Friday, May 20, 2016

Beware My Son

Although, this poem I wrote seems to be written from a mother to her son, it is really from the Holy Spirit to all of his children. 


Beware my son the lust of skin,
That seeks you out and sucks you in.
Learn this lesson and learn it well,
As I describe this pit of hell.

The flesh is tied to the pit of hell;
It is guided by a wishing well.
But, there is no hope within the skin,
The deeper hope lies within-

Where the heart shares a single beat,
And the mind of God and man can meet.
But to man’s mind the flesh is bound,
So that sin’s loud cry seems the only sound.

Within this burning flesh hell lies;
A mist the flames man shouts and cries-
So that the sound cannot be heard-
Of God’s soft voice and loving word.

You jump the cliff and in the fire go,
Just because sin tells you so.
And even though you do climb out-
You jump again at her first shout.

Love does not beckon in such a way,
It comes through giving day by day-
Love does not cry for self and gain,
But feels much like the gentle rain.

Remember this my son, when next the lust of skin,
Tries to seek you out and to suck you in.
Remember this is not love, though you call it so-
The desire of the flesh will only bring you woe.

Flames will rise and voices scream within your flesh again.
You could live year by year and you may never win.
Pain and tears and sorrow controlled by the pit of hell,
And constantly wishing while hope is a drying well.

Life passes quickly, so my prayer for you-
Is that you stop this horror before your life is through.
I pray you ground yourself in God and in his Word.
And your Mother’s voice, you also may have heard.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Haggai 1 - Thoughts

