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He Died

Isaiah 53 The Message (MSG)

53 Who believes what we’ve heard and seen?
    Who would have thought God’s saving power would look like this?

(I would encourage you to read all of Isaiah 53)

 

 

 

 

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Ever notice how things with God can sometimes be backwards?  He gave death to bring life.  He sent His only Son Jesus to die so that we may live.  There are times when I just don’t understand the whole deal, yet I am ever grateful for this opportunity of life.  I am thankful for the life I have been given so that in turn I can give life to the death in other’s lives.  From the moment I knew that I was to be a writer for Jesus, my one desire is to mend the hearts of the broken.  As I myself have healed from many hurts and wounds I want others to be made whole in His presence.  His grace is what pulled me out and it is by that same grace I write.

 

We were given life so that we can bring the revelation of life to others.  Today my husband and I visited a regular customer of mine who had recently been hospitalized.  Her and her husband have been in my drive thru every morning for the past two years and I felt compelled to visit her.  I brought her both copies of my books and we sat and chatted for awhile.  Then we prayed over her.  She was ever so touched by the mere fact that we stopped to see her.  This is the impact God wants us to make on the world.  I can’t tell you what compelled me to visit this person I knew nothing about, yet I know it brought some life to her day.

 

It’s always the little things that matter the most when it comes to showing love to someone.  Take for instance when my hubby picks one single flower and places it in my hair it is much more special than a dozen roses.  When someone just simply smiles randomly as you pass by it is way more appealing than just rushing right on by.  When someone stops to pick up something you dropped when they could have just walked away means more than them just ignoring it.  Do see what I am trying to say?  It is the little things which matter the most and those are the things I like to partake in.

 

So where am I going with this when Jesus dying on a cross was such a huge act of love?  Because with one death, the world gained life and for those who choose Life in Christ, they will see so much more come to pass in their lives than the ones who deny His very existence.  In death we find life.  In darkness we have found Light.  When we find death in our situations we get the option of shinning the Light of Jesus on it and moving forward.  We have the opportunity then to speak life into other’s darkness.  This is who I was designed to be through my writing.  I am able to shine a light where maybe only darkness brooded.   

 

Can you be a Light to those around you?  What can you do to share Life?  Are you willing to allow Jesus to enter into your very own darkness?  Are you ready to let Him shine through you so that others can see just how much life they can have?  Everyday I strive to shine, some days it is not easy, yet it is by His grace I am able.  With His grace I can smile.  With His grace I can stop and help someone.  With His grace I can be a Light in such a darkened world.  If what I write changes one mindset today, God will have used me.  The key to all of it is…are you willing to be used?  Are you willing to let God bring life to your death?  Are you willing to be changed so God can use you to change others?  It’s tough at first I know but what joy comes when you see someone surface from darkness.  Are you somebody’s only Light to Life?

 

They Don’t Know

Jesus said, “For a brief time still, the light is among you. Walk by the light you have so darkness doesn’t destroy you. If you walk in darkness, you don’t know where you’re going. As you have the light, believe in the light. Then the light will be within you, and shining through your lives. You’ll be children of light.”
 
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Walk in the light. Walk in the light.  Walk in the light.
Sometimes I have to say this over and over again as the world throws one thing after another at me every day.  Work can be such a stretch of the patience sometimes.  The grocery store can be a breeding ground for the darkness of the world.  Driving can bring a rage we just don’t like to dwell in.  Relatives going in the wrong direction can just rub us like sandpaper.  The kids doing the wrong things. School just wearing us out.  Sigh!  Life. It just keeps rolling on by and we have a choice to react or respond to all the situations which pop up.
 
Jesus was delivered to this earth to bring Light to darkness.  If we accept Jesus to be our personal savior then we accept the Light and it becomes the avenue to leading others to Christ.  In every situation we have to choose to use the light to expose the darkness.  We need to be so focused on Jesus that His Light just becomes a constant flow in our lives.
 
Coming up soon Revival Warrior’s, a dance group the Lord had me start, will be performing for the first time.  As this group has changed and evolved many times in the last few weeks, I know God is at work in all of us and at different levels.  He is working on so many aspects of human life it is almost crazy.  Insecurities.  Shyness.  Leadership. Teamwork. Stage fright.  Fear of failing.  Fear of making too many mistakes.  Fear of imperfection.  Getting people out of their boxes.
 
All of these things will shape us more and more into what God desires for us.  As we yield to God and mesh as a dance team for Jesus, He will remove the imperfections and the impurities we may have in our hearts.  When we come to performance day if we just focus on Jesus and Him alone, the whole dance will fall into place and the hearts of the people in the meeting will be touched by Jesus, not us.
 
