Holy Spirit Needed

Imagine my delight when one of my heroines of the faith sent me an Instagram message to tell me I was on her heart. I quickly replied as I thought it was amazing that I would be seeing her in person in just a few days. Then imagine my disappointment when, upon receiving another message, I realized I was not hearing from the true person. Imposter. Faker. Interloper.

I had a choice. I could remain upset at myself for even thinking the conversation was true. Or I could thank Holy Spirit for helping me see the truth. 

Oh beloved, God wants you to know this morning that you will encounter things in your walk with God that you wish you didn’t encounter. He knows you’ve been tricked in the past and you’ve been reluctant to trust because of that situation. He knows you’ve disappointed yourself by making your own mistakes and you don’t want to trust yourself. 

But Father God says to you this morning I put my Spirit within you because I sent My Son to save you. I Am that I Am. I am the real deal. I will never forsake My truth or your heart. You can trust Me. You can thank Me for the indwelling that gives you pause, instruction and spiritual understanding just when you need it. It’s a learning life with Me. It’s a teaching role I have. I don’t berate My children when they make mistakes. I cover them. But it is important to know My voice so that you don’t follow another who does not love you and cannot care for you.

This same God who sent you the Son is always going to love you and take care of you. It’s His Bond, His Word, His Essence and His Nature. Learn to listen to Him first. Learn to walk with wisdom. Learn to live in the Power of His Resurrection. And rejoice, beloved, that He is teaching you to live in the Light of Holy Spirit discernment all the days of your life.

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have good understanding. To Him belongs eternal praise. NIV

Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.

Ephesians 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.

Galatians 5:25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

James 1:5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

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God Won’t Fail You Ever

God won’t fail you because He can’t fail.

When it comes to the inner workings of my car, I can’t rely on anything within myself to diagnose, prepare for or fix it. I’m not equipped for that. But I have a husband who can fix just about anything. He’s got the equipment and the knowledge and the prowess to adjust, set up, reset and re-equip all our vehicles. So guess what? I have to rely on him. I will fail if I try to do more than turn it on and put it in gear. Could I learn? Maybe. Maybe not. But why bother. Why worry about that when I have someone who is far better than that. He’s not failed me yet.

Oh beloved, God wants you to know this morning that He won’t fail you. He can’t. It’s not in His character or nature to fail. He is so equipped at fixing your broken things that He had the plans for you before the foundation of the world. He knows you intimately and He is far better at fixing you – your life, your problems, your hopes, your dreams – than you will ever be. Face it, there are times when a believer is their own worst enemy – they will think the worst. Yet this Amazing God promises the best! You can’t go anywhere that God won’t find you. You don’t have to worry about being in “out of service” area or beyond the limits of His loving care.  

He wants to remind you this morning that Jesus saved you. You did not save yourself. You couldn’t have been good enough or righteous enough or law-keeping enough. But Christ is all that for you and more. He’s your covering in the scorching sun of adversity. He’s your lifeboat in the downpour of hardship. He’s not going to fail you ever. Therefore you can trust Him. You can call on Him. You can expect Him to show up and show out on your behalf. He isn’t looking at your age or your ability. He sees both. And yet He says “Lo, I will be with you always”. He says even when you are old and gray I will be with you.  

God loves you and He’s for you. Love Him in return. Rely on Him. Trust Him. Allow Him to do what only He can do. Even go so far as to not make a single decision without Him. All He wants is your whole heart for your entire life as you learn to trust Him because you love Him and you know Him. Rest in His promises and rejoice as you live completely reliant on the one who knows you best and loves you most!

2 Samuel 22:31 As for God, His way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him. NIV

Deuteronomy 32:4 The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. AMP

Isaiah 26:4 Trust you in the LORD forever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength

I Corinthians 1:18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

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As we traveled home yesterday from a nearby town we decided to take a different route. We even took a side trip to see an old cemetery. What we found was a beautiful old church and I took a picture of it. We drove on to see if we could find another out of the way treasure but we discovered the pavement ended just over the hill. As we turned around to head back to the main highway I asked Danny if we could take another picture of the church – this time with the gate. God was speaking to my heart.

Wrapped across the gate was the word CAUTION in black letters on yellow tape. 

Oh beloved, God wants to caution you and me this morning. He loves His daughters so much that He watches over us day and night. And He spreads His warnings before us so we aren’t captured in anything.

He says CAUTION – be cautious not to allow fear, worry and anxiety to reside in your heart. There will be times that these things will come to you. But you don’t have to allow them to live within you. Fear will rob you of the adventure the Lord has for you. Worry will rob you of the faith to move mountains. And anxiety will weigh your heart down. 

He went on to say be cautious about making decisions without prayer. Just as the caution tape was draped across the church’s gate He drapes His Spirit across thresholds you encounter. Make sure He has spoken before you proceed. Once you have found God’s counsel on decisions you can go forth with power and confidence!

