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In all our thankfulness I’m thing king of how much we have to be thankful for.  That leads me to look at how much more can I do for others.  That leads me to how much more can I do for God.  That leads me to this…What don’t I do because of fear.  That leads me to this.

Faith is what pleases God.  Fear is what stops us from realizing the presence of God.  Faith is the currency if you will, of what miracles run on.  The supernatural power and practice of wonders.  I want to live in this place all the time, every day.  I long to raise the dead.  See heavenly beings often.  But not so often that I can’t function.  I desire to live in the fullness of the Spirit realm and be aware of it while I’m doing regular stuff here and now.  What stops me?  Fear.  Or a lack of faith if you will.

The practices of belief in everyday life need to be way more prominent than they are.  At least in my life.  I’m living a miracle on a daily basis and I know it.  Still I can see where there is so much more to walk in, so much more I can do.

So here is where I’m at.  Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  All things really does mean all things.  But how often do we allow ourselves to think big enough to encompass all things?

Psalms 46:1 says “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.”  Not only is God our refuge and strength, but He is ever present.  So when we allow ourselves to think about All Things, then we also can remember that God is present with us.

So back to my thought.  What are we not doing because of fear?  Proverbs 29:25, “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.”  If we allow ourselves to think about all things, and remember that God is present with us, (and in us), then I can see us beginning to do exploits and walking in signs and wonders.

These are the beginnings of what is to come if we will allow ourselves to open up and act like we believe what God says is true.

What are we not doing because of fear?  Nothing.  We can do it all, and we will.

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LET ME RISE ABOVE THE SMALL THINGS!

How many times do we allow ourselves to be stumped, stopped or manipulated by the small things in life?
Doesn’t it say somewhere that it’s the little foxes that spoil the vines? Song of Solomon 2:15. Well, I think it’s time to stop the little things, (foxes) from destroying our forward momentum. We must move ahead and stop looking behind.

Not that long ago, a few weeks, David and I were walking our dogs up in a park near our house. We had let the dogs off their leashes and were enjoying watching them run along and sniff everywhere. Well the big girl got behind and we were still moving ahead. I found myself looking behind me for her but was still walking forward. Of course I fell. Hard. And now I have the scars to remember this valuable life lesson with. DON’T TRY TO MOVE FORWARD WHILE LOOKING BACK! IT WILL ONLY RESULT IN PAIN AND SCARRING!

You would think I already knew this right. I thought so too. But evidently I allowed myself to get distracted by watching instead of paying attention to the thing that was mine. In this case, walking forward while looking forward.

When we are in a fragile place of maturing we need to pay attention to what we are doing. Why we are doing it and the reason behind it all. When we begin to understand some part of revelation several things happen all at once. We get excited. We begin to dream and create. We might even share with someone else what we are experiencing. And just as this is all starting to form into something other than a convoluted mass of thought and energy, we get distracted! Not by something like an earthquake, no that would be honorable. But by the little things. A past due bill. Mosquitoes. Heartburn. Fear. The raise we were hoping for didn’t come. Any number of things. And we succumb. Nothing else happens. We caved.

You see, I don’t think I need an enemy, I have myself. For to long and far to often I have given in to small things. It’s the little foxes that spoil the vines. The temptation that snares us too often isn’t something blatant, but subtle. The temptation to not believe in the bigness of God in our everyday situations. The temptation to feel sorry for ourselves that we haven’t accomplished saving the world by last Tuesday. The temptation to be tired to believe one more time without evidence or proof.

Without faith it’s impossible to please God. Hebrews 11:6. The little things come along to push us back into the natural realm and forget who we really are. The unpaid bills remind us that we are human and when we think about that, we forget that we have become super-human by virtue of Christ in us the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27

You see there is so much biggness waiting for us in this world. So much greatness about to overtake us. We simply can’t afford to be distracted by smallness or small things anymore.

Christ In You

Christ in you! Connecting with God is connecting within yourself as well. It’s simple, please try to not make it hard. It’s all Jesus, all the time. It’s about Him. It’s not about us. It’s not about feeling left out, or feeling alone or not about being included. It’s Jesus. He’s in you and you are in Him! That should be so encompassing within and around us that we won’t even notice anything else.
Get happy with Jesus and His presence and allow his scandalous love to overtake you. It’s about Him! We don’t even realize that all things are already here! They’re not coming into existence, they are already here. When we rest in Him, that’s faith. When we quit striving, that’s faith. When we delight in Him, that’s faith. We just happen to be doing other stuff as well. The other stuff is just freckles, not the heart of life. It’s Jesus! All Jesus all the time.

