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Jesus, Hope Of The Nations

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Isaiah 9:6 NLT For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. And the government will rest on his shoulders. These will be his royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His ever expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule forever with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David. The passionate commitment of the LORD Almighty will guarantee this!

This prophecy that is recorded in Isaiah was given to reveal to us the attributes of the Savior of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ. And the government will rest upon His shoulders! All governmental authority rests in Jesus Christ. He is the hope of the nations! In His government there is fairness and justice. He judges righteously, not according to man's decrees but according to God's. Jesus is the hope of the nations. The phrase “And the government will rest upon his shoulders” gives Him the entitlement to rule and reign over all the governments of the the world. If all governments would give Him His rightful place in ruling there would be no war, no hate, no destruction or fear of attack from surrounding neighbors. There would be peace on earth, goodwill towards men as the angels declared at the birth of the Christ child! His ever expanding, peaceful government will never end!

This portion of scripture identifies the Christ child as having four primary attributes:

Wonderful, Counselor – Isaiah 28:29 says that the LORD of hosts is wonderful in counsel and excellent in guidance. The only one who can counsel rightly is the One who knows all, sees all and is all powerful. This name that was given to the Christ child, Jesus, expresses His ability to govern rightly, to counsel with fairness, which is essential to any political leader. He is the living Word, the infallible source of guidance. He is all wisdom and knowledge; the Truth and the Way. There is no beginning to Him and no end.

Mighty God – He is God Himself. There is none above Him and none beside Him. He is the ultimate authority. The Child is God incarnate, the omnipotent One. The primary meaning for the Hebrew word for “Mighty” is power or strength. He is the All-powerful God!

Isaiah 11:1-5 NLT Out of the stump of David's family will grow a shoot—yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root. And the Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. He will delight in obeying the LORD. He will never judge by appearance, false evidence, or hearsay. He will defend the poor and the exploited. He will rule against the wicked and destroy them with the breath of His mouth. He will be clothed with fairness and truth.

Everlasting Father – This name expresses Christ's fatherly care. His place as the second person of the Trinity does not over-ride the Father, but He is an extension of the Father. He is the exact representation of His Father God.

Hebrews 1:1-3 NLT Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. But now in these final days, He has spoken to us through His Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son He made the universe and everything in it. The Son reflects God's own glory, and everything about Him represents God exactly. He sustains the universe by the mighty power of His command. After He had died to cleanse us from the stain of sin, He sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God of heaven.

He said He came not to do His own will, but the will of the One who sent Him.

John 6:38-40 NLT For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do what I want. And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those He has given me, but that I should raise them to eternal life at the last day. For it is my Father's will that all who see His Son and believe in Him should have eternal life—that I should raise them at the last day.

When you look at the life of Jesus that He lived here on earth you see the will of God in action. He did those things that He saw His Father doing and said what He heard His Father saying.

John 5:19; 30 NLT Jesus replied, “I assure you, the Son can do nothing by Himself. He does only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. But I do nothing without consulting the Father. I judge as I am told. And My judgment is absolutely just, because it is according to the will of God who sent me; it is not merely My own.

Prince of Peace – When sin entered the world through Adam at the Fall in the Garden of Eden, man was eternally separated from the Father; he was at enmity with the Father because God is a holy God and will not co-exist with sin. But when Jesus died on that cross to save man from His sin, the power of sin was broken and abolished and man, upon receiving Jesus' payment for his sin, was then able to come into God's presence as sinless, with nothing held against him because the payment for his sin was paid by the crucifixion of Jesus. Jesus made peace between God and man. He is the Prince of Peace.

Ephesians 2:14-18 NLT For Christ Himself has made peace between us Jews and you Gentiles by making us all one people. He has broken down the wall of hostility that used to separate us. By His death He ended the whole system of Jewish law that excluded the Gentiles. His purpose was to make peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in Himself one new person from the two groups. Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of His death, and our hostility toward each other was put to death. He has brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and to us Jews who were near. Now all of us, both Jews and Gentiles, may come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.

