Archive | March 2013

Just Imagine

Have you ever stopped to imagine Heaven? My Word gives you few clues, but you know it is a good and wonderful place. It will be a breathtaking surprise when you arrive–I won’t spoil it. But can you imagine what it was like on the day I took the keys from Hell and ascended into Heaven?

Words cannot describe–

Victorious! Triumphant! Magnificent!

They so fall short of describing that day, that moment, that hour of triumph. But oh, you will taste and see on the day of your own victory–when you ascend the heavenly skies and stand before those magnificent gates–

When you approach the throne room of God

and bow before

arrayed in wondrous splendor

Oh imagine!

On that day all of Heaven is rejoicing!

But, this time…

it’s for you!

All of Heaven rejoices for you!

Anticipate that day with excited expectation–you won’t be disappointed. Heaven is a powerful place–a wonderful place. Full of Grace and Love and Life.

No more sorrow, sadness or pain–no more restrain.

Just imagine

A special place is prepared just for you, and we wait expectantly

as do you.

But first, your race must be run. To hear your Father say the words–

Well done

Just imagine those words–Well Done!

Just Imagine

You run your race, to take your place–at the Throne of God!

Just Imagine

“And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” John 14:3

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me, on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” II Timothy 4:8

“When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand upon me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one; I died, and behold I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.” Revelation 1:17-18

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; and I heard a great voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people,” and God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:1-4

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.” Matthew 25:21

“Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21

 

 

My Delight

I took delight on the day My Son was bruised. Not because it pleased Me to see Him abused, broken, but that His meek obedience satisfied the payment required for you to be grafted in. A price so high could only be paid by the pure sacrifice of Holiness, the shed Blood of a sinless Man.

It satisfied Me.

You are that important to Me!

Do you stop and consider that? Really own it in your heart, how very valuable and priceless that you are to Me, that I could watch My one and only Son be

brutally beaten,

spit upon,

tortured,

hung and left to die,

nails run through his hands and feet.

One born for Victory, but never defeat!

How precious is your life that He, gave his own life that you’d be made free. You have only to believe, in order to receive, that priceless Blood.

No greater value has been found.

No greater love been given…

Than the day I turned My face from My Son.

My prize was you–to be won!

I saw My Son, so priceless…

but, for a moment, turned away.

Looking back I saw you…

through the Blood I saw you!

I took delight on the day that My son was bruised…

and that delight, My child, was YOU!

“He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.

By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?

And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the will of the Lord to bruise him; he has put him to grief; when he makes himself an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand; he shall see the fruit of the travail of his soul and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous; and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out his soul to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors.” Isaiah 53:3-12

“–he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for men to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:26b-28

 

 

Let Us Pray

Prayer is engaging Me in conversation with you, by initiating the conversation; it is not about reciting your list. Come to Me and, yes, with praise and thanksgiving, make your requests known, but don’t stop there and leave; let’s talk about what’s on your heart. I would like the opportunity to share My heart with you as well.

Have you ever stopped to consider that I enjoy talking to you? A conversation involves more than one person speaking.

Involve Me…

I do more than listen–

  • I speak
  • I direct
  • I teach
  • I encourage

and yes, I answer prayer.

Are you not more inclined to assist the needs of one who is your friend? When you build a friendship–relationship, a deep bond forms and you would go to great lengths to be of service to your friend.

I call you friend.

And I would, and do go to great lengths to be of service to you.

Will you reciprocate for me?

Let us discuss your heart, your life–your dreams. Let’s have a conversation, and we’ll talk about your needs and desires, your requests, your friends, and your friend’s requests and we’ll call it prayer.

And then, we’ll talk about My needs and desires and thoughts for your life, and plans, and we’ll call it conversation.

And

I’ll call  you Friend!

“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2

“Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7

“He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.” Proverbs 22:11

“and the scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness”; and  he was called the friend of God.” James 2:23

 

Star Bright

Look up Abraham, do you see the stars? So shall your descendents be. Can you number them? My Kingdom shall have no end.

You are part of that Kingdom if you said yes to My Word and received Me as your Lord and Savior. You are one of the stars that shine for Me. Your light shall never go out if you remain in My Word–basking in My Presence; you are not ashamed of the gospel, and are looking expectantly for My return.

But, stop and consider, one lone star twinkles gently in the sky; a peaceful presence that makes one smile, but many stars grouped together makes a stunning presentation. An awesome sight in the heavenlies–a path to light the way.

Forsake not the gathering together of the brethren. Your light builds off the presence of another. Encouragement and courage are found when My children are together, and I bask in the glory of My saints gathered at My feet.

You are generated from Abraham

Carry the torch…

Not just a twinkle in My eye, but ablaze for My Kingdom!

