Delight in the Lord! Hallelujah!

Psalm 112
The Traits of the Righteous

Hallelujah!
Happy is the man who fears the LORD, taking great delight in His commands.
His descendants will be powerful in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.
Light shines in darkness for the upright.
He is gracious, compassionate, and righteous.
Good will come to a man who lends generously and conducts his business fairly.
He will never be shaken.
The righteous man will be remembered forever.
He will not fear bad news; his heart is confident (to trust), trusting in the LORD.
His heart is assured (to lean, lay upon, rest) he will not fear.
In the end he will look in triumph on his foes.
He distributes freely to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.
His horn (strength) will be exalted in honor.
The wicked man will see it and be angry; he will gnash his teeth in despair.
The desire of the wicked man will come to nothing.
Did you notice how the Psalm begins with Hallelujah! Why don’t we join the Psalmist and give a shout of hallelujah (praise Yah or Yahweh) to the Lord!

Do you desire to have your heart firmly established? Trust and revere the Lord! Have you ever rejoiced in the doctrines (fundamentals of your faith) but not in the commandments (an authoritative indication to be obeyed)? Do you observe the commandments out of a must or do you observe them with delight? Help us Lord to not look upon your commands as a restriction but instead to “take great delight” in them! In doing so, our hearts will be confident, trusting in the Lord.

Let the self-righteous men praise themselves, but we who have been made righteous by grace give a thankful shout of hallelujah in praise to our Lord and King!

Light shines in darkness for the upright! Shall we be so bold as to announce into the enemy camp to not dare approach for the light of our Lord is in us and we shall not back down! The wicked will see our strength from the Lord and be angry because it is not a worldly acquisition.

DIVA’s, announce  the grace of our Lord by indicating your memorization accomplishments! Who is in for memorizing Psalm 112?

In His grace,

Amanda

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Are You Looking for the Star?

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All of you have one or have at least seen an Advent calendar. The purpose of the calendar is to possess a visual reminder of the anticipation of a most spectacular day – the celebration of the birth of Christ!   As I was observing our calendar, I noticed we were affixing the numerically printed ornaments at the bottom of the tree in an ascending manner. A conversation began regarding the preparation we all engage in during this season and how it too reaches its zenith on the 25th. The preparation is in the shopping, in the greetings, in the meals and most significant of all, in our hearts. Has your heart been anticipating the most spectacular day? Has your heart cast all else aside in longing for a renewed reminder of the promise of Romans 5:5? The hope (Christ Jesus) that does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us!

During this season our hearts can be set on certain hopes. Maybe it is an anticipated gift, a favorite meal, meeting with people we have missed, or reuniting with family members. All of these things have the potential to disappoint. Romans 5:5 informs us that we are given a hope that WILL NOT disappoint. Not ever. Why? because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts and testifies to us of this truth. As you complete the finishing touches to your Christmas celebration and as you make the progression towards the last reminder on the Advent calendar, let the “star” of Christmas shine bright in your heart. Remember the star that glistened in the sky over 2 millennium ago announcing the perfect time for creation’s redemption? That perfect redemptive work applies to all who gather this season under the star of Jesus, that Darling of Heaven. Pray for a renewed awareness of what this Darling gives: peace, hope, and love. Don’t look for it wrapped in a small package hidden away under your tree. No, this gift comes lavishly bursting through the seams of your circumstances with a shout of Hallelujah!

John 1:14  The Word became flesh and took up residence among us.  We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.  Has anyone memorized this one yet?

In His grace,

Amanda

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Listen and Believe The Voice of Truth

I just adore the Lord and every single testifying believer that He would send my way!  My heart desires to declare some praise, some joy, and a shout of hallelujah in recognition of the Lord’s ever present love in our lives.  Without hesitation, I attest to the Lord’s grace in this season of my life.  He has equipped me with 3 beautiful DIVAs willing to pray me through difficult times when I have strayed off the path God ordained for me and I found myself struggling in the margins.  If you are like me, the question ringing in chorus seems to be, “How did I ever manage to wind up here”?  Recently, I sensed the Lord’s nudging to step out in faith towards a new task.  I will attempt to describe the scene for you and maybe you will recognize it as something famiiar in your life as well.

