Are we really seeking His face?  Require. Desire. Inquire. Beat a path to Him.

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March 31, 2020

“If my people…will…seek my face.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 

When we are missing something, we cannot find it by simply sitting in front of the television, playing golf,  nor tennis.  When we are missing something in life, we must take action.  We must seek it.  When we are missing something, it helps to clean up the house.  We have to take some action to find what’s missing.  Perhaps , when are looking for the missing pieces in our life, we need to clean up our internal house to find what we are really looking for.  To fill the void that is in our life,  the hole that only God can fill, we must seek him to find him. The hole cannot be filled with money, fame, food, drugs, alcohol, or sex. The dark void can only be satisfied and filled with the Light of our God.

God is not an elusive God.  God loves us immeasurably. He wants to be found.  He wants be in relationship with us.  He wants to be in our presence.  He wants us to love him back.  He is not going to enter a place He is unwanted.  We are not going to be in a relationship with anyone who does not want to give us the time of day.  Why would He? Because he loves.  However, He wants us to seek Him.  He will pursue us.  He will call us, but He wants to be pursued; He wants to be called.

In 2 Chronicles 7:14, the Hebrew word for seek is baqash. It is a action verb meaning to search, to search out by any method, specifically in worship or prayer; to choose for ones self, require, desire, to inquire. 

God wants us to require Him. He wants us to worship Him. He wants us to admit that we cannot do life without him. God wants us to desire him. We all want to be desired. God wants us to desire to be in His presence as much as He desires to be in ours. God wants us to inquire of Him. He wants us to talk to him. He wants us to pray with and to Him. 

REQUIRE.  DESIRE.  INQUIRE.  Seek God.

In Deuteronomy 4:29,  God promises: “But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find [him], if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.” 

The word seek is used twice in the above verse. The first time seek is used, it is translated baqash which we just discussed. The second time seek is used it is the Hebrew word, darash.  The translation of this word means to require, desire and inquire, but it also means to resort to, to, frequent a place; to practice, study, to follow, seek with application, to follow, tread, to trample, to beat a path. 

God wants us to come to Him so frequently that we “beat a path to Him.  I love this picture! To make a path in the woods we  would  have to walk the same way to our destination over and over again.  What is your chosen path to God?   Is it through His word?  Study? Worship?  Prayer?  Songs?  Books?  Sermons?  Podcasts?  Many paths lead to the presence and the face of the God.  He does not  care how we get there.  Just get there. S eek Him.  He promises that when we seek and give him our whole heart and mind that we…will…find…Him.

BEAT A PATH TO HIM.

Why does God have to tell His people to seek Him?

In  Psalms 10:4 we find one of the answers, “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek [after God]: God [is] not in all his thoughts.”

We become to proud in our own efforts. We think:  “I can do it all by myself!” We try to think on our own and accomplish our own plans and purposes.  God wants to be in the middle of all our thoughts!  It’s our choice.  We have to seek him and invite him in to our life.  He has great plans for us.  The word  says in Psalms 34:10, “The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good [thing].”

Good things are in store! 

In Matthew 6:33, Jesus says: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  I hear God saying,

“Need love? A job? A house? Groceries? Healing?  What do you need? Love me.  Seek me. Require me.  Desire me.  Inquire of me.  Beat a path to me.  I am here waiting.  Ask me!  I got this.  It’s yours.  You have set your love on me.  You know my name.  I will deliver you.  I will set your on high.  I am with you.  I will show you my salvation in every need.”

I enCOURAGE you to seek His face:
Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually. (1 Chronicles 16:11 (KJV))
Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.(Psalms 105:4 (KJV)

I enCOURAGE you to make this your declaration:  “One [thing] have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.”

