Seeking Love

We are a technologically advanced society, but our souls are sick.

We seek help in psychotherapy, support groups, tarrot cards, crystals – anything that will relieve the pain. But we find that these supposed sources of help are helpless.

The emptiness will not be filled.

What we long to know is that we are loved. To be more specific, we hunger to know that we are accepted as we are, forgiven for all we have done, and cared for by a gracious, loving God.

When we know this, we walk away well.

~ James Bryan Smith

Lord, I receive this day your acceptance, forgiveness, and care, believing You love me – like a Father. Amen.

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I am Flawless

I don’t talk about my faith much.

I was raised in an environment that believed that religion should be forced upon others, but living it was another story.  

I believe that faith should be lived day in and day out.  

Words should not need to be spoken, but unbelievers should be able to witness God “something different in you” because how you love others.  

I believe that there is no such thing as “unlovable”.  

Are people challenging to deal with and are there evil people in this world? Absolutely.  

Do I struggle in relationship with others at times?  

Yes, seldom does a day go by that I am not rubbed wrong by someone or worse, I think awful things about another because of some crime they have committed.  

At the end of that day though, as a Christian I am held to a higher standard…a standard of forgiveness.  

I do not dismiss bad behavior committed against me or my family. I acknowledge and draw boundaries.  If a crime has been committed then I am bound by law to report it.  Forgiveness isn’t forgetting.  Forgiveness is giving the pain back to God.  

Forgiveness is recognizing that Christ died for that person as well.

Forgiveness is realizing the same grace that was given to me was given for the person who wronged me.  Forgiveness is recognizing that grace covers all sins.  

I am Flawless.  It is how God views everyone…..Flawless through His Love.  

This Song has really resonated in my heart this past month.  

I am not sure why, but I know that it is speaking into something that my heart must be working through.  

My Father has told me that I am Flawless and that I am precious to Him.  

~ Amy Thorne

Little Foxes

Lately I have been witnessing the enemy trying to work through some delays and disappointments to get God’s son’s and daughter’s stressed out and discouraged.

Delays from sickness, losses, car accidents, relationships, doubts, business, travel, letdowns and layoffs …..

Many little foxes trying to steal and spoil your vines.

The enemy loves to use those “Peace Robbers” and things to bring chaos, stress, worry and dread.

But God!

God is not a God of chaos or stress or worry or dread. He is the Prince Of Peace!

Trust God in the Divine Delays.

Trust the No’s, the Not Now’s, the Waits, the Redirections, the Reschedules, the Ends and all the many Unknowns to God.

If you keep your peace and do not let the enemy derail you and get you caught up in his chaos, stress and worry tactics and instead change your perspective to view them all as God’s Divine Delays-you will move forward in greater acceleration and abundance than you could ever imagine possible.

Let God catch and handle all the enemy’s little foxes that are trying to spoil your vines.

You Simply Just Keep Your Peace!

Stand Firm-Sometimes we have to show others how to fight for Joy amidst the chaos.

“Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.” ~ Song of Solomon 2:15 ESV

~ XXOO Michelle Bollom

Focus

Are you focusing on the diagnosis more than God’s Promise of deliverance?

The righteous cry, and the LORD hears And delivers them out of all their troubles. ~ Psalm 34:17

He renews our hopes and heals our bodies. ~ Psalm 147:3

Are you focusing on the aches and pains instead of God’s Promise of being the strength we need in our weakness?

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9

Are you focusing on how far you have to go to turn some things around or God’s Promises about not worrying about tomorrow and making all things new?

Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself. ~ Matthew 6:34

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.~ Isaiah 43:19

And He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true. ~ Revelations 21:5

Are you focusing on how you will ever get from simply A to B not ever believing you will ever make it from A to Z or God’s Promise that He is the Alpha & Omega – The Beginning and the End – the EVERY place in-between because He promises to never leave you or forsake you?