Not only did Jesus make peace between us and God, but He also created peace between Jews and Gentiles. He rules with peace! If we could only understand the greatness of His dominion and power there would be no fighting between the Jewish nation and their brothers and neighbors. Jesus paid the price for us to have peace in our world! He paid the price for us to have peace with God and with man!

What a wonderful world this would be if people would follow the Christ child this Christmas! How great is our God! He paved the way for peace to rule and reign in all of our lives through the birth of that One little baby, Jesus Christ! How awesome was His plan to redeem mankind. Who would have thought that the King of kings and Lord of lords would come as a little baby, born to a virgin who was betrothed to marry and laid in a manger because there was no room for Him in the Inn. No room—we have proclaimed in so many ways through the years that there is no room for Him in our governments, our schools, even in the hearts of so many. NO ROOM!

Will you make room for Jesus in your heart today? Will you receive Him as your own personal Lord and Savior. Peace begins in our own hearts when we accept the payment that Jesus paid for our sin. Once peace is established with God we can then extend it to those around us. Peace is spread one person to another. It is possible for our world to be a peaceful world.....if we will make room for the Savior!

Father, I come before You this morning to thank You for giving Your Son that we might have peace with You and with those around us. May Your peace permeate our hearts this Christmas and may it be a lasting peace that will follow us through into all eternity. I pray for those who have no peace in their lives this year. Those that have not followed Jesus as the Prince of Peace. I pray that You will show them their need for Jesus as Savior and Lord. I pray that they will surrender their hearts to Him and make Him the Lord of their lives. I pray that many will come to salvation as they read that Jesus is the hope of the nations. I pray that this will be their day of salvation. Open their blinded eyes and minds to see Jesus as the Savior, the One who paid the price for their sin and the One who wants to redeem them from the bondage of sin. Thank You, Father!

I pray also for all the people of the world that You would re-establish your rule and reign in the hearts of government leaders. I pray that governments will turn to You as the Wonderful Counselor, the One who is entitled to rule through the governments. I pray that the government will be on Your shoulders once again and that government leaders will turn to You and seek Your face and guidance in order to lead their countries in peaceful habitation with others. May You rule through them with fairness and justice!

Father, I thank You for hearing and answering my prayer this morning. I believe that I receive when I pray as instructed in Your word in Matthew 21:22. Thank You for effecting change in the hearts and lives of people all over the world! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.


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ANHELIC 12/21/2012 12:22AM

    Thank you Avanell for your great lesson today. I do have Jesus in my heart and I feel blessed that my friend, Lana is continually asking more and more questions. I have also learned from your messages and my own learning that I can help her. I am going to buy her a Bible for Christmas and I can share Jesus with her more and she can follow up in the Bible. God bless you for your lessons, you are awesome. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

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KATSTEAM 12/20/2012 8:21PM


when I read Royal titles . As I read each one my spirit wanted to shout out.
almighty , King Of kings . I can go with a list .
I dont think there are enough words on earth . To began to describe our
Savior .

Thank you avanell


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GABY1948 12/20/2012 7:12PM

    Avanell, if I could afford to I would pay for a billboard along I75 to post your blogs...you are one of God's great tools during this darkening time. I have many family members I have shared them with too. Keep up the wonderful work in God's army of Preachers, Teachers and Evangelists. Keep on preaching the TRUTH. and thank you for all your prayers God Bless you, Avanell!

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WARRIORGIRL121 12/20/2012 10:41AM

    Thank you Avanell for a good WORD today! Wonderful post! Thank you! :) Karen

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TONYVAND1 12/20/2012 9:54AM

  Thank You Avanell for sharing the Gospel today. I pray that hearts will be turned to Christ during this Christmas Season.

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EDITOR 12/20/2012 9:00AM

    Anyone looking for beauty this morning, will find it in this post. Anyone that hates Scripture will find cause in this post. Why is it so comforting to one and hatred to another?
I thank you for your word and lesson and prayer today, Avanell!

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Are You A Friend Of God?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Psalm 53:2 God looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God.

