Wednesday, June 8, 2016

There is Power in Unity.. By Nina Keegan

 A HOUSE DIVIDED CAN NOT STAND!
WE MUST NOT ALLOW STRIFE IN THE DOOR! 
Today I wanted to write about unity.. God has been showing me so much about how important it is to stay unified and to keep strife and division out of our homes, our lives.

There is a spirit of strife just like there is the spirit of peace and we must not let our guards down and invite in this destructive spirit. When we say hurtful things, when it is more important for us to be right no matter who gets hurt in the process, then we give strife an open door!
 We have invited evil into our home.
The Bible says give no place to the enemy..that means strife just can't walk in...it's got to be invited in.
MARK 3:25 says a home filled with strife and division destroys itself.

One disagreement can destroy a lifelong friendship.. that is strife doing what it does best. It baits you, "come on in,argue pick up offenses", it takes a mature person to overlook an offense...know when to say,"no I'm not going to take this bait I'm going to stay in peace."

When you're mature in the Lord you can have the ability to apologize even when you know you're right, be the bigger person and walk away from an argument... Ask God to help you.. take a pause and cool off.. do not let your guard down by inviting in anger,bitterness....stop saying hurtful things even when the flesh is hurting. When the flesh wins, the enemy wins.. One more trip around the mountain..

The Bible says one can send 1,000 to flight, Two 10,000.. This refers to demons.. By standing TOGETHER IN PRAYER, this means you're 10 times more powerful in succeeding, your 10 times more able to win the battle against an attack of the enemy. You can be so blessed when you stay unified..

The Bible says Blessed are the peacemakers, it doesn't say blessed are those who think they are right. 

Many times we think we can change people and that our arguments, our gripes and complaints are going to change them.  To the contrary, It only puts them on the defense and the mud slinging starts a viscous cycle of discord and division.
 Only God can change people it's easier to walk away, be the example and pray for God to do a work in them.

So stop trying to operate in the power of one, receive 10 times the blessing by staying  unified.

The Bible says when two or more gather that we shall have what we ask. Agree in prayer, THERE IS POWER IN NUMBERS. 

Ask God how you can change yourself because we can overcome evil with good.
 God rewards the one who takes the first step, the one who will extend the olive branch.
 Do not let pride in! 
Do not let pride and a haughtiness stop us from receiving blessings.
 Be a peacemaker!
 Matthew 5 says to "maintain peace."
It's much easier to maintain peace than it is to overcome  a huge argument. Go the extra mile.. The power of agreement will protect you from unnecessary trouble and discord.

Proverbs 20 says avoiding a fight is a mark of honor.
 
You may win the fight but you might've lost the war and what price will you pay for that? 
The Bible goes on to say that only a fool loves to argue... Let's start doing things God's way!
Let's let God fight our battles for us , remember a house divided will not stand!
 There is so much power in positivity, there's power in peace!

The Bible says where there is unity there is a commanded blessing on your life!

 Isn't  that amazing?
 By taking the high road and being the mature one, walking away from arguments  and doing your part to maintain a unified front, God commands blessings to come into your life.

So stay unified and stay in victory.. do not pick up offenses!
Forgiveness is a gift that you give yourself..and with that you will bless your whole household! Stay in peace ..God blesses the peacemakers hallelujah!

Philippians 2:1-3 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

Colossians 3:14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

1 John 4:12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

Psalms 133:1  Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers

Ephesians 4:3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit

Romans 12:16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.

1 Corinthians 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

God Is Eager To Bless Us...By Nina Keegan

In reading Haggai 2:18-20 I came across this scripture..
Concerning the rebuilding of the Lords Temple... 

"Think carefully I am giving you a promise now while the seed is still in the barn. You have not yet harvested your grain, and your grape vines, fig trees, pomegranates, and olive trees have not yet produced their crops. But from this day on word I will bless you!"

After the people had started to relay the foundation of the temple God blessed them immediately. He did not wait for the project to be completed...  the very minute we take a few steps of obedience in the right direction to do what God wants us to do,  He sends his encouragement and his approval.. God is so eager to bless us!... Even while our seed is still in the barn!

So much of our abilities to be blessed depends on our obedience to what the Lord is calling us to do. We can't keep asking God to order our steps and put us in his plan if were too lazy to move or if were being too disobedient to change the things God is asking us to change.
If we want to be blessed we need to lay down the sins that beset us, where are we continually being disobedient?

