Thursday, July 19, 2012
Matthew 10:1 And when He had called His twelve disciples together to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.
Jesus sent His twelve disciples out among the people after He had anointed them with His power. He gave them specific instructions of where to go and what to do.
Matthew 10:5-8 These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. “And as you go, preach, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”
God doesn't expect us to do a job that He has anointed us to do. He will always equip the called. If you are trying to do God's work under your own power and ability, there will be no anointing to succeed. Man's ways do not achieve the success that God has through His anointing.
Recently I was walking and praying about the direction I need to take in a ministry that I am leading. It seems as if I had reached a place where I didn't seem to have the effect on the growth of the ministry as I would have liked. As I was talking with the Lord about this situation He very quickly spoke to my heart saying:
“Do not look at the numbers; look at the impact you are having on the ones who are there. I had only twelve disciples and yet they changed the world with the anointing that I gave them.”
With that being said, I was reminded of the story of the man who was walking along the beach after the high tide had come in and deposited a great number of starfish on the beach. They were all lying out in the direct sunlight dying from lack of water. The man was walking along trying to pick them up and throw them back out to sea so they wouldn't die. Another man came along and chided him for trying to pick up all the starfish. He said, “What you're doing is of no use, you will never be able to get all of them picked up and thrown back out to sea. You might as well quit, you won't be able to make a difference in them; there are too many.” To which the man replied, as he picked up a starfish and flung it out to sea, “made a difference to that one.” You see, it's not that God expects us to save the whole world, or be able to minister to every person on the face of the earth. But He has given each one of us a sphere of influence; a place to make a difference in the hearts and lives of maybe just one person or a small group of people. Some are given a few to minister to and others are given larger groups of people. But if we all do our part, the world will be reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jesus gave His disciples instructions as to what to do. He started His instructions with “as you go”. As we go about our daily lives we are to look for opportunities around us. Who needs your smile today? Who is hurting around you that could use a word of encouragement? Maybe it's just your family that you are supposed to influence for the Lord. It would be better to effectively touch one person for Jesus and the kingdom of God than to miss that one in looking for the masses. How many times do we feel that we don't have a ministry because we are thinking about the world-wide ministries that we see happening on television or hear of crusades that minister to thousands of people at one time. And yet, Jesus said, “as you go” preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”
What has God done for you that you could give to someone else? Has He given you a testimony? Of course, He has. You may not think it's anything, but God has done something in your life that you can pass on to someone else. We'll never know the impact we've had on the masses, through ministering to the individual, until we get to heaven. Maybe God has anointed you to pray for people, but you don't see that as important as the ones who minister the word of God or have a great healing ministry. But God sees your part as just as great a ministry as the one who is out in front of the people.
1 Samuel 30:24 “For who will heed you in this matter? But as his part is who goes down to the battle, so shall his part be who stays by the supplies; they shall share alike.”
God looks at your prayers for others as being a part of the ministry that the person has who touches them with the gospel or with healing hands, ministering one on one to that individual. Paul said that we are fellow workers with God in His field in 1 Corinthians 3:9:
For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are God's building.
He was talking to the Corinthians about their striving over who was the best according to what they had done; how many they had baptized. He corrected them by saying:
1 Corinthians 5:5-8 Who then is Paul, and who is Apolos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apolos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
We are each nothing in and of our own power or initiative. God is the one who gives the increase; the One who brings in the harvest. Some of us plant and others water the seed sown in people's lives, but God is the One who gets the credit for changing them; for working miracles in their lives. He is the One to be praised and exalted, not the one doing the ministering. If we will each be faithful with the sphere of influence He has given us we will be rewarded for doing our part and not trying to move over into an area to which He hasn't called us. Our part is to listen to His voice, obey as He instructs and leave the results to Him.
As we are faithful to minister in the little things, God will bring more and our sphere of influence will increase.
Matthew 25:21 “His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”
Luke 16:10 “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.”
God looks at the faithfulness of your heart in relation to how you respond to the needs of those around you. If you are faithful in ministering to the “little” people, or small groups, He will give you the “masses”. There are no overnight “world-wide” ministries born. Every minister begins where He is, touching the lives of the people around him. As he is faithful with the few, God moves him into larger areas of ministry.
