Oh, That I Had Wings Like A Dove…

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Oh, that I had wings like a dove

I would fly far far away from here

I would find rest for my weary soul

Hear my cries Oh LORD, for I am in distress

I am in need of Your tenderloving mercy GOD

The storm around me rages waging war against me

You are the Strength of my Salvation

You have covered my head in the day of battle

You have trained my hands for war

That I may bend a bow of bronze

Hear me when I call… and have mercy upon me

Compass me about with songs of deliverance

In Your Refuge LORD I seek peace today

I lean on You as I am weak

For in my weakness Your Strength is made perfect

For though I walk in the midst of trouble

You will revive me

You will stretch forth Thy hand

Against the wrath of my enemies

And Thy Right Hand shall save me

The wicked have laid a snare for me

But Your Word says that You shall keep me safe

That I shall not fall into the snare of the hunter

Hear me speedily, my King

For I am in great need of Your council and comfort

Help me to be still today and know that You are my GOD

I shall not fear what man can do unto me

No… I fear You alone, Oh LORD

I run to the secret place of The Most High

There shall I abide under His shadow

Hidden safely underneath His wings of Refuge

I praise You, Abba Father….

Thank You for the trials and storms

Thank You for the persecution

In You today I shalll hold fast and ride out the storm

For You are The LORD Of The Thunderstorm

The GOD Of Glory Thunders.

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💦”Give ear to my prayer, O God; And hide not thyself from my supplication. Attend unto me, and answer me: I am restless in my complaint, and moan, Because of the voice of the enemy, Because of the oppression of the wicked; For they cast iniquity upon me, And in anger they persecute me. My heart is sore pained within me: And the terrors of death are fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, And horror hath overwhelmed me. And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! Then would I fly away, and be at rest. Lo, then would I wander far off, I would lodge in the wilderness. [Selah I would haste me to a shelter From the stormy wind and tempest. Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongue; For I have seen violence and strife in the city. Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: Iniquity also and mischief are in the midst of it. Wickedness is in the midst thereof: Oppression and guile depart not from its streets. For it was not an enemy that reproached me; Then I could have borne it: Neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; Then I would have hid myself from him: But it was thou, a man mine equal, My companion, and my familiar friend. We took sweet counsel together; We walked in the house of God with the throng. Let death come suddenly upon them, Let them go down alive into Sheol; For wickedness is in their dwelling, in the midst of them. As for me, I will call upon God; And Jehovah will save me. Evening, and morning, and at noonday, will I complain, and moan; And he will hear my voice. He hath redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me; For they were many that strove with me. God will hear, and answer them, Even he that abideth of old, [Selah The men who have no changes, And who fear not God. He hath put forth his hands against such as were at peace with him: He hath profaned his covenant. His mouth was smooth as butter, But his heart was war: His words were softer than oil, Yet were they drawn swords. Cast thy burden upon Jehovah, and he will sustain thee: He will never suffer the righteous to be moved. But thou, O God, wilt bring them down into the pit of destruction: Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; But I will trust in thee.”💦Psalms‬ ‭55💦

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Remain Broken And Contrite In Spirit Before The LORD.

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The LORD is rich in mercy and grace, and His goodness flows from His throne forever. His tender mercies are new every morning, and praise be to GOD for this: for if it were not for His abundant tender mercies, I would not have any good thing nor would I even be alive. His mercy has kept me from death and hell when that is what I most assuredly deserved. He is so good! Let us cry out unto Him in our time of need for His abundant mercy and grace, for He will give grace and glory unto those who walk uprightly, withholding no good thing from us. According to the multitude of His tender mercies He has blotted out our transgressions which hold us accountable to death without His mercy. Let us cry out to Him to be washed from our iniquity by the Blood of Jesus which cleanses us as white as snow from our sin. Let us acknowledge our sins before Him and confess them unto others that there may be healing within. May our sins be ever before us as a reminder of who we once were while in bloodguiltiness and in condemnation, that He has pulled us up from the lowest hell and has thrown our sins as far is the east is to the west, remembering them no more. And there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ!