 What is blocking your blessing? Where are you continually having to travel around the mountain time and again? Is it through grumbling, faultfinding, complaining, perhaps it's a bad attitude, gossip, or it's perpetual negativity and never believing anything good will happen to you. Is it your" this is just my lot in life"attitude that keeps you cemented to the floor and not being able to move on God's precious path for your life…?

God has made a promise to us..the Bible says we are to be blessed beyond measure while our seed is still in the barn,  but we are the one that has to open the barn doors and walk out into the sunshine and let the seed be planted. Gods asking us to amen Him and obey Him! 

God wants you to be encouraged, He wants to prosper you, bless you and restore you.  Repentance  and obedience can help you clean up any areas in your life that God is calling on you to change.  Be decisive and determined in taking these steps to
getting yourself right with God.  

God will surely open the doors of blessing for us but if we insist on harboring wrong attitudes and sins and are willfully disobeying God, we will not see any personal growth..  

Holy living will come only when we are empowered by God's Holy Spirit, we will see change when we acknowledge to God that we have sinned and are in need of change. We cannot change what we will not willfully lay down! Only God can wipe away our sins and make us shiny, empty, new, vessels to be filled and overflowing with the blessings of the Lord. Seek His help, ask Him to help you rid your self of sin and disobedience.

God wants our priorities to be right. He wants to motivate us to obey Him. Let's remember to give God a higher place of honor than our own personal comfort.  Through true repentance, praise and worship we can give him all glory! 
He does promise to strengthen us and to guide us when we give Him first place in our life!

God bless you all!

 Scriptures:
He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all. In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good. (Ecclesiastes 11:4-6)


God’s Desire for You to Prosper
God wants to use you to build His kingdom, His house! In Exodus 12:13, it was no accident that God gave the wealth of the Egyptians to the children of Israel. He wanted them to build His tabernacle in the wilderness.


God’s Abundance for Those Who Build His Kingdom
Prosperity is the result of a decision we make to build God’s kingdom, His work. Only as we make that decision will God prosper us. In fact, greed will destroy prosperity: “So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof” (Proverbs 1:19). Greed destroys prosperity!

Psalm 35:27 says:

“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.”


Psalm 84:11

“For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”


Psalm 115:14

“May the Lord give you increase more and more, you and your children.


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Monday, May 9, 2016

Spring Cleaning by Nina Keegan

I recently and with great caution opened the door to my storage closet with the best of intentions to do my,"spring cleaning" I took one look inside at the cardboard boxes, bags of who knows what, a plethora of abandoned "tchotchkes" of every fathomable persuasion, you know, the things I haven't even seen in a couple years, all that 'stuff' I couldn't possibly live without, "sigh". Overwhelmingly I declared, "This is not happening today!" So, I promptly closed the door and declared my spring cleaning officially finished! 

Out of site, out of mind!
We tend to stuff things away that we think we need to hold on to, " just in case!" We essentially become bogged down with weighty, old inventory. We stuff it all in there, we cram it down until alas the door can finally close it all off to the world. We never have to face it again until we perhaps grab hold, once again to the guilt laden, spring cleaning self talk!
Our minds are so much like those over stuffed messy closets.
What do we stuff away in those closets deep in our thoughts? What is crammed in weighing down our our hearts, emotions, our souls?
 There is so much abandoned but not forgotten junk we should not be holding on to in those dusty corners of our mind. They are often over flowing with pain, deep hurt, un-forgiveness, regret,guilt, and bitterness. Or perhaps your closet is lined with approval addiction, fear of punishment, fear of failure, self disqualification, trauma, grief and loss.

 Pain is the place where we can always meet authentically with God. He knows where you are who has hurt you and why and He is never surprised by what's in your closet. We cannot hide anything from God.

  Enough is enough! It is time to clean house and let everything go. It is time to make God your priority over your pain. The Bible says we are to have and enjoy our lives every day no matter what's going on. We can still experience joy with Jesus regardless of our circumstances.

God wants to meet you right there, in your closet. God wants to be the light in the darkness and restore you on every level.

2 Cor 4:6

For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.

What have you endured for the sake of peace?  What have you stuffed down because the process of letting go and healing can be so painful? 

Pain brings up what's really at the core of who we are. It pushes us past faking things for the sake of avoiding conflict. 

When we are face to face with the pain, which bin will we finally place it in? 

 Sometimes it is easier to hang on to the hurt by stuffing it down and closing it off then it is to actually let it go by trusting it all to Jesus? 

It's time to let loose and let go of your obligation of pretending everything is OK!

