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I Feel Like This Parking Lot Bird!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012



This is how I feel this morning! A trip back home always creates havoc with my healthy living lifestyle! I have eaten all sorts of things that I shouldn't have and my exercise routine is basically non-existent! Now, to start over again!

Lamentations 3:21-24 This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Through the LORD'S mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”

I'm so thankful that God gives me another chance when I mess up! He is so kind and gracious to me! The Word says that when we sin we can confess that sin to Him and ask Him to forgive us and He is faithful to forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The problem that we usually experience after having sinned is that when we confess it to the Lord He forgives us just as He says, but we usually have trouble forgiving ourselves so we carry the guilt of it around and try to work hard to make up for what we have done. There is no need to feel guilty or think that we have to compensate for the wrong that we have done.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Condemnation comes from the enemy, not from God. When we feel condemned after we have asked God to forgive us of a wrong that we have done, we can know that He has been faithful to do that and now we are experiencing condemnation from the devil to try to make us move out of God's grace into a works program to try to make up for what we have done. Jesus came to set us free; the devil is here to keep us in bondage! He does that through lies and deception.

1 John 2:1,2 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

When we sin and confess our sin to the Father, Jesus pleads our case with Him for us. He is our attorney! He paid for our sins and continues to intercede on our behalf.

Hebrews 7:25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

The phrase “make intercession” is the Greek word entunchano and it means to fall in with, meet with in order to converse. From this description of a casual encounter, the word progresses to the idea of pleading with a person on behalf of another.

Jesus pleads with the Father on behalf of those that are His! He is our High Priest!

Hebrews 4:14-16 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Jesus was tempted to sin in all areas as us, but He didn't sin! That's what made Him acceptable to God to pay the price for our sin! He is the sinless Son of God who came to earth to purchase our redemption from the bondage of sin, sickness and disease and poverty! He paid the price that we couldn't pay that we might receive the salvation that we couldn't earn!

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We deserved death for our sin, but God gave us eternal life! Jesus took our sin upon His own body and nailed it to the cross as payment for our sin. He then gave us the life that He had in place of our sinful life. Oh Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Father, this morning I am so thankful that Jesus came to save me from my sin! Thank You, Lord Jesus for paying the price for my salvation. I thank You for setting me free from the bondage of sin, sickness and poverty! You purchased my total salvation and I'm so thankful that I am Yours. This morning I pray for my friends that You will reveal Yourself to them in a new and fresh way. Show them what You purchased on the cross for them, Father. Help them to see themselves as You see them; free and able to walk every day in the newness of life that You have given them. Father, open the eyes of those who don't know You that they might see the love that You have shown them in giving Your very own Son to die for their salvation. Please bring them to salvation, Father. Today as we go through our daily activities, Father, please help us to get back on track if we've strayed. Show us today what we need to do to cleanse our physical bodies of impurities that we might have taken in during times of weaknesses. And give us the strength to say “no” to our fleshly desires that want to continue eating those things that are unhealthy for us. Thank You, Lord, for strengthening us by Your Spirit that lives within us. May we glorify You in all we say and do today, Lord! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

  
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KAYYVAUGHN 6/7/2012 6:43AM

    Thanks for one of my morning devotions.
Kay

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SLIMLEAF 6/6/2012 6:54PM

    Thank you once again Avanell. Reading your blog and the Scripture verses therein is like eating a fine meal but without the calories or guilt! I can feel it doing me good to be reminded of these truths.

Now I need to apply them and live them out, starting by accepting God's forgiveness and somehow stopping hating myself when I fail.

God bless you.

And yes, once again a big 'Amen' to your prayer.

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FITANDFAITHFUL1 6/6/2012 1:15PM

    Thank you for bringing the Word. I too love the prayer confession at the end. I am NEW to the team and I"m adding you as a friend. Have a great day!

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GABY1948 6/6/2012 10:14AM

    I am praying your prayer WITH you, Avie! Thank you, I also need it today...you are so refreshing! Hugs, xxx

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LEARN2BME 6/6/2012 9:43AM

    I love the encouragement I always get from your blog!! :) Welcome back!

