Archive | February 2014

Exhale to Breathe

An empty heart is quiet and feels nothing–as if numb. You think you cannot go on and you really don’t care anymore for you are weary–spent.

There is so much hope for you, for you are in the best position to be filled!

For there is room for Me.

You see, when one is casting about–struggling with feelings, thoughts and emotions, I AM just more noise in the midst of their chaos.

I lead My sheep beside still waters that they may drink.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.” Psalms 23:1-2

You cannot drink in the midst of your struggle. You must be calmed, quieted. For you to be filled, I must be welcomed–invited.

Empty out that I may come in.

Releasing all the turmoil, struggles and fears to immediately receive My Peace, Comfort, and Hope is like exhaling to breathe again.

Fresh Air–No more despair.

The exchange that must be led by you.

For I do not force Myself upon you; I wait for you to realize that you need Me. I lead you to a quiet place, then offer you a drink.

“As a hart longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for thee, O God.” Psalms 42:1

Fresh water–the substance of life; It is and–

I AM

“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.” Psalms 36:7-9

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” Psalms 51:10

“Teach me thy way, O Lord, that I may walk in thy truth; unite my heart to fear thy name. I give thanks to thee, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify thy name for ever.

For great is thy steadfast love toward me; thou hast delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.” Psalms 86:11-13

 

 

Think On Me

Be still and know that I Am God.

“Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him–” Psalms 37:7a

You have My full attention…Think on that.

Take time to rest in Me. Be aware of My Presence within you. Do you sense the stirring in your spirit?

I AM

Chapter upon chapter your life is written; some are fleeting, and you wonder where the time went; some cause you to wonder if hardship will ever end. But all are written for only you.

“Thou has kept count of my tossings; put thou my tears in thy bottle! Are they not in thy book?” Psalms 56:8

Many are the thoughts a man has in a lifetime–you would be astounded at the count. Just as astonishing is how very few of those ‘counts’ are directed toward Me and yet–

  • I AM Savior.
  • I lift burdens.
  • I ease the yoke.
  • I give purpose and meaning to your life.

“From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides thee, who works for those who wait for him. Thou meetest him that joyfully works righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways.” Isaiah 64:4-5

You think that your thoughts rate your experience but, in reality, your thoughts guide and sometimes set your experience. You have the ability to rethink your path–set your course.

Control your tongue, that there be no remorse.

Your mind controls the actions of your body. If your spirit controls your mind and you are submitted to Me, your actions will be good. Allow your mind to reign, and it will soon be, that confusion and blame are all you see.

So, as you write your life, realize that your mind directs your pen. But you have the power in your spirit to direct your mind. You can live your life helpless–later to ‘read’ where you have been, or command your thoughts to flow with where your ‘pen’ shall go.

I AM your Guide.

“And I will lead the blind in a way that they know not, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I will do, and I will not forsake them.” Isaiah 42:16

Be still and know that I AM God!

“Be still, and know that I am God. I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth!” Psalms 46:10

Think on Me.

“–the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.

My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to him who finds them, and healing to all his flesh.

Keep your heart with all vigilance; for from it flow the springs of life.

Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.

Take heed to the path of your feet, then allĀ  your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or the left; turn your foot away from evil.” Proverbs 4:18-27

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8

 

A More Secure Life

I will give you more.

More in a sense that you have never known before. Man thinks of ‘more’ as accumulation, but I see more as increase; the two are not the same.

Just as in multiplication versus addition, man thinks of adding to his life, whereas, I AM interested in multiplying through his life. An endless array of Blessing to him and to others through him.

Do you see I AM all about more, and community, rather than making one person a king? I want to involve as many as would come, to be involved in My network of Blessing.

It is the connection of Love

From man to man, house to house, service to service, ministry to ministry–if you are not involved, you are an island unto yourself and you are your own kingdom.

Your kingdom is temporal, Mine is Eternal.

Your kingdom pleases you, and maybe a small following who keep close to you; My Kingdom reaches far and wide to all who abide, all who’ll receive, all who believe.

ALL

There is no question where the power lies. No question as to which is more secure. Therefore, you have a decision to make. Will you spend your lifetime building your own pile of riches into a kingdom unto yourself?

