Keep Your Eye On The PROMISES

 

Have you received a promise from the Lord? A profound vision or knowledge of your destiny?

Is it something SO AMAZING that it’s hard to even believe, and yet the circumstances in your life are in contrast to what you feel God has promised you?

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In FAITH cling to that promise, and keep going!

In the story of Joseph (Genesis 37-50) we read of all that this young man destined for greatness endured, AFTER he received a promise from the Lord about his future.

We read that even in his darkest moments, he ministered to other people.

We see that whatever was asked of him he did with excellency and that throughout all his struggles, those around him couldn’t help but see God’s favor upon him.

excerpt from “The Spirit Filled Believer’s” Daily Devotional

“Tried by the Word. Tested by a promise from the Lord. Joseph was 18 years of age when the Lord gave him the promise of a miraculous ministry. Joseph waited 12 long years for the fulfillment of that promise. The waiting period was not easy, but he had a promise to cling to. That very promise tried him as a person. The Hebrew word translated tried in this verse means ‘to purify and refine.’ It is a term used to describe the removing of impurities from gold ore in order to produce pure metal. The Word of God refined and purified Joseph…..

It was not the circumstances which tested Joseph and refined him, it was the PROMISE OF GOD. His adverse circumstances cried out, ‘No Way.’ But the PROMISE came back emphatically: ‘There shall be a performance of those things promised you by the Lord. (Luke 1:45)

When your situation contradicts the promises and assurances God has given you, you have two choices: you can CONFESS the CIRCUMSTANCES or CONFESS the Word of the PROMISE. 

Remember circumstances can change, but the Word of God will never change.

Like Joseph, you can live to see a beautiful fulfillment of all those things promised you by the Lord.

~Dick Mills

I urge you to continue to live expectant of the amazing future God has promised you, and to lean into a deeper relationship with Him as you walk through the challenges that you now face.

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Stand on the promises! For “He who has promised is FAITHFUL.” 

 

 

“God’s Word will change your life. You may choose to read other things, but the Bible is the only book that makes everything else make sense. There are many ways to read Scripture. Some people meditate on a single verse, others study specific subjects, and still others chose to read large amounts of the Bible every day. There are many ways to explore Scripture. Try them all. Every recipe will turn out well.

As you make a habit of reading God’s Word, you will fall deeper in love with God and the Bible itself. If you are hungry to know God and yourself, start with the Bible.

You will find life—there is life in the Word.

~Mary Jo Pierce “Adventures In Prayer” A 40-Day Journey

 

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Reaching Towards HOPE

March 11

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Excerpt from “The Spirit Filled Believer’s” Daily Devotional

“Craning the neck, scanning the horizon, and shading the eyes with the hand in order to see at a distance: these are all expressed by the phrase reaching forward. Paul is telling the Philippians to forget the past and start looking ahead. He knew what he was talking about. Since he had earlier persecuted the Church and consented to the stoning of Stephen, Paul had to learn to put such negative memories behind him and get on with life. Instead of allowing the past to become an unbearable burden and weight to him, Paul simply dropped it to the ground and used it as a stepping stone to the future.

Reaching forward is a good exercise for all of us. It stimulates hope. It puts us in a state of expectancy. It declares that what has been is only a prologue to what will be: Yesterday was good, today is better, tomorrow will be better still. Reaching forward anticipates miracles, revivals, outpourings of the Spirit of God, deliverance’s, and answered prayer. It looks to the future with intensity and great expectation, as Isaac looked and waited eagerly for the arrival of his new bride. (Gen. 24:63)

As Christians we have so much to look forward to:

  1. the salvation of our families
  2. the evangelization of the world
  3. the reviving of our churches, and
  4. most of all, that blessed hope, the return of Christ the Bridegroom for His Bride, the Church.”

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you, and not harm you, plans to give you a hope, and a future.” (Jer. 29:11)

“What a future we have to look forward to!”

~Dick Mills

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YES & AMEN!

A few years ago I found myself in a dark, seemingly hopeless chapter of life, with no logical reason to believe that God was going to come through with the miracle, that I so desperately needed.

