GIVE US HELP AND HURRY

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by Tammy Phillips
June 5, 2020

Give us help from trouble, For the help of man [is] useless. -Psalm 60:11 NKJV

With all due respect to God, our talks with God should be like David’s, honest and to the point:

Give us help from trouble.
Give us help from distress.
Give us help from affliction.
Give us help from depression.
Give us help from oppression.
Give us help from anguish.
Give us help from being bound up.
Give us help from being shut up.
Give us help from being tied up.
Give us help from being pressed hard upon.
Give us help from being cramped.
Give us help from being squeezed.
Give us help from the tight place.

Trouble is a word that encompasses a lot. The Hebrew definition means all the things listed above.  David’s words are poignant and to the point.  David recognizes that man is useless and cannot help him.  In Psalm 121:2 NKJV, David reveals the Author of his and our deliverance: “My help [cometh] from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.”

Do you boldly address God like David?  He uses an imperative verb to call God to action.  And, multiple times in the Psalms, David directs God “to make haste to help him”.  There is no other translation for make haste than HURRY.  Have you EVER urged God to hurry up?  David is not shy in his requests to God:

But You, O LORD, do not be far from Me; O My Strength, hasten to help Me! (Psalm 22:19 NKJV)

Do not forsake me, O LORD; O my God, be not far from me! Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!(Psalm 38:21-22 NKJV)

Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me. (Psalm 40:13 KJV)

But I [am] poor and needy; [Yet] the LORD thinks upon me. You [are] my help and my deliverer; Do not delay, O my God. (Psalm 40:17 NKJV)

I enCOURAGE you to be bold and courageous.  Employ God to help you through your trouble.   As much as I would like to help, I am useless compared to Him.  Be brave; ask God to hurry up.  Remember, He is seldom in a hurry, but never late.  Lastly, when you ask the Lord to take action, be prepared to do what He asks in return.

GOD IS OUR `AZAR

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June 4, 2020

Behold, God [is] mine helper: the Lord [is] with them that uphold my soul. -Psalm 54:4 KJV

When I discovered that the Hebrew word for helper is `azar, I immediately thought of the sister of my life long best friend, Cindy Azar.  She will do anything for you. (She put up with our shenanigans for years.)  I know if I called her right now and ask for the moon, she would try her best to deliver it to my doorstep.  She is an extravagant giver.  Last year, she gave my best friend, Pam, tickets to a concert.  Not only did Cindy gift Pam with a ticket, but also purchased Bobbe, our other bestie, and me a ticket.  She wanted Pam to have the best and whatever she wanted for her birthday.

Let me tell you another story about Cindy’s unconditional giving heart.  One late night, she received a call.  She thought it was from Pam’s son, Evan.  The caller pretended to be Evan calling from jail.  He begged Cindy to help and not to tell Pam.  He then persuaded Cindy to send a large amount of “money” to free him from jail.  She did it without question. (In her defense, she is not that much older than us and it was when this scam first began.)  I tell you these stories about Cindy Azar to illustrate how she lives up to her name.  She is a helper.  She has the heart of God when it comes to lending her support.  Honestly, God is the only person I know who can out give her.  God is more giving than sweet Cindy and He always lives up to His name, Helper.  Ask Him.  He wants to help.

God is our helper.
God is our support.
God is our aid.
God is our assistant.
God is our ally.
God surrounds us.

The Lord upholds our soul.
The Lord props us up.
The Lord sustains.
The Lord revives.
The Lord refreshes.

I encourage you to pray to our Helper when you are in need.  He will prop you up.  He will assist you.  God is our assistant.  This fact blows my mind.   Meditate on it and  simply pray, Psalm 30:10, when you need His help:  “Hear me, O LORD, and have mercy; O LORD, be my helper.” He will answer every time.

