HOLY SPIRIT, LIGHT DIVINE

This morning, when I awoke, my heart was heavy.  I’m not sure why…after a day of rest yesterday, I should have been refreshed; but not the case.  I was in deep prayer for the restoration of my son-overwhelmed with his need to come back to the Lord.  He’s not a bad kid…quite the contrary, but he has forgotten what Jesus has done, and can continue to do for him.  He’s so talented, and could do so much to bring folks into worship with his music!

I needed some peace, so decided to listen to Francesca Battistelli’s song, Holy Spirit.  As I listened, I remembered a couple of other songs about the Holy Spirit-old hymns.  Here are some of the words.  I hope they give you comfort, as they did for me!

Never give up hope…NEVER STOP PRAYING FOR YOUR CHILDREN! -anita

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“He…shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit.”  Romans 8:11

Holy Spirit, Light divine, shine upon this heart of mine; Chase the shades of night away, turn my darkness into day.  Holy Spirit, all divine, dwell within this heart of mine; Cast down every idol throne, reign supreme, and reign alone. -Andrew Reed, 1817

 

“Be filled with the Spirit.”  Eph. 5:18

Hover o’er me, Holy Spirit, bathe my trembling heart and brow; fill me with your hollowed presence, Come…O come and fill me now!  Cleanse and comfort, bless and save me, bathe, O bathe my heart and brow; You are comforting and saving…Come, O come and save me now! -Elwood H. Stokes 1879

Anita

REMEMBER…HONOR…

Sorry I am late in posting this!  Since it’s a Holiday, we slept in for a bit, and then did the BIG breakfast thing. 🙂 …Come on!  You all know what I’m talking about!  Anyway…  Hope you all have a wonderful day off…and while we remember, and honor all our loved ones who have already departed this earth, let us remember and honor the ONE…JESUS, who gave His all for us!   -anita

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The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil;  He shall preserve thy soul!  -Psalm 121:7

“Guide me oh thou great Jehovah;  Pilgrim through this barren land:  I am weak, but Thou art mighty;  Hold me with Thy powerful hand!” -Unknown

Anita

“WORDS” sermon notes by Pastor Danny Leavitt

WORDS

The Power of Words

 

Hebrews 11:3 (KJV)

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

 

Proverbs 18:21

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

 

Joel 3:10 (NIV)

Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears.

Let the weak say,

“I am strong!”

 

2 Corinthians 1:4

who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

 

Proverbs 10:19 (TLB)

Don’t talk so much. You keep putting your foot in your mouth. Be sensible and turn off the flow!

 

Matthew 10:32 (NIV)

“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.

 

YOUR WORDS MATTER TO YOU

 

Matthew 12:37 NIV

But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.

 

Matthew 12:37 (MSG)

Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.

 

Ephesians 4:29 MSG

Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.

 

 

 

Paul Said

Romans 3:10

As it is written:

“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11     there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”
13 “Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.”
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
14   “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”

 

 

Romans 15:6  NIV

so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

Job 22:21

“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.

22 Accept instruction from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart.

23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored:

26 Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty and will lift up your face to God.

27 You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows.

28 What you decide on will be done, and light will shine on your ways.

29 When people are brought low and you say, ‘Lift them up!’ then he will save the downcast.

30 He will deliver even one who is not innocent, who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”

 

Ana   “Please”

 

 

Psalm (GNT)

A Cry for Help

69 Save me, O God!  The water is up to my neck;

2 I am sinking in deep mud, and there is no solid ground;

I am out in deep water, and the waves are about to drown me.

3 I am worn out from calling for help, and my throat is aching.

I have strained my eyes, looking for your help.

4 Those who hate me for no reason are more numerous than the hairs of my head.

My enemies tell lies against me; they are strong and want to kill me.

They made me give back things I did not steal.

5 My sins, O God, are not hidden from you; you know how foolish I have been.

6 Don’t let me bring shame on those who trust in you, Sovereign Lord Almighty!

Don’t let me bring disgrace to those who worship you,  O God of Israel!

