Friday, July 20, 2007
In Genesis, He is the Creator God.
In Exodus, He is the Redeemer.
In Leviticus, He is your sanctification.
In Numbers, He is your guide.
In Deuteronomy, He is your teacher.
In Joshua, He is the mighty conqueror.
In Judges, He gives victory over enemies.
In Ruth, He is your kinsman, your lover, your redeemer.
In 1 Samuel, he is the root of Jesse;In 2 Samuel, He is the Son of David.
In 1 Kings and 2 Kings, He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
In 1st and 2nd Chronicles, He is your intercessor and High Priest.
In Ezra, He is your temple, your house of worship.
In Nehemiah, He is your mighty wall, protecting you from your enemies.
In Esther, He stands in the gap to deliver you from your enemies.
In Job, He is the arbitrator who not only understands your struggles, but has the power to do something about them.
In Psalms, He is your song-and your reason to sing.
In Proverbs, He is your wisdom, helping you make sense of life and live it successfully.
In Ecclesiastes, He is your purpose, delivering you from vanity.
In the Song of Solomon, He is your lover, your Rose of Sharon.
In Isaiah, He is the mighty counselor, the prince of peace, the everlasting father, and more.
In short, He's everything you need.
In Jeremiah, He is your balm of Gilead, the soothing salve for your sin-sick soul.
In Lamentations, He is the ever-faithful one upon whom you can depend.
In Ezekiel, He is your wheel in the middle of a wheel - the one who assures that dry, dead bones will come alive again.
In Daniel, He is the ancient of days, the everlasting God who never runs out of time.
In Hosea, He is your faithful lover, always beckoning you to come back-even when you have abandoned Him.
In Joel, He is your refuge, keeping you safe in times of trouble.
In Amos, He is the husbandman, the one you can depend on to stay by your side.
In Obadiah, He is Lord of the Kingdom.
In Jonah, He is your salvation, bringing you back within His will.
In Micah, He is judge of the nation.
In Nahum, He is the jealous God.
In Habakkuk, He is the Holy One.
In Zephaniah, He is the witness.
In Haggai, He overthrows the enemies.
In Zechariah, He is Lord of Hosts.
In Malachi, He is the messenger God.
In Matthew, He is king of the Jews.
In Mark, He is the servant.
In Luke, He is the Son of Man, feeling what you feel.
In John, He is the Son of God.
In Acts, He is Savior of the world.
In Romans, He is the righteousness of God.
In I Corinthians, He is the rock that followed Israel.
In II Corinthians, He is the triumphant one, giving victory.
In Galatians, He is your liberty; He sets you free.
In Ephesians, He is head of the Church.
In Philippians, He is your joy.
In Colossians, He is your completeness.
In I Thessalonians, He is your hope.
In II Thessalonians, He is your patience and discipline.
In I Timothy, He is your faith.
In II Timothy, He is your stability.
In Titus, He is the truth.In Philemon, He is your benefactor.
In Hebrews, He is your perfection.
In James, He is the power behind your faith.
In I Peter, He is your example.
In II Peter, He is your purity.
In I John, He is your life.
In II John, He is your pattern.
In III John, He is your motivation.
In Jude, He is the foundation of your faith.
In the Revelation, He is your coming King.
From the beginning of the world to its end, there is no place you can look and not see Jesus.
He is everywhere. He is everything.
"He is before all things, and by Him all things consist."- Colossians 1:17
-- Author Unknown
Thursday, July 19, 2007
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Thursday, July 12, 2007
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
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Let the whole world glorify the Lord; let it sing His praise. Isaiah 42:12 NLT
Spiritual Stop Signs
~ Lanna Perry ~ January 28, 2007
I am placing a stop sign in many places and many paths. I am not placing these stop signs in these places to hinder or to crush plans.... I am placing these stop signs in many places because you My Church have become too busy. Many have become very busy doing My work and doing things in order to further My Kingdom, but have lost the notion of stopping and looking at the wonderous works that I have created. Stopping and looking at the wonders of Me.
My Church is now running. My Church is running from program to program seeking all that they can do for Me, which a lot of you have the right heart, but you have lost the treasure of being still before Me. You have lost the treasure of stopping and smelling My fragrance. You have lost the treasure of stopping and resting before My throne and gazing upon My Glory.
When is the last time that you have stopped before Me, and gazed at My Glory, My Church? When is the last time you have stopped before Me, and My presence has taken your breath away? Everything built on programs and built on man made ideas are going to crumble and fade, and they will not stand up against the winds of the tribulation that will come to this world. Things that are built on man made ideas and man made works are going to crumble in My presence.
I am asking you, My Church, to stop. Not to cease from doing My work, but to cease running, cease going after things not of Me. For many of you are going forth and doing My work without first gazing upon My beauty. If you continue to run on forward in ministry and do not prioritise your gazing at Me daily before you do all these things, all things not based on Me will crumble.
For many of you are feeling empty, and many of you are seeking Me for refreshment, guidance and strength. Do not lose the treasure of gazing upon My beauty. When one becomes so focused upon doing works for Me, they lose the true treasure of being with Me, and seeing the beauty of My holiness.
