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The Power of The Lord Was Present To Heal Them!

Monday, August 06, 2012

Luke 5:17 Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.

Jesus had a ministry of teaching, preaching and healing! Everywhere He went the power of God was present through His teaching and preaching to heal people. He walked and talked God; He then ministered through the power of the Spirit whatever was needed to make a person whole! The power of the Lord was present to heal them! If they needed forgiveness of sin to heal them spiritually, the power of God was present to do that! If they needed deliverance from demonic oppression, the power of God was with Him, present to deliver. If they needed physical healing, the power of God was there to flow from Him touching them in their infirmity and healing! It was the power of God working through Him that brought the healing virtue into people's lives.

Matthew 4:23-25 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. Great multitudes followed Him—from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.

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.

When Jesus' disciples were sitting under His ministry they saw first-hand how the power of God worked through Him. He explained it to them in this way:

John 14:7-11 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.”

Jesus acknowledge that the Father who was in Him was the One who did the works through Him. He expressed to His disciples that they could know that it was the Father within doing the works by hearing Him speak and watching Him work. He went on to tell them that those who follow after Him that believe in Him would do the same works that He did and greater works.

John 14:12-14 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. “If you ask anything in My name I will do it.”

Mark 16:17,18 “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.”

Mark 16:20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.

This past weekend I had the privilege of sitting under the ministry of Reverend Hazel Forrester. She is my Pastor's mother and a mighty woman of God, who at the age of 87, is still out preaching, teaching and healing; following in the footsteps of Jesus! The power of God was present to save, heal, deliver and set free through her this weekend. It was a very special weekend for me! What an honor and privilege not only to sit under her mentor-ship this weekend, but to be included as a minister beside her helping her pray for the sick and oppressed. She has touched so many through her years of ministry. It was awesome to glean from her wisdom and watch how she followed the direction of the Holy Spirit in ministry. I learned so much from spending this time with her and under her anointing received healing and wholeness from the Lord, for the power of the Lord was present to heal! There were three of us ladies who accompanied her to North Carolina for the revival where she was ministering. We were all blessed to be a part of her ministry this weekend!

God is so awesome! Whatever you have need of, His power is present to provide the healing to make you whole! We saw many miracles this weekend and all three of us came back home changed!

Father, I thank You for the privilege of sitting under Sister Forrester's ministry this weekend. I thank You that she lives what she preaches and that her love for people compels her to seek You for Your power to flow through her to heal. Thank You for the privilege of helping her pray for the sick and oppressed this weekend! I am changed because of her taking the time to teach and instruct as she ministered. Father, I pray for those who may be reading this blog who need a healing touch from You today. I pray that they will reach out and receive from You whatever it is that they have need of. You are still present to heal through Your members of the body of Christ. Thank You, Lord, for flowing Your power through your children to save, heal, deliver and set people from from the bondage of the enemy! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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DARLENEK04 8/6/2012 6:46PM

  Thank you for the lesson which was spiritual food.

Thanks for sharing your weekend and if you drove down to S.C. you should
have hollered and I would have driven somewhere along the road and met
you and your ladies and treated ya'll to lunch........she sounds like an awesome
lady....does she have a church of her own??? or does she minister in yours???


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GABY1948 8/6/2012 6:28PM

    How AWESOME for you, Avanell! I am so glad you had such a full weekend. I only wish I have been there but in my own way dh and I had a marvelous weekend too. Our old and favorite pastor and his wife is her for a while from Costa Rica and it was such a blessing under his guidance again so I know exactly how it was for you under your pastor's mother. Pastor Toby also follows the Holy Spirit ONLY. It was at Toby's church that I received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. And I was also delivered from depression (18 years ago) and anti-depressants! Praise the LORD!!!
I have missed you my dear friend so am so glad you are back but we both are refreshed now! God Bless you, Avanell!

