Crying Out! This is WAR!

From My Heart: Good morning, saints. Blessings, peace and love to you from my heart, by way of the Most High God. I greet you this morning with a holy kiss.

I want to assure you that you have not been forgotten by me. I have offered up many prayers on your behalf. It is my honor to do so.

As many of you know, it has been a challenging season for me. Nevertheless, God is faithful. I am standing only because He deems it to be so. I am grateful for His enduring, unwavering presence. Also, I am humbled, even now, as I reflect on what He has done in my life and what He is doing.

I wanted to take a moment to let you know that the Get Back to God Series continuation is scheduled. It will hit on some pretty deep lessons related to WAR. Yes, I said war.

Keep an eye out for the new blog posts in this series. You just may find something that can help you live your life in Christ out more fully.

Coming Soon…

Crying Out! This is WAR: Spiritual Warfare

Crying Out! This is WAR: Doing Battle in the Day-to-Day

Crying Out! This is WAR: Casualties of War

Crying Out! This is WAR: Weapons of Warfare

Crying Out! This is WAR: Jehovah Nissi

Crying Out! This is WAR: Camping Out -> Psalm 19:14; Psalm 23; Ephesians 6:10-20: 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Psalm 27-28; Psalm 119

Crying Out! This is WAR: Cleanse. Disentangle. Purge. Purify. Nourish.

Crying Out! This is WAR: Yes and Amen

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may the readers of this message be blessed by You. May they experience You in a brand new way each day that they are given. May they see what You need them to see and hear what You need them to hear. May they trust that You will never leave or forsake them. May they trust that You will lead them where they need to go. Help them to depend on You every step of the way. May they know Christ and the Holy Spirit as You have always wanted them to know. May they rest assured and be confident in knowing that salvation through Christ is the way home. May they never give up or surrender to the evil one. Instead, let them recognize his tactics, but more than that, let them know Your power and authority over those tactics. May each person be emboldened to take courage. Let each person believe, know, live, walk, talk, and move with power, love and a sound mind. In the mighty name of Jesus do I offer this prayer. Amen. Amen. Amen!

Crying Out: Indulging in Depravity, Part 2

“…we all once lived in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by the sinful self], indulging the desires of human nature [without the Holy Spirit] and [the impulses] of the [sinful] mind. We were, by nature, children [under the sentence] of [God’s] wrath, just like the rest [of mankind]. But God…”

The 365 Lesson: Many of our pre-cross lives told a story of selfishness, indulgence, and sin. We took part in hedonistic practices, without a care. We were unrestrained and intemperate. Ignorance and bliss led us down a road of demise. We were headed straight toward a dark and fatal disconnect from God. Depravity ruled.

Question: Does depravity still have rule over your life…post the cross?

Once we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior and LORD, we were sealed with the Spirit. We no longer had to or have to walk alone. We no longer had to or have to face bondage and struggle as an independent party of one. Still, many of us live, move, breathe, and exist without a true understanding of the Holy Spirit.

Question: Who is the Holy Spirit, and what role does He play in the life of a Christian?

Challenge: Thoroughly read each of the Scriptures mentioned below. Write down your takeaways. Revisit your notes daily over the next two weeks. Feel free to post your comments and/or share your thoughts with the Phone Tree Bible Study Group.

Scripture Reflection: Psalm 139, Ephesians 2, and Romans 8

Question: Is there anywhere we can go to escape the depravity of the world?

Up Next: Can’t Stop, Can’t Quit

As Unto the LORD

“Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [greatest] reward. It is the Lord Christ whom you [actually] serve.”

Scripture Reflection: Colossians 3:23-24

The 365 Lesson: What would happen if we approached every task we had to do with the LORD in mind?

In life, we are called to do many things. I’d like to believe that most of us approach our tasks with the right kind of attitude. I’d like to believe that we each strive to successfully complete our assignments with a CAN DO mindset. But, I have to wonder whether or not we involve our hearts and souls in the process? Do we engage in our work with an “I’m doing this for the LORD” focus, or do we just go through the motions of doing something for the sake of doing it?

