HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE YOUR FEET?

HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE YOUR FEET?

 

“BEAUTIFUL FEET” – BY HOSANNA POETRY

 

“BEAUTIFUL FEET” –  BY LECRAE

 

“BEAUTIFUL FEET” BY DONALD LAWRENCE”

 

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

(Isaiah 52:7 – NKJV)

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

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

(Romans 10:14, 15 – NKJV)

 

HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE YOUR FEET?

 

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“WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED” – A WORD IN SEASON

“WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED” A WORD IN SEASON

Are you feeling pressure to keep quiet, pressure to not speak the Word into situations even though you know within your heart that God wants you to?

I received the following prophetic word by Elaine Tavolacci this morning via my subscription to her website, http://www.awordinseason.info. which I believe is a timely word for those who the enemy desires to silence.

Be encouraged…..be blessed!

Kim

 

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WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED

BY ELAINE TAVOLACCI

The Holy Spirit showed me an unusual metaphor today. I heard someone talking about an old movie titled “The silence of the lambs” and I thought to myself, that is exactly what the enemy is trying to do to the Christians. He is trying to silence our voices. Then I saw a large assembly of sheep in a pen. Some were trying to escape as they were looking for greener pastures, some were about to be groomed and sheared, some were about to be cloned, some were about to be sacrificed but there were those who were content. I saw that the enemies’ plans were to lead the sheep to the slaughter to stop them from fulfilling the plan of God on their lives. He is trying to silence the voice of God from speaking through us. This is what the Holy Spirit said. Although it may appear in the natural that the enemy has come to steal, kill and destroy, you shall not be defeated. Those who know their God will be strong and do exploits. “You will not be silenced”.

The Lord says; I am raising up those who will not be silenced from speaking what they believe. I am raising up many to be My voice in this season. Every generation of believers will come together and raise their voices in one accord. True believers will speak My word courageously. I am calling those in the marketplace to be My messengers without wavering in faith. I am calling those of you in the fivefold ministry to speak forth My word with boldness and without compromise. As you deliver My word, it will bring transformation to those who hear it. As you release the words that I give you to speak, they will become rhema and release life. There will be a clear distinction between the sheep and the goats. As you speak My word, demonstration will follow with miracles, signs and wonders.

Then I understood that the large barbed wire fence around the sheep was a hedge of protection to keep the predators out. The Shepherd then poured oil over the sheep to anoint their heads and keep the flies away. His rod and staff is not used to brutalize them, but to gently lead, guide and direct them. Jesus is our good Shepherd, and has already laid down His life for the sheep.

I am calling every believer to share the good news that I have in this season. I will use your voice to change atmospheres and transform lives. My words when spoken through you will bring edification, exaltation and encouragement. Never retreat when confronting the voices of darkness, because they cannot overtake the light that is on the inside of you. My words in your mouth will bring conviction as well as deliverance. Don’t allow those with religious doctrines to intimidate you, but speak the truth in love. Release My words of justice to an unjust world. Release words of righteousness to an unrighteous world. Release words of comfort and tell them that there is a comforter, who is The Holy Spirit and is willing to set them free. Release My prophetic words into the churches and release the voice of truth to the unbelievers says the Lord.

Psalm 23

Matthew 10:16
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

John 10:7-10
Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.,They will come in and go out, and find pasture.The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 10:11-13
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

By Elaine Tavolacci

A Word In Season – http://www.awordinseason.info.

 

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE LORD!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE LORD

THANK YOU LORD!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE LORD!

 

“THANK YOU FOR THE CROSS” – (MARK ALTROGGE) – CITY HARVEST CHURCH

 

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

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

(John 3:16, 17 – King James Version)

 

“LORD I GIVE YOU MY HEART” (HILLSONG) – CITY HARVEST CHURCH

 

THANK YOU LORD!

THANK YOU LORD!

 

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COMING SOON……..

COMING SOON…….

 

JESUS IS COMING SOON

JESUS IS COMING SOON!

 

The announcement is made….COMING SOON!

Coming soon……iPhone 6…….with great anticipation, people wait for the unveiling of the latest iPhone, even willing to sleep outdoors to be one of the first to make a purchase.

The announcement is made….COMING SOON!

Coming soon…..new shopping mall…….enraptured by the thought of all the money that could be made because the mall is in a prime location, people sit and plan and strategize how they can get a rental space for their business in the new mall.