WE ARE LOVE’S SPOKESPERSON TO THE WORLD

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My Lifepoint Church 8 AM Prayer Team

by Tammy Phillips
June 3, 2020

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. -Ephesians 4:1-6

We are called to peace. (1 Corinthians 7:15)
We are called to follow Christ’s steps. (1 Peter 2:21)
We are called sons of God. (1 John 3:1)
God has called everyone. (1 Corinthians 7:17) Everyone has not answered.

The disciples were first called Christians in Acts 11:26.   Disciple means learner and Christian means follower of Christ.  If we do not learn and follow Christ’s example, if we do not live, walk and talk like Christ, how can we possibly answer to the name Christian? We cannot wear the worlds jersey and be on Christ’s team.

Paul instructs us how to walk worthy of the call:

  1. I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called… (Ephesians 4:1 NKJV)

Paul uses the word beseech which is the Greek word “parakaleō.  It means to beg, encourage, to call to one’s side.  He is saying in today’s terms: “PLEASE!  Heller, Christian?  Are you out there?  Live up to your name, Christian!”

  • Live worthy of the name you are called.
  • We are called sons of God.
  • We are God’s representatives and need to act like it.
  • We are Love’s spokesperson to the world.

Paul encouraged us to live worthy of the name and to practice our call.  Are we reflecting God in all we post, say, and do?  Paul directs us to live:

  1. …with ALL lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love… (Ephesians 4:2)

Walk with all lowliness:

  • We are called to have a humble opinion of ourselves.
  • We are to have a deep sense of our littleness.
  • We are called to humility and lowliness of mind.

Walk with meekness:

  • We are called to softness of temper.
  • We are called to mildness
  • We are called

Walk with long-suffering:

  • We are to journey with forbearance under injuries and provocations.
  • We are called to walk with patience, endurance and steadfastness.
  • We are to be slow in avenging wrongs and to keep boiling passion far off.

 

Walk bearing one another in love

  • We are to endure and hold one another up in love.
  • We are to put up with one another in love.
  • We are to suffer with one another in love.

Paul assigns us to walk in unity:

  1. …endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3)
  • Exerting oneself
  • Making haste
  • Working
  • Studying
  • Giving all diligence

We are to do whatever it takes to keep, guard and attend carefully the UNITY, the ONENESS in the Spirit in the bond (that which binds, joins, and bands us firmly together) of peace.

  1. Ephesians 4:4-6 states that there is:
  • One Body
  • One Spirit
  • One Hope
  • One Lord
  • One faith
  • One baptism
  • One God
  • One Father of all
  • One above all
  • One who through all
  • One who is in you all

“…may  (we) grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ– from whom the WHOLE body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” (Ephesians 4:16 )

We transform into ONE, the body of Christ, with each individual doing its part.  The body grows up as one in love.  Love is, was, and always will be the answer.  When we follow Christ, we become who we were meant to be in the body.

I enCOURAGE you to walk worthy of the call in which you were called. Be LOVE’S SPOKESPERSON TO THE WORLD.  Walk in faith, love, and in Christ.   As the body, we walk, move, and talk as one.  We only say what the Father says and do what the Father does.  Together we can change the world.

LOVE IS ALWAYS THE ANSWER

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by Tammy Phillips
June 2, 2020

For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.1 John 3:11 NKJV

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God.-1 John 4:7 KJV

Let all that you do be done with love. -1 Corinthians 16:14 NKJV

Love is always the answer.  Love is the foundation.   It all starts with love.  It all starts with God.  Let’s start at the beginning.

FIRST:
Love God with all your heart
Love God with all you soul
Love God with all your mind
Love God with all your strength.

SECOND:
Love you neighbor as yourself.

THIRD:
Love yourself.
Mark 12:30 KJV

No love, we have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
No love, we are nothing.
No love, we are useless.
No love, we gain nothing.

