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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Unmasking the Real Enemy

Whether we know it or not, we are engaged in a spiritual battle taking place in the heavenly realm! As I was doing Priscilla Shires' study, Armor of God, I was struck how, The Dividing Stone, so closely  paralleled both her book and the movie,"War Room". Our intent is the same--to awaken us to the strategies of the enemy of our soul, Satan. 

He uses a number of different tactics, but one of the primary ways he works is to first deceive us that he doesn't even exist! That way he can get to know our weaknesses without us being alert to his presence. Lucifer, who was once an angel of light, is very good at disguising himself. He's a sheep in wolf's clothing and can appear to be an angel of light, because he's the father of lies and deception.

But it doesn't stop there! His emissaries are working behind the scenes to cause division among us as we can see happening in this country.Hatred, bitterness, and anger are his calling card. Addictions is his specialty. Death is his aim, and now there's a novel that unmasks it all!

Peppered with mystery and intrigue, The Dividing Stone is sure to draw you in and keep you guessing. This supernatural novel  engages the reader with interesting characters, an exciting plot, and a dash of historical fiction. The tale focuses on a treacherous plot to destroy marriages and divide churches. But a young potter, Margo Pierson holds the key to victory--a tattered letter, a vision, insatiable curiosity and empowered prayer!

Summary:
Set on a quest to discover her mysterious ancestor, Margo Pierson, is catapulted into a battle to overcome a sinister society bent on annihilating Christians. On a hunch, she and her husband uncover a cryptic stone that thrusts them headlong on a path of destruction. While others are caught off guard, Margo senses an evil presence and comes face to face with the handsomely cunning Bill Guiles. Through his devious devices she gets tangled in his web, until she is rescued by an unlikely character. and the power of prayer! In a struggle to posses the stone, the dark secrets of its origin  are revealed.
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Saturday, September 3, 2016

A Lost Earring Can Teach You A Lot




Searching frantically though my jewelry box, I couldn’t find the matching crystal earring I sought. A few years ago I had lost the matching necklace and searched, to no avail, for a replacement. Finally, two years later I found something to my satisfaction, a sparkling pink crystal heart. Now one of the earrings was lost! I continued my quest in every drawer, box, sachet and container that held jewelry. (I have a thing for small, decorated boxes and earrings!) I rifled through luggage, makeup cases, pocketbooks, beach bags and the car. The search continued for days. Nothing! 

Though I know it seems silly to pray for something so small, while others are losing their lives for Jesus, I asked the Lord if He would direct me to it. I looked a little here and there, but I was going to a friend’s barbecue and would have to forgo the search. I debated whether or not to wear my new t-shirt that proclaimed, “Prayer the world’s greatest wireless connection.” I didn’t want to appear pushy in front of my teacher friends, but I decided to wear it.

The next day during my “quiet time,” the Lord encouraged me to continue to look for the lost earring—that it indeed was in the house, hidden beneath something. So I got up and went to look in the jewelry box one last time. I pulled out the drawers, but found nothing. I took out all the jewelry in the top case, even the “singles group” with no matching partners. As I untangled the mess, a glittering small crystal caught my eye. I probed further and a beautiful pink Swarovski crystal appeared! I was elated, but confused.  I’d looked through that drawer so many times and never found it before, why now? I wondered.

So thankful for having found the earring and rejoicing, I went back to continue my Bible study, when a profound insight gripped my spirit. God searches for His lost sheep just as thoroughly as I searched for my lost earring. He cares so much for every one of his children that He doesn’t give up. He will look under every box we have hidden ourselves, every rock where we are pressed under, and every tangled mess we have gotten into. His love is so deep and so wide he never stops searching until He finds who he is searching for. 