Living with a mountain view gives a person a whole new perspective on life in the valley. When I get up in the morning while it is still dark, I look out the back windows to see all the lights of the surrounding communities and it seems as if I'm perched high above all the happenings of the world. The lights shine and twinkle; you can point out different places and it's like being removed from life with all of it's joys and sorrows. One day I was standing at the back window looking down on the valley and I saw a car moving on one of the roads below. It looked like a matchbox car traveling along a narrow trail. It was then that the Lord quickened my heart to the fact that God sees all the busyness of man, as he hustles here and there, living his life as if that's all there is to it. And yet, God, looks down from His position high in the heavens and sees our world from a whole different perspective. We are often oblivious to what is going on around us because we see from a limited perspective, but God knows all and sees all from His omniscient, all-knowing perspective.

Isaiah 55:8, 9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

God thinks differently than us; He acts are different from ours. His ways and thoughts are so much higher than ours. So, does that mean that we can't know and understand our God? I don't think you'll find any substantiation to that thought in God's Word. He makes it clear that we can know Him; that if we will draw near to Him, He will draw near to us. We often hear 1 Corinthians 2:9 preached and the message is usually that we can't know what God has prepared for us; that His ways are so much higher than ours that we can't ever understand our God. And yet when you look at the context of that 1 Corinthians passage we can see that God reveals His will to us through His Spirit. We can know what is in the heart of God and His will to give us the good things that He has planned for us.

1 Corinthians 2:7-16 NLT No, the wisdom we speak of is the secret wisdom of God, which was hidden in former times, though he made it for our benefit before the world began. But the rulers of this world have not understood it; If they had, they would never have crucified our glorious Lord. That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” But we know these things because God has revealed them to us by his Spirit, and his Spirit searches out everything and shows us even God's deep secrets. No one can know what anyone else is really thinking except that person alone, and no one can know God's thoughts except God's own Spirit. And God has actually given us his Spirit (not the world's spirit) so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. When we tell you this, we do not use words of human wisdom. We speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit's words to explain spiritual truths. But people who aren't Christians can't understand these truths from God's Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them because only those who have the Spirit can understand what the Spirit means. We who have the Spirit understand these things, but others can't understand us at all. How could they? For “Who can know what the Lord is thinking? Who can give him counsel? But we can understand these things, for we we have the mind of Christ.

Paul says that man's wisdom is not the same as God's wisdom because if the rulers of the world would have known the good things that God has planned for those who love Him, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. They would have embraced Him as their King and ruler over the hearts of men. The only way to know God's thoughts and ways is to be born into His family; to be awakened from the spiritual darkness that separates man from God. Then when we seek the Lord, through His Spirit, He reveals to us the things that He has planned for us. He shares His secrets with us. We can understand His ways because we are born of His Spirit; we have the mind of Christ through the entrance that He has provided for us into the family of through His shed blood. He is our Head and we are His body. The head tells the body how to act, what to do in each situation. It is as we draw near to Him that He reveals the secret things to us.

Psalm 25:14 AMP The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning.

God reveals the deep, inner meanings of His covenant to those who have a sweet, satisfying companionship with Him; those who revere Him, worship Him and spend time with Him in prayer and Bible study.

Psalm 103:7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.

God revealed His ways to Moses through the intimate relationship that he had with Him, but the children of Israel just got to see God's acts. They didn't want to come close to God because they were afraid of Him. They told Moses to go be with God and then come back and report to them what God had said. But Moses spent time with the Lord and it is said that God spoke with Moses face to face as a man speaks to his friend.

Exodus 33:11 So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend...

Jesus told His disciples that He didn't see them as servants, but as friends and as such He revealed the Father's heart to them.

John 15:15 “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.”

As friends of God we can know His heart, we can understand His ways and through our relationship with Him we can do His will. We have the mind of Christ because the God who is all-knowing lives in the hearts of those who trust Him for salvation. Those who receive Jesus as Savior and Lord become the body of Christ. The Head is Jesus, the believers are His body. The Head shares with His body what He wants done and the body responds through obedience.

John 15:14 “You are my friends if you do whatever I command you.”

Does God consider you His friend? Are you responding to His call through obedience? Do you have a living and vital relationship with Him that is characterized through love and obedience?

God has made Himself available to His man; His family. Will you move from the outer court into the holy of holies and be known as a friend of God?

