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Are Your Volumes Up?

Published February 27, 2017 by birdieklh

As one of the people at our church who helps with the sound system for various meetings, today I encountered a situation that gave me a spiritual message . . .

There was NO sound! Everything was on. Everything was properly connected. Levels showed up on the sound board, but NO sound was coming out on the monitors or the mains. What a puzzlement!

Finally, after exhausting all avenues that I was aware of, I reached out to our Worship Leader (even though he was at his place of employment) for suggestions.

He had me go back to the amps and check them one more time. Yes, every one was on. Hmmm…. “check the volume levels”, he said. “Oh my goodness!”, I said, “someone had turned them all down to zero!”

As simple as that, the problem was corrected! Amazing. How silly of me not to think of that myself. However, we had all been instructed to leave the volume levels where they were set on the amps and ONLY turn them on or off. Apparently, someone did not remember that tidbit of information when shutting down the system after church yesterday.

That really got me to thinking! We may truly love the Lord. Have completely accepted His finished work on Calvary. We may attend church, read our Bibles and offer up prayers . . . BUT . . . if our volumes are turned down or off, perhaps we don’t HEAR what He is trying to speak into our spirits!

OUCH!!! If we are honest with ourselves, we can recall a time (or more) that we simply missed hearing what God was trying to say to us. It could be an instruction. It could be an encouragement. It could be a reminder of His provision in the past. It could be a prompting as to which direction to take for the next part of our journey that He is leading us on. BUT, if we have allowed the busyness of our day to interrupt the actual delivery of His message; if we have tuned Him out, then we have had our volumes turned to zero!

Something to think about! Make time to check your volume levels today . . . be sure that you ARE taking the time to listen – turn the volume up on your spiritual ears to hear what He is speaking, clearly.

“He who has ears to hear . . . let him listen!” (numerous scripture references)

In these times, especially, we need to be fully alert and attuned to His voice. (See the letters to the churches in Revelation.

© klh 4-Given Ministries

Living Abandoned

Published February 18, 2017 by birdieklh

Are we so committed to Christ that we live COMPLETELY abandoned to our Lord, regardless what others may think of us?! Oh, how my heart desires to live and walk out my faith with total abandon every single day . . . sadly, I confess I often miss the mark.

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Can you relate? I mean, let’s be honest . . . we do seem to care about what others think about us, right? Up to a point, anyway.

Have you ever asked yourself any of the following?

  1. Will they stop being my friend if I speak up?
  2. Will I be asked to not come back to ________?
  3. How will they react to my taking a stand for what I believe in when it conflicts with what their lives are representing?

. . . there are many more questions that we ask ourselves when faced with the decision to speak/not to speak; act/not to act as we are in the company of others. Whether it be at work, at school, in the marketplace, and (unfortunately) even sometimes at our house of worship; we often find ourselves feeling slightly uncomfortable because we stand for Biblical principles and they may have a different approach . . . what to do, what to do . . .

The MAIN question to always have before you is:

Who’s opinion of me is more important, God or man?

If it is God’s . . . then why should we ever find ourselves hesitating when in the presence of others? Hmm…something to think about! After all, there is NOTHING that can ever separate us from God’s love!

I am really trying to keep the focus where it needs to be – no fear of man! Only what God thinks of me matters. Am I living my life to please Him, or please myself (or others)? There is not anything whatsoever that man can say or do to me that can destroy who I truly am in Christ!

Further reflection:

When people may speak (or act) against us, know that God’s got our back – He IS our protection. Isaiah 54:17

He IS our defense! Here are some great verses from the Psalms to meditate upon.

He IS our Joy and our Strength! Instead of reflecting upon the possible negative response from others, go ahead, be bold in your faith (lovingly, not with condemnation) and keep your heart upon the attributes He has asked us to in Philippians 4:8.

 

© klh 4-Given Ministries

Lost and Found Department

Published February 16, 2017 by birdieklh
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Do you ever find yourself standing still, looking up at the crossroads of “Lost” and “Found” and wonder which one you are really on? They run against one another, but they do intersect often (or so it seems in my life).

In the natural, I’m always ‘misplacing’ (loosing) things . . . perhaps you can relate:

Cell phone

Thumb drive

Keys

Eyeglasses

Shopping list

Something I purchased

. . . the list can go on and on and on . . . oh, I KNOW they are around – somewhere – but I can’t put my hands on them at the moment I need/want them.

Anyway, I digress.

We can not always readily get a hold of things we want but we can ALWAYS rest assured and be at peace with the ‘found’ department that we have full access to anytime day or night for our spiritual needs! Glory to God!!!

He is as close as the whisper of His Name!

His heart towards us is always ‘yes’ and ‘amen’ (2 Corinthians 1:20)!

His desire for us is a ‘hope and a future’ (Jeremiah 29:11)!

When we take up the position of praise . . . the position of worship . . . the position of the branches CONNECTED to The Vine (John 15). . . we are never ever lost!

Here’s how it can work for you (it works for me and countless others I know)!

