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God said Whoa! #WOGS Linkup

God said Whoa! #WOGS Linkup

Once again I got on a roll and forgot to stop and regroup and see what God had taught me in the past seven weeks. He certainly prepared me for all the possible things that might go wrong with a book launch. God said Whoa. And I have stopped to review.

Here are 2 things I know God is teaching me:

God said Whoa

God said Whoa

And all my past 7 studies since Lent have been focused on these truths:

God is interested in every facet of my life, including my prayer life  (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Do not be anxious – pray instead (Philippians 4:6-7).

Jesus lives in me and fills me with His power and strength (Galatians 2:20).

Be led by the Spirit and not man (Galatians 3:3).

All I need to do is KNOCK (Revelations 3:20).

God’s timing is perfect (2 Peter 3:9).

Have Confidence in God (1 John 5:14).

We are still waiting to make the announcement that The Kingdom of Thrim has gone to print. I don’t think it will be long now. We have gone through trial and error; we have had glitches. But through everything we remain strong in the knowledge that God will make a way.

As I remember all these past scriptures I know that God has given them to me for this time in my life. I am calm, happy and joyful that He is in control.

I am enjoying the company of my launch team. They have become good friends.

To read the reviews click here. The Kingdom of Thrim reviews.

God said Whoa

How have you been? Do you see God at work in your lives? Do you know to slow down and smell the roses?

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Keep yourself fit to let the life of the Son of God be manifested ~ Oswald Chambers (tweet this).

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Spirit and Life – #WOGS Linkup

Spirit and Life – #WOGS Linkup

Our scripture this week is 1 John 5:14. How can we find spirit and life by praying. Put this scripture to memory. Follow us on Word of God Speak Facebook Group.

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This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us ( 1 John 5:14, NIV)

 We can come to God with no doubts. This means that when we ask God for things (and those things agree with what God wants for us), God cares about what we say (1 John 5:14, East-to-Read Version)

Today instead of going through the SIMPLE Method of Bible study, I am going to tell you my thoughts, feelings and application from studying this verse. I would love your feedback if this is easier to understand this way, or if you liked the detailed study using the SIMPLE Method.

Knowing that Jesus has saved us and opened the door to communicate and approach God – changed my life. Being able to ask Him anything. That reminded me of a children’s song that said those very words. “I can ask Him anything.”

Knowing His will is a little more difficult but very important. By being in His will as I learned from HIm back in 2014 we can find peace in every decision we make. And as I studied God’s Will through 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 I found out I truly can find joy in all circumstances.

If I want my words to God to count  – I need to take time and pray. (tweet this)

If it is in God’s will, then the path will be clear. He does hear us. That’s why we need to stick close to Him, so we know His will.

I know God loves me and wants His best for me. My blog started with the scripture 1 Peter 5:7 – He cares for us. And that’s how Tadeo Turtle was written – knowing that we are made exactly how He created us.

Here is  quote from Oswald Chambers – wise words about talking to God.

If we have never had the experience of taking our casual, religious shoes off our casual, religious feet— getting rid of all the excessive informality with which we approach God— it is questionable whether we have ever stood in His presence (Oswald Chambers).

We must know Who Jesus is in order to be in His will. (tweet this)

The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life (John 6:63, NIV).

Once again Oswald Chambers spoke to me:

Once, the Bible was just so many words to us — “clouds and darkness”— then, suddenly, the words become spirit and life because Jesus re-speaks them to us when our circumstances make the words new.

Jesus can make the words of our Bible be spirit and life.
Just ask Him. (tweet this)


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God’s Timing – #WordofGodSpeak Linkup

God’s Timing – #WordofGodSpeak Linkup

I really like the way the Lord shows me which passage to study. Today’s came from a list of 50 Scriptures to memorize by Sheila Gregoire.  I was searching for scripture for the Vacation Bible School I am running this summer in our town. Last week I did the same thing. This week I look at God’s timing.

Once again I used the S.I.M.P.L.E. Bible Study Method to study this verse.

S – Say the passage out loud: Check other versions.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9, NIV).

God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change (2 Peter 3:9, The Message).

I – Interpretation – Check footnotes, references and commentaries. Find out all you can about the passage. When? Where? Why?

I underlined the words that seemed important to me.

not slow, promise, patient, not wanting anyone to perish, everyone to come to repentance.

Peter was written prior to AD68. This verse is in a passage about the Lord’s return. It is preceded by the words:

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

That is God’s timing.

God's Timing

Here are some other verses to look up:

Habbakuk 2:3 – revelation awaits an appointed time.. though it will linger, wait for it.
Hebrews 10:37 – for in just a little while .. righteous ones live by faith
Romans 2:4 – God has kindness, tolerance and patience
1 Titus 2:4 – God wants all men to be saved and come to knowledge of the truth
Revelation 2:21 – given time to repent

M- Make a list of thoughts, questions and ideas.

This verse follows nicely from last week’s about knocking on the door. Do we hear? Are we listening?

