Walk Beside Me

You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by GOD. You’re blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. That’s right—you don’t go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set. You, GOD, prescribed the right way to live; now you expect us to live it. Oh, that my steps might be steady, keeping to the course you set; Then I’d never have any regrets in comparing my life with your counsel. I thank you for speaking straight from your heart; I learn the pattern of your righteous ways. I’m going to do what you tell me to do; don’t ever walk off and leave me.” ~‭‭Psalm‬ ‭119:1-8‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for building relationship with me and inviting me to know you more. Teach me to walk beside you. Bless me at each and every step. Guide me when I get off course, so that I may be righteous in your eyes. When I look back I don’t want a heart of regret. Stay with me and never leave. I desire to be all that you ever wanted me to be. ~ In Jesus name Amen.

Baring His Beauty

Tiffany Thomas 

Wisdom Over Wealth 

It is wise to seek wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. It is written that “He who gets wisdom loves his own soul”, that “by knowledge, God divided the deep and lets drop the dew“, and that “knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

“Christ has become our wisdom from God.” 

 We are wise to have yielded our life to Christ, to have accepted him as our Lord and Savior. We are wiser yet to make Christ and his Gospel the overarching purpose of our lives. We are told to seek wisdom instead of worldly riches. Wisdom will endure and reign supreme in heaven. Worldly riches will perish and will not translate into eternal wealth. Solomon wrote that the advantage of wisdom over wealth is that it will deliver us from death. This prophecy is fulfilled in Christ.

It is said of wisdom that with it we will rest secure and be at ease from fear of harm. Also, that if we are wise, we will make glad the heart of God. These are great promises and would be enough in and of themselves. However, it is also written that wisdom has long life in one hand and riches and honor in the other.  

So, let’s tally the results: peace, pleasing God, living long with riches and honor – not a bad harvest from simply obeying Our Father and seeking wisdom.

Isaiah wrote of the Spirit of Christ that he is the spirit of wisdom and understanding, counsel and power, knowledge and the fear of the Lord, that he will delight in the fear of the Lord. Solomon wrote that wisdom was with God in the beginning before anything was created. Wisdom is eternal as Christ is eternal. Solomon concludes that the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. A bubbling brook – life giving, pleasant, and free flowing. James writes that the wisdom from above is pure, peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Luke wrote of Christ that he grew and became strong in spirit, that he was filled with wisdom, and that the grace of God was upon him. A few verses later he wrote that he increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. Paul wrote that one of the gifts of the Spirit is wisdom. 

 Let us seek wisdom and seek to become like Christ. As we do, we will have all the mighty forces of heaven behind, beside, and before us.

           ~ Brad Heilhecker 

Trust And Be Blessed 

“For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,” -1 Peter 1:24 NIV

“Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD.”-Proverbs 16:20 NIV

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas 

Share His Promises 


         What are your favorite Promises? 

One of my favorites is 1 Peter 5:10 in the Amplified Translation.

After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who imparts His blessing and favor, who called you to His own eternal glory in Christ, will Himself complete, confirm, strengthen, and establish you making you what you ought to be. 

She Reads Truth

Finally my Mother’s Day gift arrived last week.

My new She Reads Truth Bible in Poppy Linen. 

It’s in the CSB (Christian Standard Bible Translation)

I am looking forward to unpacking some of His Transformational Truths in this Beauty! 

           

        What is your favorite bible? 

            ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

The Fruits Of The Spirit 


We already have all the Fruits of The Spirit within us. The Fruits represent God’s presence working within us. So when the enemy lies and tries to tell us we are missing or lacking in one of these things we can let him know he is a liar.

We have them ALL -they just have to be worked out and developed a little like building muscles.

If we stay connected to the Vine- Jesus; our fruit will be well developed and abundant.