As Christ followers, the Lord has a path reserved exclusively for us and in obedience and love we are to remain on course.  Our goal is to avoid the detours, or margins.  As I was making my way along the path, I began to notice the road signs indicating something new was ahead.  Maybe you can relate, but at times I have been guilty of ignoring the signs or thinking I somehow misinterpreted them.   I finally reached the billboard with the flashing neon lights indicating the bold new direction ahead.  As I stood dumbfounded imagining the overwhelming task, I strayed to the margins because I thought what lay ahead seemed insurmountable and beyond my capabilities.  Let me make this part clear, “I” strayed off the path to the margins.  I was not tempted to veer nor was I lead blind folded.  In that overwhelming moment I just simply stopped believing God could do the miraculous in and through me.  In doing so, I neglected my armor (Ephesians 6:13) which then prompted a full-fledged attack from the enemy.

When faced with our God-ordained task we must keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, not allowing a distracting gaze to the left or to the right.  When we remove our focus from the “author and perfecter of our faith” we have decided to approach the task using our own strength, wisdom, and ability.  Our situation can be what a meteorologist might label a “perfect storm” -plenty of conditions converging at once including weariness, stress, and uncertainty to name a few.  For me, in one baffling move, my eyes and heart shifted from Grace and locked in on what my senses were revealing to me:  lack, insufficiency, and past failures.  I had chosen to believe lies about myself instead of the truth of God’s promises over me.  The more my head spun, the more I believed and the more I sunk into despair.  I did, however, reach out and ask for prayer and the Lord delivered.  As my friend spoke truth and prayed with me, the Spirit in me began to bear witness to my heart.  I was reminded that what God invites us to has already been spoken of in the spiritual realm.  As we choose to walk in that truth, manifestation of that reality occurs here in our fleshly experience.  We then behold the miraculous!

I had been out all day so I decided to move my car closer to our building.  When I turned on my car a song rang in my ears as a confirmation and fanned into flame the fire the Lord had ignited years ago.  I will hold it close to my heart for the duration of the task the Lord has assigned.  Maybe you can relate as well?

I have included the lyrics to the piece by Casting Crowns called The Voice of Truth.  I find it interesting that it is in the casting of our crowns that we ultimately hear…The Voice of Truth.  Would you agree?  If you can, play the song and read the words along with it.  I will be doing the same.

Oh what I would do to have
The kind of faith it takes
To climb out of this boat I’m in
On to the crashing waves

To step out of my comfort zone
Into the realm of the unknown where Jesus is
And He’s holding out His hand

But the waves are calling out my name
And they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times
I’ve tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me
Time and time again. “Boy you’ll never win!”
“You’ll never win!”
But the voice of truth tells me a different story
The voice of truth says, “Do not be afraid!”
The voice of truth says, “This is for My glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of Truth

Oh what I would do to have
The kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant
With just a sling and a stone
Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors
Shaking in their armor
Wishing they’d have had the strength to stand

But the giant’s calling out my name
And he laughs at me
Reminding me of all the times
I’ve tried before and failed
The giant keeps on telling me
Time and time again. “Boy you’ll never win!”
“You’ll never win!”

But the stone was just the right size
To put the giant to the ground
And the waves they don’t seem so high
From on top of them lookin’ down
I will soar with the wings of eagles
When I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus
Singing over me

I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of Truth

I pray that as you stare ahead at your God-ordained path and you proceed with your God-sized task you will not be tempted to turn your eyes or heart to the left or to the right where the margins exist but will continue to keep your gaze launched straight ahead.  Claim the truth of who you are in Christ Jesus.  There, you will be ale to keep your precious feet anchored to the path God Himself has carved out especially for you.  We are able because He has enabled us.  If you have been in the margins, let’s get back on the path and keep our ears peeled for The Voice of Truth.  He is waiting your return.

Anyone memorized the Thanksgiving Proclamation or Psalm 138?  Here is a new one for us.  The Word became flesh and took up residence among us.  We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of GRACE and TRUTH! John 1:14

In His grace,

Amanda

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A Thankful Heart is a Happy Heart

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Thank you Lord for Your DIVAs!  Join me in welcoming a new DIVA sister, Sharon!   Let us join together in approaching the throne of grace as we lift her up in prayer.  Thank you Lord for her life.  Bless her with the spirit of wisdom and revelation.  May Your favor be evident in her life.