Zechariah 4:10 For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see The plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the LORD, Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”
Have you said that you are of no significance to God? Have you been disappointed because you don't feel that you have an effective ministry? God is saying to you today, “do not despise the day of small beginnings. Just be faithful in the little things and I will bring the increase.”
Father, I thank You for every opportunity that You give me to share Your word or Your healing touch with another individual. You are awesome and I thank You for including me in Your ministry to those around me! Thank You for bringing the ones to me that You want me to touch for Your kingdom and glory! Father, I pray that we will all be aware of the opportunities that You place in our midst. Help us to see people as You see them; to be able to recognize when they need a smile or an encouraging word. Father, don't let us pass by those who need to hear a word from You through us. Cause us to be bold in our witness and ready to minister to whomever you bring to us, whether it's one person or a thousand. Give us eyes to see as You see, hearts of compassion for the lost and hurting, and boldness to step out in faith believing that You will flow through us as we obey Your directions. Thank You, Father, for Your anointing to minister. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Isaiah 40:27, 28 Why do you say, O Jacob, And speak, O Israel: “My way is hidden from the LORD, And my just claim is passed over by my God”? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.
Has it ever seemed to you that God didn't know where you were or what you were going through? That it seemed as though He had just forgotten about you? I think we have all felt that way at some time or another. But the word says that He never faints, nor is weary and His understanding is unsearchable. He understands everything about us. He never tires or becomes weary in dealing with our problems. He is the One who is always there for us! He will never fail to pick us up and carry us through the difficult times.
Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
He gives power to the weak!
Power – Hebrew word koach; Strong's #3581 definition – strength, force, capacity, power, wealth, means, or substance. Generally the word means “capacity” or “ability,” whether physical, mental, or spiritual.
God looks into your situation and sees exactly what you need. Then He gives you whatever power it is that you need. It may be strength for your weariness; the capacity to obtain financial means; or the force to withstand a difficult situation. Whatever it is that you need in your situation is what He provides. He knows exactly where you are and what you are going through! Be assured that He will provide the “power” for your weakness! He increases strength when you feel as if you have none. Even those who are young and strong can't withstand all the things that come against them. But when God comes on the scene they are able to soar above the difficulties and run as though they were never wearied. Their stamina is increased as if they are renewed in strength for the journey!
The way that all this comes to you, Child of God, is through “waiting” on the Lord!
Wait – Hebrew word qavah – means to wait for, look for, expect, hope. Qavah expresses the idea of “waiting hopefully”.
A good illustration of “waiting on the Lord” is of my little granddaughter waiting for Grandma to come see her for Christmas. Before I got there I got a call from my son saying she was standing at the window watching for us to come up the driveway. She had been saying that Grandma was coming all day long and she was waiting with expectation for Grandma to appear. She didn't sit in the chair and say “maybe Grandma will come today”. She knew that if Grandma said she was coming that she would be there any minute. She waited with expectancy for Grandma's word to be fulfilled! That's how we wait on the Lord. It's not a passive inactivity, but a hopeful expectation that God will do what He has promised. We think about what He has said, we talk about what He has promised and we expect it to come to pass. We expect Him to do what He has said He will do!
We all go through times where it seems that what we have believed God for will not ever come into manifestation. It is at those times that we have opportunity to grow weary.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
There is a “due season” for every seed that is sown. We have seed-time and harvest. We plant the seed, wait for it to germinate and mature and then we receive the harvest. While we are hopefully waiting on the Lord, expecting Him to fulfill His word in our lives, we need to be busy doing good.
We should be about the Father's business during the “waiting” season.
Season – Greek word kairos – Strong's #2540 definition – opportune time, set time, appointed time, due time, definitive time, seasonable time, proper time for action. Kairos describes kind, or quality, of time.
