Blooming In The Hard Place By JoBeth Kested

jbBloomThis is a picture of my first pansies to bloom this spring. I was so surprised to see them blooming in the minuscule cracks of a hard place instead of the soft prepared soil of my garden. I felt like the Lord was speaking to me through these pansies when I first noticed them this week.

Have you ever felt like you are between a rock and a hard place? We’re facing some hard changes in our circumstances and the very real possibility of some hard decisions ahead. Lately, I often feel rather delicate, small and fragile just like these little pansies. I was so intrigued to see them bloom and thrive in the crevice of some old cement. They are obviously so much stronger than they look and by the grace of God, so am I! It seems like such a great illustration of the hope we have in the Lord’s promises of His provision, protection, and blessings for us no matter how hard our current situation seems to be.

These blooming little fragile pansies may be a small thing, but it encourages me to know that if God can provide for some delicate pansies to thrive and display such beauty in a difficult place, how much more is His desire to take good care of us. In Philippians 4:19 we have the promise that “My God will supply all your need according to His riches in Glory in Jesus”.

Lord, help us to trust You for the protection and miraculous provision for us in the hard places we often find ourselves in. Thank You for the promises in Your Word that are light unto out path and a life preserver to cling to. Thank You for Your peace that passes understanding, Your strength in our weakness and for the hope of Your sufficient amazing grace for each day. And thank You for helping us to bloom in the hard places to display your glory. In Jesus name. Amen.

 

 

Encouraging Scriptures

 

“…For I know the plans I have for you,declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and future…”Jeremiah 29:11

 

We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

 

The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. 2 Chronicles 16:9

 

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed ; for I am thy God : I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness . Isaiah 41:1

 

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13

 

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me. Psalms 138:8

 

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29

 

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. I Corinthians 2:9-10

 

My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

 

He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness. Psalm 107:9

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

 ©JoBeth Kested 2014

Finding The Right New Normal After Seasons Change By Beth Auman

fp121006-12We all enjoy normal, as human beings we crave returning to a steady consistency, especially after prevailing through one of life’s storms. Many times those are great days of revelation. A calm after the storms of life to look again and actually allow God to open the eyes of our understanding so that we may see His well lit path for that portion of our journey from beginning to end.

It is a time I truly believe when He shows us His strategies for the purpose of enabling us to reach back into that particular fire to grab the hand of someone who is also coming along that particular path to pray with them declaring breakthrough into their lives. In prayer, the Lord of the Breakthrough is breaking them through.

Many people miss this important place and settle for a wrong new normal; lulled to sleep by the facade of comfort and false safety. I am realizing that on the journey with the Lord that the Right New Normal is not yielding to a comfort of complacency. Yes, He does give us those beautiful, blissful, bountiful, times of rest where we worship, rejoice and find comfort in Him. However we are never to pitch our tent in the campground retreat of isolated bliss to lay back and make that place our new normal. God calls us beyond our ordinary self seeking ways to journey with Him, to step forward and reach out to others with encouragement and a helping hand as He leads. We should never leave the next ones to come through on the road that we have been on to continue alone. We are never alone as Jesus Christ has promised that He would always be with us; and we as His body on earth are His hands and feet with the help of the Holy Spirit.

(Jesus speaking) I will ask the Father to send you another Helper, the Spirit of truth, who will remain constantly with you. The world does not recognize the Spirit of truth, because it does not know the Spirit and is unable to receive Him. But you do know the Spirit because He lives with you, and He will dwell in you. I will never abandon you like orphans; I will return to be with you. In a little while, the world will not see Me; but I will not vanish completely from your sight. Because I live, you will also live. John 14:16-19 The Voice (VOICE)

We are to take the Victory Anointing we have in Jesus to stand in the gap for them; to intercede and teach those that God places on our path to be the overcomers that He created them to be. When we receive the victory and the dust settles around us, we are to worship and praise the Lord and ask Him how to proceed and who is next. This is the Right New Normal we are to press toward.

