When David was facing threats from everywhere, what did he do? He put on the best clothing, best Trust, Faith and thoughts of how GOD never forsake him. He prepared himself to remember that not only had GOD CHOSEN him, but had he CHOSEN GOD. Then David INQUIRED OF THE LORD. Do we prepare ourselves to CHOSE GOD in every way? Go before the LORD in everything, with everything and you will ENCOURAGE YOURSELF IN THE LORD, even when everyone else leaves you.
Much is done, IN THE NAME OF GOD by many religions of the world. Remember this, "They will put you out of the synagogues...kill you thinking they are offering a service to GOD."(John 16:2). Do not be discouraged at the things that are happening to you. The MAJORITY CRUCIFIED JESUS, IN THE NAME OF GOD!
There's no place like home. We feel safe, secure and peaceful at home. It becomes our INVINCIBLE SANCTUARY. John 15:19, "you are not of the world..." In this place (home), the things of the world no longer attract us; our Heart's desire much more than what the mind can perceive. It is the infinite abiding place in our HEART. All "things" are gone; only Faith, Trust and the FULLNESS OF GOD complete us. HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS!
To know what cannot be known or to understand what cannot be understood...(Ephesians 3:19). How can we know beyond knowledge? How can we understand beyond understanding? It is the REVELATION (making known that which is beyond comprehension) of not only hearing, but experiencing, cleansing and purification of TRUTH. It is the experiencing the FULLNESS of LOVE. It is the FULLNESS of the INFINITE PRESENCE OF GOD. THE FULLNESS OF GOD, IS TO KNOW BEYOND KNOWLEDGE.
We cannot even imagine how GREAT GOD IS! We limit our expectations of GOD based upon our limited knowledge of HIM. What if each morning our prayer for the day was beyond our imagination; "LORD for YOUR name's sake lead me, and guide me", (Psalm 31:3)? For YOUR name's SAKE, in ALL of YOUR PERFECTION, Bless me by Glorifying YOURSELF! As THE GREAT SHEPHERD, YOU gently lead us into the green pastures of YOUR TRUTH, the still waters of YOUR LOVE; and even though these are places we have never been, we have NO FEAR! When we wake up each morning with a "to do list" and ask GOD to get us through it, we MISS THE JOY OF THE JOURNEY; we try to force our IMPERFECTIONS upon GOD to live the PRESENT IN THE PAST. Today "unleash" GOD'S POWER in our lives by Praying; LORD, guide me in YOUR PERFECTION AS YOU GLORIFY YOUR NAME! NOW, YOU HAVE ONLY ONE THING ON YOUR "TO DO LIST".
OH, gawd, Really? That's the Truth, I swear to gawd (for reverence I will not disrespect our LORD by using HIS Name)! Or being "cool" and making a "statement" of personal Pride during Church or Giving Thanks at the dinner table. My dad used to have a look that could pierce right through you as if to say, "You have no clue and I won't waste my time with your "Prideful Ignorance". But then again, "what did he know"? I was the "educated" one! My actions and speech reflected Rebellion not Reverence for anything, let alone GOD. If I didn't have reverence for GOD, how could I have respect for anyone else? This is probably what brought about "THE LOOK" from my dad. Isaiah 6:1-3, "...in the presence of the LORD...the seraphim covered his face..." Think about this; these seraphim are perfect, unfallen, powerful, angelic beings, and yet they show more reverence for GOD than we mortals! I am grieved that today, that we do not understand (including many of our Churches) what A HOLY GOD we worship. How can we Worship what we don't Revere and Respect? I am beginning to UNDERSTAND THAT LOOK.
There comes a time in our lives when the words, interpretations and explanations of the Bible JUST DON'T SATISFY US ANY MORE! This is not because we don't BELIEVE; it is because we want more than UNDERSTANDING, we need to KNOW from the DEPTHS OF GOD'S OWN HEART! Genesis 40:8, "We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it...Do not interpretations belong to GOD?" 2 Peter 1:20-21, "No prophecy in Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, because no prophecy ever originated through a human decision. Instead, men spoke from GOD as they were carried along by the HOLY SPIRIT." In the "Silence of our room" we are given Inspiration using THE SPIRIT'S words to explain Spiritual Truths. We are not using human ideas of wisdom which man taught us. Instead, we are using words which the SPIRIT teaches. We explain Spiritual things with Spiritual words. "All Scripture is given by INSPIRATION of GOD." Thus, passages and verses in the Bible are used to explain other passages and verses through GOD'S OWN INSPIRATION to you! By this we KNOW Spiritual Meanings of the Spiritual Words and Verses. They are not based on human wisdom and there is no contradiction, inconsistency or disagreement with GOD'S BIBLICAL TRUTH. When we become CONTRITE AND HUMBLED to the point nothing matters except KNOWING THE DEPTHS OF GOD'S OWN HEART, does the HOLY SPIRIT TEACH US, BEYOND WORDS, INTERPRETATIONS AND EXPLANATIONS.
Why do we continue to EXCUSE our "sin"? As long as we EXCUSE our sins, we will continue to repeat those sins over and over. We sin BECAUSE WE CHOOSE TO! Each second, minute, hour of every day we CHOOSE between evil and GOD. Our not denying our Pride, Desires, Passions and Fears because JESUS FORGIVES is disgusting and PRESUMES UPON THE GRACE OF GOD! Isaiah 64:6, "We have become like one who is unclean...our righteous deeds are polluted...our inequities take us away." Our Sinning has nothing to do with our weakness or misunderstanding; It has to do with our commitment to GOD and what we value MOST! Do we value GOD or SELF? IT'S WHAT WE CHOOSE!
Do you believe you are Blessed because you have a job, nice home, no serious challenges and you even have a few dollars? But JESUS said, "Blessed are the POOR IN SPIRIT, THOSE WHO MOURN, THOSE WHO ARE MEEK, HUNGER AND THIRST, MERCIFUL, PURE IN HEART, PEACEMAKERS and THOSE WHO ARE PERSECUTED FOR HIS SAKE (Matthew 5:3-11). Being BLESSED is being in the Heavenly Realms in the SPIRITUAL Favor of CHRIST; which is the permanent unshakable JOY, peace and contentment even in the face of adversity and peril. It is living in the constant awareness of GOD'S presence, with the SAME Spiritual FAVOR CHRIST ENJOYS! TODAY, BE BLESSED, AND EMBRACE IT!
Trying to recognize GOD'S voice with our minds is frustrating, maddening and exhausting! There are many who act as though HIS VOICE is like "seeing a flashing billboard"; or a "booming voice" being broadcast over "The Universal P.A. system"; or like the "Price is Right" announcer who says, "COME ON DOWN". GOD'S VOICE comes from a "forgotten" place; Inside Us. What we hear, is a "soft" voice that sounds Much like our own. We know it is GOD'S VOICE because it rises above the "noise and busyness" around us. Jeremiah 33:3, "Call to me and I will answer you...I will tell you great and hidden things..." You know it is GOD'S VOICE because you can smile again.
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