Life’s Fulfillment

Acts 17:24-28 “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands, “Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things, “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, “so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; “for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’”

Father, I thank You for living within me. Thank You for leading the way each day for me. I pray that You will forgive me for the times I’ve chosen to go my own way and have ignored Your directions. I know that You created me for Yourself, that You might fill me with Your thoughts and desires so I might fulfill the plan that You have for my life. Please help me to choose Your ways over my own. Thank You for filling me with Your very presence. It’s in You that I live and move and have my being. I was made for You to inhabit and I thank You for filling my spirit with Your Spirit. May You be glorified in me today, Lord Jesus!

“My child, My children seek all kinds of things to bring satisfaction and contentment into their lives. And all that is needed for them to be happy is for them to look to My Spirit within them. I live in each one of My believers. I inhabit their innermost being. It is in Me that they find life and that more abundantly. It is not in the things that they possess or the places that they go. They are looking for Me in all the wrong places. You must connect with Me to have the abundant life that I provide. Look unto Me and live fulfilled and satisfied. Look unto the world and continue to long for Me for the world does not offer anything that even remotely resembles Me. You can only have contentment through knowing Me for I am the life-giver. Look unto Me and live. Look unto the world and continue to be hungry!”

 

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Living By The Spirit

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Oh Father, I come before Your throne this morning to hear Your voice, to spend time with You; to come to know You more. You are my God. There is none beside You. It is from You that I receive the words of life. I yield to You this morning. Have Your way in me today. Calm my anxious soul and speak hope and direction to my heart. For You are the One that I praise!

 

“Do not let your heart be troubled, Child. Look unto Me for I am your hope of salvation. There is no other way but Mine. Seek Me with all your heart and you will find Me. I am near; closer than a brother. I am within you. Follow and I will lead you. Do not look to the right or to the left. Look only unto Me. You are My child and I will lead you by My Spirit within. Lean not on your own understanding, but trust in Me. I know all things that will transpire in your life. I know the road ahead of you and what obstacles you will encounter. Your best interest is in My heart. I will not leave you to walk that road alone. Lean on Me, for I am your strength and salvation. Trust My judgment for I know what is best for you.”

One of the hardest lessons for me in life has been learning to lean on the Lord and not on my own understanding. I was taught to be self-sufficient. If something was to get done it would be my responsibility to see that it is done. My life has been one that required hard work and diligence on my part in order to provide for myself and my children. So, it seems that at times I try to continue directing my own course, looking for my own thoughts and working under my own power and ability. Many times God has had to remind me of who is in control in my life. It’s Him, not me. I get my orders from my Commander in Chief. He is the Great Shepherd of my soul and it’s in Him that I trust!

 

 

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Wonderful, Merciful Savior!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Peace–Great Peace!

Psalm 119:165 NIV Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

Peace—does it often seem to elude you? The Psalmist speaks of a way to have peace in your life. It is through loving the word of God. In speaking of loving God’s word it is with the understanding that when you love the word of God you live it out in your life. You learn it, love it and live it!

So, what is the Psalmist speaking of when he talks about peace? Well, the Hebrew word for “peace” in this scripture is the word “salom”. And by Strong’s concordance it is defined as completeness; wholeness; welfare; health. The root meaning of the word is “to be whole” or you might say, “nothing missing, nothing broken and nothing lacking” in your life.

Why would loving God’s law produce peace in your life? God’s word is alive; it is life and produces the same in our lives when, by the Holy Spirit, we ingest it into our spirit man. When we begin to live by God’s word we are changed. We are strengthened by the life that comes from the word and our minds are solidly placed on a firm foundation where the enemy cannot shake us.

Jesus said in 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.’”

What did He mean that we live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God? He meant that physical food is not the only thing necessary to sustain life in a human being. We have a physical man that needs to eat regularly for optimum health, but we also have an inner man, a spiritual man, that needs regular spiritual nourishment for optimum health that comes from ingesting the word of God; reading, studying and applying it to our lives. It is only as we make the word of God a priority in our lives and learn to live it that we will be able to fight off the fiery darts of the evil one. It is then that we are made strong so we do not stumble at his attacks.

Great peace; nothing missing, nothing broken and nothing missing in your life! Do you need more peace? Then get into the word; let it saturate deep down into your spirit. Make it a priority in your life. Study it, memorize it, speak it and live it!

Psalm 138:2 I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified You word above all Your name.

The Psalmist here says that God has magnified His word above His name. When you magnify something you make it larger. When God’s word becomes larger in your life the problems that you experience become smaller. You begin to see your problems in light of God’s word and realize that the enemy has no power to stand against the truth of God’s word.

Jesus told His disciples in John 8:31, 32 that the way to being His disciples and being set free was by abiding in His word.

John 8:31, 32 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Why would the truth of God’s word set a person free? Because there’s power in it!