Sadly, I see the all too frequent wrong normal in the Church of Jesus Christ right now is primarily bandaging wounds and commiserating with the injured in a mostly defeated “hold the fort” attitude. We are warriors in the Army of the Lord and we are to take our place and assist those wounded on the battlefield to stand up and get back on the path to the Victory that Jesus Christ has won for us. We Win! In Jesus, We Always Win!

Psalm 23:4 states, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Understand this today and don’t ever forget it, anything that tries to hold you captive and keep you from taking the next step of your journey with the Lord is the shadow of death; including a wrong normal. We are to walk though the valley of the shadow of death, and fear no evil for His rod and staff they comfort us.

We are to fear no evil. We are not supposed to stop, pitch a tent and then falling into a lethargy-like sleep of accepting a wrong new normal. We are to keep on moving forward, onward and upward into broader, higher and deeper relationship with God in authority and effectiveness for His Kingdom purposes. Journey on, don’t camp out yielding to the false comfort of a wrong new normal. Look again at your circumstance and allow the Lord to give you the fullness of the revelation of what you have come through. Ask God to show you His strategy and ask Him who is next, who is on your path to help you and who is on your path that needs your help. It’s time to mature into the Right New Normal that is active and filled with God’s Glory. Don’t stagnate and realize that the rest of the Lord is the ability to continue moving to His cadence with His power, strength and wisdom for greater victories and accomplishments in extending the Kingdom of God.

I pray and decree over you that you will know how to move forward this season in God’s wisdom and revelation. That you will look again and see and know those on your path to assist you in the next step of your journey and those whom you are to assist. That you will walk through the valley of the shadow of death and fear no evil. That you will see the comfort of God’s rod and staff and that you will sit and enjoy the table that the Lord has set before you in the presence of your enemies. That your head is anointed with oil. That your cup runs over. That His goodness and mercy will follow you all the days of your life. And that you will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. In Jesus name, Amen.

 Psalm 23 (VOICE) A song of David.

The Eternal is my shepherd, He cares for me always. He provides me rest in rich, green fields beside streams of refreshing water. He soothes my fears; He makes me whole again, steering me off worn, hard paths to roads where truth and righteousness echo His name. Even in the unending shadows of deaths darkness, I am not overcome by fear. Because You are with me in those dark moments, near with Your protection and guidance, I am comforted. You spread out a table before me, provisions in the midst of attack from my enemies; You care for all my needs, anointing my head with soothing, fragrant oil, filling my cup again and again with Your grace. Certainly Your faithful protection and loving provision will pursue me where I go, always, everywhere. I will always be with the Eternal, in Your house forever.

 

By the blood of the Lamb and the word of their witnesses,

They have become victorious over him,

For they did not hold on to their lives, even under threat of death.

Revelation 12:11 (VOICE)

 

Scripture of the Week By JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of April 20, 2014

JB03Jesus said to her (Martha, Lazarus’ sister), “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” John 11:25 (NKJV)

Do you believe that Jesus rose from the dead? In these scriptures after Jesus declares that He is the resurrection and the life, He asks Martha if she believes even before He raises Lazarus from the dead. With a proclamation such as this we are not given the choice to believe that Jesus was just a good teacher and example for us to follow. He is either a lunatic, a liar or the way the truth and the life, just as He says (John 14:6). The Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:17,19 that if Jesus was not raised from the dead our faith is worthless and we are to be pitied above all men. The resurrection of Jesus is the crux of the whole Bible, the pivot point of all history, our only hope for meaning in this life and our promise of eternity. Happy Easter! The tomb was empty, He is risen, He is risen indeed!