I want you to imagine you are a young person who is 17 or 18 years old.  For some of you this will be easy and for others, not so much; but you can do it.  You live at home with your Father, Mother, a 6-year-old brother and a 4-year-old sister.  Your Father is away on a business trip and on Friday evening something comes up and your Mother will have to be gone all day on Saturday.  This means you are going to have to baby sit. 
Now, I want you to imagine on Friday evening before you go to bed, your Mother tells you she will be leaving around 7 a.m. the next morning and will return sometime late in the evening.  She reminds you to set your alarm for around 8 a.m.; so, you can get up early and take care of your brother and sister who will be up by 8:30.  She also reminds you not let them eat a bunch of sugar and to make sure they don’t fight, get into trouble or get hurt.  She shares her concern about the dangerous intersection you live near and to watch and not let the children go out of the back fenced area into the front yard.  Further, your father will be returning on Sunday and you need to make sure the house is cleaned and in order. There is also a test you will be taking at school on Monday and since you will not be able to study on Sunday, you will need to look over the study guide when you put your siblings down for their nap.  As she walks out of the room, she tells you not to stay up too late.
The next morning you awaken to the sound of your brother and sister fighting in the kitchen.   You look at you clock and it is 9 a.m.  Because you stayed up too late, you don’t want to get up.  You pull the pillow over your head and go back to sleep.  Several hours later you wander into the kitchen.  It is a mess!  Your brother and sister got into the cola and drank it all.  There are cookie crumbs everywhere left over from their breakfast raid.  The kitchen door is open and you can hear them at a distance.  You grab a Pop-Tart and decide you need to try and wake up before dealing with the day.  Then, you stumble into the living room and fall on the couch and turn on the TV.  It’s marathon Saturday and your favorite show is playing back to back episodes all day.  You get really caught up in the marathon and although your siblings run in and out throughout the day with various problems, you are so focused on the TV, you barely deal with them.  Occasionally, you will holler out, “Stop getting so dirty or stop fighting!” But, that’s about the extent of your baby sitting.  At some point in the early afternoon, you go to grab a sandwich and think, “As soon as this next episode is over, I’ll get those kids and this house cleaned up.”  In addition, later when you take a bathroom break, it crosses your mind that you haven’t heard the kids in some time; but you hear the show come back on after the commercial and you quickly forget as you run back to your marathon.   Before you know it you hear a car drive up in the driveway.  You look at the clock and it is evening.  Your mother walks in the door. 
She didn’t ask you take care of your siblings, to get ready for your Father’s return, or to study for your test because she was being mean.  She loves you, your brother and sister, and your Father.  She only wanted what was best for everyone.  You are old enough to begin to take responsibility and to develop a good work ethic.  This will play out in your life.  If you can’t take responsibility and do what you are supposed to do; you will never find true happiness and relationship with you family.  You will always be in a correction mode and not a relationship mode.
We are going to look at the first chapter of Haggai.  He was a minor prophet and the first to begin to preach to the people after the Babylonian captivity.  He was employed by God to awaken the conscience or minds of the people and get them excited about rebuilding God’s temple.  Many of the people were settled in their ways and didn’t want to put God first or do the work it would take to rebuild.  Their focus was on themselves and not on God or his children.  They lived relatively comfortable lives and did not want to uproot or change.  When problems came their way, they just blew it off as bad times.  But, Haggai knew this attitude was not good for God’s children and he knew God was not pleased with the way they were acting.  He knew it was dangerous and their attitude would keep them from experiencing a relationship with their Heavenly Father and even put them and others in serious danger.
As I read through this first chapter in Haggai, I was convicted about how God’s children have not changed much.  You and I need to hear the same message.  We need to repent.  We need to get our eyes off of the things of this world and the things we think are most important and look to the Bible asking God what he wants us to do first.  We need to study to show ourselves approved and take care of our brothers and sisters in Christ.  They need help staying clean and we need to be a good example of how to do this.  
If you are a Christian in these end times, it is time for you to wake up and consider what your Heavenly Father is saying through the Bible.  How much time do you spend reading it and doing what you are asked to do?  Maybe you’re not as unconcerned as the young person who didn’t take care of his siblings or listen to his parents; but you can ask yourself, “Am I so focused on the world that I put the house of God and his children on hold or in second place?”  “Am I making choices about what I think is best without even consulting my Father?” As I read through the first chapter of Haggai, I was convicted about the seriousness of the times. I ask myself these questions often and as long as we live in these fleshly bodies; we should ask ourselves each day, “Am I so focused on the world that I put the house of God and his children on hold or in second place?”  “Am I making choices about what I think is best without even consulting my Father?”
I also felt like God’s children needed a hard word as from a mother.  So, I want you to pretend for a moment that I am your mother and I am the one who has just arrived at home.  Only this time, God is the father who will be arriving soon. You have been left in charge of his house and his children!
 I want you to know your father and I love you.  We are not being mean.  We only want you to begin to take responsibility and to develop a good work ethic.  This will play out in your life and the lives of your brothers and sisters.  If you can’t take responsibility and do what you are supposed to do; you will never find true happiness and a relationship with your father.  You will always be in a correction mode and not a relationship mode. You put yourself and your brothers and sisters in danger.
I am a tough Momma and what I am about to say is going to say is not going to easy on you or me; but I want you to listen carefully and let this be the point where you realize that nothing is more important in your life than the love of your Heavenly Father.  I hope you have a “Light Bulb” experience and this is the point when you grow up, stand up and take responsibly for your actions. 
When you hear what Haggai says to the people who have not been working on rebuilding the temple, I hope you respond as many of them did when they heard God’s word.  They obeyed.  I am going to say that last line again like a Mother would say it.   When you hear what Haggai says to the people who have not been working on rebuilding the temple, I want you respond as many of them did.  I want you to obey the voice of the Lord your God!

Haggai 1:      
1  In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel (she-L-T), governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedeck (Joes-a-deck), the high priest, saying,
2  Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the LORD’s house should be built.
There are many ways to look at scriptures.  You can read them in the original manuscript.  This is not hard as with the click of a button on your computer you can go straight to the Hebrew or Greek word and look at it’s meaning.  You can and should also consider who wrote it, the history of the times, the grammar and more.  The more you study, the greater insight you get and this is wonderful; but because the Bible is God’s anointed word and he speaks to his children, you can simply read and be changed, led, .and feel God’s love.   But, there has to be a reason why God tells us to study to show ourselves approved.  He knows we need his help to grow and walk through this life. He also knows that by study we will discover his hidden truths.
When it comes to scriptures like the one above, which seem to be just names and numbers, we often just skip over them.  But this verse takes on a whole new meaning if you study the meanings of the names and numbers. Let me just give you a little hint.  In the second year (2 means union) of Darius (which means Lord) the king, in the sixth month (which symbolizes man’s weakness and sin), came the word of the Lord by Haggai (to the one who was called to awaken the people and stimulate rebuilding of the temple) unto Zerubbabel (sown in confusion).  Therefore, what looks like just a verse you may pass over if you didn’t study, begins by telling us through numbers and name meaning, that the Lord of Unity called on a prophet to awaken the people and stimulate the rebuilding of the temple.  He was speaking to those who were in confusion.  If you continue to study the rest of the verse you find, God is righteous and blesses and because of Jesus.
Today, more than ever, these scriptures are for God’s people.  Our righteous Heavenly Father still calls out to us to wake up and rebuild his temple in our lives.  He does this because of Jesus and because we are in confusion.  He knows if we will place him first; then all things will work together for our good.  God’s people, we, need to hear (really hear) not just shake their heads and say, “Oh yeah, I agree.”  When God says that now is the time to build his house and we just half-heartily respond with our eyes and thoughts focused on the ways of ourselves and on the world, are we not acting like the young person who just lay on the couch all day?  When we complain about others, is it not similar to that young person just hollering out, “Y’all stop getting dirty and fighting.”?  What good does it do for ourselves or our brothers and sisters if we just lay around with our eyes on the world?  By our actions are we really saying what the people of Haggai’s time said, "The time is not come that the Lord's house should be built."

