I WILL RUN TO YOU!

In Jonah 1:1-3, we see that God asked Jonah to do something… but Jonah went in the opposite direction.

Has God ever asked YOU to do something, but you were fearful, so you ignored His voice.  You ran in the other direction, hoping He would not find you…hoping He would forget His call on your life.

But one thing we must all understand…GOD’S CALL ON YOUR LIFE IS WITHOUT REPENTENCE!  God does not decide to do a thing, and then change His mind.

If you have been called by God, you need to listen and obey His instructions.  Yes, your ‘perfect’ life may be interrupted.  You may have to leave all that you know and go somewhere you really never wanted to go.  You may have to give up many possessions.  But, we must realize that we can never run far enough, or hide from God Almighty!

Jonah tried to hide in the bottom of the ship…But God knew he was there!  The psalmist David said this in Psalm 139: 7-10, “7 Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! 9 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. 

 Evangelist Priscilla Shirer said, and I quote:    “Interruptions. They’re aggravating. Sometimes infuriating. But how we handle interruptions actually tell us more about ourselves. What do we do when God interrupts our lives? Many times, like Jonah, we run! … interruption is actually God’s invitation to do something beyond our wildest dreams. When Jonah was willing to allow God to interrupt his life, the result was revival in an entire city.”  -Priscilla Shirer
There are many fishes, waiting to swallow up the person who flees from God’s call; depression, unhappiness, weariness, fearfulness…even death.
When God calls, we need to run in the direction of His voice, and let His grace, mercy, protection and provision, swallow us up and prepare us to do His Will!
Anita

REMIND ME OF THE PATHWAY TO GROWTH…

We have been studying the Book of Nehemiah at church.  We learned that the Sheep Gate is the Gate of Salvation, the Fish Gate represents the Gate of Evangelism, and the Old Gate is the Counsel of the Lord…His Old Truths that most of us have forgotten.

In Chapter 3 of Nehemiah, we find that the walls of the city were being rebuilt using the old material they found in the debris.  No new material was used.  This shows us that,  “If we don’t remember our past…we will repeat it!”

We need to ask God to remind us of what He brought us out of, and where we could have been had He not rescued us!   When you remember all the things that God brought you through in the past, you will KNOW in your heart, that He will bring you through in the present and the future!  You will trust Him with all your heart when you ponder on His Goodness!

I think Alison Krauss said it very well…

Let us always remember what we used to be before the Savior found us!  Let us stay “Connected” to our Lord, for it is He who makes our life stable!  Learn His Word.  Love His Word.  Live His Word!

William Rodriquez/anita

 

BROKEN…

Here’s a good one from Pastor Danny!  Take a look….  -anita

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Broken

Voddie Baucham

Brokenness is the off ramp leading to the narrow road of repentance.Often we think rededication will repair the pain of sin in our lives. The church is too quick to try and repair the damage and pain of sin without the brokenness that allows true healing. Just like in the commercials today, there is a pill for every discomfort, plus a pill for the discomfort caused by other pills.

Ephesians 6:12 King James Version (KJV)

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Psalm 51:17 King James Version (KJV)

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Ps 51:1-2

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! ESV

Blot out – the same word as flood in the Genesis account – wipe all sin away. Maccah – blot out, destroy, wipe away

Wash me thoroughly – a picture similar to using a scrub board to wash stains away.

Cleanse me – a ceremonial cleansing, such as performed by the priests.

John 1:29 New International Version

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

God forgets our sin but we don’t. Why don’t we forget?

“…my sin is ever before me…” Psalm 51:3

Notice this Psalm was written a year after the sin with Bathsheba.

Three things that happen when we remember our sin:

  1. Wouldn’t be able to testify to God’s grace and mercy.
  2. Wouldn’t remember to not sin.
  3. Couldn’t rejoice in the victories.

Our sin is an affront to a Holy and Righteous God.

Ps 51:4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. ESV

Lack of brokenness is a hindrance to true worship of God.

Isaiah 1:10-20 New International Version (NIV)

10 Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom; listen to the instruction of our God,

you people of Gomorrah!

11 “The multitude of your sacrifices—vwhat are they to me?” says the Lord.

“I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals;

I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.

12 When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts?13 Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations— I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.

14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.

15 When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.

16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil,

17 learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.

18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;

20 but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” ESV

Psalm 51

5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

Psalm 34:18

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 147:3

He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.

 

Isaiah 66:2

“For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being,” declares the LORD “But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.

Isaiah 57:15

For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.