Challenge: Going forward, I would have you consider each task you do as an offering to the LORD. Do it, not only with the LORD in mind (as for the LORD), but also as if it is done unto the LORD Himself.

Prayer: Father, thank You for being such a beautiful example of love and grace in action. From the beginning, You have shown us selfless love. You have called us to do the same. As we press into each new day, help us to approach each task with You in mind. Teach us to do all things as unto You and for You. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

In the A.M.|Am I Strong Enough?

In the A.M. (My Thoughts About the I AM in the A.M.)

4:23 A.M.

“for when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength].”

See 2 Cor 12:9-10 (AMP)

Am I strong enough when I am weak to call upon the LORD?

Do I have enough fortitude to bow my head and confess that I am wrong?

Do shame and dread consume me or has hope become my voice?

Am I wise enough, insightful enough to recognize a greater, more precious want?

Am I ready to surrender all in deed just as with word?

Am I ready to forsake all else and take God at His word?

4:59 A.M. #HeisAble #GODstrength #JESUSbreakseverychain #livingTRUTHfully #encouragement

New Year Happenings (2016)

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FYI -> New Year Happenings at the Phone Tree Bible Study Group

1st Quarter #DestinationJESUS Works (scheduled for January – March):

Destination JESUS Objectives:

To grow closer to the LORD GOD

To know a life-altering intimacy with His WORD

To experience a radical SPIRITual transformation

Happy 365-16!

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What I’ve Been Reading and Other Such Considerations

     
   
  
  

  
  
  
  

Praise in the Low Places, Part 6

What does the Bible say about praise? Psalm 34:1 answers that question perfectly.

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Scripture Study Reference: Matthew 26:36-46

An Abbreviated Character Study: Jesus in Gethsemane

Low Place: 

– Jesus grew sorrowful and deeply distressed.

– The LORD Jesus was overwhelmed with grief, to the point of death.

– A bitter cup was before the LORD.

– Jesus was betrayed.

Study Tip: Notice the significance of each act, occurrence, and circumstance after such time that the LORD entered the garden.Try to see the God-connect. Reflect on why the event was, is, or might be so noteworthy.

Significant Act/Occurrence/Circumstance:

– Jesus was afforded an opportunity by God to teach His disciples before, during, and after Gethsemane.

– Jesus shared intimate moments of prayer with His Father. (Spiritual Enrichment Exercise: Study the specific prayers of Jesus. Make note of what was said, how He approached His Father, and what each prayer brought about.)

– Three witnesses were positioned near Jesus while at Gethsemane. (Spiritual Life Fitness Challenge: How does the Bible define a witness and what is the significance of having them?)

– Jesus humbled Himself in form as He approached His Father in prayer.

– Though in a low place, Jesus put the needs of His Father before His own needs.

– Jesus forewarned His disciple to watch and pray, urging him to not get pulled down during the time of testing.

–  Although Jesus went off to prayer to His Father, he repeatedly returned to His disciples.

– Jesus faced His betrayers and accusers head on; He did not shrink away from His determined role. (Self-Examination and Reflective Study: How do you deal with those who have betrayed, hurt, condemned and/or used you? Is your method of dealing with the aforementioned in line with what the Bible says?)

– Jesus did not stand alone when the time came to face His challenge.

Praise Opportunity (the place where grateful homage could have been rendered to God): Go through the verses as well as the listed significant acts and, in your own words, write down each moment that a praise belongs.

Praise Proof (tested and approved): Personalize this message. Relate what you have discovered to your life. (Example: If God has allowed a certain experience to come before you or granted you a special message or testimony to share with others, where might your praise go up? If the LORD has brought you to a greater understanding about who He is, who He can be, and who He wants to be in your life, where might your praise go up? If God has replaced your bitter cup with a cup of His glory, where might your praise go up? How might you proclaim the greatness of God and His Kingdom works right now in this season?)

What is the overall lesson that you learned from this study?

#praiseinthelowplaces #truth15