  • surrounded by chaos? . . . let His peace be released in your situation dove in flight
  • faced with a bad report (job, personal, medical, financial)? . . . let His peace be released in your situation
  • uncertainties overwhelming you about the things are coming at you and decisions that you must make? . . .  let His peace be released in your situation.
  • too many distractions in your life just now? Get your worship on and allow His peace to be released in your situation!

Am I talking about a change of attitude? Something you need to say or do differently? Well, yes and no . . . it is an internal issue, not an external thing. His peace, that passes ALL understanding is what we must allow to guard our heart and mind (Philippians 2:7)! Only in Him and through Him can we walk in complete victory. He sent His Holy Spirit to indwell our very being and to give us everything we need for this life we now live (2 Peter 1:3).

Dear ones, learn to cast all your cares upon Him, and simply TRUST Him with every single aspect of your life . . . no one loves and cares for you more than He does!

© klh 4-Given Ministries

Moments in Time

Published February 15, 2017 by birdieklh

Sometimes we seem to reflect upon certain moments in our life that we can quickly find ourselves ‘trapped’ in that time!

As much as we desire to get on with our lives, there always seems to be something way back in the past that has such a hold on us that we cannot seem to free ourselves and move on.

I truly believe that most of the time we are not even aware of those moments that have had enormous effects on the way we ‘see’ ourselves, and/or that can actually trigger responses in us as we face things that are in front of us now.

Are YOU trapped in a moment?

Do you find yourself responding to people or situations in a way that you find yourself questioning, Why in the world did that hit me the way it did?” or “Why did I respond that way?” or “Where in the world did that feeling come from?!”

Dear ones, when we have had trauma in our lives (even as far back as early childhood) and it has not truly been dealt with, it can – and does – trigger responses and reactions. Sometimes we’ve stuffed our experiences down so deeply inside that we don’t even recall them ourselves, yet something comes up and the trigger response is blown out of proportion!

If I find myself reacting to certain things, I have learned to ask the Lord to reveal to me the source within me that is allowing those words/thoughts/feelings to surface. Then, when He does, I repent (if its something I’ve caused) and ask Him to remove the hurt, allowing Him to bring forth the healing I need from that particular situation. Sometime it takes our reaching out to others as well, for added guidance – I strongly suggest a good Biblical counselor/mentor. To KNOW that the Lord desires us to walk in complete freedom from our past is a good place to start! Then, as you allow Holy Spirit to do His work in your heart, don’t allow the evil one to bring it back! If you find yourself starting to think about what someone said or did . . . stop it immediately . . . take that thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5)! Then, change your focus (Isaiah 43:18 & Philippians 4:8)!

Another thing that really helps me accomplish this task is to declare God’s word (usually the opposite of what I’m thinking/feeling). Here are some examples:

1 – I “feel” SO unloved . . . I will focus on God’s love for me!

2 – I “feel” like I’m unaccepted or rejected . . . I will focus on the fact that God chose me!

3 – When my body is throwing symptoms of an illness . . . I focus on what Christ did already for my healing!

There are many, many scriptures that can change our heart/mind attitude, if we but ask Him to show us, He is faithful. Treasure what He speaks into your heart – dwell in His presence, communicating with Him every little detail – allow His complete and total healing to pour over every area of your life. We all need healing in one area or another (or some of us in MANY areas) . . . He is waiting for you to come to Him . . . He is ready to love you through to victory!

© klh 4-Given Ministries

 

Hope Deferred?

Published January 18, 2017 by birdieklh

Proverbs 13:12 is a very small but completely accurate description of the effects of broken dreams/delayed hopes/unfulfilled desires, etc.

“Hope postponed grieves the heart; but when a dream comes true,
life is full and sweet.” VOICE 

There are so many translations out there yet they all so expressively pinpoint what one feels when faced with situations continuing to NOT be what you know in the depth of your being should be.

For MANY years the Lord may have planted words of hope, dreams, vision for your life within your spirit. These words may have been spoken over you time after time by various people over the years. They may have been spoken into your heart directly through Holy Spirit during times of intimate worship. You have taken them to heart, questioning “how?” You may even have put much time into study, preparation, lots and lots of prayer. Yet, over and over again, someone else is selected to do the very things that God told you He had set you apart to do. Again, you find yourself questioning, this time, “why?” or “how long?”

There are moments when on the brink of despair, thinking that you heard wrongly, but then you reflect upon how many times the word was spoken over you . . . you reflect upon ALL the many promises God has fulfilled in the past . . . and ponder . . . why is this one not happening?!

You reach the point of giving up all hope of it ever coming to pass, then, someone else (or in my case, several people) start speaking it over you again and hope begins to arise once more. Not only rising, but soaring, tears of joy streaming down your face as you remember the promises of old and the years of waiting and preparations . . . now, finally, it seems to be just around the corner. Your heart feels so light. You spend your days rejoicing in God’s loving reminders that He has had specific plans for you and it was simply a time of waiting . . . THEN IT HAPPENS . . . not once, not twice, not three times . . . you are overlooked – you are not even considered – someone else is doing that which has been promised to you. The crushing effect felt upon your emotions. The tearing at your heartstrings. “But, Lord, You just reminded me that the time was now . . . I don’t understand!”