It's OK to clear out your fear of disappointment. There is nothing more universal than this, but God is in charge!  He is on the throne and it is God's mission to help you clean up, clear out, and declutter your life. 

 He wants you to be a spotless, wiped clean, empty vessel, ready to be filled with His glorious power and purpose for your life.

2 Timothy 2:21

Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.

All we have to do is seek Him, "God where are you in this?"

He's is never not where you are! 

Even through the pain God is always good. He is always working out a testimony in us that ultimately brings us confidence in who He is! Being in the war with God( bringing Him into our mess), gives us a clear path to His promise of restoration.

 This makes it abundantly clear that our victory is always from God, not from ourselves. 

 It is time to get real with God whereby we confidently learn of His credibility as we experience His fullness in the trenches.

Go into your closet, meet God there! It's finally time for some spring cleaning! God is waiting for you!


Matthew 6:6

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.



Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Know who you are in Christ.. By Nina Keegan

DO NOT BE DECEIVED! KNOW WHO YOUR GLORIOUS FATHER IN HEAVEN IS..JESUS DID NOT HAVE AN IDENTITY CRISIS.. HE WENT STRAIGHT TO THE FATHER AND PRAYED..

No matter what is going on in the world, we must believe that regardless of the difficulties we face, the church can rest assured that Christ has not ever moved from His exalted seat. He has full power and authority.. He holds His Sword in His hand and He is fighting for us. The Gospel will prevail.
The blood of Jesus is still speaking at it always will..

It's time to start praying against deception, the Bible tells us that in the last days we would be greatly deceived..you were born for times like these, you are here for a reason! 

There is no time to ride the fence and be double minded. We must get on board with the Revival that God is stirring up in each of us, the world is a mess right now, we must decide if we are going to accommodate the world and what's happening in it or we can refuse to compromise our beliefs and our behaviors and live in absolute the assuredness of following the word of God.
Every word in the Bible is God breathed and is alive and well it is our blueprint, it is the promise.. we must get on board. 
The enemy comes to steal kill and destroy but Jesus came that we might have life and have it to the full..He has sent us the Holy Spirit and those who do not compromise will experience a great victory and empowering strength of the spirit without limits. Beyond anything that our generation has ever known will we see God's glory rain down in revival if we do not grow weary in well doing.
  So many strong Christians are being deceived by others, even fellow Christians saying shouldn't we be more tolerant of other faiths?..shouldn't we be tolerant of other's beliefs?  shouldn't we all just try to love one another for our differences..to each his own...we back off and we have failed to declare the truth.. we fail to witness and be a doer of the Word, we fail to preach the Gospel in its truth.. Yes we are called to Love everyone ... It's a commandment..we are to love as God loves, even our enemies..but not for their differences.. 
The truth sets people free.. Love them and tell them the Truth.. It's not God's will that any man should perish.

The enemy loves tolerance because tolerance doesn't spread the Gospel, tolerance backs away, tolerance is afraid of conflict, tolerance is non-controversial. 
When we walk in truth spreading Gods Word, God will make ways, the seeds are being planted.
 God can reach anyone..He is God; but we are his army and we are called forth to witness, to tell the truth and to deliver God's message of salvation and eternal life with Him.

Tolerance is such a buzzword that the enemy uses for deception ..the Word of God is very clear about the one and only way for us to receive eternal salvation.. so we ALL must be clear on that..there is no pushing the envelope, there is no deciding, "well I don't think God thinks this way or that way", or "don't you think if they're a good person regardless of whether or not they are a believer that they will get to heaven?"  

We don't get to change God's mind or rewrite the Bible inserting our own thoughts believing we can do a better job than God did... God's Word is very specific for a reason ..so that there is a line that absolutely cannot be crossed it's simple, we either believe or we don't!

Look, this is not open for debate... The Bible is very clear and it says that in the end times even Christians will FALL AWAY.. They will perish! ... Yes Christians... Many are deceived by thinking they can live in sin and keep asking for forgiveness with no harm done! That is a huge misconception. Every action has a consequence even if the consequences are not immediate.. I guarantee you our sins do not go unnoticed we must repent and turn away from our sins! 

we must get a strong knowledge of the WORD and stand! TRUST and believe in it! Defend it! Be a doer of the Word...There is no compromise.. get off the fence, decide what you're going to believe... do it now before it's too late!

Meditate and declare this promise to God...

I will not compromise with the words and the actions and the deception of this world ..Lord help us to be bold for you. Help us to put away all fears and anxieties so that we might fully receive the manifested presence of the Holy Spirit of God in full operation in our lives
In Jesus Name
Amen! 