Due season, kairos, the proper time for action, the set time before the manifestation of the promise. While we are waiting on the Lord we should understand that it is not a time to grow weary, lay down on the job, or have a negative attitude; but it is an opportune time to do what God has called us to do; to continue doing the right thing in our situations, expecting God to fulfill His word to us at any minute.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:
Friends, God has a perfect plan for your lives; and a time for every purpose in that plan. He knows all about you and is working in your situation to bring into manifestation those things that He has promised. 2 Chronicles 16:9 says that “the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him”. He is watching the loyalty of your heart so He can come to your rescue, to show Himself strong on your behalf. He sees your heart; He is not sleeping on the job or failing to notice the pain that you are experiencing. Don't give up on Him. Lean on Him; rely on Him and depend on His faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:25 The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.
The Lord is good to those who look for, expect and hope for Him. He is moved by our faith, not our need. He sees the need in our lives, but He responds to our faith in Him.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
The two responses of faith is believing that God is who He says He is; that He is the Lord God Almighty, the Creator of the universe and all creation. The second response is believing that the Lord will reward you for diligently seeking Him. When we wait on the Lord we are saying to Him that we believe in Him; we are expecting Him to do what we have asked of Him and we look forward to the manifestation of it with hopeful expectancy!
Are you waiting on the Lord for a promise to be fulfilled in your life today? If you will do your part, in exercising your faith, to believe, He will do His part to fulfill the promise.
Father, I thank You for never sleeping or growing weary in handling my problems. Thank You, Lord, for giving me new strength as I hopefully expect You to do what You have promised. Father, I am thankful that You have given me the measure of faith and as I exercise that faith You cause it to increase. Thank You for strengthening me when I grow weary and for giving me the power that I need to meet the situations that I face in life. I pray for my friends, Father, that You will renew their strength as that of the eagle that they might soar above their problems. I pray that they will trust You to handle every situation that they face in life. And I ask You to give them a new awareness of how You are working in their lives. Thank You, Father! I believe I receive when I pray and I ask these things in the name of Jesus! Amen.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Psalm 33:13-15 The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling He looks On all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.
In my younger years I had a very low self-esteem. I had gone through a lot of abuse and life's disappointments piled heavily upon me. When the Lord began to bring me out of this He had me go through the word and highlight scripture verses that spoke to me of His love for me. Then when I would feel down all I needed to do was go back and read the highlighted verses to reinforce in my heart the great love that He had for me. I read them out loud so my eyes could see and my ears could hear and the reinforcement would be multiplied to my heart. This verse is one that really spoke to my heart.
Please notice that the word says “He fashions their hearts individually”. He could have just said “He fashions their hearts”, but He added the word “individually”. I believe He added that word to show us that we are not a number to Him; we are not formed out of a cookie cutter mold, but He formed each one of us as a unique individual. We are important enough to Him that He formed us, fashioned our hearts and watches over what we do. God is interested in each one of us.
Psalm 139:1-6 O LORD, You have searched me, and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me, Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.
Child of God, He knows everything about you and not only does He know you but He made you just the way He wanted you to be.
Psalm 139:13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb.
The Hebrew word for “covered” there means “wove”. God wove you together when you were in your mother's womb. Some translations say He “knit” you together. When you knit or weave an item with yarn or thread each individual strand is carefully tied together; interwoven with the next one. That's the way you are as an individual. You have been complexly woven together just as God wanted.
Psalm 139:15-16 My frame was not hidden from you, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth, Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.
God pictured in His mind what You would look like as He formed you. His patterned you after the picture He had in His mind of you. His eyes saw you before You were formed and He wrote in His book all the days that You would experience. He knew exactly what You would be going through each day and what difficulties you would encounter; the joys that you would experience as well as the hurts.
He understands your feelings because He made you as a person who would laugh and cry; be able to identify with other's needs and hurts and feel happiness as well as sorrow. The NLT says in verse 16:
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in Your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
God is intimately involved in your life. He understands why you feel the way you do. There is no need to be disappointed with who you are or how you act as He made you and is changing you by the day. He is involved with every aspect of your life.
Psalm 139:7-10 NLT I can never escape from Your spirit! I can never get away from Your presence! If I go up to heaven, You are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, You are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there Your hand will guide me, and Your strength will support me.
