Musings for early November 2019

what it says about godGood day dear readers. Life got a bit out of hand so I’m late posting again, but at least it’s still Friday; my target day to post! This two-way journaling with the Lord is getting quite interesting. Let me share some things from it.

Yesterday Mandisa tweeted:

“We need to have a war chest of Scripture to FIGHT life’s challenges. What Scripture are you claiming over your life today?” [#BetterTogetherTV@mandisaoffical]

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Immediately this Scripture came to mind: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:17. I declared I do not have any fear for I claim God’s power, God’s love, and a sound mind. The rest of my evening was victorious!

SO, what Scripture are YOU claiming/declaring over your life today?

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Our focus for our Watertown Women’s Connection Prayer Connection [affiliated with Stonecroft Women’s Ministry] this month is Gratefulness. In that vein, I shout out a heart-felt thank you to all the Veterans as November 11th approaches. Happy 13th Birthday to my nephew Ethan that day also!

comforting friendIn Life Group, our leaders said their adult children were talking about all the people cutting themselves, the suicides and drug addictions. I shared a thought and my leader told me to write it right down: “We haven’t invested in the little ones and the families are not being families so they have no love resource to draw from so they have no identity.” We who have accepted Jesus as Lord of our lives should find our identity in the Father’s love. If we don’t have that identity and love, how can we share with others to help them establish their own identity and worth? Pastor Nsamba [George William] from Ghana spoke in our church a couple weeks ago. He shared a new movement in the Body: Bring One. He and other leaders had planned huge gatherings to share the gospel. All the time and money brought some salvations, but never brought many into their churches. When they caught the idea of Bring One, each member found a friend, relative, neighbor, co-worker to bring and the churches grew exponentially. He stressed that we need to nurture our love relationship with the Lord, and start relationships and love on the people aroundfriends us, then we’ll have opportunity to invite them to church. The Spirit is in the church, so if we bring one, they will encounter the Living God and be changed. It’s emboldened us to deepen our relationships and to love others more so we have people we can bring into church and into the Kingdom. Can you Bring One?

I’ve gone back and re-read some journal pages and found some common themes: I’m precious, loved, a dear one to him. He tells me to draw closer, come deeper into Him, deeper into His love. All things come out of love and relationship. As I deepen my relationship with Him, I deepen my relationship with those around me. As I experience more of His love, I have more love to lavish on others. Let’s look at what the Word says of God’s love and the benefits of us sharing it:

…that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; Deuteronomy 30:20

…to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Joshua 22:5

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5

[ Walk in Love ] Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. Ephesians 5:1

I’ll finish with Matthew 22:36-40:

36 “Teacher, which is the great[est] commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Since God IS love; love is his person/nature. The Word of God in the Bible is all about his love for us, the love he gives, the love he wants us to give. Brothers and Sisters, as God has loved us in Christ Jesus, we also are to love. One other thought: Holiness means ownership. Holiness means you are owned by Him as 1 Corinthians 6:20 says, we were bought with a price; so glorify God in your body and spirit, which belong to God. Walk in love and you will draw many to him; draw closer to him and find yourself in the will of God! We need EVERYONEare YOU in???

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John Chapter 3

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Today I want to share some insights from the third chapter of John. John 3:16 is the first scripture I remember memorizing, I’ve often heard the story of Nicodemus, but never really spent any time in this chapter to connect the whole story. Notice, chapter 4 tells of the wedding in Cana of Galilee where Jesus did his first public miracle.

The New Birth

John 3 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”

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So Nicodemus came to Jesus at night, fearful he’d be found speaking with “the enemy” by the other Jewish rulers; fearful of punishment that could be as light as losing his leadership position or as heavy as being stoned to death. He admits Jesus must be a teacher come from God, but too far a stretch for his mind to conceive him as Messiah.

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”

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Again, a big stretch of Nicodemus’ understanding, this phrase “born again”.

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

DoveJesus is introducing one of the Holy Spirit’s main functions in this passage. This makes a clear distinction between the characteristics of human flesh and that flesh re-born of the Spirit.

Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?

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Nicodemus was well-versed in the Law and Prophets, having been a Torah student from a young age and having served in the Synagogue leadership and taught others for a number of years by now. But, Jesus points out that his knowledge blinds him from the wisdom in God’s Word.

10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? 11 Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

This section uses eternal life v.15, everlasting life v.16. Looking at John 10:10  Jesus again speaks of the life He came to give: life and life more abundantly (Zoe life). This chapter makes plain the fact that life eternal comes from God through Christ and no other way. Notice, Jesus is already proclaiming how he would die (v.14).