Big or small it won’t matter to all, and your lifetime will be spent.

“Be not afraid when one becomes rich, when the glory of his house increases. For when he dies he will carry nothing away; his glory will not go down after him. Though, while he lives, he counts himself happy, and though a man gets praise when he does well for himself, he will go to the generation of his fathers, who will never more see the light. Man cannot abide in his pomp, he is like the beasts that perish.” Psalms 49:16-20

Rather, choose to abide, and hear from My Heart, what is your part in building My Kingdom; far more reaching than your lifetime.

When you decide…

I have More!

“Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments! His descendents will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.

Wealth and riches are in his house; and his righteousness endures for ever. Light rises in the darkness for the upright; the Lord is gracious, merciful, and righteous.

It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice. For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered for ever.” Psalms 112:1-6

“The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work. As it is written, ‘He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever.’ He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God; for the rendering of this service not only supplies the wants of the saints but also overflows in many thanksgivings to God.

Under the test of this service, you will glorify God by your obedience in acknowledging the gospel of Christ, and by the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others; while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God in you. Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” II Corinthians 9:6-15

“When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left.

Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.'” Matthew 25:31-36

“‘–Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'” Matthew 25:40

“Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.'” Matthew 25:41-43

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5

“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruits of righteousness which come through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:9-11

“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever; his horn is exalted in honor.” Psalms 112:9

 

A Vessel of Honor

For a vessel to be filled, it is more than simply praying a prayer. When you pray the prayer of repentance, seeking new life, you are indeed given a new vessel–a vessel of honor, given by My Blood, given by My Love.

But, that is only the beginning.

To walk in this ‘new life’ you must be filled, but first we clean the cup. You see it is out of the heart of a man that proceeds words that defile, therefore, the heart must be clean–purified.

“For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man.” Mark 7:21-23

It is My Word that cleanses, My Word that makes whole, the soul of a man rendered clean. It is the exchange of the old for new–that which is True; replacing all that demeans.

To some this takes a lifetime, for others it is quick work; it all depends on you.

For I AM always willing, always here to help and see you through.

The cleansing is imminent, there is no way around the process that must be completed. An active willing heart is always seeking Truth; Truth that awakens, to exchange old habits for a new posture of living. But, I’ll tell you a secret–I’m sharing My Heart with you, for I truly want to see you through–

  • Be willing
  • Be hungry
  • Be open
  • Be seeking
  • Be surrendered
  • Be honest

These are choices that you can make–actions you can take to hurry the process along. The beginning must be built upon, line upon line, but first let us scrub the cup; the old must go to make room for the new.

Prepare to be filled…

prepare to overflow.

For that is I AM, and you are a Vessel of Honor.

“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

Flee also youthful lusts; but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” II Timothy 2:19-22 KJV

“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 5:37-38

“Your eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is sound, your whole body is full of light; but when it is not sound, your body is full of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays give you light.” Luke 11:34-36

“Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.

‘Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord; though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken'” Isaiah 2:16-20

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalms 19:14

“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.” Romans 15:13

 

 

Royal Destiny

There is a great stirring of My people across the land; an agitated enemy arising to face those who serve the Lamb in a final attempt to bring fear and destruction. Those who know My Word have no fear–their destination is clear and they will not be thwarted nor derailed.

This is not a time for a child to continue on milk and soft foods.

You must be weaned quickly for, as the days grow colder, the chill in the air foretells of an increasing coldness in the hearts of man.

“And because wickedness is multiplied, most men’s love will grow cold. But he who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:12-14

The time has come for sides to be drawn.

Intermingling will not be tolerated, for as the days of the times wax shorter, it is expedient that all declare allegiance to the God they serve, or it will be the ‘god’ they serve. A somber note for a generation adept at avoiding the Truth.

Salt is good, but if it has lost it’s saltiness, of what use is it but to be thrown out and trampled on by men.

“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.” Matthew 5:13

You must find your place; be seasoned in Grace, as these latter days wind to an end.

“Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one.” Colossians 4:5-6

But you, My friend, are hidden from My Face–the wrath that must take place–the judgment to come upon all. For those who have found their place, set apart from the human race, are royal destiny awaiting the Throne.

“Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the generals and the rich and the strong, and every one, slave and free, hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand before it?'” Revelation 6:15-17

Take a side–choose to abide.

“Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another; the Lord heeded and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and thought on his name. ‘They shall be mine, says the Lord of host, my special possession on the day when I act, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. Then once more you shall distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.” Malachi 3:16-18

“‘For behold, the day comes burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings. You shall go forth leaping like calves from the stall. And you shall tread down the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts.” Malachi 4:1-3

“But you are not in darkness, brethren, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.” I Thessalonians 5:4-6

“For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we wake or sleep we might live with him.” I Thessalonians 5:9-10

“And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that every one who does right is born of him.” I John 2:28-29

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, who abides in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.'” Psalms 91:1-2

“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

 

 

Ask for Me

The essence of God is His Being, spread abroad in the hearts of men. He does not hold back of Himself, but gives freely to all who call upon Him. Rich or poor, smart or simple, all are invited to come partake of the True nature of God, that of His Son, Jesus Christ. His abilities then, become your abilities. His Divine Love, becomes your love. The balance of body, mind and spirit–complete.

  • Rest for the weary.
  • Food for the hungry.
  • Peace for all mankind.

Come, worship Him. All men have been given the ability and inclination to worship God, for His great love for you, created you, that you may love.

“Oh come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!” Psalms 95:6

Love Him.

Love others.

Love the unlovely.

Love–this is the essence of God placed in the hearts of men. If you give it away, it will only increase; don’t give and it will die.

“And he said to them, ‘Take heed what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.'” Mark 4:26

The dormancy of love is death.

Those who do not love have chosen to live out of their mind and have thus hardened their heart–quenched their spirit, smothering the love within. They lay blame to others, but the choice is theirs.

******************************************************************************************

Choose to open your heart again. Knock and I shall come in. I will flood your heart with a love you’ve never known. For those who do not love, do not know Me, for I AM Love.

“And I tell you, Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. for every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Luke 11:9-10

The heartbreak you have experienced will be removed; The raw wounds soothed, for I AM Comfort. I AM your ability to live again.

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’: John 8:12

Peace, be still and know that I AM God.

Call upon Me and I will hear. Call upon Me while I AM near. You will live to love again.

I Promise.

Ask for trust that you may believe.

Ask for Love that you may receive.

Love–it’s who I AM

Ask for Me–It’s where we’ll begin.

“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 11:29

“In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature, upholding the universe by his word of power. When he made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high–” Hebrews 1:1-4

“The promise to Abraham and his descendants, that they should inherit the world, did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.” Romans 4:13

“No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith, as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was ‘reckoned to him as righteousness.’ But the words, ‘it was reckoned to him,’ were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him that raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was put to death for our trespasses and raised for our justification.” Romans 4:20-23

“Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God.” Romans 5:1-2

“Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God; for God is love.” I John 4:7-8

“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. so we know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” I John 4:15-16

“And this is the commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should love his brother also.” I John 4:21

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20

 

 

Faithful to Completion

A misstep is not a lost step; simply look back and see where you missed it; You are aware of what you were told to do. There are times when it may be too late, but if you find the account still echoing in your heart, then seek Me to see it through.

Often I’ll give a task to one, but if it isn’t done, I will find another.

One that is willing.

“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may accomplish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24

Yes, you are busy and things get in your way, but I have work to be done and will continue to seek until I find someone who will accomplish the task I ask.

You may think there’s another day, but you will stay where you’re at until you complete the assignments given.

Faithfulness brings more.

“From the fruit of his words a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.” Proverbs 12:14

Likewise, more brings growth and maturity…

you decide.

You are the one making the choice to stay or grow. I’ll find another if your answer is no. But I’d like it to be you. Will you choose? If you choose to agree, we will proceed and we will see it through to completion.

We will see it through!

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 3:10

“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom for the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established.” Proverbs 19:20-21

“What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it has not works, is dead. But some one will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.” James 2:14-18

“Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.” Psalms 128:1-2

“–‘Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men.’ And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.” Luke 5:10b-11

“A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9