Monday, January 31, 2011

MONDAY MORNING MESSAGE For The Body Of Christ January 31, 2011

Gooooood Mooooorninnnnnng!

We are gonna start out today jumping right into God's word ....(let's read this...)

James 1:17-25 
 17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
 18Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
 19Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
 20For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
 21Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
 22But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
 23For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
 24For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
 25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

As we come to the close of this First Month, in this First Year of this New Decade, we see a lot of "firsts" going on. It's mirrored throughout all our life, those firsts are idealized, celebrated, documented, extolled! First tooth,  boo-boo, lock of hair, kiss, job, new car, child....the list is endless and we are always in pursuit of it (even after it's been experienced).

When we say Grace over a meal, thanking the Lord, we do so before we consume the meal. God has us do this for a reason. He must be first His blessing must be sought, first. He looks at our willingness to be obedient with more favor than the ritualistic act. Who doesn't have a picture in their mind of some delicious meal placed before a hungry child who is asked to stop and pray first? Does that child not develop amazingly fast speech, perhaps even forgetting to pause or breathe before words..."BlessUsOhLordAndThankYouForThisFoodAmen!~gulp"!

The word here is first; our first intention. Place your intentions upon God and being obedient. Our meekness should be experienced in action; meekness is in no way associated with weakness (they are worlds apart) it's a position of humility that places God before all. God wants our firsts, He is to be our First Love. He sacrificed His first born Son to save our eternal souls.

  • the first moments upon waking dedicated to renew our resolve to follow Christ as His disciple. see ( Prov 3:6)
  • the first hour, seeking the Lord, in scripture and through our inner conversations with Him.   see (Isaiah 55:6)
  • the first portion of monies received laid aside for tithing; sewing God's seed back to Him.   see (Deut 14:23)
  • the first conviction of heart upon hearing God's word chasten you, repent!   see (Matthew 4:17)
  • the first thing we should do is seek to be last; see (Matthew 6:33 &  Matthew 20:16)

If we are being true disciples...we know that we have been grafted into God's first family, first fruits, first born. Humility and meekness reminds us to be doers, bringing the word of the Lord to all those who sleep walk. Worry not about being first, leaving that work for another to do. Put God before you and your way shall be secured!

Proverbs 3:6
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Isaiah 55:6
Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Deuteronomy 14:23
And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.

Matthew 4:17 
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 6:33 
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Matt 20:16
So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

So, put God before you...and He won't come after you! :)

Dear Lord, how merciful and kind you are to us; thank you Father that we may approach your throne with boldness! The greatest of acquisitions is that of eternal Life and intimate communion with you! No greater thing is there to obtain than your favor and forgiveness! We seek to do your will Father; suffer us not to get weary; convict our hearts in areas that might prevent us from being obedient to you. Father, help us to see your word with New eyes and New ears, receiving and giving in the First Fruits of all we have, be and do! AMEN!

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 (¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Susan ت smz ™ © ®



Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
Abraham Lincoln 

Any fool can count the seeds in an apple. Only God can count all the apples in one seed. (Author unknown)

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Our God, Our Nation, Our Future (Honor/Protect/Serve)

This is beautiful....Especially the story that gave it it's origin...(what a testimony) free is free No matter what
 your origin or race!

Freedom in Christ is no different; for He paid the
 ultimate sacrifice, facing and conquering 
OUR Oppressor!What monument to God will we 
erect?....He wants a living monument, IN US, 
through US! Become that monument in honor 
of His sacrifice!

How truly Blessed we are as a land and a 
people....I hope many will realize by seeing this!

God Bless America and God, please continue 
to keep blessing America. need to decide which master 
you shall serve...Bond or Free? 

The answer is Christ Jesus!


A good [man] leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner [is] laid up for the just.



This statue currently stands outside the Iraqi palace, now home to the 4th 
Infantry division. It will eventually be shipped home and put in the memorial 
museum in Fort Hood, Texas

The statue was created by an Iraqi artist named Kalat, who for years was 
forced by Saddam Hussein to make the many hundreds of bronze busts of
Saddam that dotted Baghdad

Kalat was so grateful for the America 's liberation of his country; he melted
3 of the heads of the fallen Saddam and made the statue as a memorial to the
American soldiers and their fallen warriors

Kalat worked on this memorial night and day for several months.

To the left of the kneeling soldier is a small Iraqi girl giving the soldier 
comfort as he mourns the loss of his comrade in arms.

Do you know why we don't hear about this in the news? The media 
avoids it because it does not have the shock effect. But we can do 
something about it.

We can pass this along to as many people as we can in honor of all 
our brave military who are making a difference.

And please pass this on!

"I believe in the sun even if it isn't shining.
I believe in love even when I am alone.
I believe in God even when He is silent."

Special thanks to my friend María for sending this....

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Monday, January 24, 2011

MONDAY MORNING MESSAGE For The Body Of Christ January 24, 2011

HONESTLY, the truth has little effect on those void of honesty or accustomed to bending it.

