Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The Kingdom of God brings freedom, authority, and influence to both male and female. Religion and society often oppose this and cause limitations and sufferings. Human efforts occasionally rise up against injustice, but removed from God they are neither effective nor sustainable. God honoring and mutually submitted relationships of love and freedom work. Love, freedom, and obedience to God are a winning combination.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Jesus was gentle with sinners, which is all of us, bringing us toward Him through His amazing love. He was however fierce with religious leaders and the self righteous. Many have become closet pharisees that do not approach with love. Have we forgotten our own wounds, and healing needed or received? May we continue to flee from the pharisee within, and become grace filled healers to those in need.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Hope and faith are fulfilled in death, but love remains. Love eternal comes from God and returns to God. We will lose everything that life gave us except love. The love with which we lived our lives is the life of God in us. It is the indestructible core of our being. This love not only remains but bears fruit for generations to come. Let your hearts not be troubled, Love has come to stay, as we embrace Him.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
While seeking humility the Lord may put someone else in our place, and take away all our rights, while telling us, "wait for Me". He will put us through discipline. Letting go of our rights so Father can give us His rights is not an easy road. It can not be done in the flesh but is a mighty fruit of the Spirit within. You can remain in Him and reign for Him in the power of dwelling in humility.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Often times a death of a loved one can leave people devastated and permanently wounded. Words of love left unsaid, forgiveness never received or given, or wisdom never imparted. The power and testimony of God's grace can be far reaching when we can communicate love, forgiveness, and wisdom before we depart from this world. If we live this now, our lives can be a gift that carries power and a legacy for those who remain.
Friday, June 25, 2010
"Eyes that have not seen will see. Ears that have not heard, will hear My sound. My sound will resonate above the noise of confusion, and beyond the bankruptcy of religion. False centers have risen up and missed My center, which is Me. What they have created and called Me has stood in the way of who I am, and cannot contain I Am. My Kingdom ever expands, and My glory will fill every gap upon the earth.”
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Many people are looking for a visitation from God, when God is already here, and within us. What we need is a people who will submit their lives to Him and allow His Kingdom purposes to flow through them. As His people allow for His presence to come forth, atmosphere will change and miraculous encounters will be manifested. The habitation of God in us is more than enough to change the world for His glory.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Jesus said that in His Fathers house there are many rooms, and that He would prepare a place for us. Heaven is not our goal but our destiny. In the mean time we do not need to fear death, but embrace life with faith and the favor of God. Death has no sting, but much gain through Christ for eternity. Regarding the place prepared for us, Jesus says, "If it were not so, I would have told you."
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
In our journey with Christ we find fulfillment in our pursuit of His desires. We become empty of self in order to be filled by His life and purpose. We empty the cups of our lives completely to be able to receive the fullness of life from God. Jesus experienced on the cross, a moment of complete emptiness and complete fullness. May the cups of our lives be fulfilled through Him.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Are we drinking from the cup of Christ's life? His cup is the way and truth, and His river called Life flows into it. Are we lifting the cup to others so they may drink from His life in us? The cup is filled with joy, sorrows, and experiences, all encompassed in the life we are living. Fill your cups with His goodness, His joy, and His love, and watch your cup overflow into every good thing for His glory.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
A good father doesn't have to tell his children how to live. They learn by observing their father live and love them in godly ways. His actions speak much louder than words. A good father is a treasure that is able to impart the wealth of love, character, and freedom. He disciplines in love, shows the way, and faithfully releases his children to God the Father for the fulfillment of their destinies.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
There is a river of Wisdom within you! Often we think that we do not know enough to teach others. We become hesitant to share with others, out of fear that we are limited in what we know. This mind-set creates anxiety and self consciousness. When we have the courage to share generously with others, we soon discover that we know a lot more than we thought. Your well of wisdom and experience is deeper than you think.
