Saturday, January 18, 2020

Shalom,

Today's "Faith To Faith" devotional by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland is another great message for believers!

Get Yourself Together

Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Amos 3:3

When it comes to faith, a lot of believers feel like they have one foot nailed to the ground. No matter how hard they try, they just can't seem to make any progress.

If you'll watch them, you can see why. They literally haven't "gotten themselves together." One minute they'll be telling you, "Oh yes, amen, I believe the Word," and the next minute they'll be spouting unbelief like it's going out of style. "I know God says He'll prosper us, but I'll tell you what, my business is doing so badly, it's about to give me ulcers. I can't sleep at night for worrying."

Dig a little deeper and you may find out that they've pulled their actions out of line with the Word as well. "Well, you understand, brother, I can't possibly tithe with my income like it is. I'd go under!"

Faith just won't work for a person like that.

You see, you're a triune being. You are a spirit. You have a soul, which consists of your mind, will and emotions. And you live in a body. Each of those areas has a specific role to play in your faith walk. You have to get all three in agreement before you can go anywhere at all!

Start by feeding your spirit on the Word of God. Just like the body produces physical strength when you nourish it with food, the spirit produces spiritual strength when you nourish it with the Word. That spiritual strength is called faith. Develop that faith, and instead of your spirit being dominated by the other two areas, it will be the one in charge.

Next, bring your soul in line. Set your mind on "things above." Meditate on the Word until your thoughts begin to agree with it. Keep your attention on it until even your emotions yield.

Finally, bring your body in line. Once you truly get your spirit and soul established on the Word, that won't be hard. The body is a follower, not a leader. It will do whatever you train it to do. Begin teaching your body to act on the truth you've planted in your mind and spirit, and it will follow right along.


Don't try to walk in faith with your foot nailed to the ground. Get yourself together! Bring your spirit, soul and body in harmony—and the Word will take you as far as you want to go.

AMEN! This is no time to be wichy washy about the things of God or the Word of God! HE is waiting on US to be about HIS business! Here Hillsong Kids  with "As The World Shakes":


Shalom in Him!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Shalom,


There is a really good message in today's "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers.


The Call of the Natural Life

When it pleased God…to reveal His Son in me… —Galatians 1:15-16

The call of God is not a call to serve Him in any particular way. My contact with the nature of God will shape my understanding of His call and will help me realize what I truly desire to do for Him. The call of God is an expression of His nature; the service which results in my life is suited to me and is an expression of my nature. The call of the natural life was stated by the apostle Paul— “When it pleased God…to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him [that is, purely and solemnly express Him] among the Gentiles….”

Service is the overflow which pours from a life filled with love and devotion. But strictly speaking, there is no call to that. Service is what I bring to the relationship and is the reflection of my identification with the nature of God. Service becomes a natural part of my life. God brings me into the proper relationship with Himself so that I can understand His call, and then I serve Him on my own out of a motivation of absolute love. Service to God is the deliberate love-gift of a nature that has heard the call of God. Service is an expression of my nature, and God’s call is an expression of His nature. Therefore, when I receive His nature and hear His call, His divine voice resounds throughout His nature and mine and the two become one in service. The Son of God reveals Himself in me, and out of devotion to Him service becomes my everyday way of life.

The message here is that we should never try to figure out a title to call ourselves! We simply spend time every day in intimate fellowship with Holy Spirit Who lives IN us, studying the Word of God with Holy Spirit as our Teacher, being a DOER of the Word that He shows us and maintain a life of praise, thanksgiving and worship of the One True God. When we make ourselves available for His use, and are ALWAYS ready to share the Gospel, HE will lead, guide and direct us to the particular ministry and work that HE desires us to be about! Some of us will serve in pulpit capacities. Others will be involved in evangelistic outreaches. Others will be used to teach the Word of God one on one in our areas of influence. Our object, as Paul said in Philippians 3, is to run OUR race to WIN! In the process, we will engage here and there with others as our paths cross and our ministries work together. There should NEVER be an air of competition and our sole goal should be to hear "Well done"! AMEN! Here are Hillsong Kids with a song that I love that removes all of the silly ideas and focuses on the very important reason we are all here in the first place - to seek and save the lost! The song is called "Voices of Freedom":



Shalom in Him!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Shalom,

I LOVE today's "Grace Inspirations" by Joseph Prince!