 Scripture for the week of April 13, 2014

JBeth02“You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me. Isaiah 43:10 NKJV

Have you ever considered that there is a big difference between “believing in God” verses “believing God”? Believing in God allows us to believe what we want to believe about God, and then attempt to fit Him into the box of our own understanding. Believing God means we have chosen to believe God is Who He says He is; which activates our faith in His Word to also believe that He will do what He says He will do. God declares in this verse that He has chosen us even before we choose Him! He invites us to “know” Him in an intimate relationship that will open the eyes of our understanding with the ability to BELIEVE He Is The One and Only True GOD that always was and always will be! Yes, Amen!

Scripture for the week of April 6, 2014

JBeth01Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Mt 6:19-21

On the road of life, in pursuit of your success, love and happiness, have you had some detours or crashes along the way? Friends betray us, jobs don’t last, wealth can be lost, and family can cause the deepest of wounds. This weeks scripture challenges us to ask, “How do I lay up my treasure in heaven where there is no corruption or loss?” Micah 6:8 tells us, “And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” We also read in John 16:33 “In this life you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer I have overcome the world.” So place your heart and hope in Jesus, Who overcomes the troubles of this world. By His grace, live honorably with compassion, extending mercy to others in humble dependence upon the Lord. You will know the blessings of God’s favor, experience His peace that passes understanding and lay up treasures in heaven.

Scripture for the week of March 30, 2014

Breakthrough“The breaker goes up before them; they break out, pass through the gate and go out by it. So their king goes on before them, and the Lord at their head.” Micah 2:13 (NASV)

Is there some situation in your life desperately in need of a breakthrough? There are several things we can learn about the Lord in this weeks scripture. He leads and goes before us. He stands between us and our enemies and in times of trouble He can break us out of places that hold us captive. The Lord of the hosts of heavenly armies is able to breakthrough any of our enemies plans against us. It is our God’s desire for us to know Him as The Lord of the breakthrough. He wants to break down walls of captivity, to make the crooked places straight and to make the rough places smooth on your behalf. Trust the Lord of the breakthrough to break through for you!

Scripture for the week of March 23, 2014

Snow09Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NKJV)

Is your hope running low with the heaviness of discouragement and the frustration of too many disappointments, especially in someone you trusted? What an encouragement to be reminded in this verse that we have a God Who is hope! He is able to renew our hope in an abundance that is more-than-enough. On top of that, He will fill us with an overflowing joy and peace trusting in Him afresh to move mountains in our defense and opening miraculous doors of provision through the power of His Holy Spirit working on our behalf. May the Holy Spirit fill you with the uplifting hope, joy and peace you need today.

 Scripture of the week for March 16, 2014

Snow06Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV)

Are you feeling loaded down and exhausted from carrying problems and discouragements with a longing for rest from your weariness? To be yoked with Jesus requires us to submit to His plans and direction for us. Though none of us enjoy or welcome the idea of submission, it is easier when we understand it is His willingness to carry our heavy loads and His desire to plow the paths straighter ahead for us. Be encouraged to accept the Lord’s invitation to walk in humility yoked with Him and find the rest you long for in your soul. Cast your cares on Jesus today (1 Peter 5:7) and God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

The Breaker Anointing By JoBeth Kested

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Some years ago, within a couple of weeks, at three different times, I had people that didn’t know me personally share that I prayed with a “Breaker Anointing”. I had attended some prayer gatherings and conferences where there was the opportunity to be prayed over to receive encouraging prophetic Words from the Lord. While praying for me, one person said they saw a picture of a charging rhino with no fear that couldn’t be stopped. Another person declared seeing a picture of a huge bulldozer able to move massive boulders out of the way. And a third time, someone shared they saw prayers like cannon balls that could break through and break down thick and high walls. All three used the term “Breaker Anointing” when they prayed for me.

At that time I was fairly new to learning about strategic and spiritual warfare type prayer and had never heard anyone refer to a Breaker Anointing. Along with several other praying friends, we asked the Lord to give us understanding and to give us insight from His Word. The Lord led us to the following scripture verses showing us that He is the God of the breakthrough and He is “The Breaker Anointing”.

