Saturday, January 13, 2018

THINK BEFORE YOU ACT by Nina Keegan

  THINK, THINK, THINK, BEFORE YOU ACT...

  I was reading in Proverbs today about the wisdom of thinking things through… As we know  King Solomon was a very, very wise man… He wrote such Godly  and Holy Spirit, filled wisdom in these proverbs, truths that are every bit as relevant to our lives today as they were when they were penned...

 This scripture below teaches us about thinking things through, pondering and giving careful thought to the things that you will do… Don’t do anything rash, no knee-jerk reactions….. We must ponder the path, think deeply about the path God has for us and stay as closely sealed on God’s path as possible.

Proverbs 13:16
16 Wise people THINK before they act; fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness. 

Proverbs 4:26
Ponder ( THINK CAREFULLY) the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.( secure)


Ponder: meditate, to consider or examine attentively or deliberately. ponder implies a careful weighing of a problem or, often, prolonged  thinking about a matter. ⟨pondered the course of action⟩

We must make time for the things of God, we must meditate on his word and seek him first before anything else and let him dictate our paths. We must not let our feelings, our fleshly desires or others influence us.
When we spend time with the Lord, He gives us an armor of protection… He gives us wisdom to know what to do in all situations. 
 Time in the word prepares us for every circumstance in advance… It makes our footing secure and gives us peace.

I heard a quote once that says “if you want to kill a man‘s vision, give him two.”

What does that mean?

We never want to get sidetracked on a vision or path that is not from the Lord, we don’t want to go down another    dead end road and miss out on the amazing divine plan that God has for us… The enemy will always dangle the bait, the enemy will be ready with the enticements of the world… He will be ready with anything that can distract us and get us off the path God has ordained for us!

John 16:13
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

When there are too many things occupying our attention, we lose our focus on what the goal really is… We lose our peace and we can get ourselves in a crisis mode, confusion sets in… We lose our way and many times we give up… 

But God is not the author of confusion ... When we focus on and meditate on his word, we can zero in on his divine path.... stay focused on Jesus!

When we do this, our ways will be sure, and secure, we must think before we act!
This is wisdom from the Lord!

Think, think, think!…

Often times we let the things of the world, and our feelings dictate our steps .. we let greed, wants, and desires for the things that the world deems important dictate to a great extent how we live because it seems we always find the time to do the things we enjoy; the things we want to do even if it’s a sin...and we can’t find the time for God...

But the Scriptures tell us to guard our hearts above all else.  We always must check ourselves; make sure that we concentrate on those things that will keep us on the right path… God‘s path! We must make sure our attentions lead us in the right direction through the word of God and spending time with the Lord. 
We can put boundaries on our own desires, we don’t have to go after everything we see, we don’t have to keep up with the Joneses, we don’t have to be like everyone else, we can look straight ahead and keep our eyes fixed on our goal in Christ… His plan for our lives, pray against all sidetracks and detours that lead us to sin!

If you want wisdom, you must decide to go after it, this will take resolve, this will take determination not to abandon the search once you begin. Ponder..THINK! 

Philippians 4:8King James Version (KJV)

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, THINK on these things.

 Yes..think on the things that Jesus has done for you, think and meditate on the word of God, seeking God‘s clear direction for your life.

This is not a once-in-a-lifetime step but a daily process of choosing between two paths.. paths of good and evil...nothing is more important or more valuable…

Proverbs 4:14
Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers.

Many people who are led astray, who have gotten off the right path and have gotten into sin can always look back and find a fork in the path… A crossroads… Where they chose the wrong way… When you are sealed in the word of God, you will make wise choices and be able to stand against the wiles and tactics of the enemy and his temptations to take the wrong road!

There is victory in wisdom, there is victory in pondering the word of God and knowing what the word says for you... there is victory in obeying those words of wisdom!

Guard your heart with all diligence, even so-called friends and family members who are not doing God’s will can Lure us off the path and to do wrong things… People who want to be accepted will end up going down the wrong path; many people can’t see ahead..where the road of distraction is leading them and how their actions could lead to trouble.. Sin is fun for a season… There are often times not immediate consequences for sin but rest assured there will be consequences, we mustn’t  mock God!

Proverbs 4:7
Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do develop good judgment.

David taught Solomon as a young boy that seeking God‘s wisdom is the most important choice he could ever make.

