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Crucified With Christ

Crucified With Christ – Word of God Speak

Today I read a devotional from UBC devotional about the need to be crucified with Christ daily.

Here are my thoughts about the devotional and using some of his words.

We can’t be like Christ on our own. We need to acknowledge that fact. Our desires are naturally counter Christ. Each day we ask Jesus to help us put down our natural desire and take us to the cross instead. Check out Galatians 2.

Here are some thoughts to consider on being Crucified With Christ:

  1. Satan doesn’t sleep. He never takes a vacation. Therefore we need protection with prayers and study each day.
  2. We need to identify the sin that is in us. Our greatest weaknesses are where Satan will attack. Know your weakness. Pray about it.
  3. Fill up with the Spirit. I find morning, midday and evening are the best times to do this. And always top up when we are prompted.
  4. Remember than when we are weak He is strong. Be humble. Call on God for strength. Repeat Micah 6:8. What does God require of me? To act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.

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I wrote about this before: Therefore it must be important. See my other post.

Here is a great song to remember these things. I’ve Been Crucified with Christ by Robin Mark.

I am still working on my focus for this year’s Word of God Speak. I am thinking that I would like this to be more interactive. What about a Bible study? I would love your input with your ideas of what you would like.

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Creative Tuesdays – Under the Leaves

Creative Tuesdays – Under the Leaves

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I hope you have patience to work through with me as I was given this prompt of “Under the Leaves”.

I will admit when I first read “Under the Leaves” as a prompt for Creative Tuesdays,  I thought of the bunnies that our little dog, Snowball, chases every time we go for a walk. I thought of the shade in the summer when we sit under our tree.

But then I thought of the leaves of a book.

 

So I thought I would talk about the pages of the Bible. It was to be “Under the leaves of the Bible”. I have joined an online Internet radio station and am a contributor once a week. The station is called HopeStreamRadio.com. I hope you check it out. My friends, Ron Hughes, Stephanie Nickel and Kimberley Payne are all involved. My talk is called Growing Through God’s Word. My program runs on Tuesdays. Each week I talk about how God teaches me through His Word.

I didn’t always feel that way. The Bible was just a book on my shelf, seldom opened and needed dusting. I might open it to check out a crossword puzzle solution or answer a question if it came up in discussion. One time when I was very sick I read the Psalms. That worked very well. But studying the Bible – No.

What have I found under those leaves?

 

Here are just some of the things I have found:

  • wisdom
  • insight
  • passion
  • people
  • peace
  • release from fear
  • guidance,
  • history
  • life changes
  • conviction
  • truth
  • eternal life through Jesus

Under those leaves lives a pattern for life with God’s Holy Words ever true. It reminds me of the song Ancient Words.

Here is the YouTube video of Robin Mark singing this song.

Ancient words
Ever true
Changing me
Changing you.

 

Here is another video for my Canadian family sung by Michael W. Smith.

When I hold the Bible I hold God’s history and God’s people in my hands – a sacred, mighty, powerful book.

Have you looked under the leaves of the Bible?

As I said, I started to look at the leaves of the Bible – then I wondered if there were God’s words about “leaves” in the Bible. There were!!

Revelation 22:2 says:

and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

I found a most interesting post written in 1855 by Milo Mahan, entitled The Leaves of the Tree are for the Healing of the Nations. It is not an easy read and I want to go back and really read more deeply into his message.

Here is what I found interesting:

 Each generation has its own work … to do, its own trials to meet, its own resources to develope [sic], its own account to give to the Judge and Maker of us all. ….

The Tree of Life was designed to be a shelter against all evils. Its leaves are specifics for national disease.

If you check back to a post a wrote on deceivers it looks as though this writing was a prophetic message – each generation has a work to do. So my prayer is that we pray for God to show us how to do it.

So that is my round-about mental process of figuring out “Under the Leaves”.

Thank you so much for Michael at Creative Tuesdays for giving us this creative exercise. I am not that happy with the watercolour I did – but I didn’t copy anything – just drew as I felt led.

The exercise has been meaningful to me – knowing that the Tree of Life is covering me through trials, despair, joy and inspiration. All those leaves from ancient days until now, are they the saints before us and around us?

Blessings,
Janis

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#SundayStillness – Are you focusing on God or your circumstances?

#SundayStillness – Are you focusing on God or your circumstances?

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 “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you.  (John 15:11-12, The Message). (my emphasis on JOY)

What is a wholly mature joy? I have been thinking about that. This summer has been a joyful one – family, more family and more family. I have loved it. Even though others have complained about a cool summer – really it was lovely. Love filled the summer.

But in the past, I didn’t always feel “joyful”. I found myself tired, overwhelmed, disorganized and confused. Why?

