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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Monday, August 21, 2017

GOD LISTENS BY NINA KEEGAN

WE CAN PRAY THE PRAYER OF THE POWERFUL, AND BRILLIANTLY WISE, KING SOLOMON..

Kings 8:56-61  (NLT)
56 “Praise the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises he gave through his servant Moses. 57 May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us or abandon us. 58 May he give us the desire to do his will in everything and to obey all the commands, decrees, and regulations that he gave our ancestors.59 And may these words that I have prayed in the presence of the Lord be before him constantly, day and night, so that the Lord our God may give justice to me and to his people Israel, according to each day’s needs. 60 Then people all over the earth will know that the Lord alone is God and there is no other. 61 And may you be completely faithful to the Lord our God. May you always obey his decrees and commands, just as you are doing today.”

King Solomon was King David's son, He was an extremely wise man..

1 Kings 10:23
King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth.

 I believe it would be very wise for us to pray in the same manner that this extremely blessed king prayed… So  let's break down his powerful prayer from the scripture above.. there are five basic requests outlined in this prayer that we can use as a pattern when we pray over ourselves and our families and over every need we have. 

Solomon also declares in this scripture that not one word of God ever fails… So when we pray according to God's will, we can wholeheartedly count on it because God watches over his word to perform it and he binds himself to his word.

Jeremiah 1:12
Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”

Solomon, like his father David, praised the Lord continuously and when he prayed he always asked for: 
1) God's presence, 
2) for the desire to do God's will in everything, 
3)for the desire and ability to obey God's decrees and commands, 
4) for help with each days needs, and 
5)for the spread of God's kingdom to the entire world.

What could be better than these five extremely wise and foreordained requests? What could ever be better than continuously being in the presence of God? He inhabits the praises of his people… And when we are in the presence of God... miracles manifest!
In God's presence, our daily lives can be naturally supernatural ...
When we ask for GOD'S WILL for our lives...We are simultaneously canceling out our own plans and voiding our fleshy desires that could lead us down a destructive path that may cause us to live according to the world's  standards and not God's! 

May God's will always trump our own will!

 We know his plan is the perfect plan for our lives… It is the target we must aim for daily and we must seek God's help and guidance to do so. We can ask God to reveal to us his directives to help us obey the commands and decrees that he has laid out for us in his Word...
As it says in the Lord's prayer we can pray to not be led astray or into temptation of any kind.. Yes of course we are human and we live in the world, we are constantly subject to all the chaos that surrounds us on a daily basis… But it's the grace of God that brings us back… it's his unmerited love, grace, and favor, that draws us back to his glorious path... God's  perspective is always one of Love...He always sees the condition of our hearts… His pure love and endless mercy seal us on the path of grace! 

God knows that we are not infallible to the exploits of this world but he also knows if our true desire is to please him or the world...
We should additionally pray for God to help us with each day's needs… And pray for him to help us walk in the power of the Holy Spirit … we must pray for God to go before us and to take care of the needs that we will have each day, before we even know we need them… 

HE WILL SUPPLY ALL OUR NEEDS ACCORDING TO HIS RICHES AND GLORY BY CHRIST JESUS ..Phil 4:19

 When we pray this purposefully, we are making a decree…it is so important to entrust our lives and every concern of our lives to the only ONE who knows all things and is sovereign to see us through them all..

 God had promised David that one of his descendants would always be king. God promised David a dynasty. David humbly saw this fulfilled as Solomon was made king... David prayed a devout prayer of thanksgiving to God; making a note of of calling God his sovereign Lord… David knew full well it was only by the grace of God and God's love for him, that all of these promises would ultimately come to fruition ..God's merciful love and powerful redemption was being bestowed upon David, because God knew David's heart ..even though David had been a sinner… God's promise still prevailed.. God is a man of his word and he is not a man that should lie.. when we come to him with a repentant heart, when we obey his decrees and commands, we can prevail in the life God has planned for us.. and we can remember as in the scripture David's son Solomon prayed that not one word of God has ever failed! 

2 Samuel 7:16
"Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.''

DYNASTY FULFILLED...

David had passed down to his son Solomon, a love of praise and worship for the Lord…
Praise and worship was the cornerstone of David's life… If you read about the battles he won they all begin in praise… He worshiped, sang and danced before the Lord… He was victorious... and he was deeply loved by God... 
now his son Solomon was praising the Lord...

Of all the things that Solomon could've asked the Lord for, he asked for wisdom and understanding to be able to govern his people.. 
God was so pleased with this request that he gave him  many other blessings and riches as well... 

1 Kings 3: 10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. 11 So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies— 12 I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! 13 And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life! 14 And if you follow me and obey my decrees and my commands as your father, David, did, I will give you a long life.”

We give God all praise and glory as we read the stories of how God moved to answer the prayers of these powerful men..
We can pray the same prayers for ourselves and our families and we praise and thank God that we will see him move mightily on our behalf .. in the Holy name of Jesus we pray! God bless you all!

