YOU OR GOD?

YOU OR GOD?

GOD VS YOU

 

Sometimes obeying and therefore pleasing God will put us at odds with people, even those near and dear to us, resulting in negative repercussions.

 

You expected “A”

God said give “B”

Now I’m treated like a refugee.

 

You wanted to hear “Yes’

God said to say “No”

Now I have nowhere to go.

 

You said “come”

God said “stay”

Now I have a price to pay.

 

You said “move”

God said “wait”

Now you want to separate.

 

You wanted my help

God said refrain

Now you resent the sound of my name.

 

You wanted me in your box

God said be free

This is about Him……not about you nor about me.

 

SELAH!

 

The Apostle Paul knew first-hand the pressures and price when faced with the proposition of pleasing God vs pleasing man.

In Galatians 1:10 he makes a statement that shows that he understood something very critical about this issue.

He stated:

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

(Galatians 1:10 – NIV)

The Apostle Paul said if he was still trying to please people, he would not be a servant of Christ. 

This statement shows that at one time the Apostle Paul was trying to please people, but came to realize that if he continued to do so, he would not be able to walk in the divine destiny that God had ordained for him, so he made a key decision, he decided that he would no longer try to please people, but would instead please and seek the approval of God.

What about you?

How badly do you want to walk in the God’s divine purpose for you?

Do you want to walk in it badly enough to endure the negative attitudes, rejection, disapproval and persecution that often comes from others when obeying God’s directives to you is at odds with their desires or preferences?

What do you do when faced with the dilemma of pleasing God vs pleasing others?

What do you do when God wants you to say “no” in a situation, but another wants you to say “yes”?

Do you allow the fear of their backlash to override the voice of the Holy Spirit, and against your better judgment, yield to their request or demand, or do you choose to stand your ground, respectfully decline and please God?

As Believers it is inevitable that we will face many situations on our spiritual journey where pleasing God will mean offending man, and pleasing man will mean offending God.

Like the Apostle Paul, when faced with the choice, may we, by the grace of God, have the will and courage to resist pleasing man, no matter who it might be, and choose to please God instead.

It all begins with a heart decision – “Lord I want to please You” – then reliance on His grace in every situation to see us through.

 

SELAH!

 

“Am I now trying to win the favor and approval of men, or of God? Or am I seeking to please someone? If I were still trying to be popular with men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.”

(Galatians 1:10 – Amplified Bible)

 

“The fear of human opinion disables;
trusting in God protects you from that.”

(Proverbs 29:25 – The Message Bible)

 

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”

(Romans 8:14 – NKJV)

 

“I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.”

(Philippians 4:13 – NKJV)

 

SELAH!

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

 

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WARRING WITH YOUR PROPHETIC WORD

WARRING WITH YOUR PROPHETIC WORD

Are you waiting on the fulfillment of a prophetic word/prophecy that seems to be taking forever?

If so, 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  you and as such am re-blogging it with her permission.

 

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The Senate Group, Giant Sequoia Trees at Grant Grove, Sequoia National Park, Southern Sierra Nevada, east of Visalia, California

GIANT SEQUOIA TREES

 

July 23, 2016

Warring With Your Prophetic Word

By Elaine Tavolacci

In the book of First Timothy, Paul was encouraging Timothy to wage a good warfare concerning the prophecies that were given to him. He wouldn’t have told him that if he wasn’t going to experience spiritual warfare. Every one of us has received a word from God either through a personal prophetic word, or the bible. The Holy Spirit is showing me that many of you have become disheartened because that prophetic word has not yet come to pass. For some of you it has been months, and for others it has been years that this promise has not manifested in the natural. There is a process between the time that we receive the word, until the word comes to pass. The bible says in 1 Timothy 1:18 that we are to wage a good warfare with that prophecy, and to fight the good fight of faith.

The Holy Spirit gave me this analogy of two trees. Two distinct seeds were planted in the same field and at the same time. The first seed was a cherry blossom tree seed and the other was a sequoia tree seed. Each seed had the same care as they were both provided the same sunlight and water. The cherry blossom tree grew quickly and flourished beautifully with brilliant pink flowers and bright green leaves, but the seed of the sequoia tree seemed to be taking a long time to show any signs of growth. As time went on, the cherry blossom tree continued to grow and flourish but the sequoia tree seed didn’t appear as if it was going to amount to anything. After some time the sequoia tree began to grow towering over the cherry blossom tree and multiplied in size, surpassing the cherry blossom tree in height, width and overall proportion.

