Bring Ye All The Tithes Into My Storehouse

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The heading on this blog today is out of a verse in Malachi.

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10

Giving

Giving seems like such a small thing and in this world, most people don’t “give” without knowing they will receive something gratifying in return. Heck, I’m one of them. It’s the way the world works. You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. It’s just how things work. This verse is really no different. Let’s divide it into it’s two parts.

Part 1

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts…”

This is obviously our end of the bargain. We need to take our tenth, our tithe and give it to God. All of us earn money, we make an income of some kind, Off the gross, amount we subtract out a tenth. Now where do we give it? What if we don’t go to church? This is where your walk with God comes in. Ask Him who He says should get it, even if you do go to a church. Once you know, let it rip. It’s always a good idea to ask how to give it as well. Should it be anonymous? Should it be obvious? God can let you know. Then the second part of the verse is for you to do after you give it.  What’s it say? “PROVE ME NOW…”

This is really the start of part two of the verse, but it is still something you have to do. Proving God isn’t something I was ever taught about in church. I would have never had the courage to ask Him to prove Himself. But that is what He is saying right there in black and white. To prove: is to demonstrate, with action, one’s abilities in a certain area. Is God able to prove Himself? Well, let’s look at the rest of the verse so we know what He’ll prove His abilities with.

 

Part 2:

“…prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it”

It goes on!!

“And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

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“And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delight some land, saith the LORD of hosts.” verses 11-12

God is going to prove Himself by opening the windows of heaven (a figure of speech) and pour you out a blessing that big!! I can receive a lot of blessing in my life! It is so gratifying to know that God is going to do this for me. Look at the other stuff He’s going to throw in there, just because you took one little step and gave. “Devour” is another nickname of the devil’s. God will stop the Devil wreaking havoc in your life and in the work of you hands. WOW! How big is that???

So the parts are, Part 1, you step out on faith and give. Part 2 is based on the condition of your actions and is a promise, a conditional promise. You do part 1 and God does part 2. This sounds like it’s too good to be true! Where have you ever heard that taught? This means that your abundance and blessing are in your own HANDS! You have some control, you have some opportunity to bring God’s Word to life in your everyday experiences. What will He bless you with? It doesn’t say exactly. That would be a hard topic to cover because every need is different. But it says you won’t have room enough to receive it all, because there will be so much.

I dunno. Maybe it’s worth a try?

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Here’s another great verse.

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

ALL your need? Wow! Who determines the need? My need is different from everyone elses, I may need $3500 dollars for rent on my business, but someone else may only need $1,850.00. So we must determine our need. But even then God says He shall supply it. That is a promise. WOW!

Giving is such a little thing, but because we take that step, God will meet our needs and then do exceeding abundantly above what we ask or think because He’s just that big, and He is made of and is the essence of LOVE. God loves us. We are His kids. Wouldn’t you do anything for your kids if you know it would help them? How much bigger is God? HE’S HUGE.

Do you have a need or two?

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27

God bless you today!

Buried In The Past are Triggers for Our Future

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1.)  Stephanie was a cheerleader in highschool, the pep squad captain and prom queen winner. She was beautiful, outgoing and strategically social. All the qualities of a future congress woman. That was twenty years ago. Today, she lives just off main street behind a bar her boyfriend bought. Sometimes he hits her. Most of the time she’s hesitant and regretful. Her drug habit didn’t seem like a big deal until she spent two years in Woman’s Prison. Then reality came crashing down on her. She is bitter and resigned. Life may get better if only she can survive it.

2.) Melody went to the same highschool. She shrank into the shadows when Stephanie walked by. She was twenty-five pounds overweight and timid, played in the marching band and loved the clarinet. Her acne made her a target of ridicule, so did her good grades and snorting laugh. Today, things aren’t any different. She shrinks back from the demanding presence of her boss, her dad, her husband and her kids. Most of the time she reads fantasy romance and secretly enjoys “Mommy Porn”. She tries to change, but stops just short of doing anything more. Life may get better, if only she would try it.