BE NUMBERED AMONG THE UNDEVOURABLE

1 Peter 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

The devil cannot just walk right up to you and rob you of your health, peace or family. He cannot just come into your life to enforce disease and destruction.
If the devil can do that, then he does not have to walk about “seeking whom he may devour.” He only has to walk straight up to anyone he wants to devour and devour him! But since the Bible says that he goes about seeking whom he may devour, the truth then is that there are people whom he cannot devour.

You see, the devil goes about like a roaring lion trying to stir up fear in people with his roars. But the people who are not devourable are those who refuse to be intimidated by his roars because they know that the true Lion of Judah, Jesus Christ (see Revelation 5:5), has already come and rendered powerless him who had the power of death (see Hebrews 2:14, NASB). They know that the devil cannot just do anything to them because the Lion of Judah resides in them, and that He is greater than the devil who is in the world (see 1 John 4:4).

My friend, the Lion of Judah is in you. He has given you rights, privileges, authority and power. He redeemed you with His blood. Therefore, everything about you and your life is redeemed by His blood. So if you are fearful about losing your job, cover your job with the blood of Jesus. If you are worried about your children’s safety in these days of terrorist attacks, plead the blood of Jesus over them. If you have received a bad report from the doctor, speak the blood over yourself.

Whatever you have covered with the blood of Jesus, God declares, “Protected! Redeemed!” And the devil flees when he sees the blood. And when he flees, he takes with him sicknesses, diseases, pains, sufferings, destruction and loss.

Once the devil knows that you know who you are in Christ and what you have in Him, his days of intimidating you are over, and you are numbered among the undevourable!

AMEN! Know who you are IN HIM! Know what you have IN HIM! Know what you can do IN HIM! THEN the enemy can never devour YOU! Here is Hillsong with "Not Today":



Shalom in Him!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Shalom,

I want to share "Faith Food" by Kenneth E. Hagin again today!

Mighty Weapon

"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds" (2 Corinthians 10:4).

Although we have been made new creatures - created by God in Christ Jesus; and although we are transferred out from under Satan's authority, we still live in a world ruled by Satan.

The Bible calls Satan "the god of this world" (2 Corinthians 4:4) and "the prince of the power of the air" (Ephesians 2:2). Christ also called him "the prince of this world" (John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11).

According to the Word of God, the very air about us is filled with hostile forces attempting to destroy our fellowship with God the Father, and to deprive us of our usefulness in the Master's service.

But our Father God, in His great provision and plan of redemption, has given us a weapon to use against Satan. That weapon is given to us not only for ourselves, but also for the benefit of the Satan-ruled men and women around us. That weapon is the Name of Jesus!

Confession: The weapons of my warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. Where Satan's forces have built strongholds, I can pull them down with the mighty Name of Jesus. Satan is no match for that Name. And that Name is a mighty weapon given to me to use against the forces of the enemy.
We must have confidence in the authority we have as born again believers with Holy Spirit living IN us and the Word of God as our legal authority! Never doubt what God's Word says because things don't APPEAR to be happening. Remember that God's timing is perfect! Here is Hillsong with "Behold (Then Sings My Soul)":


Shalom in Him!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Shalom,

I really love the simplicity of today's "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers


Called Of God

Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. — Isaiah 6:8

God did not address the call to Isaiah; Isaiah overheard God saying — “Who will go for us?” The call of God is not for the special few, it is for everyone. Whether or not I hear God’s call depends upon the state of my ears; and what I hear depends upon my disposition. “Many are called but few are chosen” that is, few prove themselves the chosen ones. The chosen ones are those who have come into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ whereby their disposition has been altered and their ears unstopped, and they hear the still small voice questioning all the time — “Who will go for us?” It is not a question of God singling out a man and saying, “Now, you go.” God did not lay a strong compulsion on Isaiah; Isaiah was in the presence of God and he overheard the call, and realized that there was nothing else for him but to say, in conscious freedom — “Here am I, send me.”