Father, I thank You for revealing Yourself and Your ways to those who know You, who through entrance into the family of God through the blood of Jesus, have come into relationship with You. I pray that those who don't know You will come to the saving knowledge of Jesus and be born again into the family of God today. May this day be the day of salvation for the lost. May they come to Jesus and be saved from their sin and given entrance into the family of God. Thank You, Father, for giving Jesus to die for their sins, to pay the penalty for sin in their lives. Thank You for drawing them by Your Spirit and for convicting them of their need for Jesus.

Father, I also pray for those who are in Your family, but haven't drawn close to You to experience Your sweet, satisfying companionship. Father, I pray that they will draw near to You so that You can draw near to them. Father, place a hunger and thirst within their hearts that is unquenchable, a fire that cannot be put out that will compel them to come close to You to know You and live through their relationship with You. Enlighten their spirits to Your Spirit within them and show them the secrets of a life lived in the Presence of Almighty God. Thank You, Father, for hearing and answering my prayer. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.


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MARYBETH4884 12/20/2012 4:42AM

    Just this morning I was thinking and thanking the Lord for strengthening our relationship. I feel God's presence in my life and it is a wonderful feeling!

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ANHELIC 12/20/2012 12:41AM

    Thank you Avanell for the great lesson. I am a friend of God just as the song says. Without God in my life, I would be unable to do the things I am doing. I feel so blessed to be able to share Him with my friend. I hope one day, she will be able to talk to Him like I can. God bless you for sharing. Thank you for sharing your messages with us.

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GABY1948 12/19/2012 4:37PM

    Avanell, YES, I am a friend of God! How glad I am to say that! And He is my friend, as well as my Everything! What a lovely blog today! We are so blessed to be able to be so close to Him and talk to Him anytime we want!

Thank you and God Bless you!

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SUNSET09 12/19/2012 10:20AM

  I am a friend of God, He calls me friend. Good thing He is like man only in likeness. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EDITOR 12/19/2012 9:05AM

    Yes, I am a friend of God. Thank you for asking. When we live high up, despite our location, we see so clearly. The view up here cannot quite yet be compared to the heavenly view we will have some day soon, but as humans it is pretty close to it.

God looks down to see us, but we look up--and around--to see Him. The evidence is so plain.

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TONYVAND1 12/19/2012 9:00AM

  God's ways are so much better than ours. We just don't trust enough to allow Him complete control. I pray I will be totally devoted to His ways and not mine.

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I Will Not Drown Or Be Burned!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Isaiah 43:1-3 NKJV But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;”

There are times in our lives, according to Ecclesiastes 3:1, when we experience different types of life events. The Bible records them as “seasons” and says that there is a time for every purpose under heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war,And a time of peace.

This week there are many who are going through a time of weeping; a time of sorrow and mourning. It is a sad time for them. The Bible says that there will be “times” or “seasons” for these things, but just as the seasons of our world change, so will the seasons in our lives. It is at these “times” of sorrow or fear or uncertainty that we can take refuge in God; we can find comfort in His Word and we can experience peace through the power of His Spirit within us. God is the One who created all things and knows His creation the best. He is the One who goes before us into all seasons of our lives and prepares the way for us to be successful and prosperous in them. He says in Isaiah 43:1 that we do not have to fear in these “times” for He is the One who has redeemed us. We are His and He has called us by name.

I have a unique name, Avanell, and many have difficulty saying it and remembering it. But I do not have to worry about God being able to remember my name. He knows me. I am known by my Creator. He has called us by name!

Isaiah 49:15, 16 “Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are ever before Me.

God remembers each one of us. He has us inscribed on the palms of His hands. He is aware of every season of life and knows how to guide us through each one. We do not have to fear what lies ahead of us because He knows us intimately and cares for us through each “season” of our lives. God didn't promise that there would not be “seasons” of heartache and disappointment, but He did promise us that He would go with us through them; that He would make sure we made it through the “seasons” of difficulty. That is a comfort to me. It encourages me to know that the God of all creation is holding my hand as I hurt; that He is shining a light before me so I can see to make my way through that particular “season” of life. I know that I will make it because He is my Savior; the One who has bought me back from the dominion of sin and darkness. He is the Light who lights my way; He is my Redeemer!

