Learning to tune our receivers to God’s Spirit…

Listening to God’s voice from within…

This requires a new way of thinking, on our part, a new paradigm for all of us; and in order for that to happen, we must all learn to change the way we think (which is what repentance is), and we need to launch our faith out into the deep, where Jesus is!

So Jesus in John 4:24, tells us what this paradigm and this new way of thinking entails:

“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

The Bible clearly tells us that we are each spirit beings, created in the image and likeness of our Abba Father, who is in heaven.

So this is who we are, we first are Spirit beings (like our Father in Heaven), we have a soul and we live in a body.

In the Old Testament God tells us:

“I will plant a new heart and new spirit inside of you. I will take out your stubborn, stony heart and give you a willing, tender heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit inside of you and inspire you to live by My statutes and follow My laws.
— Ezekiel 36:26-27

So when we are Born Again, God performs a heart transplant, as it were. He gives us a new heart.

The power of the Holy Spirit changes our hearts from sin-focused to God-focused.

The Bible also says that the Kingdom of Heaven is within us now, as Born Again Christians (Luke 17:21).

So when you consider all of these scriptures, obviously if God lives inside of us He doesn’t have to exit our bodies and talk to us from the outside.

No God has designed it to where all five of our senses become spiritual antennae; and when God wants to communicate with us He may use any one of our five senses to do so.

I think the following testimony will give you an idea of what I’m talking about:

TESTIMONY FROM REX ROUIS

“I was in my car pulling out of a tight alleyway in a downtown area.

Cars were parked on either side of the ally exit and I could not see the oncoming traffic very well.

Once I thought I was clear I started to pull out. But, deep inside, I heard a soft inner voice telling me to, “Stop, don’t pull out.” It was faint and easy to miss. I did notice and I stopped.

Immediately, a delivery truck rushed by directly in front of the alley, exactly where I would have been. If I had pulled out, I would have been hit and instantly killed. It shook me. I could have just died.

I thought about that soft voice that saved my life. I thought about how soft it was and how easily I could have missed it. It started to make me angry – “That is not loud enough! Why couldn’t God speak louder than that?” I even said so to God.

Then, I felt God’s awesome presence fill my car and the Holy Spirit spoke very forcefully to me.

He said, ‘Yes, it is a soft voice, and yes it is possible to miss it if you don’t pay attention, but THAT IS ALL YOU ARE EVER GOING TO GET.’

Wow, now I was really shaken. I cried out in heartfelt repentance, “Lord, I am so sorry. I thank you for your still small voice, I appreciate it and I am thankful for it just the way it is.”

Listen to this account given in 1 Kings 19:11-12 of how God spoke to Elijah in a still small voice:

So the Bible also tells us that God changes not, that He is the same yesterday, today and forever (see Hebrews 13:8).

And so God wants to speak to us in that same manner today; and since the Holy Spirit now lives inside of us, it’s much easier and more direct.

We just have to make sure that our receivers are on and are tuned to the Holy Spirit frequency each day.

So it’s all about our getting in tune with the Holy Spirit and resonating with the Holy Spirit, day by day and moment by moment.

This is something we have to practice.

Mon, Sept 28
Minute Meditations!

GOD’S SONG WITHIN US
by Brother David Steindl-Rast

Our heart is a highly sensitive receiver; it can listen through all our senses.

Whatever we hear, but also whatever we see, taste, touch, or smell, vibrates deep down with God’s song.

To resonate with this song in gratefulness is what I call singing back.

This attitude of prayer has given great joy to all my senses and to my heart.

A completely different inner world of prayer where I also feel at home is one to which silence opens the door—silence, not only as perceived by the ears, but also a quietness of the heart, a lucid stillness inside, like the stillness of a windless midwinter day.
— from the book The Way of Silence: Engaging the Sacred in Daily Life by Brother David Steindl-Rast
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Trust and obey for there is no other way…

Jesus is the only WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE…


I Have Decided To Follow Jesus
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We’re told in 1 Corinthians 10:11 that these stories written in the Bible have been written for our instruction and admonition.

And Jesus told us in Matthew 11:28 that our assignment, each day, is to come to Him and learn of Him.

Here are some lessons we can learn from the life of Moses that will be applicable to each of our own lives.

I always like studying the life of Moses, because I find in Moses a pattern that’s probably typical of most of us.