When we sin, we sin against GOD first and foremost. We have all done evil in His sight, and He is El Roi: He is GOD Who sees us. He sees all things and there is no thing done in secret that is hidden from His sight. Let us not be ignorant of this and be ever mindful as we go throughout our day that we are under covenant agreement with The LORD Jesus Christ and we have to uphold our part in that covenant. It is not just “once saved always saved”. That is a lie. If that were truth then we could just “get saved” and then live like the heathen of this world and not worry about the consequences of anything that we do. No. That is not how it goes. GOD desires truth in our inward parts and He will give us wisdom in our secret heart that is hidden in Him. Let us ask Him to purge us with hyssop that we may be clean and to wash us daily. Jesus is coming back for a spotless pure Bride without spot nor wrinkle nor blemish. To be spotless is to be found guiltless without sin walking in holiness and in righteousness. Sanctified and set apart. We are called to be Holy as He is Holy, otherwise His Word would not say so. His Word is Sovereign Truth. We must ask Him to create within us a clean heart, to give us a new heart; to take this heart of stone and give us a new heart of flesh and renew a right spirit within us. In this He causes us to hear joy and gladness in our bones which at one time He has broken, in this we rejoice!

We must seek His face with our whole heart for it is there that we shall find Him and we must plead with Him to never cast us away from His presence, and to never take His Holy Spirit away from us! It is absolutely possible for us to grieve and to quench His Holy Spirit if we continue on in sin after He has done all of this for us. We quench His Spirit by not feeding our spirits with His Word, instead feeding our flesh and denying His Spirit free movement and control over our members. When we deny His Spirit the right to move within us and through us and we surpress Him, this is quenching His Fire and this is something His Word warns us not to ever do! We must be ever mindful that we grieve The LORD when we walk in disobedience and use our vessels in dishonor. Our body is His Temple, and a Holy GOD cannot abide in a defiled temple. His Spirit can depart from us, and this is something we never want to happen! We must ask The LORD to restore unto us the joy of our salvation and to uphold us with His Spirit: Where the Spirt Of The LORD is there is FREEDOM! We must keep a repentant heart always. Before The LORD I would rather have a broken heart than a heart of stone. In such a time of wicked lawlessness it is all too easy to become as hard as stone. This displeases Jesus. If we truly aim to please Him, to follow Him, to work for Him, to submit to Him, and to live only for Him we must remain broken and contrite, humble, yet also as bold as a lion, as wise as a serpent, and as peaceful as a dove. We are slaves to Christ when we love Him with our whole heart! To be a slave to Christ is to not be a slave to sin. A person is either one or the other.

This is what the true Christian walk must look like, and when we walk accordingly to His Word we attract others to His Light and sinners come to seek Him in repentance for His great love, tender mercy, and abundant grace. How can we bring the lost and backslidden unto a Holy GOD unless we mirror Him in truth? We are called to be the salt and the light of this world so that this dying world bound by a curse may have the most blessed hope that we have: Jesus Christ and His gift of eternal salvation. We must ask Him to deliver us from all blood-guiltiness so that our tongue may sing of His great salvation and righteousness! Let us sing forth praise to our GOD, The Most High King of Heaven and all of Earth for His great tender mercies and compassionate grace! He is so amazing! Let us ever be broken before Him always coming to Him with a broken and contrite heart and a humble spirit, for this is a great sacrifice unto Him in which He so delights in! He shall not despise us then. This is a form of worship unto The LORD in which He delights in!

Let this be who we are as followers of Christ on this Earth in this world so that we are truly a pretty city set upon a hill which cannot be hidden, so that our fire burns so bright for Him we are a beacon in the darkness for the lost! We must mirror the King of Kings. He is the only Way, the only Truth, and the only Life. Hallelujah to the Lamb of GOD!

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📯”Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: According to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions; And my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, And done that which is evil in thy sight; That thou mayest be justified when thou speakest, And be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity; And in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts; And in the hidden part thou wilt make me to know wisdom. Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness, That the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, And blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; And renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; And take not thy holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; And uphold me with a willing spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; And sinners shall be converted unto thee. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation; And my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. O Lord, open thou my lips; And my mouth shall show forth thy praise. For thou delightest not in sacrifice; else would I give it: Thou hast no pleasure in burnt-offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: Build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Then wilt thou delight in the sacrifices of righteousness, In burnt-offering and whole burnt-offering: Then will they offer bullocks upon thine altar.”📯

‭‭📯Psalms‬ ‭51📯

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How to make right Decisions

A continuous message from “8 ways to knowing God’s will for your life” describing the path God is leading you through to a bind in His will.

I recently published a blog post called “8-keys-to-knowing-gods-will” That post was directed toward helping believers to figure out the big picture in regard to God’s will. For instance, those keys have much to do with God’s plan for you vocationally, in ministry, and in the important stages of life. Be sure to go through What to do when I feel confused!This can save us and others a great deal of hurt and time.

