God is Our Refuge – Psalm 46:1

Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalm 46 – (KJV)

1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted .

7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Is God your refuge during times of trouble? The person that has God the Father as his refuge has it all. I know during times of trouble in my life I know I’m not alone. I have a heavenly Father that cares even about the little things in my life and has tender mercy towards me and walks with me through those troubles. He doesn’t always take the troubles away but he does walk me through them. Thank you Father for your mercy!

Blessings, Kitty <^.^>


God is in Control of the World

This world has its dangers, whether they come in the form of microscopic invaders, massive hurricanes, or theater shooters. Yet, the LORD, the King of the universe, has told us to not be afraid. He did not promise us problem-free lives, but if we place ourselves trustingly under His protection, nothing will hit us outside of His careful control.

As the Psalmist writes in Psalm 91: “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday…Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation…”

If we truly believe that God is in control of all things, then we must be happy and content with just sowing seeds–trusting that the Lord will send whatever is needed to help those seeds take root and grow. -by Kim Duke

Question: “How can I learn to trust that God is in control?”

Answer: Before we can learn to trust that God is in control of all of life’s circumstances, we have to answer four questions: Is God really in control? How much control does He have? If He is not in complete control, then who/what is? How can I learn to trust that He is in control and rest in that?

Is God really in control? The concept of the control of God over everything is called the “sovereignty” of God. Nothing gives us strength and confidence like an understanding of the sovereignty of God in our lives. God’s sovereignty is defined as His complete and total independent control over every creature, event, and circumstance at every moment in history. Subject to none, influenced by none, absolutely independent, God does what He pleases, only as He pleases, always as He pleases. God is in complete control of every molecule in the universe at every moment, and everything that happens is either caused or allowed by Him for His own perfect purposes.

“The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, ‘Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, And as I have purposed, so it shall stand’” ( Isaiah 14:24). Nothing is random or comes by chance, especially not in the lives of believers. He “purposed” it. That means to deliberately resolve to do something. God has resolved to do what He will do and nothing and no one stands in His way. “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please” Isaiah 46:10). This is our powerful, purposeful God who is in control of everything. That should bring us great comfort and help to alleviate our fears.

But just exactly how much control does God have? God’s total sovereignty over all creation directly contradicts the philosophy of open theism, which states that God doesn’t know what’s going to happen in the future any more than we do, so He has to constantly be changing His plans and reacting to what the sinful creatures do as they exercise their free will. God isn’t finding out what’s going to happen as events unfold. He is continuously, actively running things—ALL things—here and now. But to think He needs our cooperation, our help, or the exercise of our free will to bring His plans to pass puts us in control over Him, which makes us God. Where have we heard that lie before? It’s a rehash of Satan’s same old lie from the Garden—you shall be like God ( Genesis 3:5). Our wills are only free to the extent that God allows us that freedom and no farther. “All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: ‘What have you done?’” ( Daniel 4:35). No one’s free will trumps the sovereignty of God.

Some people find it appealing to think that Satan has control over a certain amount of life, that God is constantly revising His plans to accommodate Satan’s tricks. The book of Job is a clear illustration of just who has the sovereign power and who doesn’t. Satan came to God and in effect said “Job only serves you because you protect him.” So God gave Satan permission to do certain things to Job but no more ( Job 1:6-22). Could Satan do more than that? No. God is in control over Satan and his demons who try to thwart God’s plans at every step.

Satan knew from the Old Testament that God’s plan was for Jesus to come to the earth, be betrayed, crucified and resurrected, and provide salvation for millions, and if there was any way to keep that from happening, Satan would have done it. If just one of the hundreds of prophecies about the Messiah could have been caused by Satan to fail to come to pass, the whole thing would have collapsed. But the numbers of independent, “free will” decisions made by thousands of people were designed by God to bring His plan to pass in exactly the way He had planned it from the beginning and Satan couldn’t do a thing about it.

Jesus was “delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God” ( Acts 2:23). No action by the Romans, the Pharisees, Judas, or anyone else kept God’s plan from unfolding exactly the way He purposed it from before the foundation of the world. Ephesians 1 says we were chosen in Him before the world was even created. We were in the mind of God to be saved by faith in Christ. That means God knit together Satan’s rebellion, Adam and Eve’s sin, the fall of the human race, and the death and crucifixion of Christ—all seemingly terrible events—to save us before He created us. Here is a perfect example of God working all things together for good ( Romans 8:28).