And

My Kingdom

Shall know no end.

“Arise shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” Isaiah 60:1-3

“Thus Abraham “believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” So you see that it is men of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then those who are men of faith are blessed with Abraham who had faith.” Galatians 3:6-9

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.” Galatians 3:28-29

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:23-25

“–And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time; but at that time your people shall be delivered, every one whose name shall be found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.” Daniel 12:1-3

“For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her vindication goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch. The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name which the mouth of the Lord will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.” Isaiah 62:1-3

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to  your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

 

No Shame

Tender is My heart toward those who have been shamed–My child it should not be so. You are a pearl of great price. The reason I gave My life. No greater gift could I offer you.

I take your pain

I’ve lived your shame

Please let Me heal your heart and give you a fresh new start. I cannot undo what has been done, but I can heal the wounds and give you new life for the old.

I can remove bitterness and, in exchange, bring forgiveness.

Trust Me

Pour out your heart before Me and then listen while I speak words of tenderness–words of love to heal. If you will cease to blame, I will take the shame. And as you learn to forgive, I will give you favor and honor and fill you with gladness.

But, first My love, we must remove you from the madness…

Come away from it and embrace new life; receive My love and put an end to the strife! Shame no longer has power over you…

When you know who you are

And

Him who loves you!

I AM HE

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion–to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:1-3

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

“But thou, O Lord, art a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.” Psalms 3:3

“O Lord, thou wilt hear the desire of the meek; thou wilt strengthen their heart, thou wilt incline thy ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.” Psalms 10:17-18

“The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know thy name put their trust in thee, for thou, O Lord, hast not forsaken those who seek thee.” Psalms 9:9-10

” Instead of your shame you shall have a double portion, instead of dishonor you shall rejoice in your lot; therefore in your land you shall possess a double portion; yours shall be everlasting joy. For I the Lord love justice. I hate robbery and wrong; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. Their descendants shall be known among the nations, and their offspring in the midst of the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed. ” Isaiah 61:7

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14-15

“But let all who take refuge in thee rejoice, let them ever sing for joy; and do thou defend them, that those who love thy name may exult in thee. For thou dost bless the righteous, O Lord; thou dost cover him with favor as with a shield.” Psalms 5:11-12

 

 

Live Satisfied

Length of days and long life are yours for the asking. I’ve even made provision for this in My Word–with long life I will satisfy you and show you My salvation.

Are you satisfied? Would you consider that you have lived a long life? There is so much expectation put on death from My children who are given the gift of life. I said that I came to give you life and that more abundantly…

Are you still living on the other side of victory?

CROSS over to the other side–it is teeming with life!

You will be satisfied with abundance. My blessing will overtake you. Heaven on earth is yours for the taking, but you must take it–take it by faith. Dig out every promise and blessing and go after them until they are realized in your life and then, when you have become consumed in blessing, teach it to someone else.

Share the wealth

Share the love

Share the Word

And

Live Satisfied!

“Because he cleaves to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him my salvation.” Psalms 91:14-16

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

“And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your ground, and the fruit of your beasts, the increase of your cattle, and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading-trough. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.” Deut. 28:2-6

“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you; they shall come out against you one way, and flee before you seven ways.” Deut. 28:7

“–if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and walk in his ways. And all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of you. And the Lord will make you abound in prosperity…” Deut. 28:9b-11a

“–And the Lord will make you the head, and not the tail; and you shall tend upward only, and not downward; if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God…” Deut. 28:13a

“Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands afar off; say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock. For the Lord has ransomed Jacob, and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him. They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion, and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord, over the grain, the wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; their life shall be like a watered garden, and they shall languish no more. Then shall the maidens rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow. I will feast the soul of the priests with abundance, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, says the Lord.'” Jeremiah 31:10-14

 

Prove Strong

Your proving ground is not an easy experience and it is not meant to be. It is your time of work; a time to use what you know and to test the foundation of your house for cracks–faults that if not found now, could cause you great harm down the road when I will use you in a much greater capacity.

Do not seek to be free of the proving stage and do not run from it. Your acceptance will define your maturity level and enable you to grow. Trust Me in this. I will leave you in this for a season, but the length of time lies solely up to you and how you handle this. It’s not about punishment, so don’t think of it as such, but realize that it is all for good; all for growth and to refine you.

And

When you see clearly…

Mentor those I send your way…

In a gentle and kindly way–as you would have someone mentor you.

Your task is at hand

Prove Strong

I AM with you!

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in so far as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.” I Peter 4:12

“Examine yourselves, to see whether you are holding to your faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?–unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” II Corinthians 13:5

“Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind. For thy steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in faithfulness to thee.” Psalms 26:2-3

“Search me, O God and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” Psalms 139:23-24

“Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12