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.

 

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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The 2nd Coming Of Jesus Christ

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

February 5

~Genesis 15:16 “For the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”

“Here the Lord is telling Abraham that occupancy of the land promised to his descendants can only take place when the depravity of the Amorites who lived there has reached it’s zenith. This event took place over 400 years later. The land literally vomited out the Amorites because of their total degeneracy and depravity. It was then that Israel was able to go in and possess the land as their inheritance.

This event explains why the Lord Jesus has not yet returned to the earth. Over 318 verses in the New Testament point to Christ’s Second Coming. Right now we are seeing all malignant forces of evil heading towards a culmination of total depravity. This action will produce the man of sin—-the antichrist. He will be spawned in a garbage-can society that reeks of filth and degradation.

At the same time all this is taking place, a work of righteousness is being developed and orchestrated in God’s people. The loving, compassionate nature of Christ is being implanted and formed in our hearts. Hate in the world is making sinners more like satan. Love in the Christians is making us more like Jesus. Earthly, sensual and devilish wisdom is fully demonstrated in satan’s followers. The pure and holy wisdom from above is conspicuous in the followers of Jesus. When the iniquity of the latter-day Amorites reaches it’s saturation point, the righteousness of the bride of Christ will produce the Second Coming of Jesus. (Rev. 19:7)

~Dick Mills

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Wow, this is a deep one…and “Christ 2nd Coming” has been a hot topic in Christian circles lately.

When will Jesus Christ return to the earth?

My belief is that we are in that season now, and the Rapture of the Church could be any day.

When Dick Mills wrote this passage, about 30 years ago, “Right now we are seeing all the malignant forces of evil heading towards a culmination of total depravity. This action will produce the ‘man of sin’—the antichrist” we were already watching the end times prophecies unfold.

However, up until recently most Christian’s would have said that we’ve always seen signs of the end times. But scripture clearly tells us that we won’t just see signs, but that we will see every sign in a single generation, and that is what is happening now.

The unbeliever’s of this age are the modern day Amorites, and wouldn’t you say that we are witnessing the zenith of depravity, in the world today?

You may ask what exactly is “the zenith of depravity?”

Well the zenith dictionary definition is: the time at which something is most powerful or successful, at it’s peek; high point; climax or pinnacle.  

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And depravity is defined as moral corruption; wickedness; obscenity; debauchery; indecency; deviance. 

With divorce rates at an all time high, occult practices quickly becoming the norm among young adults, activist pushing to legalize full term abortions, and 300,000 children right here in America, being victims of Child Sex Trafficking each year, beautiful school girl witch tells fortunes and speaks with ghosts with spiritual boardI think the answer is clear. We are at the zenith of depravity now.

 

 

However, there is good news…we are also experiencing an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

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~Acts 2:17

“‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”

 

In January of 1997 many people of the “New Age” belief were in an uproar about the Star of David appearing in the astrological chart over Jerusalem. They believed it was a sign of the coming of the “Age of Awakening.”

When I read about this, the first thing that came to my mind was that this marked the beginning of what the Bible calls the outpouring of the Spirit.

We have seen many of the signs of Jesus return, including but not limited to the four Blood Moons that hung in the sky on four Hebrew (Jewish Bible)art-astronomy-atmosphere-1276314 holiday’s between Passover in 2014 and Sukkot (The Festival of Tabernacles) in 2015.

After the blood moons of 2014-15 I began to research and study the End Time Prophecies for myself, and have no doubt that we are watching everything from the pages of the Bible, play out right before our eyes.

But decide for yourself…I’ve posted the best End Times teachings about the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ, that I’ve ever viewed below.

Take a look and let me know what you think.

For 40 years Pastor Jimmy Evans has been doing an in-depth study of the Bible Prophecies concerning the End Times, and in these short sermons he takes you along his line of thought, backing up every point with the Word of God.

This first one was from a series he did a few years ago…and this one goes with it.

Then some time later Pastor Jimmy Evans did a series called “The Tipping Point.”

There are five short sermons in that series that go into who will be raptured, and what the rapture of the Church will be like. It goes into great detail about our marriage to Jesus Christ, about when we reign on earth for one thousand years, and our immortal bodies…Pastor Jimmy elaborates about the fact that some of us will not experience a physical death, but will be changed in a moment into immortal beings.

~1 Corinthians 15:51-57 “But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
THANK YOU for stopping by today! I hope you have enjoyed my post, and that you’ll take this opportunity to watch a few of these sermons. They really are quite beneficial to anyone, trying to make sense of the times we live in.

 

Talk soon!

~Victoria

Abide In Hope

 

GET YOUR ZEAL ON!

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

February 3

   “In the book of Revelation, each of the seven churches in Asia is promised a different reward for overcoming the flesh, the world and the devil. These rewards include the privilege of eating of the tree of life and the hidden manna, and being made a pillar in the temple of God. The last church mentioned was Laodicea. The reward offered them, was this promise to be enthroned with Jesus in a place of glory and honor.

There are many similarities between tendencies of the Laodiceans and the modern-day Church.Their luke-warmness, complacency, smugness, and spiritual conceit are characteristics we see prevalent in many of our churches today.

I used to think the greatest rewards were reserved for the martyrs. Surely I thought, giving up ones life for the cause of Christ would bring great rewards. Second on my list were the missionaries. If anybody deserved special rewards for self-sacrifice, doubtless was this group of brave people who have given up everything to go witness to foreign people.

But the truth is, the greatest reward is promised to those who can keep a ZEAL alive, a flame of devotion, and a spiritual intensity in a world filled with apathy and spiritual indifference. Keeping the FIRE of the Holy Ghost burning in the midst of ineptitude, mediocrity, and spiritual lethargy results in the privilege of sitting on the throne with Jesus.”

~Dick Mills

 

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~Revelation 3:16 “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”

What IS ZEAL?

ZEAL: great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective. Intense emotion compelling action.  If you have zeal, you’re willing, energized, and motivated. 

~Isaiah 59:17 “He put on righteousness like a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and He wrapped Himself in zeal as in a cloak.” book-1210029

The cloak of ZEAL that is in Isaiah 59:17 isn’t actually mentioned in Ephesians 6:10-20, although it is a significant part of our armor as Christians.

I would have to say that I for one, have a lot of zeal! If however you don’t, I’d like to invite you to GET YOUR ZEAL ON! Get fired up for the Kingdom of God, and ask “How can I be an instrument of Your will today Lord?”

Begin a street ministry. Give your testimony to anyone who will listen! Tell people of all the great things the Lord has done for you.

Reach out to your local church, and ask how you can be of service…

What ever you feel lead to do, don’t hesitate…JUST DO IT!

Then, let’s get this party started!

Reach out to me and share what the Lord is leading you to do, and how you are putting on the “Cloak of Zeal.”

I’m eager to hear your testimony.

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Thank you for stopping by today….As always, it’s been a pleasure.

Talk soon!

~Victoria Nicodemus

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