Glory and Praise to YOU!!

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Glory and praise I give to You

Lord, You have brought break thru

Calling our Your name

For many years, almost too long it seems…

But God, You have continued

To show me Your promises are true…

Oh, Lord,

You are so good

Thank you, Oh Father

For the love you have for me

For continuing to pursue me

Lord to be content even,

Waiting for me…

Jesus, You have shown me

Your love and now You

Want me to love too…

Loving those around me

Seeing them as You do

And sharing my story

Giving the Glory and Praise to YOU!!!

Strength in the Storm

A foundation provides supports for something. It can even be compared to an anchor, or a root system. In light of that, these support systems should be sturdy, strong and deeply rooted. In life we must have something sturdy that is our support. The Lord provides us guidance in this area all throughout the scriptures. In fact, Jesus tells us that as we hear God’s Word and follow, we have a solid foundation sustainable against the storm.

Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.  Matthew 7:24-27 (NASB)

It is also very clear in the above verses that even though we hear, if we do not do, we are not protected, so to speak.

But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.  James 1:22 (NASB)

My interpretation at this point is that as we lean on the Word of God, the Lord protects us. He will give us strength, physically and spiritually. The key is to live for Him. We live for Him by following what He tells us. The beginning to this is reading the Bible and prayer. As we read and pray, we come to know our Father. Then the natural progression is to become more like our Heavenly Father who created us in His image, understanding who we are as His sons and daughters and ultimately claiming the power and authority He has given us against the storm!

There are many different people in the Bible who dealt with storms in their life and as they called on the Lord, He protected them…

And David spoke the words of this song to the Lord in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.  He said,

“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge;
My savior, You save me from violence.
“I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
And I am saved from my enemies.  

2 Samuel 22:1-4 (NASB)

“But you, Israel, My servant,
Jacob whom I have chosen,
Descendant of Abraham My friend,
You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth,
And called from its remotest parts
And said to you, ‘You are My servant,
I have chosen you and not rejected you.
‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’  

Isaiah 41:8-10 (NASB)

These are just two examples of God’s protection for people God the Father loved and people who not only called on Him, but who also followed Him. I, for one cannot think of anyone I would rather have as my protector. Why, then, do we still insist on doing it on our own? We struggle, we fall, we beat ourselves up in the process and often we end up coming to God after all, but torn and tattered… why? Are we so quick to believe the lies of the enemy that God doesn’t love us and that we are too messed up to mean anything to Him? But, see, that’s where knowing God comes in. As we learn who He is we learn how much He does love us, no He ADORES us… He rejoices over us… He wants to have a relationship with us and help us through those storms.

Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give Him the most pleasure.  Phillipians 2:13 (MSG)

Jesus will stand with you in the storm, but it will either be out-of-the-way waiting for you to call on Him, or beside you walking with you through it. It’s your choice. God will not force you to choose Him, but knowing that you can should be enough. Get to know your Father and let Him help you build your house on solid ground. Build on the solid ground of His Word, His Promises and His Truths, then wait and see how much easier the storms will pass and with much less damage!

“When trouble comes, focus on God’s ability to take care of you.”  Charles Stanley

Bible verses taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) and The Message Bible (MSG)

Charles Stanley quote from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_god.html

A Promise, a Plan… Love

 

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Flying high

Up in the sky

Soar My love

Come fly to Me

I open My arms to you

What will you do?

Find peace…

My peace

Find comfort…

My comfort

Find forgiveness…. Remember I love you

Don’t turn away

Instead come to Me

Open your heart

As I fill it…

Feel My presence

Oh how I adore you!

My precious child

I am proud of you!

Yet, there is still much to do

Sit with Me , listen…

I have a plan

One to save every man…

Because, remember I love them too.

Forgiveness is True Love

Forgiveness is true love… Hum, how does that statement affect you? Hopefully it gets your mind thinking and it stirs your heart as well. I truly think the two are related merely because our God who is love is a God of forgiveness. So, in essence, in order to be walking in love, you should also be walking in forgiveness. Agree?

Let’s dig a little deeper…

Here’s a definition for forgive:

to stop feeling anger toward (someone who has done something wrong)

to stop blaming (someone)

to stop feeling anger about (something) : to forgive someone for (something wrong)

So, we basically let go of anything that has been done to us by someone else when we forgive. We no longer have anger or blame toward the person or persons who hurt us. Now, that sounds good and in a perfect world, it is totally doable. But we do not live in a perfect world and because of that, we often struggle with forgiveness. All of us do, including me. Here’s where a higher power comes into play. God, as I referred to above, is a God of forgiveness. Consequently, He forgives us for anything and everything we do. Once we have the been forgiven, our Father forgets the offense and no longer reminds us of it. How is that possible? Because of who God the Father is and because of His amazing love for us.

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.      

Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV)

As we are told in the Bible, we are to love others. Loving others includes forgiving others, giving grace to those around us. That is the ultimate way to be a light to the world and show God’s love to the world. Often, the actual act of forgiveness and letting go is very difficult, thus the need for help. The only help that truly enables us to forgive anyone and everyone for anything is Jesus Christ. Let’s look for a minute at one integral point in the life of Christ where He is seen in the ultimate act of forgiveness…

And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.          

Luke 23: 33-34 (NKJV)

Jesus asked God the Father to forgive those who crucified Him. Wow! The ultimate forgiveness. You know what though? We are given that power through Jesus to to have that same forgiveness towards others. Moreover, in that forgiveness, we bring others closer to God. He uses our obedience to Him and our loving all of His creation as a way to bring hope to the world. This act  brings us closer to the final glory of glories.

And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!                                          

2 Corinthians 5:18-20 (NKJV)

Love is a picture of God and who He is. In that love, He provided forgiveness and essentially grace and mercy for us, His children. As we love with His love, we are able to give forgiveness freely, thereby walking in our identity as sons and daughters of God the Father. Love is above all things as is the Lord. Forgiveness is the ultimate act of love, true love, God love.

“If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive.” Mother Theresa

Definition for forgiveness from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forgiveness

Bible verses from the New King James Version Bible

Proverbs picture from https://www.pinterest.com/source/peachy-blisss.tumblr.com/

Mother Theresa quote from http://quotesgram.com/forgiveness-quotes-from-the-bible/