Terrorist Watch

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I wrote a blog about the Spirit of Offense. I don’t know if you had the opportunity to read the comment on that post, but Maryestherruth.com responded to the blog by saying, “Make sure you put his ugly mugshot (Satan)  on the Terrorist Watch list.” I chuckled at the comment, but the words hung in my spirit. I thought about the words “terrorist watch.”

I had to look up the word terrorist. It means an advocate or practitioner (one who practices; especially one who practices a profession of terrorism as a means of coercion); a person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.

A terrorist is someone who uses unlawful violence and intimidation to accomplish their own agenda. That sounds just like Satan to me! He is always advocating for his own political reign and will use any means necessary to get what he wants. Satan is a terrorist and we should always be on the look out for him. He is a great strategist, always planning for an opportune time to come at you when you least expect it. Do you remember how he deceived Adam and Eve in the garden? He lied to them, telling them they would not die if they ate the fruit, but instead they could be like God knowing good from evil. With his lies, he crushed the intimacy that Adam and Eve had with God! They did not see Satan coming; he was not on their watch list! He is so sly and subtle! We have to be on guard and watching for him at all times!

Wow! Let’s go there! The word “watch” means to keep vigil as a devotional exercise; to be awake during the night; to be attentive or vigil; to keep guard; to keep someone or something under close observation; to observe as a spectator; to keep under guard; to observe closely in order to check on action or change.

Satan’s actions have never changed, scriptures says,  Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 and in the Book of Job 1:7 The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.

Satan is our terrorist and we must be alert and aware of his actions. He cannot devour us unless we give him access. He is looking for someone who is not suspecting him so he can  devour them. Just like the United States has a watch list for terrorists because it does not want to be caught off guard, we cannot afford to be caught off guard either! A terrorist will never say, “Hi!  I’m a terrorist! Come watch what I am doing!” No, they hide and are deliberate with their attack. Satan is no different, he will not say, “Hi! I am Satan and I am coming to devour you!” No! He is intentional and is always looking to take you and anyone else you love down to accomplish his goals!

Father,
Thank you for your word that reminds us that Satan is always lurking. We put him on our Terrorist Watch list just like your word says to do. We give you praise for wisdom and insight that directs us on how to counter his attacks! In the matchless name of Jesus, Amen.

Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20

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Just Because

A dear friend stopped by our home for a short visit. She presented me with a gift and said it was “just because.” I was so surprised and truly grateful. It made me feel so special! God also gives us his “just because” gifts everyday, but we may not realize it.

We take for granted the changes in the sky that we see everyday. We complain when the weather is not the way we like it. Some of us are irritated when the flowers are in bloom because they cause us to sneeze, or feel sick. I believe that all these natural things that happen everyday are “just because” gifts from God letting us know how much he loves us. They are reminders that he is always here with us.

Satan works overtime to keep us distracted from seeing our blessings by keeping us focused on all the problems we have in our life. The other day I was taking a walk around the park when I heard God say, “Slow down.” He told me to take a seat in the Rose Garden. I really didn’t want to sit down. I wanted to get some exercise! However, I sat down as I was instructed. 

I couldn’t believe what I saw! I had never noticed how many dragon flies there were that buzzed around the roses! I also noticed all kinds of insects in the air that I had never seen before; because I was always moving too fast! I was fascinated seeing all the insects moving through the air or on the ground, doing whatever God had planned for them.

This earth is full of “just because” blessings from God because he wants us to know how much he loves us! Next time you find yourself in a rush, take some time to enjoy your “just because” gifts from our Heavenly Father!

Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20

Spirit of Offense

Dr. Sharon Nesbitt did a teaching about the power of agreement in one of her teachings. She said that we have to get rid of the spirit of offense for God to bless what we are doing. As I listened to the message I thought, “I don’t have any offensive spirit!” However, I asked God to help me to remove any spirit of offense that I was not aware of. 

It was not two days after hearing the message that I ran into a spirit of offense. I found that it was not easy to forgive when you have been hurt or offended. The devil really drops all these evil thoughts in your mind and you replay those thoughts over and over. 

One of my dear friends always says when thoughts come in her mind that do not glorify God she says, “ The airport is closed. Do not come up here! STOP!” I shared my feelings with my husband asking him to pray for me, but instead he texted me the scriptures below:

Matthew 6:14-15
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Luke 6:37
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

Luke 17:3-4
So watch yourselves.
“If your brother or sister[a] sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”

Matthew 5:42-48
42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

Love for Enemies
b>43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

It is just like God to give us exactly what we need! We have to love and forgive as God has forgiven and loved us. When we think of our disappointments and offensives in the way scripture tells us, it brings clear understanding to what God requires us to do.