The reason why the sequoia tree took longer to grow was because it required stronger and deeper roots to support its tremendous size. Neither tree was insignificant, but each one served their purpose. Although the cherry blossom tree was beautiful to the eye, the sequoia tree grew to be the tallest and strongest tree in the world. In the same way, some of you have promises that are taking longer to come to pass because they are more extensive and wide range. Don’t let go of the prophecy that has been given to you no matter how long it takes. Your promise will come into fruition just as these two seeds which were planted. Every one of us, and every promise is unique and exclusively designed. When His word comes to pass in its appointed time, you will see the vastness of it and you will be amazed at what Jesus has done in your life and ministry.

1 Timothy 1:18
This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare.

1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

1 Timothy 6:20-21
O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge- by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith.

 

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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3 TACTICS FROM DAVID TO HELP US NOT FALL PREY TO THE ENEMY

3 TACTICS FROM DAVID TO HELP US NOT FALL PREY TO THE ENEMY 

I DO'T WANT THAT IN MY SPIRIT

I DON’T WANT THAT IN MY SPIRIT!

I DON'T WANT THAT IN MY SPIRIT

I DON’T WANT THAT IN MY SPIRIT EITHER!

 

“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.”

(Psalm 101:3 – KJV)

 

David makes three noteworthy statements in Psalm 101:3. 

 

“I will set no base or wicked thing before my eyes. I hate the work of them who turn aside [from the right path]; it shall not grasp hold of me.”

(Psalm 101:3 – Amplified Bible Classic Edition)

 

  1. He said he would set no wicked or base thing before his eyes.

This statement shows that just like with us today, there were wicked, worthless and base things that David could have chosen to set or place before his eyes, that he could have chosen to look at, gaze upon, or expose himself to, but instead, he made a deliberate decision to turn away and not to do so.

What about you?

When faced with the opportunity to look at things that are wicked, worthless and base in the eyes of God, what do you do?

Do you choose to set your eyes on them, to look at or gaze upon them? Or do you, like David, make a determined choice to turn away?

How do you deal with this?

 

2. He said he hated the work/deeds of them who turn aside from what is right.

This statement shows that David had an internal posture toward wicked work/deeds that aligned with God’s posture.

Like God, David hated the work/deeds of people who turned aside from what was right.

He did not applaud the work/deeds, he did not praise them, he did not glorify them, nor did he aspire to do the same things or act in the same way.

He made a decision to love what God loves and hate what God hates.

What about you?

What is your posture towards the work/deeds of those who turn aside from what is right?

Do you hate these works/deeds and see them as God sees them, i.e., as wicked and to be avoided, or do you love these works/deeds and see them as man or popular culture sees them, i.e., as acceptable, entertaining, to be aspired to and embraced?

What is your position?

 

3. He said it shall not cleave to or grasp hold of him.

This statement  shows that David understood something that is worth noting. 

He understood that if he chose to set his eyes upon/expose himself to wicked things and to embrace wicked works/deeds of people who have turned aside from what is right, it would make him vulnerable to those same wicked proclivities cleaving to, clinging to or grasping hold of him.

Because of this, he made a decision and took a stance that would protect his spiritual well-being and keep him from this path.

What about you?

David did not take the matter of setting wicked, worthless or base things before his eyes or embracing the works/deeds of people who have turned away from what is right lightly……..do you?

David understood the danger of such things to his spiritual well-being; he understood that these things could contaminate and weaken him spiritually and draw him down a treacherous path….do you?

David was willing to take a disciplined stance that would protect his spiritual well-being…..are you?

How will you choose to view these things and what will you choose to do?

 

Considering the above, the three tactics that can be derived from Psalm 101:3: that can help us not fall prey to the wiles and traps of the enemy are:

1: – We decide to set/place no wicked, worthless or base thing before our eyes.

2: – We love and embrace the work/deeds that God loves and hate and reject the work/deeds that God hates.

3: – We walk discerningly, and circumspectly, understanding that setting our eyes on wicked things and embracing wicked deeds is not harmless, but  can negatively affect our spiritual well-being.

 

“I will set no worthless thing before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who fall away;
It shall not fasten its grip on me.”

(Psalm 101:3 – NASB)

 

“I will not set before my eyes
anything that is base.
I hate the work of those who fall away;
it shall not cleave to me.”