3.) Becca also attended the same school. She was smart, but hid the fact. She was beautiful too, but few noticed because she usually had her hair tied back for volley ball or track. She rarely spoke but she was a fierce competitor. Her athletics made her a local team hero. Today, she is a mom of three boys and she lets them win sometimes. She leads a Bible study and visits Stephanie for coffee when she can. She had her books featured on radio and television shows. She has a small but loyal following b’cuz she just won’t give up on people. She’s happy, flexible and driven. When she used to shrink back from public speaking, now she smiles and looks for the microphone. Life is constantly getting better, because Becca relies on that.

Three women’s past and present. Millions of neurons, millions of freewill decisions in twenty years made these women far different from the others. They started in the same town, school and grade. What made them different? And how are they the same?

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Triggers

Triggers are balls of nerves and neurons. I see them in my mind like tiny mental trampolines. When we thinking along, considering and debating a situation and we hit a trigger it shoots us one direction. For instance, someone calls us fat. It hurts our feelings and then when anything comes up about our weight we become defensive. Soon anytime any conversation about exercise makes us defensive. Eventually when someone walks by who is skinny it  puts us in a bad mood and we snap at our husbands that night over dinner. You see how that sensitive spot becomes like a trampoline and effects your whole attitude?

Triggers can happen in all kinds of ways. Spiritually, I’ve noticed they happen over a sensitive subject and can be set off after a fiery dart hits dead center in the heart. Soon the area around the dart gets inflamed, infected and starts to broil causing a new habit patterns of thinking. After time, a whole life has changed simply because of those triggers. Or it never changes because old triggers have never been taken care of.

What are their triggers?

Someone told Stephanie she wasn’t cool unless she did what the cool people did.

Melody was told young that she wasn’t good enough the way she was.

Becca was told she wasn’t good enough unless she was first in every sport.

Which one overcame their triggers? 

Becca.

Why?

95% of the problem is solved when you discover there is a problem. One day, Becca discovered the problem was a trigger. Triggers take courage and maturity to discuss. They can be healed completely and the habit patterns; with stayed mind focus, can be overcome. But the person has to want to change.

Here’s an exercise to help you overcome these triggers.

First, find out what they are.

What makes you nervous? Defensive? Over-reactive? Or on edge? You probably already know those things. What you don’t know is what causes them, the triggers. They can be subtle but very powerful. This is when you go to God. I’ve had triggers because of certain topics conversations, names, places and even words. Smells can even trigger memories. Once you know what they are, you are 95% of the way there. After that, God can help you work them out of your life. Each trigger is as different as the person.

I heard about a gal who was so depressed about a past break up. She just couldn’t get over it. She talked to a minister and he finally realized that every day she pulled out an old box of love letters from her ex. She would cry and tenderly read them… Her next direction was to get rid of the letters. She didn’t think she could at first, but then she did and quickly moved on to a better relationship and a better life. It might be a little more complicated than that, but that’s one example in hundreds.

That’s why I say, you have to want the change.

Discovering the trigger is big, but the total deliverance comes from being brave and doing what it takes to get it out. 

“But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.” Galatians 6:4

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32

As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay (no way), in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” Romans 8:36-37

“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked”. Ephesians 6:16

I could go on and on with tons of verses but there’s a start for you.

God bless you today

Do We Really Know What Kindness Is?

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I think of the kindnesses people paid me over the years and I feel a twinge of guilt. Why? Maybe I think it comes with expectations or a price. Maybe I feel like I still owe them something. I was thinking of a friend who helped us out of a bind recently. He had a construction skill set that “came in very handy”. About two months later, he went to the hospital with a life threatening situation. I felt the same twinge and wished I’d done more for him. Then I realized something. When he had helped us, we paid him well. He did a service, but he was also paid in full. Later, when the illness came up, I prayed and my husband prayed. His mom called us a little later and said that within minutes of us learning about his condition, his numbers went up and he began to heal. WOW! What a miracle! He is now out of the hospital and doing really well. I’m not going to take credit for ministering to him, because God is the one who showed HIS kindness and His mercy in the situation. So do I really understand kindness? Do I understand God’s kindness?

