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.

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MONDAY MORNING PRAISE GROOVE

MONDAY MORNING PRAISE GROOVE

"PRAISE AND DANCE BEFORE THE LORD"

“PRAISE AND DANCE BEFORE THE LORD”

Here’s some Monday Morning praise grooves to start the day…..old stuff, but still able to raise a praise and a dance before the Lord…..enjoy!

Whenever the enemy tries to pull you down this week play these videos and dance before the Lord and praise Him and His joy will be your strength; your situation may not change right away but you will….(smile!)

Enjoy and be blessed!

Kim

“STOMP” – KIRK FRANKLIN & THE FAMILY

“SHACKLES” – MARY MARY

 

“You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.”


(Psalm 30:11- NIV)

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.”

(Psalms 150:6 – NIV, 1984)

“……………a time to mourn, and a time to dance.”


(Ecclesiastes 3:4 – KJV)

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

Image “PEOPLE JUMPING” by Vlado courtesy of http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Video STOMP” by Kirk Franklin & Family courtesy of Regina Ifill – http://www.youtube.com

Video “SHACKLES” by Mary Mary courtesy of Judy G – http://www.youtube.com

 

 

 

A TIMELY WORD

A TIMELY WORD

I received this prophetic word via email this morning and thought that I would share it because of it’s relevance to yesterday’s post “Finding the Right Balance – A Key to Overcoming Overwhelm (Part 1)”.

It was written by Marsha Burns of Faith Tabernacle, Kremmling Colorado, http://www.ft111.com.

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND

by Marsha Burns

flyingdove-1

John 3:8
“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes.
So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

August 6, 2013

“Take it slow and easy.  Do not be hasty, but rather be thorough, and I will lead you through this maze of confusion and chaos into a solid victory, says the Lord.  Be deliberate in your decisions by choosing righteousness, peace and joy in My Spirit.  Pay attention to the checks in your spirit man that require you to stop before you make a mistake in judgment or put yourself in harm’s way.  I am with you to direct and protect you.  Trust Me.”

Romans 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

 

“Small Straws in a Soft Wind – August 6, 2013” by Marsha Burns from http://www.ft111.com

Image –  “Dove” from http://www.ft111.com

(Bill & Marsha Burns, Faith Tabernacle, P. O. Box 1148, Kremmling, CO 80459, USA – http://www.ft111.com)

 

 

 

 

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.

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THERE IS POWER IN THE NAME OF JESUS

THERE IS POWER IN THE NAME OF JESUS

 

"THE NAME OF JESUS CAN BREAK EVERY CHAIN

“THE NAME OF JESUS CAN BREAK EVERY CHAIN”

 

Are you bound by chains today?

Chains of depression, chains of fear, chains of loneliness?

Chains of sickness, chains of suicidal thoughts, chains of addiction?

Whatever the chain that binds you, there is power in the Name of Jesus to break it.

Do you believe that?

Allow the Lord to minister to you through this song, and call on His Name believing that He can and will break every chain in your life.

 

 

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

(Philippians 2:9-11 – KJV)

 

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name they shall cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover”

(Mark 16:17, 18 – KJV)

 

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

Photo “3D CHAIN BREAKING” by David Castillo Dominici courtesy of http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Video “BREAK EVERY CHAIN” by Tasha Cobb courtesy of abht01  – http://www.youtube.com

TODAY’S CHALLENGE – LAY IT DOWN!

TODAY’S CHALLENGE –  LAY IT DOWN!

“LAY IT DOWN!”

The first time I heard the song “Lay it Down” by Troy Sneed, the words really ministered to me.

As I listened I did exactly what the words challenged me to do.

I thought about each concern, challenge, problem, pain, and care in my life and as I did I said, “Lord, I lay it down at your feet.”

Then I took each individual area of my life, my marriage, children, family, friendships, work, church, health, aspirations, etc. and said, “Lord, I lay it down at your feet.”

By the end of the song, my heart and spirit were truly lighter.

