The strongest people we can ever know can be found on their knees.

The Shepherd  of  Your Own Soul

Jesus came to do the will of His Father (Jn. 5:30).  Jesus was sent by the Father, just as Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to us, to enable us to do the will of the Father.
Whoever Jesus sends, as the Father sent Jesus, has been given the purpose, power, and authority over every Realm that would attempt to deny the will of the Father from being accomplished.

The reason of our being chosen is solely because of His mercy and grace He extended to us.

He chose us before we could chose Him.
Jn. 15:16you have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you.”
Ezekiel 34:31 “You are my flock, the flock of my pasture; you are men, and I am your God,” says The Lord God.

1 Peter 2:25 “For you we’re like sheep going astray, but now have returned to the Shepherd of your souls”

Ezekiel 34:11 ” For thus says The Lord God: Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.
34:12As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day of their greatest dispair, he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day.”
(Notice how God takes ownership of your eternal soul, and life.  His Son, Jesus, through the finished work of Calvary, paid the complete price for your Salvation.  He is telling every principality and power, as well as you, that you belong to Him and if they come against you then He will consider them at war with Him.  We were all born with sinful natures, and have sinned from time to time in greater and lesser degrees.  There have been times either of our own makings or entrapment’s of Satan, when we sense no godly presence, and almost feeling overcome in despair , as if God had abandoned us.  Just as Israel felt despair under the cruelty of Egypt. We sometimes do not realize God’s presence was and is with us.  Our emotions being totally discouraged with no apparent hope of freedom.  All of a sudden we realize all we have to believe in, trust in, is the Psalm of David “23” The Lord is my Shepherd”
He allows to stay in that place, until He hears our cries to and for Him.  We must realize He is always with us.  He reveals Himself to us when He chooses not when our emotions demand.

It is when we embrace, willfully and wholly, what we recite and declare God’s Word, do the fruits of that would have lasting effect in our lives.  It is then that our spirit, and the Holy Spirit come into agreement, and we can declare as fact and truth the Word of The Lord.

Is The Lord The Shepherd Of Your Soul?

The Promises of God

We can be living within the Promises of God before those promises are manifested.

We do not have to wait for the manifestation in order to live within the miracle.

There is a time for Everything!  (Ecc. 3:1)

Often times it takes a considerable amount of time for a farmer to prepare the soil to receive the seed to be planted.  Soil preparation also has a season for it to take place.
Spring is the time prepare the soil.  We turn it over, cultivate it, fertilize it, plant the best seed we possess.  The character and integrity of the seed we plant will be replicated manifold times during harvest, good or bad.

There are laws of new birth created by God , established (Natural and Spiritual) that must be adhered to in order for the intended results to occur.

Each of the seasons of our lives have a sequential order that cannot be altered, else we get results inferior to the intended one by God.

Man can genetically alter the character of the seed in order to develop a new and perhaps improved crop for many good reasons, but there will never be another approach to righteousness and salvation except through the work of the Cross in our lives.

Like the farmer and his crop, there is an order and approved process by which God will approve, bless.

Let’s not be mistaken, the Crop or Harvest is not the only thing The Father is interested in.  It is ourselves, as individuals as well as collectively, that He has painstakingly watched over so that the transforming into His likeness in completed.

Destined for Destiny

Psalm 119:17 I will obey your Word

Psalm 119:18  open my eyes that I might see wonderful things in your law

Psalm 119:19 I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me

Isaiah 49:5 And now the Lord says, “He who formed me in the womb to be His servant”

Psalm 103:13-14 For the Father has compassion on His children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him :14 for He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust.

In Acts 8-9, we find an individual with great potential and passion, but mis-direction.  He pursued what he felt was his calling with the eyes of natural understanding.  He needed an encounter with God who determined his destiny even before he was born.  He needed his natural eyes (way of reasoning his calling) blinded in order for God to open them by His Spirit to give him revelation and understanding. It wasn’t until he lost the identity he had of himself that he could receive the identity God had given him.  His ways are not our ways, but if we obey Him, those ways fulfill our journey – purpose for our destiny in His service..  We all need to lose our former identity before we can receive our new…line upon line, precept upon precept.  In Paul’s life, as well as ourselves, God will use people, places and situations to bring us into seeing and doing His will successfully.