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ANHELIC 8/6/2012 3:42PM

    Thank you for your awesome lesson. God is all powerful and I am so glad I am one of his children. I don't know how I would have been able to deal with problems in the past without Jesus in my heart. Sending God's richest blessings you way. God bless.
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EDITOR 8/6/2012 8:44AM

    Welcome back and thank you for being Spirit filled and well-rested. It is evident.

Jesus had a ministry of teaching, preaching and healing. So do you and He chooses the means to promote it.

I can't begin to say enough about healing because the Lord still goes about this very day healing all who would!

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/6/2012 8:37AM

    God is all powerful to us in so many weekends.
I am so glad that you had such a meaningful weekend. It will always be a part of you.

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Tossed By The Wind

Friday, August 03, 2012

James 1:5-8 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Have you ever needed wisdom to know how to handle a situation and then asked God for it, but then went about your own way trying to deal with the problem in your own understanding? I think we've all been guilty of doing that. We pray and then immediately go out and try to solve the problem through our own way of thinking and acting. Sometimes, we don't even give God time to answer the prayer. It's almost as if we have already made up our minds to do it a certain way, but we need to do our “duty” in praying for wisdom so even though we know what we're going to do we “cover” ourselves by praying. James says here that when we ask for wisdom we can know that God will give it! It's an assurance that He wants to give us the wisdom that we need to solve our problem. But there's a condition to receiving that wisdom.....we must ask in faith, without doubting! Hmmm.....that changes things, doesn't it?

Ask – Greek word aiteo – Strong's #154 – means to request, petition. The word usually describes a suppliant making request of someone in a higher position, such as an individual asking something from God, a subject from a king, a child from a parent, or a beggar from a person of substance. The word denotes insistent asking without qualms, not “commanding” God, but solidly presenting a requisition whose items He longs to distribute.

I like the last line of that definition “the word denotes insistent asking without qualms....”. We ask God because He wants us to come to Him for wisdom. We don't have to worry that we will not be received; He is waiting for us to ask; “....not “commanding” God, but solidly presenting a requisition whose items He longs to distribute.” This statement reminds me of my years in the mortgage lending business. I often distributed funds from construction loans where it was needed to pay for work that had been done. The funds were waiting to be distributed. It's like having a checking account. In the banking industry a checking account is known as a “demand deposit account”. When you write a check you are making a demand on the deposit in that account. When I paid funds out of a construction loan I made demands on the funds that were available in that loan. God's wisdom is available to us for the asking. We make “demands”, not as in demanding that God do it, but as in making a request on the deposit that we have in Christ Jesus. He is waiting for us to make a demand on His wisdom so He can fulfill the request!

We often don't give Him time to send the “funds”. But if we don't ask in faith we really don't believe that He will answer so we rush out and do it “our way”. We subconsciously doubt that He will give us what we have requested of Him.

Doubting – Greek word diakrino – Strong's #1252 Has two definitions: 1) To judge thoroughly; to decide between two or more choices; to make a distinction; to separate two components, elements, or factors; to render a decision; to evaluate carefully. 2) the word also connotes a conflict with oneself, in the sense of hesitating, having misgivings, doubting, being divided in decision making, or wavering between hope and fear.

In this verse of scripture, using the illustration of the one doubting being like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind, I would say that the 2nd definition is the one in which James is referring. Ocean waves, when tossed by the wind, move in different directions, one going this way and another a different way. The one who doubts is driven by their emotions; sometimes having hope that God will do what He has promised and other times being fearful that He will not come through for him. This causes a division in the mind, a mental conflict and a hesitation in believing God for what they have requested of Him. Faith and fear cannot co-exist. You either have one or the other.

James goes on to say that the person who doubts cannot receive anything from the Lord, because he is a double-minded man and is unstable in all his ways.

Wow, that's quite a statement! What does it mean to be double-minded? A double-minded man is a person who is drawn in two different directions. One minute he's believing God and the next minute he's wondering if God's word is really true, did he really hear God correctly and will God really do what He has promised. James says this person is not only unstable in his prayer life, but his instability portrays a lack of consistency in all areas of his life. He is unstable in all his ways; emotions rule and reign in his life, when God's word should be the deciding factor in which direction he takes.

