Friday, June 24, 2016

Life is Like a Flowerbed!!!




A couple of years ago, my friends asked me if I was going to plant the garden again.  (I had planted a huge garden the year before.)  Since I had already been talking to the LORD about it, I knew that there was no way that I would have time to have a garden that summer.  So, I told THE LORD that I was going to depend on HIM to bring me some fresh squash, tomatoes, and melons.  As always, HE provided for me.



The previous year, I had planted my mom’s garden, and it was huge.  Just planting it was a lot of work.  At first, it seemed to do well, but then the weeds and grass took over. 


I found that because I had NOT taken time to prepare the garden spot properly, I could NOT keep up with it.  I ended up having a lot of weeds and grass and little else. 

The veggies that I had planted in my garden could NOT grow because of the weeds and grass.  Then the squash bugs started attacking my squash and the birds started eating my tomatoes.  We had quite a few grasshoppers, but preparation would have made a big difference.  Unfortunately, there were also some issues caused by the devil that I could NOT have foreseen.
 

Everything got out of hand very quickly! 


You know, life is like a garden or a flowerbed in a lot of ways.  Sometimes, things get out of hand before we realize what is going on.  And sometimes, the enemy seems to come at us out of the blue!!!   




Last year, I decided to plant the flowerbed beside my house, so that I could enjoy it and have something of beauty to look at each day when I come home.  And I am so glad that I did.  I enjoy it every day!!! 


My cannas have grown unbelievably tall and right now they are blooming like crazy!!!  They are absolutely gorgeous!!!  I have definitely been rewarded for ALL my hard work!!!   



A flowerbed is a thing of beauty, when it is prepared correctly, but preparation takes a lot of work.  However, if you put in the time and energy, it is well worth the effort. 


So, what did I do to prepare my flowerbed?


Well, to begin with, I tilled it several times.  Just tilling, helped me get rid of the unwanted grass, plants and roots.  I bought some stuff to kill the more aggressive weeds.  And because all flowerbeds and gardens are a work in progress, I have to work to keep any unwanted grass and plants from coming back.  I have to put out fertilizer, and make sure that I water my flowerbed. 



I have some soaker hoses that I use along with a timer that helps me water the flowerbed in the evenings.  I have to water my flowerbed to keep it alive, just like I had to water my garden.  Very few plants can live or grow without water.



I made my flowerbed next to the house, where the sun shines most of the day.  God has given us the sun for light and heat.  I didn’t put my flowerbed in the shade and just expect it to grow without sunshine and the heat that the sun brings. 



All this may sound very simple to you.  And you may be saying, WELL, DUHHHHHHHHHHH!  Who doesn’t know that?


However, I have seen some odd things over the years. To be truthful, some folks act like they have NO idea about planting a garden or a flowerbed.  And maybe some folks really have no idea at all!!!  Maybe they have never had any experience in planting a flowerbed or growing veggies.  



Through past experience, I have found that tilled, fertilized ground grows better crops.  I have found that when you break-up the ground by tilling it, you make it softer and you dig up the roots and trash, so that they can be cleaned out.  By repeatedly tilling the ground deeply where I want to plant, I am preparing the ground for planting.  Prepared ground is more fertile and easier to plant. 



I have also learned that when I plant a garden, I can keep it prepared, if I will till it at different times during the year.  This will keep the weeds and grass from growing back because they cannot grow in soil that is being tilled again and again. 



However, I have found that in my flowerbed, it is NOT always possible to till it again because several of my plants have bulbs, roots or rhizomes that stay in the ground year around.  This means that I must use another method to control the unwanted grass and weeds.  By mulching, I have found that I can control some of the unwanted grass and weeds and detour them from coming back!!! 



I have been told that once I have my flowerbed established, I can use Weed and Feed to keep unwanted grass and weeds from coming up!!!  By being persistent, I can make sure that weeds do NOT grow in my flowerbed.  Unfortunately, some of that persistence has to be weeding!!! 

NOT just weeding once a year, but constant weeding!!! 


However, I have been told that my persistence will pay off and eventually the weeds and grass will stop trying to grow in my flowerbed!!!  I can’t wait for that day!!!  Until then I have to keep pulling those weeds and grass up.  I have to make sure that I get the entire root!!!  I can’t consider leaving even the smallest bit.



