Rain

Rain… This word came to my mind because we were awakened at 6 am to the sound of raindrops. We scrambled a little to put a few items that were outside under the awning.

Rain in Cyprus in the month of August is unheard of. A friend at the grocery store said she has been here 24 years and has never seen rain in Cyprus in August. I read that Haifa had a rain shower yesterday. Having lived in Israel before here, we know how rare that is. Rain, even in September is highly unlikely. It wasn’t a hard rain this morning, but enough to “dampen” the ground.

Rain is important in the Word. There are several times that God tells the Children of Israel that He will withhold rain if they do not follow His Words.

Amos 4:7 “I withheld the rain from you three months before the harvest. I made it rain on one city and not on another —one field had rain, while another with no rain dried up;

There is an interesting story in Ezra 10:13-14 about when the Children of Israel sinned against God and married foreign women. They didn’t want to stand out in the rain during the “rainy season.” They sent the leaders to represent the community.

13 But there are many people, and it’s the rainy season — we can’t stay out here in the open. Also, it isn’t the work of a day or two; for there are many of us who have committed this crime. 14 Let our leaders represent the whole community; and let all those in our cities who have married foreign women appear at prearranged times, accompanied by the elders and judges of each city; until our God’s fierce anger over this has been turned away from us.”

In the book of Acts (chapter 14:15-17), right before the stoning of Paul this is what Paul and Barnabas told the people:

15 “Men! Why are you doing this? We’re just men, human like you! We are announcing Good News to you — turn from these worthless things to the living God who made heaven and earth and the sea and everything in them! 16 In times past, he allowed all peoples to walk in their own ways; 17 yet he did not leave himself without evidence of his nature; because he does good things, giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons, filling you with food and your hearts with happiness!”

God does allow people to “live in their sin” at times. Sometimes He will allow rain. Sometimes He will withhold rain. Sometimes He will do good things in spite of what people do. Other times He will allow their demise and have them struggle.

We should be in a season of seeking Him. We should be in a place of asking Him for His Truth. We should be focusing on Who He is and His greatness, while striving to let our lights shine for Him. Although I often struggle with complaining and become like the Children of Israel, I pray I am learning to strengthen my faith and trust in WHO my Father is and that HE knows what is best.

That as I seek Him and His TRUTH I will not be like Israelites who turned from His Promises and did their own thing.

If we are being a light and love to those around us, than we will make a difference. If we are showing those we come in contact with His grace, than we will be a blessing of rain to them. The song, “There shall be showers of blessing” comes to my mind.

There shall be showers of blessing:

This is the promise of love;

There shall be seasons refreshing,

Sent from the Savior above.

 Showers of blessing,

 Showers of blessing we need;

 Mercy-drops round us are falling,

 But for the showers we plead.

There shall be showers of blessing-

 Precious reviving again;

Over the hills and the valleys,

Sound of abundance of rain.

There shall be showers of blessing;

Send them upon us, O Lord!

Grant to us now a refreshing;

Come, and now honor Thy Word.

There shall be showers of blessing;

O that today they might fall,

Now as to God we’re confessing,

 Now as on Jesus we call!

There shall be showers of blessing,

 If we but trust and obey;

There shall be seasons refreshing,

 If we let God have His way.

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When we are following His Truths, we will find ourselves refreshed and in abundance. We need His drops of mercy every day. We want HIS revival. The words “Now as to God we’re confessing, Now as on Jesus we call!” should be our hearts cry. And the last verse, “If we but trust and obey; There shall be seasons refreshing, If we let God have His way.”

Words we need to be reminded of as we walk out these crazy times and days. It isn’t going to get easier. God’s Word has made that clear.

Ground yourself in HIS Truth. Focus on what He is doing. Let Him bring you the refreshing.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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The Fruit Produced Is Divine Love

As you yield freely and fully to the dynamic life and power of the Holy Spirit, you will abandon the cravings of your self – life.

For your self – life craves the things that offend the Holy Spirit and hinder him from living free within you! And the Holy Spirit’s intense cravings hinder your old self – life from dominating you!

So then, the two incompatible and conflicting forces within you are your self – life of the flesh and the new creation life of the Spirit. But when you are brought into the full freedom of the Spirit of grace, you will no longer be living under the domination of the law, but soaring above it!

