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Keeping sight!

Zechariah 2:8 refers to us lovingly as the apple of God’s eyes and is an expression of God’s jealousy for us…

“For thus says Yahweh of Armies:’ For honor he has sent me to the nations which plundered you; for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye.”

You’ll find this same reference made in other parts of the word as well. In Psalm 17:8 we find that David even asked to be remembered by the Lord as such…calling upon the protection that it promised by being referred to in that way. “Keep me as the apple of your eye. Hide me under the shadow of your wings…”

As I was researching this, I found that the apple of the eye is the pupil of the eye. The most important part…the part that sees, that takes in the vision! And just think about it…the eyelid takes careful protection of the pupil by automatically closing when there is the least possibility of danger! Yes, the pupil is most precious and jealously protected and that is what God says we are.

How wonderful to be loved in such a way. To be so cherished and faithfully kept. But what I find more interesting is this…God has asked us to do the same for Him.

Proverbs 7:2 says this, “Keep my commandments and live! Guard my teaching as the apple of your eye.” God wants us to hold His word in the same way and to constantly maintain the vision for our life, so that we will not perish! And most of all, God wants to see Himself when He looks in our eyes! The pupil is like a mirror. When you look into someones eyes closely, you can see a refection of yourself there. That’s what God wants…to see Himself reflected in your vision. To know your eyes are set on Him.

So today…when you read the Bible…let those words be reflected in your eyes and others will read them too!

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Posted by on December 31, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

Sincere Hearts

I was reading from Bob Jones website last night, THE SHEPERDS ROD 2009, a prophetic insight for this year we are about to enter into and one very profound statement that he made was this…”America has lost her innocence testing shall be this year to see who is sincere and who is not. And your faith will fail you this year if it’s not in Jesus Christ.”

Daniel 11:34-35 Now when they fall, they shall receive a little help. Many shall join themselves to them with flatteries and hypocrisies. 35 And some of those who are wise, prudent, and understanding shall be weakened and fall, [thus, then, the insincere among the people will lose courage and become deserters. It will be a test] to refine, to purify, and to make those among [God’s people] white, even to the time of the end, because it is yet for the time [God] appointed.

This year, our hearts are going to be tested. I can say that the testing has already begun. If I could just be transparent for a moment…(it’s good practice for eternity)…God has been dealing with me greatly in this area. God wants to know if I am sincere in every area, from being a wife, to a mother…to being a minister of helps and so on… The question God has been asking is who are you doing this for? If I am being a wife only for John…it’s for the wrong reason. He’s a wonderful husband and he deserves a good wife but utimately…he doesn’t belong to me. He’s God’s, so my actions as a wife should reveal that to him! If I am a trying to be a good parent because I want to be and my kids need one…again, it’s only half effective. My parenthood should reveal God as father to them…and His love! If I am helping because I want to…you guessed it…wrong reason! God wants to help and that should always be apparent! In all of these instances and whatever may apply to you, God is always willing and sincere in His motive. And that’s what He is looking for in us! That same heart…carried out so beautifully in what He has made each of us to be and called us to do!

Here’s the symptom that tells me, by the way, that my sincerity is being tested…it’s found right in the word we have just read. It’s the urge to desert…jump ship…bail….run…to not have to face it! Any time I recognize that tendency to want to do that…God is asking, “Are you sincere?”

Let me just encourage you…look to the ONE who is sincere in every way…and acknowledge every good and perfect gift that is in you in Christ Jesus. Sincerity will be communicated through your faith in Him!

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

2009 A Hallelujiah Year!!!

I was doing some reading in the word today and just got supercharged as I read. I came across the name of the Lord, Yahweh found in Exodus 3:14 where God speaks to Moses and says “I am that I am”. And as I looked more closely at it, Yahweh means, “present to act, an immediacy or presence or even simply, to be!” I am that I am….present to act! I am that I am…all that you have need of, present! Every provision that is needed for you life…present,“to be”, to come into immediate existence! Love, salvation, deliverance, healing, prosperity, faith, peace, hope, mercy, compassion, truth, etc. etc. All of the attributes of God’s integrity and character, every resource of God, immediately present, in that NAME!! What
Stacey falls short of, what I myself cannot do…call on the I AM THAT I AM…and the presence of whatever is needed comes!

And something even more interesting is that Yah, a shortened form of Yahweh is directly tied to a word we commonly use in praise! Every time we say HALLELUJIAH, we say, “God is present! He’s immediately here! God is present to act! GOD IS… GOD BE with us!” Whoa! Hallelujiah!

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

The Bell

Someone sent this to me in an email today and I thought it was nice and wanted to share! It’s supposed to be a bell and if you copy and paste this (centered), it would make a lovely insert in a Christmas Card or a nice card for place settings at Christmas Dinner. Read and enjoy!

