By God’s Mercy, I am Still Here!

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“I Am”

I am the one, yes, I created the whole universe
Greater than anything in heaven and in all the earth
It’s my air you breathe, so I’m the one that you should please
I am the one you need, why should you be alone?

I am that I am, I’m all that you need
I can, yes, I can, no, it ain’t too hard for me
Do you know, really know, do you really believe?
Every day, every night of your life, I am

It hurts my heart indeed to see those whom I love in need
Knowing all I wonder, why they never call on me
If you just ask and I can satisfy you with the things
I’ll give you everything, yes, you can have it all

I tell the sun to rise, the wind to blow, the rain to fall
I move the mountains and the oceans, rivers great and small
Yes, everything I made I want to hear them give me praise
Especially you, my children each and every day

I am that I am, I’m all that you need
I can, yes, I can, no, it ain’t too hard for me
Do you know, really know, do you really believe?
Everyday, every night of your life

I am

Hearing and Knowing the Sound of God’s Voice His Way

Hearing and Knowing the Sound of God’s Voice, God’s Way

Unless otherwise stated: all Scripture is being quoted from the Amplified Version of the Bible

I will also be quoting from Apostle Renny McLean’s teaching on “Hearing the Voice of God” which can be found on YouTube.

The Psalmist David in Psalm 85:8 wrote: I will hear [with expectant hope] what God the Lord will say, For He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones—But let them not turn again to folly.

If you or I want to truly hear and know the sound of God’s voice, then we must be prepared to set ourselves apart, to be willing to say: “not my way, but God’s way.”

Frank Sinatra sang he did it his way, well, he can have his song, I prefer to do things God’s way 🙂 because Hosea 4:6 writes that God’s people are destroyed from a lack of knowledge which results in our becoming frustrated by our limited understanding when trying to do things our way.

Apostle Renny McLean said:

“God speaks through thoughts, visions, dreams, angels, by the gifts of the Spirit, circumstances, the Word, and nature”

According to Strong’s Concordance #8085 to hear is an expression of motion, and #6030 to hear as a house of replies…

Examples of how God is able to help us to respond to His Supernatural Sound of His Voice through nature

2 Samuel 5:22-24  The Philistines came up once again and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim. When David inquired of the Lord, He said, “You shall not go up, but circle around behind them and come at them in front of the balsam trees. And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then you shall pay attention and act promptly, for at that time the Lord will have gone out before you to strike the army of the Philistines.”

When the four lepers chose to step out in faith instead of sitting there to die, God caused their footsteps to “sound like the sound of chariots, and the sound of horses, the sound of a great army to the Arameans’ (who were Syrians) army” (2 Kings 3).

And Psalm 29 gives us an awesome description of how nature responds to the sound of God’s voice and how God responds when He hears the sounds of the voices His people praising and worshiping Him with one voice… Our unity through praise and worship sounds like the voices of many waters…

In Isaiah 55:8-9, God said: 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts higher than your thoughts.

Since God’s ways and thoughts are higher than our ways and thoughts, then there is no way that, we with our finite minds can ever begin to ever understand the infinite mind of our Creator God according to our own head knowledge.

Ecclesiastes 5:7 writes that: “in a multitude of dreams and in a flood of words there is worthlessness. Rather[reverently] fear God [and worship Him with awe-filled respect, knowing who He is],” for when our wills are in alignment with God’s, then His thoughts and ways will become our thoughts and ways…

When we: Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all our hearts by not relying upon our own insight or understanding, but acknowledge and recognize God for who He is, then He will make our paths straight and smooth by removing every obstacle that blocks our way (Proverbs 3:5-6 paraphrased).

God in Isaiah 1:18a calls us to: Come now and let us reason together… God is calling us to not to wait to come to His table to receive His instruction.

God desires that we come to the table now, “now faith is the substance hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” so that through His infinite wisdom and knowledge, He will help us understand as to why His thoughts and ways are far higher than what we can ever begin to think or imagine.

