Got Zeal! Got Jesus!


Are you zealous with a salivating passion for Jesus the way one is for a Thanksgiving day after it is all prepared and served? Do you look forward with great expectation and excitement to see Jesus seated on His throne in glory as a child is eager to open the gifts under the Christmas Tree on Christmas morning? Are you waking up each day with this one thought: “What can I do for Jesus today? Who does He want to help today? A stranger or maybe even friend.

What is Thanksgiving and when did it start? What is Christmas? What does this all have to do with having Zeal and Jesus?

These are the questions swirling around and around in my mind like a merry-go-round at this present time. I am interested to know if any of my readers have these questions or is it just me. 

Thanksgiving is mentioned 54 times in the Amplified Bible to find how often it is mentioned in other translations you may go to Bible Gateway and use the key word search. It is interesting to note that the mention of thanksgiving varies in other translations. I am not sure why that is exactly. It would be interesting to know though.

Psalm 100:4 Amplified

Enter into His gates with a song of thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, bless and praise His name.

Are there differences between the definitions of thanksgiving,thankful, bless and praise? What do each of these terms mean to you in your own life? 

Now think about celebrating the National Observance of Thanksgiving here in America as a nation. What are some things or events over the past year that You can give thanks to the Lord Jesus for in this nation.

Think about Christmas. What does Christmas have to do with in our nation and does it reflect today or even your family?

Last year, during Christmas I especially became aware of what Christmas had become in my own life and that of America. The following song came to my mind. I believe it has a deeper meaning when I think about Christmas and Thanksgiving in this nation and it’s place in history. 

So, sing this song as a declaration and commitment to pursue Jesus as a priceless and treasured gift.

There is a worship song called, The Heart of Worship by Matt Redman

The Lyrics are as follows: 

When the music fades
All is stripped away
And I simply come
Longing just to bring
Something that’s of worth
That will bless your heart
I’ll bring you more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what you have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You’re looking into my heart

I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about you,
It’s all about you, Jesus
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
When it’s all about you,
It’s all about you, Jesus

King of endless worth
No one could express
How much you deserve
Though I’m weak and poor
All I have is yours
Every single breath
I’ll bring you more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what you have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You’re looking…

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Lift Him Up


Lift Him up!

Sing a song of celebration!

Jesus our champion we praise!

As the world all around us celebrates,

Evil and wickedness today;

Calling that which is evil good and that which is good evil.

We must come before His righteous throne.

Petitioning Him for mercy upon them,

Yet realizing that we who follow Jesus will be hated and persecuted.

Just as those who have gone on before us and who are in midst of it;

Even right now I ask the Lord to give His people the grace and fill us with compassion

Blessed is He who comes in the name of Jesus Christ!

 

Be Determined


Be determined to know the Lord who is the all-knowing, all-seeing and ever-present God.

There is a song I heard as a young christian and it was written by Dean and Mary Brown and it is called I am Determined to know You Lord and it can be found on http://www.youtube.com . The chorus focuses on knowing The Lord and His power in one’s life. One of the lines in this goes “to know the power of the empty tomb”, I have been thinking about this and wondered do I truly live my life in the power of the empty tomb? Do I walk in the resurrecting power of Christ in such a way that others marvel and say how wonderful HE is because of what the have seen me go through.

When Jesus called Lazarus out of the tomb and then Jesus commanded others to unbind him from the grave-clothes. What a picture of ministry we are to follow when one receives salvation then the Lord uses others in unbinding of the grave clothes which represent their old way of life. We are His hands and feet in this world.

So, be intentional to know the Lord as not only as the Savior, Father, friend and Husband for the women who are divorced, single or widowed. Be intentional by coming to Him with every need you have whether it is emotional healing or for physical needs or healing. He is there to meet every need. You may not sense that He is there with you in the midst of everything that you are currently going through but that is why I keep a prayer journal. There are times The Lord tells me go back and look through my entries or even go to this blog and read what He has answered and often times not in the ways that I wanted Him to answer me.

Be determined in knowing Him by setting aside sometime to get to know Him. I am a visual person and would often just take a chair and visualize the Lord siting in it and I would get on my knees and lay my head on this chair as though I lay it in His lap and pour out my tears. Then He would speak, ” I know and I hear you. Trust Me to guide you through it. I love you!”

 

Jesus is Enough


My world has come to a stop in a split second of a car crash that happened just a week ago today. I was hit as I made a left hand turn and as a result I was T-boned on the right hand side of the car. The air bags deployed and both passenger windows smashed and some of the glass fell behind me on my back and underneath me as well. I was quite shaken but Jesus is enough for me as I was processing the emotions of it all I began to thank Jesus that I left the accident with only bruises from the seat belt. There was no one else in the car as I had already taken my passenger home, Praise God.

Two days after the accident, I tripped and fell in my home. I did not get it looked at right away. I kept ice and ibuprofen on hand but it was not better so I took the advice of people I know and got it looked at on the third day after I had fallen. I broke my left little finger and have a follow-up appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. Jesus is enough for me.

