CHRISTMAS MORNING GRATITUDE

CHRISTMAS MORNING GRATITUDE

 

GRATEFUL FOR SALVATION - THE GREATEST GIFT

GRATEFUL FOR SALVATION – THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL!

 

 

TO THE FATHER

Thank you for loving us so much to formulate a redemption plan…..I’m so grateful!

 

TO THE SON

Thank you for humbly agreeing to lay aside your deity to take on the form of man……I’m so grateful!

 

TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

Thank you for looking at it all and not saying “can’t” but “can”…..I’m so grateful!

 

TO THE THREE IN ONE

Thank you for working together for now we can be a part of the clan….I’m so grateful!

 

 

I also want to take this opportunity to say, “MERRY CHRISTMAS” to each of you and to thank you for allowing me the privilege of being a channel of encouragement, edification and inspiration in your lives – ENJOY YOUR DAY!

Peace & blessings,

Kim

 

 

Copyright © 2015 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

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A BACK TO SCHOOL PRAYER FOR OUR CHILDREN – 2013

A BACK TO SCHOOL PRAYER FOR OUR CHILDREN – 2013

 

PRAY FOR OUR CHILDREN AS THEY RETURN TO SCHOOL

PRAY FOR OUR CHILDREN AS THEY RETURN TO SCHOOL

 

I originally posted this prayer/declaration on August 14th, 2010 and re-posted it in 2011 and 2012.

Having made some slight changes, I feel the need to re-post it again this year as a prayer for our children as they return to school.

Be encouraged to not just read the prayer, but to join your faith with other Believers and pray it, not only for your own children if you have children, but for every child the Lord lays upon your heart no matter where they are in the world.

Shalom!

Kim

A Prayer/Declaration as our children, our precious heritage of the Lord return to school:-

In the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we declare that every assignment of the enemy over our children’s lives is cancelled and that no weapon formed against them shall prosper.

We cover them in the blood of Jesus from the crown of their heads to the soles of their feet and request warring angels of the Lord to encamp around them and to protect them from all harm and danger.

In the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we cast down every high thing that would try to exalt itself against the knowledge of God that our children possess.

We declare that the Word of God is hidden in their hearts and that it is a lamp unto their feet and a light unto their path, continuously guiding their decisions and ordering their steps wherever they go and whatever they face.

In the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we declare that our children have a mind to work and that the spirit of excellence rests upon them, influencing their academic performance and behavior.

We declare that they submit to the rules and regulations of their schools and obey the instruction of those in authority over them as long as our children do not violate the Word.

In the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we declare that our children are highly favored of God and that this divine favor positively affects their relations with their school administrators, teachers and fellow students.

We declare that our children establish friendships with children who positively influence their minds, bodies, souls, and spirits, and encourage and support their academic, social and spiritual development.

In the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we declare that the Spirit of the living God rests upon our children, making them distinct and different in a positive way.

We declare that by the anointing of God, our children demonstrate godly character and principles—that they are salt and light on their school campuses and that God’s plans and purposes are advanced in and through them.

In our authority as the Body of Christ, we declare these things in accordance with the principles of the Word of God and by faith believe and agree that these things are so to the honor and glory of God in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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

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Related Posts:

https://unwalled.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/a-prayer-for-the-protection-of-our-school-children/

https://unwalled.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/schools-opening-get-motivated/

 

 

FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE – A KEY TO OVERCOMING OVERWHELM (PART 2)


FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE – A KEY TO OVERCOMING OVERWHELM

PART 2

OVERWHELMED? - FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE WIL HELP

OVERWHELMED? – FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE WILL HELP

 (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Romans 8:14; Luke 14:26)

In each time and season of our lives, we need to seek God’s direction as to where we should be, when we should be there and what we should be doing, and upon receiving this information, to by God’s grace make it a priority to act on it. Such spirit-directed life adjustments will enable us to come to our place of right balance.

