~ XXOO Michelle Bollom
Moses had a face to face relationship with God. It is written that he was a very humble man. Isaiah writes that God looks to the humble and contrite in heart and those that tremble at his word. There is a current emphasis on hearing God, and this is very important. It has been said that the devil is in the details, but God is also concerned with the details.
Details like: Are we being obedient by becoming acquainted with his written word? Are we being obedient by staying in fellowship with his people? Are we being obedient by learning how to walk uprightly before him, loving like he loves, thinking like he thinks, and praying like he prays?
Amos writes: Can two walk together unless they agree?
It is written: Watch your lives and doctrines carefully, for then you will save both yourselves and those that hear you.
There is much written about seeking wisdom, loving wisdom, and living wisely. It is also written: Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, since he has no heart for it?
That seems to be the issue – our heart.
It is up to us to open our hearts to Our Father; he cannot and will not do it for us. If we will only do this, he will open the windows of heaven and pour out his heart into our hearts.
He says, “If you had only responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you!”
~ Brad Heilhecker
God created and revealed himself in the beginning by speaking. If we look up and all around you can see Him at every turn and what He has made. We should believe in science; God created things to be functional and useful, but be careful to not let it divide your faith.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands. Day after day they pour out speech; night after night they communicate knowledge. –Psalms 19: 1-2
The instruction of the Lord is perfect, renewing one’s life; the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, making the inexperience wise. –Psalm 19:7
~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill
Image – Over Unsplash / Isuru Perera
Have you ever stopped to think how God would describe your experience in four words if He had to? I am not sure about you, but it sounds a little creepy to think about a disembodied part of the human flesh doing anything, let alone, being capable of writing four words describing someone’s life and how they lived it. In the book of Daniel, the description of King Belshazzar’s life was handwritten on the wall with four words.
The word broken comes to describe how I happened to know and understand Jesus. I lived much of my life in a state of brokenness. When I finally had enough and realized that I couldn’t do life on my own, the Lord met me, right where I was.
After I repented, Jesus redeemed who I was. Jesus said that I no longer was defined by my sin, but instead, He was living in me. Life as I knew it changed.
Beautiful was the person God had created. God made me in His image, and that is nothing less than beautiful, to Him. When I started to claim God’s truth, the perception I had for myself changed and also the view I had for others.
Chosen is the new name that I received. No longer do I live by the name attributed to my past. I received a new name. The Lord has spoken to my heart, revealing to me, a new name that I am to walk by and be confident.
The beautiful thing about the description of Jesus is that He doesn’t stop at four words. He has so many reflections of me, just as He does you. He provides relationship and connection in a way that we can’t fathom. God’s love goes beyond description. Accompanied, is the action of love, one more profound that we only get to experience a piece of it. I challenge you to think about your own four words that Jesus would describe of you with. What would He say?
Dear Heavenly Father, I want to thank you today for understanding that you see me more than just a description. I want to manifest into the person you created. I want to carry out your purpose. Allow me to accept your invitation, I can’t wait to see you at the celebration. In Jesus name, Amen.
Baring His Beauty
Her beauty was perfected in the wilderness
Living a surrendered life
Obedience even unto death
Papa asked of her
She couldn’t refuse the desires of her King
Material things are not important to her
She is lost to this world
and what it has to offer
His Kingdom her focus
His presence her pursuit
His voice blows on her heart
Every second of the day
For her highest calling
She had to go on this journey
with Her Bridegroom
They visited the wilderness
She was weak
but He is strong
When she wanted to give up
He held her up
He wouldn’t let her run back to her past
Screaming, hurt, angry at times
Till she came to that place
of complete surrender
She was stronger than
her past haunting her
She couldn’t give up
She could never give in
He was preparing her to slay giants
Preparing her to find her identity
forever hidden in Him
She couldn’t let him down
She went all in
Found her purpose in her mess
Her strength on the battleground
Eliminating giant’s one by one
She could do what He said
Weak or strong
He held her hand
He wiped her tears
He was strong
when she couldn’t go on
He purifies us
in the worst of conditions
Till we come to that place
of radical obedience
Where it is only about
the desires and requests
of our King
We dissappear in the background
Humbly, stripped of our flesh
To only His will
We know that as His bondservants
we have no rights
We have no will
His Kingdom our focus
Only in agreement
with our King
Whatever sacrifices, He ask of us we will bring
Kicking and screaming, but we will be obedient
We have to look like our King
to experience His glory
He invaded our lives
He moved in
Coming up out of the wilderness
We lean on Him
Stripped of our old nature
Perfected in the wilderness
We represent our King
We have no rights
We have no will
We gladly surrender to this
faith walk with our King.
~ Ebigale Wilson
I was challenged last week by my husband sharing with us one Sunday morning his discoveries in the book of Jonah. We all know the story, right? One prophet man doesn’t want to warn a particular sinful city, so he flees and God sends a whale (we like to think it’s a whale) to eat him up and throw him up on dry land three days later. The end.
My husband went on to read us the parts we don’t read usually nor do we remember.
Did you know the book of Jonah is literally one page of the Bible. It has four short chapters.
I find it amusing how God speaks to Jonah in the last chapter. As if a “whale” wasn’t enough God goes on to use a fast growing shade plant and then sends worms immediately to eat up the plant.
Serious movies and novels could be made to entertain millions with the actions of some of these Bible characters and their antics.
So here’s the sucker punch line that gets me in the last verse of Jonah chapter four.
This is God speaking to Jonah after he had a couple sleepovers in a fish belly and got catapulted onto the shore. Now he wants to die out of frustration and weariness of warning wicked people of their fate.
Stick a fork in Jonah, he’s done!!
“And should not I pity Nineveh, the great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from there left and also much cattle?”
That’s how God ends the story folks.
I honestly thought Nineveh, the city he was sent to was destroyed. I missed the best part. The Bible says the people of Nineveh believed God. “They called for a fast and put on sack cloth, and the greatest of them to the least of them.”
Guys, they repented and turned to God and their city was spared.
God really does not let it go and consistently pursues Jonah to get the message to the people so they can be saved.
I serve a COMPASSIONATE God who desires for ALL to know Him and walk out their destiny that God deposited in them before they were born.
That was my take away. I look at what is going all around us today in 2017!!
Mass shootings, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, wild fires all circling around us at one time. God is desiring for us to repent and turn from our wicked ways and look to Him in our times of trouble. He wants me to repent. He wants me to turn from things that keep me from walking in freedom. He wants me to look only to Him for my salvation and hope.
You seriously have to read the book of Jonah to get the whole story and all it’s inner workings of repentance, compassion, obedience and complete and utter frustration to the point of wanting to die.
I will post a link for you to check out the story for yourself. Of course, it will be The Message version I post. It makes it super easy for me to follow along. Read it and see what great little nuggets God gives you about His sovereignty and His desire to draw all men unto himself.
Touch the link “listen” and you don’t even have to read it!!
Between Studies we are filling in with a great type of Soaking series on each step. Here are some takeaway’s from Step 6 for this weeks #WorthyThoughtWednesday
Worthy Thought: renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Step 6- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Our personal potential is stunted if we don’t change.
Transformation-To change condition, nature, function, and identity.
The vital matter in our transformation is prayer
Expect God to act on our behalf
Don’t lose patience in the process.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast Spirit within me.-Isaiah 51:10 NIV
Steadfast: Resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering. Firmly fixed in place -immovable, Not subject to change, firm in belief, determination, adherence, loyal.
Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord. – Zechariah 4:6
~ XXOO Michelle Bollom
Taken from The 12 Steps To Serenity Series
Image by Colin Rex – Unsplash / Over