3 Then (and now) came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet saying,
4  Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your paneled houses, and this house lie waste?
5  Now therefore thus saith the LORD of host; Consider your ways. (The original phrase here means, "set your heart, inner man, mind, will, soul, and understanding, on your ways.")

            The original Hebrew word for paneled is caphan (s au-fan) and it refers to very expensive wood that covers in inner walls of a house.  Haggai was upset with the people for living in their fancy houses while the house of God’s temple lay in waste for 16 years.  A fancy house doesn’t necessarily mean a brick and mortar house, although it could.  It means the lives we have built for ourselves.  The place where we are comfortable that doesn’t include God, built by what we think and held together by our excuses.  God is saying to us, “It is time for you, who live in the fancy lives you have built for yourselves, while my house lies in waste, to consider your ways and to set your heart toward me.” He wants us to get up and take care of his business and make our real lives and the lives of others a better place.  

6  Ye have sown much, and bring in little: ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earns wages to put it in a bag with holes.

He that earns wages, puts it in a bag with holes.  I don’t have to explain that to anyone.  But, maybe we should ask, how did the holes get in the bags?  Or better we might ask, “Why are the holes in the bags?”   Child of God, you need to understand that nothing happens in your life by accident or out of luck.  The word “luck” should never cross your mind or lips. 
My grandmother used to sing a song to me, “Sin is to blame for all sorrow. Sin is to blame. Sin is to blame.  Have we no hope for tomorrow?  Sin is to blame for it all. Father’s a drunkard and Mother is dead. Sin is to blame.  Many poor children are crying for bread, sin is to blame for it all.”  Isn’t it strange how we can see the sin in others; but we don’t see it in ourselves. Even if we do see it; we are not convicted enough to do anything about it.  We just blow it off or think there are others who are acting worse than I am.  We look at people in prison and think, “If we could figure out a way to rehabilitate all these criminals, our world would be a better place.  But, let me tell you, “There is none righteous. No not one.”  We are not better than them.  We have just not been caught yet.  We are all sinners.  The bible says the wages of sin is death and it also says that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.  When we do wrong, the sin itself begins a death process in our lives.  The sin itself is the judgment.  It eats holes in our bags.  Sin places us in a position of being under the law of sin and not under the grace of God.  The law is harsh; but God offers through Jesus a better way and when we obey him we come into relationship; then, because of his love for us and his grace toward us; a new life begins to manifest itself in our lives. Grace fills our cup: whereas, sin eats holes in our bags.

7  Thus saith the LORD of host; Consider your ways.

God is telling us to do more than just think about, but to set our heart on changing our ways from putting the world and and the desires of our flesh to putting the desires of our Heavenly Father and the needs of his children before ourselves.  It does not say, consider someone else’s ways and it doesn’t say consider the churches ways.  It says consider your ways. Take an inventory of your life.  Compare your thoughts and actions to the Word of God. 

8  Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD.

God is not asking for you to build a marble castle.  He is only asking for you to take what you have and offer it to him.  He will be pleased, take pleasure, and be glorified if you do this.

9  Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it.  "Why?" saith the LORD of host,  "Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house."

Maybe you have never considered that your sin is bringing on your problems.  We live in a society of those that believe if God loves me, he will let me do what I want.  We don’t consider he is a Father who does love and will correct his children.  But really, I don’t think we are thinking at all.  I think our eyes are so caught up in our marathon, we aren’t even thinking about the return of Jesus or what type of trouble our brothers or sisters are in or anything else.  Our lack of concern, for the desires of our Father will play out in our lives.  Remember, the sin itself is the judgment.

10  Therefore, the heaven over you is stayed from dew and the earth is stayed from her fruit.
11  And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labor of the hands.