You rejoice with your brothers and sisters that are being used, that is absolute! Yet, you find yourself waking up with tears because the reminder that it is still not you. Why, after finally getting to the point where you have decided that you were giving up that, that it really didn’t matter, you were going to focus on other areas of ministry . . . God reminds you through words, words and more words; hope blossoms once more . . .  then, nothing . . . why? It would have been so much easier on your heart if He had allowed you to keep the promise on a shelf . . . but, for reasons only He knows and understands (and it is for our good and His glory, according to His Word), He spoke them as a reminder over you again.

So, you wait . . .  you continue trusting . . . you allow His love to permeate your being, and His peace to wash over you. You remind yourself of His unchanging faithfulness in other areas of your life throughout the years. You know. You have experienced it! He has always come through at just the right time with provision, with healing, with peace, with joy, with ______________(fill in the blank), why should this be any different? When it IS His perfect timing, the fruit will be sweet! The joy will be full! The tree will bring abundant life!

An old song comes to mind:

TEACH ME, LORD

Time: 3:22 / by Stuart Hamblen / Hamblin Music / ASCAP
 
Teach me, Lord, to wait – down on my knees.
Till in your own good time you’ll answer my pleas.
Teach me not to rely on what others do.
But to wait in prayer for an answer from you.
 
Chorus
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.
They shall mount up with wings as eagles.
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Teach me, Lord, Teach me, Lord, to wait!
 
Teach me, Lord, to wait – while hearts are aflame.
Let me humble my pride and call on your name.
Keep my faith renewed and my eyes on thee.
Let me be on this earth what you want me to be.
 
Chorus
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.
They shall mount up with wings as eagles.
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Teach me, Lord, Teach me, Lord, to wait!

Abba Father, we know Your love for us is unending. We know that You are faithful to complete that which You have begun in us, Philippians 1:6. We know that you cannot lie, Numbers 23:19. Help us, Abba, not to question but to fully trust and equip us to continue serving You as we are now without the ‘but’ or the ‘if only’. Thank You that You have a plan for our lives and even as you speak over us what those plans are, You also have the timing that is just perfect for us as well. May we continue on in worship and in service all the days of our lives, may we bring You glory and honor in everything we say and do. No doubts, no regrets, nothing but hearts of love towards You and those you’ve placed around us. amen

Dear ones, this life we live is NOT about ‘feelings’. Yes, hope deferred can make the heart sick (feel like it is tearing apart), but as we focus on Him and NOT on us we can life a life that is pleasing to Him and the Tree of Life will be ours for all eternity!

“Hope deferred maketh the heart sick; but the desire [that] cometh to                      pass is a tree of life.” Prov 13:12 DARBY 

We can say with FULL CONFIDENCE that our HOPE is IN Christ Jesus our Lord . . . that is a hope that will NEVER be deferred, and that IS the Tree of Life which as the sweetest fruit for us to partake of . . . so . . . REJOICE!!!

© klh 4-Given Ministries

Is it Today, Lord?

Published January 13, 2017 by birdieklh

Today, while we were driving, I looked up and gazed into the LAYERS of clouds. Oh, dear ones, my heart leaped within me!

Gazing at the way the clouds were formatted alongside and atop one another found me searching through tears . . . “Wouldn’t it be WONDERFUL if it were today that You were to come through those clouds with the mighty sound of the trumpet?!”

It is times like these that the Lord uses to remind me of His steadfast love and all of His promises . . . thank you, Lord, for the awesome reminder! Oh, how I love YOU!!!!

“…This same Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”  Acts 1:9-11 NKJV

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—  in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed….” 1 Corinthians 15:51-55 NKJV

Maranatha . . . Come, Lord Jesus, Come!

 

©klh 4-Given Ministries

What Happened?!

Published January 12, 2017 by birdieklh

Wham! Out of nowhere it hits . . .

WORDS

ACTIONS

ATTITUDES

Things start flying at you and you are wondering what in the world happened? Where did THAT come from and why???? So, you ask. The person tells you something that is SO not the truth of the actual situation. They are completely convinced that something was said or done that you can not convince them otherwise. Why is that?! People involved in the same situation yet both fully believing it developed in a different way.

HURT

PAIN

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DOUBTS

???????’S bombarding your brain

Oh, Father, what to do, what to do . . . (His answers – click the links below)…

…. “Come unto Me”

….“Take refuge IN Me”

….“Know that I am your Defense

….“Know that I will always be with you in all things”

….“I have given you My peace”

Abba Father, thank You . . . I am grasping Your peace and taking refuge in You, and ‘trying’ (very hard) to walk and rest in TRUSTING You . . . You have NEVER let me down, and I know deep inside You never will. Help my faith, Abba, right now the flesh is very weak and shaky. Soften the hearts of all involved in the situations that are causing such turmoil. Create harmony once again in our lives so that we can continue on serving You and loving one another unconditionally. Amen.

© klh 4-Given Ministries

 

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