Monday, January 19, 2015

Seek Him First.. By Nina Keegan



A Habit by definition is a recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition. 

I have read where it only takes 21 days to make or break a habit.

(Matthew 6:33)

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

This verse in Matthew tells us not just to seek God... But to seek Him first! Give Him the best part of us, the first part of our days. It then states that ALL these things, good and wonderful things, like favor, blessings, and protection will be added to our lives. What an brilliant promise. Seeking God first has become my habit..my " God Habit!"


I am very much a routine kind of person. When I wake up in the morning , as if on autopilot, I  make my way toward the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, prepare for myself the daily usual, then as if all my mornings were etched in stone;  I gather together my Bible, my scripture filled journal, my cozy throw, and nestle into my favorite place on the sunroom sofa. It's there that I wholeheartedly bask in the presence of my precious Lord and Savior. It's together with Him that I declare victories, blessings, wisdom, ability, favor, protection, safety, knowledge, divine health, and discernment, for my family and friends and myself. 


 I thank God with enormous gratitude for all He has done. It's during my time of seeking His will that I learn more about Him and His plans for my life. I will absorb from God through His word, the great messages He longs for me to contemplate and receive.  I know with an undeniable certainty that my day will be far better for having spent time praising the one for whom all things are possible.


My "God habit", is one that without, my day would be very less than stellar and I would feel there to be a nondescript deficit of sorts. My time spent in prayer and reflection with God is like essential food for my soul. It jump starts my day, and fills me with abundant expectation. The word of God replenishes my faith and restores my joy. I can leave all my cares with Him and go about enjoying my day knowing that God is at work and that my morning prayers will be a glorious life line of communication, faith and trust. I pray that He gives me revelation about decisions to be made and questions I need answers to. I fervently come into agreement with God declaring that He orders my steps in the direction He would have me choose. I pray.... about absolutely everything!

(1 Corinthians 11:1 )
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

The Bible says we should strive to be more like Christ. We should be his imitators.. Jesus himself had a habit of spending time with His Father..He went off alone to pray and worship. There in the peaceful quiet, Jesus sought His Father's guidance and strength.


The more time we spend with God, the more knowledge of His wisdom, character, and His unconditional love will seep into our souls and we will be forever transformed from Glory to Glory in His image to be an example to others through demonstration of His righteousness and love.


Contrarily, when my prayer routine gets altered or abandoned; it's usually a day that parades itself insufficiently in all areas. When I have not pursued my morning time with God, everything seems a bit disheveled. I feel like those days tend to be  more chaotic, a little more stressful, and things do not seem to flow as well. I can tell there has been a noticeable paradigm shift. I see subtle changes in my character. It may be harder to hold my peace or I may become more easily frustrated and less patient. It appears, on these days, 

"that I am having to do everything the hard way!" 

 I realize that I want to remain closely tethered to God... I want to be on His ordained, peaceful, and joyous path. I want to seek Him first.... Always!


Decide today that you will spend more time seeking God for His will in all you do..

I challenge you to get in the "God Habit!"

  Try seeking Him first for the next 21 days! I promise the more time you spend with Him, the greater, more faith filled, abundant and richly blessed life you will have. Do not waste another day! 

Get in the "God Habit!"







Monday, January 5, 2015

The Desires Of The Heart by Nina Keegan

Psalm 37:4

delight yourself in The Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart..



It's a new year and with that brings all of our pre-set new year resolutions.. We resolute to change that which quite frankly, we have  tried and failed at, at least a few times already .. With shear determination we blaze forward on our pathway of desired success and wholeheartedly believe this time it will be different! 

 

Our declarations are so sure and steadfast.. Let the Nay-Sayers laugh all they want .. We boastfully concur.." they'll see!" This year we will stick it out.. We declare victory!

Oh the weight we will lose , how organized we will be, we will strive to eat healthier as we determinedly rant while stripping our pantries of chips, cookies and all things chocolate..

 We will exorcise more! ... Yup we've already started the new trial gym membership and are decreeing that Zumba will be our new found fave! 

