Posted by: Kim Sweeting | May 26, 2016

ENCOURAGEMENT TO CITIZENS OF HEAVEN RESIDING ON EARTH

ENCOURAGEMENT TO CITIZENS OF HEAVEN RESIDING ON EARTH

 

OUR CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN

OUR CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN

 

As Believers, we are not only members of the Body of Christ, Saints, and Children of God, but according to Philippians 3:20, we are also citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven.

In the natural realm, when we are a citizen of a country, our citizenship is not transient, coming into and out of existence as we move from place to place. We remain a citizen of that country no matter where we are.

I am a citizen of the Bahamas known as a Bahamian, and I am a Bahamian no matter where I go. When in the Bahamas I am a Bahamian. If I travel to America, China or any other nation I am a Bahamian. When at home, school, work, on the beach, in the food store or driving my car, I am a Bahamian.

In the spirit realm, when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, are spiritually re-born and become citizens of the Kingdom, just as our natural citizenship is not transient, coming into and out of existence as we move from place to place, neither is our spiritual citizenship in heaven transient. We remain Kingdom citizens no matter where we are physically on the earth.

Whatever country we are in, whether India, Pakistan, Brazil, Zimbabwe, the Canary Islands, or Barbados, we are Kingdom citizens and wherever we are in that country, whether in our home, place of worship, on our job, at school, in parliament, the food store or at the mall, we are Kingdom citizens.

As citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, it is important to note and remember that:

  • Our ultimate allegiance is to God as our Ruler and Sovereign King.
  • We are foreigners in this earthly realm.
  • Our spiritual citizenship in heaven is higher than, and therefore takes precedence over our earthly citizenship, e.g., Bahamian citizenship, US citizenship, Korean citizenship, etc.
  • We live in the country that we do because He has called and appointed us as His ambassadors, representatives, or agents in that particular earthly territory.
  • The Constitution of our Kingdom is the Word of God; it is our supreme law and we are to obey it above all earthly laws. No matter where we are, what we face, or who we are with, our thoughts, words, morals, values and deeds are to be aligned with and governed by, God’s purposes, plans, principles, and precepts as outlined in the Word. 
  • The only position we are to take on an issue is that of our Government or King. We are to yield to and uphold the position of the King and to readily advance His Kingdom’s agenda in whichever earthly arena or capacity we may function.
  • Our main mission is to make disciples of all nations and to thereby expand the dominion of the King on the earth. The cause of Christ is what we live for and what we are to be prepared to die for.

We are in an age of increasing opposition from the world system, the flesh, and the devil, and  the cost of living as God desires is rising. 

Globally these forces seem to be raging as never before to change, undermine, and if possible eradicate the fundamental tenets, standards, principles, and doctrines of the Word of God and persons who uphold them and are committed to Jesus Christ.

In spite of this, as Kingdom Citizens, and keeping in mind that this earth is not our home, may we, by the grace of God and power of the Holy Spirit, make it our practice to submit to what God as our Sovereign King desires, approves of, and/or wants to accomplish in every situation and circumstance we encounter.

It is to Him, our Sovereign Ruler that we must give an account……may His Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

I wrote the following post in December of 2012, re-posted it last February and in light of the rising global trend of humans legislating what is right in their own eyes as opposed to what is right in God’s eyes, I thought it would be good to post it again…..be challenged and be blessed!

GOD’S LAW VS. HUMAN LAW

GOD'S LAW SHALL PREVAIL

“GOD’S LAW SHALL PREVAIL”

If God’s Law declares something to be wrong,

no human legislation can make it right.

A popular or majority vote means nothing in the eyes of God.

 

If every human being on this planet votes in favor of an activity or behavior deemed wrong by God,

and every nation of the earth passes laws to support the same,

in God’s eyes, that activity or behavior is still wrong and He will judge it accordingly.

 

Be not deceived.

No matter what man declares as right,

if God says it is wrong, it is wrong.

 

SELAH!

As we seek to live out our faith in these last days, let’s keep in mind that as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, God is our Sovereign King, His Word is our Supreme authority, and we are only temporarily residing on this earth so we need to be sober, alert, walk circumspectly and be careful not to allow ourselves to get entangled in earthly affairs, to our spiritual detriment.

