Emmanuel/All Life Is Worship!

Continuing my focus on Emmanuel – God with us, I share this Emmanuel song I remembered as “There Is A River”; officially titled “I Will Rejoice”.  Recorded by William Murphy, it’s based on Psalm 46:4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.

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[Verse 1:]
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of our God
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of our God
So I will rejoice, I will rejoice, and be glad
My depressed days are over, I will, I made up my mind, I will, I’m gonna be glad

[Verse 2:]
There is a fountain full of grace that flows from Emmanuel’s veins
There is a fountain so full of grace that flows from my Savior’s veins
It came and it healed me
It came and refreshed me
It came and washed my sins away!

[Chorus:]
So I will rejoice, I will rejoice, and be glad

From https://genius.com/William-murphy-i-will-rejoice-lyrics

cool shadesPart of this week’s revelation I’ve gleaned is: all life is worship. Let’s think about this starting with:

Acts 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:  28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; … For we are also his offspring.

1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

he thinks of meSo in Him we live, move and have our being, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost; we are not our own because Christ bought us for the Father. Now we are the redeemed, Christ Jesus lives in us. Don’t forget that in Christ, we are seated with Him at the right hand of the Father. All this means whatever we do, we should do it to glorify the Lord. Whether we eat, drink, wash dishes, care for our children, work outside the home or any other activity, clearly we bring the Lord along with us. There is no longer any sacred or secular, there’s good and evil. We walk in the light of the Spirit, and this light overcomes darkness. This means we can overcome whatever comes into our life as the over-comers in the book of Revelation:

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 

Galatians 5: 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

As we live in the Spirit, let God’s Spirit search you. As King David found: He’s the one who can clean up our hearts and renew our spirits.

friendsPsalm 51: 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:  24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Once you’re clean and in right relationship, remember where to set your affections:

Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

I pray you will take time to seek the Lord this week and grow deeper in your relationship with Emmanuel, the One in whom you live, move, breath, and have your being. May all your life be an act of worship, for He is worthy of it all!image000000_8

God’s Love Never Fails

halleluiaAs we celebrate Valentine’s Day, I’m drawn to think about how much God loves us! We are in days of great trial and strife, especially when we look at the true condition of this world. To quote Francis A. Shaeffer: “How Should We Then Live?” Let’s see what God says.

17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

walking and leaping We draw people to the truth when we overcome evil with good. It’s not just speaking the truth, but also binding the “strongman” of evil. It’s also loving the unlovable. The love of God calls backsliding ones home:

Jeremiah 3:22 “Return, you backsliding children,
And I will heal your backslidings.”

We can count on the Lord because God’s love never fails!

 

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Romans 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Enjoy your day with loved ones; enjoy time with God the Father and Christ Jesus your Lord and Savior; lover of your soul. If you have given your heart to Jesus and become reconciled to God through His sacrifice, rejoice no matter what comes this day. I love you all with the love of God which causes Him to rejoice over you with singing and dance over you with joy! Here’s one last scripture to bring balance:

1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. feeling fine

 

Acres of Diamonds

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I was blessed to be part of the pre-read team for Jentezen Franklin‘s new book: Acres of Diamonds; Discovering God’s Best Right Where You Are. A year ago, I used Jentezens The Fasting Edge book and journal during our January fasting time and found his ideas enhanced by excellent story examples quite useful. By the way, February 11th, 2020 is the official launch date for the new book, so check it out! www.acresofdiamondsbook.com/

In Acres of Diamonds, Franklin uses more of his treasure trove of stories from around the world, his family, and the Bible. They definitely add a lot to his teachings. I’ve tagged this book Jentezen Franklin‘s opus because it touches on just about every issue we can find in this life and how to handle it standing firm upon the Rock of Christ. He speaks to some issues very bluntly and straight forward, but kind and loving; in a “tough love” manner. I also appreciated his testimonies of how he became a minister and how their church was miraculously born. Here are the chapter titles and sub-titles to give you a feel for the book.

