He Searched Me and This Is What He Found Today!

What you are about to read is a day in my life several days ago. From memorizing and meditating on Psalm 139 for my 3030 Challenge, this is what came to me and how it brought me out of the muck.

Psalm 139I hear you need some encouragement. Something is bothering you. You allowed some negative thoughts today, didn’t you? Was that you I was hearing criticizing what someone had done? Was it you who verified your suspicions that someone else had what you consider an unfair advantage. So it appears that they are doing better than you in your work, and somehow this doesn’t seem right to you. You’d like to get that “problem” solved, am I right? You spent a little time allowing these thoughts to come in and stick around for awhile. True, you didn’t keep them long, but it was enough that now you’re wondering why you don’t feel very happy? Where is your joy and excitement?

You lost some sleep last night, too. What was that about? You woke up, and then you allowed your mind to start working on a problem, trying to figure out how something works, and now because you are tired, you feel even worse. How are you going to get out of this muck and get happy and excited again? You know you owe it to the people you love to let the joy flow out of you. You do always try to look at the bright side of things, but now you  feel bad about yourself because you didn’t stick up for someone when you could have, and then there is  that other thing that smells a little like jealousy. You might as well face up to it and confess it.

Psalm 139-1So Lord, I see what you mean, (from Psalm 139:1-6) you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit  down and when I rise up. You know my thoughts. You understand my path and when I lie down. You know what I’m doing and thinking all of the time. You know what I’m going to do and say even before I say or do it. You have hedged me behind and before and laid your hand upon me. That’s to keep me safe and give me peace. This is so wonderful I can’t even describe it. Even though you know my thoughts, motives, and actions, you are still willing to look out for me and lay your hand upon me. This is truly incredible to me! Please forgive me for my wrong thinking, my negativity and jealousy. I know my hope is in You. Peace and joy come rushing in again like fresh water cleansing me. Thank you. I look up and see Your face, and I am encouraged. Let the joy flow from me, and let Your love and wisdom flow from me, I pray. In Jesus name, Amen.

When He searches your heart today, what will He say to you? Tune in to the Voice of Love, and hear what He will say to you!

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You Don’t Have to Be Beaten by the Devil Ever Again!

I discovered gold nuggets in Psalm 91. The first one was “You Don’t Have to Be Sick,” and the second one was “You Don’t Have to Fall.” I am more excited than ever to have discovered the third nugget, “You Don’t Have to Be Beaten by the Devil Ever Again!” because I don’t like to be beaten by anyone! Just look in this verse and see if you find the nugget that I found.

Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Psalm 91:13

According to this verse, God’s plan is for us to be treading and trampling. It is not His plan for us to be trampled and tread upon. How much treading and trampling have we been doing? Do we just take negative thoughts and let them have their way? Do we accept negative dished out by other people and agree with it, allowing it to work its dangerous web into our belief system? Do we listen to lies from the enemy and feed them by focusing on them. We have the authority to tread upon the lion and adder. This means saying an emphatic, “NO!” to what the enemy is trying to put in our pathway.

Satan and all of his cohorts are the lion and adder. We are told to tread upon them and trample the young lion and the dragon. God tells us to do it, so we should do it! We don’t have to accept anything negative that is offered to us or be affected by it in any way. In fact we should affect “it”. We should change the atmosphere, not allow it to change us. We trample the young lion and the dragon under our feet. We walk in victory. It is God’s plan. We are not  alone in this. Angels are assigned to us all throughout our day, backing up what we declare! We have the authority to stomp on anything we don’t want in our lives and, we have a mighty army on our side. We cannot fail, and we do not have to be beaten by the devil ever again.

angels1These Nuggets Belong To Us:

1. Because you have made the Lord, your habitation, you qualify for a life of no evil and no plague.

2. Angels are continually working to protect you from evil, plagues, and stumbling.

3. You have authority to put all negative under your feet by choosing to tread and trample on the enemy.

You are going to live a life of safety, health and victory because you have made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most high, thy habitation. Start right now by believing that God’s plan for you is no evil, and no plague.