If you are feeling hopeless, that’s because you are living by the law and not by grace.  The law demands we obey and the punishment is harsh.  God does not want us to live like this.  He wants and has always wanted his children to live by grace.  But, we do not really understand grace.  It our nature to demand justice.  We are legal minded.  We think that if we live for God, we have to give up something.  We don’t realize if we do have to lay something down, it needed to go anyway.  We think living for God will limit our joy and don’t even understand that what we call joy, isn’t joy at all.
Now watch what happens when the people listen and turn their hearts toward God.

13  Then spoke Haggai the LORD's messenger in the LORD's message unto the people saying, "I am with with you said the LORD."

God did more than just say something here.  He made a declaration and a revelation or a revealing of a spiritual truth.  Something occurred when the people listened.  The relationship between God and his children changed from correction mode to relationship mode and they were able to receive from God.

14  And the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel...

God woke up the spirit of Zerubbabel.  Zerubbabel was born during the time of the Babylonian captivity. He was born into slavery and his name means confusion.  Like him, we are born slaves to sin and we are in captivity.  And like him God is crying out to us to wake up.  Zerubbabel was the son of one who ask of God and was governor of praise.
Why would God do this?  Why would he call to wake us up?  He tells us in the next phrase that it is because Zerubabel was...

14  …the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest....

Zerubabel was the son of the one who ask of God, governor of praise, Shealtiea, and the spirit of Jesus our righteousness, Joshua and Josedech was the reason. 
If we call ourselves children of God, we need to wake up.  Just as in the day of Haggai, today there is a remnant of the people who are being called to work in the house of the LORD of host, their God.
The 15th verse of Haggai one says reinterates this call and describes our union with our Lord.

15  In the 24th day of the 6th month, in the 2nd year of Darius the king.

The number 24 stands for the worship of God in his temple 6 is man's sin, and 2 is a union with the king.  We can worship God in his temple.  There can be a union with our sin and the king because our king is Jesus and he paid the price for sin on calvary.
Are you feeling the call of Jesus in your heart to wake up, to get up and to do what is necessary to rebuild your life in a way that would please God?  Is your flesh telling you to just lay around and  don't worry about anything?  Is your flesh saying that this is too much trouble or you would have to give up something?  Well, in this case, your flesh is right.  It would be easier to just lay around and not worry about your spiritual condition or the condition of the church.  But, the long term effects of this are not going to benefit you or anyone else.  
I started this asking you to pretend I was your mother.  Well, as your mother, I would say, "Stop, watching the world and turn off that marathon.  It is time for you to consider what your Heavenly Father is saying.  It is past time for you to rebuild your lives and to take care of your brothers and sisters.  Let's ask forgiveness and help from God.  But, let's do more and get into action.  Get up and get to work!  Write a list of things you can do and start working on the list.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Holiness and Happinesss