This post, on the other hand, lends help for the “smaller” decisions that we make from day to day.  In order to continue in the middle of God’s perfect will, it is vital that we make right decisions each day and each week. But that is not always easy. As a tool to help you make right decisions from a biblical perspective, I have pulled together 13 questions you should ask when facing a choice. Here they are:

1)  Does God already have a clear teaching about this?

Joshua 1:8
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

If God has already spoken clearly about this, you do not have to wonder any longer. Just do what he has told you.

Simple, right?

Well, the problem here seems to be that most people in our culture today seem to have a fairly low level of knowledge of the Scriptures. They are “low-information believers.”

So, I would encourage you to saturate your mind as much as possible with God’s Word. Read it. Study it. Memorize it. Learn it. Once you have done so, you will be amazed at how much better you are at making good, solid decisions in life.

2)  What do my top spiritual advisors tell me about this?

Proverbs 11:14
Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

It is vital that you surround yourself with godly friends who will be able to speak into your life about life’s decisions. Do you realize that you are basically a composite of the five people you spend the most time with? It is crucial to choose those people carefully. If you don’t have those types of friends, I would encourage you to increase your involvement in church and small groups and ministry in order to establish those godly relationships.

3)  What do authority figures in my life have to say about this?

Titus 3:1
Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work.

(Also see Romans 13:1-7; Hebrews 13:17)

God often works through authority relationships in our lives. For instance, it would be extremely rare for the best choice to be something that is illegal. Look at this choice from the vantage point of authority figures in your life, and at least use that as an important reference point for you.

4)  How will this affect me spiritually?

1 Corinthians 10:23
All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.

There is much more to this life than just earning a bigger paycheck or improving your status amongst peers. When you make choices, make sure you consider how this decision will affect your spiritual development. Will this draw you nearer to God or further from him?  Will this decision interfere with your ability to attend church, maintain godly relationships, or spend time cultivating your spiritual disciplines?  If it harms you spiritually, then I would suggest pulling the plug on that choice.

5)  How will this affect my family? Will this draw us closer to God or further from God?

1 Corinthians 8:9
But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.

Not only must you consider how this decision will affect your own spiritual development, but you must also consider the affects it will have on the spiritual state of your family. Will this help your family to grow in Christ, or will it interfere with that spiritual growth? Will this pull them away from godly friends and away from a healthy, godly church environment? Will this divide your family in any way? Be careful not to make decisions that will cause your family to pay a big price.

6)  Is this going to bring more peace or less peace to my life?

1 Thessalonians 4:11
That you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you.

Did you know that God actually wants you to have a peaceful life? Of course, this is not the “American way,” but it is definitely an important consideration when it comes to making decisions. Be cautious that you are not stacking your life with more and more “stuff” that will send you over the edge with stress and anxiety. And make sure it is not going to steal the peace from your family as well.

7)  Is this consistent with the way God has wired me?

1 Peter 4:10
As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

God has created you for a purpose, and He has designed you specifically to fulfill that purpose. You are a gifted individual, and His plan will be for you to function within that area of giftedness. When we veer outside of the way He has wired us, we often feel excessive stress, anxiety, and burnout very quickly.

When it comes to making decisions, make sure you evaluate the choice in light of the way that God has designed you. Are you creative? Are you detail-oriented? Are you relational? Are you task-oriented? Are you a communicator? Pay attention to how God has wired you.

8)  Am I paying attention to the risks that are associated with this?

Proverbs 27:12
A wise man foresees evil and hides himself; the simple pass on and are punished.

When making decisions, it is very important to honestly assess the risk that is involved. Sometimes we can become so mesmerized by a “golden carrot” that we overlook the risks that are associated. For this one, I would suggest that you have an outside voice speak into the situation.

Sometimes others, like a spouse, can see the risks that we overlook.

It is a sign of wisdom to be cautious. Not fearful, but cautious.

9)  Do I have total peace from God about this?

Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Sometimes everything can look right on the outside when I’m making a decision, but there will still be angst within my spirit. I have learned that making a decision without that inner peace is nearly always a mistake. God gives us peace as a protection and a guide. Seek His peace, and be cautious of making decisions that move against that peace.

10)  Are the doors of circumstances clearly open here?

(See Acts 16)

God often works through obvious circumstances. For example, He did that for Paul in Acts 16. In that chapter, Paul and his entourage kept facing closed doors as they were seeking where they were to minister next. And then, one door to Asia flew open while all other doors were closing.

God often directs me more by closing doors than by opening them. But there have been times in my life when I have attempted to force open a door that was not truly open. That never ends well.

