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Bringing Living Water To Those Who Thirst

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I took a little time off yesterday to spend the day with my hubby. We went to Nashville to Bass Pro and the Opry Mills Mall. It was a time for us to just get away and spend a little time together, not that we don't spend time together as we do 24/7 since we are both retired. But there's just something about getting off the mountain and enjoying a meal out and a little time to shop. During the day I received six messages, emails or phone calls regarding ministry obligations! What a busy day! So, today I have spent some quality time with the Lord for myself, hence, no blog or teaching devotional this morning. It was about 11:30 before I finally crawled into bed last night so today has begun with a late start. I am so happy to be able to share God's healing power, His love and His word with those who need salvation, healing and deliverance! May I always stay in close contact with Him, for apart from Jesus I can do nothing!

God bless you, my friends!

John 14:12-14 (NIV) I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

May you live up to your potential in Christ Jesus!

Father, I thank You for the living water that flows from You to me as I spend time in Your presence. Father, we can't give away something that we don't have as our own. I pray that as we seek to do Your will we will not forget that the power to accomplish all that we do for You comes from the time that we spend with You. I ask You to remind us that apart from You, Lord Jesus, we can do nothing, but as we come to You and feed on Your manna, Your living words that we then can receive the refreshing and refueling that we need to continue to give out to those that are needy around us. Thank you for filling us to overflowing with Your words, Your power and Your presence to overcome all the attacks of the enemy. Through Your name, Lord Jesus, we have the authority to drive out demons, to speak with new tongues, to trample over demonic oppression and to heal the sick! Through Your name, the blind see, the deaf hear and the lame walk again! Through Your name sin is forgiven and new life is received! At the name of Jesus all demonic power must bow it's knee and You are exalted so all can come to salvation! Thank You for Your name and the power and authority that You have given us in using it to accomplish the works that You did here on earth! Thank You, Father, for the victory that is in the name of Jesus! Amen.

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ANHELIC 2/20/2013 12:40AM

    It was a wonderful day that you spent with your husband. Living alone with my cats, other than my Avon deliveries, I don't get away at all. You are an awesome friend and sharing God's messages is a blessing for us all.

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GABY1948 2/19/2013 6:29PM

    I love these blogs every so often! Yes, everyone needs days off just the two of you together! These messages make you seem just a little closer to us , like we are talking over coffee. And thank you as always for the prayers that you pray everyday for us! Have a wonderful evening, and relax...you deserve it. Hugs from me and may God Bless you!

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CASTIRONLADY 2/19/2013 5:42PM

    I thank God for speaking His words through you daily. God bless!

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    I believe! He assures us!

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Freedom From Bondage

Monday, February 18, 2013

Exodus 20:1, 2 And God spoke all these words, saying: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

God delivered His people from Egypt, the house of bondage or the house of slaves, where they had been enslaved for 490 years. As a result of being enslaved for that length of time, they had a bondage or slavery mentality. God brought them out of slavery to set them free, but their bondage mentality came with them and caused them to be unable to walk into the freedom that He had planned for them. It took them forty years wandering around in the wilderness until all those who had been age 20 and above, that knew slavery as a lifestyle, had died. Only the generation after them were able to go into the promised land because they were not ingrained with a slavery mentality.

This brings back to my remembrance the old saying, “you can take a person out of the world, but you can't take the world out of the person.” Many times we are limited in our ability to receive God's best for us because of the past, of which we continue to hold within our grasp. A person cannot walk a straight line with their head turned around looking behind them. They will walk off course every time. So it is for us when we continue to allow our past mistakes and failures to determine our future successes. We must walk free of the past in order to fully embrace the good future that God has for us.

Numbers 11:4-6 Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving; so the children of Israel also wept again and said: “Who will give us meat to eat? “We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; “but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!”

The children of Israel had brought some of their past with them on their trip to the promised land. They were known as the “mixed multitude”. These folks were either non-Israelites who had joined them as they left Egypt or they were Israelites who simply allowed their own sensual appetites to govern their thoughts and actions. Either way, they caused them to yield to their intense cravings for what they had left behind in Egypt.

It always amazes me that when a person is in the midst of bondage they can't wait to get out of it, but after being set free the memories that seem to surface are never remembered as being as bad as they were when they experienced them. The familiarity of slavery always tries to pull us back into it. The pain is waiting for us to come back, but in order to be free you must want freedom more than staying the same and getting the same results.

