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Overcoming feelings of helplessness

When sadness comes into one’s heart what can you do? Call on the Lord! Yes, call on the Lord. Thank you Lord for your grace, we thank You Lord for your righteousness. We thank You Lord for sending Your only begotten son who without sin died on the cross for our sins. Continue reading “Overcoming feelings of helplessness”

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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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Proverbs 31 Challenge ~ Chapter 31

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Proverbs 31

Amplified Bible (AMP)

31 The words of Lemuel king of Massa, which his mother taught him:

What, my [a]son? What, son of my womb? What [shall I advise you], son of my vows and dedication to God?

Give not your strength to [loose] women, nor your ways to those who and that which ruin and destroy kings.

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to desire strong drink,

Lest they drink and forget the law and what it decrees, and pervert the justice due any of the afflicted.

Give strong drink [as medicine] to him who is ready to pass away, and wine to him in bitter distress of heart.

Let him drink and forget his poverty and [seriously] remember his want and misery no more.

Open your mouth for the dumb [those unable to speak for themselves], for the rights of all who are left desolate and defenseless;

Open your mouth, judge righteously, and administer justice for the poor and needy.

10 A capable, intelligent, and [b]virtuous woman—who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls.

11 The heart of her husband trusts in her confidently and relies on and believes in her securely, so that he has no lack of [honest] gain or need of [dishonest] spoil.

12 She comforts, encourages, and does him only good as long as there is life within her.

13 She seeks out wool and flax and works with willing hands [to develop it].

14 She is like the merchant ships loaded with foodstuffs; she brings her household’s food from a far [country].

15 She rises while it is yet night and gets [spiritual] food for her household and assigns her maids their tasks.

16 She considers a [new] field before she buys or accepts it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties]; with her savings [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard.

17 She girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] and makes her arms strong and firm.

18 She tastes and sees that her gain from work [with and for God] is good; her lamp goes not out, but it burns on continually through the night [of trouble, privation, or sorrow, warning away fear, doubt, and distrust].

19 She lays her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

20 She opens her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her filled hands to the needy [whether in body, mind, or spirit].

21 She fears not the snow for her family, for all her household are doubly clothed in scarlet.

22 She makes for herself coverlets, cushions, and rugs of tapestry. Her clothing is of linen, pure and fine, and of purple [such as that of which the clothing of the priests and the hallowed cloths of the temple were made].

23 Her husband is known in the [city’s] gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.

24 She makes fine linen garments and leads others to buy them; she delivers to the merchants girdles [or sashes that free one up for service].

25 Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; she rejoices over the future [the latter day or time to come, knowing that she and her family are in readiness for it]!

26 She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction].

27 She looks well to how things go in her household, and the bread of idleness (gossip, discontent, and self-pity) she will not eat.

28 Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied); and her husband boasts of and praises her, [saying],

29 [c]Many daughters have done virtuously, nobly, and well [with the strength of character that is steadfast in goodness], but you excel them all.

30 Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain [because it is not lasting], but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, she shall be praised!

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates [of the city]!

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Proverbs 31 Challenge ~ Chapter 9

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Proverbs 9

Amplified Bible (AMP)

9 Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out and set up her seven [perfect number of] pillars.

She has killed her beasts, she has mixed her [spiritual] wine; she has also set her table.

She has sent out her maids to cry from the highest places of the town:

Whoever is simple (easily led astray and wavering), let him turn in here! As for him who lacks understanding, [God’s] Wisdom says to him,

Come, eat of my bread and drink of the [spiritual] wine which I have mixed.

Leave off, simple ones [forsake the foolish and simpleminded] and live! And walk in the way of insight and understanding.

He who rebukes a scorner heaps upon himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man gets for himself bruises.

Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Give instruction to a wise man and he will be yet wiser; teach a righteous man (one upright and in right standing with God) and he will increase in learning.

10 The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning (the chief and choice part) of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight and understanding.

11 For by me [Wisdom from God] your days shall be multiplied, and the years of your life shall be increased.

12 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scorn, you alone will bear it and pay the penalty.

13 The foolish woman is noisy; she is simple and open to all forms of evil, she [willfully and recklessly] knows nothing whatever [of eternal value].

14 For she sits at the door of her house or on a seat in the conspicuous places of the town,

15 Calling to those who pass by, who go uprightly on their way:

16 Whoever is simple (wavering and easily led astray), let him turn in here! And as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,

17 Stolen waters (pleasures) are sweet [because they are forbidden]; and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.

18 But he knows not that the shades of the dead are there [specters haunting the scene of past transgressions], and that her invited guests are [already sunk] in the depths of Sheol (the lower world, Hades, the place of the dead).

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Resonate in Spirit and Truth

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It is the witness of the Holy Spirit that resonates in our hearts what we see and hear in our day to day experiences.  Line everything up with the word of God, discernment is the key.  As when Jesus ask Peter “who is it that you say I am?” [Matt. 16:13] When Peter replied that “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God’,  what transacted next between Peter and Jesus was fulfillment of OT prophecy. [Dan.9:25-26]  We see this as Peter proclaims that Jesus is Christ [anointed by God and consecrated to His service] and Jesus discerns that what Peter had said, resonated with his Spirit, truly spoken by God to Peter; “for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.”

