An Exuberant Declaration 


The Eternal is my light amidst my darkness and my rescue in times of trouble. So whom shall I fear? He surrounds me with a fortress of protection. So nothing should cause me alarm. 

When my enemies advanced to devour me alive,They tripped and fell flat on their faces into the soil. When the armies of the enemy surround me,I will not be afraid. When death calls for me in the midst of war,my soul is confident and unmoved. I am pleading with the Eternal for this one thing,my soul’s desire: To live with Him all of my days—in the shadow of His temple,To behold His beauty and ponder His ways in the company of His people. His house is my shelter and secret retreat. It is there I find peace in the midst of storm and turmoil. Safety sits with me in the hiding place of God. He will set me on a rock, high above the fray. God lifts me high above those with thoughts of death and deceit that call for my life. I will enter His presence, offering sacrifices and praise. In His house, I am overcome with joy As I sing, yes, and play music for the Eternal alone. I cannot shout any louder. Eternal One—hear my cry and respond with Your grace. The prodding of my heart leads me to chase after You. I am seeking You, Eternal One—don’t retreat from me. You have always answered my call. Don’t hide from me now. Don’t give up on me in anger at Your servant. You have always been there for me. Don’t throw me to the side and forget me, my God and only salvation. My father and mother have deserted me, yet the Eternal will take me in. O Eternal, show me Your way, shine Your light brightly on this path, and make it level for me, for my enemies are lurking in the recesses and ravines along the way. They are watching—hoping to seize me. Do not release me to their desires or surrender me to their will! Liars are standing against me, breathing out cruel lies hoping that I will die. I will move past my enemies with this one, sure hope:that with my own eyes, I will see the goodness of the Eternal In the land of the living. Please answer me: Don’t give up. Wait for the Eternal in expectation, and be strong. Again, wait for the Eternal. ~Psalm 27:1-14 The VOICE 

The psalms provide us with a way to think about and pray through the various threats we face. Our enemies today may not be the same as in biblical times, but they are no less real. Consider the threats on the horizon. Some may be national. Others may be more personal. Still they come to surround us and destroy us if they could only get the chance. The reality is there are times when our enemies appear to have the upper hand and our cause is lost. But wait and listen to the psalm! All is not lost because, ultimately, God is our light and salvation. The darkness will lift, and our Savior will come. He will settle all scores, and we will live in the beauty of His presence. ~Psalm 27 The VOICE Commentary 

          Some translations call this Psalm
       “An Exuberant Declaration Of Faith.”

Exuberant: filled with or characterized by a lively energy and excitement.

I have to agree with that because those of us who have truly known our former hopeless and lost state and the pitiful conditions God rescued us from are now often shameless and unrelenting in our excitement and gratitude as we declare all the wonderful things he has done, is doing, and yet to do for us.  

Jesus welcomes exuberance. 

More than anything, it reflects a genuine understanding of His grace.

What are your thoughts? 

       What are you exuberantly declaring? 
                      ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Salvation 


WORTHY THOUGHT: God certainly desires the salvation of all people. 

God provided Jesus to be the mediator between us and Him and assures us he “gave himself ” as ransom for all people. 

Jesus saving sinners is a true divine act of his holiness and genuine love for God the Father and for each of us. 

God our Savior, wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 

For there is one God and one mediator between God and man, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself- a ransom for all, a testimony at the proper time. 

-1 Timothy 2:4-6 

God so loved the world he gave His one and only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should have everlasting life. 

-John 3:16


            ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Saint

  
Worthy Thought:

Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future, we all walk in freedom under His grace.

The three questions I had in mind. 

Is the sinner and the saint the same person?

 Where does it draw the line when the sinner end’s and sainthood begins? 

How do we walk in freedom under His grace as a sinner? 

I remember years ago being a new believer in Christ. I would pray to God and ask His forgiveness for my sins but later on during the week I would still think about those sins and still feel guilty. How can I walk in freedom under His grace if I still feel like a dirty sinner?  

Jesus says in John 8:31, 36 ” If you hold my teaching, you are my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Vs 36 Jesus says ” if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” 

Sin has a way of enslaving and mastering us but Jesus took all of our sins when he went to the Calvary cross and died for us. Jesus freed us from this slavery of sin that keeps us from becoming the person God created us to be. 

Romans 6:14 NIV For sin shall no longer be your master, because your are not under the law, but under grace. 

The law does not justify or help us overcome sin, we are under God’s grace through Jesus Christ, he is our master, he gives us the power to do what is good and right. 

Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is a gift from God. 

We don’t have to feel guilt, or remorse anymore. We have the free gift from God of salvation, faith, forgiveness, love, peace, joy and eternal life. 

God’s word makes it clear our sins are forgiven and we have been set free from the power of sin. 

Romans 1:7 Apostle Paul wrote “To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus.” 


Revelation 19:7-8 Let’s rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the lamb has come. And his bride (us, the church) has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean was given us to wear: Fine linen stands for righteousness acts of the saints.


The word root ” Saint” corresponds with Latin word “Santus” which means holy or set apart, faithfulness for holy use. Christians are made holy by the atoning work of Christ at Calvary on the cross. When you become saved by believing in Jesus Christ as God’s son who died for you on the cross you are set apart for holy, used by God and that is to glorify God and spread the good news to those who are not saved. 

I John 5:3 (NIV)Loving God means keeping his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.”

A saint is also a person who understands, and learns to have the mind like Christ, who is Holy. Out of love for him you will naturally keep God’s commandments. We are given the righteousness of God through the work of Jesus Christ who died on the cross. 
As a saint we learn to talk with kingdom language that is good, wholesome, clean, and uplifting. We learn to be bless-able to others, we read and meditate on scriptures and most importantly we have intimate conversations with God through prayer. 
Today, I am an Ordained minister for Christ. I am the daughter of the Most High God, He sent His son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for me, I am saved and a saint. I walk in freedom under his grace. Thank you Jesus. 

              ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Bust A Move

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At one time in my life I had many people that I felt incapable of pardoning. God; at one time topped that list too. I was reminded yesterday of how far God has brought me. I was reminded of how I was once a wretch that His Amazing Grace saved. UnForgiveness and bitterness is too heavy a burden to carry and will take you out if you let it.

We are all a little broken, but a whole lot Saved!

Share your story, Forgive those that hurt you, Don’t be easily offended. Stop trying to control it all- let go of the secrets, sins, and struggles and let God Restore you. Let Him turn your deepest pains into an instrument that brings not only you to joyful dancing; but it is time to pull some others onto the dance floor with you. Bust a Move for Jesus! 

 # LiveRestored
~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

 

You did it: You turned my deepest pains into joyful dancing; You stripped off my dark clothing
and covered me with joyful light.
~Psalm 30:11 The Voice