 Solomon learned this lesson well, and when God appeared to Solomon to fulfill any request,  the new king chose wisdom above all else. We should also make God‘s wisdom our first choice through seeking him and thinking on his word and pondering his will for our lives. 

We don’t have to wait for God to appear to us like Solomon; We can boldly ask him for wisdom today... we can spend time with him in prayer and meditation on  think on his will for our lives. 

James 1:5
Assures us that God will always grant our request.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Ecc 5:2-12
2 Think before you speak, and don't make any rash promises to God. He is in heaven and you are on earth, so don't say any more than you have to. 
3 The more you worry, the more likely you are to have bad dreams, and the more you talk, the more likely you are to say something foolish. 
4 So when you make a promise to God, keep it as quickly as possible. He has no use for a fool. Do what you promise to do. 
5 Better not to promise at all than to make a promise and not keep it. 
6Don't let your own words lead you into sin, so that you have to tell God's priest that you didn't mean it. Why make God angry with you? Why let him destroy what you have worked for? 
7 No matter how much you dream, how much useless work you do, or how much you talk, you must still stand in awe of God. 

Proverbs 2:6
For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
1 Corinthians 10:31
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 6:14
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
Proverbs 22:7
The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.
Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Road In The Desert by Nina Keegan

A ROAD IN THE DESERT!


 "Forget about what's happened; don't keep going over old history. 
Be alert, be present. I'm about to do something brand-new. It's bursting out! Don't you see it? There it is! I'm making a road through the desert, rivers in the wastelands.
ISAIAH 43:18-19

What does God mean when he says he’s making roads through the desert…?

In my time with the Lord I feel like he was showing me that when you’re looking at a desert, it’s an extremely vast and open wasteland with no roads, no landmarks, there is nothing to point the way…every where you look it’s empty.. it’s endless... If we were set down in the middle of a desert; we would had absolutely no way of knowing which way to go… We could be aimlessly walking in an infinite circle without really even knowing it...going absolutely nowhere...

  But God always makes a way!  When he says he’s making a road through the desert… That is him giving us a highway, a path to follow, he’s giving us a way out of desolation ..he’s giving us a plan and a road to follow that leads towards victory.. a road that leads us out of our aimless meandering, one that gives us  clear direction and it gives us a purpose!

  The Bible says that God will make our paths clear, God says he will direct and order our every step, he says that he will make the crooked places straight… 

 When God gives us a road in the middle of nowhere… When he gives us the clear and definitive direction when we are lost, we will never have to wander aimlessly again!

What causes our aimless wandering?  Are we continuously going over old history… Are we rehearsing the bad things, the old memories, the old hurts, and pains from our lives… The Bible says we are to forget about what has happened in the past.. leave it all behind and do not look back!  

God is our Almighty God and Father, He knows the wrongs that we each have suffered, he knows the ones that have caused us pain. He understands the hurts of our hearts and souls. He knows the injustices we’ve endured. God knows the memories that we rehearse and play out like an old movie or a broken record… He knows that we long for justification, He knows the reminding of the hurtful words that the enemy keeps whispering in our ears.
He knows the minimizing and dismissiveness of another person towards us… He knows our besetting sins...he knows it all! guilt, shame, condemnation..

We must forgive, forget, and surrender ... ALL!

The ought and bitterness is causing us to wander aimlessly, to lose our direction and focus on Christ Jesus,  it causes our footing to slip and we subsequently veer off the right path! 

The Bible says to release it all...we can give it all to God, we can cast our cares and be fully free to see what God is doing; the brand new thing he longs to do in our lives!  We must ask God to interrupt our thinking patterns and our meandering..We must decide that we indeed have the mind of Christ and through him and the authority he has given us, we have the power to stop rehearsing and regurgitating old history!

We must be determined to think on the things that God thinks, our thoughts should be his thoughts ... when we are tempted to complain, let’s praise him and thank him for healing up our past hurts and wounds… say things that aren’t as though they are until what we are standing for has manifested! Speak life! 

 God wants to do a new thing, he wants to give us a way out, he wants to give us a clear path and a new roadway in the middle of our vast desert’s… It’s time… It’s time to start declaring victory.

The Bible says it’s bursting forth can we not perceive it… It is not God’s will for you to miss the target...

We are to be polished arrows in the hands of the Lord… We must ask God to set us down on the roadway that he has made clear for us to have a way out, this road way to victory, this road way to success and freedom from all of the past hurts.. this road way that leads straight to the purpose and will of God for our lives… 

It’s time for “necessary endings”!