The sin in our lives is like the weeds in my flowerbed!!!  Persistence pays off, and eventually the sin that tempts us will NO longer tempt us, if we keep saying no, and refuse to even think about it!!!  However, that doesn’t mean that the enemy is going to leave us alone!!!  Persistence does pay off!!!  And the enemy will have to try something different!!!



I have already said this, but LIFE is very much like a flowerbed.


A flowerbed has to be prepared, before it can be planted.  There are very few situations in life that you can jump head long into and be successful!  The best thing that you can do in any situation is to prepare. 


Take time to research and find out about what you want to do.  Talk to folks who have been successful at the things that you want to do. 
 


Nowadays, you can google most things, but unless you know the writer of an article, you don’t know how successful they actually are at what they say they are doing.  So, read more than one article.  Be sure that you know the subject well!!!     

You see, I certainly don’t know everything, but I now have some experience and I have gained some insight thru talking to others.  I have talked to a lot of folks who are successful at gardening and I have taken note of what they said. 


My neighbor has been tilling gardens since she was a girl when she helped her dad, so I enlisted her help.  I found out from her that I needed to till more than once and that I needed to till deep into the ground.  I found out that by tilling the ground several times, I could break up the ground and have a really good place for planting. 

You know, I found out that tilling is NOT easy.  It requires strength and time.  If something is worth doing, then it is worth spending time on. 


You have to be strong to be able to stand when hard times come or when things get bad.  And you have to be willing to keep standing until you have accomplished that which you set out to do!!!



In my neck of the woods, when a person is determined to accomplish something, you’ll hear them say, I’ll do this, “Come Hell or high water!!!”  However, the Bible words it a bit differently!!!  It says, …having done ALL to stand; Stand therefore!!! 


Ephesians 6:13-14 (KJV)

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness


The next step in preparing a flowerbed or garden is spreading fertilizer.  This year, I forgot to take time and go pick-up cow manure.  However, I already had some fertilizer that I have used over the years.  I also chose to use tea grounds because they are really supposed to nourish your plants.  Both of these seemed to work very well.  



The one thing that I forgot to do was to add fertilizer and then till the flowerbed again to work the fertilizer into the ground, before I planted.  I will ask the LORD to remind me next year.  And when I prepare the front flowerbed, I will remember to till in the fertilizer with the help of The LORD! 



Don’t get me wrong, I will still use some fertilizer before I water tonight, and my plants will grow.  I have prepared my ground, I have fertilized, and I have watered.    




You can have lots of plants, but if you do NOT put them in good ground and water them, and fertilize them, they will NOT grow!!!  


God wants us to be planted in HIM and HE wants us to grow in HIM. 



Just like my plants will NOT grow big and strong without the sun, water and being fed, you and I cannot grow big and strong in GOD without HIS SON –THE LIVING WORD!!!  We are watered and fed by HIS WORD!!!     

The good thing about being in GOD is that you can always learn.  You can always pick up your Bible, and begin to eat and grow.
 



As you read and study THE WORD, you will grow strong in THE LORD.  You will see the things in your life flourish, because you will begin to grow spiritually.   


3 John 2 (KJV) Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.


You know, I have great ideas and great plans for my gardens and flowerbeds!!!  And I want the very best for every area I plant!!!  GOD being our FATHER, has great plans for each one of us and HE wants the very best for every one of us!!!
   


Matthew 7:9-11 (KJV)

Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?


Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Shake Your Problems Off!!!


GOD gave me this message several years ago!!!  And HE reminded me of it tonight!!! 


GOD tells us NOT to be anxious for anything or any reason!!!  And HE tells us NOT to worry about anything!!!!


Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


We have to know that GOD will work everything out for us!!!  If we give our problems to GOD and allow HIM to fix them, HE WILL!!! 


Y
ou count on it!!!


Romans 8:28 (NKJV) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

YOU CAN COUNT ON GOD!!!!


I don’t know about you, but I just don’t have time to worry about a lot of problems and mess!!!  If you let it, that stuff will eat you up!!!  It will stress you out and make you sick, if you let it!!!


If Jesus can’t fix it, then it doesn’t need fixing!!!  So, I am going to do what HE has told me and give my problems to HIM!!!!