Father,
We asked for your help to forgive and love as you have done this for us. Your word teaches us that you are the vine and we are branches.  Apart from you, we can do nothing! Thank you Father that it is not within ourselves that forgiveness takes place in our hearts, but with you working through us. Praise God! We thank you and give you praise in Jesus name Amen!

He did it again!

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Early this morning, sometime between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., the Holy Spirit woke me up. I just laid in my bed because my body was still so tired and very sleepy. I did not want to get up. I started to pray in the bed, but I knew the Holy Spirit was leading me to get up. I finally got out of the bed and headed to my prayer room. As I sat there, I begin to ask God to help me reverence Him.

I did not want to pray as usual, I really wanted to love God from the depths of my soul. He spoke these words to me. “He did it again.” My soul lit up!!! It is amazing how God says just a few words to your spirit and you know exactly what He means.

He said,  “He did it again!”, meaning He woke me this morning, He protected me from death, He covered me through the night, and He never left me. Everything was exactly the same when I woke up as they were when I went to sleep. I was in my right mind. I felt so humbled and so blessed that I began to pray for forgiveness for taking everything He does for granted.

God reminded me that He does this every single night. The Holy Spirit watches over us and protects us. He wakes us up with His love every morning and sometimes we forget to say, “Thank you!” My God, how my soul rejoiced! Now, when I wake up I say, “He did it again!!!!” Hallelujah!

Father,
It is never our desire to take you for granted. We sometimes get caught up in the routine of our lives that we forget who is actually holding us together. Thank you for  keeping watching over us. We ask for forgiveness for taking you for granted and we humbly submit ourselves to you. In Jesus’ name Amen.

Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20

Wisdom from the Proverbs

Proverbs 14

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. Whoever fears the Lord walks uprightly, but those who despise him are devious in their ways. A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them. Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests.

An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies. The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning. Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips. The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.

Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright. Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy. The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish. There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. Even in laughter the heart may ache, and rejoicing may end in grief. The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good rewarded for theirs.

 The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps. The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure. A quick-tempered person does foolish things, and the one who devises evil schemes is hated. The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous. The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends. 

It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy. Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find[a] love and faithfulness. All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly. A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful. Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.

A large population is a king’s glory, but without subjects a prince is ruined. Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly. A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous seek refuge in God. Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known.[b] Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people. A king delights in a wise servant, but a shameful servant arouses his fury.

Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20

WTF?

I could not wait to share those three letters with you and change your perspective on what you think they mean. In our leadership meeting on Saturday our pastor used those three letters. The meaning he gave for those letters have changed my perspective forever. 

Wheres The Faith? (WTF)

Where is the faith….. to trust in God’s plan

Where is the faith…. that He is in control

Where is the faith….even in change that hurts, that He has the answer

All through scripture we find Jesus saying, “Where is your faith?” Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? (Matthew 6:30,KJV)

And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm (Matthew 8:26, KJV)

He replied, ”Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20, NIV)

Whenever we get nervous, anxious or uncomfortable those are signs that we are not trusting in God. We need to say to ourselves, “Where is the Faith (WTF) that God has already given me?” The Word teaches us that each of us has received a measure of faith to help us fulfill the purpose and plan God has for us.

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. (Romans 12:3, NIV)

The next time you hear someone use these three letters, let it be a reminder that God has given you all the faith you need.

Father,
Thank you for changing our perspective about the three letters above. We want to always stand faithful to you. We are aware that doubt, fear and anxiety will come to us during difficult times but let us remember that those feelings are a reminder that we are out of alignment with our faith walk. Thank you for the measure of faith we need. We will stay faithful in Jesus name
Amen!

Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20

Special purpose

I was introduced to a fragrance by Jo Malone from my sister-in-law. For Christmas and birthdays she would give soaps and candles as gifts. My husband and I really liked one of the soap scents and made a purchase for some of the products ourselves. While making the purchase I was invited by the manger who sells this product to attend a showing of the new fragrances from the Jo Malone company.  I accepted the invitation.

I attended the event and learned that Jo Malone was originally a facial therapist who had a love for fragrance. We were told that she developed some scented products in her kitchen as gifts for her clients. From the giving of those gifts it led to many open doors and you can now purchase her products all over the world!

