Thursday, December 21, 2017

December 21, 2017 - Complaints revealed...


Triumphant Victorious Reminders


Intrigued as I read John 3, it was as though I was introduced to a very influential man, a Pharisee, his name, Nicodemus. This man full of knowledge, knowing his roots going all the way back to the beginning. Then of course we see the "type and shadow" of the snake on a pole that Jesus references. 


We know from this recorded story in John 3 that Nicodemus is learned and he knows the story that Jesus draws an analogy from. As recorded in Numbers 21, it is the famous story of the Israelites who began growing impatient and voiced it amongst one another regarding their long journey. Even complaining about the manna God provided. Yet not only stopping there, but even saying how there was nothing to eat or drink and complaining of God's provision in manna with complaints of saying, "And we "had to" eat this horrible manna!" 

Can you imagine within moments GOD sending poisonous snakes among the people who complained? These poisonous snakes biting the people as they died. As they saw what was happening, they went to Moses and repented about their speaking against The Lord. So here is this amazing leader who could have complained about them, yet instead prayed for them. While praying GOD instructed Moses on the remedy of what to do. He provided a way by making a replica of a snake out of bronze and attached it to a pole then anyone who looked upon this relic - they would be healed. 

What?!? I thought, "Lord! How long did that take?" How many died before this could be all done and built? 

Jesus further explains to Nicodemus that just as that bronze snake on the pole had to be lifted up for people to look upon and be saved, so He must be lifted up so that anyone who believes in Him WILL BE saved. There He was referring to the Cross that He would be nailed to later. 

Here's the Triumphant Victorious Reminder today...

Complaining initiates terrorism in our lives - 
yet grateful hearts to this amazing 
God causes us to count our blessings 
versus discount them. 

Just think along the journey, God wants us to not just go our way that we "think" He wants us to go - but to truly focus on Him Who is The Journey, Who is The Path, Who is The Way...God is amazing and let us catch up to His story of His unfolding grace - He is for us and all those we are with in this life. 

For instance, if someone drives us crazy, to the point of stomach turning pain, we must see them as an assignment to pray for them. 

Keep this in mind..
They may have been sent from the enemy, but the enemy sent them to the wrong men and women, 
because he has no idea they just walked into a land mine of prayer warriors! 
And we are covering them in ways that even blown us away! 

I pray you are encouraged as I was this morning. Reminders of God's powerful love and our instrument and weapon of gratefulness leading to life!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Looking for a way in...


Triumphant Victorious Reminders



As Paul greeted in every letter, so I echo, "God's grace and peace be unto you in Jesus name". His supernatural power to empower us to rise above shame and sin along with making our crooked paths straight. That alone amazes me. 

As my husband reminded me this morning, just think, GOD is always looking for a way in - never a way out. His love wants to bleed into our relationships with family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc. to cause us to fight FOR one another in prayers of His Word and covering. 

As we look for a way IN to keep our relationships; some may have co-parts that don't and are looking for a way OUT. It is now my prayer for those to begin to look not for a way out; but press INTO HIM! It takes brave ones to look for a way in. 

Jesus is our greatest example. 

How do we not quit? 
How do we not allow weariness to make us want to give up? 
We focus on Jesus Who doesn't know quit - HE has wit to make us laugh with no fear of the future because HE is our future and HE has our future. 

HE has you, your future, your children and HE is your faith to faith. HE is your glory to glory. He is your perpetual increase. 

Today I am reminded that we are runners of faith that run with and to Jesus Who is our Finish - we are no longer runners that run from hard - we are equipped to do hard WITH HIM so when others watch you and marvel, it is so we can glorify HIM yet again. 

The Triumphant Victorious Reminder is simply this: Miracles take place in the midst of hard; never the easy.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Questions/Ponderings...

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
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If you told me who you were, would you be able to do so without describing what you do?
Think about that question.

Who are you really?
What is it about "you" that causes the earth to be wow'ed by your place in this world?
What is it about "you" that causes the earth to be wow'ed In this time?

Let me help you with those questions...this is who you really are...you are a child of the Most High God. He doesn't want to just be known as "Master" - HE now wants you to know HIM as "Father"/"Husband" (Hosea 2:14-15).

How about God? Would you be able to describe WHO HE is, for WHO HE IS?
Or would our assessment and description of GOD be a list made up of what HE has done or how HE has "performed"? Yikes. Just asking that to myself causes me to be quickened to our GOD, as there is no one like HIM...NO ONE!

Do you know that HE knows you?
Do you know that HE loves you?
Do you know that HE is ETERNALLY faithful to equip you with HIS grace so that you can share with others how much HE loves them?
Do we know HIM intimately?
Do we really know HIM?

These are questions I have been asking myself; ponderings causing another level of awakening of WHO GOD truly is and WHO HE truly is within me.
That TRUTH in and of itself is daunting, isn't it?
It leaves me awestruck to say the least.

Here's another question I ask myself, and now I ask you:
Is the focus of "the call" on your life wooing you away from The Heavenly Father? What?!! Yes! Believe it or not, if we are not careful and our focus is more on our call, then we could be led astray by what we "think" we need to do in our call.

Wow! To even ask that causes a paradigm shift of sorts.
Think about it, so many of us are focused on what we believe GOD has called us to, that we forget to continuously be mindful of The AUTHOR of our life; THE ONE WHO HAS CALLED US. When we are continuously mindful of Holy Spirit, HE will show us how to do what HE has called us to. Here's how...when we begin to become familiar with HIM, investing time with HIM in prayer, even our questions - ask HIM and watch Holy Spirit guide you through The Word of God. In this we will realize our purpose is simple, it's to be a minister of GOD's reconciliation. We will all display and convey that uniquely, but just as it says in 2 Corinthians 5:11-21, as Christ reconciled us back to The Father, so that is what we are to do for others.

This life is an intentional assignment in which we get to have intimacy with GOD to walk intentionally in every area because we have the freedom to do so in Christ. Crazy! Amazing!

The bottom line...we are sons and daughters of GOD...ministers of GOD'S reconciliation.

This is not to be haphazardly redundant, but to be intentionally redundant...Again, In HIM our calling is profoundly simple - to be ministers of GOD's reconciliation.

Here's the TRIUMPHANT VICTORIOUS REMINDER today:
We get to point others to the FATHER by how we treat ourselves and one another.

Friend, let me remind you - you have GOD's approval - and HIS PRE-approval of you, even before you began living for HIM is the very TRUTH that will cause us to want to go higher in HIM and help others to do the same.

"Christ died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know HIM now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to Himself through Christ. And GOD has given us this task of reconciling people to Him..." - 2 Corinthians 5 (Excerpt 2 Corinthians 5:15-18).
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