It’s always good to look at how God is opening or closing doors in front of you. And while an open door does not always mean that you are to pass through, it is often an indicator that God is at work. Pay attention to open doors, and be cautious of forcing doors open when they are closed.

11)  Is now the best time for this? Could waiting be better?

Ephesians 5:16-17
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Haste does not always produce the best decisions. Sometimes everything might seem right about a choice, but making the decision at a later time might make more sense. This isn’t always easy, because we often want to move forward quickly when we see an opportunity. But sometimes the wiser decision is to slow down, plan more, get more input, and give it more time to develop.

12)  Am I willing to let God close this door?

(Again, refer to Paul’s journey in Acts 16.)

An important element to making good decisions is to make sure that you are completely submitted to God’s ultimate plan for your life. Sometimes we get it into our heads that we want to do a certain thing, and then we struggle immensely when we begin to realize that God may not want us to move forward with that particular choice.

The disaster comes when we place our desire above God’s plan. Let me be clear here. That never turns out well. The best decision you can ever make is to submit your choices to God’s plan and be willing to give up an opportunity when you sense God does not want you to move forward with that decision.

13)  Am I willing to trust God if He asks me to step forward?

Hebrews 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Closely related to the above question is this: Are you willing to trust God if He asks you to step forward? This is basically the flipside of question 12. It’s important to stop when God says, “Stop,” and it is equally important to move forward when He says, “Move forward.”

Are you willing to do that thing He might want you to do? What if it makes you feel uncomfortable? What if it moves you out of your comfort zone? What if it requires faith?

I can testify to you that the most exciting moments of my life have been when I have submitted to God and stepped forward with Him in faith. I hope you can experience that same joy.

Wrapping It Up

OK, so when you have a tough choice to make, I would encourage you to go over these questions before confirming your decision. Perhaps print these questions out and keep them as a reference point for the future. Talk through each of these questions with your spouse or a friend in the context of a decision you are currently making in your own life. I know of some parents who have used these with their kids to help train their children to make good decisions as well. In essence, these questions can serve as guidelines for helping you and your family make decisions that you will not regret.

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Hearing God: Mind Cleansing & Clarity

Confusion, with a carnal mind births a mental disturbance in a Christian walk. Most of this has come from wounds, hurts, resentments. It is in fact spiritual warfare however we allow that door to remain open and that is called oppression. As you may already know that, here are scripture references to all three confusion, the carnal mind, and mental disturbances: Confusion released!

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Prayer for Mind Cleansing & Clarity

Heavenly Father, I come to You now in the Name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Lord Jesus, I ask You to wash my minds with the Blood of Jesus and cleanse out all darkness and all thoughts that are contrary to Your Will and destiny for my life. I ask You Lord Jesus to shut any doors that need to be shut whether spiritual or natural, and to open any doors that need to be opened whether spiritual or natural in my life. Heavenly Father, I ask you to give me clarity of vision, clarity of sight, clarity of thought, clarity of mind, clarity of knowing and hearing Your Voice. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen!

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8 Keys To Knowing God’s Will

When I was a young man, I seemed to continually wrestle with knowing God’s will for my life. I wanted more than anything to follow His plan. Interestingly, I still wrestle with doing His will in my life.  I have come to learn that this is not just something that a young person does early in life; it is a lifelong pursuit in order to stay in the exact center of His plan. This can go into What do I do when I feel Confused?!

So, then, how can we know God’s plan for our lives? I have discovered eight vital keys to knowing God’s will.  Here they are:

1) WALK WITH GOD.

For starters, if you are interested in knowing God’s plan for your life, then you must learn to walk with God.  You need to develop a relationship with Him.  Christianity is all about relationship rather than just religion.

And so you must cultivate your relationship with God.  You must seek to know Him and not just seek to know about Him.

You will cultivate that relationship best by spending time in His Word, taking time for prayer, and taking every opportunity you can to be involved in church and small group Bible study opportunities.  When you seek these disciplines in your life, God will begin the first steps to revealing His plan to you.

Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

2) SURRENDER YOUR WILL TO GOD’S.

Many times when we say we are seeking God’s will, what we are really wanting to say to God is this:  “OK, God, here’s what I’m planning to do.  Now I need you to rubber stamp this, all right?”  I must tell you that this is not really effective in finding His true will.

Before God will begin to reveal His will to you, you must be committed to doing whatever it is that He desires for you to do.  God will likely be slow to show you His plan if He knows you will likely not do that plan anyway.