Love endures long.
Love is patient.
Love is kind.
Love does not boil over with envy, anger, or hate.
Love is not jealous.
Love does not boastful.
Love is not puffed up.
Love is not inflated.
Love is not proud.
Love does not behave rudely.
Love does not act up.
Love does not seek its own.
Love does not insist on its own way.
Love is not self-centered.
Love is not easily provoked.
Love is not easily angered
Love is not urged on to anger.
Love does not burn with anger.
Love thinks no evil.
Love takes no account of evil done to it.
Love does number evil done.
Love does not meditate on evil.
Love does not take an inventory of evil.
Love does not rejoice in iniquity.
Love does not rejoice in wrong.
Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness.
Love rejoices in the truth.
Love bears all things.
Love covers with silence all things.
Love suffers all things.
Love protects all things.
Love believes all things.
Love has faith in all things.
Love hopes all things.
Love endures all things.
Love takes patiently all things.
Love bears bravely and calmly all things.
Love perserveres under all trials.
Love continues.
Love never falls powerless.
Love never is without effect.
Love never fails.
(1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

Love is the foundation.
Love is a choice.
Love is greater than hate.
Love is more powerful.
Love always wins.
Love is greater than worry.
Love is greater than fear.
Love is greater than anxiety.
Love is greater.
Love renews.
Love restores.
Love gives.
Love freely forgives.

LOVE NEVER FAILS: Love is God: GOD NEVER FAILS.

I enCOURAGE you to love God.  I encourage you to love yourself, so that you can love others like God.  Do not be your own worst enemy and if you are, love yourself.  Choose to love yourself.  Choose to “LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, and DO GOOD, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind to the unthankful and the evil.” (Luke 6:35 NKJV)

But let justice run down like water. And righteous like a mighty stream. (Amos 5:24)

MUSTARD SEED FAITH IS ENOUGH

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by Tammy Phillips
June 1, 2020

Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not…?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. –Matthew 17:19-20 NKJV

The Lord only needs a little to work with.  A mustard seed size faith is enough to:

Ask boldly
Become a child of God
Comfort and Complete you
Direct you
Empower you
Free you from financial failure
Guide you
Heal your every hurt and disease
Instruct you
Jolt you into your call
Keep you from all harm
Love all
Move every mountain
Never take offense
Overcome the enemy
Prayerfully praise through the pain
Quench fleshly desires
Restore broken relationships
Save you
Tame your tongue
Understand the worlds were framed by the Word
Victoriously live
Wait on the Lord
Xpect God to meet your every need
Yearn for the impossible
Zealously repent

The disciples asked, “Why could we not…?”  A mustard seed size faith is enough to overcome all the “why could we not’s…?”

I encourage you to have the faith of a mustard seed.  You cannot see it, but you can believe it.  Nothing will be impossible for you.  

THE WORK OF THE GEMCUTTER

IMG_3878by Tammy Phillips
May 31, 2020

And we all are the work of Your hand. (Isaiah 64:8 NKJV)

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV)

Gemstones, like emeralds and sapphires, are lost treasures in the earth until they are found.  Uncut precious materials that have not been cut and polished are referred to as rough.  Stones are cut and polished by progressive abrasion using finer and finer grits of harder substances, like diamonds.  The gemcutter uses the progressive technique to achieve the finished product, a sparkling gem.  Diamond grit scratches its way through the gemstone.  A liquid such as oil or water is used to wash away cutting debris and keep the stone from overheating.  After the gem is cut and faceted to improve refraction, it is usually polished to a mirror-like finish to aid light reflection from the surface of the stone (https://nature.berkeley.edu/classes/eps2/wisc/teleport/howcut.html)

Doesn’t that sound like the story of us?