God’s plan is for everyone to come to truth and be saved. (tweet this)

God’s timing is perfect. We are to learn patience in the waiting, too. Have faith.

P- Pray for God’s Guidance This is a silent time of prayer, listening to God Speak. When you have finished writing all your thoughts, questions and ideas then take time for prayer.

L- Life Application – Write down what you heard God speak (no matter how different from your own thoughts previously).

Thank You Lord for leading me to see the following:

  1. Don’t dwell on the forest – all the future tasks, the ideas, the todo list.
  2. Dwell in the moment of what I am doing.
  3. Don’t be pulled away from my relationship with Jesus. Focus on Him and He will show me each tree to tackle.
  4. Work on looking and working at only 5 tasks at a time for a day.
  5. God has everything under control. Rest in Him.

Then I heard this song. Ten Thousand Reasons by Matt Redman.

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Don’t you love these words:

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me

E- Exit with a prayer of confirmation, forgiveness, praise or acceptance.

Lord, time feels fleeting to us but we know our time with You will be forever. Help us to live each day with You in the forever so we can enjoy each moment getting closer to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.=

Keeping you up-to-date. We expect The Kingdom of Thrim to be available some time in May. 

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Here I am! WordofGodSpeak Linkup

Here I am! WordofGodSpeak Linkup

This has been quite a week. I am trying to figure out many avenues to launch my new children’s book – The Kingdom of Thrim. But God showed me that instead I need to say, Here I am because He says, “Here I am!”.

Here I am

You can read the reviews from my launch team and others at Goodreads.

Now to what God taught me this morning. Since last week when I decided I just couldn’t read 17 NT books in 17 weeks at this time in my life, I thought I would go to back to the prayer list I had. But God had a different idea today. Instead He led me to a passage that I needed to hear. I hope you do too.

Using the S.I.M.P.L.E. Bible Study Method, I  look at one verse and see what God speaks to me about that one verse.

I looked at Revelation 3:20:

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with me.

After looking a different references – James 5:9, Luke 12:36 and Romans 8:10, I looked at the context which is hearing speak to John about the churches. This time it is the church of Laodicea. He says that the church is neither cold nor hot – but lukewarm. He asks them to be earnest and repent.

My thoughts:

I need to take a close look at what I do and who I am. I believe there is always room for improvement. Sometimes I forget to listen – my emotions carry me, my self-reliance carries me. But I know better.

All I need to do is KNOCK and Christ will be right there. (click to tweet)

here I am

He never leaves, never wanders. He says:

HERE I AM!

Here I am.
Christ is always ready to open the door no matter who is knocking. (tweet this)

We have no excuse.

It says I need to hear the knocking.

What type of noise is blocking that sound? What noise am I allowing so I can’t hear Him?

And what if I hear the knocking. It says I must open the door. How often do I deafly ignore Jesus knocking? I hear the sound but other sounds, emotions or thoughts pull me away.

I need to obey Christ – then He comes in.

And He not only comes in but he eats with me and I with Him. This is reciprocal – a friendship.

Those were my thoughts before going into a time of meditation and prayer.

My Time Of Prayer brought forth these ideas:

Then I heard music. A song from my time at Wellington Square in Burlington, Ontario. The song is called: Pour Out My Heart.

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This time the “here I am” is me. The words:

Here I am, once again
I pour out my heart
For I know that you hear
Every cry
You are listening.

But God says: Here I am back to me. Are you listening? (tweet this)

It did take me a long time to settle down into prayer and meditation today. But slowly I started to feel His peace. I need to get rid of all the mental racket (Ron Hughes told me that word, in Refresh).

Once again it comes to focus. Not on my “to dos” but on Jesus Himself. He says, “Here I am!” And He is asking  – are you listening? Will you obey what I tell you?

Prayer:

Lord, help me today to be able to listen and obey You. Help me to remain calm and at peace even when I feel inspired, even when I am working. Keep me totally living in You. Help me to keep the door open and breathe in Your Spirit.

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Are you led by the Spirit or Man?

Are you led by the Spirit or Man? Word of God Speak Linkup

This will be a different Word of God Speak today. God has shown me what I need to do and that is listen to His Spirit. Are you led by the Spirit or Man?

I had decided to join an online Bible study that was doing 17 New Testament books in 17 weeks. I realized that it wasn’t for me. I felt rushed and stressed when I thought of doing my studying that way. I’m one who likes to see each individual tree – not the whole forest.

Are you led by the Spirit or Man?

I like to dive deep into one passage or verse. (tweet this)

God stopped me in my tracks. He told me to “stop and smell the roses”. I have a plate that reminds me of that – I just didn’t listen.

Are you led by the Spirit or Man?

I am reading through the Bible in two years and that takes enough effort and time. I read until God shows me something. This morning he showed me Deuteronomy 8:12-14. God is warning the Israelites to obey His Word.

 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down,  and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied,  then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

Last week I did take a look at Galatians 1 and 2 and focused on Galatians 2:20. You can read my post here and listen to my podcast each Tuesday on Hope Stream Radio.

