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Envy and Jealousy: The Green Eyed [Twin] Monsters that (can) live in our Hearts

ENVY: noun \ˈen-vē\

: the feeling of wanting to have what someone else has

: someone or something that causes envy

Synonyms
covetousnessenviousnessgreen-eyed monsterinvidiousness,jealousyresentment

: to feel a desire to have what someone else has : to feel envy because of (someone or something)

Thank you:  www.merriam-webster.com

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So, Now that we know the definition, according to the dictionary, let’s look at what the Bible has to say about it. Continue reading “Envy and Jealousy: The Green Eyed [Twin] Monsters that (can) live in our Hearts”

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“My ALL and ALL” 28 June 2014

“Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him] about this and begged that it might depart from me; But He said to me, My grace (My favor and lovingkindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for MY strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will ALL the more gladly glory in my weakness and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me.”

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“But [even] the very hairs of your head are ALL numbered…” (Luke 12 v 7, Amplified)

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No, this is not my photo, but it’s reassuring to me to know that if it was, the LORD knows exactly how many hairs I do have.

Sometimes, I feel lost in the crowd. I needlessly worry that God has so many other things and people to watch over, he won’t hear my prayers. I wonder if I have been obscured by the masses. But, in reading the TRUTH (my Bible), and knowing God keeps His word, He has assured ALL of us, that no matter how alone we may feel, He is keeping us in His view, in the palm of His mighty hand. He is watching over us, over ALL of us. ALL the time. Even in times of anxiety and fear, He knows where we are, and what we are prone to feeling. He also knows that if we have not readied ourselves with scripture, we can become afraid when bad times come upon us.

He instructs us: “And which of you by being overly anxious and troubled with cares can add a cubit to his stature or a moment [unit] of time to his age [length of his life]?” (Luke 12 v 25 amplified)

And then he reassures us in the following passage: “”Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom!” (Luke 12 v 32 amplified) And do you notice the exclamation point at the end of this verse? The LORD delights in taking care of us, and promised us His kingdom! What a blessing!

Now, isn’t it wonderful to know the LORD knows exactly the number of ALL the hairs on your head?

Love to you all,
Nicolette

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My ALL in ALL 3 Feb 2014

praying hands 2“You will search for the LORD your God,

and you will find Him when you seek Him

with all your heart and all  your soul.”

Deuteronomy 4 v 29

(Read Deut 4 v 25-31)

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Such a small word: ALL, but what a huge meaning. When speaking, thinking, imagining, hearing, touching, giving, taking, living, it represents the entirety of the subject, the object, the vision. The whole thing. The whole enchilda, as we say in New Mexico. Nothing ommitted. Nothing too small or large to be included. ALL.

The word is included in the bible over 1300 times. That fact alone is huge.

So, how does it apply to the Lord?

ALL:

Obey Him with ALL your heart.

Served Him with ALL your heart and soul.

Trust Him with ALL your heart.

Think about Him in ALL your ways.

Believe with ALL your heart.

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When I give an issue that I can’t solve, I give it to the Lord. I have to give it all to Him. I cannot ask for help, and then, when I have an idea, go and snach it back from Him. I gave it all to Him. It is now His.

When I gave my heart to the Lord, I gave it all to Him. What that looks like in my life is the Jesus is my Lord and Savior.. He is my GOD. I can’t have any other Gods..or IDOL’s, besides Him. So..that means when I care more about my bank account and decide to work instead of going to church, I am making money my Idol, or a god.

In the Ten Commandments, it is addressed this way:

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20 v 3

See you ALL tomorrow,

Nicolette

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Faith Resolutions and Aims

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As I am finishing off 2013, my heart, by the Holy Spirit is being tuned up and calibrated for 2014.

According to John 16:13 where Jesus is sharing about the function of the Holy Spirit, He says And He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future].” God knows my future. He knows what I will need and when. I am not sure when exactly that I stopped making New Year’s goals but some time ago I began to seek God’s heart for my New Year resolutions.

