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Not by Might

Music has always been a part of my life. I love lots of different styles but praise and worship music is my absolute favorite! I don’t often listen to any kind but that or contemporary Christian. Yesterday, at bible study, we sang a song that I’d never heard before and I love it. Here are the words:

Not By Might

No not by might
Nor even power
But by Your Spirit, O Lord

Healer of hearts, binder of wounds
Lives that are lost restored
Flow through this land
‘Til every man praises Your name once more.

It’s from the CD Days of Elijah-Worship Songs of Robin Mark. If you’ve never heard it, please get it. I pray it will minister to your spirit as it did mine.

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Many years ago when I first became a Christian, a very dear friend told me that she was thankful she could go to the bathroom. This week I want to share my thanks for my five senses…and several other things.

Taste: Psm. 34:8 – “O taste and see that the LORD is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” God has provided a bounty of food for us to taste.

Sight: 2 Cor. 5:7 – “for we walk by faith, not by sight–“
and Matt. 5:8 – “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” and by the blood of Jesus, my Lord and Savior, I am made pure in heart! Although I wear glasses, I so thankful for my eyes.

Smell: Gen. 27:27 – in reference to Jacob stealing Esau’s blessing, Isaac says – “…is like the smell of a field which the LORD has blessed;” With Spring approaching, we’ll soon be able to smell God’s creations

Hear: Matt. 10:27 – “What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.” Whispered in your ear…I can hear God’s whisper!!! And I can hear our granddaughter when she’s unhappy.
John 8:47 – “He who is of God hears the words of God…”

Feel/Touch: Mark 10:13 – “And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them;”
1 John 5:18 (Amplified) – “We know [absolutely] that anyone born of God does not [deliberately and knowingly] practice committing sin, but the One Who was begotten of God carefully watches over and protects him [Christ’s divine presence within him preserves him against the evil], and the wicked one does not lay hold (get a grip) on him or touch [him].” WOW! To hold my husband tight and feel his arms around me is such a huge blessing!

I’m also thankful for BibleGateway for offering a Bible reference toolbar I could install on my browser. Although I have several Bibles on my desk, it’s so easy just to go up to the toolbar and type in a word or scripture reference, and … there it is!

Again, I’m thankful to Christine for my new blog look.

Have a blessed day!

If you want to join us in being thankful, visit Sting My Heart.

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We have been set FREE!

In our Sunday School class, we are studying Dr. Luke. Our teacher is truly “in tune with God.” He spends much time in the Word and prayer and the Lord reveals many things to him. This past Sunday, we looked at these verses in Luke 4:17-19

17And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,
18“THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME,
BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR.
HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES,
AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND,
TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED,
19TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.”

Do you know what it meant to be a captive during that time in history? It’s not a pretty sight! Imagine having a ring through your nose and being joined to other captives by a rope through that ring! If you gave the jailers trouble or tried to escape, they would put salve in your eyes so you couldn’t see where you were going and/or they would put mortar in your ears so you couldn’t hear anything.

When Jesus was using this example to speak of captives, it makes it easier for me to understand exactly HOW free believers are! God saw us (captives) as having a ring through our noses, salve in our eyes and mortar in our ears and truly set us free! We weren’t captives in that sense of the word, but we were captives or slaves to sin and that wasn’t a pretty sight to God.

“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36

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Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for God’s Holy Spirit given to us upon our rebirth!

So many times in my Christian walk, I’ve felt like I wasn’t a Christian. That because I didn’t feel very spiritual or happy, it must not be true. Yesterday I read a devotional by Charles Stanley and in it he said:

There are certain important points to understand about joy. This gift to every believer in Christ has a spiritual source — the Holy Spirit — and is produced from within by Him. Being supernatural in nature, divine joy exists independently of our circumstances. Happiness, on the other hand, comes from external causes, is earthly in character, and increases or decreases as events change. The success of a sports team, recognition by others, or completion of a project all represent sources of earthly happiness.

Notice the words “independently of our circumstances.” That’s been a hard one for me to learn. I know this, but the enemy wants me to forget. I’m so thankful that our Father has given us His Spirit and I don’t have to feel happy or joyful all the time. I can have joy even when I’m sad.

