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March 5, 2014 at 12:51 pm (Devotionals, Mile Stones) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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I love squirrel watching in the morning. (I always have nuts handy to feed)

I guess you could say I like to nature watch, really. To go outside first thing and connect with the only thing living that answers to exactly what God either designed it to do by instinct or answers to His heed with undelayed obedience. The sky, wind, clouds. Teaching my eyes to see what waiting without complaint looks like. The trees, shrubs, and grasses that wait for water. Or for the drying of the Sun. The ground that knows it’s useful without any evidence necessary…waiting for the show of its slow and unappreciated nurture. The birds and squirrels play then eat then forage then fight then play then rest then eat. .. repeat. It’s their work. Living. Just living. Yet all unique and with personalities intricate and unashamed. The creatures of the morning don’t compare themselves to each other. I’ve often been tempted to think they know a thing or two about jealousy. Fighting over who sits by the pile of nuts and who has to dash in and evade the “pile master”. To us its cute to assign human characteristics to animals. Disney would be out of business if people didn’t have a driving need to understand things only as we understand them. But if you look. .. and listen to their Creator tell you about them; you see its a grave identity error.

I come away with a heavy heart at times at how we as humans don’t think we can “relate” without making everything like us. It limits the souls ability to really know what relating is. It’s why all the “match-making” companies have succeeded. Note: I said the companies succeed NOT the matches! Some do, but not because of the company (or method) they used to come together. We are bent to find common ground. Deluded by the concept that simular thinking guarantees longevity. Perhaps in nature but not in human relationships. (Iron sharpens iron…so one person sharpens another)  One operates without choice by the program that has been assigned to it. We do not. Everyday, every hour of every minute we have the ability to decide our programming is wrong and invent a new one. Or rather our Programmer is wrong. Most walk through life never having the slightest desire to know the Who behind our existence. And hence the who we are. The earth and it’s creatures of instinct don’t have a choice. We do. It’s a gift and a curse.

So I wake up and introduce my senses and mind to the world devoid of human likeness to set the pace for the day. To remember that when I encounter another person to really look at them as if I’ve never seen “a them” before. Tuning my ears to listen to the Who who made them. Just like with the squirrels and birds and earth and sky. Learning not to place my likeness on anything but to train my mind to go immediately to the true Likeness by which they were made for the what, how, why, where and when of each thing I encounter in each moment as it comes. The squirrels are master’s at living in the moment. All creatures of instinct are. I envy them this ability.
They are never counting down minutes to a future moment. Biding their time. They are never “clocked in” and waiting to “clock out”. They just LIVE each minute without any concept of the next or their last. What freedom!

My human perspective runs to Abba and asks Him. ..
“How can I do this Lord? The whole world exist to beat the Clock, get off work, wish for more time, look forward to an event, a vacation, a time outside the moment we are in. It seems almost impossible for human beings to only take each minute into consideration like these creatures do.”

His answer?
“Nothing is impossible with Me! The key to staying in the moment isn’t in focusing on staying in the moment. It’s in staying with Me.”

Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness…and all these things shall be added unto you.

My response?
“Teach me!”

And He is. You’ll not find a class or seminar or school or program that can teach this anywhere in the human kingdom. It’s only at His feet, like Mary, forsaking time and human custom to learn how to LIVE!

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah

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I Will not Keep Silent

December 30, 2013 at 1:13 pm (Devotionals) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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***The following is taken from Frances J. Roberts devotional called Dialogues with God. Each one either begins with God speaking to her or her to God, recording the beautiful interaction of communion with Adonai.
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I Will not Keep Silent (Our heart to Him)

My lips shall speak forth Thy praise.
Yea, my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. (Psalms 45:1)
My mouth shall be filled with the Wonders of Thy Greatness, and I shall magnify Thy Name.
In the midst of the people shall I lift up my voice and worship Thee.
I will not keep silent.
For if I keep silent, my soul is consumed within me.
O Lord God, what unbearable desolation would be ours if Thou didst not speak to us!
How our hearts cry out for an answer from Thee:
Surely Thy heart likewise longeth for a response from us!
I will not keep back that gift which only I can give:
My praise, my worship, my adoration.
I love Thee, I will extol Thee unashamedly before the multitude. I will not withhold this from Thee, though surrounded by the callous and the unconcerned.
This belongeth unto Thee. This will I give to Thee.
As it is written:
Render to man the things of man, but give to God that which is His rightful due. (Matt. 22:21)

By Silence Ye Rob Me of My Glory (Adonai’s Words to us)

