We have all experienced Guilt, but do we really understand what our SPIRIT is telling us about it? We experience Guilt when we compromise or violate GOD'S MORAL TRUTH. GOD uses the magnitude of our shame and pain to allow the HOLY SPIRIT to render the MESSAGE of Love and Forgiveness that JESUS did on the CROSS. 1 Corinthians 2:13, "...the HOLY SPIRIT explains Spiritual things with Spiritual words." ONLY THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN RENDER THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS, AND ONLY THEN ARE WE ABLE TO FORGIVE OURSELVES! GUILT is not just shame and pain, IT'S MUCH MUCH MORE.
Alone in my talks with GOD, our SPIRITS ARE ONE, and I know HIS EXACT and THOROUGH THOUGHTS. 1 Corinthians 2:11, "...the things of GOD knows no man, except the SPIRIT OF GOD." When I am alone with GOD, I AM NOT ALONE.
Have you ever been in a Foreign country or in a community that does not speak English. What few words you do know are chosen carefully, they are courteous and respectful words; and they usually elevate the person you are speaking too. Aren't we Christians suppose to "Give Grace" when we speak; words that elevate others and do not cause them have corrupted thinking? Our words can change the way others think! Ephesians 4:29, "Let no corrupt talk come from your mouths...only good that builds up...that may give grace to those who hear." When we are careful to choose our words we usually SMILE A LOT TOO. SMILE!
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Have we ever drawn conclusions about people by their actions, outward appearances, or their acceptance in worldly society. Try looking at everyone you know and meet today the same as you would if they were your parent, someone you love dearly, a spouse, or your child. Perhaps seeing a child and thinking about them as your parent or grandparent growing up; seeing the children in them, seeing the purity of their hearts, seeing their dreams, excitement and innocence.
Everyone would look much different through GOD'S EYES. 1 Samuel 16:7, "...For the LORD sees not as man sees: a man looks on the outward appearances, but the LORD looks on the heart." Oh to be a child again, and to see everyone through GOD'S EYES.
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In wanting to convey a thought, sometimes we repeat it over and over as though we think repetition will finally convince someone. If that doesn't help, we repeat this thought LOUDER and LOUDER to make sure they understand. What if you had the same POWER AND WISDOM that JESUS had; you would say your thought ONCE, in a Loving soft tone and the POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT would take over. To those who ask our opinion, we would respond with the HOLY SPIRIT speaking through us revealing GOD'S WISDOM. That is enough, THAT IS GOD. Matthew 10:20, "For it is not you who speak, but the SPIRIT of our FATHER speaking through us." DO WE GET THE "POINT"?
Do we create "false gods", in order to have something to believe in? Do we want to "martyrdom" someone or something to influence others of our beliefs? Exodus 20:3, "...no other gods before ME." In WWII there were 2 million Poles, 6 million Soviet citizens, 2 million Soviet POW'S, 1.5 Gypsies as well as 200,000 mentally handicapped executed. Is the world so desperate for something or someone to believe in, that in order to give meaning and purpose to our lives we have to "create" "False gods"? Where is the Covenant Loyalty? Why do we "want" to have something "in place of" or "in addition too", GOD? With a world so eager to believe, Why don't the lives of Christians ATTRACT THEM TO GOD?
The waves ROAR as they roll high and low, in and out. Their sound is like an unwritten song which is just for the moment, in response to fullness of energy for which they were created. The birds SOAR from current to current as they stretch their wings; floating, diving and then being lifted higher and higher. Every part of their being, energy and devotion gives their full expression of PRAISE. A Reverent, Humble Praise where all creation comes together as one, expressing the FULLNESS of JOY FOR OUR CREATOR AND SUSTAINER. Psalm 150:6, "...let all creation...Praise the LORD..." PRAISE PLEASE GOD, AND GIVES US JOY IN INCREASING PROPORTIONS.
As I was standing on a hill looking at a Cross symbolizing CHRIST'S love for us, I couldn't help but focus on the pain and the suffering HE did for me. Then; these words came to me; TURN AROUND. I turned and looked at the radiant vibrant valley below me. All I could think of was JOY for what HE did for me, and when I turned back to look at the Cross again, I saw JOY not pain and suffering. I stopped talking and just waited on HIM. JUST WAITED! John 5:6, "...Do you want to be healed?" Then it came to me; THERE IS NO UNANSWERED PRAYER, ONLY UNOFFERED PRAYER. HE put in my heart to pray for you, because JESUS will TURN THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.
Just as small streams join together to form a powerful river; the gentle breezes come together in a mighty wind. The WIND is awesome in its Character and Presence, it has sound and what ever it touches is never the same again. John 3:8, "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the SPIRIT." The WIND is like the Breath of GOD breathing life into us, and when it touches us, we too are NEVER THE SAME AGAIN. So when does the HOLY SPIRIT come upon us? The HOLY SPIRIT comes "WITH POWER"! What kind of POWER? Not the kind that brings attention to our own-selves, but POWER to bring Glory to THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. POWER that has the LIGHT OF JESUS and the LIFE OF JESUS shinning within us that OTHERS SEE and IMMEDIATELY PRAISE GOD! NOW THAT'S SOME KIND OF POWER!
"What you eat is who you are." Just as good food nourishes the body, how can we expect our hearts to be nourished when we let the "noise of the world" poison our SPIRIT? Proverbs 2:3-5, "...when we call out for wisdom and lift our hearts for understanding...if we search for GOD'S WORD and WISDOM like silver or a hidden treasure...we will find the KNOWLEDGE OF GOD..." When we listen to gossip, have bad thoughts about anything, watch worldly movies or listen to worldly music; how can we expect to HEAR GOD, if we don't SOAR ABOVE THE NOISE?
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