HUMBLE YOURSELF

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2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) If my people…shall humble themselves…

He is talking to us. We are his people. We must become humble. The Hebrew word for humble is kana meaning,  bow your knee. submit, be low.  Why must we humble ourselves?  What does it mean to be humble before God? A humble attitude doesn’t say “I.” A humble attitude surrenders and says:

We need God.
We cannot do it on our own.
God can do it better and faster.
God has a better plan than we do.
God is the center of the universe and we are not.
God is in control and we are not.
God is great and we are small.
God is right.
God is God and we are not.
We can do nothing without him, but all things with him.
We own nothing. We have nothing. We are nothing without Him. We cannot solve all problems, but he has all answers. He wants us to come to him.
We need God.

Why must we humble ourselves? Let me ask this…

Why did Lucifer fall?  PRIDE!  He thought that he was all that.  He thought he was the shining the light.  He was just a mirror reflecting the light, the glory of God.  Pride destroyed Lucifer and gave him a new name, Satan.  (Proverbs 16:18 (KJV) Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.) 

God says in Proverbs 6:16-19 These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him: He lists what he hates. At the top of the list in verse 17, A proud look….Pride is at the top of the list! 

In James 4:6-7 (KJV)  The Word says…”But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

God resists the proud: the one who thinks he is better than another, above the crowd, the superior thinking, big headed, egotistical, bloated opinion of self, the exaggerated, the self-centered.  You know the proud:

“Mines better than yours. I know better than you. My President is better than yours. I am smarter than you. I am better than you. I live in a nicer house. I drive a better car. I make more money. I am prettier…

The Greek word for resist in James 4;6, is antitassō.  It means an order of “military might who sets itself against and successfully wages war against, the non compliant in order to crush the enemy.” Ouch!  God hates the proud.  He resists the proud.  Pride is a repellent to God!  He is attracted to the humble, the low in mind, the one who thinks small of himself and big of God; the meek, the modest, the God centered.  He gives grace, unmerited favor to the humble. He gets involved in the humble life. 

In James 4:10, we are directed to, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”  He will elevate us to the places he has planned for us. He will elevate us to protection from the enemy.  We just need to recognize and give him the credit because we cannot do  without him. the word of the Lord in 1 Peter 5:6: “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

I enCOURAGE you to humble yourself.  Get rid of the pride.  I would much rather be lifted up, exalted and elevated by God because I choose to humble myself  than to be resisted by God. “You are never to small for God to use but you may be too big.”-Rick Renner

SET YOUR LOVE ON HIM AND KNOW HIS NAME

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Psalms 91:14 (KJV) Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my Name.

Many people claim to know Jesus as the Savior.  God did not step down out of eternity and clothe himself as a man, Jesus, just to give us eternal life. Jesus came back to give us life and life abundantly, NOW. He is all we need, NOW. He is everything we need, NOW.

The phrase from Psalm 91:4, “Because he hath set his love” is actually one word in Hebrew, chashaq.  Chasaq means to join together, cling, cleave, attached with very great love. Have you set your love on God?  How is your relationship with him?  Do you take him to the club with you, dance or golf?  Do you take him to work with you?  Do you take him on the road with you?  Do you take him to the grocery with you?  Are you joined with God?  Have you set your love on God?

Psalm 91 promises that because we have loved and joined forces with God, He will deliver us (cause us to escape, help us smoothly and sleekly slip away altogether!). It’s not as much that we love him, but He loved us first and the most. And, he will set us on high. What do we set on high? Things that are precious to us. Things that are super special. Things we might want to hide. Things we might want to protect.

Why does our God do all this? “Because we know His Name? We know his name is more than just Savior. He is our Salvation in every situation He always was, always is, always will be.

He is our Creator.  
He is our Deliverer.  
He is our Guide.  
He is our Healer.  
He is our Light
He is our Love.
He is our Lord.
He is our Provider.
He is our Refuge.
He is our Rock.
He is our Strength.
He is our Truth.
He is the Way.
He is our Everything.

And these are just a few of His Names.
We have to know Him to know His name.
We have to know his name to know Him.