Romans 12:1-2

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Jesus was willing to die for us, so shouldn’t we be willing to live for Him? When we surrender to Him, that is when He really begins to direct our steps.

3) OBEY WHAT YOU ALREADY KNOW TO BE GOD’S WILL.

Many people seem to want to know what God’s plan is for their lives, but they overlook the fact that 98% of His will is already delineated carefully through His Word.  God is very clear about many, many aspects of His will.  For instance, it is clearly His plan that we abstain from sexual immorality (1 Thessalonians 4:3).

If we do not obey the things that God has shown us clearly to be His will, why would we think He would reveal any further information regarding His plan for our lives? Obedience is an important first step.

4) SEEK GODLY INPUT.

One key component to finding God’s will is to seek the input of godly advisors in your life.  If you don’t currently have 3-4 godly mentors, then I would highly recommend that you seek them out right away.

Think of it this way:  you should understand that you are basically a composite of the five people you spend the most time with.  So, then, it is vital that you choose those five people well.  If you choose to surround yourself with godly advisors, they will be instrumental in helping you discern God’s plan for your life.  But if you surround yourself with people who are far from God, your hope of finding His best for your life will be greatly diminished.

Proverbs 11:14

Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

The church is designed to help you greatly with this.  I would encourage you to be in church every single time the doors are opened.  The more you involve yourself with a community of believers, the greater your chances will be of finding godly men and women who can help you discern God’s will.

5) PAY ATTENTION TO HOW GOD HAS WIRED YOU.

God has created you to fulfill a specific role in this world.  There is no one else who can achieve completely what God has purposely created you to do.

The Apostle Peter gives us this admonition:

1 Peter 4:10

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

God has gifted every one of us to perform a special mission for which we alone were created.  How amazing is that?  Wow!

So, when you seek to discover God’s will for your life, pay attention to how He has gifted you.  His plan for you will always be directly related to the gifts that He has bestowed upon you.  The great news is that you will automatically be good at whatever it is that He has called you to do!

6) LISTEN TO GOD’S SPIRIT.

I experienced a major turning point in my own prayer life when I learned simply to shut up while I was praying.  That may sound odd to you, and it seemed odd to me at first.

You see, I was used to do all the talking when I prayed to God. When I was informed about listening it completely changed the way I approached God through prayer. I have added a significant component to my prayer life:  listening. I take time to listen to what God might have to say to me.

Practically, the way I go about this is to bring a notepad with me when I sit down to pray. Then I write at the top of several pages things like the following:

• “What is the next step in my career?”

• “What is the next step in my ministry?”

• “What is the next step for my family?”

• “What is the next step for my marriage?”

• “What is the next step in my education?”

• “What is the next step in my finances?”

During my prayer time, I meditate on questions such as the above.  Often, God will start flooding my heart with ideas and information regarding one or more of those questions.  I write as fast as I can as He speaks to my heart.  What a glorious experience that is to sense His Spirit on me, guiding my thoughts and words.

Through experiences like this, He has shown me many times with great clarity what His will is for my life.  I long for those experiences when He speaks to me like that.  Those times are truly life changing.

John 8:27

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

7) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART.

In addition to listening to the Spirit, I also recommend listening to your heart.  To understand my point here, consider the following passage:

Psalms 37:4-5

4 Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.  5 Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.  NKJV

I love this passage, because it shows me that, when I am walking with the Lord, He will actually let me do many really cool things that I actually love to do!  When you are close to Him, He actually begins to shape your desires so that you desire the things that He has already called you to do.

So then, His plan actually becomes a super-exciting adventure.  I always have the most fun in life when I am doing God’s will.  And that is because He shapes my “wanter” to want to do the things for which He has actually created me.

8) TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES.

God often clearly demonstrates His plan for our lives by lining up circumstances in obvious ways.  And He also shows us what His will is NOT for us to do in that same way.  It is not His will for you to take the job that is not offered to you.  If you are 5’ 6” tall and weigh 125 lbs., it is not likely that God has created you to play professional football.

Over the years, I have discovered that God is pretty good at opening and closing doors.  He even did that for the Apostle Paul and his enterouge in Acts.  Take a look at this passage:

Acts 16:6-10

6 Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia.

7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.

8 So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”10 Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.

So, even Paul had to face closed doors in his ministry.  God often uses closed doors to show us clearly what He does NOT want us to do.  And He also uses open doors at times to show us what He DOES want us to do.  Of course, this does not mean that every open door is definitely God’s plan, but it does help to give you some basic direction.