  1. Why Not Now? Get on God’s Clock, Missed Opportunity, The Power of Now, Release Your Faith Right Now, Start Living Today

  2. How Diamonds Are Born Blessings in the Battle, Diamonds in the Dirt, God Will Use Your Trials, How to Outlast Your Tough Season, Sow the Word into Yourself, Be Planted Like a Tree

  3. The “Stay Here” Command Stay Where you Are, This Is the Place, What Is Tattered Can Be Restored, A Tattered Dream in the Right Hands

  4. Open My Eyes Look Into the Right Mirror, Get a Big Picture, See It and Believe It

  5. Hell in the Hallway Remember the Lord Is Your Doorkeeper, Thank God for Doors That Didn’t Open, Make Worship a Priority, A Long Walk Can Be a Gift

  6. Let It Take You Up it’s Gonna Get Windy, What Happens in You; Not What Happens to You, Dig Deep Roots, Attitude Is Everything

  7. Let Down Your Bucket Get Anchored Right, Drop Four Anchors, Drop the Anchor of Purpose, Drop the Anchor of Courage, Drop the Anchor of Worship, Drop the Anchor of Church, Victory Comes Little by Little

  8. Focus on the Positive A Promise and a Negative Report, It’s Easy to Be Negative, No Right to Be Negative, Set the Standard, Wait in Expectation, Expect to Receive

  9. Take This Job and Love It Work Is Worship, Affect Your Environment by Standing Out, Get Anointed, Have an Excellent Spirit, Develop an “And Then Some” Attitude

  10. How to Be a Hero As for Me and My House, Start Digging Wells, The Well of Sacrifice,The Well of Quality Time, Your Children Are God’s Weapons

  11. If You’re in It, You Can Win It Great Victories among Dry Bones, Get Under God’s Hand, Speak Spiritual Blessing into Existence

  12. Heaven, The Ultimate Acres of Diamonds Heaven Is Real, All Things Made New, Work Now for an Eternal Reward

The Appendix contains the complete original story of “Acres of Diamonds”, a graduation address by Russell H. Conwell, the story Franklin uses in his Introduction.

I hope I’ve whet your appetite for this book! I highly recommend it; especially if you’re in a challenging season right now! happy nerd

5th week of January/How to blog

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Welcome readers! I finally found how to get comments on my sight. Thanks for all the wonderful comments! I blog to be an encouragement, to share what the Lord is doing in my life and around the world, and to sow seeds of Truth and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  This reminds me of a verse that’s been on my heart:

Is that meIsaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

downcastForgive me, one comment noted many errors in my writing. I will endeavor to pay closer attention to what gets published. It’s as frustrating as auto correct on our phones sometimes!

feeling fineA couple commenters wanted to know how to start blogging. There are many options, but I’m only familiar with WordPress since I’ve been blogging with them for two years. Here I’ll share some of what I’ve learned and the history of my blogging.

1. How to begin?

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I’d been wondering about doing a blog, but hadn’t sought how to. While reading a friend’s post on WordPress, I found a wood worker’s blog with plans for a book case. My husband said if I’d get him the plans, we could start working on one; I have MANY boxes of books! I found I couldn’t download the plans without a WordPress account. “OK, Lord, I guess it’s time to start that blog!” SO… go to https://wordpress.com and create an account and you’ll be on your way!

2. Where to start?

007First, you’ll need a short, catchy title for your blog. Choose a photo of yourself, write a short bio and choose a few topics/themes for your blog that will help web searchers find you. Also, a “logo” picture for your site.

3. Counting the cost

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One reason I hadn’t started a blog before was I didn’t think I could afford one. WordPress has a free option. I used this for the first couple months, then realized I needed more options. I chose the Personal Plan: $4.00/month, $48.00+tax for one year. The Lord provided that money when I needed it!