I enCOURAGE you to set your love on Him. Don’t leave his side and he will not leave yours. He will deliver you. He will set you on high because you know His Name. You know him and he knows you. You love him and he loves you.

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GOD CALLED. HAVE YOU ANSWERED

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March 28, 2020

God called the Light. (Genesis 1:3-5)
God called Noah. (Genesis 6:13)
God called Abram. Abraham (Genesis 17)
God called Moses. (Exodus 29)
God called Joshua. (Joshua 1)
God called Samuel. (1 Samuel 3:4)
God called David. (1 Samuel 16:12)
God called Isaiah. (Isaiah 6)
God called Jeremiah. (Jeremiah 1)
Jesus called the 12 disciples (Mathew 10:1, Mark 6:7)
Jesus called Simon Barjona: Peter, the Rock (Matthew 16:17-18)
Jesus called Lazarus forth (John 12:17)
God called Barnabas and Saul (Acts 13:2)
God called Saul, Paul (Acts 13:9, Romans 1:1)
God called all these men. God called us!  Looks like we are in pretty good company.  God called us His people.  God called us by his Name. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Have you answered His call?

God called us to his purpose. (Roman’s 8:28)
God called us to confess with our mouth Jesus is Lord.
God called us to believe with our heart he raised Jesus from the dead. God called us to salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)

Have you answered His call?

God called us unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
(1 Corinthians 1:9)
God has called us to peace. (1 Corinthians 7:15)
God has called everyone (1 Corinthians 7:17)

Have you answered His call?

God called us into the grace of Christ. (Galatians 1:6)
God called us to liberty. (Galatians 5:13)
God called us to walk worthy of the call

Have you answered His call?

God called you unto his kingdom and glory. (1 Thessalonians 2:12)
God called us to fight the good fight of faith.
God called us to lay hold on eternal life. (1 Timothy 6:12

Have you answered His call?

God called us to be holy in all manner of conversation. (1 Peter 1:15)
God called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.(1 Peter 2:9)
God called to follow Christ’s steps. (1 Peter 2:21)

Have you answered His call?

God of all grace has called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus.
(1 Peter 5:10)
God called has called us the sons of God. (1 John 3:1)
God calls us called, chosen, & faithful. (Revelation 17:14)
God called us Blessed which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. (Revelation 19:9)

All you have to do is answer the call of God who called Jesus, Faithful and True, The Word of God. (Revelation 19:11, 13)

I enCOURAGE you to answer His call!  The tug on your heart that you have been ignoring, it’s God calling.  What has he called you to?  What has he called you to do?  Pick up the call. I promise! You will not regret it.

#HealingBeginsWithUs


(Borrowed this hashtag from Tasha Tharpe-Patton. I love it and it hit me hard!)

By Tammy Phillips
March 26, 2020

If each individual person will seek God, then allow God to heal their brokenness “that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:26-27 NKJV)

I know that our faith in the One and only God, and obedience to His word, will turn this world around.

The healing of our land begins with us. We have heard 2 Chronicles 7:14 many times since 9/11.

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV)

Have we done it? We can hear it 1,000,000 times. We must do it! If we want God to listen to us, we need to listen to Him and stop acting like spoiled, entitled, disobedient brats. Simply, we must believe His word and do what he says.

In 2 Chronicles 6, Solomon offered a beautiful sacrificial prayer to God dedicating the Temple. He asked God In verse 14: “Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness” He was asking God to occupy the Temple. And the Glory of God came.

1 Corinthians 3:16 states “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” God has given us a better way! We are His temple. We should offer the sacrifice of prayer to our Lord. We should welcome Him to always occupy our temple! As Christians, we are called by His name. His name is written on us, just like the Temple of old. Welcome God to occupy.

I’ll borrow Solomon’s words: “O LORD God, there is no God like you in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keeps your covenant, and shows mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts: For You are good; for Your mercy endures for ever. You are always welcome here.”