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'

He is our God; the One who is there to help us, to strengthen us and to lead us through to victory.

Isaiah 41:13 For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, 'Fear not, I will help you.'.

They say that the spirit realm is the most active in the early morning hours. It is at that time that a person is the most likely to be visited in their dreams by the evil one who comes to plant fear and despair in their mind. I have so many times been awakened at around 3-3:30 a.m. with fearful thoughts and a heaviness that's like a dark cloud hanging over my head. It is then that I have to take a stand against the evil one to remind him that my God is the One who controls my life; He is the One in whom I place my trust when fear comes knocking at my door. He has said that when I walk through the waters He will be with me and when I go through the rivers they will not overflow me; even when I walk through the fire I shall not be burned or scorched because He is my God; my Savior!

Shadrach, Meschach, and Abed-Nego went through a time of fire in their walk with the Lord when they refused to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar and worship the gold image that he had set up. They held fast to their God and the scripture records that when they went through that fiery furnace that they threw them into that their oppressors looked in and saw not just the three that had been thrown in but a fourth man walking with them that looked like the Son of God. They said that Shadrach, Meschach, and Abed-Nego were loosed of the ropes that had bound them; they were not hurt, the hair of their heads was not singed nor were their garments affected. They didn't even smell like smoke when they came out of that furnace. (Daniel 3:13-30)

God was right there with them, walking through the fire with them and enabling them to come out unharmed. That's the God that we serve! He is the God of impossibilities. He takes care of His own!

This morning you may be walking through a fire of your own. This may be a season of sorrow or discouragement for you. If so, hang on to the hand of your Savior! He will walk with you through it and the “season” will pass.

Father, I thank You for going before us into every season of our lives. And I thank You for walking with us through them. I know that You hold us by the hand to walk us through the difficult times as well as the good times. Thank You for being a personal God; One who knows Your children and calls them by their names. Thank You for taking a personal interest in each of our lives. Father, I pray for those who are sorrowing today. I ask You to be close to them; to let them feel Your presence; to give them the supernatural strength that only comes from You for the day that they are facing. I pray that they will recognize Your hand upon them and that they will sense a closeness with You that they have not known before. Heal their broken hearts, comfort them and strengthen them. Father, remind them that this season in their lives will pass and a brighter one lies ahead of them. Thank You for being there with them, Father. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's confession: When I walk through the waters of adversity and fire, I will not drown or be burned for my God holds my hand and leads me through to victory. He knows me and calls me by my name. I am His and He is mine!

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/19/2012 5:14PM

  Avanell, this blog brought back to my memory a vision or dream I had in the year 1999 in the month of August.

I was floating above a very big number of men on horses wearing armour and having spears and riding around a huge fire burning in the deep black dark of the night.

Then He spoke to me telling me that "you will never be harmed or hurt because of My hedge of protection and My wall of fire that protects you from all all the time forever more".

When ever I have obstacles and troubles and trials and tribulations I remember this in full color and His voice that vibrated through my entire being of sprit, soul and body at the time of His visiting me in the night time hours.

This is such a comfort to me and I am ever so thankful for having this vivid memory of His promise to me.

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GABY1948 12/19/2012 5:53AM

    Avanell, thank you for ALL your lessons, and especially this one. I have always loved this story, and each time read it gives something new. You are right about the seriousness and fear of what more can darkness bring against us. The world is getting darker by the day. Yes, I know Who my Deliverer is and love to be reminded often of Him. Thank you for being such a good friend to me always!

God Bless you!

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ANHELIC 12/18/2012 11:47PM

    Thank you for a great lesson Avanell. I feel secure knowing the God walks with me through my trials and holds my hand. Each morning I read Ephesians 6 10-18, putting on the full armor of God. With a comforting feeling through the day, I fear no evil. If I run into problems, I can call out to God and I know He will be there to help me through it. Presently, I am going through sorrow for Lori's family and Lana, my friend and Avon helper. Lana's daughter misscarried her baby at 6 months. She was stillborn and the furneral will be on Friday. I am trying to help her and her daughter through this. God bless you for your teaching.

