Posted by: Kim | April 21, 2014

RESURRECTION THANKSGIVING

RESURRECTION THANKSGIVING

JESUS IS ALIVE!

JESUS IS ALIVE!

Yesterday, was the day that we commemorate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

It was the day that we commemorate his defeat of death, hell and the grave in all His majesty and power.

It was the day that we in the Body of Christ commemorate and indeed celebrate the fact that Jesus is alive, that even death could not hold Him captive…..what power!!!….Hallelujah!!!!

Are you grateful that He got up?

I sure am!

Be blessed by the following songs that express thanksgiving to the Lord for what He did for us.

Shalom!

Kim

“JESUS IS ALIVE” – RON KENOLY

 

“UP FROM THE GRAVE HE AROSE” – DANIEL THORNTON

 

“MY REDEEMER LIVES” – NICOLE MULLEN

 

“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.”

(Luke 24:1-8 – NIV)

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Posted by: Kim | April 18, 2014

GOOD FRIDAY THANKSGIVING

GOOD FRIDAY THANKSGIVING

JESUS DIED FOR YOU

JESUS DIED FOR YOU

Today is the day that we commemorate the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

It is the day that we commemorate the sacrifice that He made by dying on the cross to pay the price for our sins.

Are you grateful for what He did?

I sure am!

Be blessed by the following songs that express thanksgiving to the Lord for what He did for us.

Shalom!

Kim

“WORTHY IS THE LAMB” – BROOKLYN TABERNACLE CHOIR

“FOREVER GRATEFUL” – MARTY NYSTROM AND HOSANNA MUSIC

“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.

(John 3:16-17 – Amplified Bible)

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Posted by: Kim | April 17, 2014

WHEN “YES” SHOULD BE “NO”

WHEN “YES” SHOULD BE “NO”

SHOUD YOUR "YES" BE "NO"

SHOULD YOUR “YES” BE “NO”?

Have you ever agreed to do or commit to something that you knew deep within your heart was not for you to do or commit to at the time?

I know I have, and it definitely is not a good experience.

Here are two typical scenarios.

SCENARIO 1

It’s 5:45pm on a Friday evening and Jamie has just gotten home from work after a long, hard week.

Exhausted with her head pounding and body aching, she opens the door to her apartment and heads for the bathroom.

All she wants to do is take a hot shower and curl up on the couch.

Jamie knows she needs to rest.

The phone rings.

It’s her co-worker/friend Dawn and the following conversation ensues.

“Hello.”

“Hi Jamie”

“Hi Dawn. What’s up?”

“I’m wondering if you can keep my kids tonight? Dave wants to take me to dinner; I know it’s short notice but I really need this favor.”

“Oh, umm, okay…..no problem. What time?”

“I’ll bring them at 7:00 pm”

“Okay Dawn.”

“Great! Thanks a mill!”

“Okay, goodbye.”

Jamie hangs up the phone. She really does not feel up to babysitting anyone.

She flops her aching body down on the couch and she is angry; angry with Dawn for being so insensitive by asking her to keep her kids on such short notice, especially after such a trying week and angry with herself for not saying “no”.

What do you think Jamie could have said to Dawn that would have been a more authentic and truthful, yet tactful and sensitive response?

I think that as opposed to agreeing and violating her conscience by saying “yes”, perhaps she could have said:

“Dawn, I’m happy Dave asked you out and I understand your babysitting dilemma, but I really can’t keep the kids tonight because I’m honestly not feeling well and need to rest. I am sorry to not be able to help you this time, but maybe next time.”

Have you ever agreed to do something you knew deep within your heart was not for you to do at the time?

In other words, can you recall a time when your “yes” should have been “no” when requested to do something?

If so, how did you feel after agreeing to do it?

What could you have said that would have been a more authentic and truthful, yet tactful and sensitive response?

SCENARIO 2

John is a loving husband and father of 9-year-old twin sons.

He takes his responsibilities as a godly husband and father seriously and therefore makes time in his busy schedule to build his relationships with his wife and sons and be the priest of his home.

