Obedience is Vulnerable

I shared with you earlier this week a post from the maryestherruth.com site about Obedience is Now. I listened to a post today and the subject was Obedience is Vulnerable. I never thought of obedience in that way, but after the teaching I understood the reason for the word vulnerable. In the video post below she gives the definition of vulnerable, I have pulled the definition from the dictionary for your convenience so as you listen to the post you can follow along. 

vulnerable: susceptible to physical or emotional attack or harm. (of a person) in need of special care, support, or protection because of age, disability, or risk of abuse or neglect.

I pray that this message blesses you as it has blessed me.

https://youtu.be/k_b1k0Iu-GE
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Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20

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Let There Be

Let there be internal relationship with God, hope, peace, organization, faith, honor, trust, happiness, fun, love, confidence, assurance, brilliance, kindness, thoughtfulness, clarity of thought, wisdom, discipline, life, love, health, strength, thankfulness, joy, laughter, wisdom, purpose, openness, forgiveness, power, vision, focus, dedication, initiative, clarity, creativity, gratefulness, loyalty, honesty, desire, knowledge, favor, and wholeness “in me.” And there is.

Let there be success, forever love and marriage to my spouse, happiness with my family, love and joy with our children, success, fun, power, favor, loyalty, businesses, multi-sources of income, cash, cash, and more cash, riches, access to wealth, blessings, purpose, never any liabilities or debt, true friends, long life and security “for me.” And there is.

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

Living a Full Life

I am sitting here at my desk listening to God and I hear Him asking me this question, “Did you know anything about the MacBook pro computer when you purchased it?” My answer to that question was no. He said it is the same with everything I give you to do. You do not have the knowledge or the wisdom on how to proceed, but I will guide you. I guided you through the training you needed so you could use this computer and I will do the same in every area of your life.

Our Father is with us in every moment. He has sent his Holy Spirit to be our most trusted advisor (We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him. Acts 5:32, NIV). The creator of the world is our personal assistant. God wants us to be encouraged that no matter what we face He will give us direction if we seek it from Him. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33, KJV He said if you ask for wisdom He will give it to us. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5, NIV.

God is not concerned with our weaknesses, “But he said to me, my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV). He is not concerned with our mistakes, broken promises, or our sins for Scripture teaches If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8, NIV) But we must confess our sins, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1John 1:9, NIV)

God has only the best for us… I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].John 10:10, AMP) On this journey we can get so overwhelmed by what we do not know, or distracted by what we did not do, or all the mistakes we made, but we must remember this: God is right there with with us! He has not left us and He is ready to give us wisdom and guide us in all that He has placed in our heart. Did you forget that God gave man the desires of His heart. God put those beautiful dreams in our hearts so we could work together with him to accomplish all that is in us! That is how we live and enjoy life to the fullest and in abundance! Amen

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

Obedience is Now!

One of my dear friends posted a video on her MaryEsterRuth.com page about Obedience. The topic of the message was Obedience is Now! In the message she shares that we have 60 seconds to decide to be obedient to God’s calling on our heart. One of the points she made was how we have all these questions when God gives us an assignment to do. Her comments brought to mind how we can put more faith in our parents than we do in God. When our parents tell us they are going to give us a birthday party, we never question or ask them how they are going to do it. We just believe what they have told us and look forward to the party. Wow! 

I hope the message below encourages your heart and helps you to respond immediately to the call from God without asking questions!

Father, 
Our desire is to obey you immediately. Thank you for the message that reminds us to trust you without questioning or wavering. We love you Lord and we praise you. In Jesus name Amen!

https://youtu.be/SMadwIc4pQ4
jccalling does not own copyright for this video. No copyright infringement intended. For inspirational purposes only. For more information on Mary, Esther, Ruth go to https://maryestherruth.com

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

Pick back up the dream!

