DECEIVERS ARE DECEIVED

DECEIVERS ARE DECEIVED

"ARE YOU WALKING I DECEIT?"

“ARE YOU WALKING IN DECEIT?”

Isn’t it amazing how humans can walk in deceit, pretending to do or be something that they know is not true and think that no one will ever know.

The irony of it all is while walking in deceit, their belief that no one will ever know is the greatest deceit of all. – Now that’s deceit!

I wrote and posted the following in February of last year and thought I’d share it again.

ARE YOU WALKING IN DECEIT?

Deceit

The act or practice of deceiving;

concealment or distortion of the truth for the purpose of misleading;

duplicity;

fraud;

cheating;

trick;

stratagem;

the quality of being deceitful;

falseness;

an act intended to deceive.

(www.dictionary.com)

Are you walking in deceit?

Are you living a double life?

Are you purposefully misleading your spouse, children, family, friends, pastor, fellow Believers, employer, neighbors and community into falsely believing something about you that is absolutely not true?

Are you covering up a sinful practice and think that you are so slick, so smart, so sly, so cunning and so convincing that no one will ever know what you are really up to, in to, or about?

Newsflash!!!!!……..God sees and He knows.

King David was guilty of adultery and murder and had an elaborate cover-up scheme but he forgot one key factor in the picture……..God.

II Samuel 11 records the details of what transpired and the chapter ends with this sentence, “But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.”

God saw all that David did even though David sought to cover it up.

God then revealed everything David did to the Prophet Nathan and sent Nathan to confront David.

II Samuel 12 records how Nathan went to David and exposed David’s secret sins (verses 7-10) and pronounced God’s judgment upon David and his household (verses 11-12, 14).

Verse 13 records David’s subsequent confession and forgiveness. In this verse David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord” (confession) and Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin, you are not going to die” (forgiveness).

Are you walking in deceit?

Just how God knew about David’s secret sin, He knows about yours.

Just how God revealed David’s secret sin, He can reveal yours.

Just how God judged David’s secret sin, He will judge yours.

Just how God forgave David upon confession and repentance of his sins, He will forgive you.

SELAH!

Listen to how King David describes the effects of sin and deceitfulness in Psalm 32:1-5 (Amplified Bible):

1 Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is he who has forgiveness of his transgression continually exercised upon him, whose sin is covered.

2 Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

3 When I kept silence [before I confessed], my bones wasted away through my groaning all the day long.

4 For day and night Your hand [of displeasure] was heavy upon me; my moisture was turned into the drought of summer. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

5 I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord [continually unfolding the past till all is told]—then You [instantly] forgave me the guilt and iniquity of my sin. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Are you walking in deceit?

God is a gracious God.

He warns and convicts us of our sins in the private confines of our heart and gives us a chance to repent before openly disciplining us, executing judgment upon our lives or exposing our sins publicly.

Verses 3 and 4 show us that God was dealing with David in regard to His sins, but instead of confessing them, David kept silent and resisted the conviction, even to the point of suffering physically.

Is God dealing with or convicting you of an area of deceit in your life even as you read this post?

In verse 5 David states that when he acknowledged his sin to God, no longer hid his iniquity and decided to confess his transgressions, then God forgave him the guilt and the iniquity of his sin.

I believe this was an extremely joyous experience for David and it is why he starts the Psalm out by saying, “Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is he who has forgiveness of his transgression continually exercised upon him, whose sin is covered. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity and in whose spirit there is no deceit.” (Amplified Bible)

Wouldn’t you like to experience the joy of that forgiveness?

Wouldn’t you like to experience the joy of having your spirit free of deceit?

In verse 6 of Psalms 32 states, “For this [forgiveness] let everyone who is godly pray—pray to You in a time when You may be found; surely when the great waters [of trial] overflow, they shall not reach [the spirit in] him.”

After receiving forgiveness for his sin, David called for all godly persons in need of such forgiveness to pray to God to receive it while God may be found stating that if they do, “surely when the great waters of trial overflow” or in other words, when all hell breaks loose, “they shall not reach [the spirit in] him” or that person will not be be overcome in his spirit by whatever he has to face.

Are you walking in deceit?

God desires that you repent today.

He wants you to lay down the burden of trickery, falseness and lies.

He wants you to confess your sins and forsake them.

He wants you to receive forgiveness, regain your joy and be free again.

He wants and you to have restored fellowship with Him.

Are you willing?

Will you do what He wants so He can give you what you need?

My prayer is that you accept His invitation and make it right today.

“If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].”

(I John 1:9 – Amplified Bible)

Be encouraged!

Kim

Copyright © 2014 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Copyright © 2013 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

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WANT HEALING & FREEDOM?…..CONFESS YOUR SINS/FAULTS AND PRAY

WANT HEALING & FREEDOM?…….CONFESS YOUR SINS/FAULTS AND PRAY

CONFESS OUR FAULTS ONE TO ANOTHER

CONFESS YOUR SINS/FAULTS ONE TO ANOTHER AND PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER

 

 

Confess = exomologeo  –  “to acknowledge, assent, agree fully: confess, profess”.

(Source: #1843, The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, James Strong, LL.D., S.T.D., Thomas Nelson, 1990)

 

 

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

(James 5:16 – KJV)

 

Is there a trespass/sin/fault in your life that you are hiding in your inner sanctum that is silently eating away your spiritual effectiveness, strength, inner-peace and joy?

