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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Saturday, September 16, 2017

GRATITUDE AND FAITH by Nina Keegan

Mustard seed faith… and an attitude of gratitude..
I believe this is a very important combination... 

 In reading in the gospels, which are always my favorite, because they are the chronicles of Jesus life on earth, we read about his ministry and the miracles and the people's responses to them… There's so much to learn from Jesus's amazing life and his unfathomable sacrifice for us all.
The Bible says in 1 John 4:17, As Jesus is, so are we in this world.
So if we're to be like Jesus, then we should study what Jesus did while he was on the earth. There is so much to learn, but we can ask for wisdom and great understanding because the Bible says God will give it to us liberally! 

The story of Jesus healing the 10 men with leprosy in Luke 17 always surprises me.. there is so much to learn about God's grace, the abundant love of Jesus, about stepping out in faith, and about having a grateful heart.

Ten Healed of Leprosy

11 As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. 12 As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, 13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” 16 He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”

Because leprosy was such a contagious disease, people who had the disease were required to stay far away from other people, and they had to announce their presence if they were to come anywhere near others in a public setting.
Back in those days, a priest would have to declare people disease free… The lepers were sent by Jesus to a priest  BEFORE They were actually healed… 
The men responded in faith, and then Jesus healed them while they were on their way…
 Is your trust in God so strong that you act on what God says in his word even before you see any evidence that it will ever work? Are you appropriating God's word through faith knowing that God's abundant grace through his Son's death and resurrection have already paid the price for what you need?
Mustard seed faith..
 Faith is always in what we cannot see… It is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.

Jesus could've healed them instantaneously right then and there ...But many times we are asked to do something on our part… to step out in faith… To appropriate our faith to meet God's grace..
What we need has already been paid for… But sometimes we need to stretch our faith to reach out and get it… In this case, the diseased men, believing they would be healed, took off to meet the priest. I imagine they were in a big hurry to get where they were going ...
 Jesus's reputation as a healer had grown significantly and I believe it would have taken tremendous faith to leave Jesus's presence unhealed.
 Jesus was the one man of God they knew could heal them, and yet in faith they left without having been healed...
 It took strong faith to search out the priest who would need to look at them and declare them whole and made well… That was their hope... imagine their thought process as they headed to see the priest.
Imagine their joy and exuberance as they were declared healthy, imagine their thoughts of re-joining their families and friends. Imagine the great joy of no longer being an outcast, imagine the immediate freedom from a once painful ,incurable disease.

But yet in the second half of that scripture… 
ONLY ONE
 of those men, who were literally handed a miracle, who were literally given a new life, came back to Jesus praising him and thanking him for what he had done.
Do we remember to give God all glory and praise?
Do we thank him often enough for his unending mercy and blessings, love and protection?

The scripture shows that it is entirely possible to receive God's great gifts with an ungrateful spirit.. 9 of the 10 men actually did so. God is no respecter of persons ..
But there was so much more for the grateful man that returned.   He was to learn that his faith and played an important role in his healing;  he was able to share his joy with Jesus in fellowship, praise and love. I believe that grateful believers will grow in a deeper understanding of God's unmerited grace. 
To whom much is given much is expected..
 God does not demand that we thank him, Grace is a free gift… But gratitude and thankfulness pleases God and he uses our responsiveness of gratitude to teach us more about him. HIS PURE ,SWEET, LOVE!
 Jesus is all knowing… He knew before he healed the men that only one man would return and yet his love and grace healed them ALL any way...What a lesson there is in that statement alone!

Living with an attitude of gratitude, no matter what we are facing, gives us an appreciation for God's goodness.. The more we learn of God's faithfulness, the more trust we have to lean not on our own understanding but to fully trust in our heavenly Father who was and is and is to come..ALL GLORY TO GOD , the one who will never leave us or for sake us.