Scarcity mentality must be replaced by an abundance mentality. An abundance mentality says: "There is enough for everyone; food, knowledge, love, everything." When we see the hungry, we feed them. We give wisdom to those needing it, and when we encounter people in need of love, we offer them love, friendship, and affection. Father provides abundance in more ways than we realize and He is a never ending supply.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
We see and experience God's love, God's goodness, and God's mercy through family, friends, and teachers. They all in some way were able to reveal God to us. But we also found that each of them could only give us glimpses of God. God's love, goodness, and beauty is greater than theirs. We may have been disappointed that they could not fulfill all we needed, until we found the One who is able to meet our every need.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
How you talk to yourself does matter. When you blow it are you condemning self by whispering, "you are such a loser", or are you saying, "Well that did not work, I must search for what does" Keep in mind that the Divine Coach is in you. He created you for goodness and good results. He will guide you to victory and victorious choices. Listen to Creator and Coach and He will not condemn but encourage the best in you.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Real community is collective beauty of unique God designed individuals. The image of God to the world is magnified as God empowered love is shared "As One" in Him. Looking closely at each stone in a mosaic you can appreciate the brilliant colors and shapes of each one, but stepping back and looking at them as a whole reveals a masterpiece. God's love and glory kiss each other in community.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Every friend is a unique gift to us. When we expect one friend to have all we need, we may never fully appreciate the areas of strength they bring to us. One friend may connect with us in an emotional or nurturing way while another may stimulate our minds. Some may stir up the spiritual gifts in us. Appreciating each others limited but amazing gifts reveal a beautiful tapestry of love and life giving friendships.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
We all need friends. The reality is, you cannot "make" friends, as they are a gift from God. As we trust in the Love of God, He responds by sending friends at times when we need them most. Friends cannot replace God, as they have limitations and their love is never faultless or complete. They are needed on our journey towards the unlimited and unconditional love of God. Let's be thankful for the friends God sends.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
The great mystery of life is that those who lose their lives will gain them. If we cling to relationships, we may lose them, but when we are non-possessive in relationships, friendships abound. Seeking fame does not produce a legacy, but if we give our lives to God and others, we will be remembered long after our death. Giving away our lives for others is the greatest of all pursuits. This will gain us our lives.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Writing can be a spiritual discipline to help us concentrate and be in touch with the deeper stirrings of our hearts. It can bring clarity to our minds, help process life experiences, or draw out artistic expression. These often become recorded steps in our journey. Quite often a painful, or frustrating day can be "redeemed" by writing about it. Writing can bring life to us and to others who might read what we write.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Strong leaders have nothing to hide and nothing to prove, with no care for reputation. They assess themselves often, and are constantly learning and growing. They are vulnerable and can express themselves. They serve the many, yet take time for the few. They live values and not just teach them. The greatest value that they live is love, and it shows in their love for each one, regardless of name, fame, or gain.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Each of us has a mission. We sometimes choose the how, where, and with whom, as if it does not matter. We act as if we were simply birthed into creation and decide how we want to live until we die. But God uniquely created each one of us for a purpose, Once we start living our lives with that conviction, we will soon know what we were sent to do, and receive the peace and joy of Spirit and purpose filled living.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
We spend a lot of time and energy asking questions. It is a sign of life to ponder questions like, what are we doing? Where are we going? What seems significant for today? Wisdom comes from asking the right questions and searching for the right answers. For many questions we may learn that we already have the answers, at least if we listen carefully to our own hearts, and what God may be showing us.
Monday, June 7, 2010
I do not need a fountain of youth. But I am thankful for the fountain of eternity which is God in me. Age does not matter in eternity, and age does not matter to those who are eternal. In Christ we have hope eternal, and no longer need to live in temporal reality. Let's make eternal differences now and get free from marginal mindsets and habits. What a glorious present and future we have as God's children.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Fear changes us and takes us from the confidence and power of unconditional love. God says "Fear not! My perfect love casts out fear, and I have come to make my home in you, forever." We are free to intimately relate with the Source of all life. Welcoming unconditional love gives us the ability to become unconditional lovers. Jesus came to convince us that God's love is a pure gift, unearned, and lasts forever.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
We must not prop up a ministry or person, but look at each one as Father does, as a child of God. Some children can build amazing Lego castles, and some throw Lego's all over the room and make a real mess, but a father loves the child with castle or mess. He loves us through it all, and wants us to love one another, be honest about the messes, but prayerfully walk with each other through them.
Everyone loves a shining star when they're on the top, but pay no mind to them when they start to drop. There is One that comes and picks up the fallen. When they rise in Him they no longer desire praises of men, but in pleasing God. As He brings favor upon them and opens doors for them, they will shine brightly for His glory. The Bright Morning Star becomes the only brilliance they need for the road ahead.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
When we see humanity as evil, we look for systems and governments to protect us, and can miss faith and God completely. We do not need outward intervention, we need inward revolution. We need to know that God has breathed life into us, and then we take that life and become revival for them. Good Government will not change the world, but relying on a good God brings change within and transformation abounding outward.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Preparation for the messenger of God originates in the fact that Father always has great intentions for you. The Lord decided and wrote down in advance what your ministry for Him would be. God set you apart and called you by His grace. All your days were ordained and written in His book before one of them came to be. Your life hidden in Christ is becoming revealed, as you open your life and heart to His instructions.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
The Lone Ranger is dead. Relationships of love, honor, and purpose are God's way of life. Synergistic relationships that serve each other, and the world around us is the the clarion call for today. Look for relationships with those who are not in it for self, and those that labor for excellence while having talents and abilities that we don’t have. Check all ego's at the door and let's build His Kingdom together.
Spiritual disciplines are not ways to eradicate all our desires but ways to order them so that they can serve one another, and together serve God. Our steps are ordered by the Lord and as we align ourselves to His ways, life works better and God is well pleased. On this memorial day, let's look back on those who have given their lives to serve others, and how we may choose to live in building tomorrow's legacy.