So, how can we become “stable” in all our ways so we can be people of faith, not doubt? I am reminded of the story in John 20 where Jesus addresses Thomas' inability to believe. We get the name “doubting Thomas” from this story.

John 20:24-25 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”

Notice that Thomas said he had to see to believe; not just that it was needed for him to believe, but that he would not believe until he saw and felt the scars in Jesus' hands and side. “I will not believe”, he said. He was using his choice to believe or not believe to be ruled by what he saw; the sense realm.

But Thomas had an encounter with the Lord Jesus and this is what the Lord said to him:

John 20:26-29 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Jesus said it took Thomas' seeing in order for him to believe. There can be two camps in the realm of believers: those who have to see to believe, which I refer to as “unbelieving believers” and those who, by faith believe what God has said without having to see it first. Thomas was an example of an unbelieving believer. His realm of belief only went so far. He knew the Lord, was one of His disciples so he had been around Him, had seen the miracles that Jesus had performed and yet when it came time for Jesus to be out of his sight, he couldn't draw on what he knew to be true to enable him to believe without seeing it happen in the natural.

We can be like Thomas and have to see to believe or we can be as Jesus said “more blessed” because we believe without seeing. The foundation for our belief comes from what God has said in His word. The truth and the yardstick of our measurements should be what we read in God's word, what He speaks to us through His Spirit and what we know of His character and nature. When we base our belief on Him and His word we will become “stable”, fixed and unwavering.

It was said of Abraham that he believed even when it appeared to be untrue because of what he saw in his body and the deadness of Sarah's womb.

Romans 4:18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”

He believed, even when it didn't look like it would be possible, because he put his trust in what God had said, what He had spoken to him.

Romans 4:19-21 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah's womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being full convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

Abraham's success came through his faith in God's ability to perform what He had promised. He knew that God would do what He said, even when the natural ability to bring it into existence where he and Sarah where concerned was not there. The reality of the promise did not rest on his or Sarah's age or his ability to perform sexually, but it rested on God's ability to perform. Faith believes God, not what is seen, felt or thought through the senses of man. Stability in our faith walk comes through hearing the Word of God, believing it and acting on it.

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Do you need wisdom from God to know how to live life successfully? Ask Him and then believe and act on what He says! Allow your faith to be grounded in what He says in His word, not what you see around you. Faith grows just like a muscle, through use. If you can't believe God to provide for your monthly bills, how can you believe for a new house, new car, or a multimillion dollar ministry? If you can't believe for the healing of a headache, how can you believe for supernatural healing of a terminal illness? You begin small and as you exercise your faith and hear more of the word of God, your faith grows and you are then more stable and have the ability to believe for bigger challenges. There are no limitations to a person's faith ability! God will take you to wherever you exercise the faith in believing. He will be to you everything that you can believe Him to be.

Just as Jesus said to the synagogue ruler whose daughter died before Jesus got to his house to lay His hands on her for healing:

Luke 8:50 But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.”

Jesus challenged the ruler to look away from the negative report that he had just received and look unto Him in faith believing that what He said He would do and his daughter would be made well, which included being raised from the dead! Jesus said she was just “sleeping”, not dead! Faith moves beyond the natural into the supernatural!

What do you need to believe about your life today? Is is for healing, financial provision, wisdom to know how to move in a certain situation? Whatever it is, God has it for you! Will you believe Him today?

Father, I thank You for the wisdom You have for us for the asking. I thank You for being a God who longs to give to His children what they have need of. Thank You for not withholding any good thing from us as Your children. Thank You for being faithful to Your word so that we can place our trust in what You say and know that You will perform what You have promised. Father, I pray that our faith will be strengthened as we read and study Your word and listen to Your voice. I pray that we will find our stability for faith in You, through hearing and practicing Your word in our lives for the little things so we can believe for the bigger things that You have promised. Thank You for not giving up on us but for being patient in helping us to grow and be rooted and established in You so we can walk by faith and not by sight! May we be blessed in believing without having to see first. Thank You, Father, for hearing and answering my prayer. I believe I receive when I pray in Jesus' name! Amen.

