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A word from God

Are you experiencing famine? Many are! Yes, we see the obvious..price hikes in the supermarkets, price hikes at the gas pumps and people who genuinely struggle daily to eat and provide for their families. 

However, we may be less aware of a more dangerous famine..that the word of God and the hearing/heeding to His word is absent.  

Instead we see another law at work. “I gotta look out for me!” The hustle is real and there are those, from all walks of life, who will do whatever it takes to survive.  

Those of us who know Christ, let us not keep the Word just hidden inside of our hearts, or keep it in the four walls of our churches. People are starving for God’s word. They may not know it..but they are starving. The real famine is a famine for the word of God. 

Matthew‬ ‭10:27‬ ‭NIV What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.

Help bring healing, direction, salvation and deliverance. Speak the word of God into someone’s life today. Pray the word of God over them. Give godly advice according to God’s word. While helping to meet felt needs, let us help meet the spiritual needs of a starving world. Only the word.. living and active, brings life!! 

Have a blessed day my sisters.

Worship for today: Jeremy Camp – Word of Life 

Carol-angel Jackson

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Who Are You???

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“God is not calling you to an uncertain future. Let the discovery of your identity be an adventure.”

If you were to try and imagine a stranger, someone that you had never met, you would not be able to do it. Too many unknown variables. Sounds strange right.

The person that God is calling you to be is someone that you have never met. Thus you have no frame of reference for imagining this person.

When you meet someone for the first time, more than likely, you put your best foot forward because you expect an amicable meeting. As you do not know the person, you are unable to judge them on an unknown past. It is a clean slate. You cannot form opinions based on who they are now or what they may have done in the past because you do not know.

For the new person that God wants us to become, we must also do just that. We tend to let past experiences or current actions taint the image of a future self. This results in the attitude of “Nope. Not me. I can’t do that.” or “Are you sure?”

Paul wrote that we are to forget the past and be drawn forward by the new future (Phil 3:13 -14); that higher calling.  Christ says that in Him we are a NEW creation (2 Cor 5:17): recently made, fresh, recent, unused, unworn, of a new kind, unprecedented, novel, uncommon, unheard of. (ALL WOW and ALL YOU!!!)

Let discovery of the new with God be an adventure. You CAN be what He wants you to be and do what He asks of you.

This new person is unveiled over time. It’s not like going from inside to outside. One minute here and the next, there. It is a journey. It may not happen as quickly as you might like. There will be struggles and tests and victories and the peace of God to over shadow it all.

Our cooperation is a determining factor in the length of the journey.

You may have heard the still small voice of the Holy Spirit, or have a strong sense from the Word or have been given a prophetic word regarding the plans that God has for you.

You may even have set out on this journey all bright eyed and bushy tailed only to face falls, failures, disappointments, and you have to believe that God still loves you and wants the best for you.

The thing is, God has already seen that new person. He knows what they look like. He sees the strength that has been built and the faith that has been cultivated and the gifts that have been discovered. He also sees where the chains were broken and where deliverance came and where burdens fell away.

So He is not calling you to an uncertain future. He is certain that you will be that person as long as you put your trust in and walk with Him. No matter how much like a fantasy it seems.

Remember, stop trying to picture this new person and giving definitions of what they are to resemble. You have NO frame of reference. You have no idea what God will do and how he will lovingly form and shape you, once you are in His hands.

Jump in!!! Feet first!!! You know He will catch you!!! Or fly with you. Or keep you afloat.

Ok God, so what now? Where do we go? What do we do next?

He is calling you forward but in all things be sure to count the cost. God wants all of you.

So be excited; not scared.

Don’t  imagine all the ways things could go wrong cause you are not God. There is no way that you could possibly know that.

I recently learned this saying: Stop borrowing trouble; which basically means stop worrying about something that you have no idea how it will turn out.

We can be quick with our ‘what ifs’. Just trust Him and be lead.

