Archive | July 2013

Abundantly More

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 KJV

How do you see these things? So many attach their ‘impression’ to My Word and call it so. They are adamant that their way is right, and are not open to another–even though I send one their way to show them My Way; they refuse to receive.

I have a better way

My delight for you is to give you the Kingdom. Do you suppose a king would settle for just enough to put food on the table? Would he be satisfied with scraping together singles and change to pay the bills? No I tell you, a king would be feasting on the finest in the land and setting a table for others.

This is your ‘good’ Kingdom–open your heart to more

Feast with more than your eyes looking on to another. Set a table to feast on My Word. You will find your life will transform before you and My good Word will overtake your thinking to become your thinking and your way of life.

You see they are right–those I send your way, they have feasted at My table and offer you a place–for they see that you are hungry.

Come, take your place at My table–it is set for a king. You, My friend, are royalty! Stop scrapping your life away. For it is My good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

“And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be of anxious mind. For all the nations of the world seek these things; and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things shall be yours as well. ‘Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.'” Luke 12:29-32

There is abundantly more in store for you…

Abundantly More!

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” I Peter 2:9

“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

“How precious is thy steadfast love, O God! The children of men take refuge in the shadow of thy wings. They feast on the abundance of thy house, and thou givest them drink from the river of thy delights. For with thee is the fountain of life; in thy light do we see light. O continue thy steadfast love to those who know thee, and thy salvation to the upright of heart!” Psalms 36:7-10

“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” Psalms 23:5-6

 

 

The Rest of The Way

I admire the lengths you have gone to serve Me. You have truly labored in service, you love Me that much. I admire your tenacious spirit–your fervent love. But in labor, I would much prefer that it be that you labor to enter My rest. When you enter My rest, you cease from your own works.

I have plenty of work for you to do, and I desire that you make use of your time in this way, but if you find My rest–you will find a better way. It’s all in timing My love and ability–Mine, not yours. For if you yoke up with My ability, then I AM able to carry you along; lifting the burden off your back as if you hadn’t a care.

And, do you know the secret?

When your life is hidden in Me–you don’t! I make a way where there seems to be no way; for the steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord and he delights in the way.

Make way for the King!

Invite Me to enter and I’ll show you a better way…a way of peace

Labor to enter into My rest, does not mean to struggle and work harder to rest, but to work the right way. Invite Me and I will show you the rest..

I’ll show you the way!

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

“I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness. When you walk, your step will not be hampered; and if you run, you will not stumble. Keep hold of instruction, do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.” Proverbs 4:11-13

“Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; in plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.” Exodus 34:21

“Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you; for on him has God the Father set his seal. Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.'” John 6:27-29

“So then, there remains a sabbath rest for the people of God; for whoever enters God’s rest also ceases from his labors as God did from his.” Hebrews 4:9-10

“The steps of a man are from the Lord, and he establishes him in whose way he delights; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord is the stay of his hand.” Psalms 37:23-24

“–we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, to lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:9-14

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth. For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4

“–the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.” Proverbs 4:18

“Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of my enemies; make thy way straight before me.” Psalms 5:8

 

 

So BE It!

Are you satisfied to live a mediocre life or do you believe there to be more? So many settle and do not think beyond what they see.

Mary listened and thought beyond what she saw–and then there were three

“And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth. To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary.

And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary; for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible.” St. Luke 1:26-36 KJV

But first she listened and accepted what she heard

Never mind that it was beyond her comprehension; she believed what she could not see, because she trusted her God, and she trusted that the messenger was sent by God–a lie He could not tell.

“And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.” St. Luke 1:38 KJV

“Be it unto me as you have spoken,” she responded. You might say…So BE It!

Now, would you say ‘So BE It’ to a mediocre life?

Because you have a decision to make–the choice is up to you. You can read My Word and declare ‘So BE It’ and take what it says to be your own…

or…not believe it, not receive it, and declare to your mediocre life–‘So BE It’ and it will BE!

The decision is up to you and that is the beginning…

So BE It!

