It’s Time To #Reset and Take Some Time in the Wilderness! ~

But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer. — Luke 5:16

Our society wants us to spend every waking second of our lives doing something. As a result, the pace of life can become quite daunting. There are clients to meet, deadlines to make, calls to return. We run at 10,000 RPM for the entire day, then make our way home and have to deal with cooking dinner, washing laundry, and getting the kids to bed.

We must learn to slow down in life. Racecars cannot be repaired while on the track, so why do we think we can “be still, and know” God (Psa. 46:10) when we cannot find the time to take a break?

But there is a way to slow down when we’re running full throttle all day and night. It’s called margin. Put another way, it could be considered a reserve or simply breathing room. Jesus thought it was important enough that he made it a routine part of his life on earth–he recognized his earthly limits and took time to get recharged.

Consider this: When you don’t have any margin in your life, you cannot fully accomplish the things God reveals for you to do.

There are numerous ways we can introduce breathing room into our lives. We can learn to say no when we’re already overloaded with tasks. We can anticipate the unexpected and add some time to the front end of meetings. We can take opportunities to laugh, cry, and rest. We can also take time to help others in ways that allow them to experience breathing room in their lives.

Don’t move so fast that God’s voice is lost in the everyday. Take time to slow down and breathe so you can grow and get to know the Savior as a friend. God makes a way in the wilderness (Isa 43:19)!

I’ll see you again after vacation!

God Isn’t Finished With You Yet! #WorkInProgress ~

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And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Phil 1:6) ~~ So often we get ourselves distraught in believing that as Christians we are supposed to have this aura of perfection about us. That we are supposed to live a totally perfect and sin-free life. And because we don’t and in fact CAN’T, we feel like we are not ‘good enough’ to call ourselves Christians. Look, if you are a non-smoker and you walk through a smoke filled room, you will come out smelling like a burnt pack of Kool Milds! Yet you’re still a non-smoker, no matter what the world may say otherwise. Even though you smell like the designated smoking section on the outside, on the inside your body functions like the non-smoking section. The same can be said about our walk in Christianity… we will be affected by our surroundings…we will be impacted by what we see, hear and experience in our lives and these things will cause us to be less than perfect… on the outside…even in what we do. This does not make us” non-Christian, it just confirms our humanity. But God works on us still… He creates IN us a clean heart and righteous spirit and through our relationship with Him, in His time, it happens. Our growth in Him is a continuous progressive work… Meaning there is always something going on in us bringing us closer and closer to Him. Don’t ever think you’re supposed to just BE perfect from the beginning of your acceptance of Him. What you are doing when you accept Him as your savior is you are accepting the workmanship of His hand on you. It is God that MAKES us perfect over time and through HIS perfect works, not the result of our ‘galant efforts’ toward perfection. And there’s more reality: this is not an instantaneous transformation from sinner to saint. This process will continue all the days of our lives until Christ returns… And God will look at us and see His Son in us… And AT THAT POINT we will be perfect in His sight. Until then, be open to His work on you in you and through you. Don’t become distressed about your stumbles in life, just GET UP!! Don’t become idle in your progressive growth and love toward Him… Give no place to the devil…and know who you are in the Lord.. you are a child of God..a friend of God! An heir to eternal life and an ambassador of Heaven. You Are God’s Masterpiece, A Work in Progress One day at a time, step by step, gradually and progressively…. Until He Comes! Walk in THAT! Be Blessed!

How You #CarpeDiem is Your Choice! I Will Rejoice In it! ~

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it (Ps 118:24)~~

Fear mongers, proponents of negativity, and preachers of doom and gloom would have us live in a very different world. There are those that want everyone to see only the bad in the world and scare people into a certain type of belief and mindset. They point out all of the dangers and problems and worries and would have us all afraid to even seek a peaceful life.

It’s all too easy to focus on the storms of life and worship at the altar of fear. It’s easy to forget that storms come and go, but dreams can last forever… that peaceful life begins with our own actions and faith in rejoicing and praise!

See, Fear is a coward that flees in the face of positive action, and it doesn’t take much action to make it happen. There’s no reason to ever allow fear to dominate your life because the smallest amount of positive action will send fear packing.

