All Because of Jesus Christ

“So, if while we were still enemies, God fully reconciled us to Himself through the death of His Son, then something greater than friendship is ours.  Now that we are at peace with God, and because we share in His resurrection life, how much more we will be rescued from sin’s dominion!  And even more than that, we overflow with triumphant joy in our new relationship of living in harmony with God–all because of Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:10-11)


How many of us have the ability or desire to completely reconcile people we know hate us?  To completely forgive and love them, even enough to die for them?  To consider ourselves to be at peace with them even though it isn’t a reality?  That is exactly what Jehovah God did with us!

Sin separates us from God’s ability to bless us.  His love calls to us over the chasm that sin creates between us and Him.  But He made a way to bridge that wide gap by sending His Son Jesus Christ to pay the penalty of sin in our place.  Who can fathom a love this deep?

Every day that we wake up on this planet, we have a new opportunity to walk across the bridge of Jesus Christ to reach our Heavenly Father’s warm embrace.  There are two points I want to share in this scripture:

  1. Many people do not understand how Jehovah God can possibly love them.  Many people think they have to earn it by doing good deeds or being a good person.  They cannot fathom receiving so great a love for nothing.  There are three kinds of love: 1. Eros love, which is romantic love, 2. Phileo love, which is brotherly love and affection and 3. Agape love, which is God’s kind of love.  Humans totally get eros and phileo love because they are human forms of love.  Agape is foreign because it is supernatural.  Agape has NOTHING to do with emotions.  It is not a feeling.  It is a choice.  That is the key.  God CHOSE to love us even when we were yet sinners, enemies of the Cross.
  2. Many people believe they are “sinners saved by grace” and therefore are bound to inevitably sin.  This scripture says differently.  We are “rescued from sin’s dominion!”  God’s grace does not just cover sin, it empowers us to defeat it!  The key to this is REPENTANCE.  Repentance is the decision to stop sinning.  Turn and walk towards God away from it.  It’s a decision.  It is done in the heart and then the mind.

We have the opportunity to live so far above our current circumstances, all because of Jesus Christ.  Our sin was placed on His shoulders.  He bore the stripes, the rejection, the punishment for us.  We can’t possibly repay this gift.  It’s just too priceless.  What we can do is accept it, thank Him for it and live in “TRIUMPHANT JOY” knowing that we are not helpless against sin.  We don’t HAVE to sin.  It’s not inevitable that we do.  Will we go through our entire lives without sinning?  Probably not, but through quick repentance and the Blood of Jesus, we are still able to live victoriously.

Remember, the closer you are to the Lord, the less you will sin.  It’s that simple.  When He is the center of your world, then you will be transformed into His image and that is where real victory lies.  We are all on a journey to get to this wonderful place.  To be “hidden with Christ in God.”  What an awesome opportunity!  And it’s all because of Jesus Christ…

Don’t know Him?

Meet Jesus Here…

Blessings everyone…

 

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A Sad Reality

In America, the sad reality is that people from all walks of life, genders, political affiliations, and religions have one thing in common.  Everyone gets so offended so quickly.  Trying to find an adult group of people is becoming so difficult.

The one group of people that should be “unoffendable” are the Christians.  The followers of Jesus Christ and yet, they too, get offended when someone disagrees with them.  Nobody can have an opinion without being raked over the coals for having that opinion or point of view.

For example, I’m on Facebook and belong to several groups.  Some I joined and some I was invited to join.  What I have noticed, is that in the secular groups, everyone gets along!  Everyone is friendly, supportive and encouraging.  You can make suggestions and if they don’t agree, it’s a polite conversation.  Not so in a Christian group.  Any suggestions that the person doesn’t understand or bumps against their religious mindset are met with hostility and anger.  I find this so disturbing!

