In the Shadow of Eden

I am praying for you fellow sojourners as we seek the Lord together for His wisdom and mercy.  I have recently refreshed myself with another look at fasting and its spiritual benefits.  Sometimes when we have done something for a while it profits us to go back and take another look and possibly draw the lens in a little closer to refocus ourselves.  Moses was a very humble man, more so than any man on the face of the earth (Numbers 12:3).  The LORD stated, “I speak with him (Moses) directly, openly, and not in riddles; he (Moses) sees the form of the LORD” (Numbers 12:8).  David himself said, “I humbled myself with fasting, and my prayer was genuine” (Psalm 35:13b).  We want to humbly seek the Lord and His direction in response to our inquiry.  God resist the proud, but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you (James 4:8).  What a promise!!  Wouldn’t you agree that the fastest way to humble yourself is through fasting? To refresh yourself and for those newly joining us, please open and read the page title “a call for women”.

Ahhh the fame of Eden.  You know the place.  Adam and Eve were placed there by God and remained there until the Fall.  The word Eden means delight and draws a picture of idyllic delight and rest.  A gift from God.  The dictionary calls it any delightful region or abode; a paradise, a state of perfect happiness.  This is what God planned and created for the first couple He joined together.  This is what He would continue to desire for every man and wife that would follow.  Could our home environments be a type or shadow of Eden?  As Eve listened to the tempter in Eden, she allowed her thoughts to begin questioning God.  Is that what God really said?  Is that what He really meant?  She allowed her thoughts permission to proceed regarding God’s intention of good towards her.  After all, wasn’t she only seeking wisdom?  Unfortunately, the wisdom she sought deceived her.  Even in our sin God loves us.  In His mercy He knew what they needed and provided for them.  The LORD God made clothing out of animal skins for Adam and his wife, and He clothed them (Genesis 3:21).  The skins came from a sacrificial animal indicating the cost of sin.  What a love the Lord has in knowing what the couple needed and even in their transgression, He provided for them!  He will provide for us as well!

Know that the Lord loves you and knows what is best in your situation.  Seek Godly wisdom in your marriage.  “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.  He stores up success for the upright; He is a shield for those who live with integrity so that He may guard the paths of justice and protect the way of His loyal followers.  Then you will understand righteousness, justice, and integrity – every good path.  For wisdom will enter your mind, and knowledge will delight your heart” (Proverbs 2:6-10).

Take your thoughts captive to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).  Let the wisdom we seek be His!  Let us take our thoughts captive to the One who can transform our hearts and marriages!  What can you do to transform your home into a type of Eden?  Come Lord!

Amanda

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A Consistent Heart

May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17).

God, who loves us infinitely and sent proof of that love through his son Jesus, gives us hope in our present trials!  This hope is based on the CONTINUAL spiritual strength which is given by God Himself through the Son and the Spirit.

KNOW the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 4:19).  This speaks to the inner power resulting from God dwelling in the believer’s heart.  This comfort comes from a source that does not tire, does not give up, does not feel defeat, and does not fear.  Lean in to these attributes from which you are not naturally inclined, and let God do the miraculous from the supernatural power residing in you.

The power of Christ in us, testifies to our own spirit as to the reality of the endless compassion He has toward us.  This realized compassion results in a comfort to our hearts which then enables a stable heart.  Our hearts shall not behave like the ebb and flow of the tide waters!  We have been filled by Him (Colossians 2:10) and shall operate out of the fullness of that power!  When the tide flows in we have hearts full of joy and expectancy.  Several hours later as the tide ebbs out, our hearts feel inadequate and we feel sorrowful and defeated.  This should not be!  Jesus is always with us (Hebrews 13:5) so our hearts have no excuse.   There is no need for our hearts to ebb and flow like the tide.  Our hearts shall remain full in Jesus name!

So how then are we to behave?  We are to be imitators of God, as dearly loved children (Ephesians 5:1).  We do not act our of our circumstance, or out of our feelings, or out of our stronghold (see “DIVAs fight!” post).  We imitate God because we are dearly loved children!  Children imitate.