God revealed a nugget of wisdom to me on truth & honesty. It came on the heels of a conversation with someone who had been attempting to trick, coerce and persuade me. This person came to the conclusion that I was a Christian because of a 'turn of a phrase' that I used, just a few simple words. I clearly heard in my spirit...He has isolated some of your words...look closely at his words, such as this one and that one. Grateful I am that God chose to open my spiritual ears and pinpoint some verbal clues. I've always known from early lesson that there is always a tell. Just like any thing that is imposter'd, a knock off & alike; just as with these things, in life as with people...there is always some inconsistency or revealing flicker that the perpetrator wishes you to ignore, not notice or explain away!

I'm sure you've heard people say; "even the Devil quotes scripture", so the truth ism although he may speak TRUTH or utter some truth, he is merely repeating it. The truth doesn't live within him. Why?...His purpose is to gain your cooperation. His purpose is to present it to you (in part) so that he may trick you. His goal is to twist and confound things. Satan knows things, certain truths about us; it is within these angles that he attacks us. He will use whatever information he can to grab your ear, pull you down or convince you to listen to his reasoning.So the truth although repeated by Satan, it does not cause him to be honest, it has no effect on him ...he is NOT indwelt with the Holy Spirit. Honestly, truth can tell satan; "That's right, those things you pointed out are true...but I'm forgiven and get thee hence".

God is so very awesome and kind to us in that He made sure scripture was readily available to us, preserved through the centuries and best of all,  encrypted. Yes, ENCRYPTED, at least the critical parts are & the Holy Spirit in us is the interpreter, helping the words on those pages make sense to us. The Spirit reveals to us all that we need to know and in the measure which we are able to receive it.

I for one prefer the uncomfortable truth to the convenient lie because I know that the latter is only deferring & aggravating the inevitable; every word we speak we are to be held accountable for. In the process of this higher level of accountability you'll discover less and less situations where you are tempted to believe the deceiver; never swallow it, it'll never sit right.

In regard to your spiritual walk, be alert and keep your spiritual ears tuned in on the WORD and what His living word reveals to you. Things may begin to be revealed now in this day and time due to unfolding events in God's timeline for us.

  • John 8:44 “does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
  • John 10:10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
  • James 4:7 “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” 
  • John 10:4-5 "And when [the Good Shepherd] putteth forth His own sheep, He goeth before them, and the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers." 
  • Matthew 1:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
  • Rev3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
  • 1 Peter 5:9  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
  • Ephesians 6:12-13 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. 13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Let us pray:

Heavenly Father, we bring to you this day & every day forward, a new hunger & thirst for Truth; reveal to us the plans you make in accordance with our obedience & stamina. Help us to cleave to your word and unlock the mysteries we need to know in order that your will may be accomplished in our lives,  in our walk toward you. We seek your intervention and insight on every aspect of our daily activities, every conversation, every gesture, every thought. We praise you Almighty God and believe with the fullest confidence that you are true to your word. It is your words and your promises that shall deliver all men and nations from bondage, present or perceived. Father, when we speak may the Holy Spirit within us be the voice that goes forth, dividing the wheat from the tares; thou hast dominion above all. We look to you for direction in all matters employing the spirit and discerning TRUTH unto righteousness. In Jesus name we pray and offer praise and thanks for His great sacrifice and mercy, AMEN!

Revelation 12: 9-11 

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 
10And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

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 (¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Susan ت smz ™ © ®




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Friday, January 21, 2011

Devotion for the Bible in Unity

The Story of the farmer, the Donkey and the well!

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old, that the well needed to be covered anyway and that it just wasn't worth retrieving the donkey. So he invited all his neighbours to come over and help him.

They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement, he quietened down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer's neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up.
Author Unknown

The message behind this story; the worst of circumstances can be overcome when we learn to put our trust in God. Life is gonna dump dirt on ya...God says "Keep shaking it off; it may have been meant for your demise but I oversee everything and nothing escapes My Eyes! 

God says we are head not the tail! As we approach all of life's hardships we must constantly remember our place that somehow someway now matter how bad things seem we can RISE ABOVE !

The word of God is a well of wisdom. The word of God is lifting us and we may stand upon it. His word is our help! Use it, step out upon it and draw it up to you, the living water!

  • Genesis 50:20 
    But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.

  • Isaiah 49:15 
     “ Can a woman forget her nursing child, 
    And not have compassion on the son of her womb? 
    Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.
  • "You are worthy, our LORD and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being" (Revelation 4:11).
  • "I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies" (2 Samuel 22:4).
  • "Though the mountains leave their place and the hills be shaken, My love for you will never leave you" Is 54:10.

There is no promise that our lives will be free of suffering...but there are many that say that it is NOT in vain when we serve the Lord! Here is an example when Jesus himself suffered and it tells us that suffering has a purpose; pain in the body alerts us to infection, break, intrusion or trauma. Pain in the spirit is to teach us what to draw closer to and what to avoid. Blessed suffering is a gift or purification which prepares you gently for presence with God.

