Snooze Button Lesson – Dec. 1

Snooze Button Lesson – Dec. 1

I didn’t want to wake up this morning. I actually had an alarm set and I kept hitting the snooze button. There is a “dismiss” button for the real alarm and i was not willing to totally dismiss the alarm. But I was willing to risk oversleeping by hitting the snooze button in my “stupor” and not realizing how late it was getting.

At some point, I realized just how many times I had hit snooze and began to really wake up. That is when I felt like the Lord showed me something.

A lot of us have been that way with Him. We have not been willing to totally dismiss a relationship with Jesus. We have been willing at times or up until now, to just know Him enough to snooze through some of the spiritual battle that we are in. We want to snooze through going deeper in our faith walk with Him. There are days, like today, that I didn’t want to wake up and seek His face just yet. I was thinking, “Just a few more minutes of sleep, Lord.” But I also know that if I miss prayer and spending time in the Word and listening for His voice before I start my day with my family, that I usually end up frustrated in some way or grouchier or never get back to that sweet time with the Lord and I miss out on special time with my Father in Christ and by His Spirit. Yes, I can still pray and be in His presence, but there is something about not hitting snooze on our relationship and taking the time to go deeper with Him.

The example goes for daily quiet time and for our entire relationship with our Father through Jesus, our Lord. I think I would have snoozed on through for all of my life and missed out on the real deal salvation if I had not become desperate for solutions and an end to my afflictions and troubles. I am glad for the trials that brought me out of snooze mode! How about you?

~AD

13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Ephesians 5:13-17)

May This Be the Year That

May This Be the Year That

May this be the year

That

instead of grumbling and complaining

we pray and we praise

We are grateful.

instead of telling God all about our problems

we tell our problems about our GOD

We trust the LORD.

instead of telling everything that’s wrong

we talk about what all is right

We focus on the good.

instead of speaking out our doubts and fears

we proclaim truth from GOD’s Word

We declare the promises.

instead of filling our minds with whatever is on TV

we purposely renew our minds with the Word

We feed our spirit.

instead of being consumed by entertainment

we get up and go out and be the church

We entertain angels, unaware.

instead of begging GOD

we believe GOD

We walk by faith.

instead of just hearing and agreeing with God’s Word

we do what we say that we believe

We walk out our faith.

instead of worrying so much about how we look

we examine our hearts, daily

We look in GOD’s mirror.

instead of following just a diet and exercise routine

we fast and pray and flex our spirit

We are changed from the inside out.

instead of listening to doom and gloom

we practice seeing the view from God

We get GOD’s perspective.

instead of being conformed to this world

we break the mold and follow the example that Jesus set

We transform the world.

instead of seeking popularity and approval from men

we live to please our Father

We live for an audience of One.

instead of worrying about what everyone thinks about us

we walk in the knowledge and the power of who our Father says that we are

We walk in Christ.

instead of measuring everything by worldly success

we compare everything to GOD’s standards

We set the standard.

instead of fitting in and blending in

we stand firm in the Truth and in our faith

We contend for our faith and for Truth.

instead of hiding in the dark

we fan the flame within us

We shine like stars in a world full of darkness.

by Angela Dingler 1/2/2016

Whatever Faith

Whatever Faith

Whatever Faith

Whatever faith you have at any given moment
Stand in that faith
Proclaim that faith
Rejoice in that faith
In the midst of undeserved angry attack
In the midst of illness
In the midst of chaos
In the midst of uncertainty
Stand in the faith that you do have
Even if it is just one attribute of God
Even if it is just one verse that comes to mind
Even though you don’t know what the answer will look like
Even though you don’t know exactly how it’s gonna go
Stand in the moment in the faith that you have
Trust in that moment the faith that you are given
Be glad for the assurance that you do have
Allow that assurance to calm you
Allow Jesus to give you peace
See Him fight your battle
And give you victory
~ Angela

Not of God

Not of God

Not of God

Whatever voice you hear that is not of God, do not listen to it.

Rebuke anything you hear that is not of God. Tell it to go in the name of Jesus. Aloud.