We were formed by God.
Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, And He who formed you from the womb: “I [am] the LORD, who makes all [things], Who stretches out the heavens all alone, Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself; (Isaiah 44:24 NKJV)

We were lost in the earth until we were found by our Lord.
And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7 NKJV)

We are rough around the edges when we first come to Jesus, but come to realize it is God who made us.
Know that the LORD, He [is] God; [It is] He [who] has made us, and not we ourselves; (Psalm 100:3 NKJV)

The Gemcutter, Our Father, uses the abrasive experiences of our lives to carefully cut and polish us into the lively stones in His house.
Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. (Isaiah 48:10 NKJV]
‘Your hands have made me and fashioned me… (Job 10:8 NKJV)

The living water and the oil of the Holy Spirit washes away the debris in our lives.
“For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” (Jeremiah 31:34 NKJV)

The Living water cleanses and cools us.  It keeps us from overheating when we are tempted and tried.
“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. (Ezekiel 36:25 NKJV)

We are anointed by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit leads us in all things.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. (Psalm 32:8 NKJV)

The Spirit assists us from becoming overheated by the agitations of life.
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God [is] faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear [it]. (1Corinthians 10:13 NKJV)

We are transformed by His word and refined from the rough, from glory to glory.
Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. (Isaiah 48:10 NKJV)

We are polished to reflect the light of His glory.
“You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” (Revelation 4:11 NKJV)

We are transformed into His sparkling gems.  We become living stones in the house of our Father.
The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Job 33:4 NKJV)

I enCOURAGE you to believe and say: “I will praise You, for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, And [that] my soul knows very well.”  (Psalm 139:14 NKJV)  You are MARVELOUS!  You are a PRECIOUS, PRICELESS, Sparkling Gem, created and formed by the Master Gem cutter.

WE ARE HIS SPARKLING GEMS

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May 30, 2020

You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house. -1 Peter 2:5 NKJV

We are like diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies in the rough.  When the rough stones are brought to the light, they do not look all that special.  However, they are created for greatness.  Once found, they are placed in the hands of a gem cutter and transformed into sparkling gems.  Look at these fascinating facts about sapphires and emeralds.  Through the comparisons, see how we are built up into living stones in the house of God.

SAPPHIRES:

  • Second in popularity to the diamond
  • Treasured gemstones due to rich blue color and rarity
  • Prized because of sparkle (THAT’S YOU!), durability, hardness, and endurance
  • Formed during transformation of igneous rock
  • Formed during changes of intense pressure and heat.
  • Inclusions and impurities often occur during formation
  • Inclusions give each sapphire a unique look, almost like a fingerprint.
  • No two will ever look exactly the same.
  • Formed 6 to 18 miles underneath the surface of the earth.
  • Weathering, water, streams and rivers wash away debris and through the natural movements of the earth’s surfaces expose these sapphire deposits
  • Heat treatments improve and intensify color

LIKE SAPPHIRES:

  • We are treasured gems to our Father. (Malachi 3:17)
  • We are his prized possessions. (Deuteronomy 7:6, 14:2, James 1:18)
  • We are made to be strong and endure. (Matthew 24:14, Ephesians 6:10, 2 Timothy 2:3)
  • We are transformed. (2 Corinthians 3:18, Romans 12:2)
  • We are unique like each sapphire created. (Psalm 139:13-14). “My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, [and] curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.” (Psalm 139:15)
  • Our imperfections make us into the people we are called to be.
  • And, by the washing of the word, we are sanctified, set apart and cleansed for His use. (Ephesians 5:26)
  • We are made to reflect His glory. “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. (Isaiah 60:1)

EMERALDS:

  • Rarest and most highly valued gemstone (apart from diamonds)
  • Soft, only rank 7.5 on the Mohs scale
  • Can break under high pressure or exposure to high heat
  • Many inclusions occur during natural growth process
  • Purer and more vivid deep green the color, the higher the value
  • Round emeralds improve the refractive quality, giving it more sparkle
  • Formed under right high temperature and pressure
  • Formed in metamorphic rocks and volcanic deposits
  • Formed in fractures and cracks in large areas of granite rock.
  • Mined in pits.
  • Treated with heat and oil to improve appearance:-Oil treatments improve the luster, brilliance and color, as well as the health and structure of the emerald

-Oil treatments are intended to repair fractures.
-During the oil treatment, emeralds are soaked in hot cedar oil.
-Oil soaks into cracks and fractures and solidifies.
-Oil reduces the clarity of inclusions.

