Get Your Head Out of the Sand! #JustDoIt –

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And the Lord shall make you the head, and not the tail; and you shall be above only, and you shall not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you this day and are watchful to DO them (Deut 28:13)~~ Yes, we are saved by grace, not by our works, but that doesn’t mean we can just go do or be whatever. God intends that we WALK in a certain destiny, here on earth as well as in our lives in eternity. It all starts with DOING His will …as we pray every day (Thy will be DONE on Earth as it is in Heaven). When we DO what He wants us to do, we walk in the destiny He promises. But doing what we are supposed to do requires us to DO…not stand by expecting a handout nor sit there wallowing in our mess or hoarding what blessings we do have. The reason so many believers are yet to walk in promises and provisions from God is because like an ostrich they have their head in the sand . . . afraid to take action or a stand or a risk; Content to hide themselves from life and everybody passing them by. The problem with having your head in the sand means you’re living by the seat of your pants… you’ve exposed another part of your body for life to kick you in it. God wants you to be the head. . .so you’ll use it… so you’ll lead with it, so you’ll walk in a renewed mind; Not the tail because He doesn’t want you just sitting on it and Certainly not getting kicked in It! This is where people get confused about God’s blessing…Thinking they should be blessed so they can sit there and HAVE it and look at it. God doesn’t bless us so that we can stand there and hold it. You should be about His business…Every day. . .not just on Sunday or Wednesday night. . .or when you get in trouble or when you feel like it . . . but every day. . .Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. (Hab 2:2)…God’s Word is the written vision and will tell you what to DO.  He will instruct you plain and clear on how to accomplish the vision. . .the dreams. . .the goals. . .He has birthed within you. Every day. . .we should look with faith and expectation for His blessing and His direction. . .but then the key to unlocking the blessing is to WALK in the faith. READ YOUR BIBLE and see what the promise is…and run with it! DO what it says and be blessed….and be a blessing!!

God Pressed My #Reset Button->

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Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation. And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, The God of my salvation, And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise (Ps 51:10-15)~~ The knowledge and remembrance of the guilt of sins on our heads are our constant source of torment; a dark cloud that hangs over us! If this blood of Christ, which cleanses from all sin, cleanses us from our sin, then we are clean indeed. We are comforted, when we are first cleansed; if sin, the bitter root of sorrow, be taken away, we can pray in faith: “Lord, Let me have a well-grounded peace, of thy creating, so that the bones broken by convictions may rejoice, may be comforted. Hide thy face from my sins; blot out all mine iniquities out of thy book; blot them out, as a cloud is blotted out and dispelled by the beams of the sun.”
We desire renewal to holiness as much as the joy of salvation. We now see, more than ever, what an unequaled heart we have, and sadly lament it. We see it is not in our own power to amend it, and therefore beg God would create in us a clean heart. When we feel this change is necessary, and read the promise of God to that purpose, we begin to ask it. We know we have by our sin grieved the Holy Spirit, and have provoked Him to withdraw. This we dread more than anything. We pray that Divine comforts may be restored to us. When we give ourselves cause to doubt our interest in salvation, how can we expect the joy of it? This makes us weak; we feel ready to fall, either into sin or into despair, therefore we pray that God uphold us with His Spirit.
The Spirit of God is a free Spirit, a free Agent Himself, working freely. And the more cheerful we are in our duty, the more constant we shall be to it. What is this but the liberty wherewith Christ makes His people free, which is contrasted with the yoke of bondage? It is the Spirit of Divine adoption by Him – spoken to the heart. Those to whom God is the God of salvation, He will deliver from guilt; for the salvation He is the God of, is salvation from sin! We may therefore plead with Him, “Lord, thou art the God of my salvation, therefore deliver me from the dominion of sin!” And when our lips are opened, what should they speak but the praises of God for His forgiving mercy! We have SO much more to praise in that God saw us in this state and set our blessings in motion even before our ask! While our actions and ways were justification for Him to withdraw from us, He stayed right there! Like the father welcoming the prodigal son home, God welcomes us back to Himself with open arms!
God Pressed My Reset Button
Hallelujah!

The Lord #GodIs –

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And the Lord, He it is that doth go before thee; He will be with thee, He will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed (Deut 31:8)~ Things around you may seem so out of hand. You may not know what your next step is going to be! God may even seem distant to you! Your mind is full of thoughts asking “Why, Lord?”. And there seems to be little circumstances that even mock you for believing in God… challenging you and almost asking you “Where is your God now?”. But the devil is a liar! Don’t fall for the trickery! Those carnal and evil weapons of confusion, unbelief and fear, they are hot coals that will burn you the longer you hold on to them. DROP IT!!! They were formed against you and cannot prosper unless you hold onto them and let them consume you! The truth is: God IS!!! Though you can’t always trace Him, you CAN always trust Him. Don’t worry about the things you see…but remember what you have already overcome; God would not bring you this far through so many things to forget you. The Lord, He IS: Always present in our lives; He IS: Over all things; He IS the one who goes before us; He IS the fixer of every situation and trial and He IS the One who never forsakes the righteous in Him. Friend, be strong and of Good courage, God IS wherever, whenever and whatever you need Him to be … In fact, He’s not only with you; He’s GOT you!