First off, let’s look at the backstory regarding the circumstances surrounding Moses’ birth.

Ever since God said, in Genesis 3:15, that the Seed of the woman would crushed Satan’s head (this is the first promise of the coming Messiah), Satan has been trying to either corrupt or terminate the bloodline of Adam; hence we have the account given in Genesis 6, which talks about how the Benai Elohim (these were fallen angels) came down to Earth and commingled with the daughters of Adam, producing Giants in the Earth.

And so prior to Moses’ birth the degree was issued that all male infants where to be killed.

Listen to what God has to say about Moses’ birth and his faith, in the Faith Hall of Fame – chapter 11 of Hebrews:

Hebrews 11:23-27
The Passion Translation

23 Faith prompted the parents of Moses at his birth to hide him for three months, because they realized their child was exceptional and they refused to be afraid of the king’s edict.

24 Faith enabled Moses to choose God’s will, for although he was raised as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, he refused to make that his identity,

25 choosing instead to suffer mistreatment with the people of God.

Moses preferred faith’s certainty above the momentary enjoyment of sin’s pleasures.

26 He found his true wealth in suffering abuse for being anointed, more than in anything the world could offer him, for his eyes looked with wonder not on the immediate, but on the ultimate—faith’s great reward!

27 Holding faith’s promise Moses abandoned Egypt and had no fear of Pharaoh’s rage because he persisted in faith as if he had seen God who is unseen.
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So Moses growing up in the lap of luxury and receiving all the benefits and the education for having been raised in Pharaoh’s household, at age 40 he decided that he was going to forsake all of that, and fulfill his destiny, to become the deliverer of his people, the Hebrew slaves.

But as often happens with most of us, things did not go as he planned.

I can see Moses now, probably telling God I got this God, see what all I can do, as he stepped up to the plate to become the deliverer of his people.

It didn’t quite work out as he planned though and so he spent the next 40 years on the back side of the desert, hearding sheep.

When God does finally call him, at age 80, Moses response was, “God who am I to do such a thing; I can’t even talk” (it seems as though Moses had some kind of speech impediment).

Like some of the other stories, we read in the Old Testament, it was that 40-year period in the desert, that Moses was in training to actually become the deliverer.

Typically, in our youthful enthusiasm, we start out with a little knowledge and we think we’re going to conquer the world; the only problem is we have no experience, and so often we just get beat up by the world and have our dreams deflated.

But as God would have it, at the time when we come to the end of ourselves and recognize that truly, as we’re told in the New Testament, that Jesus is Vine and we are the branches, and without Him we can do nothing, it’s at this time that God can finally use us.

Zachariah 4:6 puts it this way,

“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD”

The point being in order for God to use us, we have to get out of the way and we have to die to ourselves and to our will, and give God permission (each day) to use us as His conduit of Love and Light, into all the dark places of this world.

That’s our assignment everyday!

Sunday, September 26
The Winning Walk
by Dr Ed Young

TRUST, OBEY AND FOLLOW

The Dreamworks team in Hollywood has discovered a new star. They’ve packaged him as the Prince of Egypt…but we’ve known him for a long time now as simply Moses.

His story is full of drama and action and conflict, and has been the subject of more than one movie. But at its core, it is a very basic story of one man learning to follow, trust and obey God.

Moses had a rocky start. He was nearly lost at birth, but was adopted into Pharaoh’s household instead.

He grew up an Egyptian prince, but he was really the son of a Hebrew slave.

He lived in two worlds until he was forty, then decided to cast his lot with his own people…but that quickly backfired.

His intentions were good-but Moses tried to do what he believed was God’s work his own way.

Sound familiar to anyone? He killed an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew, then buried his body in the sand.

He thought no one saw, but he was found out. Maybe he didn’t dig deep enough, and as those desert winds blew, his victim’s toes were soon sticking up out of the sand!

When we take our evil and sin and try to bury it, we’re never successful.

It keeps coming back up. We’re forced to lie more, deceive more, if we want to cover our original sin.

Then fear comes in. Let sin come into your life and fear will quickly follow.

A man told me once, “I never knew gut-wrenching, paralyzing fear until I began to cheat on my wife.

Then I lived every day in sheer terror of being found out.”

When Moses struck and killed the Egyptian, he looked east and west…but he didn’t look up.

