Friday, May 19, 2017

Not Suggestions

Morning Glory...

Jesus gave commands.
Very bold commands.
Commands that stops a person in their tracks.
Commands that demanded a response.

Now that response could be the rejection of His commands.
But, even in that rejection, the person KNEW that they had made it on their own.  Jesus left it up to them.

What does that say to you and I?
Well, we need to HEAR His commands to give a proper response.

1. "FORGIVE EVERYBODY OF ALL THEIR OFFENSES AGAINST YOU."
            (Forgive, and be forgiven.)
        2. "YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN."
        3. "ABIDE IN ME, AND LET ME ABIDE IN YOU."
        4. "LET PEOPLE SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS." (Do not hide your light
            under a basket.)
        5. "END DISPUTES QUICKLY."
        6. "WHATEVER CAUSES YOU TO SIN, GET RID OF IT."
        7. "DO NOT SWEAR OATHS AT ALL."
        8. "DO NOT RETURN OFFENSE FOR OFFENSE." (Turn the other cheek.)
        9. "GIVE WHAT PEOPLE ASK OF YOU, AND GIVE MORE THAN IS REQUIRED."
            (Go the extra mile.)
       10. "LOVE YOUR ENEMIES AND THOSE WHO WORK AGAINST YOU."
       11. "GIVE TO THE POOR TO PLEASE GOD, NOT TO GAIN APPROVAL
            FROM OTHER PEOPLE."
       12. "PRAY PRIVATELY AND SIMPLY, NOT TO IMPRESS OTHER PEOPLE."
       13. "MAKE YOUR PRAYERS BE LIKE THE LORD'S PRAYER."
       14. "WHEN YOU FAST, DO IT SECRETLY, NOT FOR SHOW."
       15. "STORE UP YOUR TREASURES IN HEAVEN, NOT ON EARTH."
       16. "DO NOT WORRY ABOUT YOUR MATERIAL NEEDS."
       17. "DO NOT WORRY ABOUT THE FUTURE."
       18. "MAKE GOD YOUR HIGHEST PRIORITY, AND HE WILL TAKE CARE OF
            ALL YOUR NEEDS."
       19. "DO NOT JUDGE OTHER PEOPLE." (Judge not, lest ye be judged.)
       20. "DO NOT GIVE HOLY THINGS TO DOGS OR CAST YOUR PEARLS
            BEFORE SWINE."
       21. "ASK GOD FOR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO HAVE." (Seek, and ye shall
            find.)
       22. "FEED THE HUNGRY, CLOTHE THE NAKED, SHELTER THE HOMELESS,
            COMFORT THOSE IN DISTRESS."
       23. "FOLLOW THE NARROW PATH TO LIFE." (Enter by the narrow gate.)
       24. "BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS."
       25. "EXERCISE POWER OVER UNCLEAN SPIRITS."
       26. "LOVE LITTLE CHILDREN, DO NOT DESPISE THEM."
       27. "DO NOT TAKE THE TITLES 'MASTER' OR 'FATHER' FOR YOURSELF."
       28. "RESOLVE DISPUTES IN AN ORDERLY WAY, LIKE THIS . . . "
       29. "DO NOT OPPOSE OTHER BELIEVERS IN CHRIST WHO ARE NOT IN YOUR
            GROUP."
       30. "HAVE TOTAL FAITH IN GOD FOR EVERYTHING."
       31. "BE LIKE THE GOOD SAMARITAN." (Go, and do likewise.)
       32. "LOVE OTHER PEOPLE AS I HAVE LOVED YOU"
       33. "EAT BREAD AND DRINK WINE IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME."
       34. "WASH ONE ANOTHER'S FEET."
       35. "BE MERCIFUL."
       36. "GO AND TEACH ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM."
       37. "KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS."
       38. "BE PREPARED FOR YOUR MASTER TO RETURN."
                              
Now...what if you looked these scriptures up and made a decision to read them daily, and seek to obey them?
Do you think that your life would change?
I do.


Remember...a command is NOT a suggestion.  Jesus was serious.  Eternally serious.  Are you?  Am I?

