Precious Promises

Greetings Beloved of the Most High God!  With Christmas day coming to a close I would be honored to leave you with some words of encouragement.

“The Lord has removed your punishment; He has turned back your enemy.”  Zeph. 3:15

“Yahweh your God is among you, a warrior who saves.  He will rejoice over you with gladness.  He will bring you quietness with His love.  He will delight in you with shouts of joy.”  Zeph. 3:17

Yes, these precious promises were made to the people of Israel but this pledge would see its full accomplishment in the Gospel; for you and for me.

Yahweh our God is among us (John 1:14, 14:23) to deliver us out of the hands of the enemy!  He is a warrior who saves (Isaiah 33:22, 35:3-4)!  He rejoices over you with gladness (Isaiah 62:5) ~ You, His delivered child!  He renews you with His love.  Your fears and uneasiness will be quieted by His love.  He will delight in you with singing.  Wow.  What love is that!  Make no mistake, this is no fickle kind of love, nor a passive kind of love,  nor is it a self-serving kind of love. This is a PERFECT kind of love.  This is the demonstrated kind of love YOU are loved with.  Receive this richly and deeply into your heart, mind, and soul beloved.

“Sing for joy, Daughter Zion; shout loudly, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem!” ( Zeph. 3:14)  So go ahead, beloved of the Most High God, sing for joy, shout loudly!  Be glad and rejoice with all your heart!

Try to imagine what it would have been like if you were one of the wise men (Matthew 2:2) following the leading star.  We possibly read that passage with far too much casualness.  What if you went outside and discovered a star shining so brightly above you that it shone like a spotlight on your feet and beckoned you to travel forward until it stopped right at the spot for you to beheld The Miraculous.  Absolutely Amazing.  Consider the Word as your bright and beckoning star these days and behold the miraculous places it will lead your life.

Never forget these precious Biblical promises.  Allow them to shine brightly for you this day and every day forevermore.

In His grace,

Amanda

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Thankful In Ministry

“I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers”  Ephesians 1:16

Greetings and Merry Christmas friends!  I am so thankful to share in ministry with such beautifully talented and wonderful friends!  I am thankful for the leading of worship, for those who assist in set-up, for those who pray, for those who share the blog post, for those who offer edification, smiles and hugs, for those who lead in prayers of deliverance, for those who speak out boldly on behalf of Jesus, for those who share of themselves, for those who are not afraid to offer words spoken in truth, for those who mentor by inviting others to study, for those who are eager to learn and eager to rejoice in our Lord, and for those who boldly walk in their spiritual gifting!!

You mean so much to me and for the cause of Christ.  You bless me tremendously.  I am honored to call you my sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus.  As we approach these days of Christmas I want to encourage you to not ever be satisfied with a mere head knowledge of Jesus Christ that most likely ends there because of fear’s crippling immobility.  Be determined and strike a bold initiative towards sharing the love of God to those in your path.  Allow the Word to fan your spirit into a roaring flame and never forget the darkness you have been snatched from so that you can rise up with a thankful fervor; praising God that by His grace you have been birthed into His kingdom.  May your verbal and nonverbal demonstration of the Gospel message be presented with such vigor that no one whom God has called is able to resist entering into blessed joy with you in giving exuberant praise to the One we call King.  You are a blessing!

In His grace,

Amanda

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Spiritual Kindness and Goodness (Week 6)

“We give no opportunity for stumbling to anyone, so that the ministry will not be blamed. But as God’s ministers, we commend ourselves in everything:…by purity, by knowledge,
by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love.”  2 Corinthians 6:3,6

Greetings fellow sojourners!  As God’s ministers, we must strive to behave ourselves.  It is not our personal reputation that is at stake, nor is it our personal pride.  What is at stake are our personal choices which direct our lives to be lived in such a manner that brings honor to the Gospel message.  Let’s take a look at how the fruit of kindness and goodness manifested through us not only demonstrates a life yielded to the Spirit but a life well able to affect another life for Christ.

Have you ever considered kindness as a Spiritual behavior?  Seems to me kindness is a word often used to describe the behavior of believers and unbelievers alike.  However, if love, joy, and peace are all Spiritual attributes than so is kindness.

You see, we tend to equate kindness with being nice or pleasant.  But kindness is supernatural.  Kindness BEGAN as a spiritual fruit but if we do not have spiritual things in mind, kindness becomes driven by human emotions.  An example of this can be seen in the fruit of love.  Love manifested as a Spiritual fruit is grounded in truth and is a sacrificial type of love but when it is demonstrated based on human emotion it is then grounded in sentiment and can be fickle.  The Spiritual fruit of kindness is an outworking of the Holy Spirit’s influence upon our heart and soul.  Kindness is given when others do not deserve it and don’t even love us in return.  This is the kindness the Father has towards his creation.