Recently, something happened to some friends of mine and it was very upsetting to me.  It truly bothered me!!!  So, I was talking to my prayer partner about it.  Finally, she told me that I just needed to throw my hands up in the air and say,
GOD, I give this situation and these people to you!!   


I knew that she was right, so I did exactly what she said and I decided NOT to worry about it any more!!!  The moment I gave IT to GOD, HIS PEACE WASHED ALL OVER ME!!! 


It happened immediately!!!  All the stress and all the heartache left.  And I know that Jesus has taken care of every detail!!!


GOD told me many years ago, that we as HIS KIDS need to learn to be like the duck. 


The duck swims along in peace and quiet.  Then he dips himself under the water and when he comes up all that water on his back runs right off!!!


You see, GOD has given the duck
a special oil coating on his feathers called preening oil.  This oil causes the water to run right off his back.


Because of this oil, the duck doesn’t even actually get wet!!  That why you hear folks say, like the water off a duck’s back!!! 


And just like the water slides right off that the duck’s back, we have to learn to let our problems slide right off us. 


We need to learn to be like that duck.  We need to shake our problems off, just like he shakes the water off his back!!!


Just like GOD has given the duck a special covering for his wings, HE has given us the HOLY SPIRIT!!!



Just like that special covering on his wings takes care of the water, THE HOLY GHOST IS OUR SPECIAL COVERING!!!  And HE TAKES CARE OF US!!! 


So, remember the next time the enemy attacks you, just say, HERE IT IS GOD, IT’S YOURS!!!  I REFUSE TO WORRY ABOUT IT ANY MORE!!!


I AM GOING TO ALLOW THESE THINGS TO SLIDE RIGHT OFF MY BACK!!!  JUST
LIKE THE WATER OFF A DUCK’S BACK!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

THE ONLY NAME (YOURS WILL BE)



This is a beautiful praise & worship song!!!


As I listened to it this evening, it touched my heart!!!


To watch the video, click on the title of this post.



THE ONLY NAME (YOURS WILL BE)
by Big Daddy Weave


Yours will be
The only Name that matters to me
The only One Whose favor I seek
The only Name that matters to me


Yours will be
The friendship and affection I need
To feel my Father smiling on me
The only Name that matters to me


Yours is the Name
The Name that has saved me
Mercy and grace
The power that forgave me


Your Love is all I’ve ever needed


When I wake up in the Land of Glory
With the saints I will tell my story
There will be one Name that I proclaim


When I wake up in the Land of Glory
With the saints I will tell my story
There will be one Name that I proclaim


Yours will be
The only Name that matters to me
The only One Whose Favor I seek
The only Name that matters to me


Yours is the Name
The Name that has saved me
Mercy and grace
The power that forgave me


Your Love is all I’ve ever needed


When I wake up in the Land of Glory
With the saints I will tell my story
There will be one Name that I proclaim


When I wake up in the Land of Glory
With the saints I will tell my story
There will be one Name that I proclaim


Yeah! Come on sing.


Lalala…
Lalala…
Lalala…


Jesus…
Jesus… 
Jesus…
Just that Name


Jesus…
Jesus… 
Jesus…
Just that Name


When I wake up in the Land of Glory
With the saints I will tell my story
There will be one Name that I proclaim


When I wake up in the Land of Glory
With the saints I will tell my story
There will be one Name that I proclaim


Yeah! Come on sing.


Lalala…
Lalala…
Lalala…


Your Great Name


When I wake up in the Land of Glory
With the saints I will tell my story
There will be one Name that I proclaim

Lalala…
Lalala…
Lalala…


Monday, June 20, 2016

No Man Can Stand Against You!!!


With the exception of Joshua and Caleb, GOD’s faithful servants, everyone in the previous generation including Moses had died just as GOD said they would.  Now it was time for the younger generation to go into the land that GOD had promised them – a land flowing with milk and honey!!!


GOD had called Joshua to lead this new CHOSEN generation of people, and this time they would take the land just as GOD had promised.


Joshua 1:1 (KJV)
Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying,
“Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel.
GOD promised to give HIS CHILDREN every piece of land they walked on.  What an amazing promise!!!  Just imagine GOD promising us this today!!!

Joshua 1:3 (NKJV) Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.



GOD instructions are precise!!!  HE told the children of Israel exactly where their new land began and where it ended. 