  • Hebrews 5:8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

Romans 5

Faith Triumphs in Trouble
 1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Heavenly Father we thank you and praise you that you allow all things that happen to us for the overall good of our Soul's growth and purity. If suffering is necessary in our situation we ask that you provide us the wisdom to be accepting of your cup and to drink heartily unto eternal blessings and favor in your sight! Glad is he who would accept a cup of gal from the Lord rather than a cup of ale from the wicked! Father grant us peace, serenity, understanding and tenacity to face every storm and every adversary. In Jesus Precious Name AMEN!

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 (¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Susan ت smz ™ © ®

Monday, January 17, 2011

MONDAY MORNING MESSAGE For The Body Of Christ January 17, 2011

Goooooooooood Morninnnnnnnnnnnng

Where do you go from here?....How do we deal with these subtle impending notions about time; that's it moving too fast, the idea that you are running out of time? Then there is all this talk of end time prophecies and the stir it creates. That frustration can lead to questions of "what's next?". The word the Lord is showing on this is really very simple; it's "FORWARD".

What's going to happen? Many are asking and should know there is a place to get answers; the WORD of God. It is written and every last detail will play out, so who better to trust and turn to? Jesus is the answer! All things can be forsaken except HIS word.The Bible says time will continue after here into eternity but the opportunity for salvation is here and now. There will come a time when the door of opportunity is shut & God is the one who shuts it. God is constantly trying to give us directives; we need to be responsive to His instructions

 Jesus (our opportunity to salvation in the here and now)
  • John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to me
  • Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
  • Isa 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
  •  Rev 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

God's word goes FORWARD, established and secure. Life moves forward; we learn this as young children and we anxiously embrace it, perceiving that going forward will be the passport to a freedom and opportunity that was beyond us. Even when we are older we are always waiting for "what's next" as if it will satisfy; do not get comfortable "here" in this "place", this is a temporary, temporal home. Don't get trapped in the fancy prison either; What seems solid and constant today may not be tomorrow.

Just as in our physical stature, the spirit must grow; we need to learn to change in order that we actually move forward for the Lord. Maybe we feel like we need a direction, a "what's next plan of action"?! God says; "Child, don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow is sufficient unto itself." We have a direction, the direction is Forward! Every event that happens is overseen by God; it must pass through his hands. We should take comfort in that! I certainly do! My Father is Fair, Mighty and Just; No adversary shall prevail and none shall pluck us from the hands of our Creator and Savior!
  • John 10: 28And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

Onward, upward, forward...These are the things that remain "still"...all else shall change...

TOP 10 SURE THINGS for 2011

1. The Bible will still have all the answers.
2. Prayer will still be the most powerful thing on Earth..
3. The Holy Spirit will still move.
4. God will still honor the praises of His people.
5. There will still be God-anointed preaching.
6. There will still be singing of praise to God.
7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.
8. There will still be room at the Cross.
9. Jesus will still love you.
10. Jesus will still save the lost when they come to Him.

(* special thanks to my friend who sent this little list to me... :)

Heavenly Father as we move forward into this New Year and New Season allow us growth and advancement in the areas that are needed. Father we trust you and seek your will in all things; we see turmoil and evidence all around that things are in disarray but your word tells us not to be alarmed by this, rather aware that these things are signs of what is to come. We know ultimately what is to come is Christ Jesus and that fact alone is OUR GREATEST comfort! Father help us to grow in faith and knowledge that we may apply that which you give us which yields wisdom and courage. Let us all reach for that which is set before us, the upward climb and the pursuit of Jesus Christ and the Gospel of Peace. AMEN

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 (¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Susan ت smz ™ © ®

Additional references for this message

God's word established...

  • 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 
Listen, learn and follow...

  • Matthew 6:34 Take no thought for tomorrow; for tomorrow shall take thought for the things of itself.
  • Mat 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 

  •  Matthew 24:35  Heaven and earth will come to an end, but my words will not come to an end.
  • James 1:22-25  But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

You can pray to the Lord to advance you and He will...

  • 2 Thessalonians 1:3 - The Thessalonians grew exceedingly in faith.
  • Ephesians 4:14,15 - Be no longer children, but grow up in Christ.
  • 2 Peter 3:18 - but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Now as we plan on going forward to continue that which God has placed before us to do. PLEASE hold us up in prayer, "The Body Of Christ" ADMINISTRATORS! Pray for our continued kingdom wisdom, stewardship, obedience,  revelation & soul prosperity.
(Read 3 John 1:1-8)
  • Jeannie Diniz
  • Amanda Purejoy Jane
  • David Hawkins
  • Retha Collett
  • Amy Brinson
  • Debra Wilson Knight
  • Brenda J Kent
  • Rachel Webster 
  • Cathy Pruitt
  • Tracie Justice 
  • Susan Artszcraftsz

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