An ounce of action in faith is more powerful that a megaton of fear. So with that we should rejoice and be glad in each day; not only that such a day is given in new mercies every morning, but in the mere occasion of it. Too often we wake up complaining about the day and what may be wrong or uncomfortable or undesirable in our lives. Our days ought to be rejoicing days, first of all, because God didn’t HAVE to let us BE in it. We didn’t HAVE to be allowed our great blessings! God let our souls prosper and be in health, in that peace and righteousness which His government brings. He let us have victory over the lusts that war against our souls; and let Divine grace subdue our hearts. The duty which the Lord has made, brings light with it, true light; not the gloom and melancholy the cares of the world would have you believe. The duty this privilege calls for, is here set forth; the sacrifices we are to offer to God in gratitude for redeeming love, are ourselves; not to be slain upon the altar as our sins deserve, but living sacrifices, to be bound to the altar; spiritual sacrifices of prayer, worship and praise, in which our hearts must be engaged. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your REASONABLE service (Rom 12:1). Stop complaining.. You control the direction of your day with your attitude and it’s the least you could do!

#Praise God Now ~ It’s Starting to Rain!

Be glad then, you children of Zion, And rejoice in the Lord your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you—

The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month.

The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust,

My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame. Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God And there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame. (Joel 2:23-27)

The rain is starting! Things are changing! God is Moving on our lives! As long as you’re still here you’ve gotta believe it! If you made it to today you are better off than yesterday and it will keep getting better. Look for it – seeking first His kingdom. Behold I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth, shall you. It know it (Isa 43:19)? There is so much that you feel like you’ve lost, that you’ve missed, that you’ve had taken right out from under you! But it’s coming back.. even better and much more than you can imagine. Jesus said he came that we might have life, more abundantly- and He’s a God of His Word! Here’s the thing, the former rain blessed you with what was and you thought it was good old times. The latter rain will bring on you the likes of what you’ve never seen! This rain is heavy, and nourishing and is going to have you bearing beautiful fruit! Get Ready! The Rain is Coming and you won’t need an umbrella for this one! Believe that!

Things Might Be #Broken But God Can Fix It! ~

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  • For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds, says the Lord… (Jer 30:17)~
  • He Restores My Soul… (Ps 23:4)
  • So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten… (Joel 2:25)

I could go on about how God can fix what is broken!

With quick thought, any of us can easily think of where we have gotten away from what our lives should be…  Away from God; Away from our marriages; Away from our families; Away from our morals and values!

Now the Good News… We may have fallen off of life and things, including us, have gotten broken, but God can (and will) fix it (us) – He can (and will) restore it (us) all!

When God puts us back together there’s more than an external picture of being put back together like a broken vase, or the cleansing of red to white. God does an internal working in our heart, soul, and mind that is a healing beyond our understanding! 

He will reach down into the innermost parts of your soul where no one else can go to mend and fill with grace. To rid you of shame, guilt, sorrow, pain, insecurity, and more. These are works only God can do; no human has the ability to fill your void and depths of the heart.

In one breath our hurt is incurable, and indeed it feels like that sometimes doesn’t it? But then in the next breath, God says He will heal and restore. It’s how proper healing takes place. Proper healing doesn’t come when we bypass the process and seek the world’s comforts. Rather, it comes when we seek God. The difference between healing and not healing lies in the source. You want your heaviness to lift and your soul to feel peace? Then turn to God. Do you desire to feel free from the shame and condemnation? Turn to God. Can you imagine what it feels like to experience wholeness and restoration? Turn to God. He’s the answer to your healing.

When we turn to God, the void of loss is filled; the sting of the pains of our souls is relieved. When we pursue God we experience grace, restoration, and healing that no past can grip onto. No longer can it hold you back from what God has in store. Turn to Him and HE will heal you!

Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up. After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. (Hosea 6:1-3).