LIKE EMERALDS

  • We are far more valuable than rubies. (Proverbs 31:10)
  • We are soft hearted. (Ezekiel 36:26)
  • We all have inclusions, sin, that should not be in our life. (Romans 3:23)
  • We are precious to God. (Isaiah 13:12, I Peter 3:4)
  • Round emeralds, like myself, are more refractive and sparkle. We have more surface area and facets for Light to be scattered and fractured. (John 8:12)
  • Our character is formed under pressure, in eruptive circumstance, and through enduring tight situations. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
  • We are mined in the pits. “He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, [and] established my goings. (Psalm 40:2 KJV) We are called out of the darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)
  • We are anointed. Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, [is] God; (2 Corinthians 1:21 KJV)
  • We are made complete. Our brokenness and fractures are repaired through Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:10)
  • We are healed and the ugliness of our iniquity and inclusion disappear in Him. (Hebrews 8:12)

I enCOURAGE you, Sparkling Gem, to remember how valuable you are to our Heavenly Father.  Arise and shine!  Reflect the glory of our soon and coming King.  He has pulled you out of the pit for greatness. You are His Sparkling Gem. You are called to build up His name and His house by encouraging others to follow Christ.

YOU ARE A LIVING STONE

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May 29, 2020

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. -1 Peter 2:4-5 NKJV

Jesus is the Chief Corner Stone.  He is a Living Stone picked by God, precious and highly valued.  He is a priceless living stone.  We also are to be living stones following his example.  He is the Chosen Stone and we, as His people, are also chosen (1 Peter 2:9).  We are being built up a spiritual house.

The Greek word  for living is zaō.   It means to live, breathe, not lifeless, not dead; to enjoy real life; to have true life and worthy of the name, active, blessed, endless in the kingdom of God; living water; having vital power in itself and exerting the same upon the soul.

Most think of stones as being inanimate. We are alive. We are to enjoy real life.  The Living Water flows from the Living Stone into us.  We can only experience life as God planned it for us when we come to Him and draw from Him living water.

Stone upon stone, we are being built up into a spiritual house, His dwelling place, the body of Christ, the Church.  “In Him (all the building) the whole structure is joined (bound, welded) together harmoniously, and it continues to rise (grow, increase) into a holy temple in the Lord.  In Him [and in fellowship with one another] you yourselves also are being built up [into this structure] with the rest, to form a fixed abode (dwelling place) of God  through the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:21-22)

We are being built up, not torn down.  The Greek word for built up is oikodomeō.  This word means:

  • Erected
  • Restored
  • Rebuilt
  • Repaired
  • Being built up from the foundation
  • Growing in wisdom and piety
  • Growing in Christian affection, grace, virtue, holiness, and blessedness
  • Given strength and courage

The Living Water flows from the throne of God through us, bringing dead stones to life again.  The water of the word chisels away, restores, repairs and cleanses the brokenness inside us.  Progressively,  abrasion yields a perfected stone of strength and courage reflecting the image of Jesus.  As living stones, we welcome the living water to flow through us to help encourage the lost, the hurting, the hopeless and the broken.

The Holy Spirit pours life, His living water into us.

It overflows flows
It flows out our door
It flows into our cul-de-sac
It flows down the street
It flows in our neighborhood
It flows into our church
It flows into our city
It flows into our county
It flows into our state
It flows into the nation
It flows into the whole world
It flows into “our world”
It flows into our friends
It flows into our family

One little drop of water causes a great ripple.
One little drop of Jesus in us, can and will change the world.
One little drop of the Living Water will create a whole lot of living stones.

I enCOURAGE you to come to Him, the Living Stone, chosen by God and precious. You also are chosen, precious, and highly valued in the kingdom of God.  The Lord needs you to help change the world.  He needs you to be like a living stone.  He is building a beautiful house, a beautiful bride. Come to Him.  Take your place in the building.  He needs you to help build up others.