7 It is for your sake that I have been insulted and that I am covered with shame.

8 I am like a stranger to my relatives, like a foreigner to my family.

9 My devotion to your Temple burns in me like a fire; the insults which are hurled at you fall on me.

10 I humble myself by fasting, and people insult me;

12 They talk about me in the streets, and drunkards make up songs about me.

13 But as for me, I will pray to you, Lord; answer me, God, at a time you choose.

Answer me because of your great love, because you keep your promise to save.

14 Save me from sinking in the mud; keep me safe from my enemies, safe from the deep water.

15 Don’t let the flood come over me; don’t let me drown in the depths or sink into the grave.

16 Answer me, Lord, in the goodness of your constant love; in your great compassion turn to me!

17 Don’t hide yourself from your servant; I am in great trouble—answer me now!

18 Come to me and save me; rescue me from my enemies.

19 You know how I am insulted, how I am disgraced and dishonored,  you see all my enemies.

20 Insults have broken my heart, and I am in despair. I had hoped for sympathy, but there was none;  for comfort, but I found none.

21 When I was hungry, they gave me poison; when I was thirsty, they offered me vinegar.

22 May their banquets cause their ruin;  may their sacred feasts cause their downfall.

30 I will praise God with a song; I will proclaim his greatness by giving him thanks.

32 When the oppressed see this, they will be glad;  those who worship God will be encouraged.

 

Toda “Thank”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)

1give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

IT’S HIS WORD!

The following post is of a controversial nature.  It is, however, not meant to offend or hurt anyone.  This is a daily dilemma faced by God fearing, people loving Believers who want to share the love of Jesus with everyone.-anita

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Do you ever struggle with the balance between what the word of God says in Scripture and the conflict with what society dictates as moral? I struggle with this a lot. One area of particular struggle is that of homosexuality. In reading Scripture, it couldn’t be more clear to me what God’s position is on the topic: “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination….” Lev 20:13.

Yet we have those seeking to be politically correct making a statement like this: Regarding homosexuality and it being forbidden by the Bible…this claim is “…poor biblical scholarship and a cultural bias read into the Bible.” The author of this statement (Jimmy Creech, a former United Methodist pastor who was defrocked for performing same-sex marriages and who wrote this for the Human Rights Project) supports his position by saying that homosexuality is not used as a term in the Bible and it was not understood “as an innate dimension of personality. Sexual orientation was not understood in biblical times.” He goes on to say that there is no word in Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek for “homosexual.” Finally, he says that what is being condemned is not the same-sex nature of the behavior, but rather “…the violence, idolatry and exploitation related to the behavior….” This all sounds like flippant word-smith manipulation to me; a wolf in sheep’s clothing is still a wolf.

But the core issue remains. How do we reconcile the Bible’s statements on homosexuality with the Bible’s commands to love our neighbor as ourselves? In simple terms, my own position has come to be: love the sinner and not the sin. In practice that sometimes is quite difficult. I have worked with a number of homosexuals and became very good friends with some of them. I tried hard to focus on all the things that were positive about them and their character, rather than being condemning. I also tried to make sure they knew I was a Christian and I even prayed with them, for example, at mealtime or when they were struggling with life’s difficulties and sought prayer. I tried to never laud their sexual choices but also tried to show them respect as a human being created in God’s image. But I don’t want to come off sounding like I had this all worked out fine and that I am a great saint in God’s kingdom. I often had to struggle with what I call the us-versus-them mindset. And I still do struggle with that. And given the bevy of sinful tendencies I carry around with me, to be any less than forgiving of homosexual sin would leave me wide open to the charge of “hypocrite.” And, of course, hypocrite is one characterization leveled at Christians all the time.

In a recent article that I read on the divine nature of Scripture, the author said, “Given cultural pressure, we could find ourselves slowly adopting [society’s] view of Scripture if we are not careful to remember its divine origin.” The same author goes on to say, “We reject modern notions of morality not because we are unthinking bigots who do not want people to be happy.” His point is that we have to believe in and live by what God has said to us.