Get out of your mind the idea of expecting God to come with compulsions and pleadings. When our Lord called His disciples there was no irresistible compulsion from outside. The quiet passionate insistence of His “Follow Me” was spoken to men with every power wide awake. If we let the Spirit of God bring us face to face with God, we too shall hear something akin to what Isaiah heard, the still small voice of God; and in perfect freedom will say — “Here am I; send me.”

Amen! We KNOW that we are ALL called to the ministry of Reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5), which is letting the lost know that God isn't holding anything against them, but has already reconciled them to Himself through the blood of JESUS shed for all of our sin! Be led moment by moment by the Spirit of God as He sets up those situations and circumstances where you have the opportunity to share this great GOOD NEWS! After all, that IS why we are here! I love a line in this song by Hillsong called "God Who Saves" that says; "You leave the rescued (US) for the fallen (the lost)"



Shalom in Him!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Shalom,

We read Psalm 13 in our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan for today and verses 5-6 are what I choose to be my response no matter what I may be facing!
But I have trusted, leaned on, and been confident in Your mercy and loving-kindness; my heart shall rejoice and be in high spirits in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me.

No matter what we may be going through, if we keep this attitude, then we will be just like David when he faced the giant after having reminded himself about his past victories over the bear and the lion! Praise and worship will ALWAYS get our soul settled on the right attiude for victory! Then we read Matthew 13 and the parable of the sower! Verse 8 speaks of the seed falling on good soil and what the results are.

Other seeds fell on good soil, and yielded grain—some a hundred times as much as was sown, some sixty times as much, and some thirty.

The difference in the seed producing depended on the condition of the soil that it was planted in. When JESUS explains the parable to His disciples He says this first to show them the priceless privelege that they had to be able to know and understand the Word in verses 12-13:
12 For whoever has [spiritual knowledge], to him will more be given and he will be furnished richly so that he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 13 This is the reason that I speak to them in parables: because having the power of seeing, they do not see; and having the power of hearing, they do not hear, nor do they grasp and understand.

JESUS went on to explain the parable to His disciples, showing the great significance of the quality of the soil in verse 23:

23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the Word and grasps and comprehends it; he indeed bears fruit and yields in one case a hundred times as much as was sown, in another sixty times as much, and in another thirty.
The Word of God is the seed that we sow into our lives. The soil refers to the condition of our souls that receive that Word! If we are renewing our minds daily with the Word of God, being a DOER of the Word by acting on what we learn, and spending time in intimate fellowship with our Teacher, Holy Spirit, then we will have great understanding of the Word so that we CAN act on it, getting the results in our lives that the Word promises! See to the condition of YOUR soil and you will never have to wonder what God's will is. AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Your Word":


Shalom in Him!

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Shalom,

Today I want to share Psalm 12 in our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan from The Passion Translation!

Song for the New Day


12 For the Pure and Shining One
A song of smiting, sung for the new day by King David

1 Help, Lord! Save us! For godly ones are swiftly disappearing.
Where are the dependable, principled ones?
They’re a vanishing breed!
2 Everyone lies, everyone flatters, and everyone deceives.
Nothing but empty talk, smooth talk, and double-talk.
Where are the truthful?
3–4 I know the Lord will not deal gently with people like that!
You will destroy every proud liar who says, “We lie all we want.
Our words are our weapons, and we won’t be held accountable.
Who can stop us?”
May the Lord cut off their twisted tongues
and seal their lying lips.
May they all be silenced—those who boast and brag with their
high-minded talk about doing whatever they want.
5 But the Lord says, “Now I will arise!
I will defend the poor,
those who were plundered, the oppressed,
and the needy who groan for help.
I will arise to rescue and protect them!”
6 For every word God speaks is sure and every promise pure.
His truth is tested, found to be flawless, and ever faithful.
It’s as pure as silver refined seven times in a crucible of clay.
7–8 Lord, you will keep us forever safe,
out of the reach of the wicked.
Even though they strut and prowl,
tolerating and celebrating what is worthless and vile,
you will still lift up those who are yours!