“And without faith it is impossible to please him. for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

“By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, took heed and constructed¬† an ark for the saving of his household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness which comes by faith.” Hebrews 11:7

“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was to go.” Hebrews 11:8

“By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.” Hebrews 11:11-12

“By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as if on dry land; but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned.” Hebrews 11:29

“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 3:7-9

“Awake, and strengthen what remains and is on the point of death, for I have not found your works perfect in the sight of my God. Remember then what you received and heard; keep that, and repent. If you will not awake, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come upon you.” Revelation 3:2-3

 

 

The Wonder of It All

I plant My Word in your heart that you may grow a heart of love–My Love. The kind of love that does not take–it gives. And gives and gives and gives.

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. This I command you, to love one another.” John 15:16-17

My Love never tires or strains–it remains constant. Therefore, your ‘crop’ will produce fruit that lasts, remains and doesn’t strain. So many struggle and try so hard, as if fighting their way through life. I can do nothing more to take this away from you, for I have already done it all. I took it once for all, that I might live, to give My all.

Do you see?

Do you believe?

Then receive.

Do not strive to add to what I have already completed

It will negate the gift, for you cannot receive what you do not believe is yours to receive, and if you truly did believe, then you would have received.

For it was given

And, it was completed

So receive it

It is yours to receive–believe it!

Now, receive it to give.

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you receive it, and you will.” Mark 11:24

“‘–Who then will offer willingly, consecrating himself today to the Lord?’ Then the heads of fathers’ houses made their freewill offerings, as did also the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, and the officers over the king’s work. They gave for the service of the house of God–” I Chronicles 29:5b-7a

“Then the people rejoiced because these had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the Lord; David the king also rejoiced greatly.” I Chronicles 29:9

“When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it; for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow. It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. Let not your mouth lead you into sin, and do not say before the messenger that it was a mistake; why should God be angry at your voice, and destroy the work of your hands?” Ecclesiastes 5:4-6

“They utter mere words; with empty oaths they make covenants; so judgment springs up like poisonous weeds in the furrows of the field.” Hosea 10:4

“You shall give to him (the poor man) freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him; because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. for the poor will never cease out of the land; therefore I command you, you shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in the land.” Deuteronomy 15:10-11

“Thine O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from thee, and thou rulest over all. In thy hand are power and might; and in thy hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank thee, our God, and praise thy glorious name.” I Chronicles 29:11-13

“O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep for ever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of thy people, and direct their hearts toward thee.” I Chronicles 29:18

 

 

Hope Springs Eternal

The substance of a heart is much like the substance of faith. You cannot see the substance of a person’s heart, for it is hidden inside, but you have an idea of its makeup and, by outward expression, you receive an understanding of how it feels, reacts, responds. You speak to that person and you can tell if there is love within.

So it is with faith–you don’t see it, but you have an impression that it is there, and it is revealed by the outward expression of hope. In other words when hope takes action, a response of faith springs forth–hope springs eternal.

If you put action to your hope, faith emerges, and as faith emerges, you are encouraged. As you are encouraged faith grows–springs out of your heart as a stream of life…

Flowing

Allow this faith to flow from your heart, through your mouth, mixed with the Word, and it shall not return void or empty. Hope shall spring eternal.

Your answer will come!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Rom. 15:13

“He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water'” Jn. 7:38

“The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a gushing stream.” Prov. 18:4

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Heb. 11:1 KJV

“–because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” II Cor. 4:18

“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.” II Thess. 2:16-17

 

 

 

Free of Nasty

Nice or Nasty? Both are behaviors of the heart; both seem common from the start. But things do not seem as though they do appear, for one behavior truly has its root planted in fear.

“In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and earthenware, and some for noble use, some for ignoble. If any one purifies himself from what is ignoble, then he will be a vessel for noble use, consecrated and useful to the master of the house, ready for any good work.” II Timothy 2:20-21

Fear can be complex, a given opportunity, for the one who has lost trust, to turn and heap fear upon thee. Nasty is a behavior of the heart of one that carries wounds–hurts that run far and deep–troublesome¬† even in their sleep; producing fruit that is nasty.