I shared this story with you because it just reminds me of what an awesome God we serve! I have never met Jo Malone but I love her journey of discovery of what was on the inside of her. God has given each one of us a dream (like an unborn baby) that’s inside of us. We are to give birth to that dream which is always bigger than us.  Jo Malone’s love for fragrance moved her to create scented products by hand in her own kitchen!

I know that it can appear like we are just living from day to day doing the same old thing. But I want to encourage you as I encourage myself that God has greater things for us to do. What God has called us to do is always bigger than ourselves. Jo Malone was a facial therapist but she did not let her career dictate her future. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10, NIV) God has laid everything out for us, all we have to do is walk in it. 

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.(Psalm, 139:1-6, NIV)

In 1999, Jo Malone sold her business to Estée Lauder Companies and remained Creative Director until she left in 2006. She is now a motivational speaker and has written her autobiography ‘Jo Malone My Story’. You can find more about Jo Malone at https://www.joloves.com/about

Father,
Thank you that you have created and designed each of us with a special purpose for your glory and to enrich the lives of others. It is our deepest desire to fulfill all that you have called us to. We ask for your assistance in giving birth to the dreams you put inside of us.  Open our eyes to see what is needed is before us, and you are guiding our every step. Thank you for calling us, guiding us, and putting a fire in us to make us move! We are grateful for you and how you have chosen us for your purpose! To you Father be the glory! Amen!

Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20

Psalm 150

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Praise the Lord.

Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.

Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.

Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20

A Child’s trust

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Our pastor has been teaching us about having a deeper relationship with God. Our study took us to Daniel and how he prayed there times a day. Daniel made his time with God a priority. After hearing this word I have been more focused on spending quality time with God. One afternoon after a doctor’s appointment, I was chatting with God about where to go to lunch before returning to work.

The Holy Spirit speak led me to stop at this particular store which was in a shopping mall strip. Although I was not interested in shopping, I stopped at that location and to my surprise there were places to grab lunch. I actually took the stroll through the stores as I felt the Spirit had directed me and finally landed at a spot for lunch.

I purchased my lunch and chose to eat outside because it was so nice. As I was sitting I noticed a mother with a baby sitting not to far from me. We spoke and chatted about her baby. As I continued with my lunch the rest of her family came with their food. She had two other daughters probably ages 2 and 4. She and her husband distributed the food to their daughters and proceeded to start eating. Their daughter, who looked to be about 4 years old, said to her father in a loud voice, “Daddy, how about we pray over the food?”

Her father nodded and the little girl started praying at the same tone. She said, “Heavenly Father….” I was shocked at how she knew how to address our Lord as “Heavenly Father!” My mind immediately when to the scripture where Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 18:3, NLT). This little girl was not intimidated by the people around her and was so innocent in her addressing our Father, that she just brought joy to my soul God wants us to have that same innocence and love for him. We are to trust him and be full of his joy that he has given to all of us freely. 

I encourage you that when you are out and about take some time to watch little children. They are usually not worried about anything and they trust that their parents will take care of everything. We have a Father who says, “Trust me. I have taken care of everything for you!” 

This whole encounter brought me back to my pastor’s message that if we trust God as children trusts their parents, it will bring us into a deeper relationship with Him. To God be the glory!

Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32, Ephesians 6:19:20

EL OLAM

There are so many names in the Bible for God and each one of them has a very profound meaning. I have shared with you in the past that I have a book (Rose Book of Bible Charts, Maps & Time Lines) that lists the names of God with the meaning. Today we focus on EL OLAM.

Meaning: The Eternal God/The Everlasting God

Application: He is the Beginning and the End, the one who works his purposes
throughout the ages. He gives strength to the weary.

Bible Reference: Gen. 21:33; Ps. 90:1-2; Isa. 40:28; (Rom. 1:20)

Pronounced: el o-LAM Jesus Christ possess eternal attributes. He is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He obtained eternal redemption for us (Hebrews 9:12).

What a blessing and confirmation that when we say El OLAM we are speaking to the everlasting God. Our Father is the beginning and the end. When our children were young they attended a school where the majority of the children’s parents were very affluent. I used to look at those children and think how lucky they were! Because of their parents finances they will never have to worry about anything. I always wanted to offer the same kind of opportunity to our children.

What I did not realize at the time was that I had something even greater to offer our children. Because my husband and I had accepted Jesus Christ as our personal savior we had an even better inheritance for our children; the gift of eternal life. We serve the eternal God who has promised us enteral and abundant life while here on earth.  God is the Alpha and Omega who was before time, and he will be here after time. There is no greater blessing on earth than to be assured that our Father is in charge of everything and has promised us the gift only He can give; eternal life! Praise God! Amen

Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20