In Hebrew

ן ashkun I-am-tabernacling וְ אֶ ת u·ath and·with ־ – דַּ כָּ א dka one-crushed וּשְׁ פַ ל u·shphl and·lowly-one-of ־ – רוּחַ ruch spirit לְ הַ חֲ י#ת l·echiuth to·to-crevive-of רוּחַ ruch spirit-of שְׁ פָ לִ ים shphlim lowly-ones וּלְ הַ חֲ י#ת u·l·echiuth and·to·to-crevive-of לֵ ב lb heart-of נִ דְ כָּ אִ ים ndkaim ones-being-crushed

-Pastor Danny Leavitt

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Broken Together
“Broken Together

What do you think about when you look at me

I know we’re not the fairytale you dreamed we’d be

You wore the veil, you walked the aisle, you took my hand

And we dove into a mystery

 

How I wish we could go back to simpler times

Before all our scars and all our secrets were in the light

Now on this hallowed ground, we’ve drawn the battle lines

Will we make it through the night?

 

How it must have been so lonely by my side

We were building kingdoms and chasing dreams and left love behind

I’m praying God will help our broken hearts align

And we won’t give up the fight

 

It’s gonna take much more than promises this time

Only God can change our minds

 

Maybe you and I were never meant to be complete

Could we just be broken together?

If you can bring your shattered dreams and I’ll bring mine

Could healing still be spoken and save us?

 

The only way we’ll last forever is broken together

Thomas a Kempis

 

 

 

“Hello…??” Can you hear ME now?”…

23 The sky over your head will be brass, the ground beneath you iron. -Deuteronomy 28:23

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Do you ever feel like the heavens are made of brass?  You know what I’m talking about…when you pray and pray about a certain situation, but nothing seems to change?  It reminds me of that old Verizon commercial that says…”CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?”

I know I encounter many prayer times where I feel that my words aren’t getting through to the ears of God.  When this happens, I begin to examine myself.

If we refuse to obey the voice of God, then He cannot, and will not bless us!  It’s just like our children,  When they are obedient to us, they are rewarded and blessed.  However, when they fail to obey us, there is a consequence that most times, proves to be unpleasant.

I believe God is the same.  If we are His children, he expects us to obey His voice.  He IS, however, much more patient with us.  He’s slow to anger…The Lord is slow to anger but great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished. -Nahum 1

If we are not receiving the result we are looking for in our prayer time…maybe it’s not us that should be asking God, “Can You hear me now?”  Perhaps it is God asking US…”Can you hear ME now?”

Let’s examine ourselves…let’s ask God to examine us,

Investigate my life, O God,
    find out everything about me;
Cross-examine and test me,
    get a clear picture of what I’m about;
See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong—
    then guide me on the road to eternal life.-Psalm 139:23-24

Anita

 

 

 

 

The more clearly we see God’s sovereignty the less perplexed we are by man’s calamities, know that those who bless God in their trials will be blessed by God through their trials. -Daniel Olukoya

 

IS GOD REALLY MASTER OVER YOUR LIFE?

Here’s another good one from Lee for us to ponder….  Enjoy! -anita

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IS GOD REALLY MASTER OVER YOUR LIFE?

 

Let me be completely honest here for a moment. There was a lengthy time in my life when I resented God having power over my life. There, I’ve said it! I also want to say that I’m not proud of that fact—not in the least.

 

I resented the fact that God could judge my actions and call me to account for actions that opposed Him. And I didn’t like that fact. I had always counted on myself to get me where I wanted to go, and rather felt like I didn’t need God to help me get there. Being honest here, even after becoming a Christian, I could praise Jesus and call Him Lord, Savior, and Almighty God…but had a really, really difficult time calling Him “Master.” It made me feel really subservient to Him to call Him master; like I was not much more than a slave and He was all-important. I will tell you I have come to the place in my walk of faith where I regularly, consciously, and reverently call Jesus my Master. And do so gladly!

 

So what’s really going on here? Seems to me I’m really talking about pride versus humility. An article I read recently entitled, “False Humility,” by Dr. John Blanchard, quotes Augustine saying this answer to the question, “What are the ways of God”: “…the first is humility, the second is humility, and the third is humility,” was the response.  Augustine concludes that thought by saying, “…if humility does not precede all that we do, our efforts are meaningless.”

 

I grew up in a single-parent home, one where my mother worked constantly to pay the bills. In turn, I had to do a lot of my own parenting, working jobs for spending money, taking care of myself and meeting my needs in large measure.  Not that I did this well, mind you, but I was all I had, or so I thought (that my life didn’t go completely off the tracks is a big part of my testimony). In fact, as the years have gone by, there have been countless instances where I really had to admit I was not as capable as I would like to think. There have been times when I had to come to acknowledge that I was completely fallible and not self-sufficient. As our pastor preached recently, God has allowed me to be “crushed” enough for me to come to know how much I need Him in my life. To acknowledge that He is God and I’m not!