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SLIMLEAF 8/10/2012 11:32AM

    I think I have quite a gap between believing with my head / 'knowing' the Scriptures are true and really believing it in my heart so that it affects the way I live. [SIGH]

Thanks for writing.

and AMEN to your prayer.

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LEANJEAN6 8/5/2012 2:11PM

    Thank-you for the lovely gift the other day--I just wanted you to know that it's great to have you as a friend-Lynda emoticon

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DARLENEK04 8/3/2012 9:18PM

  Another one full of good points and information ............


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MNABOY 8/3/2012 7:56PM

    Thanks for the lift.

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SAINTBETH 8/3/2012 11:02AM

    good analysis

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GABY1948 8/3/2012 7:50AM

    I agree with EDITOR's response totally. I used to be that double-minded person but thankfully, the Lord gave me the most wonderful husband that is total opposite of double-minded and he has also been teaching me for 18 years! When you think about the sea in a storm tossing to and fro, it is quite frightening...so we had BETTER slow down and listen to the Lord! I thank God for him and for you! God Bless you, AVANELL, and your weekend!

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EDITOR 8/3/2012 7:12AM

    Yes, I have asked and ran ahead. God gave me a vision of S-L-O-W down and many such words of wisdom.
We used to be racehorses, and now we are trotters.
Either way, age or grace, we learn how to keep pace.
Thanks for being here for us and all you do on SP to keep your readers informed of life with Christ!
God bless, and revive us again!

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LEANJEAN6 8/3/2012 7:07AM

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Kitten or Lion; Grasshoppers and Giants?

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Numbers 13:33 “There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

The Lord told Moses to send spies into the Promised Land that He was giving them to check out the land and see what it was like and what the people were like. So he sent twelve spies into the land, one for each tribe of Israel, and they brought back a report to him and the people Here is their report:

Numbers 13:26 Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. They they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.

They went into the land and saw that it was just as God said it would be; a land flowing with milk and honey; a land flourishing with large fruit. God had promised them their Promised Land and it was true, just as He had said! But......even though they saw what God had promised the giants that lived in the land were bigger than the promise of God and they didn't see any way past the giants!

Numbers 13:28-33“Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. “The Amelekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. “There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

Of the twelve spies that Moses sent into the Promised Land to see what it was like, ten came back with what God called an “evil” report and two, Joshua and Caleb, came back stating that even though there were giants in the land they should go up at once to possess the land because they were well able to overcome it. The ten with the evil report struck fear in the hearts of the whole nation so that they believed that they could not overcome and take the land. God said that Joshua and Caleb were the only two out of the whole group of spies that would see the Promised Land because they had a different spirit in them in that they wholly followed the Lord their God. (Numbers 13:24; Numbers 32:12)

The thinking that kept the Israelites from entering the Promised Land was that they did not believe God but believed what they thought about themselves. Their mentality about themselves put restraints upon their ability for success. They saw themselves as grasshoppers and the giants as being bigger than anything they could conquer. They did not believe that because God was giving them the land that He would certainly enable them to defeat the giants and give them the victory in conquering them. They believed a lie over the truth! They saw themselves in a negative light and it affected everything they wanted to accomplish.

How do you see yourself? Do you see yourself as who God says you are or do you measure your worth and your ability to succeed by what is going on in you and around you in your life? Are you more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus as God says you are, or are you living “under the circumstances” of the problems of your life? How you see yourself will determine where you go in life. Truth always supersedes fact! The truth of God's word is what we need to use to determine our worth and ability to perform not what we see happening in our lives or the success or defeat of what we have attempted to do through our own talents or abilities. Past failures do not determine your future success! You may have failed in something, but that does not mean you will have a repeat performance in upcoming challenges.

