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Monday, August 25, 2014

Welcome - Week of August 25, 2014 True Stories Party


Tell Me a True Story
 
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I though you might enjoy these few words by R.T. Kendall as they really spoke to me.
 Little Foxes
Deal With the Foxes in Your Life  By R.T. Kendall 

Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom. —Song of Solomon 2:15

When these things are present in my life, I have discovered that God's special presence is absent:

* Self-pity. Feeling sorry for myself always seems right at first, but I should never give in to it if I cherish the presence of the Dove.

* Self-righteousness. This is the identical twin of self-pity. I reflect on my obedience and imagine that God is giving me a little pat on the back.

* Defensiveness. This is not merely being "touchy"; it is the natural instinct to resist any criticisms. It is the opposite of turning the other cheek (Matt. 5:39).

* Seeking a compliment. "Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips" (Prov. 27:2).

* Listening to gossip.  I am not sure which is worse—telling another "the latest" or listening to it. It is hard not to listen, especially if it is delicious, bad news about someone I find threatening.

* Talking too much. "When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise" (Prov. 10:19). John Wesley often said that for every hour we spend talking, we should spend two hours in prayer!

* Rushing. Getting in a hurry almost always moves me ahead of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not in a hurry.

* Pointing the finger. "Do not judge, or you too will be judged" (Matt. 7:1). Pointing the finger in judgment invariably includes keeping a record of wrongs—which the Bible advises us not to do (1 Cor. 13:5). Doing so will result in the departure of the Spirit's special presence.

When I come to terms honestly with the absence of God's special presence, I am more likely to be in a position to find Him.  
Excerpted from The Sensitivity of the Spirit (Charisma House, 2002).
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Welcome - Week of August 18, 2014 True Stories Party


Time for a True Story

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Enjoy these few words by Pastor Jeff Jones
 

 
LIVE  A  CAREFREE  LIFE

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God: and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7, NKJV

Did you know that it's possible, and even biblical, to live a carefree life...a life devoid of worry and anxiety, a life of absolute peace and joy in every situation you face. It is possible, but only by faith. You have to believe these two verses, and put them into practice, and that's where faith comes in.


The Amplified Bible translates that verse this way: "Do not fret or have anxiety about anything….” 
God wouldn't tell us not to worry or fret unless it was possible. First He tells us it's possible, and then He gives us the four things necessary to live this carefree life. 
 
Do you see them? They are right there in the verse—prayer, supplication, thanksgiving, and requests. 
 
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Welcome - Week of August 11, 2014 True Stories Party


TELL  ME  A  TRUE  STORY

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Scriptural Meditation
(Excerpt from Gloria Coleman’s book
“Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation"
 
What Is Scripture Meditation? The Bible tells us in Psalm 1: 2-3 that the person who delights in God’s Word and meditates on that word day and night will be ever green all year round and whatever that person does will prosper.

You may be asking the question I asked for years – What is scriptural meditation?

One of the Hebrew words used in the bible for meditate is “hagah” and it means to murmur (in pleasure or anger); to ponder, mutter, roar, speak, study, talk, utter. Scripture meditation therefore is when you speak God’s Word to yourself over and over again, think on it, pray it and mutter it.

Allow God’s Word to fill your heart and mind. Think on the scripture you have chosen to meditate on and ponder it in your heart. Soon the Holy Spirit will bring you revelation on that Word and make that Word effectual in your life.

As you continue to meditate, faith will rise up in your heart because you will keep on hearing (yourself murmur) the Word. Suddenly the Word will become life to you and health to all your flesh.
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Monday, August 4, 2014

Welcome - Week of August 04, 2014 True Stories Party


Lady Reading a True Story to Her Hubby

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 Sharing with you a few words by Rod Parsley
"Shielded With Favor"
 
For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield. —Psalm 5:12

Our own righteousness is as filthy rags. Right standing with God comes only through the blood of Christ and has nothing to do with our works; it is nothing we can earn. We are made the righteousness of God, and we will never be more righteous than we are right now.

Being in right standing with God, positions us for blessing.  His promises are "yes" and amen" to those who believe.  His desire is for every believer to walk in those promises (2 Corinthians 1:20).

