HEAR MY VOICE (audio)

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John 10:27-30 New International Version (NIV)

27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[a]; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

IN THE LIBRARY (audio)

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I failed to mention in my audio that before I went into the library to pray, the maintenance manager and the residents (in the assisted living community) had just finished praying that the Holy Spirit would take hold of anyone that entered the doors of their senior community! Well, He certainly grabbed me!! Hallelujah!!

Thank you, Jesus, for your BOLDNESS AND COURAGE! Thank you that I was filled till overflowing with your words, love, and joy! What a blessing to be used in such a powerful way! More of YOU and less of me!! In Jesus Name, Amen!!

LEAD WITH YOUR HEART (audio)

 

Whoops, cut off by my obnoxious, noisy dog!! Oh well…guess I’d said enough!

The Concordance of my Bible says that the heart (figuratively) is the seat of emotions, thoughts, and intentions; personality, disposition, courage; love, affection; central or most vital part of something.

Exodus 35:21 (NLT)

All whose hearts were stirred and whose spirits were moved came and brought their sacred offerings to the Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

POWER LIVES IN US

jesus-cross-summit-cross-37737.pngWhat are these formless creatures belching and groaning at me, as I slept soundly in my bed on Saturday night? I was surrounded by faceless demons lurking in shadows of red. There was a distance between us so they were unable to reach me. It didn’t matter because terror still overtook me. My body moved in strange ways due to their attacks. My mind filled with visions of death. I desperately looked for an escape. Nothing!  Realizing I could not fend them off, I screamed, “I plead the BLOOD of JESUS!

I woke with fear! My heart racing and my breathing difficult to gain control over. I jumped out of bed, reliving the terror as I walked to the bathroom.

“Where in the world did THEY come from?”

I swallowed my last sip of water and headed back to my bedroom, wondering if the dream would continue once I settled into my comfy spot on the right-hand side of the bed. My eyes closed and for one mere second, there was fear. From within, prayers flowed out. There was no fight from the enemy. He was GONE!!

Peacefully, I fell asleep in the arms of my Protector!

As I sat in quiet that morning, Jesus reminded me of the Power that lives within me.

John 14:12

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!”

Tuesday morning:

Drinking coffee, I pick up the study book, “The Believer’s Battle Strategy,” by Christie Punch Michaud. I am using this in her class at Seacoast Church which is called, “Battles to Breakthroughs.” At the end of each chapter, there is an opportunity to go deeper into the Battle Tools. The Holy Spirit spoke to me through some of the featured Scriptures.

I know it is difficult to experience the same joy that I do when reading the following Scriptures and I believe it’s because it’s my Holy Spirit encounter. I share them with you, in the hopes that you will seek your own relationship with Almighty God. He is alive and well and ready to show up! He will do the same for you! We are equal in His eyes. There aren’t any favorites! We are loved unconditionally, without discrimination! All we are required to do is give Him the time.

I pray that as you read each Scripture, you will feel the Power that lives within you, In Jesus’ Name! Amen

1 Thessalonians 5:19

Do not stifle the Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 13:11

When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned like a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.

Zechariah 4:6, 7

Then he said to me, This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel [Racinda]: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel’s [Racinda’s] way; it will become a level plain before him [her]; and when Zerubbabel [Racinda] sets the final stone of the temple in place, the people will shout: “May God bless it! May God bless it.”

Ephesians 4:14

Then we [I] will no longer be immature like children [a child]. We [I] won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We [I] will not be influenced when people try to trick us [me] with lies so clever they sound like the truth.

Instead, we [I] will SPEAK the TRUTH in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of His body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

This is a direct message of the Power that lives in each believer. We face mountains, trials of all sorts! We will conquer because Jesus is our Lord!! I encourage you to take five minutes to thank Him for His saving Grace and expectantly wait for His presence!

Heavenly Father,

How grateful we are that you hold each one of us in your Heavenly Hands. You know right where we are and You know just what we need. Lord, this morning, I pray for all of those that don’t know You. I pray that you would open their eyes and show them how lovely and kind you truly are. This life is not meant to be lived without You. You have so much for each of us if only we’d give you our hearts and our time. Lord Jesus, do a miraculous work in those that live life in their own strength.

For the ones that know you, draw us so tight to You that all we can do is drop to our knees and praise you. How we desperately need Your presence in our life. We rely on You to keep us in Your Will so that we can serve you to Your Maximum potential. Remove those giants that stand before us…fear, anxiety, confusion, disorganization, time, people, loss…whatever the case may be, bring your peace into each of our lives so that we can focus on You and Your goodness, so that we can hear you and move forward in what You have placed within us. There is nothing greater on this earth than to sit before you and pray, to serve You and your Kingdom! Help us do this!!

Thank you, Jesus, that you have reconciled us to our Father in Heaven. Thank you for Your blood, Jesus. We are saved and sealed because of what you did at the cross. We rest in Salvation! As your children, we rest because we are guaranteed eternal life with You.

Praise be to God for His unconditional love! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

 

BE STILL

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My emotions were high yesterday afternoon!

“Where is this coming from?

THERE WAS SO MUCH NOISE!!

People moving in next door.
Movers chatting loudly in the hallway.
A constant up and down thud of footsteps and dolly wheels on the stairs.
The weekly lawn crew circling about with powerfully loud leaf blowers and mowers.
A deafening machine parked at the end of the street.
The construction site next door.

GET ME OUT OF HERE!!

I left the apartment with my bike in hand for some peace and quiet!!