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 6/6/2012 9:33AM

  Boy oh boy did I miss YOU! emoticon

I hope you enjoyed your trip back home.

I think this life is so interesting and adventerous with Jesus being in me and in us.

There is not a thing wrong with going off track because you know you are going right back on track.

If you did not eat what was served to you there would have been hurt feelings because we people love to show others how much we care for them by feeding them. And when we feed them we tend to feed them fattening and rich desserts and foods which have all empty calories. But this is the way of life and you are already passed that.

So now you are on your way back. You will feel better the very first day you get baqk to your regular schedule.

I can just imagine how you feel after eating foods that your body is not used to eating anymore.

I for one am so thankful that as we get healthier in our eating and living habits our tastes do change and we don't even like those foods that we used to eat anymore.

I crave fresh veggies and fruit. I think about them a lot. My most favorite fruit is pink grapefruit and lemon. Freshly squeezed lemon juice first thing in the morning is so good. And then one grapefruit and I am good to go.

I love your cartoon and it is still making me laugh. I live accross the street from a McDonalds and an IHop and then right after those two fast food places I have my fresh fruit and veggie store with all kinds of goodies.

That sure is a fat pigeon. LOL

My mom passed over in 2001 and she had never received Jesus and her and I went through so many changes right before she left.

She got angry at me when I spoke about Jesus because she said that she was the mother and what did I know about Jesus? She said she had the church and that was that. She was a catholic.

I spent from 2001 to 2009 stuffing food and great amounts of it into me trying to stuff all of my emotions down instead of confronting them.

I came to sparkpeople in 2009 and I am now 69 and am having the biggest fight ever in this battle of losing thes excess weight and fat.

But never will I give up or quit because even though I am still over weight I have lost 47 lb. and am stuck but I know with consistancy, faith and patience it will come off and even if it doesn't I feel better in my spirit, soul and body and am more healthy then I have ever been before.

This is really a long comment but I think Holy Spirit is leading me to share all of this with you.

Anyways, have fun getting back in the groove and feeling better quickly. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EDITOR 6/6/2012 8:25AM

    Good to see you! You were missed. Back home and back on track--Amen?

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Snapping Turtles & Bulldogs!

Friday, June 01, 2012

My mom had a couple of sayings that keep coming back to me as I go through life. They are: “if at once you don't succeed, try, try again” and “where there's a will there's a way”. Isn't it funny how statements that others have made stick with us throughout life?!

The Lord gives some instructions about tenacity, the ability to stick with a project to completion, in Hebrews 10:35-39:

Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

God calls it endurance. He says we need to be able to endure in order to receive His promises! Sometimes you have to stand strong through a lot of “stuff” before you see the manifestation of the promise in your life. When I go fishing with my husband we'll fish in an area for a little while and if we don't catch anything he will do one of two things: he will either change his lure or bait, or he will change his location. I've learned from his patient endurance that if he doesn't succeed using one means of fishing that he will try something else and will stick with it until he finds the fish! He can fish all day long without growing weary by adjusting his efforts to meet the challenge.

So it is with our objectives in life. If something that you are doing right now isn't working to attain the goals that you have set for yourself, then change what you are doing and find what works.

The apostle Paul referred to our walk of faith as a fight! He said in 1 Timothy 6:12: “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

He instructs Timothy to fight and lay hold on eternal life! We have to fight for what God has promised us. He promises us if we will not give up or cast away our confidence, our sure reliance on Him and His promises, that we will win. He says we are to “lay hold” on eternal life! My mother used to tell me to watch out for snapping turtles because if they bite you they will not turn loose until it thunders! They “lay hold” on you with “bulldog” tenacity! Do you get the picture here?

