My Birthday 2016

My Birthday 2016

Yesterday turned out to be one of my best, if not the best, birthdays that I’ve had. I know that the reason is all because of the LORD and His love. I do appreciate all the calls and messages on Facebook and the time spent with my family. I am so grateful for all of the little and big ways that those whom I love showed me that they love me.

None of the love shown to me on this birthday would have been possible nor would I have been able to receive it if it were not for the LORD. For one thing, I wouldn’t have believed that I deserve it or that anyone could love me. For another thing, I would have hidden from everyone because of the disbelief in their ability to love me because of how much I did not love myself. Today I understand that God is the One who authors love and puts people in our lives to encourage us and He is the Source of all of my life and all that sustains me – including my ability to love myself and my relationships with others. I thank God for where He has me today.

I realize that no matter what anyone else is doing, my eyes should be on the LORD and I should stand on His Word and His promises and His truth – about who I am and who they are. I should not be so upset with anyone if they are acting out and especially if I know they are a believer. I should pray for them and forgive and ask God to heal, convict, grant mercy towards repentance, lavish His grace into their situation and TRUST HIM to be their Father, Teacher, Healer, and Comforter – just as He is mine. (Romans 14:4) If He can do what He has done in me, then He can do it in them!! Praise God! Do I really get it now?

When I had the revelation to stop focusing on the acting out behavior (sins) and to instead focus on loving the person and leaving the rest to God – I felt like I was hearing to stop demonizing everything that is sinful. What I believe that means is that God is still in control anyway so do not allow the fact that a sin is taking place to now make you believe that the situation or the person is unreachable. No! God is bigger than our sin! As believers we rest in the fact that Jesus did pay the price for our sin and He has redeemed us. And we should know that we are not made perfect in our actions the day that we are saved. The day that we accept the FREE GIFT OF GRACE AND SALVATION is the day that we are transferred from the darkness into His kingdom of glorious light but we are not going to live a perfect life from that moment on. We are made perfect in His sight and Jesus perfects us. If we understand this for ourselves, then we need to understand it for others.

When a person is a believer and is still struggling with overcoming a bad habit or a sin and they stumble or fall, God’s Word promises that nothing can separate us from His love. Romans 8 covers the whole idea of struggling with sin and becoming more than a conqueror in Christ. The reason Romans 8 talks about there being no more condemnation in Christ and that nothing can separate us from God’s love is because God knows how our minds work and how guilt and shame work to keep us from being more than conquerors. God wants us to walk in the love He has for us and to share that same love with others. That is exactly why He sent Jesus Christ to give us the perfect example, to show us His love personified and to pay the price for ALL of our sins.

Philippians 2:12-13 tells us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling for it is God who works in us to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose. This tells us to be patient with ourselves and with one another because it is going to take some time to work out our salvation. Also, it tells us that God is the One who is working in us to get us where He wants us to be. We are not let off the hook. We are told to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. We need to stay surrendered to the leadership of Jesus, listen to the Holy Spirit and move when we are touched and obey His voice. The fear and trembling comes in as we are learning and we are not sure and we are constantly seeking to hear Him and to know Him and to do as He leads.

I am not saying that it is OK to keep sinning or that our struggle needs to continue over the same issues over and over again. No. But God is bigger than that obstacle, that bad habit that we are trying to give up, and that character defect that we do not want to have any longer. The sooner we surrender to Him, the more that we are in His presence and the more we learn of Him, the sooner we will overcome that which is trying to hinder us.

Also, when we or our loved ones are struggling, we need to remind each other that God is bigger and so is His love! And the enemy cannot overcome God! Whatever the enemy tries to use against us will not prosper! God can and will take what seemed meant for evil and He will turn it for good! So remember that and remind each other of that! Stand in that truth even when we see another person who is doing something that we know they may regret or that can turn out badly. And tell the enemy: “Devil, you may think you are winning here, but get behind me! I am surrendering to Jesus Christ and His authority and I plead the blood of Jesus over myself and put His spotless blood between us. You have no authority here! Go! In the name of Jesus I tell you to go and do not come back! I am redeemed! There is no weapon formed against me that will prosper! Your attacks and tactics will come to no gain for you or your evil purposes. God will take what you meant for evil and turn it for good.”