* Below are my notes as I looked up the verses in the AMP, MSG, KJV & ESV translations for references. (Each Translation is also below)

Love (unconditional ; unselfish concern and affection for others)

Joy (Exuberance about life)

Peace (Serenity)

Patience (willingness to stick with things; long-suffering)

Kindness (a sense of compassion in the heart; gentleness)

Goodness (conviction that basic holiness permeates things and people)

Faithfulness (involved in loyal commitments; Faith)

Gentleness (not needing to force our way in life; meekness {strength under control})

Self-Control (able to marshal and direct our energies wisely; Temperance)

Fruits Of The Spirit=His Presence within us

             

             ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Galatians 5:22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit the result of His presence within us is love unselfish concern for others, joy, inner peace, patience not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature together with its passions and appetites. If we claim to live by the Holy Spirit, we must also walk by the Spirit with personal integrity, godly character, and moral courage—our conduct empowered by the Holy Spirit. We must not become conceited, challenging or provoking one another, envying one another. AMP

Galatians 5:22-26 But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified. Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original. MSG

Galatians 5:22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. KJV

Galatians 5:22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. ESV

*If you are in the NW Houston TX area- join us for Galatians Study 1.5.17 Thursdays 11 am- 1 pm.  Contact us on our website for details and to reserve your spot. 

Chill Ax

Chill ax!!

Don’t get caught up too much in the things of this world. Don’t stress over tomorrow or what happened yesterday. 

  Basically, there is nothing new under the sun. 

Everything is created with cycles in minds. The seasons, flowers, moon phases, animal kingdom and even us!!

Read the rest of this great archive post “Nothing New Under The Sun” by Kelley Allison Here

Hardened To Difficulties 


Don’t you just love it when you are reading the Bible and a scripture jumps out at you? 

I ran across this scripture the other day and it blessed me so much, I just have to share it! 

When I read it I thought, “Lord this is what you’ve done with me!”

 The scripture is Isaiah 41:10 (Amp. version)-

 “Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.”

 I can look back on my life and clearly see that God has strengthened and hardened me to difficulties. Every time that something bad has happened to me, I have ALWAYS thought, “I know that someone else is going through something worse.”

I know in my heart that God put that capability in me.

 It doesn’t matter what you may be going through, God wants to help you! He WILL help you IF you let Him. Go to Him, talk to Him like you would talk to your best friend. (He likes that!) 

Just pour your heart out to Him and allow Him to heal you with His love and tender mercies! 

In God’s love,

Tracy Mason 

Wisdom


WORTHY THOUGHT:  Listening to God is the way of wisdom. 

Wisdom is made available to everyone who is willing to hear God and obey. 

For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk up rightly. Proverbs 2:6-7 NKJV 
       ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Identity Theft 


Who are you? Where do you come from? When were you born? Who is your Father? What’s your identity?
identity :condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is; the qualities, beliefs, etc., that distinguish or identify a person or thing: 
This is the TRUTH of the matter of identity. 

Sins or sins done against us affect how we identity ourselves in this world. We unknowingly walk around wearing a garment of uncleanliness and despair after we have passed through the things that can so easily beset us. We dress ourselves in a cloak of deception as we walk away from our sin that entangled us into a prison of guilt or shame. We often times engage in things that later bring regret and remorse. Worse case, something was done against us willing or unwillingly in a moment of confusion or fear. It could have happened yesterday or twenty years ago. It doesn’t matter it follows us around like a dark shadow. It disappears during seasons of great days, weeks or years. We forget and think we have been dealt a bad deck of cards handed over to us. The stain of shame smears its stench of defeat on us as we try to remind ourselves that it’s a new day to a fresh start. Morning and evening showers or baths temporality wash way the slime and filth that we have picked up along the way. Subconsciously, we feel relief from the grips of grime that hold us captive. The memories, the thoughts, the smells, the iniquity washes off you and goes down the drain. We wash it away with soap and water and move forward with the hope of forgiveness and a new day. We find relief. The day ends. Lights go out. The Accuser returns. He reminds us and whispers into our ears twisted lies. 


Let me introduce you to……..
The Accuser of the Brethren
He has been around a long time wrecking havoc on the finished work of the Cross. He could be found before Christ in the Garden of Eden. 


Honestly, if he can’t keep you from hell he will do all he can to bring hell to you. 
In a basket all wrapped up with reminders of past sins. Tied up with chains and cords of shame, guilt, unworthiness, defeat, grief, self-hatred and the list goes on until you are sure the package was delivered as your fate in life. You are convinced it is the cross you must carry for the things done against you or with your permission. 

These are all LIES released from him with your permission. 

You hear them over and over in your mind. 

They speak the loudest right before you lay your head down to go to sleep. Especially after a day of defeat or misunderstanding. 