It was said of Jesus in Luke 9:51 that when it came time for Him to go to Jerusalem just before He was to be crucified that He “steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem”. He knew that He needed tenacity to fulfill the call that His Father had given Him to secure the salvation of mankind. It was not an easy task for Him to do, but He chose to endure to the end to win the fight for our freedom from sin.

Hebrews 6:11 tells us that it is through “faith and patience” that we inherit the promises of God. Thinking about faith takes us back to the first scripture reference in Hebrews 10:38 where it says that “the just shall live by faith” and patience is what is needed to couple with your faith so that after you've endured you will receive!

Can you see the principles in these scriptures that apply to what you are trying to achieve in your life's goals? The biblical principles will work not only in the spiritual but also the natural. There is a degree of success in the world's application of biblical principles even when they don't know or understand that they are operating according to the design of God for success! They may use “positive speaking” for what we know as “biblical confession”, but they achieve a degree of success in applying that to their lives. Many times the principles that God has laid out in His word for us to use in receiving His promises are being applied to worldly situations and people are succeeding without knowing it's a result of biblical application!

Are you succeeding today in receiving the promises of God in your life? Do you feel like you will never see some things change? Maybe you need to adjust something that you are doing? I couldn't understand why I wasn't losing weight at the desired rate that I wanted until my husband got me a Fitbit. It was then that I was able to see that I needed to not only cut back on my daily calories, but also increase my exercise. I was content with walking for a couple of miles a day and staying within the calorie range that SP had set for me, but for my metabolism it wasn't working like it should have. I needed to make some changes. Now that I've made those changes I have seen some consistent weight loss. If we will seek the Lord He will give us the keys to success! Then when we apply them with tenacity we will eventually inherit the promises! The word of God works in your life as you apply it to your situations.

Father, I thank You for Your word and Your direction for my life. Thank You for giving me the key to success! You are all-knowing, all-seeing and all-powerful and You are my God. It is in You that I trust to lead me in the way I should go. Thank You for leading me and guiding me into all truth! Father, I pray that You will lead my spark friends to victory. Show them what they need to adjust in their lives to attain the goals that they have set before them. Help them to stay strong through the fight so they can win the battle! May they endure through Your strength and not try to fight this battle on their own. Thank You, Father, for showing them the way to success! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen

  
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LOOKINGUP2012 6/1/2012 11:59AM

    Amen! I need to persevere. Looking back from my senior perspective I see that if one thing did not work I just moved on. I really did not set goals that needed perseverence. Now as a Christian my faith is strong that he will bring about all he has said, but I still am learning to turn over every little thing to God. emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 6/1/2012 10:19AM

    emoticon Thanks Avanell.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 6/1/2012 9:17AM

  Oh dear where do I start?

This blog is speaking directly to me and means so much to me because He speaks this way to me everyday of my life.

He is teaching me so much and revealing so much of me to me.

This losing weight issue has so much more to do with just counting calories and exercising.

He shows me so many things to quit doing and so many new and better ways of doing good things that will bring me to my vision for my life which is the vision that He Himself has given to me.

I have got to be able to see in my spirit and soul each new day the vision He has put in my heart. This vision has to remain fresh each new day.

And then you speak of patience and to me patience means remaining the same through all circumstances and being consistantly consistant which I can only do by and through His grace and truth.

Meeting Jesus has taught me so much about myself and then He led me to this site and now I have been here since 2009 in October and have learned so many new things about myself.

Remaining consistantly consistant is a biggie for me and I know I will never give up or quit because I don't ever want to go back to where I was before.

This truly is my own personal decision to remain eternally consistant in doing good for myself and all others.

Your blogs are so deep and probing and speak to me just the way our Lord talks to me each day.

Thank you so much Avie



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SLIMLEAF 6/1/2012 8:36AM

    Thanks Avanell. I certainly needed to read this - now for the application bit!