It’s time to put the past in the past where it belongs, it’s time to leave it all behind... it is necessary for all the old ways to end so that we can see and obtain the brand new thing that God is doing!

It is a new day..behold, behold! what we used to find esteem from (in the flesh) will fade away..our past sins and failures have no authority to identify us any further.. we can release both of these false identities today to our Lord and Savior..it’s redemption time! 

  The Bible says in Philippians that we must press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God through Jesus Christ is calling us…...

We can never even be participants in this race unless we are on the road… The right road God has made for us in the middle of our deserts.. the road that leads us out and straight towards the finish line…

Are you on the right path..?

Heavenly Father in the mighty name of Jesus we ask you to help us to be released from the past.. prune from us any and all attachments to past hurts, failures, and sins. We release our past to you and turn towards our futures in you, we will reach for what lies ahead, show us the vision and the road you have for us ... we thank you father.. in Jesus powerful name we pray! 
  God bless you all!



Psalm 25:4-5
Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day. 
James 1:5
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him
Psalm 5:8
O LORD, lead me in Your righteousness because of my foes; Make Your way straight before me. 
Psalm 27:11
Teach me Your way, O LORD, And lead me in a level path Because of my foes. 
Psalm 31:3
For You are my rock and my fortress; For Your name's sake You will lead me and guide me. 
Psalm 61:1-2
Hear my cry, O God; Give heed to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 
Psalm 86:11
Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. 
Psalm 143:8
Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in You; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul. 
Psalm 43:3
O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your dwelling places.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

PEACE AND FULLNESS IN CHRIST by Nina Keegan

PEACE!!!! PEACE!! God’s peace!!! We can have  A FULLNESS IN CHRIST ..lacking nothing! 

We as Christians must press in to receive all that we have available to us through the blood of Jesus… Unlimited Grace and endurance in that revelation of the spirit to overcome all through the blood of Jesus… We can have peace… God‘s perfect peace that surpasses all understanding… There is an excellence of Christ that can never be completely understood by the human mind .

We cannot fathom a love so vast, immense, unconditional and perfect… It is through the Holy Spirit that we can ask for an understanding and wisdom to learn the depths of Christ.

There is such a transformation, a regeneration by the power of the holy spirit of the living God that makes us see that there is a place to win in Jesus.. that we may stand completely made whole there in Him..

As Jesus was, so are we to be. 

The Scripture declares it all… It shall be as we declare the word over ourselves and our lives!

“ and be FOUND IN HIM, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith”
Phil 3:9

We are not depending upon works, but upon the faithfulness of God, being able under any and all circumstances to be hidden in him, covered by the almighty presence of God, hidden in that perfect peace! The Scriptures declare  unto us that we are in Christ and Christ is in God. What is able to move you from the place of omnipotent power? Shall tribulation, or persecution, or peril, or sword? No! Shall life, or death, or principalities, or powers? No, we are more than conquerors through him that loves us… And through this knowledge we can have perfect peace that is only found in him! WE ARE IMMOVABLE IN HIM! 

We must be found in him! 

There is a place of seclusion, a place of rest and faith in Jesus where there is nothing else like it… God‘s perfect peace! Jesus came to them on the water and they were terrified, but he said, it is I, be not afraid.… Jesus is always there.. he’s there in the storms of life as well is in the times of rest… He is there in the adversities, when shall we know he is there? When we
Are “found in him”...
PERFECT PEACE IS FOUND IN HIM!
Not striving  for our own desires, our own plan, but resting in the perfect plan of God… we must be settled in our hearts that in him there is nothing we shall want, there is no lack, there is no disease, there is no fear…
In Christ it is impossible for a child of God to fail! 
 The Bible says he shall watch over us continually but we must always be “Found in Him”  again perfect peace is found in him ..I cannot say this enough… 
We who have been weighing ourselves down with the troubles of the world… Letting the worry and fear sink in....
Grab hold of Him!!! JESUS!
Grab hold of his peace!

God will draw all men to himself...he chose us all to be his holy people, he loves us, we must clothe ourselves with His tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. We must be like him through change from glory to glory and make allowances for each other’s faults and forgive those who offend us. Remember the Lord  has forgiven us..
And we must forgive others in the same manner ..the Bible says that we must clothe ourselves with love which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in our hearts. For as members of one body we are all called to live in peace and always be thankful.

Let’s let this message about Christ in all of its richness fill our hearts and our lives, let’s give thanks to him for his goodness and for who He is!