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. ~ Revelations 22:13

Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or terrified, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you; He will never leave you or forsake you.~ Deuteronomy 31:6

We tend to fixate on our problems instead of focusing on God and His Promises.

We will also gravitate to where our focus is.

We must adjust our focus!

There is a Promise for every problem you face.

We must believe that Every Promise In The Book (Bible) is ours.

It’s time to put your name on it!

~ XXOO Michelle Cosby Bollom

God’s Name

Don’t shout out a quick or flustered “Oh My God”, “Good Lord”, “Jesus Christ”, or put a Dammit behind God’s name. There is no power in that.

Actually, on all of those you are using God’s name in vain.

God’s name when used properly has unlimited Power to bless, heal, save and protect.

Use it properly!

~XXOO Michelle

No using the name of God, your God, in curses or silly banter; God won’t put up with the irreverent use of His name.~ Exodus 20:7 MSG

Do not use the Lord your God’s name as if it were of no significance; the Lord won’t forgive anyone who uses His name that way. ~Exodus 20:7 CEB

Enough

I have had ENOUGH – means you’ve reached your tolerated level.

That’s ENOUGH – means you have reached an acceptable amount.

But what really is Enough?

ENOUGH – means adequate for the want or need; sufficient for the purpose or to satisfy desire.

So why do we always throw in those doubt words…..

Like:

Coulda Shoulda Woulda

Need to

Hafta

Outta

Maybe

Possibly

Almost

Why do we keep buying the lie that we are not worthy enough, smart enough, pretty enough, talented enough, loved enough, liked enough, old enough, young enough, have enough or do enough.

Why can’t ENOUGH just be ENOUGH?

No striving

No wrestling

No doubting

No second guessing

Just Simply Take God at His Word!

You ARE adequate and sufficient for His purpose because He says you are.

You Are Enough because He is ENOUGH!

~XXOO Michelle

For His divine power has bestowed on us absolutely everything necessary for a dynamic spiritual life and godliness, through true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has bestowed on us His precious and magnificent promises of inexpressible value, so that by them you may escape from the immoral freedom that is in the world because of disreputable desire, and become sharers of the divine nature.

~ 2 Peter 1:3-4 AMP

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A Deeper Unity

Oneness, the desire of both God and man.  It is the heart cry of The Father, and it will be the great lie of the antichrist.  The Father longs for his children to get along so well that we move and act as one.

Even we long for unity between ourselves and between ourselves and Our Father, though we often can’t see our way to Our Father’s heart or to reconciliation with our fellow man.

And, admittedly, it is often a difficult and trying venture to maintain between ourselves “the spirit of unity in the bond of peace” and to live with Christ as “one in Spirit.”

In the seventeenth chapter of the Gospel of John, Christ prayed that we would all be unified with one another, with The Father, and with himself.  He gave two means for this unity, our common name and his personal glory bestowed upon us who believe.  

The unity from a shared name is the easiest to realize and mimics that unity found in natural families that share the same last name.  It mainly requires that we just accept each other and help each other.  

The second means that he gave for our unity, his glory bestowed on us, is a deeper unity, and it requires some cooperation to achieve it, for we must have some understanding of the nature of this inherited glory and then respond to it by nurturing it in our individual lives and in the life of the church.

The best way to describe these two aspects of unity is to observe the unity between children in a family as they grow into adulthood.  

As children, all that is needed for a mutual feeling of unity in the family is the simple fact of a shared name and ancestry.  As children mature and grow and discover each other’s unique gifts and powerful ways of expressing the family identity, their bond of unity matures; their unity is now partly based on the shared “glory” of the family legacy.  

There is still the unity of the shared name and blood, but now the unity is deepened by the broader understanding of what it means to be part of the family.

Christ spoke, “I have given them my glory, that they may be one.”  In the Old Testament, God said, “My glory I will not share with another.”  So, what has happened under the new covenant in the New Testament?What is this glory of Christ that Christ now bestows on us his followers?  

