A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

January 16, 2021

 SATAN IS AFTER THE THRONE OF OUR HEARTS!   Just exactly what does that mean?
 We must ask ourselves…..WHO is supposed to be the King of our hearts?  God!!  (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!)   We know from scripture that Satan is a thief and comes to steal, to kill and to destroy. (John 10:10)
 

 What did he want more than anything?   Isaiah records Lucifers words:
 

 Isaiah 14:13-15
 “For you have said in your heart:
 ‘I will ascend into heaven,
 I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
 I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
 On the farthest sides of the north;
 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
 I will be like the Most High.’
 

 Lofty words he uttered.  He wants to “sit on the mount of the congregation”.  That is us.  
 

 So how does he accomplish this?  Predominantly with lies and deception.   (John 8:44)  “…When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”   
 (2 Corinthians 11:18)
 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
 

 He comes in stealth to take the throne of our hearts and souls.  Our soul is our mind, will, and emotions.  That’s where it gets tricky.  They are always at work and engaged in something.  But according to the Word of God,  anything we allow to take up our mind, will, and emotions more than God …has become an idol in our hearts.     (1 Corinthians 10:14)  “Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.”
 

 On more than one occasion God has called me on the carpet saying  “You have an idol in your heart”  Each time I was floored thinking that it couldn’t be.  But when He told me what it was….I had to agree and admit that what or who He named was occupying my thoughts more than He was.  OUCH!
 

 So I simply repented and began to pay attention to my thoughts and affections, making sure they were set first on God.  Our priorities in life should be 1. God  2. Spouse 3. Kids/Family  4. Job/Ministry   When this delicate balance gets out of whack so do we.   It can result in depression, anxiety, overwhelming stress or show up in many different ways.  These are just the symptoms that something is amiss in our souls and needs to be adjusted.
 

 It is pretty easy to fix. Just recognizing it is half the battle.  Then begin casting down and resisting those thoughts that occupy too much of our being!  God is a jealous God.    “…For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God…” (Exodus 20:4) “…for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God…” (Exodus 34:14) 
 

 Actually I think it’s cool that He is so passionate about us.  He certainly paid a huge price to show us how much He loves us.  To prove His love for us.  
 

 I truly believe this is a season of repentance.  Even on the Hebrew calendar ...we are in the month that they consider a time of repentance.  So I encourage each of us to examine our hearts and see if anything or anyone is occupying our mind, will and emotions more than our God.  I pray you won’t be a stubborn mule like I can often be and wait until things start falling apart to get my attention!  Thank goodness for His mercy!  He loves us, wants us, created us…..to be His.   I hope you can hear that this is truly a LOVE MESSAGE, and no condemnation.  He wants you.  What could be better news than that!  The King of the Universe wants to be the King of your heart!  You are loved!

copyright 2016   Jean Chamblee Thomas

 Speak softly to my broken soul
 No one else can make me whole
 Gently, gently Spirit speak
 Hold me closely kind and meek
 
 Pain so deep no words express
 Just a tear falls on my breast
 Dripping from my eyes of blue
 No idea Lord what to do
 
 Such a time I have not seen
 Maybe so, life’s been quite mean
 Icy cold most people are
 Except the few sweet shining stars
 
 On this I set my heart of hope
 That somewhere there’s a lighter note
 Can I sing again, oh my soul
 Can I speak of being whole
 
 In Your arms is where I lie
 I know you keep the tears I cry
 Feeling deeply loving long
 I wish again to sing Your song
 
 Trusting You, Who never fails
 Waiting for Your Spirit’s sails
 Into the sunset I will gaze
 Lifting up a quiet praise
 
 Heaven is my dream of dreams
 No matter those my hope demean
 I know You’re real with all my heart
 Lift me up my soul impart
 
 Give me joy and wholeness too
 I know You will I trust in You
 Heal me Lord so deep within
 Remove from me all lingering sin
 
 Set me on a path that’s right
 Help me Lord escape the night
 Of all around the daggers fly
 Lift me to your Presence high
 

 copyright 2016   Jean Chamblee Thomas

A CLEAN SLATE (such a gift)

January 15, 2021

Painful past
Mistakes made
Can’t change
The path was laid

Ironclad grip
Pulling down
Crying out
In tears drowned

Spinning round
A sinking ship
Life’s a mess
Can’t get a grip

What if there
Was really a way
A gift for you
A completely clean slate

If you can get past
Prejudices made
Open your mind
The price was paid

Forget religion
Not what it’s about
Embrace the Truth
That will let you cry out

Forget the steeple
The Easter parade
Jesus is deep
It’s no charade

The blood He shed
Is no laughing matter
Such a shame He’s been treated
With a light hearted manner

Love so deep
Heart so good
He gave it for you
He shed His own blood

So you could have
Another chance
Get free from your past
Set free to dance

Dance a new life
Leave the old behind
Take hold of His hand
He will take off the blinds

That’s right it’s a kick
Jesus is the Way
You’ve heard it all along
Thought it was a cliche’

Don’t need to be religious
To talk to the One
That loves you so much
Had me write this sweet poem

So guess what precious one?
He’s waiting on you
To give a clean slate
Start your life brand new


copyright  Jean Chamblee  2010

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.



