Saturday, March 4, 2017

LAID LOW TO LOOK HIGH


I love the Eternal; for not only does He hear my voice and my pleas for mercy, but He leaned down when I was in trouble and brought His ear close to me. So as long as I have breath, I will call on Him. Once I was wound in the wrappings of death; the terror of dying and the grave had a grip on me; I felt like I could not get away because I was entombed in distress and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Eternal: “O Eternal One — I am begging You — save me!” And He graciously delivered me.

The Eternal is full of grace and naturally just; my God is compassionate and merciful. And the Eternal watches over the naive. Whenever I was knocked down, He reached down and saved me. O my soul! Return and relax. Come to your True Rest, for the Eternal has showered you with His favor.                                                                                  ~ Based on Psalm 107:1-7 Voice version of the Bible

Ever feel like your life has spun out of control, trapped, and like you've messed up so badly that things will never be the same? I have. In fact I seem to fall into this predicament on a somewhat regular basis. 

I once read a quote somewhere that said "laid low to look high" (the title of this post). What was it that Jesus said to His disciples? "I am the grapevine, you are the branches. The one abiding in Me and I in him — this one bears much fruit. Because apart from Me, you can do nothing." ~ John 15:5 Disciples’ Literal New Testament.  I need to be reminded that I am a but a branch who needs to abide and draw my strength from the True Vine.

In the US we have an important document we call the "Declaration of Independence."  However the key to walking triumphantly as a disciple of Jesus Christ is one of determined dependence. Have you you fully entered into your day by day and moment by moment "Declaration of Dependence" upon the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? If you haven't, why not talk to God right now and fully yield to this reality today? 

 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

WHITER THAN SNOW


Last week in Colorado Springs we had a dusting of snow that coated the trees that surround my home with white for a couple of days. It was so beautiful ~ I had to take a picture of it (above). Everything looked so clean and renewed.

In 1974 there was a song by singer Evie Tornquist Karlsson with the title "Clean Before the Lord I Stand." My favorite line in the song was "Clean before my Lord I stand and in me not one blemish does He see." Click here to listen to this song on YouTube.

But how do we see ourselves as we live our day to day lives? Have you ever tuned into your self-talk? Like when you can't find the car keys, your wallet, or purse, what do you end up thinking or saying about yourself deep inside? If you're like me, it might be some nurturing words like you idiot, can't you do anything right. Or when you make a mistake on something that's important to you like giving a speech, leading a Sunday school class, or praying out loud amidst a group of people ... what are the thoughts that run through your heart and mind. That just shows what a loser I am ... I just can't seem to do anything right!

But how does God see you and me? Colossians 1:22 tells us 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 (NIV).

Psalm 32:1,2 and 7 explain Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them ... You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance NIV.

Zephaniah 3:17 serves as the icing on the cake: For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs NLT.

How about you? I'd love to hear your thoughts about this topic. Drop me a note at l2g.forum@gmail.com

Sunday, January 15, 2017

DO YOU WANT TO BE FREE?


Please watch this video rendition of the Casting Crowns song “Set Me Free" by clicking on the below image: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAZpkLhJDfo

The above song by Casting Crowns indicates that Jesus can set us free from the things that we may currently be captive to. Please ask Jesus the following three questions. Write down what He reveals to you on a piece of paper.

  1. What areas has Jesus freed you from?


     
  2. What area(s) of captivity would you like Him to liberate you from?

     
  3. How will you go about securing the freedom Jesus promises?


Please send your answers to l2g.forum@gmail.com
Let me know if I can anonymously post your answers to encourage others.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Finding Newness of Life in the New Year

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I just found your site today. I did healing prayer for the first time back in 2011 during a sabbatical. It was like a dam broke and God's love for me just flooded in. Ever since that day I have been convinced of His love for me, not because he has to because I'm a pathetic sinner, but just because He does. Now I no longer hope He loves me, but I know it. I am living my Christian life from a different place than before and I feel so secure and confident, not in myself,  but in the reality of my relationship with Christ. It has taken me to a deeper level of conviction from what I know is true to what I have experienced and believe deep down is true. God is love and He loves me! 
~ June Sparks ~
Thanks for sharing your story, June!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

A Strange Way To Save The World

 Click Anywhere on the Below Nativity Scene
to Watch, Listen, and Experience
this Unusual Christmas Song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TXxlKLCCMY 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

O Come Emmanuel ~ The Light of the World

As we approach the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, popularly known as Christmas, it's easy to get caught up in shopping for gifts, making special meals, office Christmas parties, difficult family relationships and forget the prophecy Isaiah wrote nearly three thousand years ago.
  
"For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called Wonderful, 

Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting 
Father, Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6 NKJV

And can you hear the angels singing?
"Glory, glory ... the Light of the world is here!"

Please click on the above image to enjoy this 4 minute video song of the birth of Jesus Christ.
After video has started, click in bottom right corner box to see video full size of your screen.

“Light of the World” by Lauren Daigle ~ Available through iTunes or your favorite music website


Friday, November 11, 2016

I LOOK TO YOU


Psalm 105 begins by encouraging us to Tell other people about the things God has done. To sing songs of praise to Him, tell stories of all His miracles, and revel in His holy name.  Why is this important? It’s important because we need to reminded that He keeps His covenant promises forever and remembers the word He spoke to a thousand generations (Psalm 105:9).

Here’s something the Three-in-One did inside of me as I listened to Him on the first day of this month (November 2016). He communicated, You are My son. I am for you and not against you … as I did for David in the Psalms … so I will carry you … and your family. Do not harden your heart and keep your eyes on Me.

Then He bought the song “I Look to You” from YouTube to me: I look to You … when the levies are broken, my walls have come crumbling down on me. Click on the image below to watch and listen to this moving song.

"I Look to You" 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vSDhJ0LAm8

If clicking on the image does not work on your computer, try doing a search for "I look to you by Selah - lyrics - edited."

Take a few minutes to listen to God and ask, What is it that You want to communicate with me today?

We'd love to hear what God is communicating with you. Tell other people about the things God is saying and doing down deep inside of you. Share your story by dropping us an email at L2G.Forum@gmail.com