Friday, November 30, 2018


We begin Proverbs again today in our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan. This Book, and the nuggets of pure gold hidden in it, are so clear and powerful, WHEN we put them into practice! That means, as James encouraged us in James 1:2, we must DO the Word we hear in order to have the results that God Himself intends for the Word to have! AMEN! Here is Proverbs 1 from the Amplified Bible:
The proverbs (truths obscurely expressed, maxims, and parables) of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
That people may know skillful and godly Wisdom and instruction, discern and comprehend the words of understanding and insight, Receive instruction in wise dealing and the discipline of wise thoughtfulness, righteousness, justice, and integrity,
That prudence may be given to the simple, and knowledge, discretion, and discernment to the youth— The wise also will hear and increase in learning, and the person of understanding will acquire skill and attain to sound counsel [so that he may be able to steer his course rightly]—
That people may understand a proverb and a figure of speech or an enigma with its interpretation, and the words of the wise and their dark sayings or riddles.
The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skillful and godly Wisdom, instruction, and discipline.
My son, hear the instruction of your father; reject not nor forsake the teaching of your mother. For they are a [victor’s] chaplet (garland) of grace upon your head and chains and pendants [of gold worn by kings] for your neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. 11 If they say, Come with us; let us lie in wait [to shed] blood, let us ambush the innocent without cause [and show that his piety is in vain]; 12 Let us swallow them up alive as does Sheol (the place of the dead), and whole, as those who go down into the pit [of the dead]; 13 We shall find and take all kinds of precious goods [when our victims are put out of the way], we shall fill our houses with plunder; 14 Throw in your lot with us [they insist] and be a sworn brother and comrade; let us all have one purse in common—
15 My son, do not walk in the way with them; restrain your foot from their path; 16 For their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood. 17 For in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird! 18 But [when these men set a trap for others] they are lying in wait for their own blood; they set an ambush for their own lives. 19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy of gain; such [greed for plunder] takes away the lives of its possessors.
20 Wisdom cries aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the markets; 21 She cries at the head of the noisy intersections [in the chief gathering places]; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: 22 How long, O simple ones [open to evil], will you love being simple? And the scoffers delight in scoffing and [self-confident] fools hate knowledge? 23 If you will turn (repent) and give heed to my reproof, behold, I [Wisdom] will pour out my spirit upon you, I will make my words known to you. 24 Because I have called and you have refused [to answer], have stretched out my hand and no man has heeded it, 25 And you treated as nothing all my counsel and would accept none of my reproof, 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when the thing comes that shall cause you terror and panic— 27 When your panic comes as a storm and desolation and your calamity comes on as a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. 28 Then will they call upon me [Wisdom] but I will not answer; they will seek me early and diligently but they will not find me. 29 Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord, 30 Would accept none of my counsel, and despised all my reproof, 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way and be satiated with their own devices. 32 For the backsliding of the simple shall slay them, and the careless ease of [self-confident] fools shall destroy them. 33 But whoso hearkens to me [Wisdom] shall dwell securely and in confident trust and shall be quiet, without fear or dread of evil.

Now I want to share the same Proverb from The Passion Translation. Using different translations is a great way to meditate the Word as Joshua 1:9 AMP tells us to do! Meditation gets the Word inside of us like no other form of study can! I realize that this will make the blog a long one, but you ARE here because you love and desire the Word of God, right? I have underlined some of the portions that I particularly like today!

Proverbs 1 The Passion Translation (TPT)

The prologue

Here are kingdom revelations, words to live by,
    and words of wisdom given to empower you to reign in life,
    written as proverbs by Israel’s King Solomon, David’s son.

Within these sayings will be found the revelation of wisdom
    and the impartation of spiritual understanding.
    Use them as keys to unlock the treasures of true knowledge.
Those who cling to these words will receive discipline
    to demonstrate wisdom in every relationship
    and to choose what is right and just and fair.

These proverbs will give you great skill
    to teach the immature and make them wise,
    to give youth the understanding of their design and destiny.

For the wise, these proverbs will make you even wiser,
    and for those with discernment,
    you will be able to acquire brilliant strategies for leadership.

These kingdom revelations will break open your understanding
    to unveil the deeper meaning of parables,
    poetic riddles, and epigrams,
    and to unravel the words and enigmas of the wise.

How then does a man gain the essence of wisdom?
    We cross the threshold of true knowledge
    when we live in obedient devotion to God.
    Stubborn know-it-alls will never stop to do this,
    for they scorn true wisdom and knowledge.