The announcement is made….COMING SOON!

Coming soon.….new episodes of  a favorite television show……excited to see what these episodes will be about, people decide in advance to set aside that time to be available to watch the shows.

The announcement is made….COMING SOON!

Coming soon…..new book by a best-selling author….thrilled by the prospect of reading another book by the author, people count down the days to the release.

The announcement is made….COMING SOON!

Coming soon……new album by a popular artist….excited and abuzz, people eagerly look forward to hearing the songs and playing them on every device imaginable.

The announcement is made….COMING SOON!

Coming soon……Jesus Christ……..what what is the response?……what is your response?….preparation, anticipation and peace or unreadiness, dread and turmoil?

The announcement is made….COMING SOON!

Coming soon……Jesus Christ…..It’s time to be ready.

 

“JESUS IS COMING SOON” – OAK RIDGE BOYS

 

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

(John 14: 1-3 – NIV)

“1 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.”

(I Thessalonians 5:1-6 – NIV)

“42 Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

(Matthew 24:42-44 – NIV)

“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

(I Thessalonians 4:16, 18 – NIV)

“3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation. 8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

(2 Peter 3:3-4, 8-9 – NIV)

“16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

(John 3:16, 17 – NIV)

 

“REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH” – BILL & GLORIA GAITHER

 

 

SELAH!

Kim

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THE GOSPEL MESSAGE RAP STYLE

THE GOSPEL MESSAGE RAP STYLE 

Jesus told us to go into all the world and preach the gospel but He never told us how to go or what to use.

I believe He never confined us to a specific “how” or “what”, to a specific “method” or “tool”,  because He in His divine foreknowledge knew that the options available to us to take the message of the Gospel to the world would evolve and multiply in each generation and wants us to make use of whatever is available in our time.

I came across this song yesterday; it’s the Gospel message presented rap style.

Take a listen and if you feel it can reach or minister to someone you know, don’t hesitate to pass it on.

CHRISTIAN RAP – HARD AS NAILZ – “CHANGE”

 

The message of the Gospel must stay the same, but the ways and means of delivering it are ever-changing.

 

“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.”

(John 3:16, 17 – Amplified Bible)

And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole human race].

(Matthew 16:15 – Amplified Bible)

“Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!”

(I Corinthians 9:19-23 – The Message Bible)

Be encouraged!

Kim

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HOW’S YOUR BODY? – HOW’S HIS TEMPLE?

HOW’S YOUR BODY? – HOW’S HIS TEMPLE?

YOUR BODY IS HIS TEMPLE

YOUR BODY IS HIS TEMPLE

 

The following is a post I wrote in February of 2012 called “Your Body – His Temple – Healthy and Fit or Rundown and Sick”.

I felt impressed to re-blog it this morning as a reminder to us of the importance of, and responsibility we have as members of the Body of Christ to take care of our bodies as best we can.

Be encouraged!

Be motivated!

Be blessed!

Kim

You just received a call from Jesus and He said He is coming to live in your house.  After hanging up, you get another call from a millionaire who will give you  whatever type of house you want to accommodate Jesus.

 

What type of house would you choose?

Whatever the design, size or location of the house you choose, I am pretty certain that you would at the least make sure it has a firm foundation, strong walls, a good roof and doors, no plumbing or electrical issues, adequate ventilation and lighting and be clean and secure.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

“Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, 

You were bought with a price [purchased with a [a]preciousness and paid for, [b]made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.” (Amplified Bible)

I Corinthians 6:19 clearly tells us that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and that He lives in us.

I have a question?

Knowing this, why are so many of us Believers/Kingdom Citizens/Christians so careless about His accommodations, neglecting the well-being of our bodies and taking our health for granted?

If Jesus were to manifest in the natural realm and come to live in your house, wouldn’t you make sure that your house is in the best state that you could make it?………of course you would!

So then, if you are not doing so, why is it that you do not do the same for your body which His Spirit dwells in?

Why are you not keeping it in the best state you can?

Really, think about it. 

Why is it okay in your mind to “fix up” a physical structure to the best standard possible to accommodate Jesus but not extend that same concern, zeal and determination to “fix up” your body that His Spirit actually dwells in?

I believe there is something wrong with that picture!

Saints, it is time for us in the Body of Christ to stop playing around and be more vigilant about our health and physical well-being.