Is that me

1“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

pexels-photo-593899.jpegThere is no condemnation in Christ Jesus (v.17) but those  who choose not to believe are condemned because they love the darkness and reject His light. Because shining light exposes evil deeds, they turn away from it. Those who’s works are good don’t mind them being highlighted and clearly seen because they know there’s no condemnation when they do what’s pleasing to God. One thought: if you’ve done nothing wrong, you don’t fear the police. Fear comes from trying to hide your sin and shame. The devil is more than happy to help our flesh condemn us; our memories are too long! God does not condemn us; He convicts us of sin. There is no remedy for condemnation, but the remedy for conviction; Christ’s blood. So repent, turn away from your sins; let them be buried in the deep sea, dipped in the blood of the Lamb that washes white as snow. 

Have you been washed clean by accepting eternal life in Christ Jesus? Are you taking advantage of the relationship with Father God restored to us by the blood of Jesus? I pray you will all walk in faith and victory with the Lord each day; running free from sin, shame and fear because He is with you!

Shalom dear readers!

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Remember The LORD Your God

image000000_8In our Life Group we looked at Matthew 4:4 But He [Jesus] answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” then traced it back to Deuteronomy 8:3 the verse Jesus was quoting. This led me to study chapter 8 of Deuteronomy. Let’s see what God was saying to the Israelites that applies to us today. 

Remember the Lord Your God

Deuteronomy 8:1“Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers. And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

When’s the last time you asked God to search your heart and humble you?

Good, Good FatherSo He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LordYour garments did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty yearsYou should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God chastens you.

Have you discovered this to be true? As God humbled you, did you realize He was chastening you as a son/daughter? Have you contemplated what garments not wearing out and health being your portion for 40 years would look like today?

“Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him.

Proverbs tells us the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Are you growing in relationship with Him, learning to walk in His ways daily?

img_20191014_163810682_hdrFor the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10 When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you.

Israel as a nation is finding these blessings reside in God’s chosen land. It is a good land, made even better when the people acknowledge the LORD God that gave the blessings to them. It’s the same in North America as well!

give thanks in everything11 Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, 12 lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them;13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; 14 when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; 15 who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; 16 who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end— 17 then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.

We are told repeatedly to give thanks for all we’ve been blessed with, to not forget to minister and give to those who minister to us, widows, orphans, and the poor. Have you poured all your resources into your home and family and forgotten to honor God with tithes and offerings; with thanks, your time and talents?

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18 “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. 19 Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish.20 As the nations which the Lord destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the Lord your God.

I don’t want to perish in my sins and disobedience. I choose to accept the payment Christ Jesus made to set me free and grow deeper in my relationship with the God of the universe, His Son, and live by the Spirit of God, learning to follow as Jesus did while on earth. Give thanks with a grateful heart to the Holy One who blesses us with all we need for life and godliness.

Victory When victory comes, don’t forget the LORD your God who brought you the victory !

Holy Spirit Fire and More!

Dove Luke 3:22 And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased”.

When Jesus came up out of the waters of baptism, it says the Spirit descended upon him ‘like a dove’. The Holy Spirit was NOT a dove; but that’s the closest comparison those watching the event could make with their human eyes.

Note: the Son was immersed, the Spirit came upon Him, the Father spoke to the Son.

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The Bible doesn’t use the word “Holy Trinity”(It’s a man-made term for this doctrine) but clearly shows examples such as this of how the three parts of God are separate, but all three are one God. I love the analogy of an egg to demonstrate the Trinity: shell, white, yolk are three distinct parts with three distinct functions, but they compose a unit that the baby chick will develop in and emerge from. I’d take this further by saying Jesus walking earth as fully man, fully God and filled with the Holy Spirit after His baptism was like the egg emerging as a chick.

Is that meI was watching Sid Roth LIVE: Holy Fire & Glory (YouTube/ISN). This is my second time watching this episode and I accepted another dose of Holy Fire and Glory from Sid’s guests: Kevin Zadai, Diane Nutt and Tracey Cooke joined by Rich Vera at the end. It was good to watch after spending a couple weeks listening/watching a lot of Kevin’s videos. I’ve begun reading his books Agenda of Angels and Supernatural Finances on my Kindle.

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Our church hosted the You Can Hear From God seminar with Dr. Mark Virkler  October 4-6th. It was an amazing time of learning to:

  1. quiet myself

  2. fix my eyes on Jesus

  3. tune to spontaneity

  4. write

These 4 keys come from 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice a book written by Mark & Patti Virkler. Mark explains how he’s a left brain type A person, his wife’s a right brain type B person, so they collaborate on all their books. You can find many free resources and teachings from their ministry at http://www.cwgministries.org

Dr. Mark grew up in Lewis County, NY attending the “Virkler Church” (because so much of the large Virkler clan were in the congregation) where there were very strict rules and no musical instruments allowed. He would have been content staying there and working on a dairy farm, but the Lord had other plans! He spent 10 years trying to find out how to hear God’s voice. No one could explain to him how to hear, and nothing worked until he spent a year seeking the Lord and learning to picture Jesus at his right hand:

Acts 2:25 For David says concerning Him:

‘I foresaw the Lord always before my face,
For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken.