(Psalm 101:3 – RSV)

SELAH!

Father, by your grace, help us to be wise and obedient to Your Spirit concerning these matters in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Be challenged…be encouraged,

Kim

 

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YOU ARE MY ALL IN ALL

YOU ARE MY ALL IN ALL

 

I woke up this morning with the song “You Are My All In All” in my spirit and thought I’d share it.

It is a blessing to me……may it also bless you.

Shalom,

Kim

YOU ARE MY ALL IN ALL

Although blessed with some good people in my life whom I appreciate, treasure, and am very grateful to God for, hands down, my best friend is Jesus Christ. I really can’t imagine life on this earth without Him, and I’m not just saying that to sound spiritual or impressive, He is truly my all in all.

“The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.”

(Psalm 28:7 – NIV)

“My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.”

(Psalm 62:7 – NIV)

 

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY……WHO AM I?

FLASHBACK FRIDAY…….WHO AM I?

I bought my first Point of Grace album, “Steady On “, when it was released back in 1998 and the song that ministered to me the most,  was called “Who Am I?”.

“Who Am I?” has been in my spirit all week so I just decided to post it.

When I think of God and who He is…..when I think of the eternal, multifaceted, glorious, awesome, wise, powerful, splendid, expansive, gracious, loving, magnificence of His being…….and then I think of me and who I am, it totally blows me away that He would want a relationship with me….who am I?

Be encouraged and be blessed as you listen.

Kim

“WHO AM I?” – POINT OF GRACE

LYRICS

Over time You’ve healed so much in me,
And I am living proof.
That although my darkest hour had come,
Your light could still shine through.
Though at times it’s just enought to cast,
A shadow on the wall.
I am grateful that you’ve shined your light on me at all.

[CHORUS]
Who Am I,
That you would love me so gently?
Who Am I,
That you would recognize my name?
Who Am I,
That you would speak to me so softly?
Conversation with the Lord most high.
Who Am I?

Oh Amazing Grace how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost,
But now am found.
Was blind,
But now I see.
And the more I sing that sweet old song,
The more I understand.
That I do not comprehend this love that’s coming from your hand.

[REPEAT CHORUS]

Grace, grace.
God’s grace.
Grace that will pardon, and cleanse within.
Grace, grace.
God’s great grace.
Grace that is greater than all my sin.

[REPEAT CHORUS]

Lord, Who Am I?
Who Am I?
Lord Who Am I?
Who Am I?
Who Am I?

 

“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?”

(Psalms 8:3-4 – KJV)

 

“When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
the moon and the stars you set in place—
what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?”

(Psalms 8:3-4 – NLT)

 

“I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,
your handmade sky-jewelry,
Moon and stars mounted in their settings.
Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,
Why do you bother with us?
Why take a second look our way?”

(Psalms 8:3-4 – The Message Bible)

 

SELAH!

 

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THREE DOGS & A CAT TOGETHER?????

THREE DOGS & A CAT TOGETHER?????

IF WE CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU!

IF WE CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU!

 

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious oil [of consecration] poured on the head, Coming down on the beard, Even the beard of Aaron, Coming down upon the edge of his [priestly] robes [consecrating the whole body].

It is like the dew of [Mount] Hermon Coming down on the hills of Zion; For there the Lord has commanded the blessing: life forevermore.”

(Psalms 133:1-3 – Amplified Bible)

 

 

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SEEK ME FOR ME

SEEK ME FOR ME

SEEKING GOD IS A BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE

SEEKING GOD IS A BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE

 

 

You say you have sought Me

But you did not seek Me

You sought what you thought you could get from Me

Selah!

 

You say you have sought Me

But you did not seek Me

You sought to receive from my hand, not to draw closer to My heart

Selah!

 

You did not seek Me in purity of heart

You did to seek Me in purity of motive

You did not seek Me out of love and a desire to build a deeper relationship with Me

You did not seek Me for Me

 

This is not the path for you

Your path is to draw close to My heart

Your path is to build a deep abiding relationship with Me; an unshakeable relationship that can withstand anyone and anything

This is the path for you

 

Seek Me for Me

Delight yourself in Me

Not in my power and anointing to intervene in your circumstances, but in Me

Seek Me for Me

 

Seek Me for Me

Spend time with Me

Bask in My presence

Seek My face

Get to know My ways

Feed on My Word

Interact with Me from a place of love

Seek Me for Me

 

Seek Me for Me

Do this in purity in heart

Do this is in sincerity in motive

Seek Me for Me

 

Seek Me for Me

Do this and out of your relationship with Me

The anointing on  your life will increase

The desires of your heart will be fulfilled

Seek Me for Me

 

Seek Me for Me

 

 

Selah.