When GOD gives you something, there is no guessing or wondering!!!  GOD is specific and exact!!!  HE will make HIS PERFECT WILL CLEAR!!!


Joshua 1:4 (AMP) From the wilderness [of Arabia in the south] and this Lebanon [in the north], even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates [in the east], all the land of the Hittites (Canaan), and as far as the Great [Mediterranean] Sea toward the west shall be your territory.


GOD told Joshua that HE would watch over him and defeat his enemies for him for as long as HE lived.  GOD told Joshua that HE would allow no man to stand against him.  No man would be able to succeed against Joshua as long as HE walked in obedience to GOD!!! 


GOD also reassured Joshua that HE would be with him just as HE had been with Moses.  GOD promised Joshua that HE would never leave him nor let him down!!!   


Joshua 1:5 (AMP) No man will [be able to] stand before you [to oppose you] as long as you live. Just as I was [present] with Moses, so will I be with you; I will not fail you or abandon you.


THE LORD told Joshua to be a strong and courageous leader because Joshua would be the one to divide the land among the children of Israel.


Joshua 1:6 (KJV) Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.


In verse 6, the Amplified Bible says,
Be strong and confident and courageous… 


Just as Joshua was to be careful and obey everything Moses had taught HIM, we have to be careful to obey GOD and do what HIS WORD says!!!


Joshua 1:7 (CEB) “Be very brave and strong as you carefully obey all of the Instruction that Moses my servant commanded you. Don’t deviate even a bit from it, either to the right or left. Then you will have success wherever you go.” 


Just as the Amplified Bible says, turn NOT to the right nor the left, so that you can prosper and be successful WHEREVER YOU GO!!!   


Joshua 1:7 (AMP) do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may prosper and be successful wherever you go.


Joshua’s battles would be with people of other lands, but still GOD told him that no one would be able to stand against him and be successful, as long as HE walked with GOD!!!


GOD is saying this same thing to us today!!!  If we will be careful and obey every command that GOD gives us, HE will stand with us against every enemy and HE will remove every obstacle that stands in our way!!!


If set our face as a flint and we turn NOT to the right nor to the left, GOD WILL MAKE US PROSPEROUS AND SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING WE DO!!!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

GOD WILL FIGHT FOR YOU!!!!




Moses had lead the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt and the Egyptians were glad to see them go!!!


But GOD had hardened Pharaoh’s heart just as HE had told Moses.  And Pharaoh and his armies pursued after them!!! 


Exodus 14:13
(KJV) And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.


And just as GOD had promised, the Egyptians were destroyed that day!!!  Moses and the children of Israel ONLY had to watch as GOD delivered them out of Pharaoh’s hand!!!


Exodus 14:14 (KJV) The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

That TALKATIVE SPIRIT!!!


Have you ever heard of a
Talkative Spirit?


I didn’t know anything about this spirit until a couple of years ago, when it began to torment me. 


I didn’t even understand exactly what was happening to me until GOD began to talk to me.
 


You see, I have always loved to talk, and there is nothing wrong with talking.  That is as long as you are talking about the right things!!! 


What I am saying is that it is unwise to constantly be running your mouth and telling all your business to everyone around you. 


If you are constantly telling everyone your business, folks will laugh at you and make fun of you, because you talk too much.  They’ll say, that person just doesn’t know when to shut up.


You know, it hurts to realize that folks are making fun of you and laughing at you.  It hurts to realize that you can’t seem to keep your mouth closed!!!  And it’s embarrassing!!!


God gives us wisdom, but HE also reveals the truth to us!!!


Proverbs 2:6 (KJV) For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.


A couple of years ago, my talking got way out of control!!!  And I began to feel like a fool, because I just couldn’t seem to keep my mouth closed. 


I would hear myself telling all my business, and I couldn’t seem to stop, even though I knew that folks were laughing at me.  


I would hear myself saying things that I never intended to tell anyone and I would be mortified and embarrassed!!! 


I got desperate and I cried out to GOD!!!  That was the smartest thing I ever did!!!


I asked HIM, “
GOD, why can’t I keep my mouth closed?”  “Why does this keep happening to me?”  And I asked HIM to help me!!! 


That is when GOD said to me,
“You have a TALKATIVE SPIRIT.” 