MORE AND MORE (poetry)

December 16, 2020

I get to know you 

More and more

As I walk through time

Jesus is my open door

So many things 

I thought I understood

But under clouds of darkness

My thinking hard as wood

So much more

O, Lord open up 

The eyes of my understanding

Fill again my empty cup

So close, so near

I feel you in my heart

Whisper away my fears

Your words hit every mark

Open, open 

O, God of the universe

The kingdom of heaven

Is the place of my new birth

I feel Your love arising

Lighting up my mind

Renewing every part of me

Didn’t know I was so blind

Our light is darkness

Compared to your infinite shine

And oh great God of the universe

How can you be so kind?

Kind and good and generous

To give us all we’ve got

Share with us your character

Hide your secret plot

Hidden treasures everywhere

If we would only look

Hidden treasures come alive

Inside your very book

Off the page and on the stage

Kingdom of God on earth

Now’s the time to enter in

And find out what you’re worth

Oh the price, the price He paid

He laid it on the line

Holding nothing back for us

He passed the test of all time

No love greater will ever be

Than what Jesus did for us

For now and all eternity

He gave His life for us

More and more and more, my Lord

Pour it out on me

The presence of the Trinity

That is our destiny!

copyright   2016  Jean Chamblee

Listen till the end!! This is good stuff!!! It gets even better as it goes……

So I have been thinking about you all that visit here on this WordPress site. I also am going to step up my prayers for you. Why? Because I know that you are called and appointed by God and destined to be here at this time in history. Yes, you!!! That is one of my all time favorite attributes of God. He shows favor to anyone He wants. Our acceptance by God is through us accepting what His Son came and did for us. Jesus makes us worthy to be in the kingdom of God – not our works – our belief.

Anyway – I want to help you if I can. I have been on a 40 year journey and have seen many miracles and encountered so much of the miraculous presence of God. I want you to open up an HOPE. That God wants to reveal Himself to you in some of the same ways He did in my life. The Bible says He is “no respecter of persons”. If you seek Him like I did you WILL get results far above what you could expect.

I pray you will read this little excerpt from my story and realize God has assignments for you too. I want to set this before you so you will know that God wants to do for this generation as He has done in the Book of Acts. Here is a modern day story from my little life that shows – God will show up for those who seek Him and desire to obey Him. So here it is:

ANGEL AT THE TIME CLOCK

Now I fully believed that we have angels working with us.  I had just never seen one with wings on the earth, until that day…

I went to work in the small little town of Greenville, North Carolina.  I worked at a place called S. & S. Cafeteria and it was located in the towns only mall. I drove the ten or fifteen miles to work with the radio on trying to get ready for another mundane day.  I arrived on time and began walking down the hallway towards the time clock to punch in. 

Out of the blue, for a moment,  my eyes were opened to the unseen realm.  The spirit realm.  Lo and behold right before my eyes, standing beside the time clock, was a beautiful giant angel.  He was tall, maybe ten feet or more,  and glistened like gold.  He had wings that reached to the ceiling and was so majestic looking.  It was not a frightening experience, but it startled me because it was so unexpected.  Then quickly, the vision closed, but I knew he was still there. I was aware of what the Bible teaches about the gifts of the Holy Spirit located in chapter 12 of the book of 1 Corinthians.  That at times when the Holy Spirit desires to, He can open your eyes so that you can see what is in the spirit realm, it’s called “discerning of spirits”,  and that is what I had experienced.

All day long I wondered what the Angel was there for.  Was he there to prevent an accident?  A robbery?  My mind danced around like crazy with curiosity!  Finally, I took my lunch break and sat down at the table with my Bible.  As I was eating and reading, a young man came and sat down abruptly across from me and looked me square in the eye.  He said, “I heard you were a Christian”  I said, “Yes I am.”

He excitedly said, “What must I do to get saved?”   Well, here it was!  I knew the Angel was there to see to it that this event took place.  There is no greater miracle than the new birth, to become what the Bible calls “born again”.   When someone accepts Christ and has their name written in the Book of Life.  After showing him some scripture and briefly explaining salvation, I prayed with the young man at the table to receive Jesus as his Lord.   I also asked him to meet me after work to talk about the baptism in the Holy Spirit which he was excited to do! I figured he needed the whole package!

The young man did meet me in the parking lot after work and received the baptism.  It was incredible.  I felt like I was living in the Book of Acts!  The Holy Spirit descended on him and he was filled with God’s presence and spoke in tongues right there in the parking lot!  Never think God is limited to a church for a holy experience to take place!  The whole earth is filled with His glory!