Great Blessings Belong to Those Who Trust in God!

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You Don’t Have to Fall!

While meditating on Psalm 91:11,12, I found three major truths that  have enhanced my life. The first nugget I found in this goldmine is, “You don’t have to be sick!” Here’s the second one. I found  it in Psalm 91: 11, 12: “You don’t have to fall!”

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Psalm 91:11,12

angels2God has given His angels the responsibility to keep us on the right path, to keep us safe, prosperous, healthy, and happy, and to keep us from falling. (That’s all our ways.) They rescue us if we physically fall, and they rescue us when we are about to stumble spiritually as well. I can picture an angel coming in so swiftly like a streak of light and picking us up, setting us back down so that we do not stumble or get hurt in any way. It happens so fast that we don’t even know it happened!

We have no idea how many tragedies or incidents have been averted by angels doing their job.

I can hear an angel say, “We do this all the time.” There are thousands and thousands of instances in a day when angels affect outcomes.

A day without angels on duty could turn out very different indeed.

Have you had an experience when you recognized angelic intervention in your life? Let’s be aware today that there is angelic intervention whether we know it or not. I don’t know about you, but I’m thankful for it, and I’m going to be on the lookout, just in case I can get a glimpse!

Have an amazing day! Watch for it!

 

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Goldmine Discovered: You Don’t Have to Be Sick!

goldmineI found a goldmine! No, I’m not in California or Alaska. I found it in Psalm 91! After panning for the gold in this psalm for  ten days, I extracted three nuggets that are so rich that my life has been powerfully impacted. Now that I know the truths in these verses, I can live more victoriously than ever and so can you. An unusual phenomena about finding nuggets of gold in the scripture is that when you tell others about the mine you have discovered, it is never depleted. There is plenty for everyone. Get your pan and see what you can find for yourself! Here’s what I’ve found in Psalm 91: 9-13.

It will take at least three articles to describe the nuggets I have found, but here’s the first one: We don’t have to be sick!

Psalm 91: 9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

goldmine2Did I read that correctly? The Lord is my refuge, the One I run to for safety and peace. Psalm 91:9 states that because you have given the Lord first place in your life, and you have made Him your habitation, nothing evil is going to touch you and the plague (sickness) isn’t going to come near you. That is an amazing truth! It is stated as a fact in God’s word. It is simply the way things are in His Kingdom.  I tripped over this nugget for a long time because we often have evil and sickness in our lives. I found out that evil and sickness are not God’s plan for us! That makes all the difference in the world. According to this verse, (read it again, if you didn’t see it) the plan of God is for us to be free from evil and sickness.  If it isn’t His plan for us, we don’t have to have it!

Why are we having evil and sickness in our lives if it is not His plan for us? Perhaps in the past you thought you didn’t qualify or didn’t deserve a life free  from evil and sickness. The truth is  you do qualify because you made the decision to put God first in your life. If you have made Him your habitation, as verse 9 says, you qualify for what comes next. No evil shall befall you, neither shall any plague come nigh your dwelling. If we are not experiencing that, it may be only because we don’t fully believe it and rest in it yet. We could be embracing a lie that we don’t deserve it or qualify. I know it sounds impossible; it sounds too good to be true. The Word of God says it plainly here, so what we want to do is embrace this nugget, this truth, hold it closely to our heart, believe and receive it. You don’t have to be sick!

I hope you have gotten something you can think about through reading this. Please join the discussion. I know there can be some disagreement among Christians in thinking like this, and you are welcome to respectfully disagree in love. I am wide open to greater understanding of the truth in God’s Word. I think we can so easily miss what is there by our own habitual way of thinking. He doesn’t mind our questions, and He has all of the answers.

 

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30 Confessions You Can Use Every Day from Psalm 91

psalm91-1130 Confessions You Can Use Every Day From Psalm 91

Here’s how I’m going to do it: I will take one a day, as the Lord leads, and either mentally roll it over in my mind, or say it out loud ten times every time I think of it, with a goal of 100 times (10 x 10). As an alternative method, I will set a timer for 2 or 3 minutes and meditate it through repetition. I know this will ingrain it indelibly on my spirit, and there will be greater revelation and transformation. I’ve experienced it before! I invite you to try it and let me know how it goes.

