18 Oct
2013

Jesus, Move Mountains for Me

20131018-084417.jpgProstrate, face to the ground, cupped hands to the heavens with pieces of paper in them, representing hours of work.

Jesus, I ask you to move mountains for me. Holy Spirit, please go where I cannot go, please do what I can do. Take these bits of paper and make them do mighty things for your kingdom.

Humbly, I ask You would receive my offering, and do what You desire. Feed the children that cry from hunger. Hold the motherless, protect the fatherless. Speak truth to the children who have never heard of Your great name.

Spirit of God, cast these mountains into the sea, and carry my prayer with You, be my arms and hands and feet for I have spoken it in the name of Jesus, and with faith that it will be accomplished. Mark 11:22-24

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17 Oct
2013
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The Sacrifices of God are a Broken Spirit

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Yesterday, while listening to a sermon, I read Psalm 51, verses 16 and 17.
“For thou desirous not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou desirous not burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart…”

This immediately spoke to my heart because Jesus had already spoken to me concerning this truth (see the post on October 6th ). And verses 3 & 4 were highlighted in my heart as well, “for I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned…” By the end of the sermon I was crying, very convicted.

But still, the next morning I failed. I awoke and rather than seeking the Lord first, I sought for great apps for my iPhone.

When I did start my devotions, I was trying to downplay my sin as not so bad since many Christians don’t do devotions in the mornings at all. Was it really so bad to give God my time after I did something else first? I tried to just pray as usual.

But while I spoke to God, psalm 51:3-4 and 16-17 from yesterday were playing in my mind and heart, and I didn’t get far into the prayer before I was asking for mercy.

Then an amazing thing happened. I picked up a Bible that I hardly ever use and haven’t used anytime recently at all.
The Lord responded.

Do you know that the very first thing I read, without any intention of doing so, was psalm 51? It was as though Jesus were in the same room, and we were having a conversation. Psalm 51 was playing in my heart and mind and now God was speaking it to me. So gracious, so amazing.

7 Oct
2013
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Fear Not, For I Am

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Thank you Heavenly Father,
this morning You provided such an appropriate verse, responding precisely to my prayer, what I was thinking and feeling, what was on my heart.

You are so good and worthy of all praise.

I asked that I would not fear, I prayed for it last night when I was sleeping, and this morning as I woke, and You immediately responded with Isaiah 41:10,

“Fear thou not; for I am with the. Be not dismayed; for I am thou God. I will strengthen thee; I will help thee; I will uphold the with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Fear diminishes as faith flourishes, in any situation imaginable. If the Uncreated God is with me, fear simply cannot be.

The absolute best reason not to fear has nothing to do with living in a safe environment. Rather, I will not fear because God is,

and He is with me.

6 Oct
2013

Mercy, not Sacrifice

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This morning I was praying that God would receive my sacrifice. I have been working around the house, getting stuff ready to sell online; I hope to offer much of that income for ministry to the poor in other third world countries.

I have noticed though, that my closeness with the Lord sometimes suffers a bit, because I am so busy with the extra work. Being a finite thing, my mind only has the capacity for so much at one time. While I’m driving the kids to their events, if I’m thinking about what I’m going to try to get ready to sell next, I’m not thinking about praying to The Lord, as I usually would have.

So this morning, I was praying that the Lord would receive my sacrifice, and He answered with a rebuke. (The image of the rusty bowl is supposed to symbolize my rusty sacrifice).

Immediately after thoroughly praying about this, I opened Scripture (upside down accidentally), to Matthew, and read only three verses before realizing the Lord had already spoken in a powerful way. It was as if Jesus were looking me straight in the eyes and speaking directly to me. The verses were Matthew 9:10-13.

“But go and learn what this means: “I desire mercy and not sacrifice.” For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Having just asked the Lord to receive my sacrifice, of course, reading that He desires “mercy and not sacrifice” meant a great deal to me, and so I prayed for understanding.

– I believe the Lord was rebuking me for setting my close relationship with Him aside, even though it be only momentarily such as a quick car ride, to further my work of sacrifice.

– I believe He also asks that I must remember the people around me, especially my family, as my first priority, and the hungry people overseas as a priority under that.

– And finally, I also believe that Jesus was directing me to continue selling online, but with less vigor, less time & thought invested, to make room for continuing the street ministry I began last year, because His focus was on bringing sinners to repentance, not the righteous.

3 Oct
2013
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So Alive with Faith

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Heavenly Father, Savior of the world, Holy Ghost, I feel so alive with faith this morning. Knowledge that the whole world is Yours and someday, when Your kingdom on earth is restored, You will be All in All, covers me like a garment and I am overwhelmed. I see nothing without seeing You.

Yesterday I prayed that the seen would be unseen and that the unseen would be seen, and this morning I am overwhelmed, seeing You everywhere.

You cover Yourself with light as with a garment, and Psalm 104:1-35 was full of light this morning, even exceeding the sunrise, which also declared Your glory.

2 Oct
2013
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Seen as Unseen, Unseen as Seen

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Yeshua, my Lord, my Savior,

Give me eyes to see the seen as unseen, and the unseen as the seen.