Proclaim that for your loved ones. Stop giving the enemy any room! Stop giving the enemy victories because we say, “Well the devil just keeps attacking him and he’s too weak or doesn’t want to choose the Lord.” Stand in the gap for your loved ones and even for the strangers and lost souls that you see on the street and pray for one another! The enemy of our souls only wins when we give up or give up on one another! Jesus never gives up on us. God never gives up on anyone! He moved heaven and earth for every human being on this planet! He wants no lost souls. We are all His children if we just believe!

At one time we were all enemies of God IN OUR OWN MINDS as shown by our evil actions. Colossians 1:21-22 “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.  But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.”

That is definitely where I used to be! An enemy of God in my own mind, even though I had accepted Christ as my Savior as a child. When I got old enough to really understand what sin was and what a wretched sinner that I was, I had a hard time really believing that God could love me. I am so grateful that He has helped me to at least begin to grasp the depth of His love for me. 

God does not want us to be His enemies! He loves us and sent His Son to reconcile us to Himself. But because we did not understand or know about how great His love is for us, we thought we were His enemies and we acted like we were His enemies. We acted like we had to fend for ourselves and like it did not matter how we got the things that we wanted and needed for ourselves. Like orphan children with no one to trust, we acted out and lashed out. But now, now that we have such a great love shown to us, let us show that love to others and let us trust our Father in heaven.

~ Angela

 

Beautiful Is Thine Soul

Beautiful Is Thine Soul

Beautiful is thine soul

Trapped deeply within

Longing for sweet release

Fear and Guilt form thine chains

Binding and choking thine sweet soul

As it yearneth for escape

The chance to love again

Love freely again

That Love can melt thine chains

Which bind thee and cause weeping of bitter tears

Feel that Love and that Joy

The warmth of their caress

The heat of their kiss

Feel the fear and guilt loosen

As the chains are melting away

Renewed hope and trust can re-open

The door which thee have shut

To thine Maker, thine creator

Thou must remember thou art thine soul

It is thine soul which are beautiful

Thine mind and body thou can change

Remember from where thine soul came

From where thy soul flew

Allow thine soul to soar again

To feel again

To love again

The love of God, thine Maker,

Thine Creator, thine Father

     written by Angela Dingler in 1996

I Dreamed a Weird Dream

I Dreamed a Weird Dream

I had a strange dream, it was very much like a vision….
In the dream, Jerry and I were going to help fix a friend’s car and we were following them, but I got ahead of them and pulled over at a gas station in unfamiliar territory, to wait on this friend. In the meantime, Jerry got out and the friend wanted him to drive so that he could see exactly how their car acting. I had the kids with me and we got delayed. Jerry and the friend didn’t realize that we weren’t ready to leave and they went ahead and left. So me and the kids were left there….
this is where it got really strange
I took out my phone to call Jerry and tell him that we were not behind them but my phone wasn’t quite cooperating.
It was broad daylight, between noon and 3 p.m. and I realized this because…
The sky became like it was midnight…
It was very dark and the people coming and going from the gas station all got very quiet for a minute, all of looking around, like, it isn’t nighttime??!! We all looked at our phones for the time, but they weren’t working, and we knew it was just the middle of the day, anyways, and we were all a bit scared for a second…
but there were two ladies who came near to me and we looked in each other’s eyes and we had tears in our eyes for a moment…
I asked the one lady, that had grabbed my hand, “Do you know Jesus?”
She said, “Yes, thank Him, I know Him” and we smiled at one another. We hugged and then the second lady joined us and we all said, “Everything is OK, good, actually” and we smiled and they went on their separate ways…
I was looking up at the sky and the clouds were doing strange things, it looked like they were attacking and covering the moon, swirling around it, etc – but I also felt like the Lord was working in it all and was doing something. Some of the people stopped at the gas station were looking up expectantly, but others were running around scared and screaming and afraid. But there were a few of us that were kind of calmly looking up in the sky and seeming to be wondering just what God was doing, because we knew that He is in control and that we didn’t have to be afraid..
Then, this beautiful light covered the moon (and I am not suggesting anything, but just telling you what I was seeing and it was like a message in the sky, not exactly what is going to happen) Then, it was like a cartoon looking scene there in the sky, like the Lord was using a cartoon drawing in the darkened sky to show us something wonderful. He showed us the moon was really a picture of the earth and that He is doing something, something that He has already foretold us in His Word. The cartoon drawing of the earth, where the moon was previously in my dream, began as a normal looking earth but then it was bare and then it began changing, the shapes of the continents and waters and everything was changed and then the land began to show green, with grass and trees and forests and all types of new life and it grew bigger and bigger. And  I got so excited in the dream, I was like, “O my goodness that is what the Lord promised, a new heaven and a new earth!”