The elementary school had just let out and there were kids EVERYWHERE!!
Loud voices screaming to one another.
Cell phones to their ear or in hand, slowing their pace and blocking my way.
Erratic after-school drivers in a hurry to get where?
Dogs with owners gazing off into the distance.
Even the Christian music that I enjoy as I ride has suddenly turned sour!
What is happening?

Serenity now!

Finally, my apartment is up ahead but first I have to get through the cloud of dust that has been kicked up by a man and his riding lawn mower. Not sure what his mission is?
I held my breath for fear of some sort of lung infestation!

Walking into a hot and humid living room, the dog welcomes me with giant jumps to my chest and back! He needs to go out…of course, you do!!

The noise pollution has NOT stopped. I have no choice! So back out I go!!

While on my walk, I get a photo from my husband. He’s spilled milk all over the kitchen floor.

All I could do was laugh!

Attacked…indeed!

A quick walk with the dog and home to my desk! The place where I meet God each day!
I look down and there sits the “feeling wheel” from my class, “Battles to Breakthroughs” which I attend on Tuesday nights (I will share more on that at a later date).

Let’s see where I am?

Irritated…you betcha!
Hateful…yep…guilty!!
End result…I’m ANGRY!!

I open my Bible in search of Scripture to combat anger!!

After reading a few, I came across Psalm 46:10

Be still and know that I am God.

How faithful and loving He is! I immediately feel the peace of God settle upon me. I close my eyes and sink into His heavenly Presence! Thank you, Jesus!

Heavenly Father…thank you that we can come to you at any moment in the day and you hear our pleas. How faithful and loving you are! Where all this “noise” comes from is not our concern because you are GREATER! In the midst of great difficulty, YOU are greater. You will keep us in perfect peace when our mind is focused on you. We trust you, therefore, what comes against us has no strength. Lord, I pray today that we would turn our thoughts to you in all circumstances…that we would thank you for Who you are and for what You’ve done for us! There are some of us that feel lost, some that are depressed, some that don’t even know you and some that want more of you. I pray that you would gather all of us up and speak life into our hearts. Remind us where our peace comes from. I pray that we would seek you through prayer and Scripture as soon as we feel ourselves losing divine peace! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Philippians 4:6, 7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

PROVISION

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Good morning!

Praying that each one of you is blessed today!!

I wasn’t sure where I was headed in my time of quiet this morning so I simply asked Him, “LORD, where would you have me go?” He faithfully pointed me to Exodus which comes from the reading assignment at the back of my Bible (NLT). He’s made it quite clear that sermons, devotions, and other religious books are terrific and most helpful but His Word is far more critical, so I’ve been trying to follow His wise advice. To be honest, it’s been quite a few weeks since I referred to the reading plan because I’ve been in the midst of conversations with Him and He had His own Scriptures to share with me. I haven’t felt the need to utilize a structured reading plan. This morning, I obviously needed it!

My Scripture for the day was from Exodus 16:1-36 and I could get no further than the fourth verse. I like to read the Mind of God out loud so that distractions cannot wiggle themselves into my thoughts which does happen. I can be merrily reading along and the next thing I know, I’m thinking about work, food, or family. All good things for sure, but when sitting with God, I want to hear from Him. I need to hear from Him.

Exodus 16:4 says:

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day.

Awesome, the Lord is going to rain down food and these people can collect as much as they need for the day. God is good, but I didn’t read it like this and this is the second time (that I can recall) that God has supernaturally altered Scripture to fit my current circumstances. Not that He hasn’t used it in the past, supernaturally, but the last couple of times that I’ve read, I felt as if I’m seeing it on a deeper level, below the surface of what is written. When reading, I certainly see the divine words as they are but I’m understanding differently, spiritually? I sat stunned and urgently prayed to God for more of this!

Verse four filled me with great hope, love, and reward. He assured me that His supply does not come in dribs and drabs but in RAIN!! All we have to do is go out and collect and our needs will be met for THAT day.

We do this by not going outside and collecting but by taking time each day to sit before him, preferably first thing in the morning. He desires to be our provision and so much more but we have to take action. We cannot sit back and expect our Father to do it all. Life is not like this and neither is He.

How can we “collect?”

By reading Scripture (most important because this is the mind of God), praying silently or boldly out loud, listening to a Bible App, cranking up praise and worship music while lifting up our hands and singing or softening it and letting it wash all over us!

Philippians 4:8 says:

Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

God will feed us!

Heavenly Father…thank you for your promise this morning. Thank you that when we seek you, with our heart in hand, we will find You. You never disappoint, never fail, nor never leave. You are the same today as You were yesterday. How we rely on You!! Thank you for your provision today. Thank you that you’ve already determined the day. Your plans are always for good. Lord, I pray that each of us has the desire, motivation, courage, boldness, and strength to walk in Your Will today. Feed us, Heavenly Father, throughout the day, keep our focus on You, and let us reflect your brilliant light on others, all in the power of the Holy Spirit. We love you Jesus and we give you all the honor and glory, In your Holy Name, Amen!!

DISCIPLESHIP

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It’s not what I think,
it’s what YOU think.

It’s what YOU reveal.

It’s not my choice,
it’s all YOURS!

I’m leaving control to you, LORD.

Trusting in you LORD to
bring to the surface
whatever needs dealing with.

I am YOUR child.
I am in YOUR hands,
and I trust YOU.

No more rules and
regulations!
No more punishment!
No more doubt!

YOU lead!
I will follow!

YOUR love is PERFECT!
YOU are PERFECT!

There isn’t an ounce
of perfection in me,
but with YOU,
I’m exactly who and where
I’m supposed to be.

Genesis 49:23, 24

Archers attacked him savagely;
They shot at him and harassed him.
But his bow remained taut,
and his arms were strengthened
by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob,
by the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel.