Praise The Lord!

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41 He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it ran in the dry places like a river.

42 For He [earnestly] remembered His holy word and promise to Abraham His servant.

43 And He brought forth His people with joy, and His chosen ones with gladness and singing,

44 And gave them the lands of the nations [of Canaan], and they reaped the fruits of those peoples’ labor,

45 That they might observe His statutes and keep His laws [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying them]. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)             (Psalm 105:41-45) Amp

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The Joy of HIS Fellowship

” ….But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]! 41 But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; 42 There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:40-42)

This story about Mary and Martha reflects most of us as Christians. We are often too busy about many things without given much consideration to what is really necessary and most of all, what should be the priority. It’s very clear in the Scriptures that the first priority is to put God first in every area of life. And I believe the number one principle to effective Christian living is cultivating a daily habit of spending time at the Lord’s feet.

This is the one priority in a Christian life that opens every door!

God loves for us to come and fellowship with Him, Does He need our fellowship to be complete or be who He is? No, God does not need anything from us to make Him God, He is already complete and more than enough in every aspect! God simply enjoys our fellowship,  just like a good earthly parent will be thrilled and delighted to spending time with their children.

The Lord enjoys spending intimate time with us. In fact, this is the primary reason He created us –  To live in His presence and to enjoy the work of His hand. (Genesis 1:8 ~ Psalm 8:6) When Adam and Eve blew it because of their disobedience it brought sin into the scene and separated us from God.

But because of His love for us God devised another means of bringing us into His presence. He gave His best, He gave all that was ever possible to give to restore us back to Him, God sent His only Son to die on the cross,  to shed His blood so that we could enter into the holy of holies and draw near to Him ANYTIME we desire!

And you know the most mysterious part? We are the beneficiary of it all! When we spend time with the Lord we discover His plans for us. We get His direction for our life. God gives us insights about the future (Jeremiah 33:3) He gives us His wisdom and releases His grace to accomplish our purpose in life. (“Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth as Your possession.”- Psalm 2:8). What more could anybody ask for us!?!  How wonderful is His love for us!

God doesn’t want us to allow the busyness of life to steal from us His good plans for us. When we spend time at His feet, His Presence rest upon us. The Lord shepherds us. Imagine what that will do in your life! That is the favor of the Lord! That is what David meant, when he said, “Goodness and Mercy follow me.” (Psalm 23:6).  Imagine the goodness and mercy of God going every where you go because you have made the choice to apply God’s wisdom, which is, to make Him your number one priority on your busy schedule list!

God on His side has flung all doors wide open into His throne room for us to come and REST and find HEALING and WHOLENESS in every area of life.

“Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].” (Hebrews 4:16)

The Lord tells us to come away from our busyness and find rest for our weary and famished soul!

 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.”] (Matthew 11:28)

Will you…?

Love, Shade

Cast All Your Cares On The Lord!

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7 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
8 Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. (1 Peter 5:7-8) (AMP)

The Gift of Creative Thinking

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For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…. (Proverbs 23:7)

What we conceive in our imagination is what we will become eventually. What you are thinking or what is predominant in your mind will dictate how your life will go. In the same way, if you allow thoughts of fear to creep into your heart, it will cause you to give up fighting for the best! Napoleon Hill who is best known worldwide for his book “Think and Grow Rich” which has sold millions of copies and contributed to the success of countless readers. Has this to say about imagination,

You will never have a definite purpose in life; you will never have self-confidence; you will never have initiative and leadership unless you first create these qualities in your imagination and see yourself in possession of them…. imagination is the most marvelous, miraculous, inconceivably powerful force the world has ever known.”

The Dictionary describes imagination as “a conception or mental creation, of what is not actually present to the senses.”   So, this is something that is not tangible to our five physical senses. It is something out of this realm, it’s beyond and above us. 