And just to cap it all off…

The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, declares the Lord of hosts (Haggai 2:9)

#LifeIsTooShort For All That Craziness! ~

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As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more (Ps 103:15-16); Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. (Job 14:1-2)~~ How short is man’s life, and uncertain! The flower of the garden is commonly more choice, and will last the longer, for being sheltered by the garden-wall, and the gardener’s care; but the flower of the field, to which life is here compared, is not only withering in itself, but exposed to the cold blasts, and liable to be cropped and trod on by the beasts of the field. Such is man. God considers this, and pities him; let him consider it himself. My friend, what are you making of your life with the days you have? Life is indeed too short to live your life in negativity, unproductiveness, drama and dysfunction. YOU have the ability to make the most, the best and the happiest of your life while you have it and be faithful in what you seek to experience in eternity. Anything unproductive in your life, drama you’re dealing with, old angers and grudges you are holding on to…let it go and live your days in the peace God intends for you. All too often we miss our joy because we’re so focused on our junk! Life is TOO SHORT!!! Our days are few and troublesome enough… but we also have a promise of a hope and a future (Jer 29:11); and that should be the source of our joy!

What Do You Have to Say For Yourself?#SpeakWisely ~

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In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them (Prov 14:3)~ How you use your tongue, one of the most difficult things to rule, dictates how you are treated in life. Both death and life are in the power of the tongue, and if you indulge yourself in talking, you will realize one or the other result. There are consequences to pay for your speech. Harsh and proud speech brings punishment and trouble; discreet and gracious speech brings blessing and safety. A fool cannot control his proud speech, and it causes others and him grief wherever he goes. When a fool talks proudly with his mouth, the pride in his words causes others to dislike and resent him. He loses friends and relationships, but in his ignorance does not know why. But a wise man is preserved and honored by his tongue. He uses speech for the good of others, and they love him for it. His gracious and kind words win the blessing and favor of others. He preserves his soul from much grief by wisely dealing with those around him. When a wise man graciously and humbly sets within himself to always advance others, they respond with affection and appreciation. He gains in friends and honor. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers (Eph 4:29). What do you have to say…for yourself?

#WordsMatter ~ Speak Life! ~

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Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. (Rom 14:19)~ Petty thoughts, actions and ideas, and the words that come as a result of them can ruin a friendship or the trust of any relationship. It may not always seem like a big deal while we’re going through it, but over time the smallest things can actually cause the biggest challenges. Life on a stable, even plane requires everyday effort and we have to do our part by taking control of thoughts, controlling our mouths, doing what leads to peace and eliminating that which does not. There are certain ideas we cannot allow to creep into our minds with regard to our relationships. What sets itself in the mind eventually affects our heart and out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matt 12:34).

Once it is spoken, the building or destruction of the relationship occurs because the tongue has the power of life and death (Prov 18:21). So we must be careful what thoughts we let inseminate us, what we carry in our hearts, what we speak to life and what we speak to death! The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell (James 3:6). Words we speak are one of the most powerful but also the most dangerous weapons we have. Remember, with words God created the universe but with words He also destroyed the earth by flood. The courses of life and death were spoken of Him and we who are in His image have the same power.

The key difference though is WE aren’t perfect and shouldn’t even pretend to be. We are human just like the next person. We make mistakes, exhibit attitudes, let our pride get in the way and sometimes act like children, just like other humans. We have to give each other the benefit of these imperfections and be willing to take ownership of what we bring that causes our relationships destruction and do the opposite. Rather than purposely destroy each other let us take that effort to intentionally uplift each other and make peace. Pick our battles carefully and rather than say destructive things, be a builder for the Kingdom of the Lord!

While You’re Fighting, Remember the #Battle is the Lord’s! ~

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Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces (Matt. 7:6)~~ Ever see someone “in a crowd” hatefully go off…. making a public scene, simply because they over-heard someone share some basic truth of God’s love? Possibly it’s even happened to you. You express your reverence to God and get teased, ridiculed or challenged on the stage in front of the crowd.. all to minimize you and the Word you carry.  We see it all the time whenever the truth of God is given. There is always an opposing point of view that has a burning desire to make itself heard. You know what they say: If you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, typically the one who barks the loudest is the one that got hit! Perhaps and most likely, the person that went ballistic-berserk is the one that got hit by the rock of the Spirit’s conviction.. so to speak. Spiritual “dogs” if you will, are attracted to really filthy things on the ground (in the world). They like what smells rotten. They like to feed on what shouldn’t be fed upon. They like to bite people or other dogs. As it is with spiritual swine, they will walk on what’s priceless, holy things are of no value to them.