THE BELL
I KNOW WHO I AM
I am God’s child (John 1:12)
I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15 )
I am united with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17)
I am bought with a price (1 Cor 6:19-20)
I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1:1)
I am a personal witness of Christ. (Acts 1:8)
I am the salt & light of the earth (Matt 5:13-14)
I am a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27)
I am free forever from condemnation ( Rom. 8: 1-2)
I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant (Phil 3:20)
I am free from any charge against me (Rom. 8:31 -34)
I am a minister of reconciliation for God (2 Cor 5:17-21)
I have access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18)
I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2:6)
I cannot be separated from the love of God (Rom 8:35-39)
I am established, anointed, sealed by God (2 Cor 1:21-22 )
I am assured all things work together for good (Romans 8:28)
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16 )
I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Eph. 3: 12 )
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13)
I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15: 1-5)
I am God’s temple (1 Cor. 3: 16). I am complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10)
I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3).. I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
I am God’s co-worker (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor 6:1). I am God’s workmanship (Eph. 2:10)
I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected.(Phil.1: 5)
I have been redeemed and forgiven ( Col 1:14). I have been adopted as God’s child (Eph 1:5)
I belong to God
Do you know
Who you are?

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

Together

I was thinking about Christmas and what this week holds for us. Such a wonderful time, when we come together with loved ones and family…and there’s something very powerful about that word…together! Of course, in simplest of terms, broken down, it means two gathered. Two is a very powerful number in the word of God! Any time two were gathered, it was meant to be productive…to multiply and be fruitful! Just look at Genesis, when God created, he made two of every thing…and it was for this purpose. Think of that this week when you come together with your family and your friends. You are coming together with them for more than just a wonderful meal and gift opening! You are coming together so that something greater can be accomplished. God wants to add something to their lives through you!

Just look at Matthew 18:16,19 & 20
…”in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.”

“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Every gathering, whether it’s simply in your living room with your spouse and children, with a friend, at church, or even these Holy day gatherings that we so look forward to, Christmas & Easter…just think of what can be established there! Where we gather, in His name, (….and as a child of God, the good news is, you can’t gather any other way! His name is always present with you. Unbelievers are not an issue here! Acknowledge Holy Spirit’s presence and person. He & I make two! He & you make two!) So why not come up with some questions…some asking…this Christmas. What do you want to see accomplished in your life and the life of others? Heaven becomes present when we are gathered!

I am so looking forward to what Sunday holds, with the Word & fellowship & Candlelight Communion on Tuesday! But I am also looking forward to the party at my sisters house and dinner at my grandparent’s home, and wherever else I may find myself between now and Christmas because every gathering…every coming together means….multiplication…fruitfulness…something produced….another life touched and changed for God’s glory!

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

A Christmas Memory

Pastor Sharon asked us the other evening what our favorite Christmas memory was…and truly, it was hard to chose but I think one has just been created! I loved this night with my step daughter. I just had the most wonderful ‘mommy’ time with her, which is a very rare thing and a very valuable thing. Most of the time, we are all together and we just can’t get enough of her!

But tonight, I took her Christmas shopping…and we talked and had a great time and when she got in the car, she said, squeeling with delight, “Thank you!” and it did something to my heart. I knew she meant it. And when she got out of the car, we said our “I love you’s” but once again, I got the same “Thank you” out of her and it hadn’t lost any meaning since the first time she said it. What a precious thing! So precious!

Then it occurred to me…when was the last time I said thank you that way to anyone, especially my very loving, very giving, very wonderful heavenly Father? I say thank you to Him all the time…but like that? I want to make His heart feel like that. I’m catching up tonight…believe me!

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

Selfless equality….

Luke 15 speaks of the son who asked his father for his inheritance and the father gave it to him. It says that he packed up his things and went into a far country and wasted his substance with riotous living. That’s when he found himself “wanting”. When he wasted his substance, his “being”…his knowledge, understanding and wisdom on things that were in rebellion to his father’s thoughts toward him, contrary to his father’s plans for him and outside his father’s provision for him. And you know what I find interesting? No where is it stated that the father asked him to leave. The father simply did what was asked of him…no argument was recorded and no questions were asked. Could it be that the father was waiting for his son to ask for what was available to him? The conclusion of the parable would suggest such a thing, when the father stated, “all that I have is thine”. This poses the question…Had the son remained there after receiving his inheritance, what could have potentially happened?

I was looking at that word “far” country because that’s where he went to when he began to live wrong and began to want. Far speaks of going beyond God’s preeminent. “Far” oversteps the province of a created being..the boundaries God created for us, that He can work within. “Far” makes reference to proud (presumptuous) things, full of arrogance, derogatory to the majesty of God.

Just look at some words that are synonyms to presumptuousness: self-assertive, self-conceited, self-important, self-satisfied, , self-assured, self-confident, self-centered, selfish. SELF, SELF, SELF!!!!! and what’s worse is the word superior! Thinking we know what’s best for self! That’s when we really come to want. And to want is nothing more than to be without worth. To be useless, to come behind, be late or tardy, failing to reach the goal and falling short of the end.

2 Corinthians 8:9-15 says…
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have. For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality: As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.

Jesus didn’t become poor in the natural…he became poor in his mind. Deducting all “self” from his thinking. That through his self-less thoughts, we might be rich! And then he put it in our hands to do the performing and be demonstration of the same thing. That in our abundance of selflessness, there will be an endless supply…no lack among us! Selfless equality? Selfless = equality.

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2008 in Uncategorized