The ability for human beings to be creative is a gift from God. We are created in His image and likeness of God. (Genesis 1:26-27).  Take a look at the Bible in the first chapter of Genesis and see God display the majesty of creativity in creating the universe. God created every thing which is visible out of something invisible or intangible!  God is a creative God and our creative ability is an endowment from God which we will be accountable for, one day before God!

God has given us the gift of imagination for good use, this gift is to be used to fashion our lives in alignment with God’s prescription for living a successful life. (Joshua 1:8).  If we don’t fashion our thought pattern in alignment with God by renewing our mind with the Word of God the devil will hijack it for evil and use it to harm us.  That is exactly what happened in Genesis chapter 6, take a look:

“5 The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. 6 So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.”  (Genesis 6:5-6) If you continue reading  that passage  to the end you will discover that, wrong thinking was the primary gate way that allowed evil and wickedness to prevail on the earth, and this was the reason why God brought the flood. God literally started again and repopulated the earth through Noah.

For our own good, we should not accommodate wrong thinking, such as fear, worries, anxiety, ungodly images and things that will pollute our imagination and pervert us. By perversion I mean,  imagination that will be counter productive to God’s plans and purposes for us. The Bible makes it clear that we are already blessed in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:3) God is not just going to bless us, He has ALREADY blessed us. But you and I have got to know how to move our stuff from the heavenly realm to the earth realm by renewing our mind to what God has already done for us in spite of the opposition and resistance against us. 

Philippians 4:6-9 is a good prescription for conducting our thinking in all circumstances.

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. ……8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. 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. 9  Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:6-9)

Verse 6 is telling us not to give room to fear and anxiety, but to ask for what we need. And Verse 8 -9 and is telling us how to stay focused after we have prayed so that we can see the manifestation of our heavenly blessings in the earth realm. And that is by THINKING GOOD THOUGHTS. Thinking right after we have made our request to God in prayer is very important to receiving the answer to our prayer!

The ability to think and be creativity is a powerful tool God has given us to make our way successful in life. Lets us use it for good, let’s take charge of our thinking, the voices and images we accommodate in our space.

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

God bless you!

Praying for you. Love, Shade

 

The Winning Edge

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“Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.

But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.” (James 1:3-4)

 

Know Who You Are

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“But he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the [law] of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed in his doing (his life of obedience).” James (1:25)

God says He has made us into kings and priests (Revelation 1:6). Many of us do not see ourselves as kings and priests. We often see ourselves through many different lenses such as, people’s opinion of us, past failures and mistakes, limitations and present circumstances. As such, we develop a low self esteem because of how we think and see ourselves. Subconsciously, we estimate our worth and value based on how we feel.

I once heard a message by a man of God which made a huge impart on me and helped a lot to transition me into a new frame of mind! He said, “There are three projected images of us, first one, how we see ourselves, second, how other people see us and third, how God sees us. But the one that counts is the 3rd,  how God sees us ”

Wow! Did that rock my boat or what…? (….not what people think or EVEN, what I think about me!).  And Is that not what the Bible says  James 1:22 – 25?

Today you may not feel like a king and a priest, But it does not change the FACT, that is who you are! You are bought by the blood of Jesus Christ and adopted into the family of God.

And I encourage you today, don’t accommodate or treat low self-esteem lightly, it’s a Destiny thief! Remember, the first generation of Israelites who left Egypt, reached the edge of Jordan and they could not press further into their destiny because of low self esteem. God saw them as a might nation, they saw themselves as grasshoppers, and because of their low self esteem, they could not press into God’s will for them. Only Joshua and Caleb out of that generation received their inheritance because, they had a good report.

What is it going to take for you to discover who you are?

Understand who God says you are, not other people’s opinion of you or how you feel about yourself, but continue to look into the perfect you – In the MIRROR of the Living Word. The Word of God has the power to change and transform you into who God says you are. Take time out to study the word, meditating, confessing and acting on the word by faith.

“Understanding who you are and what God’s Word says about you is the beginning – it is the launching pad – of every breakthrough for your life” – Joyce Meyer (Amen!)

Praying for you! God bless you!