They will come back at you, brandishing their own ‘memorized’ scriptural favorites with verses like Matthew 7:1, saying “Judge not, lest you be judged.” In the unbelieving and the rebellious mind, quoting this verse is a way of defending what he or she loves doing so that you don’t bother him or her with the truth that convicts. Some don’t want to be confused etc.. by the facts. They don’t want to take responsibility for their wrong-doing’s or have to change themselves and their ways. Some people actually do love their dark sinful “party habits” and selfish pleasures more than they want imputed righteousness freely given by God, so they just get angry at us. Some feel angry at God, believing that He has let them down. It’s a cruel world we live in and some want to blame Him without looking at their own wrongs.  Or.. maybe the one who quotes the verse in their own defense might want to ward off what they see as a smug, holier-than-thou, arrogant type of carnal believer who tends to be a finger-pointer and very accusatory. When the Holy Spirit is working on someone to lovingly bring them to repentance and faith, because they have been prayed for, or witnessed to before.. the spiritual battle that is going on for his or her soul can get pretty fierce. It can get more intense the closer they get to making a decision for Jesus. And the devil really doesn’t want to lose any of his own that he has in his grasp, and he will all-out fight for them so that they can stay in spiritual chains and one day be with him forever in Hell.

Unbelievers and the rebellious in God’s eyes, have great value – each one of them just like you do. That’s why we must trust and obey Jesus and fight the good fight of FAITH, but not be angry at or strive with people. There is a lot at stake and sometimes a lot going on around us in the spirit world – if you will. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph 6:12). We certainly can’t see the inner heart and spiritual condition of a person. We are not called to attempt to judge a person’s motives, for only God knows their motives. So, there will be times when God doesn’t want you wasting your kind words of truth with “closed minded” sinners in an effort to help them. This might sound crazy, but why force a Message upon those lost individuals who absolutely refuse to hear it? He rather wants you and I to live the life, to be His faithful witnesses all the time. While it’s important for all to hear God’s Word and be led of the Spirit every day.. sometimes you and I speak the loudest through our actions in being a witness for Christ (Be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only – James 1:22). We must decide not to react in the flesh, but to respond in the Spirit of love. By faith rest in the Lord and choose to be an overcomer full of God’s Spirit and Word. Opt to be victorious today, not needing to prove a thing to anybody. People are worth fighting, not with, but for… on our knees. The unseen spiritual battle is ultimately the Lord’s. Let us be strong in the Lord and the power of HIS might!!! Amen!

Some Day, We’ll Walk in the Rays of a Beautiful ‘Son’ #Hope ~

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For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Rom 8:18)~~ The sufferings of the believer strike no deeper than the things of time, last no longer than the present time, are light afflictions, and but for a moment. How vastly different are the sentence of the word and the sentiment of the world, concerning the sufferings of this present time! Indeed all of creation seems to wait with earnest expectation for the period when the children of God shall be manifested in the glory prepared for them. There is an impurity, deformity, and infirmity, which has come upon us by the fall of man. There is an enmity of one to another. And our persons are used, or abused rather, as instruments of sin. Yet this deplorable state of the creation is in hope. God will deliver us from being held in bondage to our depravity. The miseries of the human race, through our own and each other’s wickedness, declare that the world is not always to continue as it is. Our having received the first-fruits of the Spirit, quickens our desires, encourages our hopes, and raises our expectations. Sin has been, and is, the guilty cause of all the suffering that exists in the creation of God. It has brought on the woes of earth; it has kindled the flames of hell. As to man, not a tear has been shed, not a groan has been uttered, not a pang has been felt, in body or mind, that has not come from sin. This is not all; sin is to be looked at as it affects the glory of God. Of this how fearfully regardless are the bulk of mankind! Believers have been brought into a state of safety; but their comfort consists rather in hope than in enjoyment. From this hope we cannot be turned by the vain expectation of finding satisfaction in the things of time and sense. We need patience, our way is rough and long; but He that shall come, will come, though He seems to tarry – soon and very soon!
Come, Lord Jesus!