Is there a trespass/sin/fault in your life that haunts you daily, that lurks around you like a would-be robber, that no matter how you try to shine makes the skies in your atmosphere overcast and grey?

Is there a trespass/sin/fault that bounces back up every time you shove it down, that overshadows your “I’m fine mask” making it visibly distorted, that continuously subjugates the authenticity of your life?

There is power, healing and freedom awaiting you in confession and prayer.

 

 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

(James 5:16 – NIV)

 

What is that trespass/sin/fault that has you bound in fear, guilt and shame because you will not confess/acknowledge/admit it to another and request prayer even though God has told you to do so?

What is that trespass/sin/fault that has power over you because you will not confess/acknowledge/admit it to another and request prayer even though God has told you to do so?

What trespass/sin/fault do you have bottled up inside of you that you know you need to confess/acknowledge/admit to another and request prayer because God has told you so?

There is power, healing and freedom awaiting you in confession and prayer.

 

Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].

(James 5:16 – Amplified Bible)

 

Has God prompted or is He prompting you to go and confess/acknowledge/admit a trespass/sin/fault to a particular person and seek prayer?

If so, what are you going to do?

Are you going to obey Him and do it, or are you going to disobey Him and deceptively hope  that in time, it will all simply fade away?

If your answer is the latter, please know that sweeping under the carpet what God wants confessed to another or mowing down what God wants uprooted and exposed to another will never bring the healing, inner-peace and freedom you long for. It will only keep you bound, stagnated, reeling in turmoil and living a facade…..Selah.

The thought of obeying this scripture may be uncomfortable, scary, risky and even unnecessary from your point of view, but to obey God is always better than to offer Him sacrifices/alternatives; He never wants sacrifices/alternatives in the place of our obedience.

The fact that God tells us to confess our sins one to another and pray that we may be healed and restored means that every Believer has issues in their life that need to be dealt with in this way from time-to-time including the person He is telling you to confess yours to.

So in light of this, you can take some comfort in the fact that when you confess your issue/fault/sin  to this person, they really have no legitimate stones of condemnation to cast at you from their glass house…….Selah.

If God has prompted or is prompting you to go and confess/acknowledge/admit a trespass/sin/fault to a particular person, I challenge you to make today your day of obedience and do it.

There is power, healing and freedom awaiting you.

 

Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.

(James 5:16 – The Message Bible)

 

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

Copyright © 2013 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

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ARE YOU WALKING IN DECEIT?

ARE YOU WALKING IN DECEIT?

 

"ARE YOU WALKING I DECEIT?"

“ARE YOU WALKING IN DECEIT?”

 

Deceit

The act or practice of deceiving;

concealment or distortion of the truth for the purpose of misleading;

duplicity;

fraud;

cheating;

trick;

stratagem;

the quality of being deceitful;

falseness;

an act intended to deceive.

(www.dictionary.com)

Are you walking in deceit?

Are you living a double life?

Are you purposefully misleading your spouse, children, family, friends, pastor, fellow Believers, employer, neighbors and community into falsely believing something about you that is absolutely not true?

Are you covering up a sinful practice and think that you are so slick, so smart, so sly, so cunning and so convincing that no one will ever know what you are really up to, in to, or about?

Newsflash!!!!!……..God sees and He knows.

King David was guilty of adultery and murder and had an elaborate cover-up scheme but he forgot one key factor in the picture……..God.

II Samuel 11 records the details of what transpired and the chapter ends with this sentence, “But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.”

God saw all that David did even though David sought to cover it up.

God then revealed everything David did to the Prophet Nathan and sent Nathan to confront David.

II Samuel 12 records how Nathan went to David and exposed David’s secret sins (verses 7-10) and pronounced God’s judgment upon David and his household (verses 11-12, 14).

Verse 13 records David’s subsequent confession and forgiveness. In this verse David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord” (confession) and Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin, you are not going to die” (forgiveness).

Are you walking in deceit?

Just how God knew about David’s secret sin, He knows about yours.

Just how God revealed David’s secret sin, He can reveal yours.

Just how God judged David’s secret sin, He will judge yours.

Just how God forgave David upon confession and repentance of his sins, He will forgive you.

SELAH!

Listen to how King David describes the effects of sin and deceitfulness in Psalm 32:1-5 (Amplified Bible):

Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is he who has forgiveness of his transgression continually exercised upon him, whose sin is covered.

Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

When I kept silence [before I confessed], my bones wasted away through my groaning all the day long.

For day and night Your hand [of displeasure] was heavy upon me; my moisture was turned into the drought of summer. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord [continually unfolding the past till all is told]—then You [instantly] forgave me the guilt and iniquity of my sin. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Are you walking in deceit?

God is a gracious God.

He warns and convicts us of our sins in the private confines of our heart and gives us a chance to repent before openly disciplining us, executing judgment upon our lives or exposing our sins publicly.

Verses 3 and 4 show us that God was dealing with David in regard to His sins, but instead of confessing them, David kept silent and resisted the conviction, even to the point of suffering physically.

Is God dealing with or convicting you of an area of deceit in your life even as you read this post?

In verse 5 David states that when he acknowledged his sin to God, no longer hid his iniquity and decided to confess his transgressions, then God forgave him the guilt and the iniquity of his sin.