The video below is what I posted several years ago when God told me to start doing YouTube videos. The videos were to be about how we journey out of our boats with God into the calling He has given each of us. This was the first video I posted and although I have completed several other videos, I believe there is so much more God wants me to do. 

Many times a dream or an idea comes to our heart which is God speaking to us and we get really excited. We may start the project and then along the way something happens that distracts us from continuing with what God had put in our heart. The enemy consistently reminds us of how we did not obey God and we can become depressed about not moving. 

I want to encourage you as I encourage myself that God is right there with you.  Our pastor says that to think of the light switch in your room with a dimmer on it. If you want the light to become brighter you have to turn up the switch. It is the same with God. As we draw near to Him, He draws near to us. God knows your heart and He is ready to dust you off and put you back in the ring.

It reminds me of our children learning to ride a bicycle. We start them off with a tricycle and although the tricycle is balanced on all three wheels we still have to teach our children how to ride them. They may fall off the tricycle and get a little frustrated about how to make the bike move, but we put them back on the bike and encourage them to go. We may even get behind the tricycle and push them so they learn how to ride. When they graduate from the tricycle we put them on a bike with training wheels and eventually they learn how to ride a two-wheel bicycle without the training wheels. They may have many falls and scraps, but they accomplish the goal.

It is the same with us, there are many different levels of the process that we have to go through with the gifts God has given us. We may have fallen off our bicycle along the way, but God has not given up on us. He is right there waiting for us to get back on the bike! It is time to pick back up the dream!

Father,
Thank you for your words of encouragement. Thank you for being right here with us. We may be afraid or a little frustrated in ourselves, but we are encouraged to move with you and pick back up the dream! Thank you

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usNo7DIPzso

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

Why Communion?

For all have sinned and come short of glory of God, (Romans 3:23, KJV)

The Bible teaches us that we have all sinned. We can each look at our past and see where we have gone wrong. The dictionary defines sin as an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law. Our sins blocks us from the ability to communicate with God.

We are God’s creation and because of our sin, He could no longer have communion with us. God missed having that communication with us. It is like a parent whose child has died and they can no longer be able to communicate with that child. The grief for parents is unbearable and if they could make a way to communicate with that child again, they would.

When we sinned we became dead to God. He cannot look on sin without judgement and we would die. However, God had a plan to get his children back if they wanted to have a relationship with Him again. Jesus Christ, His only son agreed to come to earth, live a perfect life, and die for our sins. Jesus agreed to pay our debt so that we could have a relationship with God and He could give us all that He had planned for our lives. The Bible teaches that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believed in Him shall not perish but have an everlasting life. This is why the Bible is so clear that the only way to eternal life is through Jesus Christ.

While Jesus was on the earth He had his last passover with his disciples.  He told them that he was giving them a new covenant that from now on the bread represented his body for the sacrifice he made for us. He also said that the wine represented his blood which covers our sins so we can have communion with God. He then went on to say, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”

We take communion to proclaim Jesus’s death and resurrection for our lives. I take communion every day because it is a constant reminder that the only way I can live my life with joy and have a relationship with God is because of our Lord’s death. 

I encourage you to take communion as often as you can. You can use crackers/bread and water if that is all you have. Just bless it in Jesus’ name and meditate on the fact that Jesus made the sacrifice of death for you and I to live eternally. 