 

“Brothers and sisters, together follow my example and observe those who live by the pattern we gave you. For there are many, of whom I have often told you, and now tell you even with tears, who live as enemies of the cross of Christ [rejecting and opposing His way of salvation], whose fate is destruction, whose god is their belly [their worldly appetite, their sensuality, their vanity], and whose glory is in their shame—who focus their mind on earthly and temporal things. But [we are different, because] our citizenship is in heaven. And from there we eagerly await [the coming of] the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself, will [not only] transform [but completely refashion] our earthly bodies so that they will be like His glorious resurrected body.”

(Philippians 3:17-21 – Amplified Bible)

 

“Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers [in this world] to abstain from the sensual urges [those dishonorable desires] that wage war against the soul. Keep your behavior excellent among the [unsaved] Gentiles [conduct yourself honorably, with graciousness and integrity], so that for whatever reason they may slander you as evildoers, yet by observing your good deeds they may [instead come to] glorify God in the day of visitation [when He looks upon them with mercy].”

(1 Peter 2:11-12 – Amplified Bible)

 

“For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.”

(Psalms 119:89 – KJV)

 

“Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.”

(Psalms 119:152 – KJV)

 

“Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

(Psalms 119:160 – KJV)

 

“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

(Matthew 24:35 – KJV)

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | May 6, 2016

GOD IS GOD……

GOD IS GOD……

CAN GOD TRUST YOU?

GOD IS GOD!

 

God is God.

He is who He is.

He is all of who He is.

We cannot reject parts of Him yet claim to accept Him.

He cannot be separated from Himself.

 

As Believers, we need to be careful not to delusionally believe we can treat God like a buffet, readily selecting and accepting His attributes that we find comfortable, pleasing and beneficial, such as, that He is a God of love, grace and mercy, while conveniently omitting and rejecting those that we find sobering, daunting, and  commanding of reverential fear, such as, that He is also a God of holiness, judgment and wrath.

 

God is God.

He is who He is.

He is all of who He is.

We cannot reject parts of Him yet claim to accept Him.

He cannot be separated from Himself.

 

SELAH!

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | April 28, 2016

WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO YOU?

WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO YOU?

 

WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT?

WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO YOU?

 

 

What is more important to you….

to Please God or to please man

 

What is more important to you….

to be Esteemed by God or to be esteemed by man

 

What is more important to you…..

the Favor of God or the favor of man

 

What is more important to you….

Acceptance by God or acceptance by man

 

What is more important to you….

the Plans of God or the plans of man

 

What is more important to you….

the Promises of God or the promises of man

 

What is more important to you….

the Position of God on a matter or the position of man on a matter

 

What is more important to you….

the Truth of God or the philosophies of man

 

What is more important to you….

the Word of God or the word of man

 

What is more important to you….

God’s Way or man’s way

 

What is more important to you….

God’s Standard or man’s standard

 

What is more important to you….

the Government of God or the government of man

 

What is more important to you….

Obedience to God or obedience to man

 

What is more important to you……

to Fear God or to fear man

 

What is more important to you….

the Judgment of God or the judgment of man

 

What is more important to you….

God or man

 

What is more important to you?

SELAH!

 

Father by Your grace, Your divine enabling power, help us to live our lives and make choices that demonstrate that You and what pertains to You are more important to us than man and what pertains to man in Jesus’ Name, amen.

 

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | April 16, 2016

THE REMNANT ~ ADVANCING THE KINGDOM

THE REMNANT ~ ADVANCING THE KINGDOM

 

THERE IS A BOLD REMNANT COMING FORWARD

THERE IS A BOLD REMNANT COMING FORWARD

 

I received the following prophetic word by Elaine Tavolacci this morning via my subscription to her website, http://www.awordinseason.info. which I believe is a timely word for those determined to push forward through their process of spiritual development and preparation and fulfill the purposes of God in and through their lives.

Be encouraged, be strengthened, be faith-filled, …..be blessed!

Kim

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THE REMNANT ~ ADVANCING THE KINGDOM

BY ELAINE TAVOLACCI

We are living in exciting times. Although it seems as if the powers of darkness are overtaking the world, Jesus the light of the world is hovering over the face of the earth, and we are about to receive a visitation from heaven in a glorious way.

