The Words I have spoken to you 

By: Carole L. Haines

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
(John 6:63)

The feel of the smooth, crispy paper beneath my fingertips as I glide through the pages in my search for an answer. The crackling sound as I thumb through each one, separating them delicately, one by one. This Bible has seen many a year, gone through many a struggle, captured many a tear. Our first Bibles get worn out and broken down as bindings come detached and pages fray. Yet there is nothing quite like the feel and sound of these pages for a Believer who has walked with God a long time.
We live in a digital age, and as a writer, I am thrilled for all the advances, the technology, social media and other sources that make it easier than ever to share the Good News of Jesus love for the world and His sacrifice that made salvation possible.

But this old Bible, with all of its dog-eared pages, underlines and highlights. With all of the notes that reveal where God was speaking to my heart at a particular time in my life. I have grown up with this Bible, with The God who inspired those who penned its pages. I am so grateful for growing up the way I did. I wasn’t raised in a traditional Christian Family. Mine was a religiously divided one. Two different religions, which cause arguments and disagreements, with many tears shed and regretful words said.

This drew me, and called me to search for the One Truth, the one thing that could never change its mind, go back on its word, betray me with a shifting perspective or reverse in opinion. I was drawn to the words of the Bible soon after I was Born again as a young girl of 9-10. But I didn’t really start to grow in Him until I saw the shallowness of what the world had to offer. By the time I left High School, I was fully back with God and growing with fellow Believers. I have stumbled, been arrogant, self-righteous, judgmental; all of which God has corrected me for. Yet He has gently drawn me back through repentance and His unconditional love and forgiveness. This Precious Book records my journey and I will leave it as a legacy to my children in the Hopes that they may find encouragement in the ramblings, the searches and the rejoicing written in the margins of its well-worn pages.

God, Your Word is Life to me. Thank You for drawing me to Yourself, for making me Your own and for continuing to grow me up in My Faith in You through the Scriptures. You said it Yourself, Jesus.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. (John 6:63)

 

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God’s Whispers in the Silence

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by: Carole L. Haines

Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.  These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
(John 16:32-33) 

Jesus predicted that His disciples would abandon Him and be scattered, leaving Him alone. But Jesus immediately comforts Himself with the truth that He is never alone because the Father is with Him.  Jesus also speaks these words to us in the same passage of Scripture about our relationship with the Father: 

 In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will request of the Father on your behalf;  for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father.” (John 16:26-27) 

The Father Himself loves us because we have loved Jesus and believed Jesus. I have heard people say that they keep the TV on, or a radio, or some kind of noise 24/7, because they are afraid of the silence. Silence makes them uncomfortable because they are afraid of the loneliness.
But I have found that turning all those things off and breaking through the fear of silence, is when we experience the Presence of God that whispers softly to us, encouraging our hearts. I hear Him in the Wind which feels like His breath kissing my face. I hear Him in the songs of Worship sung by the birds. I see Him in the meandering flight of the butterfly as he flies from flower to flower, seemingly without a care.  I am amazed at His astounding beauty created morning and evening in the Sunrises and Sunsets each day, so uniquely painted by God.

Turn off the noise, Precious believers and listen for His Whisper in the workings of nature, in the silence of your room, in the quiet spaces of your heart. He loves You. He is speaking to You. Turn off the noise and listen. 

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A Prayer for Simplicity

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by: Carole L. Haines

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body, and be thankful”
(Colossians 3:12-15
)  

 I worship You as My God because of Your almighty power. I magnify You as my LORD because of all You’ve done for me. I follow You as my Master because of Your wisdom and miracles. But I know You intimately because You are my Father. 
(Prime Time Devotion, Ephesians 4 Ministries: HIS NAME IS FATHER) 