Pertaining to Life…

68378_322971037810734_835032084_nHere it is first thing in the morning. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3 (New International Version)

How exciting is this? Think about it a minute. What are you striving with? Are you struggling through life today? Not feeling fulfilled? Looking for direction?

I woke up this morning with a Christmas song in my head and laid on the sofa and started thanking God. Then I realized that I was experiencing a wonderful sensation in my being. A full feeling of joy and contentment swept over me in a way it hasn’t in a long time! As I was drinking my coffee I realized once again that all things, means all things. This may seem to simplistic to you, but it blows me out of the water! What doesn’t come under all?

So then I started looking at some different translations or transliterations of this verse and I really started to get excited. And it’s only 7:30! Here are a few of them.

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. (New Living Translation)

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, (English Standard Version)

His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the full knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and excellence. (International Standard Version)

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: (King James Bible, Cambridge edition)

As the One who has given all things which are of the divine power, with The Life and awesomeness of God by his teaching, who has called us into his glory and majesty, (Aramaic Bible in Plain English)

Are you catching on yet? Everything we may need. Everything we do need. Everything that will ever come our way, whatever we need for life. Whatever we need for a godly life. It’s already been given. It’s like an Easter egg hunt. It’s already available. It’s already here! Yay! Hallelujah! I’m so excited! WAIT!!!!!! Where is it? Why am I in this mess? Where is my happiness? ARRGH!

Finish the verse.
Through the knowledge of Him. It’s in knowing God that all these things are found. It’s in knowing God that all these things are fulfilled. It’s in knowing His nature, heart, power, glory, abundance, joy, grace, holiness that these things that are necessary for life are resident. And that’s not all.

God has given us a call. Like if I called you and invited you to coffee or lunch. God has invited us to come up into his glory and virtue. He has called us by his glory and virtue. He has even sent a way for us to come unto him. To be risen with him into glory and virtue. One translation says that this power was given to us through knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and integrity. God’s integrity wouldn’t invite us to someplace without a way of getting us there.

The way to fulfillment and fullness in life is through knowing God. All power is found in Him. The things we need in this life are found in Him and he will teach us how to live and move and have our being there with him while we are here in the earth! Our part is to begin to know him. Not just know his name or how to pray in his name. But to know his person. His scent. His aura. His energy. His glory. Know his heart. His everything. Wow! I’m loving this day! Be blessed today please… be blessed.

Where do we go from here?

This seems to be a question of all ages, societies and people’s. The decisions of our forefathers have shaped our world. Just as the decisions we make today are shaping the world for our heirs. What we decide to do with our lives will always determine the tomorrow’s to come.

We shall be witnesses. (Acts 1:8) “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you ; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” This is a declaration given to us. It is not an option, nor is it a threat. It is a fact. Whatever we believe in we wear on our faces. The choices we make today establish our tomorrow’s. You know how this works.

Say you’re having a blah kind of morning. You know what I’m saying. You stub your toe getting out of bed. Then you forget to turn the coffee maker on and when you do you don’t place the pot under it correctly. So instead of a pot of coffee you now have a counter of coffee . That puts you running late, which you hate and now all you seem to be able to focus on is this morning. This scenario carries on throughout the day and by the time you get home you’re rather cross, grumpy and hard to get along with.

We’ve all been there. But did you know you can at anytime stop the madness? You can at any given moment just stop. I’m finding that if I will stop in my trying to push through the mess, if I will just take myself away for just a small second or two, things can change. It only takes a moment to look up. Focus for one quiet moment on the wonder of this life. Take a deep breath. Calm down.

All the hurrying in the world won’t bring back the early morning mishaps. All the stress of wishing it were different wont change a thing. But, if you take a few seconds to be grateful . If you stop and look up, allowing yourself to remember the vastness of this life. If you just stop! Make yourself slow down to catch up with yourself, things will change.