I clearly didn’t deserve it.

My circumstances were a direct result of my own disobedience and sin.

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I was sure that God didn’t even want to hear from me, but I reached out anyway and said,

“Daddy, I’m so sorry…I’ve messed up really bad this time. Please forgive me, protect me, and guide me through the wreckage I’ve caused.”

Right then I opened a Bible for the first time in a very long time, and my eyes fell to this scripture verse….

“I know the plans I have for you…to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” in Jeremiah 29:11.

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WOW,

“where sin abounds, grace abounds more.” (Rom. 5:20)

My heart was TRULY repentant, and over the coming months, He DID COME THROUGH WITH THE MIRACLE I SO DESPERATELY NEEDED!

I still stand in awe of that, and it causes me to understand why prodigals like me are often so on fire for Jesus!

It’s because when you have made mistake after mistake, and no matter how hard you tried you just couldn’t get it right…you really KNOW how much you NEEDED the sacrifice that Jesus made.

Makes me think of ~Luke 7:40-48…

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….and just like the woman in “Luke 7” I haven’t stopped kissing His feet since.

 

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Answered Prayer

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March 10

Excerpt from “The Spirit Filled Believer’s” Daily Devotional

“Your God is saying to you: ‘Your prayer has been heard. I am intervening and responding to your petition. The answer is on it’s way. I am speeding up the answer, so get ready for a quick and sudden release of Divine Power in your situation.’

In the Greek text of this verse, the expression short work is suntmno logos (soon-tem’-no log’-os). Logos has many definitions, among them ‘topic,’ ‘matter,’ ‘a thing,’ ‘a report,’ ‘a subject,’ and ‘a word.’ Suntemno means ‘to reduce or contract the size of a thing by concise and speedy cutting.’ Thus we are promised here that God’s Word covering final things, and the consummation of time, will be speed-ed up and shortened.

The Lord is doing a ‘quick work’ in His Church. Do not be surprised when He accelerates:

1. YOUR ANSWERS

2. YOUR GROWTH AND MATURING

3. YOUR ABILITY TO WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH

4. YOUR DESIRES TO PLEASE HIM AND DO HIS WILL

~Dick Mills

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I have to say that the Lord has never let me down, however sometimes in the face of a daunting challenge, fear begins to creep in.

What the Bible tells us, and what the world says are in such contrast that I need that CONSTANT connection to my Source, to stay sure of my path..and when I’m in doubt, I ask the Lord for a Word…I ask for a SIGN, or a confirmation…

As believer’s we need that encouragement and edification. We NEED relationship with our Father in Heaven.

I encourage you today to turn on some worship music…lift your hands and become enveloped in His Presence…in the middle of your living room, or in your car…play a song that moves you. That fills you with the Spirit, and PRAISE HIM, because THIS is your WORD:

God is releasing a fresh anointing of the spiritual gifts over you…and a breakthrough in your finances. Demonic strategies are being scattered right now in the name of Jesus Christ, and He is raising a standard against them. He is saying, ‘I am your Source, MOVE FORWARD IN FAITH…I don’t see anything wrong with you. I want you NOW, as you are.’ 

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Lord, Guide Me…

March 7

~Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and TEACH you in the way you should go; I will GUIDE you with My eye.”

 

Excerpt from “The Spirit Filled Believer’s” Daily Devotional

“This is a good verse for those of us who seek guidance and direction from the Lord. It is an assurance that our heavenly Father is going to move us from a weak transmission to a ‘clear-channel station with no static.’We will be able to hear the gentle voice of the Good Shepherd without interference.

The Lord makes three direct promises in this verse:

  1. I will instruct you…This is like having a private tutor. The purpose of the instruction we thus receive is to make us more intelligent, skillful and circumspect in our dealings, more adept in making decisions.
  2. ….and teach you in the way you should go; The original word used here indicates the pointing of a finger in a certain direction. It also implies shooting an arrow at a target in such a way as to avoid missing the mark. This word from the Lord is an assurance that we will not drift aimlessly through life, but that He will give us a definite direction and clear goal to aim for. 
  3. …I will guide you with My eye. One translation phrase says: ‘I will keep My eye upon you to see how you are doing.’