HE told me,
that Spirit is driving you to tell everything you know.  And because it is driving you to talk, you hear yourself telling all your business.


I asked GOD what I was supposed to do about it, and
HE told me to tell that Talkative Spirit to shut its mouth!!! 


So, I did.  And it did!!!


I told that thing (that spirit) to shut up in the name of Jesus and it obeyed, because it didn’t have a choice!!! 


When that spirit shut its mouth, the urge to tell everything I knew stopped!!!  


I could feel the PEACE of GOD, because that spirit was no longer in control of me and it no longer had the power to drive me to talk!!!


What a relief!!! 


I had obeyed GOD and had taken authority over it, as GOD instructed me. 


Luke 10:19 (AMP) Listen carefully: I have given you authority [that you now possess] to tread on serpents and scorpions, and [the ability to exercise authority] over all the power of the enemy (Satan); and nothing will [in any way] harm you.


I was so thrilled to find that with GOD’s help, I could control my mouth and most of all, I could keep from telling all my business!!!


Perhaps, you know someone who has this same problem!!


They are probably like me.  They have probably always talked a mile a minute!!!  And for the most part, they enjoy talking.  


When you hear someone telling all of his or her business,
PLEASE PRAY and ask GOD to help that person!!!  You can ask GOD to give them wisdom.


James 5:16 (NCV) …When a believing person prays, great things happen.


But unless GOD tells you to go talk to them about it, don’t waste your breath!!! 


First of ALL,
it takes GOD to bring understanding in some areas, and this is one of those.    


Job 32:8 (AMP) …the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding.

Secondly, the last thing you want to do is to go to a person and tell them that they have a Spirit, of any kind!!!  That is, unless GOD sends you to minister to that person. 


And even then, you better be very sure that it is GOD telling you to go to that person.  Because if HE isn’t, you are wasting your time and your breath!  And NOT ONLY that, you are out of GOD’s WILL!


Believe me!!!  I’ve been down this road!!! 


I tried to help out a friend of mine by telling her what GOD showed me and she looked at me like I was NUTS!!! 


She wouldn’t listen to me, and she was telling everyone her business all the time.  I could see the problems that she was creating for herself, because she just couldn’t shut up.


I am NOT saying that everyone who runs off at the mouth has a Talkative Spirit. 


Some folks are simply unwise and they don’t know when to shut up!!! 


Some folks just think that this is the way they are and this is the way they will always be!!! 


These folks don’t realize that they need help.


When we see someone that needs help, we should help them if we can. 


But most of all, we should pray for them. 


It NEVER hurts to pray for folks, as long as, you are praying THE WORD!!!


GOD’s WORD tells us that we are to pray for others.  His WORD says that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.  That means that we have great power when we pray and others profit from our prayers!!! 


Through prayer we have the ability to help other people and change their lives, as well as our own!!! 


James 5:16 (NKJV) …The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

 

Friday, June 17, 2016

DEAR LORD, HELP ME TO KEEP MY BIG MOUTH SHUT!!!




Many, many years ago, (when we were in high school) a very good friend of mine gave me a ceramic plaque
that said,  DEAR LORD, HELP ME TO KEEP MY BIG MOUTH SHUT.


Even back then, I could talk a mile a minute!!! 


Over the years, I’ve learned that it is better to be slow to speak, and quick to listen!!! 


James 1:19 (AMP) Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words…]


We should always be careful about the things that we say!!!  And we should use wisdom. 


But sometimes,
it takes GOD to help us control our mouths!!! 

If we ask GOD to help us, HE WILL!!!  WE ONLY HAVE TO ASK.


Psalm 141:3 (KJV) Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.


Psalm 141:3 (NCV) Lord, help me control my tongue; help me be careful about what I say.


GOD helped me learn to talk more about HIM more and less about myself.


Is it a sin to talk about yourself? 


No!!! Abolutely NOT!!!


GOD allows me to share my experiences with others, in order to help them.


Sometimes, GOD tells me to share something that I would rather NOT have everyone know, but I know that when HE tells me to share my experience, it is because HE knows that it will help someone.  And that makes it worth sharing!!!  


So, when GOD tells you to share something with someone, you do it in FAITH, believing that GOD will use your words to help that person. 