 

“You have said, Seek My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require [of necessity and on the authority of Your Word].”

(Psalm 27:8 – Amplified Bible Classic Edition)

 

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.”

(Psalm 37:4 – Amplified Bible Classic Edition)

 

 

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STILL WAITING……..

STILL WAITING……….

STILL WAITING?

STILL WAITING…………

 

Still waiting to …..

Still waiting for….

Still waiting on….

Be patient

Be faithful

Be prayerful

Be grateful

Your time will come!

SELAH!

BE PATIENT......YOU'RE TIME WILL COME!

…………YOUR TIME WILL COME!

 

“IN HIS TIME”

“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time:….”

(Ecclesiastes 3:11 – KJV)

 

“The Lord is my portion and my inheritance,” says my soul;

“Therefore I have hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.”

The Lord is good to those who wait [confidently] for Him,

To those who seek Him [on the authority of God’s word].

It is good that one waits quietly

For the salvation of the Lord.”

(Lamentations 3:24-26 – Amplified Bible)

 

 

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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THE QUIET ZONE

THE QUIET ZONE

QUIET ZONE

THE QUIET ZONE

 

THE 

Time out from everything and everyone

Helping others temporarily suspended

Entire being in a state of rest

 

QUIET 

Quietness is the order of the day

Understood by some….misunderstood by others

Intimate time with God is paramount

Emptying, re-filling, re-shaping, re-energizing, replenishing  

Talking with others limited

 

ZONE

Zappers of energy kept at bay

Only what God orders is in order

No room for entertaining issues, or stress

Exiting the zone when God’s purposes are complete and He gives the green light

 

SELAH!

 

“The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me],

I shall not want.

He lets me lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.

He refreshes and restores my soul (life);

He leads me in the paths of righteousness

for His name’s sake.”

(Psalms 23:1-3 – Amplified Bible)

 

“My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation are from Him.

(Psalms 62:5 – Amplified Bible)

 

Grace, Peace & Love!

Kim

 

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5 WISDOM NUGGETS FOR MY SISTERS

5 WISDOM NUGGETS FOR MY SISTERS

TRUSTING AND RESTING IN GOD IS BEAUTIFUL

WOMEN WHO WALK IN DIVINE WISDOM RADIATE BEAUTY 

 

Here’s 5 wisdom nuggets to strengthen, encourage and edify my Sisters……although addressed to my Sisters, my Brothers can benefit from the principles as well…..be blessed!

NUGGET 1

“Never compare yourself to other women. There will always be someone more attractive, competent, fluent, poised, articulate, intelligent, qualified, fit, influential, funny, talented, anointed, popular or shapely than you are. That’s okay. By divine design, the attributes God gave you are tied into His purpose for you. Maximize what you have and shine in your own unique way for His glory.”

NUGGET 2

“Be warm, loving, and open. Share your heart, bond with others, but remember that the seat of the throne of your heart is reserved for God and God alone. Never allow anyone else to sit in that powerful place of internal dominance. Not your father, mother, brother, sister, husband, children, significant other, best friend, pastor, boss or whomever. That highly influential place within rightfully belongs to God. Retain Him as your first love and none other.”

NUGGET 3

“Be careful not to allow the pressure of expectations, the lack of understanding, the looks of disapproval, the negative vibes, the critical spirit, the absence of support, the wary facial expressions, the scorn, the gossip, or the threats, from those around you and even closest to you, cause you to divert from or abandon the path, the process and ultimately, the fulfillment of what you know to be God’s will for your life.”

NUGGET 4

“No matter how bad a situation seems, remember you serve an awesome mighty, powerful, loving, wise, just, and holy God who sees and knows all about everything you encounter and who is well able to do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond anything you can ask, think or even imagine…..Trust Him.”

NUGGET 5

“When you go to the house of God to worship, remember to dress modestly. Be mindful that your brothers are there to worship too and they do not need to be distracted by exposed cleavage or a tightly wrapped booty. They may be saved, but they are not dead so dress modestly and help them to focus on God and not on you.”

 

Grace, Peace & Love!

Kim

 

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