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TEALHAWK 12/18/2012 11:15PM

  thank you for sharing

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BABY_GIRL69 12/18/2012 5:49PM

    He is mine too Avanell!! lol NO need to fight for He is whatever we need for Him to be to us and all that we need Him to be. Thank you for this wonderful blog you have written! You have given us meat to eat & I am full.

God bless you & I pray all is well.


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TONYVAND1 12/18/2012 5:41PM

  Thank you for this blog today. God does take us thru trials but He never leaves us or forsakes us.

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KATSTEAM 12/18/2012 5:08PM

    Thank you

these chapters & verses of 41 of Isaiah , they are some of the most powerful
words, I so recall them , before moving here to ARizona .

I drove out here with my Bible on the Dash Board. I stoped at rest stops & opened
the word of God to these very words . I read them over & over , I continue on .
Had I not the word Of God inprinted on me , I wouldnt be here to today .

I would be in cailfornia , my personal egypt .

God Bless

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LOOKINGUP2012 12/18/2012 9:07AM

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging word.

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VICKI2705 12/18/2012 8:49AM

    Thank you for the encouragement and reminder of God's faithfulness!

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EDITOR 12/18/2012 8:39AM

    How uplifting to know He has determined our death before we ever arrive there. What fears you have addressed today.

It is tantalizing that you mentioned early morning dreams. Could be the reason I awaken far before dawn, and pray each bedtime, that I will not recall my dreams from the evening before. I do know Jesus awoke early before others to be alone with the Father, and perhaps that is why. He needed to be on guard during the dark hours before God granted daylight. The earliest nightmare I can recall with vividness was at the age of 3 or 4. How terrifying for a little one. Yet, we who are His can recall, ANYTHING, that is not His gentle love. How much more MUST we recall all of the blessings, favor and goodwill that He has sent upon us instead.

I thank Him, and you dear friend in Christ, for addressing issues that still may haunt some today. And thank you for the sweetness of a goodie and personal note yesterday, Avanell.

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EMMELINEE3 12/18/2012 8:27AM

    I went to bed with heaviness on my heart I woke up early to a calling get up wear the armor of God and be in service. I read your blog as it strengthened and encouraged me and I prayed along side with you for the glory of God. Thank you for your inspirational words on this day.

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The Bread Of Life

Monday, December 17, 2012

Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'”

Jesus, when He was tempted by the devil in the wilderness, quoted scripture to him in order to defeat him. This is a key element to our walking in victory over the attacks of the enemy. The word of God is vitally important in our exercising authority over the devil when he comes to attack our minds. In this first attack that the devil threw at Jesus he challenged Him regarding His physical need for food. Jesus had fasted for forty days and forty nights. He was hungry. This was a primary need in His life at that very moment. There are certain times in our lives when we are more vulnerable to the enemy's attacks than others. It is at those weak times that we will be more apt to have the enemy attack us. This was a time in Jesus' life when He knew He must rely heavily upon the word of God to defeat the attack of the enemy on His life.

Satan, described as the “tempter” came to Jesus and said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” (Matt. 4:3) The “tempter” is one of the names of Satan because it describes him by what he does. He tempts people to go against the word of God thereby taking things into their own hands to try to accomplish God's will in their lives. Jesus was drawing close to the Father through fasting and prayer. He was seeking God's will in His life for the plan that God had to free mankind from the dominion of sin to which they had been held in bondage. The “tempter” came to draw Him away from the plan that God had for His life by tempting Him to do things His own way.

The response that Jesus had towards the temptation of the devil serves as an example to us in how we can defeat his attacks in our lives. Jesus said, “It is written”! The Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword according to Hebrews 4:12. It is described as the sword of the Spirit in Ephesians 6:17 where Paul is speaking to us about the armor of God and it's place in enabling us to be able to fight and stand against the wiles of the devil during times of spiritual warfare. Jesus quoted scripture, used like a sword, to the devil to defeat his attack against Him. When He was attacked regarding hunger He applied the word of God to that particular attack by saying, “It is written”, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” To nourish the physical man you must eat. Likewise, to nourish your spirit man, the inner person, you must eat of the Word of God. Food is necessary in both instances, but physical nourishment will not strengthen the spirit man, only the Word of God will do that. You can't fight a spiritual battle with physical food. The spirit of man will only be strengthened through eating or ingesting the Word of God.

