How Close Are You Willing to Get? (Revisiting a Prior Message)

Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 5.16.08 PMDuring worship some time ago, the Lord presented to me a scene that was unfolding in a large field. In the distance there was an immense burning fire (representing the Lord) similar to a sizable bonfire. The smoke from the fire could be seen from a great distance, sparking the curiosity of a multitude who stopped what they were pursuing and began making their way towards the fire.  Their curiosity demanded that they draw closer to know more. I noticed as the multitude made their approach to the fire, they were wearing several layers of coats (each coat represented an unrepented sin). The people farthest from the fire chose not to remove their many layers because they were under a false assumption that their coats provided the warmth and security they needed. By believing this supposition, it hindered their ability to approach any closer which is why they could only remain at a distance…

~~~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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*Notes from our prayer meeting*

Proclamations of truth in love

Worship the Lord for who He IS and what He has DONE, not for what He CAN do for you.

Job – a man who lost everything. Had discussions with ‘friends’ about the reason for his suffering. God alone had the final word and eventually restored all Job had lost. Finally Elihu (another man) had enough and spoke. The three men quit answering Job because he was righteous in his own eyes. Job justified himself rather than God. Elihu was angry at Job’s three friends because they had failed to refute him and yet had condemned him. Job 32 up to 38 is insightful. (38 is when the LORD speaks which is insightful as well)

Proverbs 3:7-8 Don’t consider yourself to be wise; fear the LORD and turn away from evil. This will be healing for your body and strengthening for your bones.

Proverbs 12:18 There is one who speaks rashly, like a piercing sword; but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Isaiah 57:18-19 I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and his mourners, creating words of praise. The LORD says, ‘Peace, peace to the one who is far or near, and I will heal him.” Verse 20-21: “But the wicked are like the storm-tossed sea, for it cannot be still, and its waters churn up mire and muck. There is no peace for the wicked,” says my God.

Jeremiah 33:6-7 I will certainly bring health and healing to it and will indeed heal them. I will let them experience the abundance of peace and truth.

Malachi 4:2 But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings, and you will go out and playfully jump like calves from the stall.

Matthew 4:23 Jesus was going all over Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.

Matthew 9:28-29 When He entered the house, the blind men approached Him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they answered Him. Then He touched their eyes, saying, “Let it be done for you according to your faith!” Verse 30: And their eyes were opened.

Matthew 15:29-31 Moving on from there, Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee. He went up on a mountain and sat there, and large crowds came to Him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, those unable to speak, and many others. They put them at His feet, and He healed them. So the crowd was amazed when they saw those unable to speak talking, the deformed restored, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they gave glory to the God of Israel.

Mark 6:12-13 Jesus sent them …so they went out and preached that people should repent. And they were driving out many demons, anointing many sick people with olive oil, and healing them.

Luke 6:19-23 The whole crowd was trying to touch Him, because power was coming out from Him and healing them all. Then looking up at His disciples, He said: You who are poor are blessed, because the kingdom of God is yours. You who are now hungry are blessed, because you will be filled. You who now weep are blessed, because you will laugh…Rejoice in that day and leap for joy!

Luke 9:6 So they went out and traveled from village to village, proclaiming the good news AND healing everywhere.

Luke 13:10-13 As He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath, a woman was there who had been disabled by a spirit for over 18 years. She was bent over and count not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw here, He called out to the her, ‘Woman, you are free of your disability.’ He laid His hands on her, and instantly she was restored and began to glorify God.

John 6:2 And a huge crowd was following Him because they saw the signs that He was performing by healing the sick. So Jesus went up a mountain and sat down there with His disciples.

Acts 10:38 God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were under the tyranny of the Devil, because God was with Him.                    Verse 42: He commanded us to preach to the people and to solemnly testify that He is the One appointed by God to be the Judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about Him that through His name everyone who believes in Him will receive forgiveness of sins.” (in order to receive, we have to want. Therefore we recognize our transgression)

*Praying sweet ladies for your complete healing as you seek the Lord!*

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FREE 2 Attest Your Allegiance to Righteousness

“For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from allegiance to righteousness. So what fruit was produced then from the things you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. But now, since you have been liberated from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification — and the end is eternal life! For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:20-23

If you join me for bible study, we recently spoke about the biblical meaning of the word ‘mark’. (By the way, after much thought about the necessity of simply gaining more biblical knowledge through study vs. actively applying the knowledge to our life and mission field – I much prefer the later. So, I have begun thinking of it not as ‘bible study’ but as ‘bible training’. Even better, I have now described it even stronger as…SWORD TRAINING. I LOVE it! We don’t do bible study, we do SWORD TRAINING! What do you sword trainers think?!) The Lord ‘marks’ each of His own with a seal that can only be seen in the spiritual realm. (2 Corinthians 1:22) ‘Seal’ here means to stamp with a signet or private mark for security or preservation; to keep secret, to attest – Strongs). Oh how I have longed to look at another believer and see that ‘mark’ with my very own eyes!!! We know camaraderie with another believer as our spirit bears witness with our perceptions and that is how the Lord would have it but…just to SEE the glorious inscription would be more than my heart could take! Just thinking of it now causes my heart to beat triple time….

~~~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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Blessed!!!

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Have you ever seen such beauty?  I love you all!  Thank you so much DIVAs!  I am blessed beyond words by your kindness.  This will forever be etched in my memory.  THANK YOU!!

In His grace,

Amanda

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…the greatest of these is LOVE

“Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13:13

In Christ, we are ‘free 2 love’ one another lavishly. One of my dearly loved children once asked me, “Which is greater? Faith, hope or love?” Quickly running it through my head I decided faith must be greater and I based it on the statement that it is impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6). My child said, “Then why does it say the greatest of these is love?” He was right. Everything is a matter of the heart. Love is the catalyst that allows our faith and hope to be sustained and even greater to be poured out as a refreshing to others.

The King has liberated us to be free (Galatians 5:1) and therefore delights in seeing His children living in that freedom! …

~~~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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You HAVE a Choice!

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice–the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.” Romans 12:1

Christ, our High Priest has made one sacrifice for sins forever (Hebrews 10:12), and there is no more sacrifice for sin that can be made (Hebrews 10:26). Have you ever thought that through? However, God has chosen Christians “to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5,9). This is where our sacrificial offering comes in. This verse beings with ‘and so’. The caption for the verses preceding this one is “A Hymn of Praise.” Here, Paul speaks of the depths of God and how much He has given to us. ‘And so’, only by the great mercy of God are we even able to give our bodies as a living sacrifice! Do you see it as a privilege and not a demand? Paul is ‘pleading’ with us to give ourselves to God. How many things in this life have you given yourself (heart, mind, body) to that is far from godly? By providing yourself as a living and holy sacrifice He will find you acceptable. I am thinking of the lyrics of the song by Lauren Dangle, “I am guilty… these hands are dirty…I dare not lift them up to the holy One.” DIVAs, not only lift your hands but lift your living body right up on that spiritual altar to the Holy One who is THE only One with a truly powerful divine purpose for your life!…

~~~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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