There is no place where you can go to get away from God. He knows every step that you take and your destination even before you go. This was very comforting to me as I prepared to leave my home in Missouri to move to Tennessee with my husband. Even though I didn't know anyone here in Tennessee but my husband I was assured that God knew where I was going and would be here with me. He never runs away from us or leaves us to our own defenses when we are in uncharted territory. He is right there with us supporting us each step of the way! Even great oceans cannot separate us from Him.
Psalm 139:17, 18 NLT How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up in the morning, you are still with me!
Have you ever walked along the beach and thought about how many grains of sand there are? It seems like as far as you could dig there is sand. It is everywhere! That's how many thoughts God has of you. You are always on His mind! He loves you! He is still there when you wake up in the morning. He doesn't walk out on you while you are still asleep!
Psalm 139:14 NLT Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it.
God doesn't make junk! He makes the best quality and puts His best efforts into His creation! We need to thank Him for His work in creating us instead of hating ourselves because we don't think we look the way we should or act as we should. When we see the flaws in a piece of quality furniture we say it has character; it isn't just like the next piece and yet when we see things in ourselves that indicate our humanity, we often belittle ourselves instead of thanking God for making us who we are!
Psalm 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
God didn't quit when He created you! He continues to work in your life every day. He will perfect or complete whatever concerns you. He doesn't forsake the work of His hands!
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Child of God, He has begun a good work in you and He will continue to work in your life until Jesus returns. He will complete the work He has begun in you. Look up to Him when you feel discouraged. Tell Him about your problems and allow Him to wrap His loving arms around you. Don't be discouraged over the disappointments that you see in yourself. We are “human” beings; not “perfect” beings! We are individuals formed by the Master's hands; created in His likeness and image to do what He has created us to do and be.
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
God created you in His image and likeness and gave you dominion over all His creation. The only one that He didn't give you dominion over was another person. All other created beings and the earth was given to man to subdue and have dominion over. He intended for His man to be above and not beneath; the head and not the tail; to be prosperous enough to give a supply for the needs of those around him. God created you as a winner; not a loser. When will you begin to live up to what you were created to be?
Genesis 1:28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
God blessed man after He created him! And He is still passing out His blessings on your life as each day passes! Enjoy the life God has given you! Don't feel that you have been cheated because you don't have something that someone else has. Give every day to God and thank Him for what He has done in you and for you! Enjoy where you are on the way to where you are going. Don't wait to be happy when this or that happens, or you get to something certain stage in life. Enjoy every day and live as if it is your last one!
Father, I thank You for creating us in Your image and likeness! Thank You for making us just the way you wanted each of us to be as individuals! And thank You for continuing to bless us and work in our lives. May we each live up to the potential that You have placed within us, being the over comers that You intend for us to be and taking our rightful place in You over the forces of darkness that try to hinder us from living our lives to the fullest. May You be glorified in Your creation today, Father. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Monday, July 16, 2012
I have for so long been interested in the different personalities we see in people and how they function in life. Being a primarily left-brained individual I have leaned more to hearing God's voice through the Word than in getting His Spirit's direction through the intuition of my spirit being filled with His voice flowing within me through the prophetic or dreams and visions. Understanding the functions of both the left-brain hemisphere and the right-brain hemisphere has helped me to identify how God is speaking to me; what His voice sounds like and how to know that it is Him and not my own thoughts or the deceptive thoughts of the enemy.
Left-brained people are studious, precept upon precept types of people, being often inclined to think logically and methodically. They are usually detailed oriented people. Right-brained people are led more by feelings and emotions. They are fun-loving, outgoing people who are often considered the “life” of the party. God's voice rises up within us, from our hearts, and is then processed through either the left-brain hemisphere or the right-brain hemisphere. He wants us to be developed in hearing His voice, able to function at His direction, through whatever part of our being the message is delivered. He desires us to be fully His so He can flow through us to touch all of humanity for His kingdom's work.
The functions of the left brain hemisphere are: spoken language, right body control, number skills, written language, reading, and reasoning. The right brain hemisphere functions are: left body control, music awareness, 3-dimensional forms, art awareness, intuition, and imagination.