There are far too many of us who have the Holy Spirit dwelling in run down, overweight, temples infested with lifestyle diseases and/or conditions that we can take measures to improve or eliminate, but refuse to do so.

Now please note that I am not addressing persons who practice healthy living and good temple maintenance and are still smitten with some disease or medical or physical condition, nor am I addressing those who are born with certain illnesses or medical conditions or who develop certain illnesses or medical conditions that are beyond their control.

I am addressing persons in the Kingdom who simply have a lackadaisical attitude toward the state of their bodies and the preservation of their health and who know they can and ought to take better care of themselves but won’t make the effort to do so.

When we allow ourselves to be in such a state, what do you think we are showing the world/unbelievers?

What kind of message are they receiving when they see Christians who claim to have a personal relationship with this mighty, wise, all-knowing God and to have His actual Spirit dwelling in them afflicted with preventable diseases and/or medical conditions simply because of poor lifestyle choices and a lack of discipline in their lives?

Believe you me it is not a good message and I have heard many, many negative comments by unbelievers in this regard. These actions on our part bring great reproach to the Name of Christ and the Kingdom of God……………..Saints this is serious stuff!

Listen, you and I only get one body on this earth for the Lord to work in and through and as Kingdom Ambassadors, we need to be good stewards of it and do all that we can to make sure that it is healthy and fit.

Let’s face it, when we are physically run down or sick, we are not much good to ourselves yet alone to anyone else and God not only needs spiritually and mentally fit soldiers in His end-time army, but physically fit ones as well.

So, what is it that you need to do to improve your health and physical well-being? What is it that you need to do to renovate and upgrade your temple?

  • Eat a more healthy and balanced diet?

  • Increase the amount of water you drink to make sure you get 6-8 glasses per day?

  • Begin and maintain a regular exercise program?

  • Get 6-8 hours of sleep each night?

  • Carve out some time for relaxation?

  • Spend more time meditating in the presence of the Lord?

  • Spend more time reading His Word which according to Proverbs 4:22 is life and health to our flesh?

  • Pray more, which is proven to lower levels of stress in a person’s body?

  • Go to your doctor and get that physical that you have put off for far too long and you know it?

  • Stop practicing a sexual sin, it is a sin against your body?

If you don’t know, ask the Lord. Ask Him to show you the lifestyle adjustments you need to make to help you to improve your overall state of health and physical well-being and thereby improve the state of your body, the dwelling place of His Holy Spirit.

I have an aunt who is a Spirit-filled medical physician and on many occasions she has said to me that it grieves her spirit to see so many of God’s people sick and even die, simply because of their lifestyle choices and lack of discipline when it comes to eating and taking care of their bodies.

Saints, it’s time to wake up and close this open door that the enemy uses to attack our bodies and when possible, take our lives.

If you know that the Spirit of the Lord is speaking to you through this post, please do not harden your heart to His voice or take offense. 

Instead repent and by His grace, His divine enabling power, take action and let today be the day of new beginnings in this area of your life and walk with the Lord.

God bless you and be encouraged!

Kim

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RESURRECTION THANKSGIVING

RESURRECTION THANKSGIVING

JESUS IS ALIVE!

JESUS IS ALIVE!

Yesterday, was the day that we commemorate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

It was the day that we commemorate his defeat of death, hell and the grave in all His majesty and power.

It was the day that we in the Body of Christ commemorate and indeed celebrate the fact that Jesus is alive, that even death could not hold Him captive…..what power!!!….Hallelujah!!!!

Are you grateful that He got up?

I sure am!

Be blessed by the following songs that express thanksgiving to the Lord for what He did for us.

Shalom!

Kim

“JESUS IS ALIVE” – RON KENOLY

 

“UP FROM THE GRAVE HE AROSE” – DANIEL THORNTON

 

“MY REDEEMER LIVES” – NICOLE MULLEN

 

“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.”

(Luke 24:1-8 – NIV)

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HOW TO DEAL WITH WORKPLACE ENEMIES

HOW TO DEAL WITH WORKPLACE ENEMIES

DO YOY HAVE A WORKPLACE ENEMY?

DO YOU HAVE A WORKPLACE ENEMY?

Enemy – “A person who feels hatred for, fosters harmful designs against, or engages in antagonistic activities against another; an adversary or opponent.” 

(Dictionary.com)

The following is a post I wrote in April of 2010 called “How To Deal With Workplace Enemies”.