Paul said in Romans 8:31: What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Romans 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

God sees us as more than conquerors through Christ Jesus! He is for us and if He is for us then who can stand against us? The Israelites were limited in what they could do because of their preconceived thoughts of themselves. They believed what they saw over what God said. They were walking by their senses instead of by faith. They could not enter into the Promised Land because of unbelief.

Hebrews 3:16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

God did not let them enter into the Promised Land because they did not believe Him. He said they could not enter in because the word that they received was not mixed with faith. They didn't take what God said as the truth; they looked at their situation and believed it over God's word. The word that God gave them about their situation was mixed with fear, not faith, and so it did not benefit them the way it should have. God was not pleased with them because they did not receive what He said with faith so that they could have what He had promised.

Hebrews 4:2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.

We have to mix faith with the word of God. If He says we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, then we must mix faith with it, believe it and act on it.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Whatever you see in His word that describes who you are in Christ Jesus is what you must mix with faith to cause it to be profitable for you. If you believe your own thoughts or what someone else thinks about you or how you feel at the moment or the negative that you see happening around you, you will not succeed because how you see yourself determines where you go in life.

Proverbs 13:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.....

How we see ourselves in our hearts is what we will speak out and act on. When we believe what God says about us we will begin to speak it out and act on it. Then we will have great success!

Father, I thank You for encouraging us to believe You above all else. You speak the truth about Your children and You expect us to believe that truth and receive it into our hearts so we can be all that You have created us to be. I pray for my friends today that might be struggling with low self-esteem. I pray, Father, that You will reveal to them just how important they are to You; that they might see that You gave everything for them; You gave Your very own Son to die for them that they might have eternal life. That is the greatest gift anyone could have given anyone else. Father, may they see themselves as You see them. Help them to receive the truth in Your word about themselves instead of the lies of the enemy. Thank You, Father, for showing them who they are in Christ Jesus. I pray these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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ANHELIC 8/3/2012 8:10PM

    Thank you for a wonderful lesson. We can all learn from this. Many times we become anxious for something and forget that it comes in God's timing, not ours. God bless you for taking the time to help us.

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DARLENEK04 8/2/2012 6:12PM

  Thank you for the wonderful blog and the prayers.

I am on my way(5;10pm) to Bible Study......

Hugs Avanell,

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EDITOR 8/2/2012 1:33PM

    Joshua and Caleb were the good old blessed boys. We choose blessings and not curses. We see ourselves the way God sees us---victorious! Thanks for thel esson today. May it permeate us through and through.

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ANHELIC 8/2/2012 11:44AM

    Thank you for sharing such a caring and loving lesson. I am so glad Jesus died for me so I could be set free. Everyday I cherish the Word of God and my Sparkfriends who share their messages with us. Sending you God's richest blessings.
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GABY1948 8/2/2012 11:28AM

    Thank you for another loving and caring blog, AVANELL....you are so full of the Word and so obedient to feed us everyday! Romans and Hebrews are very deep books but hold some of my MOST favorite verses! Gods Word can always make us feel better, again thank you for sharing such GREAT lessons each and every day! Gaye

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LOOKINGUP2012 8/2/2012 9:10AM

    emoticon for sharing a very thoughtful message!

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God's Great Love!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Lamentations 3:22-24 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!”

This is how God thinks of us every morning. It is because of His mercy that we are not condemned; His compassions that do not fail. They are new every morning. When God looks at that one who has placed His trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, what He sees is the blood of Jesus covering him. He sees what Jesus did on behalf of that person that cleanses him from sin. God loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son that we might not perish, but have everlasting life! This should give us hope! When we get up in the morning we should just thank the Lord that His grace has been extended to us; His salvation has made us whole; we have been forgiven.

Mercy – Hebrew chesed – Strongs #2617 – kindness, mercy, lovingkindness, unfailing love; tenderness, faithfulness.

God's mercy is His unfailing love expressed through kindness, tenderness and faithfulness. His compassions are new every morning.