Proverbs 26:11 As a dog returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly.

As distasteful as this verse seems to be, it is true that if a person does not truly want to be free, he will always go back to his former lifestyle, no matter how bad it was. The first requisite to being set free is that you must truly want to be free. Intense cravings, whether it be for food, alcohol, drugs, shopping, gambling, physical or mental control, or whatever other bondage you may have been under will always try to pull you back into those things. It is at that moment that you must yield to God's power to overcome so that you can stay free.

James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Jesus died to set us free from all bondage. There is not one thing that you will encounter in your life that He didn't die for to release you into a better life. He told His disciples in John 8:36 “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” The freedom is ours; He paid the price for each one of us to walk in freedom from sin, sickness and disease, and poverty and lack. Once you have received Jesus as your own personal Savior and Lord, you have the power within you to walk free from the past. But a person does not walk in the freedom unless they believe and receive God's power to walk free of it.

Romans 8:1, 2 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

You walk free from the law of sin and death through the power of the Spirit working in you as you live in relationship with Christ Jesus. It is a “walking out” of all that He did for you that He is now working in you. This is a daily progression that happens as you depend on the Holy Spirit to free you from the “intense cravings” that comes from the past bondage. If you yield to the cravings you will submit yourself, once again, to the bondage.

Romans 6:16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or obedience leading to righteousness.

When you give in to the cravings you once again put yourselves under that bondage. But when you yield to the Holy Spirit to work in you, the power to resist, you have then submitted yourself unto righteousness and that gives you the freedom that you desire.

Romans 8:12-14 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

There is power in living by the Spirit! It is the power to walk free of sinful cravings that lead us into bondage to the flesh and desires that can never fulfill the deepest longings of our hearts. God has provided the way of escape through the power of His Spirit within us to walk free of the desires that pull us back into bondage. James says in the book of James 1:13, 14:

Let no one say when he is tempted “I am tempted by God'; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.

God is not the author of temptation. The temptations that we have come from within us; they are the culmination of things that we have desired that are bad for us. When you think longingly about something you develop an appetite for it. If you think about how good the thing was that you have left behind you will find yourself having difficulty overcoming the desire to have it in your life again.

1 Corinthian 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

God knows exactly how much temptation you can withstand. He has provided the way of escape for you in each one of them. When you are tempted through cravings of things that you have left behind, pray and ask God to show you the way of escape. Ask Him to strengthen you by His Spirit that lives within you. Put time between you and the temptation to allow you to re-group, take stock of where you are and what your options are in the situation. Draw on the power of the Holy Spirit to make decisions that are in your best interest and not fueled by feelings and emotions. If you will do your part, God definitely will do His. He will deliver you if you ask Him to.

What is it that you are struggling with today? Do you have intense cravings for things that have kept you in bondage? Do you need to be set free from the desires of the flesh that can never be satisfied?

Father, I come before You today to thank You for the power of Your Spirit to deliver people and set them free from bondage and addictions. Father, I pray this morning for those who are struggling to be free and stay free from their pasts. I bring them before You and ask You to break the power of whatever it is that is keeping them from their freedom. I bind any evil spirits that would try to hold them in its grip right now in the Name of Jesus Christ. I command every evil assignment that has been arrayed against them to be canceled in Jesus' Name. Father, I ask You to set them free right now in the Name of Jesus and I thank You for doing that. I ask You to strengthen them, Lord, and show them how to resist the temptations that will try to come back to lure them into bondage again. Thank You, Father, for Your delivering power in their lives. In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen.

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ANHELIC 2/19/2013 12:05AM

    Thank you Avanell for a great lesson. We must keep relying on God and asking Him to help us with our additions, be it food, TV or whatever. I have learned to pray and ask for help in my choice of foods and found my mind seems to turn from foods that I was addicted to before. Thank you Lord for your help.

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63KEEPONGOING 2/18/2013 8:48PM

  We are to press forward and let go of those things that so easily entangle us. When we look back we lose our footing in the Christian race. When we let Christ guide our footsteps through the Holy Spirit we will truly find meaning, peace, and joy. Too often we stumble, but so glad He is there 24/7.

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VERONICAVW_140 2/18/2013 1:18PM

    Wow, thank you so much for posting this today. I certainly was blessed by it. The Lord knows that I've been struggling lately with binge eating. God was so very good to deliver me from bulimia 4.5years ago. But since then I've still struggled with eating imporperly. Thank you again for such words of wisdom and for the beautiful prayer! God bless!