You are not your past. Your definition comes from your future. God’s future for you. His purpose for you.

Remember :

Don’t doubt Him. God knows the plans He has for you –  Jer 29:11

Don’t let the fear of failing stop you from moving. You may fall 7 times – Prov 24:16, Psa 37:23-24

Don’t think you know it all. No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him – Isa 64:4; 1 Cor 2:9

Don’t set limits. He is able to do far more abundantly beyond what we ask or thinkEph 3:20, Isa 55:8-9

Don’t try to do it in your own strength. Humble yourself under His mighty hand and in due time He will lift you up – 1 Pet 5:6-7

 

My prayer for all of us, is that we believe the infallible Word of God. The Word that speaks of who we are to God and who God has called us to be in Him. That we know that He cannot lie and that if He says something about us, then it is so. That we know that His Words are meant to comfort and not condemn, to lift us up and not pull us down; to cause us to see the truth and to desire His truth in our lives. That I know and that you know, undoubtedly, unashamedly, that He loves us beyond all measure and will reach out to us and draw us to Him. Let God – not this world, ourselves, other people – define us.

By Marisse Cropper

Perfect Imperfection

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And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2 Cor 12:9

One Sunday morning, in the midst of worship, hands and voices were lifted and eyes were closed.  People were lost in the presence of God. I then wondered how would an unsaved person view this scene. Would they be moved by the presence of the Holy Spirit or would look on the worshippers as hypocrites? People whose Monday to Friday lives don’t equate to the Sunday lives.

All have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory….

It then occurred to me, that is why we need God’s grace and is what an unsaved mind cannot understand. That even when we give our lives to God through Jesus Christ, we are still imperfect. That even as we lift our hands In worship, we are also grateful and thanking Him for just loving us as we are.  In that lies the perfection of His plan. The fulfillment of His grace.

We are no longer called to live under the law. He uses us, in spite of our imperfections, to accomplish His will. We have the Holy Spirit to guide us and God’s word to instruct us.

It does not mean that we should continually sin because we will receive grace. It means that our mistakes do not cripple us . It means that we do not live under the weight of condemnation. God meets us time and time again at the point of our weakness.

Look at Peter. He denied Christ three times in spite of having walked with Him. He was racked with guilt but there was restoration. Peter was able to take his position in the early church, as we all know. What would have happened, had he carried around with him, that previous incident? If he had not believed that he was still part of God’s plan?

I am often times my worst critic. The tiniest mole hill can become a mountain by the time I am done with it. There is the assumption that God and other people see those imperfections when they look at me. The thing is,  God does not see  like that. He sees someone covered by blood and redeemed by grace. Why is it so hard to understand that He does not need my perfection?

So each day, there is a new chance. A reboot of sorts. Where my kinks are worked out in Him and His love draws me forward.

Go to Him in your weakness and be amazed at what can be accomplished as we allow Him to take what we have and use it for His glory.

 

by Marisse Cropper

The “Obvious” Solution

solutionIn 2 Sam 5,  David had been anointed king over Israel. The Philistines hearing of this, come down to stand against David and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim (Valley of the Giants / Old Tribe of Giants). David’s old foe had once again returned at a time when there was breakthrough. The enemy that had been defeated in his youth, was making its presence felt again. At a time when he was finally standing in the place for which God had anointed him many years prior.

This time though, the situation would not have been quelled by a sling and a stone (a previous solution). This time, he had the armies of Israel at his command and as always, the Lord to direct him.

David asks for direction: 2 Sam 5:19  So David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” And the LORD said to David, “Go up, for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand.” 

And the result : 2 Sam 5:20 So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, “The LORD has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim

Once again though, those pesky Philistines (your situation) would not go away. They came again to camp in the valley of Rephaim.

At this point, David could have said, “Ok army; Let’s go defeat them again.” The situation looked the same. Don’t assume the solution will be the same.