I believe this was an extremely joyous experience for David and it is why he starts the Psalm out by saying, “Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is he who has forgiveness of his transgression continually exercised upon him, whose sin is covered. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity and in whose spirit there is no deceit.” (Amplified Bible)

Wouldn’t you like to experience the joy of that forgiveness?

Wouldn’t you like to experience the joy of having your spirit free of deceit?

In verse 6 of Psalms 32 states, “For this [forgiveness] let everyone who is godly pray—pray to You in a time when You may be found; surely when the great waters [of trial] overflow, they shall not reach [the spirit in] him.”

After receiving forgiveness for his sin, David called for all godly persons in need of such forgiveness to pray to God to receive it while God may be found stating that if they do, “surely when the great waters of trial overflow” or in other words, when all hell breaks loose, “they shall not reach [the spirit in] him” or that person will not be be overcome in his spirit by whatever he has to face.

Are you walking in deceit?

God desires that you repent today.

He wants you to lay down the burden of trickery, falseness and lies.

He wants you to confess your sins and forsake them.

He wants you to receive forgiveness, regain your joy and be free again.

He wants and you to have restored fellowship with Him.

Are you willing?

Will you do what He wants so He can give you what you need?

My prayer is that you accept His invitation and  make it right today.

“If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].”

(I John 1:9 – Amplified Bible)

Be encouraged!

Kim

Copyright © 2013 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Image “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” by Debspoons of  www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net

PUTTING OFF RECEIVING CHRIST?

PUTTING OFF RECEIVING CHRIST?

 

"GOD WANTS A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU"

“GOD WANTS A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU”

 

I posted the below poem in February of 2010 and thought I’d post it again for those persons who know that the Spirit of God is calling them to a place of repentance and relationship with the Father through accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, but keep putting it off, thinking, “I’ll do it later”, “I’ll do it when I get older” or “I’ll do it tomorrow”.

The poem is a reminder that tomorrow is not promised to anyone and death is no respecter of person, place, or time.

Hebrews 9:27 tells us it is appointed unto man once to die and after this the judgment so the time to receive Christ as your Savior and Lord is today.

SELAH!

Kim

Hardheaded Bill

 His name was William his friends called him Bill,

He was still young, not quite over the hill,

His wife Sue, concerned about his eternal fate,

Pleaded, “Honey please accept the Lord before it’s too late”.

 

“I’ll get saved later Sue!” Bill sharply said,

His words cut through her spirit and hit her like lead,

“I’m successful, I’m healthy, I’m happy, I’m free,

I will not be tied down by that old drudgery.”

 

So Bill kept on going his own merry way,

He slept, ate, drank, worked and rose up to play,

But little did he know that the next day at four,

The death angel would visit and be knocking at his door.

 

He awoke early as usual doing his do,

Then sat at the table and had breakfast with Sue,

She held his hand tenderly again expressing her heart,

But to her dismay he wanted absolutely no part.

 

Bill left home that morning not giving Sue a nod,

Totally annoyed by her obsession with God.

He thought to himself I’m a hit not a miss,

Why does my wife have to carry on like this?

 

He entered his office dressed sharp as a tack,

Of compliments and adoring looks there was no lack.

He chaired the board meeting with agility and flair,

And left feeling good with his head in the air.

 

Walking back to his desk Bill began to feel strange,

It was 3:59, now his world would change.

Like an arrow a searing pain shot through his head,

And at 4:00 pm sharp he collapsed dead.

 

Bill’s coworkers were stunned, full of unbelief,

His wife Sue was laden with unfathomable grief,

How can this be? they all said,

How can a man so alive drop down dead?

 

The moral of the story is clear as can be,

Bill played around with eternity,

He was hardheaded though he knew what to do,

You’ve read about him, now what about you?

 

“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.” – John 3:16 (KJV)

 

 

“……..behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

(II Corinthians 6:2 – KJV)

 

If you are ready to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, click the link below.

http://www.allaboutgod.com/prayer-of-salvation.htm

 

Copyright © 2013 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Image “Passion Flower” ….source: unknown

Video “Tomorrow” by Tamia courtesy of ForGodSoLoved777 – http://www.youtube.com

“Hard headed Bill” Copyright © 2010 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Disclaimer Statement re: the above poem – Please note that I do not personally know any couple by the names of William and Sue or Bill and Sue so any such occurrence is pure coincidence.

HELP AND HEALING FOR THE BROKENHEARTED

HELP AND HEALING FOR THE BROKENHEARTED

“GOD CAN HEAL YOUR BROKEN HEART”

“Heartbroken – extremely sad and upset”

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“Heartbroken – overcome by sorrow”

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Are you extremely sad, upset, or overcome with sorrow because of a negative experience or bad situation?

I can’t believe they let me go just like that. I worked 30 years for this company. I gave it the best years of my life. I worked hard and went above and beyond the call of duty, working late into the evenings, and on many week-ends, and holidays. I anticipated and met the needs of my bosses and always exceeded their requirements and now,  just like that, they say I have to go. It’s like all my efforts over all these years meant nothing to them. It’s like I meant nothing to them. – Heartbroken Employee.