Here is my paraphrase of this verse: ‘I will make you skillful and proficient in decision-making and will aim you in the right direction; I will watch your progress and see how you are getting along; My eye will be upon you for your benefit.”

~Dick Mills

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I am so glad that the Lord is such a “Good Father,” aren’t you?

As the Lord “instructs us” like a tutor, and “guides us” by pointing us in the right direction, the “Spirit Filled Christian” becomes a light in this dark world.

Just like Joseph in the Bible, those around us will see the Lord’s favor on us, and His light within us.

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I’m grateful for everything that happened in my life that made me humble…that caused me to finally submit everything to the Lord, because it’s in being humble and teachable, following His lead with “child like faith” that He is able to transform me  into the woman He’s called me to be.

Everyday we’re able to become more a reflection of His character; His very nature…and yet it begins NOT with religion, but as we step into RELATIONSHIP with Him. 

~Romans 8:29

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son,”

♦We are in fact, LIGHTS in a dark world, and He is our FATHER♦

 

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Declare It! And IT WILL BE DONE…

March 6

“Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.”

~Job 22:28

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Excerpt from “The Spirit Filled Believer’s” Daily Devotional

“The word thing in the original Hebrew is omer (o’–mer) and is similar to the Greek word rhema. The promises, the sayings, the word, the utterance, and the confessed word and included in omer. 

‘You will also declare the Word of God, the promises of God, the sayings of God, and these things will happen.’ This implies more than just cheerful optimism, wishful thinking, or positive affirmation. When we speak forth the Word of God, we are not just blowing smoke, filling the air with clever rhetoric, or mouthing platitudes. We are declaring with our lips what God has spoken to our hearts. The power is not in our speaking; it’s in the Lord Who gives the message.

When we’re in distress, people can tell us, ‘Don’t give up; hand in there. Remember it’s always darkest before the dawn.’ And all that may be true and some comfort. But it really does more for us to hear the Lord say to us personally, ‘…not a hair of your head shall be lost (Luke 21:18 NKJ). All the cute aphorisms and clever slogans in the world are anemic compared with a solid word from the Lord.

This word declare (or decree) means ‘to decide, predetermine, and declare the outcome of a matter before it comes to pass.’ If your declaration is in line with the word you have received from God, you can ‘declare a thing, and it will be established for you!’ Weak or timid faith is too cautious to make any kind of pronouncement before it sees the outcome, but strong faith says, ‘It shall be done just as the Lord has said!”

~Dick Mills

To live a life in God’s presence, and then through that relationship with Him, to begin receiving revelation… is a powerful thing.

~Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the WORD of God.”

However to understand the power of coming into agreement with what He says about you, is an entirely different level of supernatural experience.

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The enemy would like nothing more, than for us to never really comprehend the power we have as heir’s to the Throne.

I challenge you to come into agreement with what the Lord says about you, and watch everything change…

Stop speaking negative, and start speaking life!

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“Your words are gate-openers. When you speak, you either open a gate of praise for God to walk through, or you open a gate of hell for the enemy to walk through. ‘Gate opening’ ISN’T OPTIONAL. The only question is, ‘Which gate will your words open?’

….If your mouth speaks things contrary to the Word (of God) you open the gate for the devil to come on the scene—death, disease, destruction, defeat, discouragement and depression follow him.”

~Pastor Robert Morris; “The Power of Your Words”

 

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Correct Me, Lord

February 25

excerpt from “The Spirit Filled Believer’s” Daily Devotional:

~ Jeremiah 10:24 “Oh Lord, correct me, but with justice;

Not in Your anger, lest You bring me to nothing.”

“Take a lump of clay or a clod of earth. Tell this muddy mass that there is a chance that he can be worked over, improved upon, changed, remade, and then fashioned after the very nature of the Designer who created him in the first place. Call this process re-creation, regeneration, or rebirth. Then show him the majestic qualities of the Architect. Tell him that he can be just like that. Tell him it is a lifetime process, but the end result is being conformed to the image of his Savior and Lord. That earthy person is going to respond very favorably. Some people may think it too good to be true, but most will think it worth striving for. From the earthy first Adam to the heavenly second Adam is quite a journey. The long-suffering God waits patiently while the corrective work is going on.