 

Then let flowing thoughts/rivers of living water flow through his mind/heart:

Dove The Promise of the Holy Spirit

37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Now Mark and his family have a ministry that travels around the world and has a on-line University with thousands of students.

Having spent 4 days and counting following the four steps, I’m learning I can begin opening the eyes of my heart and seeing visions and the Lord has DEFINITELY used my pen to write His answers to my questions by the Holy Spirit. I’m pressing in to living in the Holy Spirit flow and fire as a lifestyle. I encourage you to go to the ministry’s web site and check it out: http://www.cwgministries.org/4keys

I’d love to go to one of Kevin Zadai’s events; I’m looking for a traveling partner! Anyone interested? You can find a list of his events at: http://www.kevinzadai.com

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Wise/Foolish Builders

wise and understandingOne of my Crossroads Prison Ministry students just finished his last lesson in The Sermon On The Mount Bible study and a familiar passage of Scripture became fuller in meaning to me. I’ll start with the familiar Scripture passage first.

Build on the Rock

Matthew 7:24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

Psalm 143.10Jesus didn’t really start new teachings; He actually built on what was said in the Law and the Prophets, clarifying it.

A Cornerstone in Zion

16 Therefore thus says the Lord God:

“Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation,
A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;
Whoever believes will not act hastily.
17 Also I will make justice the measuring line,
And righteousness the plummet;
The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
And the waters will overflow the hiding place.
18 Your covenant with death will be annulled,
And your agreement with Sheol will not stand;
When the overflowing scourge passes through,
Then you will be trampled down by it. [verses 14-15 further clarify this passage]

 

walking and leapingBy the Holy Spirit, the Apostles brought further clarity using the Scriptures from the Law and Prophets to help explain what we have in Christ Jesus when we set our Spiritual foundation on Him. Here’s another angle on wise and foolish builders.

The Chosen Stone and His Chosen People

1 Peter 2:4-74 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,

“Behold, I lay in Zion
A chief cornerstone, elect, precious,
And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”

Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient [unbelieving], “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,”

1 Corinthians 3:11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

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So let’s be like the wise builder who sets faith on the unshakable rock of Christ. It’s the only way we can stand firm as this world gets darker and rockier and the storms become more frequent and tempestuous.

I pray you will all grow deeper in your relationship with God the Father, Son, and Spirit this week. Shalom!

Late September Musings

shanah tovahShanah Tovah! Welcome to Jewish New Year! Break out the apple slices and honey – dipping apples in honey one year in our church was enjoyed immensely-to celebrate a new year in God’s calendar . Did you know all the days of the week and months of the year on our Gregorian calendar were named in honor of Greek gods? We are in the year 2019, but September 30 (Feast of Trumpets/Rosh Hodesh) the Jewish calendar begins year 5780. That means the Jews count over 3,000 more years of history in the “common era” than we do (and go by 10 month years instead of 12). I’m brimming with interesting facts today!

cropped-win_20171016_16_10_40_proDr. Kevin Zadai’s videos are high on my YouTube watching again this week. He’s given me many new revelations. One is that Holy fire flows out from under God’s throne along with the river of life. I accepted a dose of Holy Spirit Fire Kevin was imparting, laying prostrate on my living room floor as I let it consume my flesh and fill me with more of Jesus. I  went to bed rejoicing in all that we have in Christ and got into the Psalms in my Tecarta TLV Bible on my phone. I began reading the Psalms of Ascent that the Pilgrims recited/sang on their way up to God’s holy mountain in Jerusalem. Yes, Psalm 122 (in the top photo) was one of them and  ended with Psalm 139, marveling again at the Lord’s intimate knowledge of me and His complete care for all that concerns me.

