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Perfectly Fitted Together

Published August 19, 2017 by birdieklh

God has a plan and a purpose behind every word He allowed to be penned . . . an illustration for us to gasp a hold of . . . to meditate upon . . . to allow to sink deep down inside of our spirit and to change the way we think, act and treat one another in our Christian lives!

Dovetail Stone Work

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Let us take a deeper look into the this passage mentioned in the photo, and specific emphasis on phrases within. This is a message to us ALL. We are the brethren! There is to be NO division between us – NONE.

See that “DOVETAIL” work there? Have you ever realized the STRENGTH behind that kind of fitted together?! It is the Greek word, Strong’s # 2675 katartizó translated “perfectly joined together” which, in depth, means  – like shown in this illustration – a detailed, “properly adjusted, exactly fit to work together, adjusted exactly ‘down’ to fully function!” (just a partial snip-it from the full definition).

Dear ones, we are to be one in Christ Jesus! We are to be LIKE MINDED!  God is calling us forth to become new wine skins He can use to hold and pour forth the New Wine He is getting ready to pour out upon this world for His Divine purposes . . . but He can only do it with those that are ready to walk TOGETHER in ONENESS of heart and mind. Those who are willing to put down their prejudices, pride, wants, desires, their “me, me, me” attitudes, and allow God to fit us together as He desires and function together as He sees fit!

There is a song, often used at weddings, but most appropriate for this message as well. I would like to share some of the words here:

Make us one, make us one
Make us one, undivided body
Make us one, make us one
For the sake of Your name make us one

Make us love, make us love
Make us love so the world will know we love You
Make us love, make us love
For the sake of Your name make us love

Read more: Twila Paris – Make Us One Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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Abba Father, open our ears to HEAR, open our spirit eyes to SEE, open our HEARTS to fully grasp and understand what You are getting ready to do . . . what You are asking us to lay down at this time in our lives and HOW to fully embrace one another in Your love and go forth as ONE with You and become the Bride You have asked us to be – ready to BE what You desire us to be for Your Kingdom, in Jesus Name, amen!!!

© klh 4-Given Ministries

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Perfect Contentment

Published August 16, 2017 by birdieklh

When I saw this photo, memories came flooding back into my innermost being of sheer, contentment . . . times spent up in the mountains (I grew up in California) and absolutely LOVED the those mountain hikes.

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Cool, fresh mountain air permeating my being, refreshing my lungs, seemingly pumping my heart with newness of life. Of course it wasn’t, but it felt like it. The crispness of the water, oh, how I loved every single moment of it. The twill of the birds singing, the whisper of the leaves as they rustled in the light movement of the breeze. I could spend hours sitting on the rocks in contemplation of the beauty of it all….sheer….wonderful….

CONTENTMENT!

There are many times in the busy “ness” (or “mess”) of our lives that we wish we could stop everything and escape into a place where we could sit somewhere quiet and gaze into a crystal clear lake or pond like this, look at the reflection of the surroundings and contemplate what we see . . . instead of what actually IS around us at present . . . things that must be done, chaos, bills, noise, relationships, obligations, medical issues, etc. it seems impossible to even consider being able to reach such a place of contentment . . . BUT . . . notice this whole time I’ve been talking about contentment in the ‘natural’. It is a nice thing, truly a very nice thing, and I treasure the memories! Don’t get me wrong. In fact, if offered a vacation to go back to one of those places, you bet I’d jump on it! However, I have a secret I wish to share with you that is far greater than this natural contentment of a mountain scene like described here in my memories! It is one that is OBTAINABLE for us today, right here, whenever you desire!!! …and it is a PERFECT CONTENTMENT!!!!!

“Okay, already!” I can hear you from this side of the page, “Tell me where it is!!!”

It is found only ONE place . . . in your close intimate times of worship with the Lord!!! Yes! When you shut yourself away and focus all your attention on Him – you totally immerse yourself in His presence – worship Him in spirit in truth – from the depth of your being. Surround yourself with the essence of His glory!