A resolution is a firm decision that determines course of action. I have learned the hard way, no matter how good the intention unless it is led by the Lord it will fail in me. For many years now, I have sought the Lord for a Scripture to meditate the whole year. A Word to stand on. This discipline has changed my identity and has enabled me to overcome so many things. It started with just one scripture but as I am growing and my heart is more humbled into good ground, He plants more and more seeds in me. This has become what I called my New Year’s faith resolution and aims.

Faith is what pleases God. My highest heart is to please God. To grow in the measure of faith that He has given me. So, I go into this New Year, 2014 asking the Lord what I can believe in faith for. I make a firm decision that all my courses of action will be rooted in Him and His Word. I intentionally stop to seek Him first.

Here it is for 2014:

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2 Samuel 22:33 (KJV)

33 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.

My Resolution:

To let God be my absolute Source of power and strength. Not to depend on my own ability, understanding and strength. To intentionally see myself receiving His power(His ability to) and His strength(His endurance and consistency). I set my heart to believe that He is making my way God perfect.

My Aim:

I will do this by allowing His Word to dominate my thoughts, my words, and my actions. I will meditate His Word, I will pray His Word, I will speak His Word, I will praise His Word and worship with His Word. I will (with His help) keep His ability, His power and His strength as the focus of my heart.  I will do this by being aware of what I am thinking and taking my thoughts captive to His Word. So no matter what I am facing, how hard, how impossible, how difficult, my focus will be on God’s ability not on mine. I will pray the solution. God is my Source.

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Joel 2:11 (AMP)

11 And the Lord utters His voice before His army, for His host is very great, and [they are] strong and powerful who execute [God’s] word. For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible, and who can endure it?

My Resolution:

I will execute God’s word. I set my heart to obey completely and totally. I will listen, I will hear Him and I will walk out His commands.

My Aim:

I will diligently cultivate an obedient heart by renewing my mind to God’s Words and thus God’s way. I will be aware of how I am listening and how I am seeing. I will cultivate a teachable heart. I will always leave room in my opinions and actions for God to course correct and attitude adjust. I will practice, practice, and practice what I am learning so it becomes real. I will be a doer of the Word. I may fail but God will continually be my helper and help me accomplish His Word. I will trust Him to make me the over comer Jesus is. When I fail I will own it, repent it, pray over it, and reconcile it (Thank you Set your paths straight).

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Psalm 16:8 (AMP)

I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

11 You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

 My Resolution:

I will allow my heart to be focused on my Lord, consistently, daily, with constant discipline.  I will tune my heart to Him. I will focus my heart with His Word. He will draw me into relationship with Him, closer and closer that I will always feel Him at my right hand. God has a path that is marked just for me. His life permeates that path. He will help me to know and understand what that path is. As I walk on in His path, my joy shall be totally filled for He shall be my companion, my leader, my rear guard. I shall be yoked with Him.

My Aim:

Develop laser focus on my Lord by cultivating my vision to always turn to Him. I will do this by letting Him teach me in the way I should go…to study, to listen to, to fellowship with those He has destined to enrich, and sharpen me. To think about Him, to imagine, to dream, to create in Him and through Him. I allow Him to permeate every nook and cranny of my being…..all my heart, all my soul, all my mind. To allow Him to heal those places I am broken and cannot hold Him in fidelity. To trust Him with all that I am. Even those places I don’t understand or know.

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Psalm 31:15 (AMP)

15 My times are in Your hands; deliver me from the hands of my foes and those who pursue me and persecute me.

My Resolution:

Trusting God with time, all my time, not just the moments I can understand and discern. God is faithful in all my moments. Anxiety is my foe that rises up when I am uncertain but I will trust God to deliver me from its grip.