The cravings of the self-life are obvious: Sexual immorality, lustful thoughts, pornography, chasing after things instead of God, manipulating others, hatred of those who get in your way, senseless arguments, resentment when others are favored, temper tantrums, angry quarrels, only thinking of yourself, being in love with your own opinions, being envious of the blessings of others, murder, uncontrolled addictions, wild parties, and all other similar behavior.

Haven’t I already warned you that those who use their “freedom” for these things will not inherit the kingdom realm of God! But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions: joy that overflows, peace that subdues , patience that endures , kindness in action , a life full of virtue, faith that prevails , gentleness of heart , and strength of spirit . Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless.

Keep in mind that we who belong to Jesus, the Anointed One, have already experienced crucifixion. For everything connected with our self – life was put to death on the cross and crucified with Messiah.

We must live in the Holy Spirit and follow after him. So may we never be arrogant, or look down on another, for each of us is an original. We must forsake all jealousy that diminishes the value of others.

~ Galatians 5:16-22,24-26 TPT

(The Passion Translation)

~ XXOO Michelle Bollom

Our Rescuer

If your heart is broken, you’ll find GOD right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.

Disciples so often get into trouble; still, GOD is there every time. He’s your bodyguard, shielding every bone; not even a finger gets broken. The wicked commit slow suicide; they waste their lives hating the good.

GOD pays for each slave’s freedom; no one who runs to him loses out.”

Psalm 34:18-22 MSG

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

What Does The Job

There is potential in your hand that you are not even aware of.

Just like Moses in Exodus 4, Moses had a rod in his hand that he was unaware of the potential and power it carried.

Moses had to “throw it down” and obey God, in order to see what it could do.

At first he ran, frightened by it.

But once he realized the power it held and the honor that it was to know that God’s Rod is what did the job, and he got to handle it, that built his faith and courage to use it!

That is the same today with the Word Of God.

The Word is our Rod!

Nothing is more reliable in any situation than God’s Word.

Do you have a “Red Sea” that needs parting?

How about a “need” to spring forth from a rock?

Or maybe quite simply the “answer” to keeping your enemies at bay?

Whatever it is…..

Start “throwing down” and “lifting up” your Rod and see what God can do.

Remember …

it is God’s Rod That Does The Job!

Thank You, Heavenly Father for the privilege it is to carry “Your Rod” and to proclaim and release it over every situation that arises in my life and in the lives of others. Help me to have a reverential fear and awe that the power I have the privilege to carry and speak is not something to take lightly. Give me the boldness and belief that Your Word and Spirit is what started it all and it is what does the job. I just get to be the one to hold it and declare it so.

~ XXOO Michelle Bollom

Be Anxious For Nothing

Worry is a form of pride. It takes concern upon oneself instead of entrusting them to God, who cares for His people.

So Don’t Worry-Be Happy!

“Happy” is always a Choice.

~XXOO Michelle Bollom

Turn all your anxiety over to God because He cares for you. ~ 1 Peter 5:7

Do not be anxious about your life – Luke 12:22

Be anxious for nothing.~ Philippians 4:6

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How Our Father Keeps Us From Our Sin

Sin shall not be our master, for we are not under law but under grace. If we were just handed a list of dos and don’t and told to obey the list, we would fail miserably, just like the people of God in the Old Testament.  

However, our covenant is better.  

Our Father tells us now: “Keep your eyes on Christ, and let him live through you”.  

It is a far better covenant, and yields sweet fruit, if we will only surrender our lives to Christ.

As part of the covenant, we are given great and precious promises that we can depend on. We are told that we are now children of God, that we will never die, that God will never leave us or forsake us, and that he will keep us from stumbling and present us blameless before him with great joy.  

As we learn and rely on these promises, our faith and our love grow, and we leave behind our former lives with all the accompanying sin and devastation. 

So, our victory in this life depends on our cooperation with Our Father, Our Lord, and the Holy Spirit.  

Yes, there is discipline and chastening, but there is also light, love, joy, and peace waiting for us at the end of every trial. Eternity calls and waits for the full adoption of every child of God. Bliss awaits us; immortality and Christlikeness are our destiny. Our Father will not be denied; he will have his family with him and beside him, to enjoy them forever! 

          ~Brad Heilhecker