You don’t know how? You have never done that before? It is not that hard, once you have done it, you find it easier and easier to do – it can become the most enjoyable part of your day!!! In fact, it has become such a part of my life that my office space in my home has become a sanctuary of His presence – people often comment that they can “feel” the difference when they step through the door! Even when I am working on things, I sometimes have difficulty focusing on what I’m working on because I find myself a wee bit lost in His presence and having to shake myself back into the earthly realm to get earthly work accomplished (much to my chagrin). You see, dear ones, there is NOTHING like the glorious presence of God Almighty! There is pure love, pure grace pure anointing, pure power, pure & PERFECT CONTENTMENT! It is there we receive everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3),  peace (Psalm 119:165), guidance & direction (Psalm 119:105), protection (Psalm 91), hope (Jeremiah 29:11) and so much more!

I try to have worship music always going in the background . . . when not working I use something I can sing along with – when I’m working I use instrumental so the atmosphere is permeated with praise offered up before the Throne of God . . . it keeps my spirit in the mode of worship at all times . . .  my preference is ‘Soaking Worship Music’ like we use at our local Tabernacle House of Prayer based upon David’s Tabernacle – 24/7 worship offered up to the Lord – keeping the fire on the altar day and night – honoring God at all times for Who He IS. I have found that the more consistent I am in my own personal worship (and with our corporate worship times) the deeper I go into His presence, the richer my relationship becomes with my Lord and the easier it is for me to HEAR Holy Spirit when He speaks to my heart! the richer my contentment in Him becomes!!!!

I invite you to enter in . . . to find your place in His Perfect Contentment that He has for you!!!!!

© klh 4-Given Ministries

Acting Contrary To Circumstances

Published August 3, 2017 by birdieklh

contraryactions It’s not easy, by any means, but it IS what God asks of us . . . Jesus lead us by example, and Paul shared with us in his letter to the Corinthian Church. Let’s take a closer look at 1 Corinthians 4

When people acted hateful towards Jesus, think about it, did Jesus lash out back at them? No, of course not!

How many times people also acted spitefully against Paul as well, and yet he, too, did not respond in kind. No, he responded as he in the same way as Christ. As he was taught by the leading of Holy Spirit, through The the example of the life of Christ.

Was Paul perfect? Of course not!!! Only Christ is perfect! He is God! We cannot put one another up on a pedestal, but we can admire the example that their life of faith and trust  brought us. Remember his comment, also to the Corinthians, “Be imitators of me, just as I am of Christ.” Paul ALWAYS pointed to Christ as his example. He remembered where he came from, his zeal, his wrong zeal, and how Christ took that passion, changed his name from Saul to Paul (actually from great to small, but used him mightily) and placed him on the path He had chosen for him! HALLELUJAH!

So . . . Let’s ask ourselves the hard questions and take an HONEST REFLECTION of inside of our hearts . . . are you ready? I suggest you take a note book and write out the questions and then your responses – honestly, from your heart – we will discuss them more afterwards.

  1. When someone says something about me behind my back and I find out about it . . . the next time I see that person, how do I act towards that person?
  2. If I have been falsely accused by someone, at work  or school (or anywhere, for that matter), what is my normal reaction?
  3. If I have spoken too quickly, judging a person without the facts and have found out I was wrong, what do I do?
  4. If someone has wronged me and asks for forgiveness – do I demand restitution, seek revenge, or have compassion and forgive?
  5. Have I ever tried to place myself in the other person’s shoes to see the woundedness that they have walked in, to feel the pain that they have suffered through, tried to understand why they are acting and reacting to things they way they are? . . . or is it ALWAYS about ME???

Once you have your answers, I suggest that we take some time and lay our answers out before the Lord. Ask Him to reveal the meaning of them . . . open up the eyes of our understanding . . . reveal our hearts to ourselves . . . where do we REALLY stand with Him? Do we truly represent Him to the world? Are we REALLY imitators of Him to this world as Paul suggests we be?

