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Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Tuesday, September 18, 2012



Hebrews 12:1-4 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.

Oh Father, I look to You today for all that I need for You are my Source and Provision. You are the One that I lean on; that I cling to and rely on. Without You in my life I am nothing and can do nothing. Thank You, Lord, for taking care of the things that concern me. Thank You for providing for my every need. You are awesome in this place, Mighty God! Help me, Lord, to look away from the things that try to hold me back from being all that You've called me to be. Show me the way to take when problems arise that try to steal my focus away from You. Strengthen me for the journey, Father.

“Turn your eyes upon Me, Child, and look for me in every situation. For whatever you look upon will become the biggest in your life. Your focus becomes what you think about; the primary importance in your life. If you magnify the problem it will become bigger but if you magnify Me I will take pre-eminence over all that is happening around you. Look at Me, Child. Look into My eyes and see the love that I have for you. You are My focus. I gave everything that I had for you. You were on My mind when those soldiers were beating Me and nailing My body to that tree. You were My focus. I love You, My Child. I will perfect that which concerns you. Don't focus on how big your problems are. Focus on how big You God is and watch Me show Myself strong on your behalf. Watch Me move mountains in answer to your call. Call unto Me, Child, and I will show you great and mighty things that you have never known. I will open the eyes of your understanding when you listen to My voice and place your trust in Me. I am the Great I AM; there is nothing too difficult for Me. Do not allow the cares of this life to weigh you down for I care for you. I will help you when you look unto Me for I am the author and finisher of your faith.”

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RONALANA 9/19/2012 3:18PM

    That last paragraph brought tears to my eyes! So true that whatever we focus on becomes biggest - and so true that when we turn our eyes upon Jesus, the things of this world grow strangely dim! Thanks once again for the inspiration!

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GABY1948 9/19/2012 6:03AM

    I'm late...we were gone all day yesterday...worn out...

This is SO true, Avanell, and I needed it! As you know, I had to regroup my "Focus" a couple weeks ago in these times...but I have remembered (or been reminded) many, many times since then.

Thank you for your faithfulness is putting us all first over your quiet time. I appreciate it so much!

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ANHELIC 9/18/2012 11:13PM

    Thank youf Avanell for a great lesson. We have to rely and trust Jesus for everything. He gave His life for us and we don't even have to repay, just simply love and trust Him. I'm not sure how successful we would be without His help and hand in our circumstances. I love you Jesus. Sending you god blessings for sharing His word. Thank you for the comment on my blog and the goodie you sent me.

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EDITOR 9/18/2012 3:22PM

    Glad you are sharing and hearing!
Thanks for the comment on my blog. May our love increase.
Thanks for the note and goodie.


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BABY_GIRL69 9/18/2012 2:50PM

    He does love us...why, is the question that He will answer but He is there waiting on each of to find our way to Him. Praise Him that He doesn't hold us to sins which we have asked forgiveness for. Daily we look to Him because He is our Provider in every way.. We are NEVER alone in Him. Thank You Lord! Amen.

God bless,

Dee

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SLIMLEAF 9/18/2012 8:06AM

    Really? After all these years, why do I find it hard to believe deep down that God could possibly love me/us that much?

But that doesn't stop me saying a definite "Amen" to your prayer, Avanell. Thank you.

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AZMOMXTWO 9/18/2012 7:58AM

  thank you

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Refiner's Fire

Monday, September 17, 2012



Father, as I see You I see my own uncleanness. Father, You are holy and set apart above the whole race of man. You are pure and clean and I am impure and unclean. Father, when I see You I see the magnitude of my sin. I see the impurity of my heart. Purify my heart, Oh God. Let it be as gold and purest silver. Purify my heart. May it be as gold, pure gold. Father, I realize that as You have said the tongue is like a raging fire and it sets the whole course of a person's life on fire. Father, I ask You to purify my heart so my tongue will not spew forth evil things. I know that Your word says that the tongue speaks out what is in abundance in the heart. I ask You, Father, to fill my heart with good things that my tongue will spill forth fresh water, healing waters and things that will glorify You in my life. Touch my tongue with the fire of Your coals and purify it, Oh Father!

Isaiah 6:1-7 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away. And your sin purged.”

James 3:6-10 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole boy, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought now be so.

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“Until a person can see the uncleanness within them they cannot be helped; they cannot be changed. A sinner who will not acknowledge his sin cannot be saved. But when that person comes to Me acknowledge their sin I free pardon and forgive them.