Faith is a gift and is listed after wisdom which comes first and knowledge which is second: See 1 Corinthians 12:8-9…

Colossians 3:15: the peace of God rules and reign in your heart.

Philippians 4:7: the faith of God will gird up your mind and heart.

Apostle McLean defines faith as:

“…heaven’s permission for us to do something… without the faith, heaven has not authorized it” “Faith needs discipline, with faith comes expectation, and peace rules expectation which is the mechanics of faith”

Since we serve a supernatural God who exists in eternity, and not in a world that is limited by time, seasons, or signs, then how much should we be learning from the Holy Spirit who will help us to come to know His thoughts and ways (See Psalm 90:4; 2 Peter 3:8, and Zechariah 4:6).

God gave us ears to hear, eyes to see, and a mouth to speak with. To hear is to listen, to listen is to perceive, to perceive is to discern which helps us to receive insight to what we are hearing and perceiving before we speak.

Apostle Renny McLean said:

“God speaks in a dimension that cuts you out from other people, places or things. When we know His voice, we will give our lives for the voice, because we know it as the voice of God”

John 10:27: The sheep that are My own hear My voice and listen to Me; I know them, and they follow Me.

Jesus, in Matthew 8:3 said: “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless you repent[that is, change your inner self—your old way of thinking, live changed lives]and become like children [trusting, humble, and forgiving], you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

In other words, not by my head knowledge, not by my way of doing things, not by my wisdom or understanding, but by His Spirit who knows and understands the mind of God.

Proverbs 2:6: For the Lord gives [skillful and godly] wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. And in Matthew 4:4 Jesus said: “It is written and forever remains written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.’

In Strong’s Concordance #s 239 / 239 defines hearing as to expand, to broaden out the ear, to listen, to perceive through the idea of scales as if they were two ears, or to weigh or to ponder.

The way I would paraphrase #s 238 / 239 would be to bring balance to discern truth from falsehood when it comes to rightly dividing the Word of God.

According to Apostle Renny McLean “There are four types of ears: (1) The open ear, (2) The trained ear, (3) The itching ear, and (4) The deaf ear.” (McLean).

To me, an open ear is willing to hear and receive instruction whether it is what we want to hear or not. A trained ear knows, hears and discerns the voice of God while an itching ear wants to just scratch the surface, and will draw from off of others before getting it for itself. And as for the deaf ear, all it wants to hear is what it wants to hear by tuning out what it should be hearing.

2 Timothy 3:16-17: 16 All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage];

17 so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.

“Two ways we will not hear God’s voice is by (1) disrespecting the vessel who is our Pastor, and (2) by becoming too familiar” (Apostle McLean)

To paraphrase a quote from Apostle Renny McLean:

“The day we do not hear our Pastor’s voice will be the day when we will neither hear nor discern the voice of the Great Shepherd. Why, because our Pastor speaks what the Spirit of The Great Shepherd instructs him to speak…

Hence the High Priest in heaven who connects with the Pastor who is the Priest in your house…

Heaven touches earth and earth touches heaven, and we have agreement 🙂

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A Contemporary Affirmation of Faith

A Contemporary Affirmation of Faith

We believe in Jesus Christ the Lord
Who was promised to the people of Israel
Who came in the flesh to dwell among us
Who announced the coming of the rule of God
Who gathered disciples and taught them
Who died on the cross to free us from sin
Who rose from the dead to give us life and hope
Who reigns in heaven at the right hand of God
Who comes to judge and bring justice to victory

We believe in God His Father
Who raised Him from the dead
Who created and sustains the universe
Who acts to deliver His people in time of need
Who desires all men everywhere to be saved
Who rules over the destinies of men and nations
Who continues to love men even when they reject Him

We believe in the Holy Spirit
Who is the form of God present in the Church
Who moves men to faith and obedience
Who is the guarantee of our deliverance
Who leads us to find God’s will in the Word
Who assists those whom He renews in prayer
Who guides us in discernment
Who impels us to act together

We believe God has made us His people
To invite others to follow Christ
To encourage one another to deeper commitment
To proclaim forgiveness of sins and hope
To reconcile men to God through word and deed
To bear witness to the power of love over hate
To proclaim Jesus the Lord over all
To meet the daily tasks of life with purpose
To suffer joyfully for the cause of right
To the ends of the earth
To the end of the age
To the praise of His glory. Amen.