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1 Corinthians 13 says,

“Charity (agape=the love of God in the renewed mind) suffereth long, and is kind;”

God is Love, and one of the characteristics of God’s love is kindness. Understanding kindness might help me to do it with out feeling obligated or like I’m imposing on someone. So let’s look at the amazing Greek word there for kindness.

Kind= Greek word chrēsteuomai which is a verb and is only used once in the Bible in this middle voice form. It means, “to show one’s self mild, to be kind, use kindness”. Now it comes from a root word, chrēstos which is an adjective. Adjective’s describe a person place or thing. Chrēstos is used  6 other times and is translated into the words, good, goodness, kind, easy, gracious and so on. If this is the word from which we get kindness; God’s kindness through walking in love, then shouldn’t we find out what how God defines it? Let Him define His own term? How do we do that? We look at all the references in the Bible where it is used and learn how it’s defined by its context and usage.

Here’s one:

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy (chrestos), and my burden is light.” Mark 11:28-30

Wow, Jesus Christ wants you to lay your burdens on God and in turn you’ll receive rest for your soul. Take on the “yoke” or work of Jesus Christ. What was the work of Jesus Christ? I ask you this, who better could teach us how to walk in the kindness and love of God in the renewed mind?

Let’s see another reference.

“But love (agapaō- love with the love of God in the renewed mind) ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind (chrestos) unto the unthankful and to the evil.” Luke 6:35

Wow, isn’t that a strange statement, when usually you hear the sentiment, “Do unto others before they do unto you.” God isn’t like that. God walks in love in the renewed mind and pays kindness to people who don’t deserve it. People who are unthankful and even evil. I know I’m unthankful for Him sometimes, sheesh, more than sometimes! No wonder He says in 1st Thessalonians 5:18 “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God.” It’s God’s will that we be thankful but even when we forget or are not thankful, He still loves us and shows kindness to us.

Let’s look at another one.

“Or despisest thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” Romans 2:4

 Do you despiseth, means belittle, or think too little of God’s goodness; goodness is our Greek word “chrestos”, and forbearance/tolerance, and patience when you don’t realize that the goodness (chrestos) of God leads you to a change of heart/repentance.

We are all changing and growing with God. But this is the epitome of what God goes through to help us change. He bestows kindness after kindness after kindness until finally it melts the hardest heart. What does it melt into? A gooey pile of thankfulness. Gratitude is probably the most oversimplified and underrated gift I know of. God doesn’t need our money. He doesn’t need our service. What does God want from us? Gratitude leads to fellowship. Fellowship leads to more of His kindness which leads to more gratitude. When you’re thankful, its way easier to serve God anyway…don’t you think? It’s watching the slow thaw of an unthankful heart that is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. And it’s God’s kindness that gets people there. I can hear you saying, “Why don’t I just be kind to people all the time in everything? Then I’ll be showing people the love of God.”

It wouldn’t work. It has to matched with the renewed mind walk in love/agape. We have to be kind when, where and how God says to be kind. Otherwise it turns into pride. It turns into our glory, not God’s. And who saved us? You? Nope. God did and Jesus Christ. That’s how some Christians come off “fake” and “holier than thou” and “Miss Goody Two Shoes”. They forget that kindness alone won’t get you there. It has to be kindness directed by God. Sometimes that means being tough. Sometimes that means looking downright mean. No matter what, if you follow God’s directions, you are walking in love and kindness. Sometimes that means we forebear, or put up with stuff, until someone gets to the point of understanding God. We love people, and put up with them, because God’s been putting up with us all this time. God didn’t give up. And that was an act of kindness in itself.

Let’s look at one more. Keep in mind this is a characteristic of God’s love. So this is how He handles us first.