Let’s replay the possible thoughts and expose them for what they are. 
Lies from the pit of hell

You are not forgiven. 
How could you serve God after what happened to you?
You are not worthy to be called a son or daughter of God.
God has not forgotten what you did. 
You should be ashamed of what happened. 
You are dirty and used up now. 
You will never feel clean or pure again. 
You already messed up so go ahead and do it again. 
You are invisible and no one would miss you if you were gone. 
What you did is unforgivable. 
You are fat!
You are stupid! 
You are unloveable and no one cares about you. 
You deserved it. You participated and didn’t stop it. 
You will never be like _______. You messed up and this is who you are. Fill in the ___________.
God can’t use you. He only uses people who haven’t done that.  
You are all alone. 
God doesn’t hear your prayers. 

These lies will BECOME our truth about ourselves. It becomes our self-talk that shapes how we view ourselves and how others view us. 
You make a inner vow that you think protects you from another attack. 

I will never trust a man again. 
I will not let someone get that close to me again. 

The truth is it locks you into an attack against yourself. 

Let’s all welcome!

Self Hatred , Self Sabotage , Self Pity they just received their invitations from you to to join your inner thoughts. It’s becomes your new identity. 

Your inner banner becomes your walk and your talk. 

The lies turn into your declarations. 
I am unloveable 

I am not worthy of__________.

I am dirty. 

I am ashamed. 

I am not good enough. 

Unless we stop or change the record of lies playing in our mind it will stay on repeat mode over and over again. You just stepped on to the ride of your life. A merry go round of lies and deceit. It will not stop until you jump off and decide that your mirror of truth must be exchanged for something other than the negative self talk that birthed out of your hurts, traumas, and bad choices in life. 


You must make the first step towards your freedom. 

This is the Good News!! The Word of God has it all covered. If you choose to set up the Word of God as your new mirror to view yourself and others a new Christ identity emerges out of you. 
Have you ever asked Jesus to be your Savior and asked for forgiveness of you sins? Have you decided to follow Him? 
If your answer is yes, your new identity is in Christ. Everything is reflected in Him and through Him. 

Don’t let identity theft happen to you!! The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. The first thing he wants to take way for you is your identity. 

Christ in us the hope of glory! 

This is not an automatic process. 

You must choose to take every thought captive and pull down any strongholds that are not filtered through the Word of God. 

This requires action and intention. 

Work work and more work 
Work out your own salvation 

Not your eternity salvation but you becoming WHOLE in your body, spirit and soul. 
Phil 2:12-16 NIV

12Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

14Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”c Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 

David from the Old Testament had his fill of sins he chose and sins done against him. After all he was a murderer, adulterer, and liar. Those are just a few of his accomplishments recorded. God chose to identify him as a man after God’s own heart. This came after countless times David confessed and lamented about his sinful ways. He turned from his ways and chose to seek after God. God gave us His Son through David’s lineage to bring salvation to the world. God obviously was able to restore David’s stolen identity. 

An opportunity to become born into a new identity in Christ was granted through David. Sons and daughters of God are given the choice to identify with all the inheritance promised to us through Jesus. 

Here’s David’s Psalm 32 slate wiped clean below. Will you allow God to give you a new slate? A new identity that comes with all the promises and truths from a Father that gave His Son to you so that you could live out your purposes and dreams He put in you before you were born!

Identified by Him,
Kelley Allison
http://www.bowlofsplendor.com

A David Psalm


32 Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be—

    you get a fresh start,

    your slate’s wiped clean.

2 Count yourself lucky—

    God holds nothing against you

    and you’re holding nothing back from him.

3 When I kept it all inside,

    my bones turned to powder,

    my words became daylong groans.

4 The pressure never let up;

    all the juices of my life dried up.

5 Then I let it all out;

    I said, “I’ll make a clean breast of my failures to God.”

Suddenly the pressure was gone—

    my guilt dissolved,

    my sin disappeared.

6 These things add up. Every one of us needs to pray;

    when all hell breaks loose and the dam bursts

    we’ll be on high ground, untouched.

7 God’s my island hideaway,

    keeps danger far from the shore,

    throws garlands of hosannas around my neck.

8 Let me give you some good advice;

    I’m looking you in the eye

    and giving it to you straight:

9 “Don’t be ornery like a horse or mule

    that needs bit and bridle

    to stay on track.”

10 God-defiers are always in trouble;

    God-affirmers find themselves loved

    every time they turn around.

11 Celebrate God.

    Sing together—everyone!

    All you honest hearts, raise the roof!