Every day will have its issues. ( Matthew 6:34.) “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Every day will have its time challenges. ( Ecclesiastes 3:1). “There is a time for everything, and a season for every purpose under heaven.”
And every day we choose what our next steps will be. (Joshua 24:15). ” But as for me and my household, we will serve The Lord.”
The reality is that all of this happens so often and so quickly that we barely notice what is actually happening. Every day is a gift. Every moment an opportunity. And every encounter a treasure. What we do with them is what determines our tomorrow. How we do them is what is witnessed.

Where do we go from here? From glory to glory. From this present level of life to the next higher one.

There is no other name, that’s given unto men, that we can be sure of! Jesus! How I love to call your name!
Master, Savior, my deliver!

There it is! There is no other name. The name of Jesus changes everything! Philippians 2:10 says ‘That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;’ Wow! I mean that pretty much covers everything doesn’t it. Every knee should bow. In heaven. In earth. Under the earth.

There is no one else who carries this kind of power. No one, no where, no how. Only Jesus. And he himself told us that if we would ask the Father anything in his name, (Jesus’ name) he, the father, would give it to us. I’m wondering then where does the gap in our lives come from? Because this tells me that everything must submit to the name of Jesus. Everything.

I’ve been saved a little while now and still I am at that wonderful stage where I am still falling in love with Jesus. Daily it’s like we’ve just met! I love talking to him about simply everything. I love his presence around my house. (Yes, he hangs at my house too!) In fact the longer we are getting to know each other the more I am amazed by him. His name alone changes my view of my daily life. His name alone answers so many question I might ask. His name alone brings peace to my life, not just daily, but moment by moment. So for today…

There’s no other name, that’s given unto men, that we can be sure of. Jesus, Jesus, oh sweet Jesus. How I love to call your name.

Thank you so much not just for loving me, but listening, hearing and answering. You are simply awesome!

I’ve been praying lately about a lot of things. Health. Happiness. Peace. Pleasing God. You know, the things we all pray for. But I forgot to mention ‘world peace’ or ‘whirled peas’.

Well, these are the things I’ve been praying lately. Not the whirled peas, but the rest of them. You know, trying to get a handle on my own life a bit. How is it going you might ask? Here it is.

This morning in prayer I heard the Lord ask me, “Do you trust me?” I gave the usual Christian answer. “Of course I do”. Which happens to be the honest answer. And immediately God said… “then trust me!”

Wow! Alarms went off in all areas of my head. My emotions. My thoughts. My goals. Everywhere.

I had once again segmented God and His ability to meet my needs and create peace within my life into my plans and not His. How do I do that and why do I do it so often? Human nature? What! This really bugs me.

Well I’m a person who thinks in stages. Small stages. I think big but break everything down into it’s most usable form. Simplicity. Which for me is vital. I’m not a fan of complex. God knows me. Better than I know myself. When he asked me did I trust Him, he knew I already had made that choice years ago, but he also understands my weaknesses. Yes I said it. Weaknesses. Plural. ARRGH!

If I can trust God with eternity. You know, the unseen, unknown future of existence. Well, if I can trust Him with all that, why do I find it necessary to bring daily needs before him time after time? Why are the daily things so unattainable at times? Why does it seem as though God is so far from my regular stuff? Well here it is, I had begun to make God unreachable. In my own way I had begun to set God in a far off place, (heaven or somewhere equally as far from here) and forgotten about the amazing relationship that was gifted to me when He first rescued me.

You see when we segment God’s presence into things like ‘Praise and Worship’ or the ‘prayer time’ we leave him out of everything else. We don’t mean to and I don’t believe we are doing it consciously but we do it just the same. But here’s where I tend to frustrate myself. If I’m in relationship with God and he’s in relationship with me, then we must be in constant communication all the time. Right? But I’m not LISTENING!!! Perhaps its far more simple than I realize. Jesus said in John 17:21-22, …’that they may be all one, as thou Father, are in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us, that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou hast given me I have given them, that they may be one, as we are one;’

There’s something in relationship that is harder to do than to understand. It’s acceptance. I have to begin to accept that God is here and I am there and we walk in a unity by the Holy Spirit (whom He gave to us). It’s not that I will stop asking for the daily things, but I hope I will learn to ask with a level of confidence and faith that simply wasn’t there this morning. But it is now, and will be tomorrow and each day after. How can I be so sure? Because He never changes! And I just have.

I like God a whole lot!