I hear You, God, calling us back to the Simple life, a simpler faith,
like we had before it all became so complicated.
Your truth never changed, 
You stayed the same;
but 
we made it harder than it has to be.
Tak
e us back to a time when we worshiped You simply
because 
we enjoyed You and Your company, simply because You are God.
*Focusing on Your Great Salvation brought to us in Your Great Love
demonstrated by You, Dear Jesus, in the sacrifice of Yourself for us.
*No longer do we need to come day after day, as the high priest did,
and offer sacrifices again and again. You offered Yourself
once for all and are now seated in Heaven
at the right hand of the Father praying for us.
*We were the Joy set before You, Jesus, as You endured the journey to the Cross.
It was Love for Your Father that led you there
and Love for us, Your 
Creation.
F
or You knew, Dear Jesus, before *the foundation of the world,
before you made 
even one of us, that we would rebel, fail and sin.
You knew
 we would cost You your life, but You created us anyway.
This is a love we will never understand, yet so desperately need.
All of hu
manity is looking for love, and You have Your hands stretched out
offering it to us all, paid for with Your own blood and sacrifice.

You ask us to love one another as You have loved us.
To lay aside our petty differences, our 
grievances, our opinions;
and clothe ourselves in love and humility tow
ard one another.
*To take up the shield of faith, the helmet of truth, the breastplate of righteousness. Wearing on our feet the Gospel of Peace, ready to go wherever you send us,
carrying Your Beloved message to all who are desirin
g to hear the truth
of Your love and sacrifice for them as well.
*Simplicity is Loving God, Loving Others and Loving ourselves as God does.
Holy Spirit
, this is not natural for us at all.
We are so naturally self-focused, self-centered.
Please help us become more like Jesus every
 day.
Bring us back to our First Love,
as the day we first 
came to know just how precious the Love of God is.
God’s love drew us in. God’s Love reached our hearts
and God’s Love saves us from ourse
lves.
Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit; bring us back
to the 
*Purity and Simplicity of Devotion to Christ.
We Pray this in Jesus’ Name.  Amen
 

Scriptures used * 
 (Romans 5:8) 

(Hebrews 7:27) 

(Ephesians 1:4-5) 

(Colossians 3:12-15) shown above 

The Armor of God, (Ephesians 6:10-20) 

Matthew 22:34-40 

2 Corinthians 11:3 

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The Lord Delivers

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A Guest Post by My Sister: Christine Laporte

Psalm 118:  “I was pushed back and about to fall,
    but the Lord helped me.
14 The Lord is my strength and my defense;
    he has become my salvation.

During the recent Covid-19 “Stay at Home” order, I started feeling unsettled, lethargic and stuck.  I wouldn’t say I was having a complete break down but felt very uncomfortable, even scared.
Throughout this journey called “life”, because so many times I tried to “handle” things on my own, I learned that asking for help is both wise and necessary if I was going to overcome challenges and move forward.
Lately I tend to take my troubles to the Holy Spirit because He is full of strength and comfort. He will point me to just the right verse(s) I need to read, giving me hope and direction. Most important, He pulls me out of the dark abyss of depression.
Since my late teens I have experienced varying degrees of depression. During my first year of college my anxiety and lack of motivation to even get out of bed was so serious I ended up in the hospital for treatment. Believe me, those were dark days for my family and when I was discharged months later, I was raw. Yes, I grew closer to the Lord and devoured His word, but I was a different person. Like the tree roots in the accompanying photo, I was exposed. Decisions I made led to my depression and I had to live in a psychiatric hospital for five months. Five months so I wouldn’t hurt myself, sleep all day without eating; five months for me to learn I could lean on God and He would help me.
So this April, when I sensed myself falling back into that pit and emotional prison, I got very nervous. I certainly didn’t want to go back to the suffocating place in my mind that the Lord delivered me from. After the novelty of being able to sleep late, take walks, cook and watch movies wore off, once again I found myself not wanting to get out of bed.
“Holy Spirit, I’m in a bad way. I don’t want to do anything, but I have responsibilities. Please give me the strength to just get moving and a reason to get out of bed. Show me what the Lord wants me to know in the midst of this mess”. And He delivered; He pointed me to Psalm 118 and just as King David was pushed back and about to fall, I was about to fall. Fortunately, just as the Lord helped the King, He helped me.
That verse gave me the light I needed to step out of the darkness I was feeling. I knew there would be stability from God, holding me up. And each day, whether I’m at home or able to start working, going back to church and taking my family to the movies again, He is my strength, my defense and my salvation. 