But at the end of the day, it’s still hard to forgive the sin and love the sinner. It’s pretty easy to cross the line and find ourselves tolerating or ignoring the sin so as to avoid causing a confrontation. I suppose where the rubber will hit the road for me will be the day when an avowed homosexual asks me to comment on the homosexual lifestyle. Before I would ever try to answer, I would be praying fervently for God to give me gentle, caring words to say on the one hand, and the courage to say on the other that God considers it a sin. From there, it’s a perfect time to share the gospel.

By:  Lee Pierce

 

OLD TOM T. MADE AN IMPACT!

“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

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The above verse is the mantra, the motto of our church.  I was reminded of its truth yesterday when I had a surprised visit from my neighbor, and now friend, Dwayne.  He and his wife stopped by to thank us for our prayers, and ministry.  They were referring to the turkey we took over for Thanksgiving (remember when the church passed out all those Tom Turkeys?).  That one gesture of kindness made a huge impact on them and their Spiritual walk with the Lord.  Truth is…every Sunday morning we pass by their house on our way to church, I whisper a prayer for them.  It was so rewarding to know that God used our kindness and prayers to bring about their healing!

A few months back, I blogged about Dwayne and his struggles.  I am so happy to say, he is back on the right track, going to church, and trying to get his life back together!  I know that this will be good news for those of you who prayed for his recovery.

My point is this…GOD DOES HAVE A PLAN FOR ALL OF US!  Yes…even those of us who appear to be as lost as a  goose in a snow storm!  Even those of us who stand on the street corner with a cardboard sign, and beg for money.  Even those of us who sleep in alleys and doorways.  And yes…even those of us who drive nice cars, live in mansions, and think we have it all together.

The guy in the mansion, has slipped and fallen just like the guy on the street corner.  Oh, maybe not so far that anyone would notice because the guy in the mansion has the funds to cover it up, or go to rehab…but God notices.    We all fall, because we are human.  But God is not surprised when we slip and fall…He knew our life story long before we were ever born…He wrote it!  His purpose for our life is clear.  He wants to prosper us, not harm us!  To give us hope and a future.  Jesus, was so determined to give us this hope, this future, that He died for us to ensure that possibility.  All we must do is take Him at His word, trust Him, and accept the gift He so freely gave!

Don’t be afraid to stop and help someone in need.  Don’t worry if they are in a suit, or rags…if they look like they have it all together, or are covered in filth and vomit.  Jesus died for them, just like He died for you.  You may never know the impact you’ve made on folks until you get to Heaven, and they run up to you and thank you for stopping to help them in their need.  Letting the love of Jesus spill out from your life may be the only thing that brings them to salvation.

Anita

HOW TO RECEIVE THE MASTER’S TOUCH…

I drew this from my Promise Box this morning.  “Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths.  Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior,(You are the God of my salvation) and my hope is in you all day long.”  Psalm 25:4, 5

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I know you all must be getting tired of my Promise Box revelations, and my Teddy stories… But, God reveals so much to me through these two things.  So…here I go again!

This morning, when my husband Mike was getting ready to leave, our dog Teddy, kept laying on his shoe (while he was in it); and jumping up on his leg, trying to touch his hand for some love.  Mike was in a hurry as it was getting late, and was becoming frustrated at Teddy’s advances.  I laughed and said, “Awww…look!  He just wants a touch from the master’s hand!”  Then it struck me…we should all want a touch from The Master’s hand.

If we all started our day by laying at the feet of Jesus, asking for His touch, or like the verse above says, “Show ME Your ways Lord…guide me in Your truth.  Help me always remember that You are the God of my salvation…so I can confidently have hope in You for whatever comes my way today!”  Our day would go smoothly…IF we would do those things!