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GABY1948 2/18/2013 11:34AM

    Wonderful blog as always. Anything on bondage is SO needed for today's believers! The enemy uses SO many new things to lure people into bondage...as your little picture shows...I have to be particularly careful of the computer...and every couple months reassess my usage and if it is too much...it's bad for bondage but also bad because I sit too much and am not active! emoticon

Love your blogs and all the Bible you include! Thanks ever so much, my wonderful friend! emoticon

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HAGIN2010 2/18/2013 10:45AM

    Hi avanell

As always great blog. I am in the process of trying to break the bondage and abuses of the past today. God has provided me help for my journey; good Christian friends, his son, his word, and an excellent book by Joyce Meyer I pray today that god remove the bondage of myself at the right timing that only he knows.

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TONYVAND1 2/18/2013 9:17AM

  Resist Satan and his cohorts and they will flee from you. We need to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit that lives within us

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LEANJEAN6 2/18/2013 8:16AM

    Wow--Interesting!--Lynda emoticon

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EDITOR 2/18/2013 8:10AM

    So many bondage's, and so few willing to let God direct them to freedom! We are now only bound to John 3:15! His love compels us to march forward and take the enslaved with us so that they might cast their eyes upon Christ Jesus! Set my people free has always been a cry of those that have been enslaved. Let us walk free from the past by embracing the Lord of NOW and PRESENT with us. Let us put no burden upon them as the Lord has put none upon us without a cure in Him.

Thank you, Avanell, for today's word with solution. Also thank you for yesterday's note and goodie.

Lord, set the captives free in Christ's might Name. Amen

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Monkey See, Monkey Hear, Monkey Do

Sunday, February 17, 2013

As a young child I was easily influenced by those around me.  Being the youngest of five children I had a lot of examples in my life.  And, of course, they were all good!  But children often live by what they see in those around them more than what they are told.  God gives us instruction in His Word about how we are to relate to each other and then asks us to portray that picture to the world.

Romans 15:5-7 May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other—each with the attitude of Christ Jesus toward the other. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father our Lord Jesus Christ. So accept each other just as Christ has accepted you; then God will be glorified.

This scripture always speaks to my heart! It reminds me to give others the same chance in life that God has given me. Verse 7 is the one that really stands out to me: “So accept each other just as Christ has accepted you; then God will be glorified.” It is as we put this into practice that we live in harmony with each other and God receives the glory! Jesus said in John 13:35 that people would know that we are His disciples by the love that we have for one another.

How does God see us and accept us?

He sees us made in His image and likeness –
Genesis 1:26, 27 Then God said, “Let Us made man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

He sees us as His own special people –
2 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

He sees us as a unique person, each one fearfully and wonderfully made –
Psalm 139:13, 14 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

He sees us in our sin and weaknesses in need of a Savior –
John 3:16, 17 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

He sees us as once lost, but now found –
Ephesians 2:4-9 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace have you been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

He sees us as His workmanship, a work still in progress, created for good works.--
Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.

How did He receive us? – In love, at our worst, He came and reached down and picked us up and made us whole in Christ Jesus!

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 John 4:10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

How does He feel about us now? He's crazy in love with us!

Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.

Isaiah 49:15, 16 “Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion of 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 continually before Me.”

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.

Do you need the Savior today? Jesus is waiting to receive you into the family of God. If you will ask Him into your heart He will come to live within you by the power of His Spirit. He will love you, be your dearest friend and give you the satisfaction that only comes from filling the void within your heart with His very own presence. How can you turn down the One who loves you the most? Will you surrender your heart to Jesus today and receive the life that He came to give you? If you want a difference in your life; if you want to experience wholeness in your relationships and peace in your heart, then pray this prayer with me and mean it sincerely in your heart:

Father, I come before You today to say that I see from Your word that You love me. I know that Jesus died for me, that You gave His life to be the payment for my sin, for my willful choice of living my life for myself. I ask You to forgive me and save me from my sin. Father, I believe that Jesus died for me personally and that if I ask Him He will come into my heart and save me. I ask You, Lord Jesus, to do that, to come into my heart and be my own personal Lord and Savior. I thank You for saving me. I promise to live from this day forward for You. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

If God received us when we were at our worst then how can we not extend the same grace to those around us?

