No Fear

For God gave us a Spirit who produces not timidity, but power, love and self-discipline. (CJB)

For God will never give you the spirit of fear, but the Holy Spirit who gives you mighty power, love, and self-control. (TPT) —2 Timothy 1:7

Fear… Something we all face at some point in our lives.

Fear… False Evidence Appearing as Real

Fear… The Word clearly states we are NOT supposed to be afraid or fearful.

And yet, it happens. Worry creeps in. Events in our lives cause us to overthink.

We watch “power” be abused and wonder and question…

Love; what does it mean today?

Self-control – does anyone even have this? We see riots and mobs… self-control is becoming less and less evident.

So, how do we really overcome?

It is a battle in our mind. It is a battle of BELIEVING that what HIS WORD says is TRUTH! It is stopping and claiming HIS authority over the enemy when the thoughts creep in.

I had to do this last week. Sitting at work, blessed to look out at sunshine and His beautiful creation, doubts crept in and I began to let fear and worry bring negative thoughts to my mind.

Immediately I began to pray and rebuke those thoughts. I reached out to friends and asked them to pray with me. Those actions brought peace, not as quick as I would have liked, but it came. Friends messaged me back and spoke TRUTH to me to help me overcome.

Friends, the verse above is HIS WORDS to you. Know that YOU can overcome. Know that YOU can walk in humble power, love that knows no limits, and self-control.

Next time the fear begins to creep in and doubts begin to try and overtake, STOP and claim HIS Promises. PRAY in the Spirit, with HIS understanding as you magnify and glorify His Name.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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Chaos Or Peace

God is not a God of confusion and disorder but of peace and order. —1 Corinthians 14:33

Stop getting stuck in the chaos.

Don’t get comfortable with the chaos and confusion around you.

You CAN choose peace and order.

— XXOO Michelle Bollom

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Steward>Service

It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are held accountable. ~Moliere

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. —Colossians 3:23

In God’s kingdom the steward is more important than the service.

— XXOO Michelle Bollom

Psalm 51

I went back and forth about what to write about this week. My mind is still spinning a bit with last week’s thoughts. A friend posted something similar on FB and is pondering some of the same questions.

In the middle of all that has been in my brain and on my heart, I received an email from The Passion Translation. For some reason those emails always come at exactly the time I need them. This one had a verse from Psalm 51 in it that spoke to me. I put it on an image and shared it on FB, than tonight read it again, and again… I also read more verses around it.

Sometimes reading a chapter in a translation that is not a normal one is good. New ways of understanding… Something to “hit the heart.” Here is Psalm 51 from The Passion Translation. Let it sink in. Let it resonate to your spirit.

If you can, go to biblegateway online and read the notes at the bottom of this chapter. I believe you will learn something new. Here is the first one:

“This psalm is based on the incident that is recorded in 2 Sam. 12–13. This is a psalm of confession that has been sung for ages. Imagine composing a song about your failure and making it public for all time. David was not so much concerned about what the people thought but about what God thought. He wanted to be clean before God.”

God is WILLING to make everyone clean. God is WILLING to remove ALL guilt and shame. All we have to do is REPENT and BELIEVE.

I am SOOOO thankful for HIS Words and Promises! Verse 12 is my heart.

Let my passion for life be restored, tasting joy in every breakthrough you bring to me. Hold me close to you with a willing spirit that obeys whatever you say.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

Pardon and Purity. For the Pure and Shining One. A prayer of confession when the prophet Nathan exposed King David’s adultery with Bathsheba.[a]David’s Confession

Psalm 51 1–2 God, give me mercy from your fountain of forgiveness! I know your abundant love is enough to wash away my guilt. Because your compassion is so great, take away this shameful guilt of sin. Forgive the full extent of my rebellious ways, and erase this deep stain on my conscience.[b] 3–4 For I’m so ashamed. I feel such pain and anguish within me. I can’t get away from the sting of my sin against you, Lord! Everything I did, I did right in front of you, for you saw it all. Against you, and you above all, have I sinned. Everything you say to me is infallibly true and your judgment conquers me. 5 Lord, I have been a sinner from birth, from the moment my mother conceived me. 6 I know that you delight to set your truth deep in my spirit.[c] So come into the hidden places of my heart and teach me wisdom. David’s Cleansing 7 Purify my conscience! Make this leper clean again![d] Wash me in your love until I am pure in heart.[e] 8 Satisfy me in your sweetness, and my song of joy will return.The places you have crushed within me will rejoice in your healing touch.[f] 9 Hide my sins from your face;[g] erase all my guilt by your saving grace. 10 Keep creating in me a clean heart.[h] Fill me with pure thoughts and holy desires, ready to please you.[i] 11 May you never reject me! May you never take from me your sacred Spirit! David’s Consecration 12 Let my passion for life be restored, tasting joy[j] in every breakthrough you bring to me. Hold me close to you with a willing spirit that obeys whatever you say. 13 Then I can show other guilty ones how loving and merciful you are. They will find their way back home to you, knowing that you will forgive them. 14 O God, my saving God, deliver me fully from every sin, even the sin that brought bloodguilt.[k] Then my heart will once again be thrilled to sing the passionate songs of joy and deliverance! 15 Lord God, unlock my heart, unlock my lips, and I will overcome with my joyous praise! 16 For the source of your pleasure is not in my performance or the sacrifices I might offer to you. 17 The fountain of your pleasure is found in the sacrifice of my shattered heart before you. You will not despise my tenderness as I bow down humbly at your feet. 18 Because you favor Zion, do what is good for her. Be the protecting wall around Jerusalem. 19 And when we are fully restored, you will rejoice and take delight in every offering of our lives as we bring our sacrifices of righteousness before you in love![l]

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