PSALM 23, SO MUCH TO BE GRATEFUL FOR

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.”
Isaiah 63:7 - I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, [and] the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.
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Saturday, September 9, 2017

GOD HAS ALREADY DONE IT.. by Nina Keegan

GOD HAS ALREADY DONE IT, YOU'VE ALREADY GOT IT!

We cannot ever say that we have been saved by faith or by grace alone, we must put both together..

Ephesians 2:8
For it is by GRACE you have been saved, through FAITH--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--

Before we ever lived a day on this earth God had already gone before us and anticipated our every need. He did this through Grace, he knew how many people would populate the earth, he knew how much air we would need, he knew how the atmosphere needed to be, he knew that the sun needed to warm us, he prepared the food supply, he supplied the animals, trees, and water, he planned ahead for our shelter… He even made everything to be able to procreate, trees have seeds so they can continue to replenish themselves… Animals replenish themselves .. they procreate and multiply..

There's no stone left unturned in God supplying all of our needs long before we ever were born… In fact God didn't make man until the fifth day day… He made everything else anticipating that he would create man… we were never an after thought.. WE WERE THE REASON FOR EVERYTHING ELSE...But before he made us, he made sure that we had food to eat, a place to live, warmth, and all of the other marvelous things needed for sustaining life and godliness.

Genesis 1:26-31
26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”
27 
So God created human beings in his own image.    In the image of God he created them;    male and female he created them.
28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
29 Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.30 And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.
31 Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!

God's anticipation of our every need still holds true today. He just didn't stop that day taking care of us and supplying our every need… No he did something even greater… He sent his son to save us !

Jesus paid the price for everything in advance of our need.. God once again sent his son in anticipation to provide a way for us to spend eternity with him. Jesus died so that we could have salvation, divine health, so that we could have provision  in every area of our lives… So that we could have peace and joy… and victory over sin and death...

GOD HAS ALREADY DONE IT!

 He has already provided everything we need ..that is his amazing GRACE  but we need to activate our FAITH to appropriate God's grace.

Faith alone does not move God, it only appropriates what God has already provided by Grace..

We must avoid cause and effect Christianity… It is a trap that makes us always feel like we have to do something or be better to get the hand of God to move..

Faith is ultimately just a positive response on our part to what God has already done for us by his grace..

Before we were hungry, God made food… Before we needed healing, God bought our health on the cross, we need to mix faith and grace and stop dying in the wilderness!
We must reach out and take what God has already  provided for us… We've already got it, we just need to take it… We need to stop
Begging God to do something and start understanding that he's already done it.

How do we do that? The Bible says to renew our mind…… Don't look at your problems, look at how big your God is and receive God's promises! Start changing the way you think, start realizing what you have available to you by grace through faith!
If God's Word says it, then you can have it… Does what you need line up with God's will? If so, then it can be yours!

When you get stuck, just say "help me Father to receive".. we don't need to spend all of our time trying to get God to do something… Instead, thank Him for sending his son to the cross ..say, "thank you that I know my healing has already been taken care of through Jesus's death on the cross!" DECLARE IT! RECEIVE IT!  in the name of JESUS… Take it!!
The word recieve translated from Hebrew means, TO TAKE..this is an action that we apply through faith!

My friends it's time for us to realize how powerful God is, and if he was so careful to supply our every need before he even created us, won't he most certainly take care of everything else we need?..He  has already supplied it, he  has already anticipated it… Let's activate our faith and receive! It's time to walk by faith and not by sight… It's time to walk in the power that we have received from on high through salvation… And it's time we learn how to release it into the circumstances of our life!
 It's time to stop letting our inabilities take on a greater focus than God's ability!
HE IS THE GREAT I AM!
God bless you all!

Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will

1 Corinthians 4:20
For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power

Psalm 23:1
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Psalm 65:9
You visit the earth and cause it to overflow; You greatly enrich it; The stream of God is full of water; You prepare their grain, for thus You prepare the earth.

Luke 12:30
"For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things.

