Daily Archives: November 5, 2008

Desert Song

What now Lord?

I awoke this morning around 4’ish….(you do remember me and sleep–right?)The craziest phrase rolling over and over in my mind. “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.” Remember it? The phrase was created in 1867 by Charles E. Weller merely as a typewriting exercise.

However, the real need is this: For all (men, women and children alike) to pray. “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:” Acts 2:17-18

This was from Peter’s first sermon which took place in Jerusalem–he was quoting from the Scriptures, the Prophet Joel. (Read the whole book of Acts-you will be encouraged by what you find.) The power of the HOLY SPIRIT was given to all who seek Him.

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, [even] as many as the Lord our God shall call.” Acts 2:38-39

If your children have a need…who do they go to for that need to be met? You. We have an extreme need. A need to be filled to overflowing with the POWER of the Holy Spirit. I have told my oldest child many times, “in the last days we will need the power of the Holy Spirit to see us through the tough circumstances of life.” The unexpected. When you don’t know what to pray…the Holy Spirit does so for you. “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Romans 8:26

I am urged on as never before to seek more of God in my life. There are many that feel that some things that the world partakes of is alright. It may be for them, but it is not for me. I WANT the Spirit to speak to my heart when I am about to step into an area that is not “for me”. I WANT the Spirit to direct my footsteps and yes, even the words I say. Matthew 12:36 says, “But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Christ’s own words. Think He meant it? Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Right. He meant it. Big time sister.

During a time of devotion on our Sisters of Faith Retreat 2008, I told the dear sisters that I felt that even the “thoughts” of our mind would be accountable to Christ. “And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8 NLT

When provoked to the point of anger, where does your mind go? I know EXACTLY where mine goes. And I have to pray. The mind is a dangerous place for some. For men, when they see a woman on the cover of a magazine—half naked—where do you think their mind goes? Same for women. The body of muscles rippling on a naked torso on a man sends some women into a frenzy of lust. And almost every single magazine you pick up from the newstand screams that today.

As I watched the movie Fireproof last night (Denise, we finally had our date!), I was reminded of the book by Beth Moore, Get Out of That Pit where she describes many pits that are waiting traps—and many we dig ourselves right into…

I have plunked myself straight into the pit of depression…all because I did not capture the flailing thoughts and I allowed the enemy to plant seeds of doubt and discouragement there. And I sat idly by as he (the enemy) watered those same seeds until I was a complete and total mess. Only through the power of prayer—the POWER from the Holy Spirit was I ever able to break free from the debilitating grip of the enemy in my life. Over my mind and heart. It happens. As surely as a panic attack can come on some, despair can come on others. Depression. I’ve been there.

I used this passage yesterday…but it’s needed again today. “For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” 2 Timothy 1:12 I have committed my heart and mind to following Jesus Christ. As the song says, “I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.”

Allow HIM to come into your heart and life today. When you give HIM full control over your heart and mind….He will do some amazing things …on a daily basis. I know. I am there.

And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Acts 2:21

(picture from Bella Lino linens–not my bedroom—only wish!)

Day Sixty-Six

Read Luke 17:11-19

Guess what girls? The Lord is not afraid to deal with our ugly stuff. No matter where we are, what we are going through- it may look bad, it may even stink. God’s able to and willing to do the work, to touch the untouchable, and love the unlovable.

Look at vs. 14. Jesus had told them to “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” Now, I know most of them were not carrying around mirrors, but they could look at each other and their own extremeties and see they still had their spots. They walked “by faith and not by sight.” They were healed on the way. Oh, what a message here! They went in faith, not looking at their circumstances. They stood on His word! I can just imagine as they were walking they were probably encouraging each other to keep walking. Amazingly, all ten stood on faith and begin walking to see the priests. If there were any doubting, they just kept walking, because it says in vs.14 “as they went, they were cleansed.” How sad it was that only one “Leper” returned to thank Jesus. My Mamo (Grandmother- now with Jesus) used to say, “Just praise Him even before He answers our prayers, believing He will.” Now that’s faith to the test! Sara Trollinger wrote that someone had written a little saying that said, “Faith that fizzles before the finish had a flaw from the first.” Let’s keep the faith to the finish!

Beth writes that she wondered “if the leper with the most spots was the one who came back to thank Him.” Leprosy is leprosy whether you have a few spots or not, kinda like chicken pox – you either have it or you don’t, and sin is sin whether we feel it is a big sin or not, it still makes us a sinner. But praise God, for forgiveness! (I said this in a loud voice, as I “fall down on my face at His feet giving Him thanks”)

Sisters, have a great day. Remember to thank Him every day- not just on Thanksgiving. He alone is worthy of all our praise. Thank you for joining us today. So glad to have you back Gail!

Lord, I come to you today to say thank you. I love you with all my heart! I thank you for this Bible study, I’m learning so much more about you and my love for you grows deeper. Thank you for allowing us to feel your presence with us. Bless the dear sisters in our study and their families. Minister healing to those that need a healing and miracles to those with financial needs or whatever the circumstances they may be facing… touch them- hug them- hold them and remind them you care. All these things I pray in Jesus Holy name–Amen.

Keeping the Faith,