Word – Greek word “rhema” which means the communication of the message. It is a verse taken from the Word of God and spoken to us by the Holy Spirit when needed to defeat the devil in his attacks against our lives. Rhema – the spoken Word of God.

Jesus was being attacked in His hunger. The Holy Spirit spoke the scripture needed to counter the attack upon His physical being. A Rhema word from God's Word will be given to you by the Holy Spirit as you need it to counter an attack upon your life. The key to having the Holy Spirit speak that scripture to you is through you putting the Word of God into your heart. That's why Jesus said, “'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” The spirit man within you cannot live and be strong enough to counter the attacks of the enemy without feeding on the Word of God.

Jesus said that when the Holy Spirit would be given to us, after He ascended back to heaven, that He would be our Helper and would teach us all things and bring back to our remembrance all things that Jesus had said.

John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

The Holy Spirit brings back to our remembrance the Words of Jesus, or the Word of God, when we need them to fight the attacks that Satan arrays against us and to help us in our walk of faith. If we are not ingesting the Word of God, reading, studying and acting on it, the Holy Spirit does not have anything to help us with when the attack comes from the enemy.

God told Joshua that he should not let the Book of the Law, the Word of God, depart from his mouth, but that he should meditate in it day and night, that he might heed it and do all that was written in it so that he might be prosperous and successful in all that he did.

Joshua 1:8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart form your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

Success in standing against the enemy comes through knowing and speaking the Word of God to him in each attack. God told Joshua that he need not be afraid but to be strong and courageous for He was with him wherever he went. God goes with us through His Word and His Spirit within us. When we are filled with His Word and His Spirit we can effectively stand against the attacks that Satan throws at us. We have no need to fear because our God has empowered us to win. He has given us His Word and His Spirit to enable us to fight and win. Are you prepared for the battle? Does the Word of God hold a high priority in your life? Are you eating of the Word of God as often as you are feeding your physical man?

Father, I thank You for Your Word and Your Spirit who gives us the victory. Thank You for giving us the Word to defeat the devil when he attacks our lives. I thank You for Your Spirit who never leaves us nor forsakes us to fight under our own power. Thank You for helping us to strengthen our spirit man so we can stand against the wiles of the devil. Father, I pray for those who are struggling in a battle this morning. I pray that You will give them the Rhema Word that they need by Your Spirit to fight and win against their enemy. I pray that my friends will eat of Your Word every day to strengthen them for upcoming battles. Father, I know that in these last days the attacks of the enemy will increase as he knows that his time is shortened so I ask You to make us aware of the importance of giving Your Word pre-eminance in our hearts and lives. Thank You for equipping us to win the battles of life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's confession: The Word of God is in my heart and in my mouth. I defeat the devil's attacks through speaking the Word of God into that situation.

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ANHELIC 12/18/2012 12:21AM

    Thank you Avanell for an powerful lesson. I too quote scripture when praying. I am grateful to have the Holy Spirit guiding me and being with me when faced with the enemy. He puts the words in my mouth to enforce the Lord's word. God bless you and thank you for the goodie and note you sent for Lori's passing. I will truly miss her.

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FISHINGLADY66 12/17/2012 10:17PM

    emoticon for this inspiring blog, victory through Christ our Lord.

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KATSTEAM 12/17/2012 8:01PM



and the anointing that is upon you & the call on your life .These are great teachings.

when I pray many times I quote scriptures back to the Lord . I ust do
re inforceing I suppose my prayer

God bless

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GABY1948 12/17/2012 6:40PM

    Wonderful one as usual, Avanell. Yes, the spoken Word is sharper than any two-edged sword! You present it all so beautifully!

Comment edited on: 12/17/2012 6:40:50 PM

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TONYVAND1 12/17/2012 11:22AM

  The Holy Spirit gives us victory through Christ our Lord as we follow Him. The Word is our guide.

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MARYBETH4884 12/17/2012 10:30AM

    Thank you Lord for your Son, your Spirit and your Word. Without these our lives would be over!

