Fervent

apartment-bed-carpet-269141There are so many areas of our lives that need a push. I can remember getting up early in the morning and pondering on all other the wonderful things I had to accomplished for the day. The dishes, the laundry, the dirty diapers, the homework for me and the daycare art homework for the two love bugs. After 2 minutes of thought, I laid back down and buried myself back under the covers. I know God’s plan for my life and His plan for us to teach the younger women but I was tired from all else. Now I am not in the season of pampers but I sure do remember how God grew me up to be a fervent mom, wife and women. Fervent means-to be hot (boil of liquids; or glow of solids) to be fervent. It also means very hot, exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling.  Zealous fervent prayers are an important part of our Christian DNA.

We are called to the ministry of fervency, intensity of biblical community and Relationships with God and others.  When we go out into the world we should want to look more like Him. Our affection and love towards one another should be filled with grace and passion.  Often times we struggle with fervent behavior because of several reasons. I will list 3

1. Scared- “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

• Fear- Timidity- lacking in courage or self-confidence a timid person, lacking in boldness or determination

2. Confused- “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her.” Proverbs 4:7-8 KJV

• Most times we don’t like to ask questions. We need to seek clarity

3. Lazy- Romans 12:11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord., “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16 ESV

Webster defines Zeal as great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause.  Strong’s defines it as Fervent minded.

We must not be half-hearted or tepid in our approach to our calling. If we find ourselves tired like I was in the early years of my mommy hood,  It can be tough to get on track but there is hope in rest.  Rest will give us the necessary downtime to refuel and replenish our lives.

Closing
God doesn’t desire tepid saints, just like we don’t like lukewarm coffee or water.  Think on this. How often our children give us lukewarm help.  How do you feel? 
Be encouraged and take hope that God will bless your fervent prayers. He will give you the desires of your heart as you seek Him with a fervent, zesty heart.

My Comforter

bed-blanket-female-450056One winter I remember being outside with our children who insisted on playing in the snow.  My son began to shake and looked for his jacket which was in the house.  After playing he was still cold and wanted to warm up so we bathed him and gave him some warm milk.  This did not help so he asked for his blanket.  Of course we gave it to him and he was relieved. Just like my son through trials and tribulations we all need a comforter to help us through our turmoil.  The Bible says in John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. The key here is that we will never know the comforter and what we can do unless we are in need.  The Hebrew word for comforter means paraklitos which means along side us, or side kick.  The only way that we can identify with the purpose, person and the work is to be in trouble.  We will never know the comforter outside slight discomfort.  We will see another definition is “Alos Pariklitis” which is the root word from Alovera which means to sooth.  I am grateful to the work of the Holy Spirit which comforts my every ailment and my every hurt.  He comforted my son years ago when he was cold.  It is so wonderful to have a friend in Him. There is a friend that knows you better then you know yourself, won’t judge you for your short comings, won’t tell your business, won’t misunderstand you and won’t lie on you… The Holy Spirit… Your friend… Your Comfort… Your helper.

 

The Grace of God

Good Morning Sunshine!! Never take for granted the grace that God has granted us as His children.  It is the un-merited favor that is granted from a higher deity to a mortal undeserving.  The bible says in Titus  2:11-12 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live sensibly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.  God wants us to deny ungodly desires.  When we say that God gives us Grace and mercy then what we mean is that the grace is what we need to teach us and mercy is what we need to help us should we fall.  The bible says in Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Grace doesn’t mean that each time we fall short it is there for us, that is what Christ does.  Grace is not for continued transgression that is why we need a Christ to defend us…The bible says in 1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous….It is the grace of God that we need for salvation which teaches us to deny the worldly desire. Always remember to appreciate Gods grace and thank him for the Mercy that he extends when He could execute judgment anytime He pleases.   Have a wonderful day Sunshine!!!

