Ambassador for Christ

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We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:20, 21 NIV)

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NIV)

Are You Living Each Day As If It’s Your Last?

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“Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!”– quote from The Truman Show

Now if you haven’t seen this movie before, it’s pretty much about a guy who’s life that has been under the microscope since he was born. He does not know of it until certain things start to happen in his adulthood. Unlike this movie, there are no actors and actresses pretending to be someone they are not in your life. I’m really trying not to give too much away (about this movie) but I want you to think about YOUR life….. knowing that you’ve been under God’s careful watch even before conception.

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mothers womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You. (Psalm 139:13-18 NKJV)

It’s quite amazing how the Holy Spirit gives me inspiration when I wake up. Some of it seems odd to me at times but there is always a greater purpose than my understanding. Someone needs to hear this. No words I write, no prayers I speak or utter are of myself but of wisdom, inspiration and guidance of He Who leads me. I am just a humble vessel wanting to obey that his mighty words and works may be known to those who need them.

Thinking about the number of years you have been blessed to see another day does not mean that you should dwell on the bad ones. I’m sure that the good outweighs the bad. Remember that our Father’s scale beats ours hands down. God has shown his love in various ways all throughout your life. His mercy and grace is something to think on. Ponder for a moment:

Sin upon sin, daily mercies, unmerited favor we do not deserve, Christ dying for us, being cleansed and washed white as snow, unconditional and unselfish love for a Father (our heavenly Father) to send his only Son down to earth to save us from ourselves, the choice of eternal salvation over damnation, a roof over our head, clothing, shelter, a right mind, health, a job, food and family whether blood related or not as well as people who encompass us every day. The list goes on and on.

Does any of this ring a bell yet?

He (the Lord) did not promise that you would not experience hurt and pain but he did promise to be with you. You may think that life has dealt you a bad hand and you just cannot seem to rise above; to get ahead. You’ve grown tired, frustrated, disappointed, and perhaps just plain angry with a nasty aftertaste in your mouth.

God knew your life well in advance. It’s not to say that things cannot change, but how you/we respond to it makes a world of a difference. Have you pushed away people he has sent your way? Have you ignored the blessings that did not come in the form you expected? Have you just given up, given in and called it quits?

Reach out for the hand of the Lord and ask for help, ask for a better mind frame to deal with life’s curve balls, to simply take your current life situations and deal with them the best you can with hope and faith that He will see you through.

ARE YOU LIVING EACH DAY AS IF IT IS YOUR LAST?

Tomorrow or the next breath isn’t promised to no one. Don’t put off the very things today that can be done and enjoyed, sowed and reaped with a perspective that Someone Who’s thoughts and understanding are higher than yours and knows exactly what you need to make this life’s journey. You may not ever understand why you are going though hard times at the moment, but God does. Even if you do not like anything about today and you know that your heartstrings are being tugged on to do something for someone else in the name of the Lord… just do it. It may not always be about the act of service and kindness toward others, but about the act of OBEDIENCE.

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Is this you burying your head in the ground not trying to hear anything being said because it does align with what makes you happy?

If you have God, you have everything that you could ever need. Any thing else is just added blessings to your life. He should make you happy, he should make you feel content. Not people or material things.

Could this be you saying: “La la la la laaaaa, I can’t hear you!!!”

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Now it’s time to put on our big girl and big boy undies and face the day in the power and might of the Lord’s strength. May we think before we speak or act out of foolishness, disregard, selfishness, pity or spite before someone gets their hand bit off all because we did not take the time to reflect on the goodness that the Lord has already given. Today has been granted with a purpose.

Saying all of this is out of love. It’s not to hurt or harm you, but to speak truth that it may be edifying if you receive it.

How much better it is to get skillful and godly Wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen
rather than silver. The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; he who
guards his way preserves his life. Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a
fall. Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the meek and poor than to divide the spoil with the proud. He who deals wisely and heeds [God’s]
word and counsel shall find good, and whoever leans on,
trusts in, and is confident in the Lord–happy, blessed, and fortunate is he. The wise in heart are called prudent, understanding, and knowing, and winsome speech increases learning [in both
speaker and listener]. Understanding is a wellspring of life to those who have it,
but to give instruction to fools is folly. The mind of the wise instructs his mouth, and adds learning
and persuasiveness to his lips. Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the mind and
healing to the body. There is a way that seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of
death. (Proverbs 16:16-25 AMP)

God loves you and so do I. May his abounding love cover you and keep you, may his angels provide protection all your days, may his peace triumph over chaos and evil. Be still and know that he is God.

Message of Christ

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27 NKJV)

What’s That In Your Mouth?!!

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Your words were found, and I ate them; and Your words were to me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart, for I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts. (Jeremiah 15:16 AMP)

Chewing and Digesting

Through my own experiences, though in general, the Word does feed my spirit. Chewing and digesting it ( scripture ) soaks into the innermost being of my spirit. Its not about the quantity of what I read, but the quality; what I am taking from it. There are days when I pray asking God to give me a word for a particular moment that I’m going through or something that’s on my mind as well as just wanting to seek His heart and finding out what it is that he wants to talk to me about.

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This is vital to my daily living just as keeping healthy and taking my vitamins. God is my spiritual dose of nourishment. His Living Word is what keeps me going. All the strength I work in that’s righteous comes from he and he alone. Seeking Him and his presence means everything in what I say and do. I want to be about my Father’s will. His plans are greater than mine and yours. With this said, I am praying that you too take careful consideration as to the things you consume mentally, physically and spiritually.

Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:21-25 NKJV)

“Father God, it is your heart that I seek after daily. I need you desperately. Without you I can do nothing. Teach me your ways that I may live accordingly. I pray for my friends and family far and near that they too will seek after you coming thirsty and hungry. Your Son paid it all on the cross. He blood was not shed in vain. Help me to take up my cross daily and to deny the flesh that has no means to edify my growth in you. I continually ask for your mercy and grace. Your infinite wisdom is greater than anyone’s. I’ve asked you for wisdom and you have granted it to me. May I be wise and not foolish in my own thinking; boasting of things I know not is meaningless. Everything meaningful and righteous that proceeds out of my mouth I credit to you. Praises forever will be in my mouth for you alone are worthy of them. Glory hallelujah!!
In Jesus name… Amen”

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. (James 1:5, 6 NKJV)

Hasten to His Throne

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Psalm 84
1HOW LOVELY are Your tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!
2My soul yearns, yes, even pines and is homesick for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out and sing for joy to the living God.

3Yes, the sparrow has found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young–even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.

4Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are those who dwell in Your house and Your presence; they will be singing Your praises all the day long. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

5Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man whose strength is in You, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

6Passing through the Valley of Weeping (Baca), they make it a place of springs; the early rain also fills [the pools] with blessings.

7They go from strength to strength [increasing in victorious power]; each of them appears before God in Zion.

8.O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

9Behold our shield [the king as Your agent], O God, and look upon the face of Your anointed!

10For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand [anywhere else]; I would rather be a doorkeeper and stand at the threshold in the house of my God than to dwell [at ease] in the tents of wickedness.

11For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.

12O Lord of hosts, blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts in You [leaning and believing on You, committing all and confidently looking to You, and that without fear or misgiving]!

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Hallelujah!! Hallelujah!! Praise the Lord wherever you are dear brethren for our God reigns on the throne forevermore! Hasten to His throne….go bow down before the Almighty King and give him the praises, the honor and glory. Be in reverence of Him. Mercies are anew, grace and blessings are abundant!

We are a peculiar people to our Father! No matter what we go through, he will be right there with us through the good and bad days in our lives. Strength to endure comes from He alone. Stand out and let your light shine! Sing a new song unto the Lord. He is the center of my joy and your joy alone!

The Blessedness of Dwelling in the House of God is what Psalm 84 is talking about. Who wants to walk around with the “old man” on? Take him off and put on the “new man”; the new creation that you are in Christ! Being a child of God doesn’t mean everyday will be peaches n’ cream but if you take a moment to pause (Selah) think on the goodness of the Lord! He’s brought you a mighty long way. You may not be where you want to be, but you are NOT where you were once before!

Sing, dance, shout, lay face down humbling yourself in the presence of The One Who is the Great I Am! Do whatever you need to do to clear out any thoughts and distractions that keep you from coming with a clear mind and heart before the Lord. Ask Him to make you over. Cleanse you, purify you and make you whole in Him. He is The Potter and Refiner!

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Bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me! Bless Your holy name! I can’t help but sing praises to Him. He’s been nothing but good to me! He’s been good to you too! He’s been better to us than we have been to ourselves. Dwell in his presence my friends. Give yourself over and submit in mind, body and spirit to Him who gives you peace and a right state of mind.

Hasten to His throne and glorify all that he is worthy of. The Living Well is waiting to teach you, to show you how to live each and every day in abundance. Thirst no more.

Be blessed in your day!

I cannot help but share the love and joy given to me this morning. He’s the source of everything that I am and do in his name. Without Him, I am nothing. I cannot do anything that is righteous without his aid and presence. All praises, all glory and worthiness belongs to God. Today would not be had he not spoken it into existence.

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Encourage Yourself! Stay in the Word of God and speak IT over your life, those of your family and friends as well as those living in darkness. We were once there before. Invite them in so that they too can inherit the blessings and promises of God. Eternity in heaven or hell is the only choices there are. There’s no middle place to dwell. Share the love of Jesus and the change that has made your life worth living in him and for him!

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“Surely His salvation is near to those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, [and is ready to be appropriated] that [the manifest presence of God, His] glory may tabernacle and abide in our land. Mercy and loving-kindness and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring up from the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven. Yes, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness shall go before Him and shall make His footsteps a way in which to walk.” (Psalm 85:9-13 AMP )

Wellspring At His Feet

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When you’ve come to that place along your journey, when you just don’t know what’s what, it is at the feet of Jesus you will find peace and understanding.

Make the time to rest in the Lord; GIVE him priority each and every day. Too many times we get caught up in the busyness of life that we don’t slow down and seek His presence. Not just to bring our problems to Him, but to gain some wisdom, discernment, and knowledge. We need intimate time with the Lord for ONLY he can give us what this world can’t.

For me………… it’s my wellspring. It’s my quiet time that I NEED with the Savior. I have to drop everything else and be at his feet, absorbing all that is imparted. I rather be a Mary in a Martha world. ( read Luke10:38-42 )

May my heart over my actions preside; to choose the better part. That’s where I want to be more and more each day. Don’t you? We can’t live in this world and do right without Him.

Welcome Jesus into your day giving of your first-fruits. There’s no time like the present time. He should be first in our planner/agenda book written in ink, not pencil. God has breathed life into you yet another day. How awesome is that?!!

” O Father, I thank you for be a loving father to us all even when we don’t deserve it. It’s by Your grace that we are here. Your precious Son is the Teacher, willing and able to share with us how to live a godly life. By help of Your Holy Spirit we are able to make a decision and choose the better part before the anxieties of this world scoop us up and blindsight us to the blessings in our day. I pray for my friends that they too will draw from the Living Well. No greater refreshing will ever be found. Anoint the heads of Your children that we may go out into a new day shining the Light of your glory. Blessed be your name in all the earth. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen “

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Proverbs 16:21-23 NKJV
“The wise in heart will be called prudent, And sweetness of the lips increases learning. Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it. But the correction of fools is folly. The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, And adds learning to his lips.”