He was concerned about what men might see, but hadn’t considered the eyes of God.

Confronted with his sin and rejected by his people, he did the only thing he knew to do: he ran.

Until we are ready to trust, obey and follow God, we are not ready to be used by God, no matter how good our credentials or our intentions!

Memory Verse

EXODUS 2:10
And she named him Moses, and said, “because I drew him out of the water.”
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Persevering and contending for our miracle breakthrough…

Persevering and contending for our miracle necessitates our pressing through every obstacle; that we doubt our doubts and fears, and that we focus upon the reliability and the trustworthiness of God and His Word…

The Bible tells of such a person. There was this woman, who had an issue of blood, who had suffered 12 long years, with this infirmity, and had spent all her money on physicians and yet was still sick.

You know as we study our Bible, we find that often Jesus would say to people, “Your faith has made you whole;” and as we study the context around which He made those statements, it becomes obvious that the evidence of the faith (that He was talking about) was in the extreme effort and inconvenience that these people made in order to reach Jesus.

They could have stayed at home and said “God knows where I am and He can heal me if He wants,” and they would have remained sick.

Faith is not passive, it’s not just giving intellectual assent to something, rather it’s active and it goes into effect ONLY when we take a risk, and step out in obedience to God’s Word.

The lesson here (I believe) is that God expects us to persevere and contend, in faith, for those things we need and are praying for.

It is human nature to want to connect with God, and I believe that God has put that desire inside of each of us.

All of us I think intuitively recognize that there must be something more to life, than what we have experienced, prior to us being born-again.

We’re all looking to fill this empty void which God has placed inside of us, which can only be filled with Himself.

Even before you came to know Jesus, maybe you prayed into the void, hoping for a response from anyone.

This deep inward feeling, that is common to all men, has existed for thousands of years.

During Jesus’ ministry on earth, He attracted huge crowds who felt that same need to connect with God.

In Mark chapter 5, one woman, who had been suffering for over 12 years, overcame physical pain, embarrassment, societal expectations, and religious limitations because she knew that, if she could just get close enough to Him, she could be healed.

Mark 5:24b-34
“A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.

She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.

When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought,

“If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”

Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

“You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”

But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth.

He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”- Mark 5:24b-34

While this may not be a particularly mysterious or puzzling passage of Scripture, by studying the background and wording, we can pick up on the same meanings, subtleties, and implications that the original audience did.

The following content is from the New American Commentary:

Healing Woman with a Hemorrhage
5:24b-25

Mark gave no description of the bleeding, but it was probably uterine.

If so, it was not only debilitating but rendered the woman religiously unclean so that no pious Jew would have any contact with her (Lev 15:25-30).

She had lived as an outcast for 12 years.

No doubt Mark recorded the incident to dramatize Jesus’ rejection of the concept of ritual uncleanness and to affirm his acceptance of all persons no matter what their status in society.

5:26 The woman probably could not have lived much longer. Therefore Jesus rescued her from approaching death.

Mark likely saw in her healing an anticipation of the resurrection of Jairus’ daughter.

The description of the medical professionals was to show how the power of Jesus transcends human limitations.

5:27-28 The woman’s determination to touch Jesus’ clothing reflects the ancient idea that the power of a person extended to one’s clothing (cf. 6:56; Acts 19:11-12) or one’s shadow (Acts 5:15).

5:29 Mark’s use of tenses is significant. The verbs translated “stopped” and “felt” are aorists, which tense usually reflects a completed action.

The verb translated “was freed” (literally “healed”) is a perfect, which usually depicts the lasting effects of the action.

5:30 The miracle is extraordinary because it was performed without conscious effort on Jesus’ part, although he immediately realized what had taken place.

On the one hand, Mark may have seen in Jesus’ awareness a sign of his deity; on the other, he candidly described the limitations of Jesus’ humanity (also v. 32).

Although some think Jesus knew all the while who had touched him and asked only to induce the woman to confess publicly her deed, more likely he needed to learn the person’s identity.

Self-limitation of the earthly Jesus is not incompatible with omniscience of the risen Christ.

Mark, perhaps better than any other New Testament writer, realized that.

Another purpose of Jesus’ question may have been to begin to lead the person to a confession of faith.