John is also the owner and CEO of a large, thriving consultancy firm which he not only views as a means of income and financial stability, but also as a marketplace ministry. As such, not only does he run the business based on God honoring principles, but he also personally leads a devotional meeting every Monday morning for his staff and hosts a Bible Study on Thursdays for an hour after work which many of his employees attend.

John is also an active member of the men’s fellowship at his church, always ready and willing to take part in and contribute to its many projects, activities and assignments, and in the community, he is known for making the most of every opportunity that arises to share his faith in Christ and to encourage or build up everyone who crosses his path.

John feels good about his life and has inner peace about what He is doing to advance the Kingdom of God at home, work, church and in the community. Challenged but not overwhelmed, he senses deep within his spirit that He is walking in the will of God for this season of his life.

One morning after just settling in at work, the phone rings.

It’s John’s pastor and the following conversation ensures.

“Hello, John speaking.”

“Hi John, this is Pastor Brian…how are you and your family?”

“Hi Pastor Brian, we’re doing great!….it’s nice to hear from you.”

“John, the board has decided to appoint a new head of evangelism who will be responsible for training the church members in techniques and issues on evangelism. This person will organize and lead training sessions on Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm – 9:00pm and practice sessions on Saturday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am over the next 6 months.”

“Okay”

“Well, we’ve talked and prayed about who would be best suited for this position and we’ve come to the unanimous decision that you’re the man for the job.”

“Really?” says John as he feels that familiar knot forming in his stomach that occurs when God is warning Him not to go down a particular path.

“Yes John, and we know you won’t disappoint us by saying no will you?”

“No, of course not”…says John as he feels the knot in his stomach tighten.

“So what do you say John? Can we depend on you to take this appointment? It is a very important need in the church.”

“Well okay, I’ll do it.”

“Great!…I’ll let the board know. Thanks John!’

“No problem Pastor Brian.”

“Bye John, I’ll talk with you later.”

“Goodbye Pastor Brian”

John hangs up the phone and thinks to himself “what on earth have I done!”

He knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that he should not have agreed to take the position due to his present schedule and the now painfully tight knot in his stomach mockingly re-affirmed his wrong choice.

Disappointed and angry with himself  for not telling Pastor Brian “no”, John sits wringing his hands, wondering how he can get out of this predicament he’s placed himself in.

What do you think John could have said to Pastor Brian that would have been a more authentic and truthful, yet tactful and sensitive response?

I think that as opposed to agreeing and violating his conscience by saying “yes”, John could have said:

“Pastor Brian, I am truly honored that the board would consider me for such a position, but because of my present schedule and commitments, I can not effectively serve in that capacity at this time. Even as you spoke, I got that inner nudge from the Holy Spirit that this is not the time for me to take on such a commitment. Again, although honored I will unfortunately have to turn down the position at this time; I hope you understand.”

Have you ever agreed to commit to something that you knew within your heart was not for you to commit to at the time? 

In other words, can you recall a time when your “yes” should have been “no” when requested to commit to something?

If so, how did you feel after agreeing to commit to it?

What could you have said that would have been a more authentic and truthful response, yet tactful and sensitive?

If we are honest with ourselves, when it comes to personal requests, sometimes we say “yes” to what we know deep inside we should really say “no” to because of fear; fear of disappointing the other person, fear of rejection by the other person, fear of losing an opportunity, fear of no longer being viewed by the person in a favorable light, fear of an angry response from the person, or fear of some other negative result if we say “no”.

Other times we succumb to the temptation of “yes” to what we know deep inside we should really say “no” to because we feel “yes” will afford us some desired personal gain such as perks, privileges, higher esteem, greater income, coveted associations, a glamorous or outstanding addition to our resume, a favor we can “cash in” on later when we need something from the person in the future, or some other coveted result.

And other times, we say “yes” when we we know inside we ought to say “no” simply because we do not want to hurt the feelings of or disappoint the other person.