I felt impressed to re-blog it tonight for someone who is experiencing difficulties in the workplace as a result of an enemy.

Be encouraged.

Be motivated.

Be blessed!

Kim

 

How to Deal with Workplace Enemies as Kingdom Ambassadors

If you have not done so already, at some point in your work experience you will encounter an enemy.

You will come under the fire of a person or persons who for some reason or the other do not like you, hold a grudge against you, or even hate you, and who will not hesitate to demonstrate this to you in some tangible way.

As Kingdom citizens we are not exempt from the attacks of workplace enemies.

Over the years I have seen, and in quite a few instances been, the recipient of many types of antagonistic behavior maliciously unleashed in the workplace; some of you probably have too.

I have seen persons:-

Ignore others as if they do not exist just because they don’t like them

Purposefully spread gossip about others to damage their reputations

Craftily hinder others from effectively carrying out their duties

Unnecessarily report others to their superiors in an effort to get them reprimanded or fired

Place others on difficult shifts in order to frustrate them to the point of leaving a job

Deny persons favor or help that could easily be given to them

Belittle others

Accost others

Needlessly embarrass others

Physically fight others

I wish that I could say that Believers were never perpetrators and or active participants in such behavior, but unfortunately to our shame, this has not been the case.

It is not always easy to deal with enemies in the workplace. When someone attacks us in some manner at work, no matter how saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost we may be, if the situation gets “hot” enough, at some point our flesh wants to spring into action and retaliate.

It will tell us things like, “Don’t get mad, get even”, “Fix their business”, “Give them a piece of your mind”, “Don’t take that, cuss them out”, “Punch him”, “Slap her”, “Slam down the phone”, “Get him fired”, “Don’t even look her way anymore”, etc.

To make matters more difficult, sometimes others who are privy to situations often add fuel to the fire by making comments or suggestions like, “I noticed how Mr. Seymour put you down in the meeting again; if I were you I’d deny his vacation when he comes to request it” or “Every time you say good morning to Ms. Brown she ignores you, I don’t know why you waste your time speaking to disgusting people like her.”

If we are honest, sometimes these types of responses are very tempting, but all the while somewhere inside, we can sense the Holy Spirit warning us against such a path, and urging us to take the higher road.

So the question is, as Kingdom Ambassadors, what are we to do when we encounter enemies in the workplace? How are we to handle them? How have you been handling them?

As with any other situation that we may face in any area of our lives, when we encounter an enemy in the workplace, the first thing to do is to pray. Pray for strength and guidance and then search the Bible to see what the Word, the constitution of God’s Kingdom, has to say about the situation.

Once we find the relevant scriptures, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we need to read, study, meditate on (which Biblically, actually means to murmur and mutter to oneself), verbalize, memorize, and apply them to our situation daily.

When it comes to dealing with enemies in the workplace, there are many relevant and helpful scriptures with powerful Kingdom principles.

Today we will just look at three, which in and of themselves, if applied would tremendously impact our lives, our enemies lives, as well as the lives of others who may be observing the situation, all to the glory of God.

In Matthew 5:43-48, Jesus, our King admonishes us to handle our enemies in a specific way. Jesus states,

“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that. In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” (The Message Bible)

In Matthew 6:14, 15, Jesus 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.” (Amplifed Bible).

In Romans 12:19, the Apostle Paul writes,

“Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” (New King James Version)

Hold on a minute now. Are you are saying that I am supposed to love, forgive, pray for, give and be kind to Marilyn, the woman who keeps undermining me and to Gary, the man who keeps insulting me at every meeting?

Are you saying that I am not to get back at them or treat them as I think they deserve to be treated because of their actions toward me? Yes! Based on the authority of the above scriptures, that’s exactly what I am saying.

Jesus set the ultimate example of how to deal with an enemy in the way that he dealt with Judas. From before the foundation of the world was laid He knew that Judas’ would betray Him, yet he still discipled Judas, fellowshipped with him, fed him, washed his feet, and ultimately called him his friend.

Wow! What a way to treat an enemy!

How could Jesus do all of that for the man who would betray him? How could He call him “friend”?

He could call him friend because in carrying out his role as an enemy and betraying Jesus, he was actually carrying out God’s purpose.

Hmm…..could it be that the enemy you are encountering at work is a part of God’s purpose for your life?

