Be Refreshed

The Creator and Sustainer of the universe intended for His creation to need refreshing. The definition of refreshing means having the POWER to restore freshness, vitality, and energy. Do you have the desire for some powerfully authentic refreshing in your life today?

I would like you to consider that WHERE you are planted has everything to do with what you will turn to or seek out for your refreshing. The Lord God PLANTED a garden in Eden (Gen. 2:8). He intended the roots from what he planted to stretch deep down to get refreshed from the river he also placed in Eden. (Genesis 2:10). Let’s look at the roots of a tree for an example. If a tree has shallow roots and is not planted near a source of water, then when the TRIAL of heat or drought comes the tree will wither until it receives the refreshing its roots crave. What about you? Are you planted in the Lord? Do your roots go down deep to receive the only refreshing that will satisfy your thirsty soul or are your roots shallow so when the heat of the trial comes you are so desperate you seek out whatever will bring immediate relief to your thirst?…

~~~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 blessed and refreshed in worship!

 

In His grace,
Amanda

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Are You Planting?

Remember this: The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously. Each person should do as he has decided in his heart — not reluctantly or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work. As it is written:
He scattered;
He gave to the poor;
His righteousness endures forever.
Now the One who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness
(2 Corinthians 9:6-10).

Here is an application of 2 Corinthians 9:6-10. When you teach others about God sparingly you will also witness transformed lives sparingly. You should teach others out of the abundant love of God in your heart. Don’t teach someone with little enthusiasm or because you feel it is the right thing to do. God loves for you to be prompted to teach in love because you also were taught in love. God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way you will always have everything you need to excel in the work He has given you. He has provided you the experiences and the words with which to teach others. He also will multiply what you need for teaching and increase the number of lives you touch by your testimony…

~~~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!~~~

In His grace,
Amanda

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Be Tamed In Christ

Greetings mighty warriors of the living God!

If you join me for bible study you will recall we briefly compared the differences between the wild and the tamed horse. Shall we revisit it and prayerfully consider the application in our lives? Most people would agree a tamed horse is a gentle horse. One of the fruits of being yielded to the Spirit (Gal. 5:22) is gentleness. It is God’s will that you are amazingly strong in the Lord yet beautifully gentle in spirit at the same time! This type of gentleness suggest your will has been brought under strict self-control by yielding to His Spirit. How divine. There is a precious DIVA (Divinely Inspired Victoriously Anointed) in our group who makes her living working with horses and with people who desire to learn to ride them. She mentioned that the horse suitable for riding has been tamed (broken) and has been brought under the rider’s command because the horse trust the rider. Do you trust the gentle Master in all areas of your life enough to bring your stubborn will under His complete authority, like the tamed horse? (As you know, His will for your life has been clearly laid out in Scripture.)

Have you ever witnessed wild horses or seen a video of them? What comes to mind? A wild horse has limited uses; it ultimately does what it wants and is driven to be its own master. The tamed horse retains all its magnificent power and gorgeous beauty yet has been skillfully brought under the loving control of its master which makes it perfectly suitable for us. Because of this, these impressive creatures have become adored, trusted, and wildly admired. What about you? Do you sense the Lord evaluating your character as one that needs to be tamed, or one that is suitable to receive the slightest command from the most trusted and adored Master, which always makes you available for His Kingdom purposes? Hallelujah!

If your will (character) is ‘wild’ what action would be required to make the necessary modification to be perfectly suitable for the most magnificent Master? Are you willing to do what it takes?

Here are two questions you might want to consider. (1) When you agree with the Word of God what does that stir? Answer: The Spirit residing in you. Do you understand the effects of that? (2) When you agree with the word that originates from the flesh what does that stir?   Answer: ______________ . Which ‘word’ do you find yourself most commonly agreeing with? Remember, when we agree with a ‘word’ we repeat it – either with the voice of our mouth or with the voice in our head. Live intentionally victorious DIVAs!

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In His grace,
Amanda

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Awake from Slumber and Pray!

Greetings fellow sojourning DIVAs! Let’s continue to pray for the salvation of those we identified from the past three postings. It is always the perfect time for someone to receive salvation but with the growing uncertainties in the world shall we make it a greater priority? Thank you Lord for the opportunity.

There is a lot of media buzz lately relating to the events that have been playing out in Syria. Shall we prayerfully consider these current events and see how it lines up with Biblical prophecy? Russia, Iran and Iraq have already allied themselves in Syria to deal with the ISIS (or ISIL) crisis and are inviting any nation to join them. In Europe, Germany, Turkey and the old Soviet satellite states among others are facing a massive influx of Syrian refugees beyond anything seen in history. Their ability to handle the refugees is stretched beyond what their governments can handle. There is a large incentive for nations to work together with Russia and reestablish Syria in order to move the refugees back to their homeland. On another front the Palestinians have successfully pushed their agenda and have achieved recognition in the U.N. and support for sanctions upon Israel. These actions are beyond any past achievements and the Palestinian flag is now flying at the U.N. As of late, the U.S. has seemingly removed its veto from U.N. resolutions against Israel. Israel, however, will not give in to the U.N. demands so a conflict seems eminent. Saudi Arabia is questioning the entire situation and beginning to ally itself with Israel. What is unusual about the current situation is that so many former enemies have goals that are perfectly aligned, giving them the motivation to work together where in the past they would not have.

Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 prophecy (take a moment and read these two chapters) is the only prophecy left to occur before the Tribulation. These chapters prophesy about an invasion of Israel by a group of countries from the North. Ezekiel specifically mentions that this will occur in the later days after the people of Israel have been gathered from among the nations as we saw in 1948 and since. It seems apparent in the Bible that these invading countries have gathered in Syria for a reason that has nothing to do with Israel. While they are there, God pulls them into Israel ‘as a hook in their jaw” to attack (almost as if they begin thinking ‘we are here anyway, why not with this great company of forces just settle things with Israel once and for all?). When they do, God destroys them as they also turn on each other. In addition, God rains brimstone and fire on Magog (the nation leading the attack on Israel) as an indication of His judgment and inflicts great damage. From this day forward the house of Israel will know that Yahweh is their God and they will feel remorse for their disgrace and unfaithfulness towards God. He will demonstrate His holiness through Israel in the sight of many nations. (Ezekiel 39:22, 26, 27b) Is this the time they will begin rebuilding the Temple?

The nations named in Ezekiel 38 and 39 are Gog in the land of Magog, Rosh, Meshech, Tubai. Other nations such as Persia, Ethopia, Libya, Gomer, and Togarmah are also named. There is not agreement regarding whom all these name refer. Some people have identified many of these names as merely regions of Turkey, some have identified them as satanic forces that are not of this world, and some have associated Gog and Rosh with Russia. The nations clearly identified are Turkey and Iran. Many scholars have included nations such as Germany, Iraq, and many of the Soviet satellite states from the North in this group. The aggregate of these forces will be immense. Three nations Shebia, Dedan, Tarshish, and “their young lions” (rulers or villages. Some speculate this could also be the U.S.) will wonder why are they coming against Israel? Those nations have been identified by some as Saudi Arabia and those allied with them.

Thank you Deanna for putting the names to song.

Let’s pray DIVAs for the world we live in. Let’s pray for those who do not yet know the Lord. Let’s pray that His Kingdom come and His will be done. Let’s pray that as things unfold we are given divine wisdom and knowledge to see how it relates to what the Word has to say. Let’s pray that as the thief comes in the night we are awake! We must awake from our slumber to all things of God. Let’s pray!

In His grace,
Scott and Amanda

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