5:31 The disciples’ sarcastic reply is an example of Markan candor that is omitted by Matthew (9:20-22) and toned down in Luke (8:45).

5:32-33 The woman may have feared the consequences of defiling a holy man by touching him in her unclean state.

She may have feared a rebuke for having delayed Jesus while he was on an important mission.

Or she may have been overcome with awe and emotion as a result of all that had happened so quickly.

Mark may have set forth her confession as an example of the confession all who have encountered Jesus should make.

5:34 Jesus explained to the woman that she had been healed not through physical touch or any kind of magic but by faith.

Again Mark or those before him who transmitted the story chose the perfect tense of the Greek verb meaning to save (sozo) to translate Jesus’ Aramaic word.

That Jesus affirmed not only the woman’s healing but her spiritual salvation as well is highly probable.

He affirmed the permanence of both. He further pronounced the peace of God upon her.

The biblical concept of peace does not refer to the absence of war and other kinds of trouble; to the contrary, it is something that can exist even in the midst of a conflict.

It is a status of wholeness and well-being because of a right relationship with God.
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Regardless of circumstances, don’t you ever give up and remember in order to go on the offensive against the enemy you start by praising God in the midst of the battle, because the Bible tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people.

Your miracle breakthrough will be waiting on the other side of your worship and praise:

May God’s Shalom (peace) rest upon you, I pray; which blessing means that whatever you need, whether it be physical, spiritual, emotional, financial or whatever, that nothing of anything you need will ever be lacking or missing in your life.

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“By your patient endurance, you will gain your soul” (Luke 21:19)…

Faith is the substance of those things you are hoping for that have not yet manifested in your life…

The entire Book of Daniel is an excellent example of how Daniel and the three other Hebrew children (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) remained faithful and steadfast and did not compromise their faith, against all kinds of negative pressure, even to the point of putting their own lives on the line.

After having laid hold to a promise of God, in the Bible, hang on to it, in spite of any and all obstacles, doubts, fears or contradictory evidence or feelings.

Have you ever felt like something was blocking your prayers?

It sometimes feels as if there is something or someone that is between us and God; and we feel as though our prayers are not getting to Him, or our answers are not getting to us.

There is some truth to that feeling. It is not that your prayers are not getting to God, it is that your enemy, the devil and his crew, are attempting to block the answer getting back to you!

Let’s learn that specific lesson from Daniel’s experience on delayed answers to our prayers, because the Bible teaches us that he consistently prayed and fasted for 21 days.

And when the answer finally came, the angel of the Lord gave the following explanation:

Daniel 10:12-14
“Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.

But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.

Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.”

This passage has been for many years a primer to give God’s people a peek behind the veil, in order that they may understand how the spiritual world works.

It is a powerful lesson that is given to us that teaches us about prayer and what happens as a result of it.

It teaches us about the spiritual world and how the prince of the power of the air, “Ole Slewfoot,” the “Turkey” himself, will exert every effort to try to delay or block what God is doing in your life.

The fears and doubts that you are experiencing comes from the enemy (see 2 Timothy 1:7), and his action of delaying will only serve to stretch your faith and increase your perseverance, reliance and confidence in God, to make you stronger and more resilient against every kind of negative pressure.

Hang in there and know your answer is on the way, because God’s promise is that His Word will NEVER return to Him void, without accomplishing the purpose wherein it was sent (see Isaiah 55:10-11).

James 1:2-8
The Voice

2-4 Don’t run from tests and hardships, brothers and sisters.

As difficult as they are, you will ultimately find joy in them; if you embrace them, your faith will blossom under pressure and teach you true patience as you endure.

And true patience brought on by endurance will equip you to complete the long journey and cross the finish line—mature, complete, and wanting nothing.

5 If you don’t have all the wisdom needed for this journey, then all you have to do is ask God for it; and God will grant all that you need.

He gives lavishly and never scolds you for asking.

[NOTE: Wisdom, as James understands it, is the ability to live life well and make good decisions. Wisdom doesn’t come from old age or hard knocks. Wisdom begins with knowing and depending absolutely on God, who is never stingy when it comes to wisdom for those who seek it. He supplies all the wisdom we need when we ask. But when we try to go it alone—without God—trouble is around the corner.]

6 The key is that your request be anchored by your single-minded commitment to God.

Those who depend only on their own judgment are like those lost on the seas, carried away by any wave or picked up by any wind.