When Solomon prayed to the Lord, the Glory came and filled the temple, but it was a few days later before the Lord answered in 7:12. “I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.” Under the new covenant, He chose us as His house of sacrifice, His temple where He dwells.

The Lord continues His response through verse 22, but let’s look AGAIN at 2 Chronicles 7:14-16, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

He is talking to US! We have His name. We have to humble ourselves. The Hebrew word for humble is kana meaning, bow your knees and submit.

What in our lives do we need to submit to the Lord? What are we holding on to? My prayer today is: “Father, I do believe. Help my unbelief in the areas I need to submit to you. Help me to turn to you. Repent means turn. Repent is not… “I am sorry.” Repenting is changing your mind, turning and going in the other direction.

Good news. God has already forgiven us. We just have to accept it. He has heard us and now is the time.

#HealingBeginsWithUS and then spreads across the land.

The Lord promises in 2 Chronicle 7: 15-16, “NOW mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer [that is made] in this place. 16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.”

What a promise! I want healing. I want healing in our world. I want healing in our nation. I want healing in our states. I want healing in our communities. I want healing in our cities. I want healing in our schools, churches, marriages, families, and homes. I want healing. I want God’s eyes and heart on me all the time! He is God! Glory to his name.

I enCOURAGE you let the #HealingBeginWithUS. Be called. Humbly bow and submit. Seek. Pray. Turn. Be heard. Be forgiven. Be healed

F O C U S

I know  why the Holy Spirit leads me to focus in November and December. It is easy for me to get caught up in: to do’s I want to… I need to… and the the business of the holiday. Today, all I wanted to do was work on my lists. I was a little anxious. Why? … Continue reading “F O C U S”

66876EC2-DEEC-47C4-876E-C2FE5AF72CF2I know  why the Holy Spirit leads me to focus in November and December. It is easy for me to get caught up in:
  • to do’s
  • I want to…
  • I need to…
  • and the the business of the holiday.

Today, all I wanted to do was work on my lists. I was a little anxious. Why? Lists always get completed. I threw the cares right back to God. Really, the to do’s on my list are insignificant in the light of eternity!  This devotion helped me change my focus.

MOVING FORWARD or SLIPPING BACK

 

Hebrews 2:1 (KJV) Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let [them] slip.

It’s happened to all of us. We get a little of the Word of God under our spiritual belts. We have a few victories. Our lives are going great for the first time in years. Then suddenly we slip and it all falls apart. We find ourselves having to start all over again.

That’s what happened to the people the book of Hebrews was written to. They made such great spiritual progress that they got to the place where they should have been teachers. Then they slipped back so much, they needed baby food again. (See Hebrews 5:12.)

What caused them to fall so far? They let other things get in the way of their faith. They let the promises of God slip, so they slipped.

That’s happened to a multitude of believers in the last several years.

“Well, Brother Copeland,” they said, “we’re tired of that faith stuff.” Or, “We just don’t have time to spend that much time in the Word.”

They’ve turned their attention away from the promises of God. It’s not that they didn’t believe them anymore. It’s just that they directed their attention to other things. They let their Word level drop and since low Word level equals low faith level, they soon began suffering defeat in areas where they once had victory.

Don’t let that happen to you. When things are going well, don’t just ride the tide of God’s blessing. Dig deeper into what God has for you. Give more earnest heed to the promises of God. Concentrate on moving ahead, on becoming so strong in the Spirit you can not only get your own needs met, you’ll meet others’ needs as well!

Remember: Low Word Level = Low Faith Level = Slip.

Don’t get so busy enjoying today’s victory that tomorrow ends up in defeat. Look into the things you’ve learned. Give the Word more of your attention—not less. Keep moving from faith to faith. Instead of trying to trip you up, Satan and his bunch will be crying, “Oh no, that faith man is coming after us again.