When I raised my four children, I wanted them to grow up to be holy and happy.  I knew without proper nutrition, schooling, obedience, internal motivation, a good work ethic, and a love of God, their future happiness would be jeopardized.  But, the road toward their future happiness was filled with bumps.  Getting them to eat their vegetables, go to school, be obedient, and do their chores didn’t always make them happy.  But, I loved them and knew it would ultimately benefit them, so I continued to push forward encouraging and sometimes forcing them toward righteousness: I made them eat their vegetables, go to school, and to show respect to me and to others.  As they grew, I was pleased with the adults they were becoming.  Now, I am amazed seeing how wise they deal with hard life situations.
I believe our relationship with our heavenly Father is similar to that of a parent raising their children.  God knows holiness takes priority over our fleshly happiness and loves us more than I love my children.  As we face hard life situations, our Father will offer us the opportunity to listen to his direction which will lead us toward holiness.    
Although, we will not always want to do what is right and will perceive some situations as unhappy.  Like children, we tend to think, “Life is not fair and why do we have to do this or go through that?” We may tend to blame God for our unhappiness or ask him to remove or replace the unhappiness with whatever our flesh desires instead of trusting God and asking him, “How should I respond?”  According to God’s Word, our correct response should be to remember all things work together to our good and to trust in God with all of our heart, mind, and soul.  This is easier said than done, but not impossible.  I have also found trusting God is as simple as learning to tie your shoe. There is a struggle as you learn; but, the more you do it, the easier it gets until one day you find yourself automatically responding to sinful situations once controlled by yourself.
It is important to understand happiness is a state of our emotions.  We achieve happiness based on how we feel and what we believe.  If we believe to be happy we must have certain things or feel a certain way and we don’t get them or feel them; then, we will respond with unhappiness.  If we and the ones we love have food, clothes, shelter, health; then, we are happy.  If we are getting our way, we are happy.  But, life does not always line up with what we want: It is full of problems and we learn from mistakes.  Our human needs keep us in a fluctuating state of happiness, seeking and finding, and never truly satisfied. When we say, “Life is full of ups and downs” we are referring to the fact that how we think our world should be is not lining up with our emotional list of wants and desires.  Therefore, it is virtually impossible to achieve true happiness on our own.
On the other hand, God is holy and  he has perfect purity.  By following God’s Word and way, we can find happiness.  Although we can never be perfect, we can achieve a state of holiness through our sanctified affections for God.  When we walk in communion with God lining our lives up with God’s Word; God can work in us and through us.  This state will bring peace.  Peace will come as we commune with God, knowing he has each situation in his control and can work it to our benefit.  Peace is spiritual happiness and trumps any emotional state of being.  If you have peace, then you are experiencing a higher form of happiness than anything this flesh can understand.  Peace takes worry out of the equation.
The question is, “How do we achieve both holiness and happiness when to be holy means I have to take every thought captive and respond in a way that tears down the ungodly desires of the flesh?”  Most of us can’t even muster up enough will to say, “No” to a bowl of ice cream.  Therefore, to be holy and happy means we would have no emotions; life would be perfect and we wouldn’t make any mistakes.  The answer begins by understanding there are two kingdoms here.  We are born into the Kingdom of the Flesh and through our relationship with Jesus; we are reborn into the Kingdom of God. There are many things in the Kingdom of the Flesh that are impossible; but, nothing is impossible with God.   We should view the moment when we are tempted to respond in a way contrary to God’s will as a “Golden Opportunity” because it is at this pivotal point we are being given the opportunity to move into his kingdom and toward holiness.   As we go through our life situations, there is a part of us that wants to respond to situations like a disobedient child; but there is another part that desires to be obedient and to trust our loving, heavenly Father and to please him.  Saying “No” to the desires of the flesh is impossible without God’s help, therefore, with each temptation we should ask him to help us to overcome our own desires so we can choose his way which will bring holiness, peace, and allow his will to be accomplished in our lives.
We must always remember we cannot have any type of true happiness without holiness.  Therefore, holiness takes priory!  It is more important to focus on our holiness.  What will follow will be a higher form of happiness which is different and better than what we could ever achieve by our own efforts.  In Philippians 4, Paul tells us God will give us a peace that passes all understanding and will keep or guard our hearts.
God desires for us to be both holy and happy.  When we are working hand in hand with the Holy Spirit to face each day’s situations, we show God we want or will his way instead of our own.  Through this process we are in a working oneness, a relationship with God and achieve holiness because he is actively at work in us. This process will produce a peace and higher form of happiness that passes all understanding.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Overcoming Low Self-Esteem

Rudyard Kipling said, “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same….You’ll be a man, my son.”  On a spiritual level, this poem could end, “You’ll be a man of God, a man after God’s own heart.”  It could be for men and for women mankind.  Meeting with Triumph and Disaster correctly are a key to spiritual warfare and hearing from God.   Seeing ups and downs as impostors means seeing God as the center of the situation and it closes the door for any argument from the devil, the flesh, or others.  Self-esteem has a healthy balance.

Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are others losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for the doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, not talk too wise;

If you can dream---and not make dreams your master;
If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it.
And---which is more---you’ll be a Man, my son!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The GodHead

I remember being a young adult and substituting for a short season as a teacher for the children who were brought into the church via the bus ministry.  Many of these children had never been to church or heard about God.  There were things I took for granted that they questioned.  At this time, about all I had under my belt was a good group of assorted bible stories; so when I mentioned the Father, Son and Holy Spirit being all one I couldn’t even back it up with an example.  I had not been around long enough to hear the examples of the Godhead being like a person being a father, brother, son or whatever.  On one particular Sunday, a young man asked me in a rather sarcastic way, “How can one person be three?”  I might not have had all the answers and by the way, I still don’t; but I knew someone who did.  I told the young man I would pray and ask God and tell him the following Sunday.
            When I left church that day, I gathered up my four children from the nursery and their various class.  We got into the car to drive home and as usual there was no shortage of noise; but I didn’t seem to notice it that day as the minute the car took off I had my answer.  I couldn’t wait to get home and get out my craft supplies and draw up an image. 
            The sun was God, the rays of the son, Jesus, and the heat left behind when the rays hit the earth, the Holy Spirit.  The earth was like unsaved man.  Without the sun sending it’s rays to heat the earth we could not exist.  Nor, can mankind exist without God sending Jesus to enter the hearts of man.

