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From Strength to Strength (Psalm 84)

You and I are called to a holy pursuit: the pursuit of friendship with God. Our goal? The closest possible relationship we can have with the Lord, even on this side of eternity. This is the center from which our lives and His Kingdom flow.

The Lord alone satisfies. As wants for success, love, and contentment surface in your life, keep this truth in mind. This truth is key to our pursuit of Jesus.

When we know worldly pursuits will never satisfy, we will more readily refuse to seek other things to meet our God-given longings. We will resolve within ourselves to stay steady on a pilgrimage of pursuit after God’s heart.

Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
Psalm 84:5 (NKJV)

At times the yearning within your heart may make itself known with impatience and neediness as you say no to worldly ways, fleshly lust, and selfish pride. But simply remind your soul: Jesus is worth every self denial. He is worth the weeping, the aching, the waiting.

Keep going and don’t give up. Keep saying “yes” to this pilgrimage day by day, even through the failures and temptations. Get back up again and reset your face upon Jesus. Continue reading

Hurts and Wounds Within: Hidden Poison

Hurts and wounds lodged within can poison us not only emotionally but physically and in other ways. Hurts within us can also poison those around us.

Hurts and wounds occur when we are wronged, when things don’t play out as we had hoped, or when we are misunderstood. Someone spreads a rumor or speaks negatively about us, we feel pressured to be something, we are mistreated or offended… There are many scenarios. Hurt affects us all at some point or another.

Do you realize that even after the hurt is over and we think we have moved on, that emotional pain can continue to poison us and those around us? Hurts not properly dealt with can poison us with lies and wrong beliefs. They can alter our perception of life, reality, ourselves, the Church, and even God. Continue reading

Come to Me and Have Your Sins Wiped Away

On this first day of 2016, I was hearing this from the Lord’s heart for someone:

“I see your sins as far as the east is from the west. No more will they be if you will but come to Me for forgiveness and receive My love and mercy.

“I have made provision for you through My Son Jesus, and I want to view you only through the eyes of His sacrifice which paid the price, but you must receive of Me the forgiveness I have extended. You must come to Me and receive of the life I have to give. You just need to turn from living your own way and come lean on Me, for My ways for you are far better and full of much love and joy and peace.

“Start this new year by being made new by the One who made you. And for love I have made you, so come love on Me and let Me love on you. I am longing for you…”

“As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12 NKJV)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV)

Our Last Breath: Destiny & Love

What will happen to you when you take your last breath? Have you ever wondered?

This question must be asked of yourself and you must know whether you can live with the true answer.

Will you wish you’d done things differently, everything in your life and destiny? Will you find out who God made you to be was completely different than the person you became, that the person you lived as was actually the devil’s destiny for you and not God’s? Will you find you had all your life believed a lie and discover you will now suffer eternally for that wrong choice?

We were made for great purpose: To be loved by God and to love in return. God, Father of all of us, this One who longs for great destiny for us, wants abundant life for us. God’s heart is to extend mercy not sacrifice, desiring to protect us from the enemy’s destiny for us (suffering, death, bondage and addiction to ways of life and choices said to be okay by the world but ways that in reality will lead to pain, suffering and heartache in the end).

Your Last Breath: Destiny & Love
All will die once prior to their life in eternity. The deciding factor is whether we choose to believe that Jesus alone is our salvation and if we then made Him the Lord over our lives, seeking to live solely for Him and to love as He loves, fighting against temptation to evil and sin because of love for Him and others.

Choose life, choose true love, God’s love, not a worldly passion that is merely a mask for bondage to the devil, the very enemy of your souls who wants to destroy your life. Satan is not your friend and does not cares for you a bit. God alone cares most, He who gave His Son for our freedom from the wiles of the devil and from our sin nature.

I pray that Father God will open your eyes today even if you do not yet know Him as someone who loves you and wants the best for you more than anyone else. May you see that evil forces do exist in this world and want to do all they can to keep you from your true destiny.

God desires a far greater destiny for you than you could make happen. He has such plans for you and I ask that He give you dreams of those very plans and helps you fulfill them against any opposition that would try to prevent them. Jesus loves you. Ask Him to show you who He truly is and He surely will.

The Alabaster Box

She too was not esteemed by man. They saw her and they saw sin. They saw her and they said, “worthless.” They saw a past lived in wretchedness. They saw pointless, purposeless. Maybe you too have been perceived in this way before, or have even seen yourself in this way.

He saw treasure. He saw value greater than gold and worth more than silver. He saw purpose, purity, love. He saw one who desired to live for Him, to love only Him, to be only His. He saw one who loved and who loved much. He saw wholehearted devotion, selfless abandonment. He saw her heart.

She risked stoning by the Pharisees, the rejection of society. She pushed back thoughts of pain, death and accusation. Her heart desired after one thing. She wanted only to give Him the worship due Him, to pour out her love to Him. She relinquished concerns of what the religious and her society would say. She wanted only to give Him all her devotion, all her worship.

The Alabaster Box

He saw love. He saw pure beauty, true value. He treasured not merely her act of love and worship, but her heart for Him. Was she perfect? No. But it was no matter to Him, for He declared her lovely and worth it all.

And she poured out her worship at His feet. Valuable oil flowed from the vessel of alabaster. She gave her life’s inheritance, contained in that jar, all to anoint Jesus’ feet. She gave of her heart even more, the oil merely a symbol of the priceless gift of her love and worship. She chose the good part.

He saw more than a vessel of oil, more than an inheritance given. He saw her. He saw a heart surrendered, a life given to love Him. He saw not sin, not a blemished past, not a flawed woman to be scorned. He saw a woman highly esteemed by Heaven, one voluntarily giving her love to Him, the one for whom He gave His life.

He saw you. He saw His Bride.

* What do you see? *

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Scriptures: Luke 7:36-50; John 12:1-8; Psalm 27:4; Luke 10:38-42