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Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Freedom

Today we remember those who were willing to give their lives for the United States of America in order to protect our freedom. We are thankful to them and appreciate their sacrifice and willingness to lay their life on the line so that we could enjoy freedom. In light of this political freedom, we would do well to remember another who willingly laid down the life of His Son for our spiritual freedom. For freedom is never free, but paid with a high price.

Yet because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross, we can enjoy freedom from the tyranny of sin and its demands. It is as much as a captor as any flesh and blood enemy. It keeps us tied to deception, into thinking we have to do something to earn our freedom, though we are helpless to set ourselves free.

We are born into sin. Just watch any t
wo year old for a few hours and fireworks will soon erupt over something they want to go their way. Why re they like that? Because of their inheritance of the sin nature. As surely as we inherit brown or blue eyes, we inherit this nature of sin, whether you believe this or not. It exists.

We struggle to be set free from it. We do things that we think make us good or acceptable to God. Yet really all we need to do is accept the sacrifice of His Son. If we place our lives in His hands and believe in Him, all our sins will be washed away. We might think ourselves as sinners, but any selfishly motivated action is sin. Anything that lifts ourselves above God or replaces God in our lives, and idol, is sin. Not a popular notion in today's culture, but nevertheless, true.

However, the remedy is really quite simple, but at the same time profound. We hand over this huge debt we inherited, the sin nature, and Jesus, who paid the price for us,  takes it from us. This is the Good News of the Gospel. We exchange our sin for freedom! That's a freedom that will last not only in our earthly lifetime, but into eternity!

How does this divine exchange occur? The Word of God tells us to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and we shall be saved, saved from our sin nature and from condemnation. Yet our belief must be married to faith because belief in itself is not enough. The Bible tells us that even the demons believe and tremble. They know Jesus Christ exists but they don't act on this belief. 

Faith requires action. The action of getting the belief from your mind to your heart. This is true in many instances. I can believe I can lose weight, but until I act on it, start making good food choices, I won't lose weight. So what must we do to enjoy spiritual freedom? Accept the sacrifice of God's Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross.  We don't need to do anything in the physical realm, but accept, believe and have faith. That will start us on our spiritual journey to find true freedom.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Moment in Eternity

When I first started writing, I expressed myself through poetry. Every now and then,  I am inspired to write another one. This was based on an actual experience pictured here. Let me know what you think.

A Moment in Eternity
by Anita Estes

I walked on silvery clouds today,
past emerald fields waving in the wind,
spinning gold threads for
Creations' unfolding tapestry.

I strolled on silvery clouds today,
while winds whispered celestial tunes,
and angels parted tall, glistening grasses,
to make way for The King of Kings,
Who sits upon
a carved throne of Thornwood
smoothed soft as cotton.

I flew upon silvery clouds today,
past high hills floating in the sky,
to a crowning castle perched atop  the apex of  dreams,
carved of  wood and cross beams,
intertwining vines and vistas of
The King dancing with His Glorious Bride.

I swam on silvery clouds today,
opening their treasures in the sky,
dancing with the glistening sun
of diamonds on the waves of the water.
The River of life flowing from the mountains
down the valley, spilling
shiny coins along its banks.

I knelt on silvery clouds today,
collecting precious coinage;
as God whispered from
His golden throne,
all creation joined in a
heavenly dance.
The tree branches waved and raised
their boughs to the
King of The Universe.
And even one, such as I was not out of step.

I sang on silvery clouds today,
as my heart's voice chimed in
with the chorus of the birds and beasts.
As angels spread their wide wings,
across the indigo sky singing.
While the warp and weft of the Master's shuttle,
wove, His feet tread on blood red timber.

I floated on silvery clouds today
as time stood still.
the sun did not set,
suspended in a moment;
caught in an eternity of shining, silver strands.
 A  glistening river of love,
spilled from the heavens
to one such as I.
To one, even such as I.
As I beheld the eye of eternity,
for a future moment.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Prayer: An Everyday Communicaton

While I'm always encouraged that May 4th has been set aside as a National Day of Prayer for the United States, I hope that those who showed up to pray are making this a daily part of their lives. I know it's been very beneficial for me and has helped my relationship with God bloom.

Everyday before I leave for work I try to have time for Bible reading, devotion and prayer. I consider important enough that I drag myself out of bed before I really want to get up. I don't do this for a long time like some of the great saints,but I try to fit in twenty minutes to half an hour. I pray about issues at school, relationships, my family, marriages, peoples' health, for our pastor and church congregation, for the nation, for our youth, for Christian ministries and schools, for  prayer requests and more.I always end with a prayer for the persecuted church which I receive from Open Doors in a small monthly brochure.