David’s Prayer of Praise
10 Then David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly:
“O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel,[a]may you be praised forever and ever!11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. 12 Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

DO YOU HAVE DOUBTS..? By Nina Keegan

Revised! DO YOU HAVE DOUBTS... HAS YOUR FAITH BEEN SHAKEN..?

 MATTHEW 11:11
(Jesus talking about John the Baptist)

11 “I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he is!

Jesus describes John as the greatest man that ever lived… And yet John himself while in prison, had doubts if Jesus even was the Messiah…
What had caused John to waver in his belief?

We all can have doubts from time to time when our faith has been shaken... when trauma  and turmoil rock our world, it can cause us to cry out and ask, "Is any of this real… "God are you really there for me?"
"Do you even know where I am on the map?"

Well my friends, you are in good company, we have all been there at one time or another… When our circumstances cause our knees to buckle... perhaps those times are the times that we've taken our eyes off of Jesus and put them on our circumstances… Even John the Baptist has a moment like this…

There's no getting around it, John the Baptist was extremely unique, he was described as a wild man…he wore odd clothes, ate strange food… And he preached an unusual message even out in the wasteland... he did not live extravagantly… He was given a mission and he aimed at complete obedience.

This wild looking man was given an amazing role to play in the world, he was to announce the coming of our Savior… He was relentless in putting all he had into this monumental task.
Since his birth it was announced that John would be set apart for the service of God and John never wavered in being faithful to that call.

His job was not easy, he was fearless and preached the theme of repentance… Even though he was given remarkable responsibilities, God did not guarantee him an easy life..He was uncompromising...
He even challenged Herod to admit his sin which caused him to wind up in prison.

John baptized Jesus and heard an audible voice from the Father saying that this was his son in whom he was well pleased… He witnessed the dove as representation of the Holy Spirit..
He witnessed much more as the Scriptures from John state:

The Father used John the Baptist to bear witness to Jesus (5:33-35). The Father used Jesus’ works (miracles) which He gave Jesus to do to bear witness of Him (5:36). The Father used the Scriptures to bear witness of Jesus (5:37-47). Since all of these witnesses line up, the case for Jesus is solid: He is the Christ, the Son of God (20:31).

So John knew his mission since birth ...he would be the one to announce the coming of Jesus. He baptized Jesus and witnessed many miracles… And yet while in his prison cell… He began to doubt…

In John's time, He did not have a Bible as we have today but he had read the Scriptures on the scrolls(Old Testament)  and had read what the prophets long before the time of Jesus, had prophesied about His coming as it says in Isaiah...

Isaiah 35:5-6
 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. 6 Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert..

John studied and understood these truths, this was the basis of what he proclaimed in his mission of declaring the coming of the Messiah... 
 He knew Jesus… He loved Jesus… He witnessed the miracles of Jesus… And yet....

Doubts came!

When he was in his trial… When he was in the middle of the circumstances of life… When he was in prison… His Faith was shaken to the core..

Matthew 11:2-3
John the Baptist, who was in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, "are you the Messiah we've been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?"

His doubts were clear.. if his purpose was to prepare the people for the coming Messiah and if Jesus really was that Messiah, then why was John in prison when he could've been preaching to the crowds and preparing their hearts? 

It made him think that he had gotten it all wrong....that he had missed his call..

But this is the message Jesus sends to him...

Matthew 11:4-6
Jesus told them, go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen, "the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the good news is being preached to the poor. And tell him, God blesses those who do not turn away because of me"

Jesus was fulfilling the Scriptures from the prophet Isaiah ...

 Jesus was performing the exact miracles that John had read about in the Scriptures… 

The same miracles Isaiah  predicted the Messiah would do long before Jesus ever walked the earth… And when he sent this statement to John the Baptist in his prison... Jesus knew that John would recall that scripture and know that the prophecy was being fulfilled  by the one and only true messiah...

Jesus knew that John would understand all of this… Jesus knew that John's heart would receive this and that John would know that he had fulfilled his call in preparing hearts for the coming Messiah…   John would be content in knowing he had paved the way for Jesus and he had been obedient to his call!

Jesus knew that John's faith was weak and yet as in the scripture above; Jesus still calls John the greatest of all who have ever lived!

Oh the precious love of Jesus!! 

Prophecies were coming to life… And John had been an essential and Integral part of it!

My friends we all have a call, we all have something we were born to do… We all have a purpose in Christ… The enemy would love to cause doubt and confusion and lead us away from that call… But nothing can stop what God has ordained for your life… Live on purpose for him, be obedient to the word...
Let God's word transform you as you take up your cross and follow him… He turns all things around for the good… I pray right now that you all would have the mind of Christ… That your thoughts would be his thoughts… And that the living Word of God would be forever etched in your hearts as he leads you on the glorious path that he has for you!

God bless you all!!

Psalm 119:147

I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words.
1 John 5:13

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.
Psalm 119:116

Sustain me according to Your word, that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope.
Genesis 28:15

"Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."
John 20:31

but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

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