Loving Him ( and HIS Commands), and you
Charlotte

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Whoever You Are



Morning Glory...

HE PLANNED FOR YOU

God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, will not perish, but will have and experience everlasting life.  (John 3:16)

God SO loved the world.
This word "world" is from the Hebrew word...KOSMOS
It implies all that was created, i.e., inhabitants, vegetation, animals, and everything that dwells upon the earth, above the earth, and beneath the earth.

When Adam and Eve sinned, death entered the "kosmos", and all living things came under the curse of death through sin.  This was not the plan of God.  Do not let anyone tell you that God allowed this.  What God allowed was the free will of Adam and Eve to function.

In exercising that free will, their choices went against God.  They willingly placed themselves under the influence of a fallen angel, Satan, and gave up their divine destiny to rule.  As the father and mother of all humanity, everyone born after this rebellion inherited their fallen state...sinner by nature.

But...God SO loved...
Ephesians, chapter one, speaks of the Love Plan of God to redeem the world through His Son Jesus Christ.  He sent a Man to undo what a man undid.  God SENT His Son.  The Son carried that Love Plan of God to the world.  He did it IN PERSON.

This plan was formulated before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4).  Where were you?  Not even a thought in anybody's heart but God's.  Should you be born...God had a plan.  You weren't predestinated to be born, but because the Law of Genesis says that every living creature was to bring forth their "kind" (Genesis 1:21), then humankind was to bring forth humans, of which you and I are of that kind.

God planned that WHOEVER was born on this earth after the humongous failure of our early parents...would have another opportunity to be restored to Him.  Why?  Because you and I were stolen by the lies of a fallen angel.  Jesus, God in flesh, came to this earth to get us back....whoever you are!!!

Ephesians 1:5 reveals how God PLANNED IN LOVE to adopt us, reveal us as His children, through Jesus Christ, because it pleased Him and was His kind intent.  He then influenced men by the Holy Spirit to write this plan in a book...The Bible...so that whatever time of life a person was born, if they could get ahold of this anointed Word...they could know the Love Plan of God.  He left no one out...NO ONE!

Don't believe me?  Well, I found the Plan.  Someone loved God enough to read His Book, get it into their heart, and search for me.  I was found.  You can be found, too.  God is just waiting for you to want to know Him.  He is ready for you.  He has done all that He can do to get  Truth to you.  Somehow, you are just going to have to get more curious than you are now, and He will show YOU...yes, YOU...the great Love that He loves you with.

If you have been born in this kosmos...God's Love Plan is prepared for you!

Loving Him and you,
Charlotte





Wednesday, May 17, 2017





MORNING GLORY....

Accountability

responsibleness, responsibility - a form of trustworthiness; the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct;
  1. First....answer to God....
    this means understanding His Word and HIs Will.
    Let Him examine your heart by Grace and Truth.
    Take His Truth deeply into your heart to be the
    light you need to live.
  2. Second...answer to yourself.
    this means holding yourself to the highest possible
    standard of living before God and others. Do not
    mimic the lifestyle of others. Be who you were born
    to be in the sight of God.
  3. Third...answer to others
    this means holding true to what you believe even
    though you may be misunderstood or rejected. Show
    others through your faithful trust in God and His Word
    the grace, power, and love that guides you. Have an
    answer that will show the difference God has made in
    you.
Ephesians 4:2..."Living as becomes you with complete lowliness of mind and meekness with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another.




Friday, February 10, 2017

FEAR CANNOT LIVE WITH FAITH

Morning Glory...

Psalms 112:7..."He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord"

Look at the heart picture.  Our hearts can be full of so many issues.  We all have experienced circumstances that tear at our heart and trying to fill us with "fear" about our future, our family, our health, world events, etc.

David gives us the way to stand strong even when "bad news" tries to enter our lives.  He said that the person who has resolved to trust in the Lord will not live in a state of fear. 

When you fill your heart with trust based on the knowledge of God's Word, that trust will insulate your soul (mind, will and emotions) against be overcome with fear.

