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Monday, October 27, 2014

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Enjoy these words by Beth Jones
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EAT WELL AND LIVE -

Eat, Chew and Digest God's Word
 
"Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your name…." Jeremiah 15:16, NKJV

Living on the go? Eating strange meals at weird hours? Visiting the fast food joint a little too often? We all have seasons that seem to get us out of our desired routines and healthy habits.  I think we’ve all had the nights, where we work late and eat the "dinner of champions"— a piece of cheese, a box of raisins, a V-8 and a giant cappuccino. Anyone else?

But these little snack-like dinners remind me of how things can be spiritually at times. We get so busy doing things, even worthy things, that we forget to eat the Word!   We snack on a verse here and a verse there, but we get busy and end up treating God's Word like a fast-food operation. I know I have been guilty. On crazy days, we pull up to "the Lord's drive-up window" and ask Him to super-size a verse for us and off we go to our busy lives.

Thankfully, God is merciful and gracious and at times, He does accommodate us in this way. But, we all know for the long-haul, this is no way to eat!

We need a healthy, regular diet of God's Word…loaded with all the spiritual vitamins, nutrients and energy we can get for life and godliness. Today, I hope we are all encouraged and reminded to set aside the time we need to spend with the Lord—eating His Word.

Prayer: "Father, I thank You that Your Word is my bread, honey and milk and contains all the nutritional value I need to operate in life. Help me to manage my time in such a way that I sit down with You to eat regular, healthy meals from Your Word! In Jesus’ Name, Amen."
 
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Welcome - Week of October 20, 2014 True Stories Party


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"How To Position Yourself for Miracles"

Pastor Bill Johnson, Redding, CA
(Bethel church, Redding, California - Where Miracles occur.)

When the Holy Spirit equips you, it's so you can do the impossible.

Many times throughout the Bible, the Lord spoke to His servants saying He would be with them. Sometimes He even described it this way: "The Spirit of the Lord came upon them." I once made a list of every such encounter recorded in Scripture. I found an interesting truth: Whenever the Lord said He would be with someone, it meant he had just given them an impossible assignment.

 
God gave such a promise to Moses. It was connected to his assignment to lead Israel out of Egypt and out of the cruel control of Pharaoh into the Promised Land. A similar word was given to Joshua, the one who took over when Moses was not allowed into the Promised Land. Joshua was assigned to lead them into their inheritance, in spite of giants and other fearful enemies. The same promise was given to Gideon, who was then to deliver a weak and humiliated Israel from the powerfully oppressive hand of the Midianites. And again the same was given to the 11 remaining disciples in the Great Commission in Matthew 28. It was tied to their assignment to disciple nations. The implications of the promised presence are staggering.
God's presence requires something from us—
the invasion into the impossible.

Something is always expected from us when God is revealed to be with us. It is a grave mistake to think the Holy Spirit is among us simply to comfort or encourage. That is a given. He is also present to make possible the impossible task in front of us! Perhaps this is part of what the apostle Paul wanted us to see when he asked God to show us the hope of our calling (see Ephesians 1:18–19).
 
"For God Was With Him"

One of my favorite verses, one that has had the most impact on me, has to do with Jesus, the eternal Son of God:

"You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him." Acts 10:38

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Welcome - Week of October 13, 2014 True Stories Party


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God Is on Your Side by R.T. Kendall

God Has Your Back !!

 If the Lord had not been on our side when men attacked us ... they would have swallowed us alive .... Praise be to the Lord, who has not let us be torn by their teeth. —Psalm 124:2-3, 6


Do you know what it is like to have somebody physically attack you? The trauma is one that, humanly speaking, you don't overcome easily. Or perhaps you have been verbally attacked. You know the awful feeling when somebody points a finger of blame at you.

The Lord's people in this Psalm were the objects of anger. It is very frightening to be near someone who is angry. Perhaps you live in constant fear of a co-worker's temper or the angry outbursts of a loved one. You know how it feels to live in a situation from which you wish you could be delivered.

The truth is, your real enemy is the devil. The devil's work is to cloud your mind.

He can come as an angel of light; that means that he will work through someone who has the appearance of being very righteous, a person of integrity, a person who is believable. Or he may come as a roaring lion.

But we learn from verse 6 that God can step into the situation: "Praise be to the Lord, who has not let us be torn by their teeth."

Maybe you're saying, "I don't think God is on my side." Remember this: God is on the side of anybody who will openly identify with His Son, Jesus Christ. God has promised that everything that happens in the lives of believers will work together for their good.

You will know what it is like for the Lord to rescue you. Maybe you don't see God in it at the time, but that is the only real explanation. God mercifully stepped in.

Excerpted from Higher Ground (Christian Focus Publications Ltd., 1995).
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Monday, October 6, 2014

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Enjoy these words by Rod Parsley
Grow in God

My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you. —Galatians 4:19

Most Christians do not progress beyond their first experience with God: salvation. They are justified but not sanctified. They are baptized by water but not by His Spirit.

If God intended our relationship with Him to stop at salvation, then we'd get saved and He would immediately take us to heaven.