In this verse Jeremiah, acknowledging his need for adjustment, fine tuning, finishing, and correcting, asks the Lord to remove carnality and replace it with spirituality. He knows it will take time so he asks the Lord to be patient with him. Jeremiah is negotiating with the Lord. He tells Him he needs correction (who doesn’t?) He asks the Lord for justice. He wants to be right. He wants the truth. He wants to be totally honest. He appeals to the mercy side of the Lord. So can you. Ask the Lord to give you a heart after His, and inclined toward Him. His attribute of mercy will permeate you, for the merciful He will show mercy.” 

~Dick Mills

Reading this I’m time warped back 20 years, to hitting rock bottom, and accepting that there was a lot about me that needed correction. Unable to stand my own reflection, I submitted to the Lord, asking Him to be merciful and change everything about me.

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As I still fall short of the glory of God, I continue to trudge the road from carnality to spirituality, my sin nature kicking and screaming with every step, as I try to kill it.

 

Gratefully I rest in the solace that although I’m not yet the woman God has called me to be, I’m also no longer the woman I was.forest-hd-wallpaper-landscape-35600

 

~Philippians 1:6

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

 

 

 

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Hearing God

Feb 18

~Isaiah 11:3

“And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears.”

On Thursday of last week I lost my job. I can’t say that it didn’t hurt my feelings because it did. However it didn’t blindside me, because the Lord had been telling me it was going to happen for weeks.

When I read this scripture “and he shall NOT judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears” I feel so deeply grateful for my relationship with God. In the natural everything looked fine with my job, even perfect…but the Lord kept revealing to me over and over, that things were not as they seemed. Therefore I was prepared, for what could have been devastating.

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Another example of when my relationship with God prevented me from being blindsided, was when He kept telling me that a close friend of mine was speaking curses, gossip and slander over me, and about me. The Lord kept telling me to close the door on my friendship with her, because that season had come to an end. But I loved my friend, and simply couldn’t believe it…I didn’t want to let her go.

She had become my confidant, and someone I shared all my hopes and dreams with. I thought we would always be best friends forever.

Then one day after she and I had finished speaking on the phone, an audio message came in through the text from her, so I played it. The smile on my face quickly fell when I realized that she didn’t know she had been recording herself, and must have sent it by mistake…

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The things she was saying about me were not only not true but uncharacteristically cruel. It left me shocked and disillusioned about what we had meant to each other. Although clearly our season together was over, I’m grateful for His gentle Spirit preparing me, so I thanked Him.

Scripture tells us that this way of life, this type of close fellowship with the Lord is possible for every believer. It’s not about who we are, but who He is.

Take a look at ~Jeremiah 33:3…

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In some versions like the NLT it says, “Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” 

and in essence it means that the Lord will show us things that are happening now, beginning to unfold, and are coming in the future.

The term unsearchable things comes from the Hebrew word batsar:

batsar: to cut off, make inaccessible, enclose

Original Word: בָּצַר
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: batsar
Phonetic Spelling: (baw-tsar’)
Definition: to cut off, make inaccessible, enclose

it means hidden, or covered up…

Wow, as the scripture tells us “the rain will fall on the just, and the unjust alike” but it doesn’t have to leave the spirit filled believer devastated. We can walk through all the challenges that come with living in a fallen world, without one single thing or person catching us off guard or unprepared.

 

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If you would like to hear God, or hear Him more clearly…take a look at this free online class. “Hearing God” by Bob Hamp

 

It’s seriously life changing.

“Hearing the voice of God is the central activity of living a life of freedom and restoration into your creative design.”