© 1991 Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc. aka: Kenneth Copeland Publications

CASTING YOUR CARES: The Joy of the LORD is My Strength

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For one month and a half, I have struggled to write about “casting your cares.” Hence, the silence.  Yesterday, I was determined.  I spent most of the day at the computer jotting down the word journey the Father has taken me through the last month and a half.  I still had nothing to present to you. I have prayed over this like everything I write.  I finally had to cast my care1 about writing about casting my cares.  Normally, I am so full and overflowing of what the Holy Spirit has shown me that writing for me is fluid.   I am full, now, but the tap has been blocked.  I believe today will be different. So, here we go!

Last January, I was trying to catch a care and the Holy Spirit told me to hurl it to Him. Then I read: The Joy of the Lord is my strength.2 and Look! I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?3 God made me laugh at him and myself. He has it.  His joy gives me the strength to cast the care.

I meditated further on Nehemiah 8.  Here is what I learned.  To hear the Word of God, the people had to ask, Ezra, the priest, the scribe, to bring the Torah to the streets. The Torah was so sacred to them that as soon as it was opened, they lifted their hands, they bowed their heads and the worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground. As he read it, they stood in place from morning until midday to hear it.  They had no written Bible. They had no Holy Spirit to teach them. Wow.  We take so much for granted.  Where is your Bible today?  Do you take it for granted? Do you even know where it is?

Then in Nehemiah 8:9-11 they share the good news:

This day is holy unto the LORD your God; do not mourn* (lament and wail), nor weep*(cry bitterly, complain, whine). For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law. Then he said unto them, Go your way* (walk, move, live, journey) eat the fat, and drink the sweet … for [this] day [is] holy unto our Lord: don’t you be sorry*(worried, grieved, hurt, pained, tortured, wrestled, bent out of shape); for the joy of the LORD is your strength*(place or means of safety, protection, stronghold, harbor, place to run, refuge, fort, rock).  So, the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace*(hush, keep silent, be still) for the day [is] holy; don’t you be sorry either.

Simply,  Don’t worry!  Be happy!  Have My joy!  It is your strength. The Joy of the Lord who sits on the throne and who resides in you laughingly asks, “Is anything too hard for me?4

In Nehemiah 8:12, All the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth*(joy, gladness, glee, religious festival) because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.  

This sounds like a party to me.  And why party? They understood the word of God to them!  Don’t worry! Be happy. God has got this.

This is the day the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.5   Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God [is] my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ [feet], and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.6   It is your choice to rejoice!  The joy of the Lord gives you the strength to cast you cares.

Scripture References:

11 Peter 5:7

2Nehemiah 8:10

3Jeremiah 32:27

4Genesis 18:14

5Psalm 118:24

6Habakkuk 3:18-19

*Hebrew definition of word from Strong’s Concordance

 

Clothed in Humility

6CC77D53-B244-48E1-8222-337902431BE9Yesterday, I began with devotion time, but I did not dedicate the day to the Lord.“I” wanted to finish editing about 2000 pictures on my computer. “I” had a plan but God had another. Honestly, I was not thrilled about His request. His plan required me to get real and honest with y’all. So, here we go. This story is about some renovations He needed to make in me.

Renovations are costly, hard work and a pain in the side to live through. Some areas of my life have been under reno since late March

March 21, 2018, I had planned a trip to Knoxville to visit a friend during one of Kris’ business trips. However, plans changed. I was led to stay home and pray. Parker was really struggling at the plate. I went to the throne room to have a meeting with God about him and a few other things going on in our family. I came out of the throne with my tail between my legs. I learned that I had been selfish, unkind and proud. Ouch! I received spanking #1.

“MY SON, DO NOT MAKE LIGHT OF THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, AND DO NOT LOSE HEART and GIVE UP WHEN YOU ARE CORRECTED BY HIM; FOR THE LORD DISCIPLINES and CORRECTS THOSE WHOM H E LOVES, AND HE PUNISHES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES and WELCOMES [TO H IS HEART].” You must submit to [correction for the purpose of] discipline; God is dealing with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?”
‭‭HEBREWS‬ ‭12:5-7‬ ‭

Sparking#2 came via a text video. I received it out of the blue. It was about not being judgmental from my one and only niece. She had no clue what I was being taught on that day.