4. Technology

catputerA lot of the options you find on Microsoft Word are available at the top of your blog  work page. I use Bible Gateway to copy and paste Bible verses, take a lot of cloud, sunset, outdoor photos on my phone. You can add photos from Google Photos, my files on my computer, or there’s a Free Photo Library option. You can also add URLs. With a higher level Business account, you can add a payment button. * Make sure you note where you’ve taken things from!

5. Inspiration

computer screenWhen I began, I had poems and short stories from college I worked from. I would cut and paste from the Word docs I had them in, then adjust them. I also find lyrics of songs that come to mind. Sharing books and videos I’ve read and seen is another option. Many people use recipes or vacation stories and photos. Blog readers like to hear personal stuff from bloggers as well as being asked questions they can answer. Your blog followers want to interact and have a relationship with you.

authorI saw Benny Hinn’s show last week when Hank & Brenda Kunneman were on. Hank prophesied the Lord has books and songs for people to write. I’m also hearing:  “Everyone has a story”. Well, with two years of blog posts and a large number of journals at my disposal, I’m sensing this is the year to start my own book. What about you?

cool shadesHave you enjoyed the extra week we have in January? It’s not often we have a 5th Wednesday, Thursday, Friday in a month. I have monthly meetings the Third Tuesday/Thursday of every month. I showed up for Book Group on the 14th and realized it was the third Thursday, but only the 2nd Tuesday; Oh well, I got to work on the puzzle and visit with the librarians for a couple hours! I leave you with this last Scripture:

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Emmanuel; No eye has seen…

img_20191014_162849833_hdrMeditating on Emmanuel:

From http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/r/religious_music/all_hail_king_jesus.html

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All hail King Jesus
All hail Emmanuel
King of Kings
Lord of Lords
Bright Morning Star
And throughout eternity
I’ll sing Your Praises
And I’ll reign with You throughout eternity.

The Spirit brought me new understanding of 1 Corinthians 2… “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has ever conceived…” so I’ll share the passage here and comment on it.

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1 Corinthians 2:6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

So, we as Believers should mature in the wisdom of God which the rulers of this age know nothing about. God ordained this hidden wisdom for Believers before the ages began, for our glory!

But as it is written:  “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

This is the verse we’ve heard and sung over and over, leaving me to wonder for years how to comprehend the hidden wisdom God has prepared for us who love Him.

10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

A whirlwind appearance of Holy SpiritAh Hah! His Spirit, which came down from Heaven for all of us who Believe on the day of Pentecost, is how we understand what God has prepared for us; the mystery of the ages!

11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

Wow! Through the Spirit of God within us, we CAN know the things God has given us in Christ Jesus!

14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

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We have the mind of Christ, the Spirit of God, full access to the wisdom, power, and authority Christ bought for us on the cross. As He has freely given, let us walk in what He provided for us by His great love. I leave you with these Scriptures; very wise to heed:

1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

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18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; 20 and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”

The Fruits of Fasting

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Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

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I’ve had a couple days in the past week to spend a whole hour or more soaking. For this quiet time, I put a 60 minute timer on my phone clock. I close the door to my office, sit on the rug, gather a Bible, note book and graph paper pad, my glasses and a pen. I lean against the cabinet, making sure my shawl and tissues are handy, then settle and start the timer. I begin praying/singing in my Spirit language. I sing out songs as they come to mind, record thoughts on paper as they come. An hour seems long when I start, but about half way through, the Spirit really takes over and I’m surprised when the timer goes off! I’ll share some of the fruit I’ve found in my darkened office, free of major distractions.

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First, the Spirit downloaded a plan for my evening meal and I chose not to start preparations for the meal until 4 PM. This took food off my mind once I wrote down the plan. Along with the food prep, I wrote down: don’t do mending until evening, no computer before supper… Then I got a couple of constructive plans:

 When my daughter was here with her family, she complained there’s no place to fold clothes in my laundry area. My husband said if I’d give him plans, he’d make a place to do that. Well, this time of flowing thoughts birthed the plan for restructuring the room.