ALWAYS BE OBEDIENT!!!  ALWAYS DO WHAT THE FATHER TELLS YOU TO DO!!!


We ALL need to be lead by our Heavenly Father. If we depend on HIM, HE will work everything out for us!!! 


GOD takes the things that have been our weaknesses, and HE turns them into our strengths.  GOD takes our abilities, and HE uses them for HIS purpose, and for our good!!!


GOD has taken my love of talking, and HE has called me to preach HIS WORD!!!  God uses our natural abilities to minister to others. 


I never understood why I had such a concern for hurting people and why I always felt the need to help them. 


Then I found out that this concern comes from GOD and that it is part of my calling.  It is part of what GOD has given me and it is a concern that I need because of what GOD has called me to do. 


GOD equips those that HE CALLS!!! 


Hebrews 13:20-21 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

21 May this God of peace prepare you to do every good thing he wants. May he work in us through Jesus Christ to do what is pleasing to him. Glory belongs to Jesus Christ forever. Amen.


GOD gives you everything you need, to do what HE has CALLED you to do!!!  


Hebrews 13:20-21 (CEB)

20  May the God of peace, who brought back the great
    shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Jesus, from the dead
    by the blood of the eternal covenant,

21  equip you with every good thing to do his will, by
    developing in us what pleases him through Jesus
    Christ.  To him be the glory forever and always.
    Amen.


 




Thursday, June 16, 2016

OUR WORDS CAN HURT OTHERS!!!



When I was younger, I could talk a blue streak!!! 


And while I still love to talk, I can say that most of the time, nowadays, I am more careful about what I say. 


The best advice that I can give to anyone, is to pray before you speak!!! 


Pray and ask GOD what you should say, before you talk to anyone, even your friends!!! 


We should know by now that
OUR WORDS CAN HURT OTHERS!!! 


GOD warns us about our tongue in James.


James 3:5-8 (KJV)

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.



Even when we mean well, and even if we have the best of intentions and we are trying to help someone out, OUR WORDS CAN HURT OTHER PEOPLE!!! 


So, before we speak, we should always ask, GOD, SHOULD I SAY THIS?


Psalm 141:3 (AMP) Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips [to keep me from speaking thoughtlessly].


Just because a thought comes into my head, doesn’t mean it needs to come out of my mouth!!! 


Psalm 141:3 (NCV) Lord, help me control my tongue; help me be careful about what I say.


GOD TOLD ME THAT IT JUST ISN’T NECESSARY TO SAY SOME THINGS!!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Did You Know That Jesus Had The Holy Ghost?




How do we know this?

 

John foretold of the coming of the Christ.  HE told those that came to him to be baptized that one was coming who would baptize them with THE HOLY GHOST and FIRE!!!



Matthew 3:11 (NKJV)

11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.


Jesus went to John to be baptized.  And after HE was baptized, the HOLY GHOST descended upon HIM!!!


Matthew 3:13-17 (AMP)

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan [River], to be baptized by him.

14 But John tried to prevent Him [vigorously protesting], saying, “It is I who need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?”

15 But Jesus replied to him, “Permit it just now; for this is the fitting way for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John permitted [it and baptized] Him.

16 After Jesus was baptized, He came up immediately out of the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he (John) saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him (Jesus),

17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased and delighted!”




Luke gives a very similar account of this event.



Luke 3:21-22 (KJV)

21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,

22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.



 
Before this time, the Holy Ghost would come upon person, and when GOD had finished using that person The Spirit would leave or lift up off of them!!!


However, the HOLY GHOST never left JESUS!!!


John 1:32-34 (NKJV)

32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.

33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’

34 And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”

 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

At Your Name (Yahweh Yahweh)




This song needs no introduction.  It needs no explanation!!!


It is simply one of the most beautiful praise songs ever!!!  To listen to this beautiful song, click on the title of this post.


Thank you, Phil Wickham.


And thank
YOU, LORD for allowing us to lift up YOUR Name in PRAISE!!!