  1. I will dwell in the secret place of the most High.
  2. I will abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
  3. Lord, you are my refuge.
  4. You are my fortress
  5. You are my God; in You I will trust.
  6. You deliver me.
  7. You deliver me from the traps set by my enemy.
  8. You deliver me from disease and sickness.
  9. You cover me with Your feathers.
  10. Under His wings, I trust.
  11. His truth is my shield and buckler.
  12. Thou shalt not be afraid of anything that could happen day or night.
  13. Even when I see things happening around me and close to me, it doesn’t touch me.
  14. I see what is happening to the wicked, but it doesn’t affect me.
  15. The Lord is my refuge.
  16. Lord, you are my habitation, the place I live.
  17. No evil shall befall me.
  18. No plague shall come near me.
  19. Angels are watching over me and keeping me in all my ways.
  20. Angels protect me and keep me from stumbling.
  21. I have authority over the enemy.
  22. I tread on and trample anything that is not of God that tries to enter my life.
  23. I have set my love upon you, Lord.
  24. You will deliver me.
  25. You will set me on high because I know your name.
  26. I call on the Lord, and He answers me.
  27. God, Himself is with me in trouble.
  28. You deliver me and honor me.
  29. You satisfy me with long life.
  30. You show me Your salvation.

Our lives are going to be so enriched by making these truths part of our lives. Please tell me which one of these confessions speaks to you most. Have a great week!

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Love Speaks

Have you ever had your head filled with negative thoughts about yourself, thoughts that are relentless, thoughts that keep you focused on yourself and then beat you up for being selfish? Do you almost believe these thoughts are true? Are these thoughts trying to destroy your hope and cause you to fear you will never be more than you are? Please read carefully and hear the Word of the Lord for you.

Take a moment or longer and just pour out everything that is bothering you, everything you think is wrong with you. What are you hearing inside your head? What do you believe to be true about yourself and your situation?

“I am in big trouble with God. I am wallowing in self pity. Just look at me. I’m a terrible person. I am a joke. I’m a disappointment to God. I’m the opposite of everything I want to be. There’s no hope (that’s a classic) I’m not worth anything.” On and on, you talk.

love speaks4You look up to find that the Person you are talking to is smiling and smiling bigger and even laughing. He is hugging you and shedding some tears. God is saying how much He loves you. Can you hear Him? Do you see His face smiling at you? From the revelation of love, it all looks different. Not one bit of the bad things you thought about you matters to Him. You are not the least bit in trouble. It is all just smoke. It is the enemy trying to blind you from the overwhelming love of God. Open your eyes and see.

You realize: I am so loved. He delights in me, He delights in every hair on my head. He absolutely loves me. He isn’t mad at me one bit. There is absolutely nothing I can do that will make him love me less. Nothing can separate me from the love of God. Romans 8:35-39 tells us this. I might as well stop trying to get Him to love me, and just rest in it.

lovespeaks2He’s not disappointed with me. What I see as my failures or flaws, He doesn’t even look at. He’s not at all mad. It’s not an issue. He loves me just like I am and delights in what I am becoming. He knows the end from the beginning, and He wants me to see it too. As I stay close to Him, I will see it.

Should I surrender to Him?  To Someone Who loves me completely, Who has infinite resources, infinite wisdom? Will He be able to finish the work that He started in me?  Can He be trusted for my good?  I am seeing myself on a cliff about to jump into the pristine waters below. It is calling me. It is a new life, a life immersed in total trust,  guidance, joy, peace, and love. Will I take the plunge? Will He teach me to swim in new and beautiful and deeper waters? Will I surrender to Him and trust Him no matter what? Will you?