Could it be that God is allowing the situation in order to stimulate changes in your character? Could it be that He is endeavoring to cultivate a higher level of spiritual maturity in you in some area; perhaps to further develop patience, kindness, gentleness, and/or self-control? Could it be that the person is in your life as a “fruit cultivating tool”?

Selah!

When you encounter an enemy in the workplace, be encouraged to meditate on relevant scriptures and prayerfully look at your situation. Ask yourself,

What may God be trying to work out of me?

What aspect of Christ’s character might He be seeking to develop in me?

What has come to the surface from within me as a result of the person’s actions toward me?

Is it God-like or flesh-like?

Is there a spirit of retaliation and vengeance dominating my thoughts, words, and/or actions toward this person, or is there love,  forgiveness and a sense of peace in spite of their actions, knowing that vengeance belongs to the Lord?

To be effective Kingdom Ambassadors in the workplace, to be effective representatives of Jesus Christ and of the Kingdom of God, we must agape our enemies; we must love them with the God-kind of love.

Remember, according to Ephesians 6:12, it is not flesh and blood that we are fight against but spirits so if we must war, let’s use the weapons of prayer and praise. If we must fight, let’s fight the good fight of faith. If we must do something, let’s by the power of the Holy Spirit, let our actions be governed by the Word of God.

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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CUTTING TRUTH TO SHAKE YOUR WORLD

CUTTING TRUTH TO SHAKE YOUR WORLD

This morning I tuned into “Life Today with James Robison” and the program featured Minister Christine Caine speaking at the “Awaken Now” conference that was held last July at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.

Her message was something that I believe Christians/Believer’s/Kingdom Citizen’s everywhere need to hear either as a reminder of, or introduction to this truth.

Here’s a brief yet profound  mini-clip that I found on YouTube.

Watch and be challenged.

Watch and be motivated.

Watch and be blessed.

“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” 

(John 17:15-18 – NIV)

“He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”

(Mark 16:15 – NIV)

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

(Matthew 28:18-20 – NIV)

“He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”

(Luke 10:27 – NIV)

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

(John 13:35 – NIV)

SELAH!

Kim

 

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

Video “CHRISTINE CAINE: INTO ALL THE WORLD – JAMES ROBISON LIFE TODAY”courtesy of lifetodaytv  – http://www.youtube.com

 

THE BEST THING I’VE EVER DONE

THE BEST THING I’VE EVER DONE

GOD'S LOVE FOR YOU IS MATCHLESS

GOD’S LOVE IS MATCHLESS

It’s Valentine’s Day, in many nations of the world today…..…HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

This morning as I reflected on life and love in general, I became overwhelmed with gratefulness for the incomparably, matchless love God has for me.

Yes there are persons in my life who love me, and I am very grateful for that too, but there is no one who loves me like God loves me; He loves me unconditionally in spite of myself, in spite of my short comings, mistakes, weaknesses, personality quirks and sin.

The coolest thing of all to me though, and the thing that really blows me away, is that God fell in love with me even before I fell in love with Him and He has never stopped and will never stop loving me……that truth brings indescribable peace, security, worth and joy in my life.

So what’s the best thing I’ve ever done?

The best thing I’ve ever done is receiving Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord and then falling in love with Him……He is a lover like no other so on this Valentine’s Day, above all other love in my life, I celebrate His love for me.

“FALLING IN LOVE WITH JESUS” – BY JONATHAN BUTLER FEATURING KIRK WHALUM

If you’ve never experienced it, why not taste and see that God’s love is good on this Valentine’s Day?

Other persons in your life may disappoint you, take you for granted, be impatient with your imperfections, not support you when you need them most, lie to you, cheat on you, use you, abuse you, walk away and leave you, but not God, He will love you with an everlasting, fulfilling, perfect love that nothing or no one can separate you from.

Do you want to experience that love?

Click  on the “Become A Part of God’s Family” tab and enter into the most exciting and fulfilling love relationship you will ever have in your life….I guarantee it will blow you away.

“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)

Hands down, falling in love with Jesus is the best thing I’ve ever done.

Be encouraged and have a beautiful day!

Kim

 

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

Image “LOVE, LOVE, LOVE” courtesy of gubgib –http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Video “FALLING IN LOVE WITH JESUS” by Jonathan Butler & Kirk Whalumcourtesy of CLCPraiseandWorship – http://www.youtube.com