Phil 4:19
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

James 1:7
Every good and perfect thing comes from above

Luke 12:29
29 “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. 30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. 31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS by Nina Keegan

Eyes on JESUS!!! EYES ON JESUS!!!
That's the word I have for today.. just like Peter, when He was in the boat with the disciples, and they saw Jesus walking toward them on the water.. imagine it, the awe as they witnessed this miraculous feat...  JESUS WALKING ON WATER...Peter's exuberance took over and his confidence soared as he boldly decided to ask Jesus if He too could walk on water...Jesus, without hesitation invited him out of the safety of the boat and on to the waves to walk out to him... imagine the rush of amazement Peter was feeling as he began  to walk on the crest of the waves.. but then.. 
HE TOOK HIS EYES OFF JESUS
 The minute our eyes are off of Jesus... that's when we start to sink… But when our eyes are straightahead and laser focused on our wonderful Lord and Savior, we are able to do anything.. we are more than conquerors… 

Matthew 14:28-33 
28 Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.”
29-30 He said, “Come ahead.”
Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”
31 Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?”
32-33 The two of them climbed into the boat, and the wind died down. The disciples in the boat, having watched the whole thing, worshiped Jesus, saying, “This is it! You are God’s Son for sure!”
There are so many things that I love about this story… So much information about the love and faithfulness of Jesus packed into a few short scriptures.

First it's obvious that we must keep our eyes on Jesus and not on the waves, and not on the chaos and the circumstances that inundate us in this life.

The words tunnel vision have never proved to be more true… We must picture that, staying zeroed in and focused on Jesus… Visually see yourself only being able to see HIM nothing but JESUS and how he alone is in charge of our moments, our days.. our lives.. Do not look to the left or to the right! KEEP YOUR EYES ON HIM..

Proverbs 4:27
Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

When we do this, this is when we begin to sink.. this is when we see our circumstances as bigger than our God..

But, even then....what happens is an amazing example of God's pure love and grace.
 Even though Peter has failed to stay focused on Jesus...The very second that he said "Master save me"!
Jesus did not hesitate for a second… So even when we are off course… Jesus is right there, he is ready and willing at the sound of our voice to grab us and to save us… He loves us too much to let us fall… He will rescue us, his arm has not grown too short no matter what our circumstances are... no matter how imperfect we've been, and no matter our sins… There is nothing we can do that will cause Jesus to turn his back on us, when we cry out to him he will save us immediately!

Not only did Jesus lovingly save Peter but HE CLIMBED INTO THE BOAT WITH HIM! 
Jesus climbed back into the boat with Peter… He was with him ..he didn't just put Peter back in the boat, but knowing Peter and the others would need comfort, he stayed with them ..
Friends God will never leave us or forsake us… He is right there with us… And when Jesus got back in the boat that's when the  peace came.. that's when the winds calmed... that's when there was safety for everyone on that boat… When Jesus is in the midst of the chaos ..there is nothing that can stand against him!! NOTHING!

Stay in the presence of the Lord.. know that you are never alone and that he will never leave you or for sake you… God's got you… Trust him, he loves you with an everlasting love!

Deut 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Prov 3:5-6
 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Numbers 11:23
The LORD answered Moses, "Is the LORD's arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you."

Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
John 3:16 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

1 John 2:1 

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

MAKE ROOM FOR JESUS By Nina Keegan

WHAT'S IN YOUR HEART..? What are we making room for in our lives and what are we just letting pass us by because we are so distracted by the enemy wearing us out in his persistent schemes to overwhelm and exhaust us?

The Bible says it's the small foxes that spoil the vine… In other words, we can get so distracted by all the little, monotonous, things... We can be so inundated with the seemingly important things that we are not making room for the truly important things ...

These humdrum, little, time steelers are all the things that keep our eyes off of Jesus and keep us overwhelmed and living in sheer frustration. When we as a solo act of one,  are trying to keep all the balls in the air,we are merely living in the Word of God that shouts, 
'APART FROM ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING!'

1+ JESUS = A MAJORITY...

He is the vine.. 
John 15:5
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

We need Jesus! 

