Showing posts from April, 2012

Pure Motives

A recent prayer of mine:

Oh God, I just want to be useful to You. To be used by You! A common everyday vessel? A vessel fit for honor?

"If you keep yourself pure  you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean  and you will be ready for the Master to use you  for every good work."   (2Timothy2:21)
It says in the Bible that God uses it (the Bible) to prepare and equip His people to do every good work.(2Timothy3:17)
God Blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. (Matthew5:8)
Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place? ONLY those whose hands and hearts are pure....... (Psalm 24:3-4)

And of course, as is God's way, I was tested yesterday to see just how serious I am about all of this pure motive useful to God stuff. Are they just some nice lofty holy sounding words? Or is it life and death? I Had the opportunity to sacrifice my liberty for sake of a sister and brother in the Lord yesterday.My hu…

I Want What You Have..........

Thinking lately...... about you.....about me....about God.......what's it all about? Does He really have a purpose for each of us?

I have been waiting on God to give me a topic to write about. I love to write, especially to you. Praying with a handful of believers on Tuesday morning I was impressed with a glimpse of the heart of God.  Forming words to this has been interesting. To tell you the truth, as I sit here to write, I don't quite remember what I am supposed to be writing about. But thankfully I have begun to carry a handy little notebook that fits in my back pocket, so that I can jot down God's precious words of encouragement to me. So, my notes go something like this....

God is biggerthrough the motionscomments, not me?, I want what you have, Thank you   for her joyno respecter of personswhere did this start?completesurrenderawaken to Godawaken our heartsawaken to our reason for living
Can you hear God through my little notebook? Probably not.That is our Awesome …

Stand Firm

Be strong in the Lord and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord  Psalm 31:24
This one has been a challenge to write. As I sit down to write, I wonder, am I experiencing spiritual warfare? Am I stepping on Satan's toes here? Am I making a stir in the enemy camp? Hmmmmm........
The sun has been brilliantly shining for weeks and yet I have been groping in a thick gray fog for the past few days. I am beginning to see the enemy of my soul at work here. The enemy of your soul. I have been encouraged by how God has been using me to encourage you. I'm pretty sure that Satan hasn't shared my recent enthusiasm. I am going to choose to stand firm. Will you stand with me?  The Bible says that God gives us grace to stand.  Greater is He that is within us, Jesus Christ, than he that is in the world! Stand Firm!

I spent some time with a couple of sisters in the Lord on Wednesday afternoon, and was reminded of a verse that God has used to see me through some tough times…

My Story: God Has a Plan: Part Two

Vividly, I remember, on my knees, alone, I bowed  my head, lifted my hands and repented. I surrendered. I accepted. I believed. Jesus! I tasted of the heavenly gift. And oh how refreshing and how sweet! My chains were loosed, I was set free! That joy. That freedom. That Love. Filled up and flowing over. So beautiful. So free!!!!

Where did it go? When did it leave? I don't remember saying goodbye. Suddenly I can't remember the joy, the freedom. How did I end up here?

One step at a time. One choice at a time. One attempt at a time, to make myself acceptable to God.  I started following Jesus with my mind. I began to put a lot of restrictions on myself.  And of course as we do this we start walking in judgement of everyone else that isn't.

Particulars?  Anything that is not specifically in the Bible would be an additional act of righteousness, not required by God. Not only is it not required, but it is a stench in His nostrils, repulsive to Him, filthy rags.
I sincerely be…