“The breaker goes up before them; they break out, pass through the gate and go out by it. So their king goes on before them, and the Lord at their head.”Micah 2:13 (NASV)

“The Lord has broken through my enemies before me like the breakthrough of waters.” Therefore he (David) named that place Baal Perazim (Hebrew meaning the Lord “bursts” or breaks through). 2 Samuel 5:20b (NASV)

For it is a day of trouble and treading down and perplexity by the Lord GOD of hosts in the Valley of Vision— breaking down the walls… Isaiah 22:5 (KJV)

There are several things to understand that the Lord reveals about Himself in these scriptures. 1) He goes before us. He leads. He stands between us and our enemies. 2) He is like a dam that bursts forth with rushing water that cannot be stopped and washes away everything in its path. 3) In times of trouble, heaviness and confusion He can break down any walls that hold us captive. 4) He is the Lord of the hosts of heavenly armies and there is no enemy army standing against us that can stop His breakthrough on our behalf.

Then I inquired of the Lord for greater understanding on how I had learned to pray with His Breaker Anointing. Let me add that my understanding of breakthrough was mostly how a runner finishes the race and breaks through across the finish line. Yes, that is a good picture of breaking through, but The Breaker Anointing is much more than that. It requires an intimate relationship with the Lord that goes way beyond our own strength and talent.

The Lord first revealed a picture of me learning to dance with Him; allowing Him to hold me close to His heart, following His footsteps and yielding to His lead. In learning His ways and how to trust in Him completely, I could follow Him with His slightest touch. Every so often He would send me twirling away to joyfully watch me dance more boldly and powerfully. Each time, I would then quickly return to His loving embrace; yielding more and more closely to His lead. This showed me that we become stronger, bolder and more powerful in prayer the more we cling the Lord, understanding His ways, yielding to His slightest touch, following His every footstep. Even through the battles and weariness of prevailing prayer and intercession, we need to lean closely into His loving embrace in order to clearly hear His voice, to delight in the joy of knowing His heart and praying His will in extending the purposes of His Kingdom.

Then I was reminded of how my husband and I used to love watching the winter breaking waves when we lived for a couple of years on the Big Island of Hawaii. On the Kona side, there is a beach referred to by the locals as Children’s Beach. In the summer months it is an enjoyable, safe and shallow beach, wonderful for snorkeling and surrounded by shady palm trees. But, in the winter all the beautiful white sand is washed away when great and powerful waves swell up to break upon the lava reef rocks over and over again. As each big wave breaks, the water rushes to the shore, then is swept back out into the deep to build another breaker wave. Over time the lava rocks have been made smooth by the force of the winter breaker waves. In prayer, there are seasons to enjoy being His child and to give thanks, delighting in all the beauty He has created around us. But, then there are times when we must yield to the flow and direction of His Holy Spirit to pray warring breaker prayers that are essential in His Kingdom purposes to breakthrough our enemies attacks that would destroy us and others in our spheres of influence.

It is our God’s desire for us to know Him as The Lord of the breakthrough. He wants to break down walls of captivity, to make the crooked places straight and to make the rough places smooth as we learn to pray with The Breaker Anointing against powers, principalities and wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12) declaring “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Lord Jesus, help us learn to cling to You, follow Your footsteps, yielding to Your every tender touch that we might know You as The Lord of the Breakthrough in our lives. And, how to hear Your voice in prayer with “The Breaker Anointing”. Amen.

© JoBeth Kested 2014

 

 

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The Blessing of Purim By Beth Auman

fp052006-22May the Lord Bless you during the Celebration of Purim

 If you stay silent during this time, deliverance for the Jews will come from somewhere, but you, my child, and all of your fathers family will die. And who knows? Perhaps you have been made queen for such a time as this.Esther 4:14 (The Voice)

Purim is the Jewish celebration of the deliverance of the Jewish people in the story of Esther. Esther asked the King for all of her peoples lives and she could have been killed under the law of the time if it were not for the Kings grace and mercy and love for her. She would have been killed for asking.