 

Your Gift Opens a Door for Someone Else

1 Corinthians 1:7-9

Just think—you don’t need a thing, you’ve got it all! All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene for the Finale. And not only that, but God himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that.
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Sometimes we feel as if we have no purpose in life.  We can’t decide when we leave high school what we want to be for the rest of our lives.  There are times when we are just content to work our 9 to 5 jobs and just live day by day without anything changing.  Do you know that each of us has a gift?  We have all been given a special way in which to reach others and change lives?
Once we begin our lives as Christians we take up the cross of Jesus and begin to bear witness of the Gospel and its’ message.  We have been commissioned to share the Good News with everyone we meet and to love one another.  How come we find this so hard to do?  Because some of us have not opened our very own gift.  God loves us to such a degree that He gives us good gifts in which we can use to show others the light of Christ.  Remember we are the light in the darkness of this world.
This week we will dig into the gift and how we use and abuse it.  For me my gift is writing.  I have loved to write since I was in kindergarten and wrote my first poem.  I love stringing words together and now that I am older I am challenged with helping others see Christ through my writing.  I have two books written with a third on the way.  I blog as often as possible, yet I feel that sometimes it does not matter.  Am I doing enough?
The answer from God is yes. My gift is writing, not starting churches or traveling at this point.  The gift God has given to me is writing and He knows I love it.  I am not saying that someday my writing won’t lead me to start a church with my husband or travel the world but for now I need to open my gift and begin to use it.
So, what is your gift?  Have you even opened the box yet?  We are never to young or to old to receive from God.  I guarantee that God will move on His own timing but we have to be willing to at least open the gift.  We have to be willing to take the steps to develop our gift.  We need to come to the understanding that lives can be saved and we have been given a gift in which to do so.  So I challenge you to open your gift and begin to explore the possibilities God has set right before you!

Are You Plugged In?

(this was my women’s group devotion I shared)

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He is the Power

Where are you plugged in?  Is it your local church?  The world?  Do you depend on His source of power or your own?  Are you using someone else’s power to get to God?

Psalm 62:11 Once God has spoken; twice I have heard this: that power belongs to God

Psalm 147:5  Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

I Corinthians 6:14  And God raised the Lord and will also raise up by His power

When we come to the realization that God is the only power source to this whole world, it makes it easier to want to get plugged in.  When we recognize His living power in our lives we begin to have this desire to follow everything towards the power source.  We are drawn to the truth of His power.  As our hearts turn towards Him, we begin to build up this desire to have that same power work in our lives.  We begin to see that the power of the world is actually powerless in our lives.  We soon see that He is the only way to life and living abundantly in this fallen world.

Accepting the Power

How strong is your power source?  Is your power from God or man?  Do you trust in the power source you are connected to?

2 Corinthians  13:14  For He was crucified in weakness; but lives by the power of God.  For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you (the Holy Spirit) we live with Him by the power of God.

I Corinthians 4:20 For the Kingdom of God is not in Word, but in power

2 Samuel 22:33  God is my strength and power; and He maketh my way perfect

Isaiah 40:29  He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might, He increases their strength

Once we find ourselves plugged into the main power source we can flow in peace.  We become a conductor of His power.  What a privilege to be a channel of His power and grace.  As our light  begins to shine with His power working through us we can begin to lead others to get connected. They will want to begin to want to tap into the same source of power because they see we walk in peace.  The more we bring to the power source of God, the brighter a light we can all shine for Jesus.

One warning I might give at this point is to not get extended into the main grid of God’s power. Don’t try to get to God by plugging into someone else’s walk. God has a walk already planned out for you and though He may use you in someone else’s ministry, He still desires for  you to be plugged in on your own separate line. I feel the purpose of this is to keep you focused on Him and not the person running a ministry.  God wants to feed us on a direct line so as not to begin a game of telephone so to speak.  He desires to speak directly to us so that we get all of what He is trying to say to us, not a watered down version of the message.

Staying plugged in

Are you over plugged?  Do you have too many connections?  Are there any short circuits in your connection?  Do you have a quick disconnect?  Is there an on and off switch or a steady stream of constant power?  Do you feel as though your light is not big enough?

Luke 10:19  Behold, I give unto you the power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Romans 13:1  Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.  For there is no power but God: the powers that be are ordained by God.

1 Corinthians 2:5  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

What causes us to disconnect from the main power source?  Sometimes we get distracted by other things.  We might start slacking on our daily devotions or maybe skip a worship service or two.  Then we feel as though we are not worthy to plug in and we might just allow others around us do all the glowing for Jesus.  Perhaps we feel like we are not doing our best to shine or that our light is not big enough or bright enough when in reality, we are all plugged into the same power source…yes I said the SAME power source.  No one is unequal in the Kingdom of God. God will use us as He already purposed for our lives even before we were born.  Each light is important and it contributes to the Kingdom as a whole.