In looking at these differences between the left-brain and right-brain functions, you have probably identified your strengths, thus forming an idea of which brain hemisphere you primarily function through. For me, the left-brain is the more comfortable area through which I function, but as I worship the Lord and listen to His voice I find that I am becoming more and more aware of how God speaks to me through the functions of the right brain hemisphere. When I went to school the areas of academic learning were those of reading, writing and arithmetic. The right brain hemisphere functions of music and drama were electives, thus the left brain hemisphere was developed far more than the right brain hemisphere. Although, since I was musically talented and singing was always a large part of my life, I had a mixture of left and right brain activities. As I have developed my ability to still myself before the Lord, focus the eyes of my heart on Jesus, tune to the Holy Spirit within me and write what I felt God was saying to me, I have found that He speaks through so many more of the right brain hemisphere functions than I had ever imagined. The prophetic is a function of the right brain hemisphere, as well as dreams and visions. God wants all of us so that He can direct us through whatever brain hemisphere function He wants to use. He definitely speaks through the study of His word, but He also speaks through the prophetic, including dreams and visions.
2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Acts 2:17-18 NLT 'In the last days, God said, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit upon all my servants, men and women alike, and they will prophesy.'
The more time I spend in the Lord's presence, worshiping Him and fellowshipping with Him, the more sensitive I become to His voice and the more aware I am of Him flowing through me with the living waters of His Spirit, bringing refreshing to me and to those to which I am ministering. We probably can identify more with hearing His voice through His word than we can with hearing it by the intuition of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we are afraid of those things that we don't understand and thus we shy away from learning something new about the Lord because we fear we will cross over into error. But God would have us to totally abandon ourselves to Him. He is not to be feared, but to be trusted. The Holy Spirit is the person of the God-head that is in operation in the hearts and lives of people here on earth today. He is the One who fellowships with us, speaks to our hearts bringing revelation knowledge of the Lord Jesus into our lives. Jesus said the Holy Spirit within us flows out of us like rivers of living water.
John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
Shortly after I was baptized in the Holy Spirit I attended a conference and in responding to the altar call when the Evangelist prayed for me I was slain in the Spirit, or as some call it, overcome by the Spirit. During the time that I was lying on the floor being ministered to by the Holy Spirit I felt within my stomach a bubbling come up, like a spring of water. I know now that the bubbling was the Holy Spirit within me springing forth with His life giving waters that would form the river of life within me that would minister not only to my needs, but the needs of those around me. He is the giver of life, the member of the God-head that anoints us with His power to witness of the Lord Jesus and minister to those around us. God anointed Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus in His humanity, with the Holy Spirit and with power so that He could go around doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil. (Acts 10:38) He will do the same for you and me today!
Acts 10:38 “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
Luke 11:11 NLT “You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.”
You may have not heard a lot of teaching about the Holy Spirit. What we are not taught cannot be understood and there will be no faith to believe for it and thus cannot be received. Faith comes by hearing the word of God so we must hear and believe in order to receive.
Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
It was years after I had been born again that I was taught about the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit in my life. I knew that the Holy Spirit ushered me into the Body of Christ and lived in my heart after I received Jesus as Savior and Lord, but I did not know about His power and anointing and the gifts that He brought into my life. I grew in my knowledge of Him as I hungered for all that God had for me and opened my heart to believe and receive. Every spiritual growth process starts with hunger and thirst.
Jesus told the woman at the well in John 4:10 that He had living water to give to people who wanted it.
John 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
John 4:13, 14 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, “but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Jesus is speaking of His salvation to the woman at the well. He uses the illustration of a fountain of living water being within the person who receives Him. That fountain is the formation of the river of the Holy Spirit that He was saying that people would receive in John 7:38.