Jesus prioritized his whereabouts and tasks according to the timing and will of His Father.  He found His place of right balance by listening to and obeying His Father at all times, in all places and in all things. He never tried to be a people pleaser, nor did He prioritize pleasing Himself.  

Like Jesus, our ultimate priority in life should also be to do the will of our heavenly Father as revealed by the Holy Spirit at all times, in all places, and in all things, no matter how “big” or “small” and then we too will experience our right balance.

Please be warned though, that embarking on such a lifestyle is not without a price. As you seek to emulate Christ’s example of obedience, turbulence from others will come. 

It may come in the form of opposition, rejection, criticism, expressed anger, expressed hurt, expressed disappointment, being despised, being accused of insensitivity or of “changing”, being the object of gossip and slander, even death, – whatever the form, you can rest assured that turbulence will come.

It came for Jesus as a result of His lifestyle of obedience to our Father, and if we follow His example, it will come for us too.

Some of the turbulence that Jesus experienced as a result of His obedience to our Father’s will was that He was despised, rejected, the brunt of anger, the object of controversy, viewed as a trouble-maker, the religious order of the day was totally against Him and plotted to kill Him, He was called a wine-bibber, accused of being demon possessed, looked down upon for being with those considered “nobodies”, He was mocked, ridiculed, scorned, spit upon and eventually crucified.

Like it did with Jesus, when you make a decision to be in the right place at the right time doing the right thing as determined by God, at some point, turbulence from others will arise.

It will arise because in making this choice, no matter how noble your intentions and righteous your actions in the eyes of the Lord, it is inevitable that some people, whether, family, friends, fellow Believers, associates, co-workers, neighbors, or whomever, will experience or interpret them negatively, and not hesitate to communicate this to you in some way, especially if you are not able to meet or accommodate their expectations, desires, requests, demands or needs.

When this happens, remember that it is all a part of the price of being Spirit led, it is all a part of the price of being a mature son of God, it is all a part of taking up your cross and following after Christ so do not be discouraged.

Know ahead of time that when you embark on this lifestyle, not everyone will accept your decisions and not everyone will like or understand you, especially those who have no experience in living life in this way, and that it’s okay. 

Like Jesus, we need to have a mind to endure any turbulence from others that may arise and with the help of the Holy Spirit to not be angered, offended, or distracted by it, for when we view experiencing such turbulence from a Kingdom perspective, it truly is a “small” price to pay considering the resulting benefits of our obedience in this life and in eternity. 

As Kingdom Citizens, a key to finding the right balance in our lives is being in the right place at the right time doing the right thing as determined by God.

It’s a God thing. It’s all about Him. It’s all about His will being done in each time, season and situation of our lives, not our will and not anyone else’s.

Today if you find yourself in a place of imbalance, why not pray and ask the Lord to enlighten you about your state and then make a decision to do whatever He says is necessary to achieve what He defines as the right balance for you.

Remember however, this is not a one shot deal. It is a lifestyle and a life-long process and among other things, it will take commitment, effort, determination, “stick ability”, knowing the Word, dying to self, dying to being a “people pleaser”, a whole lot of prayer, a whole lot of help from the Holy Spirit, and maybe some Kleenex (smile!).

This may sound like a lot, but the good news is that based on Jesus’ life, the results of such obedience and balance will be worth it both in this life and the next.

Be encouraged!

Kim

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

“Finding The Right Balance – Part 2” Copyright © 2010 by Kim Sweeting, All rights reserved.

Image “Fleeing a Tsunami” by Frankie_8/FreeDigitalPhotos.Net

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)

 

 

 

 

FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE – A KEY TO OVERCOMING OVERWHELM (PART 1)

FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE – A KEY TO OVERCOMING OVERWHELM

PART 1

OVERWHELMED? - FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE WIL HELP

OVERWHELMED? – FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE WILL HELP

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Romans 8:14; Luke 14:26)

I originally posted this in April of 2010 but felt a need to repost it today to help Believers who find themselves overwhelmed because of imbalance in their lives.