Whatever the case, as Believers, it is important for us to practice honesty in all aspects of our lives including saying “no” to personal requests when deep in our hearts we know we ought not say “yes”.

According to Psalms 51:6, God desires truth in our innermost parts.

This means that when faced with a request, an inner “no” in our spirit should manifest as an outer “no” and not as a “yes”, and conversely, an inner “yes” in our spirit should manifest as an outer”yes” and not as a “no”.

Selah!

Father, we confess that we have not always handled personal requests in a way that is pleasing to You.

Forgive us of every past instance of inauthenticity and dishonesty in our dealings with such matters and enable us by Your grace, Your divine enabling power, to walk in truth in spite of the consequences.

Keep us mindful of the reality that it is far better to please You at the expense of man’s favor than to please man at the expense of  Your favor.

We thank You and ask these things in Jesus’ Name, amen.

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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Posted by: Kim | April 10, 2014

THERE’S A STORY BEHIND EVERY STORY

THERE’S A STORY BEHIND EVERY STORY

WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON?

WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON?

As Believers, many times we find it so easy to judge others when they behave rude, “out of sorts”, disgusting, touchy, or in some other negative, distasteful or sinful way.

There’s a story behind every story.

We find it so easy to look at the person’s attitude and/or behavior and piously think and/or say:-

“How could they do that?”

“How could they say that?”

“How could they act like that?”

“I would never do that!”

“I would never say that!”

“I would never act like that!”

We think these pious thoughts and/or speak these pious words forgetting the times prior to our being saved, and even since being saved, when we behaved rude, “out of sorts”, disgusting, touchy, or in some other negative, distasteful or sinful way.

There’s a story behind every story.

We think these pious thoughts and/or speak these pious words forgetting that we are not perfect and have not finished living yet so there is no guarantee that we will not display some of those same attitudes and/behaviors in the future, and if we do act in an appropriate or God-pleasing way, it is only because of God’s grace at work in our lives.

There’s a story behind every story.

We think these pious thoughts and/or speak these pious words without even wondering why the person is acting in this way and considering that perhaps they are under pressure or battling with some unknown negative situation.

There’s a story behind every story.

The sad part about it is that if the Holy Spirit were to shine God’s revelatory light on our hearts when we are having such thoughts or speaking such words, to our shame He would find self-righteousness, pride, scorn, disgust, and condemnation instead of mercy, love, humility, concern, empathy, and compassion……Saints, in God’s eyes, this is simply not right.

There’s a story behind every story.

Every person that we encounter in life is a complex combination of factors that influence their attitudes and behaviors.

There’s a story behind every story.

There are genetic factors, personality factors, cultural factors, childhood experiences, family experiences, school experiences, work experiences, friendship experiences, relationship experiences, marriage experiences, health experiences, spiritual experiences, verbal, mental, emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse, physical, mental and/or emotional pain, pressures, feelings of insecurity, unworthiness, rejection, anger, fear, and the sin nature, just to name a few.

There’s a story behind every story.

Many times the rude, “out of sorts”, disgusting, touchy, negative, distasteful or sinful attitudes and behaviors that we see displayed by a person are really a manifestation or byproduct of the story behind their story, i.e., a manifestation or byproduct of a combination of these factors, a manifestation or byproduct of what is behind what you see or experience from them.

There’s a story behind every story.

When considering this, and the fact that we too have a story behind our story, can we really justify judging them so harshly?

As Kingdom Ambassadors and Believers in Jesus Christ, the next time we encounter a person who is behaving “out of sorts”, rude, disgusting, or in some negative, distasteful or sinful way, instead of mentally or verbally flying to a state of pious condemning judgment, let’s pause to remember that there is a story behind their story and pray.

Let’s ask the Lord to help us see the person through His eyes, to help us see beyond their attitude and behavior to seeing a soul for whom He died.

Let’s ask Him to help us see beyond their attitude and behavior to seeing a person who has a life story that may be affecting the way he/she thinks, speaks and acts.