The above post was taken from the: “The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration which can be found under Affirmations of Faith #718

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The Sayings of Agur | A Word in Season

The Sayings of Agur

The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh contain this message.[a]

I am weary, O God;
    I am weary and worn out, O God.[b]
I am too stupid to be human,
    and I lack common sense.
I have not mastered human wisdom,
    nor do I know the Holy One.

Who but God goes up to heaven and comes back down?
    Who holds the wind in his fists?
Who wraps up the oceans in his cloak?
    Who has created the whole wide world?
What is his name—and his son’s name?
    Tell me if you know!

Every word of God proves true.
    He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.
Do not add to his words,
    or he may rebuke you and expose you as a liar.

O God, I beg two favors from you;
    let me have them before I die.
First, help me never to tell a lie.
    Second, give me neither poverty nor riches!
    Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.
For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?”
    And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.

10 Never slander a worker to the employer,
    or the person will curse you, and you will pay for it.

11 Some people curse their father
    and do not thank their mother.
12 They are pure in their own eyes,
    but they are filthy and unwashed.
13 They look proudly around,
    casting disdainful glances.
14 They have teeth like swords
    and fangs like knives.
They devour the poor from the earth
    and the needy from among humanity.

15 The leech has two suckers
    that cry out, “More, more!”[c]

There are three things that are never satisfied—
    no, four that never say, “Enough!”:
16 the grave,[d]
    the barren womb,
    the thirsty desert,
    the blazing fire.

17 The eye that mocks a father
    and despises a mother’s instructions
will be plucked out by ravens of the valley
    and eaten by vultures.

18 There are three things that amaze me—
    no, four things that I don’t understand:
19 how an eagle glides through the sky,
    how a snake slithers on a rock,
    how a ship navigates the ocean,
    how a man loves a woman.

20 An adulterous woman consumes a man,
    then wipes her mouth and says, “What’s wrong with that?”

21 There are three things that make the earth tremble—
    no, four it cannot endure:
22 a slave who becomes a king,
    an overbearing fool who prospers,
23     a bitter woman who finally gets a husband,
    a servant girl who supplants her mistress.

24 There are four things on earth that are small but unusually wise:
25 Ants—they aren’t strong,
    but they store up food all summer.
26 Hyraxes[e]—they aren’t powerful,
    but they make their homes among the rocks.
27 Locusts—they have no king,
    but they march in formation.
28 Lizards—they are easy to catch,
    but they are found even in kings’ palaces.

29 There are three things that walk with stately stride—
    no, four that strut about:
30 the lion, king of animals, who won’t turn aside for anything,
31     the strutting rooster,
    the male goat,
    a king as he leads his army.

32 If you have been a fool by being proud or plotting evil,
    cover your mouth in shame.

33 As the beating of cream yields butter
    and striking the nose causes bleeding,
    so stirring up anger causes quarrels.

Footnotes:

  1. 30:1a Or son of Jakeh from Massa; or son of Jakeh, an oracle.
  2. 30:1b The Hebrew can also be translated The man declares this to Ithiel, / to Ithiel and to Ucal.
  3. 30:15 Hebrew two daughters who cry out, “Give, give!”
  4. 30:16 Hebrew Sheol.
  5. 30:26 Or Coneys, or Rock badgers.
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God is Well Aware U R Here

Tree.jpgIn the beginning as God was creating the heavens and the earth, He had you and me in mind. In Ephesians 1:4, the Aramaic Bible in Plain English writes:

“Just as he chose us beforehand in him from before the foundation of the universe,that we shall be holy and without spot before him, and he ordained us beforehand in love for himself.”