Be blessed!

Kim

***********

Today we live in an extremely demanding age with a myriad of voices constantly calling out after us. They call out after our mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual resources, after our money, our attention, our time, and sometimes even after our sense of sanity.

They call out through family, friends, church, employers, co-workers, social organizations, neighbors, television, radio, Internet, cell phones, I Pods, Blackberry’s, newspapers, magazines and the list goes on.

They say, “come here”, “go there”, “buy this”, “eat that”, “dress like this”, “you must have that”, “spend time here”, “never go there”, “call me”, “email me”, “text me”, “visit me”, “give this”, “join us”, “read this”, “listen to me”, “feed me”, “change me”, “do this”, “do that”, “do the next…………..and on and on and on

We are seemingly bombarded with endless demands, and we can not be all things to all people, so the question is:

How do we find the right balance in all of this?

From a Kingdom perspective, I believe that a key to finding the right balance is:

Being in the right place at the right time doing the right thing as determined by God.

Jesus’ life was a perfect demonstration of this. He was always in the right place at the right time doing the right thing as determined by God, our Father, not as determined by His disciples, family, friends, emotions, circumstances, or even crises.

For example, in John chapter 11 when Jesus heard  that Lazarus was extremely sick, He did not drop everything and rush off to heal him, but instead, remained where He was for two more days before leaving to deal with the issue.

If you read the account, in verse 2, the scripture makes it a point to let us know that the Lazarus who was sick was the brother of Mary who had anointed Jesus with the precious ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, in verse 3 it makes it clear that Jesus loved Lazarus, and in verse 5, it makes it clear that he also loved Mary and Martha.

Nevertheless, in spite of the circumstance and who it involved, Jesus did not allow the relationships or emotions to move Him out of divine position or timing.  He got His instructions from God, our Father and simply did as directed.

What do you think you would you have done in this circumstance?

Had Jesus succumbed to the emotion and the pressure of the situation, He would have lost His place of right balance, gotten out of the position and timing of God and aborted the purpose of the event which according to verse 4 of John 11 was, “for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby”.

 Have you ever aborted the purpose of a situation because you were not Spirit led?

Jesus’ life was driven by doing His Father’s will. In fact in John 6:38, He says that He came down from heaven “not to do His own will but the will of the one who sent Him”. His life personified right balance because He always sought to obey God our Father at all times no matter the situation, who it involved or the probable consequences.

If we desire to find the right balance in our lives, we need to approach life as Jesus did and have a Spirit driven, not people, emotion, or circumstance driven lifestyle.

In this whole process of finding the right balance, there are two fundamentally important points to take note of:

1) There is no universal state of right balance.

2) Finding the right balance is a very personal God-defined thing.

In other words, what is the right balance for you may not necessarily be the right balance for me and, what is the right balance for me may not necessarily be the right balance for you.

It is important to keep this in mind because it minimizes the temptation to be judgmental about other people’s decisions and it also reminds us that we are each personally responsible for finding the right balance in our own lives and no one else can do it for us.

To be continued………………

Be encouraged!

Kim

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

“Finding The Right Balance – Part 1” Copyright © 2010 by Kim Sweeting, All rights reserved.

Image “Fleeing a Tsunami” by Frankie_8/FreeDigitalPhotos.Net

 

 

AN ENCOURAGING POEM FOR MOTHERS

AN ENCOURAGING POEM FOR MOTHERS

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

MOTHER

M – Militant

When the enemy attacks, do not fear. Do not cower down. Rise up in faith, engage your spiritual weapons and fight for the souls of your children. Remember you are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus and greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.

Ephesians  6:11 – “Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

Ephesians 6:12 – “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

2 Timothy 2:3 – “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”

1Timothy 6:12 – “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”

 

O – Overflowing with Love

Love your children always and remember that love also entails engaging discipline, setting boundaries and withholding some things for their own good.