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What I’m Giving Up For Lent and Why

cookies It is with great trepidation that I write the next words. I will give up cookies for Lent. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but over the last several weeks, I have become overly fond of cookies. Don’t get me wrong, I have always liked cookies2cookies. My first memories of cookies are the devils-food cookies (take note of that name) that my dad used to pick up at the grocery store. They had kind of a hard coating with the cake inside and a line of white icing next to the hard shell. After that my cookie of choice was the fudge-striped cookies by Keebler. In my teens, I discovered the delightful pleasure of home-made chocolate chip cookies. It is not like I have eaten cookies every day of my life for these many years, but I have enjoyed more than a few.

Since I discovered the gourmet cookies from Bi-Lo this winter, it’s pretty much been an every day thing. I have kept well stocked with Pepperidge Farm milk chocolate milano cookies and recently began buying M&M cookies made fresh at Bi-Lo daily.  So no more cookies for me. The half container in the kitchen right now will go in the freezer or be eaten by Jay. What happens on April 19 when Lent is officially over on Holy Saturday, is left to be seen, but for these days, by the grace of God, I will be cookie-less.

40-bagsIn addition to the cookie moratoriam, I am  wholeheartedly embracing a wonderful idea I read about in a blog yesterday: giving up “40 Bags for 40 Days” In the spirit of merging spring-cleaning with Lent, I will be going through cabinets, drawers, corners, bookshelves, closets on an organizing rampage. No area is safe. I will  be”giving up” something from each area, either to the trash, goodwill or someone who needs it. This is in consensus with the Decluttering Challenge issued by Ann Marie on her blog White House, Black Shutters. I’m excited about it. If you need something, ask me in the comments and if i have it, and can bring myself to part with it, it’s yours. I’ll bag it and send it. Today’s the 7th of March and I’m only two days behind. I can catch up easily.

Oh and there’s one more important part to Lent for me. I’m giving up blogs, well not really. I’m spring cleaning here too. I’m moving, for one thing to a self-hosted site, so you’ll soon be redirected there, and it may take me a little while to get acclimated to the new space, but I’ll be around. Meanwhile, I’m giong through eighty-four drafts and getting rid of one a day either by publishing or trashing it, so expect a few more fun and inspirational posts to read between now and April 19th. If you’re not getting one a day, you’ll know the trash got something and rejoice, you didn’t have to read it.

As you can see, I’m excited. Life is good! God is good! He gave us so much, and we are so blessed. The least I can do is give back what I can, and take care of what I have, living every day to bring joy to Him and to as many others as I can.

What are you giving up for Lent? Please share your thoughts, and “Remember, you are dust, and to dust you shall return, repent and believe in the gospel. This is the beginning of Lent.”

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What is Lent and Should I Take Part?

No, I’m not Catholic, and I know you don’t have to be to take part in Lent, but I think I will! Last year, for the the first time I found out what Lent was. Much to my surprise, I was also enlightened to the meaning of Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. I liked the idea of Fat Tuesday a lot!  Here’s the briefest of explanations and some interesting facts I learned.

Fat-TuesdayFirst of all Fat Tuesday is actually called Mardi Gras which is French for Fat Tuesday. Now you get the picture. It is the feasting before the fasting; it is pizza and doughnuts, french fries, and onion rings.  Eat whatever you want, as much as you want, because the next 46 days are fasting days.

Ash WednesdayAsh Wednesday is the beginning of the Lenten season. Catholics attend mass to receive ashes on their forehead, and the priest will say these words over them, “Remember, you are dust, and to dust you shall return, repent and believe in the gospel. This is the beginning of Lent.” Others such as Anglicans, Lutherans, and Methodists also observe the day and season. Since 2010, many have taken advantage of the “Ashes to Go” opportunity in which ministers are on the street to give the blessing and ashes for those who cannot attend church. Another innovative idea is  “drive-thru-ashes.”  Ash Wednesday2This also provides a way for people who can’t attend church to participate in the act of repentance. Pastor Brian Erikson of Alabaster First United Methodist Church, Birmingham, Alabama explains, “The folks that are driving past our churches are hurting. This is a humiliating and humbling act of remembering we are all dust; in the final end, we are all returning to dust. That shared mortality, that shared dependence on the breath of God to make us more than dust, is a pretty pressing human need. The most moving parts of the morning are people weeping at an expression of grace and someone being willing to pray with them.”