Let’s ask Him to help us see beyond their attitude and behavior to seeing a person who may be hurting and in need of love, understanding, compassion, salvation, healing or deliverance.

Let’s ask Him to bless the person and minister to them at their point of need.

Let’s ask Him if there is anything He wants us to say to or do for the person that would help or encourage them in some way.

We live in an era where stress, problems and “short fuses” abound, and as time winds down, so will persons who behave rude, “out of sorts”, disgusting, touchy, or in some other negative, distasteful or sinful way.

By the grace of God let’s train ourselves to not resort to harsh judgment in our thoughts and speech, but to instead, have a posture of love, concern and compassion, remembering that there is a story behind each person’s story.

There’s a story behind every story.

What’s the story behind your story?

Selah!

I wrote this post in May of 2010 and felt impressed to re-blog it today.

I hope it blessed you.

I hope it challenged you.

Be encouraged!

 

Kim

 

“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.”

(Psalm 103:8 – NIV)

“Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. 

It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].

It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.

Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].”

(I Corinthians 13:4-7 – Amplified Bible)

“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. 

For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.”

(John 3:16, 17 – Amplified Bible)

 

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Posted by: Kim | April 7, 2014

HOW TO DEAL WITH WORKPLACE ENEMIES

HOW TO DEAL WITH WORKPLACE ENEMIES

DO YOY HAVE A WORKPLACE ENEMY?

DO YOU HAVE A WORKPLACE ENEMY?

Enemy – “A person who feels hatred for, fosters harmful designs against, or engages in antagonistic activities against another; an adversary or opponent.” 

(Dictionary.com)

The following is a post I wrote in April of 2010 called “How To Deal With Workplace Enemies”.

I felt impressed to re-blog it tonight for someone who is experiencing difficulties in the workplace as a result of an enemy.

Be encouraged.

Be motivated.

Be blessed!

Kim

 

How to Deal with Workplace Enemies as Kingdom Ambassadors

If you have not done so already, at some point in your work experience you will encounter an enemy.

You will come under the fire of a person or persons who for some reason or the other do not like you, hold a grudge against you, or even hate you, and who will not hesitate to demonstrate this to you in some tangible way.

As Kingdom citizens we are not exempt from the attacks of workplace enemies.

Over the years I have seen, and in quite a few instances been, the recipient of many types of antagonistic behavior maliciously unleashed in the workplace; some of you probably have too.

I have seen persons:-

Ignore others as if they do not exist just because they don’t like them

Purposefully spread gossip about others to damage their reputations

Craftily hinder others from effectively carrying out their duties

Unnecessarily report others to their superiors in an effort to get them reprimanded or fired

Place others on difficult shifts in order to frustrate them to the point of leaving a job

Deny persons favor or help that could easily be given to them

Belittle others

Accost others

Needlessly embarrass others

Physically fight others

I wish that I could say that Believers were never perpetrators and or active participants in such behavior, but unfortunately to our shame, this has not been the case.

It is not always easy to deal with enemies in the workplace. When someone attacks us in some manner at work, no matter how saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost we may be, if the situation gets “hot” enough, at some point our flesh wants to spring into action and retaliate.

It will tell us things like, “Don’t get mad, get even”, “Fix their business”, “Give them a piece of your mind”, “Don’t take that, cuss them out”, “Punch him”, “Slap her”, “Slam down the phone”, “Get him fired”, “Don’t even look her way anymore”, etc.

To make matters more difficult, sometimes others who are privy to situations often add fuel to the fire by making comments or suggestions like, “I noticed how Mr. Seymour put you down in the meeting again; if I were you I’d deny his vacation when he comes to request it” or “Every time you say good morning to Ms. Brown she ignores you, I don’t know why you waste your time speaking to disgusting people like her.”

If we are honest, sometimes these types of responses are very tempting, but all the while somewhere inside, we can sense the Holy Spirit warning us against such a path, and urging us to take the higher road.

So the question is, as Kingdom Ambassadors, what are we to do when we encounter enemies in the workplace? How are we to handle them? How have you been handling them?