This Psalm is a very accurate picture of what is going on in our country, and even around the world! The Word of God is always here to prpare us for things to come! None of what is going on in the world today has EVER taken GOD by surprise! And HE has already warned of ahead of time. Take God at His Word and believe that His promises are SURE and FOREVER for YOU! Verse 6-7 are words that WE can fully expect to see manifest in our lives and on our behalf! He will keep us safe, lift us up and perform His Word and Will in our lives when we trust in HIM alone! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Say The Word":


Shalom in Him!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Shalom,

I can't think of a better way to say this than Jerry Savelle does in his devotional for today!

ACT FEARLESSLY!

Fear is a spiritual force. It is one of Satan’s greatest tools to get an open door into your life. It could manifest through the fear of not being good enough, the fear of lack, the fear of rejection, the fear of failure.

Satan will try to intimidate you through words, actions or external signs. But none of those things can become a reality or come into manifestation until you act upon them.

Negative or fearful thoughts may come into your mind, but you can refuse to meditate on them and chose to immediately reject them. Circumstances may appear discouraging, but you can refuse to let go of your confidence and faith in what you know about God and His Word.

If you respond in fear and act on intimidation, those fears can become a reality in your life. Fear will bring things to pass just as faith will. Job said, “The thing which I greatly feared has come upon me” (Job 3:25).

The devil can not do anything that he wants to do anytime that he gets ready to do it. If he could, why would he have to deceive you first? Satan is limited when he can’t get you to act on his threats through fear.

1 John 4:18 (NIV) tells us, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…” And we know from 1 John 4:8 that God is love. Run to God, spend time with Him, act on His Word and fear will have no place in you.

Take courageous steps of faith and you will see God move in your life in amazing ways!

Confession: I refuse to fear! Regardless of how I feel or what my circumstances look like, I will stand in faith on God’s Word.

Amen! Here are Hillsong Kids with "As The World Shakes":



Shalom in Him!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Shalom,

I believe that the message in today's "Faith Food" devotional by Kenneth E. Hagin is one of the most important messages that every born again believer needs to receive! 

In Him

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3).
From the day you were born again until the day you step off into eternity, God has already made provision for you in Christ Jesus. Everything you need, "He hath blessed" you with. In the mind of God, it is yours!

People often ask me how to study the Bible. Although I have many suggestions, here is the one I present everywhere I go. As a believer, a Christian, follow this method as you go through the New Testament: read or study primarily the Epistles. (I encourage you to spend most of your time in the Epistles, because they are the letters written to you, the believer. Study the Old Testament, too, but don't spend most of your time there. Spend most of your time in the New Testament. Why? Because we're not living under the Old Covenant; we're living under the New Covenant.)

In these Epistles, which are written to the Church, find and underline all expressions such as "in Christ," "by Christ," "in whom," "in Him," and so forth. Write them down. Meditate on them. Begin to confess them with your mouth. As far as God is concerned, everything you have, or are, in Christ, is already so. God has already done it all in Christ. However, it is your believing and your confessing that will make it real to you.

Confession: I am a new creature in Christ. God the Father has blessed me with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.
Amen! Find out just who YOU are - IN HIM - and your life will never be the same again! Here is Hillsong with "Who You Say I Am":


Shalom in Him!

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Shalom,

Today I want to again share from Joseph Prince's "Grace Inspirations" devotional!

GUARANTEED BY COVENANT

Genesis 15:8–9 And he said, “Lord God, how shall I know that I will inherit it?” So He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”

Are you discouraged because a breakthrough that you have been praying for has yet to manifest? Maybe it has been days or even weeks and you are asking, “How will I know that I will get it?” Abraham faced the same situation and asked God the same question. And God answered, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” What a strange answer!

But if you read on (Genesis 15:10–21), you will realize that God took Abraham’s question very seriously, and went on to show him just how serious He was about being his provider, protector and blesser. God was so serious that He was willing to bind Himself to a covenant.

What is a covenant? It is like a contract. Yet, it is more than a contract. A contract is binding only for a period of time, like five years or seven years, or until certain terms are fulfilled. But a covenant is perpetual. It is permanent. The only way out is through death. That is why marriage is a covenant, not a contract. It is permanent—“Till death do us part.