I also painted in one of my regular Bibles as I haven’t bought a Bible journal here in Canada. I actually like the paper in this one which I had found at a garage sale.

But as I continued with Galatians I stopped again at Galatians 3:3:

Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?

The Galatians were  being misled by the work of the flesh. Paul calls them foolish (verse 1) and asks if they have received the Spirit by law or by believing.

I live by faith in the Son of God
Who loved me and gave Himself for me (words from I’ve Been Crucified by Christ by Robin Mark).

Are you led by the Spirit or man? Listen to God. (tweet this)

I read a message from a woman in the First5 App who had started back to school and felt overwhelmed a couple of weeks into the semester. She sees the forest and panics. I believe we must see each individual minute as a gift from God; to live each day in a relationship with Him.

And to help me out this week I have started a new way to do my day. I write down 5 tasks I want to complete. I focus on those tasks. I have been doing this and it’s working.

I see each tree and not the forest.

This week’s memory verse is Galatians 3:3 because it reminds me that in everything I will live in the Spirit.

As you can see God led me through many things to get me back on the path of being led by the Spirit and not man. I’m glad to be back.

Prayer:

Thank You, Lord for speaking to me about what I can do and not do. Thanks for stopping me and redirecting my path. Let me continue to live in the Spirit – being guided continually each and every moment of the day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

See each tree and not the forest, write down 5 tasks per day and follow that. (tweet this)

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Crucified With Christ, What does that mean?

Crucified With Christ – What does that mean? Word of God Speak Linkup

For the next weeks I will be joining Lisa Morris as she delves into studying 17 New Testament Books in 17 Weeks.  That is the link to her Facebook Group if you wish to join us. This week we are studying Galatians and particularly looking at Galatians 2:20 – I’ve Been Crucified with Christ. I love studying one verse in depth and Lisa has chosen one scripture to memorize. But I am also reading through Galatians with some of her questions in mind.

Crucified with Christ

S – Say the passage out loud: Check other versions.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20, NIV).

Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that (Galatians 2:20, The Message).

I – Interpretation – Check footnotes, references and commentaries. Find out all you can about the passage. When? Where? Why?

There were a few scriptures mentioned in my study Bible to check out.

Galatians 5:24 – crucified sinful nature
Galatians 6:14 –  only boast in the cross of Jesus
Romans 6:8-10 –  we live with Christ
Romans 7:6 – By dying… we are released from the Law, so we serve in a new way of the spirit, not in the old way of written code.

We died to sin – freed from its powers.

Galatians 1:4 – Christ gave Himself for our sins to rescue us.
1 Timothy 2:6 –  Jesus gave Himself as a ransom for many.
Titus 2:14 –  Jesus gave Himself to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His own.

M- Make a list of thoughts, questions and ideas.

This passage is so powerful. It says the whole purpose of our Christian faith.

Being crucified, being cleansed, renewed, changed – a new person, the Spirit of Christ lives in me.

We are not only cleansed but filled with His power, His strength.
Jesus lives in me. (Tweet this)

Grasp hold of that. In my bodily weakness Jesus is strong.

Many times Jesus has pulled me through. Every summer during Vacation Bible School that I run I have been sick, but Jesus has given me strength to continue and not miss a day.

When I first heard the words, “crucified with Christ” I hated that word. I heard I’ve been crucified with Christ and I cringed. Why?

Was I afraid of giving up some of me? Did I know that if I said those words it would mean total acceptance and giving over control to Jesus?

Releasing control – could I do that? Could I say that I have been crucified with Christ and He lives in me?

Yes – I wanted to be thoroughly dead to sin. That doesn’t mean I won’t sin but it means sin has no power over me.

Through the death and resurrection of Christ the power of sin over me is DEAD. I am cleansed in Him.

The old “me” is gone. The “I” no longer lives. Instead Christ lives in me. I live by faith in Jesus. (tweet this)

And that makes all the difference.

P- Pray for God’s Guidance This is a silent time of prayer, listening to God Speak. When you have finished writing all your thoughts, questions and ideas then take time for prayer.

L- Life Application – Write down what you heard God speak (no matter how different from your own thoughts previously).

I felt a complete surrender as I prayed this morning. It was like being accepted all over again. It was giving up anything hindering my relationship with Jesus. I wrote this poem to remember this time.

I’ve Been Crucified with Christ

Surrounded by His Spirit
Enveloped by His Love
He dwells deep inside me
Guides me
Inspires me
Heals me

I live by faith in the Son of God who loves me and gave His life for me.

Here is Robin Mark singing, I Have Been Crucified With Christ.

 

E- Exit with a prayer of confirmation, forgiveness, praise or acceptance.

Father I am so glad you rescued me and brought me into Your family. I thank You that through the death of Christ I too have been crucified and brought into the Kingdom. May You continue to guide me and give me inspiration to learn more and more about You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Just to keep you up-to-date, The Kingdom of Thrim, my second book in a series called Growing With God will hopefully be available on Amazon for presale on May 15. Keep watching. Bonuses for presales.

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