Here are a few of the things God has taught me over the past year, or in times past.
(Speaking to God) You CAN!! You can, and I will praise you! You can change hearts , turn weaknesses into strengths, accomplish the improbably.
“NOT BY POWER OR MIGHT, BUT BY MY SPIRIT!!” We want to see the power of the Spirit, and know that we couldn’t do these things by our power. We want Him to work things that are only His power!!
BELIEVE FOR THIS MOMENT
Feel the weight of God’s will descend about me like dew. Let it fall on my shoulders until I take up and share the burden of God’s will with him, His yoke. Pray and feel in prayer that I am moving along with His will, instead of constantly feeling that I am dragging a load into uncertainty in prayer. SEE HIS WILL LIKE THE DUST CLOUD FROM GOD’S ARMY AS IT ADVANCES, THE STORM FRONT OF HIS WILL AROUND ME. Focus on what GOD is doing, not the accomplishments of people.
TAKE A ROAD TRIP WITH GOD TODAY!
PRAY MORE – At least ½ -1 hr a day. God, if I give you this time, please work out all of the things that seem to demand my time.
When I am prayed up, that is when things work right.
PRAYER IS THE ONLY HOPE –God’s will is the only way the world will work & good things will happen. It is the only way for my family, my friends, our lives, our futures. Apart from Him we can do nothing.
I pray to not berate myself and burden myself that I must do so much and do it well. Instead, let me just PRAISE GOD with uninhibited joy.
Let me not lose heart, to “be negatively influenced with the outcome of experiencing inner weariness,” but HOPE, which gives me energy. If I believe something is going to happen, I have energy!
Jesus personally went into my slimy pit and paid the only price there was to get me out, paid my penalty. It is real. It is personal. The God of the universe really did this.
Choose to please HIM today, to make Jesus Lord, let him create my agenda. If I pat myself on the back at the end of the day, I will be pleasing myself, and I’ll never get rid of the many facets of pride.
KEEP MY INTERGRITY BEFORE GOD. It’s just me and Him, and I must feel I am right before him and be ready to answer for my choices at judgment day.
God knows how to put the pieces of my life together better than I do, to create the future I was created for. I have to give Him ALL the pieces, every single bit of my life and heart.
“Give thanks for every weakness, fault and imperfection you have. Accept it as a favor of God…Remember if God has chosen to shrink your swelling pride, he has made it that much easier to enter through the narrow way.” (Not sure who said this.)
WAKE UP EACH MORNING AND BE THANKFUL FOR ANOTHER DAY BEFORE GOD TAKES ME HOME. Why has he allowed me to live? I must seek to fulfill what he gave me the day for.
There’s a conduit between me and God through which God is constantly giving to me, Let me give back! Let me Love him throughout the day instead of focusing on doing.
LIFE IS A GRAND ADVENTURE! LET ME GO FORTH WITH JOY AND BOLDNESS! BE INDIANA JONES! There’s a way– BECAUSE GOD WORKS IN A GOD-SIZED WAY –Expect , anticipate, Him to do BIG things! “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be put to shame but as always Christ will be exalted/magnified.”
Every time I “get out of the boat” I make God bigger. AMAZE Him with my faith!
I HAVE TO GIVE THE SPIRIT SOMETHING TO WORK WITH!! DO things. Cast bread on the waters!!
LOVE IS A COMMITMENT, AND GOD IS COMMITTED TO US. RIGHTEOUSNESS IS FULFILLING THE DEMANDS OF A RELATIONSHIP . It is either built up or damaged according to how we meet these demands. God is righteous not because he obeys a moral code, but because he is FAITHFUL
Everyone thinks they are right all the time. They might have been wrong, but they changed those things and they are right again. I must fight to not think I am older and I am right all the time. That is why I need discipling and people in my life.
I must only seek God’s glory. Remember too, God didn’t send the gospel to the “sharp leaders”
I also need discipling because there is personal entropy – we tend to gravitate towards mediocrity,not setting and achieving goals.
The Spirit is actively CREATIVE. With it I purposefully swirl beautiful colors, shapes and designs across the canvas of God’s will. **Each opportunity is a chance to paint colors through this dark, dead world.
THE WHOLE GOAL IS TO BECOME GENUINE IN HEART, GENUINELY LOVE GOD AND ONLY SEEK HIS WILL, AND GENUINELY CARE FOR OTHERS. I CAN ONLY DO THIS WITH THE SPIRIT. “Purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good” “I will give them an undivided heart, my spirit, a heart of flesh.” (Steve Kinnard said “Be perfect” means “Be genuine.”)
But I can only do this as I truly understand God’s love for me.
One of the biggest impediments to the Spirit is the lack of gratitude and praise. Sin is also an impediment to the Spirit working, and my relationship with God, my wellbeing
“BUT AS FOR ME, I WILL ALWAYS HAVE HOPE. I WILL PRAISE YOU MORE AND MORE AGAIN” (Ps 71:14)
What do I SEE the Father doing? “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
The truth is that this world is all like wax that is melting away; a façade. God is the real solidity.
I am the salt of the earth. I show people what is real and lasting.
If I am restless it’s about me, if I’m restful it’s about God.
“Peace:” “Shalom” Complete, soundness, wholeness, safety, contentment, wellbeing (Being in sync). THAT is what it is all about to me – what I want to share with others, peace, beauty. He orchestrates
“Every secret breathing of pride, self seeking, self will, self confidence and self exaltation is just the strengthening of the self which cannot enter the kingdom or possess the things of the kingdom.” (I am not sure who said this either — I think Andrew Murray?)
I AM WILLING AND GOD IS ABLE – AND GOD/JESUS IS WILLING TOO!
Loving is speaking God’s language! Prayer is a language of love PRAYER IS LOVE WITH WINGS
At that place where I was so full of anger and hurt that I couldn’t think of something good, that place where I was full of melancholy and there was no way to feel better, at that place where sin was in taking me places I shouldn’t go, at the place where I didn’t want to be with anyone or give to anyone, at that place where I was so far from being worthy of saving, like a despicable criminal on death row, the slime of the earth, EVIL in heart, only selfish, and leading others to temptation, unfaithful, foolish, willfully selling my soul to Satan, that is where I NEEDED AND NEED A SAVIOR and Christ saved me. That is where his righteous faithful commitment to me extended. It was like he was rescuing a demon. I need his divinity. Romans 5 is exemplified. Time stopped, history changed at that moment he had to die for me
May I walk fast enough to keep up with optimism and the Spirit, and slow enough to love those along the way
MY HOPE IS IN GOD TODAY, THAT HE WILL REVEAL SOMETHING NEW TO ME, GIVE ME AN EXCITING INSIGHT, GUIDE ME THROUGH CHALLENGES, RESOLVE THE UNRESOLVABLE, MAKE PROGRESS IN A SITUATION, GRACE ME WITH MOMENTS OF PEACE, BESTOW HERE AND THERE A TREASURE OF A BLESSING.
I MUST TAKE TIME IN PRAYER EACH DAY TO BE QUIET AND LET GOD SPEAK TO ME
“You will fill me with joy in your presence.” I have to resonate w/God, not w/the anxieties around me.
TODAY IS THE DAY!!! It could be the day that I meet my new best friend, that someone’s life is changed forever