~Bob Hamp

Also let me leave you with a book recommend today of “The God I Never Knew” by Pastor Robert Morris

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Brand New Thing

excerpt from “The Spirit Filled Believer’s” Daily Devotional

~Isaiah 43:18-19

 “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”

   Former things are those that have occurred; during the last few years…recent things or things that are still fresh in our memory…those things people talk about for days afterwards. They seem to be conversation pieces. This verse challenges us to turn 180 degrees and start planning for a good future.

Things of old go back in time…back to antiquity. History, tradition, and past ages can be included in these things of old. The verse commands us to leave the past and get ready for the future. The Lord has new things for us. It is impossible to look in two directions at the same time. Clinging to past memories could cause us to pass up the new things, and miss out altogether on good things, He has planned for us.

A new thing is challenging. It refers to something fresh, exciting and exhilarating rather than predictable, lackluster, dull, boring, or routine. The Lord promises to put us on a daily diet of challenges all to stimulate and build our faith. Each day can be another unfolding of the Divine drama in our life.

Now it shall spring forth. This phrase spring forth means the same as to sprout. It refers to a plant growing out of the ground. God’s Word is a seed planted in the heart. Faith causes it to germinate and sprout. The end result is fruitfulness. Instead of living in the past, you and I can now lead fruitful, productive lives.

~Dick Mills

Leaving the past behind us, and believing in God for a good future isn’t always easy, especially when the wounds from past betrayals, mistakes, and disappointments still hurt.

This is one of the many reasons it is important to forgive all those who have hurt us, harmed us, or spoken against us, and ask God to deliver us from any resentment or anger that still lingers in those dark crevices of our hearts.

We have to also forgive ourselves, for sins that we’ve dragged to the cross repeatedly, and for trusting where we should have used discernment.

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We have to break inner vows like “I’ll NEVER let anyone hurt me again,” and “NO ONE will ever really love me” because these are oaths we’ve made to ourselves, that are contradictory to the Word of God. In doing so we’ve actually come into an agreement with the enemy, which then gives him legal rights to torment us with the past, and cast doubt on the future. It serves as an open door.

Satan wants us to turn away from the good the Lord has planned for us, because we haven’t healed, and we are in fear.

~1 John 4:18

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

God on the other hand wants us to be free! He wants us to BELIEVE that He’s the God of angel armies, that He can do the impossible! That He “makes a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”

So I’ve included a prayer here at the bottom and I’m asking that you would leap out in faith, and step into God’s best for your life. Say the prayer and start believing what the Word of God says about “The Power of Your Words”  and start speaking LIFE over yourself and your future. Stop speaking negative altogether. When a negative thought comes into your mind stop, and say out loud, “OUT! In the name of Jesus, I hold EVERY THOUGHT captive to the obedience of Christ” then instead of what you were about to say, speak a blessing.

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Praise God for the things that you can’t even see happening yet in faith, and watch your life change!

 

“Have You Believed a Lie?”

 

FORGIVENESS PRAYER

Dear Father God,

I confess that I have anger and resentment in my heart and ask that You would deliver me from it, as I forgive every person who has ever harmed me, hurt me, or spoken against me, specifically I forgive ____________, for ______________.

I forgive them as a matter of will, and ask that You would cause it to take root in my spirit. I ask for freedom Father, and for You to show me the way that You see _________(the person that sinned against you).

As I forgive as a matter of will, in obedience to You, I ask that You would bless me in my efforts to do good and live righteously, and forgive me of all the sins I’ve committed knowingly and unknowingly…specifically __________ & __________.

I ask You Father to heal my broken heart and purify my thoughts, and teach me how to take every thought captive as You have instructed us to do.

Heal me of every wound that causes me to see myself and the world through the eyes of a wounded soul, and show me the way You see me.

I ask You to protect me from the lies of satan, and where the enemies lies have already invaded my thoughts, I push them back by inviting in the power of the Holy Spirit.

I break the inner vow that I’ve made that “__________________” and ask that You would forgive me for speaking curses over myself/my life.

I now take back the ground that the enemy has gained in my life, and recommit that ground to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

I thank you for doing this, and I accept the full blessing of Your forgiveness, as I now come into agreement with Your Truth.

I believe what You say about me and my future.