The Holy Spirit is showing me that there is a remnant who are being groomed and polished for a mighty revival. They know their God and will be strong and carry out great exploits. In the word of God we read about men and women who went through horrendous trials but were used mightily by God because they never gave up on His promises. In the book of Genesis there is a story about a man named Joseph. Joseph was favored by his father but despised and rejected by his brothers. His father gave him a coat of many colors which I believe is a metaphor of the Lord placing a prophetic mantle upon his life.

The Lord gave Joseph two dreams in which He showed him his destiny. His brothers hated him because he was highly favored of the father. They called him “the dreamer” and one day threw him into a ditch. They took his coat of my many colors, put goat’s blood on it, and took it to the father to make it appear as if a ferocious animals devoured and killed him. They then sold him as a slave to the Midianites. During his time in Egypt, Potiphar’s wife lied about him, saying that he molested her and she took his robe from him to try to accuse him. This was the second time a garment was taken from Joseph. I believe that the first garment “a coat of many colors” that they took was symbolic for his spiritual ministry which they tried to steal from him. The second garment which was a robe that Potiphar’s wife took from him represented his earthly ministry and integrity as he was tested and tried. Potiphar knew in his heart that Joseph would not do such a thing, but he put him in prison to honor his wife. Soon after, Joseph was interpreting dreams in the prison as well as Pharaoh’s dreams.

The Lord says; There is a remnant who are determined and relentless against the enemies plots and will not retreat in difficult times. They are those who are standing on My word and the prophetic promises that I have made to them. They will not bow to temptation, and will not submit to the voices of darkness. They will not allow anyone or anything to hinder them from going forward into all that I have called them to do. They will not allow anything to annihilate the vision that I have for them, and the dream that I have placed in their hearts. Just as Joseph didn’t quit when thrown into a dark pit which was impossible to get out of in his own strength, I will also rescue them and they will come out unharmed. They will come forth as gold when tried in the fire. Just as Joseph passed every test when put into prison, and faced the most difficult situations of his life, there is a remnant who are set apart to all that I have called them to do. They will be leaders who will come to the front lines and lead their comrades.

They will walk in a new understanding and revelation of My word as I reveal My mysteries to them. They will store up these treasures in their hearts, and a new revelation will be released. They will come into a time of understanding and comprehension beyond their natural means. They are not moved when their dreams seems to be going in the opposite direction than they expected because their trust is in Me. There is a tenacity in the heart of the remnant that continues to pursue My plans and purposes regardless of what they see in the natural. They are not fearful or fainthearted, but they are bold and they are strong and will rescue others from captivity. They will be those who demonstrate My anointing and My power in a new way to this generation. So rise up you mighty men and women of valor and carry out the assignment that I have for you,” says the Lord.

Joseph stayed faithful to the Lord through it all and eventually 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”.

2 Chronicles 16:9

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.

Daniel 11:32

Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.

Romans 8:19

For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.

Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

 

By Elaine Tavolacci

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | April 7, 2016

HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE YOUR FEET?

HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE YOUR FEET?

 

“BEAUTIFUL FEET” – BY HOSANNA POETRY

 

“BEAUTIFUL FEET” –  BY LECRAE

 

“BEAUTIFUL FEET” BY DONALD LAWRENCE”

 

“How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”

(Isaiah 52:7 – NKJV)

“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:

“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

(Romans 10:14, 15 – NKJV)

 

HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE YOUR FEET?

 

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | April 5, 2016

THE VOID…..AGAIN

THE VOID…..AGAIN

"ON TOP OF THE WORLD AND EMPTY INSIDE"

“ON TOP OF THE WORLD AND EMPTY INSIDE”

I originally posted this poem in 2010, then again in 2012, but tonight I felt a need to post it again.

Maybe it’s for someone you know who needs to connect with the Lord…or perhaps it’s for you because you’ve drifted away from Him as the core source of fulfillment in your life.

Whatever the case, be encouraged and be blessed.

Kim

THE VOID

You’ve got the cool car, the job, the promotion,

You’ve got the degree and the house by the ocean,

You’ve got the new spouse and baby too,

But there’s something still missing inside of you.