As with any other situation that we may face in any area of our lives, when we encounter an enemy in the workplace, the first thing to do is to pray. Pray for strength and guidance and then search the Bible to see what the Word, the constitution of God’s Kingdom, has to say about the situation.

Once we find the relevant scriptures, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we need to read, study, meditate on (which Biblically, actually means to murmur and mutter to oneself), verbalize, memorize, and apply them to our situation daily.

When it comes to dealing with enemies in the workplace, there are many relevant and helpful scriptures with powerful Kingdom principles.

Today we will just look at three, which in and of themselves, if applied would tremendously impact our lives, our enemies lives, as well as the lives of others who may be observing the situation, all to the glory of God.

In Matthew 5:43-48, Jesus, our King admonishes us to handle our enemies in a specific way. Jesus states,

“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that. In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” (The Message Bible)

In Matthew 6:14, 15, Jesus states,

“For if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.” (Amplifed Bible).

In Romans 12:19, the Apostle Paul writes,

“Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” (New King James Version)

Hold on a minute now. Are you are saying that I am supposed to love, forgive, pray for, give and be kind to Marilyn, the woman who keeps undermining me and to Gary, the man who keeps insulting me at every meeting?

Are you saying that I am not to get back at them or treat them as I think they deserve to be treated because of their actions toward me? Yes! Based on the authority of the above scriptures, that’s exactly what I am saying.

Jesus set the ultimate example of how to deal with an enemy in the way that he dealt with Judas. From before the foundation of the world was laid He knew that Judas’ would betray Him, yet he still discipled Judas, fellowshipped with him, fed him, washed his feet, and ultimately called him his friend.

Wow! What a way to treat an enemy!

How could Jesus do all of that for the man who would betray him? How could He call him “friend”?

He could call him friend because in carrying out his role as an enemy and betraying Jesus, he was actually carrying out God’s purpose.

Hmm…..could it be that the enemy you are encountering at work is a part of God’s purpose for your life?

Could it be that God is allowing the situation in order to stimulate changes in your character? Could it be that He is endeavoring to cultivate a higher level of spiritual maturity in you in some area; perhaps to further develop patience, kindness, gentleness, and/or self-control? Could it be that the person is in your life as a “fruit cultivating tool”?

Selah!

When you encounter an enemy in the workplace, be encouraged to meditate on relevant scriptures and prayerfully look at your situation. Ask yourself,

What may God be trying to work out of me?

What aspect of Christ’s character might He be seeking to develop in me?

What has come to the surface from within me as a result of the person’s actions toward me?

Is it God-like or flesh-like?

Is there a spirit of retaliation and vengeance dominating my thoughts, words, and/or actions toward this person, or is there love,  forgiveness and a sense of peace in spite of their actions, knowing that vengeance belongs to the Lord?

To be effective Kingdom Ambassadors in the workplace, to be effective representatives of Jesus Christ and of the Kingdom of God, we must agape our enemies; we must love them with the God-kind of love.

Remember, according to Ephesians 6:12, it is not flesh and blood that we are fight against but spirits so if we must war, let’s use the weapons of prayer and praise. If we must fight, let’s fight the good fight of faith. If we must do something, let’s by the power of the Holy Spirit, let our actions be governed by the Word of God.

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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Posted by: Kim | April 4, 2014

JUST FOR DOREY

JUST FOR DOREY

COMFORT ONE ANOTHER

COMFORT ONE ANOTHER

Yesterday I visited an old friend who is going through some really difficult challenges at this season in her life.

We talked, shared, laughed, prayed, but for me, the most rewarding aspect of the visit was that having previously walked a similar path myself, I was able to empathize with, comfort, encourage and give her hope; that was truly a blessing.

As I left her house, I thought of how when going through my season of challenges, I “accidentally” came in contact with a schoolmate I had not seen for many years who, I discovered through conversation, had walked a similar path that I was walking at the time and of how by sharing her journey and what God had done in her life, she was able to empathize with, comfort, encourage and give me hope.