Unlimited in power, unrivaled in majesty, and not thwarted by anything outside Himself, our God is in complete control of all circumstances, causing or allowing them for His own good purposes and plans to be fulfilled exactly as He has foreordained.

Finally, the only way to trust in God’s sovereign control and rest in it is to know God. Know His attributes, know what He has done in the past, and this builds confidence in Him. Daniel 11:32b says “the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.” Imagine that kind of power in the hands of an evil, unjust God. Or a god that really doesn’t care about us. But we can rejoice in our God’s sovereignty, because it is overshadowed by His goodness, His love, His mercy, His compassion, His faithfulness, and His holiness.

But we can’t trust someone we don’t know and there is only one way to know God—through His Word. There is no magic formula to make us spiritual giants overnight, no mystical prayer to pray three times a day to mature us, build our faith and make us towers of strength and confidence. There is only the Bible, the single source of power that will change our lives from the inside out. But it takes effort, diligent, everyday effort to know the God who controls everything. If we drink deeply of His Word and let it fill our minds and hearts, the sovereignty of God will become clear to us, and we will rejoice in it because we will know intimately and trust completely the God who controls all things for His perfect purpose.

Recommended Resource: Trusting God by Jerry Bridges.

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With all the problems the World is facing, it can be unsettling to the mind.

Isn’t It Great To Remember Who Is Really In Control, and that; “the Word of the Lord endures forever.” ( 1 Peter 1:25 )

I hope you found this encouraging! I sure did, sometimes we need the reminder of just “WHO” is really in control.

Blessings, Kitty <^.^>

Do Not Worry – God is Already There

Do not worry about tomorrow because God is already there!

My daughter and I saw 3:16 on the car clock yesterday after we came out of Goodwill. She’s been seeing it for the past couple months on a clock and I’ve been with her a couple times to see it too. Wow that is a lot of planning that God had to do to let us see that again at the precise moment we sat down in the car, turned it on and looked at the clock. WOW! We’re reminded of John 3:16 when we see that. It’s a constant reminder of how much God loves us and how perfectly He has things timed in His creation. What an AWESOME GOD we have!

Blessings, Kitty <^.^>

He Walks With Us: By Matt Leasher

This chaotic fast paced world that we live in is fueled with frantic pressures, busy responsibilities and grueling demands. We live in an era of technology and advancements that are supposed to make the working world more efficient but has only created more work that requires greater prerequisites and higher expectations. Just keeping up with today’s technology is work in itself. Now a days more middle aged people are going back to school to change their careers then ever before just to keep up with the ongoing advancements in today’s ever changing technologies. With all of the gadgets that are in everyone’s hands these days no one seems to have time for anything anymore especially in the American family life. However, this is nothing new, since the late seventies both parents have been working full time jobs to maintain a household and the generation that has spawned from it is a generation that relies mostly on the world for their ethics and morals since the parents are usually so busy. Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “never before have we had so little time in which to do so much.” Boy, if he could see the pace that the world is spinning at now! The world is sure to keep us busy and keeping us busy is one of Satan’s many ploys to distract us from God since he is the ruler of this world, (John 12:31). The apostle John warned us about not loving the world or the lusts of it for they are not of the Father, (1 John 2:15-17). The world does not love you. It will take all it can from you then chew you up and spit you out. The world will entice you with all of its lusts, shallow promises and pride but the world does not care about you, however… God does! Because of the rampant pace that the world spins us around and with all of the evils that accompany it we can sometimes feel that the Lord is very distant from us but the truth of the matter is that He is not far from any of us, (Acts 17:27).

One of the most comforting things about being a Holy Spirit indwelt born again Christian is the intimate closeness that exists between you and God. Especially when you keep yourself engulfed in His word on a daily basis. When you are indwelt with His Spirit, He goes everywhere you go. The Christ indwelt believer understands that the ways of the world and the things that are in it are all but temporary and the world is passing away, however God is eternal and when God has indwelt you with His Spirit you have inherited that eternity. That is why when Jesus told Nicodemus that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16), He was referring to obtaining eternal life in the present tense by saying have eternal life, rather than “will have” eternal life. This isn’t to say that we instantly become immortal beings at the moment of conversion but it does mean that we have permanently obtained the promise of eternal life and nothing or nobody can take it from us. That is why we have it now… because we can’t lose it!