Sometimes, we need to be persistent in our petitions to God.  Not because He does not hear us…but because He wants to see how earnest we are in our desire to follow Him.

Dogs are funny creatures.  They are tenacious in their quest for attention, love, play-time, food, or their need to go outside.  Teddy lets me know when he needs to go out.  Sometimes, I’m too distracted to notice what he is trying to tell me…so he stands on my chest, gets right up in my face with those big brown eyes of his and stays there until I fulfill his request to go out.  I say, “Tell me what you want!”  Then I go down the list.  When I ask, “Do you want to go outside?”  He barks wildly, wags his tail, and runs for the door.

At times, I go to God in prayer,  but I’m not specific. Which, by the way, I don’t need to be specific because He already knows my need…even before I do; but he wants to see if I  recognize that need. I can almost hear God saying, “What do you want Anita?… Just tell me, and I’ll take care of it!”  But it’s hard for me to show my desperation…bear my soul…weep.  Why?  Because, most of the time,   I want to tell Him how to fix it for me.  All I need to say to Him is, “Show me your ways Lord…guide me in your truth!” When I do that, I can be confident that He’ll take care of the rest!

Anita Mondragon 2016

HOW TO STAND THE TEST

GOD GIVE GRACE IN THIS PLACE, WHEN YOU SEEK HIS LOVELY FACE.

“And He said unto me, MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR THEE: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”  II Corinthians 12:9a

HE GIVE COURAGE TO GO ON, WHEN HIS BREAST WE LEAN UPON.

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as the eagles; they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31

HE GIVES GRACE TO ENDURE, MAKING HIS PROMISES SURE.

“He staggered not at the promises of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that what He had promised He was able also to perform.”  Romans 4:20,21

HE GIVES COMFORT IN DEEP TRIAL…”IT’S ONLY FOR A LITTLE WHILE.”

“Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble,  by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of god.”  II Corinthians 1:4

By:  Joyce E. Watke

PLEASE! ANSWER ME GOD…

Before drawing a promise from my box this morning, I prayed for less stress in my day.  This request was prompted by my visit to the Doctor yesterday.  The blood pressure cuff revealed all the turmoil I was feeling inside.  I was shocked!  My blood pressure has always been normal; but the last visit  revealed a change…it was alarmingly high, and   yesterday…it was the worst ever!  The nurse took it on the right…it was 170/90.  So she took it on the left…it was 168/99.  YIKES!  At first, I laughed and told the nurse, “I warned you not to weigh me first!  That would raise anyone’s blood pressure!”  Then, I realized…I’m one of those, “Hold it all inside”…”Try to fix it myself” folks.  Anyway…hence the request to the Lord this morning.

Here is the promise I drew from the box.  It was two-sided, which is unusual.  I believe God was trying to drive home a message to me.

Prayer:  Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low.  Psalm 142:6

Promise:  The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.  Deut. 33:27

The other side said this:

Prayer:  Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness.  Psalm 4:1

Promise:  Call upon me in the day of trouble;  I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.  Psalm 50:15

As if that were not enough…I reached for my new devotional from my Daily Bread.  The verse for it was:  “Away from me, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping.  Psalm 6:8 

David cried a lot to the Lord in his troubles.  In Psalm 6:2-4, he cried, “Have mercy on me Lord….My soul is in deep anguish.  How long Lord?  How long?  Turn Lord, and deliver me.”

Now, it may seem that I’m lecturing you…but I’m really preaching to myself!  I, need to let go of all the junk I’m holding on to…stop trying to fix things myself, and give them all to the Lord!  My heart can’t take it anymore!  My blood pressure is a testament to that fact!

Now…WHO’S WITH ME?

Anita

BOW DOWN

Here is another selection from the booklet, UpWords.  Enjoy-anita

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Come let us worship.  Let us bow down to the King, The Lord God, Our Maker.

Our Father is faithful.  He is truth and justice.  Let us bow down to our Father God.

He lifts us up when we are bowed down.  He came to make us free.  Let us bow down to the King of Kings.