I was so thrilled to locate my lost earring because I now had a match with the sparkling pink heart necklace. So too, God and his angels rejoice with glorious song when He finds one of His lost sheep. Though we once pierced his heart with our wandering, His great love searched us out. What great joy it brings to the heart of God when someone lost is found!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Not for The Faint-hearted




As we were vacationing near the Robert Frost Trail in Vermont, I decided to take a walk one morning and penned a few poems. Here is one inspired by the poem, The Path Not Taken:


The Chosen Path

He has led me to the woods
Deep into the forest
                        on a path few have chosen
                        yet chosen for me.

It is a path most guarded
                        from imposters and soothsayers.
                                    though some wanders have found it:
            I am called.

It is a road of promise,
            less trodden than others;
                                                for initially it may be filled with briars.

                        It leads up a steep hill
not for the faint-hearted.
Then plunges into the depths of the vale
below,
along a solid rock mountain wall.

It journeys for some steps
in the valley
trodden,
                                                by the footfall of mankind.
So that you may be given His heart.

Some slip upon the sparkling brook mosses
            and loose your balance.
Hold My hand, My child
He whispers softly.

You look up to the steep mount,
            and the windy, crooked path
                                    that only sheep and mountain goats
                        can negotiate
                                                such narrow passage,
                                    unsurefooted.
You shake your head in fear.

But His eyes pierce your soul,
and you take His hand.
"Come," He calls.
                        "Come," He calls again.
                                    "And find green pasture."

"Trust Me." His hand extends.
"Together,
 We can make this journey."

It is a path
NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

I AM Everyhting You Need



 It's been a busy summer, though I've been writing a little here and there.  Here are three excerpts I edited recently from my WIP (Work In Progress).

 “Casting all your cares on Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).


As in the days of long ago, there are many things for you to deal with, but only one way to handle them and not be burdened. Place ALL your concerns in My Hands. Casting involves action and it takes practice, so don’t lose heart. Trust Me with all you plans and be at peace. I do not expect you to sit idly by, for there is much to do. However, when you trust Me, you will have the wisdom to know what to do and when to do it. Peace will follow. All else is striving after wind. Anxiety causes you to make wrong decisions. When you are at peace, you can hear My voice even in times of silence, for My Word will speak to you. Your life can be imbued with peace and you will then make wise decisions. The nectar of peace will attract the hummingbirds of this world. You will feed them by just being who you are and abiding in Me.
 


“Oh God you are my God. Early will I seek you, my soul thirsts for you in a dry and thirsty land” (Psalm 63:1).

            Are you thirsty for Me? If not, from what fount are you drinking?  Only two wells exist. You either quench your thirst from My crystal clear waters or you drink from the polluted ones of this earth. Though they may appear lush and green, they quickly turn rancid and disease filled. The world’s water will become sand in your mouth. It will cause you to be even thirstier than you were before. Eventually, it will kill your spirit. A man can live longer without food than water. As it is true in the natural, so it is true in the spirit. I am the living water. Only I can quench the thirst of your spirit, but only you can make the choice to drink from My well. All else will leave you dulled and groggy. Come thirsty to Me, and I will satisfy your needs more than you ever imagined.



I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness,
but have the light of life” (John 8:12).
        
            I call you to be light bearers. You need not conjure up the light yourself as the mystics attempted to do. All you need to do is surrender to Me, and My light will shine through. Take the opportunity while it is still day, as the Spirit calls to surrender. Walk in the way of the light, which may require a difficult choice. Yet I Am here to help you with My grace. Do as My Son did, and you will not walk in darkness. But remember He walked in the desert, was tempted by the devil, rejected by man, suffered for truth, healed the sick, fed the hungry and was raised up into heaven. Walking in the light is not often easy, though it has eternal rewards. Following Me comes naturally to those who know Me, and have My nature living in them.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The God Attraction

Once a moth for the summer, I'll be posting interviews with exciting, new Christian authors. My July author is Craig Merrett, author of  The God Attraction--a Christian non-fiction piece that deals with healing  and inspiration through the Law of Attraction.Here's what he has to say about himself and his book:


Upon launching a start-up business in my early 20’s, I began to research innovation, entrepreneurism, and business principles.  I distinctively remember being floored that the vast majority of the books in the business section of book stores and libraries were littered with content that dealt with psychology, spiritualism, and faith principles. Shockingly, I soon discovered that this content was basically the bible regurgitated - with a glaring omission: God. I was stunned that the teachings of Jesus and the faith principles of the bible had merely been paraphrased and wrapped into a secular packaging. And of course, people were benefiting!       

