Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Personal Study...

These are the things I am going to try and commit to Biblical study:

-The importance of church

-What a wife should be

-How to be consistent in time with God

-Keeping a pure and sincere heart before God

-How to not go through the motions in this walk

-How other believers can help in this walk

-How other believers can hinder our walk

There are several others I am sure that will come up and hopefully I will share my findings with you all as God gives me to communicate through His Spirit.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

And the testing continues....

Lord have mercy!!!!

I'll get through it though...no sweat!

A little different...

OK...so today I am feeling a bit a unsettled. A little weird to say the least. I am feeling like I am being tested and that it is my responsibility to not allow the test to get the best of me. You see, the human mind can, at times, be a horrible place to live. It has the ability to devise plans and confuse and deceive all at the same time. It can be both evil and good all at the same time and will surely be the demise of he or she who dwells there long enough.

I would consider myself to be somewhat of a loner. I enjoy people and the company of people and I am rather friendly to say the least. But the truth is, I would prefer to be alone. So here is the dilemma...even though I prefer my solitude, at times, I feel lonely. I can be in a room full of people and feel like an outcast. Feel like I just fade to black. Is this the case? I don't believe so but my mind would sure have me to believe and I know in my heart of hearts that is not the case. I convince myself that I don't belong and I separate myself in emotion and in interaction. But I sure put on a good front.

You have to literally fight against the impulses and thoughts that arise. The only way to do that is by replacing those thoughts with true and positive meditations. Those mediations should come from the Word of God. For example, there may be times when we might feel that noone is for us but we have to remember that God's Word says if He is for us who can be against us? And if it seems that everything and everyone is against us His Word says that He is more than the whole world against us! Every time a negative thought begins to rear its head we must replace it FORCEFULLY with the WORD of GOD. If we entertain the thoughts they will consume us and eventually show themselves in our actions. What so ever a man thinketh in his heart so is he! Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

I have to take a moment to thank the Holy Spirit because as I type this my human spirit is lifted. I am reminded of His goodness and His grace. I BELIEVE without a shadow of a doubt that God has a plan for me and that this emotion or feeling or personal sentiments are only a test. I am so glad that I have not had the opportunity to discuss this with anyone as to add salt to the wound and perpetuate the thoughts even more. You know that we are quick to justify our feelings whether they be right or wrong.

As far as confiding in others, sometimes it is helpful but other times it is counter production.
And by all means, be completely honest with God. He is the only one who can take it and understand where you are coming from without making you feel like crap. He will correct you and rebuke you if need be but He will ALWAYS, I repeat ALWAYS restore you. People, no matter how Holy Ghost filled and godly they are, don't always have the ability to do that.

Ok...so that's all for now....

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Blessed Blissfulness

There comes several points in our lives when we find that it becomes difficult to get a hold on what is really happening to us on a personal level. Confusion sets in and we feel all frazzled concerning our current state and our future position. Fear and uncertainty become all too familiar to us and often times we embrace them as inhabitants of our home, as the normal operators of our lives.

There then comes a point in life when a decision has to be made. The time comes when you either totally and completely succumb to the confusion and fear which become torment or we make it up in our minds that our current situation is unacceptable and will NOT be a determining factor in our future.

We should seek to be joyful in the Lord because it is through His joy that we are given the strengyh to endure the trying times and overcome the confusion. We should seek to enter a placed of blissful rest in God knowing the He is the one who has the power to deliver us from all things that afflict us...oh but here is the key...WE MUST TRUST HIM!!!!! And if we trust Him WE MUST OBEY HIM!!! And not only that but consult with Him. Many times our confusion stems from a lack of direction and if we are not seeking the Father for that direction we become frustrated and joy and peace are hard to come by. Life becomes a blur and everyday things that should make sense have quickly become trivial matters engrained in our minds. OH BUT TO FIND THE JOY OF THE LORD!! To rest in his bliss.

If you look up the word bliss in the dictionary you will find one definition that says the ecstasy of salvation or spiritual joy!!!! PRAISE GOD....But let us go a little further....Ecstasy (not the pill) is the overpowering exaltation or emotion; an intense feeling! If we allow God's joy or bliss to overpower us then the world CANNOT overtake us. We have got to take a hold of the joy that God has promised us and be strong in the Lord and the power of His might and stand in Him with exceeding GREAT JOY!!!! We can get lost in HIs presence and in His life. Oh what blessed blissfulness we can experience when we focus on Jesus Christ when are minds are stayed on Him. If we seek Him in His fullness and not just for the things that WE want we will find that we can be more joyful and at peace with the Lord than we could have ever imagined. He is the Ultimate extreme gift giver, the maker of all things and Supreme ruler of all. His ways are right and His law is just.

Believe in Him and receive His salvation and be overtaken by His BLISS.....This blessed blissfulness.

For those of you that know Him I encourage you in this.

For those of you that do not know Him I invite you to get to know Him by first receiving His salvation! His salvation is made available to ALL that will believe in Him abd repent from their old way of living and adopt the new way in Christ. By first committing the heart to Jesus Christ and allowing the life to follow after the things that He teaches in His Word (which is the Bible).

I Love You All!

Blissfully Blessed*