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Bitter…mmmmmmm

How do you suppose one should confront another about being judgmental, without being judgmental?  Or critical? Or bitter?  I am guilty of carrying all three deep inside of me, and although not aware til recently, I am still rather stand offish with the ones who thought it necessary to tell me.  90% truth spoken to me.  10% self gain…

I do not deal well with hurt, or disappointment, and GOD is doing a work in me.  I would sooner turn and walk away from a problem than look right at it. Why? Thinking life is full of crap, people in general are full of crap, and self seeking, yes even while they speak some truth over you.

This is the deal! I need to not walk away so quickly, and at times I need to swallow the bitterness that it stirs up in me.  And once again…I need to believe HE is seeing this, and has a plan, and will take care of the others just like HE takes care of me.  These verses spoke me to today…

Hebrews 12:15 See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

Hebrews 12:28,29  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire”.

All I can say to that is “dang”, I got some fences to mend, and some believing to do, some repentance, and some grace to extend.  Also knowing that the bitter root that has already taken root is going to be painful coming out.  Back to life as HE wants it, and not so much how I want it, praying that HE will change my “wants”.  Peace.  Hope you all are having a good week!

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OCC- study update- Holy Spirit

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I am supposed to put this on my side bar, but I am seriously techy challenged! so when I post I will add it to the top of my post. K?

Being part of this group is a great encouragement and accountability. My commitment is to study the Word 1 hour a day X 5 days a week. Along with that keeping notes, and preparing to write a study on the Holy Spirit.  So this is a learning time for me as well. Its not too late to become part of this group, so please go read, check out the other blogs listed, and stand in awe…God is on the move, and we are learning to use the gifts that HE has given to us.  

In the study time this last three weeks, being overwhelmed is an understatement!  Not only is time an issue, but the things the LORD is showing me are huge. Maybe not to everyone, but to me. And that causes me to be able to know and believe HIM so much more. That is an answer to my prayer.

Just an example of what I am looking at…

The Holy Spirit is mentioned in the Gensis 1:2, showing me that HE was there at the time of creation. As the Bible moves, the Spirit of God was always a gift to man, when God’s plan needed another step fulfilled.  These people are aware that God has put HIS Spirit on them. They know that their accomplishments are not their own. Upon grieving the Spirit, HE is removed.  They beg for HIM to stay. The Spirit is the presence of God(Psalm 51:11/Isaiah 63:10). But in the Old Testament, the Spirit does not live in them, and the redeemer of our sin hasn’t walked that walk to the cross, HE can not stay with man.

Definitely fits all that Jesus said HE would( John 14:26).  One difference, a believer today has HIM within our self(Romans 8:9). Jesus paid the price for the sin we did and will do, in order for the Father to look at us through the blood of Jesus.  HE is not leaving the believer.  We are sealed with HIM.

The Spirit of GOd was a gift from the Father in the Old Testament and is still a gift. The saddest thing that I am finding is; Then they had no way of not grieving the Spirit, and today we do. Unfortunately it doesn’t mean much to most people.  The Gift is not celebrated, and if we don’t sense HIM for days, we are sure HE will comeback..and yes, with repentance we will again hear HIM…but so much we are missing in this life by not knowing HIM, not knowing what an awesome Gift HE is!

(using the BLB and also the ESV study bible, and the NASB)

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Worship with me..accept the mission

If you believe in Jesus Christ, and call yourself Christian/Christ follower..then you can walk away from the message that is laid out here, but the minute you open your front door and step out-You have entered the Mission Field…accept the mission..it’s what you were made for.  Pray for you fire to be ignited again, pray to see the person that God has put in your path to witness too.  By all means..show some love and mercy..that is the loudest testimony! Our life is testimony, and it should look like Worship 24/7! Peace

 

Leeland-tears of the saints

Kutless- sea of faces

Toby Mac- made to love

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The Need to Believe HIM

Haven’t had alot of blogging time lately, but I sure am missing you all!

Some thoughts that are rolling around in my head (yes it is non-stop),  

God has laid out some very intentional things in the Bible that we seem to pick and choose as to if we believe it, or when we believe it. Seriously our bad!  As a believer , I need to believe HIM, not just what has been taught about HIM, or what is read in other books, but we need to BELIEVE HIM.  

Some of our storms, and some of the repercussions for our sin, are heavy, and seem like we will not make it through to the other side.  When thinking that..disbelief.  Several years ago, leading a study (to a few groups) on Believing God by Beth Moore, I was totally blown away at how little I believe HIM.  intense!

My storm is different this time, not at all like the rest, and while calling out to GOD, HE answered my heart, and reminded me of that study. And all HE says over and over is Believe Me.  

When you are in a rough time, do you believe that GOD has allowed that time for a reason, and has not left you, nor will HE let you drown there?  Do you believe HIM?  I am learning to believe HIM at a new level, and laying down my idols that have been holding me captive.  For this moment..I believe HIM, maybe later today not so much, then again more  belief.  Oh LORD, help our unbelief!

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Changes-Ineed2change

We have been going through massive changes in my family.  Our daily schedule is gone, and eventually a new one will become the norm.  I still have my work schedule, but my Hubs is only home three days and nights a week. The other four are still being worked out.  My children have been great in helping and being awesome in just about everything (they are still kids).

We are no longer able to attend a church together on Sundays, and that has been a huge thing for me. So I follow the LORD believing that HE knows what HE is doing.  We have been attending a different church on Saturday nights, as our church does not have a Saturday service.  Its important to me that my family goes to church together. 

The new church and the things I have been studying have been complimenting each other, and I wonder if that is God’s plan? I am thinking so.  The topic is “Ineed2change” . Interesting, the Pastor said this weekend, there is so much emphasis on the new believer to change, that the new believer is more focused on the change than in learning to walk with the Spirit. I would have to agree, and even go as far as a lot of believers who have been doing this for many years, have shifted the focus.

In my studies, I am studying the Holy Spirit.  Seems to me, we know much about Jesus, and some about God, and next to nothing about the Spirit.  Holy Trinity, all one, yet all seperate, each with a job or function.  We are to walk by the Spirit, be led by the Spirit, and ultimately changed by HIM.  HE is closer than a brother, living with in. 

I think its not only time to get to know HIM that lives with in, but to allow HIM to make some changes.  Ineed2change..how about you?

(if you are interested in hearing any of these messages in this series, folow this link http://www.lcbcchurch.com/ and click on the link “series” I think you will enjoy it, apply it, and know that youneeed2change)

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Worship with me

Worship the KING, know that you can not change your self , HE has to do it by HIS Spirit living in you.  Worship and lay it all down at HIS feet. HE loves you soooo!

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