Rev 2:13

13 “I know that you live in the city where Satan has his throne, yet you have remained loyal to me. You refused to deny me even when Antipas, my faithful witness, was martyred among you there in Satan’s city.

Rev2:14-16

14 “But I have a few complaints against you. You tolerate some among you whose teaching is like that of Balaam, who showed Balak how to trip up the people of Israel. He taught them to sin by eating food offered to idols and by committing sexual sin. 15 In a similar way, you have some Nicolaitans among you who follow the same teaching. 16 Repent of your sin, or I will come to you suddenly and fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

Acts 3:19
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,

Isaiah 51:6-9
6 Look up to the skies above,
    and gaze down on the earth below.
For the skies will disappear like smoke,
    and the earth will wear out like a piece of clothing.
The people of the earth will die like flies,
    but my salvation lasts forever.
    My righteous rule will never end!
7 “Listen to me, you who know right from wrong,
    you who cherish my law in your hearts.
Do not be afraid of people’s scorn,
    nor fear their insults.
8 For the moth will devour them as it devours clothing.
    The worm will eat at them as it eats wool.
But my righteousness will last forever.
    My salvation will continue from generation to generation.”
9 Wake up, wake up, O Lord! Clothe yourself with strength!
    Flex your mighty right arm!
Rouse yourself as in the days of old
    when you slew Egypt, the dragon of the Nile.[a]

John 14:13-14 - And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.   (Read More...)

Matthew 21:22 - And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

John 14:14 - If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do [it].

John 16:24 - Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

John 14:13 - And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

John 15:16 - Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

1 John 5:14 - And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:


Thursday, March 10, 2016

NOT OUR WAY BUT YOURS GOD.. By Nina Keegan

 DO NOT LET PRIDE STEAL YOUR DESTINY, A HAUGHTY ATTITUDE CAN LEAD TO A PATHWAY OF DESTRUCTION

"I don't care what anyone says, I'm going to do it!"

This is a familiar scene in our society, the words change but the essential message is always the same; a person is not open to advice because his or her mind is already closed through pride.  
Some advice may be sought but it is heeded only if it reinforces the decision already made or is an easier path to take...

 This is human nature to reject help and to do things our own way. Pride steps in and we think we have it all figured out and who needs the advice of these apparently Unknowledgeable people?
Does any of this sound familiar? Do you ever open your Bible asking God to show you a scripture but when it seems that there's a scripture of rebuke or one of God gently presenting you with conviction, or a hardening of heart in need of repentance, our tendency is compulsively ready to discount that one immediately.. We move on until we find one that suits exactly what we need to establish our own plan. God will not be mocked..!


' We cannot change what we will not acknowledge!' 

The enemy lurks in a spirit of pride, the puffed up mindset that claims that we know more than anyone, that other people do not know what they are talking about, unless it is in exact alignment of our own skewed thinking. Prideful people put others down in order to lift themselves up.. 
how silly is this behavior...?  Since We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.. Phil 4:13.. It's never by our own intelligence or abilities anyway.. It's only by God's hands that we live move and have our being! 

We must be very careful of this prideful tendency and that we don't fall into our own trap by rejecting the wise council of others. This is not the way God has ordered things for us as a body. 
The Scripture says one of the ways we hear from God is seeking the wise counsel of godly men..
Proverbs 11:14 - Where no counsel [is], the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors [there is] safety.

Proverbs 19:20-21 - Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.   

We must be obedient to the Word not just read it but do what it says.
When we start to think that we know it all; it can affect us to the very core, it can affect our relationships and even our relationship with the church.. we are not meant to go it alone we are sheep in need of a shepherd...we need to be part of the flock.
If you do not attend a good church weekly then it is harder to make it as a Christian.. 

 As Christians, We are in the world, but not of the world..

Believers in Jesus Christ are simply in the world—physically present—but not of it, not part of its values (John 17:14-15). As believers, we should be set apart from the world. This is the meaning of being holy and living a holy, righteous life,to be set apart.

 The worldly flesh can over take us if we are not cautious  we must never detach ourselves from the body. Who pastors you? Who is speaking into your life? Who assists you with accountability? We see people get offended by a ministry.. they leave the church or they try to overthrow or take it down by negative talk about the Gods anointed...it happens because they think they know more than the pastor, or they are not being confirmed in their own skewed agenda. We get caught up in all kinds of religiosity...we must repent of these prideful tendencies, we must lay down our manipulation repent of it! trust God, take his Word and Live it out! 
We have seen people fall away from the church and I can honestly say I haven't seen it fare well for them..
They start showing up less and less always with an excuse whether it be as simplistic as the weather or the fact that they don't like the series or the subject matter currently being taught. For whatever reason the enemy pulls them away and they stop attending..