Let’s whole heartedly be filled with worship and praise, gratitude and joy. Let’s open our hearts to God‘s perfect peace that enables us to put on love ...let’s not be discontented people constantly calculating what’s wrong in our lives, let’s increase our thankfulness let’s take an inventory of all of our blessings and let’s sing praises to our God with prayers of gratitude.. let’s rest in his arms and in the fullness of him
Let’s receive his perfect peace that he longs so much for us to have in our hearts!

Whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ, bring honor to him in every activity of daily living… We represent Christ at all times, wherever we go and whatever we do and whatever we say… Be of good cheer… You are a child of God… God bless you!

Eph 1:2-3

New International Version
which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

New Living Translation
And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.

Psalm 16:11
You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

1 Peter 1:8-9
and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

John 17:13
"But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves.

Acts 16:29-34
And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, and after he brought them out, he said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" They said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household." 

Romans 15:13
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

IT HAS TO BE USED FOR GOOD.. by Nina Keegan

GOD DOES NOT WASTE A THING! 
The Bible says that God will always use what the enemy meant for harm for our good…
Romans 8:28

The Bible is full of stories that portray this scripture exactly!

One of the most amazing examples is found in Acts 27… Paul and his crew were ship wrecked on their way to Rome...

Paul had been given a word from the Lord that he would go to Rome and preach and he would meet with Cesar… So imagine what he could’ve thought when he was suddenly shipwrecked...  He could’ve thought that he missed God, he could’ve thought that his prophecy would not be fulfilled … But make no mistake; This side trek ..this horrible shipwreck landed him on the island of Malta… God used him mightily in a situation that had seemed like an impossible catastrophe .. but it turned out to be an enormous and miraculous blessing that changed and blessed the masses in ways Paul never dreamed. 
 We must look for our blessings in the midst of the trials and declare the word of the Lord that says God will turn this around and use it for good… That is God‘s promise and he is not of God that should lie!

What’s interesting is that there were 276 men on board that ship... they were shipwrecked off the coast of the Island of Malta.  They had gone through a major,  battering and an unrelenting siege of powerful storms, they were no doubt, hungry, weak, cold, wet, exhausted, and SCARED...and many of them had  to swim to shore in huge waves and cold temperatures and the ones who couldn’t swim drifted in the cold sea to the shore by   bravely holding on to  pieces of  drift wood and boat remains.
The Bible says that NOT ONE of them perished… Not one.. that is an amazing word right there… 

 Not only was God protecting Paul, but everyone
that was on that ship was taken care of because of the anointing and blessings on Paul!

Always such an encourager; Paul knew that God was not a God that should lie, he knew that God would take care of them!

 It says in Acts 27:34… For not a hair of your heads will perish!

God had gone before Paul and had given him a word…  Paul believed God and remained in faith no matter what his surroundings looked like!
 No matter how doubtful, terrifying  and horrible his circumstance seemed..
He trusted God…!
 God will always go before us and make the crooked places straight…

Acts 27:22
But take courage! None of you will lose your lives, even though the ship will go down. For last night and angel of God to whom I belong , and whom I serve ,stood beside me, and he said, don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to EVERYONE sailing with you. So take courage! FOR I BELIEVE GOD..It will be just as he said. But, we will be shipwrecked on an island.

God had gone before them and had paved the way.. God told him that there will be difficulties that there would be a shipwreck…(God never says we will be without trials)  But he also told Paul that they would be saved. That they all would be spared .
Paul was resting in God’s assurance that every last of them would be unharmed and make it safely to the shore… That had to be hard to stand in faith when he looked at the impossible situation surrounding them ..but he trusted God and remained in faith… And in peace!

Imagine him wondering and questioning why?  If he was to go to Rome and speak with Cesar; why would they have to make this horrifying detour?

… These are not things for us to question… God always knows what he’s doing and there is a reason for everything. HE HAS A PLAN! 

While they were there on the island of Malta,  Paul was used mightily of the Lord!
 He went in and prayed for the chief official who was healed from a life threatening disease… Then all of the other sick people on the island came to meet Paul and his men and were all healed and were able to hear about the goodness of God! As a result, Paul and his crew were showered with honors and abundantly taken care of..

When it came time for them to leave the island, the people there replaced everything Paul and his men had lost and supplied them with everything they would need for the remainder of the trip.

The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy... but Jesus came that we would have life and have it to the full! God always supplies and restores what the enemy means for harm.