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

Overcoming Failure

“My flesh…may fail, but God is the strength of my heart.”
Psalm 73:26, NIV

As you drive toward your destiny, you’re sure to hit potholes along the way, or take some wrong turns, or forget to check your gas gauge and run out of fuel. The truth is, the only way to avoid failure is to not leave your driveway! In the words of author William Saroyan: “Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure.” The real issue in life isn’t whether or not you’re going to fail, but whether you’re going to learn from your experience and turn it into the wisdom needed to succeed. In a survey of successful people, not one of them views their mistakes as failures. They considered them “learning experiences,” or “tuition paid,” or “opportunities for growth.” That’s the winning attitude! Henry Ward Beecher said: “Its defeat that turns bone to flint..gristle into muscle…and makes men invincible. Do not then be afraid of defeat. You are never so near victory as when you’re defeated in a good cause.” So the next time you fail at something, stop and ask yourself, “What have I learned? Am I grateful for this experience? How can I turn it into success? Where do I go from here? Who else has failed like this, and how can they help me? How can my experience help others? Did I actually fail, or just fall short of an unrealistically high goal? Where did I succeed as well as fail?” Then go one step further, and ask God for greater insight. If you do, you’ll grow stronger and wiser because of what you’ve been through (See Jas 1:5).

Source: The Word For You Today

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

Blessing Blockers

I have been sharing with you in the previous post about blessing blockers. I wanted to sum up all four of the blockers in one post. In the book, The Fourth Dimension by Dr. David Yonggi Cho he shares what blocks our prayers from being answered. 

The spirit of hatred, the spirit of fear, the spirit of inferiority and the spirit of guilt are what Dr. Cho refers to as blessing blockers. The paragraphs below wrap up why these spirits can hinder God from hearing and answering our prayers

The Spirit of Hatred: If we keep hatred in our heart we can never have God flowing through us. Hatred is that unforgiving spirit that will be the number one enemy to our faith life.  For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15

So how do we get rid of hatred when we have been hurt so badly? We start by giving our pain to God. He is the only one who can heal us. We then have to ask Him to help us forgive those who hurt us and to teach us how to pray blessings on them. When we release the pain, we release the hatred. Releasing the pain does not mean that we were not justified in how we feel, it just means that we are trusting God with it. We must remember that God said vengeance is mine! As we start to pray blessings on those who have hurt us, we open up the pipeline to receive our blessings. It is written, “It is more blessed to give then to receive.” Acts 20:35, NKJV. The more we pour out forgiveness, the more blessings we receive. WOW!

Spirit of Fear: Whatever we fear will come to us. The dictionary defines fear as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power, love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7) 

It is not easy to let go of the spirit of fear, but that is why God gave us so many examples in the Bible of how to overcome fear. We all know the story of David and Goliath. The whole Israel army feared Goliath, but David went after him in the name of the Lord and killed Goliath. Everything we fear can appear to be as big as Goliath, but we can take God at His word. We have His power to overcome any fear! Fear keeps us locked in prison and causes us to miss our blessings. When we operate in fear we put our faith in Satan!

Spirit of Inferiority: The dictionary defines inferiority as the condition of being lower in status or quality than another or others. We can be so deceived in this world by a person’s occupation and the sum of their income that we let it hinder our opportunity to have all the blessings God has stored up for us. God does not want us to feel inferior to anyone because we are each made in His image. So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them Genesis 1:27. No one is better than anyone else. A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. Proverbs 18:16, KJV

It does not matter how many failures we have experienced, or how little the income that we currently have, we are just as valuable as the president of our country. God does not want us to compare ourselves to others. This jams up the pipeline for us to receive our blessings when we have our eyes on comparison we cannot see the blessings waiting for us. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, Galatians 6:4-5, NIV

Spirit of Guilt: We all have things in our past that we wish we had not done and sometimes we carry that guilt. When we hold on to guilt then we are not accepting the gift that Jesus died to give us. Carrying guilt opens the door for Satan to use those emotions to keep us in bondage because we cannot go back and change the mistakes we have made. Locked in bondage keeps us from hearing God and blocks the blessings He has for us.

We can’t receive God’s love, compassion and forgiveness because our hands are too full with guilt. We have to be willing to empty our hands so we can receive His blessing. Note to self!Nothing we do is a surprise to God! Hallelujah!

