Saturday, January 20, 2018

GOD’s Perfect Love by Nina Keegan

 WHAT COULD EVER STAND AGAINST THE POWER OF GOD’S LOVE IN US..?

Phil 1:9 
I pray that your LOVE will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.

Are we people of circumstances or are we people of faith? Do we think we have great faith until the second the wind blows in the wrong direction we get troubled and fearful? 
We must stay rooted and grounded in the word! WE MUST LET THE LOVE OF GOD FORM IN US.. his perfect love casts out all fear....
 We are productions of the love of God in us... with that perfect love God is forming in us, we can stand at the gates of hell and laugh in the face of calamity... when we are certain of the word that says all things will work together for the good to them that love God (Romans 8:28)
Then what could ever stand against God‘s perfect love and his perfect written word?

No weapon formed against us shall ever prosper!(Isaiah 54:17)


I can tell you that I have said this more times than I can even count… “God I may not understand right now but I know that this has to be used for good…” 

No matter what you’re going through God will use it for good… it’s His Word ... it’s truth!

Hindsight is 2020… We can always look back at the adversities and the trials in our lives and from our new perspective, we can see God’s faithfulness, his mercy, his grace all moving us in a direction
of unending strength, reliance, resilience, and assuredness, in who God really is!
Looking back is the easy part, but were our eyes on Jesus when we were in the midst of it?

God is in everything, everything!  He is in the depths, the heights, He is always lifting us through every circumstance, he’s restoring us through every trial.. OUR TRIUMPHANT LOVING GOD!

  Where have you been that you are now free..? What seemed impossible that is now a testimony..? Won’t He always be the same unchanging God? The one who continually loves us through every situation?… Oh to just lean on him and not our own understanding...to grab hold of the fearless faith that only comes from the love of God and daring to trust him once more... and then again once more... let trust be perpetually in motion!

Because He is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we could ever ask or think
(Eph 3:20)

We are to have the mind of Christ filled with all the fullness of God… Our natural capacity can be supernaturally enlarged when we trust God… There is  the Holy Spirit’s power in us when we trust God with complete surrender ..The Holy Spirit is present to lead, guide, heal, and restore.

We should remain so close to God and draw so near to him and seek his presence in all we do so that we can receive that power  that is perpetually lifting and carrying us to a constant place of REST AND PEACE! Is there anything better than rest and peace in Jesus?


Acts 1:8
But you will receive POWER when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere.

We must surrender all and live completely for the glory of God… Our Lord, it is love in him that establishes us, strengthens us and upholds us, making us strong when we are weak and enabling us to continually stand in the difficulties of the day-to-day battles. God is with us… Emmanuel… He will never leave us… and  yes he will do  exceedingly abundantly above all we could ever ask or think!

When we are in the presence of the Holy Spirit, could there ever be a prayer that His power could not answer?
How big is possible?  What are the glorious works that could be done through us when we are one with Him? His perfect love, that perfect love knows no limits, has no boundaries, can break every yoke of bondage, can heal every infirmity, and can restore every hurt..

We must give ourselves to the new order, receive the manifold wisdom of God where we will have boldness and access with complete confidence by faith of him(Eph 3:12)

We must draw near to God.
We must seek him in all things through prayer, worship, meditating on his word, and  allowing the love of God to penetrate every inch of our being.
 The Bible is God’s word, His love poured out to us, when we use it every day, God will draw nearer to us and we will draw nearer to him. 
Let God finish what he has started in you… He who began a good work will complete it… Let’s let his PERFECT LOVE do a mighty work in us! 


Phil 1:3-11
Thanksgiving and Prayer a letter from Paul 
3I thank my God every time I remember you. 4In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
7It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
9And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

GOD IS A MAN OF HIS WORD..by Nina Keegan

 BE CONFIDENT IN WHO GOD 
 IS AND WHAT HE CAN DO!

1 John 5:14-15
And this is the CONFIDENCE THAT WE HAVE IN HIM(GOD)
That, if we ask anything according to HIS WILL, he hears us, and if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we shall have it..