 

You hang with the “in crowd” you’re “stylin” straight through,

When it comes to the latest no one can touch you,

Clothes, hair, cell phone, music, whatever it may be,

You’ve got it going on but you’re still unhappy.

 

In the middle of the night the questions run deep,

How come I have all of this and I can’t even sleep?

I have everything I want and in which I delight,

But I’m empty inside so I can’t be alright.

 

Now it’s not only at night but at daytime too,

The questions and discomfort are really bugging you,

Outside praise for your lifestyle continues to flow,

But deep on the inside you’re ready to blow.

 

Frantically you search and call out with a plea,

Who or what on this earth can deliver me?

I’ve done all I can think of and I’m still a mess

And the worse thing of all is people think I’m so blessed.

 

Hey my brother, my sister, listen up and don’t doubt,

It’s that God created void that’s beginning to shout,

In His love, mercy, grace and sovereign will,

He’s reserved a space in you that He wants to fill.

 

It’s His Holy Spirit that’s been tugging at your heart,

Only a relationship with God will satisfy that empty part,

Receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord today,

And all of that inner nagging will vanish away.

 

It may not seem “off the chain” “hip” or “all that” but you see,

It’s the only proven, tried, true and sure remedy,

So please don’t hesitate whatever you do,

He’s here today patiently waiting just for you.

 

SELAH!

 

“For he satisfieth the longing soul and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.” – Psalm 107:9 (KJV)

“For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.” – Romans 10:9, 10 (NLT)

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” – Psalms 34:8 (NIV, 1984)

 

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | April 4, 2016

DO YOU REALLY LOVE THE LORD?

DO YOU REALLY LOVE THE LORD?

“I LOVE YOU LORD” – MARANATHA SINGERS

 

DO YOU LOVE THE LORD?

Of course I love the Lord!

What do you mean if I love the Lord?

What kind of question is that?

I’m a Christian right!

But wait, before you answer or comment, there is a question that needs to be answered first – What does it mean to love the Lord?

Does it mean to have a warm affectionate connected feeling toward the Lord?

Does it mean to sing with your whole heart songs about loving the Lord?

Does it mean to verbally say “Lord I love you”?

Check out the below scriptures and see what Jesus had to say on this matter.

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

(John 14:15 – KJV)

“If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands.”

(John 14:15 – Amplified Bible)

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“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”

(John 14:21 – KJV)

“The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]”

(John 14:21 – Amplified Bible)

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“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.”

(John 14:23-24 – KJV)

“Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.
Anyone who does not [really] love Me does not observe and obey My teaching. And the teaching which you hear and heed is not Mine, but [comes] from the Father Who sent Me.”

(John 14:23-24 – KJV)

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The scripture is clear that the Lord’s gauge of our love for Him is our obedience to Him.

From Jesus’s perspective, the way that we show that we love Him is by obeying His teachings and His commandments.

The word “love” in each of these scripture verses is the Greek word “agapao” which Strong’s Concordance tells us is to love in a social or moral sense, embracing especially the judgment and deliberate assent of the will as a matter of principle, duty and propriety; in other words; it’s chiefly a love of the head with corresponding willful actions and not of the heart or feelings and affections. (Source – Strong’s Concordance on E-Sword)

The Lord measures our love for Him by our obedience to Him, not by our being a friend to, fond of, having and/or expressing affection for or sentimental personal attachment to Him.

That is another kind of love, which Strong’s concordance tells us is “phileo” love and the love God desires, the “agapao” love is much more than that.

So now that you know how the Lord assess our love for Him, again I ask, DO YOU LOVE THE LORD?

Do you choose to obey His teachings and commands or do you choose to live life as you please, doing what you want to do, making your own decisions and just have emotional attachment and “warm fuzzy feelings” toward Him and sing love songs to Him?

When we obey the commands and teachings of the Lord, He considers that as love for Him.

“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”

(I John 5:3 – KJV)

“For the [true] love of God is this: that we do His commands [keep His ordinances and are mindful of His precepts and teaching]. And these orders of His are not irksome (burdensome, oppressive, or grievous).”

(I John 5:3 – Amplified Bible)

SELAH!