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PURPLELVR7 6/1/2012 7:35AM

    awesome

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Yada, Yada, Yada

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Questions often surround my heart; questions about why this happened or why this person suffered and died at an early age. My heart grows heavy when I see the carnage the devil continues to ravage against God's people. I often cry out to the Lord for victory over the darkness that I see in people's lives and wonder why it has to continue the way it does. There are things I don't understand, but this one thing I know: God is good all the time and the devil is bad all the time! And if I seek Him with my whole heart He will reveal the answers to my questions in His timing.

As I look into these two verses in Proverbs I see some steps that I can take in knowing how to live my life successfully under God's direction. The first thing I must do is trust Him with my whole heart. Trust and faith go hand in hand. You can't exercise faith without trust and you can't trust without walking by faith. The Amplified Bible speaks of this verse as “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.” Trust is to lean on and be confident in the Lord in both your heart and your mind. Your heart is where the Spirit of God lives; it is your innermost being, that part of you that has been “born again” or “regenerated”, brought to new life in the Lord. It is that part of you that wants to lead you under the Spirit's direction. Your mind, as well as your will and your emotions, is a part of your soul. Once sin entered man's life the spirit, under the Holy Spirit's directions, no longer led man to walk in the ways of the Lord, but the soul took over and became man's primary driving force. The mind, will, and emotions became what man depended on to direct him in the way he should go. But this scripture says not to depend on your soul for direction, but to trust in the Lord with all your heart and mind. It is through total dependence on the Lord that we find the answers to life's questions. It begins with trusting in Him.

The second thing I see in these two verses that shows me the key to successful living is found in verse 6 and is the word “ways”. The word “ways” in the Hebrew language is “derek” and it means “a road, a course, or a mode of action.” It is as if this passage is suggesting that in all our “days”, or our road through life, we should acknowledge God, and in so doing He will direct our paths. Of equal importance is the word “acknowledge”, the Hebrew word “yada”, with one of the meanings being “direct, intimate contact”. “Yada” means to know by observation, investigation, reflection, or firsthand experience. It's highest meaning gives the connotation of having an intimate walk with the Lord that leads to becoming one with Him through direct, intimate contact. It is by having direct, intimate contact with the Lord in all our days that we attain the understanding of how to walk through our lives. It is then that we can know that our own insight and understanding is futile, and needs to be laid aside so God can take the driver's seat in our lives. He will show us the way to go when we lay our lives before Him and come to Him through a living and vital relationship. The questions that lie so deep within our hearts can be answered through direct, intimate contact with the Lord.

My paraphrase of Proverbs 3:5, 6 might be this:

Lean on and be confident in the Lord with all your heart, spirit and mind; In all your days or the road you take through life, have direct, intimate contact with the Lord and as you observe Him and experience that intimacy with Him, He will show you the way to take through life.

Isaiah 55:6;8,9 Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

God thinks differently than us. He operates on a different level than us. But He says that if we seek Him we can know His ways and thoughts. It is through “yada”, direct, intimate contact with Him on a daily basis that we can understand His ways and thoughts. It is as we yield ourselves to the movement of His Spirit within us that we have spiritual direction and our souls no longer are in the driver's seat of our lives.

James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you....

Are you drawing near to God this morning? Do you have direct, intimate contact with Him to where He is the one directing your life? We can have that kind of a relationship with Him if we will make it a priority in our lives. We can know the heart of God through direct, intimate contact.

Father, I thank You for opening the way for me to know You through the blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ. I thank You that I now have access to the very throne room of God because Jesus gave His life that I might have life and a restored relationship with You. I pray that I might always have the direct, intimate contact with You that gives understanding to this life that I am living. Show me Your ways, O Lord that I might walk closely with You. Give me understanding, Father, to the mysteries of life. Grant me to know You in all Your fullness that I might show others the way to You and the life You have for them. I pray for my friends, this morning, Father, that You might draw them close to You. For those that are hurting, Father, wrap Your loving arms around them and carry them through the difficult days. Deliver them from the grasp of the evil one who is tormenting them. Give them peace in the midst of the storms, Father. I thank You, Lord, for hearing my prayer, this morning for I believe that I receive when I pray. In Jesus name. Amen.

