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CAUTION: The Current IS Dangerous!

Published May 25, 2016 by birdieklh

Okay, most of us who have heard the term (especially this year) “TURN AROUND – DON’T DROWN!”

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Due to the flash flood waters and how they may look docile enough . . .

“It’s just a little bit of water on the road, no problem, I can get across to where I need to go.” But then . . . all of a sudden out of seemingly nowhere comes this rapid rush – a grand deluge of water and before you know what hits you, you are immersed in water so deep there appears no way out! Now what?

Well, by God’s grace, someone may come in with helicopter and ropes, or a boat, or some other means and rescue you . . . or . . . you die.

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For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,” Romans 1:20 (NKJV)

Let us apply this lesson of the flood waters to our lives in a spiritual way . . . This is a PERFECT example of Romans 1:20 because we “see”, we “hear” (and, some have even experienced) what devastating results can happen to a person, a pet, a vehicle, bridges washed out, even houses swept away . . . so let us be without excuse and open up our spirit eyes to see what God is saying to us.

When it comes to choices we make in our daily lives, have we heard any of the following statements? Have we acted upon any of these statements?

  • That’s not too bad
  • I guess it wouldn’t hurt to try it this one time
  • No one will know
  • It’s not like I’m committing murder or something

If you / we make choices based upon these statements, trying to reason away the temptations that come our way . . . we need to reflect upon this TRUTH:

CAUTION: The Current IS Dangerous!

We are to “Try all things, and keep that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. Now the very God of peace sanctify you throughout: and I pray God that your whole spirit and soul and body, may be kept blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  1 Thessalonians 5:21-23 (GNV) – Note: even the “appearance of”!

So – how do we do that? 

“But as for you, O man of God, flee from these things; aim at and pursue righteousness [true goodness, moral conformity to the character of God], godliness [the fear of God], faith, love, steadfastness, and gentleness.” 1 Timothy 6:11 (AMP)

In other words . . .  “TURN AROUND – DON’T DROWN!”

The temptations of this life are all around us – they don’t look like they would hurt us (too much) – but the swift current, the deluge of the sin (the flood waters, if you will) can overtake us before we know what hits us . . . we will need to be rescued, or we die!

Also, we are commissioned to be that lifeline to others as well . . . “But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.” Jude 17-23  (NKJV) (emphasis, mine)

Abba Father, help us to see, know and understand the dangerous currents within the temptations that come our way. Help us to stand FIRM, to FLEE and to help rescue others we see that have entered into the current . . . only by Your Holy Spirit can we do this . . . learning Your Word . . . applying it to the everyday choices in our lives. Through You, we can do all things! We KNOW we can trust you . . . Amen . . . we love you!

©klh 4-Given Ministries

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To Step Into Our Destiny

Published May 20, 2016 by birdieklh

We have this concept that as we have great things ahead of us we need to step up and into ‘bigger shoes’ in order to fulfill it. . .well, I always had that concept . . .

However . . . the other day the Lord had me looking up the meaning of some names (specifically the leaders of the Twelve Tribes) and just as they ended, I saw the next chapter spoke about King Saul. So, I looked up Saul (just because) and saw that HIS name meant “desired”. Well, that got me thinking about Saul of Tarsus . . . who the Lord reached out to in a very unusual way . . . a way that left Saul with a NEW name and absolutely NO question in his mind Who and why . . .

I felt compelled to look up his new name, Paul, as well. It means “small, little.” WOW! What a contrast! But . . . “Lord,” I ask, “what does this all denote?” Whew! the answer into my spirit was profound, and I desire to share it with you.

  1. We often do the wrong things for the right reason – we are zealous, like Saul was, but our eyes are blinded to the REAL Truth that we should be following after/working for.
  2. We are doing things (for the Kingdom, we believe) but we think too highly of ourselves (because we are ‘doing’ work and seeing results – but are they the results God wants?), Romans 12:3 NKJV  “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”
  3. His desire for us (the plans He has for us, the job/tasks/ministry, etc) are often missed because we do not humble ourselves before Him and truly seek His will and His way!

Dear ones, God has a plan, a purpose, a destiny for each and every one of us. He had it in mind for us before He created us in our mother’s womb! Yet, how many of us are running around, living our lives as Saul (desire) yet missing IT because we are zealous in the wrong way? Or we are patting ourselves on our own back for accomplishing something while at the same time God is desiring us to be SO much MORE! The key (if you will) that unlocks our destiny; the absolute call He has on our lives, is to allow Him to change our name (our heart) to Paul . . . become small, become little!

Remember, even John the Baptist recognized this fact! John 3:30 NKJV “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Paul, in his dramatic encounter, completely humbled himself. He sought out more knowledge of Who Christ IS and His plan for his life. He submitted himself to the guidance of others who had actually walked with the Lord (laying aside his ‘high’ education). He listened, he learned, then in that place of smallness, God was able to do GREAT things. The great things He had desired of him and for him when He had first given him the name Saul (desire)!

 

 

When we concede our will to His; when we put aside all our ‘learning, knowledge, ideas, etc.’ and acquiesce to Holy Spirit’s guidance – then, ah yes, then we are ready for Him to use us for His glory and for the furthering of His Kingdom!