Upon meeting and researching many of the world most successful and wealthy I learnt that they made no secret of attributing their success to these faith principle and yet I found the lack of acknowledgment towards God stunning, and even rude. God’s instruction, methods, and divine laws of blessed and prosperous success principles were utilized with passion and yet He was omitted and overlooked.         

Rhonda Byrne’s 2006 release, The Secret, exemplified this approach of embracing the gifts buts overlooking the Gift Giver, of celebrating God’s hand, but not looking at His face.   
The wisdom that God has shared with us in truly breathtaking and I am humbled to be just one of many vessels to shed a light on His Law of Attraction. Additionally however, the mandate of this book is to not sell our selves short -  as captivating as The Law of Attraction is, the true prize, the greatest Attraction is God from whom such wonderful laws flow.
In discovering the Creator the greatest discovery is found. This book offers a fresh perspective of operating in harmony with and by God’s spiritual laws through intimate partnership with Himself.


EXCERPT:

As we parked out the front, my wife and I realized that we had not seen our investment property together since we had purchased it 17 months earlier. A pleasant sea breeze gently floated past and we could not believe that in the middle of summer with vacancy rates at a low of 1.5% that our coastal unit had been untenanted for 17 weeks. After week upon week rolled into months we realized we simply could no longer keep the issue out of sight and out of mind and merely just hope for the best. Seeking God’s direction in prayer over this anomaly He spoke to us through my brother: there was a blockage in the spiritual realm and we had to visit the property and pray.
We decided enough was enough. The night previous, Melissa decreed that a tenant would be found and signed up that very next day.

Never mind that it was already 1pm in the afternoon, as we sat in the car my wife boldly reaffirmed her proclamation that we would gain a tenant and have them signed up that day. I entered into agreement and we found ourselves saying three times “It’s done”.

At 7:30 pm that evening my property manager called, the first we’ve heard from them in several weeks: a good tenant had been found, signed the papers, and had moved in that very day!
The pattern that is Attraction shares a common thread: it responds to things that you release. Thoughts, visions, words and emotions are all living and active vibrations of energy – they are all things! In this same vein faith to is a thing, a moving and abiding substance: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:11).
When faith is activated it points to a reality before it is physically seen, evidencing the wonder that is belief and its fusion of trust, confidence, and assurance. Just as tangible as the other faculties of Attraction in your possession, like a WiFi hotspot the force that is faith is invisible yet connects you with outcomes.

Faith gathers determined intention and wilful belief and releases this frequency. Importantly, that which you have faith for is always secondary to what you have faith in: it must have an object. What is your faith in? It is not much good if you have a living and full faith if your faith is placed into something that leads to death and emptiness.

Faith in yourself, others, possession, career, or even in faith itself is like a puppy dog chasing its tail in circles – there will be a lot of activity with little lasting results. Not only can your own expectations be imperfect, but humans and their decisions, are also imperfect. Only the Perfect object of faith can stave of disappointment. Only the Immutable stands firm admits life’s shifting sands. Inevitably it is the Perfect Source of Attraction, our Father God whom is the object of our faith, for He gives, guides, and sustains faith. Real faith is therefore relational and personable, built upon His faithfulness.