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The Garden of our tears 

MaineBy: Carole L. Haines
(Picture taken by: Cody J. Haines)

 “Return and say to Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of your father David, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord. (2 Kings 20:5) 

God desires to bring great healing to the brokenness in our lives. Jesus didn’t die just to save us from our sins and hell. His death provided the way for us to be set free from the ravages of sin, both ours and the fallout we suffer from the sins of others. There are things we go through as humans because of other people’s poor choices that can cause us deep and searing pain. When it’s the same sin committed against us over and over, the pain can be so great that we don’t even know what to do with it, so we swallow it back down, again and again. I have been crying out to God for relief and release from such agony. This morning I woke up with such a pit in my stomach, I went out on the porch and there is where it beganThe tears came like a flood and I just began to pour out all the pain, like a river they flowed until there was nothing left to cry. Our tears are so precious to God. We need them and they’re a gift from Him. It is how we give God our pain, they are His channel, a Cleansing River. 

You have taken account of my wanderings;
Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?
 Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call.
This I know, that God is for me. (Psalm 56: 8-9) 

A lot of the pain I was crying out was self-blame. Have you ever told yourself,
“It’s all my fault! This is happening to me again and again because there is something wrong with me
.”
Sometimes it is a result of our own sin, but sometimes it is the result of the sin of others. It’s so hard to cry out the pain when others sin against you, 
There’s a two-fold piece to release in these matters. These things cannot just be cried out. Forgiveness needs to be the road walked while crying out the pain. Jesus calls us to forgive others and He has forgiven us. But my question since childhood, even in forgiveness, has been,
“But what do I do with all this pain?”
I believe tears are the vessel by which We give our pain to God

Some people feel like they shouldn’t need to cry, they steel themselves against the sins of others becoming impenetrable fortresses. But soon they find themselves locked in a prison of their own making.
Some people cry over everything, wasting tears on petty whining because they didn’t get their own way. The value of tears will mean little to them.
But some come to see that tears are a gift, a cleansing river. And we find that we never have to cry alone, because God is right here with us, as we cry collecting our tears in His bottle, letting them pour out onto the pages of the story He is is writing for us.
God makes a Beautiful promise to us in His Word, it is a promise of Restoration.
 

4 Restore our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the South.
5 Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.
6 He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed,
Shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.
(Psalm 126:4-5
) 

So, cry those tears, Dear Brother and Sister in Christ. Let them flow out of you as a gift from God. Life hurts, people hurt us, our sins and failings hurt and we need a way to give the pain and regret to God. Tears are a gift, and God hears our crying and has promised to come and rescue us, Bringing something beautiful out of the Garden of our tears. Jesus once watered a Garden with His tears. He knows, He understands. He cares and is right here with us, holding the bottle into which our tears fall. 

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Been there…

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By: Carole L. Haines 

There’s one thing Jesus won’t ever say to us about sin, “Been there, done that!” But what can be said about Jesus regarding sin is this: 

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore, let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews4:14-16) 

Jesus can understand every temptation we ever face, it says so right here. He has been tempted in ALL THINGS as we are,” yet without sin. Now that statement is just brimming with truth and encouragement for us. Let’s look at each part of verse 15 more closely. 

 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 

  • Jesus CAN and DOES sympathize with our weaknesses. This means that Jesus can and is affected with the same feeling as another. He can feel for and have compassion on us, because He knows what it is to be tempted as we are in our weaknesses. 

