Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I need you today...

Psalm 22:4-5

In you, our fathers, put their trust, they trusted you and you delivered them. They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed.

Psalm 22:22-24 (Message)

Here's the story I'll tell my friends when they come to worship, and punctuate it with Hallelujahs: Shout Hallelujah, you God-worshippers; give glory, you sons of Jacob; adore him, you daughters of Israel. He has never let you down, never looked the other way when you were being kicked around. He has never wandered off to do His own thing; he has been right there listening.

Something I wrote to God today; I call it something because I don't know what to call it.


"Oh God, I know you hear my plea
I shout to you Lord, Rescue me
Your heart must hurt as I hurt for my pain
Yet the excitement and joy I know you must gain
Looking into my future, seeing what you see,
How you will constantly provide for me
Much more than my heart can even believe

You are my shepherd in times of need
You are my rock that carries me
You are my strength when I am weak

So I will praise you with my life
Yes, I will praise you for I know you will provide

You see the big picture, the canvas of my story
In the eyes of a painter who paints for your glory
How you want to make my life the most beautiful work of art
All that is left, is for me to do my part

The rest lies in what I choose to do each day
Do I trust, surrender, and live my life to say
Lord, I am yours, help me to daily die
And not doubt or scream to you, "Why"

My heart seeks to praise you
Prostrate I pray
I cannot do this without you
I need you today."

Monday, January 21, 2008

SHONDO!!!

I got this message today from someone; I am not sure if they would want their name mentioned but this sincerely blessed my heart and I wanted to post it. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!



"But He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I

shall come forth as gold (Job 23:10). All the days of my appointed time will I wait,

till my change come (Job 14:14b). [So with that being said] Though

He slay me, yet will I trust in Him. (Job 13:15a)


I have a sneaky suspicion that once you let God know how you

feel, He will let you know how He feels and that is, Woman of God,

daughter, just trust me. I know what Im doing. If you can just endure a

little while longer, you will have the last laugh. Dont faint. Dont get

despondent along the way.


Yes, your heart hurts but I couldnt allow this door

to open because it was a smoke screen, it wouldve been what you wanted

and not what I wanted for you. It would have been an Ishmael (what the

flesh wanted) and not an Isaac (what is ordained in the Spirit). Hold on

woman of God. I havent forgotten about you. I know it seems like its

taking a long time but everything is going according to my divine plan and will

for your life. Youve got to trust me. Even when you dont understand it

or what Im doing, you must trust me. Can you do that for me? Can you trust

me with your life? Better yet do you trust me? Do you trust that I have

your best interest at heart? Do you trust that I can come through for you?

Do you> trust that I know what Im doing? Do you trust me to bring you out

of this trial? Do you trust me? Do you? I cant hear you?!!! Do you trust

me?


Then if you do, then let me handle this thing. Let me handle it! I know

what Im doing. Do you think I want to see you hurt? Do you think I like

watching you suffer through the afflictions? Do you think I like

watching you agonize over when your breakthrough is coming? What kind of Father

do you think I am? Believe me, I want to come to your rescue, although

its very tempting, but I cant because if I do, the blessing wont last;

you wont get all that Ive ordained for you. Youve gone through too much

emotional damage, youve cried too many tears, youve been through too

much these past few years for me to just let you settle for anything. Ive

got to let you endure until the end. I cant allow you to give in now.

Trust me,it will be worth it. But you have to trust me?


I know your heart aches. I know youre confused but daughter, the end is nigh; your

breakthrough is imminent. I wouldnt be a just God if I didnt allow you to

enter into the Promised Land after all this time in the wilderness. Trust me. I

need you to trust me. Trust me. Please trust me. I will not let you

down.I promise!!!!


People of God, my heart is soooooooo encouraged on this morning. I think

Ill repeat what Job said again but in my words. But He knows the

way that I shall take and when He gets through trying me in the fire, in the furnace of affliction, I shall come forth as pure gold. So because I know Im coming out, I will sit back and wait on my appointed time until

my change come. Though it feels like the Lord is slaying me, though it feels

like I am going through the furnace of affliction, though it feels

like I am experiencing disappointment after disappointment, though it feels

like my world is turned upside down and spinning out of control,

though I go through times of discouragement, YET will I trust Him. Why?