7 Those adrift on their own wisdom shouldn’t assume the Lord will rescue them or bring them anything.

8 The splinter of divided loyalty shatters your compass and leaves you dizzy and confused.
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Sun, August 22
From Faith to Faith

NO CONSOLATION PRIZE
by Kenneth Copeland

“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
— James 1:4

I talk a lot about faith. But there’s another force that goes along with it that’s just as important.

It’s patience, the ability to stand fast on the Word of God even when your victory seems slow in coming.

Patience is not automatic. It won’t go to work unless you let it go to work.

So many people don’t understand that. They somehow think faith and patience will go to work for them without their help.

They just let the devil tear their lives apart and then they say silly things like,

“Well, I guess God sent that trial to strengthen my faith.”

Don’t you ever get caught saying that!

In the first place, James 1:13 says,

“Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God.”

And in the second place, that trial isn’t going to make your faith stronger. In fact, it’ll destroy it if you’ll let it.

If I were to give you a set of weights, would that set of weights make you any stronger?

No. As a matter of fact, if you dropped one of them on your foot, you could end up painfully weaker.

It’s what you do with them that counts, right?

Well, the same thing is true when you run into some kind of trying circumstance the devil’s brought your way.

If you just lay down and let it run over you, it will damage you.

But if you’ll let patience have her perfect work, if you’ll remain consistently constant, trusting in and relying confidently on the Word of God, you’ll end up perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Wanting nothing.

That phrase alone should convince you that patience is no consolation prize. It’s a first-rate power that will put the promises of God within your reach.

It’s a force that will make a winner out of you.
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Without faith it’s impossible for us to please God (Heb 11:6)…

Jesus said, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46)…

Faith provides a certainty about things we cannot see. Many Old Testament saints exemplified this faith and Hebrews 11 applauds many of these, holding them up for an example.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for that we accept and believe, in spite of any and all feelings or evidence to the contrary, which belief (faith) is entirely based upon the trustworthiness and reliability of both God and His Word.

Faith is also evident as we take action, based upon our belief in God and the truth of God’s Word, that is sustained by the confidence that when God promises us something God will keep that promise.

1 John 5:14-15

Confidence and Compassion in Prayer
“14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”

2 Corinthians 1:20
“For all the promises of God in Him (Jesus) are yea, and in Him Amen unto the glory of God by us.”

Thur, August 19
Winning Walk
by Dr Ed Young

SURE THING

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
— Hebrews 11:1

The men and women whose names are listed in Hebrews 11 were sure of the promises of God.

They were sure that God is good, and they were confident that He would be true to His character.

The word “assurance” is like having a “title deed.”

By faith, we have the title deed that is signed, sealed and delivered, that the promises of God will be fulfilled.

What are some of these?

The promise of Heaven, the promise of a new earth, the promise of a new life.

We can just “book it” that God will keep His word. We have the title deed, and that comes to us by faith.
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Be still and know Me, saith the Lord…

God desires that we search for Him, in order that we may find Him and have fellowship and communion with Him…

This Is The Air We Breathe

Acts 17:24-28
Living Bible

24 “God made the world and everything in it, and since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples;

25 and human hands can’t minister to his needs—for he has no needs!

He himself gives life and breath to everything, and satisfies every need there is.

26 He created all the people of the world from one man, Adam, and scattered the nations across the face of the earth.

He decided beforehand which should rise and fall, and when. He determined their boundaries.

27 “HIS PURPOSE IN ALL OF THIS IS THAT THEY SHOULD SEEK AFTER GOD, AND PERHAPS FEEL THEIR WAY TOWARD HIM AND FIND HIM—THOUGH HE IS NOT FAR FROM ANY ONE OF US.

28 For in him we live and move and are! As one of your own poets says it, ‘We are the sons of God.’
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Thu, August 19
Beliefnet

10 WAYS TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

Understanding the third person of the Holy Trinity is important to every life of the believer.

One key to this is communication. Here are 10 ways the Holy Spirit talks to us.

FOLLOW YOUR PEACE
Colossians 3:15, shows us that peace acts as an umpire for our decision making.

Peace or lack thereof about something is a way the Holy Spirit helps to guide our next step.

CONFIRMATION
The Holy Spirit gives confirmation when we are following the will of God for our lives. It’s one way He encourages us on our journey.