Author bio: An ever inquisitive mind, Craig has spent years carefully crafting a mosaic of rich philosophy through his study of the positive faith, mind-set and action connection and marrying these insights into practical living. With a message on his heart and an anointing to share rich and deep insights, Craig’s book ‘The God Attraction: A fresh revelation of the Law of Attraction’ can be found on Amazon
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Leeks, Fish and Spring Cleaning


 It's amazing how God teaches you lessons from your current reading of His Word that parallels your life at that particular time! I've been learning a lot from Moses these days in the book of Exodus. Though I've read it many times before, I'm in the midst of my own Exodus now. Exodus from sin and self. I use to be able to look at Moses from a distance, but now I feel like I'm going through his whole experience up close and personal

Somehow, the world, typified in Egypt, has retained a grip on me in area I thought I was free, but I'm not.  I've gone back to some of the world's ways of thinking. Failure, not measuring up to people's standards, rejection, fear and depression. Moses experienced these too. After he killed the Egyptian who was beating an Israelite, he fled Egypt because  He was fearful of losing his life. He fled to Median, where he unlearned everything he learned in Egypt. He was no longer the Pharaoh's son, a learned man of high rank, but someone who "tripped over his words," a stutterer.

Lately I've been doing that, unable to express myself clearly, not stuttering, but just being misunderstood.Maybe you feel that way too. People are misjudging your intentions.That can bring on a whole host of issues as mentioned before as well as self doubt. I think that's what Moses experienced in the desert for 40 years. Yet I believe God was using that to strip him of himself and then pour His Spirit into Moses. That's where I can identify with Moses. Lately, all of my self confidence has gone down the drain. I thought it was in the Lord, but somehow self crept back in, and I find myself in a desert place--again.

God needs to do more refining, to get more of Egypt out of me. I've been grumbling for those "leeks and fish" of Egypt: success and happiness. Not that God doesn't want me to be happy. I believe in being a joyful Christian, but I would be foolish to think I'm not going to face tribulation and hardship in this world. The Bible tells us, "All of creation groans awaiting Christ's return." I'm groaning because I see how the ways of the world have infiltrated back into my life. Even though  I've been set free, Pharaoh (a type for Satan), doesn't want to let me go. And he's got more ways then one to keep me and you from being an effective or joyful Christian.

Now Satan's trying to pull that rejection and failure card, but interesting enough God can use that and any other card that enemy of our soul tries to deal us. As Christians we just can't look at our lives in comparison to the world. We have to continually be looking to God for His help and strength, as Moses did. After He was called at the burning bush, and he listed all his deficiencies for the task, it was God all the way. No mix of self, worldly knowledge, privilege or success. Sure, Moses had to work out some issues with God, we all do, but if God told him to do something, Moses did it. 

And it wasn't successful at first. Pharaoh made it harder on the people and grumbled against Moses. Then Moses complained that the people were upset with him. Sometimes when we do God's will it just doesn't look successful at first. But God told him just wait and see. Do what I tell you to do, and you will see some mighty miracles. And Moses listened.

So here I am Lord, listening. Tell me what you want me to do, no matter what the world thinks, or sometimes even Christians (though we should never trespass the principle's of the Bible). Help me not to look back to Egypt for my feeling of well being, but to Your face and Your ways.

I'm not sure how you are feeling today, but I know the world can beat you down. Sometimes it's okay to be a little blue because we are living in troubling times in this temporary tent of flesh. Perhaps God is trying to show you something about yourself that needs to be renewed or cleansed. I know He's showed me a lot of my sinful ways. It can get you a little depressed, but we don't have to stay there. We have a Savior who takes all our junk: the longing for leeks, the success of the world, the selfishness, anger, bitterness, grumbling and on and on. As we lay them before Him and confess our sins, He wipes it all away. We don't need to wander the desert for 40 years because we have a Savior!

Sometimes God just needs to do spring cleaning in our lives. Throw out the junk and re-prioritize our life. Let Him show you and I what is truly important so we can be set free from the grip of the world's demands! Be planted in the rich soil of His Word. Be cleansed by the forgiveness of sin and filled with the joy of The Holy Spirit. As the Psalmist David says "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning." That's the best spring cleaning--in our hearts.