One of the most challenging things about being a Christian is maintaining our joy in a world full of pain, sadness, death and sorrow. Satan is out to rob us of our joy and he walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, (1 Peter 5:8). But as I stated above, the key to overcoming the sorrows of the world is to remember that this is all temporary. If Christ is your Savior then you are already victorious over all of those things. Just as the faithful patriarchs of the Old Testament times endured the pains of the world by looking forward with faith to the future Messiah that was to come and free them from Satan’s grasp, (see Hebrews chapter 11), we Christians today have to faithfully look backward and forward. We look backward at the finished work of redemption that Christ has done for us on the Cross and we look forward to the eternal Kingdom that He has promised us when He returns.

When we look backward at Christ’s accomplishments we must also remember that He endured what we endure. When the Lord Jesus Christ left His eternal state of glory and entered into the world and took on human flesh He was entering the enemies territory with us! He had to endure all of the temptations that we do. He took on hunger, thirst, weakness, sorrow, pain and even death! All things that are the result of sin being in the world yet He was without sin. He then became sin for us (1 Corinthians 5:21) while on the cross and had to be forsaken by the Father while he bore our sins. Out of all of the sufferings and trials that we may endure on this earth that is one that we are not subjected to. The Lord has told us that He would never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), and Jesus said that He would be with us always (Matthew 28:20) and again that the Holy Spirit would abide with us forever (John 14:16). So we have the assurance that God will not forsake us from all three of His persons! Because of all that Jesus endured while in His human state He is able to identify and sympathize with us so that He can minister for us as our current heavenly High Priest. We can look upon Christ in the present tense knowing that He is currently sitting at the Father’s right hand interceding for us (Romans 8:34). To think of all that Jesus has already done for us when we was here on the earth, that even now He is still caring for us in heaven. Are you feeling the love?

God becoming flesh in the person of Jesus Christ is the greatest manifestation of His relationship to us. God has allowed us to know Him through His written Word but He has allowed us to know Him even greater through the person of Jesus Christ. When we know Jesus we know the Father (John 14:7), and we can certainly know Jesus through the gospel. The first advent of Jesus Christ was the revelation of the mystery of God to all men. That God has been manifested in the flesh, the mystery of His Godliness has been revealed to us, (1 Timothy 3:16). It is sheer utter amazement that the Lord God who is beyond limitations and who created the heavens, the stars, the planets, the earth and everything in it, took on a human body with all of its limitations which He Himself originally designed and created and then willfully allowed His own creation to crucify Him so that we could in turn spend eternity with Him, (see Hebrews 2:14). The sheer love that is involved in all of that is beyond comprehension without the empowering of the Holy Spirit to bring it to ones capability of understanding and acceptance so that it can be channeled into faith. Throughout the whole process of the incarnation of God to Man we must remember that God did not give up His deity in doing so, only His partial position from the heavenly glory.

It is impossible for any of us to be in two places at once but not for God. It may be a mystery to us as to how God can divide Himself into three persons but it isn’t a mystery as to why He does it. God is in three persons so that He can always be with us! If God was just a monotheistic deity that sat on a cloud somewhere in deep outer space then we could indeed say that God is far from us. But God desires to be close to His beloved children and to do so He has designed a way to always be near to us, even within us! Lets take a brief historical look at God’s earthly presence:

• God dwelt with Adam & Eve in the Garden until sin separated them.

• God led Moses and the Israelites through the wilderness in the form of a pillar of fire.

• Jesus Christ, (the 2nd person of the Trinity) appeared in a theophany to several patriarchs throughout the Old Testament. A few examples are (Genesis 18:1-13, Genesis 32:30, Exodus 33:11, Joshua 5:13-15, Judges 6:11-24, Judges 13:22, Daniel 3:25).

• God filled the Tabernacle and the 1st Temple with His Shekinah Glory.

• God spoke to and through His prophets firsthand.

• Jesus Christ, (the 2nd person of the Trinity) became human flesh and dwelt among us, (John 1:14).

