God’s Will? Sanctification

What is our desire sweet DIVAs (Divenly Inspired Victoriously Annointed)?  Is it not to be delightful?  Jesus, open our eyes and hearts to the power You have already infused within us so that we will be encouraged to boldly accept the will of God in our lives – sanctification.

Have you ever beheld the Lord with such intensity that you turned your gaze or lifted your hands upward desiring to close the gap?  Together with Christ Jesus, we (our perfected character) have been raised up and seated in the heavens (Ephesians 2:6).  During our earthly tenure, our endeavor is to strive toward closing the gap between our current or known character and our perfected heavenly character (as God sees us).  The gap between the two should not grow farther apart or remain unchanged.  With each passing day the gap should be closing.  Paul stated that he had not yet reached that goal and he was not yet fully mature (perfected) but he was making every effort to take hold of the aspiration because he had been taken hold of by Christ Jesus.  Paul strived to forget what was behind him and to reach forward to what was ahead.  His pursued goal was the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14).  This is our aim as well!  Lord assist us when we become complacent!  We want what you have freely given!…

~~~If you would like to read more of this devotional or others like it, they are located in my book A Devotional on Faith, Hope, and Love by Amanda Seipel. This book can be purchased on Amazon. I am blessed to serve you!~~~

 

Beloved, if you are in Christ Jesus there is no condemnation only a sweet prompting to follow Him.   Come…He is waiting.

Amanda

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United DIVAs

Greetings fellow sojourners!  Do you recall that as New Testament believers we are priest to our Lord and King?  As part of our service, we prayerfully appeal to God through Jesus Christ on behalf of ourselves and others.  It is only through Jesus, our intercessor, that our prayers gain acceptance and bring an answer of peace!  First Peter 2:9 tells us, “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession so you can proclaim the praises of the One who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

What a great salvation we have!  That we shall proclaim the praises of the One who has done wonders among us!  Consider all the Lord has done on your behalf.  When faced with difficulty our hearts are inclined to forget or minimize.  On this day let us rejoice and let gladness fill our hearts to overflowing!  Let us confess to our hearts and praise and glorify Him with boldness to ourselves and others!  He brings us out of darkness and into light, out of sorrow and into joy, out of a yoke of slavery and into freedom!  Hallelujah!!…

~~~If you would like to read more of this devotional or others like it, they are located in my book A Devotional on Faith, Hope, and Love by Amanda Seipel. This book can be purchased on Amazon. I am blessed to serve you!~~~

 

Be bold for Jesus DIVAs!

Amanda

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Angry? Choose Suffering

Human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires (James 1:20)

Haven’t we all been in situations when our hearts have been stirred to anger and out of that stirring we have responded in regretful ways?  Can we be sure of doing what is correct while under the influence of anger?  A short time ago the Lord allowed me to experience a situation that provoked me to anger.  You may recognize some of these symptoms from one of your own previous provocations.  I found it difficult focusing my attention, my heart raced, my interactions with others became frustrating, the event replayed relentlessly in my head, and my heart desired to protect itself further by building a wall.  Sound familiar?  As I stewed in the mixture of emotions, I became more agitated.  As you know, this cycle of events has the ability to reach its zenith in a short amount of time or it could drag painfully on for days.  As I processed the matter, I realized all the turmoil I was experiencing was not producing the righteousness of God!  So I begged the Lord for a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13).  I needed to move away from the tumult of anger and into a humbled human condition – suffering.  The Great Word of God tells us anger is a work of the flesh (Galatians 5:19) as opposed to a work of the spirit and we should cast it aside (Colossians 3:8).  Anger does nothing but agitate our soul but as a Christian, suffering should be regarded as a refining process.  Unearned suffering is redemptive…

~~~If you would like to read more of this devotional or others like it, they are located in my book A Devotional on Faith, Hope, and Love by Amanda Seipel. This book can be purchased on Amazon. I am blessed to serve you!~~~

Amanda

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The Heart of the Matter

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“I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do all my will”  (Acts 13:22).  What words of honor bestowed upon David!  As I conclude a study on the life of David, I pondered the idea of being a person after God’s own heart.  The people wanted a king and Saul was their choice.  Saul however, proved himself to be a man only after his and the people’s heart.  While Saul was still king, God chose for Himself another king that would seek His heart and purposes.  God saw in David a man who would not be disobedient and rebellious to His will.  Unfortunately, David had conspicuous iniquity.  I would suggest that the times David found himself in the deepest sin were times when his heart was not set on God but on himself.  As DIVAs we should draw from scripture, apply it to our situation and make it profitable for us (2 Timothy 3:16).

When David erred it occurred when he was following the lead of his own heart.  Have you ever been tempted to not take God at His word because your circumstances seemed bigger than your God?  Would you be willing to allow your heart boldness before God and if you do err to err in favor of God?

What should we do when we desire to know if a situation is right?  Examine the circumstance with the heart of God and not our fallible heart.  A way to begin is following David’s example.  In Psalm 119:47-48 he said, “I delight in Your commands, which I love.  I will lift up my hands to Your commands, which I love and will meditate on Your statutes.”

Being a DIVA striving in this manner we would also imitate David and enthrone God as king over our heart.  For David, the goal was God.  What did God love?  David’s soft repentant heart, his faith, his trust, and his obedience.  What did David love?  God’s perfect Word for one thing (Psalm 119:11,25,42,81,97,105,167,174).  Are you willing to acknowledge truth and seek Him (Psalm 16:2, 119:2)?  David did.  God is still desiring men and women that pursuit His heart.  Would you be willing to begin each day by committing your heart to God?  Allowing Him kingship over your heart each morning?  Let’s join together as if in a great assembly and entrust our hearts to God!!

Amanda

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A Question of Rejection

Accept one another, just as the Messiah also accepted you, to the glory of God (Romans 15:7).  To the glory of God indeed!  Have you found that in your rejection you have rejected?  Who do you allow to teach you regarding acceptance?  The one who has rejected you – or the One who has accepted you?  When suffering rejection, set your gaze higher and reflect on the ways of the One who experienced tremendous rejection yet accepted us in love.  Are we receiving rejection and allowing it to seep into our heart as truth as opposed to allowing the word of God continuous access to our hearts?  If the Word has made its way from our intellect to the depths of our soul then when we experience rejection (notice when, not if) the truth of God will deflect the pain of rejection and not allow it a foothold.  If rejection does take up residence, we will reject out of our rejection.  If Truth abides, we will project acceptance to others (to the ones rejecting us and to innocent parties) when our flesh would instead have us withdraw…

~~~If you would like to read more of this devotional or others like it, they are located in my book A Devotional on Faith, Hope, and Love by Amanda Seipel. This book can be purchased on Amazon. I am blessed to serve you!~~~

 

Amanda

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