Some of us are just visual people and the Holy Spirit knows this. He will use pictures and imagery to get our spiritual attention about something.

INNER VOICE OR PROMPTING
If you have ever heard a voice or felt something on the inside warning you or bringing you to an immediate halt, this is how the Holy Spirit alerts us to a situation that may draw us away from God’s will for our life. He also uses this to grow us in the gift of discernment.

ORCHESTRATED SITUATIONS
“Everything just fell into place,” is usually said when the Holy Spirit is allowed to orchestrate God’s perfect will for our lives.

This happens when we submit our will to God’s. The seamlessness of events is one of His ways of letting you know He’s there.

WORSHIP
Worshipping is a powerful means of Holy Spirit communication. When we allow our spirit to fully connect to the Holy Spirit amazing things can happen!

PRAYER
Regular prayer time is a way to talk to the Holy Spirit about life and get Heaven’s game plan for your life.

EARLY MORNING LISTENING
That’s right, first thing in the morning turn your ear and your heart toward the Lord. Everyone has a fresh Word waiting for them daily, some just choose not to listen.

MEMORY
Sometimes the Holy Spirit will bring an event, a person or a situation to memory. In some cases this is an area that is hindering you from walking in full harmony with God. Unforgiveness, trauma or an offense caused are just some examples.

READING THE BIBLE
The Holy Spirit will never contradict the Word of God. Always read your Bible to align what you hear so you can be confident it’s Him.

[From Beliefnet – Faith & Prayers]
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Enter into the Secret Place of the Most High…

God invites each of us to enter into the Secret Place of the Most High, which can only happen as we enter by FAITH, by way of the propitious work and shed blood of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross…

Even though the faith choice is much harder to make, it is the ONLY choice that will align us with God’s will.

“But he who listens to Me shall live securely, and shall be at ease from the dread of evil.”
— Proverbs 1:33

So what is faith?

Hebrews 11:1
Amplified Bible, Classic Edition

1 Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

In 2 Corinthians 1:20 we read, “For all the promises of God in Him (Jesus) are yea, and in Him Amen unto the glory of God by us.”

We as God’s covenant children (as Christians) are to live by faith, and we know that faith plays the staring role (from our end) in salvation… so what is it exactly?

The Greek word for faith is pistis.

When doing apologetics, you will find that many non-believers do not know that to really grasp some of the scripture, you need to return to the original language in which they were written.

This is one reason why the concept of faith is misunderstood amongst non-believers; they try to use a modern English definition for “faith.”

When we go to the Greek, the word takes on different meaning, it is an action word and is not passive.

Pistis is a noun, it means to trust something/someone with great confidence.

One of the problems in our Bibles is that the translators used the word “believe” for a derivative of pistis; Pisteuo.

Everyone should be able to see the same root there; Pistis is faith, and Pisteuo should be the verb form of faith; to faithe, faithes, faithing, etc… Instead, the translators rightly chose a word in English that actually existed; however, in English “believe” does not get the point across as “faithe” would.

So, sometimes we can mentally “correct” the translations as we read.

In John 6:29, “Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe (Pisteuo; that ye faithe) on Him (Jesus) whom He hath sent.”

Having faith means that we learn to cast the WHOLE of our trust and reliance upon the reliability and trustworthiness of God and His Word, and that we do so in spite of what we see and feel; and in spite of all contradictory feelings and evidence.

Unless we’re willing to do this, in Hebrews 11:6, we are told that without faith it’s IMPOSSIBLE for us to please God.

Having absolute trust and reliance in God means that we consciously begin to doubt our doubts and doubt our fears, and that we willingly take the risk of stepping out in faith, in obedience to God’s and His Word.

That we learn to trust God with all of our heart, and not rely on our own understanding; and as a way of life, in practicing the presence of God everyday, that we learn to acknowledge Him in all of our ways (that we walk before Him in humility and obedience), knowing that when we do His promise is that He is directing our steps (see Proverbs 3:5-6).

It means that we overcome our fears by taking the risk by stepping out in faith, in obedience to God’s Word (read the entire chapter of Hebrews 11).