In Bible times, when you cut a covenant with someone, you bring an animal, usually a ram or goat, and kill it by cutting it in two. Next, you will face your covenant partner and walk toward each other between the two pieces of the animal, passing each other in the center.

What all this means is that both parties are obligated to protect and provide for each other. Whatever belongs to you is your partner’s and whatever belongs to your part
ner is yours. Of course, the one who benefits is the lesser or poorer party.

Today, God is in covenant with us. We are the lesser, poorer party. We have nothing to offer God. But God, the richest and most powerful being in the universe, has everything to offer us!

My friend, God has bound Himself to a covenant, an iron-clad guarantee of His blessings and provision in your life, and it is all for your benefit. The breakthrough you are waiting for is guaranteed by covenant!

AMEN! We, who have received JESUS as Lord and personal Saviour, have this wonderful, unbreakable Covenant with the God of the Bible! What He says He will do in His Word, HE WILL DO! We can count on Him! Here is Hillsong UNITED with "Clean":


Shalom in Him!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Shalom,

No matter what else I may be thinking about today, I simply cannot let this day go by without sharing ALL of Psalm 8 with you! From our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan, which I read first in The Amplified Bible!

Psalm 8

To the Chief Musician; set to a Philistine lute, or [possibly] to a particular Hittite tune. A Psalm of David.

O Lord, our Lord, how excellent (majestic and glorious) is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory on [or above] the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and unweaned infants You have established strength because of Your foes, that You might silence the enemy and the avenger.
When I view and consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained and established,
What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him but a little lower than God [or heavenly beings], and You have crowned him with glory and honor.
You made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet:
All sheep and oxen, yes, and the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord, how excellent (majestic and glorious) is Your name in all the earth!

What glorious GOOD NEWS! The God of all the Universe, the God of all creation, the God of our SALVATION LOVES US! He is 'mindful' of us! That means that we are ALWAYS on HIS mind! This is such a celebration of HIS incomparable LOVE for US! Now let's look at it in The Passion Translation. (You're welcome!)

God’s Splendor

For the Pure and Shining One
Set to the melody of “For the Feast of Harvest,” by King David
1 Lord, your name is so great and powerful!
People everywhere see your splendor.
Your glorious majesty streams from the heavens,
filling the earth with the fame of your name!
2 You have built a stronghold by the songs of babies.
Strength rises up with the chorus of singing children.
This kind of praise has the power to shut Satan’s mouth.
Childlike worship will silence
the madness of those who oppose you.
3 Look at the splendor of your skies,
your creative genius glowing in the heavens.
When I gaze at your moon and your stars,
mounted like jewels in their settings,
I know you are the fascinating artist who fashioned it all!
But when I look up and see
such wonder and workmanship above,
I have to ask you this question:
4 Compared to all this cosmic glory,
why would you bother with puny, mortal man
or be infatuated with Adam’s sons?
5 Yet what honor you have given to men,
created only a little lower than Elohim,
crowned like kings and queens with glory and magnificence.
6 You have delegated to them
mastery over all you have made,
making everything subservient to their authority,
placing earth itself under the feet of your image-bearers.
7–8 All the created order and every living thing
of the earth, sky, and sea—
the wildest beasts and all the sea creatures—
everything is in submission to Adam’s sons.
9 Lord, your name is so great and powerful.
People everywhere see your majesty!
What glory streams from the heavens,
filling the earth with the fame of your name!

I LOVE that His MAJESTY fills the Earth with the "fame of His Name"! Our God IS GOD! There IS no other! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Who You Say I AM" because what HE says about us is the MOST important TRUTH! AMEN! 



Shalom in Him!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Shalom,

Today we read this again in our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan in Matthew 7:1-2:

7 Do not judge and criticize and condemn others, so that you may not be judged and criticized and condemned yourselves. 2 For just as you judge and criticize and condemn others, you will be judged and criticized and condemned, and in accordance with the measure you [use to] deal out to others, it will be dealt out again to you.

