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Knit Together in Love

Faith_2014My Devotion:   Colossians 2

Excerpt of the Apostle Paul speaking to the church at Laodicea:

[For my hope is] that their hearts may be encouraged as they are knit together in [unselfish] [b]love, so that they may have all the riches that come from the full assurance of understanding [the joy of salvation], resulting in a true [and more intimate] knowledge of the [c]mystery of God, that is, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge [regarding the word and purposes of God]. I say this so that no one will deceive you with persuasive [but thoroughly deceptive] arguments. For even though I am absent [from you] in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, [d]delighted to see your good discipline [as you stand shoulder to shoulder and form a solid front] and to see the stability of your faith in Christ [your steadfast reliance on Him and your unwavering confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness].

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in [union with] Him [reflecting His character in the things you do and say—living lives that lead others away from sin], having been deeply rooted [in Him] and now being continually built up in Him and [becoming increasingly more] established [e]in your faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing in it with gratitude.

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception [pseudo-intellectual babble], according to the tradition [and musings] of mere men, following the [f]elementary principles of this world, rather than following [the truth—the teachings of] Christ.

For in Him all the fullness of Deity (the Godhead) dwells in bodily form [completely expressing the divine essence of God]. 10 And in Him you have been made complete [achieving spiritual stature through Christ], and He is the head over all rule and authority [of every angelic and earthly power]. 11 In Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but by the [spiritual] circumcision of Christ in the stripping off of the body of the flesh [the sinful carnal nature], 12 having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him [to a new life] through [your] faith in the working of God, [as displayed] when He raised Christ from the dead.

13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (worldliness, manner of life), God made you alive together with Christ, having [freely] forgiven us all our sins, 14 having canceled out the [g]certificate of debt consisting of [h]legal demands [which were in force] against us and which were hostile to us. And this certificate He has set aside and completely removed by nailing it to the cross.

15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through [i]the cross.         [Amplified]

 

My prayer:

Father, through Christ we are no longer a slave to fear but we can come boldly before you and make our petitions known.  We as believers in Jesus can connect in spirit and in faith, building our union in the body of Christ.  Let our faith arise in the working of Your purpose, Lord.  I pray this in your holy and good name, Father. Amen.

 

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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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Lord Of The Pain

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Have you ever felt that your life is one of constant pain? That every where you go you have to face something painfully hard?  It seems to me that everywhere people are hurting. People are broken. The last few days for me, have been filled with encounters with people in agony, their souls broken, their bodies depleted. Continue reading “Lord Of The Pain”

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Proverbs 31 Challenge ~ Chapter 10

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Proverbs 10

Amplified Bible (AMP)

10 The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish and self-confident son is the grief of his mother.

Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) delivers from death.

The Lord will not allow the [uncompromisingly] righteous to famish, but He thwarts the desire of the wicked.

He becomes poor who works with a slack and idle hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

He who gathers in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.

Blessings are upon the head of the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright, in right standing with God) but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

The memory of the [uncompromisingly] righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked shall rot.

The wise in heart will accept and obey commandments, but the foolish of lips will fall headlong.

He who walks uprightly walks securely, but he who takes a crooked way shall be found out and punished.

10 He who winks with the eye [craftily and with malice] causes sorrow; the foolish of lips will fall headlong but [a]he who boldly reproves makes peace.

11 The mouth of the [uncompromisingly] righteous man is a well of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

12 Hatred stirs up contentions, but love covers all transgressions.

13 On the lips of him who has discernment skillful and godly [b]Wisdom is found, but discipline and the rod are for the back of him who is without sense and understanding.

14 Wise men store up knowledge [in mind and heart], but the mouth of the foolish is a present destruction.

15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city; the poverty of the poor is their ruin.

16 The earnings of the righteous (the upright, in right standing with God) lead to life, but the profit of the wicked leads to further sin.

17 He who heeds instruction and correction is [not only himself] in the way of life [but also] is a way of life for others. And he who neglects or refuses reproof [not only himself] goes astray [but also] causes to err and is a path toward ruin for others.

18 He who hides hatred is of lying lips, and he who utters slander is a [self-confident] fool.

19 In a multitude of words transgression is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is prudent.

20 The tongues of those who are upright and in right standing with God are as choice silver; the minds of those who are wicked and out of harmony with God are of little value.

21 The lips of the [uncompromisingly] righteous feed and guide many, but fools die for want of understanding and heart.

22 The blessing of the Lord—it makes [truly] rich, and He adds no sorrow with it [neither does toiling increase it].

23 It is as sport to a [self-confident] fool to do wickedness, but to have skillful and godly Wisdom is pleasure and relaxation to a man of understanding.

24 The thing a wicked man fears shall come upon him, but the desire of the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall be granted.