 Next I got ideas for making the space between the end of my desk and the wall more useful. I wrote the ideas down (good time to have a graph paper pad on the floor beside me).

feeling fine  Things I’d heard over the days before began to bear fruit: Speak Truth, Life, Blessing, Love…not curses and fault finding. My spirit led me to text a friend after I’d bound the curses over her marriage, family, household and then released the blessings that had been covered by the curses. She was extremely touched that I’d reached out to her as well as prayed for her.

Next: the Israelites were covered by the Glory of God when they wandered in the wilderness; they had daily provision and were kept by Him for 40 years… SO, in the Glory today, I have complete healing and divine health, shoes and clothing don’t wear out, and I have ever-present daily bread [manna]to bless my body and soul. Lord, bring me deeper into Your Glory!

After contemplating God’s great provision, it was clear we need to pare down our excess possessions. I asked: Father, give me ideas for re-gifting things within our possessions, give my husband ideas for gifts as You give them to me (so we can be on the same page). I thanked Holy Spirit for His influence on John and acknowledged the angels I know are ministering salvation to him.

Is that meThe hour went well, praise God! The fruit continued Sunday in church. We had a major time of prayer and ministry after a short sermon. I was so full of the Spirit, I turned around and prayed for the woman behind me just what she needed. I then saw a woman up front Pastor was praying for, and followed the Spirit’s lead to put a hand on her other shoulder. A woman told me she knew in the Spirit just what I was going to pray for the other woman. Next, I’d brought a book to church to give to one woman, and she wasn’t in church but I offered it to my small group leader and she was eager to read it! It was exciting having such an open heaven in the sanctuary that day!

The fruit kept manifesting through the week! I could tell many other things, but this post is long enough, so I’ll bring it to an end! I’m in the last 5 days of the 21 day fast and know the effects of this time concentrating on Immanuel will bear much fruit even after this fast comes to an end…

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What’s the Spirit saying to you these days? Are you making time to seek the Lord? I can attest to its worth; even if it’s 10-15 minutes a day to start. If you don’t have Holy Spirit and your heavenly language yet, ask and receive Him, just like you did  asking Jesus in! The power and authority of Christ is strengthened in us as we yield to the Spirit; it’s an opportunity to bring forth the plans and purposes God has for your life and to give praises well through Holy Spirit language. The Apostle Paul said so much in his epistles about the value and purposes fulfilled by Holy Spirit having utterance through Believers. I’m getting increased understanding of its value from The Coming Glory by Tim Sheets.

Baby Boomers, Arise and PRAY!

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Welcome to another Musing dear Readers! I’ve been watching the 2020 Prophetic Outlook on Sid Roth’s ISN/YouTube. I urge you all to watch either the full episode or the Highlights episode (/Trump And America’s Future).

https://sidroth.org/its-supernatural-network/

I follow with some things from the prophets that stuck out to me.

Many have taken offense with President Trump – over 30,000 Christians did not get out to vote in the last election – but those who do take offense are against God’s plans. If you read your Bible, many characters we revere were as flawed as Trump, if not more…but God used them for His plans, purposes and glory! God is shaking up the church by bringing Kenye West and Justin Bieber to the forefront of His plans so let’s watch and see what develops.

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One Prophet was given a vision of President Trump looking in the mirror and seeing President Lincoln, then the Spirit showed the prophet three huge principalities over the Whitehouse: Racism, Abortion, Radical Feminism. Think about this; Margaret Sanger started Planned Parenthood and put the facilities in the black communities to try and keep the blacks from multiplying (sound a bit like Pharaoh in Moses’ time?) So racism led to abortion which led to radical feminism.

