A GREAT Revival is Coming to America 2017-18 (are you in?)

I have watched this young man’s take on things going on around us off and on over the years. Sometimes in the past he would get a little too radical for me and I would not watch his short clips. Then suddenly he would show up in my feed again. So, yes, off and on watched but always way more secular perspective.

Over the last several months I had begin to catch a video here and there and often (on the occasions I did watch), I began to notice a difference in the way he spoke about things. Subtle changes. He started slowly introducing God without being over the top. I began to find it interesting and began to wonder if he was for real. Some comments people would tell him to keep it going, finish telling the truth. Tell people about Jesus Christ, how to take steps to get saved. Slowly he would get a little bolder. Now, with the following he has he received flack from a lot of folks who didn’t want to hear even the smallest things. He began to do videos starting off with “This will be a talk about getting your life right and might contain scriptures so if it is not your thing then don’t watch this. I will do a news update later”.

I just smile when I can see someone that the Lord God is using for His good purpose! Someone that many wouldn’t have expected. He is the Potter and we are the clay…mold us and make us what You may! Thank You Jesus for all You have done and for all that You will continue to do!

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Feeling Like You Don’t Belong?

Be thankful! Stick with the word and seek God always and understanding will be given to you. Here, in this scripture we have understanding as to why we might feel like we don’t belong.

1 John 3:1-3 KJV

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

[2] Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

[3] And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Oh ABBA, FATHER!!!!

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I am finding it hard to describe!  One of those special moments in time!  Are you looking?  Are you watching?  Are you listening?  Do you sometimes see in part?  Do you hear in part?  Tonight I felt like a child!  I felt like happy child!  I felt like a little girl and my daddy had given me a gift and I was so happy!  About an hour later my daddy handed me another gift!  WOW…that is so amazing I thought!  I smiled so big!  About an hour later I realized that there was actually ANOTHER gift within!  All three were given to me at the same time but I didn’t see them all at the same time.  As I kept thinking how amazing the first gift was and then realizing that the second part that went with it made it so complete!  I shared it with my friends…”see, look it is from God…it is not a coincidence”!  Then, as I continued to ponder on the whole thing and kept smiling and feeling so happy the third part came flooding into my soul!!!!  I was already convinced, but WOW!  How can ANYONE else doubt it now?  The last part was like the deal was signed, sealed and DELIVERED! 

I immediately hit my knees and cried out….OH THANK YOU ABBA…THANK YOU….

It is that moment you have been so longing for.  You needed your Father to lift your face up and smile and say….I am here…I have been…I have been listening, my sweet sweet daughter. 

Most of the time we know it.  We praise Him.  We thank Him.  Sometimes though you just need that special gift, that special touch!  Not every one will notice it or see it, but you KNOW that you KNOW!  Then these verses came to mind.

Psalm 46:10 (KJV)

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)

10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Isaiah 43:10 (KJV)

10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

Isaiah 43:12 (KJV)

12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God.

Isaiah 44:6 (KJV)

Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

Isaiah 45:18  (KJV)

18 For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.

Isaiah 45:22 (KJV)

22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

Isaiah 46:9 on (KJV)

Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

So brothers and sisters, keep watch, keep listening and don’t miss the little things our Abba gives us!  All I can say is that I find myself wondering if those might just be some of the most special gifts of all!  It is all in the detail.  The details that can ONLY BE GOD!

Again….oh how I thank you Father!  Thank you for giving me the eyes to see!

Valley of Weeping

Are you in the valley today? Are you on the mountain top? Are you on your way down from the top of the mountain and feel yourself heading at a high rate of speed into that valley of weeping that we all detest? Maybe you are climbing out of the valley after a season, and you have been strengthened and are hiking back up the mountain and you are feeling strong and happy and healthy! Wherever you are, God is with you!

Psalms 84:11

[11] For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Psalm 84:1-12 KJV

How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!

[2] My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord : my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

[3] Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.

[4] Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.

[5] Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them .

[6] Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.

[7] They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

[8] O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.

[9] Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.

[10] For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

[11] For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

[12] O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.


Commentary taken from my study bible.

84:1, 4 The writer longed to get away from the bustling world to meet God inside his dwelling place, his holy Temple. We can meet God anywhere, at any time. But we know that going into a church building can help us step aside from the busy mainstream of life so we can quietly meditate and pray. We find joy and strength not only in the prayers, music, lessons, and sermons but also in fellowshiping with other believers in a special place.

84:5-7 The pilgrimage to the Temple passed through the barren Valley of Weeping. No specific valley has been identified. The “weeping” may have been a symbolic reference to the times of struggles and tears through which people must pass on their way to meet God. Growing strong in God’s presence is often preceded by a journey through barren places in our lives. The person who loves to spend time with God will see his or her adversity as an opportunity to experience God’s faithfulness even more deeply. If you are walking through your own Valley of Weeping today, be sure your pilgrimage leads toward God, not away from him.

84:11 God does not promise to give us everything we think is good, but he will not withhold what is permanently good. He will give us the means to walk along his paths, but we must do the walking. When we obey him, he will not hold anything back that will help us serve him.

Tired and Can’t Take Another Step?

Stress has a way of taking its toll on all of us. Do you ever wish you were the ever-ready bunny? You know, the one that takes a beating but just keeps on going?

Well, I have to be re-charged! Only my King of Kings and Lord of lords can do that for me. He and He alone gives me strength when I have no strength left. Just as I think I am toast, done, stick a fork in me done, that is when I am at the end of ME and the beginning of Him who created me!