Notice, it isn’t just to “believe” something, as in head knowledge only – in our giving intellectual assent to something (which is a decision made in our head that lacks the commitment of our heart), but rather it is the commitment of our absolute and total trust, along with the confidence, that whenever God promises something in His Word, He is well able to perform and do exactly what He says – and also in the knowledge that God is not a man that He should lie.

1 John 5:14-15

Confidence and Compassion in Prayer
14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask ANYTHING according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, WHATEVER we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

It means that we all must learn to take risks, casting the whole of our trust and confidence upon God; and after having done so, that we recognize the value of our gaining experiential knowledge over mere head knowledge.

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Turn your eyes upon Jesus…

As we are passing through this life, there are often times when we go through dry seasons and wonder if God even knows where we are…

David often experienced times like this.

Psalm 22:1-5
New Living Translation

1 My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help?

2 Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief.

3 YET YOU ARE HOLY,
ENTHRONED ON THE PRAISES OF ISRAEL.

4 Our ancestors trusted in you,
and you rescued them.

5 They cried out to you and were saved.
They trusted in you and were never disgraced.

Sometimes God appears to be distant from us, but as David said in Psalm 23:4, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

The instructions are to keep walking through and not to camp out in that valley; and know this, that because there’s a shadow being cast across your path it’s a sure sign that the Light is still there behind the shadow.

This is a test to make you stronger, not to defeat you.

Whenever Israel was going into battle they would always put the tribe of Judah out in front, singing praises unto God.

This was the standard rule of engagement for them, and that’s how they went on the offensive, against the wiles of the enemy.

God is always testing and stretching us to make us stronger, and as we’re going through rough times, God is first looking at our attitude.

We’re always pleading with God to change our circumstances or our situation, but the Lord is always, first, interested in changing us and changing our attitude, while we’re under pressure and still in the valley of death, dealing with those negative circumstances.

In Hebrews 5:8, we’re told that Jesus learned obedience through the things He suffered, and so should we think it strange that we learn the same way?

We must keep in mind that God’s ultimate goal, in all of this, according to Romans 8: 29-30, is that we be conformed into the image of His Son.

And so as we travel along this path of life, we each have a choice, do we want to be a mighty oak or mushroom?

It takes about 60 years for an oak tree to grow to maturity, and during that time there are often seasons of dryness.

These are times when the water table is lower, and it’s during those times, if the oak tree is to survive, it must stretch its roots down deeper into the soil; and it’s through this process that the oak tree becomes stronger.

A mushroom on the other hand will mature in but a few hours, and then it withers and is gone forever.

So the question is do you want to be a mighty oak or mushroom?

If we’re going to be a mighty oak then we have to learn to stretch the roots of our faith down deep (into Jesus), during those dry periods of our life.

Psalm 100:1-4
A psalm of thanksgiving.

1 Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.

3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.

And as often happens, through the course of life, in times where you are being tested and have questions as to what God wants you to do, the following is a good verse to turn to.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in EVERYTHING give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Sat, August 14
Note from Jesus
Dear Beloved,

I love those times when you lose yourself in worshipful praise as you are filled with the Holy Spirit.

To see your heart moved in love to praise the Father for what I have done to save you is precious.

You can worship Me and praise Me anywhere you are. You can be in your car, at a park, on a hike, at a coffee shop, in town walking, or at home getting ready to begin or end the day.

Because of the Holy Spirit within you, you can always have access to the Father.

Because of the Holy Spirit’s presence, you can passionately worship Me in any place or at any time.

Because of the Holy Spirit’s dwelling within you, you can be blessed personally by your time of worship no matter where you are.

(From Heartlight – Daily Wisdom)
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Putting on the mind of Christ…

Learning to commune with God 24/7 – 365…

As covenant children of God, God calls each of us to,

“Pray without ceasing.”
— 1 Thessalonians 5:17

In The Passion Translation, it says,
“Make your life a prayer”

In other words, keep the lines of communications open always.

God is always speaking, but unfortunately we’re not always listening, hence we’re called, in Proverbs 3:5-6,

“To trust in the Lord with all our heart; to lean not on our own understanding; and In all our ways to acknowledge Him (by faith),
and He shall direct our paths.”

As Christians, these are our marching orders from the Lord and that, in everything we do in word and deed, that all things are to be done as unto the Lord (Col 3:23).

This requires our 24/7 – 365 fellowship and communion with God; and in fact, this is the reason why we were created, to have this kind of unceasing connection with the Source and Author of our life, as the Bible says we are created for His pleasure.