Finally He says be cautious – cautious about the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart. Make both of them pleasing to Him. Are you speaking things without consulting His Word? He directs us to speak the TRUTH in love – to ourselves first and foremost. Don’t allow words like useless, powerless, hopeless, and other negative thoughts to escape your lips. You are the righteousness of God in Christ! Don’t allow untruthful declarations about life and loved ones escape either. Instead declare blessings! Speak out God’s will over them. Praise the Lord when you feel like cursing yourself or others. You have been called to speak the oracles of God in blessings so that you receive blessings back and so that the ones you are praying for will be changed! Your words matter! Be cautious!

God loves you and He’s for you! Don’t ever be cautious about praying, about believing God or about praising Him always. He is the reason you live – through Christ and indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Step out of the miry clay of self-condemnation and apathy of spirit. Thank the Lord for His caution when you need it but live fully alive in the Light of Words of Life!

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.

Proverbs 14:16 A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless.

Psalm 16:7 I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.

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God Gave Consent

Because I married young my father had to give his consent. Not just to the proposer who did ask him for my hand in marriage. But to the county courthouse. My father had to sign his name so that we could get a marriage license. Without the consent of the father a girl my age at the time could not get married. 

Oh beloved, aren’t we blessed? The Lord consented to send us Jesus, who would sign the guarantee for us to be redeemed and betrothed to Himself. You and I are so loved and adored! We’re cherished beyond measure. We’ve been born of the Spirit into a new life! And there’s more!

God wants you to know that His desire is that you be 100% saved so you can be 100% Spirit filled and 100% changed. Otherwise this salvation is not going to work. His Gospel changes everything! Jesus came that you can have a real life, an abundant life, better than you ever had without Him. He has given you every good and perfect gift and it comes straight from Him. You are no longer an orphan with no hope of adoption. You are no longer a sinner with no hope of change. You are no longer just waiting and hoping you make it to heaven. He taught His disciples, and you are one of them, to pray “Your Kingdom Come, Your will be Done on earth (right now) as it is in Heaven!!”  

This is your shining hour! Your day to embrace the Truth and live for Jesus with no holds barred. It’s your day to receive the promises by faith. It’s your day to say Yes to Jesus for your holy calling and yes to the Spirit of the Living God with complete abandon. This consent God gave for you to receive salvation combined with your consent to live for Him combine to an impenetrable bond of Spirit wisdom, power and love. You are now a sword wielding, praise giving fully grown child of the Kingdom! No weapon formed against you will prosper! No other kingdom will take your heart! No enemy will capture you! All because you are living In the Spirit, In Christ and In the dominion of the King of Kings!

God loves you and He’s for you! Don’t consent to the enemy’s attacks any longer. Put on the whole armor of God and reach for the Truth to carry it wherever you go. Your King has given you all authority as He has seated you in heavenly places with Him. Rejoice as you now live fully clothed in the righteousness of God as you live in the Light of His Glory & Grace!

John 3:17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

Colossians 1:13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son

Galatians 3:29 And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are His heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.

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Bullet Box

My husband purchased a black metal box from the discount aisle at a local store. At least that’s what it looks like to me. This box is a target box and it will be used to capture bullets that are shot for practice. My husband is an awesome shot who has even competed in contests. Still he practices.  

Two things God wants us to know this morning. One is – the enemy will continue to practice his menacing shots on believers until the end. The other is – we must continue to practice our faith against the wiles of the enemy until Jesus comes to get us.

Oh beloved, the target of the devil is your mind. You’ve been taunted, belittled, and lied to. This one single enemy has with him a barrage of lies that won’t quit. His desire is that you give up, give in and give way. Steal, kill, destroy.  

But you are blessed! You have the Lord of Heaven’s Armies with you! You have the King of the Universe with you, beside you, before you and within you! Every time you practice the truth the enemy loses place in this continuing war for your faith. This morning as you wake up you will be ahead of the fight as you praise the Lord, worship Him and read His word. Pick up that Bible and read it out loud! Put on the cd and play it in your home. Take it with you and play it in the car. And praise the Lord one shot after another! Feeling down hearted? Praise God for your heart fully belonging to Jesus! Thinking it’s hopeless? Praise Him again for your hope is solidly in Him! Hearing a bad report? Remind the Lord that you will believe His report alone! 

“God loves me and He’s for me!” That is the one two punch no enemy can stand against! Rejoice with the Father that you have been clothed in righteousness, you are faultless before Him. He designed you, created you, blesses you, heals you, defends you, forgives you and loves, loves, loves you! Remind yourself that your weapons of warfare are mighty through God to the pulling down of enemy strongholds wherever they are. And rest in His promises as you walk with triumph in the Light of His Truth about you!

I Peter 5:8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.  

Psalm 149:6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand

2 Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.

Psalm 71:7-8 My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection. That is why I can never stop praising You; I declare Your glory all day long.

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