Christ’s glory while he was on earth was the fact that he was God The Father’s sole representative to the world.  

If you wanted to find out anything about God during his day, you had to come to him.  Knowing him was the key to the kingdom.

Now, we are in charge.  

Today, if someone wants to inquire regarding the nature of the kingdom, they must come to us. Granted, they might be able to read the New Testament for themselves and enter into a covenant relationship with Christ based solely on their own reading and Holy Spirit led prayer.  However, practically speaking, most people need someone to tell them about Christ and explain to them who he is.  

That someone is now us.

Christ’s glory has at least three unique aspects: his devotion to the Father, his devotion to the kingdom, and his devotion to us.  He perfectly reflected The Father’s love.  This glory that is now ours has at least three unique aspects: our devotion to Christ, our devotion to the kingdom, and our devotion to one another.  When we are “walking by the Spirit”, in obedience to Christ, we can powerfully express the Father’s heart to the world, just like Christ did.  

In fact, Christ himself abides  powerfully and passionately in each of us, working through each of us as we play our individual parts, for each of us is now a unique and invaluable member of the “body of Christ”, the church.

To facilitate our working together as a team, each of us has been endowed with one or more “spiritual gifts” as described in Romans chapter 12, 1 Corinthians Chapter 12, and Ephesians Chapter 4.  Ironically, these gifts that were designed to unite us have sometimes been the very vehicles that drove us apart.  This is not altogether bad, for if we disagree and move apart for the sake of peace, then we may expand into new territory and reach people with whom we otherwise would never have come into contact.   

However, at some point, we may have to be mature enough to come back together to work together with those with whom we may not fully agree, especially in complex projects such as community evangelism and city wide revival.  

Cooperation is needed because individual churches often excel in one aspect of the kingdom while neglecting other just as important aspects of the kingdom.  No one church has the market cornered on truth. The full expression of church life requires the various proficiencies of the different denominations.  

We all need to respect the reverence of the Catholic liturgy, the freedom of Protestant teaching, the powerful representation of zeal in the charismatic churches, and the intimacy and community of house churches.  As is stated in 1 Corinthians 12, “the eye cannot say to the hand nor the head to the foot, ‘I have no need of you.’”

Within each church, there should be a multiplicity of spiritual gifts in operation.  There are seven gifts listed in Romans 12, nine in 1st Corinthians 12, and five more in Ephesians 4.  There are gifts of leadership, mercy, service, teaching, prophecy, and healing.  There is the gift of tongues, the interpretation of tongues, the discerning of spirits, wisdom, and knowledge.  There are evangelists that excel in preaching the gospel, pastors who specialize in caring for the needs of the saints, prophets who hopefully keep the church focused on Christ, and apostles who venture out and start new churches.  Each gift is precious and needed in Our Father’s great house.

The scripture declares two aspects of the acquisition of these gifts.  First, that “the Holy Spirit distributes the gifts to each one as he wills.”  Second, that we are to “desire earnestly spiritual gifts, especially that we may prophecy.”  

So, we see that there is a sacred partnership between us and God.  He does his part, we do ours, and everyone is blessed.

As far as the utilization of these gifts, there is divine order in the way that these gifts should manifest, and we do well if we observe these guidelines.  Ignorance of the proper place and practice of the gifts is just as undesirable as is the ignorance of the gifts.  We must “study to show ourselves approved, workmen who need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of God.”

When we are diligent to fulfill our responsibility in the ministry of the word of God in the church of God to the children of God, blessings abound.  

People grow and mature, heaven is pleased, and people are saved.  The much ballyhooed revival that has been promised and proclaimed as imminent may actually come to fruition.  

Our Father and Jesus are always willing and waiting to fulfill their responsibility in our lives for Christ is the “author and finisher of our faith.”  As Psalm 80:17,18 says, “Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, upon the Son of Man whom You made strong for yourself.  Then we shall not turn back from you.  Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.”

~ Brad Heilhecker

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