Ephesians 2:1-10
The Message

He Tore Down the Wall
2 1-6 It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin.

You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live.

You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience.

We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat.

It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us.

Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ.

He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.

7-10 Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus.

Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it.

It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role.

If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing!

No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving.

He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.
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This lifestyle, that each of us is called to live, is called “Practicing the Presence of God,” in our life everyday!

‌Fri, August 13
From Faith to Faith

HEART TO HEART
by Gloria Copeland

“For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.”
— 1 Corinthians 2:16 (The Amplified Bible)

Isn’t it exciting to realize that you can hold the thoughts and feelings and purposes of God’s very own heart in your heart?

Isn’t it thrilling to know the Creator of heaven and earth wants to be one spirit with you and transmit His thoughts to your mind?

First Corinthians 6:17 says that when you were joined to the Lord you became one spirit with Him.

He came into union with you so that He can talk to you heart to heart.

God wants you in this harmony with Him so that His thoughts can become your actions.

He wants you to walk so closely with Him that you never lack power to overcome the evil of this world.

He wants you to be so in tune with His Spirit that you are able to feel His heart of compassion toward those around you who are hurting or bowed down with sickness and pain.

He wants to be one with you, so He can reach out through your hands and fulfill His purposes in the earth.

Make a fresh commitment today to walk in union with your God. Give your attention to His Spirit in your inner man.

Determine to yield to His voice and not to the voices of the world or the flesh!

Allow the mind of Christ to flow through you!
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Abraham, the father of faith…

Abraham, the father of faith, hoped against hope and staggered not at the promises of God, through unbelief; but he believed that whatever God promised he is well able to do…

Romans 4:16-25
The Message

16 This is why the fulfillment of God’s promise depends entirely on trusting God and his way, and then simply embracing him and what he does.

God’s promise arrives as pure gift. That’s the only way everyone can be sure to get in on it, those who keep the religious traditions and those who have never heard of them.

For Abraham is father of us all. He is not our racial father—that’s reading the story backward. He is our faith father.

17-18 We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody.

Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”?

Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing.

When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do.

And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!”

19-25 Abraham didn’t focus on his own impotence and say, “It’s hopeless.

This hundred-year-old body could never father a child.”

Nor did he survey Sarah’s decades of infertility and give up.

He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said.

That’s why it is said, “Abraham was declared fit before God by trusting God to set him right.”

But it’s not just Abraham; it’s also us! The same thing gets said about us when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless.

The sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God, set us right with God.
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‌Wed, Aug 11
From Faith to Faith

MEDITATE ON THE WORD
by Gloria Copeland

“And [God] brought [Abram] forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.”
— Genesis 15:5-6

Do you ever have trouble believing the Word of God? Not just agreeing with it mentally, but really believing that what it says will work for you?

I do. There are times when the promises in the Word stagger my mind. There have been times when I’ve felt so defeated and the circumstances around me looked so bad that it was tough for me to believe I was “more than a conqueror” even though I knew God said I was.

What do you do when your mind staggers like that at the promise of God? You meditate on that promise.

Scriptural meditation simply means thinking about and reflecting on the Word of God. It means pondering a particular scripture and mentally applying it to your own circumstances again and again until that scripture permanently marks your consciousness.

That kind of meditation can affect your life in a way that almost nothing else can. It can, quite literally, alter your mind. That’s what happened to Abram.

When God first told him that he was going to father a nation, he was an old man. His wife, Sarai, was also old. What’s more, she had been barren all her life. How could an aging, childless couple have even one child—much less a nation full of them? Abram couldn’t even imagine such a thing. It contradicted his entire mindset.

But God knew the mental struggle Abram would have, so He didn’t just make him a verbal promise and leave it at that. He gave Abram a picture of that promise to meditate on. He took him out into the starry night, turned his eyes to the sky and said, “So shall thy seed be.”

Can’t you just see Abram staring out at the stars, trying to count them? Filling the eyes of his heart with the promise of God?

That’s what meditation is all about. Taking time to envision the promise of God until it becomes a reality inside you. It’s tremendously powerful, and by focusing on the scriptural promises God has given you, you can put it to work in your life just as Abram put it to work in his.

Don’t just read the Word. Meditate on it today.

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