I faithfully loved my husband. I supported him and stood by him through thick and thin. I did all that I could to please him and meet his needs. I took good care of my appearance, our children and our home. I was a friend to him, a companion…..or so I thought. Yet in spite of it all,  I found out he is having an affair, and it is not the first. – Heartbroken Wife

We raised our children in the knowledge and ways of the Lord and provided everything that they needed to succeed yet our son turned to a wayward, destructive lifestyle and is now addicted to meth and our brilliant and beautiful daughter says she is pregnant, does not want to go to college anymore and is moving in with her boyfriend. –  Heartbroken Parents

No matter what I do it’s never good enough for my father. He always criticizes my efforts and finds some way to minimize my achievements. It’s as if  he has pleasure in belittling me and making me feel like less of a man. My wife, kids, colleagues, friends, and associates all accept, respect and celebrate me but not him.  How I long for him to just love, accept and celebrate me as his son…… just simply for who I am. – Heartbroken Son

I thought he loved me and wanted to be with me. He said he would honor my decision to wait until we get married to have sex but he forced himself on me and took from me what I can never get back, my virginity. I trusted him and he violated me. How could he do this? I trusted him! Now he says he does not want to continue in our relationship and won’t return my calls and there’s a new picture of him on Facebook hugging another girl.  How could he do this to me? – Heartbroken Teen Girl.

“I TRUSTED YOU”

It was a long time ago. I was just a little boy but it seems like yesterday. I knew he should not  touch me the way he did. It felt wrong, but he said it was okay and  it was our little secret. One day it turned into full-blown sex and he threatened to kill me if  told anyone or refused to do it. He continued to molest me for years until one day I could not take it anymore and took the risk and ran away. Now as man, I really want a heterosexual relationship that leads to marriage and I want to have kids, but because my past abuse something keeps drawing me to a homosexual lifestyle. This is so hard. I feel cheated. I feel like damaged goods. – Heartbroken Victim of Sexual Abuse

I trusted him with everything in the business. He was my best friend and confidant. He knew everything about the operation. I paid him well and gave him benefits above and beyond what he deserved. I can’t believe he swindled me like this. after all of these years of working so hard and making so many sacrifices to build this business, now I have nothing. – Heartbroken Businessman

My wife is the most cherished person in my life. I worked hard and provided everything for her and my children. I spent time with them and did all I could for them; I’m even known among our family, friends and community as good a husband and father, and after all of this, she left me for another man who will “make her happy”. How could this happen? I’ll never get over this! – Heartbroken Husband

After 7 years of trying we were finally pregnant. Oh the joy! Oh the excitement! We did everything we could to make sure that our baby would be fine. We kept every pre-natal appointment, ate healthy, took the recommended vitamin supplements, got proper and adequate exercise and rest, avoided exposure to any potentially harmful substances, prayed. Eight months had passed and things seemed  perfect until one morning my wife said there was no movement. We quickly made a doctor’s appointment and after evaluation, received the crushing news that our baby had died. We could not believe it. Childless again, we’re devastated. – Heartbroken Young Couple  

So many wonderful memories……birthday parties, sleep overs, family gatherings, the day we finally finished the pool, the basketball games on the driveway, cell group meetings in the great room, camping in the garden, and best of all, chatting over dinner in the kitchen…….so many wonderful memories. They are all we have left since the foreclosure. 20 years of faithfully paying our mortgage, unexpected job loss, now its all gone. What took years to acquire swept away in a matter of months…. all gone, all gone. – Heartbroken Former Homeowners.

I prayed and prayed and hoped and hoped that she was okay, but when I kept calling and she did not answer the phone, I knew something was gravely wrong. When I arrived at her house the front door was ajar and I entered slowly, feeling sick in my stomach all the while somehow knowing what I would see. As I turned the corner into the kitchen I screamed. There on the floor lay the lifeless body of my baby, her face beaten black and blue and a gunshot wound to her head. Barely able to breathe, with hands shaking, I dialed 911. My greatest nightmare had come true. My daughter was a victim of domestic violence that had escalated out of hand. I told her to leave Bill until he got some help but somehow she just couldn’t. She thought he would change. Now she is gone and my heart’s broken. – Heartbroken Mother

“IT BROKE MY HEART”

Can you identify with any of these scenarios?

Maybe your experience is different but the effect is the same, you have a broken heart.

You hurt.

You hurt in unexplainable ways; ways sometimes too deep for words.

You’ve tried to shake it, forget it, pretend it really does not matter, tell yourself you’re over it and moved on, but you know that is not true.

You hurt.

Persons in your life have no idea what is going in inside of you.

Those who know what you went through feel as if you are fine because of the passage of time, your cheerful outward appearance, gusto for life, and pursuit and accomplishment of goals………but you’re not, and you’re afraid to say or indicate otherwise.

You may feel as if you are experiencing this deep hurt all alone and that no one understands, but you know what, this is not the case.

Psalms 34:18 states:

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
 and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (NIV, 1984).

Whether or not you sense His presence, in the midst of your hurt and pain, the Lord is close. He is nearby. He is not far away and unconcerned and He is touched by your feelings of brokenness because He knows what it is to experience deep pain.

Speaking of the Lord, Isaiah 53:3-5 states:

“We despised him and rejected him;
 he endured suffering and pain.
 No one would even look at him—
we ignored him as if he were nothing. But he endured the suffering that should have been ours, the pain that we should have borne. 
 All the while we thought that his suffering
 was punishment sent by God. But because of our sins he was wounded, beaten because of the evil we did.
We are healed by the punishment he suffered,
 made whole by the blows he received.” (Good News Translation – GNT)

“HE KNOWS WHAT IT WAS TO SUFFER”

Considering what He went through, you can rest assured that Jesus can identify with your suffering and pain and not only does He identify, He cares.