Father, may we always see the best in those around us. May we extend friendship to them just as you extended salvation to us. Father, I pray that those who are hurting will feel the love from those around them who are reaching out to them. I ask You to set up divine appointments for them to interact with people who will show Your love to them in ways that they will receive. Father, may we never be guilty of turning someone away who needs to see Jesus through us. I pray these things in Jesus' name. Amen.

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GABY1948 2/18/2013 11:11AM

    Avanell, had to come change my post...knew I had to post on 2 I had missed...but ended up doing the wrong one here.

Monkey see, monkey do indeed...talks of how we all WERE. Now we have Jesus to lead us and KNOW the right way from His Word that we should act. And, yes, all have good in them somewhere and we will find it if we stay around long enough to look for it!

Thanks, as always for a wonderful message!

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ANHELIC 2/17/2013 10:38PM

    Thank you Avanell for your lesson today. It was a great reminder that we shoudl be glorifying God through our good times and bad times. We always must remember that even in darkness God will never leave us or forsake us. I am so grateful that He loves us just as we are as He did make us in His image. I am so glad to be a child of God and know how much he loves me. Thank you for the goodie. God Bless you for your teaching.

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    emoticon Thanks for sharing this!

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TONYVAND1 2/17/2013 6:56PM

  Made in the image of God.

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MELLIESUE13 2/17/2013 8:59AM

    Avanell, thank you so much for this. I really needed this after the last two nights I have put in. There is nothing in this world more beautiful than God's word. I had to stay up pretty much all night to man the electric heaters I have been using to try to heat my house. I ran out of heating oil Friday and have spent a miserable, cold weekend here. Even though I know God is with me ... the dark times sometimes shake my faith. But, I KNOW that God is with me and He will see me through these times. Finding your blog this morning was NO accident. It was exactly WHAT I needed, WHEN I needed it. I just needed to be reminded of how much God loves me. Please pray for me that I will be stronger than I was this morning when I was questioning "Why?".......
Many thanks again. This was beautiful. emoticon

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CANADIANGIRL15 2/17/2013 8:00AM

    I loved this! Encouraged and challenged by it!

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EDITOR 2/17/2013 7:59AM

    So disgusted that spammers on coming onto SP, Avanell. Report this post reply as inapprorpite, please. God does accept us as we are, but not always a good thing to accept others where they are at.

God will be glorified today because we take our stance in Him. He will be called King of King, Lord of Lord our all in all. We may not know Him, but He does know us! I need Him everyday! Praise be to our Lord and Saviour, Christ Jesus!

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The Widow's Oil

Saturday, February 16, 2013

2 Kings 4:1-7 (NLT) 1 One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to Elisha and cried out, “My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared the Lord. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves.” 2 “What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?” “Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied. 3 And Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. 4 Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.” 5 So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. 6 Soon every container was full to the brim! “Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons. “There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing. 7 When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, “Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.”

This is one of my favorite Old Testament stories of how God supernaturally supplies our every need. This widow woman was in a terrible crisis: her husband had died and she had depended on his income to provide for both her and her sons. Now there was no one to care for them and the creditors were coming to take her sons away as servants to pay for their debts. So she turned to the Lord, through Elisha, to get wisdom to know what to do about this problem. She needed help and God provided the wisdom and direction that she needed to solve her problem.

The first thing that Elisha asks this woman is “what do you have in the house?” Many times the answer that we need is right under our noses and we can't see it until someone else points it out to us. God meets us right where we are. He asked her to search her heart for what might be the solution to her problem. Often we run from one agency to another expecting everyone around us to provide for us when God really wants to work His miracle through our own hands. Resources are often right within our reach but we look for others to “take care of us”. What this woman saw as a simple a jar of oil was just what God needed to work with to provide for her family for the rest of their lives. Her oil had an unlimited supply when surrendered to her God. As long as she had vessels to pour the oil into the supply kept coming.

Elisha told the woman to go into her house with her sons and shut the door behind them. And then pour the oil into the jars until all the jars were filled. When we follow God's direction for our lives many times those around us don't understand and can easily hinder our ability to stand in faith believing that what God has told us will come into reality. Elisha told her to shut the door behind them. I believe he was saying to shut out the talk of unbelief that would hinder her ability to believe that God would fill the jars as she poured the oil into them. God's provision continues to flow as long as we continue to trust Him to provide for us and follow His directions as He gives them. This woman's faith was only as large as the number of jars that she had borrowed to fill. If she had had more jars the oil would have continued to flow as long as she had the jars to be filled.

Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

God's riches never run out and He never runs short on the supply. His riches are provided for us through our faith in Christ Jesus. Our faith has a tendency to waver at times which can affect the supply that we receive. The two words “according to” actually mean “in a manner consistent with”. God's provision for our need is “in a manner consistent with” His riches in glory through what Jesus did for us on the cross of Calvary. Jesus paid the price for every need that mankind would ever experience. That supply never runs out! He is the gift that keeps on giving. Our ability to receive is the only things that varies. And that is dependent upon whether or not we believe and act on our faith.

What provision do you have need of today? Is it for finances or a material need such as a home or car; a job that He can use to provide those finances; a physical, mental or emotional need? Whatever the need is the supply through Christ Jesus is available. God works through many ways, but the provision is already there for you to reach out and receive.

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.

God's wisdom is there for the asking. He will not turn you away when you come to Him for direction to solve your problems. The only thing that He requires is that you come in faith, with no doubting. If the widow woman had questioned God's ability to fill her jars from the one jar of oil that she had in her house she would not have received anything to pour into the other jars. She had to believe that what she was told by the Prophet would work. When you come to God the only requirement that He asks of you is that you believe Him and act on what He says. Believe and receive; doubt and do without.

The Greek word for “doubting” is the word diakrino and it 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 James 1:6 I believe the second definition is the one to which the Lord is referring. Doubting is wavering between hope and fear. One minute you're in faith believing that God is providing for your need and the next minute your in fear that He will not come through for you. You have a conflict going on within your heart that causes you to hesitate in standing strong in your faith. In this case the Word says that this person is double-minded and unstable in all their ways. This doubting affects every area of their lives. If they can't believe in one area they will have that same problem when they come to the Lord for something else. The word says the answer to strengthening their faith to avoid having doubts is to hear the word of God.

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

Faith comes by hearing the word of God. So if you need provision for finances the word of God that you need to hear to build your faith would be every scripture that talks about how God supplies for financial needs. Search the Word to find every scripture that talks about money or financial supply and then meditate on those scriptures; read them over and over again, silently and out loud and begin to proclaim that God is supplying your need. Do the same thing for other needs that you might have. For healing, look up every scripture that talks about God's provision of healing in someone's life. Study those out and let them sink down into your heart. Then begin to proclaim that God is your Healer. Resist the thoughts that come that say He will not come through for you. Spend time with people that will reinforce your faith and not throw cold water on it through doubt and unbelief.

Throw fear out the door! That's the devil's primary mode of operation. He always comes with fear to try to stop a believer from standing in faith to receive from God. But God is not the author of fear; that comes from the enemy.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

God has given us these things to overcome fear: His power, His love and mental stability.

The Greek word for “sound mind” is sophronismos and it means safe-thinking. The word denotes good judgment, disciplined thought patterns, and the ability to understand and make right decisions. It includes the qualities of self-control and self-discipline.

You have the ability within you to think clearly, to make sound decisions, to be self-controlled and self-disciplined. All these qualities when applied in your life will help you to be stable, standing firm and strong during adversities while waiting for God's provision to come into reality. God has equipped us to win. The battle is the Lord's and the victory is ours if we will stand up and fight.

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Standing in faith believing for God's provision is fighting the good fight of faith. Paul told Timothy to “lay hold on” eternal life. To me that gives a picture of grabbing it with a tenacity that says “no one is taking it from me, God has provided it for me and I'm going to hold onto it with all that I have within me”. Eternal life is the life that God has provided for you that is filled with His goodness and provision. It is life that never ends and for a believer that is a good thing because once this physical life is over we change residences to heaven to continue the life that He has provided for us. For an unbeliever eternal life last throughout eternity outside the presence of God in darkness and despair, filled with torment and never-ending pain. God says that eternal life is something to be desired and fought for; it is a life worth living and that we should not let anything keep us from living it to the fullest.

Whatever it is that you have need of this morning, God is waiting for you to come to Him for that provision. Won't you believe that He will provide it for you?

