and my feeling, you will deliver me from these things.  My relationships, you will deliver me from all my troubles.  All the things that are not right without me, you will deliver me from all my troubles.  All the things I don’t like in my life, you care and you will deliver me from all these troubles.   All those who stand against us, you will deliver me from all my troubles.  You see me, and you care about me.  You care about everything that concerns me.  You see me as beautiful, you have loved me with an all enduing love.  You have been faithful to me.  Surely goodness, and mercy, will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  Hallelujah.  You and I are one.

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My Defender, My God

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One thing that I’ve always experienced in my life is rejection coupled with God’s defense.  This is not an accident.  Each one of us is created to reveal his glory according to the proportion of our faith.  It used to surprise me when God revealed his favor for me to someone, they would say, “wow, you were right”.  I knew it all, because God already told me, so why were they so surprised?.  I used to get so upset when people didn’t see my worth or misunderstood me.  Now I have accepted it.  Rarely do people see what God shows me right away.  Eventually the truth is revealed.  It just doesn’t matter to me anymore.  I don’t need another’s approval, I only ever have needed God’s.  God has allowed me to be misunderstood and rejected so that he alone would be my source.  I used to crave affirmation, who doesn’t like affirmation?  Now I just don’t need it.  I only need God’s.  It would be nice if a person would come and stay, but seasons of separation are part of God’s plan.  He won’t ever let someone else take his place in my life.  Not everyone would see this the way that I do, nor would they accept and and understand it, and that doesn’t matter either.  I only need God to tell me that I’m where I need to be.  The times I do get my hopes up and start to put my sites on a person to lift me up, God quickly reminds me that they are but dust.  No one shall take his place of glory in my life.  We can love people, we can fellowship with people, we can assist and receive help from other people, but we should never exalt people to the pedestal of authority that is meant to be God’s.  There was a time that Israel asked God for a king, as a matter of fact they insisted on it.  God did not plan for a person to rule over us.  Kings were not part of his original design.  We pushed for it, so he finally gave us Kings to rule over us.  This was not what he had in mind.  There is no human that is great without God’s anointing.  No one is worthy of praise like God.  As much as I have been let down by others, constantly, I am grateful that this has been my experience.  Yes, I am sensitive.  Yes, I expect perfection, but is that a bad thing?  It is when I am looking to a person to be that God.  God is who I have always longed for.  I am designed to worship him alone.  Because I have had the grace to understand his forgiveness I can walk in forgiveness towards others.  Dealing with people requires a large dose of forgiving, but here’s the thing.  If you expect to deal with a person and not be let down, you are in for a long bumpy ride. People are made from dust.  God reminds me of this over and over again so I can remember that he is God, and no person is anywhere near his throne to be worshiped.    If we have God, how can we ever go wrong?  Who can speak against us?  No, we don’t need a King.  We need to worship God. Don’t get discouraged when others fail you or don’t understand you.  God will defend you.  You only need his love.  Thank you God for always defending me.

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Only One Thing is Needed

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The only thing that is ever needed is God’s approval.  It doesn’t matter what others say.  It doesn’t matter what the news says.  It doesn’t matter what circumstances say.  It doesn’t matter what the statistics say.  It doesn’t matter what our weaknesses say.  Only one thing is needed, and that is what God has to say.  To leave the limitations of our own human understanding, no matter how advanced that understanding has become, is to really soar in realms above.  To follow God’s voice is to soar on wings like eagles above the storm, God’s spirit is the eye of the storm, and his word is the air beneath our wings that let’s us soar above every earthly force that seeks to pull us down and distort the truth.  No man or woman will ever trump the voice and knowledge of God.  Those who are led by the Spirit are his sons.  Only on thing is needed.  God’s approval.  Think of Simon Peter who tried to tell God what was clean, and that he would not touch what God now told him was clean.  Who created the clean and the unclean?  Who made everything?  Who made the law?  Who allowed the storm?  Who made the universe, only to rest on the 7th day and call it good?  He gives, and he can take away.  Do we now look to the created over the one who created it?  God speaks into existence.  God can change it.  Only one thing is needed.  That is to hear one word from God and have his approval.  God, I love your voice.  I love the presence of your spirit.  When you speak, I want to stop and listen so I can hear it.  What will you say now?  You have said to me, “be still, and know that I am God”.  Whom shall I fear?  Who’s judgement shall stand ?  Who is he who condemns?  It is God who’s judgement will stand.  I have been favored and loved though I didn’t do anything to deserve it.  I have been called, chosen, justified, and now glorified as you see fit.  You have done this.  You truly are my bridegroom.   No one trumps you.  No one is stronger than you.  No one knows me and protects me like you do.  Who can best my God?  No one will ever come close, my glorious King.  I long for you.  Praise to the God who stays.  Praise to the one who made me.  Thank You!Soaring Eagle

Set A Fire

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Dear Lord,

Set a fire in every person’s soul.  Burn away the chaff, expose the lies, show us who you are so that we will see you in Spirit and in Truth.  Show us your love.  Show us your face.  Let your truth burn deep within our souls.  Set my heart on fire.  I want all that is not of you to burn away.  Heal my hurts, bind up my wounds.  Make what is old pass away, that I will come from the fire brand new.  I want to be who you made me to be.  Consume my heart and my life Lord.  Let only your will be what is left.  Cause my entire life to be worship to you.  Let everything within me glorify you always, my husband, my King, My God.  Come Holy Fire.  Thank you loving God.  Amen.