The word for weaknesses is defined here as: 

  • BODY: want of strength, weakness, infirmity of the body 

its native weakness and frailty 

feebleness of health or sickness 

  • SOUL: want of strength and capacity requisite 

to understand a thingto do things great and glorious 

to restrain corrupt desiresto bear trials and trouble. 

That all sounds so detailed, but I love it. Can’t you relate to the feelings of illness and frailty of body? I can really relate to having an inability to understand some things, of feeling too small to do anything great. I totally get the difficulties in restraining corrupt desires and almost buckling under the weight of bearing trials and troubles.  

  • Jesus can sympathize with us about this. According to this verse, He was tempted with the same things; yet He never sinned in them. 
  • Jesus knows what temptation feels like, looks like and the courses it can take in our lives. He knows the subtle forms of its enticements and its insidious nature. Temptation here is defined as: to try or test one’s faith, virtue, character, by enticement to sin. God’s Word tells us that Jesus knows what it is to suffer under temptation and because he can and does come to the aid of those who are tempted. 

 For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.
(Hebrews 2:18) 

  • The same word used for temptation in these verses is also used in the description of our temptations described in James 1:14-15.
    “But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.” 
  • Jesus can aid us in escaping temptation, enticement and sin 

Jesus suffered temptations, but He was never carried away and enticed by them. He always chose righteously and therefore He can show us how to choose righteously as well. Jesus provides that way of escape spoken of in 1 Corinthians 10:13:
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. 

So run to Jesus, Dear Believer, in any and every temptation. Run to Him and never from Him, for He knows, He understands and He is able to come to your aid and show you the way to escape so that you will be victorious over the temptation and sin that so often plagues us. Run to Him, cry out to Him, trust Him to lead you in the way that you should go.  He loves you and that love will never fail. Jesus will never say, “Been there, done that.” But He will say, “Been there, and I can show you how NOT to do that.” 

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*(I had a friend ask me how I get the Greek Definitions of the New Testament words I use. I use the Strong’s Concordance, and I usually look them up at Blue Letter Bible. Here is an example of what that looks like.
*For we do not have G2192 a high G749 priest G749 who G5101 cannot G1410 G3361 sympathize G4834 with our weaknesses, G769 but One who G5101 has been tempted G3985 in all G3956 things G3956 as we are, yet without G5565 sin. G266 

Each key word has a corresponding number that reveals the definition at the site. Just a little info, for anyone else who was wondering how and where I get my information:) 

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All those little pieces 

DSC05226Pictured is my art made out of broken pieces of glass, jewelry, etc.

By: Carole L. Haines 

I was listening to a friend the other day and God gave me an encouragement for her. But as I spoke the words, I realized it could be for me as well; really for us all in the Body of Christ. 

She was pouring out her heart about wanting to trust God more, but she felt like she would give something to Him, yet the next morning, she’d take it back. As she spoke, I heard that whisper of God in my heart, that little nudge with the words to speak to my friend.  

“What if you didn’t really take it back? What if it was just another piece of the same thing? Perhaps it’s just another layer of the deep thing you are struggling to surrender to God, and you didn’t take anything back at all, you just have another layer to surrender?

With the words came a picture in my mind. It was that of a woman sitting on the floor right in the middle of a sea of broken glass surrounding her. If she got up and tried to walk out of it, she’d cut her feet. If she tried to scoop it up in piles, she’d shred her hands. She needed someone to come to her aid, lift her up and allow her to give them one piece at a time. That person can only be God. 

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;
He saved them out of their distresses.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death
And broke their bands apart. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, and for His wonders to the sons of men!
(Psalm 107:13-15) 

Our lives can be shattered by so many things; abuse, loss, disobedience, habitual sin, regret, rejection, illness, etc. Life is hard and our hearts are fragile. God’s Word tells us:
“Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23) 

It is pain and disappointment, betrayal and abuse that break our hearts and cause us to withdraw and curl up into ourselves. Our innocence is ravaged and we withdraw from life and people. These places are where our hearts shatter like fine Crystal shards. We need someone to help us heal, put us back together again and teach us how to trust in a safe way. God is the only one who has the power and wisdom to do this. Don’t be so impatient with yourself if you are having a hard time surrendering something to God. Perhaps you are only able to do it a piece at a time, because you were shattered. Give it to Him one piece at a time and He will bring Healing and peace, trust and hope to you. I will leave you with the words of a song I wrote about a time my heart was completely shattered. 

