Thank You Father

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Tonight I am remembering to give credit to who credit is due.  We all have human fathers, some are great fathers, some far from, nevertheless, even if we have great fathers, we must remember to whom credit is due.  It is always due to our heavenly father because all good things are a gift from God, and what is seen is only temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

I always want someone to praise and to meet someone who is praise worthy, yet I find so few people who deserve it.  As a matter of fact, when Jesus was approached and praised as “good teacher”, Jesus quickly replied, “good?  why do you call me good?  only one is good and that is God”.  Yet, I keep seeking that perfect person and yet I keep being disappointed over and over again.  So why do I keep searching hearts for that perfect person?

Maybe it is the Lord raising my standards.  As I seek perfection in others, I also am striving for perfection.  Oh no, I am far from perfection as I don’t meet my own standards on a daily basis, but I keep trying, and I like the person I have become.  As I have gotten to know and understand myself I am growing to really like myself, but this also requires the Lord’s help as he has to help me see myself the way he sees me.

The Lord Jesus is the example of perfect love, and as I have grown to experience it and understand it, I have been able to accept and love myself more.  It also has helped me to love others more as well.  I think that this need for perfection is God given, because he wants us to all be perfect like him.

When others fail us and fail to love us like we need or feel we deserve, then it is because they are lacking a little Jesus in their souls.  Maybe they are Christians but they are exposing areas of imperfection resulting from not being perfected by Christ’s perfect love.  I even hear preachers preaching hostile messages about people teaching people that God is all loving.  I understand their message in that they are concerned that this “Loving God” perception will prevent people from truly repenting, yet what is the world coming to when a preacher preaches against teaching about the love of God?  God is love, and it was because he loved us that he redeemed us.  Whether we love him or not is up to us, and that choice will determine our destiny, yet we cannot even seek him unless he draws us near to him, and he wouldn’t draw us near to him if he hadn’t made a choice to love us without condition.

People get hurt in this life, and they really destroy one another, yet no one has been hurt as much as we hurt God.  Every day that we make a selfish, inconsiderate choice it hurts God.  Every time we neglect to consider him it could hurt him, it is really fortunate that he won’t treat us the way that we treat one another, or even how we deserve.  Do not repay evil with evil, but overcome evil with good.  Jesus did it, so why shouldn’t I?

Thank you Father for resetting my life.  Thank you for being down to earth and caring about my every need.  Thank you for not leaving me orphaned.  Thank you for caring about my family.  Thank you for caring about how people treat me.  Thank you for caring about my soul.  Thank you for sending others into my life to say prayers for me.  Thank you for seeing me.  Thank you for setting my feet on your rock.  Thank you for opening my eyes.  Thank you for deliverance.  Thank you for a hope and a future.  Thank you for understanding.  Thank you for all of your gifts.  Thank you for confidence.  Thank you for shining your light in this clay vessel.  Thank you for your jealousy.  Thank you for fear that leads me to you.  Thank you for humbling me.  Thank you for making me weak.  Thank you for creating me with a need for you.  Thank you for everything.  Thank you my glorious heavenly Father.  I love you because you first loved me.

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Only God

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Today I am reflecting on how we are to think of ourselves with sober judgement.  We all feel special to some extent, because we are.  How can we not be when we were made in God’s image?  We are made to reflect God’s glory.  Yet, sometimes we only focus on our attributes rather than the bigger picture which is, how the world might view us.  As I consider the world’s view of myself, or rather how someone who isn’t biased might view me, I realize that without the vision of God, I look like an ordinary average person.  I see my weaknesses and my flaws.  I can see the difference between my ideal of myself, and what I am in reality.  The truth is that only God can make this unappealing earthen vessel into his master piece.

Also, I realize that only God can help me overcome my every day to day obstacles, the Lord knows I have not been able to do this myself.  Only God can justify me.  Only God can defend me.  Even now it comes to knowledge that all those who would think to form a plot against me, or think evil of me, God is there interceding for me as we speak.  Only God knows me as I hope to be, only God is able to truly believe in me.  Each person is unique.  Each person is without hope, and only God can redeem them.  Each person needs God’s mercy, the mercy that only God can provide.