We must never settle for yesterday’s accomplishments and victories.  If what we did yesterday for the Lord looks great and we see our spiritual worth determined by it, then we’ve allowed it to become a platform to stand on for a period of time longer than we should, instead of a step to stand on while ascending to an even greater work of faith.  Each day’s challenges ought to stretch and strengthen our faith beyond our comfort, but not so great to put ourself in presumptuous danger.

Paul acknowledged his accomplishments for the Lord in times past while focusing on the task before him…it is what we focus on or give our full attention to that gives direction and purpose (Philippians 3:13-14)

In Philippians 3:14, he says I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Such is the story for us to follow.  Only each one of us individually can make that determined decision for our spiritual-natural lives.  We must never give that authority over our eternal purpose to any person or situation.  We must remain current and steadfast in our daily walk – refusing to be compromised, dissuaded, or discouraged.  We must take and accept full ownership and responsibility for the decisions we make and the paths we walk.  We must refuse to sit around in idle activity waiting for opportunity to come and visit us.  We must posses the day for the Lord who created it.  We must never let the beginning of our lives determine who we are – we must blaze a trail of faith.

These scriptures need to speak to our heart:

Galatians 4:19 “until Christ is formed in you”

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in your mother’s womb, I knew you”

Isaiah 49:5  ”He who formed you in the womb”

Psalm 103:14  ”for He know  how we were formed” …not just physically, but emotionally and everything that makes us who we are.

The altitude of our attitude will determine the character of the fruit in our lives. Part 2

Increased tolerance and complacency, co-existence with sin, step by step lowers the shield of God’s protection, provision, replacing it with His judgements.

There is a difference between defiance and restoration.  Restoration is replacing bricks with bricks, defiance is replacing bricks with hewn stone.

The real issue is in the refusal to rebuild God’s original with His exact pattern and purpose and plan.  The tragedy is after a while of continually altering God’s design, we find we have replaced God as the only architect and contractor in the building of our lives.  Eventually we have made Him a subcontractor, subject to our instructions, resulting in something we consider more attractive and practical to us  personally yet having no strength roots to stand the storms of life.  Storms test, strengthen, establish us in our faith and enlarge and enrich the quality and durability of the fruits in our lives.
No longer seeing the original as adequate, refusing to locate and correct the cause of the calamity, we will instead redefine what is right and wrong and push ourselves over the cliff of destruction. If instead we deal only with surface symptoms, then we insure the increasing growth of the root problem.  It is only when the root is dealt with (by confession, repentance) does remission and restoration take place.

Many of the damaging decisions our government makes in the laws it passes and the legal decisions it puts into place were not all done with evil intent.   They truly thought that these superficial measures would, if not permanently, would at least temporarily correct the situation until by a natural sequence of events everything would return to normal.  Unfortunately, we have adopted without being aware of it,  an attitude that redefined what is normal and approved by God.  Anything we accept as normal that God does not is subject to the consequences of His disapproval.

There are two shakings that take place in the lives of non-Christians as well as compromised Christians.  The first is intended  to lead to repentance, followed by remission, concluding in restoration.  The second leads to the judgements of God.

Healing the Defiled Land

2 Chronicles 7:14

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:17-22
As for you, if you follow me as your father David, did and obey all my commands, laws, and regulations, then I will not let anyone take away your throne.  This is the same promise I gave your father, David, when I said, “You will never fail to have a successor who rules over Israel.”

But if you abandon Me and disobey the laws and commands I have given you, and if you go and worship other gods, then I will uproot the people of Israel from this land of mine that I have given them.  I will reject this Temple that I have set apart to honor my name.  I will make it a spectacle of contempt among the nations.  And though this Temple is impressive now, it will become an appalling sight to all who pass by.  They will ask, Why has The Lord done such terrible things to his land and His Temple?!!!  And the answer will be, Because his people abandoned The Lord, the God of their ancestors, who brought them out of Egypt, and they worshipped other gods instead.  That is why He brought these disasters upon them.