Who knows how or when God would  have otherwise reached these people on this remote island… They too all needed to hear the good news...It is not God‘s will for any man to perish!

We must trust him and that he has a plan for us even in the detours  of our lives and even in the toughest of circumstances… God will use it for good.. sometimes when our plans don’t work out as we want them to, they may just work out even better than we ever expected because when God is in it..and he gets all the glory… Nothing could be better than that!

 We must trust God no matter what’s going on around us.

Even though God had promised safe passage to Paul, no matter what came against him ..God In his infinite wisdom, gracious mercy and unending love, would not let anything stop his faithful servant. 

Our life is in God’s hands, and if we are still here on this earth, then we still have work to do and God wants to use us all mightily to be a light and to share the good news. 

The good news of the goodness and love of God spread like wild fire on that remote island…GOD KNOWS  WHERE HIS PEOPLE ARE.. He will ALWAYS find the lost..!

Imagine the thoughts of the people who lived there as some people from a distant land showed up on their shores and brought the Word God in all of his Majesty and all of his glory, and all of his miraculous power to change the face of that island and their faith forever… Oh what a good ,good God we have who uses all things for good!!

“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” Genesis 50:20

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  John 15:13
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”  1 Peter 4:8
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom. 5:8
“But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”  Psalm 86:15
“Let all that you do be done in love.”  1 Corinthians 16:14





Saturday, November 4, 2017

Are You Missing God..? By Nina Keegan

ARE YOU MISSING GOD? IS HE TRYING TO GET YOUR ATTENTION..? 
I know we all go through those times in our lives when we feel like we are absolutely alone on this planet… Like no one understands what we are going through...and that we have completely messed things up and have missed God!  WE LET OUR FEARS CONTAMINATE OUR FAITH. 

Even when you feel all alone, God has never left you... I was reading about Elijah in 1kings… Elijah thought he was the only person left who was still true to God. He felt lonely, he had seen both the Kings court and the whole priesthood become entirely corrupt. After experiencing great victory at Mount Carmel, he had to then run for his life from the enemy..He was lonely, he was discouraged, he had completely forgotten that there were also others who had remained faithful to the Lord during the nation’s wickedness. His fear was not allowing him to be rational.. He could not think straight .. He could not hear God..

 Often times we are so tempted to think that we are the only ones remaining faithful to a task, sometimes we feel like we are all alone and that no one thinks the way we think… Don’t cave in and stall in your well doing...and fall into temptation to feel sorry for yourself. Self-pity is a bait of satan and it will dilute all the goodwill that you are doing. When we are tempted to feel like all the burdens are on our shoulders… We must remember that Jesus died that our yoke would be easy, our burdens light! Matthew 11:28-30

 We must rest assured that even if we don’t know who they are, others who are assigned  by God to help us, are faithfully obeying God and fulfilling their duties… God sends help even when we deem our situations to be hopeless. God is our advocate… He can send people to work on your case when you are completely oblivious… The minute we pray God hears us and answers us! 

 1John 5:14-15
 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

 God will never leave us or for sake us… Sometimes we think it needs to be some grandiose movement on God’s part and we end up missing out on  God’s Subtleties.. his still small voice.

 When Elijah was seeking God and looking for him, God didn’t reveal himself in some powerful, miraculous way… If we look for God ONLY in this way, through mega churches, conferences, highly visible leaders, TV shows, we may miss him because God is often found gently whispering in the quietness of a humble heart… 

 Elijah knew when God was reaching him.. it was in the gentleness of a whisper....

 The Lord Speaks to Elijah
 1 Kings 19:10-15
 But the Lord said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
 10 Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”( can you notice his panic?)
 11 “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD PASSED BY, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a GENTLE WHISPER. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.
 And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
 14 He replied again, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”

 We must be so vigilant and have our ears open and ready to hear GOD’s Whispering voice, when we get caught up in our pity parties,  or in our panic and fear...we often times close off our ears to hearing from God..The Scriptures note that the Lord passed by… but Elijah hadn’t noticed because he was too wrapped up in his fears of being abandoned… and feeling lonely and afraid...

 Elijah was searching for God in the The big things… Looking for him in epic proportion’s,
 And while he was busy doing that.. the Lord passed by...

 But what I love about our Lord is that Elijah did not miss his chance...God will always find a way to get our attention because again he will never leave us nor for sake us… It was finally in the gentle whisper that he was able to calm Elijah down and give him a plan for a rescue, for safety and security... 