I release and decree the blessings of Abraham, and the VICTORIES of Jacob over my life, and ask You to deploy Your warrior angels from the windows of Heaven, to encamp around me and protect me from every effort of satan and his emissaries.

I ask You to fill me with Your Holy Spirit, as I pray all these things in the mighty name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Amen.

 

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How WILLING Are You, To Change?

excerpt from “The Spirit Filled Believer’s” Daily Devotional

February 7

~Psalm 55:19 “Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God.”

“How resistant to change are you? How much pain does a new idea cause you? How willing are you to discard a method that no longer works, a tradition that has lost it’s meaning, a methodology that has become ineffective? Would you agree with the statement that sameness begets tameness, and tameness begets lameness?

Changes do not come easily to any of us. Especially to those in the church world. But change we must, because of the condition of the lost and needy world. The unsaved world is rushing downhill to eternity. It is going to take something drastic to catch their attention and stem the tide of this self-destructing society in which we live. To refuse to adapt to changing circumstances is to ignore the cries for help of a lost society. Being locked into our traditional ways of doing things could keep us from a readiness to respond to the calls for help that our lost world keeps sending forth.

The verse for today says that if you and I will not change, it is because tradition means more to us that the reverential fear of the Lord. You and I have a lot of reasons for not changing, but our God wants us to trust Him completely for the future and allow Him to make any necessary adjustments. Such trust qualifies us for the capacity of reverentially fearing the Lord.”

~Dick Mills

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My favorite time of year is autumn. As I cast my gaze out onto the changing trees, the vibrant yellows, oranges and reds tickle my eyes, and ignite a rush of butterflies through my body. Breathing in the familiar smell of fall, I’m overcome by the exhilaration in the air. I become deeply aware that something has shifted, and amidst this transformation anything is possible.

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Christian’s are not perfect people, quite the opposite really. However when you have truly given your life to Jesus, you are given in return a brand new heart, and over time a transformation takes place. One that the those around us, can’t help but take notice of.

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When we go out into the world as ambassadors, after we have surrendered to this renovation, we light up as vibrantly as autumn trees on a hillside. Although people may not understand right away what it is about us that is different, upon investigation they come to realize that we are works of art, and it’s not us that they are being drawn to, but the Artist, as His glory shines through.

“Imagine yourself as a living house. “God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you know that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of—throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

~C.S. Lewis

 

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Does God Give Us MORE Than We Can Handle? YES

excerpt from “The Spirit Filled Believer’s” Daily Devotional

February 6

“The people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.

~Daniel 11:32

   “This verse covers life during times of great stress, pressure, and turmoil. It is not speaking of a time of unparalleled peace, prosperity, and plenty. It is a promise that shows us how to survive in a climate of international tension, economic upheaval, and spiritual change. This word from the Lord tells us that persecution of the Christians will result in greater knowledge (‘they shall know their God’), greater strength (‘they shall be strong’), and greater miracles (‘they shall carry out great exploits’). The more difficult the days, the greater God’s power will be demonstrated. You and I should be encouraged knowing that the Lord is fortifying us for the future. We are not only going to survive, we have been promised that miracles will accompany our Christian witness.

In times of great opposition to the Church of the living God, the world becomes a combat zone between God and satan. Where sin abounds, grace abounds even more. (Rom. 5:20) The greater the darkness, the greater the light. Right in the midst of the devil’s revival of occultism and mystic religions, the Holy Ghost is being poured out in copious measure.

The Church of Jesus Christ is not getting weaker and weaker as the end of time approaches; it is getting stronger and stronger. We believers are going out in a blaze of glory. We will know the Lord intimately, have a prevailing strength, and do notable feats and miracles in His name! Our future prospect is victory all the way!

~Dick Mills

Throughout my life, when things began to look hopeless, I would question the Lord…”Are You angry with me? Am I being punished? Did you ever love me? Why is this happening? When are You going to show up and fix this?”

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But after going through a whole array of emotions and strategies, I would land on my knees, submitting everything to Him.

All cried out I’d say, “I don’t understand…but I love You Daddy… What ever Your will is, ok…that’s my will too. Just show me what You want me to do, and I’ll do it.”