This day-to-day juggling act that causes us to drag ourselves to bed at night declaring in complete exhaustion,'that we made it through another day, is not of God! 
"No… !"
Life was never meant to be this way…
We are supposed to have and enjoy our every day life, we are supposed to live and move and have our being in Christ… And that doesn't mean being worn out and exhausted ... we are not supposed to be heavy laden with burdensome and exorbitant activities… We are supposed to have an easy yoke… we are to cast our cares on the one who has the ability to carry it all.. we are supposed to rest in Him.. REST IN JESUS..

How do we do that..?

We need to make room for the things of GOD FIRST! SEEK HIM FIRST..  Matthew 6:33

I was reading 2 Kings about the story of the Prophet Elisha, he was a very powerful man of God, he had a double portion of the anointing of his predecessor Elijah ... He performed many miracles and walked in the spirit in all he did... 
Elisha would continually pass through the town of Shunem ..

The Bible says a woman who lived there, took notice of him and told her husband, "I am sure this man who stops in from time to time is a holy man of God, let's build a room for him"

2 Kings 4:8-10
And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually.
Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.

What were they doing… ? 
They were making room for the things of God they were giving God's anointed a place in their home… They were taking care of the things of God and putting God first.. 
They  were inviting All things of God into their lives.. 

What caught my eye is that in the scripture it said that Elisha continually passed by them ..

How long was it that he had  been passing by before they took note of him and made room for him?

How many of us are letting the things of God continually pass us by because we haven't made room for them in our hearts or we've been too distracted and busy to even notice? 
 Is God first place in your home?  Do you read the Word? Do you seek Him first?  Do you praise him… Do you attend a Spirit filled church and worship him with other believers, or is church something you only manage to squeeze in on holidays..? 

We all can become complacent and stagnant in our walks… We must be careful to watch what we spend our time on .. what we make room for… What are you watching on TV..? What are you allowing in your life? strife, hatred, jealousy, unforgiveness, pride, What's on your computer screens..? 
Everything is supposed to be for his glory… Is that happening in your life ? When we do not make room for God, we can be very easily overcome by the things of the world and the distractions and enticements that lead to sin and distruction..

The enemy loves distracting us with everything imaginable to get our eyes off of Jesus… He wants to fill our timesheets and to do lists with everything
but the things of God...

Proverbs 4:27
Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

Ezekiel 38:7
"Be prepared, and prepare yourself, you and all your companies that are assembled about you, and be a guard for them.

We must be prepared we must stay on guard… And we must make sure that we don't let the things of God pass us by… We must make a place for Him in our hearts, in our homes, in all we do… We must be the reflection of Jesus… And we   are to become his image and 
exemplify more and more christlike qualities..we gain this through spending time with him… When we are in the presence of God ,miracles happen… Seeking him first in all things sets the precedent for the entire day… He will order our steps and lead us and guide us by the Holy Spirit… When we spend time with the Lord, we won't miss out on what the Lord has for us.. 

This woman who prepared this room for Elisha had no idea that her kindness towards him would be greatly rewarded far beyond her wildest dreams!
 Later Elisha would save her child and raise him from the dead… She had made room for the things of God… And God was indeed blessing her! 
Elisha's prayer and his method of raising the boy from the dead showed how God personally cares for hurting people.. his love and mercy never ends…

God longs for a relationship with you ..he wants to know you and he wants you to give him your whole heart..

I think it's time we make a room… I think it's time that we sweep it clean and prepare it… Let us be the empty vessels washed clean and ready so that we don't miss out when the things of God pass by…

God bless you all mightily!

1. Matthew 15:8 “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”

2. Revelation 2:4 “But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.”

6. Romans 11:36 “Everything is from him and by him and for him. Glory belongs to him forever! Amen!”

7. Colossians 1:16 “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.”

6. Romans 11:36 “Everything is from him and by him and for him. Glory belongs to him forever! Amen!”

7. Colossians 1:16 “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.”

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