The Lord wants you to come back,  find a good Bible-based Holy Spirit filled church and come back to God's body ..stay in the word and let it restore your soul
Psalm 23:3
 Yes He restores our soul!

 What should you do if you have an agenda and you're not certain if it's part of God's plan? How can you hear from God to know for sure?  How can you prevent a life changing mistake resulting from pride? 
 Remember the enemy would love nothing more than to throw a wrench into the middle of God's divine plan for your life causing you to veer down the wrong path...anyone interested in 40 years in the wilderness? 

Take these action steps and seek God first in ALL things.. Let his peace always rule in your heart.. Never waiver! 

1. Repent and Seek God first in all things.
2. Seek wise Godly counsel from others whom you trust. 
3.Stay in the word of God and know it for yourself!
4. Pray fervent,effectual and diligent prayers.
5.Seek confirmation!  
6.Worship and praise God.
7. Pray in the spirit continually.  8. Become one body with other believers united in Christ in a good Bible based, spirit filled church so as to be held accountable in all your ways.
9.Trust Gods will for your life even when it makes no sense..God knows what He is doing!
10.Allow Gods perfect love to cast out all fear! 

God is not the author of confusion, He is the author of peace, trust him to lead you down his path everlasting. hallelujah! hallelujah! We praise you Lord as we plead the blood of Jesus over any and all big decisions we are facing in our lives... Do not let us be put to shame Lord as we trust you in all things.  We surrender it all to you, your ways, not ours Father!

Seal us  on your path, restore us, redeem us! In Jesus' holy name we pray! AMEN

Psalms 1:1-6 - Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.    

2 Timothy 3:16 - All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Proverbs 28:26 - He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

Proverbs 3:1-35 - My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:    

Proverbs 20:18 - [Every] purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

Psalms 119:105 - Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

1 Kings 12:6-19 - And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people?    

Proverbs 4:13 - Take fast hold of instruction; let [her] not go: keep her; for she [is] thy life.

Proverbs 1:7 - The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 13:10 - Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised [is] wisdom.

Ephesians 6:12 - For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].

Romans 12:2 - And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Matthew 7:16-20 - Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?   



Wednesday, March 9, 2016

BE VIGILENT BY Nina Keegan

BE DETERMINED TO STAY ON GOD'S  PATH, DON'T SETTLE.. YOU HAVE OPTIONS!! THE ENEMY TRAPS US INTO SETTLING FOR LESS THAN GOD'S BEST! Stay vigilant!! The enemy comes to steal kill and destroy..

Know the Word for your self.. Be a watchmen on the wall and do not be deceived.. Do not get caught off-guard by missing God ... the enemy loves to trick us..he sets his nets ..he baits his traps.. We deceive ourselves by thinking that we know more than God ..that we have heard him, even  when we have our minds made up.. we decide that we have the fool proof  plan. God break away the stubbornness and the strong will that causes us to rebel and to wander aimlessly in the wilderness..we twist our own agenda to fit into your word let our minds not be deceived as to confuse our plans with yours.
The enemy would love for us to be tricked and follow his path disguised as Gods.

The enemy comes dressed as an angel of light, he knows the word and Twists it... It is all designed to keep us from what God has for us, to keep us from peace, prosperity, from the right relationships and from his divine purpose in our lives.

God says his sheep shall know his voice there will always be
Confirmation and absolute abundance of proof! 