I Peter 5:7 states:

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” ( NLT)

In the midst of your  brokeheartedness you are not alone. God is close, He understands, He cares and He knows about your sorrow and tears.

Psalms 56:8 states:

“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”  NLT)

Wow!

While all of this is good news, there is even better news. 

Jesus speaking in Luke 4;18, 19 states:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, 
Because He has anointed Me 
To preach the gospel to the poor; 
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, 
To proclaim liberty to the captives
 And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (NIV, 1984)

According to this scripture, one of the key assignments of Jesus is to heal the brokenhearted – Isn’t that good news!

Not only did He come to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10), destroy the works of the devil (I John 3:8), that we may have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10), and to preach the Kingdom of God (Luke 4:43), but also to heal the brokenhearted.

The healing of your broken heart is that important to God…….that’s amazing!

Psalms 147:3 states:

 “He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.” (NIV, 1984)

The Lord heals broken hearts and your broken heart is no exception.

He can heal it too.

His healing is available for you.

 All you have to do is believe it, then by faith receive it.

Know though that sometimes this healing is instantaneous and other times it is a process; the path is up to God, not up to us. Our part is to believe and receive, and when necessary, do whatever He tells us in order for its complete manifestation.

Whatever the case, no matter how God chooses to do it, healing for your broken heart is available and it is real…….You do have to stay in your present state of emotional pain and turmoil………….I am a testimony!

So, do you believe that Jesus is able to heal your broken heart and are you ready to receive this healing?

If you are, let’s pray.

Father, you declare in your Word that healing is available for the brokenhearted so I stand on this truth and bring this brokenhearted person before you. In your sovereignty you know who they are, you know the details of their situation, and you know exactly what broke their heart. In the name of Jesus I now ask you to release your divine healing power upon them. Touch in ways that only you can touch. Mend in ways that only you can mend. Cleanse in ways that only you can cleanse. Stabilize their mind and calm their emotions. Bring peace where peace is needed, your supernatural peace. By the power of your Holy Spirit remove the deep hurt, remove the anger, remove the desire for revenge, and enable forgiveness. Empower them to release the situation and all persons, places and things associated with it to you so they can move on and truly live. Father thank you for complete healing, restoration and wholeness. Thank you for strengthening them and making them better instead of bitter. Thank you for raising them up to use what the enemy meant for evil and destruction in their life for good and construction in the lives of others. Thank you for enabling them to compassionately help other brokenhearted persons find their way to freedom. I ask these things in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Be encouraged!

Kim

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HAIKU GRACE

HAIKU GRACE

“BEFORE FORGIVENESS”

bad decision

tears fears prayers

floods of refreshing peace

“AFTER FORGIVENESS”

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 – KJV)

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ANGRY, HURT, DISAPPOINTED, BITTER?…….IT’S TIME TO FORGIVE!

ANGRY, HURT, DISAPPOINTED, BITTER?……..IT’S TIME TO FORGIVE!

“Resentment is like swallowing poison and hoping to kill your enemies”
~ Nelson Mandela ~

 

Do you struggle with unforgiveness?

Are you carrying a grudge against someone who hurt or wronged you in some way?

Is there someone who used, abused, molested, cheated, neglected, insulted, demeaned, bullied, betrayed, deceived, swindled, stole from or hurt you in some other way that you resent and have ill will towards, that the very thought of makes you angry and want to hurt them and make them pay?

Perhaps a parent, sibling, child, grandparent or an extended family member……..maybe a friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, or ex-spouse, or even a former boss, co-worker, business partner, teacher, neighbor or fellow Believer?

Is there anyone you hold in a place of unforgiveness in your heart?

If so, IT’S TIME TO FORGIVE.

Excuse me!

Hold on a minute!

It’s time to do what!

Do you know what they did!

Have you any idea of the hurt, pain, guilt, shame, loss, damage and stress I have undergone and still experience because of this person!

Forgive!

They don’t deserve my forgiveness!

I can’t forgive them!

Listen, even if someone did you extreme wrong and hurt you in an unthinkable way, God still requires that you forgive them, and guess what, whatever He calls for, He empowers us to do.

Isn’t it funny how we can quote scriptures such as “I can do all things through Christ who  strengthens me” and “I am more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus” when it comes to things we want to do, but the truth, presence and power of those same scriptures tend to fade into the recesses of our minds when it comes to doing things we don’t want to do…….Hhhhhmmmm.

Ephesians 4:31-32 states, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” – (Amplified Bible)

Colossians 3:13 states, “Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive].” – (Amplified Bible)

FORGIVENESS IS NOT A OPTION WITH GOD, IT IS A COMMAND. 

IT’S TIME TO FORGIVE.

Before you protest again, here’s an important  newsflash. – Everybody’s got issues and some kind of demons to fight, and as a result have hurt or wronged someone at some point in their lives and you are no exception.

I say this neither to justify what happened in your situation nor to minimize the resulting hurt, loss or pain, but to help you put it in a more empathic perspective.

Whenever the desire to judge and condemn someone because of his or her actions arises, it’s important to remember, there’s  a story behind every story.

Look at your situation again, but this time, imagine changing places with the person who wronged you. You have their background, personality, life experiences and perhaps generational curses, and they have yours. Given the circumstances, how do you know that you would not have acted just like they did?