Fix your heart on Jesus, trusting in the Lord (Psalm 112:7) for He is your hope for change.  He is your source of comfort.  He is your source for spiritual strength.  He is your delight from which you learn to be delightful.  You have heard this verse before but I pray it will fall fresh on you today.  Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desire (Psalm 37:4).  A heart fixed on Jesus.  A heart that does not ebb and flow.  A heart, my friend, that loves.

Amanda

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DIVAs fight!

Oh Lord, thank you for Your revealed word!  Thank you for these wonderful DIVAs you have led to your throne of grace!

I am going to try to draw an image in your mind and I pray that it will be successful.  Before you proceed, please pray for the spirit of wisdom and revelation (Ephesians 1:17).

Think of your area of weakness.  Give it a name (ex:  fear, unloved, bitterness, anger…).  Picture this with me.   Every time you act out of your area of weakness, you lay down a brick at your feet.  You do not have to search for the bricks because your enemy (Satan) will happily supply them.  The opportunities are plentiful and the years have accumulated so your bricks may have developed into a wall.  Each time you act out of that weakness and it remains an unconfessed and unrepented act of sin, you place another brick.  Do you now find yourself surrounded by a wall that you have constructed with your own hands?

Call the wall you have constructed a stronghold.  Through that stronghold of “…..” (call it what you named your area of weakness), Satan speaks his lies to you.  If your wall is head high, picture your enemy speaking his lies to you from atop that wall right into your ear.  If your wall is above your head, picture your enemy speaking his lies to you while looking down at you.  Are you looking up at your enemy from the walls of a pit?  He wants you to forget he is the one defeated and have you think you are the one instead.  Don’t be tempted to believe  the father of lies (John 8:44).  Call on the Lord!  He will rescue you from that pit and disassemble that wall! (Psalm 40:2-3, 69:15-17, 103:4, 107:20)

If you have bricks laid only at your feet, you are looking down at your enemy as he speaks his lies.  As he is speaking, go ahead and kick him away with your foot.  While you are at it, why not place your foot on his neck! (Psalm 8:6, Hebrews 2:8)  Why?  Joshua gives us the example when he called out the five defeated kings from their hiding place in a cave.  He called his military commanders forward and had them place their foot upon the necks of the kings exhibiting the kings complete and utter defeat (Joshua 10:24).  Do the same to your enemy (your named weakness from above).  Go ahead!  Speak to that weakness and put your foot right down on it! (Romans 16:20)  My friend Janet shared this prophetic victory with me and said I was free to share it with you as well.  “Stand on top of your crumbling wall, fully armed and hold the banner of the Lord over the heap!  You will laugh in the victory because the Lord has triumphed yet again!”  Amen!

While it is our and the Lord’s desire that we would be our husband’s delight, it is the enemy’s desire to ensure that never happens.  His delight is to sow discord among us.  You are Divinely Inspired Victoriously Annointed (DIVA), don’t let that happen any longer!   As Joshua appointed his military commanders to put their foot on the enemy’s neck, there was an additional command, “Do not be afraid or discouraged.  Be strong and courageous.” (Joshua 10:25).  Do not be afraid of the unknown.  Do not be discouraged by past defeat.  Be strong because the Lord has the victory, you are the enforcer.  Now, show some courage and be DIVAs!  Be DIVAs and fight! (1 Samuel 4:9)  Your life awaits you.

Amanda

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The Spirit in Abundance

I have a request.

I want to make sure all who are reading this have acknowledged Jesus as Savior (Romans 10:9-10).  If so, would ALL of you please respond with your name, location, and a simple phrase like “I love Jesus” or “I know Jesus as Christ” or any other phrase you like?