“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice. And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:31-32

How many times has God for Christ sake forgiven you? If you’re having a hard time forgiving someone, think about something you’re thankful for in them. And yes, God does that with you. If it’s His will that WE are thankful, then wouldn’t He be thankful as well? Of course. Doesn’t this change how you think about God? God is kind and God forgives even when we don’t deserve it. Guilt is not of God, but thankfulness sure is.

God bless you today!

 

Never Look at Your Inadequacy, Instead

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Never look at your inadequacy, look instead at God’s adequacy.

Many times in my life I catch myself believing in my own abilities, my financial strength, and mental acumen. One of the reasons people get tricked into taking their life is because they look at their own lack and inadequacy. They think they are the one’s who have to do it all, but can’t. If God was in control here, don’t you think we’d all understand it was Him who is our sufficiency?

God is not in control here. If He was, it would look a lot more like heaven and there’d be no reason to pray, no reason to trust, no reason to intercede for people. But we must pray. Everyday there is a need for believing and today is the day to break out of the old box of expectations we’re in.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Psalms 116:15

I’ve rarely ever heard this verse taught, but once I learned about it, I was flabbergasted. I have been taught that God wanted His saints to be with Him in heaven, so when they died, He rejoiced and the angels received us. Something in that line of thinking never made sense though. WHY would God be happy that a baby died too young? Or someone took their life? This verse explains it, but you have to know what the rightly divided translation is.

Precious was translated from a Hebrew word “yaqar” and it means “costly”.

Costly in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. 

Why is it costly? After you die, can you walk in love? Can you pray for healing or miracles? Can you help deliver someone else by saying the right word and the right time to them? NO. You’re dead. All your potential good works stop and those works would’ve helped God in some way. That love that you could have shown towards His people is all taken from Him, and you. Can you earn any more rewards and treasures in heaven?

As a child of God, you have tremendous potential!

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Isaac enjoying the 5 Basics for Growth Book

What about this verse?

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

Is dying too early one of those good works? Not a chance! We were ordained “proetoimazō” (Greek), prepared, made ready to do works of God’s goodness to other people on this earth. Death cuts short the blessing!

If death is so great and such a selfless act of giving, why did God give us eternal life and only let Jesus Christ be dead for 3 days and three nights? If death is of God, why does it sting? If death is of God, than why is it an enemy? And if death is God’s plan for “some”, why does GOD say this?

“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” 1 Corinthians 15:26

The death and sacrifice of Jesus Christ was made as a payment to the Devil for those who believe, us. It never has to be done again by any other believer or person ever again.

If the first century church believed like I had been taught, this next incident with Paul would have turned out very differently. Look at this.

“And there came thither [certain] Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew [him] out of the city, supposing he had been dead. Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.” Acts 14:19-20

 Paul would have died, because no one would know to heal him, minister to the bleeding and take care of him physically. I’m sure glad they prayed…aren’t you? This was his first mission trip!

How about you? Can you believe to bring someone back from the brink of death? Yes if you believe in God’s ability and willingness instead of your own.

One of the biggest problems when we look at ourselves is, we get discouraged. The devil uses this. He exploits it. He pushes it to the breaking point. Did you know there is a devil spirit named a “suicide spirit”? Yes, and their sole job is to cause mayhem, and death. Is that of God? I THINK NOT! How can we stop this kind of attack? Yep, prayer in the name of Jesus Christ. The devil wants to discourage in mass production, so he picks influential people who don’t know about him and he flips the switch. He picks out well-known Christians who don’t use God’s power against the devil. He picks people who look the least likely, people he knows who have toyed with the idea before. But we have power over this kind of monster. We, little old believers who believe in the adequacy and power of God. Looking at our own inadequacy is a trick and it is not of God. But,

My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, lean not on thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

God bless you today!

Is Your Life Still “Under Construction”?

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Do you ever feel like you should have “been there by now”?

What I mean is, as an adult with children you are the one they turn to. At work, you’re the one they call for the answers. And with your friends, they are the one who call you for prayers. Your life seems like it’s going somewhere important, but inside you feel like your wandering aimlessly. That’s when you go to church or talk to a well-meaning christian friend and they say something like this…

“You just need to find out what God’s Will is for your life.”