The Wisdom of a Father

Pay close attention, my child, to your father’s wise words
    and never forget your mother’s instructions.
For their insight will bring you success,
    adorning you with grace-filled thoughts
    and giving you reins to guide your decisions.
10 When peer pressure compels you to go with the crowd
    and sinners invite you to join in,
    you must simply say, “No!”

11 When the gang says—
“We’re going to steal and kill and get away with it.
12 We’ll take down the rich and rob them.
    We’ll swallow them up alive
    and take what we want from whomever we want.
13 Then we’ll take their treasures and fill our homes with loot.
14 So come on and join us.
    Take your chance with us.
    We’ll divide up all we get;
    we’ll each end up with big bags of cash!”—
15 my son, refuse to go with them and stay far away from them.
16 For crime is their way of life and bloodshed their specialty.
17 To be aware of their snare is the best way of escape.
18 They’ll resort to murder to steal their victim’s assets,
    but eventually it will be their own lives that are ambushed.
19 In their ungodly disrespect for God
    they bring destruction on their own lives.

Wisdom’s Warning

20 Wisdom’s praises are sung in the streets
    and celebrated far and wide.
21 Yet wisdom’s song is not always heard in the halls of higher learning.
    But in the hustle and bustle of everyday life
    its lyrics can always be heard above the din of the crowd.
    You will hear wisdom’s warning as she preaches courageously
    to those who stop to listen:

22 “Foolish ones, how much longer will you cling to your deception?
    How much longer will you mock wisdom,
    cynical scorners who fight the facts?
23 Come back to your senses and be restored to reality.
    Don’t even think about refusing my rebuke!
    Don’t you know that I’m ready
    to pour out my spirit of wisdom upon you
    and bring to you the revelation of my words
    that will make your heart wise?

24 I’ve called to you over and over;
    still you refuse to come to me.
    I’ve pleaded with you again and again,
    yet you’ve turned a deaf ear to my voice.
25 Because you have laughed at my counsel
    and have insisted on continuing in your stubbornness,
26 I will laugh when your calamity comes
    and will turn away from you at the time of your disaster.
    Make a joke of my advice, will you?
    Then I’ll make a joke out of you!
27 When the storm clouds of terror gather over your head,
    when dread and distress consume you
    and your catastrophe comes like a hurricane,
28 you will cry out to me, but I won’t answer.
    Then it will be too late to expect my help.
    When desperation drives you to search for me,
    I will be nowhere to be found.
29 Because you have turned up your nose at me
    and closed your eyes to the facts
    and refused to worship me in awe—
30 because you scoffed at my wise counsel
    and laughed at my correction—
31 now you will eat the bitter fruit of your own ways.
    You’ve made your own bed; now lie in it!
    So how do you like that?
32 Like an idiot you’ve turned away from me
    and chosen destruction instead.
    Your self-satisfied smugness will kill you.
33 But the one who always listens to me
    will live undisturbed in a heavenly peace.
    Free from fear, confident and courageous,
    you will rest unafraid and sheltered from the storms of life.
AMEN! Everyone likes to quote: "The Truth will set you free." (John 8:31-32) But the reality is that the verse actually tells us that it is the TRUTH we KNOW that will set us free, and, as long as we continue knowing, we will continue in freedom! AMEN! Here is Hillsong Young and Free with "Peace":

Shalom in Him!

Thursday, November 29, 2018


Today I want to share again from "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers. This is, perhaps, the single most important message that I have shared with you from this wonderful devotional! It IS the most needful thing in our lives! 

The Absoluteness Of Jesus Christ

He shall glorify Me. — John 16:14

The pietistic movements of to-day have none of the rugged reality of the New Testament about them; there is nothing about them that needs the Death of Jesus Christ, all that is required is a pious atmosphere, and prayer and devotion. This type of experience is not supernatural nor miraculous, it did not cost the passion of God, it is not dyed in the blood of the Lamb, not stamped with the hall-mark of the Holy Ghost. It has not that mark on it which makes men say, as they look with awe and wonder – “That is the work of God Almighty.” That and nothing else is what the New Testament talks about.

The type of Christian experience in the New Testament is that of personal passionate devotion to the Person of Jesus Christ. Every other type of Christian experience, so called, is detached from the Person of Jesus. There is no regeneration, no being born again into the Kingdom in which Christ lives, but only the idea that He is our Pattern. In the New Testament Jesus Christ is Saviour long before He is Pattern. To-day He is being despatched as the Figurehead of a Religion, a mere Example. He is that, but He is infinitely more; He is salvation itself. He is the Gospel of God.