God used that simple song and simple act to soothe and restore my soul.

1st Peter 5:7 admonishes us to cast all our cares or anxieties upon the Lord for He cares for us.

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.”

I don’t know your situation.

I don’t know the concerns, challenges, problems, pain, cares, disappointments or guilt that you carry today.

But I do know that God desires to lighten your load.

In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says,

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Listen to the song and as you do, I challenge you to sincerely “lay down” whatever is a burden in your heart and mind at the feet of Jesus and watch what God will do for you.

God will never leave you nor forsake you.

He is well able to work it out.

Trust Him!

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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WHY WORRY?

WHY WORRY?

It is very rare that I re-blog former posts, but this afternoon I sense that there are persons who need this word of encouragement.

I originally posted this on August 7th, 2011 under the title, “The Best Remedy for Worry About Your Basic Needs”.

I hope it is a blessing to you today and strengthens your faith

Kim

THE BEST REMEDY FOR WORRY ABOOUT YOUR BASIC NEEDS

 

“I DON’T WORRY”

Worry – “To torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret; to torment

with cares, anxieties etc.”

(www.dictionary.com)

Yesterday morning I went into my Mum’s garden to check the guava trees for ripe guavas.

As I approached one of the trees, a beautiful black bird with orange eyes and orange legs caught my eye.

The bird was perched on a branch looking around and enjoying the beauty and tranquility of its surroundings.

As I moved closer, the bird briefly glanced at me then turned its head and continued to look around.

I went inside, got a camera, came back out and took its picture and it still remained on the branch looking around, seemingly without a worry or care in the world.

As I observed the bird in its calmness and serenity, I thought to myself, you know what, I have never seen a stressed out bird.

I have never seen a bird burdened down with worry and care over where it will sleep or get its food………Have you? 

This brought to mind the scripture in Matthew chapter 6 where the Lord spoke about worrying.

In verses 25 and 26 Jesus states:

“Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?”  (Amplified Bible)

Pause and think about that for a moment.

If God, your heavenly Father makes sure that the birds are fed, will He not take care of your needs as His child created in His image and purchased by the precious shed blood of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ?

Selah!

Why then do you worry?

Does it help you in any way?

In verse 27, Jesus states,

And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life?”  (Amplified Bible)

Selah!

Continuing to address worry, in verses 28-30 Jesus states:

“And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin. Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these. [I Kings 10:4-7.]

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?”  (Amplified Bible)

Pause and think about that for a moment.

If God, your heavenly Father clothes the lilies and grass of the field that is here today and gone tomorrow, will He not clothe you,His child created in His image and purchased by the precious shed blood of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ?

Selah!

Jesus continues in verses 31-34

“Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?

For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.

But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being  right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.

So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.”  (Amplified Bible)

So what then is the best remedy for worry about your basic needs?

Verse 33 holds a key.

“But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.”  (Amplified Bible)

The best remedy for worry about your basic needs is to prioritize God’s Kingdom and His righteousness then to have faith that when you do this in obedience to His Word, He will supply those needs.

To say it another way, the best remedy for worry about your basic needs is to prioritize God’s way of doing and being in all areas of your life and to believe that because you are doing this in obedience to His Word, that He will be faithful to keep His Word and supply all of those needs.

New Living Translation (NLT) puts verse 33 this way:-

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

So when the world, flesh and the devil try to bombard you with worry about your basic needs, remember the birds, the lillies and the grass and prioritize God’s way of doing and being and have faith that He will provide all that you need because of your obedience.

Be encouraged!

Kim

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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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“IT’S NOT OKAY”

“IT’S NOT OKAY”

"IT'S NOT OKAY"

Today I thought about how sometimes there are things that people do or say to us that are not okay with us, but we never say so.

We may want to speak up, need to speak up, or even know in our hearts and spirits that we should speak up, yet against our better judgment, we remain quiet.

I reflected on instances in my life where I either wanted to, needed to or should have said “It’s not okay”, but did not, and on conversations I’ve had with persons facing various situations who confessed that they regrettably chose silence also.