I encourage each of us to stay plugged in.  Stay connected to the main power grid of God and not piggybacked off of someone else.  Be who you are in Christ and let your light shine.  Don’t get short circuited by trying to be plugged in all over the place.  Go where He says to go.  Listen to His still small voice and stay plugged in to Jesus.  Together we can be a lighthouse to a world of hurting and hopeless people.

Lost in Space

Psalm 107:4

Some wandered in the wilderness, lost and homeless.
Psalm 119:176

I have wandered away like a lost sheep; come and find me, for I have not forgotten your commands.
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Some of God’s people are so lost, yet they seem to have no understanding that they are actually lost.  It’s almost as if they are in a trance, lost in a space of time we cannot see.  Their lives are dictated by television and life’s circumstances rather than the love of God.
They seem to have no clue that they are really lost in this world of destruction.  They allow people to tell them where to go and how they should live rather than seeking God for all of the answers.  It seems as if they have lost all control of who they once were in Christ.
My heart cries for the lost.  The little lambs of God who have wandered away in drugs, alcohol, pornography, cutting, adultery, stealing and so many other sins whether done is public view or in secret.  It just brings me to tears when I see the destruction Satan has done in the hearts of God’s people.  People who once were filled with such joy are brought down so close to devastation that hope is just squeezed out of them.  There is not one ounce of hope left in some of them.  They are shrouded in a darkness with no hope of ever seeing light again.
I was once one of those lost sheep.  I was saved very early in life yet I let Satan have one piece of me at a time.  First it was smoking, then drinking followed by sleeping around in search of someone to love me.  Then I married without God even being there.  I spent years wondering how I even ended up in such a place void of life.  Where had the light gone? I used to be so happy.  My life was joyous and then suddenly it became so empty and routine.  I no longer enjoyed my days it was just one struggle after another.  Yes, I was one of those people lost in space, hopeless and lost in a void.
Thank God, Jesus was searching for me.  He pursued me even when I denied His presence.  He stood by me in every situation but the darkness surrounding me did not allow me to see Him.  I felt like I was just left behind to fend for myself since I was the one who chose this path.  Why would God even bother to come searching for me?  I was the one in the wrong, He did not push me away, I chose to walk a way.  I was responsible for they emptiness which now surrounded me, why should He be coming to find me?
Why?  Because He loved me enough to never give up hope.  He loved me enough to bring people into my life to love me right where I was, no judging.  He loved me enough to want something better for my life than what I had chosen.  As I stood there hopeless, I felt His presence one day as I called out into the darkness.  There was a loophole in Satan’s plan and the people of God broke through.  I was rescued and made whole again.  I was brought back to God’s family and filled with hope.  As my once shattered heart was placed back together, God in His grace gave me life again and for this I am forever grateful.
Now that I am back where I am suppose to be, I want to give this hope to others.  I want to help Jesus find the lost sheep and give them hope.  If by grace I was brought back into the light then I want to have the same grace God has for His people.  I want to give hope to the hopeless and allow God to breathe life into what once was dead.  I want to show people that grace is sufficient.  I want to inspire people to love again.  I want to show people how to keep the faith alive in their lives.  I want to be able to encourage people to never give up on God because He will never give up on them.

Center of Attention

Matthew 21:9

Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven!”
As we are in Easter week it has been tugging on my heart about what Jesus suffered for us and yet we often just set Him aside in our busy lives and fail to allow Him to be the center of attention.  Just before He was to be hung on the cross, Jesus was a hero.  He was the Healer.  He was the Celebrity.  What happened?  How did He go from the center of attention to the back burner?
It makes me sad to think I walked away from Him being the center of attention for ten years in my life. Sure, I knew He was there and when things were going wrong I would call out to Him, however, having a relationship with Him was not high on my priority list.  I cannot play the “if only” game this scene either because it was my choice to go down the path I did.  I chose to not have God as the center of my world.  I wanted to do it all on my own and once I had my life back together I would put Him back into place.
Now that I have placed Jesus smack dab in the center of my life, things are running so much  smoother.  Life has begun to make sense and the cool part is that Jesus can be seen in my life now.  When we choose to place Jesus in the center, balance is evident.  Life is seen.  Lives are changed.  Hope is renewed.  Not because of us as people but because we allow ourselves to be used as a vessel of His light and people take notice.
I encourage each of you this Easter season to examine yourself.  Where is Jesus in your life?  Do you have Him in the center or is He on the back burner? Do others know that Jesus is a huge part of your life?  Just some food for thought, wish someone would have posed those same questions to me before I decided to let go of His hand for ten years.  Well perhaps they did but I wasn’t listening.
Jesus longs to be the center of attention in your life.  He wants to be the light in your life.  He wants you to be able to draw all men onto Him so that none shall perish into the fiery pits of hell.  Will you let Him be the center of your life?