Broken Heart of mine.
By: Carole L. Haines 

My God, it seems I have a broken heart,
and I was wondering if You would be so kind
to help me find all those little parts
So I’ll have all the pieces that once were mine
You see I’ve heard if too much time goes by
these wounds won’t heal no matter how I try
and then my heart will never be made whole again 

For I know hearts of glass break so easily
and hearts of stone, when pricked, will not bleed
and hearts of flesh will use you, taking only what they need
Lord, You’re the only one strong enough, the only one wise enough,
to make my heart soft enough to be whole again. 

My God, though I have this broken heart,
there’s so much that I want to leave behind
For Lord I find, that I do not wish to die
but to learn to love and laugh again, Dear God
You see, I’ve heard if too much time goes by,
these wounds won’t heal no matter how I try
and I want my heart to be made whole again 

 For I know hearts of glass break so easily
and hearts of stone, when pricked, will not bleed
and hearts of flesh will use you, taking only what they need
Lord, You’re the only one strong enough, the only one wise enough,
to make my heart soft enough to be whole again. 

Our Lord God is the only one who can heal a broken heart. Even if it’s only one piece at a time, give your heart to the Only One who can bring wholeness and healing to it. 

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Do you wish to get well? 

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By:  Carole L. Haines 

Okay, so this is going to be a toughie to write, because God grabbed ahold of my heart this morning and shook me into some clarity over two issues in my life. Both issues involve excusing myself for certain behaviors. Let’s make that three, because even as I write, God has put another issue in my head. I’m not going to share the specifics, for the sake of my own privacy, but I will share the principle He spoke to me so firmly this morning.  God has a way of hugging us while He is correcting us at the same time. I’m so grateful for this aspect of His Nature in His relationship with us. 

“A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He *said to him, “Do you wish to get well?”  The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus *said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.” Immediately the man became well and picked up his pallet and began to walk.(John 5:5-8) 

We all have weaknesses, infirmities of body, mind and spirit. These are places where we tend to give way far more often than others. I like to use the example of a tin roof that is caught at just the wrong angle by a gust of Wind and is bent up. No matter how often you try to bend it back down, when the wind sweeps in at another wrong angle, it is easy for that roof to bend in the same place, repeatedly. Jesus whispered the same words in my ear this morning that He spoke to man at the Pool, in the Scripture above? “Carole, do you wish to get well?” As I pondered this I realized that I’m not helpless against this thing. I have nails and a hammer to latch these things down in my life. Jesus suffered under a hammer and nails to give me that power over sin. I have the Power of God, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. I have those. I just don’t use them enough.
2 Peter 1:3-4 say this:  

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” 

I already have it, it’s in there, poured out into my heart and life by the power of God, through His Spirit. I have everything I need already to live a godly life, except the complete desire to do so. Yet God has taken care of that too. He spoke to me gently, yet firmly: )Put your name in the Blank)
“So then, my beloved____________, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” (Phil. 2: 12-13) 

God is at work in me, both to want to and to do His Will. I have everything I need from Him to lead a Godly Life. I just need to stop making excuses and admit, in certain areas (like food, oops, I let that one slip) I don’t actually want to be godly. Like the man at the Pool, my response is an excuse as to why I keep failing. I need to confess this as sin and stop make excuses.
So
, God has given me my marching orders in two lingering areas of disobedience and one lingering area of weakness. Join me in letting God examine you as closely. He only reveals what He wants to free us from so that we can live and walk closer to Him. He has bought our freedom. Let’s walk in it. 