2 Chronicles 6:19-42
(26) When the heavens are shut up, and there is no rain because they have sinned against you, when they pray toward this place and confess your name, and turn sin because You afflict them.
(27) then hear from heaven and forgive the sins of your servants, your people Israel.  Teach them what is right, and send rain on your land, that you have given to your people as their special possession.
(30) then hear from heaven where you live, and forgive.  Give your people whatever they deserve, for you alone know the human heart.
(42) O Lord God, do not reject your anointed one.  Remember your unfailing love for your servant David.

Ezekiel 22:30
So I looked for a man among men that would make a wall and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.

Psalm 60:1-4
(1) You have rejected us, O God, and broken our defenses.  You have been angry with us, now restore us to your favor.
(2) You have shaken our land and split it open.  Seal the cracks before it completely collapses.
(3) You have been very hard on us, making us drink wine that that sent us reeling.
(4) But You have raised a banner for those who honor You—- a rallying point in the face of attack.

Isaiah 19:21-22
In that day The Lord will make Himself known to the Egyptians.  Yes they will know The Lord and give their sacrifices and offerings to Him.  They will  make promises to The Lord and keep them.
(22) The Lord will strike Egypt in a way that will bring healing.  For the Egyptians will turn to The Lord, and He will listen to their pleas and heal them.

When a nation or a people defile a land which God has given them, (for gifts of God are expressions of His Love ) His blessings become defiled.

Deuteronomy 11:16-25
Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other god’s and worship them.  (17) lest The Lord’s anger be aroused. Against you, and He shut up the heavens so that there be no rain, and the land yield no produce, and you perish quickly from the good land which The Lord is giving you.  (18) therefore you shall lay up these words of Mine in your heart and in your soul, bind them on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  (19) you shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, when you rise up.  (20) And you shall wrote them on the door-post of your house and ers your gates.  (21) that your days and the days of your may be multiplied in the land of which The Lord swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth.  (22) For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do-to loveThe Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, and to hold fast to Him—(23) then The Lord will drive out all these nations from before you, and, and you will dis-possess greater and mightier nations than yourselves.  (24) Every Place on which the soul of your foot treads shall be yours; from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the River Euphrates, even to the Western Sea, shall be your territory.  (25) No man shall be able to stand against you; The Lord your God will put the dread of you and the fear of you upon all the land where you tread, just as He has said to too.

1Kings 8:35
When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place, and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because you afflict them.  (36) Then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel, that you may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance.

1 kings 17:1
And Elijah the Tishite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, and to Ahab.  As The Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.

Luke 4:25. “But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens was shut up three years and six months, and there was great famine throughout all the land.

2 Chronicles 7:13 “If My people, who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Rev. 11:6 “These have power to shut to shut up heaven, so that no rain falls in the day’s of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth all plagues, as often as they desire.(Rev. 11:3) Two Witnesses.

God can, and desires to do so, and will heal the land if we meet His conditions, and Pray.

Exodus 15:26. “And said  if you diligently heed the voice of The Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians, for I am The Lord who heals you.

Malachi 4:2. “But to you who fear My Name, The Son of Righteousness shall arise.  With healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like well stalled calves.

GOD’S original eternal plan for creating this amazing planet, Earth.
Genesis 1:10  ”And God called the dry land Earth, and gathered together all the waters He called Seas, and God saw that it was good.”

Genesis 2:15 “Then The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it.  God says the land is Mine.

Exodus 9:29. “So Moses said to him “as soon as I have gone out of the city, I will spread out my hands to The Lord; the thunder will stop, and there will be no more hail, that you may know the earth is the Lord’s.

Exodus 19:5 “Now therefore if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special people; for the earth is Mine.

Deut:10:14. “Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to The Lord your God, also the Earth and all that is in it.