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RSSSLHB 12/17/2012 8:57AM

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EDITOR 12/17/2012 8:45AM

    Quoting and praying Scriptures is the only way we have of defeating the wily one. We fast when we want to outwit the tempter. We beseech the Holy Spirit to equip us. We read the Word daily and we rely that His words are true and faithful as always. We take communion and we are healed by His stripes and our confession. We gather together as One in His body for fellowship and exhortation. We continue to seek His face and will in all we do. We forgive others as we so desire to be forgiven.

Oh my, does this sound like we need to do our part and not just coast until He takes us home?

God bless your devotional today, as always, Avanell.

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TDEMAIO2 12/17/2012 8:25AM

    AWESOME : ) Thank you!

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JILLITA55 12/17/2012 8:19AM

    good blog.

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My Heart Overflows!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Isaiah 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.

What are you meditating on in your heart? That is what will come out of your mouth. The Psalmist says that he prays the words that come out of his mouth and the things that he is thinking about in his heart will be acceptable to God. Have you ever thought about whether or not what you are thinking about and saying are pleasing to God?

Psalm 45:1 My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

The Psalmist here says that his heart is overflowing with a good theme and that is what flows from his tongue. You can tell pretty quickly what a person is thinking about all the time because that's what you hear coming out of the mouth. Words can never be taken back, they simply wait out there in the air to be remembered by whomever spoke them or heard them.

Proverbs 21:23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles.

Proverbs 18:20, 21 A man's stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. And those who love it will eat it fruit.

There's so much in the word of God regarding the tongue and the effects our words have on ourselves and those around us. In Matthew 12:33-37 Jesus even chastised those around him for the things they were saying.

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Evidently God cares very deeply about what we say, even to the point of holding us accountable on the day of judgment for our words. We will have to give account of them and we'll either be justified by them or condemned. I pray as the Psalmist said in Psalm 19:14 that the words of my mouth and the meditation in my heart would be acceptable to my God!

Father, I come before You this morning ever mindful of the words that I have spoken in so many instances that I know have not been pleasing to You. Father, we may think that as long as we don't use curse words that our language is good, but that's not true. You've said in Your Word that if we are thinking about wrong things and our mouth speaks that out that we can be unacceptable to You. I pray, Father, that there will be a good theme running through my heart that my mouth will speak about. Today I give You my heart and my mouth that You might cleanse them and cause me to think on the good things that will eventually flow out of my mouth. Father, may I speak in accordance with Your Word for Your word is truth. If I think on Your word then my speech will be acceptable to You. Thank You, Father, for cleansing my heart and mouth so I can speak forth the right things. May my words be uplifting and comforting to those around me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Confession for today: My heart is overflowing with the truth of God's Word and my mouth reflects it by it's speech. I speak life into every situation!

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/17/2012 10:16PM

  This is something we always need reminding of...

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TDEMAIO2 12/17/2012 5:20AM

    Thank you Thank you for this : ) sometimes I think you a sending these words just for me when I need them most emoticon

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ANHELIC 12/16/2012 9:45PM

    What an awesome lesson. I just love the Proverbs. There is so much teaching and wisdom in those words. I seem to be able to turn to them and find something that touches my heart. I too love the Psalms. Thank you for sharing this with us. You are an awesome friend and Lady of God.

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IAM_HIS2 12/16/2012 7:51PM

    What a beautiful blog--so much wisdom. I was just mediating on this last night and read your blog today. God bless you my friend!

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EDITOR 12/16/2012 4:48PM

    Psalm 45:1 is my all time favorite verse. Thank you for your prayer and lesson, Avanell.

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TONYVAND1 12/16/2012 2:32PM

  So important that we waych what we say.

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LOOKINGUP2012 12/16/2012 2:10PM

    Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, My God and My Redeemer. is in the Psalms also. It just played as I was reading this. Thank you for your prayer.

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GABY1948 12/16/2012 12:17PM

    Oh, Avanell, this is such a good lesson today. I always try to be mindfull of what I say! I can never be reminded to often of it. When I get nervous (around others) I sometimes tend to rattle on...just from the nervousness!

God bless you always, dearest friend! emoticon emoticon

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