I think Oswald says it best:

The first thing that will hinder this joy is the captious irritation of thinking out circumstances (Oswald Chambers August 31).

I used to let little things bug me – laundry, dishes, meals, cleaning. Instead of just doing them joyfully. I used to let the fact I was tired bug me.

Instead, I needed to be rightly related to God,
and then my joy will come without any effort on my part. 

When I figured this out – I could be joyful during anything.

So I had a wonderful summer during tiredness, sickness, and sleepless nights.

So if you are feeling overwhelmed, tired, or confused:

STOP – pray.

Get right with our Lord, thank Him for all His blessings.

When we focus on God the rest falls into place.

Prayer:

Lord, sometimes we let the trials of the day drag us down. Instead we need to look to You for our strength and joy. Help us to get closer and closer connected to the mainspring of our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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When we focus on God the rest falls into place. (tweet this)

God Arise – and scatter all your foes. by Robin Mark. Find joy in God. (tweet this)

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Sunday Stillness – What is Obedience to God?

Sunday Stillness – What is Obedience to God?

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What He says we will do, where He sends we will go

This will be my last Sunday in Poland. It will be the end of camp and I think the last day of camp. I head back home on Tuesday. Will have lots to tell you when I return.

Jesus said:

Blessed … are those who hear the word of God and obey it (Luke 11:28, NIV).

Oswald Chambers says:

The level of my growth in grace is the way in which I look upon obedience (July 19).

So I guess the obedience I have to Jesus gets stronger as my relationship with Jesus increases.

Obedience is only possible between equals; it is the relationship between father and son, not between master and servant (July 19, Oswald Chambers).

As I come closer to Jesus I can hear His voice better; sense Holy Spirit promptings; and know that I want to obey.

The stronger the relationship, the stronger the trust between the two parties.

Because Christ lives in me, He has that right to show me the truth and the way to go.

I love Robin Mark’s song, I’ve Been Crucified With Christ. Listen and enjoy.

And of course a favourite oldie. Trust and Obey.

Here are the words;

Breathe them in:

Trust and Obey

When we walk with the Lord
in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
Let us do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Trust and obey,
for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
but to trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear,
not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss,
not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.

Trust and obey,
for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
but to trust and obey

Then in fellowship sweet
we will sit at His feet.
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way.
What He says we will do,
where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.

Trust and obey,
for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
but to trust and obey.

Let’s grow stronger together.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Jesus, and Your Holy Spirit. Thanks for teaching me through Your Word, and prayer. Hold my hand as we walk this walk together. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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Sunday Stillness – Acts 10:34-35

Sunday Stillness – Acts 10:34-35

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These past few months I have been amazed with the community that has been built here and on Twitter. The people I have talked to from all around the world – God has brought us together.

Christians from every race, every nation.

While I am on my blogging holiday (see my last post on Under the Cover of Prayer), I plan to continue with Sunday Stillness Links – maybe not a full post. But I will put up the linky. I plan to continue to use Twitter to reach more Christians and spread His love everywhere.

I am continuing to do the Lenten challenge from Margaret Feinberg, to read through the New Testament. Today’s Scripture comes from Acts 10:34-35:

Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favouritism  but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.

I am loving the challenge. I also love how God will wake me up in the middle of the night to read if He feels I won’t make time to do it.

This will be the last day that I allow comments as I am taking them off while I am on blogging holiday. Otherwise I will be tempted to check in.

But anytime please email me at Janis , because I will check and respond to emails.

And this song came to mind from Robin Mark. I heard the Sound of Voices.

I heard the sound of voices, from every tribe and nation
As they were walking, singing songs of deliverance
For going on before them, a little Lamb was leading
And I could hear Him singing songs of deliverance. 

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And now to Sunday Stillness.

Today is Sunday Stillness

Do you have a Scripture that spoke to you this week? Please link below. If you post to Twitter use #sundaystillness and @authorjaniscox.

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Read the Sunday Stillness rules if you are new here.

I would appreciate if you would link only about God’s Word. If you have a linky party that’s okay if it is about the same thing. Please no sales or prizes. I want this to be friendly but I must ask you to abide by the rules. Others want to read God’s Word – and that is what I would like the links to be about. I must take down the links that don’t follow the rules. Thanks so much.

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READ OTHER POSTS AND ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER.

Please check out all the places I link to during the week. Thanks to everyone who has joined Sunday Stillness. I do try to get to your posts every week but I admit sometimes I don’t have the time.

Here are my favourite links for Sunday Stillness:

The Sunday Community

Still Saturday

 Sharing His Beauty

Missional Women – Faith Filled Fridays

Scripture and Snapshot

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The Weekend Brew

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