Instead of focusing on the shortcomings of the person who hurt or wronged you, take a moment to emotionally step away and focus on your own shortcomings………..Take a moment to remember the times when you hurt or wronged others and needed their forgiveness……….Take a moment to remember the times when you hurt or wronged the Lord and needed His forgiveness…….Selah!

When you or I consider the wrong we have done in our lives and have been forgiven for and the countless times we have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God yet He forgave us, how dare we take a prideful pious stand of unforgiveness toward another? How dare we make a decision not to forgive after all we have been forgiven for?…….Selah!

Not only does the Lord require us to forgive others, He also says that our receiving forgiveness from Him is contingent on our willingness to forgive others.

Matthew 6:14-15 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.” – (Amplified Bible)

Mark 11: 25-26 states, “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop.

But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your failings and shortcomings.” – (Amplified Bible)

Luke 6:37 states, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” – (NIV)

 SIMPLY PUT, IF WE FORGIVE OTHERS THEIR WRONGS, GOD WILL FORGIVE US OUR WRONGS, AND IF WE DON’T, HE WON’T……….SOBERING!

If you struggle with unforgiveness, today is your day of deliverance.

IT’S TIME TO FORGIVE.

IT’S TIME TO LET THAT SITUATION GO.

IT’S TIME TO LET THAT PERSON GO.

IT’S TIME TO LET YOURSELF GO.

“He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.”

~ Thomas Fuller ~

“But forgiveness is not an emotion… Forgiveness is an act of will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.”

~ Corrie Ten Boom ~

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”

~ C. S. Lewis ~

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”

~ Philip Yancey ~

If you know that the Lord is speaking to you about getting rid of the unforgiveness in your life, do not harden your heart. He is speaking to you because He desires to set you free from that weight and bondage once and for all.

Why don’t you take some time and acknowledge that unforgiveness to yourself and to God as well as the accompanying hurt, pain, disappointment, anger, rage, and desire for vengeance that burn within?

Speak to the Lord candidly. Let Him know how you feel about what happened. Cry if you need to. Get it all out.

Having done this, I challenge you to confess the unforgiveness to the Lord as sin and tell  Him that in spite your thoughts and feelings, in obedience to His Word, you are now willing to forgive.

IT’S TIME TO FORGIVE.

Here’s a music video by Kevin Levar that beautifully depicts the power of forgiveness.

If you are willing, I invite you to pray the following prayer of forgiveness:

Father, I come to you in the Name of Jesus. By faith, in obedience to your Word, and as an act of my will, I choose to forgive those who have wronged me.  Father I forgive them and release them to You. By your grace, help me to no longer dwell on the situation, but to instead let it go and move on. Heal my mind, body, soul and spirit from all wounds, even those in my innermost parts that I am not aware of. Now that I have forgiven those who wronged me, I thank You for restoring me to a place of forgiveness with You. I thank You for freeing me from the bondage of the sin of unforgiveness and cleansing me of all its effects by your blood in Jesus’ name….Amen.

 Believe you have received and walk in your newfound place of freedom.

Be encouraged!

Kim

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THIRTY POWER-BOOSTING NUGGETS FROM MY FIERY TRIAL – PART SIX (NUGGETS 26-30)

NUGGETS FROM MY FIERY TRIAL – PART SIX (6)

Nuggets 26-30

 

Fiery Trial

 

On March 3rd, 2009 I contracted a flu which took me from a place of being a healthy, active, person to a more than 2-year journey to recovery along a dark path fraught with physical, mental, and emotional suffering and up close and personal spiritual warfare (see earlier posts for more details).

IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD, I WOULD NOT BE HERE.

I truly thank and praise God firstly for who He is to me and secondly for what He has done for me.

I also thank Him for each person He worked through to help get me to where I am today and I thank those persons too.

The following are nuggets 26-30 that I gleaned from my fiery trial.

26) Remember, God will not always give you immediate relief for any pain, discomfort, or suffering that you experience. There are some things that you may have to bear for a while.

If you seek God for relief from some adversity and He says wait and trust Him, you need to by His grace, settle your flesh and wait and trust Him.

The middle of a test is not the time to birth an Ishmael just because you can not wait on God’s way and time.

If you have to suffer a while, take comfort in the fact that Jesus suffered as well and no servant is greater than his master.

 I Peter 5:10

 “In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.” ( NLT)

27) Although others may be around you to love, support and help you as they can, like Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, there are parts of your trial you will have to walk alone with God.

Someone may be assigned to carry your cross for you part of the way, but at some point you will have to carry it yourself.

Be careful not to expect people to be or do, or try to make people be or do what only you or God can be or do.

Also, know that by God’s design, even those closest to you will not always understand what you are going through so don’t get offended or feel badly if they don’t.

Remember, if someone lacks revelation about your situation, do not blame them because such revelation must come from God and He is free to impart it if, when, and how He pleases.

28) Guard the words that come out of your mouth.

Hearing the words of our own mouth has more power to affect us than any other human voice.

Guard what you say about yourself and your situation; be careful not to speak against the truth of God’s Word.

Never come in agreement with something someone says about you or your situation that you know is not true.

Matthew 15:18 states:-

“But whatever comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this is what makes a man unclean and defiles [him].”

Psalm 141:3 states:-

“Set a guard, O Lord, before my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips.” (Amplified Bible)

Also, be careful what you say to yourself in your heart.