Compassions – Hebrew racham – Strong's #7355 to fondle; to love, have compassion upon, to have pity for.

God's mercy causes Him to show tenderness to His children like a parent who would pick the little child up and hold him close to His heart, fondling or caressing him as a parent who kisses and holds his child. God sees us as His very own little children. We are precious in His sight.

Galatians 4:4-7 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Because of what Jesus did on the cross on our behalf we now have a place in the family of God. We, who have invited Jesus into our hearts by faith, have received the Spirit of adoption, or the Holy Spirit, whereby we can now call God our Abba, our Father! We are no longer alienated from Him but have been brought near through the blood of Jesus! It is because of God's mercy that we are not consumed; His compassions never fail; they are new every morning! Great is His faithfulness!

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Ephesians 2:19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.

If you have never invited Jesus into your heart to be your own personal Savior and Lord, the price has been paid by the blood of Jesus for you to come into the family of God. He is waiting for you to make the choice to live for Him. I would like to pray with you to do that. If you would like to receive Him please pray this prayer with me:

Father God, I come before You in the name of Jesus and I confess to You that I am a sinner, both by birth and by choice. I ask You to forgive me of my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that You are God and that You gave Your very own Son, Jesus Christ, to die for me that I might be saved. I confess that You raised Jesus from the dead; He is alive today and I confess Him as my Lord and Savior. I thank You for saving me. I vow to live for you every day of my life from this point on. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

If you prayed with me to receive Jesus as your Savior I would like to welcome you into the family of God. That is the most important decision you will ever make in your life. You are now “born again”; born of the Spirit as well as of the flesh. Jesus lives within you through His Spirit and will walk with you through every day, every trial and tribulation that you may encounter. You now have a friend that sticks closer than a brother. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Friends, if you have asked Jesus into your heart but are struggling with a difficulty in your life today, just know that God loves you; He wants to bring you out of the difficulty so He can bring you into the good plan that He has for your life. Jesus said that in this world you will have tribulations, but be of good cheer, because He has overcome the world. (John 16:33) The Amplified Bible says it this way:

John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

Jesus said He has deprived the world of it's power to harm you and has conquered it for you! Hallelujah! You don't have to suffer through life's problems. Pray and ask the Lord what you need to do in your situation to bring you out of the difficulty! He will give you the wisdom and direction you need to win the battle. Just be confident in His power to overcome what you are experiencing. He has perfect peace for you in the midst of the storm. All you have to do is receive it and act on it.

Father, I thank You for depriving the world of it's power to harm us! Thank You for taking the sting out of the problems we encounter. Thank You for giving us the victory through Christ Jesus! We are over-comers in You, Lord Jesus! Thank You for living in and through us to Your honor and glory! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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ANHELIC 8/1/2012 9:54PM

    Thanks for sharing. What an awesome God we serve every day.

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GABY1948 8/1/2012 6:37PM

    THIS is the kind of preaching/teaching that is SO needed in the world today! Honest teaching of the Bible through and through. The Word has been twisted and turned by so many and that is why I come to your blogs everyday...you truly let the Holy Spirit flow from you! Thank you, dear friend, AVANELL, and God Bless you!

Comment edited on: 8/1/2012 6:39:12 PM

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DARLENEK04 8/1/2012 5:21PM

  Thank you..........for the blog..........for the prayers...........



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LOOKINGUP2012 8/1/2012 11:36AM

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful verses, your sermon and the prayer. I especially love the first one: Through the LORD'S mercies we are not consumed.

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RSSSLHB 8/1/2012 8:21AM

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/1/2012 8:13AM

    Thanks for the reminder that we are never alone.

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SWIMLOVER 8/1/2012 8:10AM

  Thank You for this emoticon blog because we do Love and Serve an emoticon GOD!


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EDITOR 8/1/2012 6:58AM

    I hope others join in with the prayer of salvation. It is so easy (yet there comes a next chapter) that many overlook the Love of Christ and how He has been seeking you.