John 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

The word is given life by the Spirit of God. He has breathed His very own life into His word. When we read it and take it into our lives as our daily nourishment that life is placed within us. As believers, born of the Spirit of God through salvation, we live and thrive because of the breath of life that God has placed in His word.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The New Living Translation says in Hebrews 4:12 that “the word of God is full of living power.”

2 Timothy 3:16, 17 NLT All Scripture is inspired of God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.

The word of God fully equips us for whatever we need to do! It teaches us the right way to live and changes us! If you have lack in your life, get into the word of God and find out the promise that counteracts what you lack. Then begin to feed on it! Read every scripture you can find on what you are needing in your life. Soon you will notice a difference in the way you think about your situation. Then you’ll begin to speak differently about what’s happening in your life. And the end result will be a change in your situation. God’s word will work for you if you will work it!

Father, I thank You for Your word; for it’s life-giving power in my life. I know that Your word is true; it is living and active and that when I ingest it into my spirit being it changes me. Thank You for the power that I have received from loving it and learning it and living it in my life. I thank You that when I get into a situation where I need answers Your Spirit will speak a word from your word into my heart that I know will help with my problem. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for bringing the word back to my remembrance so I can defeat the enemy in my life. Thank You, Lord, for breathing Your life into Your word! I pray for my friends this morning who may lack peace in their lives. I pray that they will realize their need for Your word in order to flourish in every area of their lives. I pray that they may have “great peace”, Father, that comes from spending time in Your word. Bring it life for them, Holy Spirit, when they read it. Show them the nuggets of truth that they need to change their situations! Thank You, Father, for giving us the manna from Heaven for our spiritual nourishment! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

Miracles Still Happen!

To pray is to bring your requests before God inquiring about, requesting, or making a demand upon His ability to answer or fulfill the request that you have made of Him.

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

Are you anxious about things that are happening in your life? Take them to God. Talk to Him about the provision that you have need of. Have you prayed about your situation? Rest in His ability to answer and take care of your need. Have you thanked Him for providing for your need even before you see it? That’s the way He wants you to come before Him; in thanksgiving, without anxiety, but solidly presenting your requests and placing your trust in His ability to provide for you.

Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Worry – Greek word merimnao – Strong’s #3309 Means “to divide into parts.” The word suggests a distraction, a preoccupation with things causing anxiety, stress, and pressure.

When we worry about things it’s like our minds are divided into parts; we are preoccupied to the point that we can’t think clearly. The act of worrying then causes more anxiety that what we are worried about. Our stress level is multiplied and we feel the pressure of a pressure cooker in full steam. But Jesus said we don’t have to worry because we have a heavenly Father who cares for us and has provided for our every need.

Matthew 6:26-30 “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; “and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. “Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”

God cares for all of His creation, but His masterpiece is the man/woman that He has created in His very own image and likeness. We are His most important creation. If He takes care of the flowers and the birds that He created for our benefit, would He not much more care for us, His children? Why, then, would we worry when we can look at those created things and see God’s constant care for them?

Jesus coins those who worry as having “little faith”. That word for “little faith” is the Greek word “oligopistos” and it means lacking confidence in God. We worry because we lack confidence in the ability and willingness of our heavenly Father to provide for our needs. That confidence in Him needs to be strengthened in order for us to overcome the temptation to fear or be anxious about the happenings in our lives.

Matthew 6:31-34 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ “For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Verse 31 gives us a couple of keys in overcoming worry. It says “Therefore do not worry, saying,….” When we speak forth what we are worrying about it gives credibility to the anxiety that is going on within us. Words are containers of power. They either carry life or death in them according to Proverbs 18:21. When we speak out the worry that’s in our hearts we are giving it power over us. What if, instead, we spoke out the promise of God that would be the solution to what we are worrying about? Not only would be be speaking the truth about what God wants to do in our lives, but we would be building our confidence, or faith, in Him to provide for us.

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

When we speak forth the promises of God to counteract the worries that we have, we are building our faith as we hear them spoken. Faith comes, or is strengthened, by hearing the word of God spoken out.

So, instead of worrying, we should speak out some promises of God that speak of His ability and willingness to provide for us.

The second key to overcoming worry is to seek God’s kingdom first. When we put Him first in our lives our focus is taken off of ourselves and placed on Him. Whatever we magnify in our lives will become the largest to us. If we magnify the worry that we have over our life’s situations, the problem will become bigger than the answer to the problem. But when we magnify God then He becomes the focus of our attention and that opens the way for Him to move supernaturally in our lives with the provision that we need.

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

How does God provide for us? According to His riches in Christ Jesus. Those two words “according to” means “in a manner consistent with”. So God provides for His children in a manner consistent with His riches, not ours. Does God ever run out of provision? NO, His riches never run out and He never suffers lack. He is not limited by our ability to hold a job that pays what we need to cover our obligations, or the money or lack thereof that we have in our bank account. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. His riches are ever flowing to His children. But we must trust Him to provide for us, for when we worry we limit His ability to flow the provision to us because everything that we receive from God comes by His grace through our faith. We access His grace through faith. When we worry we are really saying we don’t believe God will come through for us this time.