I don't pray about everything in one day, but set up a prayer journal and target about five things a day to pray about. In the car on the ride to work, I use the Our Father as an outline to pray for other daily prayer needs. I also use it as a time to quietly worship with my hands on the wheel! I also put on my spiritual armor: the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of the truth, and the helmet of salvation. I put on the shoes of peace, and take up the shield of faith and the Sword of the Spirit (the Word of God.( For a through study of this see Priscilla Shire's The Armor of God).

During the day, I try to focus on some of these issues, but I'm often so busy that I don't think about them until I have a free moment on the ride home. I also invite God into the mix while I'm in school and teaching. I'm working on doing more of both. Right now, my challenge is to pray more either when I get home or before I go to bed. I'm usually so tired that I read a novel for five or ten minutes until my eyelids are drooping. The next day I start afresh and wake up saying "Thank you for strength for another day, Lord." Though sometimes I have to force my legs to slide out from under the cozy covers and hit the cold floor.  Then I really need His grace! How about you? I'd love to hear about your prayer life.Also, here's an inspiration from the daily devotional I AM Calling:

And  whatever things  you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive. (Matt. 21:22)

Though many works need to be done, first bring everything to Me in prayer. Move when I tell you to move. Stop when I tell you to stop. Then you will be able to pray according to My will and not yours. In this way, everything you bring to Me in prayer will be answered. Your prayers will rise to heaven because you are asking according to My will. Once you have prayed, believe and have faith that I AM a loving God. I will supply your needs. I will answer the prayers offered up in faith. Yet do not try to make Me a genie that grants your every wish. Humble yourself and pray as I have directed you.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

God is Calling You to Himself

Christianity is not about doing things only out of tradition. In its essence, Christianity is all about knowing Jesus and having a close relationship with God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. Here are some excerpts from I AM Calling to lead you along that path and encourage you. Let me know what you think!

I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. (John 14:18)

Wherever you go, I go with you. Amid the fray and the ruckus of the world, I AM by your side. There is never a reason to feel abandoned or lonely, nor is there reason to feel overwhelmed and defeated. Yet I understand your humanness and that you feel these emotions. Let them pass. Do not feed into them. Ride them like the waves. Rest in My Holy Spirit. I will give you a special surfboard to ride a tidal wave. Though not humanely possible, I can and will do it. You will ride the waves like a professional surfer, for I AM your surfboard par excellence. I steady you for the approaching waves. Sometimes, though, you may fall off Me, but I will never wash onto shore without you. I will ride the waves to find you. I AM attached to you like a child with a boogie board.We are inseparable, unless you unattach yourself from Me, but still I will chase you down like the hound of heaven of My reputation.


If God is for us, who can be against us? (Rom. 8:31)

It should give you great comfort to know that the God of the universe is on your side if you are on Mine. My team is the one who ultimately wins. You should have this firmly embedded in your heart and mind. Satan is doing much evil and harm, but you must know He is playing into My hands, just as he did when he thought he beat My Son.
Know that everything that comes into your life can be transformed into good. All the sorrow and suffering can be changed in the blink of an eye. Do not fear death or persecution, but only that which separates Me from you. Dont let anything come between Me and you.That in itself is the worst kind of death. Physical death is only temporary, but spiritual fatalities are for infinity and beyond. Know that with Me on your side, you are eternally victorious!

To comfort all who mourn,To console those who mourn in Zion,To give them beauty for ashes,The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;That they may be called trees of righteousness,The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. (Isa. 61:3)

The world is held captive by the lies of the enemy. He has robbed them of joy and given them false happiness. A spirit of deception has fallen on the United States and many other nations. It is the call of every believer to help set free those who have been imprisoned by Satans lies.This is My will for all My children. Draw them to Me, comfort and encourage them, yet always show them who I AM. Only I can give them the oil of joy. They do not know where to go on their own. Lead them to freedom in Christ, My Son.The way in which you fulfill this mission is as different as the variety of plants and trees. Each of you has been given unique talents and abilities. Some will use music, others a strong message, and still others a gentle word of encouragement or a dramatic healing. Now use these gifts to proclaim freedom to the captives.

 This is a sample of three April inspirations. If you are interested in purchasing the book, you can find it on  Amazon