You Have All of Me!!

img_3236We must step away of letting others determine our level of commitment to The Lord.

We need to be true to Him and what level HE is calling us to!

We are in a time of decision…will we only go as far as is comfortable and only as far as is appropriate in the eyes of others?

Or will we raise our faces and our hands to the heavens and say, “I’m not holding back, Lord! You have all of me!!”

GLORY! GLORY! GLORY!!

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’”

‭‭Mark‬ ‭12:30‬ ‭NIV‬‬

A Fire in my Bones!

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Sometimes I will be talking to someone and the Lord will give me a Word for them. It will be a Word of encouragement…a Word of calling forth what He has purposed for them.

Sometimes it will be a Word directly from the Bible and sometimes it will be a Word from His heart to theirs.

This can happen one-on-one or it can happen in a group situation when I am teaching, preaching, or giving a message.

It can happen when I am walking into a store and the Lord will show me someone He wants me to go to and speak His love for them. I can choose to walk away and not be obedient to His call…but His Word stirring within me is indeed like a fire burning in my bones!

It also happens when I am on social media. I can be looking at a photo and the Lord will speak a Word to me as I’m looking at it. This happened recently with an “eagle photo” a friend of mine posted. I will be writing a post with this Word soon.

Also, many times as I’m writing a comment or a private message to someone…the Lord will begin to speak a specific Word to them that I find myself typing. It’s not planned…it just flows forth.

Ahhhhh Lord! Continue to speak Your Word through me!! Continue to breathe on the fire that is within me and make it burn brighter! I am forever Yours, Almighty God!!

DO YOU HAVE POWER?

Many people lost their electricity during Hurricane Irma (me included).

As I started going out again after things had settled down – I found myself asking people:

“Do you have power?”

As soon as I asked a few people, the Lord called my attention to what I was saying!

Then I began saying, “Of course, you have POWER! You have the power of Almighty God within you! I should say, do you have electricity?”

Beloved, no matter what circumstances you find yourself in – remember – you still have the indwelling presence of the Lord within you! His power continues to move in your life apart from physical lack or limitations.

You have the power of God to change your circumstances! You have the power of God to speak to the storms that are trying to knock you off your feet!

Don’t look at your limitations – look at God’s abundant provision! His power dwelling within you – the power of the Holy Spirit – doesn’t fail because of bad weather and storms in your life. His power doesn’t depend on manmade generators trying to work up enough power. His power is eternal, everlasting, and dependable! So I ask you:

DO YOU HAVE POWER?

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BE STILL

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10

Sometimes we get so busy doing things for the Lord that we forget to take time and just “sit” in His Presence.

When we still our bodies, our minds, and our spirits and focus only on Him…we begin to feel that sweet Presence that draws around us like a cloak of Love.

In our stillness, we can feel God moving in us and around us. We can tune out all of the “noise” of the world and hear that soft whisper flowing in our minds. Peace that passes all understanding begins to settle upon us. Strength that seemed to be gone begins to rise up in us. The guidance that we have been searching for begins to unfold.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh…can you sense His Presence, Beloved of God? He is drawing us closer and closer to His Heart.

He wants to be as close to us as the next breath. He IS our breath! Breathe Him in all who are weary…breathe Him in all who are ill…breathe Him in all who feel lost.

He is so ready and willing to BE all that He has promised us He would be in our lives. He is so ready and willing to DO all that He has said He would do in our lives.

May we BE STILL and draw near to Him. He has promised that He will then draw near to us.

The time is now!! He WILL be exalted among the nations and He WILL be exalted in the earth!

May we choose this day to exalt Him within our “temples”…our body, soul, and spirits.

Be still and KNOW that HE IS GOD!!!!!!!!!!

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EYES OF FAITH!

“For we live by faith, not by sight.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭NIV

May those that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey not see the devastation with eyes of hopelessness…but may they look with EYES OF FAITH at restoration of what was lost.

May those that are seeing the destructive winds of Hurricane Irma bearing down upon them…look instead with EYES OF FAITH at God’s peace and protection in the midst of the storm.

May those that are battling health issues not look at the disease and infirmity… but look with EYES OF FAITH at God’s healing.

Brothers & Sisters, may we approach everything that comes our way with eyes that don’t look upon the problem…but with eyes that look upon the solution – JESUS!!

May we not let what we SEE affect what we KNOW —the LORD is a God of restoration, peace, protection, and healing!!

Let us declare to the earth and to the heavens:

WE LIVE BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT!!

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Taste and See!

It is not by accident that the word taste is first and the word see is second in this Scripture!

When we taste something, we must put it in our mouths and chew on it.  Most of the time we swallow it and it begins to work within us – giving us nutrition, health, and strength.  (If we are eating those things that are good for our bodies.)

It is like that with our spiritual lives. When we study Scripture…when we meditate (chew) on it and let it become a part of us…it gives us strength and enables us to grow.

As we TASTE the Word and as we speak the Word — we begin to get a deeper revelation of the Lord — we begin to SEE that He is good!

We can talk about food — but  we must actually taste it to know if that food is good.

We can talk about God — but it is not until we actually engage with God that we are able to understand and SEE that God is good.  We engage with Him through Bible Study, Prayer, Worship, and Ministry.

As we TASTE and allow the Lord to fill us more and more — we will SEE that He is good!  He is faithful!  He is loving!!  He is everything we need!!

TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD!!

ENTHUSIASM!

“Enthusiasm is contagious – and so is the lack of it.” (John Wesley)

The definition of enthusiasm is “a feeling of excitement.”

I don’t go to sports events (although I did when my children were young). And when parents are cheering for their children, there is much enthusiasm to be seen and heard.

We witness the same thing at adult football games, baseball games, basketball games, and other competitive events.

Sports and entertainment elicits much enthusiasm! Laughing/crying, shouting, clapping, and jumping up and down is not uncommon.

There are many things in life to get excited about – to show much enthusiasm over – births, weddings, graduations, and other milestones.

It is hard to show enthusiasm without an outward expression of excitement! Stillness and silence simply do not go along with enthusiasm.

I am talking about all of this to lead up to our behavior in church. There absolutely are times to be quiet and worshipful. But, there are also times to show enthusiasm!!

Why is it so easy to show enthusiasm at sporting events but not show enthusiasm in church? There are times during praise and worship when I want to SHOUT! What God has done for us; is doing for us; and will do for us is as exciting as someone catching a football!!!! I would say more so!

There are times during the Pastor’s message when I must shout out an “AMEN!” I get EXCITED over God’s promises and faithfulness!

During a lively praise song, I have been known to jump up and down and yes – even dance a little. 😃 (even though I am 66 years old!). There is no age limit on getting excited over the LORD!!

I want to show ENTHUSIASM for my God and for all He is!! I would rather be found guilty of too much enthusiasm than not enough. How about you?

If enthusiasm is contagious, I want to be a carrier and make everybody catch it!

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