            God is like the sun. The sun’s nuclear process called fusion provides 100% of the energy needed for life on earth. The sun is the center of our universe and a source of energy beyond our understanding; an energy so immense that we can’t even look at it without damaging our eyes.  In Psalm 84:11, King David called God a sun & a shield. Moses called him a "consuming fire". Deu. 4:24. God, like the sun, provides everything we need to exist. 
            The earth, without the sun, would cease to exist: Without God we would cease to exist. Even with the benefits of the sun, the earth is in a constant state of turmoil and need.  Does that sound familiar?  We clean up one area of our lives only to find another area full of problems.  Genesis 2:7, tells us that we were made from the earth.
Jesus is like the rays of light that radiate from the sun bringing light to the earth. Jesus traveled from God to man. In John 8:12, Jesus tells us he is the light of the world.  
Much of the sunlight that reaches earth is absorbed and warms the planet; a vital process for life on earth.  Actually what happens is the rays from the sun sink slightly into the earth’s surface and then bend and go back into outer space.  Light bends. This is what Jesus did.  He came to earth, entered the ground and went back to God.  What is left behind, we call heat.
The Holy Spirit is like this heat.   In Acts 17:28, we are told that in him we live, move and have our being. The Holy Spirit was left by Jesus to come into those overgrown areas of our life and bring change.  He wants to help you to restore, to plant, to make beautiful. He wants to help you to maintain. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

A Prayer of Remembrance

Heavenly Father, 
Thank you that you are only a whisper away.  No matter what today may hold, I can be assured your Holy Spirit is walking with me. 
When I consider the seasons we have spent together and the times past, I am thankful you have remained ever strong and present bequeathing me your love and never ending grace.  Your strength has given me the courage to grow in our love. Your grace never ceases to amaze me.  You are my all in all.  I race into your loving arms time and time again and you are always there with words of inspiration and help for times of troubles.  I do not understand why I must pass through this interim time; but, I am grateful you are passing though it with me. Our love is strengthened now and forever. 
Seasons have come and gone. We have seen the cold of winter when the snow seemed to blind us from each other.  I learned to hold close to your warmth during times of trial.  We have experienced the fragrant blossoms of spring. So sweet was your presence, I remember running from room to room trying to find the source of the scent.  I learned your presence permeates from the spiritual realm to the physical.  In my youth, I leaped and danced in the summer’s sun in excitement of your presence.  My heart still leaps each morning when I awake rushing to you.  When the cool air of fall arrived, we began discussions of preparation for the coming cold. I remember taking in sweet, deep breaths of the cool air and the peace of knowing your presence.  I learned to seek your wisdom and peace in the face of upcoming trials. 

I look forward to the day when our walk together is not impeded by my weakness; only then, will I be able to tell you how thankful I am for your loving devotion.  

Prayer of God's Bride

Heavenly Father,
By the power of your impeccable Holy Spirit, I wholeheartedly accept your love. A love first proven by the gift of your own son.  I look forward to watching how your love will guide each and every circumstance bringing us closer and closer together as we move thought this life together.  I will trust and love you in the hardest of times. I will know you are a perfect, loving mate and you have knowledge of what I cannot comprehend. I know you have only my best at the heart whatever tenacious situations may occur. I know when the time is right and I can comprehend, you will reveal to me knowledge and discernment.  I know those times I don’t understand will bring us closer together as my faith leans on your love.  Your love is beyond anything this world can comprehend. There are no words for a love which forgives and manifest itself into the life of its bride bringing constant and miraculous change. Yours is a love which has planned such a beautiful walk through this time interim to eternity.  Saying, “I love you”, seems so little in comparison to your pledge to me; but, I give you all I have.  I am like the rose bud whose stem is too weak to support itself and full of thorns. But, you my love, remove my thorns, and support me. I offer my self to you for only you can bloom this bud; an experience and holy scent I will offer to you as my wedding gift.  My love, I lean on your strength of character and mind. I lean on your understanding and wisdom. I lean on you for every moment and situation of my life.  I offer myself to you.