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Speaking of night watches (Psalm 63:6, 119:148), I awoke at 3:18 AM. I began speaking/singing in unknown tongues, started declaring the truth that I am healed and reminding the devil where he’s headed. Prompted by the Spirit, I got out of bed (which I’ve hardly ever done during the night watches) and went and got my communion elements and brought them to the foot of my bed. After partaking of the elements, I re-sanctified my marriage bed, then sang deliverance and healing over both sides of the bed. I spoke life, healing and Shalem (restoration/restitution) over several other things concerning me and continued to sing praises and in other tongues until about 4:18 AM.  remembering and claiming:

Psalm 127:2 It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until lat at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones. TLV

hamoc sleep I settled in for sweet sleep and sweet dreams from Father God and awoke after 9 AM! Getting up, sensing I was taller than usual, I believe the scoliosis in my back is being straightened! I had a split lower lip Tuesday evening, but noticed it wasn’t there Wednesday evening! When I was prostrate yesterday afternoon, I had a little hitch in my left hip. I sensed the Spirit encouraging me into a plank position and felt my body coming into alignment and the hip pain disappeared…There’s truly healing in the name of Jesus! One of the things Kevin encourage was to learn to be a good receiver. There’s things flowing from the throne constantly. I’m learning with his encouragement to reach out and take hold of what’s offered.img_20190808_143630452

Psalm 121:7-8 The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever. TLV

We truly serve a great God who is ever-present! May you experience more of His goodness this week as you press in for more. I pray your relationship increases and revelation comes through the Holy Spirit to encourage you. Ask Father God to open your books in heaven and to lead you in the good things He’s planned for you as per Jeremiah 29, Psalm 139 and Ephesians 2:10. Until next week, SHALOM!

 

 

 

Supernatural Finances?

computer screen Please forgive me for not carving out time to post last week. This week, I want to give you a small taste of Dr.Kevin L. Zadai’s new book/videos/study guide: SUPERNATURAL FINANCES Heaven’s Blueprint For Blessing & Increase. Let’s start with this passage in Malachi:

Do Not Rob God

something smellsMalachi 3:8 “Will a man rob God?
Yet you have robbed Me!
But you say,
‘In what way have we robbed You?’
In tithes and offerings.
You are cursed with a curse,
For you have robbed Me,
Even this whole nation.
10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,

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So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground,
Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,”
Says the Lord of hosts;
12 “And all nations will call you blessed,
For you will be a delightful land,
Says the Lord of hosts. 

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Tithing seems to be a”dirty word” to many these days. God gave us the tithe for our own good. That 10% belongs to God just like the tree of the knowledge of good & evil in the garden belonged to God. If we follow His rules and give His portion back to Him, it reminds us that we are NOT God, even though we who believe in Jesus Christ are children of Father God. As parents, we have things that are ours that are not for our children because these things would not be good for them at their age. As a good Father, God does also. This doesn’t mean parents don’t want the best for their children. Let’s look at the testimony of God’s care and provision for the Israelite’s 40 years in the wilderness.

 

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   Nehemiah 9:20 

You also gave Your good Spirit to instruct them,
And did not withhold Your manna from their mouth,
And gave them water for their thirst.
21 Forty years You sustained them in the wilderness;
They lacked nothing;
Their clothes did not wear out
And their feet did not swell.     

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Can you imagine not having to buy food, water, clothing or shoes and not suffering from swollen feet for 40 years? This verse in Nehemiah came to me as I was walking this morning. I looked down at my hiking shoes I wear a lot and began wondering how much longer before I’ll need a new pair. What if I can trust my heavenly Father to keep this pair from wearing any more to last for another 30-40 years? What about my sneakers I keep for exercise? There are so many shoe stores around and so many “fabulous” sales, how often do YOU replace your sneakers/shoes/boots? What about clothing?…

I’ve been tithing and giving offerings out of my money I get from odd jobs since I was taught about tithing as a young believer. I may run low on funds, but I’ve never run out. I’ve never been without food, clothing, etc. The money is there when I want to sign up for special events and for gas for my car, also for mission trips and to support others. I use at least 10% of my gas for the Lord’s work, I’ve been sharing at least 10% of our garden produce, I use at least that much time for the ministries the Lord has given me each week. On top of the 10%, I give when I have opportunity.

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Here’s a testimony of God rebuking the devourer: two weeks ago, the motel was busy and my boss told me to come after church to help. My whole morning was planned around work and was my focus. When I got to the motel, boss said “didn’t you get my text?” I hadn’t checked my phone since I left for church. She and the other two workers had completed most of the rooms and didn’t think they needed me, but I spent two hours working, which would have taken the other workers at least another hour to finish. I also got over $40.00 in tips and $24.00 added to my paycheck that I would not have had if I’d checked my phone. Kevin Zadai said the devil’s in charge of worldly finances and doesn’t even want us to have a paycheck. I believe because I trust the Lord with my finances (not perfectly yet…) He rebuked the devourer’s plans that day! I had money to sign up for a conference that’s coming to our church and also pay for that week’s gas because of those finances.

I’m eager to learn more from Dr. Kevin and the Bible and see how much more I can trust the Lord and walk in all that’s needed to do my part in bringing the Kingdom of God here on earth. The Gospel is free, but to do the work needed to spread it costs money.

SHALOM my dear readers!

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