This is where the “Baby Boomers” come in; those born between 1946 and 1964 (notice the reversed numbers?). Being born in 1963, I’m in the latter part of this era so I paid close attention.  We are the ones who have a sense of morality and perspective gained over the years. It’s time for us to stand up and support God’s plan, getting out the vote and praying and declaring God’s prophecies into existence. I have stopped listening to the news on a regular basis in favor of seeking truth, praying & proclaiming what the Spirit is saying. Remember John 10:10? The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

The world abounds with so many prophets these days, but listen carefully. Many of them are prophesying from the 1st and 2nd heavens which are controlled by the devil; The thief. They contain lies, tales of destruction, death, and fear. concerned

The upper heavens are where God’s words come from and they are filled with hope, peace, love and a good future. (see Jeremiah 29:11) BUT, these words from the prophets do not automatically come as we Believers sit back and wait. That’s the other thing we “Baby Boomers” are called to do; PRAY! Did you know that every revival has been birthed by people yielding to the unction to pray? obesent

 I encourage you to watch and pray. Read God’s Word, declare truth, and – since we live in a democracy, GET OUT AND VOTE! Are you registered?

January Fasting?

img_20191109_150707262 This is my 4th day joining our congregation’s 21 day January fast. I did start on the first of January, finding with two young grandchildren, daughter and son-in-law here, no one notices I’m not eating meals since they’re random, everyone hungry at different times. I took the example Pastor Josh gave, fasting each day until 4 PM. This has worked well and I’ve stuck to water and hot tea the rest of the day, adding a cup of vegetable bone broth when I came home from exercise class yesterday. Dinner meals have been OK, except indulging in sweet desserts! Today I savored some mini maple sugar cakes and leftover pound cake from last evening. Rather than stop the fast, I stopped eating at 6:00 PM and will cut out sugar/sweets when family leaves tomorrow.

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Grace!  My husband is leaving to work on our other house for 7-10 days and I’ll be able to concentrate on seeking Immanuel. I watched Sid Roth’s ISN January 2020 Prophetic Outlook today.  I highly recommend you watch it!  I began watching Sid’s show with the 2018 Prophetic Outlook. We must be as the Bereans in the Bible who discerned what times they were in and acted accordingly.  God has plans to bless us, but we need to take initiative to pray in His will and get out to vote for His plans and purposes to be fulfilled.

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We’re again watching WONDERSTRUCK imagined by BBC AMERICA. What amazing things they’re showing from the deepest depths of the oceans; if only more people would awaken to the glory of God manifest in His creation! Notice how deep TV is going into the “Ancient Aliens” program. I’d rather not glorify the enemy’s manifestations on earth; even my husband who hasn’t surrendered to Jesus yet can’t stand that program!

img_20200104_203019237  Have any of you read Just Mercy A Story Of Justice And Redemption by Bryan Stevenson? It was recommended by Crossroads Prison Ministry to us Mentors.

The New York Review of Books wrote: “Every bit as moving as To Kill A Mockingbird, and in some ways more so…a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields.” (from the cover)

This account from the Bible is what sums up Bryan’s ministry: EJI , the Equal Justice Initiative. Oh, I just found Just Mercy has been made into a new movie!

John 8:6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.

So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”

There’s a lot at stake in this new year; new decade. Press in and seek the Lord to find out what your part is in His plan for mercy and walk in it.

Standing at the crossroads; the head of the new year

Emmanuel: Vine & Branches

pexels-photo-273011.jpegAs we approach the new decade, we’re in for an interesting year. Already the vying for the presidential race has begun, dire predictions are popping up all around. I’m so glad I’ve quit listening to much of the news, politics and weather reports. Not putting my head in the proverbial sand, not being uninformed, but refusing to let these things invade my thoughts and lead me to upset, anxiety or just plain fear!

Many of us endeavor to make “New Year’s Resolutions”. I’m keeping in mind that sustained small steps toward a goal are important. Our church does a 21 day fast in January, encouraging each of us to find our own way to do this and to know we’re being supported. It can be as simple as cutting out treats/sweets/desserts, electronics/media…or even a full fast if that’s what the Lord is leading you into. Our congregation has experienced many miracles and answered prayers as well as restored relationships in previous years of January fasts.