My Aim:

To remind myself of this constantly, that God is in charge of the timing in my life and His plan is perfect. Especially when I can’t discern the next step we are to take. I will remind myself that God has our times in His hands and will reveal what we need to know when we need to know it.

This year will hold many unknowns for our family. We will be moving out-of-state. We don’t know exactly how, exactly when or even where. There are so many impediments to this and yet we know God is calling us, destining us. As I contemplate this, it tries to overwhelm me yet I will stand on my God-given resolutions and practice the aims. Great is my peace for my heart trusts the Lord.

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Be Careful

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Attitude of the heart is everything…

Things you regularly say are clear indicators of the attitude of your heart.

Pointing out the faults of everyone else won’t erase your own.

We all are guilty of it sometimes, but if we aren’t careful, it will take over our heart. We are at war with the spirit of this world…gotta stay alert and keep each other encouraged.

“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:45

“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking,be put away from you, with all malice” Ephesians 4:31″Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2

“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8

Lord, today I ask that you give me grace to allow your Word to penetrate my heart…and cut away the uncleanness that’s in it. Help me to speak only words of encouragement. Help me to live by example in Jesus name.

❤ percy

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Day 8: Taming your Tongue: The Self Deprecating Tongue.

My friends: I am sorry, I wrote this about 2 weeks ago, and I must  have neglected to push “Publish.”

Deprecate > from Dictionary.com

dep·re·cate

[dep-ri-keyt]  Show IPA

verb (used with object), dep·re·cat·ed, dep·re·cat·ing.

1.

to express earnest disapproval of.
2.

to urge reasons against; protest against (a scheme, purpose, etc.).
3.

to depreciate; belittle.
4.

Archaic. to pray for deliverance from.
Origin: 
1615–25;  < Latin dēprecātus  prayed against, warded off (past participle of dēprecārī ), equivalent to dē-de- + prec ( ārī ) to pray + -ātus -ate1

Related forms

dep·re·cat·ing·ly, adverb
So, we can gather by reading the Dictionary.com  meaning, the verb, “deprecate” means to belittle, or show disapproval of.
One of the first times in the Bible where a person spoke of themselves in this manner was in the 4th Chapter of Exodus. God is equipping Moses to address the Pharaoh. Moses said to the Lord “O Lord my God, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.” Ex 4 v 10 (KJV).
Now, I cannot imagine why Moses would say this to the Lord-perhaps he did not have the information we have today: “For with God, nothing is impossible.” Luke 1 v 37 (KJV) Perhaps he may have have had that information, but was self doubting anyway. I know that I have done this, and cannot say that in the future I won’t make this error in faith again.
Whatever the reason, Moses had self doubt, and spoke of it to the Lord. The Lord responded (paraphrased): Who made you? Who made your mouth, your hearing, your limbs? Was it not I? So, go and do as I have asked, for I will be with your mouth, and teach you what to speak.
Oh Moses… Again he challenges the Lord and says “O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.”
As you can well imagine the Lord was not too happy to have His servant question is judgement not once, but twice : “And the anger for the Lord was kindled against Moses….” Ex 4 v 14 (partial verse).
So, what have we learned so far? As far back as the Old Testament, even the most “Godly” men, (Moses) felt self deprecating, unsure of themselves, or unworthy of the Lord’s wishes, and expressed it to the Lord.
As human’s, we sometimes yo-yo between being boastful and self deprecating. This is generally when Satan has joined the conversation. Self-deprecation sometimes may sound like humility, but in reality, it is a rejection of the Lord’s word: The one that assures us that “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phil 4 v 13 ) (KJV).
Dealing with a temporary problem for a long time can make us believe we have a permanent condition.  Negative labels are easy to apply to ourselves when we have forgotten who we are in Christ.
“I am so fat!”
“Wish I could help, but I’m not that smart.”
“I am so forgetful.”
“Thank you for saying that, but I am really not beautiful.”
“Yes..our marriage did not work out, “I” am divorced.”
Have you been in a place in your life where the temporary seems permanent? I think we all have. It’s time to start a little “TRUTH TALK” to ourselves.
“Yes, I am over my normal weight, but I can exercise more, and eat less.”
“To help  me remember where I put my keys, I will place them in the same place every time I step in my front door. Then, I won’t be so forgetful.”
“It takes two people to make AND break a marriage. It was not just “My” fault it ended.”
Temporary DOES NOT equal permanent.
Dishonoring/displeasing God is a very serious thing. God was upset when Moses complained and felt unable to lead the Israelites out of Egypt because of his speech impediment.
Rejecting the spirit of inadequacy is key to feeling/being obedient to the Lord. Keeping our minds renewed daily with the Word, can clean out any potential “cobwebs” (spirits) of self deprecation, and other spirits who try to control our minds.
God does not care as much about what others say about us, it’s the comments we make that sadden Him.
Deflecting complements is only one way we put our selves down. How do you think our Father feels when he witnesses this? We are His PRIDE and JOY! I know I don’t want to cause my Father anymore anger or pain. I know I am His Beloved. He shows me everyday.
TODAY’S AFFIRMATION: “God is able to make all grace abound toward me; so that I always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”
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Grace (study) pt 5