You are a work in progress, My Child. It is good that you have seen the uncleanness and impurity of your heart for I now can cleanse it and make it pure. Your eyes have been opened to see the poison of the asp in each person's tongue. Do not yield it to the deadly poison that tries to come forth when you are under pressure. Pray that you do not enter in temptation for your flesh is weak even though your spirit is willing to do what is right. It is at those times that your enemy has placed a strategic attack against you to destroy your relationships with those that you love.

Yes, Child, the words of another cut deep within your heart. Their words are judged just like yours. I will deal with the heart of the other just as I have dealt with yours. Keep your eyes focused on Me. Do not let the words and actions of another detour you from following My commands and doing what is right in My sight. All things are laid bare before Me. Let Me be the judge and lawgiver. You are the created; not the Creator. I have cleansed your iniquity and removed the guilt of your sin. Go forth now, My Child, ever aware of the magnitude and weight that your words carry. Do not fall prey to the attack of the enemy, but stand firm against him resisting him through your faith.”

  
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ANHELIC 9/17/2012 5:47PM

    Thank you for an awesome lesson Avanell. I know I need to have an encounter with Him every morning. We need to be refreshed each day and as we pray, asked for a new beginning asking for forgivieess for my sins. We have to keep remembering that greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. As I repent and ask for forgiveness and know that God forgives my sins, I can carry on with a clean heart another day. God bless you for sharing such a great message with us.

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RONALANA 9/17/2012 11:44AM

    Once again, thanks for the inspiration! You know, each time I look into HIS holiness, have a very fresh encounter with HIM, the first thing that happens is that I see just how impure I am, how undeserving I am of all HE is in my life, and how much I need HIS refining in my life. That leads me to repentance - and then into HIS joy! Have a blessed day!

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GABY1948 9/17/2012 8:02AM

    Oh, AVANELL, I could hear this message all day every day and still need to hear it more. FLESH...that is the dirtiest word in the world to me...Thankfully it is covered so well in the Word. I give total praise to Him because He is ALWAYS helping us to keep straight! We just have to do our part and STAY IN the Word!

God Bless your week! And thank you...

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EDITOR 9/17/2012 7:59AM

    Yes, Avanell, this was powerful because you have a listener's ear. The refiner's fire is worth it. Don't let the enemy distract you. He is dealing with those who "trouble" and He is for us and not against us.

Everytime, without exception, I heard His voice, someone came at me to mock me and be my nemesis.

Stand firm, child of God, and gather with the faithful. They pray for you and don't look back to the past. You have a heavenly host and great cloud of witness cheering you on. Is this not enough for you? I will never be finished with you until you come to your true home in heaven, and then Life will begin as you will be rewarded by meeting me face to face. You will see your loved ones there, and nothing will marr or disturb. Do you see Me sitting on the throne?

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Wonderful, Merciful Savior!

Saturday, September 15, 2012



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Wonderful, merciful Savior
Precious Redeemer and Friend
Who would have thought that a lamb could
Rescue the souls of men
Oh, You rescue the souls of men

Comforter, Counselor, Keeper
Spirit we long to embrace
You offer hope when our hearts have
Hopelessly lost the way
Oh, we hopelessly lost the way

You are the one that we praise
You are the one we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for

Almighty, infinite Father
Faithfully loving Your own
Here in our weakness You find us
Falling before Your throne
Oh, we're falling before Your throne

You are the one that we praise
You are the one we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for

You are the one that we praise
You are the one we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for

You are the one that we praise
You are the one we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for

Almighty, infinite Father
Faithfully loving Your own
Here in our weakness You find us
Falling before Your throne
Oh, we're falling before Your throne

You are the one that we praise
You are the one we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for

Oh Lord Jesus, You are the One that I praise; You are the One I adore. Who would have thought that a lamb could rescue the souls of men. Who would have thought that such a meek and mild Savior would be born to rescue us from the death and destruction of the evil one. You are the One that I praise today, Lord Jesus! You are the One that I adore! You deserve the praise of my heart this morning. You deserve the adoration of my soul. Thank You for loving me, for saving me, for rescuing me from destruction! Thank You for keeping me in Your care, Father. Thank You, Lord, for Your redeeming power. You know all, see all and are all-powerful. How could I question Your ability to care for those things that are heavy on my heart, Father. You are well able to care for my loved ones; for my life and all that is within it. You are worthy to receive my praise and I do praise You this morning, Father!