Were definitely going to spend more time with loved ones, finish those abandoned projects and perhaps there are even bigger changes in store for some.  We anxiously anticipate  filling in this new blank script of 365 pages that is just begging to be penned..

 Perhaps your desire is to get married, start a family, go back to college , change careers,  buy a home, or make more money....save more money...  

Our intentions are so positive and ...endless.

 I may be displaying a slight, playful sarcastic view point at the moment  but don't get me wrong,  there is nothing wrong with trying to make positive changes in our lives.. Go for it! But, just maybe.. We are searching in the wrong places for desired and accomplished fulfillment..


Are these really the desires of our hearts.. ? Are the desires of our hearts that the scripture above refers to, the things we really think we want? The things we secretly desire and hope for..? The things we think will bring us continuous joy? 


 I thought about the meaning of that scripture, and decided we look at it entirely wrong. When we Draw near to God, He then will give you what He wants you to desire..He's the one who will authorize what it is He wants you to desire.. So him giving us the desires of our hearts is not him  giving us all the things we want; but  Him giving us the desires to want what He wants us to have.. 

Phil 2:13 
for God is working in you giving you the DESIRE and the power to do what pleases him

God simply wants us to desire Him.. He wants us to follow Him, love Him, trust Him and receive Him with our whole hearts. When we have a relationship with God all of our other fleshly wants become so trivial.. The importance we may have so haphazardly placed on spending more time in the gym pales to the Joy, wisdom, freedom and love we will receive by spending more time in the Word.. God's Word..


If we make it our resolution to surrender our days to Him, to spend more time seeking Him and in praise and worship; 

 the closer we will get to God and we will undoubtedly know his Character and be drawn to His love, peace and thereby acquiring a new found Joy unlike the kind we have seen thus far in this world.. This unspeakable Joy and Heavenly peace is irreplaceable and when we seek Him first we will most assuredly find it.. 


Matt 6:33

Seek him First the kingdom of God and all his righteousness and all these things will be added to it..


When we first have His peace, it naturally makes us better equipped in all other areas of our lives.. We will be more apt to finish what we start., we will have a new " stick to it" mentality that will keep our "new year" momentum in tact.. 


Give Him the best part of you first...  Give him your time, your love , and your praise and He will give you the time you need to fit in all the rest... and to fill in all the blanks..


Get your Bible out and flip through the pages of this anointed book and as you read let the Living Word of our Loving God be the instruction manual as you joyfully write your book.. The new 365 page best seller.. Your story! 


Thank you Father that this new year we seek to know you, to hear from you, to recognize you and to be in your presence.. Draw near to us Lord.. This is the true desire of our Hearts! 

In Jesus name I pray


Amen 








Friday, December 19, 2014

Forget The Past By Nina Keegan

Food for thought...prophetic word for 2015

Philippians 3:13 
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,

I believe God wants us to know....
"Many of us are on a continuous vacation from reality the vacation is actually a staycation and one in which we never really reach the beautiful tropical gorgeousness of eternal joy here on earth..we are stuck in the headwinds of our own limitations and continually checking our rearview mirror's and stopping to look back with regret, guilt, shame and condemnation; the trouble with that is,it zaps our energy and inhibits our momentum from moving forward, the propelation is fizzled out and we become complacent,numb and addicted to the cycle of being emphatically stuck and blaming our circumstances on our lot in life for barricading us on a bridge to nowhere.. 
Break the cycle and believe you are a child of God, with that mindset you will be eternally propelled from glory to glory for the purposes in which Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior has designated you to live and be. According to his will, Let it be done to you, step out in faith, grab hold of the promises of the kingdom of heaven and receive that which our Savior has so lovingly bestowed upon us! Don't miss it! This new year grab it all with a fresh gusto and a zestful preparedness to live favor mindedly from now until eternity..". Declare in this new year, that you are contagiously blessed and victory chases you down!