Father, I thank You for the provision that You have made for each one of us in everything that we have need of. Thank You for making that provision available to us through our relationship with Christ Jesus. I pray for those who don't know Jesus today that may have needs that are going unmet simply because they are outside the covenant that You provided to meet their every need. I pray that they will invite Jesus into their hearts this morning so they can begin walking out the good life that You have planned for them. Father, for those who know You that are in need this morning, I pray that You will show them what to do in each situation. Give them the wisdom they need to know where to go and what to do in their particular situation that will bring the supernatural provision that You have for them. I pray that they will search out Your word to find the scriptures that apply specifically to their need and will begin to meditate on them and speak them over their lives. I pray that unbelief will not be a part of their lives, but that they will stand firm in faith believing until they see the reality of what You have promised for them. Father, join them with people of like precious faith that will reinforce their faith and help them to stand strong until the provision comes. Help them to guard their hearts from unbelief and to put double-mindedness out of their lives. Thank You for providing for their need, Father. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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ANHELIC 2/16/2013 6:11PM

    Thank you Avanell for your great lesson. I am learning more and more to rely on God's help in my problem times. I truly believe that greater is He who is in my than he that is in the world. Going through some problems this past week, I have come to God for help and I have not fear that He will solve this for me. My blog Jesus Calling is based on this as well. What a great day to read all these positive affirmations at a time like this. Thank you for the goodie.

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TONYVAND1 2/16/2013 4:45PM

  The Lord provides for all of our needs. Thank you Lord for all my blessings.

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BABY_GIRL69 2/16/2013 2:56PM

    This is one of my favorite stories of the bible, thank you for sharing it with us today!

God bless & be encouraged!


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GABY1948 2/16/2013 2:36PM

    I agree with you, the story is one of my favorite Old Testament stories also. I think as a woman I can relate to the widow. Your whole blog is so uplifting and true. Then, you go on to quote all my favorite verses in one blog! Thank you, as always, and especially for your prayers! emoticon

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EDITOR 2/16/2013 2:27PM

    How God loves to show Himself strong to those that bring their needs to Him!

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How's Your Hearing?

Friday, February 15, 2013

Hebrews 5:9-11 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, called by God a High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,” of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.

God addressed a problem among His early believers by explaining to them that we learn by what we hear from Him through being open to receive. He commented about the reason why they didn't understand the deeper things that He had been trying to get through to them. They had become dull of hearing. When we close our ears and hearts off to Him we reach a place of being stagnant, unable to grow because we've limited what we will receive. It's hard to explain things to someone who has become “dull of hearing”. There is an air about them that says, “I don't believe that and I won't receive it”! Often you can tell where a person is in their ability to receive by their body language. Arms folded in front and a skeptical look on their face often reveals that they are closed to anything you might want to say to them. They have “shut you out”!

Jesus referred to this problem in Matthew 13:14-16 when quoting the Prophet Isaiah about why he spoke to people in parables:

“And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: 'Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.' “But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear;”

He was limited to how much He could say to them because they were not open to receiving His teaching that would ultimately bring healing into their lives. Since we receive from God by grace and through our faith, if we are not open to what He wants to say to us we will not be able to receive the healing that His message offers. We will not see what He wants to show us!

Assumptions that we hold in our hearts and minds often limit us to “selective hearing and seeing”. Some common assumptions are: “well, we've never done it this way before”; “I've never seen God move like that in my church”; “I don't believe God wants to speak to me in that way”; “I'm too old to change what I believe now”; “I don't think God wants to move through me so I'll just be content to go to church every Sunday and let the others be the soul winners”. And on and on and on! There are all kinds of assumptions that we can have that will limit what we believe to receive from the Lord!

Hebrews 5:12-14 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

God's word goes on to say that the natural course of us seeing and hearing what He wants to say to us is that we should grow up to be teachers, or those who share what we have learned with others. When we grow and take in what He has to give us then we have something to give out to someone else. As long as we are just taking in the milk of the word because we've limited our ability to receive from Him then we will continue to need only milk. The meat of His word comes through being open to receive and then applying what we have received into our own lives. Growth, even spiritual growth, requires that we move from milk to meat and begin to exercise what we have been taught. You would not give your car keys to a baby because it is not mature enough to handle the responsibility. Likewise, God will not entrust a spiritual baby with the responsibility of a mature leader. Growth comes as we receive from Him and apply it to our own lives. That, according to this scripture, means that we have trained our senses, our eyes and ears, to know both good and evil, or in other words, we've trained our senses to identify what is of God and what isn't. We've grown from babies to adults in our spiritual walk with the Lord.

