Thursday, July 21, 2016

MY NAME IS 'I AM!"



I exercise Your authority over all of the other voices by commanding them to be silent in the all powerful name of the true Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth. 

Then I ask, "Oh my Three-in-One, would it please You to speak to me this morning?" Then, I listen in silence.

"I Am here and I Am for you … this is always My disposition toward you – present, pleased and predisposed to favor you ('I Am for you' is My Name)."

Or as Ezekiel 36:9 says “I Am concerned for you and will look on you with favor."Your mountains will be plowed and planted.”

"My name is not ‘I was’ as though I am focused on your past. My name is not ‘I will be’ as though I am primarily focused on your future. My name is 'I Am' because I am always focused on you in this present moment."  

 (If all else fails, copy and paste the above link in your internet browser or go to YouTube and search for "My Name is I Am!")




Wednesday, June 29, 2016

FLOURISHING or DECLINING?


This morning as I was spending time alone with God and peering into our back yard, I was struck with how green everything is. As I took in the beauty of the deep green leaves on several aspens and a maple tree coupled with our freshly cut green grass and sought to attend to the voice of God, a word popped into my heart and mind. It was FLOURISH!

As I listened, I sensed my Father God communicate:

Rusty, I want you to flourish like a well-watered garden … not to barely survive, but to enjoy deep friendship, connection, and the wonder of relating deeply with Me as well as with the people I surround you with. I want you to flourish where I have planted you!
 
Flourishing
FLOURISHING
DECLINING









  
They are planted in the house of the LORD; they flourish in the courts of our God. ~ Psalm 92:13 ESV
How about you? Are you flourishing, stagnating, or declining?
To grant to those who mourn in Zion — to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified. ~ Isaiah 61:3 ESV

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

HOW IS YOUR HEART?


 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
1 Peter 4:8 NIV
 “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.”                                                                                            1 Corinthians 13:1-2 NIV
When a couple can’t love, many times they’ll do things for one another, but they don’t really ever connect. A husband can repair things around the house, cut the lawn, and repair things for his wife … but doing things for another person is different than connecting emotionally.
“The 5 Love Languages” is great, material but unless you somehow connect emotionally with your spouse, he or she will not feel loved.
When we don’t feel loved in a relationship, we have an emotional problem.
The worse possible scenario for a couple is when both the husband and the wife have locked hearts so that both are unable to give or receive love.

LOCKED HEARTS ILLUSTRATION 
 
The very best scenario for a couple would look like the below illustration where both the husband and the wife's heart are open so they are unhampered and free to both give and receive love.

UNLOCKED HEARTS ILLUSTRATION
Questions for couples to consider or for caregivers to contemplate when seeking to help a couple:

      Can each spouse receive love from someone when it is offered? Or is the heart locked to this possibility through self-protective vows and strategies that come from damaging relational events in the past?
·                    Is each spouse able to give love or is it inaccessible?
·                    Evaluate both sides of the marriage with a couple. Draw or show them the above Locked Hearts and Unlocked Hearts illustrations so they can see what you mean graphically.
·                    What would it be like if I were to use a bolt cutter to cut the padlocks off so that both of the husband and the wife would be able to give and receive love from each other?
·      The two aspects of love that we are most interested in seeing develop are:
1.     The capacity to lavishly extend love to others, and
2.     The facility to receive love appreciatively when it is given.

Taken from the teaching of John Regier, "Caring for the Heart Ministries"

Monday, April 4, 2016

BE ANGRY AND SIN NOT

ANGER is “the emotion of self-preservation of one’s worth, needs and convictions.”
By Les Carter & Frank Minirth, The Anger Workbook, Thomas Nelson, 1993.

Anger, in itself, is not bad. There is good anger and bad anger. “Be angry and sin not” indicates that not all anger is sinful: anger may be productive, useful and helpful.

Anger is a God-given emotional response to a perception of being treated unjustly. It is an emotion that is designed to lead us into productive and constructive action.

Anger turns into sin when it is harbored and allowed to breed resentment, hatred, a vengeful spirit, bitterness, wrath, and/or a critical spirit. Anger can also be buried within leading to passive behavior, withdrawal and disconnection.

What are your thoughts about anger?

Sunday, March 27, 2016

EASTER 2016

Click on "Full Screen Box" on right bottom of video below
 Then hit "Start Arrow" in middle of video

video

HE IS: 
~The Word of God
~ The Messenger of God
~ The Humble King 
~ The Bread of Life

HE WAS:
Rejected, Abandoned, Mocked, Beaten, Bruised, Pierced, Crucified, and Buried 

BUT the NAILS could not HOLD HIM
THE CROSS could not FINISH HIM
THE STONE could not KEEP HIM
DEATH could not  DEFEAT HIM

HE IS OUR:
  • RANSOM
  • REDEEMER
  • DELIVERER
  • SAVIOR
HE IS:
  • MIGHTY 
  • GLORIOUS 
  • HOLY 
  • EXALTED
HE IS RISEN!
                      2013 Church Video 

AND HE IS COMING BACK
VERY SOON!

                                                                                                                  

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Change from the Inside Out


When God spoke to the Old Testament governor of Persia, Zerubbabel, about the important task of rebuilding the temple, He told him, “The people should not think that small beginnings are unimportant” (Zechariah 4: 10, NCV). 

In listening and inner healing prayer, it’s as though God is rebuilding His people into a beautiful temple for His Spirit to dwell in. Even the seemingly slowest and smallest steps in our inner healing are hugely important. Over time Your Wonderful Counselor can and will do an amazing work deep within you.

In the Gospels, Jesus was fond of saying, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19: 26; see also Mark 10: 27; Luke 18: 27). Or as Paul declared in his book to the Romans: “Fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out” (12: 2, MSG).


This post was adapted from Rustenbach, Rusty (2011-09-22). “A Guide for Listening and Inner-Healing Prayer: Meeting God in the Broken Places,“ P 142. NavPress / Tyndale House Publishing.

Monday, February 22, 2016

I Will Be Still & Know You Are God



I love to listen for and to Your still small voice in the morning. I exercise Your authority by binding the other voices to silence and listen: What is Your quickening and empowering word for me this morning? Part of Jeremiah 23:29 came to mind:
 
“Is not My word like fire?” says Adonai,
“or like a hammer that shatters rock?”

Yes it is, Lord God Almighty. You have exalted Your Word as in Psalm 138:2:

“I bow down toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your 
name for Your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for You 
have exalted above all things Your name and Your word.”

The word “come” enters into my mind:

“Come unto Me, all of you who labor and are
heavy-laden and I will give you rest” 
Matthew 11:28. 

What an incredibly wonderful invitation oh my Three-in-One! I come this morning to You because You are the One who was, and is, and is yet to come:

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and
you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy
wine and milk without money and without cost” 
Isaiah 55:1.

I am bankrupt and can not earn the quenching of my thirst. Still, you invite me to come, drink, eat and to allow You to nourish me in my inner person. What an incredible invitation!

“Be Still and Know that I Am God”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n01-5SQFa8
Click on above photo to watch and listen.