Now the current earthly dwelling place for the Lord is within the bodies of born again believers in the form of His Holy Spirit.

“Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

God can’t get any closer to us than that! Let us now consider the third person of the Holy Triune of God – The Holy Spirit! The Spirit is hard at work here on earth. The night before Jesus was about to be crucified He told His disciples, (and us), that He would be sending us a Helper that would abide with us forever and that He would dwell with us and be in us and that He would not leave us as orphans, (John 14:16-18). Jesus was speaking of the Holy Spirit, (the 3rd person of the Trinity). We are still living in the era of the working of the Holy Spirit and it is an era of incredible grace. The Holy Spirit testifies of Jesus, (John 15:26) and Jesus testifies of the Father (John 8:38). That is why blasphemy (or denial) of the Holy Spirit is the unpardonable sin, (Mark 3:29). The Holy Spirit is the Person of the Trinity that is currently on earth. If you reject Him then you reject the way to the Son, which is the way to the Father, (John 14:6). Without the work of the Holy Spirit throughout the last 2000 years the writing of the gospel and its message of all that was done by Jesus to accomplish our salvation would have been lost in the annuals of time but He has preserved all of it. It is the Holy Spirit that is the liaison between the Church and Jesus Christ in this current Age of Grace.

If the recorded and known presence of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit throughout history isn’t enough to convince you that God is with us then there is the evidence of His existence by what is observable in the external world for the creation reveals the Creator. For instance, the starry heavens, the preciseness of solar and lunar eclipses and the variables that are involved in the earth maintaining just the right temperatures for human life to exist are just a few of the many undeniable evidences of God’s hand at work. Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork” and Romans 1:19-20 tells us that God’s presence is clearly seen throughout nature and that man is without excuse. If God were not with us then we would surely know it just by the natural order of things. The mere fact that we have light is a sign that He is with us because God is light and without Him there would be darkness, (1 John 1:5).

The fact that we are all breathing is also a sign of His presence since He is the giver of breath, (Genesis 2:7 & Acts 17:25). Science and atheists will try to explain these things off with theories, research and studies but most of time they are left with many unanswered questions but the proof of God’s existence is a closed book and that book is the Bible. The Bible in its entirety is a progressive revelation of God and the Holy Spirit continues that work in our present lives.

My friends God is not hidden from us. If you seek Him you will find Him (Deuteronomy 4:2 & Jeremiah 29:13), and when you do you will be surprised just how close He has been all of this time. The question is are you seeking Him? He has revealed Himself to us in so many ways that we truly are without excuse for not knowing Him. Especially in the era that we live where we have the completed Bible, the revelation of Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Folks, the ball is in our court not His. He has done more than enough to reveal Himself to us. If you want God in your life then you can have as much God as you desire. Just read your Bible daily and before you read pray first and ask Him to reveal Himself to you and I guarantee that if you do that with a sincere heart then He will surely reveal Himself to you and that is when a loving relationship begins. May it give you the guidance to come boldly to the throne of grace and walk through this life having the assurance of knowing that He walks with you!

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 14:14-16)

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How to Worship God Properly

Question: “How can I know how to properly worship God?”

Answer: Worship can be defined as the act of honoring and loving a deity, idol or person in a “selfless” manner. The act of worship involves the total self in giving praise, thanksgiving and reverence to that deity, person or material object. It is not a half-hearted affair, and it is only after we distinguish between that which is and isn’t worship, with regards to the divine objective, that we can begin to answer the above question more fully. True, biblical worship, as defined by the scholar A. W. Pink (1886 – 1952) in his exposition of the gospel of John, says this: “It is a redeemed heart, occupied with God, expressing itself in adoration and thanksgiving.” Likewise, A. W. Tozer, once regarded as a prophet of the 20th century, said, “True worship is to be so personally and hopelessly in love with God, that the idea of a transfer of affection never even remotely exists.”

So, the true worship of God is distinguished by the following criteria: first, it comes from the redeemed heart of a man or woman who has been justified before God by faith and who is trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ alone for forgiveness of sins. How can one worship the God of heaven if his sin has not been dealt with? Never can that worship be acceptable that proceeds from an unregenerate heart where Satan, self and the world hold sway (2 Timothy 2:26; 1 John 2:15). Any worship, other than that from a “washed” heart, is vain.