Jesus said, “When He, the Spirit of truth, is come,…He shall glorify Me.” When I commit myself to the revelation made in the New Testament, I receive from God the gift of the Holy Spirit Who begins to interpret to me what Jesus did and does in me subjectively all that Jesus Christ did for me objectively.

So many times in my early Christian life people would teach and talk about our "Christian Witness". They wold speak of paying attention to our reputation and making sure that we appeared to be above reproach in all of our dealings. The problem with this is that there is not, nor has there ever been, a way for mankind to "live right" without being born again by the Spirit of Almighty God and then being in fellowship with Him moment by moment so that HE and HIS LIFE shine through us. Trying to be a 'good Christian' is NOT what we are called to do! We are called to fellowship with HIM so that HE can continue to work His 'good work' IN us! I have said often, and I repeat it here: There is not one good thing about me that doesn't have JESUS as the Source! HE is the ONLY good thing about me! And, he will NEVER leave me! I NEVER have to try again. I simply live out His life and love that are within me, at His guidance and direction. THEN people will look and see, and SAY, 'She has been with JESUS'! AMEN! I hope that this is also YOUR goal! To bring glory to HIM! Here is Hillsong with "I Surrender":

Shalom in Him!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018


Today I want to share the devotional from Andrew Womack's website! It is a simple, yet very important explanation of the difference between healings and miracles! 


Luke 23:8 "And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him."

Herod desired to see Jesus perform some kind of miracle, and some of the questions he asked Jesus made this desire obvious. However, Jesus did not use His faith to do any miracles for Herod.

Miracles are God's way of meeting the needs of those who seek Him in faith. Miracles will sometimes be used to demonstrate God's ability so that people may believe (Mark 2:10-11), but they will not happen to skeptics who are tempting God (Luke 4:9-12).

A miracle is a supernatural intervention of God's power over natural law.

Healings occur within the boundaries of natural law while miracles are not limited to natural law. A person with a high fever who receives prayer and then begins to recover is experiencing a healing. The Lord intervened but in natural ways. The virus, infection, or whatever was rebuked left the body (Luke 4:39) and then the natural healing process that the Lord built into all of us took over. When something totally supernatural happens, that's a miracle. When Jesus reattached the servant's ear and it was instantly whole after Peter cut it off (Luke 22:51), demonstrated a miracle. It was also a healing, but it was a miraculous healing.

Feeding the five thousand (Matthew 14:19-20), walking on the water (Matthew 14:25), translating a ship and all aboard to the other side of the sea (John 6:21) - all these are miracles. Miracles are usually instantaneous whereas healings are sometimes gradual.

The Lord has never had anyone who was qualified working for Him. It's by God's grace that He uses any of us. Anyone who claims to be used of God because of his great holiness is either deceived or a deceiver. It's our faith in the grace of God that allows miracles to flow through us.

AMEN! For both healings and miracle, faith is required! Those believing for healing for their bodies who came to JESUS in faith always received their healing, and He said to them many times: "Your faith has made you whole"! JESUS wanted His people to know that His Name, through FAITH in His Name, would bring the same results to His people as He did when He was ministering on the earth! We are HIS BODY and when we speak HIS Word, in HIS Name, then HE confirms that Word with healings, deliverances, signs, wonders and miracles! At HIS choosing! I have no problem KNOWING that my every need is met because I am IN HIM! How He chooses to do it is of no concern to me! KNOWING that He will is enough for me! How about you? Here is Hillsong UNITED with "Wonder":

Shalom in Him!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018


In today's Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan we have Psalm 148. It IS so powerful, if we will only meditate on it and then DO IT! 

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the heights!
Praise Him, all His angels, praise Him, all His hosts!
Praise Him, sun and moon, praise Him, all you stars of light!
Praise Him, you highest heavens and you waters above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the Lord, for He commanded and they were created.
He also established them forever and ever; He made a decree which shall not pass away [He fixed their bounds which cannot be passed over].
Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps!
You lightning, hail, fog, and frost, you stormy wind fulfilling His orders!
Mountains and all hills, fruitful trees and all cedars!
10 Beasts and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds!
1Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers and judges of the earth!
12 Both young men and maidens, old men and children!
13 Let them praise and exalt the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted and supreme! His glory and majesty are above earth and heaven!
14 He has lifted up a horn for His people [giving them power, prosperity, dignity, and preeminence], a song of praise for all His godly ones, for the people of Israel, who are near to Him. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)

Those last verses are specifically to US! There is not a person alive who can credit their existence to anyone other than the One, True, Most High, Living, Almighty God of the Bible! And HE is WORTHY to receive praise and honor and glory, now and FOREVER! AMEN! Let's be about OUR PART of our father's business! Here is Hillsong with "":

Shalom in Him!