When God speaks there is a great peace! God is not the author of confusion but he's the author of sound mind. We are to have the mind of Christ, God is the author and the finisher of our stories and it is always for our good, God allows tests to stretch us and cause us to repent and turn to him with our whole hearts.
When Things are hard and out of control and we feel like we are always swimming upstream or kicking against the
Goads.. then, it surely isn't the peace of God ...a man can make his plans but God will order his steps... surrender every day and trust God to never let you be deceived. We do not want to wander in the wilderness and miss our blessings. We don't want to spend 40 years aimlessly searching for the gates to the promised land..we are going in now! 
Lord let there be no delay, give us great courage to Bind and  break off that which is not of you.. Wherever the enemy is operating in our lives shine a great light on it and take the veils off of our eyes that we might see the plans of the enemy and where he is operating through us... Bind and sever every person,place or thing that is being used in our lives as a hindrance to our blessings. 
Let us have no fear of man, let us only have the fear of letting you down. Make the crooked places straight in our lives, let us not be caught in the snare and the traps that the enemy has laid for us! It is a long life to get these things wrong... We want to only be seared on your path..Seal us Lord in the blood of Jesus ..let us not be deceived.  We have options.., Godly options..fear not! You are loved.. There is absolutely nothing better than God's plan so why would you settle for anything less ??? To those saying it is too late.. It is never over or too late.. Ask God again.. He will show you the way.. Rescue us now Father.. Let us not be put to shame.. Cover every decision we make in the blood of Jesus and let us be determined to never waiver from your path. For we ask it now in Jesus name

1 John 4:1-3 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.



Wednesday, February 17, 2016

TO OBEY OR NOT TO OBEY by Nina Keegan

TO OBEY OR DISOBEY.. EVERY DAY WE ARE FACED WITH THESE CHOICES...
 Reading today about the death of Saul in first Samuel 31 .. I realized that there are 2 tales of obedience and of the lack there of all intertwined.
Saul was tall physically but small in God's eyes, his sin made him ugly even though he was very handsome and his lack of faith made him very weak.. Saul was dedicated to himself, he was self serving..
Saul was rich but he was spiritually bankrupt.. Saul tried to please God with tiny spurts of religiosity. Do we ever get in the flesh and then try to back it up by twisting the word to fit our own agendas? Well.. Meet Saul! ..Saul had a disobedient strong willed,spirit. Saul faced death the same way he faced life. He took matters into his own hands without thinking of God or asking God for his guidance.



In the end, Saul's poor choices and lack of obedience was the death of him. What stands out to me is that when Saul knew he was finally cornered and at the very end of his rope, with nowhere to turn, knowing that if the enemies captured him he would greatly suffer; he yet again took matters into his own hands and asked his right-hand man to kill him..

1 Samuel 31:4-6
Saul groaned to his armor bearer "take your sword and kill me before these pagan Philistines come to run me through and taunt and torture me."But his armor bearer was afraid AND WOULD NOT DO IT.. So Saul took his own sword and fell on it. 

When his armor bearer realized that Saul was dead, he fell on his own sword and died beside the King. Saul, his three sons, his armor bearer and his troops all died together that same day.

The armor bearer had had a choice to make. He knew that if he would have slain Saul even though the king had ordered him to do it, he would have been disobedient to God. There's a great difference between following an order with which you don't agree and following one you know is wrong. It is never right or ethical to carry out a wrong act no matter who gives you that order or what the consequences for disobedience may be.  We must always have courage to follow God and his laws above anything earthly or our own personal desires. 

The armor bearer had a choice of whose rules he would follow, would he follow his king or God? He had to choose the hard road..but he had to choose eternal life even if it meant that he would lose his own. He would not stand trial before God for the crime of murder. He chose to be obedient.

God LOVES obedience even when it's so hard.. When we know we are to do that hard thing and we are disobedient, and when we like-wise do what we shouldn't, we will also suffer the consequences even if we don't immediately see them.
 There will always be consequences for disobedience!
Always! 

 Great and epic spiritual lives are built by stacking times of obedience one on top of the other. Like a brick, each obedient act is small in and of itself but in time, the acts of obedience will all pile up and a huge wall of strong character will ultimately be built..This is the greatest defense against sin and temptation. 
This strong wall of obedience brings layers and layers of protection. We should strive for consistency in obedience each and every day. Build your strength !! Fortify your hedge, your protection! God is trusting you and with each lesson learned and obedience task mastered.

 You are moving to a new level with God. He begins to trust you with more and more. He builds our character one brick at a time.. He mortars our bricks together with love, mercy kindness and patience and favor.

We do not want to spend another year in the wilderness, let's amen God and get to the promised land now. Let's receive the blessings here and now that God longs to give us an bestow upon us.
Be obedient to those nudges you feel.. Follow peace! 
God is NOT the author of confusion or chaos ..if he's called you to do something, or not to do something, he will always confirm it. 
Ask God for revelation ask for confirmation and step out and do that which he has called you to do.
I promise that you will be so glad you did!

Obey God like Abraham.. Even when it makes no sense to you. Faith is not always logical but obedience serves a purpose higher than we can imagine and the blessings on the backside of obedience are amazing!!

Daniel 9:12 - And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."

1Peter 4:16-17
Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

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