Because God wants to bless you, He will give you supernatural favor with all men. He will even cause your enemies to bless you.

Because God rejoices as you come into His presence, you are wrapped in His blessing and favor—an impenetrable covering and shield of His loving grace and mercy.

God, release Your favor upon my life.
Cover me with Your blessing as I go out
and come in. Thank you, Jesus, for being
my righteousness. Amen
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Welcome - Week of July 28, 2014 True Stories Party


 

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Here in California according to the media we are still experiencing a water shortage.  After prayer last week and speaking to the clouds and rocks, God sent us a reminder “shower” that He is still hearing us, but we need a lot more water how ever it comes.

In the Bible, The Children of Israel at times had a water shortage. You might enjoy these short words by Rod Parsley

Dig a Ditch

And the prophet said, thus says the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches. For thus says the Lord, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts. —2 Kings 3:16-17

The armies of Israel were dying of thirst when they received the prophet's words. God instructed them, through His prophet, to do something first in the natural:

Dig a ditch! It's too late to dig a ditch after the rains come. Get prepared. Stay ready. Be armed.

When God says to act, don't delay. Do exactly what He commands.

The man with the withered arm wasn't healed until he stretched forth his arm. Farmers don't expect a harvest until they sow seed. God will not send your increase until you have prepared to receive it. What will you do today to prepare to receive what God has for you?

God has something He wants to give you—so prepare for increase. If you want to make room for Him in your life, you have to dig a ditch.

Jesus, I want to receive all you have for me.
I am digging a ditch, preparing a place for all You have for me.
I am ready, Lord.
 Send Your living water. Amen.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Welcome - Week of July 21, 2014 True Stories Party


Let Me Read You a True Story !!
 
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FAITH IN THE BLOOD

Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.

Have faith in God, but also have faith in what He has done. Calvary was proof of God's righteousness, not only for your yesterday, but also for your today and your tomorrow.

God never said because you believe in Jesus you are automatically declared righteous. He gave us the basis for forgiveness of sin and the basis on which He could declare sinners to become righteous - - faith in the shed blood of Jesus.

Jesus is the foundation on which our faith stands. His sinless blood blotted out your sins forever; but for that blood to be effective in your life, you must have faith to believe.

Faith in the atoning blood of Jesus means protection and provision in our daily walk. Plead the blood of Jesus over your mind, your body, your work, and your walk with Him. Apply the blood to the doorposts of your life, your family, your church, your work, and your friends.

Lord Jesus, thank You for shedding Your blood to atone for my sins.
 I apply the blood to every relationship in my life for
Your protecting, cleansing, healing, and saving power.  Amen.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Welcome - Week of July 14, 2014 True Stories Party


I Love a True Story
 
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The Power of the Holy Spirit
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit. —Luke 4:14

This is a very interesting verse because it shows us that it was the Holy Spirit that enabled Jesus to do all that He did.

Similarly Luke 5:17 says, "One day as he was teaching, the Pharisees and teachers of the law ... were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal them." It was the power of the Holy Spirit that enabled Him. This is a hint to all of us.
Our difficulty is that we want to hold on to our own gift. I have observed time and again some very talented people not being used because they wanted the praise of men. I have noticed ministers who had a marvelous gift but who were so afraid that it would not be recognized that their pride destroyed them. It could happen to any of us.
But with Jesus, He actually said, "The Son can do nothing by Himself." That meant that the Holy Spirit vindicated Jesus. Do you want the Holy Spirit to use you? Then let the Spirit do it.
Jesus received His joy from the Holy Spirit. This is the reason He was able to handle rejection. This is why He could cope with the way people talked about Him. He did not take it personally; He knew it was their problem, because His joy was from the Spirit. Finally, on the Day of Pentecost, when the Spirit came down, Jesus was vindicated again.
This could happen because the essential function of the work of the Spirit is to point men to Christ. Therefore, after Peter said, "God has made this Jesus ... both Lord and Christ," great conviction swept over the crowd and they began to cry, "What shall we do?" Three thousand were converted, and all because of the Spirit's power.
Excerpted from Meekness and Majesty (Christian Focus Publications Ltd., 1992, 2000).
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