It is going to be MY people falling deeper in love with Me, and carrying deeper revelation of who I am, and My BEAUTY that is going to transform this world for My namesake. I am placing a sign in the spiritual realm, it reads "STOP".
Stop and be still and know that I am God.
Stop and gaze on My beauty.
Let NOT your hearts be full of ideas to further My Kingdom, before being enthralled by MY beauty and gazing upon My holiness.
* Special thanks to Mary ann for sharing.
Monday, July 09, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Called to Irrelevance
As a Christian in business my feet reside in two worlds. In one, the message I receive is to be overly confident and project a powerful image. In the world where my foot is planted joyously on a path of following Christ, I am told the opposite. Not only should I be humble, but I am to mold my heart to that of a servant, to fall on my knees with basin and towels and reverently wash the feet of my fellow human beings. What kind of business person is that?
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Tuesday, July 03, 2007
by Charles F. Stanley
What does it mean that Christ died to set you free? Do you ever feel like one of the least-free people in the world? Do you find yourself working to gain God’s acceptance, trapped by your own expectations of how religious you should be? All too often, believers feel compelled to serve God in order to earn His love and favor.
Often this is the result of a theological error they have been taught since childhood. “You better be good or else.” On other occasions it stems from growing up in a home where parental acceptance depended on their behavior. “Be a good girl, and daddy will love you.” This pattern of thinking can become so entrenched that adults will work themselves into the grave in an attempt to prove they were not a failure to their parents. I have met men who were driven by a desire to gain their father’s approval long after their father had passed away.
When this system of performance-based acceptance is transferred to out heavenly Father, the result is legalism. Legalism is an attitude. It is a system of thinking in which an individual attempts to gain God’s love and acceptance through good works or service. Some people sincerely believe their salvation is at stake. For others, it’s a vague feeling of divine disapproval of which they are trying to rid themselves. Either way, legalism always leads to the same dead end: a lack of joy, a critical spirit and an inability to be transparent.
Freedom from legalism comes through accepting the truth about our favored position in the family of God. Those who have put their trust in Christ have been adopted into His family (Romans 8:16-17).
There is no concept that speaks any clearer of God’s acceptance than this picture of adoption. Whereas a pregnancy can come as a surprise, adoption is always something that is premeditated and planned. While you and I were still without hope, God set the stage to adopt us into his family: “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). Your heavenly Father loved you unconditionally––before you did anything that could win His approval.
You’re probably so familiar with this concept of God loving you that you might have become a bit numb to it. Do you realize it means that God actually likes you? If He were to show up in bodily form, do you think He would seek you out? Would you be someone He would enjoy being around?
Isn’t it strange how much more comfortable we are with the concept of love than with the concept of like when it comes to God’s feelings towards us? Why do you think that’s true? Many believers have not come to grips with the real extent to which God has forgiven us. Consequently, we live with a subtle sense of condemnation. We say we are forgiven, but in our hearts we are never fully convinced that God isn’t still a little angry with us or a little disappointed in our service.
The truth is, the Cross dealt with every reason God had for being displeased with us. Our forgiveness is so complete that God is not only free to love us, He can like us as well. Think about this: “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). If you have placed your trust in Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, the Bible says you are positionally in Christ. And once you were placed into Christ, you were separated from the guilt that once brought divine condemnation. You are not condemned. Jesus was condemned on your behalf, and now you are free!
“But why don’t I feel forgiven?” you ask. “Why don’t I feel free? Why do I feel like I have to work to earn His favor and approval?” It’s probably because you have not made up your mind to take God at His Word. Instead, because of your upbringing, personality, or environment, you have learned to measure your worthiness based your performance.
To be free from feelings of condemnation, you must renew your mind with powerful truths from the Word of God. Because you received the Father’s mercy, no further effort is required on your part. Not only are you accepted as part of His family, but He has declared you “chosen,” “holy” and “God’s own possession” (1 Peter 2:8-10).
You can let go of your exhausting efforts to “be good” to win God’s approval. You can say good-bye to your martyr’s attitude about your service for the Lord. You can stop criticizing those who do not work with the same fervor as you.
When you are completely resting in the finished work of Christ, you don’t doubt your total acceptance by the Father. Jesus’ death and resurrection settled the question of your acceptability once and for all. It provided you with an eternal place in the family of God, and allows you to call the God of the universe your Father. Lay aside your prison of condemnation, legalism and performance. Take to heart the words of Christ: “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).
Adapted from “A Touch of His Freedom,” by Charles F. Stanley, 1991, pp. 31 and 35
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Monday, July 02, 2007
The estimated launch date is September 2007. Ten women of the Pink Collar Club have diligently worked towards the completion of this task. Each of these writers have blessed me in a way they'll never know. Their talent, their conviction, and their willingness to share leaves me so utterly proud to be in their company. I can't wait for you to get your hands on a copy of Mirror, Mirror...On The Wall. Details coming soon!