You have given me this fall day, the falling leaves, red vines climbing up the trees, and the old abandoned barn with the door hanging loose on its hinges. You have given me this day, my breath, my life, my family, my home.

I meditate heavily of your mercy and compassion, your every day grace like falling leaves, because I was made to praise your Name and so it gives me joy like nothing else can.

Take this day, and make it Yours. I follow you. I do not ask you to follow me. Give me opportunity this day to do something on your heart, which Is not on mine.

Give me eyes this day to see the the seen as unseen, and the unseen as the seen.

2 Corinthians 4:18
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. ”

28 Sep
2013
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Your Will be Done

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This morning I asked Jesus to establish the work of my hands, specifically this work selling goods online, mining this rich land for the benefit of the His brethren in poorer countries.

Especially those who are hungry and in need of food, who are strangers, who are naked and in need of clothing, who are sick and in prison and are in need of visitors. I asked the Lord to make the following things the desire of my heart.

– That the orphans in Africa would have food and love in Christ’s name.
– That the persecuted brethren in prison would be supported, that they would know they are not alone.
– That poor villages would have wells drilled, that they might have both clean water and living water in the name of Jesus.

The Lord immediately confirmed my request by graciously providing Matthew 25:31-40. The Holy Spirit chose to speak the very passages that were heavily on my heart as I was praying.

23 Sep
2013
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Sell What You Have

20130923-090044.jpgI’ve been praying for guidance concerning whether or not I should put effort into designing and creating a line of dresses on Etsy.

I have a dress that I wear often which I’ve had for perhaps eight years. Not kidding you, every time I wear it, a woman will spontaneously come up to me and either compliment the dress or ask where I purchased it.

It sounds as if I’m exaggerating, but I’m really not, this has really happened for about eight years. It would greatly surprise me if I ever wore that dress one day and didn’t receive a woman’s comment about it.

Recently it donned on me that I should research the style of the dress online to see if it is readily available. In it’s exact form, I found it to be an extremely rare style. So, I’ve been asking God if I should learn how to sew.

This morning, the Lord provided Luke 12:33, which I take as an answer to my question.
“Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves moneybags which do not grow old, a treasure in heaven that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor math destroys. For where your treasure is, they are your heart will be also.”

I have always wanted to help those who are starving and desperately poor. I believe the Lord is calling me to do what I can in this rich country for the poor in other countries. I have a dress style that is apparently rare and desirable.

Between the continual feedback I have gotten over the years from strangers off the street, and this verse, perhaps the Holy Spirit is calling me to learn how to sew, so I can reproduce this style and then “sell what I have”.

21 Sep
2013
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Though we are sinners, He speaks to us still.

Galatians 2:4
20130921-111618.jpgAfter praying about a certain thing, the Lord led me to this verse for the second time by sheer and obvious Providence.

I was asking for guidance about whether something was right or wrong, and for the second time, the Lord provided this verse about the liberality of the Gospel. That it is not about rules and regulations, but about the Spirit.

The first time, the verse came immediately after praying about this certain thing, as I was reading in my physical Bible. The second time it came immediately after praying about the certain thing, and I was in my Bible app on my phone.

And, what amazes me this morning is that this gift from the Spirit came after my being rude to the Lord, who is ever gracious. Apparently, He speaks to us even though we are sinners, even though my walk is not perfect. For these past few days my mind has been focused on other things beside The Lord; things seen and not things unseen. All good things, blessings from the Lord in their proper place and in their appropriate times. But there are times I get so excited about these good things, that my time with the Lord suffers.

So lately my time with the Lord has suffered, but today, this morning, I have experienced the following gracious truth. That the Lord is so very gracious He speaks even when I am rude. The requirement to hear His voice is not works, but faith.

We must believe that His Word is more real than what we can see; He uses it to speak to us, it is the only eternal thing. And the other requirement is desire, that we seek Him with all our hearts. Because of the great work of his Son, we can approach Him boldly, and He can remain holy, yet also speak to us. Amazing.

Here, oh Lord, when I cry with my voice!
Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
When you said, “seek My face,”
My heart said to you, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
Do not hide Your face from me;
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not leave me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation.
Psalm 27:7-9

31 Aug
2013
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A Moment with the Eternal and the Living Word

eternal and livingThe Word of the Lord stands forever.  I was praising our God this morning, on my knees in thanksgiving for the eternality of His Word.  My joy was centered on this truth: though all else fades away, His Word remains.   These two elements (our fading, and the Word remaining) was certainly the theme of my prayer and praise for a significant amount of time.

In His graciousness, I unintentionally opened to Isaiah 39 and read through Isaiah 40:8.  Realizing the Lord was at work responding to my morning worship, I stopped reading after Isaiah 40:8 to spend time in thanksgiving, for His Word is not only eternal, but also living.

He is near you, dear believer.  Reach for Him; He will be there.

“The voice said, “Cry out!” And he said, “What shall I cry?” “All flesh is grass, And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, Because the breath of the LORD blows upon it; Surely the people are grass.  The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:6-8

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