Oh how many times I’ve heard those words! They seep like seeds of doubt and confusion into an already disturbed mind. They used to frustrate me beyond the point of sanity. I would’ve loved to “KNOW” God’s Will for my life, but most sermons point out what not to do with my life. Then I would sit smugly thinking, of course I don’t do those things. But what should I be doing?

Then, a few years ago, during one my over-dramatized fits of complaining to my husband, he stated something very simple to me. It revolutionized my life.

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

There it was in black and white. Why would God want to us to give thanks? Well… it’s like the banjo. It is impossible for the banjo to play the blues. In the same regard, it is impossible for the thankful man to make selfish demands. Thankfulness requires humility. Gratitude requires your recognition that you alone could not be the ONE with all the answers, you must depend on someone bigger, more knowledgeable and more powerful. There is not one other emotion or expression like thankfulness on the earth. It alone stands at the entrance of self-disregard, honesty, and humility. That’s why thankfulness gets the results it gets. But I love this verse, it says “IN everything give thanks” not FOR everything give thanks. Those are two very different words. They point out that there is reason for thanks in the midst of the struggle, but we don’t have to be thankful for the struggle itself.

Someone was heard saying this,

“The times I have been hurt in the ministry can’t compare to the thousands of times I would have been hurt had I been in the world and not the Word.”

I too can’t imagine living without the safety net of God’s hedge of blessing and protection in my life. That alone is worth a million prayers of thankfulness. How many times has God enacted His divine power on your behalf here on earth to help you avoid tragedy, much less for your benefit and blessing? It’s impossible to comprehend! All we can do is be thankful. Be thankful and be thankful!

Sometime during this revelation my whole attitude shifted from fear of those possible tragedies to thankfulness. Once that happened, I began seeing how real it was that I was saved and alive and BLESSED! Then I realized that God is good always and HE always wants and works toward that for me. I started looking at each new opportunity with GLEE and excitement! WHAT WOULD GOD DO NEXT?!? Obstacles come up, but to me they are exciting opportunities to believe GOD! WHOA!

What a difference in my attitude!

Think of your life as a dropping of a pebble in a pond. The prayer of one person with believing affects the whole world, because you will sink to the depths or rise to the heights of our believing. The bolder your believing the higher your success.

What is my POTENTIAL with this kind of believing?

“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give they the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalms 37: 4-5

“The steps of a good man are orderd by the Lord; and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed…” Psalms 37:23-26

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27

“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Psalms 34:8

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” Ephesians 3:20

EXCeeding, abundantly above??? IS there such a thing? OH YES! With God there is. Everyday! Our believing raises us to this level because these are promises. What is a check but a promissory note that money is in the bank? God’s promises are worth ten times that much surety. So when you go about in your day, be thankful. Speak in tongues because by doing that you give thanks well. Believe these promises and watch God pull off the AMAZING in your life.

Your life may feel like it’s under construction, but keep in mind if you make the Word of God your foundation, it’s big deep and strong. Any big foundation I’ve ever seen has held a building of vast size and height. Let God keep building you up too and watch how scraping the sky is just the beginning.

Worlds Largest concrete pour.
Worlds Largest concrete pour.

God bless you today.

Are You Sharing What You Know?

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Could it change someone’s day or a whole life?

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If you are in the Word, you will be sharing the Word, because that’s how the truth works.

God has this amazing no-refund, non-compete, spilling over effect on us and He grows that in us every time we get into the Word of God. When you get the Word rooted down deep inside it becomes like an eagle ready to spring up out of you at any given opportunity.

 

“For my people have committed two evils; the have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:13

Here God describes Himself as “the fountain of Living Waters”. A fountain indeed. A bubbling broiling excitement of the real deal love of God.

I sat down with a very old friend who literally bubbled with God’s love yesterday. I hadn’t seen him in YEARS, but he knew me as a little girl. I was very curious about his beliefs now, as time had gone by. He is good-hearted and one of the rare people who didn’t hold on to bitterness as he aged.  As a result, he is well past his sixties but has a spring in his step and a sparkle in his eye. It was wonderful. What a fellowship!