You know, as I was reading, specifically verses 12 and 13 in 1 Corinthians 4, I started to look up some of the Greek words used in the original text for further clarification. I wanted to understand what the Lord was speaking into my heart here through Paul. WOW, did I get a revelation! Here are two examples:

The word reviled (in verse 12) refers to something that others do to us . . . that word in the Greek is # 3058 in the Strong’s Concordance meaning to revile, reproach, mock, dishonor, to make a spectacle of, to ridicule, etc. …. I can honestly say this has happened to me on a more than a few occasions!

Paul’s response to those actions? Did you notice what he said? Look at it . . . “we bless” . . . that’s right . . . he said, “WE BLESS” . . . is that your reaction, is it mine?

The second word I looked up was conciliate (in verse 13) which refers to something that we do towards others when they have slandered us. This is # 3870 in the Strong’s Concordance which means (oh my goodness, are you ready for this?) to call near, to entreat, to comfort, to pray for, exhort, encourage, etc.   . . . whoa! is that your reaction, is it mine?

I don’t know about you, dear ones, but for me, I realize that being Christ-minded, Christ-like . . . well . . . I have a lot more growing to do than I thought!

Abba Father, I am truly humbled by that which You have revealed to me this day and I lay myself upon Your altar asking You to burn away even more of that which is not of You within this darkened soul of mine. I desire to be more like You yet find that I have so far to go . . . continue to reveal more of the areas that I need to change and walk contrary to the circumstances that life throws my way in Jesus Name, amen.

“One Who Knows The Heart”

Published July 10, 2017 by birdieklh

The Greek Word is (Strong’s # 2589) pronounced “kardiognostes” (notice how similar this word is to our ‘heart doctors’ today? Cardiologist? hmmm) . . . and it is the word used in Acts 15:8 Peter was speaking to the Jerusalem Council in regards to their belief that the gentile believers should be circumcised.

He went on to share how greatly God had moved among these gentile believers, how the Almighty God had made absolutely NO distinction, NO difference whatsoever between them simply because of their NOT being of Jewish heritage . . . ONLY based upon their FAITH and acceptance of Jesus Christ!

W O W

Do you realize that WE still tend to be like that council in Jerusalem today? Yes, us! We walk in judgment of those we see that perhaps do not ‘look’ like us. Or that do not go to churches like we do, worship like we do.

Let me tell you of some amazing, eye-opening things that the Lord has been doing here in San Antonio (and around the world) that have caused me to truly become one who has been crying out to the Lord to give me eyes to see others hearts as He does . . . I truly want to be “one who sees and knows the hearts of others!”

I have seen people young, old and everywhere in between dancing, singing, weeping, pouring out their hearts before the Lord, praying for others, ministering to others – regardless of the color of their skin, the way they were dressed, or the condition of their health . . . they just LOVED on them!!! Whether their style of worship was rap, rock, gospel, a banjo, drums, an iPad playing, a keyboard, tambourine, old-style hymns, new free-flowing spirit songs from their hearts to the Lord – it mattered not – it was all done to the Glory of their Lord and Savior – TRUE WORSHIP!

Souls brought into the Kingdom of God . . .

Holy Spirit showed up MIGHTILY . . .

People set FREE from addictions, bondage’s, fears that had held them for years . . .

People from all backgrounds standing side by side, worshiping the Lord in UNITY!

Dear ones . . . it is happening NOW! And it will continue to grow as we continue to individually seek the face of God, as we continually get in the Word ourselves, seeking His Heart of LOVE and then begin with His eyes to SEE into the hearts of others and truly love others as He intended us to do!

Yesterday I heard a young man (18) rap of his struggle and his total dependence upon God for ALL things . . . it filled my spirit to overflowing . . . my eyes are filling even now at the remembrance of it – we (plural) ARE the Bride of Christ and ONLY when we are in full UNITY can we along with the Holy Spirit say “Come Lord Jesus, Come” . . . . Revelation 22:17

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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

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

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