We have that same discernment through the Holy Spirit that when we hear someone speaking about faith and salvation, it will either resonate or not.  We are to weigh every idle word and to discern the times.  How do we do this?  Take it in prayer to our Christ Jesus.  Read the scriptures thoroughly and search out the meaning of what you are reading, (ask yourself) is it applicable and practical to you- does it speak to your spirit?  Growth in our faith is a journey of a lifetime…we do not ever “arrive” to a place of superiority. What is true evidence of wisdom is found in humility before a living God.

Some people will use the term “Rhema” word.   So weigh it.  Does it bring the grace of God?  Does it show the unfailing love of God?  Does it allow the renewing, restoring and rebuilding that encourages you?  Jesus repeated this passage in Matt.24:14 making reference to the prophet Daniel OT prophecy [mentioned earlier].   He continues stating to his followers…”I tell you a truth.”  The witness of the Holy Spirit is truth.  It is the power Jesus left us to live and abide in Him. He will quicken the Rhema word of God in your spirit.  Fear not and stand strong in the witness of Jesus Christ.

My devotion:

John 13:17

“Now, that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

Faith is love in motion.  I believe it.  It is the right thing to do…stand strong…JESUS STRONG!

My prayer:

When words escape me, Lord…your Spirit will make intercession on my behalf.  For this I raise my praise to you…my broken halleluiah…for you are the repairer and the lifter of my soul.  I pray for those to find the truth in you, Jesus and to accept it into their heart…meet them in their moment. For your love is unfailing. Praise your name Father God. ~amen

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Cultivating Humility

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Humility is not something we are born with. It is something we must be taught. Lately, I am recognizing that my ideas of humility may not be the same as God’s. It is time for me to intentionally focus on learning Godly humility. So, I believe God has started a quest in my heart.  It is a quest to cultivate His humility. This is an active intent that is so much more than just asking for it.  I must seek Him and let Him teach me what His humility looks like, feels like and actually is.  I must practice it. That means I must face situations that require me to use humility………bring on the trials! On they came!

Many years ago, I remember setting in a church service and hearing the pastor say, “The most humble thing you could do is agree with God’s word.”  Up until then my idea of humility looked very self-effacing and self-deprecating.  I felt like it was very humble to think less and speak less of myself. However, as I begin to read God’s word, I begin to see what God said about me, my humility perspective changed.  It went from “Jenni who is less than everyone, worthless, of little value, to Jenni highly valued and greatly loved and totally worthy because of Christ.” So, instead of Jenni’s brand of humility, I traded it for the mind of Christ and the absolute truth.

For me, the absolute Truth of humility is what is God’s way or heart for this situation.  In the trials I have faced, I have found this way of thinking to be my safe guard, a kind of alert to when I am stepping into pride or Jenni’s way of humility, which is pride too.

Philippians 2:5-11

5 Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]

Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [[a]possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not [b]think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped [c]or retained,

But stripped Himself [of all privileges and [d]rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.

And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!

Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has [e]freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name,

10 That in (at) the name of Jesus every knee [f]should (must) bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 And every tongue [[g]frankly and openly] confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Cultivating humility begins with knowing and practicing the attitude of Christ.  His whole heart was to do the will of His father. This required Him to know God’s will but more than that, to have a good understanding of it so that He could practice it.

John 6:38    For I have come down from heaven not to do My own will and purpose but to do the will and purpose of Him Who sent Me.

Jesus was one with God…how powerful a concept is that? The whole time He was here on earth, He must have thought about that oneness. About the privileges He had laid aside to come to earth as man.  What did that look like? Did Jesus wonder why He was here instead of God or the Holy Spirit? Jesus had His own mind. He had His own thoughts. Perhaps, He had a different idea of how salvation should look. Did He question why God really sent Him? Or how God was doing things? I don’t know for sure but I do know scripture says of Jesus that He was tempted in every way we are. It seems to be a constant human temptation to question God from a place of pride and unbelief.

Hebrews 4:15    For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning.

I think Jesus faced these thoughts, but never gave place to them. When they came, because scripture clearly says that He was tempted in every respect as we are, He didn’t sin because of one very important thing…..His humility. He valued God’s will highest above all else. This is the attitude I see in Jesus. He willingly laid aside His perspective, His rights, His needs and practice the will of God completely. This is what true humility looks like.

True humility is always followed by complete and total obedience to God’s way. Jesus obeyed unto death. Extreme death.  We can gauge our humility level by how quickly we obey God’s will in each situation. True humility is not something we can do by ourselves. It requires the submission of our hearts to God and His power at work in us. It is something we have to ask for and then depend on Him to teach us. It is an ever ongoing process. It must be a constant and intentional focus of our heart to seek Him first and His way of doing, thinking and being. This intentional cultivation of Godly humility always leads to a harvest of Godly honor in our lives. God honors us as we honor Him.

In a side note, I find it amazing, that we as humans have the ability to have the same attitude that Christ did. God would not say, “let this same attitude be in you that was in Christ Jesus,” if it were not possible. You and I have the ability to think, speak, and act like Christ. WOW! Double WOW! Humility is in our ability, in our reach. No matter how much pride we have…..we have the ability to have Christ’s attitude. So I commit to questing to cultivate Christ’s attitude in my life…..wanna join me?

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