I looked down at my phone I wanted to call Jerry and see if he was seeing what I was seeing, but there was a cartoon type drawing on my phone that I had never seen before and it was angelic looking, like cartoon angels drawn with message bubbles beside them like they were telling something, but I couldn’t see to read the words there, and I could not dial out on my phone, either…. and the sky became bright again like nothing ever happened and the people there at the gas station, some of them went on their way like nothing ever happened, but others of us were quietly looking at one another like we had a common knowledge among us, and also, like, we knew we had to share with others….

what does this mean? of course, I really don’t know for sure, but I do know that I love the Lord. I do know that He shows us things for a reason. I felt like He wanted me to share this. And one more thing, I felt the urgency as I did in the dream when I asked the lady if she knew Jesus, that we need to not wait any longer to tell others that we love them and that Jesus loves them and for us to love them as Jesus does, RIGHT NOW. TODAY, while you hear HIS voice, please answer, TODAY, while there is still light, hear His voice and surrender to the love of Jesus, that is what it is, His LOVE, not His law, but His LOVE – right where you are and He will do the rest. And if you are His, share His LOVE, walk in His love, allow His love and compassion to motivate you to share yourself and the gifts that He has given to you with others, we are all here for a reason and have been blessed to be a blessing.
If you took the time to read this whole thing, God bless your heart for realz!

Here is the verse of the day, today, June 1, 2015 on biblegateway.com :

Verse of the Day

I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Revelation 21: 2-4 NIV

HALLELUJAH! TO GOD BE ALL GLORY AND HONOR AND PRAISE!
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.

Does God Care? Yes, God Cares! Psalm 10:14

Does God Care? Yes, God Cares! Psalm 10:14

Psalm 10:14

“But You, O God, do see trouble and grief;

You consider it to take it in hand.

The victim commits himself to You;

You are the helper of the fatherless.”

God is considerate of our grief and our problems. God sees our hearts and what we feel. God cares about us and He has us in mind.

And… God takes action on our behalf. He is not an un-involved observer of our lives.

God sees our troubles and our grief and He considers them to take up for us –

  • to relieve us
  • to intervene for us
  • to make a way for us
  • to be there for us
  • to redeem us

God’s plan has always been one of redemption, intervention, restoration, transformation.

God’s purposes towards us have always been for showing his great love for those who seek Him.

The invitation has always been open to any and to all of us.

Psalm 10:14 also says that those who have been hurt and mistreated commit themselves to the Lord because He is One who take care of them. In this particular verse, the Lord is the helper of the fatherless. How many of us today are fatherless? Divorce, adultery, drugs, alcoholism, workaholism [I made that term up, of course], abuse, death – have all taken so many fathers away from the families. Many have a father in the home, and even mothers, but are without parental guidance because the parent/parents are caught up in the pleasures or the worries of this world. But God is a father to any one of us who needs a true and loving Father. Even those who have wonderful earthly fathers could still use a Heavenly Father who’s love is beyond compare.

God is great and He is loving! He is worth getting to know!

God bless you! ❤

Angela