“Oh My little one, My child. I do see those things that are heavy on your heart this morning. I do see that you care for the ones that are hurting. I see and I care as well, Child. I am working in each situation. Even when You can't see my hand moving you can trust My heart. You can trust that I will save, heal and deliver those that you are concerned about. I am not a man that I should lie or the son of man that I would change My mind. I died for mankind, to redeem them from the curse and sting of the death of the evil one. You are always on my mind, Child, as well as those that you care about. Turn your eyes upon Me, and look to Me for I am working and will show You the miraculous that you are seeking. I will touch the hearts and lives and bring healing and wholeness as you have requested. I will have compassion on those that are hurting and lost, wandering around without a Savior. I did not die for nothing, Child. I died to secure a work that only I could do. There is no man that could save besides Me. I died for you and those that you love and care for. I will do what is best for each one of them. Do not be disheartened this morning for I care for you.”

  
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TEALHAWK 9/17/2012 6:12PM

  That was beautiful, thanks for sharing this

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SLIMLEAF 9/17/2012 10:17AM

    Amen.

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ANHELIC 9/15/2012 11:08PM

    Thank you Avanell for sharing such a beautiful hymn and lesson. We need to share Jesus with those who have not come to know Him. We need to praise His wonderful name and never go against His lessons. Jesus loves us more than we can every love anyone. He sacrified His life for us. How many of us would do this for another. Thank you again. May God bless you for sharing His wonderful love with us. emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 9/15/2012 1:02PM

    Avenell, thank you so much for sharing this with us this morning....

God bless & keep you!

Dee

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RONALANA 9/15/2012 11:17AM

    My devotional this morning was about resting in the Lord - knowing that time spent in resting in HIM is actually the source of our strength and peace. The beautiful hymn is a great reminder to just how wonderful, merciful, great, strong and loving our Savior is! Thanks again!

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GABY1948 9/15/2012 7:47AM

    Avanell, THANK you, what a beautfiul poem to start the day off with. How can ANYONE live without our meek and mild and strong Lord? And thank you for reminding me that His hand IS in every care that I have of this world. Thank you as always, God Bless you and AMEN!

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EDITOR 9/15/2012 7:45AM

    Even when we do not see, we do hear- Enjoy hearing because so few do. We live and breathe Jesus and we depend on Him feeding His lambs and sheep.

He sees our heaviness of heart as no One else can see. He sees us as we are often afraid to see ourselves. He is Lord of All, and He reigns in our life because we give it back, with gratitude each and everyday to Him.

Bless your listening ear and your heart for others to hear as we do.
Thank you, Avanell for your goodie and personal note. He cares more than we can completely know this side of heaven.

Speak and listen because that is your current assigned blessing! Listen first!

Bless and reveal Lord to those, such as Avanell, who is willing to dethrone self that Jesus may be lifted high. Amen



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CANDOSUE52 9/15/2012 7:43AM

   

Your blog and Editor's each morning sure set my spirit in the right direction.
Thank you, Avanell ! Have a wonderful day.

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My Life Is Yours, Lord!

Friday, September 14, 2012



Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee;
Take my voice and let me sing
Always, only for my King.

Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee;
Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold

Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store;
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.

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Galatians 2:20, 21 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. “I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

Father, I pray that You will purify my heart and make me a vessel of honor unto You. I present my heart to You, Lord, that You might take it and make it what You want it to be, clean and unblemished before You; pure, that I might see You.


“I see your heart, Child. I know it inside and out for I created your heart. You are My masterpiece created unto good works. You are fashioned after Me. You were created to be filled by Me and Me alone. You are Mine. I placed the seal of My Spirit within you. You were bought with a price; the precious blood of My Son. You are more valuable than any of My creation. Would I not, then, do as you have asked? Would I not develop My investment in You? I am working; I am changing you; I am doing what you have asked. I never sleep or slumber because I am always working. Do you not sense the work that I am doing in you? Do you not perceive the new thing that is rising up within you? I am doing all that. It is Me within you that is changing your desires. Be patient, Child, and rest in Me and allow Me to mold you into the image of My Son.”

  
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ANHELIC 9/14/2012 11:39PM

    Thank you Avanell for an awesome lesson. I love the hymn, It's one of my favorites. I says what's in my heart. I pray that the Lord will use me to spread His word among people who don't know Him like we do. I am so grateful everyday that He is with me and will never leave me. Sending you God's richest blessings. Thank you for the goodie and commenting on my Sparkpage.

