Amplified Bible (AMP)
20 I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
In Christian circles we hear a great deal about dying to self, living unto Christ, counting the cost (as in giving our lives up, even mortally, if God sees fit to martyr us), YET if you make a “Christian” mad you can see just how alive THEY are! Suddenly we hear words like, “I had every right to the way I felt, I had a right to be mad, I had every right to be offended”! But the truth is, no you don’t if you are truly born again.
You gave up the natural for the supernatural when you got saved. In the natural, you deserved hell, you deserved to live a life of penance for your sins, you deserved to be sentenced for every wrong you ever thought of doing, for to think it is the same as doing it! When we heard the message of grace, forgiveness, no longer being under the curse but under the blessing, we were all to eager to leave our natural lives behind and step into the supernatural things of God…until someone ruffled our feathers, so to speak! Suddenly we are all to eager to grab hold of the natural things, the very things we wanted and knew we needed to be saved from. Suddenly the words “count the cost, die to self” are words of yesterday…today is TODAY!
I am amazed at people who are all too quick to pull out the scriptures about blessings and living in health and healing, protection, victory, but are so quick to live a life that is not much different from those who have little to nothing to do with God. They have RIGHTS, and you better not violate them!! They have no concept that when they reached back into “fallen living” they placed themselves in a place where God CANNOT bless them, no matter how badly He wants to do just that!
When God says, “Keep your lips from speaking guile and long life will be yours”, we grab “long life will be yours, but forget there is a condition to that long life! Let us take a good, hard look at Psalm 34!
12 What man is he who desires life and longs for many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Depart from evil and do good; seek, inquire for, and crave peace and pursue (go after) it!
15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the [uncompromisingly] righteous and His ears are open to their cry.
Suddenly, when we have been made “rightfully” mad or “offended” we forget the Bible says to seek peace, not vengeance! We want to see them get theirs and then we don’t want to see them at all! They deserve to be “unfriended” from Facebook, they deserve to not be spoken to, they deserve the cold shoulder, they deserve for others to know what was done by them, they deserve to PAY for upsetting us! Oh, yeah we know Jesus said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” right down to an undeserved crucifixion and slow agonizing death, but He was deity! God certainly cannot expect that of a “Christ Ambassador” or a “Christian” or someone who stepped down to an altar and said, “Use me God!! I’ll count the cost! Unless, it isn’t comfortable…then the cost may be just a little too much. I mean we are only human! We live in the natural, but God don’t disappointment me by not giving me the supernatural moves and blessings You promised! We don’t want YOU to look bad!”
We are quick to forget the part where He says, “The eyes of the Lord are toward the UNCOMPROMISINGLY righteous and His ears are open to their cry.” What is ‘compromising’? It is where one gives a little and the other gives a little, but neither fully have their way. Compromising with God instead of being uncompromising will get you “little”. You will have little grace, little blessings, and little power. It is not worth it to live to ourselves! In the end, the short-term pleasure of flesh unleashed is incomprehensible to all we could and would have gained by choosing to live (as hard as the choice was, it was still a choice) unto Christ and His way of doing and being!
“Choose ye this day whom you will serve” doesn’t just mean decide if you are going to choose salvation over hell. It means are you going to choose to do things God’s way as His Word commands (not suggest!) or live as seems good to you. Leaders, you are judged at a higher standard, so choose wisely and cautiously what realm you want to live and function in! (James 3:1)
Have I fallen short of the glory of God? Yes, I have and for that I ask forgiveness of my Father and of others. Will I remember next time I am tempted to exercise the ‘rights’ I gave up when I asked Jesus to live in me and through me so that I no longer live for myself, but for Him…I certainly will, because the One Who truly lives (Jesus) in me doesn’t forget, either!
No, you did not get that memo, because God is FULLY in control and I have wonderful news, sweet friend!! God ALWAYS will be in control! When I wake up the first thing I do every morning is turn over, unplug my phone that is on my nightstand and go through my emails. I am signed up for all kinds of news posts to be sent to my email, and I don’t have to tell you, the news seems to get worse daily!
I began to notice not long ago, first thing in the morning, I would feel a sinking feeling on the inside. I then would roll out of bed half mad and half disappointed and my feet had not even touched the floor for the day! Before I began the habit of reading the news first, I would get out of bed thanking God, and now I seem to be asking, “God, what is happening??” and feeling utter dread and despair. Before I can even get a cup of coffee, my day seems to be starting out anything but joyous. This is NOT me, nor does it reflect my personality.
I have ALWAYS lived my life centered around God and His word. I have found myself living my life centered around the news of the next imbecile thing our government does that only reflects the interest of about 13 per cent of America’s population! Can you feel me getting frustrated again? Why? Because my focus has become more “man” ward than God ward!
I thought getting off of Facebook for a couple of weeks would help me, but of course, the emails kept coming. I spent more time in prayer, but my prayer time seemed frenzied instead of peaceful and confident. Have you ever watched the fights on television? Hubby and Kate love them. I can’t stand them! But, for this occasion in life I can relate something from them.