My random musings led to my writing the following poem from the view-point of different people each dealing with different situations, yet voicing the same message that “It’s not okay”.

As you read it, may you be empowered to say “It’s not okay” when you want to, need to, or simply should.

“IT’S NOT OKAY “

FROM A CHILD

It’s not okay for you to tell me I ought to live one way then you live the opposite way, practicing the very things that you tell me not to do simply because you are the adult and I am the child.

It’s not okay for you to abuse me physically, mentally or emotionally simply because I am small and can not defend myself.

FROM A YOUNG GIRL

It’s not okay to sexually harass or pursue me simply because I have the body of woman yet am only a child.

It’s not okay to assume I enjoy your sexual remarks about my body, simply because I do not say anything to you about it.

FROM A TEENAGE BOY

It’s not okay to see me struggle between boyhood and manhood and not help me through this phase in my life simply because I act “out of sorts” at times.  

It’s not okay to trivialize what I say is a big issue for me simply because it not a big issue for you.

FROM A YOUNG PERSON

It’s not okay for you to dismiss my voice simply because I am young.

It’s not okay for you to assume I have no stress or pressure simply because I am not an adult.

FROM A SPOUSE

It’s not okay to share your deepest, thoughts, desires, challenges and dreams with your co-worker thereby creating an emotional bond exclusive of me, simply because they are available and easy to talk to.

It’s not okay to remain “friends” with someone who disrespects our marital covenant and commitment to each other as husband and wife simply because you like their company and do not want to hurt their feelings.

FROM A WIFE

  It’s not okay for you to cheat on me simply because I no longer have the body of a 20-year-old and the prospect of sex with a younger woman thrills you.

It’s not okay for you to dismiss my need for emotional intimacy simply because you do not see it as being as important as sexual intimacy.

FROM A HUSBAND

It’s not okay to withhold yourself from me sexually leaving my needs unmet then send me out into a world saturated with sexual temptation expecting me to never fall, simply because sex is not a priority for you.

It’s not okay for you to dismiss my need for sexual intimacy simply because you do not see it as being as important as emotional intimacy.

FROM AN OLDER EMPLOYEE 

It’s not okay to pressure me into early retirement simply because in your eyes I am old and you feel you have no need for me.

It’s not okay to place limits on my potential without assessing it simply because in your eyes, I am old and incapable.

FROM A HOMEOWNER

It’s not okay to come into my home and steal the material possessions that I worked hard for simply because you want them and don’t have them.

It’s not okay to have loud parties into the wee hours of the morning every weekend, preventing me, my family and our neighbors from resting simply because you want to.

FROM A MAN OF GOD

It’s not okay for you to come into the house of God dressed so sensually that their “stuff” is in my face making it hard for me to worship and not think lustful thoughts simply because you think it’s “fashionable”.

It’s not okay to “dismiss” my masculinity and strength simply because I cry when touched by the Spirit of God. 

FROM A WOMAN OF GOD

It’s not okay for you to expect me to “dumb down” spiritually simply because the anointing of God on my life intimidates you. 

It’s not okay to assume I don’t need or want your leadership simply because you perceive me as strong. 

FROM AN EMPLOYER

It’s not okay for you to steal from me through excessive personal calls, web surfing, email and socializing in the workplace simply because I do not track your every move.

It’s not okay to come to work and do just enough to get by then expect a raise simply because of inflation or poor money management.

FROM A VICTIM OF BULLYING

It is not okay to bully me simply because I am different from you.

It’s not okay to take advantage of me simply because you minimize me in your eyes.

FROM A MEMBER OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC

It’s not okay to drive around with your profanity-laced music blasting simply because you want it that way or assume I want to hear it too.

It’s not okay to walk around with your pants dropping down and your underwear exposed simply because you think it is “cool”.

FROM A PERSON IN A RELATIONSHIP

It’s not okay for you to stand by my side in the good and easy times then push me away simply because times are more difficult.