I Corinthians 13:1-7 – “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity,but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”

Galatians 5:6 – “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.”

Hebrews 12:5-6 – “And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”

 

T – Trust God

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

Psalms 18:30 – “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that in him.”

Proverbs 3:5-7 – “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him ,and he shall direct thy paths.  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”

 

H – Hear and obey the Holy Spirit

Remember that the Holy Spirit is the greatest teacher and counselor when it comes to parenting your children. Hear and obey His wisdom and instruction as revealed in the Word and spoken to your heart.

John 10:27 – “My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me.”

Romans 8:14 – “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the Sons of God.” 

 

E – Endurance

When things get rough, don’t give up. Hang on in there knowing that His grace is sufficient and this too shall pass.

Hebrews 6:15 – “And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.”

Hebrews 12:2 – “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

 

R – Rest

Make sure your mind, body, soul and spirit get adequate rest. Here’s a little secret…..the world won’t fall apart if you take some time to nurture yourself….(smile). Remember you are not superwoman and you do have limits. Honor that and don’t let the enemy deceive you into believing otherwise and thereby gain a foothold in your life to break you down.

Matthew 11:28, 29 – “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

Mark 6:31– “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.”

 

SELAH!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Kim

 

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

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CAN I HAVE SOME TIME WITH YOU?

CAN I HAVE SOME TIME WITH YOU?

 

I'D LIKE SOME TIME WITH YOU

I’D LIKE SOME TIME WITH YOU

 

Hey!

Hello!

Hi!

Yoohoo!

Can I have your attention?

No, no, not out there.

In here.

Yes, in here.

I live in you……, remember…..or have you been so busy that you have forgotten that?

Listen.

Can I have some time with you?

Just Me and you.

No one else.

No-thing else.

Just Me and you.

I have some things to tell you.

I have some things to  show you.

I have some directions to give you.

There are some longings in you I’d like to fulfill.

There is some inner-healing I’d like to complete.

There are some things in your life I want to restore, rejuvenate, revive, make whole.

There is another level of peace, power, and purpose I want to manifest in and through you.

Can I have some time with you?

I’d really like to have some time with you.

Hey!

Hello!

Hi!

Yoohoo!

Do I have your attention?………..I felt you backing away.

Listen.

Slow down.

Reduce the pace.

Quiet yourself

Settle yourself.

Turn down the volume.

Shut off the streams.

Block out the voices.

Get away from the clutter.

Lay it all down.

Carve out the time.

Come to Me.

I’ll be waiting for you.

I’ll be waiting just for you.

Can I have some time with you?

I’d really like some time with you.

 

SELAH!

Kim

 

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

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FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE – PART 2

FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE – PART 2

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Romans 8:14; Luke 14:26)

 

"YOU CAN FIND THE REIGHT BALANCE"

“YOU CAN FIND THE RIGHT BALANCE”

This is the last part of  the post I wrote in April of 2010 about finding the right balance.

Be blessed!

Kim

In each time and season of our lives, we need to seek God’s direction as to where we should be, when we should be there and what we should be doing, and upon receiving this information to, by God’s grace, make it a priority to act on it.

Such spirit-directed life adjustments will enable us to come to our place of right balance.

Jesus prioritized his whereabouts and tasks according to the timing and will of His Father.  He found His place of right balance by listening to and obeying His Father at all times, in all places and in all things; He never tried to be a people pleaser, nor did He prioritize pleasing Himself.  

Like Jesus, our ultimate priority in life should also be to do the will of our heavenly Father as revealed by the Holy Spirit at all times, in all places, and in all things, no matter how “big” or “small” and then we too will experience our right balance.

Please be warned though, that embarking on such a lifestyle is not without a price. As you seek to emulate Christ’s example of obedience, turbulence from others will come. 