Just today, I made a comment on a woman’s assertion that God has boundaries to keep people from hurting Him.  I disagreed and politely said that the Father doesn’t push anyone away and if we are His people, we shouldn’t either.  She unleashed her anger on me in a tirade I thought would never end.  I was amazed at how calm I was.  I wasn’t angry, just sad.  I told her it was not my intention to offend her, but wanted to share my experience.

I went to the Lord with this situation and He said: “would you tell a stranger what you told her if it was face to face?”  I said “No, I wouldn’t” and He said, then don’t do it on Facebook either.”  I realized that because we are hidden behind our computer screens, we too easily pop off to people, but would we if we were staring them in the eyes?  I wouldn’t but into a conversation between two strangers in person, so why should I do that on Facebook?  I apologized to her and she softened her tone immediately.  I left the conversation and will probably leave the group.  I learned a good lesson today and I’m grateful to my Heavenly Father for guiding me in this.

I can’t help but wonder: how are we going to get along in Heaven, if we can’t get along on earth?  Being offended and holding on to that offense brings the torment of the enemy into our lives.  It’s better to just let it go and move on with God.  Lord help Your people become shining examples of Agape Love–the unoffendable love!

Blessings everyone…

 

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The Blameless Way

Last night in our prayer meeting, the psalmist was playing the keyboard in prophetic worship during the hour of prayer.  The Lord said Psalm 101, so I went there and got a tune to sing this psalm back to the Lord in faith.  It perfectly fits her playing.  It also spoke some answers to problems I was having and how to handle situations and attitudes.  God is so faithful!

I will sing of mercy and loving-kindness and justice: to You, O Lord, will I sing.’  I will behave myself wisely and give heed to the blameless way–O when will You come to me?  I will walk within my house in integrity and with a blameless heart.” Verses 1-2 ~ It seems that by NOT giving heed to the blameless way or behaving unwisely keeps Him away.  The intimacy is lessened by this.  For me, He is saying some personal things about the way I conduct my household.  I spend too much time doing idle things when I could be being productive.

“I will set no base or wicked thing before my eyes.  I hate the work of them who turn aside from the right path; It shall not grasp hold of me.  A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil person or thing.” Verses 3-4 ~ One of the burdens of my heart is the plight of children being sex trafficked.  I pray for them and I like to understand what they are dealing with.  But researching this is so wicked and hard to bear that this verse spoke volumes to me.  It gets to you putting wicked things in your eye gate.  I must stop this kind of research.  It is common knowledge what the children go through, so I don’t need to research anymore.  I know it’s a global crisis.  I know they are being forced into perverse sexual acts and being raped.  I don’t have to put this before my eyes any longer.  I will pray.

“Whoso privily slanders his neighbor, him will I cut off from me; he who has a haughty look and a proud and arrogant heart I cannot and I will not tolerate.  My eyes shall look with favor upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks blamelessly, he shall minister to me.” Verses 5-6 ~ This kind of confirms why I’m uncomfortable around some people.  Because they talk about others to me, I know they are talking about me to others.  I believe that from now on, whenever I hear slander of others, I will say something like, “Oh, let’s pray together for them ok?”  Talk about a wet blanket!  The side of this coin is to appreciate the faithful people in your life.  Value these people.  They are worth their weight in gold.  They are the ones who should speak into your life.

“He who works deceit shall not dwell in my house; he who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.  Morning after morning I will root up all the wicked in the land, that I may eliminate all the evildoers from the city of the Lord.” Verses 7-8 ~ I believe these two verses are a mandate to pray for these people to find the blameless way.  They need help!  When the wicked turn to righteousness, then they are uprooted from wickedness.

It is amazing how God will speak to you about your everyday life right out of His Word.  Who knew Psalm 101 had so much meat?  I am making the choice to choose the blameless way, which leads straight to His heart…

Blessings everyone…

 

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The Cost of Following Jesus

“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his [own] father and mother [in the sense of indifference to or relative disregard for them in comparison with his attitude toward God] and [likewise] his wife and children and brothers and sisters–[yes] even his own life also–he cannot be My disciple.  Whoever does not persevere and carry his own cross and come after (follow) Me cannot be My disciple.”