Monday, November 26, 2018


Have you ever felt like you didn't appreciate the God of the Bible enough? May I suggest that you read, or better yet, SING the Psalms to Him? Look at today's Psalm from our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan:

Psalm 147

Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God, for He is gracious and lovely; praise is becoming and appropriate.
The Lord is building up Jerusalem; He is gathering together the exiles of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [curing their pains and their sorrows].
4 He determines and counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by their names.
Great is our Lord and of great power; His understanding is inexhaustible and boundless.
The Lord lifts up the humble and downtrodden; He casts the wicked down to the ground.
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praises with the harp or the lyre to our God!—
Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who prepares rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
He gives to the beast his food, and to the young ravens that for which they cry.
10 He delights not in the strength of the horse, nor does He take pleasure in the legs of a man.
11 The Lord takes pleasure in those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy and loving-kindness.
12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!
13 For He has strengthened and made hard the bars of your gates, and He has blessed your children within you.
14 He makes peace in your borders; He fills you with the finest of the wheat.
15 He sends forth His commandment to the earth; His word runs very swiftly.
16 He gives [to the earth] snow like [a blanket of] wool; He scatters the hoarfrost like ashes.
17 He casts forth His ice like crumbs; who can stand before His cold?
18 He sends out His word, and melts [ice and snow]; He causes His wind to blow, and the waters flow.
19 He declares His word to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel.
20 He has not dealt so with any [other] nation; they have not known (understood, appreciated, given heed to, and cherished) His ordinances. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)

The next time you are temped to think that someone else seems to be getting blessed while you are still waiting on yours, then pick up your life of praise, thanksgiving and worship! Give HIM what He truly deserves, even if He had not given us a single promise other than our eternal salvation! And then remind yourself that He HAS given us even greater promises than He had given to Israel! NOW, praise Him with everything that is within you, fully expecting that the God Who NEVER lies is already at work getting those promises and blessings TO YOU! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with a Christmas song called "We Have A Saviour".

Shalom in Him! 

Sunday, November 25, 2018


Jerry Savelle's devotional for today on his website is another very simple, yet completely profound principle that every born again believer should know and understand!


Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving; so the children of Israel also wept again and said: “We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic (Numbers 11:4-5 NKJV).

When you are going through what feels like a wilderness experience, don’t make the mistake of “turning back to Egypt.” Instead, remember that God has something better for you ahead and keep pressing forward—regardless of the appeal of what lies behind you.

For the Israelites, Egypt had offered an abundant supply of fish, leeks, and onions. There was no threat of starvation. However, Egypt was a place of bondage for God’s people. Viewed from the wilderness, Egypt seemed to have its good points. In truth, it was nothing compared to the freedom and abundance that lay ahead in the promised land.

Israel had forgotten what it was like to be under bondage; they’d forgotten the misery of slavery. They were deceived when they thought of the seemingly good things they’d left behind in Egypt.

When you are going through a challenging time, don’t make the mistake of recalling your Egypt. God would not lead you away from something and have you walk through a desert just to lead you back from where you’d come. No, God leads you away because He has something far better ahead; He has a place of great freedom and abundance waiting for you.

Forget Egypt. Meditate on the promise of a good and spacious land flowing with milk and honey. Keep walking and stay focused. Trust God, and it won’t be long before you enter the good land He has prepared for you:

“For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills … a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper. When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you” (Deuteronomy 8:7, 9-10 NKJV).

Confession: I refuse to turn back to what lies behind. My God is a good God who is leading me to a place of total freedom and abundance. My trust is in God and my focus is on what lies ahead.

AMEN! It is very hard to believe that the Israelites would even consider going back to bondage in Egypt! After all of the persecution and hardship that they suffered, to so quickly turn on the very ones who delivered them! That just shows us how carnally minded we can become when we do not stay in intimate fellowship with HIM! Unless we make it a part of who we are everyday, we will very quickly slip back into the world's ways of "doing and being right" (Matthew 6:31-33)! Let's keep pressing on! Victory is ALWAYS ours IF we refuse to give up and quit! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Desert Song":

Shalom in Him!