Again David asks for direction: 2 Sam 5: 23 -24 Therefore David inquired of the LORD, and He said, “You shall not go up; circle around behind them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall advance quickly. For then the LORD will go out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.”

Totally different strategy!!  The outcome even looked different this time : 2 Sam 5:25  And David did so, as the LORD commanded him; and he drove back the Philistines from Geba as far as Gezer.

Who knows what can be accomplished when we don’t do what seems best to us and seek the Lord? Even if what seems best, is what worked before or what worked for someone else in a similar situation. It might even seem to be the most logical thing to do but ….

God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are much higher than ours. 

Don’t tackle it, get frustrated, then go to God.

Take the time to ask how to proceed and….wait for the answer.

Remember Gideon defeated an entire army with only 300 men. Not the obvious solution but God’s strategy!!

 

Have a blessed, enjoyable and restful weekend.

 

by Marisse Cropper

 

 

 

Walk worthy

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Colossians 1:10 (NKJV)
10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

It doesn’t matter what everyone else is doing..walk worthy!
It doesn’t matter what everyone else is saying..be the godly example wherever you are placed.
You may have to bite your tongue and pray daily for patience but do it for the sake of Christ’s name.

Don’t complain when the pressure piles up, instead ask for joy and a cheerful spirit to make your work light and to brighten those around you.
Don’t just lash out and retaliate when you think you are being treated unfairly. Pray for heavenly wisdom (God gives it generously) and let your words be “seasoned with salt”.

Keep striving for holiness and purity even when it seems like there is compromise all around you.
Be a giver, an encourager, even when it seems like many people are more interested in what they can get.
Keep on doing it!

Christ died and shed His precious blood so that we wouldn’t have to pay the consequences for our sin. He died so that we who were lost could be reconnected to the Father. He died so that we would have a new, wonderful and different way of life, not just another “menu option” to choose from.

So if you’re a woman, man, child teenager, whoever.. struggling with temptation, know you’re not alone! The bible says that everyday we’re all like sheep to the slaughter..but it also says that His mercies are new every morning and His faithfulness is great. He will never let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.

Stand strong in the freedom he has purchased for you. Don’t give up or give in and slide back to the old way. Remember that your sins have all been nailed to His cross and you also have been crucified with Christ and Christ is living in you! So keep up the good fight.

The world needs over comers. Christ is our champion and because of Him we know we too can overcome!
So be encouraged! Walk worthy of His shed blood and your high call as a child of God.

Click the link below to enjoy Victor’s Crown by Darlene Zschech

Have an awesome weekend!
by Carol-angel Jackson

Eternal guidance!!


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PSALM 37:4 (NIV) 4 TAKE DELIGHT IN THE LORD, AND HE WILL GIVE YOU THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART. vs 23 THE LORD MAKES FIRM THE STEPS OF THE ONE WHO DELIGHTS IN HIM.

On January 1st I thought..”it’s just another day, why do we make such a big fuss about it?” Have you ever felt like this? The fact remains however, we mark time by calendar years, just as we mark our lifetime by birthdays. A new year brings the joy of new possibilities and a fresh start.. and at the end of the year we can look back and celebrate the things that happened, goals we accomplished and marvel at the goodness of God in bringing us through it all..the good, the bad and the ugly!

As we look forward to all that is fresh and new this year, let us not be quick to totally forget the past..challenges and victories.. because in them we learnt specific nuggets of wisdom and things about God that will be invaluable to us as we face this year. Instead let’s be purposeful in leaving behind regret and allow this new found wisdom and knowledge of God strengthen and embolden us.

Behind the scenes of our lives and the entire existence of mankind is a creator who carefully hung every star, made the universe, placed the earth the correct distance from the sun and the moon and made sure that there was the right composition of gases in our atmosphere so that we could breathe. We can trust Him and take comfort knowing that the order of our lives and days is just as carefully and wisely planned as was the universe. The whole bible speaks to the eternal plan God has for mankind and we can find His attention to the details of our existence in these verses.