Before a big fight, they get both opponents on camera and they talk all kinds of silly mess. How one is going to pummel the other one, they aren’t the champion they are, how they have more fights under their belt, etc.. It just goes on and on like that. But I have noticed there is always one that doesn’t do all of that trash talking. They talk about what is necessary to focus, train, and to be ready when the time comes. Rarely, does the one who talked all the garbage wins! It always seems to be the one who kept their mind focused on the positive and necessary things, instead of all the smack talk that walks away with the prize!
It is just like that with the devil. The devil will ALWAYS show you how bad things are! The headlines will be negative. The statistics of the economy and all that is happening to weaken the country more and more will follow. One story after the other of utter negativity and hopelessness from one news agency to the next seems to be all too available!
Your emotions become involved…I have never seen anybody happy to hear bad news! You begin to feel sullen and whipped! You see no way of it changing. Then the Holy Spirit begins to speak. “What about Me? What about all of the places in the word that promises you, you are the victor no matter what you see around you? What about all the examples of when I sent My Word and performed mighty acts on behalf of those who put their confidence in Me instead of circumstances?” Oh, thank God for the Holy Spirit!!!
I don’t deny our country is in a mess! I don’t deny that even hopelessness, anger, and a spirit of offense has tried to trickle into the body of Christ due to it! BUT I DO DENY ITS POWER TO ADVERSELY EFFECT ME AND MINE!! God is my stronghold!! On Him I CAN depend!! My enemies may come at me one way, BUT THEY SHALL FLEE SEVEN DIFFERENT WAYS! What does that mean? When they see you armed with the Word of God, joy is overflowing, and you know the FIGHT IS WON BY JESUS AND HIS VICTORY OVER THE CROSS WAS YOUR VICTORY, TOO THEY CAN’T “SPLIT” FAST ENOUGH!!
I am going to post a Psalm for you and for me! It is the guarantee of what I have told you! I am putting it before my eyes several times daily!! Here is the memo! YOU ARE VICTORIOUS! NOTHING THE DEVIL PLANS WILL PREVAIL AGAINST YOU! STOP BEING AFRAID AND CONFUSED! DON’T BE OFFENDED (you forfeit power and the ability to be used of God as He wants to use you when you do!) AND YOU WILL SEE YOUR LIFE FLOURISH AND THRIVE IN THE WORST OF TIMES! GOD LOVES YOU, AND NOTHING CAN CHANGE THAT FACT!!!
Amplified Bible (AMP)
1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness (that which is not upright or in right standing with God).
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
3 Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.
4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.
6 And He will make your uprightness and right standing with God go forth as the light, and your justice and right as [the shining sun of] the noonday.
7 Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.
8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself—it tends only to evildoing.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait and hope and look for the Lord [in the end] shall inherit the earth.
10 For yet a little while, and the evildoers will be no more; though you look with care where they used to be, they will not be found.
11 But the meek [in the end] shall inherit the earth and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
12 The wicked plot against the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright in right standing with God); they gnash at them with their teeth.
13 The Lord laughs at [the wicked], for He sees that their own day [of defeat] is coming.
14 The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who walk uprightly (blameless in conduct and in conversation).
15 The swords [of the wicked] shall enter their own hearts, and their bows shall be broken.
16 Better is the little that the [uncompromisingly] righteous have than the abundance [of possessions] of many who are wrong and wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the [consistently] righteous.
18 The Lord knows the days of the upright and blameless, and their heritage will abide forever.
19 They shall not be put to shame in the time of evil; and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs [that is consumed in smoke] and as the glory of the pastures. They shall vanish; like smoke shall they consume away.
21 The wicked borrow and pay not again [for they may be unable], but the [uncompromisingly] righteous deal kindly and give [for they are able].
22 For such as are blessed of God shall [in the end] inherit the earth, but they that are cursed of Him shall be cut off.
23 The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step].
24 Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord grasps his hand in support and upholds him.
25 I have been young and now am old, yet have I not seen the [uncompromisingly] righteous forsaken or their seed begging bread.
26 All day long they are merciful and deal graciously; they lend, and their offspring are blessed.
27 Depart from evil and do good; and you will dwell forever [securely].
28 For the Lord delights in justice and forsakes not His saints; they are preserved forever, but the offspring of the wicked [in time] shall be cut off.
29 [Then] the [consistently] righteous shall inherit the land and dwell upon it forever.
30 The mouth of the [uncompromisingly] righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks with justice.
31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.
32 The wicked lie in wait for the [uncompromisingly] righteous and seek to put them to death.
33 The Lord will not leave them in their hands, or [suffer them to] condemn them when they are judged.
34 Wait for and expect the Lord and keep and heed His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land; [in the end] when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
35 I have seen a wicked man in great power and spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil,
36 Yet he passed away, and behold, he was not; yes, I sought and inquired for him, but he could not be found.
37 Mark the blameless man and behold the upright, for there is a happy end for the man of peace.
38 As for transgressors, they shall be destroyed together; in the end the wicked shall be cut off.
39 But the salvation of the [consistently] righteous is of the Lord; He is their Refuge and secure Stronghold in the time of trouble.
