Are We Having Fun Yet???

 

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Are we having fun yet?  God is!

The Bible says that God takes great delight in us and rejoices over us with singing. (Zeph. 3).

It tells us that He enjoys listening in when we talk to each other about Him and that He is writing down our names in a special book because it gives Him pleasure to do so. (Malachi 3).

It also says He laughs at his enemies because He knows they are defeated. (Psalm 2).

And the New Testament tells us that Jesus was anointed with gladness above all of His contemporaries. (Heb.  1).

So it makes sense that God’s Word admonishes us to rejoice always. (Phil.4).  And we have good reason to do so, because we have a God who loves just hanging out with us and having a good time.

So whatever else is on your list for today — stop and make a little time to hang out with the Lord of the universe. He’s waiting to enjoy some time with you.

 

 

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A Rod, a Serpent, A Miracle-Working God

Originally posted on Healing From Jesus:

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by Sandra Conner (Radical About Jesus Ministries)

When the Lord, Jehovah, called Moses to go to the people of Israel and announce to them that God was ready to set them free from slavery, Moses insisted that they would not believe him. So God gave him a number of signs to perform before the people as evidence that God was indeed miraculously working with Moses.

We want to take a close look today at the first sign: “And the Lord said unto him [Moses], ‘What is that in thine hand?’ And he said, ‘a rod.’ And He said, ‘Cast it on the ground.’ And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.

And the Lord said unto Moses, ‘Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail.’ And he put forth his hand and caught it,SNAKE FROM ROD and it became…

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Kenneth E. Hagin — ‘El Shaddai’

 

Kenneth E. Hagin has been one of the most faithful and anointed ministers of God that I have ever known. During his long life of service to the Lord, from the time he was raised from his deathbed at 16 until he went to be with the Lord in his mid 80′s, he has not only taught God’s Word faithfully, but he has lived it fully and with abundant fruit. I have had the privilege of sitting under his teaching since I was in my 20′s, – both in person and via tape and video. This particular sermon, “El Shaddai,” is one of my favorites. I trust it will enrich your faith and bless your life as well.

 

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Our God Is a Consuming Fire

I posted this article almost a year ago, but I have felt a strong conviction to offer it again at this time.  Feel free to bypass it if you remember it well, but if not, perhaps it will meet a need for you today.

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Hebrews 12:29 says, “Our God is a consuming fire.” Let Him burn in you today. Let His fire burn out every root of disease and infirmity that has taken hold in your body. Think about how a raging fire – a “consuming” fire – literally devours and consumes every tree, every bush, every blade of grass, every structure in its wake. Even if we’ve been blessed enough that we’ve never personally faced one of the huge forest fires that literally swallowed up whole neighborhoods as they swept out of wooded areas and right through highly populated suburbs, we’ve still seen on TV how nothing could stand in the face of the power of those fires.

Now, they were burning in response to something evil happening – a lightning strike, a careless match or cigarette, a campfire or bonfire gone awry. But Hebrews 12:29 is talking about a fire that burns from the heart of a loving God who created this world and created each one of us. A God who wants us to be free from sin and the curse it brought into the world. He wants us free from sickness, which is a major part of the curse. In fact, He wants us free so badly that He gave us Jesus to take all the sickness on our behalf, so that we could then be freed from having to bear it ourselves. Isaiah 53:4-5 tells us that Jesus “bore our sins, sickness, weakness, distress … sorrows and pains.” That passage then goes on to declare that “by His stripes, we are healed.”

The God who gave His only Son to bear our sickness considered it a privilege to set us free from the horrors of disease and infirmity. He comes to us in all of His power to do just that when we receive His Word and trust Him to be our physician.

Now, dear reader, don’t let yourself be deceived by those who are ignorant of God’s Word — who know only bits and pieces of it, mainly from someone else’s erroneous teaching. Many of those people will try to tell you that when the Bible refers to God’s fire it is referring to trouble and problems and all kinds of horrible situations that He sends for you to endure.  Not So! God’s Word does not say that. On the contrary, God says that He Himself is the consuming fire — not a problem, a tragedy of life, or some evil experience. It is God Himself who will come to you and, by the fire of His own Holy Spirit, burn up the things that have you bound up and suffering.