 As Christians, Purim is a truly important Celebration we also need to understand the importance of asking for the salvation of those that are lost. Deliverance for all has been provided through Jesus. If we stay silent during this time.. However, in Matthew 7 Jesus told us to ask.

Just ask and it will be given to you; seek after it and you will find. Continue to knock and the door will be opened for you. All who ask receive. Those who seek, find what they seek. And he who knocks, will have the door opened. Matthew 7:7-8 The Voice (VOICE)

 Jesus speaks of doors opening if we knock. Esther did all of these things and she is an example for us. Has the thought ever crossed your mind that many people dont know Jesus Christ? They do not know who He is or what He did for them and there may not be anyone else that has ever asked God for that persons salvation.

  If you meet someone or are exposed to someone who is not saved you are supposed to ask for their salvation; not judge them in their sin they are sinners thats what they do. Seek the Lord for them, (stand in the gap for them) and knock on the door and Jesus will answer and open the door of Salvation for that person. It is a promise in the Word of God.

  Begin asking. Unless prompted by the Holy Spirit, you do not have to go up to that person and speak to them. You do not have to tell them all of the scripture that you know. Simply ASK the Father in Jesus name for their Salvation and allow Him to send the labors in to His harvest. Jesus instructs us how to pray in Matthew 6.

  When you pray, go into a private room, close the door, and pray unseen to your Father who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not go on and on, excessively and strangely like the outsiders; they think their verbosity will let them be heard by their deities. 8 Do not be like them. Your prayers need not be labored or lengthy or grandiosefor your Father knows what you need before you ever ask Him. Matthew 6:6-8The Voice (VOICE)

  Esther was chosen by God to deliver and preserve her heritage. We are here for such a time as this. Are you going to be silent or are you going to ask the King to deliver your people, the people of the human race that Jesus Christ gave His life for?  Many do not know that there is a free gift waiting for them. The gift of Salvation.

  Salvation is a Free gift. if you have received your free gift dont you want others to receive theirs? The Lord Jesus Christ said to ask and it will be given. Ask for people to be saved and delivered today. You may be a key used by God to unlock the door in someones life.. simply by asking.

 Oh, Father. I come before You, in Jesus name, and I ask today for the Salvation of all unsaved that You bring onto my path. I speak blessing and revelation over each of all those who have received Salvation to go further and rise up for such a time as this. We all need You, Lord. And may we learn to ask, seek and knock on the behalf of all those who are unsaved and may our relationship with You grow and grow. We have eyes to see and ears to hear You and we are watching and listening. Please show us and speak to us. In Jesus name. Amen.

 This year, Purim begins at sunset on Saturday, March 15, and ends on Sunday evening, March 16. This is a Great time to start asking for the Salvation for those that God brings along your path.

 

 

 

Jesus or World By Beth Auman

fpx040307-09Are you looking to Jesus Christ as your Lord, Healer, Truth, Redeemer, Friend, Victory and Grace – or are you looking to something worldly – What is being proclaimed out of your mouth today and to whom are you giving all glory, honor and praise.. are you serving God or mammon? People are watching, you are a living epistle of whatever you’ve put your trust in- The Lord is watching too..lead people along the well lit path that God has created for them.. it’s full of love, peace, joy and Jesus..

Lord – I pray for all of my friends and family today that You will open the eyes of their understanding – so that they may know the hope to which You have called them – see the well lit path that You have designed and walk in the center of it – according to Eph 1:17-29 in Jesus name Amen

Just Trust By Conny H.

fpx041107-02Nearly two years ago my husband and I packed up all our belongings and moved from northwestern Pennsylvania to North Carolina. Our little dog Tootsie was getting a little confused. She watched us pack up one thing after another and carry it out of the house, her house, the only house she had ever really known. I picked her up and comforted her by saying, “Oh, my little girl, I know you don’t understand what’s going on, and I can’t explain it to you, but all you need to know is that I love you and you will always be with me.” When I said that I “heard” that sweet familiar still small voice of my heavenly Father whisper in my heart, “and that goes for you, too…and for My people who are struggling and confused.”