  
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FERGSGIRL2 5/31/2012 7:23PM

    So much help and insight in this blog, thank you for sharing.

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PEPPYPATTI 5/31/2012 5:38PM

    I wish I had the words to express myself as you do. I love your prayers!
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GABY1948 5/31/2012 10:47AM

    Another emoticon blog, thank you, Avie! You MAKE my days!

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EDITOR 5/31/2012 10:04AM

    I would not have the words to explain what this meant to me today. Thank you, Avanell. My heart is breaking as I attempt to explain to others why my decisions are my decisons. But, Father God, never tires of Yada, Yada, Yada.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 5/31/2012 9:40AM

  Yada, Yada, Yada, I love it!!

Now this blog is deep calling unto deep yes and amen!!

Because our Lord is deep and goes deep into us and we should be going deep and deeper yet into Him to get all of Him deeply and deeper into us.

This blog is so true.

We have to put aside all else and seek Him completely and give Him our bodies as a living sacrifice and allow Him complete access to the core of us so as to be led into all truth of the matter of our lives. And like the scripture says this is our reasonable service

Face to face daily communion with Him allows me to stay on the narrow and straight road of faith, truth and His grace which then allows me to stay disciplined and controlled which only His grace through the measure of faith He has give to me will take me.

Only His grace gives me the abiliity to walk free from all bondages of this earth.

But I have to put forth the effort of prayer, the Word and listening and hearing and then doing what I listen and hear because He says He wants obedience not sacrifice.

What an awesome blog.

Yada, Yada, Yada, in the name of Jesus

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Speak to the Mountain!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Ezekiel 37:1-10 The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! 'Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. “I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.” So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them. Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, 'Thus says the Lord God: “come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they many live”'” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.

Have you ever had a situation in your life that just seemed like it was dead, never to live again? Ezekiel found himself in this situation when God took him out to a valley full of dead, dry bones. The Lord wanted to show him how He could empower him to speak life into the dead places and see Him work in the lives of those around him. I love this portion of scripture because to me it pictures how God works with His people to bring life out of death to fulfill His kingdom's work in the lives of those that we love and care about. Jesus told His disciples in Mark 16:17-20 that there would be certain signs that would follow those who believe in Him and when they would preach His word of life to people He would work with them confirming His word with the accompanying signs.

Mark 16:17-20 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; “they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.

God told Ezekiel to speak His word to the dry bones and they would live. He said for Ezekiel to prophesy to them and He would bring breath back into their bodies to give them life. He was working with Ezekiel bringing life out of death, simply through the words that Ezekiel spoke. Wouldn't you say there were accompanying signs following Ezekiel's obedience just like Jesus said would follow believers?

Are there dry places in your life today that need God's breath of life to come into them? Speak the word of God into the dry places in your life and watch God move to change them!

Proverbs 18:21 says: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”

We can either speak death or life into our situations. Most of the time we talk about our problems when we should be talking TO our problems. Many times we talk about how big our problems are when we should be telling our problems how big our God is!

Mark 11:22-24 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

Do you believe that God is able and willing to change your life's situations? Do you believe that He will work with you to change your life? Ezekiel found out that when he did as God instructed things in his life changed. Jesus told His followers that if they had faith in God they could speak to the mountains in their lives and they would change. God said we carry the power of life and death in our tongues and when we speak life into dry places they come to life! Your life can be different if you will follow the principles in God's word and begin to speak differently about what is happening.

Jesus said that His followers could talk to their problems, or mountains, and they would move. When God saw darkness He didn't talk about how dark it was He spoke life into it by saying “Let there be light” or simply “Light be!” And light was. Hebrews 11:3 gives us an understanding of how that happened.

Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand the the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

God framed His world with His words. He didn't complain about how bad the situation was He just spoke to it and it changed. That word for framed means to arrange, set in order, equip, adjust, complete what is lacking, make fully ready, repair, prepare. God set His world in order through His spoken word!

