Proclaiming – Isaiah 12 (amp)

 

 

“Behold, God, my salvation!”

In that day, I was bound and chained. Unable to see differently, think differently, act differently…stuck in pit with no hope. In that day, I couldn’t see what I couldn’t see. Blind to the bondage and to the degree of it.

“Sing praises to the Lord!”

In that day, He was doing excellent things, gloriously! He was my strength and my song through the pain. He was my company behind the walls. He was my trust and confidence to keep pushing forward. He was my salvation with the impossible!

In this day…

I say of the Lord, thank you, thank you, thank you! It is by Your Name, I make known Your deeds to set this captive free, to open my blinded eyes, to make this lame girl walk in wholeness…

You in my midst, Holy One, is my victory and my delight! It is by Your Name, I cry aloud and shout for joy to make known Your greatness to all the earth. You are my salvation! You are my comfort! I proclaim Your Name exalted, Jesus!

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Notes from the war…

The war is on, the fighting rages

will I or won’t I?

I have to choose to obey You

pressure, ridicule, condemnation, guilt

I still can’t seem to choose You, “strengthen me, Lord! ”

no help for the flesh to win

“Lord, I need you!”

get up, fail, get up, fail… weary and tired from trying

From my foxhole I cry:  “Grace me, Jesus, to do what I can’t.”

a hush falls on the battlefield, something just happened

all eyes shift to see

He’s now fighting, not me

 

(This is not a quote or an excerpt from the book. It is truth I came away with and truth of Jesus to share. Book reference: The Nature of Freedom, by Graham Cooke)

Golden Nugget

to abide

to die

= commitment

Abiding is not a limited time offer – it is to continue in a place, to not leave a person. Existing with a person.

  • It takes commitment to abide in a place, abide with a person. It takes commitment to die to self, to die for someone and live for someone.
    •  Father God’s commitment to us and our whole life, is established forever in the Blood of Jesus.
    • Jesus’ commitment to us and our whole life, is forever established by His Blood.

Selah

Golden Nugget

In times of our greatest failures/defeats, struggles, issues, confusion and lie filled thoughts swirling, hear and know this:

  • God is the one holding you, and He isn’t going to let go.

Talk it out with Him, be real with Him, tell Him everything. Somehow/someway – He’s got this!

New Year’s 2016

“We live our lives as a tale that is told” Ps 90:9b

“What kind of Love is writing my story till the end with Mercy’s pen? Only You.”  Natalie Grant, Alive

new year

Somehow God’s pen weaves and blends and enlivens our tiny lives with His heavenly plan and purposes and light. The tales that will be told of us will be many and varied. Some sad, some happy… As we live, our story unfolds and we face opportunities to participate, asking for greater adventures from the Writer. The ride we are on is one our human minds cannot fathom. The next chapter, always a mystery.

Going into the New Year, let us ascribe to Him the Love of a Heavenly Father watching over his child and Honor Him – Faithful Writer of our stories.

New Year’s 2016 – Father, Writer of my tales, You have made me alive to life in 2015. For 2016, I pray for hearts desires, grander adventures, and even deeper joys.

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Golden Nugget

My faith in God must rule my feelings, not my feelings ruling my faith in God.

We see a lot in this world, we feel a lot about what we see, and the enemy loves to mess with our walk through this opening. This is a huge “ruder” he can use to steer us wrong, if we allow it.

We who walk with Jesus are not to walk with our human eyes, but with our spiritual eyes that see beyond the physical and allow us to think and believe beyond the natural.

Golden Nugget

Peace is internal

Stress is external

stress

I used to see stress as part of my internal nature that I couldn’t change, but am now seeing that isn’t true. I/We can face life and circumstances firmly grounded in the peace of Christ.

  1.  Stress is not caused by others or uncontrollably imposed on us by others.
  2. Stress is all about how we are thinking about that situation – perspective and beliefs.

Are we choosing to “charge-up” our internal peace of the Holy Spirit or are we “charging-up” the stress levels?   God is asking us to upgrade our thinking to see and believe we cannot fail because we are amazingly loved by Father God, and to get a new thought about Him that will replace stress with faith.

We do have the choice in whatever circumstance we face.

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