25 When the whirlwind passes, the wicked are no more, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous have an everlasting foundation.

26 As vinegar to the teeth and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who employ and send him.

27 The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord prolongs one’s days, but the years of the wicked shall be made short.

28 The hope of the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright, in right standing with God) is gladness, but the expectation of the wicked (those who are out of harmony with God) comes to nothing.

29 The way of the Lord is strength and a stronghold to the upright, but it is destruction to the workers of iniquity.

30 The [consistently] righteous shall never be removed, but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth [eventually].

31 The mouths of the righteous (those harmonious with God) bring forth skillful and godly Wisdom, but the perverse tongue shall be cut down [like a barren and rotten tree].

32 The lips of the [uncompromisingly] righteous know [and therefore utter] what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked knows [and therefore speaks only] what is obstinately willful and contrary.

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My ALL in ALL, 5 Feb 2014

praying hands 2*note: from this day forward, I will continue be inspired by the book “My ALL in ALL,” by author Robert J. Morgan, but will not be coordinating the scriptures based on the way they are laid out in the book. I will be presenting them on what the Holy Ghost presents to me through prayer.

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling: (5) One LORD, one faith, one baptism, (6) One GOD, and Father of all, and in you all. (7) But, unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of CHRIST.”

(Ephesians 4 vs 4-7, KJV)

As I have remarked before, the word “all” is a word that is used to include everything and everyone. In the book of Ephesians, Paul is asking that we seek unity among us.

Unity in our churches, where disention is often brought upon by a differences of opinions “hidden” among the population of members.

In our homes, arguments, and bad feelings can lead to a breakdown of our families.. The very place where we go to seek comfort and refuge can now be a battleground.

But, how does that happen? Satan likes us to be ALONE, separated from our FAITH, hidden in the DARK, outcast.

How can we fix this? By praying for unity, talking over problems, keeping feeling out in the open, not hidden in the dark.

If the God/Jesus/Holy Spirit is no longer the Head of your home, and you have replaced Him with unrest, you are no longer acting in the unity that Paul is calling for.

….one body, one Spirit, one LORD, one faith, one God, one Father who is: above ALL and in you ALL.

Pray for this..and I will see you tomorrow!

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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Esc the GAMER

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Esc….

the Game

Is it more important that you played?  That you played someone else?  That you gained the upper-hand by cleverness?  That you felt the satisfaction to even things up and gain the increase?  Are you waiting and listening for “Well Played!”?

Who is the gamer?  The one that controls your thoughts holds the controls of your next play…think about that?  Ultimately, the one who plays others…is actually being played themselves.

The choice is always ours.  I urge you to step out of the box and into His realm…he doesn’t play games.

He is the Way…the Truth and the Life!  Plug into the POWER of GOD…not the power of the GAMER…Satan.   

 

My devotion:  Galatians  6:7-10

“Do not be deceived.  God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows.  The one to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap the destruction;

the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

My Prayer::

Father…help us to hit the Esc button before all is lost and there is not redemption for us because we did not hear, we did not see, we did not escape the game in time.  There is a deadline.  Often you reprove and we ignore your prompting because we are too engaged in the play of this world.  Help us Lord!  Convictions are for our salvation, let us not be stiff-necked and rebellious.  Jesus…we call out in darkness…light our way back to you and we will be saved!  Forgive us of our sin and we will be forgiven and you will remember it no more!  Bring us a better Way…Your WAY.  ~Amen.

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Day 9: Taming Your Tongue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

298265_201472019924412_166928611_nSlandering. When I think of this word, I do not ever associate it with something that happens on a daily basis. I tend to think this type of action or behavior comes about in the political arena, during election time. Generally, on the TV, we hear accusations from both parties, and  then somehow, it all blows over.

 

In reality, this is something that happens daily-in work settings, where remarks made on the sly are a ploy to downgrade a coworkers performance to make it seem he/she did not get the promotion “by works alone.” The damage to the individual may not be seen by the co-conspirators, but make no mistake-it is there. Many times the victim’s reputation has been irreparably ruined, and their hard worked for status in the company tarnished by the jealous words of another. Generally, the root cause of this “bad mouthing,” is personal insecurity and made by individuals easily threatened in the often competitive work environment. Some people find it much easier to tear down another person, than to rise to the occasion themselves.

 

This behavior has been happening since biblical times. In 3 John 1:8-10, John wrote a brief letter to a man named Gaius, who was most likely a pastor or leader in the early church. His letter contains instructions on how to treat traveling missionaries and ministers who speak the truth-counseling him to “forward them on their journey in a manner worthy of God’s service.”