Yesterday it was my turn to do the same for, or rather, give that same gift to someone else.

Whenever you go through a trial or test, always remember that it is not just about you, it is also about a person or persons God will place in your path in the future who will need what He has put in you as a result of going through that test or trial.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 puts this privilege this way:-

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (NIV) 

The Voice Bible puts it like this:-

“All praise goes to God, Father of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. He is the Father of compassion, the God of all comfort. He consoles us as we endure the pain and hardship of life so that we may draw from His comfort and share it with others in their own struggles.”

Selah!

So today this blog post and song is just for Dorey, a fellow sheep in God’s flock.

My sister be patient, flow with the process, stand on the Word, continue to keep the faith and pray and rest in the fact that God loves you and no matter what happens or how things appear, He is working it all out for you.

SHIRLEY CAESAR SINGING  - “HE’S WORKING IT OUT FOR YOU”

 

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

(Romans 8:28 – NKJV)

Be encouraged also that one day, you too will be positioned to empathize with, comfort, encourage and give hope to someone else because of this experience and what God does in you.

Shalom!

Kim

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Posted by: Kim | March 30, 2014

HE’LL DO IT AGAIN

HE’LL DO IT AGAIN

 

GOD WILL DO IT AGAN

GOD WILL DO IT AGAIN!

 

This song is a classic with a powerful message.

It is for someone going through their “midnight hour”.

Listen and be encouraged.

 

 

“I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.”

(Psalm 40:1-2 – NIV)

 

You may not know how, you may not know when, but He’ll do it again.

Be encouraged!

Kim

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Posted by: Kim | March 27, 2014

DON’T GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS

DON’T GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS

Do you have a dream?

Is there some thing that God has placed on your heart or spoke into your spirit that it would be manifested in your life?

Is there something that He revealed  about your life, purpose and destiny years ago that though not yet manifested, just the thought of it still resonates with, quickens and excites you?

I received the following prophetic word by Elaine Tavolacci this morning via my subscription to her website, http://www.awordinseason.info. and I believe it is a timely and encouraging word of hope to not give up on your dreams and as such I am re-blogging it with her permission.

Don’t Give Up on Your Dreams

March 27th, 2014

Elaine Tavolacci

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DON'T GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS

DON’T GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS

In the book of Genesis there is a story about a young man named Joseph. Joseph was a dreamer. His father favored him and gave him a coat of many colors. Because of this, his brothers threw him in a ditch and sold him as a slave. He was beaten, falsely accused and thrown into prison. Joseph never gave up on the dream that God gave him, but pursued God’s promise’a through difficult times.

Because of Joseph’s faith and tenacity, Pharaoh made him the Vizier which is the highest official in Ancient Egypt to serve the king. Pharaoh also placed a gold chain on his neck and put his signet ring on his finger which meant that Joseph now owned and had authority over everything that was Pharaohs. He then gave him a new name which was Zaphnath-Paaneah which means “Revealer of mysteries”. Some of you have been like Joseph. You once had a dream but your life seems to be going in the opposite direction. The book of Psalms chapter 105 verse 19 says that “Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the Lord tested him”.

The Lord says; do not allow anything to steal the dream that I have placed in your heart. Never give up on what I have promised to you. I am the restorer of dreams, and My word will come to pass. Just as Josephs father, I have given you favor. I have given you a coat of many colors. For those of you who have been betrayed by your brothers and sisters, I am the restorer of the breach. That which has been broken in your lives shall be mended. Those relationships that have been severed and disarrayed will be restored. Your families will come into alignment with My plans as they continue to observe your dedication to Me. Just as Potiphar’s wife falsely accused Joseph, those of you who have been falsely accused and lied about will be recompensed and rewarded for your integrity. You will discover the greater plan as you continue to walk in holiness without compromise and don’t follow when others try to lead you astray. There is nothing hidden, that will not be revealed; nor anything secret, that will not be known and come to light.