Hebrews then goes on to tell us that the elders obtained a good report by doing the same things. By faith they lived their lives, speaking and doing as God instructed them. If we will follow the same style of living that they had we will have the same results! We will see God work with us to change our lives. We are not under our circumstances because God says He has made us to be above and not beneath, to be the head and not the tail! We have been made more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (see Deuteronomy 28:13 and Romans 8:37)

Father, I thank You for Your word and the power that is in it when we speak to our situations in life. Thank You for giving us the authority to use Your word to change our lives. You are God and there is none above You or beside You. Thank You for working with Your people to bring change into our world. Father, I pray for my friends this morning that You will help them to see the life that You want to bring into their situations. Cause them to see that speaking about our problems doesn't do anything to change them, but when we speak Your words to our problems then we can see a difference in them. Thank You for bringing light out of the darkness in our lives, Father. To You be all the glory! In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

  
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MZLADY77 5/31/2012 9:27AM

    Good good blog! Speak the Word! emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 5/30/2012 7:10PM

    In your blog you wrote: "Do you believe that God is able and willing to change your life's situations? Do you believe that He will work with you to change your life?"

Sigh.

Those questions make me realise that my faith isn't as big as I thought it was. I know God is able to do anything He chooses and I know that He loves me. In fact I think I believe that He'll work with me to change my life, although it's (i.e. I am) frustratingly slow. But I'm still not sure that He's willing to change my life's situations. I thought He tended to work more by changing us through life's tough situations rather than changing the situations themselves.

As always, though, I can definitely say "AMEN" to your prayer.

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PEPPYPATTI 5/30/2012 6:44PM

    What an awesome prayer!
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EDITOR 5/30/2012 11:59AM

    Excellent as always. Our words have the power to speak forth life. We can hear and then speak. Lord, increase our faith. Give us ears to hear You and lips to glorify You.

Thanks for the goodie. It was a "sweet treat"

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 5/30/2012 10:20AM

  Our words are spiritual containers.

We are the prophets over our own lives.

We speak His word forth and He confirms His Word with signs, wonders and miracles.

This is why that devil is always trying to get into our minds with negative thoughts and pushes us to speak them out of our mouths which gives them life.

Like our Lord says, the words that we speak will either gives us life or give us death.

Anything and everything that we speak from our mouth is given life whether it is for good or for evil.

God's Word is life and medicine and healing and health to all of our souls and bodies.

We live in a temporal world where things seen are subject to change by the words that we speak from the invisible world of faith and truth.

What an inspiring blog for today, thank you so much you marvelous lady.

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GABY1948 5/30/2012 9:00AM

    Yes, Avie, I am one that has to be VERY careful of what I say lightly. Without even meaning to I can say something negative just in passing. I am always having to put a leash on my tongue and just keep QUIET.
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A Light, Momentary Affliction

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Psalm 42:4-6 NLT My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks—it was the sound of a great celebration! Why am I discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again—my Savior and my God! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember Your kindness—from Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan, from the land of Mount Mizar.

Do you ever wish things could be as they once were? Sometimes we get caught up in thinking like the Israelites when God brought them out of the land of bondage and as they were traveling to the Promised Land and encountered difficulties they would wish they could go back to Egypt. They became discouraged when obstacles entered their path. They would cry and grumble about their current circumstances and want to go back to the bondage of the past. The Psalmist here is talking about a similar situation in his life. Looking back sometimes looks good because we only think about the good things of the past, not the difficulties that we encountered there. But each season in life has it's own set of challenges and going back doesn't solve anything. Here the Psalmist recognized his depression and what he needed to do to free himself from the anguish that he was experiencing. He said “now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember Your kindness”. Even in the midst of difficulties we need to remember God's kindness and place our hope in Him! He knows exactly where we are at each stage of our lives and has something good planned for us in the future; but we must trust Him to see us through and bring us out to enjoy the good things of our future! Without faith and trust in Him we will never see the goodness He has in store for us!

Paul talked about his difficulties in this way in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NLT: We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don't give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going.