This January, I’m planning to go back to Eat Fat, Get Thin by Dr. Mark Hyman and doing the 21 day elimination I did three summers ago to reset my eating and my health. I recently read my journal from 6 months before the Spirit led me to this plan. I was a mess of inflammation, high blood pressure, allergy symptoms, lack of energy, foggy brain and skin problems. How far I’ve come from that!  But I’m definitely finding myself craving sweets and junk food (no where near as much as 3 1/2 years ago!), my pants getting tight, and not sleeping so well. Because my biggest challenge is finding time for praying/worshiping/meditating on the Lord when I fast, I’ve determined to minimize the time I spend meal planning and prepping by making daily or even weekly meal plans/menus . I will also curtail books I’m reading; only those that encourage my desire to draw deeper into fellowship with Emmanuel. Last year I used Jentezen Franklin’s book The Fasting Edge along with The Fasting Edge Journal. I plan to use these resources again this year.

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With all this in mind, I ponder this verse:

John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

In the natural, branches cannot bear fruit unless they are attached to a vine or tree. The branches do not grow the fruit, but the fruit grows out of the connection to the source, the part that’s planted in the soil and soaks up sun, rain and nutrients, which then flow through the branch. No matter how hard the branch tries, it cannot produce any  fruit on its own. Think about this: I can do a lot of things without Him, but none of them will add to eternal treasures in God’s heavenly kingdom. Going back to Paul’s words:

1 Corinthians 13: 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. In other words, without love drawn from the Source, all our efforts and great exploits come to nothing!

My dear readers, join me as I learn how to abide; Christ in me and I in Christ. Emmanuel, God with us in ALL things!

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Emmanuel-God With Us

img_20191224_162900040One blogger challenged me to find a word for a theme for the new year, so I’ve chosen Emmanuel/Immanuel-God with us for 2020. O Come, O Come Emmanuel is the Carol that’s been illuminated for me this season. I never knew it had 7 verses, but according to Music Choice, Christmas Carols were written to share the Gospel with those who could not read [so were hymns] and this one has a lot of Bible truth in it.

 

[Verse 1]
O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear

[Refrain]
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

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This occurred when Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

[Verse 2]
O come, O come, Thou Lord of might
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height
In ancient times didst give the law
In cloud, and majesty and awe

This was when the Lord led them through the wilderness and gave the Law to Moses.

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[Verse 3]
O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
From depths of hell Thy people save
And give them victory o’er the grave

Jesus fulfilled this when He rose from the dead.

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[Verse 4]
O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight

Jesus, the light of the world, accomplished this as well when He came into the world and His star shone.IMG_20180928_084722683

[Verse 5]
O come, Thou Key of David, come
And open wide our heavenly home
Make safe the way that leads on high
And close the path to misery

Psalm 139 fulfilled when Jesus reconciled us to Father God.

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[Verse 6]
O come, Thou Wisdom from on high
And order all things, far and nigh
To us the path of knowledge show
And cause us in her ways to go

friendsThis is fulfilled when we learn to walk in the Spirit, letting go of animosity and living in the love of the Father.

[Verse 7]
O come, desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease
And be Thyself our King of peace

[Refrain]
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

This is exactly why Jesus came! He made a way for us to renew our relationship with Father God, restoring what was broken by Adam and Eve’s fall. We can only come into unity when we become part of the true Church in Christ Jesus…Emmanuel!

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What a wonderful time to be on earth during the culmination of the work, prayers and martyrdom of so many who went before us, as we experience this time of exponential growth of the Church. Many being added to Christ’s Body, including Isaac’s seed – the Israelites – coming to Him as well as Ishmael’s seed, the Muslims. May all nations see the light and multitudes come into the Kingdom!

Let’s do our part, growing in wisdom and deepening our relationship with the Lord and the people He surrounds us with. Keep walking in the Spirit and doing great exploits for the Kingdom!

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