Text BlessingAfter receiving ashes at mass Wednesday morning, my friend, Phyllis sent me this text, “Remember, you are dust, and to dust you shall return, repent and believe in the gospel. This is the beginning of Lent.” I appreciated her sending me this reminder. It is a sobering thought to realize that we have a limited time on the earth. We should remember this as often as possible and make sure our heart is clean and right with God. It is also a time to be thankful for the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ who made a way for our sins to be forgiven and for us to be in right relationship with God and look forward to eternal life.  This is the beginning of Lent.

We can choose to give up something for Lent as a sign of repentence and our acknowledgement of what Christ gave up for us on the cross. This is done beginning on Ash Wednesday for the next forty-six days which brings us to “Holy Saturday,” the day before Easter. Anything we choose to deny ourselves, according to Neela Kale, should “help you to turn towards God in this holy season of Lent.”

Have you ever given anything up for Lent? Please tell us one of your experiences, or what it means to you.

In the next post, I will let you know what I am giving up for Lent. Please stop by. I think it may surprise you. I pray the Lord will richly bless you in this season.

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Under His Wings

Psalm_91_3If you have ever wakened in the night with terror in your heart, paralyzed with fear, and overcome with the very presence of darkness, then what you are about to read will help you. If you have ever walked with a vague sense that something bad was going to happen, or if you have been plagued with an uneasiness you could not explain, then what you are about to read will help you. If you have ever felt certain that doom and destruction were imminent, then what you are about to read will help you.

3030 Joyce MeyersBeginning March 1, I joined Joyce Meyer’s 3030 Bible Challenge. One hundred fifty minutes later, I can now quote to you in forty-five seconds or less the entire first eight verses of Psalm 91. For five nights, I spent only thirty  minutes working at memorizing, reviewing, meditating, and picturing these verses. On the fourth and fifth nights the insights you are about to read came to me. The first half of the Psalm is now officially mine and my life is enriched. I invite you to join me, visit “my” Psalm and add your insights in the comments at the bottom of the page. Come with me to the secret place.

Psalm91-1Psalm 91: 1, 2 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High, “he” is that one who gets as close to God as he can possibly get, clinging and cleaving to Him, holding on tight, and staying there where he is safe.  He is abiding under the shadow of the almighty, whispering, “You are my refuge, my fortress, my God, in You will I trust. I’m clinging tightly because I trust you. Being this close to you, I can hear only You. No longer do I hear the negative voices from the enemy, only Your voice, Your voice of freedom and truth, guidance, wisdom, joy, peace, love.”

Psalm 91-3Psalm 91: 3 Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler and from the noisome pestilence. “You, O Lord, will deliver me from every evil imaginable. As I stay close to you, You will strengthen me and equip me and pour Your love through me. Perfect love casts out fear and being close to you is what protects me from evil. I am able to overcome evil with good because You strengthen me, and you show me the way.”

feathers1Psalm 91:4 “You cover me with your feathers and  under your wings I trust. “I can’t see anything or anyone but You; I’m under your wings . I’m trusting You to guide me and show me the way, and tell me everything I need to know. I’ll just wait right here and if we go anywhere, we go together. I’m staying right here.”

Your truth is my shield and buckler. “Knowing and believing what You say about something is what protects me and deflects the arrows and swords of the enemy. It keeps me safe from spiraling downward with negative thinking and wrong beliefs.”

Psalm 91Psalm 91: 5-8  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. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

And He says to me, “You don’t have to be afraid of anything at all. Even if you see or hear of evil things going on, even if it seems like it is getting very close to you, do not fear. It will not come near enough to hurt you. You will see how evil falls upon the wicked, but I will keep you safe, because You stay close to me and trust in me. Have no fear because I am your refuge and your fortress, your God, in Whom you trust. I will not let you down. I will not fail you nor forsake you.”

Looking forward to Psalm 91:9-16

Have a wonderful day,  and let’s see how close we can get to our Father who promises us His love and protection.

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