Isaiah 53:5 Amplified

But He was wounded for our transgressions, he was crushed for our wickedness{our sin, our injustice and wrong doing} the punishment [required] for our well-being fell on Him and by His stripes we are healed.

Jesus is enough for me. He could choose to heal instantaneously and sometimes He does but more often I find that Jesus the Lord and healer desires for me to draw closer to Him in order that I might depend on Him. The Lord gave people a brain and with it curiosity and creativity to develop the medications and medical treatments that we have today along with technology. Yes, THE LORD is the great physician and we should seek Him for healing but being on medicine or get medical treatment does not negate ones faith in Jesus as Healer. Jesus used the example of a mustard seed which is the smallest of all seeds but I want to suggest to you that even the smallest atomic particles is enough faith Him to move mountains.

If you glean nothing else than the following from reading this posting:

Know that Jesus is enough for you. He is the Lord Almighty and at His name the demons flee. Rejoice in the Lord for He sees you as someone who has great value and just because He Loves you and no one could ever replace you in this earth. He has given each of you a calling or ministry. Seek Him and learn what He wants you to do with gifts He has given you. In all things give thanks.

Proverbs 3:5-6


In all things, I have to come to trust the Lord. As it is written, ” Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge HIM and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6″

When I say in all things, I mean all things.

In heart breaking situation I have faced or will face I have two options to choose from.

Choice # 1

Run and cower in fear. As I am, allowing the situation to run the gamut of emotions in my heart while my mind listens to lies of the enemy while rehearsing the situations the way I see  or the enemy wants me to see it in my mind.

Choice #2

Trust the LORD. Easy to say but hard to put into practice at times, I must admit. I have written before that the LORD did not come to make me safe but to make me brave. I have learned with each and every day that The LORD is in control of my life and He is the one I need to turn to not a stuffed animal or a pillow for comfort and healing.

If anyone who reads this and is facing a situation whether it be managing the care of a loved one, in an abusive/domestic relationship, about to go through a divorce or in the midst of one and in need of comfort. Go first and foremost to the Lord Jesus Christ and seek HIS comfort and direction in sharing what needs to be shared whether it is just one person or if more than that one needs to be involved. Pour out your heart of pain out to Him like a bucket of mop water for by doing so you’ll be released from the emotions of it at least for a time until the LORD wants you to focus on dealing with the issue that is causing you the pain.

Personal Reflection

I recently got a divorce after being married for 14 years and then separated for an additional two years. I will not write about what happened only the LORD and those that know me personally know will know the reason for it all. What I will write is to not only encourage you but myself. Allow the tears to flow, Read Total Forgiveness by RT Kendall, share with one and only one person what you are going through especially if it is in regards to a relationship and sin. Remember as I have others remind me to take everything to the LORD. Trust in the Lord with all things though you may find yourself in tears a lot as you remember pain ; ask the LORD to show where He is and was during it and allow HIM TO LOVE YOU as you choose to forgive and receive the Forgiveness of the LORD for your sins.

Another thing I will say is this:

I have been a christian for 30 years and while I am only 39 years old, I have never seen or been abandoned by the LORD. MY walk with the LORD has grown with each and every adversity I’ve faced. The things I have been through, the LORD did not want to happen and yet HE allowed them as He stayed by my side, in front and behind me. As I have cried so did HE and he catches every tear so, considered yourself blessed with these adversities for by going through them with JESUS by your side you demonstrate to world that the GOD is true to HIS word.

Dream after Dream


Dream after dream,

My God keeps reminding me.

He loves me!

More than words He could say,

He has shown me with each passing day.

He is my ROCK!

He is my REFUGE!

He is my KNIGHT in shining armor!

Who protects, comforts and strengthens me!

I praise YOU,  my GOD!

I worship YOU, my GOD!

I love YOU, my GOD!

For you are my GOD!

Who heals, restores and renews my soul!

So, that I could bring glory to your name through all I do!

Praise and Prayer


Let there be praise.

Let the people of God rejoice, for God is Here.

God’s presence is in the earth today.

Let the people of Jesus the Messiah who is Christ our KING, Rejoice.

For the LORD hears and answers the prayers of HIS people.

Sing and make known the wonders of the Lord that are in your midst.

Be still before the LORD and listen to what HE says to you the people of the LORD.

His glory and renown will be known and every idol will be cast down.

“Peace be still, The LORD says to HIS people. Why all this hysteria over a storm when the people are in rebellion… spending and hording up more than they will need.. When I am the one who provides for them. I, Jesus, am the LORD and I will provide for and sustain you through the storm. While hurricanes etc are powerful works of My hand, I urge you all to stop and reflect on WHO I AM. I am greater than the strongest hurricane and the strongest tornado you have ever seen in your lifetime. I hear the ones that have petitioned Me have mercy with the storm Florence and I am turning it but it will have its full affect for I desire to bring this rebellious people to their knees in repentance and return to Following ME as the LORD alone. I will have my way in this people and in the earth today. For I have spoken.”