Take care to not to let any thoughts that are contrary to the Word of God run rampant or take root in your mind.

When thoughts that are opposite to the truth of God’s Word come, cast them down quickly. Even if you have to speak out loud, say “No! I do not receive that thought. It is a lie and I cast it down”.

29) Fight the good fight of faith.

Keep believing in God.

Keep believing God.

Keep believing His Word.

Know that even before you encountered this trial God knew about it and prepared in advance everything that you need to come through victoriously.

The work is to believe.

I 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.” (NKJV)

Hebrews 6:12

“that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (NKJV)

30) Know that it came to pass.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

“TO EVERYTHING there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven:” (Amplified Bible)

Your trial is only for a season.

This too will pass.

Ride out the season until its God-determined end.

Don’t try to get out before time and don’t let others try to pull you out before time.

Be careful not to end up like the butterfly who got “helped” out of its cocoon and ended up with inoperable wings; wings too weak to enable it to fly, to enable it to do what God had destined it to do.

Again, your trial is only for a season.

Praise God in advance for enabling you to survive and come out as pure gold.

In closing this series, James 1:2-4 states:-

“Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.

Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.

But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.” (Amplified Bible)

Although it was very difficult at times, I truly thank God for allowing me to go through this trial because it has helped me grow deeper in my walk with Him, changed me in indelible ways and afforded me this opportunity to share some of my experiential knowledge with you.

Having come through, I can say like David in Psalm 119:71:-

“It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn Your statutes”.

My prayer is that these nuggets from the fire have encouraged, comforted and strengthened those of you who are in a fiery trial, and that they will help those of you who may encounter a fiery trial sometime in the future.

Be encouraged!

Kim

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THE MOST AMAZING FATHER IN THE UNIVERSE

THE MOST AMAZING FATHER IN THE UNIVERSE

 

I have the most amazing Father in the universe.

He is the most caring Father that you can ever imagine.

Before He formed me in my mother’s womb He knew me and called me and gave me a purpose and destiny to carry out on the earth, He even prepared good works in advance for me to do.

Although I have millions of brothers and sisters all around the world, My Father always has time for me. Whenever I call on Him, whether night or day, He is there. He has an open door policy and loves when I come to spend time with Him; He never rushes me out of His presence. Wherever I go, my Father is with me, in fact, He promised never to leave me nor forsake me. I am so special to Him that He has numbered the very hairs on my head, no I did not say counted, I said numbered, He actually has them numbered – wow!

My Father takes really good care of me. He is my source.

Because of Him, I do not have to worry about what I will eat, drink, or wear. When I have a need, all I have to do is ask Him, and guess what, He is so caring and attentive to me that He knows what I need even before I ask. Whatever I need My Father supplies whether spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, social, or material. He does it all according to His riches in glory. He has unlimited access to everything because He owns the earth and everything in it, including the cattle on a thousand hills, the gold and silver and all other resources.  – My Father is rich and generous!

Not only is my Father caring, He is also extremely loving.

He loves me so much that He allowed my oldest brother, His first-born and only Son to suffer and die to pay the price for my sins just so I could be a part of His family. Can you imagine that? He gave His first and only begotten Son to die and pay the price for me to become a part of His family and because He made such a big initial sacrifice for me, He promised not to withhold any good thing from me – I am so blessed!

Not only is my Father caring and extremely loving, He is also very forgiving.

Whenever I do something wrong, if I go to Him and confess it with a sincere heart, He is faithful and just and forgives me of that sin and cleanses me from all unrighteousness. He never despises a broken heart. He is long-suffering, compassionate, and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love. He does not harbor anger. My Father never treats me as my sins deserve or repays me according to my faults. To give you an idea of the size of His love toward me, go outside and look up into the sky. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for me and as far as the east is from the west, that is as far as He removes my sins. – My Father is the best!

Not only is my Father caring, extremely loving, and very forgiving, He is also wise and powerful.

There is absolutely nothing or no one more powerful than He. As a matter of fact, He holds all power and authority in the heavens and the earth and any power you see manifested has been delegated or allowed by Him. He sets up kings and queens and takes them down. He reduces the rulers of this world to nothing, no sooner are they established, He blows on them and they wither away. He laughs at His enemies. He blows them away like chaff and they melt in His presence like wax on a candle.  – You don’t fool around with my Father!

My Father is so powerful and wise that He created the heavens and stretched them out like a canopy. He created and named each star and hung them in the galaxy. He measured the waters of the earth in the palm of His hand and the dimensions of the heaven with the breath of His hands. He commands the winds and the waves. He is so wise that no one can counsel Him. He knows and declares the end of a matter from the beginning and whatever He declares becomes; He says “be” and it is. His purposes stand and He does whatever He pleases and absolutely no one or nothing can stop Him.  – Mind blowing!

My Father is not only caring, extremely loving, very forgiving, powerful and wise, He is also entirely trustworthy.

Not only does He tell the truth, He is Truth. It is impossible for Him to lie. Whatever He says He will do, He does; He never ever breaks a promise. I can lean, rely, and completely depend on Him for all things and in all things.  – I am so privileged to have such a Father!

Who is my Father?

He is the God of the Bible, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Israel, the one and only true and living God.

He is Jehovah, the Self-Existing Eternal One.

He is Jehovah-Jireh – The Lord my Provider.

He is Jehovah-Nissi – The Lord my Banner of Love and Protection.