Worship our High Priest, bow down to our Savior…we are His redeemed.

Let us bow down.  Glorify Him in your body.  Glorify Him in your spirit.  Glorify Him in your soul.  Bow down to worship Him.

Kiss the dust of the earth.  Bow down to worship Him.  He is the Creator God, God of the whole earth.  Kiss the dust of the earth.

Bow down to worship Him.  Let us bow down.  Worship our Maker.  Bow down to the Almighty.  Reverence His Glory.

Bow down to Him.

By:  Christina Dixon

“Quiet, Be Still” sermon passages by Pastor Danny Leavit

A Tale of Two Storms

God, Where Are You?

Jonah 1 (NLT)

1 The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.”

 

3 But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.

 

4 But the Lord hurled a powerful wind over the sea, causing a violent storm that threatened to break the ship apart. 5 Fearing for their lives, the desperate sailors shouted to their gods for help and threw the cargo overboard to lighten the ship.

 

5But all this time Jonah was sound asleep down in the hold. 6 So the captain went down after him. “How can you sleep at a time like this?” he shouted. “Get up and pray to your god! Maybe he will pay attention to us and spare our lives.”

 

7 Then the crew cast lots to see which of them had offended the gods and caused the terrible storm. When they did this, the lots identified Jonah as the culprit. 8 “Why has this awful storm come down on us?” they demanded. “Who are you? What is your line of work? What country are you from? What is your nationality?”

 

9 Jonah answered, “I am a Hebrew, and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land.”

 

10 The sailors were terrified when they heard this, for he had already told them he was running away from the Lord. “Oh, why did you do it?” they groaned. 11 And since the storm was getting worse all the time, they asked him, “What should we do to you to stop this storm?”

 

12 “Throw me into the sea,” Jonah said, “and it will become calm again. I know that this terrible storm is all my fault.”

 

13 Instead, the sailors rowed even harder to get the ship to the land. But the stormy sea was too violent for them, and they couldn’t make it. 14 Then they cried out to the Lord, Jonah’s God. “O Lord,” they pleaded, “don’t make us die for this man’s sin. And don’t hold us responsible for his death. O Lord, you have sent this storm upon him for your own good reasons.”

 

15 Then the sailors picked Jonah up and threw him into the raging sea, and the storm stopped at once! 16 The sailors were awestruck by the Lord’s great power, and they offered him a sacrifice and vowed to serve him.

Mark 4 (CEV)

 

A Storm

35 That evening, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the east side.” 36 So they left the crowd, and his disciples started across the lake with him in the boat. Some other boats followed along. 37 Suddenly a windstorm struck the lake. Waves started splashing into the boat, and it was about to sink.

 

38 Jesus was in the back of the boat with his head on a pillow, and he was asleep. His disciples woke him and said, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re about to drown?”

 

39 (NIV) He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

 

40 Jesus asked his disciples, “Why were you afraid? Don’t you have any faith?”

 

41 Now they were more afraid than ever and said to each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

 

 

 

 

Psalm 107 (KJV)

 

O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.

4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.

5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.

6 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.

7 And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.

8 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

 

23  (MSG)

Some of you set sail in big ships;

you put to sea to do business in faraway ports.

Out at sea you saw God in action,

saw his breathtaking ways with the ocean:

With a word he called up the wind—

an ocean storm, towering waves!

You shot high in the sky, then the bottom dropped out;

your hearts were stuck in your throats.

You were spun like a top, you reeled like a drunk,

you didn’t know which end was up.

Then you called out to God in your desperate condition;

he got you out in the nick of time.

He quieted the wind down to a whisper,

put a muzzle on all the big waves.

And you were so glad when the storm died down,

and he led you safely back to harbor.

So thank God for his marvelous love,

for his miracle mercy to the children he loves.

Lift high your praises when the people assemble,

shout Hallelujah when the elders meet!

 

 

 

James 1:6  MSG

If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.

 

NIV

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.