Only God stays near me, even when I fail.  I fail all of the time.  Only God can love me, even when I am unlovable.  Only God can uphold me, and my purpose is for him.  Without him I would had already committed suicide years ago, even if I didn’t die, I would be dead already on the inside without him.  He truly is the only good being in this life.  No, there are good people, lovable, caring souls but no one is perfect, even Jesus said only God is truly good.  There just isn’t any purpose in this life, and only God is the reason why I find myself.  I was created to know him.  I was created to praise him.  I was not ever able to be satisfied by anything in this life, except for God.  Only God.

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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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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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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

Qualified- The Veil Was Torn

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Matthew 27:50-51 KJV

“Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent”

The veil was torn after Jesus died.  What does this mean?  It means that we were qualified.  Qualified for what?  Prior to the event of Jesus crucifixion, only the qualified high priest was permitted to enter the Holy of Holies, a small room with a candle and golden alter, which was hidden by the veil.  There, he burned incense and sprinkled sacrificial animal blood on the alter to God because this was God’s requirement for the remission of sins.  This was done once a year, and it was a solemn and sacred event.

When Jesus died, the veil to the Holy of Holies tore in half.  This means that we are now qualified.  We are now holy enough, righteous enough, worthy enough, esteemed enough, and honored enough to approach God.  No more veil, no more requirements such as washing the feet and hands for cleanliness because we were made spotless by the blood of the lamb.  No more blood sacrifices are required, because Jesus was our sacrifice.  No more justification by keeping the law is required, because Jesus became our justification.

Since Jesus’s death qualified us, God now calls us, and then justifies us (Romans 8:30).  Then, after he justifies us, he glorifies us as a royal priesthood, a spotless bride.  How does God justify us?  He calls things that appear to be not as though they are.  We see our failures, but he shows us our justification.  Just as one might justify a child’s behavior to someone, God justifies our behaviors to us.  He gives us faith.  So why do we need to be justified if we are already qualified?  We are not really justified until we know that we are justified.  We are qualified, but unless we believe that we are qualified, its as if we aren’t because the righteous will live by faith (Romans 1:17).

What have we been qualified for exactly?  For heaven, for life.  To live justified, redeemed, and forgiven.  To have unhindered intimacy with our creator who now dwells among us, in the spirit of our hearts, and throughout our lives.  To many he calls for them to join with him, but sadly they refuse.  Most don’t know that they had been qualified.  Some still erroneously think that Christianity is just for the weak, deceived, radical, or the perfect.  Jesus Christ gave his life so that yours can be saved, through faith.  Those who choose to live without Christ are also choosing to die without Christ.  We will live by what we believe, and we will die according to what we believe as well.

If you say that Jesus Christ is Lord, and you truly believe that  he was risen from the dead, then you will be saved (Romans 10:9).  Why do we have to say it if we want to be saved?  Because that means that you truly believe, because from the abundance of your heart, your mouth speaks (Luke 6:45).  He has qualified us, do  you believe?

Those who do truly believe can now “give joyful thanks to the father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (Colossians 1:12 NKJV).  Thank you God for sending us Jesus, who was your Son, to qualify us to also be your sons and to enjoy all of your inheritance.  I believe!  Thank you Jesus for dying for us.  I praise you God.  Amen.

The Eye of the Storm

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The life of a Christian who wants to be close to God can be like a major storm.  Everyday for a long time my life felt like a storm.  First the storm was a a result of bad choices I had made, but then I decided to surrender my life to Jesus Christ.  I had given my heart to him already, but this time I made a real commitment that no matter the cost I would follow Christ.

The storm for a Christian who is struggling against the pull of the world, and turning to God to walk the straight and narrow is a bumpy one.  There is the temptation to follow old patterns, and when there is no longer old patterns to deal with new ones arise.  We are striving to be in our rightful place in the Kingdom of light, yet the darkness is still clouding our eyes and fogging our feelings and our thoughts.

New idols call to us to be focused on and worshiped.  Things in our life goes wrong, for me it was a vehicle, a water pump, a home, slander, rejection, loneliness, fear, doubts and more.  Probably the hardest hardship I’ve endured is overcoming myself.  Letting go of old thinking patterns and belief systems.