He is Jehovah-Shalom – The Lord my perfect Peace.

He is Jehovah-Tsid-Kenu – The Lord my Righteousness.

He is Jehovah-Shammah – The Lord, the Omnipresent One.

He is Jehovah-Saboath – The Lord of Hosts, my Protector.

He is Jehovah-Rapha – The Lord my Healer

To whom can you compare my Father?

To what can you compare Him?

There is none like Him, absolutely none!

I have the most amazing Father in the universe; He is simply amazing!

On this Father’s Day, as a small tribute to Him and an expression of my love for Him, I just thought I’d let you know.

Shalom!

Kim

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FIVE “SANITY-SAVING” STRATEGIES FOR DESPERATE WIVES

FIVE “SANITY-SAVING” STRATEGIES

FOR DESPERATE WIVES

Whenever a man and woman come together in holy matrimony, there is an intermeshing of two distinct bodies, minds, souls, spirits, families, histories, experiences, personalities, world views, expectations and imperfections so conflict is inevitable at some point in the union. This stands true whether the individuals are Believers in Christ or not……can I get a witness???…okay, I won’t get “churchy” on you (smile!).

After over nineteen years of marriage, I am blessed to be able to say that the canvas of my matrimonial relationship is painted with more blue skies than grey, more mountains than valleys, and more roses than thorns, nevertheless, like many other Christian women, I have faced my share of marital challenges.

The following are five “sanity-saving” strategies that I have found helpful in my experience as a married Christian woman. It is my prayer that you find them helpful too.

1)  Recognize and accept that your husband is not perfect.

This may come as a great surprise to you, but your husband is not the only one in your marital relationship that is not perfect, neither are you…..ouch!

It is important to accept and recognize that the same way you are on a life-long journey of learning, growth and development and are therefore likely to make some mistakes or “not so good” decisions at some point, so is your husband.

Remembering this will help you to have more patience, compassion and understanding when it comes to dealing with his short-comings, weaknesses and failures.

2)  Look to God as your source, not your husband.

Whatever your needs, whether mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, or financial, practice going to God first about how they can be met as opposed to automatically looking to your husband to meet them.

Ask God for wisdom and direction as to how best to deal with your needs, and know that at times, He may not give you the liberty of voicing them to your husband, but may instead require you to quietly wait on Him to intervene and meet them in His way and His time.

Also, remember that by divine design, your husband will never be able to meet all of your needs so be careful not to fall into the trap of placing unreasonable demands on him, i.e., expecting him to give you what only God can give, or  be to you who only God can be.

3)  Do not try to change your husband.

Although they may deny it, many Christian women secretly take on the role of “Holy Ghost Jr.” and set out to change their husbands into the man that they believe he should be.

Woman of God, do yourself and your husband a favor and “don’t go there”.

No matter what you may think, feel, or believe, the truth of the matter is that you can not change your husband, only God can, so you may as well not even try.

Setting out to change your husband is an exercise in frustration and futility because changing a person is a role reserved by God for the Holy Spirit to be done in His way and His time.

Also, be aware that even when your husband is in “error” or “at fault”, sometimes God may not change him right away, but may instead require that you adjust or change first instead.

From your view, this may not be pleasant, or even seem fair, but God is God so we must trust Him and His infinite wisdom to work, in and through our situations as He knows is best.

4)  No matter what your husband does, forgive him.

Let’s face it, whether intentionally or unintentionally, sometimes husbands say and do some very hurtful and even harmful things.  

When faced with this kind of situation, in spite of the temptation and or desire to retaliate or hold bitterness, anger and resentment toward your spouse, you need to forgive him.

What??????  

Hold on a minute!!!!!

Do you know what he did to me?

Do you know what he said to me?

Do you know what he told others about me?

Look at how much I am suffering!

And I must forgive him?

You have got to be out of your mind!!!

Yes, I am out of my mind.

I am out of my fleshly mind, because my fleshly mind would tell you to retaliate and seek some type of revenge, to find a way to as Bahamians say, “do him in!”, but that is not the way of the Kingdom; it is not the mind of Christ.

Matthew 6:14, 15 states, “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (New Living Translation)

Sobering!

No one on the face of this earth, including your husband, is worth influencing you to the point where you find yourself walking in a place of unforgiveness with God…….absolutely no one! Selah!

No matter what we face within our marriages, as Christian wives, it is critical that we diligently guard our hearts from harboring a spirit of unforgiveness towards our husbands.

If ever you find it difficult to forgive your husband, stop and think about the many times you sinned against God and He in His mercy forgave you………..I think that should help.

5)  Never love your husband more than you love God.

As Christian women, while it is Biblically correct to obey our husbands, we are not to do so if what our husband desires is in opposition to what God requires.

God measures our love for Him by our obedience to Him so if we do what our husband desires when it is in opposition to what God requires, we show that we love our husbands more than we love God and this is never right.

God is a jealous God and He makes it emphatically clear in His Word that we are to have no other gods before him.

This means that no matter how “good” your husband may be he should never have first place in your life.

Love your husband, but never allow him to sit on the seat of the throne of your heart, that place is reserved for God alone.

If you ever allow your husband to become an idol in your heart, you can rest assured that at some point, God will take action to correct the situation.

Well, those are five “sanity-saving” strategies that I have found helpful in my experience as a married Christian woman. 

I hope you find them helpful too.

Be encouraged!

Kim

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