Yesterday, the Lord encouraged me with many wonderful truths through His Word, devotionals, a message, and thoughts during a prayer meeting. I wanted to share them with you. Enjoy the following:
5/4/16 AM: Believe the Lord was speaking to my heart this morning. He reminded me of the verse I was given for this year:
2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Read in my devotional how we often want to go back — back to happier times. God though always leads us forward. I need to let go of the “if-onlys” and remember, “Today is fresh with no mistakes” (quote from Anne Shirley in Anne Of Green Gables), no misgivings, and no if-only.
5/4/16 early afternoon message: “We often try to head towards freedom when God wants us to live from freedom.” He is freedom!
It’s been said, “Freedom is experiencing the Presence of God.” Amen!
“Grace empowers us to walk out the truth.”
Jesus asked the question, “Who do you say that I am?” Pivotal question! This will determine your entire belief system and how you live your life. Who is Jesus to you? It’s not what other people say; it’s not what the books say. What do you believe about Jesus? Who is He really to you?
Your ministry doesn’t validate who you are in Him. Get ahold of who you are to Him and in Him. Your “ministry” is not to find something to prove yourself. It’s finding Jesus — having such a powerful/intimate relationship with Jesus Christ that it impacts everyone you meet.
We spend so much of our time waking up sin-conscience when we should be awaking Son-conscience.
“People aren’t your problem; you are.”
“You can be wrong about being right.”
“Instead of trying to sell people my fruit, why I don’t let them pick it?” (sharing our faith)
“Let your roots go into the love of God.”
“Your family isn’t your problem; you are!” (How many times do we blame others for our own lack of happiness and peace? Our lack of peace and joy can only be blamed upon ourselves. No one can take away your peace and joy, unless you allow it.)
Wherever you are shouldn’t be dark because you are there. (Jesus in you!)
“Having a form of godliness is knowing a lot of God’s Word without the power of the Holy Spirit to apply it.”
“You can’t walk the Beattitudes out in the flesh.” (Why so many don’t like them.)
False grace slips when there’s no relationship with Jesus — not the intimate knowing and being known.
“A lack of the body of Christ is in praying — not preaching.”
“Don’t bypass God to get a father figure.”
Co-labor with fellow Christians — don’t be co-dependent.
Heaven paid an infinite cost. Why? Because He values you! The one who values the object is willing to pay the high price. This is what gives the object worth. Anything can be valuable or valueless. It’s the buyer who determines the worth of the object. Jesus determined our worth by paying the infinite price to redeem us!
1 John 1:7
7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
“If you envy someone else, it means you don’t know who you are.” (Whose and therefore who you are…)
“Intimacy is that you know that you’re known.” (truly known — all of you and yet accepted and loved)
“Live a life that is pleasing to the Lord — not because you have to but because you want to.”
“Pursue God at the cost of everything; God is worth it all!”
“If you’re on fire and you get put into the fire, you’ll be alright. The fire is not the issue. Trials aren’t the issue.”
“Heaven paid the highest price to revalue you.”
Wherever you go, there should be revival.
“Everyone is a target for the love of God, but not everyone wants to be. You have to know who you are.”
“You’ll never love your neighbor unless you know who you are.”
5/5/16 AM devotional:
Read this this morning: “I will fight for you; you need only to be still. I know how weary you are, my child. You have been struggling just to keep your head above water, and your strength is running low. Now is the time to stop striving and let Me fight for you. I know this is not easy for you to do. You feel as if you must keep struggling in order to survive, but I am calling you to rest in Me. I am working on your behalf; so be still, and know that I am God. Quieting your body is somewhat challenging for you, but stilling your mind may often seem downright impossible. In your striving to feel secure, you have relied too heavily on your own thinking. This struggle to be in control has elevated your mind to a position of autonomy. So you need the intervention of the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to control your mind more and more — soothing you from the inside out. Take time to rest in the shadow of the Almighty while I fight for you.” (by S. Young)
God’s grace and provision are more than enough [to compensate] for what we may lack.
We are sometimes our own worst critic.from Men & Women Of The Bible:
God looks at you in the light of His Word — not yours!from “Men & Women Of The Bible”
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,
To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Redemption in Christ
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both[a] which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who[b] is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom
15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding[c] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
How secure is our salvation and position in Christ? As secure and reliable as Christ and the Holy Spirit! He sealed us by the Holy Spirit. He brought our salvation about in Christ. This is our security!
You accept this gift of salvation, and it is yours.
What is the price of one soul — your soul?!!!
Jesus said, “You are of infinite worth because He paid the ultimate, eternal, and infinite cost for you!”