 

John also warns Gaius about a church leader named Diotrephes (v9) “..who likes to take lead among them and put himself first, who does not acknowledge my (John’s) authority and refuses to accept my suggestions or to listen to me. (v10) So when I arrive, I will call attention to what he is doing, his boiling over and casting malicious reflections upon us with insinuating language. And not satisfied with that, he refuses to receive and welcome the [missionary] brethren himself, and also interferes with and forbids those who would welcome them, and tries to expel (excommunicate) them from the church.”

 

John also reminds us (v11) “Beloved, do not imitate evil, but imate good. He who does evil has not seen (discerned or experienced) God [has enjoyed no vision of Him and does not know Him at all.]

 

In Psalm 15, Davis asks the Lord who will dwell in your tabernacle [temporarily], who shall [permanently] in Your holy hill. (v3) “He who does not slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his friend, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor.”

 

Lest you think this type of behavior is solely in the past, or presently used by politicians, think about the last time you might have thought/said something detracting against another. Determine your motive, and examine your heart. Were you speaking out of envy or pain? Resorting to slander is evidence that your heart is not in line with God’s heart. God has made us promises, clearly spoken in Psalm 75:6-7.

 

“For not from the east nor from the west nor from the south come promotion and lifting up. (v7)  But God is the judge! He puts down one and lifts up another.”

 

God will recognize your worth even when working in a team. There is no reason to resort to diminishing anothers light, so that yours might shine more brightly.

 

For those who trust in the Lord, there is no need for slander. He has already promised to avenge all transgressions against us, and right all wrongs. Why would we want to get in the way of the Lord’s work, risking sinning along the way?

 

The study guide author (Deborah Smith Pegues), wrote: “I find it interesting that the Greek word for “slander” is derived from diabolos, which means “devil.” Slandering is an illegal, diabolical act that God abhors. When we attempt to defame others with our denigrating words, we are sowing evil seeds for which we will surely reap the consequences. “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction” (Proverbs 13:2 NKJV).

 

Today’s Affirmation: I refuse to be a slander. I will use Philippians 4:8 as my conversation sifter. Therefore, whatever things are true, noble, just, pure, lovely and of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy about someone, I comment only on these things.”

 

Philippians 4:8 “For the rest brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and loveable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take into account of these things [fix your minds on them]. (ANT)

 

 

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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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The Universal Translator

I am a Star Trek fan. I love it. My favorite is Enterprise but really I like them all. Recently, I was indulging myself with an hour of Star Trek when something caught my eye. It was the com badges they were wearing on their shirts that allowed them to hear whatever was being said in their language. What a wonderful gadget.

The more I thought about it the more the Lord brought to my heart something He was trying to teach me. What I find in myself and very often in others is that we listen according to our wounds.  My ears are tuned into my woundedness, which create a kind of grid that I hear through. Consequently, my listening is accented. This leads to misunderstanding and often more pain. When I try to hear what the other person is really saying all that comes through is my pain. So of course, I make judgement based upon what I hear. So even though I am trying to listen, what I hear is incorrect.

Revelation 2:7

7 He who is able to hear, let him listen to and give heed to what the Spirit says to the assemblies (churches). To him who overcomes (is victorious), I will grant to eat [of the fruit] of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

He has given me the ability to hear but I must activate it. The longer I serve the Lord, the more I learn.  I am learning how to hear.  The first step for me, has been recognizing my hearing ability is impaired. I have been asking the Lord to heal my heart to hear His voice clearly and to hear others. I intentionally lean on the Holy Spirit to be my universal translator. So no matter what state my emotions are in, or what I perceive with my eyes, good or bad I can hear the Lord. This simple prayer has yielded much fruit in my life. I ask God to help me hear as I talk with my husband and with my children and coworkers. Time and time again, I am amazed at what He helps me hear and how it helps me and those in my life.

A random fact that I found as I was thinking and studying about this. Did you know that human ears grow your entire life? I had to laugh when I read this because truly, the Lord really wants me to grow in my listening ability. I also think it is interesting that as we grow older our hearing diminishes.  It is my quest to hear Him clearly now but also to grow in hearing Him all my life. So the older I grow, the more sensitive my hearing becomes to my Lord. Furthermore, as I grow in this to help others to hear.

So today I challenge you to ask the Lord to become your universal translator. To set aside your own understanding, past experiences, and hear Him. No more “wound listening,” hearing colored by the trauma in your life. Let the renewing of your mind also be the renewing of your listening skills. Let Him train you to hear through the discouragement, the rejection, the anger to the root of the issue. The universal translator, the Holy Spirit will always translate according to God’s word and plan. Think of it, to hear as God does? His Spirit in us has that ability and it is our job to grow into it.

John 8:47

47 Whoever is of God listens to God. [Those who belong to God hear the words of God.] This is the reason that you do not listen [to those words, to Me]: because you do not belong to God and are not of God or in harmony with Him.

Mark 4:24

24 And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [a][of thought and study] you give [to [b]the truth you hear] will be the measure [c][of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.