 

As I’ve tried to work hard to make humility the watchword for my life (I’m still working on this!), I had to better understand some others words often associated with humility. I’ve come to believe that humility does not mean powerless and weak (although compared to our great God, we are both of these). No, I believe humility takes strength and resolve and is outward-looking. It’s really about others rather than self.  “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and HE will exalt you.” [James 4:10] If we do for others while seeking their accolades we are walking completely in pride. As Blanchard put it in his article: “Great men never think they are great, and small men never think they are small.”

 

I want to be a man who uses whatever strength and talents I have to serve those around me. First family and friends, then anyone else God chooses to put in my path.  One who expends his energy working for others rather than using that energy to plot ways where I can garner the plaudits of men. Our Lord Jesus described Himself in the book of Matthew as one who is “gentle and humble in heart.” [Mt 11:29]  I’m sure I won’t ever attain that to the degree of our Lord, but I want to do what I can. My Master will take care of the rest.

-Lee Pierce

THE MORNING AFTER PILL…

We’ve all heard of ‘The morning after pill’.  You know…it’s the one you take in case you got pregnant the night before….

I want to talk to you today about the ‘Morning after pill’ that the devil gives you every Monday morning.

Some of us…most of us Believers attend church on Sunday morning.  We get filled with the Holy Spirit, bask in His glory, bathe in His goodness.  We are fired up to spread the Gospel…pregnant with a word from God that He has spoken through the pastor, or someone else, or perhaps we heard Him directly speak to us;  only to lose it all, miscarry, if you will once Monday morning rolls around and we face the cares of this life.

We forget the goodness of God.  Instead of basking in His glory, we wallow in our problems.  Instead of being fired-up with spreading the Good News, we become depressed, full of anxiety, and stress.  The everyday worries of this life have once again replaced the knowledge of God’s provision for us.   And the devil smiles.  “Ha!”, he chuckles.  “They’ve swallowed my lies once again!”

But, let us remember that taking ‘The morning after pill’ is a choice, both in the physical, and the Spiritual.  I, for one, do not believe in abortion, so I would never dream of taking this pill in the physical; however…we all seem to partake of the ‘pill’ the devil gives us to swallow every time trials come.  We do this by believing the lies the enemy tells us, and forgetting the promises of God in His Word!

The final question is this….  Do we want to stay impregnated with the power of the Holy Spirit, and multiply the Kingdom of God by spreading the Gospel of Salvation?  ….Or do we want to abort all that we KNOW of God and His mercy towards a lost and dying world by swallowing the lies of the enemy?

Would you like to take the Gos’pill” of Jesus to the world around you and cure the weariness  of their souls?  The choice is yours.  Which “pill” will you choose?

Anita

 

AWAKEN US, OH LORD!

Here it is…Sunday morning already!  Seems like the week ends just fly by….  Monday morning will be coming down, as Johnny Cash put it, and the old grind of the daily “mundane” will start once again.  But today, you have a chance to refuel for the hectic week that is coming.

Time to get refreshed.  Time to get yourself to church and hear the Word of God.  It will strengthen your soul, give you the right perspective on things to come, and give you peace!

It says in

Psalm 122 King James Version (KJV)

122 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.

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Listen to this….  If you forget many things…always remember this one thing…

GOD WILL NEVER CHANGE! …But we must.  Awaken us Oh God!

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Anita

 

HE IS RIGHT HERE!

In my spirit, I was singing the song, My God Fights For Me.  I hummed it all day yesterday, and even in my sleep!  I woke up singing it too!  Then I thought of this verse…

 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” -Deuteronomy 31:6

This Song says it all.  Take a listen.  Remember these truths today, and be blessed! -anita

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More on ‘Adult’ Conversation…

Here’s a great one from Hard Times Ministries.  I know it spoke to me.  I’m guilty of sending my nine-year old out of the room and saying, “Sorry Buddy!  You can’t watch this…it’s not for kids!…”  Am I alone in this boat?  I rather doubt it!

Take a look…

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I recall one time many years ago where my dad yelled out of our car window to some teenagers, “Cut out that damn language”! And they did.

But, what all of this brings to mind is:  exactly what is Adult language?

I’m not sure, but I think it means language that should NOT be performed around a kid.  The same would also be true concerning ‘Adult’ entertainment.

My take on this is that there is NO SUCH THING AS ADULT ENTERTAINMENT OR LANGUAGE.  If it is words or acts that shouldn’t be said or done around a kid, then they shouldn’t’ be said or done at all.

Adults are to lead by example.  Hiding our words or actions doesn’t make them go away.  Kids are smart in that respect and there’ll simply going to copy either us or their peers when it comes to behavior.

So then, I’m going to say it again.  There is NO adult conversation or action per se.  We only have behavior and it is either Good or Bad.  I fail to see anything that separates one from another except by virtue as defined by God. If one mode or another were in fact to exist, then somehow I think I’d rather speak as a child.

-T. F. Thompson