40 And the Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they trust and take refuge in Him.
Now that is a memo!! Blessings, precious reader!! I will see you soon!
Dear friends and readers, it is with mixed emotions I am writing this post to you. I am going to be very, very upfront with you. I have never been one to hide anything. To me those who have to hide are those who have something to hide. My life has always been an open book and it will always be.
Yesterday, I had an attack on my health. It happened when I was at church. I had taught my Sunday School class and as soon as it was over I began to feel ill. All energy drained from my body, my heart began to pound fast, and I felt woozy. I went downstairs to my husband and told him I could not stand up. I had no energy to stand for a long period of time.
I sat down as the service started and continued to feel the energy drain from my body. I found out last week, that my blood work suggested I was prediabetic. I did not take the news well at first. Cold fear went through me and questions about why. I began to seriously take a long hard look at my diet and things I needed to change and did so immediately. I continued to feel last week as though I could barely go and I blamed it on anemia. It also came back in my blood work I had that, as well.
I am not one to be ‘sick’ and I don’t do well with anything medical! I was raised in a medical family and instead of me getting used to needles, tests, etc. I went in the opposite direction. I want nothing to do with needles, tests, etc.. The doctor gave me the name of a supplement that helps keep blood sugar regulated, because I am NOT diabetic. But, at the same time, I knew satan had diabetes planned for me.
In the weeks leading up to the “diabetic testing”, it seemed I saw hundreds of commercials on different diabetic medications, the best meters for finger sticks, and so on. I could tell the enemy was coming full force to get me to entertain the “what if” thoughts. Finally, I broke down and had the test done. In one month I went from completely normal blood work to blood work showing anemia, prediabetes, and he didn’t tell me what else. That was enough for me to handle.
I began to feel panic trying to set in, in the week to follow and I had to fight it. Still, I felt no peace no matter what I did. I tried various things to get my mind off of it. Finally, yesterday when I couldn’t shake the hypoglycemic attack that hit me as I could in the past, the Lord spoke to me and said, “I want you off of Facebook and the telephone for two weeks. I want you to isolate yourself unto Me until you are at peace. I want you to “fly under the radar” so to speak.”
The first thing that came to mind was “Is this Biblical?” God spoke to me of when Jesus went into the wilderness for 40 days and nights to fast and pray. There will be people who will not agree with this decision and will try to let me know about it. I cannot care what they think, I must to go with God. I also thought at first this might be a depression trying to set in, but I knew deep down it wasn’t. I know God and I must have communication and time alone!
I remember when Creflo Dollar was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He told Taffy not to let ANYONE talk to him for two weeks (I thought of this afterward). He went to their bedroom and closed the door and went into a time of fasting and prayer. At the end of two weeks, he went back to his doctor and there was no sign of cancer anywhere in his body! What happened to him is the same thing with me. I must clear my mind and become saturated in the presence of God! I have to come to a peace that no one and no thing can give me but God, my Father, Himself! This will show up on Facebook because I have my settings set to automatically publish, so friends and family will know what is going on, BUT I have not returned and will not until the time is up.
Prayer warriors and intercessors, please remember me and my family during this time. I know it is a time of new direction and mighty things. God doesn’t call us to this type of prayer unless it is to bring great and mighty answers forth!! God doesn’t call us to any type of prayer without the intention of answering it! I rejoice and take comfort in knowing this.
God bless you, my friends! I will see you soon!
God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend. For He says to the snow, Fall on the earth; likewise He speaks to the showers and to the downpour of His mighty rains. Job 37:5-6 AMP
My former classmate and friend, Clay Fedrick.
I have a friend and classmate by the name of Clay Fedrick. Clay is a hoot! I haven’t seen him in many years but I see his posts on Facebook. They are funny and thought provoking. He asked some questions last night when he said he couldn’t sleep and I think they are good questions we should all consider! This post is FOR Clay and FROM Clay…Food for thought! Thank you, Clay for allowing me to post this!
Ok, I’ve been up since 2:00 for no reason. So now that I’m delirious from lack of sleep, I will ramble on about some stuff. Redskin potatoes need to change their name, it’s too controversial…… Thanks you to all the vets who are still fighting for our country, even in your own country……. If I can’t or won’t do my job I get fired. Why should it be any different for the government (or should I say politicians) We have no government just two parties dividing this country and waiting and wanting for a downfall, so they can issue martial law and take over everything……….. Why do we pay 100 bucks a month for cable and get almost 20 minutes of commercials for an hour long program? Isn’t that called double dipping?……….. Why do they say Obamacare is now the law and we must stick by it, when our first and second amendments are law too, and they are being ripped to shreds?……. If social security is an entitlement, I want all the money I paid into it with a check from the government with interest….How in the world have I kept up with eight pairs of black socks I bought over three years ago without losing any. Guess my dryer is racist, it only eats white socks……..
Feel free to comment! I would love to know what you think about these issues, too!