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Forgive my casualness, but that is exactly what I am…a chip off the old block. If you are a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, you are too.

Our pastor has been doing a series on Creation from Genesis. I know, we all know the creation story, but this has been an in-depth, word by word study. Yesterday, we came to the verse “Then God said, ‘Let US [trinity] make man in OUR image, according to OUR likeness.’ . . . So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Gen. 1:26, 27-NKJ ~ italics mine) I don’t know about you but that blows me away~still~even after 24 years of walking with Jesus.

We are created in the image of our Heavenly Father but we have a sin nature. The Hebrew word for image is tselem which means to carve out or cut off. Hence, a chip off the old block. We are whittled to be like God! We cannot evolve into the image of God~it’s not in our genetics or DNA!

God created us to be in fellowship with Him. But because of sin, we are out of fellowship with God. We can have a “personal relationship with God” if we possess the Holy Spirit. We receive the Holy Spirit upon believing that Jesus came into the world as a baby, died on the cross with our sins on His shoulders and was raised on the third day. It’s that simple ~ just BELIEVE!

How about you? Are you a “chip off the old block”?

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MY TESTIMONY

Having been raised as an only child (my brother is 13 years older) I had developed a special relationship with my Dad ~ I was “Daddy’s Little Girl.” Whenever we were out in public together, he always introduced me as his number one daughter. It made me feel special. He disciplined me only occasionally (Mom was responsible for that) and when it was necessary, it hurt me deeply. I didn’t want to disappoint my Dad, there was never any doubt that he loved me.

We attended church on a fairly regular basis and I attended a private church school through sixth grade. In school, we had daily memory verses so I was learning God’s word from the time I was six. Mom and Dad had me baptized when I was 12, because that was the thing to do. I guess somewhere along the way they had been taught about the age of accountability.

Dad had heart problems and passed away when I was 18. I was devastated! I felt so alone and unloved. For years whenever I thought about my Dad and how much he loved me, I would dissolve into tears.

Once I began life on my own in a larger city, I developed new friends and memories of my Dad were not as frequent or as traumatic. One friend in particular was like the sister I never had and her mom and I were closer than I had been with my own mother. I was always at their home and would even spend the night on Christmas Eve.

Years later, after I moved to “the big city” I kept in close contact with my friend and her family. When I was 35, her father died and I came home for the funeral. I relived the memories of my Dad’s funeral.

Driving to my brother’s home to spend the weekend with them, I couldn’t stop crying and I don’t mean leaking tears…I mean sobbing. To this day (25 years ago on the 15th of this month) I don’t remember anything about that trip except the sobs.

Upon arriving at my brother’s home, his wife met me at the door startled by my uncontrollable sobs. She sat me down in their living room and I began telling her how much I missed my Dad and how lonely I felt. I had never been able to find anything or anyone to fill that hole in my heart.

She is a Christian and began telling me about how much God loves me. Her exact words were, “You know how much your Dad loved you…well, God loves you even more.” I couldn’t believe that anyone could love me more than my Dad. We prayed together and I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. The next morning my brother bought me a new Bible and on Sunday we attended church. As I began reading God’s word on a regular basis, all those scripture verses came flooding back to me and took on a whole new meaning.

That Sunday at church, I also met my future husband. Along with another couple from church, we visited nursing homes on Sundays and developed a close relationship. Seven months later, we were married ~ 23 years ago!

Jesus filled the hole in my heart with His love and gave me a husband to spend the rest of our lives together praising and worshiping Him. No, life has not been easy because we are Christians. But we have someone to turn to when life becomes difficult and trust that He has something for us to learn. After all, God is in control!

You can visit Lauren at Created for HIS Glory if you would like to read others testimonies.

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When I began blogging I wanted my blog to glorify God, not taking any credit for myself, and have wanted to share my testimony because God has instructed us to do so! Now He has opened the door for me to share it.

If you haven’t heard, Lauren from Created for HIS Glory is hosting Bloggy Tour of Testimonies on October 1 ~ almost 24 years to the exact day that I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. Mine is one of those testimonies that was 180 degrees. If I had been looking at my watch, I could give you the exact time too.

But, you’ll have to wait to read the details. Please visit Lauren to get all the info.

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