Second, true worship of God comes from a heart that desires Him alone. This was precisely where the Samaritan people erred; they sought to worship both God and idols (2 Kings 17:28-41), and this is reaffirmed by the Lord Jesus Christ when He discourses on the subject of true worship with the Samaritan woman who came to fetch water from the well. “You Samaritans worship what you do not know” (John 4:22). These people worshipped God “half-heartedly” because their total affection was not set on God. It is possible for even true believers to fall into this second error. We might not assent to having physical idols, like the Samaritans did, but what absorbs our will, our time, our resources most of all? Is it careers, material possessions, money, health, even our families? Let us cry out, like King David in Psalm 63:5, “My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips, my mouth will praise you.” Nothing less than God should satisfy the heart of the regenerate man, and his response to that divine satisfaction, comparable to the best food ever, is the fruit of lips that sing God’s praise (Hebrews 13:15).

Third, true worship of God is the desire to continue to build up our knowledge of God. How we have lost that desire in these days! Apart from the Bible, which we should be reading daily, we need to supplement our knowledge by reading other good books, too. We need to fill our minds constantly with the things of God; God should always be on our mind, and everything we do should be done with reference to Him (Colossians 3:17; 1 Corinthians 10:31). It is interesting that the Greek word for “worship” in Romans 12:1 can also mean “service.” So, our daily lives should also be considered as worship. Every day we are to offer ourselves as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. The church is supposed to be “squeezing” the world into its own mold, the mold of Jesus Christ, but too often it’s the other way around.

Let us purify our hearts if we really want to worship the triune God in spirit and in truth. Our God is holy; He is altogether “Other,” a God who cannot share us with other objects of our affection. Indeed, a God who WILL not share us, for the sake of His holiness. We were made to be worshipping creatures, but the Fall has crippled and ruined us. Worship is the most natural thing for man, but until we are restored to God through the sacrifice of His dear Son, then all our worship is but a vain thing. It is as “strange fire” before the altar (Leviticus 10:1).

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by Nancy Missler

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. – Psalm 16:11

“Worship is of key importance to our lives, and we know we need to do more of it. We can express the worth of God in many ways – in the way we live our lives, in loving people, in obeying Him in adoration, or in singing or dancing. There is a very special kind of worship, though, in which we have a divine encounter with God Himself. It’s coming into His presence, bowing down, falling down and showing Him our complete reverence.”

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The Desert Experience

-by Ken Brown.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

– It is imperative that every child of God should understand His ways. – We think in straight lines and fixed points, and move in a consecutive manner, that is, from point to point (we start and finish a book; we look forward to something, and look back on something; we measure progress by time spent or goods produced; when we travel, we leave a departure point and arrive at a destination point, etc.)

– God doesn’t think in straight lines, He thinks in circles. He’s doing many things simultaneously, He’s at the beginning and the middle and the end of many things – all at the same time. Therefore, He doesn’t think of things in the context of time, He exists outside of time. Time is irrelevant to Him. He is not affected by time.

– God’s timelessness presents a very real problem for us. God may speak into our life today and we will assume that it’s going to happen today, or very soon. We will probably place it on a time line of some sort. But, God may be speaking to us from a point that is still far into our future. The reason is because He is not concerned with time, and this is why: God does not measure time; He measures growth! When God deals with us, His purpose is growth, maturity, and preparation. And, it always involves death to self! God will draw us into a desert experience with Him to give us the opportunity to grow (to die to self), to learn to trust Him or to gain more insight into His ways.

– And, because of the way we think, our first question is always “How long is this going to take?” We’re not having fun. Dying to self is never fun. But God won’t tell us how long it’s going to take, because He understands that if we know how long, we’ll just try to hold our breath until it’s over. He doesn’t want us to hold our breath. He wants us to die!…

– For us the practical result of all this is that God has spoken words into our lives (even though we must be careful and know, what was spoken by God, and what wasn’t). And because of this, we know He has wonderful plans for us, and that excites us. We have aspirations for God. We want to do all those great things He’s spoken into us. But, many times what we really experience is great frustration, because those things He’s spoken aren’t happening yet! When you’re frustrated, know that God loves frustrated people. He knows you’re frustrated because you care. Also know that the reason they may not be happening yet is that God is still measuring growth, not time.