Because the steps of a good woman are ordered by the

Lord.


God knows what Hes doing in my life because Hes God! And cant

nobody be God like God! So since Hes God and He knows what Hes doing, I

might as well take the attitude of Job and wait on my change to come. He may

not come when I want Him, but believe me before its all said and done,

Hes going to come through just in time.


God and God alone has the final say. If you didnt know, you better ask somebody!!!! Glory to

God!!!!!


Shondo!!! And for those of you who dont know what that means, and for those who thought it was a

form no speaking in tongues, Shondo is actually Hebrew slang for God is

going to turn it around! Shondoooooooooooooooo!!!!!!

Hallelujah to Jesus! Shondo!!!!!!!!! Youve got to trust God! Woman of God, dont pass out and drop out of the race

because youve experienced a little turbulence, you better look at your

situation and shout Shondo!!!!


In fact, let me declare it in the atmosphere again. Shondo!!!!! Do it God!

So no matter what you are going through this morning, dont allow

what you see to get you in a funk, to get you depressed, confused,

despondent, or discouraged; when its all said and done, youve got to trust

God! Will you do that this morning? Will you trust the lover of your soul? Will you

trust the lifter of your head? Will you trust the way-maker? Will you

trust Him this morning? Good! Now that weve got that squared away,

lets let the enemy know one good time that 1) he will get no glory today, and 2)

God is getting ready to turn this thing around right in his face. Shondo!!!!!!!!!!!! Now do your thing, God! And

because we trust that youre going to do it. "



Wow!! Wasn't that awesome. Every time I read it I cry. The Lord is good!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Perseverance

Perseverance in James 1:2-8 does not mean at all what I thought it meant. In studying these scriptures for my Sunday School class I found out that perseverance is the ability given by God to stay or abide in faith and these verses say that you can only gain this ability by going through trials.

In this blog, I want to post two sets of verses. The first set is the verses from the New King James Version and the second is the version that I pieced together after studying the Hebrew/Greek meanings of the words in these scriptures and simply looking at definitions of words. Also, I have to say that a few pieces are from the McArthur study Bible (great Bible if you're looking for one!!)

James 1:2-8 (New King James Version)

New King James Version (NKJV)
Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.


Profiting from Trials


2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.



James 1:2-8

2Consider, count, evaluate it wholly joy, a sheer gift when you are attacked or enclosed completely into a trial or you meet a trial unexpectedly, or you fall into a test to find a your true nature and allegiance.

3knowing, being assured, and understanding that a test to find your true nature and allegiance brings out endurance, patience, and steadfastness or the ability to stay or abide in faith.

4But let patience have its perfect work, that you may become perfectly mature in your relationship with God, growing a deeper communication and a greater trust in Christ allowing Him to create qualities in you that produce a stable, godly, and righteous character so that you will lack nothing spiritually.

5If any of you does not know what to do or lacks wisdom or in other words lacks the ability to be joyous and submissive in the trials of life, let him/her ask of God, who gives liberally, without reluctance, without reproach or faultfinding (in other words not holding against you what you did or did not do for Him yesterday.) Ask and it shall be given to you.

6But let him/her ask in confident faith in the Sovereign God boldly believing without a second thought, for he that doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind, he is never able to be settled or have perfect peace.

7For let not that man suppose he will receive anything from God.

8This type of person is wavering in purpose or intent, unreliable to God, and uncertain in what they believe; this person is a hypocrite who occasionally believes in God but when trials come he fails to trust Him and therefore receives nothing from God.


I post this here because I feel it directly relates to my first blog in that this trial was a testing of my faith to see if I was a hypocrite who only believes in God when convienent. Isn't it neat how God brings you to scripture that directly applies to your situation. I love it!