Paul had a determination that the problems that he experienced in this life would not get the best of him. He would not succumb to the temptation to let depression overtake him. He was determined to get up and go again. We see why he felt this way in verse 13: "But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, and so I speak.” We know that the same God who raised our Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus and present us to Himself along with you." Paul was saying the reason he could look at life and overcome the problems that he had was because of his faith in God. He believed in God and that changed his attitude and affected the way he spoke about his problems. He knew that the same God who raised Christ Jesus from the dead was going to raise him up also! He went on to say in 2 Corinthians 4:17: “For our present troubles are quite small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! So we don't look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.” He looked at his present troubles in view of eternal joys and realized that the things that were happening in his life right at that moment were subject to change—temporary, a light momentary affliction as the NKJV says.

That's the way it is for us. The things that may be discouraging you in life right now are temporary, subject to change! Nothing stays the same in this world for very long. It will not always be as it is today! Tomorrow is a new day and when we believe in God we can view our lives in light of His word knowing that in His word He promises that better times are yet to come! In Jeremiah 29 the Israelites had been in bondage and God sent word through Jeremiah that better days were coming for them.

Jeremiah 29:10-11 NLT “The truth is that you will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Today God is saying not to be discouraged by the things in your life that may be going wrong, but look to Him and trust Him for the good things that He has planned for your future. He has a good plan for your life full of hope and blessing. The things that you may be experiencing today are temporary, they will not last forever.

Father, I thank You for bringing us out of depression and despair into the good future that You have prepared for us. Thank You for giving us hope for a better tomorrow. I know, Father, that the difficulties that may be in our lives today will not last forever. Please help us to keep our focus on You, Lord, and the good that You have planned for our lives. Thank You for dispelling the darkness today so that Your light can shine brightly in our lives. Thank You for giving us hope, for You are good and Your mercy endures forever. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

  
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PURPLELVR7 5/30/2012 7:36AM

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KAYYVAUGHN 5/30/2012 6:54AM

    Thanks for the meaningful message. Hope keeps us going.
Kay

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 5/29/2012 8:00PM

  This blog brought tears to my eyes.

Tears of joy and thankfulness and gratefullness for Jesus and then Saul of Tarsus, Paul who is so magnificent with his revelations of who we are in Chirsit and who we are with Christ in us.

My past was so horrible and sordid without Jesus there is no way I would ever want to be in any part of my past.

The things that I have been through in this earth and on this earth are nothing compared to Jesus and His disciples and Paul.

I know as a fact that the kingdom of darkness is real and is still fighting to get me back.

But, since I have tasted the kingdom of Light I know as a fact of truth is that the only way to life and to live in the kingdom of light is Jesus who is the same yesterday, today and forever more.

I can depend on and rely on and trust in and have faith in the Word of God and all of His promises for me.

I love exactly where I am not simply because I am not where I used to be so I have no complaints because He has taught me the power of being thankfull and gratefull.

My cup runs over in the goodness and greatness of our heavenly Father of Lights by and through His one and only Christ Jesus my Savior and Lord and lover of my soul.

Since I have been to the cross depression has no hold on me and no place in me or on me.

I am so deeply loved, highly favored and greatly blessed because I belong to the body of Jesus.

Thank you so much Avie for being here and being you.

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SLIMLEAF 5/29/2012 6:55PM

    What a wonderful prayer. I think I'll copy it out to use again (and again!).

Thank you Avanell.

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GABY1948 5/29/2012 4:49PM

    We all need this so badly and I am so glad God put you in our paths here on Spark...thank You, Jesus for AVANELL! You ROCK for the ROCK! emoticon

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EDITOR 5/29/2012 2:18PM

    Thanks for posting on my blog.

Your word today is so appropriate. God never gives us more than we can bear, for when we think He does He is there carrying our burdens. Indeed it is but, "light momentary affliction."

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LEARN2BME 5/29/2012 11:11AM

    I so needed this today. Thank you for posting this!

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