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Monday, December 12, 2016
Sand and hourglasses have come up in the spirit several times this week. This caused me to have some epiphany moments where His message just downloads and then I am off the keyboard to let it flow.
Did you know that there are 33 references to ‘sand’ in the Bible? Thirty-three just happens to be the age that Jesus was when He died on the cross for our sins.
I already know which of the 33 scriptures is my favorite:
Hebrews 11:11-12 By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised. Therefore there was born even of one man, and him as good as dead at that, as many descendants AS THE STARS OF HEAVEN IN NUMBER, AND INNUMERABLE AS THE SAND WHICH IS BY THE SEASHORE.
His word is to be laid up in our hearts. Yes to stay there and be remembered but also to be shared, spread and to serve others. It is there for a purpose, to minister to us yes, and also as a tool for various purposes in the world. To exhort, to cultivate, to break chains, to establish righteousness and to propagate salvation.
Just like an hourglass, sometimes there is pressure built up prohibiting the movement, an air bubble not allowing that sand to flow freely. Sometimes, it is by a jolt or a shift that it suddenly begins to move as it ought. That is how God wants us to serve Him, by allowing those sands to fall as they will. Those sands are our experiences, mixed with the knowledge of His word, combined with the readiness of or hearts and the obedience of our actions. We are here for but a time, and our purpose is to remain a useful instrument, carefully yielding to His influence.
Is it NOT time for us to become well prepared by ministering, praying, reading, and studying His Word?!
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Monday, December 5, 2016
It’s that time of year when everyone is hustling about trying to figure out what to get for that special someone, or many special someones if you have lots of family and friends.
In my observations of all of this, the word GIFTS kept presenting itself to me (pardon the pun) I couldn’t help but focus on this word and the message that Christ has placed on my heart. Our Father in Heaven gifted us to Jesus. After all, He died on the cross to secure this precious gift, YOU are that precious gift.
35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me,but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
As children of the Lord, we are so loved. Above and beyond what we can see of our own lives and conduct. Many Christians have a not so stellar past and we are constantly bombarded by the haunting accusations of the devil, trying to keep us down, make us feel worthless BUT that is the farthest thing from the truth.
Beyond the fact that we are gifts to Jesus, and He sees us as finished, the saints that will inhabit heaven and worship God throughout Eternity, He has also promised abundant gifts to us. He wants us to come to Him, to petition Him and to seek these gifts. He also wants us to know that it is His good pleasure to supply what we ask.
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
I don’t know about you, but the more I get to know my Savior and God of all creation, the more I realize that I need more wisdom, more knowledge, more patience, more strength, more power to conquer evil. I ask the Lord to provide me abundant blessings that I may be fully equipped for this life, to help myself and as many others as I can, as well as the for the Eternal Life to come. If there was an application process to be the one person who received the most from God and put it to the best possible use, well, I would be the one standing there with my hand raised high. Knowing only that it would be all God’s work, all to His credit, all by His grace and only my willingness.
I am also that same person, who looks at what I have, and what I have already been given and thinks, who’s to say this isn’t everything? All this external stuff is just illusory. I have Christ in my life, air in my lungs, love in my heart and a desire to please Him. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. That’s a pretty good vantage point. Isn’t your life similar? Aren’t you just as blessed? Sure, we all have our challenges from time to time, but essentially speaking, You are far blessed beyond your knowledge.
Acts 2:38 (KJV)
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
It is time to get busy in the distributing. God’s word and the knowledge of His salvation, surely the best gift you could give anyone. If God says we can ask for spiritual gifts and rest assured that He will supply, why couldn’t we ask for those things to be gifted to them. Isn’t there someone you know that could use more humility, more compassion, more wisdom. I bet there are plenty of people whom we might at first be inclined to scoff at, or be critical of, maybe we should instead praying for their blessings. If they have more Jesus maybe they would be less unpalatable.
The gift that keeps on giving!
1 Corinthians 12:8-10 (KJV)
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
I hope you consider this as you are on a mission to complete your holiday requirements. God Bless you and have a truly exceptional week.
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