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Should We Be Afraid of the Coronavirus?

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“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 NIV
We should NOT fear! God is in control.
This scripture tells us exactly what we need to do when there is a plague such as the
corona-virus.
1. We are to humble ourselves.
2. Pray and seek God.
3. Turn from sin.
Our human reaction to catastrophic events is fear and panic. Satan brings fear to our hearts to distort our view of God. We lose precious time frozen in fear, staring at our problem. We imagine various horrific scenarios that cripple our ability to see our Savior. In this frame of mind we rely on our human intellect and seek to find solutions within our human power. We grope around in the darkness searching for answers.
When we are unable to find human answers we then become paralyzed with fear and unable to use the power God has granted us.
Therefore, we must first humble ourselves by realizing and acknowledging we are powerless to free ourselves from the present predicament.
“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to son-ship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” Rom 8:15 NIV
Additionally, the previous verse assures us that when we become Christ followers we receive His Spirit and become His children. Therefore, we can cry to Him, and as His children, are entitled to receive good things our Father provides.
Step two: pray and seek God.
As a Christian, I sometimes must remind myself that I don’t have to fight my own battles. My Heavenly Father has already promised to hear my cries as a child calling out to “daddy” who happens to be God of the universe.
In Philippians 4:6 God instructs us NOT to worry about anything. ”…but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Like any good father, he loves giving good gifts to His children.
Thirdly, we must turn from the sin in our lives. Thankfully God’s Holy Spirit is continuously nudging us away from those things that stunt our growth as children of God. This process of becoming Christlike is a lifelong journey of sanctification. As human beings we will never become perfect. During our lifetime we can strive to “press toward perfection” by doing those things God’s Word admonishes is to do.
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What waves your flag?

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By: Carole L. Haines 

What waves your flag, fear or faith?  I was sitting with the Lord this morning, reading My Utmost for His Highest to my husband as he drove to work. This is our morning pleasure, reading the Word of God and Oswald Chambers. The Devotion was on Faith and perseverance. I don’t know why, but the thought of a flag waving in the wind came to mind. Something moves that flag, whichever way the wind is blowing, the flag moves, North, South, East or West. Wind is depicted in at least two ways in Scripture. One evokes the mystery of the Work and anointing of the Spirit: 

The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8) Also, in Acts 2 on The Day of Pentecost, when the Disciples are anointed and filled with the Spirit. This is the Wind of Faith. 

Wind also is depicted as fear and doubt, such as in James 1: 5-8:
“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. 

Fear and doubt undo us too often, and it makes us unstable in our faith. I guarantee you that each day I battle fear or doubt at least once, many days more than that. But the picture I see when I think of the wind of fear or faith moving my flag, is the one of Our Lord Jesus conquering the wind and calming the Sea, or walking on the windwhipped water, found in each of the Gospels.    

The sea began to be stirred up because a strong wind was blowing. Then, when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat; and they were frightened. But He *said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”
(John 6:18-20) 

I do not want to be that double-minded man unstable in all his ways. But fear and doubt will plague us while still on this earth. Our hope is to look to the One who calmed the Seas, who walked upon the waters of fear and doubt and conquered them. He is Sovereign over every wind that blows through our lives, be it a wind of faith or fear. When I look at the circumstances, I sink as Peter did when he took his eyes off Jesus (Matthew 14:28-33). But when I fix my gaze upon Jesus, I soar like an eagle. He is the one who gives my faith its stability.  One of my favorite Scriptures is tucked away in the Book of Isaiah 33:6. 

And He will be the stability of your times, A wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge; The fear of the Lord is his treasure.  

So, what waves your flag, fear or faith? If you’re anything like me, both do sometimes. We can conquer fear only by fixing our gaze upon Jesus and by putting our trust in the one who conquered the wind and calmed the Sea. There is only one flag I want to wave, the white flag of Surrender to Jesus. Trust in Him and let Him be the wind that waves your flag. 

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