And surrender to Jesus. Trust Jesus. Be still. Listen.

In the peace that comes, He will tell your heart what to do, which way to go and where the turns are – you will know the right thing – it may not be the easy thing – but you know that the right thing leads to peace, joy, love, hope, etc…

If you are afraid to do the right thing – do not listen to fear – when you hear, “Yeah, but…” Stop and say, “But God…”

But, God is good.

But, God is bigger.

But, God is stronger.               And so on…

Perfect love drives out fear. (I John 4:18) God’s love is perfect.

The enemy is the one that wants to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10) But greater is Jesus, He, that is in us – than anything or anyone else!! (I John 4:4) The devil is a liar and he is an accuser. He wants to put fear, anxiety and unrest into the lives of all those that he can.

Well, he has no power to do so in the life of a believer in Jesus Christ – or anyone else for that matter. (Colossians 2:14-15) We need to stand in the gap and pray for one another and for our “enemies” – those who are of opposing opinions, those who disagree with us, those who misunderstand us, etc…

The separations and the divisions perpetuate the lies and cause continued strife. (I Corinthians 1:10) They are of the devil and his lies and schemes. They are powerless against the Truth and fall flat when confronted with Love and Truth in humility and compassion.

Let us come together in the love of Jesus Christ and be unified in His love – (John 17:23)

Remembering that in Christ there is no separation due to race, nationality, gender, class, or anything else – the gospel brings unity and peace as we are reconciled with our Father. (Galatians 3:28)

We overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)

We defeat lies with truth. Truth sets us free… (John 8:32)

…free from guilt, shame, fear, hate, etc…

Whatever is the opposite of the fruits of the Spirit is of the world, the flesh and the devil and there are Scriptural truths to stand on and with which to defeat them.

Examples:

We can know the mind of Christ: II Corinthians 2:16 (6-16)

We are no longer condemned: Romans 8:1

We are no longer slaves to fear: Romans 8:15

We cannot be separated from the love of Christ: Romans 8:35-38

Those are just a couple of examples and the Word is so full of truth telling us the true nature of our Father, our Creator. The Bible is full of truth telling us about who we really are before and after we accept Jesus Christ as our Redeemer, our Savior. Open your Bible and receive the Word of the Lord and proclaim it and believe it.

Please, do not listen to the lies of the enemies. The enemies are not only the devil, who is the father of lies, but also the world and our own flesh. Rebuke these lies. Refuse these lies. And to be truly set free from them, seek the Lord Jesus Christ who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. All who ask of Him will receive of Him. All it takes is turning from following our own way and turning to ask of Him and receive from Him. Everything we get on our own without Him is leading us to destruction and death. But, God… Everything we seek of Him and that we will receive from Him gives us life and life eternally!

God tells us that He will instruct us in the way that we should go. (Psalm 32:8) He tells us that He confides in us. (Psalm 25:14) He tells us that He commands His angels concerning us to guard us in all of our ways. (Psalm 91:11) He promises us eternal life and blessings beyond what we can even ask for or imagine. (John 3:16 and Ephesians 3:20) Everything that He has promised, He has been showing to me and my family and we have no doubt that eternity is going to be something that we, nor you, will want to miss – with God.

Angela Dingler May 14, 2015

Do You Want to See a Miracle

Do You Want to See a Miracle

LOVEFAITHMIRACLES

Miracles happen not just because of our faith but Love unlocks the supernatural power of God because He is Love.

When we are praying for a miracle for ourselves or for another person, we must come to the Lord not only in faith, but also with a heart of compassion and love. When we pray for a  miracle for ourselves, we must know that God is compassionate and that Jesus is moved with compassion. We must trust that He loves us and wants the best for us.  We can know that He will make a way where there seems to be no way because of His great love for us. Jesus is the Way! We can trust in the Lord’s compassion for us because the Bible is full of reminders of His great love.