 

Working Through Distractions

Good Morning Sunshine!! Remember not to allow anyone or anything to distract you from reaching your fullest potential. If you quit now you will never know how the story will end. Distractions should be used to your advantage… They should make you finish with greater determination. Don’t worry about rejection but surround yourself with people that know how to hold you accountable and know how to celebrate with you as well. Stay away from Sanballets “Secret Enemies”. Those are the worst ones. They come around as you are building only to criticize your every brick and every point of growth. Those individuals will tear you down piece by piece and eventually discourage you from finishing what you started. Do yourself a favor and remember that people are counting on you to stay focused. God wants us to become disciplined… True discipleship is true Discipline. Keep on building!!! Nehemiah 6:3 I WILL NOT COME DOWN. Have a wonderful day Sunshine!!!

 

What are you Thinking?

Good Morning Sunshine!!  This is the day in which you rise up not just from your bed but from the very pit that you are in.  Shake off the cobwebs of your life and live today.  There is soo much that God has in store for your life and ministry.  Proverbs 23:7 As a man thinks in his heart so is He.  Your future and who you are now is created by how you think.  It is a reality that our thinking must be elevated with Christ.    Ephesian 4:23 That you put off concerning the former way of life the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind.  If we still have the old mind our walk will stay the same.  There are some former things that we must rid ourselves of in order to be effective.  We can work through any distraction or Hinderance when we think we can.  As much energy as we put into the impossible should be counter by putting energy into what we can do.  Our accomplishments will only go where our thoughts let us.  It always starts with what we see.  As humans we have the ability to see things and respond from sight.  That is why the bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:7 We Walk By Faith, Not By Sight.  Another translation says we “Live” by it.  Our lives should line up with faith.  that is how the just live.  Without faith it is impossible to please God. Believe God and believe in your ability to do it through Him.  Change your thoughts Change your Path.  Have a wonderful day Sunshine!!!

 

The Importance of His Presence

Good Morning Sunshine!!  There is no better cure then the cure of the presence of God.  When God’s hand is upon our life there is no better peace that may fall on us.  In His presence there is fullness of Joy.  With all of life’s distractions, issues and chaos we should seek Him daily.  Staying in His presence will keep us sound and secure. His Joy my strength.  All my cares and fears are released in seeking His face and Seeking His presence.  Jesus died that I may have life and have it more abundantly.  There is nothing I want more then to bath in the presence of My God. Psalms 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.  Staying in the presence of God will keep us out of the carnality of the world.  It will also keep us from life’s constant frustration.  I need His Presence… How bout you?? Have a wonderful day Sunshine!!!

 

The Whole Armor of God

There is nothing worse or more dangerous then Going into battle without your armor.  There are some things that we require when encountering a ruthless enemy.  Protective head gear, flack jacket, alice pack, rifle, canteen and chow.  These items are required because they keep us alive and fed.  Without these items we run the risk of having a difficult time in battle.  Likewise in the spiritual realm we also require a type of protective gear that the word defines as the whole armor of God. Ephesians 6:10-18 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Put your armor on!!! Have a wonderful day Sunshine!!!

 

His Wonderful Touch

Good Morning Sunshine!! What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?  For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:  All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.  O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!  Gods hand on us even causes the angels to question why we are soo important.  We are the only species that God actually laid His hands on to create.  God desires that we His creation walk in dominion on the earth.  He gave us dominion over the beast of the field and the fowl of the air so we shouldn’t walk in fear because of the power that was given us by Him.  We are fearfully and wonderfully made in His image and not that of the world!!!   Beautiful is his creation, He is glorious in every way!!! Surrounding us with His Love He is wonderful!!!  Remember How special you are to Him!!  Have a wonderful day Sunshine!!!

 

Forgiving Ourselves

Good morning Sunshine!  Even though God tells us to forgive one-another, we ought to also learn to forgive ourselves.  Forgiving ourselves is hard at time because we often equate  what is being said to what we did.  There are other situations that are similar to ours but we may not see this.  The truth is that other people may need to be delivered and can’t simply because we are stuck and don’t want to here about it.  See yourself free and stop holding your own-self back… The best person to forgive is yourself…. When everyone else tries to move on we can’t.  Forgive yourself today and live.  Stop fighting yourself.. Be at peace today and rest your heart.

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