A CLOSING THOUGHT:

The next time you begin to ponder God’s plan for your life, I would encourage you to mull over the above eight keys.  Use these principles to help you to hone in on His plan.  And when you seek His will earnestly, you will find it!

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What do you do when you feel: Confusion

Dealing with confusion? Uncertain which way to go? God is releasing keys of understanding in the body of Christ. It will never contrary God’s will or word. God desires you to be of sound mind and in power on the full authority.

We need to pray the word of God over our soul, that in which doing so would build up the inner spirit man. Here are scriptures we left to help battle in the seasons of confusion. When hearing God in making right decisions, confusion will disable you to operate in the keys of knowing God’s will for your life.

First Corinthian’s 14:33, “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all churches of the Saints. ”

Second Timothy 1:7, “for God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of sound mind. ”

The word of God says in James 3:16–18, “for where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. (Isaiah 50:7, KJV)

12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. (1 Peter 4:12, KJV)

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5, KJV)

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. (Proverbs 3:5, KJV)

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. (Psalms 32:8, KJV)

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. (Psalms 119:165, KJV)

Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. (Psalms 55:22, KJV)

When thou passest through the waters, I [will be] with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. (Isaiah 43:2, KJV)

He giveth power to the faint; and to [them that have] no might he increaseth strength. (Isaiah 40:29, KJV)

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This [is] the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. (Isaiah 30:21, KJV)

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6, KJV)

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How To Magnify God

How to Magnify God

I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. (Psalm 69:30)

There are two kinds of magnifying: microscope magnifying and telescope magnifying. The one makes a small thing look bigger than it is. The other makes a big thing begin to look as big as it really is.

When David says, “I will magnify him [God] with thanksgiving,” he does not mean, “I will make a small God look bigger than he is.” He means, “I will make a big God begin to look as big as he really is.”

We are not called to be microscopes, but telescopes. Christians are not called to be con-men who magnify their product out of all proportion to reality, when they know the competitor’s product is far superior. There is nothing and nobody superior to God. And so the calling of those who love God is to make his greatness begin to look as great as it really is.

The whole duty of the Christian can be summed up in this: feel, think, and act in a way that will make God look as great as he really is. Be a telescope for the world of the infinite starry wealth of the glory of God.

This is what it means for a Christian to magnify God. But you can’t magnify what you haven’t seen or what you quickly forget.

Therefore, our first task is to see and to remember the greatness and goodness of God. So we pray to God, “Open the eyes of my heart,” and we preach to our souls, “Soul, forget not all his benefits!”

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A Godly Woman Is Called To Walk In Purity

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In this wicked day and age, as a part of the Church of Jesus Christ, women of GOD: we must present ourselves with a pure heart in all of our ways. We must strive after holiness, for The LORD has said: “Be holy, for I am holy”. We must represent Jesus 100% when out there in that world, and we had better believe that this world is watching us! If you are a woman of GOD who speaks as a representative of Christ then you have to meet the mark! You cannot walk one way and talk another. We are to love everyone and to pray for our enemies and for those who persecute us. We are held to a high standard when we say we are followers of Christ. The eyes of The LORD are upon the righteous and His ears are open to our prayers, but His face is against them who do evil. He is the searcher of our hearts and He sees ALL THINGS. He is El Roi: The GOD Who sees us. He knows your heart and it’s true intentions. We are to sanctify The LORD in our hearts and pay Him the respect He deserves as a Holy GOD! If we love Jesus, then we will honor Him and obey Him.

This world is watching us, looking for a Savior. Jesus is the Way but many are hesitant to follow after Him if they’ve seen a bad example of how Godly people are supposed to be and act. We cannot say with our mouths that we represent Christ when our outward appearance or our inward expression speaks otherwise. When we have such a hunger and a thirst to please our LORD, there is an inner desire present that seeks to outwardly represent Him! Ladies, as women in this wicked seductive and perverse age, we cannot be flaunting our bodies being a stumbling block to Brothers in Christ or other men around us. We must be modest and cover ourselves to the point of respect, honor, dignity, and holiness which represents Christ appropriately. We must honor ourselves and others in this way!