It may come in the form of opposition, rejection, criticism, expressed anger, expressed hurt, expressed disappointment, being despised, being accused of insensitivity or of “changing”, being the object of gossip and slander, even death, – whatever the form, you can rest assured that turbulence will come.

It came for Jesus as a result of His lifestyle of obedience to our Father, and if we follow His example, it will come for us too.

Some of the turbulence that Jesus experienced as a result of His obedience to our Father’s will was that He was despised, rejected, the brunt of anger, the object of controversy, viewed as a trouble-maker, the religious order of the day was totally against Him and plotted to kill Him, He was called a wine-bibber, accused of being demon possessed, looked down upon for being with those considered “nobodies”, He was mocked, ridiculed, scorned, spit upon and eventually crucified.

Like it did with Jesus, when you make a decision to be in the right place at the right time doing the right thing as determined by God, at some point, turbulence from others will arise.

It will arise because in making this choice, no matter how noble your intentions and righteous your actions in the eyes of the Lord, it is inevitable that some people, whether, family, friends, fellow Believers, associates, co-workers, neighbors, or whomever, will experience or interpret them negatively, and not hesitate to communicate this to you in some way, especially if you are not able to meet or accommodate their expectations, desires, requests, demands or needs.

When this happens, remember that it is all a part of the price of being Spirit led, it is all a part of the price of being a mature son of God, it is all a part of taking up your cross and following after Christ so do not be discouraged.

Know ahead of time that when you embark on this lifestyle, not everyone will accept your decisions and not everyone will like or understand you, especially those who have no experience in living life in this way, and that it’s okay. 

Like Jesus, we need to have a mind to endure any turbulence from others that may arise and with the help of the Holy Spirit to not be angered, offended, or distracted by it, for when we view experiencing such turbulence from a Kingdom perspective, it truly is a “small” price to pay considering the resulting benefits of our obedience in this life and in eternity. 

As Kingdom Citizens/Believers in Christ, a key to finding the right balance in our lives is being in the right place at the right time doing the right thing as determined by God.

It’s a God thing. It’s all about Him. It’s all about His will being done in each time, season and situation of our lives, not our will and not anyone else’s.

Today if you find yourself in a place of imbalance, why not pray and ask the Lord to enlighten you about your state and then make a decision to do whatever He says is necessary to achieve what He defines as the right balance for you.

Remember however, this not a one shot deal. It is a lifestyle and a life-long process and among other things, it will take commitment, effort, determination, “stick ability”, knowing the Word, dying to self, dying to being a “people pleaser”, a whole lot of prayer, a whole lot of help from the Holy Spirit, and maybe some Kleenex (smile!).

This may sound like a lot, but the good news is that based on Jesus’ life, the results of such obedience and balance will be worth it both in this life and the next.

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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

Image “LIFE BALANCE SIGNPOST” by stuart miles courtesy of  www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

 

FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE – PART 1

FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE – PART 1

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Romans 8:14; Luke 14:26)

"YOU CAN FIND THE REIGHT BALANCE"

“YOU CAN FIND THE RIGHT BALANCE”

 

Of late, many women have spoken to me about feeling tired, overworked and overwhelmed because of having so much to do, and voiced their struggle to keep balance in their lives.

As a result, I decided to reblog this post I wrote in April of 2010 about finding the right balance.

Be blessed!

Kim

Today we live in an extremely demanding age with a myriad of voices constantly calling out after us. They call out after our mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual resources, after our money, our attention, our time, and sometimes even after our sense of sanity.

They call out through family, friends, church, employers, co-workers, social organizations, neighbors, television, radio, Internet, cell phones, I Pods, Blackberry’s, newspapers, magazines and the list goes on.

They say, “come here”, “go there”, “buy this”, “eat that”, “dress like this”, “you must have that”, “spend time here”, “never go there”, “call me”, “email me”, “text me”, “visit me”, “give this”, “join us”, “read this”, “listen to me”, “feed me”, “change me”, “do this”, “do that”, “do the next…………..and on and on and on

We are seemingly bombarded with endless demands, and we can not be all things to all people, so the question is:

How do we find the right balance in all of this?