 If we are praying for a miracle in a loved one’s life or in another person’s life then we should be praying for them out of a heart of compassion and love and trust that Jesus also loves them and so does our Father. If we are praying for a loved one out of a heart of judgment, condemnation, criticism, aggravation or frustration then we will not see the wonder working power of God at work. Love for another and compassion for someone else moves us to stand in the gap for them and pray for God’s mercy and love to be at work in their life. Evil is overcome by good. Hate is defeated and deflated by love. We forgive others because we have been forgive of so much. We pray for others because our heart is broken that they are wandering in darkness when we know that they don’t have to be in darkness any longer. We pray for others because we know that our Father loves them and wants to heal them, bless them, show them the Way, keep them from stumbling, give them hope and so much more!

Our prayers are hindered when we pray out of wrong motives. BUT: When we forgive others and love them with the love of Christ, seeing into their heart and not  judging by only what we see, but look deeper into that person’s heart and see that we are all in need of love and compassion and mercy and pray the same type of prayers for them that we pray for ourselves, then we will see miracles!

LOVE + COMPASSION + HUMILITY + FAITH + HOPE + STANDING ON THE PROMISES OF GOD

= MIRACLE BREAKTHROUGHS

Any motives beyond love and compassion hinder our prayers.

Love and compassion and humility open doors – the doors to a move of God like we haven’t seen!

Look past the illness, the addiction, the pain, the lifestyle, the sin, the hatred, the darkness TO THE PERSON!

Every person, including yourself, equals a hurting heart and soul that Jesus bled and died and rose again for, so why wouldn’t He want to heal every person and set every person free?

Jesus was moved with compassion and healed! Mark 8:2, Mark 6:34, Matthew 15:32, 20:34, 14:14, 9:36 and God is compassionate! II Chronicles 30:9 and many more!

Get in on the love and compassion of our Father in Christ! Be unified in the Spirit of Love and power of Jesus!

Compassion and compassionate are in the Bible over 100 times as used to describe God, Jesus and those who are in Christ, believers in Christ.

Here is a link to the list of where compassion and compassionate – just those two words – are in the Bible (NIV)

And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will havecompassion.

and none of the condemned things are to be found in your hands. Then the Lord will turn from his fierce anger, will show you mercy, and will have compassion on you. He will increase your numbers, as he promised on oath to your ancestors—

But the Lord was gracious to them and hadcompassion and showed concern for them because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. To this day he has been unwilling to destroy them or banish them from his presence.

If you return to the Lord, then your fellow Israelites and your children will be showncompassion by their captors and will return to this land, for the Lord your God is gracious andcompassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him.”

They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them,

“Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the wilderness. By day the pillar of cloud did not fail to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take.

So you delivered them into the hands of their enemies, who oppressed them. But when they were oppressed they cried out to you. From heaven you heard them, and in your greatcompassion you gave them deliverers, who rescued them from the hand of their enemies.

“But as soon as they were at rest, they again did what was evil in your sight. Then you abandoned them to the hand of their enemies so that they ruled over them. And when they cried out to you again, you heard from heaven, and in your compassion you delivered them time after time.

[ Psalm 51 ] [ For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. ] Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.

When its twigs are dry, they are broken off and women come and make fires with them. For this is a people without understanding; so their Maker has no compassion on them, and their Creator shows them no favor.

The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.

[ Praise and Prayer ] I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us— yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to hiscompassion and many kindnesses.

After that, declares the Lord, I will give Zedekiah king of Judah, his officials and the people in this city who survive the plague, sword and famine, into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and to their enemies who want to kill them. He will put them to the sword; he will show them no mercy or pity or compassion.’

“This is what the Lord says: “‘I will restore the fortunes of Jacob’s tents and havecompassion on his dwellings; the city will be rebuilt on her ruins, and the palace will stand in its proper place.

then I will reject the descendants of Jacob and David my servant and will not choose one of his sons to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes and have compassion on them.’”

“How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboyim? My heart is changed within me; all mycompassion is aroused.

He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said,Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.

“I will strengthen Judah and save the tribes of Joseph. I will restore them because I havecompassion on them. They will be as though I had not rejected them, for I am the Lord their God and I will answer them.

Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”

So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full ofcompassion and mercy.