Every action and every word spoken must be in light of our love for our LORD and King! He is the One we are aiming and striving to please and He alone holds the reigns to our hearts. When we walk in such a way where every thought is held captive to the obedience of Christ and every step is taken in the fear of The LORD, there will be no second guessing if we are representing Christ appropriately or honorably. It will just flow. Women of GOD I encourage you to be modest in all of your ways, holding every word and every thought captive to His obedience and to be mindful of the possibility that you may be a stumbling block unto another person simply by your walk and how you dress. We must represent Christ in holiness and in purity! We must strive to meet the mark of righteousness in every way, for our LORD and King is coming back for a spotless Bride not tattered and torn, without spot nor blemish. We must be pure. We must be Holy. We must be honorable. We must be righteous. We must be beautiful in The LORD! We are His precious sacred jewels. We are His Chosen Remnant. We are His daughters. Therefore WE MUST REPRESENT A HOLY GOD in purity and in honor, in dignity and in royalty.

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📯”Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.”📯

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📯”Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”📯Proverbs 31:10-31📯

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A New Day: Hosting Revival

Is revival In you? Yes! Here’s how….

A New Day: The Word Revival is very special in greek and Hebrew. I want to share with you first it, and hopefully give you word of encouragement and equipping. That is that you are holding revival. You are holding within you the future of a nation and souls saved!

Our main object of this word is to get you to become the fire, lighting the others that will cause a wildfire.

Revive: g330:[ 1,,G330, anathallo ]

to flourish anew” (ana, “again, anew,” thallo, “to flourish or blossom”), hence, “to revive,” is used metaphorically in Philippians 4:10, RV, “ye have revived (your thought for me),” AV, “(your care of me) hath flourished again.” Psalms 28:7; Ezekiel 17:24; Hosea 8:9. When we become Christ’s we are in revival, in resurrection power through God’s power and glory. This is within us all. To ponder on this and think on this every “new” day is to become a carrier of revival.

[ 2,,G326, anazao ]

“to live again” (ana, “and” zao, “to live”), “to regain life,” is used of moral “revival,” Luke 15:24, “is alive again;”

(b) of sin, Romans 7:9, “revived,” lit., “lived again” i.e., it sprang into activity, manifesting the evil inherent in it; here sin is personified, by way of contrast to the man himself. Some mss. have it in Romans 14:9, for zao, as in the RV, which italicizes “again.”

Hosea 6:1-2; H2421 chayah-khä·yä’

to live, have life, remain alive, sustain life, live prosperously, live for ever, be quickened, be alive, be restored to life or health, to revive, be quickened- from sickness, from discouragement, from faintness, from death.

to preserve alive, let live,to give life
to quicken, revive, refresh,to restore to life, to cause to grow, to restore, to revive

Notice here “ana”means again, so a day made by God is new, and in context with “thallo” its purpose is to flourish or blossom. Through the context of “zao” a new day means a day is regaining its life from death and it’s meant to be free, liberated! Hopefully now this may help us enter into a reset on God’s mercy and grace, so that we see He is a God of Revival: Daily

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He is the God of the second chance, giving us fresh, new beginnings. He makes all things new. By grace through faith we share saved, made ready for resurrection at time for redemption. If we walk in this we are carriers of revival.

Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made;let us rejoice and be glad in it.

-Every day we can pray read this over our life, and notice he is placing revival within the day and in us!

Lamentations 3:22-24: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,“therefore I will hope in him.”

Here we see the context of a new day and God’s revival for His people, shedding his mercy and grace daily that we may walk in resurrection power; revival!

Revelation 21:5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

So the Lord already is making all things new, refreshing, to flourish, to be unhindered, to be liberated, free! This reminds me of where the Spirit of the Lord is their is freedom!

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

We know this for our salvation, but if we’re called to carry Revival then with each new day we need to see ourselves daily new, revived! However this is no concept to hide sin or avoid repentance. Let look at this scripture:

Mark 2:21-22 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.” – What God is doing in such a prophetic season is either released through the vessels holding his revival, the “new wine” or hindered by the old things hat refuse to pass away! My God!! Do we see the importance of each day being made new? We have to be open to watch God pour in to our lives. If we are closed of it is by old self refusing God entrance, seeing that flesh and sin separates us from God.

Have you been taught in this way? Surely you believe that the same Spirit that rose Christ from the dead is in you right!

Ephesians 4:20-24 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

This is God’s wonderful covenant: that we would carry His very Spirit in us! My God! Praise is worthy because each day I am receiving a refreshing, a flourishing revival of resurrection power in us daily! This is why casting off every weight and sin is so important! The more we cast ourselves off the more we can possess the revival for others!

Ezekiel 36:25-27 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.

Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Pressing on through seasons of life, and seasons declared by God it’s important to know our role, and knowing we posses the power of Christ in us. We can release and or hinder, known as binding or loosening. This is a mark of our authority in heavenly place while on earth!

