““Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. “Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the hip. Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.” Isaiah 60:1-5 NIV
If you haven't read the book of Isaiah yet, DO IT!! This book is truly amazing and powerful; the promises, commands, opportunities and again more powerful promises. WOW Thank You Lord! Today I wanted to surround you with some of those amazing Words, smile today, walk with an extra kick in your step because WOW look what Father God is saying to you!!
I was reflecting on some conversations, and yes even arguments that I had in past years with my Mother yesterday. Praying through them the entire time, what are you trying to tell me Lord? Finally I received His Words; look at these verses. He has assured me We weren't arguing, I was learning and practicing. She gave me that gift, the Lord brought it back and gave it to me again!!
I have nothing to worry about, (even though my flesh wants and aches over the loss of My Mother, the loss of My Person), I have nothing to fear, I don't have to light my path or wonder who is going to light it for me!!! The Lord has this handled, through Active Faith, I receive all of His glorious promises (you can too). You see the enemy knows I'm not shy, I have a voice, one that people will listen to even. TYL. The enemy knows that I am out of the shadows and working for the Kingdom, so he sent me massive destruction, change, hurt, extreme pain, rejection, failures, and extreme loneliness this past year. Why? In hopes that I would give up! I would not persevere! I would not have experienced these amazing and glorious gifts from the Father. Why, because I am now sharing them all w you!
This is the same for you, it doesn't have to be a daisy chain of OMG, are you serious, and holy cow if I didn't have witnesses to it, I wouldn't even believe it myself -- stuff. I needed that refinement, and I am thankful for it -PTL!! My point to you is in all the things, those moments, not just the biggies... Go to Him, praise Him, Thank Him and be cloaked in His comfort. See and realize He is your light, He is NEVER leaving you. Let that sink in! It is Real!! HOW AWESOME IS THAT!!!! TYL
So go out today with the Biggest and Brightest Smiles for all to see!!
“The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be glory. Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end.” Isaiah 60:19-20 NIV
The verses below have a lot to say, and given different points of view I am sure more can be said than the subject I been led to cover today. The verses between the two verse selections are the Lords Prayer, (one of the best breakdowns I have ever heard is a series Pastor Robert Morris did, it is on line and easy to listen to. I encourage you to dive in this weekend. It is a powerful study.)
It is interesting to me is people feel the need to tell people everything they do, every single thing. Then there are others that tell you what you want to hear, and of course those that truly manipulate the situation. Whatever that is, like playing friends, colleges, even love relationships against each other. There is power in keeping those people hurting and need you... Remember that is NOT a good power. Rarely do you find people that will tell you the truth, or isn't trying to always have one up on you or use what you do tell them against you or for their own gain. For heavens sake, when you find those rare gems, those are your keepers. Much more on this subject stay tuned - but today let's focus on the simple things. Remember, Keep it Simple Stupid!
Do you really think one of your bragging subjects, one of those exaggerated or one upping takes ought to be your cherritable works, or worse how much time you spend w the Lord, in His Word and in Prayer? There is nothing in your gut that tells you that is okay, nothing. Yet people do it.
If you are competitive in nature, or are compelled and want to do things right, please start here. STOP BRAGGING ON YOURSELF, AND GO INTO YOUR CLOSET! Not literally although some people do, the message is be private. Why, because there it truly becomes real. There is nothing you are doing for points, credits, credibility, nor making others be in awe of you and your works. It is just between you and the Lord, who will reward you Greatly!! TYL. Listen if you boast and someone says oh wow, oh my gosh you are so wonderful. That was your reward.
Go a little deeper, if you must be so public about your praise and worship time, ask yourself this; Are You Praising and Worshipping the Lord, Father God, Jesus Himself and The Holy Spirit? No you are NOT! Do you think you are worshipping yourself, feeding your own ego, maybe even making sure that others worship you even. Be careful here this is a slippery place, and a real trick the enemy will play.
Good news, it is the easiest thing in the world to fix... These verses spell it out as clear as day. Go and Be Blessed today, and go Bless others with your smile, your encouraging words, with your uplifted spirit. Eventually you will also have the chance to witness to them. And say to yourself each time, wow I love you Lord. Thank you for theses blessed opportunities, Thank you Lord!! And in your private prayer time, make it between you and Him, be specific, and spend time in the Word. It is the best recipe I ever learned. I have committed mighty woman and men of God to thank for that, more I thank Him for having refined them, brought them into my life and then refined me. Thank You Lord!!!!
““And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:5-8, 16-18 NIV
You don't have to go very far to find hatred, anger, jealousy, and sadness. It is true the world is consumed maybe even additicted to this negativity.
How about You Release yourself from it, you don't need to be that space and place of mind. All that negative is going to breed more negative. Think about it, when in a public place are you drawn to the happy, pleasant and joyful person. Maybe just the smile. Inherently we desire these emotions and overall state.
So are you grumpy out of habit, you don't want to be grumpy but you are. Do you somehow believe that seriousness is synonymous with grumpiness? I think that is a very common mistake, we make it by accident, perhaps even culturally. One thing is for certain, in order to be serious, accomplish what you need to do, do it better than you have ever done before... You do not need to be grumpy!
Do something for me today (for yourself and everyone around you), Smile, Smile all day. When you feel those heavy thoughts coming, remember you will be better off, get better results, and even be healthier if you keep your smile on!!
In a nut shell - stay joyful - rejoice even. (You might think: Why, how, there are so many things going wrong or bad things happening?!?!?). The answer is simple, if you want to see evil you will, if you want to see all the trash and horribleness in the world you will, and if you want to see THE GOOD YOU WILL!! Mindful, I'm not saying bury your head in the sand, you must stay aware, cognizant to what is going on. That said and most important you can influence, have a positive affect on it if you are NOT living under its control.
So be happy - Rejoice - the Lord has your back! Make your requests known to him, and give all your stress and anxiety to him. He is the giver of Peace, total Peace of Mind. Thank You Lord!! Hallelujah. Super WOW and I want to say Thank You Lord again!
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:4-7 NIV
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