Thank You Jesus for all You provide for me. I am not worthy of the hope that You continually allow me to see, and that strengthens my faith and my spirit and my walk with You! Thank You Jesus for never letting go of me even when I am certain that this just might be the time that You do.

Thank You Jesus for always being faithful to Your word! We are so used to the lies of this world, being told we are nothing, hearing whispers saying we are NOT good enough. BUT, GOD, my Creator, Sustainer, Great Physician, Judge, Saviour, Protector, Mighty One, Fortress, First and the Last, Beginning and the End, Alpha and the Omega! The I AM! You and You alone strengthen me and cause me to soar on the wings of eagles! Your name will I praise forever and ever! Amen!

Philippians 4:13 KJV

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

New Commandment

John 13:34-35 KJV

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. [35] By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.


Is this hard for anyone besides me? I mean it is pretty easy to love those who love us but when people who seem headstrong to make your life harder it is a struggle for me. It takes focus! Lots of it! You can try all you want in your own strength but, at least for me, I fail every time! My focus must stay on the Lord God Almighty in I order to remotely head in the correct direction of loving those who don’t even try to just like me.

Isaiah 26:3-4 KJV

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee : because he trusteth in thee. [4] Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:


Yes, that is the key. Keep your mind on the things above. We certainly live in a time where there are constant distractions.

Focus On What Matters (not on what you see)

My verses the last couple of weeks to sort of meditate on, or focus on are. Verse 13 is my favorite of these! In a world full of distress I cling all the more to my Blessed Hope…Jesus Christ! What else is there? Nothing else matters and no one, no storm, no enemy, no wickedness can take that from us! HALLELUJAH!
Titus 2:12-15
12. Teaching us that denying ungodliness andworldly lusts, we should live soberly (meaning seriously), righteously (God’s righteousness and not our own self righteousness -such a fine line ), and godly, in this present world;
13. Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14. Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (Not because the works are required for salvation but because we desire to serve Him.)
15. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

In verse 13, meditate for a little while on the meaning of ‘looking for’

Part of Speech: verb

Outline of Biblical Usage:

  1. to receive to one’s self, to admit, to give access to one’sself

    1. to admit one, receive one into intercourse and companionship
    2. to receive one (coming from some place)
    3. to accept (not to reject) a thing offered
  2. to expect: the fulfilment of promises

Father in Heaven, Help Me

Help Me Be More Like You….I can’t do this on my own.

John 13:34-35
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Commentary

This new commandment speaks the truth in love. Loving one another as Jesus loved us is the gospel, because it communicates that we are His, that He is worthy, and that we are changed because He first loved us. Loving someone begins with selflessness and surrender. We surrender to God because we know we cannot love others like this without His help, without being loved this way by Him. It is selfless because to love others like this, we must set ourselves aside and deny ourselves daily. This is like Jesus laying down His authority and power and choosing to die on a cross so that we may truly live because of that sacrifice. Remember, Jesus said “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39) We find true life by loving one another as Jesus loves us.

Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
http://www.verse-a-day.com/Apps

Describing the 2017 Great American Eclipse

“It’s incredible. It’s almost indescribable,” said Hannah Winit, struggling to put into words the glory and wonder that was unfolding in front of her. (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41007632)

Why do people have to get into the path of totality?

When you do see the eclipse from the path of totality, why does everyone seem to freak out?

I saw mine for the first time in 52 years of life!  I agree, it was AMAZING!  But WHY?

Maybe a quote from this article will help put it in perspective.  This was from perspective of a group who had taken a plane up to see the Eclipse.

At first the light seemed to dim almost imperceptibly but soon it was undeniable: day was turning to night.

When the total eclipse was nearly upon us time seemed to speed up.

Cameras clicked frantically; solar glasses were pulled on and off and then on again; faces of strangers were suddenly cheek to cheek, pressed against any window with a view.

And suddenly we were there.

“Totality! Totality!” came the excited announcement on the intercom and through the thick plastic windows on the right hand side of the aircraft the moon looked as if it were a tiny spherical pebble which had been hurled, with beautiful accuracy, straight into the gaping, glaring mouth of our star.

“It’s incredible. It’s almost indescribable,” said Hannah Winit, struggling to put into words the glory and wonder that was unfolding in front of her.

I personally cannot think of any better way to describe it with the exception of what the writer said Hannah was trying to put into words.  Glory and Wonder! 

Psa 19:1 KJV  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

Psa 24:7 KJV  Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Psa 24:10 KJV  Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

Isa 66:18 KJV  For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.

Isa 66:19 KJV  And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.

I could go on with ‘glory’ but I will stop there.  It is in 371 verses in the KJV.

I find myself pondering on the book of Exodus.  Moses asked God to show him His glory.  Perhaps, maybe, God is giving each of us an opportunity to get a glimpse into His glory?  His power?  Give us another opportunity to be sure we know Him or that perhaps we try to get to know Him while we still have a little time?

Exo 33:18 KJV  And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.

Exo 33:19 KJV  And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

Exo 33:20 KJV  And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

Exo 33:21 KJV  And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:

Exo 33:22 KJV  And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:

Exo 33:23 KJV  And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.

What a wonderful and awesome God!  Loving and protecting!  Praise His Holy Name forever and ever and ever!!!  Thank you Jesus for saving us and calling out to us to turn from our wickedness and come to you!

Photo and quotes from this article. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41007632

The sun is obscured by the moon during a solar eclipse as seen from an Alaska Airlines commercial jet at 40,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Depoe Bay, Oregon, U.S., August 21, 2017.