To those of you who have been imprisoned with fear and torment, I have the keys to hell and death. Trust Me to be your deliverer and set you free. I will release you and break off all shackles that confine you. Never settle for less than what I have for you. Ask Me for wisdom to make your dream a reality and the faith to step out. Continue to pursue My plans without looking back to your past mistakes and failures. I will bring people into your life to help you fulfill the dream that I have placed in your heart. There will be divine connections with others who believe as you do, and will help to encourage you. Sever any relationships from people that will try to annihilate your dreams and hinder your growth. Just as Joseph was raised from the pit to this high calling, I will bring you out of a place of despair, and raise you up to a higher place. Never let go of your dream, but hold on with the same tenacity as Joseph had. I Am the revealer of mysteries and I will also reveal My mysteries to you. You will then have My favor and you will be ruler over adverse situations rather than having them destroy or control you says the Lord.

Psalm 105:17 -19
He sent a man before them- Joseph-who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters, he was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the Lord tested him.

Psalm 105:20-25
The king sent and released him, the ruler of peoples set him free. He made him master of his household, ruler over all he possessed, to instruct his princes as he pleased and teach his elders wisdom. Then Israel entered Egypt; Jacob lived as an alien in the land of Ham. The Lord made his people very fruitful; he made them too numerous for their foes, whose hearts he turned to hate his people, to conspire against his servants.

Daniel 2:22
He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him.

Ephesians 3:20
Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.

By Elaine Tavolacci

A Word In Season – http://www.awordinseason.info.

I hope the word was a blessing to you.

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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Posted by: Kim | March 24, 2014

SOMETIMES IN LIFE…..

SOMETIMES IN LIFE……

SOMETIMES IN LIFE THE ONLY WAY TOIT IS THROUGH IT!

SOMETIMES IN LIFE THE ONLY WAY TO IT IS THROUGH IT!

 

Sometimes in life,

no amount of crying,

no amount of complaining,

no amount of prayer,

no amount of fasting,

no amount of declarations,

no amount of praise,

no amount of worship,

no amount of anything,

will change what God requires for us to possess our “promised land”.

 

 Sometimes in life,

there is a rough path we must take,

there is a rigorous process we must go through,

there is a hard circumstance we must endure,

there is a bitter cup we must drink,

in order to receive, achieve or become what God desires.

 

Sometimes in life,

no cross…..no crown,

no test…..no testimony,

no tragedy…..no triumph,

no conflict…..no conquest,

no battle…..no victory,

no wilderness…..no promised land,

no closure…..no opening,

no death…..no life.

 

Sometimes in life the only way to is through.

 

Selah!

Kim 

 

  “And going a little farther, He threw Himself upon the ground on His face and prayed saying, My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will [not what I desire], but as You will and desire.

Again a second time He went away and prayed, My Father, if this cannot pass by unless I drink it, Your will be done.

So, leaving them again, He went away and prayed for the third time, using the same words.”

Then He returned to the disciples and said to them, Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of especially wicked sinners [whose way or nature it is to act in opposition to God].

Get up, let us be going! See, My betrayer is at hand!”

(Matthew 26:39, 42, 44-46 – Amplified Bible)

 

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Posted by: Kim | March 21, 2014

FORM & FASHION OR REAL & PASSION

FORM & FASHION OR REAL & PASSION

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Is your praise form and fashion or real and passion?

When you praise God is your praise birthed from the depths of your heart or is it from your lips only?

Is your praise authentic or is it a puppet-like response because it is “the thing to do” in a worship service or because the pastor, moderator, or worship leader tells you to praise God? 

When you praise God is your mind focused on Him or is it miles away, focused on other people, places or things?

As you praise, does God look at you and say (your name) honors me with his/her lips but his/her heart is far from me, or is He pleased because you offer Him a genuine sacrifice?

Is your praise only a public performance before an audience of many but never a private demonstration before an audience of one, the One?

Is your praise form and fashion or real and passion?

God desires the latter.

SELAH.

Kim

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