Forgive Once More by Nina Keegan

Just the other day as I was enjoying a walk on a  warm December, yes December day in Houston, a sudden onslaught of hurtful thoughts came flooding to my mind ..out of no where  I was painstakingly reminded of the betrayal I had suffered that ended in divorce.. the enemy was bringing up all the old facts and taunting me with them..

Then suddenly I recognized the bullying for what it was and immediately resisted the enemy at his onset .. James 4:7 and then as the scripture instructs I submitted myself to God.  I asked God to once again help me to forgive my ex and his girlfriend and then even harder .. I asked God to bless them. 

I am not writing about this to try to remotely acknowledge that it is as easy as that.. It's contrarily by far one of the hardest things God asks us to do. Living for God and doing His will is most often the road less traveled because it's not  the easiest fork in the road of choices. It's the more ambiguous road that beseeches us to live and act as Jesus himself would and follow closely and in the mirror image of Him.

Our realization of what we need to do is most often in complete opposition of what we ( in our flesh) want to do. We must grasp the understanding that we by  forgiving, become the living benefactor of blessings and this life changing wisdom comes straight from the words of Christ Himself when He was asked how many times we should forgive...

Matthew 18:21-22
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?"
Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven. 

70x7... Wow.. Christ is lovingly notifying us in this Scripture that He knows forgiveness is extremely hard. He's also stating that if it was as simple as merely saying "I forgive them," one time we would not need our loving Father beckoning us to keep forgiving over and over again. God realizes that the need for continual forgiveness is a process that with diligence and fortitude will bring with it a divine healing of the soul. 

One very important key I feel to be a total necessity to moving forward in complete forgivness is that Forgiveness does NOT excuse the behavior of those who have hurt you.. you forgiving them is absolutey for you!  God will judge them for their behavior and bring justice upon them for their deeds.  We are not to be concerned or distracted by the punishment God has planned for the godless..

Job 36:17
But you are obsessed with whether the godless will be judged. Don't worry, judgment and justice will be upheld.

Forgiveness however; is to benefit ourselves, the ones who have been hurt. IT IS FOR US! It's hard to believe that on top of being hurt and betrayed by someone that we could continue to hurt ourselves by not forgiving them and by not letting go; but there is nothing more true...we simply MUST forgive! 

Wholeheartedly forgiving those who have hurt us will actually set us free from the binding chains of hurt, anger, bitterness, pain,angst and turmoil that can take over our entire mind, body, and soul and paralyze our spiritual growth locking us down on the burdensome road of heaviness and despair and simultaneously blocking our own blessings by drowning out our peace and our ability to experience joy. 

The Lord's blessings continually flow down to us, He never stops blessing us, NEVER!  Through bitterness and unforgiveness however we are in a sense choking off the flow of our own blessings by not letting go of the past hurts.

The enemy knows if he can continually stir up our past pain and cause us to always remain looking in the rearview mirror with hatred and contempt over those who have hurt us; then he will successfully block us from being blessed and simultaneously from moving forward in the glorious victory that God has in store for us! 

We must let it go, it's time to forgive, it's time to let the Divine Blood shed of Jesus Christ cover our hurts and our pains as we forgive one more time! We must lay it all down down at the foot of the cross thereby resisting the enemies lies at the onset! 

 Lord we seek your strength as we forgive those who have hurt us in the same manor in which you have so preciously forgiven us, we ask for your peace and joy as you lovingly heal our souls bringing forth victory and a glorious testimony as to the truth of your Word and how you diligently watch over your Word  to perform it!  Amen!









Saturday, October 25, 2014

Begin Again by Nina Keegan

Zechariah 4:7
  Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain. And he shall bring forward the head stone with shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’”

Recently while I was cleaning out my garage I happened across a 30 gallon storage tub filled with many items that were bought with good intent and excitement for certain projects and ideas that are now  seemingly abandoned and left in the giant sea of "things I never finished"!... It got me thinking...what else in my life have I ignored and left unfinished? What happens in the gap between exuberance and disinterest?

  Lately  I feel like God has been repeatedly trying to resurrect something in my heart that He placed there long ago. He wants me to accomplish that which has remained unfinished. 