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. (Philippians 4:11)

Want here indicates need. Learning is a process that takes time.

I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. (Philippians 4:12)

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13)

When read in context, this scripture isn’t talking about signs and wonders…it’s talking about being content in all situations…and being at peace with God.

TV preachers promise return on blessing which usually somehow winds up equal to materialistic gain.

The greatest blessing we can hope for is absolutely possible to receive while we are hungry and broke!

Paul said that he was fasting & hungry often…..

So what’s the benefit of living for God if He isn’t going to fix all the problems? The benefit is learning that happiness, peace and joy are completely independent from this world.

How else does the world know who the real people of God are?

Two houses…one on a rock and one on the sand. The difference was what happened when the rain came.

Few Christians get to the point that they can be trusted with great trials. We must determine in our hearts that we will learn to trust Him….and refuse to allow fear cause us to just be spectators.

Many days that I have the most pressure…the most strife…the least amount of patience are the days when I didn’t start out by going boldly to the throne of grace.

Grace gives us the strength to SHOUT over the testimony without yet seeing the completed work!

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Credit to: Bishop Chester Wright

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Grace (study) pt 4

Grace_wordleI am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:5

God intends for his grace to be the only source of my ability to do anything.

The greatest blessing you can pray for someone is to pray for grace & peace from the Father be upon them.

 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:   John 1:12

The power is God’s GRACE to live!
We notice that there’s a colon at the end of that verse, so we must continue on….

Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14

If Jesus is full of grace and truth, what should we also be full of?

And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. John 1:16

The more we yield to the will of God, the more grace He provides. He only uses what we yield to Him. It isn’t God’s will to wrestle with us until we give in to His will. He is seeking those that will just let go.

What have we to fear in letting go? The devil?

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19

The devil can’t do anything to me that the Father doesn’t allow (remember Job?). We aren’t vulnerable to the devil. Our God is not frail and weak. He causes all things to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28). So anything that the devil throws at you is intended to grow you toward God.

God loves us so much that He will allow things to happen just to get rid of the parts of our nature that separate us from Him. Those attacks should be reminding us to humble ourselves, to seek God and to live a repentant lifestyle.

You can’t fear God & the devil at the same time.

Job was doing fine as long as he continued to worship God, but then he began to claim he didn’t deserve what he was going through.  Saying, “why me, I don’t deserve this trouble” is a way of blaming God for it.

We blame God when we can’t see past what’s happening to see what God really is doing.

How do I love God during trouble? Grace through faith.
Grace helps us to have the right attitude during the worst storms.

Credit to Bishop Chester Wright. This study can be found on YouTube by searching his name and “grace”