What a beautiful season.  As we celebrate and remember the Love that came down and graced the inhabitants of Earth over two millennium years ago I pray that it stirs a fresh awakening of thanksgiving in our hearts.  I have included the passages we have memorized.  If they are already pressed to your heart then they are here as a reminder.   If you have more work to go – press on!   If you are new,  you  can begin at the top and work your way down or choose where you would like to begin.  Please remember not to worry about where someone else is in their memory work.  Wherever YOU are is perfect.  Add you name in the comment section and indicate which scripture you are memorizing.  You can do it!  We agree with the Lord that we can do all things through Christ who strengthes us.  Which also means we will make no agreements with the enemy.  You can do it!

Psalm 91

The one who lives under the protection of the Most High dwells in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” He Himself will deliver you from the hunter’s net, from the destructive plague. He will cover you with His feathers; you will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield. You will not fear the terror of the night, the arrow that flies by day, the plague that stalks in darkness, or the pestilence that ravages at noon. Though a thousand fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, the pestilence will not reach you. You will only see it with your eyes and witness the punishment of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord – my refuge, the Most High – your dwelling place, no harm will come to you; no plague will come near your tent. For He will give His angels orders concerning you, to protect you in all your ways. They will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the young lion and the serpent. Because he is lovingly devoted to Me, I will deliver him; I will protect him because he knows My name. When he calls out to Me, I will answer; I will be with him in trouble. I will rescue him and give him honor. I will satisfy him with a long life and show him My salvation.

Ecclesiastes 4:12b

A cord of three strands is not easily broken.

Numbers 15:37-40

Speak to the Israelites and tell them that throughout their generations they are to make tassels for the corners of their garments, and put a blue cord (our cord will be the bracelet) on the tassels at each corner. These will serve as tassels for you to look at, so you may remember all of the Lord’s commands and obey them and not become unfaithful by following your own heart and your own eyes. This way you will remember and obey all my commands and be holy to your God.

Joshua 1:8-9

This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do. Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Psalm 24

The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the LORD; for He laid its foundation on the seas and established it on the rivers. Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in His holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not set his mind on what is false, and who has not sworn deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Lift up your heads, you gates! Rise up, ancient doors! Then the King of Glory will come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, you gates! Rise up, ancient doors! Then the King of glory will come in. Who is He, this King of glory? The LORD of Hosts, He is the King of glory.

A Thanksgiving Proclamation

I will shout triumphantly to Him in song as I enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.  I will not worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, I will let my request be made known to my God.   In doing so, I will allow the peace of the Messiah to control my heart and be thankful!  I acknowledge God’s will for my life in Christ Jesus is to give thanks in everything.  I will call on your name Lord, giving thanks to you and proclaiming your deeds among the people. Your faithful love endures forever! I will stand every morning and evening giving thanks and praise to you for you are good! Yes, you are good.

Psalm 138

I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing Your praise before the heavenly beings. I will bow down toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your constant love and truth. You have exalted Your name and Your promise above everything else. On the day I called, You answered me; You increased strength within me. All the kings on earth will give You thanks, LORD, when they hear what You have promised. They will sing of the LORD’s ways, for the LORD’s glory is great. Though the LORD is exalted, He takes note of the humble; but He knows the haughty from a distance. If I walk into the thick of danger, You will preserve my life from the anger of my enemies. You will extend Your hand; Your right hand will save me. The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me. LORD, Your love is eternal; do not abandon the work of Your hands.

In His grace,

Amanda

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Proclaim in Power!

Greetings fellow sojourners!  Let’s continue memorizing the Thanksgiving Proclamation (Nov. 21 post) and Psalm 138 this week.  Giving glory to God by having thanksgiving and praise in our hearts and the words ready to roll out of our mouths is our aim!  Thank you Lord for enfusing us with the extra motivation and the empowerment we require to memorize Your precious word.

We often hear a variety of proclamations made during this season.  Sometimes this season can be labeled as stressful, busy, lonely, disappointing, troubling, or even depressing.  If any of the indicated or other emotions like those, find a home in your sentiment I would like to refresh you.  How about this year  none of the usual proclamations proceed from our mouths!  Instead, our proclamation is the Thanksgiving Proclamation!  Will you join me?  When you are tempted to state the negative refresh yourself and state the positive!  What if your heart is not in it?  Proclaim it anyway and demand that your heart catch up with what your mouth is saying!  Hallelujah!

How about a shout of triump?  How about not worrying about anything?  How about the peace of God controlling our hearts?  How about proclaiming God’s deeds among His people?  How about standing every morning and evening giving praise to God for His goodness even in the face of adversity itself!  That is power!  I am in!!  Are you?

Don’t forget to add your name if you have memorized any other scriptures.

In  His grace,

Amanda

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