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December 2, 2011 Journal Entry and Scriptures

Psalm 20:10-12 Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for His wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.

Psalm 31:19-20 How great is Your goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear You, which You bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in You. In the shelter of Your presence You hide them from the intrigues of men; in Your dwelling You keep them safe from accusing tongues.

Psalm 32:1-2 Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgive, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.

“And in whose spirit is no deceit” – I believe this part of the verse is here because sometimes we know that we are wrong or not doing the right things, but we try to go on as though we are somehow hiding this from God. In the past, I have tried to avoid God in certain areas of my life, or tried to somehow cover up, keep hidden, or pretend that my problem areas weren’t there. Now, I pray over everything openly with God – how can I hide anything from God!? That is ridiculous, really. We are being deceitful in our spirit when we try to act as though we don’t need God’s help in certain areas. We are being deceitful in our spirit when we don’t confess our sins and shine God’s light on them and allow Him to completely change us and renew us for His glory.

Psalm 32:5 Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord” and You forgave the guilt of my sin.

We can either try, unsuccessfully, to cover and hide our sin in darkness and continue toward destruction and death – or we can open up with God, share our problems and weaknesses with Him, ask Him for His loving help and forgiveness, and allow Him to cover our sins with the blood of Jesus to the forgiveness of our sins and the regeneration of our hearts, our minds, and our souls. Praise be to God! I choose to open myself completely to You, Lord, to bring all of me to You, to confess all of my sins and needs to You and to allow You to mold me and use me for Your glory!

Psalm 32:6-7 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to You while You may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him. You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.

Psalm 32:8-10 (God says!) I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him.

Psalm 62:5-8 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my Rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty Rock, my refuge. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.

Psalm 62:11-12 One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that You, O God, are strong and that You, O Lord, are loving. Surely You will reward each person according to what he has done.

Psalm 92:12-15 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; He is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in Him.”

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November 26, 2011 Journal Entry Philippians 4:4-7

Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS! I will say it AGAIN: REJOICE! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in EVERYTHING, by PRAYER and PETITION, with THANKSGIVING, present your requests to God. And the PEACE OF GOD, which TRANSCENDS ALL UNDERSTANDING, WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS IN CHRIST JESUS.

Powerful!

The Lord shared this with my heart a couple of months ago when I was worrying, dwelling, and thinking about several situations in my life and in the lives of others around me. He actually brought Philippians 4:6 to mind and it was as if He whispered to my heart, “Instead of running around in your own mind trying to figure things out and see all the angles and wondering what to do, what can you do, and what will happen? Just bring all of these issues to Me and talk to Me about them. And speak to Me about how My promises pertain to these situations and events and thank Me that I AM ABLE and WILLING to do ALL things. Thank Me that I have a good plan for You, to prosper you and not to harm you, and that all things will work together for your good, because you love Me.”

Really, it was as if He opened the eyes of my heart a little wider and revealed this to me – and I believe He is reminding me this morning – to thankfully bring all of my concerns to His loving side, lean there and rest – knowing His peace. His peace truly does go beyond any human understanding. And I believe it is guarding my heart and my mind. I am still experiencing the fact that the more I surrender to the Lord, the happier, more satisfied and at peace I become.

Thank You, Father, please continue to speak to me, mold me, and grow me up in You. All glory and honor and praises, to You, Jesus!

Another key to peace!

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is TRUE, whatever is NOBLE, whatever is RIGHT, whatever is ADMIRABLE, – if anything is EXCELLENT or PRAISEWORTHY, – think about such things. 9 whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me, put it into PRACTICE. AND THE GOD OF PEACE WILL BE WITH YOU.

Another key to enjoying PEACE, is dwelling on positive, good, true, right, noble, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy thoughts. It is OK to be informed about what is going on around you and in the world, such as keeping up with the news. The Bible does say to watch and to pray and Jesus gave us signs to look for regarding how the world would be, leading up to His triumphant return. But we are not to dwell on these things out there, or even right in our own life, that are not pure, holy, positive, and uplifting things.