One may never get this opportunity again, but the Good News is presented. May it be in fertile soil! Amen

Thanks for the note and goodie. I desire all have what we have!

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LEANJEAN6 8/1/2012 6:47AM

    Bless you for giving me all that information!---I hope you have a great Spark Day!-Lynda emoticon

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Life Is Easier With Cookies!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

We have a little poodle that hates to get a bath. If she even gets the hint that it's bath time she runs and hides under the bed. She seems to sense it and we dare not ever say the word BATH in her presence or she will tuck her tail and run. We have started using the word “shampoo” as she hasn't figured that one out yet. But we have found that make life so much easier for Abby! So now we have to promise her a “doggie cookie” for all difficult chores, such as baths, hair cuts, and even going out to potty sometimes requires a “cookie”.

So when life is difficult for you to handle, just remember life is so much easier if you take a

I thought I would offer you a little lighter side to my personality today with an inside look at what goes on within when I am stressed, excited, happy or sad! Those emotions incite a rage within me that feels like I have the living within me!

Usually when we have extreme cravings for sweets it is an indication that something within is out of balance.  For women, it could be that "time of the month" when the hormones are raging; or it could be a deeper immune problem where the adrenal glands are stressed and releasing too much cortisol into our systems, but whatever it is if we will eat healthfully both physically and spiritually we will find that life will be easier.  And unfortunately, eating cookies usually just aggravates the problem.

So, with that said I think I'll go have me a

Won't you join me?


Oh well, I saved you from having to ditch your healthy living program today for a cookie! There are some days when I just have to lighten up and eat a cookie!

Father, bless my friends with a good day today! May they walk in the light of Your love and experience the goodness of Your presence. I pray, Father, that we will each seek You for our significance in life and not try to “feed” our emotions when it is really a spiritual hunger that we are experiencing. Even though we've looked at a lighter side of things today, I pray that we will always understand that deep within we have a spirit man who needs the nourishment from Your Spirit, Your Word and Your Presence! May we seek You with our whole hearts! In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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DARLENEK04 7/31/2012 5:53PM

  I am a cookie monster...cannot eat just one....so I never eat one............................

Our dogs know what cookies are.....but for them, if they do something especially
good, like Davids' dog does not like to mind me, but if he doesl, I ask him if he wants
a cookie and he will sit up and speak.....

my little girl has always known cookies are special treats.....in their case, not a literal
cookie but a piece of ham or turkey................

s for the excellent blog,

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 7/31/2012 12:57PM

    That cookie on the coffee cup looks delicious. I have to stay away from cookies because I can't eat just one!

Thanks for a delightful post!

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GOSPELCLOWN 7/31/2012 11:39AM

    Cookies and a cuppa tea! Everything in moderation. I love homemade cookies!

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VINGRAM 7/31/2012 10:20AM

    I am the cookie monster, and one cookie never happens! emoticon

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JEANNE229 7/31/2012 9:08AM

    Great message...and fun blog.

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GABY1948 7/31/2012 7:59AM

    Avie, you hit the nail on the head with this one! This is ME...cookies are my very FAVORITE no-no in all the world! I could be trained like your doggie with cookies! Such a cute and light blog today! Thank you, it shows me just how diversified you can be...and precious!

Loved the "shampoo" for bath...we used to take our babies to take out the mail or got out to get if when it was delivered (I live far out in the country with a LONG driveway) but we had to quit saying "mail" ever and even reverted to spelling it "M-A-I-L" and they even realized soon what that meant! Dogs are my other downfall...along with the cookies!

Thank you for the refreshing blog but more for the prayer as always...you are the BEST! God Bless you!

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EDITOR 7/31/2012 7:06AM

    So funny, Avanell! I train my dog with "cookies" Wish I could figure out how to train my dear husband as easily. This was precious and so are you! Thanks for the goodie and note. You are trained in the school of Christ.

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LEANJEAN6 7/31/2012 6:54AM

    Lol--cute little puppy!!!--and great pictures!--Lynda emoticon

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