And Jeremiah 1:5, the Holman Christian Standard Bible writes:
I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born. I appointed you a prophet to the nations.

Scripture clarifies that God Himself knew and chose you before the universe was created and before you were formed within your mother’s womb.

This tells me that we must have been a thought in God’s mind before He spoke us into existence according to Genesis 1:26-28 in the Message Bible which states:

God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.” 

God created human beings; he created them  godlike Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. 

God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”

Therefore, one cannot say God did not go through the thought process about who it was that was going to be formed and fashioned into His unique, one of a kind image and likeness. Well, praise God that was you and me 🙂

Something to think about right, right, but why is that since we have a Biblical record about how God defines us as human beings in His Living Word, that we allow the world to define us by the color of our skin? Selah, think and ponder upon this!

Awareness of thought ♥

So, what do we mean in regards to awareness of thought? 

The Awareness – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia states that: “Awareness is the ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of events, objects, thoughts, emotions, or sensory patterns. In this level of consciousness, sense data can be confirmed by an observer without necessarily implying understanding” (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awareness).

But God showed me that in the beginning you and I were a thought in His mind before the (Ephesians 1:4 and Jeremiah 1:5). Question, when we were developing in the womb, or when we were born, did we have an awareness about who God was, or why He even put us here, but Genesis 1:26-28 answers those two questions for us.

However, we had no inclination that we were a thought in God’s mind, and neither were we inclined to think why we were to stand start, or at least I should I wasn’t until I received Christ into my heart and soul. Then as my relationship developed over the years, I came to understand that I was meant to be more than just being a female walking on two legs on purpose for a purpose.

Jeremiah 29:10-11 in the Message Bible writes: “This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”

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In Jeremiah 29:10-11, God tells us He knows all about it and He’s well aware that we are here 🙂 God wants us to always to be ready in season and out of season.

God wants us to be conscious of the fact that He wants us to be informed and to be on the alert, or to be aware that He knows what He is doing and that He is well aware we are here 🙂

God bless you ♥

Is it Really the Devil’s Fault

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How many times have we heard people say, “Oh, it was the devil’s fault,” or the devil this or the devil that, and I heard it again just recently: “You know the devil doesn’t like it when we pray,” when in fact the devil doesn’t mind us praying, but what he does mind is when a warrior knows how to impact the kingdom of darkness by first entering into the courts of God before going out into the battlefield.

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds and the casting away of vain imaginations, and every high, lofty thought that would come against the knowledge of our God (2 Corinthians 10:3-6).

What is key to getting our answers through is that we must needs be ready to punish every disobedience with our obedience, because we if do not do so, than we have given the devil the legal right to have his way about a situation that concerns us and our households.

So, therefore saints, let us bear responsibility for our own errors, and when something goes wrong, especially if we are gathered together to pray via internet, then let us not put the blame on the devil where it doesn’t belong, but instead let us look within to see where the source of the problem originated and deal with it.

So, instead of giving unnecessary credit to the devil, let us be truthful to ourselves and say, Yes, Lord, it is me who is standing in the need of prayer. Selah 🙂

 

Open My Eyes

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Oh love the Lord all you His saints, for the Lord preserves the faithful and fully repays the proud person. Be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord (Psalm 31:23-24, NKJV).

Holy Spirit, I pray You will open my eyes that I may come to see the truth which You have for me

Holy Spirit, I pray You will open my ears that I may hear voices of truth which You send clear

Holy Spirit, I pray You will open my mouth that I may speak the truth about God’s wonderful love everywhere

Holy Spirit, I pray You will place in my hands the wonderful key that my eyes shall see truth which will set me free

Holy Spirit, I pray You will cause every note of truth to fall on my ears so all falsehood will disappear

Holy Spirit, I pray You will open my mouth to prepare to share the truth about what You have done for me.

This prayer is taken from the Hymn: Open My Eyes that I May See by Clara H Scott, 1841-1897, paraphrased).

New King James Version (NKJV)

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