Sometimes you just never know when God is gonna just break out somewhere.  You’ve been there – when you suddenly feel God is in the place.  

Well I was sitting in a small room with about 10 other people at the cardiologist office waiting for a stress test. (to see if the ticker is working right)

Not something I looked forward to and besides that why in the world did they say it would take four hours. And what’s with the “nuclear” part of the test?

I was  uneasy in the way that you are when there are a lot of unknowns.  I noticed that most everyone was looking at their phones or magazine with only minimal conversation between people and the ones that came with them.   Then I asked a lady what the test was like.  She was older, but I could tell she brightened up at the opportunity to share some wisdom.  She walked me through it and a few others chimed in with their additions to the knowledge I was getting.  It was sweet!  

All of the sudden, everyone in the room started talking to others.  At times the whole room was participating in one group conversation.  A far cry from the isolationist feel it had when I walked in.  I could feel the Holy Spirit moving.  I love it when He shows up outside of church and does a suddenly.

One of the ladies began to share her heart about having had several heart attacks and possibly cancer.  The weight and burden on her face made me want to cry.  I knew that God wanted to lift her burden, especially her.  

So most of the room cleared out and I began to tell her of my near death experience as a teenager.  I saw heaven and was describing what I saw.  I could see a familiar peace come on her.  I knew that she already knew the Lord, but she leaned in towards me as if to soak up the words of truth.  A reminder of what she already knew in part.  I pulled out a Closer cd that I had made a decade ago and gave it to her and she was excited.  Her countenance changed and her mother began to talk about a revival she had been to in her past.  It was an easy conversation, and you could almost see how much lighter the room was as well as these “family” members in the body of Christ.  I got called out for the test and wish I could have prayed with her – but she got something better I think. She remembered to Whom she belonged.

I don’t know.  I just love when that happens.  I know prayer helps them happen – but sometimes God just busts out!!!  I can’t wait till the next time and I think I will ask for more!  How about you!?

A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

September 22, 2016

James 1:2 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials. knowing the the testing of your faith produces patience.

We’ve most likely read this dozens of times and marveled at how James could ask us to count trials a “joyful” thing. I have always read that and said to myself “that’s deep, and I’m not even close to that level of maturity” and ha ha….I still say that! But I found something interesting this morning as I read this. I stopped and looked up the word “patience” in the Greek (which the new testament was translated from) It is the word “hupomone” which means “an abiding under”! Wow!! that totally changed it for me!!

Follow this thought…. our trials drive us to “abide under” . To run to God and seek Him out in a closer and deeper way. In light of that….trials produce really good fruit. As we continue to follow James line of thought….. 1:4 “But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing!”

I don’t know about you…..but I would love to be made complete and lack nothing in the sight of God. Am I asking for trials?? NOOO!!! But…I know they will come to me and to all of us. We are meant to grow to maturity as human beings and as spiritual beings….the children of God.

James, as our older brother in Christ and a man approved of God has given us some pretty awesome wisdom. Actually if you follow his next thought he encourages us to ask for wisdom from God in faith….. an interesting thought to follow what he just said. I think when we get into trials….we NEED God’s wisdom to understand and navigate them in a way that pleases God.

At any rate…..trials will come…..to take James advice and at least try to “count it all joy” looking past the immediate trial and seeing a beautiful fruit that will be gained if we do it God’s way will help us in this life. Patience and endurance….beautiful fruit in God’s eyes. May God help us to “abide under” Him at all times, but especially as we traverse difficult times. Amen!

“Out Of The Box” –  Learning to have “ears to hear”  with Bible Teacher  Jean Chamblee – Passing The Torch

#1  “Come Grow with me”  First in the series called Passing the Torch with very transparent Bible teacher….Jean Chamblee.  Enjoy and You can learn to know God in a personal and intimate way……starting today

Doesn’t the title just give you a good feeling?!! A wishing inside that we could all at some point in our lives start over? A new beginning? A better than great “do-over”?

Of course. We’ve all screwed up royally at some point. God knew that. Before He made us He knew all that we could and would do. He has foreknowledge. He knows the beginning from the end.

Isaiah 46:9-11

“Remember the former things of old,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like Me,

Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things that are not yet done,
Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
And I will do all My pleasure,’”

So if God already knew what we would do before we ever did it…..then why does He still love us? Because His love is far greater than you and I can understand. His desire for a family (us) was far deeper in Him than our mistakes could ever take us. That is why Jesus came and paid the price for our sins. He made a way for us to get a blank slate. For real!!! Isn’t that good news? I think the “good news of the gospel” has gotten buried somewhere under a lot of religion.

Now this doesn’t mean that we are free to be lawless, but it is not a permanent condemnation if we come to Christ and “get honest with Him” about what ever it is we have done to royally screw up. We’ve hurt people….we’ve hurt ourselves. God wants to forgive all that and cleanse us from all of it’s effects. He will get all that junk out of us and lead us down a path that won’t hurt us. He is wise and He understands how things work in this kingdom He created.

Can we trust Him? Trust is hard for many because we have seen so many messed up churches and christians, but we can’t let that deter us from meeting the real Jesus. And THAT Jesus proved His great passion and love by laying down His life and suffering a horrible death to show us how serious He was about wanting us and getting us back from the bondage that sin brought upon us.