I continued in the presence of the Lord. I asked if I needed to fast about Park’s and the other things I had taken to the throne. Later the same night, I was reading a book and I received my answer. The author suggested fasting from criticism for 24 hours. I knew with out a doubt I was supposed to fast criticism and judgement for the next 100 hours. 😳uch! Spanking #3 for the day.

I decided to go to the Word and pick up some tools to help me fast and with my renovation. Since I had been unkind, proud, and judgmental, I needed to change. Here are the scriptures God gave me:

1. Do not let unwholesome [worthless.] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor [perpetual animosity, resentment, strife, fault-finding] and slander be put away from you, along with every kind of malice [all spitefulness] BE KIND to one another, forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave you.” EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:29, 31-32‬ ‭AMP‬‬
2. …Put on kindness and humbleness. Colossians 3:12
3. God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble. James 4:
4. …Be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 1 Peter 5:5

The word clothed in this verse means to “gird yourself in service garb.” Slaves back then wore a white apron to serve. Jesus put on a white servants towel before he washed the disciples feet in John 13:4. The Holy Spirit directed me to tie a white hanky to my pretty new bag to remind me of His Word. ( I have humbly witnessed the meaning of the white hanky to a few people, too. Very humbling.)

My prayer became: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable and pleasing in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.PSALM‬ ‭19:14‬ ‭

People and situations have entered my life that are like finger nails on a chalk board. I havre tried to avoid them, but Jesus did not avoid me. Did he? Well, I ran into these people and situations over and over this last month. I was so blessed practice my lessond:

1. Be kind.
2. Keep your mouth shut.
3. Be humble
4. Don’t judge.
5. Don’t criticize.

Just when I thought I might get to take the servants hanky off my bag, the Holy Spirit added one more project to the renovation of me:  Hold your peace

Peace in itself is another whole blog for another time. However, I understood holding your peace was to:
1. Keep your mouth
2. Don’t get upset.
3. Don’t let anything take your completeness in Him.

Earlier this week, I failed my final exam. I botched up. I dropped a bucket of black paint all over the renovation of me. I did not hold my peace. I was not kind in words. I judged and criticized. Sadly, I lost my witness in about 30 seconds. I awoke the next morning repentant. I called and ask forgiveness. I then got a couple more Holy Ghost whippings during my devotion time.
Reading through Mark 1, Jesus said “Hold your peace!” which means muzzle your mouth! He had just told me that the day before I lost my peace. Then this post came up from 1 year ago:

When we fail to remember what it cost Jesus to save us, we tend to treat our salvation cheaply and with disregard.

Jesus’ naked body was flaunted in humiliation before a watching world. His flesh was ripped to shreds; His body was bruised from head to toe; He had to heave His body upward for every breath He breathed; He was in constant excruciating pain. Blood drenched Jesus’ face and streamed from His hands, His feet and from countless cuts and gaping wounds from the scourging he took. The cross was a humiliating, disgusting, repulsive, nauseating, stomach-turning sight.
-Rick Renner

Think about that before we choose to sin! He chose to take it for you and I. Why do we so so easily not choose Him every time? If we choose sin, we are not choosing Him in that moment. How can we so easily turn our backs on Him?

I sinned! I chose to sin. Thank God for Jesus. His blood poured out for me erased the spill of my black words of sin. I was washed white as snow. See, I am not perfect, but in Him I am whole, healed, complete, forgiven and in peace.

I am now choosing to be kind, to be clothed in humility and to hold my peace. It is costly, hard work and painful to crucify the flesh and to undergo renovations. However, keep up the renovations Holy Spirit. I still have lots to learn. Eventually, I will look just like you! Let’s do this again.

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I found this little 99 cent bracelet at Michael’s on the day after I didn’t hold my peace. Just another helpful reminder.