During these times, each day is a renewal:

Concerning the period of seasons we must take in perspective that everyday is a building of a major breakthrough. That is why not getting weary in due season is important!

(I pray this is touching you!)

Isaiah 40:31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

The revival in you is being witnessed, did you know the great cloud of witnesses is cheering you on. They knowing the other side of glory, urge us to die to the older self, casting off all that slows us down so that our revival in us so shines before others.

Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

So our new day is right here, right now: Welcome the Holy Ghost so that revival comes within and outwardly! He wants to awaken you who have ears to hear!

Isaiah 50:4 The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a wordhim who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my earto hear as those who are taught.

Do you worry on the failures durning the process? Psalm 30:5 For his anger is but for a moment,and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

God knows trials and tribulations will come, it’s apart of revival. It’s apart of His plan. If we see that, we see just how bigger God is and how sufficient his plan is. By no means do we sin for any means, but if we do there is a advocate. Jesus Christ.

Rather, grow in revival. Host revival! Host the presence of Almighty God daily. Each day is a addiction to his unrelenting flood of love, life and power! How do we do that?

Psalm 5:3 O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.

Do we know that he waits to hear us speak to Him? Are we awaken to that concept? Each reviving day we can speak and he hears. Do we set apart a Morning for Him, giving him a sacrifice of our heart. The devotion of a daily slain, bible reading, early morning sacrifice is a spark to revival! Are you doing that? No, then do that.

Do we follow the steps of Christ? Maybe we should watch the scriptures we eat and look for consistencies and patterns to walk out. He held the Spirit of God, so the key to holding it is the pattern of Christ. For example: Mark 1:35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.

And Finally, where it all began:

2 Corinthians 4:16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.

Don’t lose heart in good doing, while such season of revival is being built. A fresh fire for the move of God is being prepared for you, in you, through you for others to be placed in them, for them to set an entire nation upside down!

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Walk like Jesus walked

“Whoever says he abides in Him ought to

walk in the same way in which He walked”

1 Peter 2:21; For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, (1 Peter 2:21, NASB)

John 8:12; Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12, NASB)

Luke 14:26; “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. (Luke 14:26, NASB)

1 John 2:5; 5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: 6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

(1 John 2:5, NASB)

John 10:27; My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; (John 10:27, NASB)

2 Corinthians 6:3; giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited, (2 Corinthians 6:3, NASB)

1 Corinthians 11:1; Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1, NASB)

Hebrews 12:2; fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2, NASB)

Titus 2:7; in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, (Titus 2:7, NASB)

James 5:10; As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

(James 5:10, NASB)

2 Timothy 2:2; The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (2 Timothy 2:2, NASB)

Matthew 28:19; Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19, NASB)

Colossians 1:23; if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister. (Colossians 1:23, NASB)

2 Corinthians 5:18-20; 18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:18, NASB)

John 15:16 You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. (John 15:16, NASB)

Pray:

I thank You Father for the example of the life of Jesus. Help me to follow in His steps, for I know that whoever truly follows Him will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. Forgive me Father for the times I have chosen darkness over the light of Your presence. Help me to love You above all others and all other things. May I listen to Your voice, be known by You and follow You. May I not be a stumbling block in anyone’s path or be discredited as Your disciple this day because of my words or actions for You have said in Your Word that whoever claims to live in Jesus, must walk as He did!

May I become a disciple who, like the apostle Paul, can say to others without boasting “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ!” Empower me by Your Spirit to be an example of Jesus in my home, place of work, neighborhood or school. May my encounters with friends and strangers alike be seasoned with the presence of Christ. May I fix my thoughts and my eyes on Him. In everything may I set an example by doing what is good. Even in the face of suffering, may I be an example of patience. And Father, I ask that You would give me opportunity to entrust to someone else all that You are teaching and showing me, that I might truly become a disciple who makes disciples.

As one who follows You Lord, may I continue in faith and stand firm, never moving from the hope held out to me in the Gospel. Remind me that as Your disciple I have been called to the ministry and message of reconciliation as Christ’s ambassador. May I be a worthy vessel through whom You can implore others to be reconciled to Christ, that lasting spiritual fruit may be born out of my life. All this I ask in the Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen.

Read: 1 Peter 2:21; John 8:12;

Luke 14:26; 1 John 2:5;

John 10:27; 2 Corinthians 6:3;

1 Corinthians 11:1; Hebrews 12:2;

Titus 2:7; James 5:10;

2 Timothy 2:2; Matthew 28:19;

Colossians 1:23; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20;

John 15:16