It is like an invisible shield that stands between you and the attack of the evil one to capture your heart with fear.  Oh, you may "feel" the fear that comes with the bad news.  But, you don't have to let that fear IN to build a root in your life that will continually produce the fruit of anxiety, depression, panic attacks, dismay, anger, frustration, etc.

Let us look at several scriptures to build this precious hedge around your heart today:

Hebrews 13:6 ESV /         
So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

Joshua 1:5 ESV /            

No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.

Psalm 55:22 ESV /            

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Romans 8:28 ESV            

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV            

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Hebrews 4:16 ESV           

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Being NOT requires that you BE something else.
In other words...if you take the above scriptures and CLAIM each one for your life...then you BECOME more trusting in God.  Fear will have to leave you.  Fear cannot stay in the atmosphere  of faith.

Each one of these blessed scriptures is an open door to God.  Walk through these doors today.  Whatever it is that is precious to you is precious to God.  You are precious to God. 

Refuse to fear.  Say that out loud.."I REFUSE to fear"
"I REFUSE to carry these burdens!"
"I REFUSE to bow my knee to bad news!"

Then declare from these scriptures WHO GOD is to you...
"He is my Helper, Sustainer, He is with me, He is the Source of all the power I need, He is working in me and for me!!!"

As you fix your heart upon God, your heart will become firm, immovable, and your faith will work for you.  God designed it to work.

Tear that fear root out of your heart!  Throw it away from you!  Refuse to let it back in.  Keep your heart filled with trust today.  God is with you!!

Loving Him and you,
Charlotte



Thursday, February 9, 2017

Kind Words and Bricks

Morning Glory...

Proverbs 12:25...Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.

Anxiety or an uncontrollable sense of worry can become a lifestyle.
When we fixate upon the problems surrounding our lives, then anxiety can overtake us, and we can no longer see out way out of the situation.

Anxiety is describe as being "nervous, ill at ease, tense, apprehensive and uncertain about an outcome".  We have ALL been through unsettling times and circumstances, and have had to learn how to keep control of our thoughts and feelings during those times.

But, sometimes anxiety can build up when a situation has gone on longer than we can feel we can bear it.  This is when it becomes a weight.  It is like laying on your back and someone placing a brick on your chest.  Well, if they keep adding one brick after another, then there comes the point where the weight of those bricks literally crush the breath out of you.

This is what anxiety will do.  It takes one problem and begins to stack other problems on top until a person can be so weighed down in their mind, will and emotions, that they feel "crushed". 

Can the solution be as simple as "kind words"?  Well, depending upon the words you are hearing...yes!  My best friend can assure me that all will be well.  And, because I believe her, I may receive some comfort from what she has said.  But, as much as my friend knows me, she cannot possibly know nor understand what will free me from the anxiety of the moment.

Jesus does know. 
Learning to trust what Jesus "says" will help defeat anxiety.  Look at these scriptures...

Trust

  • You keep him in perfect peace 
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:3-4
  • Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not. Matt. 6:27
  • Commit your way to the Lord; 
trust in him, and he will act. 
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, 
and your justice as the noonday. Psalm 37:3-6
  • Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
 which cannot be moved, but abides forever. 
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, 
so the Lord surrounds his people, 
from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 125:1-2
  • He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is firmly fixed, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:7
  • But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” 
My times are in Your hand. Psalm 31:14-15
  • It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in man. Psalm 118:8
  • But my eyes are toward You, O God the Lord; in You do I trust and take refuge; pour not out my life nor leave it destitute and bare. Psalm 141:8
  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart, 
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
  • May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13.
These "words" are alive and anointed and contain the power you need to defeat anxiety.  All you add is "belief".  Read again each scripture but before you do, say..."I believe these words are true TO me and my life TODAY".

Read them slowly and OUT LOUD.  Thank God for each one and that He is bringing these words to pass in your life.  Verbally REFUSE to be anxious.  Yes, you can!!  Say..." I WILL TRUST"!

Oh, the power of God's Word will rise up to cause the enemy to flee from you!  You may have to revisit these "kind words" several times before you know God's peace.  But, fight the GOOD fight of faith, and as many times as necessary, take in these good words.

I release the blessing of victory over your life today in Jesus Name!

Loving Him and you,
Charlotte