You don’t have to be afraid of the fire of God. That fire will not burn YOU; it will only burn out the destructive thing that is trying to steal the health and life out of you. In Joel 3:21, the Lord says of the time when His Holy Spirit would be set free in the earth (our present time), “I will cleanse their blood ….” He wants His fire to rage through your entire blood stream, cleansing it and purifying it.

Many times in history, when a city or community was in the throes of some plague, the authorities gave orders for the clothing and even, at times, the very homes of the sick to be burned, because that was the only way to thoroughly get rid of the root cause of the disease. Fire is more than a destroyer. It is a cleanser. The fire of God will not destroy us. It will destroy the disease, the demonic roots, the corruption that has taken hold in our bodies. That fire will cleanse us and set us free.

So, today, turn yourself over to the God who is a consuming fire. Invite Him to come in and burn within you. Now, He isn’t likely to burn out only the disease. When He is allowed to come in and work, He likes to do a thorough job. So don’t be surprised if, while He’s at it, he also burns out some wrong attitudes, ideas, prejudices, and sinful habits. Sometimes those things have been at the root of our sickness problem, or sometimes they hinder our receiving our complete healing. But always they hinder God from making us everything He wants us to be. So, if they are in the way, He’ll burn right through them as well.

Let God be a consuming fire in you today. Let Him consume everything that is not of Him and leave you clean and well and open to receiving all that He can give you of Himself.

 

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As a Flower of the Field

 

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As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.” (Ps. 103:15-16).

In this fleeting moment known as life on this earth, let us be diligent to open our hearts to the One Person who can offer us a life that is not fleeting, but rather is eternal. Jesus Christ offers His own life – everlasting life — to anyone who will receive Him as Lord. We can make our fleeting moment on this earth count for eternity if we will only allow the One who is “the way, the truth, and the life” to give us all of Himself.

Then once He has done so, He can live His life through us, showing forth His love and mercy to a multitude of others who pass through our lives. Like the flowers of the field, we give forth the aroma of the Lord Jesus, and we scatter our seed into the soil all around us. As a result, our short lives become invested into other lives, drawing them into a glorious eternity with the Lord as well. It’s amazing how many eternities can be determined by a single fleeting lifetime on earth, once it is wholly committed to the Lord.

 

 

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Children of Light

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God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5). “Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” (James 1:17)

If we are the children of God (1John 3:1), and our Father is the “Father of Light,” then we must be “children of light.” And if He is so full of light that there is no variation or shadow in Him, then we, too, should be free of any shadows or darkness. How can we be so? By continually keeping ourselves in His light. As we focus fully on Him and His light, we are drawn into it more and more completely, and His light itself fills us more and more thoroughly — until we are like Him — and it can be said of us: “They are children of light, and in them there is no darkness at all.”

 

 

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Poems of Passion Week – Day 8 – ‘It’s In Me’

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Are you buried deep in sorrow
Over past and hurtful wounds?
Has the weight of your own failures
Left you feeling failure-doomed?


Has the peril of the systems
Of the economic sphere
Left you beaten down and overwhelmed
And buried under fear?


Has the rampant spread of sickness,
Diagnosis of sure death,
Left you reeling in confusion,
Condemned to draw your final breath?


Then look away: from all the darkness,
From the death and fear and pain.
Hear the rumble of the tombstone
As it rolls from off the grave.
See the lightning flash of glory
As the Son begins to rise,
As He steps from death’s dark dungeon:
The successful sacrifice.


Hear Him say, “The curse is broken!
I have come to give you life.
Ask of Me, and I will answer;
I have victory for your strife.
I’ve a storehouse of provisions;
I have healing for your pain;
I’ve forgiveness for your sin,
And I can make you clean again.


“For as surely as I died for you,
Took all your sin on me,
So My resurrection power is yours;
It’s enough to set you free.


There is no price;


It’s for the taking.


But the only place you’ll find it

Is in Me.”

 

 

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