I have had so many people, who claim to be born again believers, argue with me when I remind them of these verses, as they are busy judging, criticizing, bad mouting, slandering and condemning fellow belivers because they disagree with something that they are teaching! The verses above are extremely clear! DO NOT means DO NOT! We are NOT called to judge fellows believers. We are to PRAY for them if we think that they are missing it somehow. Verse 2 above makes it abundantly clear that if we indulge in criticism and condemnation of another beleiver, then we are open game to be critisized, judged and condemned! Romans 8:1 tells us that  there is NO condemnation for ANYONE who is IN Christ Jesus! God will not condemn any one of us because JESUS Himself already took that condemnation upon Himself - FOR US! This new year I am encouraging each of you to take stock of your own attitudes toward fellow believers. We are all memebers of the same family and HIS body! Let's act like it, thereby showing forth HIS wonderful LOVE fpor the world to see! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Lettered Love":


Shalom in Him!

Monday, January 6, 2020

Shalom,

Today I want to share from Oswald Chamber' "My Utmost For His Highest".

Worship

He moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord. —Genesis 12:8

Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love-gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship. If you hoard it for yourself, it will turn into spiritual dry rot, as the manna did when it was hoarded (see Exodus 16:20). God will never allow you to keep a spiritual blessing completely for yourself. It must be given back to Him so that He can make it a blessing to others.


Bethel is the symbol of fellowship with God; Ai is the symbol of the world. Abram “pitched his tent” between the two. The lasting value of our public service for God is measured by the depth of the intimacy of our private times of fellowship and oneness with Him. Rushing in and out of worship is wrong every time— there is always plenty of time to worship God. Days set apart for quiet can be a trap, detracting from the need to have daily quiet time with God. That is why we must “pitch our tents” where we will always have quiet times with Him, however noisy our times with the world may be. There are not three levels of spiritual life— worship, waiting, and work. Yet some of us seem to jump like spiritual frogs from worship to waiting, and from waiting to work. God’s idea is that the three should go together as one. They were always together in the life of our Lord and in perfect harmony. It is a discipline that must be developed; it will not happen overnight.

AMEN! Begin to move yourself into a deeper and more intimate fellowship wityh the One, True God! HE is waiting for YOU! Here is Hillsong with "New Wine":


Shalom in Him!

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Shalom,

Psalm 5:7-8 from our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan says this:
But as for me, I will enter Your house through the abundance of Your steadfast love and mercy; I will worship toward and at Your holy temple in reverent fear and awe of You. Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; make Your way level (straight and right) before my face.

AMEN! This is definitely a prayer that Almighty God will honor and answer! Refuse to be moved by emotions, fear, worry or any other evil thought that the enemy may try to bring you way! Keep your focus on JESUS above all else and you will find the answer to this prayer very soon! Verses 11-12:
11 But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits12 For You, Lord, will bless the [uncompromisingly] righteous [him who is upright and in right standing with You]; as with a shield You will surround him with goodwill (pleasure and favor).

AMEN! HE has ALREADY blessed us with everything that we could ever need in order to walk in HIS Covenant with us! Spend time every day in intimate fellowship with HIM, by His Spirit and through His Word and prayer and praise! HE is waiting on YOU to make the first move and then He will move in strongly! Here is Hillsong with a REAL song of commitment and trust: "Oceans":


Shalom in Him!

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Shalom,

Today I want to share the devotional from our Spoken Word Church website! It is SO vital for the world in which we now live!
A contentious person is a trouble maker. They spread discontent, frustration and distrust. They gossip. They slander. They promote strife. Do not feed a relationship with such a person.
"As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife. (Proverbs 26:21)
There is SO much negativity, hatefulness and outright lying going on in almost every realm of life right now that if you are not born again, with the Spirit of Almighty God living IN you, I don't know how you can possibly find the TRUTH! As born again believers, we MUST get our TRUTH from the Word of God and Holy Spirit. When we do, then it is our responsibility to distance ourselves from all that is not TRUTH except to minister LIFE to them! Our fellowship should be with like-minded believers so that we can maintain joy and peace for those times at work, school, or other places we are responsible to be when others are watching our every move and listening to all that we say! Our responsibilty here on earth, as citizens of Heaven, is to represent JESUS as He truly is so that He, through us, can draw people to Himself! We have an awesome responsibility in this life, but the rewards are 'out of this world'! LITERALLY! AMEN! Here, as a reminder, is Hillsong Worship with "No Reason To Hide":


Shalom in Him!