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KATSTEAM 9/14/2012 4:19PM

    THIS IS BEAUTIFUL LORD LET IT ALSO BE MY PRAYER IN j emoticon ESUS NAME

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RONALANA 9/14/2012 11:05AM

    The third verse of this hymn (one of my favorites) definitely goes hand in hand with your two ears and one mouth blog! This is my prayer! Thanks for the inspiration! I just figured out that I can subscribe to your blog!

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CANDOSUE52 9/14/2012 10:30AM

   

So beautiful, as always!! You're a real blessing.

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GABY1948 9/14/2012 8:54AM

    Avanell, SUCH a good friend you are to have. Always giving us a wonderful diet of the Word in your blogs. How thankful I am to the Lord for bringing you into my life in these last days that seem to really be separating the "Truth from the fiction". Thank you and God Bless your day and weekend...you certainly bless mine!

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EDITOR 9/14/2012 8:15AM

    Thank you for being a listener. There are so few!

I do not feel the aloness when you are blogging or posting.

Thank You, father God for showing us the Way, the Truth, the Life in Christ Jesus, who is the only reality some of us may experience today. Amen

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50HARLEYGIRL 9/14/2012 7:51AM

    AMEN! This is awesome! Thank You so much for sharing!

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50HARLEYGIRL 9/14/2012 7:51AM

    AMEN! This is awesome! Thank You so much for sharing!

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Breathe On Me, Breath of God!

Thursday, September 13, 2012



Breathe on me, Breath of God
Fill me with life anew
That I may love what Thou dost love
And do what Thou wouldst do

Breathe on me, Breath of God
Until my heart is pure
Until with Thee I will one will
To do and to endure

Breathe on me, Breath of God
Til I am wholly Thine
Till all this earthly part of me,
Glows with Thy fire divine.

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Breathe on me, Oh God, Without Your inspiration I am nothing. My words are just words on a page, with no life. But Your Spirit gives life to Your word. Breathe on Me, with the breath of Your Spirit, Oh God. Fill me with life anew. Fan the flame with me as only You can do. Teach my heart, restore my life, fill me with life anew. Breathe on me, Oh Breath of God. Without You I am nothing, but with You I can do all things. Don't let me die on the vine, Father! Breathe Your new life within me.

“The hunger within your heart determines where you go in your relationship with Me, Child. Where there is no hunger there is nothing to fill. Create a hunger within yourself for Me and I will fill it. But if you have a hunger for the world I cannot fill that for I am at odds with worldly desires. What is of the world is not of Me. My people must seek Me with all their hearts for Me to fill them. If your devotion is divided you will have a divided heart always going in two different directions. The flesh lusts against the Spirit for the Spirit cannot embrace the things of the flesh. Do not seek the world or the things in the world, for I am not in them. Turn Your eyes to Me and I will fill the recesses of your heart with My thoughts, my desires and my feelings. Your will will become Mine as You seek me with all your heart. Yield yourself to Me and I will give you the desires of your heart. Those desires will become Mine as you turn Your eyes to Me and seek Me with your whole heart. Your joy will be full to overflowing for in My presence there is fullness of joy and at My hand are pleasures forevermore. Purify your heart; purify your thoughts. You live in the world but are not of it so why does it take up so much of your time? Turn to Me and live; turn to Me and be filled. Turn to Me and I will breathe new life into Your soul.”

Father, I turn the eyes of my heart to You for You to fill! May Your breath fill me to overflowing! May Your life within me turn my life into a mighty flame that burns within until my words become filled with Your inspiration! In Jesus' name I pray! Amen.

  
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KAYYVAUGHN 9/14/2012 5:38AM

    Meaningful blog. Thanks.
Kay

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ANHELIC 9/13/2012 7:03PM

    Thank you for your awesome lesson. I can't get enough of God in my life. He is my inspiration and guides me in the direction He chooses. Breathe on me God and turn me into your wonderful child. Thank you for sharing Avenell. May God bless you for sharing His word with us.

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GABY1948 9/13/2012 6:04PM

    Beautiful blog today and so happy to see it! God Bless you, Avie

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SANDYTOES17 9/13/2012 4:53PM

    I am with you Avie! I can't get enough!!!
Thank you!

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EDITOR 9/13/2012 2:30PM

    Watching the Lord breathe on you and revive you!
Beautiful, O, Lord!
Thank you for the prayer inspiration on my blog today.

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FISHINGLADY66 9/13/2012 12:48PM

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RONALANA 9/13/2012 12:28PM

    Thanks for this post! That is one of my favorite hymns and you have added such inspiration to it! God bless you!

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