 Are you listening for God in the stillness... in the quietness… ?The Holy Spirit is in you, God is always speaking… Our steps are ordered of the Lord… Sometimes we need to take a step back from the noise and the overload of activities in our busy lives and listen humbly and quietly for God’s guidance. It may come when you least expect it!

 Your answer may just come in a quiet whisper of spending some alone time with our Lord and staying in peace and in GOD’S  place of rest in Him ...
 Cast your cares... GOD IS WHISPERING! 

 Listen to my words, Lord,�consider my lament�Hear my cry for help,�my King and my God,�for to you I pray. In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;�in the morning I lay my requests before you�and wait expectantly. ─ Psalms 5:1-3
 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  ─ Philippians 4:6-7

 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. ─ Mark 1:35

 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. “Abba,Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” ─ Mark 14:35-36

 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. ─ Luke 6:12

 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. ─ Mark 11:25

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Behold! All Things Are Possible! by Nina Keegan

Jesus heals the paralyzed man

 We read in Mark about a man who is paralyzed.. his friends heard that Jesus was speaking at a house nearby. It was so packed with visitors, that there was no more room even outside of the door. While Jesus was preaching God‘s word, it seemed impossible for the men to get close enough to Jesus. The four men that were carrying the paralyzed man on a mat seemingly had no way to bring him closer to Him.
 But when we are hungry and thirsty for the power and presence of the Lord; nothing can stop us from being in the midst of God’s supernatural plan. … These four men, Recognized the great need in their friend and we’re moved with compassion that sprang into action…They, being so determined in their faith, dug a hole through the roof above Jesus’s head. They lowered the man on his mat down right in front of Jesus… The Bible says that when Jesus saw the man’s face, he said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”
Jesus then sensed questioning from the teachers of religious law and was determined to prove that He, the son of man, had the authority to also forgive sins… But then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said,
“Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”

Mark 2:12
The man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”

If anything stirs in my heart it’s the words,”we’ve never seen anything like this before”… I believe life should be naturally supernatural. Something ought to always be happening to make people say, “we’ve never seen anything like this before.”

If there’s anything that God is dissatisfied with,
It is our unbelief, it is putting God in a box, it is stationary conditions, and failure to believe in the miraculous.. it’s the failure to believe that God is still on the throne and that miracles still happen today… God has never stopped being God!

So many people just stop on the threshold… They deem things impossible without searching new ways to get into the presence of the Lord… God’s great plan is to invite us to go deeper, to go further and to search him out with our whole hearts.
How many times are we just stopping short of our miracle because of what we have deemed to be impossible in the natural?  God can make a way when there seems to be no way… That’s how and when He gets all of the glory!
Our flesh profits nothing.. the carnal mind is often closed off  to all things possible through Christ because it is impossible for us to truly fathom the miraculous.. but we must cease to live in the old life and know the resurrection power of the Lord, we must commit  to a place of rest in Him, a place of faith, joy, and peace, and with the blessings and life everlasting!

This is God’s treasury, the treasury of the most high, there are unsearchable riches of Christ and the truth of his divine position that God wants to move us in to so that we are always becoming that new creation.

May the Lord continue to give us a new vision of himself, may we constantly receive fresh touches of divine life in his presence that will shake off all the old that remains in us and may our desire for the presence of God bring us fully into God’s completeness and newness of life in him!

May God continue to reveal to us the greatness of his will concerning us ..for there is no one who loves us like him. Yes there is no love like God’s, his compassion is like none other and God will never fail to take those who fully obey him and seek him with humble and contrite hearts into the promised land.

In God’s Word there’s always so much more to follow, there’s always so much more to learn, and oh so much more for us to know… We must, with childlike faith, take in the mind of Christ, what wonderful things would happen if we would just simply rely on our child like faith.

May we all today receive a fresh touch of God’s unlimited power and love. May we have a living faith that would dare to trust him and continuously say,” Lord I do believe all things are possible through you!”
May we continuously seek his presence and pass the threshold of impossibilities and get to that place in our hearts were God meets us… And behold all things are made new! All things are possible in Christ! 
Be determined to have the mind of Christ!

1 Cor 2:16
For, "Who can know the LORD's thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?" But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.

Mark 9:23
"What do you mean, 'If I can'?" Jesus asked. "Anything is possible if a person believes."


Romans 8:5-9

Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.

Matthew 18:2-4New King James Version (NKJV)

Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

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