From a Kingdom perspective, I believe that a key to finding the right balance is:

Being in the right place at the right time doing the right thing as determined by God.

Jesus’ life was a perfect demonstration of this. He was always in the right place at the right time doing the right thing as determined by God, our Father, not as determined by His disciples, family, friends, emotions, circumstances, or even crises.

For example, in John chapter 11 when Jesus heard  that Lazarus was extremely sick, He did not drop everything and rush off to heal him, but instead, remained where He was for two more days before leaving to deal with the issue.

If you read the account, in verse 2, the scripture makes it a point to let us know that the Lazarus who was sick was the brother of Mary who had anointed Jesus with the precious ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, in verse 3 it makes it clear that Jesus loved Lazarus, and in verse 5, it makes it clear that he also loved Mary and Martha.

Nevertheless, in spite of the circumstance and who it involved, Jesus did not allow the relationships or emotions to move Him out of divine position or timing.  He got His instructions from God, our Father and simply did as directed.

What do you think you would you have done in this circumstance?

Had Jesus succumbed to the emotion and the pressure of the situation, He would have lost His place of right balance, gotten out of the position and timing of God and aborted the purpose of the event which according to verse 4 of John 11 was, “for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby”.

 Have you ever aborted the purpose of a situation because you were not Spirit led?

Jesus’ life was driven by doing His Father’s will. In fact in John 6:38, He says that He came down from heaven “not to do His own will but the will of the one who sent Him”. His life personified right balance because He always sought to obey God our Father at all times no matter the situation, who it involved or the probable consequences.

If we desire to find the right balance in our lives, we need to approach life as Jesus did and have a Spirit driven, not people, emotion, or circumstance driven lifestyle.

In this whole process of finding the right balance, there are two fundamentally important points to take note of:

1) There is no universal state of right balance.

2) Finding the right balance is a very personal God-defined thing.

In other words, what is the right balance for you may not necessarily be the right balance for me and, what is the right balance for me may not necessarily be the right balance for you.

It is important to keep this in mind because it minimizes the temptation to judge other people’s decisions and it also reminds us that we are each personally responsible for finding the right balance in our own lives and no one else can do it for us.

To be continued………………

 

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

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TRUST HIM WHEN YOU CAN’T TRACE HIM

TRUST HIM WHEN YOU CAN’T TRACE HIM

"TRUST HIM WHEN YOU CAN'T TRACE HIM"

“TRUST HIM WHEN YOU CAN’T TRACE HIM”

“Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?”

(Psalms 10:1 – NIV, 1984)

 

Fasting

Praying

Seeking

Longing

Waiting

Crying

Praising

Worshipping

 

No answer

No instruction

No intervention

No revelation

No understanding

No comfort

No presence

No anything

 

Everything inside you wants to scream,

“GOD WHAT IS GOING ON??????…….WHERE ARE YOU!!!!!

Wait……..Listen 

 

He’s there

Right there

He sees

He knows

He understands

He loves

He cares

He’s at work

 

TRUST HIM WHEN YOU CAN’T TRACE HIM!

 

“Behold, I go forward [and to the east], but He is not there; I go backward [and to the west], but I cannot perceive Him;

On the left hand [and to the north] where He works [I seek Him], but I cannot behold Him; He turns Himself to the right hand [and to the south], but I cannot see Him.

But He knows the way that I take [He has concern for it, appreciates, and pays attention to it]. When He has tried me, I shall come forth as refined gold [pure and luminous]. “

(Job 23:8-10 – Amplified Bible)

 

“….for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]”

(Hebrews 3:5 – Amplified Bible)

 

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

(Romans 8:28 – NLT)

 

I wait  for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait  for the morning, more than watchmen wait  for the morning.

(Psalm 130:5, 6 – NKJV)

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