What are you worried about this morning? Will you place your trust in God to make provision for you? What scriptures can you find on the subject that you are concerned about? There is a promise in God’s word for every problem you will encounter. If you will pray and ask Him to help you, He will give you the scriptures that you need to stand on to counter the worry that is coming against you. God will not fail to provide for your need!

Matthew 10:29-31 “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. “Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

God knows every problem that you are experiencing. You are much more valuable to Him than the birds of the air or the lilies of the field. He knows every time a sparrow falls to the ground. He even knows the number of hairs on your head. That’s how intimately involved He is in your life. He will not fail to care for you! Put your trust in Him!

Father, I thank You for Your provision for Your children this morning. I pray, Father, that You will show each one of us the promises that You have for us to counter the worrisome thoughts that come into our minds. Help us, Lord, to stand on Your promises to overcome the fear and worry that we experience as we encounter difficulties in our lives. Thank You, Father, for always supplying the needs of Your children. You care for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field, so I know You will provide for us. Thank You for Your goodness to each of us today. I commit this day into Your hands, Lord. May Your will be done in my life as it is in heaven! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

The Good Shepherd

Psalm 23:1-6 AMP

THE LORD is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack. He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters. He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake. Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over. Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.

I love the way the Amplified Bible expounds on the verses of Psalm 23. It clarifies so well the role of the shepherd to the sheep. Jesus said in John 10:11: I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd risks and lays down His [own] life for the sheep.

John 10:14: I am the Good Shepherd; and I know and recognize My own, and My own know and recognize me–

The Shepherd leads, guides, feeds and shields the sheep. He watches over them all the time to make sure that every need that they have is taken care of. He leads them to areas of nourishment where they will flourish and find peace.

As the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, restores our souls. Through His very own life that He laid down for us, He made provision for every need that we have. He continues to watch over and provide for us. We have no lack in Him. There are times when we walk through dark times, but He is always there to lead us out into the light. His very presence assures us of His love and provision. Fear has no place in us when we realize and rely on His presence. It is only as we feel that we are in this alone that fear can take up residence within us.

The Shepherd’s rod was there to drive off the wild animals that would try to attack the sheep. His staff was used to pull a wayward sheep back into the fold. The anointing oil was applied to the sheep’s head so the flies couldn’t lite on their heads and get up in their nose and ears to lay eggs. If the flies laid eggs in a sheep’s head when the eggs hatched they would crawl up into the brain and literally eat the sheep’s brain. The sheep would go crazy butting it’s head on the rocks trying to get the pain to stop. The Shepherd protected the sheep however it was needed.

One of the names for Satan is Beelzebub, which means “lord of the flies”. Satan throws thoughts at people like darts that, when they have pierced the mind, bring turmoil and torment to the mental realm. It is as we are anointed with the oil of the Holy Spirit that our minds are soothed and calmed. We are responsible for renewing our mind to the Word of God so we can identify the lies of the enemy and cast those thoughts down before they have time to sink in and do their damage. The mind truly is the battlefield, but if we will allow Jesus, our Good Shepherd to give us His salvation the Holy Spirit then can anoint us and help us protect our minds.

1 John 2:20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.

1 John 2:27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

The Holy Spirit helps us understand the Word; He is our teacher and through the illuminating ministry of the Holy Spirit we grow in spiritual understanding. It protects our minds from deception as we learn to listen and rely on the Holy Spirit and His anointing.

2 Corinthians 1:21,22: Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

Jesus, the Good Shepherd now sits at the right hand of the Father in Heaven, but He sent His Spirit to live within each believer. As we receive Him the Holy Spirit fills the empty places within us and seals us in Him. His anointing is like the anointing oil that the Shepherd uses to ward off the flies; it protects our minds as we yield to Him. Our Good Shepherd has made provision for our whole person; spirit, soul and body. We are His; evidenced by the Holy Spirit within.

 

Father, I thank you for Jesus, our Good Shepherd. I thank You for sending Him to die for us; to give us new life as we give our hearts to Him. And Father, I thank You for Your Spirit that has come to live in us as we yield our lives to You. Father, fill us to overflowing today with Your Spirit that we might experience Your presence, Your power and Your anointing. I pray for my friends this morning, Father, that You would visit them in the power of Your Spirit, lifting them to new places in You, Lord. Give them revelation knowledge of Who You are and want to be in them. Show them, Father, that it is only in You that they experience life and that more abundantly. Help them to overcome by yielding to Your love, faith, hope and peace. Give them joy unspeakable and full of glory as they pray and yield to You. Thank You, Father, for touching the sick with Your healing hand, for providing for those who are experiencing lack and for visiting the lonely with Your love and presence. They need You, Lord, for only in You can we find provision for our needs. Thank You, Father. I pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

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