There is certainly resistance when we first start walking with the Lord.  There will always be resistance.  It gets easier when we learn how to dwell in the eye of the storm.  This isn’t about being a better person, or by sheer will power.  This is about being in-step with the creator.  Hiding under his wings, embracing him as a Father, and letting him be in charge.  It isn’t until I started listening to his voice, and dying to my own will because I believed he had so much more in store that I started moving about life in the eye of the storm.

The storm still rages but greater is he who is in me.  We can look at the odds, fix our eyes on impossible outcomes, on unmet perceived needs and wants.  We can focus on failures within ourselves or blame our problems on others, or we can turn and look at God and tune out everything else that swirls around us, about us, breaking our house windows, blowing out the doors.

When we focus our sight on what is wrong with life, then we are navigating life in the storm, dodging debris.  Fighting the fights that were not ours.  As long as we keep looking to physical evidence and expectations, only feeling frustrated, we will remain in the storm.  It won’t stop.  Even if you overcome this one obstacle, then bam there’s another.  You dodge the metal pipe blowing by your head only to side step and be knocked over by the door.

I am grateful now that God allowed me to be in the storm long enough to get the hint that the storm just does not stop, unless God stops it.  I had to learn how to simply step into the eye of the storm.  Walk by faith, not by sight.

The eye of the storm is where God is, and it is always calm there.  It is always safe.  It is always sunny, except when it is time to close my eyes and rest, but even in the dark there the peace keeps in my heart.  His mercies are knew every day.  He has died for me unconditionally and as long as I still have breath I can repent, over and over again.  He is faithful, his love is enduring, he is slow to anger and to find fault.  His love is genuine and true.  He is always in control.  God, through Jesus, is the eye of the storm.

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Solid Rock

As I contemplate all the things that I desire, and don’t yet have, I am reminded that only you satisfy me my solid rock. My flesh is weak, and my heart is fickle never really knowing what will make it happy. Yet, as I seek you in all my ways, you are making my path straight. You say, “lean not on your own understanding”, oh Lord I do seek you in all my hunger and thirst I submit because by your grace I have learned that there is something I yearn for more than anything else, and that is you. My flesh gets restless but it is your will that I yearn for the most. It is your voice that my soul is desperate to hear all the time, and when I don’t hear it for awhile I become even thirstier. Our souls are thirsty, and the majority of humanity doesn’t know that it is you they hunger and thirst for. Some may never know. You are my solid rock, on which I stand. Your faithfulness keeps you here, always available and your love is forbearing, always enduring. No matter if I turn to the right, or to the left, there will always be a voice directing me, my Lord, the solid rock on which I stand.

Where Can I Go?

Where can I go that you that you won’t be there? Why do I act as if I have to get your attention when you are already there? I don’t have to attract you, you pursued me before I even knew who you were. What can I do that would separate me from your love? Can anything separate me from your love? My only limitation has been my own lack of understanding, but since you are everywhere, then why do I have to be limited? If I need your help, I only have to ask. You are there. Everywhere I go, you are there. You are near me, you are not far. You know how many hairs I have on my head, and you have designed me to have many. What is wrong inside of me Lord? Find that thing. Whatever it is that seeks to pervert my idea of you, or get in between my understanding of you, please seek it and destroy it Jesus. Bring every thought within me and around me into the submission of your will and stoke the Holy Ghost fire. Every time something is sent to distract me Lord, please use it as tinder to cause a bigger blaze of fire. Oh my soul, why ever be downcast within me, Jesus is greater than he who is in the world. When he hung on the cross at Calvary and rose again to take his rightful place on the throne of my soul he rested from his work and said it was done. The final touches that were needed to seal the deal of my salvation were done when for the pardon of my iniquities he died on that cross. Thoughts come against my very sense of self-worth and accomplishment. Bullets have always been aimed at my head to steal my light. People, even God fearing people want to help Satan to try to dim the natural light within my soul without even knowing it. Lord, you have made my enemies stepping stones and tinder for the fire that you meant to burn so bright. My enemies kneel down and help me step up, up and up until I truly am a city on a hill so that I can magnify you over the entire earth. Who can put out this Holy flame? I am the bride of Christ.