Joshua 1:2 “Moses My servant is dead, now therefore, arise and go over this Jordan, and you and all this people, to the land which I a giving you–Israel.  (1:3) Every place that the sole of your feet will tread upon I have given you as I said to Moses.

1 Samuel 2:8 “He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the bigger from the ash heap, to sit them among princes.  And make them inherit the Throne of Glory.  For the pullers of the earth are The Lords

Eph. 6:10-13

6:11. Put on the full armor of God, that you can take your stand against the Devil’s scheme

This suit provides a specially prepared mixture of oxygen and gases for the diver to breath at the various depths he encounters.  Notice the diver by himself can do little other than make himself available to someone he trusts to cloth him with suitable clothing and equip him with capable proven equipment that will accomplish the task while protecting from danger.  This special suit provides breathable air in a place where breathing is impossible.  It equalizes the pressures from without with the pressures from within keeping one safe from being crushed (discouraged) or exploded (pride).  The suits are used for underwater recovery-repair-salvage-exploration in places otherwise not accessible.  The air mixture, as well as air pressure, must be provided by someone extremely well skilled on what will be needed at all depths. (Holy Spirit) Ps:25:5.

The Lord knows the shipwrecks in our lives, and once we cloth ourselves with His Word, walk in obedience to that word while continuing in our fellowship with His Spirit, we find ourselves living our lives in His power.

1Jn. 3:24 “those who obey His commands live in Him, and He in them. And this is how we know He lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

Eph. 6:10-13. “Put on the full armor of God, that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

2Cor. 10:3 “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.”

1 Jn. 4:4 “You dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

1 Peter 2:11 “Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and strangers in the world, to obstain from evil desires, which war against your soul.”

Acts 17:28 “in Him we live and move and have our being. As some of our poets have said “We are His off-spring.”

Romans 6:4 ” we are therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we to may live a new life.”

Take care of the roots, and the situation comes under control

Increased tolerance, complacency, and a co-existence with sin step by step lower the shield of God’s protection and provision, replacing it with His judgments.

There is a difference between defiance and restoration.  Restoration replaces bricks with bricks; defiance replaces bricks with hewn stone.

The real issue is in the refusal to rebuild God’s original with His exact pattern and purpose and plan.  The tragedy occurs after a while of continually altering God’s design; we find we have replaced God as the architect and contractor in the building of our lives and made Him a subcontractor, subject to our instructions.   This results in something that we consider more attractive and practical to us personally but having no strength or roots to stand in the storms of life.  Storms test, strengthen, establish us in our faith, and enlarge and enrich the quality and durability of the fruits of our lives.

No longer seeing the original plan as being adequate, refusing to locate and correct the cause of the calamity, we instead redefine what is right and wrong and we push ourselves over the cliff of destruction.  Instead, by dealing only with surface symptoms, this insures the increasingly growth of the root problem.  It is only when the root is dealt with (through confession, repentance) does remission and restoration take place.

Many of the damaging decisions our government makes in the laws it passes and the legal decisions they put into place were not all done with evil intent.   They truly thought that these superficial steps would, if not permanently then at least temporarily, correct the situation until by a natural sequence of events everything would return to normal.  Unfortunately, we have, without being aware of it, redefined what is normal and approved by God.  Anything we accept as normal that God does not is subject to the consequences of His disapproval.

There are two shakings that take place in the lives of non-Christians as well as compromised Christians.  The first is intended to lead to repentance, followed by remission, concluding in restoration.  The second leads to the judgments of God.

The altitude of our attitude will determine the character of the fruit in our lives.

Man’s access to heaven is in no way determined by his will, resolution, or power.  God reached down from heaven, with the death, burial, resurrection of JESUS.  Not originating from earth to heaven.  The curtain was torn from top to bottom, not bottom to top.  The only thing God requires is obedience to Him. For man to access heaven and for forgiveness is like trying to push up on a rope ladder and climbing it by self effort.  Questions we ask can become light switches within our understanding for God to illuminate.  Remember, we have the revealer of all truth dwelling within us, desiring to reveal to us.

1 Peter 1

Sanctification: Set Apart.