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November 21, 2011 Journal Entry & Scriptures

Psalm 51 – written by David when the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband killed. David confesses and repents – a great prayer when convicted of sin. An example of the correct response of the heart!

Psalm 51:6 Surely You desire truth in the inner parts; You teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

Psalm 51:9-12 Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Psalm 51:13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will turn back to You.

Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

Psalm 71:20-21 Though You have made me see troubles, many and bitter, You will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth You will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once again.

Psalm 81 – another psalm of Asaph v 1-5 Reminds God’s people to observe the celebrations which honor God and bring to mind His love, deliverance, provision, and mercy. v 6-7 God says “I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket. In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you out of a thundercloud; I tested you at the waters of Meribah.” v 8-16 God says, “Hear, O my people, and I will warn you – if you would but listen to me, O Israel! You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not bow down to an alien god. I am the Lord Your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it. But My people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. If My people would but listen to Me, if Israel would follow my ways, how quickly would I subdue their enemies and turn My hand against their foes! Those who hate the Lord would cringe before Him, and their punishment would last forever. But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the Rock I would satisfy you.”

In Psalm 81, I see that God truly loves us and wants to bless us abundantly. He says to open our mouths wide and He will fill it. He wants to warn us and speak to us – if we would just listen! He has delivered us, restored us, protected us, provided for us, blessed us with His very presence – yet we get busy with everything else and forget Him. He says to us, “I am the Lord your God,” not “the” God, but “OUR GOD.” He desires our love, our worship, our reverence, our attention – so that He can fill us with more, more of Himself. He is the only one who can truly satisfy us – mind, soul, spirit, and body. If we continue ignoring Him, rejecting Him, and choosing our way over His, then He will turn us over to our own stubborn hearts to follow our own devices – O Lord, please, NO! I know there is nothing good in us and apart from God and if we are left only to our own devices, plans, schemes, desires – the only outcome ends up in destruction, devastation, desolation – evil and death. There are more ways to die than just physical death. We can lose our mind, relationships can die, our spirits dwindle and perish when we do not seek God.

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November 18, 2011 Scripture and Journal Entry

Psalm 18 is great. There are so many good verses in this psalm – here are just a couple of my favorites: Psalm 18:1-6 & 16-36 & 46-49

Psalm 18:28 You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.

Psalm 18:32 It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.

Psalm 18:35 You give me Your shield of victory, and Your right hand sustains me; You stoop down to make me great.

Psalm 18:36 You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.

Psalm 18:46 The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!

Psalm 78 Asaph is saying that we should tell our children all the praiseworthy things God has done – His power and the wonders He has done. He is saying that we should pass on to all generations, the decrees and laws that God set forth, and His great deeds so that our children will not turn away from the Lord, but they will trust Him, remember His deeds and His greatness and will keep His commandments. He says that if we teach our children of God’s laws, deeds, wonders and love, then they will not be like their forefathers – a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to Him. Then, Asaph goes on to give examples of how God’s people turned against Him time after time and how God performed miracles for them and provided for all their needs, and even their wants, out of His love for them. Yet, even though God  proved His love and care for them, they still did not trust or appreciate God. His anger burned against them and He showed His power by striking down the sturdiest of them, the young men. In spite of all this, they continued to sin. In spite of God’s wonders, they did not believe.

Psalm 78:34-39 Whenever God slew them, they would seek Him; they eagerly turned to Him, again. They remembered that God was their Rock, that God Most High was their Redeemer. But then they would flatter Him with their mouths, lying to Him with their tongues; their hearts were not loyal to Him, they were not faithful to His covenant. Yet He was merciful; He forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time He restrained His anger and did not stir up His full wrath. He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return.

Then, v40-64 of Psalm 78 goes into more detail of God’s wonders and His people’s rebellion. Finally, v 65-72 tells of the Lord, once again, showing mercy to His people and then choosing a servant, David, from the sheep pens, to shepherd God’s people.