Abba Father, change our hearts – we humble ourselves before Your Throne, realizing that You desire so much more for us. Forgive us for doing so much ‘work’ for You instead of letting You work THROUGH us. Abba, change our name from Saul to Paul – do a work deep inside of us – a work that is established in Heaven, brought down to earth to have a mighty impact for Your Kingdom. Help us to get out of the way and allow You to have Your perfect will in and through our lives. for Your Glory, amen and amen.

©klh 4-Given Ministries

 

7 Years of Ministry & Marriage

Published May 14, 2016 by birdieklh
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Mariah & Mommy

What a joy, what a delight, Mariah got to join us in our big celebration of 7 years in Ministry & Marriage . . . my hubby and I renewed our vows (again!) but this time I had the blessing of a beautiful wedding gown from David’s Bridal.

We decided to renew our vows for numerous reasons :

 

  1. It was 7 years – completion
  2. It is the year of jubilee – all things restored
  3. I had lost enough weight to fit into a REAL bridal gown (previously a lacy mother of the bride dress)
  4. We had purchased new matching rings (another side effect of the weight loss – the others were too small even for my pinky anymore!)
  5. We wanted Mariah to be a part of our ceremony
  6. We wanted to celebrate in one of our FAVORITE places – SA Tabernacle House of Prayer – we are so blessed to be a part of the ministry that goes on there – it is in a beautiful old Methodist church with vaulted ceilings, beautiful stained glass & the atmosphere is CHARGED with Holy Spirit’s Presence due to the constant worship and ministry that goes on in that building!

I could go on and on . . . but . . . mostly I am grateful to the Lord for granting me my heart’s desire. I was praying for a new partner in ministry (Rev. Deb Gonser went Home to be with the Lord one year prior) for a year and low and behold, I got one . . . but . . . in the form of a husband to love, cherish, protect and co-labor in the Kingdom with! It is glorious!

The words of the song, “The More I Seek You” come into my spirit . . . it is SO true . . . as we decide to put ourselves in the Palm of the Master’s Hand, seeking His face, His will, His direction; delighting ourselves in Him . . . ah, the love and gifts He pours out to us are better than we could ever have imagined!

©klh 4-Given Ministries

What Are We Offering?

Published May 1, 2016 by birdieklh
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Rotten  Fruit     VS …

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Good, Fresh, Nutritious Fruit (image from http://www.theguardian.com)

It has been said that a picture is worth 1,000 words . . . so in a way, my blog today doesn’t need much to be added . . . BUT . . . I do wish to give you some scripture references to help you ponder the meaning behind todays subject and the photos here.

Malachi 1:6-12 New King James Version (NKJV)

Polluted Offerings –  “A son honors his father,  and a servant his master. If then I am the Father, where is My honor? And if I am a Master, where is My reverence? Says the Lord of hosts to you priests who despise My name. Yet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your name?’  “You offer defiled food on My altar, but say, ‘In what way have we defiled You?’ by saying, ‘The table of the Lord is contemptible.’  And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? Offer it then to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you favorably?” Says the Lord of hosts.  “But now entreat God’s favor, that He may be gracious to us. While this is being done by your hands, will He accept you favorably?” Says the Lord of hosts.  “Who is there even among you who would shut the doors, so that you would not kindle fire on My altar in vain? I have no pleasure in you,” says the Lord of hosts, “Nor will I accept an offering from your hands.  For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations,” says the Lord of hosts. “But you profane it, in that you say, ‘The table of the Lord[a] is defiled; And its fruit, its food, is contemptible.’

Questions – is our worship “lip service”? Or, is it genuinely from the heart? Do we sing the songs at church with our complete focus on the Lord, or on people around us (or circumstances that our brains are trying to process from things happening during the week)? Is our praise and worship to our King sweet? Or is our offering a plate of rotten fruit?

Are we walking the walk or just talking the talk? Not only in our worship to the Lord, but also as His representatives here – how are we living our lives? What kind of fruit are we offering not only to God but to those around us?

⇒   SO . . .

If we truly love the Lord, are we conscious of what it is that our lives are offering up to Him? Or, are we going along day to day with our actions not exactly reflecting His love and His glory? Sure, we may ‘say’ the right things. We may even ‘do’ some acts that may appear to be those of a good strong Christian . . . but . . . REMEMBER . . . God looks at the inside of us! Our hearts! Our innermost being. Our inner attitudes. The good, the bad . . . He sees and knows how we really are and who we really are INSIDE – when no one is watching us, observing our behaviors, monitoring our speech – He ALWAYS sees!

2 Samuel 16:7 NKJV   –    But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Another very important ‘fruit’ issue is our inner attitudes. The Lord addresses this point very plainly. Read and contemplate if/how you see yourselves in the two following passages:

Romans 12:3  NKJV     –   For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. (then the Apostle Paul goes on to say WHY in the following verses).

Luke 14:7 – 11  NKJV    –   So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: “When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Dear ones, when we see ourselves as more important – we are NOT walking according to God’s Word! We need a different heart attitude – a different perspective – HIS!!! My prayer is that I may have God’s eyes to see, His heart of compassion, His understanding, His ears to hear the cry of the people’s’ heart! Only then can I get my attitude to line up with His Word and truly walk in His love towards others. Then and only THEN will the fruit my life offers be fresh, inviting and full of nourishment to those around me!

©klh 4-Given Ministries

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