REKINDLING MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH CHRIST

My Devotional, my Testimony 5.29
Remembering where I was when God came to rescue you

“Taste and see the Lord is good, blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him”
Psalm 34:8

Fact: No one accepts the Lord as their savior when things are good (At least according to human understanding). Actually, there couldn’t be greater distance between our selves and Him.

The fall Psalm 22:11 Do not be far from me because distress is near and there is no one to help…
I didn’t just partake of the forbidden fruit, no, I kept an orchard. Angry, and out of control, I engaged every debauchery. Between my alcohol abuse, looking to inflict pain on some unsuspecting stranger, to self-inflicted wounds, I was determined to numb myself of the pain I was feeling. As out turns out, one night I managed to fulfill one of my self-proclaimed prophecies. Then I remembered what a close friend of mine said earlier, “I hate to be on the receiving end when all that s%#t comes out!” That is when I realized how angry I really was, and decided that I didn’t want to be that person anymore.

The spirit of the Lord came calling Jeremiah 29:12-13 Then you will call upon me, and I will listen to you.13 and you will seek me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart
I still remember my prayer: God, Of you can hear me, give me a sign that you are real. I am hurting and I need you. Please keep me safe and protect me from harm. And I prayed the same prayer everyday. On Sundays, I would drive around looking for any church that displayed the symbol of the cross and invite myself in to hear the sermon, hoping to make a connection with God. As ot turns out, I grew more and more impatient because I couldn’t understand the messages and felt like God couldn’t hear me.

Allow me introduce myself:
Approximately 10 years ago, I was employed as a pest control technician. I was dispatched to perform an inspection at some church. I was greeted by a woman named Donna who was incharge of the upkeep and maintenance there. I couln’t put my finger on it, but there was something about her that instantly gave me a feeling of peace, of safe harbor that I’ve never felt in forever. During my inspection, we talked about the trivial things in life and touching on the subject of God. I did mention to Donna that I thought it ironic that I was presently searching for God and inspecting a church.
When I completed my inspection, we continued talking, only now I was sharing my deepest hurts and fears. Donna witnessed to me for what I thought was the best two hours ever. The flood gates opened and tears began to flow. Yes! I was standing right in the presence of God and His angel was right there with me. I know this was by design because shortly after accepting the Lord as my savior, Donna was called away to her next assignment.

Father God, Thank you for calling me by name and claiming me as your own. Thank you for coming to meet me where I was and brining me into the fold of your mercy and grace. I pray that my gunger to seek your face would never be quenched amd that you would continue to reveal yourself though your word. Walk with me and guide me this day, let me be a pleasing aroma to you. In Jesus’ precious and moghty name, Amenphoto (4)

Series WHEN GOD GOES SILENT

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Do not be far from Me
Because distress is near
And there is no one to help

Psalm 22:11 HCSB

Consider this:

If the spirit of God never leaves you, then why do we go searching for Him? G. Cooke

The urge to venture off on our own is attributed to “Unrepented Sin” in our lives. (Genesis 4:6-7) 6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you furious? And why do you look despondent? 7 If you do what is right, won’t you be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”

Although we’ve been pardoned of our sins, we remain in contention with its consequences. In our weakness, we will always battle with our carnal cravings and depravity. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from faith and pierced themselves with many pins (1 Timothy 6:10). In his last missionary visit, Paul leaves Timothy (Preacher) in Ephesus with specific instructions to warn church leaders against the to guard themselves and the church against the residue false teachings and diluting the Gospel message. This was a huge problem because unrepented sin kept recurring.
1 Timothy 4:1
1 Now the spirit explicitly says that in the later times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to the teachings of demons, through hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared.

So what?

Bring your sins before the throne and plead your case before God. Be brutally honest about your desire to change because He knows your heart (Psalm 51:17) The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. God, you will not despise a broken spirit and humbled heart.
Don the Whole Armor of God:
Pray for courage and protection, ”Always,” as you go out to face your giants
Revelation 12:11

11 They conquered him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony,
for they did not love their lives
in the face of death.

Prayer
Father God, I come before you bearing the weight of my sins. Forgive me for holding on to them and creating distance between Your Holy Spirit and myself. I am weak and in desperate need to leave these at your feet and exchange them for your spirit overflowing. Lead me, guide me, and protect me as I do Your will that U may have victory in You. This I pray in the precious and mighty name of your son Jesus Christ,
Amen

TURN YOUR EYES UPON JESUS

Ecclesiates 1:8-10 HCSB

8 All things are wearisome
man is unable to speak
The eye is not satisfied by seeing
Or the ear filled by hearing
9 What has been is what will be,
and what has been done is
what will be done;
There is nothing new under the sun.

 
10 Can anyone say about anything,
“Look, this is new”?
It has already existed in the ages before us


Qoheleth Heb :”Assembly Leader”, “Public Speaker”; believed to be the author’s self designation.

Hevel HEHvel Heb.: Vapor, breath, fleeting re. Human thought
The book of Ecclesiastes was written to force believers to take a serious look at and think about our “Standing” in Christ; Where we are in relation to God.The writings of this book was not intended to be sugar coated, but rather present the face value of our faith.

Consider this:

(1:2-3) 2 “Absolute futility,” says the teacher.
“Absolute futility. Everything is futile.”
3 What does a man gain from his efforts
that he labors at under the sun?
A generation goes and a generation comes,
But the earth remains forever
These things we think about, our success, status, and accomplishments are temporal; they’re all but fleeting. So why do we give so much thought to and put so much credence into such things that do not lead to our salvation? No amount of works can make us any more acceptable.