“For which of you, wishing to build a farm building, does not first sit down and calculate the cost [to see] whether he has sufficient means to finish it?” 

“So then, any of you who does not forsake (renounce, surrender claim to, give up, say goodbye to) all that he has cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14:26-33)


During Jesus’ time on earth, many crowds of people followed Him because of the signs and wonders He did.  They were starstruck by the power of God He demonstrated.  But how many of those people were actually devoted to HIM personally.  Who recognized that He was who He said He was?  Who believed in His divinity?  How many had decided to follow Him, come what may?

These questions are still before every person in the earth generation after generation.  In today’s world, people just say a prayer to go to heaven and continue to live their lives in ignorance of the reality of God’s presence and purpose.  That is NOT why Jesus came.  God is after the HEART.  Coming to Jesus is way more than just saying a prayer to go to heaven.  It is a selling out or an abandonment of YOUR goals, your aspirations, your wants, and desires.  It is a divine exchange of YOU giving your life to Jesus Christ and Him LIVING His life THROUGH your life.

This means that HE is the center of your life.  The relationship with Him is the rudder to your ship of life.  To follow Him is to put Him first.  No, you don’t literally have to leave your parents, your wife, and children, BUT, they are secondary in comparison to your life with Him.

Is this a negative?  Hardly.  Jesus said, “I have come that you may have life and have it MORE abundantly.”  What is abundance?  It is plenty.  Plenty of peace, plenty of love, plenty of provisions, plenty of purposes.  He WANTS you to have healthy relationships with your parents, your spouse, and children and with all people.  He WANTS you to live in peace even in the middle of a crisis.  He WANTS you to have plenty of food, water, clothes, transportation, and lodging.  He WANTS you to fulfill your destiny in God and He WANTS you to work in a job or business that you LOVE.  That is His desire for your life.

Jesus said, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and My righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  When you take your hands OFF these things and let Jesus have them, then you gain all things.  By pursuing Him first, He will ensure you are taken care of.  He gave everything to have you in His life, so we also must give everything to Him in order to fulfill His plans for us.  The Bible says “I know the plans I have for you, plans for good and not evil; to give you hope and an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11).  It truly is a win-win situation.

The cost of following Jesus is no less high than the cost He paid to set you free to follow Him.  He is 100% all in…so am I.  I pray that you too, will go all in for Jesus…

Don’t know Him?

Meet Jesus Here…

Blessings everyone…

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He Gave Me Pink Roses

A couple of months ago, I was sitting in my prayer closet during my fellowship time with Jesus when I saw a spray of beautiful pink roses above the headboard of my bed.  I was amazed!  I knew in my heart that Jesus had just given me flowers!  Over the next two weeks, I kept seeing pink roses around my bedroom and bathroom.

I was in a particularly intimate period with the Lord.  The pink roses culminated when I went to a Power and Love Conference with Todd White.  It was during the praise and worship time.  There was a woman doing prophetic worship painting.  At the end of the worship, I opened my eyes and she had painted a gorgeous pink rose on a gray background!  I felt the Lord’s presence and I knew HE had inspired her to paint that pink rose to give me.  I felt tears prick my eyes when I realized this.  That was the last time I saw the pink roses, but I look for them to appear again.  I just know that my home in heaven; the place He is preparing for me, is full of beautiful pink roses!

I looked up the color of pastel pink to see what it meant and it means a holy awakening, ministry unto the Lord, intimacy with God, a right relationship with God, a heart of flesh, tender towards God, joy and a passion for Jesus.  Who knew pink could be so powerful?

So the other night in my prayer time, I received a poem that I wrote down and I want to share it with you now.  I pray that it blesses you and can somehow make your day better.

He Gave Me Pink Roses

My Beloved is the most precious Lover of all

There is no one else like Him

My Beloved’s love for me is endless

It is boundless and without limits

My Beloved came to our Secret Place one day

His kissed me with the kisses of His mouth

He gave me pink roses without number!