 

From Scripture we know that God’s kindness is intended to lead us to repentance (Romans 2:4), that we are to behold His kindness and be found in it (Romans 11:22), that as God’s ministers we are to be kind (2 Corinthians 6:6), and that He displays unfathomable rich grace through His kindness towards us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:7).  Allow yourself to be a recipient of this astounding kindness and your response will be nothing short of then manifesting His Spiritual kindness towards others.  When you are influenced by the kindness of God it is nothing short of shameful and defies grace to not then be a bestower of this spiritual kindness towards others.

Kindness is no small things.  It yields marvelous fruit both in our lives and in the lives of those around us.  “Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.” (Proverbs 21:21).  Kindness is a powerful Spiritual fruit that breaks down barriers of fear, defensiveness, and judgment.  Choose kindness.

“Then Moses said, “Please, let me see Your glory.”  He said, “I will cause all My goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim the name Yahweh before you.” (Exodus 33:18-19a)

This is the first time we see God speaking and presenting His goodness to His creation.  Can you imagine that?  How does goodness gather itself and reveal itself as an entity?  It is altogether spiritual.

God’s goodness and kindness to man frequently can be seen in His great mercy towards us.  While wading through life’s difficulties do you find yourself recounting the goodness and kindness of God or do you curse the thing causing your discomfort?  Oftentimes the discomforts of life appear so stark against the backdrop of everyone else’s favorable circumstances that it takes real maturity to instead choose to thank God for His goodness.  This ripening in us produces endurance which then produces proven character.  Above all other opportunities presented to us, this is what we must be after ~ proven Christian character.  This proving requires trial and through trial, we choose to see God’s goodness and kindness.

In your troubling circumstance remember to walk as a child of light “for the fruit of light results in all goodness, righteousness, and truth ~ discerning what is pleasing to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:9-10) Believer, this life holds tragedies, painful sorrows, and plenty of iniquities but hold tight to the goodness of God and know the day will come while the sinful difficulties of life will melt away and the formative tensions of our time under the sun will absolutely point us toward the goodness and glory of eternal things.

Review the post dated Oct. 24th regarding the weekly schedule concerning the Fruit of the Spirit. (Thursday we fast and pray.  Friday consider what the Lord reveals to you and repent as the Spirit leads.  Saturday, manifest/be aware of God’s kindness and goodness in you at least once, Sunday at least twice, and Monday at least three times.)

In His grace,
Amanda
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Patience Tested Will Grow this Godly Fruit (Week 5)

“Therefore I, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting, one another in love, diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us.”  Ephesians 4:1-3

The fruit of the spirit is quite different than the gifts of the Spirit in that, not one Believer will operate in every gift but all are expected to manifest the 9 characteristics of the fruit.

There are two different New Testament Greek words translated ‘patience’.  One is hupomone and the other, and the one we are looking at in Galatians 5:22 is makrothymia.   Let’s consider the difference between these two words.

Hupomone ~ is especially related to hope, associated more with situations; putting up with things or circumstances.

Makrothymia ~ is especially related to love, longsuffering with people, patience without reaction towards others.  It can be perfected (this comes about by testing and brought through us by the Spirit).

Unpacking this word is very interesting.  The prefix makros indicates it is going to take a long time to get to a certain point.  The second part of the word, thymos means things like passion (as if breathing hard, ex: huff and puff), fierceness, indignation, wrath, and boiling up with anger.  Gospeler, if you are going to manifest makrothymia towards others it is going to take a long time for you to huff and puff (you know what I mean!), a long time to have anger boil up inside you, and a long time for your emotions to turn fierce.  Somone manifesting this fruit will be emotionally calm or quiet in the face of provocation, misfortune, or unfavorable circumstances.   Patience never gives up!  Patience endures to the end even in times of adversity and exhibits such self-restraint that it does not seek to retaliate a wrong in thought or deed.  Let’s immediately thank God that this is one of His attributes!

As we consider patience as the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) this is makrothymia as opposed to hupomone.  In this case, we are expected to overflow in patience towards people as opposed to things or circumstances.  Even though these two words generally to mean the same thing, here we find the verse instructing us to have loving patience with people.

Have you ever considered the way patience (makrothymia) is perfected is through testing?  Ouch. Let’s bravely apply this and make it stick.  Therefore, when you discover yourself in a disagreement with a person for the hundredth time, when you are having the kind of day when it seems most people are bent on robbing your joy, when you feel a simmer and know it will boil any second, when your circumstances refuse to improve, and when delay seems to only mean never, view this as your testing that leads to spiritual patience!  Believer, there really is no other way.  If you desire to yield your life to the Spirit of God and allow HIS fruit to be manifested through you, allow your testing to produce the fruit of patience.  This is altogether beautiful.

Ask the Lord to strengthen you so that you may patiently love people that challenge your peace; remembering when your peace is tested and you press through with the Lord this Godly fruit will grow.

Review the post dated Oct. 24th regarding the weekly schedule concerning the Fruit of the Spirit. (Thursday we fast and pray.  Friday consider what the Lord reveals to you and repent as the Spirit leads.  Saturday, manifest/be aware of God’s patience in you at least once, Sunday at least twice, and Monday at least three times.)

In His grace,

Amanda

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