It’s not okay to take all the time and not give simply because I have a generous, easy-going nature.

FROM A BELIEVER IN CHRIST

It’s not okay to condemn me simply because you do not understand what God is doing in my life.

It’s not okay to put down my spirituality simply because I worship God in Spirit and in truth more differently than you do. 

FROM ALL WHO DARE NOT SPEAK UP

TODAY WE SAY

“IT’S NOT OKAY”

Father, please grant us the grace, wisdom and boldness to speak up when certain things are not okay and we know in our hearts by your Spirit that we need to say so in Jesus’ Name……..Amen.

Be encouraged!

Kim

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HOPE FOR THE SUICIDAL

HOPE FOR THE SUICIDAL

A POETIC SYNOPSIS OF SUICIDAL DESPAIR AND THE POWER OF GOD TO DELIVER AND SET FREE

 

IT MAY NOT SEEM LIKE IT BUT YOUR LIFE IS IMPORTANT TO GOD

So many bad decisions.

So many stupid mistakes.

So many empty relationships.

So many failures.

So many times of saying I’ll never do it again, only to do it again.

So many broken promises.

So many lost opportunities.

So many dashed hopes.

So many pointless dreams.

So many disappointments.

So much abuse.

So much rejection.

So much heartache.

So much discouragement.

So much pain

So much darkness

So much bondage.

So much aloneness.

Tears, tears.

Where can I turn?

Tears, lots of tears.

Who can help me?

Desperation.

There’s no one here.

Desperation.

I can’t take this anymore.

Despair.

What’s the point.

Deep despair.

I may as well end it all.

Deeper despair.

My life does not matter.

Utter despair.

I will end it all.

“Jesus.”

“Jesus.”

“Jesus.”

Why is this name coming to my mind?

“Jesus.”

“Jesus.”

“Jesus.”

Why do I keep hearing “Jesus”?

Who is Jesus?

Who?

Who?

Wait.

I vaguely remember overhearing Paula talking to Steve during lunch last week about this guy called Jesus.

Yes, I vaguely remember her saying something like this Jesus was the Son of God and He loved people so much He gave His life for them.

It’s kind of coming back.

Now I remember.

 She said that this Jesus guy was the Son of God and He came down from heaven to earth and died on a cross to pay the price for all the bad stuff or sin people have done and then He rose from the dead and whoever believes this can have eternal life and a future with Him.

She said if you believe this, Jesus will wash all your sins away and you will be a new creation and have a new beginning, and God knows I need a new beginning.

Paula sounded so convinced of this stuff.

Maybe I need this Jesus.

Maybe I should call on him.

What do I have to lose?

Jesus.

Jesus.

Jesus, can you hear me?

If you’re real please help me.

Please come and lift me out of  this dark pit.

Please forgive me of my sins.

Please cleanse me.

Please heal me.

Please break these chains from off of my life.

Please mend the shattered pieces of my heart.

Please restore hope to me.

Please give me a reason to live.

Please come to me.

Please touch me.

I believe you can.

Somehow I know you can.

Please touch me now and I know I’ll be free.

Please do it for me.

I know you can do it for me.

Wait.

Something just  happened.

Something really happened.

The weight.

The heaviness.

The darkness.

It’s gone!

It’s all gone!

It’s really gone!

I feel so light!

I feel so pure!

I feel so clean!

You are real!

You are really real!

And You must love me!

You must really love me!

You’ve  set me free!

I’m free!

I’m free!

Thank you!

Thank you!

I’m free!

I’m finally free!

Thank you Jesus!

I am so glad I did not end my life!

Suicide is not the answer!

Jesus You are the answer!

I have new life!

I have new joy!

 I have new hope! 

I have new peace!

I am free!

I am finally free!


“THE SPIRIT of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound,

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord [the year of His favor] [a]and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,

To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion–to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit–that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

(Isaiah 61:1-3 – Amplified Bible)

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