~ He’s knows the number of hairs on our heads: Matt 10: 29-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

~ He promises that He will give His angels charge over us: Ps 91:11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;

~ He knows what we need even before we ask: Matthew 6:8 ..For your father knows what you need before you ask him.

~ He knows when we sit and rise, knows our words before we speak them, crafted us in our mother’s womb, knew us before we were born and no matter where we go, we can never hide from Him. Ps 139.

He says that with Him all things are possible: So healing is possible, financial turnaround is possible, rebuilding that relationship is possible. You can face whatever lies ahead because He is with you and He is for you. 

So let your focus be always on delighting yourself in Him and in His presence, don’t let a day go by that you do not engage the supreme, infinite wisdom and love that is found in Christ through prayer, reading His word and worshipping Him. Make knowing Him your purpose and your goal and try not to let the business of life squeeze this out because everything else is secondary and flows from Him.

I’m sure we all have those specific goals we want to accomplish…loosing those extra 15 or 20 lbs, finishing a particular project, taking better care of ourselves and our families, rebuilding physical health or repairing a broken relationship, making more money etc. All of these are good goals to have in life and surely we should go after them, but let the primary delight and focus be on Jesus and He has promised that He will give you the desires of your heart..because your desires would be guided by Him.

Today if you’ve read this and you don’t know Him..His word says in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” You can receive Him and His eternal guidance by believing in your heart that He died for your sins, submitting your life to Him and confessing with your mouth your sinfulness and asking Him to live in your heart. It’s the best decision you will ever make!!

I pray that you will have a God-filled year and that you will sense His nearness to you as you focus on growing daily in Him. 

By Carol-angel Jackson

 

 

 

Get it together Sista! Prov 31 study

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Proverbs 31:30
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

We’re so excited to be starting a new series during September called “Get it together Sista!” We’re going to look at Proverbs 31:10-31 and pull out some key points to remind us of standards to strive for as we get our priorities in order. We will also feature organizational posts and re-blog content from other authors. Look out for these and also check our recipe and home and lifestyle section on the site. We hope you enjoy. So let’s dig in!

Did you know that Proverbs 31:10-31 is actually a Hebrew acrostic poem – an ode to the woman of virtue? Isn’t that wonderful? It certainly shows how important she is. I’ve found myself in this season, pouring over these verses, looking for the values that I pray should become part of my character and yours. This type of woman exemplifies qualities often overlooked in our world today where pride, vanity, self worship and undignified behavior are so popular. Today we’re not going to start at the top of this poem but jump to the bottom and take a look at the foundation of such a woman.

In Proverbs 31:30, the Hebrew alphabetical word at the start the verse is Sheqer (deception, falsehood, fraud, in vain, sham, untruth). This woman separates herself from falsehood and untruths and clings to the Lord. Beauty is mentioned as vanity but let’s not just think of physical appearance. Hebel (vanity) literally means – vapor and breath. It is synonymous with delusion, emptiness, fleeting, fraud, futility, idols, worthless things. So anything that seeks to delude us with an appearance of importance when really it is empty and of no value is vanity and we should separate ourselves from it.

Let’s make a list of vanities/fleeting things that commonly tempt us (do add your own):

-What people think (their impression of you) – VANITY
-Anxiety- about bills, finances, health, material things – VANITY
-Seeking acceptance/trying to fit in to societal pressure/following trends – VANITY

This type of woman has her priorities straight. She knows that her praise-worthy works come not by being concerned about worthless things but by having a deep, reverential awe and respect for the Lord. Prov 9:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

So as we “get it together”, let’s pray- “Lord I run to you, separate me from vanities which distract me from your best for me. Help me to fear you and receive the wisdom that you freely give. Amen!

Don’t forget to check out our Home and lifestyle page as well as our recipe page for great links. Have a great weekend. God bless!

By Carol–angel Jackson