Have you grown dull of hearing? Are you caught up in the cage of assumptions, believing that God only speaks a certain way, or that Christianity is only for a certain group of believers that believes exactly like you?

Hebrews 6:1, 2 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

In other words, let's move forward, not getting stuck in the beginning things of our Christianity. Let's go on to perfection, or maturity; let's grow up. God has so much more for us than the elementary principles of Christianity. He wants us to experience the meat of His Word; to know the joy of knowing Him and hearing His voice to deliver us from evil and bring His healing power into our lives. He wants us to be able to lead others into a deep and intimate relationship with Him, but you can't give something away that you don't own yourself.

Father, I thank You for the meat of Your Word. I thank You that You have given us as Your children the ability to hear Your voice and to see the things that You want to reveal to us. I pray that we may never close our eyes and ears to You, but we will be open to receive all that You want us to know and have. Father, I pray for those this morning who may be stuck in the beginning stages of Christianity. I pray that they will yield to Your Spirit within them to teach them how to move forward. Show them the way that they each should take in their walk with You. Your plan is individualized; not a formula that says, “one size fits all”, but You have a specific plan for each one of us that is only realized as we seek Your will for our lives. May we never grow dull of hearing so that You can no longer work in our lives or move us into the places that You want to take us. Thank You for Your love that never gives up on us, Father! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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GABY1948 2/16/2013 2:27PM

    Oh, Avanell, I remember when I was a baby-Christian all those years ago. I wanted to hurry to be mature and tried so hard. It was when I just settled back and really started letting the Lord teach me at what He considered right that one day, I realized that I actually had matured...every day we should still be learning. This was such a wonderful blog!

As another said here, so many have itching ears and are seeking the things that itch those ears but are not what is Truth in so many cases. I thank God for Truthful teaching such as yours that lays it right on the line! God Bless you!

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63KEEPONGOING 2/16/2013 9:46AM

  Help us all as Christians, Lord, never to be complacent and lukewarm.

Thank you for your blog! It is badly needed for everyone of us!

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FLEMIDG 2/16/2013 12:56AM

    What a wonderful blog. It really makes you think. Thanks so much for sharing.

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ANHELIC 2/16/2013 12:40AM

    Thank you Avanell for a great reminder to be more concious and listen to God as He speaks to us. Let me be more attentive and silent to hear His stilll small voice. Sometimes I find, I am too busy with work and everything else and I feel God can't speak while I'm so busy and not listening attentively. God Bless you Avanell. emoticon

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CIERAPOET 2/16/2013 12:37AM

    Yes amen!!! It's past time for the Body of Christ To get serious about God's Word for in It Is LIFE and GREAT Power! I'm listening to the Spirit and searching out as I meditate the Word because growth in Him comes from The Word and the Meat of the Word helps us during these last days to walk not as fools but wise and to rightly divide the Word. Too many have itchy ears or depend on someone else's interpretation of scripture instead of making sure the scripture they hear is actually in God's Word. It all goes hand in hand. We hear the Word during our services then we go home and meditate on the Word/Messages we heard. Just like a student in college or high school. When things come up in out lives that "test" us, what we learn helps pass the test and to live this life Victoriously through Him Who IS the Living Word. Great blog and a reminder to seek to grow and dig into the Word daily. Thank you!
BE Blessed In EVERY Way!
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SLIMLEAF 2/15/2013 4:48PM

    Heavenly Father, please forgive me for all those times when I've been too busy rushing around doing things to really stop and listen to you. Even now, when my broken leg is stopping me from doing all my usual activities, I have filled my days with radio, tv, computer and books. I find silence in the house too lonely.
But I DO want to listen to what you have to say to me. Please speak really loudly and help me to do whatever you say without making excuses.
Yours always

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FISHINGLADY66 2/15/2013 3:21PM

    I pray every night that God will help me hear his message in my life Avie. I really enjoy reading your blogs.

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EDITOR 2/15/2013 12:49PM

    You are certainly right! Many don't hear because they won't receive. I loved the list of assumptions you place with your message. May I always be open to hearing what the Lord says for today. Thank you for rattling some dry bones today, Avanell.

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HAGIN2010 2/15/2013 10:46AM

    Hi avanell

Right now I am so young that milk is all I can digest. I do think my eyes and ears are open to change though. What do you think????

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TONYVAND1 2/15/2013 9:48AM

  Desiring to hear and obey fully every thing that God wants from me.

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