There are two reasons for mentioning this.  First, because of the upcoming Easter celebration and second, because upon acceptance of Jesus as Savior you were given the Holy Spirit to dwell in you (Eph. 1:13-14, 2 Cor. 1:22, John 14:16-17, Acts 2:38).  We need the assistance of the Holy Spirit in our lives to direct, guide, and teach us.  If you know Jesus, you have access to the Holy Spirit.  Second Timothy 1:6 tell us to “fan into flame the gift of God that is in you”.   During the days of the Old Testatment tabernacle, God sent down holy fire on the sacrificial altar and from then on the priests were to keep the fire ablaze – never to let it go out (Leviticus 6:12-13).  We have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit (one of the ways  He is represented is by fire) and we are not to quench that gift (1 Thessalonians 5:19).  We are instructed to fan it into flame!  We want the Holy Spirit to be ablaze in us!  Don’t settle for a meager fire look for a bon fire!

Without the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, it is difficult to make the transformations we are attempting to achieve.   Some of the works of the Holy Spirit are as teacher (Luke 12:12), supplying power (Acts 1:8), providing insight (Acts 13:9-10) and the affordance of righteousness, peace, and joy (Romans 14:17).  These are only some of the scripture reference available to you.  As you find more you can post them to encourage our sister DIVAs!

Our aim is for our husbands to perceive us as delightful.  We need the assistance of the Holy Spirit to guide us in directing our paths forward.  He will supply overflowing peace and joy as we seek reshaping, being transformed into the image of Jesus (Romans 8:29).  God is faithful to do it because He poured out this Spirit on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior (Titus 3:6).

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).

Amanda

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Beautiful Branches

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And they will be called righteous trees, planted by the LORD to glorify Him.  Isaiah 61:3b

If you join me in bible study you most definitely recognize this verse.  As I was discussing it with a  friend, I looked up at one of the trees in my yard and was stunned at what the Lord showed me.  Some weeks have past now and we were looking again at the verse in bible study.    If anyone is tempted to think the Lord is dull  they have never taken a ride with Him!

The roots of the tree I am sure we will revisit in a later post.  For now, take a look at the upper part of the trunk.  From the single trunk the tree branches out.  From those large branches you see further branching and so on.  We are part of the righteous tree because it is a planting of the LORD!  It is His work!  Your are a branch of the tree as you participate in praying and fasting.  As you witness and reach out to others to join in prayer, they become the growing branches extending from your branch!  It is a planting by the LORD to bring Him glory!  As you look up at a tree, the beauty is seen in the multitude of the branches.  A tree is rarely beautiful because of only a single branch or two.  Thank you Lord for Your Tuesday DIVA’s!  We are one of many branches on the righteous tree You have planted to bring You glory!

What a beautiful branch you are-

Amanda

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My Soul’s Delight

“Come, everyone who is thirsty, come to the waters; and you without money, come, buy and eat!  Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost!  Why do you spend money on what is not food, and your wages on what does not satisfy?  Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.”  Isaiah 55:1-2

Come.  You have an invitation from the Lord to partake in what will finally nourish your soul and bring you delight!  Have you ever had an intense hunger or thirst for something but unsure what would satisfy?  Has your soul ever substituted a person in lieu of the Lord for nourishment?  Come to the water, you without money.  It will cost you nothing but a  hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matthew 5:6).  These things being offered to you have been paid in full by the blood of Christ Himself, there is no charge to you! (1 Peter 1:19).  Why are we toiling over things that do not nourish or satisfy us?

Our desires are numerous and we have nothing to supply them that would render them full except the fullness of the agape love of Jesus.  Do we imagine our desires could be fulfilled by another person when they too cannot fulfill their own desires?  Shall we allow our disappointments to lead us to Christ, seeking satisfaction in Him alone?  The Lord is the only One who has the capability to render our vessels full.  God is so abundant in the filling that He not only satisfies us, He floods us  (Romans 5:15, 15:13, 2 Corinthians 9:8, 1 Thessalonians 3:12).  From this overflow we are divinely anointed to be our husband’s delight.

Lord, give us the grace to humbly come before You and accept your free offer.  Let us know the freedom in finding satisfaction in You alone.  May we feast on Your word and our soul find delight…in the bountiful name of Jesus.

Praying for you today!

Amanda

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