You see it was only then, that things would begin to make sense.

His peace and comfort would envelop me, and once nothing else mattered except my relationship with Him, I would see the miracle start happen.

Does God give us more than we can handle? YES, because He loves us, and it is only THEN that we are putty in His hands…no resistance, no rebellion, no demands, no ultimatums, no manipulations, no tantrums…at that point we are just humble and submissive…at that point we are teachable. 

Looking back across the last 20 years, I can honestly say I am grateful for every hardship, every betrayal, every devastating blow that blindsided me, because once life knocked me to my knees, it is there I prayed.

I’m so grateful for every single time that I was left with a hopeless situation, where there were no solutions in the natural, because it was then that I got a front row seat to witness a miracle. And with each and every crazy miracle that I’ve seen, the Lord has built my faith into a strong-tower. He’s gradually grown my dependence upon Him, until now I’m ABLE to follow Him with a child like faith.

~ 2 Corinthians 1:8-11 “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.  Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.  He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.”

God never said it was going to be easy, He just said it would be worth it. We were born into a war…a war that has been heating up here, in these very LAST of the Last Days.

It’s a chess game if you will, and we have been chosen to battle for the Kingdom of God.

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Let me ask you this, what is it to be DRAWN?

Well, let’s look at the definition…

draw:

1. to produce (a picture, work of art, or diagram) by making lines and marks, especially with a pen or pencil, on a paper.

  “He drew a map.”

2. pull or drag something (such as a vehicle) so as to cause it to follow behind.

3. the act of selecting names, typically by extracting them from a group of names to match competitors in a game or tournament. 

 

In His perfect foreknowledge He chose you, before the world began…

now He’s making you into a warrior, for His purposes…a work of art.

It may be painful, but He’s fashioning you into a champion.

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It’s not suppose to be easy, or comfortable…just ask any Olympic Athlete who’s won the gold.

 

I want to thank you for stopping by today. My heart goes out to each and every person who is struggling, and so I’ve included a prayer just for you, here at the bottom…

 

PRAYER:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As I lift Your children up to You right now, I ask that You would scatter every demonic strategy that comes against them in the name of Jesus Christ. I ask Father that You would close every door that has been opened to the demonic, knowingly or unknowingly, and seal it closed with the blood of Jesus. Father I ask that You would deploy Your warrior angels from the windows of Heaven, to encamp around all those who’s hearts truly belong to You, and protect them from any efforts of our enemy satan, or his emissaries. Father I break any curses or spells that have been spoken against Your children in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, for it is written…”Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8) And I ask You Lord to fill each one of them with Your Holy Spirit, for “where Your light shines, no darkness can overcome it.” (1 John 1:5)

I thank You for doing this, as I pray all these things in the name of Jesus, Amen.

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BTW, every thing we lift up to the Lord, is made far more effective when we have FIRST forgiven every person who has ever done anything to harm us, or our loved ones…and when we then ask the Lord to forgive us for all of our sins.

I know it may seem fake to say that we forgive someone, when in hearts we don’t feel the forgiveness is genuine. However when we do so in obedience to the Lord, and then ask that it will take root in our spirit, God blesses our obedience, and it brings our prayers to a supernatural level of effectiveness.

PRAYER FOR FORGIVENESS:

Dear Father God, I thank You for all the many ways You choose to bless me. Thank You for Your mercy, grace and abundant love. I confess that there is anger and resentment in my heart, and I ask You to deliver me from it. As a matter of my will, I forgive every person who has ever hurt me, harmed me, or spoken against me, and I ask that You would cause that forgiveness to take root in my spirit. As I do this and forgive all those who have sinned against me, I ask that You forgive every sin I’ve committed, knowingly or unknowingly. Please wash me clean in the blood of Christ and put my sin as far as the east is from the west. I thank You for doing this, as I will no longer allow the enemy to harass me with the past, because I choose to forgive myself, and receive the full blessings of Your forgiveness. I ask You to teach me to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, as You have instructed me to do. (2 Cor. 10:5)

I pray all these things, in the mighty name of our Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

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