Have you received the river of the Holy Spirit within you? Do you know and understand that there is a difference between the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the baptism of the Holy Spirit; that they are two separate occurrences? I didn't feel fully alive until after I had been baptized in the Holy Spirit. My growth in the Lord was increased tremendously after receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I found that I could hear His voice more clearly, the word became alive to me and I was able to see victory in the battles that I fought against the enemy. I had a friend that sticks closer than a brother and was able to fellowship with Him through my heavenly prayer language. Christianity was opened to me through the subsequent event of the baptism of the Holy Spirit and I began to understand how God's voice rises up within me and flows through the different functions of my left and right-brain hemispheres. His Spirit empowers me to understand how God created us to function as He moves within us bringing His word to life either through the left-brain hemisphere functions or the right-brain. He will do the same for you!
Father, I thank You for baptizing me in Your Spirit. I am thankful, Holy Spirit, that You live within me and flow out of me like rivers of living water. I need You in my life. Apart from You, Lord Jesus, and the power of Your Spirit within me, I can do nothing. There is no good that dwells in my flesh and my dependency is upon You alone. Father, I pray for my friends this morning who may be wondering about this event and maybe are not very knowledgeable of it. I pray that You will reveal the truth of it through Your word to them and by the indwelling Spirit that they may ask You for that living water and receive the fountain of the Holy Spirit welling up within them. I pray that they will desire all that You have for them and will seek You for the answers to the questions that they have. Thank You, Father, for hearing and answering my prayers. I believe, Father, that I receive when I pray. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Ephesians 3:20, 21 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
This portion of scripture is one of my very favorite ones! To God be the glory for the “exceedingly abundantly” things that He does in my life! I like that phrase “exceedingly abundantly”. What exactly does that mean?
Exceedingly – according to Webster's 1828 dictionary – to a very great degree; in a degree beyond what is usual; greatly; very much.
Abundantly – Greek word – perissos – Strong's #4053 – means superabundance, excessive, overflowing, surplus, over and above, more than enough, profuse, extraordinary, above the ordinary, more than sufficient.
To me the exceedingly abundantly says – in a degree beyond what is usual, God works in me in an excessive, overflowing, manner that is profuse and above the ordinary of what I could ever think or ask, according to, or in a manner consistent with, His power that works in me. To Him be the glory by Christ Jesus to those who follow in the the generations that continue forever and ever. Amen, So be it!
A couple of God's “exceedingly abundantly” things in my life:
After standing in faith believing for four years that God would bring a godly mate into my life, He did just that! I prayed and followed the directions I felt I received from Him to cooperate with His plan for my life. It included selling my home of 18 years, resigning from a position with over 10 years tenure, moving to a large city 90 miles from my home, obtaining a new job and ultimately marrying the man that I believed He had brought to be my life-mate. All was well for 7 ½ weeks until my new husband sustained a massive stroke and went home to be with the Lord the following day. I was devastated! I found myself alone in a large city, on a new job and left to face a lonely future. I plunged into a darkness that forced me to totally depend on the Lord. I knew if I didn't make myself get up, go to work, continue to pray and read my Bible and get out and go to church that I would be dead before long. Depression closed in on me; suicidal thoughts tried to force their way into my nights and the “good life” seemed to have slipped away with my husband's death.
But GOD had a different plan! About 9 months after my husband's death the Lord spoke through my Pastor one Sunday morning with a message that would give me hope of the “exceedingly abundantly” thing that He wanted to do in my life. He said “you may have lost a loved one this past year, but you can't fully embrace what God has for you in the future if you don't turn loose of the past”. All of a sudden a new hope entered my life. God began to speak to me about the possibility of another mate. He told me to go home, get back on eHarmony, and start over again. I didn't want to do that; I didn't want to face another disappointment. I had to push fear out of my mind. I obeyed but I told the Lord in prayer that I was not going to chase after a man; if He wanted me to talk to someone He would have to have him contact me. Well, that was the 20th of June, 2008. On the weekend of July 4th a match came up for me with a gentleman from Tennessee. I wasn't really interested in a long distance relationship since I was living in Lenexa, Kansas, at the time, but I didn't feel that God wanted me to close out the match so I just left it open and waited. On July 13th, four years ago, Gerald contacted me. As I got to know him, I realized that he was everything that I had seen in my studies of the Word about what a godly mate should look like. He was God's answer to my prayer for a godly mate! After a short courtship, Gerald and I were married on October 11, 2008. God did exceedingly abundantly above all that I could ask or think in bringing new life to me through my marriage to Gerald! He has given back to me what the enemy stole!