Yea, My child, I have been betrayed more times by silence than by words.
By words a man may sin against Me, but by silence do ye rob Me of My Glory.
Said I not, of those who praised keep silent, I would cause the stones to testify?
Yea, but I take no pleasure in the stones and have made them truly to witness of Me;
But My children have I born; yea, they are flesh of My flesh – bone of My bone.
How much we have to share!
It is as we work together that My will is accomplished.
I am continually placed on trial in the eyes of men by the enemy.
Ye are My defense.
For as I plead thy case before the throne against the devil’s accusations, so I depend upon you to defend Me before those who cast doubts and aspersions upon Me before men.
Truly these words are prompted of the devil the same as the words he brings to Me against you.
Never miss an opportunity to uphold Me;
And know this:
As ye testify of Me and plead My cause before men,
I will surely plead thy case and witness for thee before the Father.
But as it is written;
If you are ashamed of Me before men, I will be ashamed of you when I stand before the Father in your behalf. (Mark 8:38)

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I have often brought up how Yeshua’s (Jesus’) words are full of the proof of reciprocitaious nature of the Kingdom of Heaven. We receive from God ALL things needful and they are then given away. In the same nature as He gives. Never dependent on the recipients choice to believe, or choice to lay hold of any of what’s being offered as Truth. He gives.
God does what He does, is who He is, and gives all things to the whole of all He made. Thus He goes first in Example to that which He asks us to be. Hence we can follow a God who knows where and how to get where we must go. He speaks Truth first, it will never have an ounce of origination in us. If we know a Truth, it is because He has made it known – revealed it, opened our ears or eyes or minds to see it. If we do not, it is because He has not yet deemed it time for us to know. Thus we let go of the human propensity to think we should know more then we do. If I know His Name, and praise who He is and has thus far revealed Himself to me to praise…I know enough and His promise to reveal Himself ever more can be Trusted…so we learn to wait on that as King David wrote over and over.

Each of us can recall moments when pointing to Him with our words to another was what we should have done. Our reasons most likely lay in the realm of what we reasoned not to be cool or opportune. Yet the source usually points to either our shame in Him or our lack of trust. What comfort that it never depends on our trust in Him that He Is Who He Is!! What Grace that we are forgiven as soon as we accept our error, and ask Him to fill us instead with His Way. I know for myself, He has been ashamed of me before the Father, but I also know that even then He reminds the Father that His blood covers my shame! He has provided ALL that is needful in all circumstance. And gives, gives, gives us chances and chances and chances! Infused with His Grace and Mercy and Love!! Yeshua the Messiah is and always will be a “win, win Way”!

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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As My Magnet

July 12, 2013 at 11:35 am (Devotionals) (, , )

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The following is taken from Progress of Another Pilgrim by Frances J. Roberts.

(Speaking in the Lord’s voice to the reader)

Many there are whom I am drawing, and what will you if I have chosen to use you as My magnet? A magnet’s effectiveness is constituted by virtue of what it IS. It cannot of itself either move or speak. It simply IS, and on the strength of what it is, it exerts its influence. One thing only is necessary for its operation – that is, to be brought into proximity and working distance to the other object. Even so, let Me move you by My hand into the places of vital influence.
All the rest of the work I will accomplish through the power of My Spirit within you.

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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The Spirit’s Work in the Soul

September 1, 2012 at 12:07 am (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , )

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This blessed Holy Spirit has all the characteristics of a comforter. He is so pure and holy that He cannot deceive; He is called “the Spirit of truth” (John 14:17). If He says your sins are forgiven, you can believe Him; He will not flatter. If it were not so He would have told you, for He can chide as well as comfort – He can convince of sin as well as of righteousness. And the Spirit of God is so wise that He cannot be deceived; He never knocks at the wrong door nor delivers messages to the wrong person, but knows the exact purpose which the heart of God holds for each person on earth. “The Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10).

These ” deep things of God” which the apostle mentions are God’s counsels of love which lie deep in His heart until the Spirit draws them out and shows them to men and women. And He also knows perfectly the frame of man’s heart. It would be strange if the cabinet maker did not know every secret compartment in the cabinet. Despite their long study, neither man nor devil have anything even approaching a full knowledge of that little world, the microcosm of man’s soul. But as in everything else, God knows this field perfectly and cannot be deceived.

In a word, God’s Spirit is so irresistible that no one can stand against the power of His peace. For example, the pardon Nathan took to David was not all that he hoped for; so David begged the Comforter to ease his pain. He went on his knees and prayed hard to have his joy restored and his softened heart established by the free Spirit of God.
You might baffle man, and through your own melancholy manipulation, even evade truths which Christians bring comfort; but when the Holy Spirit Himself comes, all disputes will end. Satan cannot pull rank or his false logic on Him. Confusion vanishes and our fears with it, as darkness disappears before the sun.

Taken from The Christian in Complete Armor by William Gurnall

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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