Friday, January 3, 2020

Shalom,

We read Psalm 3 in our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan for today and it always reminds me of a song sung by Kenneth Copeland years ago! Here are both!

A Psalm of David. When he fled from Absalom his son.

Lord, how they are increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me.
Many are saying of me, There is no help for him in God. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.
With my voice I cry to the Lord, and He hears and answers me out of His holy hill. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
I lay down and slept; I wakened again, for the Lord sustains me.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me round about.
Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the cheek; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.
Salvation belongs to the Lord; May Your blessing be upon Your people. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!


It is good to remember the landmarks in your life and to thank God always for the good and godly ones! This man and his ministry have ALWAYS been a tremendous blessing to me and to my family! Thank You, Father, for this great blessing! 

Shalom in Him!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Shalom,

Today I want to share from Jerry Savelle's daily devotional!

THE FORCE OF JOY

For the joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV)

In common vernacular, the word joy means “delight, happiness and pleasure.” However, from a biblical standpoint, joy is a powerful force that resides in your spirit once you’ve made Jesus the Lord of your life.

Just because you may walk around all day with a frown on your face doesn’t mean joy is not in your spirit. It just means you’ve suppressed it—you haven’t tapped into it. And if you haven’t tapped into joy, then you are not experiencing the strength of the Lord.

Appropriating the joy of the Lord is a matter of choice, and act of your will. You can get up in the morning and will to be happy, or you can will to be unhappy. Either way, the choice is yours. In order to walk in the joy of the Lord, you must choose to reach down into your spirit and tap in to the joy that resides there.

Of course, the devil will do everything he can to prevent you from connecting to the force of joy, but he can’t succeed unless you let him. He will attempt to deceive you into thinking there is no joy within you. And if he can get you to choose not to tap in to it, you will be a weak and easy target for the devil to overcome.

Regardless of the frustrations and challenges you may be facing at this moment, the joy of the Lord resides within you. Choose today to tap in to the force of joy, and then take a step of faith and choose to rejoice. When you do, you will experience renewed strength.

Confession: I will not be deceived into letting go of my joy. The joy of the Lord is my strength, and I choose to tap in to the force of joy today. Regardless of my circumstances or how I feel, I choose to rejoice in the Lord.

AMEN! I hope that YOU have made the decision to stir up the joy that GOD has placed inside of you! Here are Hillsong Kids with "My Hallelujah":



Shalom in Him!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Shalom,

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I just want to take a moment of your holiday celebration today to encourage you NOT to make any New Year's resolutions. A resolution is a thought that you write down with every intention of carrying it our, BUT. And those 'buts' ALWAYS have a way of getting IN the way of fuliflling your plan! Instead of a resolution, I encourage you to do what Paul did in our example on the blog a couple of days ago. Make a "DETERMINED PURPOSE"! Doesn't that even sound better, more reliable and powerful? I believe that it does, and THAT it will also work towards our more serious commitment! Philippians 3:7-14 is where we get these instructions! 
But whatever former things I had that might have been gains to me, I have come to consider as [one combined] loss for Christ’s sake. Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One), And that I may [actually] be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law’s demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One), the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from God by [saving] faith. 10 [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] 11 That if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body]. 12 Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own. 13 I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.

AMEN! Let's stop being side-tracked by the enemy and REALLY run our race and finish our course! Here is
Hillsong with "Running":


Shalom in Him!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Shalom,

As we close out 2019 with Psalm 119 through our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan, I want to encourage you to join us today in reading the best Psalm ever because it is ALL ABOUT THE WORD! And then I want to encourage you to join us tomorrow in beginning all over again to spend time daily in the Word of the living God Who has the answer for every question, the solution to every problem and the roadmap for YOUR successful 2020 and beyond! AMEN! Here are just a few of my favorite verses from Psalm 119:

11 Your word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against You
16 I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word. 17 Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live; and I will observe Your word [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it]. 18 Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law.
27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts; so shall I meditate on and talk of Your wondrous works.
89 Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven [stands firm as the heavens]. 90 Your faithfulness is from generation to generation; You have established the earth, and it stands fast.
96 I have seen that everything [human] has its limits and end [no matter how extensive, noble, and excellent]; but Your commandment is exceedingly broad and extends without limits [into eternity].
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
129 Your testimonies are wonderful [far exceeding anything conceived by man]; therefore my [penitent] self keeps them [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying them]. 130 The entrance and unfolding of Your words give light; their unfolding gives understanding (discernment and comprehension) to the simple.
160 The sum of Your word is truth [the total of the full meaning of all Your individual precepts]; and every one of Your righteous decrees endures forever.
164 Seven times a day and all day long do I praise You because of Your righteous decrees. 165 Great peace have they who love Your law; nothing shall offend them or make them stumble.
167 Your testimonies have I kept [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying them]; I love them exceedingly! 168 I have observed Your precepts and Your testimonies, for all my ways are [fully known] before You.

And here is one of my favorite songs from Hillsong UNITED concerning the Word of God, "Say The Word":



Shalom in Him!

Monday, December 30, 2019

Shalom,

We finish up Proverbs today with Proverbs 31! This Proverb is quoted often and women are told to emulate her. I LOVE this footnote found for the Amplified Bible on it!

Proverbs 31:10 It is most unfortunate that this description of God’s ideal woman is usually confined in readers’ minds merely to its literal sense—her ability as a homemaker, as in the picture of Martha of Bethany in Luke 10:38-42. But it is obvious that far more than that is meant. When the summary of what makes her value “far above rubies” is given (in Proverbs 31:30), it is her spiritual life only that is mentioned. One can almost hear the voice of Jesus saying, “Mary has chosen the good portion... which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42).

I also think that it is regrettable that this is used only for women! Yes, this is written by a mother to her son as advice for his search for a mate, but so many men would benefit from taking this advice and becoming a 'Proverbs 31' MAN! The principals for doing thngs God's way here are invaluable for every born again believer who wants to hear: "WELL DONE"! We also read Philippians 3 in today's Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan, and you KNOW that verse 10 is my very favorite verse, if you've been reading here for very long! 

10 [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection 

WE CHOOSE how we want to purpose to live our lives! Our wonderful Heavenly Father gives US the freedom to choose! What will YOU choose as your way of putting JESUS as your Number One? I believe that this commitment by Paul is the very BEST way to start! And he goes on to say this in verses 12-14:
12 Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own. 13 I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.

Let's keep moving forward TOWARDS JESUS every day and allow Holy Spirit, Who is working His very GOOD work IN US, to continue to perfect us every day! AMEN! Here are Hillsong Kids with "My Number One":



Shalom in Him!

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Shalom,

I love today's "Faith Food" deovtional by Kennet E. Hagin!

How Much More

"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?" (Matthew 7:11).

Would you, as a parent, plan, purpose, and will for your children to go through life poverty-stricken, sick, downtrodden, downcast, down-and-out, with their nose to the grindstone? No! Assuredly not!

My younger brother had a difficult time getting his education. Our father left when this brother was only six months old. He graduated from high school during the Depression by working the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift at a local cotton mill and then going to school immediately after work.

In time, this brother married, had a son, and became a very successful businessman. He said to me - and I guess this has been a driving force in my brother's life - "I'd rather let my boy die now than to have it like I had it. But I'm going to see to it that he doesn't have it rough like I did."

My brother worked hard to provide a better life for his family than he had known growing up. Just looking at it from the natural standpoint, he did all this because he loved them. And that's what Jesus meant when He said that if natural men know how to give good gifts to their children, how much more will our loving Heavenly Father give good things to those who ask Him!

Confession: Even good natural fathers know how to give good gifts to their children. How much more will my Father in Heaven give good things to me when I ask Him?
AMEN! Our God IS GOD and He is GOOD! ALL the time! We must get rid of any other way of thinking! God's Word is TRUTH and His Promises are SURE! We can COUNT on HIM! Here is Hillsong with "God Is Great":


Shalom in Him!