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I Never Knew You

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The word Knew here is related to a person who walks in the light compared to a person walking in the darkness.  The difference between a person who walks in the light verses the darkness is a person who is open, forthcoming and true.  You see, when we are not forthcoming with our answers to ourselves and to God then we become one who is deceived. The word describes a light that is shining in the darkness.  A light is illuminating, it exposes all the things that are hidden by a cover of darkness. When the light is turned on, then we can see what is really in the room. When we can see what is in the room then we can see clearly whether the objects are clean or something useful, or old rubbish that needs to be thrown away.  We can find our belongings, our clothing, the tools…

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Faith and Love are One

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Faith and Love are the same.  Having faith is having love for God.  Just as having love for a man is to respect him, having faith in God is loving him.  Why is that?  Having faith is telling him you believe in him.  Believing in him is a deep concept.  It means that we believe he is God of the universe.  It means that we believe he is supreme and can do anything and that he knows everything.  Having faith in who he is is like worship to him.  It is a sweet, pleasing aroma to him.  We are told that without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  It is by faith that we are justified, and it is by faith that we are condemned.  It is our faith that saves us, by it we overcome.  It is our faith that was given to us, as it is written that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2).  Faith is how we come to understanding about God and Jesus.  Faith is how we find our way to him.  Faith is a gift.  To not have faith is to reject God.  To reject the gentle love for him that he had placed in our hearts is to deny his love as well.  Love for God is to have faith.  Faith without works is dead, we show what we really believe by the choices that we make.  We either accept God and Jesus, or we deny them both by Faith.  We cannot have love for God if we do not have faith.  Faith and Love are one.  Faith and Love never pass away.

1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love”faithhopelove

Fellowship With The Spirit

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“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen” 2 Corinthians 13:14

There is nothing more pleasant than having peace with our heavenly Father, and fellowship with the Holy Spirit.  The only thing that adds to this is communing with others who are also like minded, who also fellowship with the Holy Spirit.  When you connect with another person who is made from dust just as you are, and the two or lot of you seek the Lord together, also using each each other’s allotted gifts from the Holy Spirit to bless, correct, teach, and encourage one another.  It is satisfying for the soul.  We are encouraged to do this, to fellowship with each other.  Doing this in the Lord’s name, for his benefit and our fellowship is what church is meant to be.  This is what fellowship is meant for, and we all become one with the father, even as he is one with us.  This is fellowship with the Spirit.

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Hear His Voice

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John 10:27-28 KJV  “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand”

Don’t be threatened by people or circumstances.  Don’t be distracted by the noise.  Don’t be distracted by negative emotions or any thoughts that exalt them above God’s truth.  Just listen to the Shepherd’s voice.  He knows the way.  Only one thing has ever been needful.  It is to hear his word, and to follow him anywhere he may lead.  If he says it is OK, it is OK.  If he speaks and says to stop, stop.  If he gives you a morsel of word to think on, chew on it and be still as it nourishes your body.  He knows the way, you are not an orphan.  He will not abandon you or lead you astray.  Without him we can accomplish nothing, but allowing him to lead and following him will lead us the right way.  Thank the Lord today for giving you the great shepherd to follow.  Listen for his voice.  What is the Shepherd saying to you today?  Lord speak, your child is listening.

Psalm 23:4 KJV  “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me”

 

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High Places & Heavenly Realms

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Have you ever given much thought to what it means when we are told that we were raised with Jesus and seated with him in heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6)?  We all know that when we received salvation, we were promised to go to heaven when we die right?  However, this spiritual place of heavenly realms is not limited to the afterlife.  Rather, we have been placed in that spiritual position now as we have placed our faith in Christ.  We have been seated with him in heavenly realms, even as we dwell on earth still.