He also had some of the most interesting insights about history I’d ever heard. He had taken his perspective and written down each decade’s overall theme. He had noticed that as God/prayer was taken out of schools, people began to instead worship self. The self-made man is now the theme. In his words, “I am my own God” the resounds throught halls of 2000-2010’s political and collegiate graduates. He predicted we were in for a rude awakening as a country. Now… I hardly ever agree with the “Doom and Gloom Conspirators”, because it’s as much a trick as the “Everything is Awesome” crowd. But he had a balance and was obviously thinking it through to the point of real insight. In some of his portrayals, God must have shown him the devil’s agenda or he wouldn’t have seen it. Here is a man who knows there is a devil and has recounted from experience the “straying” of a generation. He also believes God is good, and that God’s light shines through him as His vessel for love.

My experience with this amazing man left me pondering and warm all over.

I knew, way down deep in my soul, that he had spent time in the Word of God. Honestly, I can’t wait to talk to him again! His love was genuine. His embrace, like something you read about in the Bible of Jesus embracing the ones he healed. My dear old friend is the real deal and it blessed me. He replenished my sense of hope, even with the warning forecast, because despite it, my friend was living proof of the contrast. He exhibited the contrary apercu of a cistern and the doom of our times. His life exhibited the fountain of living waters and of hope.

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty, But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yetgiven; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)” John 7:38-39

God bless you my friend and keep sharing your love and light. You bless all you touch. Thank you for sharing the Word and the living waters with me. And I hope that I can pay your kindness and love forward to all who long to learn.

God bless you today.

Relationships; For Leaders

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Why are relationships so tricky? And…

How can a leader protect and encourage strong relationships with those they lead? Today I found some amazing advice right out of God’s Word on this subject and thought I’d share what I found.

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First, relationships don’t have to be tricky as long as you keep this one thing in mind.

Leaders have the opportunity to earn a Crown of Glory. {1 Peter 5:4}

Yep, doing things right in leadership right has its rewards. I don’t know everything about the Crown of Glory, but we can be assured of two things.

  1. First, if the Creator of the Universe, the God of ALL Flesh is handing you a reward for your service, it’s a freeeeeking BIG deal.
  2. Second, if you are receiving a reward for your service to God, then, BY GOD YOU EARNED IT. God is just, loving and righteous. He never gives out rewards to those who didn’t earn them. Unlike men who error in their judgement due to the five senses and miscommunications. God is never off in His judgement calls.

So what do we have to do we qualify for a Crown of Glory? Let’s look at the context of 1 Peter and find out. (My comments are all caps and in parenthesis)

“The elders (LEADERS) which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight [thereof], not by constraint, (BY FORCE) but willingly; not for filthy lucre,(EAGERNESS FOR BASE GAIN) but of a ready mind (GRK: PROTHYMUS READY AND WILLING WITH A PASSION); Neither as being lords over [God's] heritage, but being ensamples (EXAMPLES) to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. Likewise, ye younger, submit (Greek: hypotassō, which means; loving obedience by proper arrangement and deliberate decision) yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject (HYPOTASSO; loving obedience by proper arrangement and deliberate decision.) one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, (MATURE) stablish, (ESTABLISH) strengthen, settle [you]. To him [be] glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. – 1Pe 5:1-11 KJV

Does that look like a tall order? It might seem like it, but really it’s not. We submit ourselves to God’s direction with eager readiness and willingness then do as He asks. God is perfect. No man, accept Jesus Christ, is perfect. God just asks us to humble ourselves to the truth. THAT truth is God has all the answers and He loves us. By doing what He asks, when He asks, we step out of pride and into a proper, loving and obedient arrangement with Him. Leadership is just more obedience and humility. Relationships are an area where God should be a solace and a source of profound comfort. He knows how to handle them. Trust that and you  will earn the trust of others. Then you will be well on your way to a Crown of Glory.

God bless you today!