 

“At Your Name (Yahweh, Yahweh)” by Phil Wickham


At Your name
The mountains shake and crumble
At Your name
The oceans roar and tumble

At Your name
Angels will bow
The earth will rejoice
Your people cry out
 
Lord of all the earth
We shout Your name, shout Your name
Filling up the skies
With endless praise, endless praise

Yahweh, Yahweh
We love to shout Your name, oh Lord

At Your name
The morning breaks in glory
At Your name
Creation sings Your story

At Your name
Angels will bow
The earth will rejoice
Your people cry out

Lord of all the earth
We shout Your name, shout Your name
Filling up the skies
With endless praise, endless praise

Yahweh, Yahweh
We love to shout Your name, oh Lord

There is no one like our God
We will praise You, praise You
There is no one like our God
We will sing, we will sing

There is no one like our God
We will praise You, praise You
There is no one like our God
We will sing, we will sing

There is no one like our God
We will praise You, praise You
Jesus, You are GOD
We will sing…

Lord of all the earth
We shout Your name, shout Your name
Filling up the skies
With endless praise, endless praise

Yahweh, Yahweh
We love to shout Your name

Lord of all the earth
We shout Your name, shout Your name
Filling up the skies
With endless praise, endless praise

Yahweh, Yahweh
We love to shout Your name, oh Lord

Oh, Lord...
Yahweh, Yahweh
We love to shout Your name, oh Lord

Monday, June 13, 2016

BE OF GOOD COURAGE!!!



Psalm 31:24 (NKJV)
24 Be of good courage,

And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord.


GOD always uses HIS WORD to encourage me!!!  HE gives me the strength to go on every day!!!  My hope is indeed in HIM!!!


Psalm 27:14 (NKJV)
14 Wait on the Lord;

Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!


I know that I ONLY have to wait on HIM!!!  HE WILL SEE ME THROUGH every situation and every circumstance!!!  I just have to have enough courage to WAIT UPON THE LORD!!!  And because HE strengthens me, I can!!!


Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.



Because I have waited, because I have rested in HIM, I am renewed!!!  Because I trust in HIM, I have PEACE  -  PEACE THAT PASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING!!! 


HE IS MY STRENGTH, HE IS MY REFUGE, HE IS MY FORTRESS, HE IS MY HIGH TOWER!!!


Isaiah 25:9 (NKJV)

And it will be said in that day:
“Behold, this is our God; We have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; We have waited for Him; We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”


And there is a day soon coming in which ALL who are called by HIS NAME will rejoice for they know that HE IS THEIR SALVATION!!!  HE IS THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY WHO WAS, WHO IS, AND WHO HAS COME!!!   


And in that day, we will know that OUR WAIT IS OVER because THE LORD OF LORDS, and THE KING OF KINGS, THE ONE TRUE AND LIVING GOD HAS COME!!!  THE EVERLASTING GOD HAS FINALLY COME FOR THOSE HE CALLS HIS OWN!!!


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Let’s talk about Proverbs 18:24.



Proverbs 18:24 (KJV) A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.


I’ve heard the last part of that scripture quoted all my life!!!!  And I’m sure that you have, too!!!   


“…there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (NKJV)  


This is so true!!!  Almost everyone, has that one friend who is always there for them!!!



But what about the first part of this verse?


Proverbs 18:24 (KJV) A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly.


Well, that should be common sense, but some folks just don’t seem to get it.  They aren’t friendly, and then they say something like,
“I just don’t understand why folks don’t like me.”  Or, “How come everyone likes you?”  “You’ve got lots of friends, but I don’t have any friends.” 


It’s hard to know exactly what to say to folks, unless GOD gives you specific words for them. 


That’s when it is best to give them THE WORD!!!  We can tell folks,
“THE WORD says, Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.”  Luke 31:6 Amplified Bible


When I was studying,
I found out that there was more than one interpretation for the first part of Proverbs 18:24.


So, let’s look at this scripture in both the ESV and the Amplified.    


Proverbs 18:24 (ESV) A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.


Proverbs 18:24 (AMP) The man of too many friends [chosen indiscriminately] will be broken in pieces and come to ruin, But there is a [true, loving] friend who [is reliable and] sticks closer than a brother.

 

I think the best way to explain the first part of this verse, would be to say it this way.  Be friendly and considerate of others, but be careful and choose your friends wisely. 


Amos 3:3 (KJV) Can two walk together, except they be agreed?



We should NOT ONLY want our friends to be like minded with us, but we should want them to be Christ-minded!!!


I want to walk with those who are seeking GOD’s perfect will for their lives and for every circumstance and situation!!!