The most recent “exceedingly abundantly” thing that He has done over and above all that I could ask or think happened just yesterday when I was nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger award for my blogs on Word Press. I would have never thought that God would move in such a way as to inspire the heart of a sweet, Christian lady such as Jacqueline Waller of www.healingforthenation.com to honor me with such a nomination! How awesome is that? Many thanks to you, Jacqueline! It just goes to show you that God does choose those who don't really match up through worldly standards to the honor bestowed upon them, for it is not anything that I have done on my own, but God, as He has moved through me, has written what I tell of in my blogs!. (1 Corinthians 1:26-31) To God be the glory! Promotion comes from the Lord as He moves in the lives of people.
Psalm 75:6,7 NLT For no one on earth—from east or west, or even from the wilderness—can raise another person up. It is God alone who judges; he decides who will rise and who will fall.
And there are more “exceedingly abundantly” things that God has done in my life, but these are the two that I felt impressed to share with you today. All that I really feel that God has asked of me is expressed in His word in Isaiah 43:10-13:
NLT “But you are my witnesses, O Israel!” says the LORD. “And you are my servant. You have been chosen to know me, believe in me, and understand that I alone am God. There is no other God; there never has been and never will be. I am the LORD, and there is no other Savior. First I predicted your deliverance; I declared what I would do, and then I did it—I saved you. No foreign god has ever done this before. You are witnesses that I am the only God,” says the LORD. Form eternity to eternity I am God. No one can oppose what I do. No one can reverse my actions.
I am simply His witness; His servant, chosen to know Him, believe in Him and understand that He alone is God! He is the only Savior and He has given me new life to replace the bondage of sin to which I was once a slave. There is no one who can oppose what He does and no one who can reverse His actions. He declared to me what He would through my life, by His Spirit not my own ability, when He called me into His ministry. His word to me was: Zechariah 4:6: .....'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' Says the LORD of hosts. To God be the glory! I am so blessed to be His witness; His servant, proclaiming the way of the Lord to those that I come into contact with. I love Him and am privileged to be His child!
What about you? Can you look back through your life and see the “exceedingly abundantly” things that He has done for you? I'm sure they are there, for God is no respecter of persons. What He has done for one He will do for another.
Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.”
Partiality – Greek word prosopoleptes – means: A receiver of a face, one who takes sides, showing favoritism, exhibiting bias, showing discrimination, showing partiality, treating one person better than another.
God doesn't show favoritism! He loves you just as much as the next person. What you see in His word that He has done in the lives of those that we refer to as Biblical characters He will do in your life as well. That's how faith is born and grows. We see it in His word, believe it and receive it for ourselves. I simply listen to what God says to me, believe it and receive it. Then I wait for God to do it! When I was standing in faith believing for a godly mate He gave me several scriptures that were “rhema” words from the Holy Spirit to me that I constantly proclaimed as being so in my life. He showed me Bible stories of marriages that He brought together, such as Ruth and Boaz, so that faith could arise in my heart and I would be able to believe that He would do the same for me.
God loves you, child of God! He wants to do for you the “exceedingly abundantly” things that are far above what you could ask or think! He wants to display His power in and through you to bless you so that you can be a blessing to others around you! Will you believe? Will you receive?
Matthew 21:22 “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Father, I thank You for doing exceedingly abundantly above all I could ask or think in my life. Thank You for blessing me with Your great salvation! Thank You for calling me to be Your servant and to share You with the world around me. Thank You, Father, for those who follow my blogs, who listen to my teaching and receive me as simply a vessel that You have chosen to flow through. Father, I pray that I may be as much of a blessing to them as they are to me. Thank You for all those You have brought into my life. Thank You for allowing me to know them and share Your love with them. I pray that you may continue to move in me, changing me, and molding me into Your very own likeness, conforming me to the image of Your Son. Make me a blessing to the world today, Father! In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
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