Romans 3:23 “… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

Like it or not we are all in the same boat…..we all need a chance at a “clean, blank, slate” in our lives many times over and He has provided a way for us to have that. He never intended us to be captured by our sins, the flesh or the devil. He is about our freedom.

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.”

Now let me make that “confess our sins” a little less religious and a little more understandable. He just wants us to be honest about whatever it is that we did to violate our consciences (that inner knowing of right and wrong) It can eat at us and we don’t even know exactly what it came from. Hey…..God is all about communication ….you have no idea how much He wants to communicate with you. YOU. Let that sink in. There is only one you ever created. Only you can give to God what He created you for. It’s kind of like a treasure hunt. You have to seek out your purpose and seek out your purpose Giver!! Only God knows why you were created. Why look anywhere else???

Romans 10:10-13 “ For it is by believing in his heart that a man becomes right with God; and with his mouth he tells others of his faith, confirming his salvation.
For the Scriptures tell us that no one who believes in Christ will ever be disappointed. Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect: they all have the same Lord who generously gives his riches to all those who ask him for them. Anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord (Jesus Christ) will be saved. (Living Bible)

So how to get a blank slate? Believe in Jesus Christ that He is who He said He is, paid our price for a blank slate, and just simply requires our honesty with Him when we blow it. He will then help us walk away from whatever sin has caused us or others harm. (I highly recommend you seek out the Baptism in the Holy Spirit too …..He will freely give you extra power to walk in this life with lots of help …Luke 11:9-13) ( also explanation found on Youtube…. “How do I receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit’….Jean Chamblee….Passing the Torch #14)

Anyway……I pray you seek Him out and get that clean, blank, slate and watch your past no longer control your future. That’s true freedom and only Jesus Christ can give it to you and the awesome thing…..HE WANTS TO!!!! This isn’t religion…..it’s relationship with the one that made you. Go for it. Seek and you shall find!!!

God bless and grace and peace to you!! Have a great day!!!

“The Blessing of Abiding”    Jean Chamblee  – Passing the Torch

WHEN HEAVEN INVADES EARTH

August 17, 2016

WHEN HEAVEN INVADES EARTH
Just had to give this testimony! So many in the body of Christ have ceased to press in to the things of God and the fire of God is falling again and He is ready and waiting for us to press in!! I will give you an example. Ed and I went to a “Heaven on Earth” conference (nothing “magic” about the conference….just a group truly seeking the face of God) and we spent time praying for hours before we got there on the drive up, hearing preaching and then hours in worship and in prayer at the alter with other believers. We were filled with His Presence and surrounded by God’s glory. HIS glory…..nothing of man.
Then on the drive home we stopped at a rest stop for a bathroom break. And I kid you not……this 20 year old walks up to me and says they don’t have enough gas money to get home and could I help out……DIVINE APPOINTMENT….I just smiled and said “Come to my car”. We started talking about the conference and God and his eyes were wide open and excited! I handed him a $20 and gave him a book and some Christian music CD’s and the Spirit of God was just exploding in that little parking lot…..mind you there were 4 other young people in the car watching all this. Then…..right then. A car pulls up beside ours and the guy rolled down the window and said “Mam…..I’m so embarrassed to ask this….but I’m almost out of gas….!!! Hallelujah!! God Himself was just bringing them to us!!!! So we pulled out some more cash and started telling him about God, the conference, and gave him a salvation tract and Christian music CD’s and I could just feel that glory that was present at the alter…..present in the parking lot and that God had hand picked these people to experience the Living God!!!
I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we will see some of them in heaven because of Jesus Christ invading their lives!!! And we get to be a part of all that if we will lay down the things of this world and seek and hunger for God above all else. This is the hour…….this is the day. God is NO respecter of persons……He does not show favoritism ……what He does for one He will do for another. Are you willing to pay the price? To press in to God and experience heaven on earth!!! We were created to be “Living in the Book Of Acts”!! Oh how I pray that we will not miss it! It will not come again….I truly believe we are entering into the last great harvest before the great and terrible Day of the Lord. I pray that you will hunger and thirst for a relationship with JESUS CHRIST like you have never experienced before!! HE LOVES YOU WITH A PASSION THAT CAN ONLY BE UNDERSTOOD BY EXPERIENCING IT! By pressing in to Him. By getting alone with Him. By hungering and thirsting after Him above all else!! There is a love deeper and more fulfilling than you could have ever imagined!!! He is waiting for you……to love you! TO LOVE YOU!!! You are His unique and precious creation…..there is only one you…..and He wants you! He wants to love you! He wants to take you deeper in relationship with Him. Will you let HIM? He is waiting….. One step at a time. I pray you will take just one step closer to Him today…..one conversation…..one prayer……one block of time you give just to HIM. He died for you and He is worthy. Go for it…..don’t worry about tomorrow. You don’t have to live up to anyones expectations or be like anyone else. Let Him make you who YOU were created to be. We ALL are pieces of the puzzle…..the body. Different and so totally a creative work of God…. He loves YOU!!!! Wants YOU!! Passionately desires your love and your fellowship. See how great a price He paid to demonstrate His love…… I pray with all my heart you will take a step closer to Him today!
Matthew 6:10 “Your kingdom come. Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.”
…..heaven is not something you have to wait for….heaven is in Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God.

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Biblical Teaching from  “Passing the Torch”  with   Teacher:   Jean Chamblee