  I knew that this had been a divine appointment. A special one because God allowed me to see the presence of the Angel, although they are surrounding us in the spirit realm all the time, especially if we are believers.  This man’s life was now transformed.  I don’t remember his name, but I saw him a year or so later and he said he was going to Bible school to be a minister. He wanted to be a Pastor.  I knew God was taking good care of him and it was a blessing to have been allowed to take part in his journey.

How cool to think of the angels involvement in our lives.  All going on around us in the unseen realm!  They are around you too!  The more we pray and walk in faith….the more they are activated around us!

Hebrews 13:2  “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.”

1 Corinthians 12:7-11   “ But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:  for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,  to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,  to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.  But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

copyright  2011   Jean Chamblee   (revised excerpt from “A Secret Life In the Secret Kingdom”) For more modern day stories: Amazon: https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B005XB5S6W&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_Hg9UFbKG7QVK9

CALLED TO ENTER (poetry)

November 20, 2020

Think not that God doesn’t know you

That He doesn’t see your life

It is He that has fashioned and made you

You are centered in His eye

You are His creation

And He makes all things well

Though it all may seem a mystery

In time the truth shall tell

He made you for a purpose

Yes you fit in His divine scheme

As perfect as a puzzle piece

That completes His heart felt dream

His heart, it longs to know you

And for you to know Him too

He invites you to this journey

But He won’t force you into

He longs for deep communion

Just between you and He

He longs to open up your eyes

To things only He can see

Fulfillment is in intimacy

That can be found in Him

As you take the steps on earth

To seek Him once again

You see at once the enemy

That tries to cloud your soul

He wants to take you down with him

Into the eternal Sheol

Don’t let the lies get to you

That’s contrary to God’s Word

Let the Bible lead you

The truth that you have heard

So like a giant treasure

You must choose to seek

Determine you will find it

Until your life’s complete

You are His great diamond

Only one of it’s kind

He made no other like you

This truth He wants you to find

So determine now to see Him

Look into His word

Call His name in the darkness

And KNOW that you have been heard.

Copyright 2020. Jean Chamblee Thomas


Tenderness
Cocooning all around
A life with much pain
Will receive such a crown

All of the tears
Collected in love
Gentleness sees
Observes from above

All of the days
You thought you were alone
Never a moment
Just a breath from His throne

Tender loving Father
I wish we could see
Unravel the layers
Of seeming debris

Things we’ve considered
Of little report
Are the things heaven sees
Receives great reward

Small acts of kindness
Trickles of love
Never forgotten
Peace like a dove

Acts of forgiveness
In the face of such hate
Makes the Father smile
You’re a champion at the gate

copyright Jean Chamblee 2010

Psalm 56:8,9
“You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book?
When I cry out to You,
Then my enemies will turn back;
This I know, because God is for me.

I know many of us are worried about the coming election.  But I want to share something with you.   On Saturday, September 26th,  we went to Washington D. C.  To join a Day of Prayer and Repentance called “The Return” with Johnathan Cahn coordinating it.

It was just that.  Around 75,000 people stood and knelt on the ground weeping and repenting for the sins of the nation ,  listing many of them one by one.  Yes it took hours.  And it was awesome and so right.  The unity of the body of Christ and the Presence of God among us was palpable.  

It went from 9a.m. to 9p.m.  and it was not tiring at all, but life giving.  You could feel it.  This is what God has wanted us to do for a long time.  Another group was simultaneously doing a prayer walk around D.C. with Franklin Graham.   When it was over – I wondered.  Was this enough?  To stay the hand of judgement and procure from God’s hand a little more time to turn this nation around?  It would have only taken 10 righteous for God to spare Sodom and Gomorrah. (Genesis 18).  Was this enough for a nation of 330 million?

Then a month later another group of mainly young people filled the national Mall again and worshipped and prayed for four hours and then walked all around praying and worshipping at different sites in D.C.   And we saw a victory with a pro life supreme court justice sworn in the next day.  That gives me hope.

Now another group of believers will gather and pray at the end of October.  People have been traveling from all over the United States to join in these gatherings.  And there were over 12 million joining online for ‘The Return”. Plus millions around the world joining  in livestream and praying for America.

Only God knows what He will do.  But for the first time in a long time,  I have hope that God may grant us more time for revival if we will continue and not stop after the election.  The church is out of the building and in part we need to keep it that way and not retreat into a mindset of  four walls and only individual programs.  

There needs to be unifying events like these.  A Body of Christ that will rise up and fight against the darkness and lawlessness of the age.  A Body that will pray and fast and seek His face until a great awakening and harvest of souls comes full throttle into our land.

It was so beautiful to be with believers of all walks of life.  The unity of purpose was incredible.  It felt like we were experiencing the answer to Jesus prayer in John 17:22.  when He prayed that we would be “one” as they are “One”.   I saw Amish, Baptist, Messianics, Pentecostals, and probably most denominations were represented among us.  All that was secondary – we were there for Jesus.  To do His will.  To cry out for our nation.  

I pray it continues and grows.  May God bless this land of ours and a harvest of souls come into the kingdom of God!