I'm sure that happens to many of us and sometimes we don't know how we could possibly begin again ...we make declarations and rationalizations about how busy we are or that maybe we would get to it later at another more convenient time.

 When God  gives you something to do, He always gives you the enabling grace to do it, regardless of how dauntingly impossible the task may seem . God's GRACE!  That wonderful enabling Grace will help us get through it with a spirit of ease that will simultaneously cause dreams to manifest and come to pass. 

 God doesn't change his mind, his plans are brilliant for us the first time when He so diligently wrote our stories and thought up every last detail and sequentially numbered the pages of our bios long before we were ever born and before one day ever came to pass. 

 We can either be obedient and walk into the promised land or we can have one more trip around the proverbial mountain!

  What is God asking you to resurrect today?  What dreams and ideas have you been laying aside? What have you been putting off in sheer avoidance or because of the enemie's voice whispering thoughts of failure,  incompetence and lack of qualifications? What has kept you at a stand still frozen in your steps? When have we become so complacent in our thinking that we would rather succeed at nothing than fail at something?

  God does not call the qualified he qualifies the called!  It's when we are obedient in the small things that He so proudly and lovingly bestows more trust in us and gives us a bigger assignment laced with blessings and manifestations all so intrinsically designed to bring him glory as endtime harvestiing witnesses for His Kingdom. I believe they're all tests that when passed, allow us to be propelled forward expeditiously into preeminent levels in our relationships with Christ. 

We should never want to be in the same place too long because we want that thirst and hunger to always be growing in our relationships with the Lord.   We want to continue to follow God's brillliant plans. Reach for it, grab it, hold onto it and never let go! Step out in faith, do it afraid but with a heartfelt trust that God is closer than your breath walking side-by-side and leading you to where He wants you to be. 

We are to grab the headstone( the final piece) see the end from the beginning..  We are to visualize our mountains being leveled! We are to bring our dreams and our purposes forth with Shouts of Grace Grace! 

We cannot do it alone.. We are nothing without God.. He is the one who causes all things to be!!  Believe wholeheartedly that we can do what He says we can do. We can do all things through him who gives us the strength (Philippians 4:13 ) He equips us with the abilities we never knew we had. We wouldn't want to take one breath without him! 

How many times have you lost your lack of vision and gotten burnt out on something that could've been a glorious victory for you?  The enemy loves nothing more than to see us abandon that which God intended for our blessing.

I believe the Lord is saying it is time to begin again, it is time to hope again, it's time to get the vision again, it is time to believe in yourself again, it is time to finish what you have started! God is the Author and the Finisher and He who began a good work will finish it in your life until the day of completion!

 God will not stop,  He hasn't given up on you, his vision for you still stands! Whatever is left unfinished, whatever you have failed to accomplish; God is saying it's time!! It's time!!  Bring it to pass with shouts of Grace, Grace!
 
Grace, Grace over the child that needs salvation!  Grace, Grace over the marriage that is in crisis!  Grace, Grace over that business idea!  Grace, Grace over the book that hasn't been written! Grace Grace over the dream that has been laid aside for fear of failure!  SHOUT GRACE GRACE!

  I'm declaring grace Grace over every unfinished dream ,over every unrealized calling, over every single desire of your heart that has not yet come to pass! it's time to pick it up, it's time to begin again! It's time to see the victory!  When you bring it forth with shouts of Grace, Grace all the help that you need will come running ! God does not give you an assignment and then abandon you.. He's going to help you every step of the way.. Trust In Him!
  
God will help you realize your dreams but He's  asking you to grab hold of it, believe! Dream Big! 

Take the first steps.. step out in faith.. do something!  Stand up for something or fall for everything! It's time for your old dreams to be resurrected!  It's never too late to begin again! What dream have you laid aside? it's time to go pick it up again! in Jesus name I pray ! Amen!
GRACE! GRACE!