I would like to focus on v34-39 of Psalm 78 for me to remember and constantly check my heart and be sure that I am not just running to God in times of distress or trouble. I’ve got to praise You, Lord, in the good and in the bad times. There is no time when you are not with me! You are ever-present! I never want to find myself, where I once was, like the people described in these verses. Yes, they knew God’s wonders, His laws, and He loved them, showed them mercy, provided for them, delivered them, and disciplined them. But they didn’t truly believe and trust God. They eagerly ran to God when trouble came, when He reminded them that they needed Him. But, as He gave to them even what they wanted, not only what they needed, they became content, satisfied with what they had, and forgot to honor God, to remain loyal, and faithful to Him. They would say the right words, get God’s attention, get what they wanted, and then sit down and go back to the attitude that they were doing okay, and God would be there “if they needed Him.” O Lord, forgive me for being this way in my life. I see now that is one way I kept drifting so far from You, to places in my heart I dared never go – places I didn’t dream existed within me. Lord, I wish to dwell with You forever – to cherish time with You, hearing from You, praising You, and honoring You with all that I am. And praise You, Father – in v38 & 39 – it says that even though Your people continually forgot to honor You, You were merciful! You forgave their sins and You did not destroy them. You remember, Lord, that we are flesh, weak – Psalm 103:14 – You know how we are formed – You remember that we are dust. Thank You, Lord, for Your mercy and forgiveness and understanding and for all the chances and lessons that You have given me – for where You have brought me from and for where You are taking me. I know that I can trust You to complete the good work which You began in me.

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Beware the Yeast of the Pharisees

Prophetic word, exhortation:
“Beware the yeast of the Pharisees”
This has been on my heart for several days and I know the Lord wants me to share this with anyone who has an ear to hear….
Let us make every effort to go before the Lord and examine our hearts with His help to see if there is any sign of “yeast of the Pharisees” in us or in our churches. Let us make every effort to repent and to enter into the kingdom of God and His grace and LOVE.
Luke 12:1b Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be[a] on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3 What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.”
 
What we say we believe when we are at church and what we say in our hearts or around others who do not profess to follow Christ is heard by our Lord. He knows! What are the secret motivations of your heart? Are they out of love and faith in God – or fear, pride, selfishness, complacency…?
 
What is the yeast of the Pharisees and the hypocrisy that Jesus was warning about? Here is what Jesus said to them:
39 Then the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 40 You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? 41 But now as for what is inside you—be generous to the poor, and everything will be clean for you.
 
42 “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.
 
43 “Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and respectful greetings in the marketplaces.
 
44 “Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which people walk over without knowing it.”
 
45 One of the experts in the law answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.”
 
46 Jesus replied, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.
(Luke 11:39-46)
 
46 “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. 47 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”
(Luke 20:46-47)
 
This is strictly between the Lord and the individual. Pray:
 
Father, send Your Holy Spirit to flood my being and help me to look deeply within and with Your help ask: “Do I have any self-righteousness at work in my heart? Do I have any motives that are not pure? Are there things that I am doing that are not based on trust in You (faith)?. Am I doing anything that is not motivated by love? Do I really know You as much as You want me to Lord?”
and:
“Lord Jesus, I repent for _______________ and I renounce that ________________________. I choose to surrender and submit to Your love and authority in that area of my life. I thank You for forgiveness and that You are faithful to cleanse me of all unrighteousness when I confess my sins to You. I thank You that the enemy of my soul is defeated and You have given me victory over sin and the curse of sin and death. I thank You that You will lead and teach me. I love you Lord and I thank You for freedom in this area of my life.”
Worship:
Here is a link to “Heart of Worship” with lyrics on YouTube. This is a great song to complete and expand this time of seeking the Lord and His help to cleanse your heart from anything that would displease Him or disqualify you from His grace…