DO YOU LOVE THE LORD?

In John 21:15-17, Jesus asked Peter 3 times if he loved Him, and each after time Peter told the Lord yes, he loved Him, Jesus said “then” and gave Peter a command….”then feed my lambs”, “then feed my sheep”, “then feed my sheep”.

In essence, Jesus was saying to Peter, if you love me, then keep my command to you.

What has the Lord been commanding you to do over the past few years?

What has the Lord been commanding you to do over the past few months?

What has the Lord been commanding you to do over the past few weeks?

What has the Lord been commanding you to do over the past few days?

What is the Lord commanding you to do today?

Are you going to obey Him and thereby prove your love for Him on His terms, the love that He really desires and that pleases Him, or disobey Him and show “love” on your terms, with lip service and emotional endearment?

If you love Him, I challenge you to show it to Him by keeping His written and spoken commandments to you.

 “I’LL OBEY” – DERRICK MONK 

DO YOU REALLY LOVE THE LORD?

Lord give us the willingness and grace to walk in obedience to what you tell us to do and thereby show our love for you.

SELAH!

Kim

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | April 2, 2016

A THOUGHT ABOUT TRUST

A THOUGHT ABOUT TRUST

 

HE'LL GET US THROUGH

LORD HELP US TO TRUST YOU IN EVERYTHING!

 

If you can trust God with the salvation of your soul

you can trust Him

to provide our daily needs.

 

If you can trust God with your eternal destination,

you can trust Him to help you overcome any challenges you encounter in life

on the way there.

SELAH!

 

As you go through life, by God’s grace, may your position of faith confidently be: 

 

“But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in Your hand;”

(Psalm 31:14-15 – NKJV)

 

“I WILL TRUST IN YOU” – BY GARY OLIVER

 

“Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah!”

(Psalms 62:8 – NKJV)

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | March 25, 2016

REFLECTIONS & MUSIC FOR GOOD FRIDAY

REFLECTIONS & MUSIC FOR GOOD FRIDAY

THANK YOU LORD!

THANK YOU LORD!

 

THE PROPHECY ABOUT JESUS AND EVENTS LEADING UP TO HIS DEATH

“Who believes what we’ve heard and seen?
Who would have thought God’s saving power would look like this?
The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,
a scrubby plant in a parched field.
There was nothing attractive about him,
nothing to cause us to take a second look.
He was looked down on and passed over,
a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.
One look at him and people turned away.
We looked down on him, thought he was scum.
But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—
our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought he brought it on himself,
that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him,
that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
Through his bruises we get healed.
We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.
We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong,
on him, on him.
He was beaten, he was tortured,
but he didn’t say a word.
Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered
and like a sheep being sheared,
he took it all in silence.
Justice miscarried, and he was led off—
and did anyone really know what was happening?
He died without a thought for his own welfare,
beaten bloody for the sins of my people.
They buried him with the wicked,
threw him in a grave with a rich man,
Even though he’d never hurt a soul
or said one word that wasn’t true.
Still, it’s what God had in mind all along,
to crush him with pain.
The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin
so that he’d see life come from it—life, life, and more life.
And God’s plan will deeply prosper through him.”

(Isaiah 53:1-10 – The Message Bible)

 

“FOREVER GREATFUL” – MARTY NYSTROM, HOSANNA! MUSIC & MARK ALTROGGE

 

“WORTH” – ANTHONY BROWN AND GROUP THERAPY

 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

(John 3:16, 17 – King James Version)

 

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

(Romans 5:6-8 – NIV)

 

THANK YOU LORD!

GOOD FRIDAY IS A GOOD FRIDAY!

 

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | March 21, 2016

IT’S TIME TO SACRIFICE “IT”……..AGAIN

IT’S TIME TO SACRIFICE “IT”……..AGAIN

IT'S TIME TO SACRIFICE "IT"

IT’S TIME TO SACRIFICE “IT”

 

At various stages of our walk with Christ, He points out the necessity of us giving up something in order to grow deeper in our relationship with Him and/or move to another stage of preparation for our divine purpose and destiny.

If you are at this junction in your walk, I pray that this post convicts and inspires you enough to let go of the “it” in your life so you can move on.