Friday, September 5, 2014

Get A New Vision.. By Nina Keegan

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. Proverbs 29:18

God created us in His image yet we are all so uniquely different. God is everything to everyone so we all have that special, highly individualized, unambiguous piece of God in us that makes us who we are.

I am sure that at one point or another we all get "stuck in a rut", or a little sick and tired of being sick and tired of what we are doing in our lives even if what we are doing is the passion and desire of our heart. Even the best possible scenario could  eventually become routine overtime. So what does that mean? Does a severe case of the doldrums mean we're not doing the right thing? Does it mean we're not living on purpose? Does it mean that we need to jump ship and find a new vocation, a new lot in life, a new purpose, direction or destiny? Have we messed up and missed it.. Missed the calling on our lives?   No.. to the contrary, I believe that a little restlessness now and then is good for us. Irresolution helps to motivate us and push us further beyond our own preset limitations and limited thinking. Uneasiness causes us to think outside the box and perhaps expand on what we're doing and how we can better use our time, efforts and talents to further glorify God through our own vocations.

 Moving beyond the status quo helps to reestablish and reaffirm that we are meant for greatness . We are unequivocally designed for a highly specialized purpose to glorify Christ and to enhance God's purpose for the kingdom.

So as for the scripture above, it specifically states that if we don't have a vision we would perish.. what does that mean..? I believe it means that when we can see our victory..when we get a clear vision in our mind, there is a shift in our mindset  and we then have a fresh zest and a new zeal to live deliberately and on purpose. We gain a new propensity and penchant for life that excites us! A new vision can jump start forethought action, and awaken dust laden ideas and abandoned desires of our hearts to positively motivate us and keep us moving forward! Basically we are called to live with expectancy of hope in a brilliant future without which we essentially do perish. Quite simply if we are not living according to God's will; then we are just not living!   It is not God's will for us to just stand still, be commonplace and without motivation and drive to succeed...His idea and master plan for us is to propel us forward from glory to glory to receive His richness of favor and to be habitually living in the abundant blessings of heaven. We are to be an example of God's goodness and glory on earth and  to set the precedence for others to see the fruit of having faith in God's divine plan. 

In the Bible, God told Abraham to abandon life as he knew it and basically walk off the map.. the map that Abraham lived on, ( his world as he knew it) and to visualize and grab hold of a whole new country that he did not even know existed.. 

The Call of Abram

12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

“I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.

God was broadening Abraham's visions all with a purpose that Abraham knew nothing about. God's omniscient plan was in place before Abraham even moved ..God gave him a fresh vision, one that would direct him and order his steps bringing God glory in every way. The New Vision came with some significant blessings.. Abraham had to wholeheartedly trust God with the unknown.. When God blesses, He always multiplies.. And the blessings on the back side of obedience are enormous!

ACTS 2:17 17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see VISIONS, and your old men shall dream dreams.

This scripture clearly tells us that God is the one who gives us the new visions. He allows the uneasiness  in our lives so we can turn to him and receive from the master visionary a fresh outlook. Then doesn't it seem that if we are living a stagnant and routine life;  that we just simply must ask God to renew our vision whereby showing us divine revelation so that our vision would be His ? The Word clearly states that we should think like God thinks and have the mind of Christ so we could "see" the victories and blessings that God has in store for those who ask, believe, and are open to receive.  For those whom God has called for the greater purpose which is to glorify him and further the kingdom of heaven.. There is always a great vision first! 

What visions do you have for yourself? What is God putting on your heart that you have been putting off? Get the vision.. Put on your proverbial rose colored glasses ..see it .. Declare it.. Then go get it!  Let a new attitude dictate your thoughts and then,  take the necessary steps to move toward the vision and watch God move accordingly... God is calling you today to rise up , to seize the victories he has in store for you.. Let a fresh new  boldness fill your heart and soul as you take action steps toward the new calling on your life! Appeal to your better self! God doesn't call the qualified he qualifies the called.. Visualize your victory! When you can see it... It's yours! 

There is absolutely nothing we cannot do through him who gives us strength...believe! Phil 4:13