God's intent was for us to get saved, to be conformed to the image of His Beloved Son, and to become mature Christians walking in the Spirit.

Paul said that he travailed in the Spirit until Christ be truly formed in the believers he led to the Lord.

Have you had your desire for the things of God renewed lately?

Search yourself and ask some hard questions: Is my relationship with God the same as it was when I first got saved? Do I know Him better? Am I walking closer to Him? Have I received fresh revelation from His Word?

Set your sights higher in God. Don't allow yourself to become satisfied with where you are. Launch out into the deep. Be sanctified, set apart, and made holy by the Spirit of God. Go deeper than you ever imagined yourself going with God.

Jesus, I want to grow deeper in my relationship with you.
Show me what I need to release in order to grow closer to You.
 Baptize me with Your Spirit and Holy fire.  Amen.
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Welcome - Week of September 29, 2014 True Stories Party




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I thought you would enjoy these words by R.T. Kendall
Overcoming Self-Pity

Those I love have turned against me  ... I have escaped with only the skin of my teeth. Have pity on me, my friends, have pity, for the hand of God has struck me. —Job 19:19-21

Self-pity doesn't receive as much attention as some sins receive, and it doesn't cause the scandal that some sins cause.

For instance, everyone is interested to hear about a sexual sin because it causes such a scandal. But you can be overcome with self-pity, and it won't be as scandalous.

You may think that the devil only wants you to fall into sexual sin. Listen. The devil doesn't care how he gets hold of you, so if he can get hold of you by causing you to wallow in self-pity, he will do it.

How can we define self-pity? It is feeling sorry for oneself, and it is a self-justifying condition. It always seems right. The frightening thing about it is that sometimes we fail to recognize we are in this condition. Self-pity is acquired without any training or discipline. It is as natural to us as a pig wallowing in mire.  We seem to enjoy our own Pity Party.

The devil loves your self-pity, because once you start feeling sorry for yourself you will be no threat to him. He may leave you alone. He won't bring any other temptation into your life. He will say, "I've won with that person." He can now toy with you. If you stay in that condition, you are perilously close to self-destruction, and that's not just sin—that is gross, heinous sin. You are letting the archenemy of Jesus Christ have you where he wants you.

I will tell you where to begin to find your cure. You begin where Jesus ended His life on earth, at the cross. Until His last breath, He was being tempted to succumb to self-pity greater than any temptation you will ever know. Jesus couldn't even allow Himself a single instant of self-pity, because it is sin.

Jesus never sinned despite being tempted at all points as we are. He knows what you are feeling, and He understands. But you need to recognize what self-pity is and come to terms with the problem. You have to stop blaming others and admit that you have sinned before God.
Excerpted from All's Well That Ends Well (Authentic Media, 2005).
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Welcome - Week of September 22, 2014 True Stories Party



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DEEPEN YOUR INTIMACY IN GOD’S LOVE by Mike Bickle 

The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the simple-hearted; when I was in great need, he saved me. Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. —Psalm 116:5-7

It was the Lord's idea to be gracious to us, not our own. He longs to be gracious far more than we long for Him to be. But that grace must establish His relationship with us, not undermine it.

Therefore He will not release it in fullness until He hears the great heart cry of His people, signifying our readiness. Though He will release a certain administration of grace no matter what, He's looking forward to giving more than that introductory dimension of the kingdom of God. He convinces us of what is in His heart as we cry out to Him day after day.

We do not “Earn” anything by crying out. We cannot sing or shout and “Earn Power.“

Rather, the Lord's plan is that when we lift our voices to Him, our hearts become receptive and connected to Him.

When that happens, we enter a realm where God's blessing and grace actually establish and enhance intimacy with God instead of diminishing it.

The process of prayer has surprised, tenderized, and drawn us into intimacy with Him.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Lord, my heart cries out with a desire to experience the fullness of Your glory. Let me abide with You in the spiritual realm of blessing and grace and experience a deeper relationship with You.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Welcome - Week of September 15, 2014 True Stories Party


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Although Maria B. Woodworth-Etter was Ill, she ministered to others
Serving God Through Illness  by R.T. Kendall

As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you. —Galatians 4:13

I turn now to illness and the possibility of service. That means going to work and also doing something for God. After all, there are some people who are chronically ill and work forty hours a week.

Others have problems far more serious; some are bedridden, and others are housebound but can still cope. Obviously Paul, who had an eye problem, kept going since it was because of that reason that he came to the Galatians. God can cause your illness to coalesce with an event, situation, or place wherein you would think, I am actually glad I had that illness, otherwise this wouldn't have happened!

God may use you in His service because of an illness. He may turn you into one of the great intercessors of history. This, therefore, brings me to the subject of illness and spirituality.

We are back to that word intimacy. God wants your company; He loves your company. "Me? I can't preach. I can't play a guitar. I can't compose hymns. He wants me?" Yes. The most insignificant person whom no one has time for, God wants. If this chronic illness is not going to go away, why don't you just say, "Lord, show me what You want"?

Excerpted from The Thorn in the Flesh (Charisma House, 2004).
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