When the bible discusses dwelling places, it is generally discussing the focus of our mind and our heart.  What do we fixate on and dwell on?  We our mind focuses is where our mind dwells.  This is called our dwelling place.  As the Psalmist mentioned in Psalm 84:1-2,  “how lovely are your dwelling places, O Lord of Heaven’s armies.  I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the Lord”.  It is not likely that this psalmist had actually visited heaven as we think of heaven when we die, at least his physical body had not yet entered it, yet our spirits have been risen there.  He is referring to the realm of heaven.  This is where we have the ability to dwell even now.  Life on earth is not meant to be lived in sorrow, but rather with joy.  This is what Jesus was saying in John 10:10 when he said that he came that we may have life, and to have it in abundance.  My friends, it is possible, and probable that when you dwell with Jesus, in your heart and mind you literally transcend the realm of death and enter into his heavenly realms.  For this we ought to give him thanksgiving.

High things that we think on, are things that seem to transcend normal earthly order, yet its where our hopes and desires reach for.  This is where Satan attacks us as well.  He will bring about a “high” thing for our hearts and minds to dwell on, yet these are no where near being exalted to the heavenly realms where God and Jesus reside.  If he can capture our mind, and direct where we dwell which is anywhere other than God’s intended heavenly realm, then he brings us pain, torment, death and destruction.  Here we reap every bad fruit and consequence of straying from God’s intended path of blessing and destiny.  It starts with where our hearts and minds dwell.  In 2 Corinthians 10:5 we are told to cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the true knowledge of God.  It would be so hard to list every possible “high thing” that Satan captures our minds with.  For one, I don’t know every high thing, and two the list even as I do know it is endless.  Let’s consider a few high things that rob our high places or dwelling places that were meant for heaven: drugs, and the high they give, addictions, idols and the false or temporary satisfaction that devoting our standards to them bring, pride- promoting ourselves to an elevated position that leads us to worship ourselves rather than the truth and what is right.  A desensitization to what is sinful and wrong, sensual indulgences of many kinds including fornicating with beats, multiple people, adultery, and the very idea of being free to do so with its own sense of promising fulfillment.  Witchcraft, philosophies, spiritualism of many kinds that give a sense of spiritual indulgence yet it all leads us away from the truth.  Then we have deception, which is mixing the truth with the blatant idolatry and fornication with the devil, who makes us think that mixing scriptures with sinful pleasures is alright.  Here’s the bottom line, none of these “high things” that intoxicate our dwelling places even for a moment will ever truly lead us to heaven or God.  They are all meant for one reason, and one reason only, to “steal, kill, and destroy” John 10:10.  Oh you may not believe it for the moment and might laugh at the notion, but I’ll tell you that even if you never suffer an ounce of dissatisfaction while living on earth, you will see the truth wholeheartedly when you do die, forever separated from God who you neglected to get to know.  “High” things that exalt themselves against the TRUE knowledge of God are not of God at all, they are just a lie.

I love the way the truth of God’s dwelling place is spoken about in Psalm 16:11 NIV

“You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand”

And Psalm 91:1 KJV it states, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the almighty”

These are all talking about where we set our minds.  How do we set our minds on God and dwell in his dwelling places?  Isaiah 26:3 KJV discloses this secret to us, it states,

You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You”

Dwelling in heavenly realms, in God’s courts, in his secret place, hiding under his wings is thinking about and caring about what he thinks, what makes him happy, praising him, praying to him at all times in all kinds of ways, and striving to be right in his sight, throwing off willingly every hindrance that besets.  It is thinking on his promises, meditating on his words and eating them to your fullest satisfaction day and night.  It is waiting on him.  It is seeking the truth about his will by searching it out and in his word and committing your ways to it.  It is considering him in all your ways so that he can make your paths straight.  It is trusting him in spirit and in truth.  It is loving him.  In short it is making him your God, worshiping  him with your life, and not putting any other God above him.

Oh Lord, how lovely are your dwelling places.  I will forever praise you my King, My Messiah, My counselor, the lover of my Soul, my brother, my husband, My God

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Everything Works Out For Those Who Truly Believe

The Lord had spoken to me this past month and told me that he was going to deliver me from all my troubles.  He reminded me of the scripture that says so in Psalm 34:19.  Since then I have seen various small improvements in my life, financially, mentally, he is leading me to change some physical habits, emotionally I have so much peace.  As soon as a concern begins to rise up, I am reminded of this promise he had said, that he would deliver me from all my troubles.  You see before I was so used to everything going bad so my mind would automatically become worrisome, even though I believed it would eventually work out, I just didn’t know how soon that would be so I still worried and sometimes gave room to fear.  Now that I am fixing my mind on him and his promise, seeking him in all my ways so that he can make them straight, believing his promise, and seeking him when I just have a question, he is giving me peace.  His voice is a gentle whisper, and his presence is full of grace and love.  Fear still tries to creep in but he can’t stay long because the peace of God’s presence has taken over.  His word also says that he keeps in perfect peace those whose minds are stayed upon him (Isaiah 26:3).  Hand and free bird hope faith love bird buddha carefree