Know your enemy

Know can mean several things…identify or experience him

God’s hand is on us just as strong in the storm as when we are at rest.  We need to treat our time of rest with the same caution as when we are actively ministering.  Do not allow ourselves to be disgraced, diverted, or compromised by the unknown wages of sin and trouble we  find ourselves in.

God’s elect  are strangers in the world

 John 17:17-19

2 Thes 2:13 2:17 Bound to give thanks for you

The fore knowledge of God is different than predestination. God would that none would perish…God intended for all mankind to be save,  but he knew who would and who would not…He even knew when.   This doesn’t mean He is taking away any choice…God is making a way.  He sets us aside, but we need to set ourselves aside and walk in His will.  We can’t come into His presence unless we are invited. We cannot make ourself holy.  The rich young ruler tried to do that. Why do we prefer to live on our own? We don’t want to submit to the holy character of God.  He opens the door, but we need to walk through the doorway through the sanctifying ability of the Holy Spirit.  He can identify the rot and the affairs of life that God will deal with.   We are sanctified and set apart. How do we know? We know because the voice of the Holy Spirit is peace.

All 3 members of the trinity are active in our sanctification…the Father called, Jesus cleanses us with His blood, and Holy Spirit does the work of sanctification…He sprinkles the blood.  The Holy Spirit is the hand of God in the heart of the believer.

Grace and peace be yours in abundance…does not mean we have abundance on the outside… we may not be able to tell by our environment or our future…the natural mind fights the unknown because it can’t control it.  We are saved because God is with us.  He removes the spirit of fear and then hope comes in.  Perfect love casts out all fear.  It is in the journey into the unknown that we learn to trust the Lord. Once we anticipate disaster, we can create a disaster and destruction.   We must guard ourselves in times of rest and in times of war. We must take our thoughts captive. We haven’t engaged the angels as we should…the spirit world knows our weaknesses.  The peace of God is in the heart, not necessarily the head.  Where he invites us, he will provide the means.  The scars of our warfare are reminders, the Spirit of God and the Word of God changes things. Our memory reminds us of the victory, not the despair, the power and the peace.  No peace, no joy, no joy, no strength.  In due season, God manifests His faithfulness.  We resent the suffering we go through for our faith, but it is the faithful sufferings of Christians that creates the wick for the Holy Spirit to burn for the world to see. He didn’t die for any reason except to love us.  Lord, let my life be a reflection of your love.

:3 mercy unmerited favor…a living hope ..a living Holy Spirit… it remove all fear of death…by his resurrection, he has made a way and a door. We never have to face anything alone. We have assurance that we will overcome because He has overcome. He doesn’t expect us to do anything but our part…to follow… not to go before.

We have an inheritance incorruptible …never perishes, spoisl, fades, wears out, tarnishes

We are shielded through Gods power until the coming of salvation.

:6. We can greatly rejoice through faith….in this promise, this fact…it is a reality. We suffer grief and trials for only a little while compared to eternity.  In the time of my weakness, I will draw near to you and get to know you.  In the suffering, we are investing in the kingdom…keep on praying, keep on being thankful, thank God in every problem, not for it.  Pray effectively and unencumbered. Be a thermostat, not a thermometer

We need to know the scriptures so we can understand how God has addressed the issues of our lives previously.  When Jesus Christ has been revealed, then we have evidence of why we know, not for what we see.  He doesn’t have to prove anything.  How do we know?  We know Him in our hearts…

The goal of our faith is the salvation of our souls, locked by the power of sin, unable to free our soul to be who we really are. Christ has the key that sets us free…we have the choice. We are no longer at the mercy of something outside of ourselves.  God says we need to take ownership of our sins and our faith.  The blood is effective when applied.

Even angels have longed to look at such things.

How do people keep going on with the same hope, from old testament until now? “Not my will, but thine be done.” Losing ourselves in order to find it.  Whatever part is redirecting us from His will….we ask Him to destroy it…We say, God…You are more important.  God sees the anchor of the soul and the cry of the spirit. God bring it to the place where we say it and mean it. “Not my will, but thine be done.”