Be encouraged….be challenged…..and be motivated to do what you know you need to do.

Kim

 

Good morning.

Good morning Lord.

We need to talk.

Talk?

Yes talk.

Talk about what?

Talk about “it”.

Talk about “it”?

Yes, talk about “it”.

“It”?

Yes “it”…… the thing that stands between you and Me.

The thing that stands between You and me…….What thing?

You know the thing?

No, what thing?

The thing I’ve been convicting you about…you know the thing you’ve been holding on to for a long time that you enjoy but that you know grieves my Spirit because “it” is not of Me…….

Oh, that thing……sigh!

Yes, that thing…..that’s “it”.

Sigh!

Listen, it’s time to deal with that thing. It’s time to walk away from “it”, it’s time to cut “it” off, it’s time to let “it” go, it’s time to get rid of “it”.

But Lord it’s not that simple. I’m tied to “it” because a part of me likes “it” and does not want to let “it” go even though I know “it” grieves You.

I know, that’s why I’m asking you to sacrifice “it”….all sacrifices cost something; all sacrifices require dying to some degree of pleasure and embracing some degree of pain.

But sacrificing “it” will hurt, really hurt; sacrificing “it” will tear at the very fabric of my soul; sacrificing “it” will cause my heart to bleed, I don’t know if I can do without “it” in my life!

Yes, I know sacrificing “it” will hurt, tear at your soul and cause your heart to bleed and leave a void in you life, as a matter of fact it will feel like a part of you has died because a part of you will die, but that’s the price.

Lord that is such a great price!

Yes, I know but it is necessary that you pay this price for there is no other way. It’s time to deny yourself, take up your cross, put “it” on the altar and sacrifice “it” to Me.

Sigh!

Yes I know even thinking about sacrificing “it” hurts, but do you not think I hurt knowing that you love “it” more than you love Me?

Wow…..I didn’t see “it” that way…….You are right. Willfully holding on to “it” does mean that I love “it” more that I love You………SIGH!

Yes that’s right and this pains Me more than you will ever know.

SIGH!

Listen. It’s time to get rid of “it” because “it” stands between you and a closer fellowship with Me, “it” stands between you and a greater manifestation of My anointing in and through you, “it” stands between you and the next phase of My purpose and destiny for your life, “it” stands between you and the blessing I desire to release upon you……..the bottom line is that “it” is jeopardizing your future with Me……is “it” really worth all of this?

Okay I recognize the seriousness of holding on to “it”, but Lord I don’t know if I can sacrifice “it”.

I thought you said you can do all things through Me because I strengthen you. Do you still believe that?

Well, yes.

Can you believe that in this situation?

Well, yes.

Listen. You have My power within you to not only enable you to let go of “it”, but to also enable you to deal with anything that arises in your life as a result of no longer having “it”…..do you believe this?

Yes I do.

So, are you willing to pay the price? Are you willing to sacrifice “it” to Me?

Yes Lord.

Okay.

Lord, because You mean more to me than “it” and I truly love You and desire to please You, I confess “it” as a sin in my life and I ask You to forgive me for indulging in “it”. In obedience to You, I now renounce “it” and I lay “it” on the altar as a sacrifice to You and declare that every bond, connection and soul-tie between me and “it” is broken in Jesus’ Name. Lord I humbly ask that You change my heart so that “it” is no longer a desire to me. I thank you for Your divine enabling power to help me deal with all repercussions that may occur as a result of getting rid of “it” and I trust you to give me Your peace, wisdom, and strength as I move forward with You, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

What is your “it” that the Lord is speaking to you about today?

A habit? A relationship? A “secret” indulgence? A business/job/means of income? An attitude?

Be obedient and sacrifice “it” today”

 

Selah!

Kim

 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

(Philippians 4:13 – NKJV)

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

(I John 1:9 – NKJV)

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also].

For whoever is bent on saving his [temporal] life [his comfort and security here] shall lose it [eternal life]; and whoever loses his life [his comfort and security here] for My sake shall find it [life everlasting].

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life [his blessed life in the kingdom of God]? Or what would a man give as an exchange for his [blessed] life [in the kingdom of God]?”

(Matthew 16:24-26 – Amplified Bible)

 

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