He took my hand and brought me out of death

He destroyed my strong enemy

He laid down His life that I might live

Yes, He pursued me to the edge of Hell

He brought me to His banqueting table

And His banner over me is LOVE

Here in our Secret Place

You give me pink roses without number

Our Secret Garden is now full of pink roses

The sweetest Rose of Sharon is my Beloved

He is mine and I am His forever

Forever He will give me pink roses…

Blessings everyone…

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Missionary Trip to Nepal – 2019

Hi everyone ~ I am prayerfully planning my first missionary trip ever to the nation of Nepal.  I have set up a fundraiser on Facebook that has my story.  Here is the link for you to check it out.

Missionary Trip to Nepal Fundraiser

Please be praying with me on this important trip!  Thank you guys!

Micki

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A Wonderful Promise

“But the one who always listens to Me will live undisturbed in a heavenly peace.  Free from fear, confident and courageous, you will rest unafraid and sheltered from the storms of life.”  (Proverbs 1:33 TPT)


Don’t you love the promises of God?  What are the promises revealed in this one verse?

  • Living undisturbed in a heavenly peace
  • Free from fear and unafraid
  • Confident
  • Courageous
  • Sheltered from the storms of life

So many times we claim the promises and forget about what we must do to attain the promises.  All these promises are ours IF we ALWAYS listen to God.  If we obey His Word and obey His instructions to us.  Is this impossible?  No, because God’s Word says that “all things are possible to him who BELIEVES.”

I’m very goal driven.  I always want to know HOW to achieve something.  How does this work and how can I do this?  That is the way I approach the Word of God.  Here are the promises and I want them.  How can I attain them?  I like to break things down into tasks or a “to do” list.  It somehow helps me get my mind around a principle.

“The one who ALWAYS listens” is the key statement in this scripture.  Always and never are two words that seem to be impossible.  For example, “I’ll never eat sugar again!” seems to be an impossibility considering everything has sugar in it, or “I will always save my money every week.”  This too seems impossible because of life’s unexpected twists and turns.  So the statement “the one who always listens” also seems impossible.  So how can we always listen to God?

Listen isn’t just hearing the words, it is HEEDING the words, obeying the words.  For example, the first command in the old and new covenants is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.”  This is an “always” command.  It isn’t just reading the words and then going on with your life.  To listen to God is to obey God.

In order to always listen to God, you must put value on Him.  Ask yourself this question:  Do I value God’s presence in my life?  Is He a priority for me in my everyday life?  Do I wake up hungry to seek Him out?  If you answered yes, then you are in a position to attain these promises because it is in the intimate relationship where the “always” happens.

God is always looking for people who want an intimate friendship with Him.  That is why He created mankind in the first place.  His desire for fellowship with us has never wavered, no matter how evil and selfish we have been.  It is possible to always listen to Him when He is the number one priority in your life.  People do what they want to do; what they desire to do.  If you value God’s presence in your life, you will pursue Him.  If you value only what He can give you, you will miss out on the greatest relationship of your life.

I challenge you to take thirty days and begin to pursue Him, just for the sake of being with Him.  How can you do this?

  • Take fifteen minutes first thing in the morning even if you have to get up a little early.  What is fifteen minutes?
  • Spend the first five minutes thanking Him for everything in your life.
  • Spend the second five minutes reading His Word out loud.  Begin in the Psalms.
  • Spend the last five minutes just talking to Him like He is sitting in front of you.  Easy conversation.
  • Get a journal and write down the things He says or insights you get from the Bible.

You will be amazed at what God begins to do in your life.  You will notice an uncommon peace come into your life.  You will notice that peace when the storms of life blow upon you.  Storms are a given in our lives, but God has great promises for us to live in during these times.

Don’t know Him?

Meet Jesus Here…

Blessings everyone…

 

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