We are all sinners and have and fallen short of the glory of God ( ). No matter how knowledgeable and wise we believe ourselves to be, we will never be able to change our fundamental human condition (Ephesians 6:8-9) no matter how knowledgeable and wise we believe ourselves to be. *No amount of works can make us any more acceptable.

(1:9-10) God is so much more vast than human reasoning and understanding: There are no words in that can adequately describe creation. When we try to wrap our heads around it, we are actually dumbfounded His splendor. This does not mean to deny theology, works of art, architecture, they are all important. It does mean these are variations of what already was created.Breakthrough2

HERE AND NOW

 

Matthew 24:6 You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed because these things must take place, but the end is not yet 7 for nation will rise up against nation and kingdom against kingdom there will be famines and earthquakes in various places 8 All these events are the beginning of birth pains.

The consensus of the day is that “We are certainly in the End Times.” The signs of prophecy are clear and are validated by current world events. The Bridegroom is near and coming to claim His bride though no one knows the day nor the hour; There is no time for wandering or trying to figure things out Be not far from me because distress is near and there is no one to help (Psalm 11:11) We need to be getting our houses in order, and tending to our affairs “ Look. I am coming like a thief. The one who is alert and remains clothed so that he may not go naked and people see his shame is saved (Revelations 16:15)

So now, our only focus should be on housekeeping and preparation 2 and saying, ”Repent, because the kingdom of God has come near (Matthew 3:2)

Make haste, no one will be forgotten, all will be judged! 13 Then the sea gave up it’s dead, and death and Hades gave up their dead, all were judged according to their works.14 Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death15 and anyone not found written in the book of life was thrown onto the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:13-15)

The faithful will find favor 28 but when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. (Luke 21:28)

So, here we are at the crossroads where prophecy and promise intersect. The thought of being left behind has brought everything to the forefront; things we should’ve been paying attention to instead of wandering around, wasting precious time standing right in front of us. This is our wake up calls to take stock of faith and start shedding the excess weight (of sin). Whatever it is that is convicting our hearts right now, should be the only thing that matters. Staring it down, and bringing it into submission is the first step toward our inheritance.scrollofremembrance1

WHEN GOD GOES SILENT

Psalms 28:1 HCSB
Lord, I call to You; my rock, do not be deaf to me. If You remain silent to me, I will be like those going down to the Pit.
When we come before the throne, do we really know that God is actually there to receive our call? It starts with the cultivating a genuine heart of worship; dialing into the same frequency of the Lord. John 4:24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. He knows us better than we know ourselves
1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, ”Do not look at his appearance or his stature because I rejected him. Man does not see what the Lord sees, for a man sees what is visible, but the Lord sees the heart.”

It is believing without question that He is absolute and supreme in our lives

Ascribe to Yahweh the glory of His name;
Bring an offering and come before Him
Worship the Lord In the splendor of His holiness
1 Chronicles 16:29

PRAYER
Father God,
Hear my call, My Lord, my rock; for you are the bedrock in which I place my faith. Listen to my prayer, Lord and don’t abandon me back from where I cameBreakthrough2

Is the Bible enough?

25 And there are also many writings that Jesus did which, if they were written one by one, I suppose not even the world itself could contain the books that would be written

John 21:25 (Holman Christian Study Bible) HCSB
The Bible is not “A Book” It is a “Volume” of books, 66 books to be exact, that are string together in One common thread.. Original manuscripts included thousand upon thousand pages and more thanspectacles books. Though all books weren’t bound into the Bible we know today, Paul was careful to include writings about Jesus Christ; especially the miracles. 16 All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in  so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Was it enough? In our lifetime, we would never read and understand every piece of manuscript ever written. We do know the Bible contains what we have to know about our salvation, and the power of the God Head.  We will find that God cannot be contained within the 66 books. Amos 5:8 The One who made the Pleiades and Orion, who turns darkness into dawn, and darkens day into night, who summons the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the earth-Yahweh is His name

Matthew confirms that the Lord, Our God is much bigger
29 Jesus answered them, ”You are deceived, because you don’t know the scriptures or the power of God. (Matthew 22:29)

Prayer:

Father God, Thank you for this message about your greatness, and power. I stand in awe of your name for you are much greater than we give you credit for. Open the eyes of our heart, O Lord, that I may see you in your glory and splendor that I may be used as a great witness to you. In Jesus’ mighty and precious name, Amen.

Series EXTREME RENOVATION

 

The “Right tools”
39 You pore over the scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, yet they testify about me. John 15:39
Any skilled workman knows the value of maintaining his tools, well oiled and sharpened, because of the frustration associated with being in the middle of a project and have this tool you need break. Apologia Gk. Meaning: Make a defense of our faith- And as we study and enumerate the scriptures together, the better equipped to make a defense for our faith because we have a well maintained tools that are designed for that specific task. Iron sharpens iron and one man sharpens another Proverbs 27:17

Maybe we can get by with using a similar tool, a butter knife instead of a screwdriver perhaps, one that kind of works? For obvious reasons, there is an inherent danger to yourself and others (Psalm 22:11) Do not be far from me because distress is near and there is no on to help The word of God is exactly that, His word. Truncating scripture, using them to fit our agenda and passing them off, as God’s word is an absolute hazard with disastrous consequences. 20 First of all, you should know this: 1 First of all, you should know this: No prophesy of scripture come from one’s interpretation. 21 because no prophesy ever came by the will of man; Instead, men spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit 1 Peter 1:20,21

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1 “Now, Israel, listen to the statutes and ordinances I am teaching you to follow, so that you may live, enter and take possession of the land of HandtoolsYahweh the God of your fathers, is giving you
2 You must not add anything to what I command you or take anything away from it, so tat you may keep the commands of the Lord you God I am giving you Deuteronomy 4:1,2