When our lives are pleasing to God… We can live in such a bold confidence. When Daniel‘s life was pleasing to God, no lion could come near him in the lion’s den… Daniel 6:22  (paraphrase)

You cannot ask or trust God with perfect confidence until you are in a perfect union with God… (WE MUST KNOW HIM AND FULLY RELY ON HIM)

Apart from Him we can do nothing...John 15:5

There was always a perfect union between God and Jesus when Jesus was on the earth....
He would ask of the Father and God would give him what he asked ..the moment Jesus prayed, he knew, ( had confidence) that the Father would open the heavens for him…

What makes us lose our confidence in all that God can do…? Is it disobedience that distances us..? When we step outside the will of God and harden our hearts towards the things of the Lord, it’s hard to hear from God... it’s hard to discern… Sometimes it’s been a slow drifting away… and before we know it, we have turned away from everything we know God is calling us to do. Our feelings, our emotions, they all get in the way and they tell us it’s too late to get back on track…

Unbelief brings brokenness and sadness to the heart of Jesus…

The shortest verse in the Bible is “Jesus wept” John 11:35

This was concerning the death of Jesus’s dear friend Lazarus..  Jesus had such a love for him… But why would Jesus cry when Jesus himself knew that His friend would rise up and live again…?
 Jesus wept because he knew that the people who were standing around the grave, even Martha, Jesus’s close friend,  had not come to the realization that whatever Jesus would ask of the Father, he would give him… They had unbelief in Jesus.. even though they had seen the many works that he had done… This was the cause of Jesus’ sadness...
Unbelief in all that’s available to us as born again believers is still a cause of sadness to the Lord… Why do we have such a hard time believing that the word of God is alive and true and available for us if we dare to believe…?

And Jesus was amazed at their unbelief. Mark 6:6

Jesus did not have a confidence issue, He was bold in his asking and confident in the answers…He knew who his Father was and because he knew this, he had a confidence that his Father would always hear him and he knew that when he prayed Lazarus would come forth.
There was an absoluteness to the prayers of Jesus!
It wasn’t a question of maybe… It was with absolute assuredness of faith that his prayers would be answered.

Sometimes it feels when we pray as though there is a stone wall in front of us, we have no feelings…it feels as though we are praying empty words and no one is hearing them.. We feel no Holy Spirit and it causes us to lose our confidence. But the Holy Spirit will never leave us or forsake us and because of this knowledge.. we cannot fail...
 We will never get anywhere if we continually depend on our feelings… The word of God is infinitely better than our feelings!  It is alive… And it should  be our source of bold and unlimited confidence.

The Bible says that the just shall live by faith.. many times abundant faith comes from experience… When we have gone through the trials and have come out the other side knowing God‘s faithfulness, this has been a training process that stretches our faith.

We cannot talk about the things of God that we have never experienced, Experiences give us testimonies… it seems to me that everything is a training ground for the love of God to present itself and to build our faith!
 We cannot take other people into the depths of God unless we have been broken ourselves… Isn’t that the very reason for the trials,  to make us stronger and to strengthen us in the reliance on our heavenly Father and who he is…! HOW BIG IS OUR GOD?

We must praise God in the good times and in the bad and as apostle Paul said,”count it all joy
 when we go through many trials… “God never promised us an easy road, but He did promise us that he would never leave us on that road alone.

God’s promises never fail, Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God
Romans 10:17

We must always realize that we serve a God of unlimited measure… God’s supply and abilities can never be exhausted… It pleases him when we ask for everything we need..How much more?...What do you need..?  It is always so much more that God inevitably shows us…
 
Eph 3:20
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.

He has a plan of healing, he has a plan for restoring, he has a plan for redeeming, he has a plan for prospering, he has a plan for everything we could ever think of… And his plan is already in place and we can have it just for the asking…

Get in fellowship with Jesus, call on his name.. take time to be with Him, to meditate on the word of God... these things are life to us all!

May God awaken us to the fact that this is the only place where there is any ministry of power… Steeped in the Word of God through salvation and in complete confidence and reliance on Jesus as our Lord and Savior and the written Word of God as our blueprint! There is power... Power for us who dare to believe! 

Acts 1:8
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere-

God’s word never fails!!
You could have complete confidence in this! 

 Joshua 21:45
Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass. 


Jeremiah 1:12
And the LORD said, "That's right, and it means that I am watching, and I will certainly carry out all my plans."

Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:4
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
This God–his way is perfect;the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. John 14:1
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5




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