Therefore comfort each other and edify (build up) one another, just as you also are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NKJV)

THE CORNERSTONE

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May 28, 2020

Jesus Christ himself being the Chief Cornerstone; -Ephesians 2:20 

CORNER-STONE, (noun) The stone which lies at the corner of two walls, and unites them; the principal stone, and especially the stone which forms the corner of the foundation of an edifice. (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)

The cornerstone, also called foundation or setting stone, is the first stone set in a building.  The cornerstone marks the geographical location by orienting a building in a specific direction.  Careful measurements are taken to ensure the cornerstone is square to guarantee the proper alignment of the rest of the building.  All other stones are laid in line with the cornerstone.  The completeness and stability of the structure depends on the Cornerstone.  Collins dictionary defines the cornerstone of something as the basic part of it on which its existence, success, or truth depends.  Many times name of the architect is engraved into the cornerstone.  Our LORD is the Architect of the universe (Hebrews 11:3).  Hence, our Cornerstone is labeled:  KING OF KING and LORD OF LORDS.  (Revelation 19:16)

Jesus is our Cornerstone.
Jesus is our Foundation Stone.
Jesus is our Beginning.
Jesus is our Standard of measure.
Jesus is our Orientation.
Jesus is our Specific Direction.
Jesus is our Proper Alignment.
Jesus is our Completeness.
Jesus is our Stability.
Jesus is our Existence.
Jesus is our Truth.
Jesus is our King of Kings.
Jesus is our Lord of Lords.

Jesus is our Cornerstone.  He is the foundation of the church.  We are of the household of God. (Ephesians 2:19).  “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone… (Ephesians 2:20)

We are his temple.  We are an intricate and important part of the building of the church, the body of Christ.  We have a unique place and space we are to occupy.  Our Father is working on us from the inside out to sculpt us, mold us and shapes us into what we are called to be.  He whittles away at our imperfections to create a perfect stone, created in His image.  Think about this…if we are not obedient to God’s calling, we are holding up the building process of the body.  WHOA!  AND, If we start with Jesus, then the apostles, fast forward a few thousand years to us, we could very well be holding up the perfecting of our children and grandchildren by our disobedience and unfaithfulness.  That means it is past time to get it together, to repent and turn to God in all things.  We cannot change the past, but we can change the future by being obedient to the call and commands of our Father, Architect of the Universe, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

I enCOURAGE you to rely on Jesus, your Cornerstone.  He will orient, direct, align, stabilize and complete you. Allow God into all the parts of your life that need a little renovation and renewal.  Affect the future generations of your family and the world with your obedience.

FINDING BALANCE

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May 27, 2020

A just weight and balance [are] the LORD’S: all the weights of the bag [are] his work. -Proverbs 16:11 

I was searching for the balanace.  I felt like the scales of my life were teetering.  I did not like the feeling of unsteadiness.   I was looking to stabilize time spent between God and Kris. I was looking to equalize time spent working, writing, cooking, cleaning, projects around the house and just playing.  I was searching for balance in my eating habits.  Ultimately, I was trying to reconcile time between DOING and time just BEING.

What was missing?  Focus.  I was so occupied with everything I had to do that I was not doing my best at anything.  I took time to refocus.  I took time to find center again. I stopped.   I turned off everything, including my racing mind.  I ran to center.  I ran to God. I read. I sang. I prayed. I found peace.  I found balance. I found God waiting on me to straighten it all out.

Proverbs 16:11 tells us that “a just weight and balance [are] the LORD’S: all the weights of the bag [are] his work.”   Where is balance?  It is the LORD’S.  He is our Balance.  Jesus balanced all on the cross.  The weights or stones in the bag of life are His work.  We have to run to Him.  We have to ask him to help us work it out.  We need to ask Him, “what’s next?”  He will instruct us and teach us the way to go, what do, when to do, how to do and when to stop.  He has the answers. We just have to ask and seek Him.

I enCOURAGE you to take time and refocus. Ask our LORD to help you find balance. Seek the LORD for balance.  It is His.  If you seek Him, you will find Him, balance and everything else you need.

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