In closing I find that this scripture sums up how we release all blessing blockers This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua 1:8, KJV

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

Blessing Blocker – Guilt

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. Ephesians 1:7

The fourth blessing blocker listed in the book by Dr. David Yonggi Cho was guilt. When I read the passage about guilt it immediately convicted my heart. We all have things in our past that we wish we had not done and sometimes we carry that guilt. When we do that we are not accepting the gift that Jesus died to give us. In the book Dr. Cho shares a story about a women who had received several abortions and that guilt along with her other sins were eating away at her life.

This woman husband brought her to Dr. Cho for healing. After she shared with Dr. Cho her past and how she could not let go of the guilt that she felt Dr. Cho then says this to her “Sister, close your eyes, “I instructed her, also doing the same thing myself. “Let’s go to a very silent and beautiful lake. Now you and I are sitting beside the lake, and there are many pebbles. In my hand I hold a very small pebble. You pick up a big rock. Let’s throw this pebble and this rock into the lake”. 

“First it’s my turn. I take hold of the pebble and cast it in. Did you hear the sound it made? A ripple. Where is the pebble now?” She answered, “Well, it went down to the bottom of the lake.” “Right,” I replied. “Now it’s your turn. Cast your rock in. Yes, you cast it in…okay, now that you’ve cast it in, did it make a light noise?” “No,” she asserted, “it made a big sound, and a large ripple.” “But where is your rock?” “Down at the bottom,” she replied. 

“Well, it seems that both my small pebble and your big rock went to the bottom when they were thrown. The only difference was the sound and ripple. Mine made a plop, yours made a boom. Mine made a small ripple, yours a large ripple. People go to hell with small sins just as well as big sins, for they are without Jesus Christ. And what is the difference? Sound and its influence on society. Everyone needs the forgiveness of Jesus Christ. The blood of Jesus cures all sins, big and little.” (The Fourth Dimension Dr. David Yonggi Cho) 

Just like this woman in the story that Dr. Cho shared we can carry guilt that we don’t believe is forgivable even though we know Christ died for all those sins. I too am like the woman in the book, for I have done things I was ashamed of and the guilt ate away at me. However, God reminded me that He already knew what sins we would commit and He carried them to the cross. Our confession to God with a sincere heart is all that is required for forgiveness.

When we carry the guilt of past sin, it blocks the pipeline for God to pour into us His blessings. We can’t receive his love, compassion and forgiveness because our hands are too full with guilt. We have to be willing to empty our hands so we can receive His blessing. Note to self!Nothing we do is a surprise to God! Hallelujah!

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

Weather

I’m sitting in a condo looking outside at the snow and thanking God for the opportunity to be here. The snow is falling really fast and heavy then within minutes it switches to a very light fall. What I  noticed in the past couple of hours of watching this weather is that the snow leaves the ground wet and slushy so it is not sticking. It  falls really pretty, but it does not stay that way.

I began to ponder what is God’s purpose for letting it snow so beautifully only to turn into a slushy mess. While in the mist of that thought my son called and we chatted about the weather in his city. He said it was very windy and raining really hard. I could literally hear the wind through his phone while he was talking. 

God has so many different ways to fulfill his purpose: the wind and heavy rain in one city, slushy snow in another city, hail poring down in another country and sun shining somewhere else. Each and every climate works for the same purpose to produce and grow seeds so they multiply on the earth.

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:11-12, NIV

God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”Genesis 1:27-28, NIV

God reminded me that just because you cannot see the purpose behind what you perceive to be a mess it is actually bearing fruit. It is the same way in our lives, sometimes things seem to be going so beautiful with friends like the sun shining on a gorgeous day and then from nowhere a messy storm hits that relationship and you are running for cover. Every single thing that happens has purpose and it is always producing fruit. 

Our goal should be to trust God no matter what season of weather we are going through in our lives, He is producing fruit in us and it is working for our good. To God be the glory! For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future Jeremiah 29:11, NIV.

Father,
We pray that you would help us to trust you in every situation even when we don’t understand. Your word says that the plans you have for us are for our good. We pray to walk only in your plans. In Jesus name Amen

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