Don’t Forget! – The High Cost of #Pride –

And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. As the nations which the Lord destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the Lord your God (Deut 8:17-20)~~ There’s an old adage that people “forget where they came from”; in reference to a person that seems to progress in some way only to seemingly separate themselves from the people, the environment and everything else they were around prior to their progression. While it is positive to “grow” as you progress in life – especially when that growth is to something better, it’s extremely important to remember your benefactors, especially God who created the skills and talents that you used to get to where you are.

When we prosper in business, skill and possession, we find the temptation to pride, forgetfulness of God, and carnal-mindedness – very strong. We set our minds and ways to an attitude of self-sufficiency and self-reliance. We become so focused on our elevation that we forget the One that provides salvation. We are so consumed in OURselves and OUR achievements and OUR things – we actually end up being in worse shape than when we were … in worse shape! In our poorer times, we actually had the advantage; we more easily perceived our supplies coming from the Lord in answer to the prayer of faith; and, strange as it may seem, we found less difficulty in simply trusting Him for our daily bread.
Pride is natural to the human heart. But would one suppose that we, after our own history of trials, should need the thorns of a wilderness to humble us? None of us live a single week without giving proofs of our weakness, folly, and depravity. Here is the great secret of Divine Providence. All God’s gifts are in pursuance of his promises. He resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. The consequences of forsaking and resisting God are indeed perilous! Forget not God’s former dealings with you as the trials you faced in former times were to do you good! In everything we must give thanks, guarding against the temptations of a prosperous condition. Don’t get so used to looking down from your high hill that you forget how to look up in reverence!

The Lord Is My #Shepherd – #Jehovah-Rohi

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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want (Ps 23:1)~~ He is the LORD over all; He governs the affairs of our lives and is in control. Even though it may be over our heads, it’s still under His feet! He is omnipotent – having all power! Seeing all, and knowing all – even before we know of it or need of it. The Lord IS omnipresent! His ‘IS-ness’ declares a state of constant existence and presence, without limitation, in all time and place – there is no ‘was’ nor ‘shall be’.. no here nor there; in all – God IS. The Lord is OUR shepherd and we are HIS sheep – He is Lord OVER US – to chasten and correct us that we should obey Him and let Him direct our paths to His paths of righteousness. The Lord is our SHEPHERD – our provider and protector giving us His life that we may have life abundantly (John 10:10-11); not to worry about what comes against us nor what we shall have. We are completely and eternally satisfied in Him. Jehovah-Rohi: our good shepherd – He is Lord ‘over’ all, He is Lord ‘of’ all!

By His Name It Shall Be Provided #Jireh –

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And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-Jireh. As it is said to this day, In the mount of Jehovah it shall be provided (Gen 22:14)~ Jehovah-Jireh: “I Am the One who provides” — That place where God is…for the encouragement of all believers, to the end of the world, cheerfully to trust in God, and obey Him. Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord will provide. Rather than Abraham slay his son in sacrifice, The Lord provided a ram to be the sacrifice. Rather than punish us and slay us and require our sacrifices for the debt of sin on our souls, God provided Himself a lamb. Now there is no more sacrifice for sins; there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus; For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have eternal life. The Lord will always have His eye upon His people, in their straits and distresses, that He may give them seasonable help. And my God shall supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

There’s something about the Name of the #Lord-

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Let them praise the name of the LORD: for His name alone is excellent; His glory above the earth and heaven (Psa 148:13)~ Throughout Scripture God reveals Himself to us through His names. When we study these names that He reveals to us in the Bible, we will better understand who God really is. The meanings behind God’s names reveal the central personality and nature of the One who bears them. God’s name is of the utmost importance, therefore we ought to reserve it a position of utmost significance in our minds and hearts. We must be careful not to make God into just an “it” or a “thing” to which we pray. We should never take His name lightly but always rejoice in it and think deeply upon its true meaning. To hallow the name of God is to regard Him with complete devotion and loving admiration.  He is the Most High God, All sufficient One, Master, Lord of Peace, the Lord Who Will Provide! He is our Father! How excellent is His name in all the earth!! God knows us by our name, and we should know Him by His! He is our Jehovah Raah, the Lord our Shepherd, who unceasingly watches over us. Think for a moment on who God is to you…and rejoice, again I say rejoice! Our Father which art in Heaven…Hallowed be thy name!