Do you know of one like this?

They toil and connive, their goal only to strive, against the one they see at peace–one who is nice and not nasty.

  • My Love will heal their wounded heart.
  • My Love will give them a brand new start.
  • My Love will cause the soul to thrive, of the one who seems only to survive.

You who are nice, you ought to think twice, about the one from whom you would rather run. For I call them dear, and ask you to lead them near. I wish to set them free from nasty.

Do you see?

Lord, could it be, that this one is me? But for your Love, there go I. I was the one with a wounded heart, yet your Love sustained.

  • I lost trust, yet your Love remained.
  • I acted out, when others found peace.
  • I, the one seeking release from nasty.

Oh Lord I see–that one is me!

Please Father, hear my plea, to complete your Love in me. For there is an area not yet free, from nasty. The room closed off–too painful to see. Boarded and still–please take it from me. I’ve held on too long–its grown much too strong. A place I can no longer trace–its root remains in me.

“Strive for peace with all men, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fail to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” spring up and cause trouble, and by it the many become defiled–” Hebrews 12:14-15

Please hear my plea!!

My child, I have never left you, yet I needed for you to see, your whole heart you did not yield or give to Me–you’ve been holding back on Me. I can restore–will heal you completely, but it must begin with you. For I do not force myself inside–invite Me in to sup with thee. I will abide and you will thrive, as My Love reveals the pain, but only to wash away the stain, of the one who had lost their way.

“–No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it upon an old garment; if he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.” Luke 5:36-38

I Love you!

You will be brand new, when the work is through, but there yet remains one thing…

I can not yet begin, or ever change, the one who remains the same. To begin, you must admit and then submit to the One who Loves you so. Let go of blame and so refrain from holding back–you know. I will complete the work in thee, with permission from you, that I might see…

All that you’ve held back–

Forever Free

If you would simply trust in Me!

“Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be put to shame; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more. For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called.” Isaiah 54:4-5

“–for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brethren, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature be thus minded; and if in anything you are otherwise minded, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained.” Philippians 3:12-16

 

 

A Perfectly Cut Diamond

Unusual distinction is what I have designated for each and every one of My followers. I do not want you to fade into the background not to be seen but, rather, I delight to show the world My light, and it shines through you! You are a pattern that cannot be duplicated–a light that shines a hue of only you.

“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

Do you see it?

Like a perfectly cut diamond in a dimly lit room–so is My Body in a dark and sin-filled world. When My light casts upon My Body, each of you a different facet, catching My light with unusual distinction; magnifying to the world with bold definition who your God is and what He means to you.

  • Your say
  • Your way
  • Your ray

I Am the light of the world–each facet multiplied in glorious splendor; every color imaginable and some you can’t imagine but will have to be shown. Oh wait and see! How delighted you will be when you see all the colors flowing from the Throne. An endless sea of saints gathered there–hearts united, not divided. A splendorous repeat of Satan’s endless defeat.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5

“–And lo, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne! And he who sat there appeared like jasper and carnelian, and round the throne was a rainbow that looked like an emerald. Round the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clad in white garments, with golden crowns upon their heads. From the throne issue flashes of lightening, and voices and peals of thunder, and before the throne burn seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God; and before the throne there is as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.” Revelation 4:2b-6

Don’t wait for that day, begin today–Shine

“For it is God who said, “let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us.” II Corinthians 4:6-7

Draw from the Throne a color all your own and shine in endless, Glorious Splendor

“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 12:3

Just Shine!

“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

“In thy strength the king rejoices, O Lord; and in thy help how greatly he exults! Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withheld the request of his lips. For thou dost meet him with goodly blessings; thou dost set a crown of fine gold upon his head. He asked life of thee, thou gavest it to him, length of days for ever and ever. His glory is great through thy help; splendor and majesty thou dost bestow upon him. Yea, thou dost make him most blessed for ever; thou dost make him glad with the joy of thy presence. For the king trusts in the Lord; and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.” Psalms 21:1-7

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” Psalms 34:1-3