– In our relationship with God, His purpose is to conform us to the image of His Son. And, He’s content to take as much time as necessary. We, on the other hand, want everything to happen now, without suffering, pain, or sacrifice on our part. And God’s only response to that is – too bad. Adjust your thinking. I’m doing this my way.

– When God is dealing with us, we must learn the value of doing nothing. This seems to be a contradiction; but most everything we do with God (if we do it right) is a contradiction to us… We have to learn the value of doing nothing before God. That’s why quiet time with God is so great – you don’t have to do anything. Just hang out with God.

You don’t have to fast for three days to get His attention, or recite long prayers to impress Him. Just rest quietly before His presence and wait for Him. If He doesn’t speak immediately, He will eventually. But, you do have to learn to wait. It’s a matter of respect and submission on your part. God does not act according to your time, He acts according to His will. Anytime a believer decides to press in to God and really get to know Him, one of the first things God will teach him is His Sovereignty! God moves in His time and acts according to His ways. Religion teaches that man is the creator and God is what they created. They expect Him to do what they say, when they say it. Of course, He doesn’t. But they’re too stupid and bound up in their own deception to notice. – Also, God operates on a different noise level than we do. When we cry out to Him, He whispers back to us. God wants us to learn to be quiet, even when everything around us is in turmoil. Psalm 46 starts out with an earthquake and a tidal wave and ends with God telling us to “be quiet and rest assured that I am God (and everything is under control, regardless of what you see or hear)”.

But know this, when you learn how to rest in God, you’ll be accused of not caring about what’s going on around you. In this world, anxiety and hand wringing is the universal sign that you really care (that, and whether or not you’re wearing the appropriate color ribbon or symbol on your lapel). However, in the Kingdom of God, anxiety is only proof that you’re dumb. After all, you’re supposed to be having a relationship with the Prince of Peace.

– God delights in drawing us into times of intimacy with Him. Later in this paper we will see just how He does that. In each cycle of intimacy there are two specific points we must be able to recognize. The first is submission and the second is obedience. In order for us to benefit from being in God’s presence, we must first acknowledge Who He is in submission, and then be ready to obey.

Source:  http://www.johnthebaptisttv.com/the-desert-experience-ken-brown-comments/

Copyright:   Andrew Strom of John the Baptist TV – usually lets people share information which is in his email newsletters which contains information that is on his website/blog unless a specific copyright is added.

In the Beginning was the Word

In The Beginning John 1:1 and 14 Bible Spots

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John 1:1 and 14 is so awesome. Read and meditate on it and let it soak through to your soul.

Blessings, Kitty <^.^>

John 1:1 … In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 … And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Holy Week Explained

“Holy Week Explained” tells why this very special week is so Holy to Christians today. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (NKJV) John 3:16

Blessings, Kitty <^.^>

Holy Week Explained…Excerpts

“The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ is the nexus of our faith–the key to restored relationship with God. The story of God coming to earth as one of us to die, at first glance, seems outrageously far-fetched. Yet all of Scripture either seems to point toward Christ’s crucifixion or deals with the new reality of renewed relationship brought about through this historical event. Although it is Christ’s resurrection that concludes the “life and death” drama of Holy Week, in a sense, the resurrection serves as God’s unambiguous confirmation that his forgiveness was accomplished — the spell of sin broken — and that Christ’s victory over death has, indeed, been won.” …

… “God, through his Son, suffered death so that we might live. In the book of Hebrews (2.14b, 15) it says, ‘Jesus himself became like (us) and shared (our) human nature. He did this so that through his death he might destroy the Devil, who has the power over death, and in this way set free those who were slaves all their lives because of their fear of death.’ It is the gift of Good Friday and the confirmation of Easter. God, through Christ, suffered the pain — the spiritual pain of separation — for our sins. Such is God’s love gift offered to us this and every Easter (or Holy Week).”

To read more of this article, follow the link below. ..

Excerpt Source: American Bible Society Magazine, Spring 2003, p7, Excerpts from:

‘The Cup of Death – The Gift of Life’ by David Singer: http://img.forministry.com/5/5E/5E4F0DE5-2C42-4DD6-A1BA2D64B3F81DC2/DOC/ABS_RECORD_SPRING03_mag.pdf