I knew that day my little doggie girl needed my reassurance to help her keep trusting me and not get anxious. If I feel that way about my dog, don’t you know your heavenly Father feels so much love and compassion for you, His beloved son or daughter! So when you don’t understand just stay close to Him, like Tootsie did with me, and let Him carry you through. Let His love comfort you today!

 © Conny Hubbard 2014

Isaiah 41:10 Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Once By Beth Auman

fp061805-02We are mortals – we live one life and die one death – then it’s eternal joy in heaven or eternal misery in hell. We ask the Lord for forgiveness of our sins and we die daily to our flesh that we will not practice sin.. (That is knowingly committing sin – over and over, knowing that it is sinful and doing it anyway) We learn our lessons from past sins and walk the journey of life learning from our mistakes – asking for and receiving forgiveness for our sins along the way- this is a daily journey – to our eternal destination. (That is if we are believers in Jesus Christ and have made Him Lord of our lives  . Those who have not will live eternally – but not in heaven.)

Hebrews 9:27-28 The Voice (VOICE) 27 Just as mortals are appointed to die once and then to experience a judgment, 28 so the Anointed One, our Liberating King, was offered once in death to bear the sins of many and will appear a second time, not to deal again with sin, but to rescue those who eagerly await His return.

What are you doing with your life?  Have you given thought to this passage? One Life – to fulfill the destiny for which God Himself created you. Are you fulfilling your destiny or are you running away from it and serving the evil sinful devil?

God is the God of life not the God of recycling – He is creative – He creates – He has all creative power and He creates mortals to live one life and die one death. Jesus came once and offered His life so that our sins can be forgiven. He will come again to rescue those who eagerly await His return. We are only promised today.  I Love the Voice Translation of the Bible –

 

James 4:13-17 The Voice (VOICE) 13 Listen carefully, those of you who make your plans and say, “We are traveling to this city in the next few days. We’ll stay there for one year while our business explodes and revenue is up.” 14 The reality is you have no idea where your life will take you tomorrow. You are like a mist that appears one moment and then vanishes another. 15 It would be best to say, “If it is the Lord’s will and we live long enough, we hope to do this project or pursue that dream.” 16 But your current speech indicates an arrogance that does not acknowledge the One who controls the universe, and this kind of big talking is the epitome of evil. 17 So if you know the right way to live and ignore it, it is sin – plain and simple.

He is the God of second chances during life – Jesus is always there to offer forgiveness for wrong  mindsets, for sin –  He gives us one life to live and one death to die.

Holy Spirit of Truth – Please come and impart truth to this generation  - I pray for the Salvation of this generation of people – that they will know You – The Truth and that You will make them free, Jesus Christ You alone are the Way, Truth and Life, No man comes to the Father except by You.  John 14:6The Voice (VOICE) Jesus: I am the path, the truth, and the energy of life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 

I personally, eagerly await His return. Do you? The choice is always yours..Life – Death – Heaven – Hell.  but rest assured you only have Once to Life and Once to Die.

Ephesians 4:21-24 The Voice (VOICE) 21 If you have heard Jesus and have been taught by Him according to the truth that is in Him, 22 then you know to take off your former way of life, your crumpled old self—that dark blot of a soul corrupted by deceitful desire and lust  23 to take a fresh breath and to let God renew your attitude and spirit. 24 Then you are ready to put on your new self, modeled after the very likeness of God: truthful, righteous, and holy.

Romans 12:2 The Voice (VOICE) Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.

Abba Father – I pray in Jesus name – I take my seat in Christ Jesus – take the authority given to me by the Power given to Jesus and I apply His blood over each person – I pray individually and corporately that each one will come to know You Jesus and crown You Lord of their life and that we will all corporately be the Body of Christ that Jesus is coming for – walking in power and authority  – living the one life that You have chosen us for and fulfilling our destiny in You.. Amen

 

 

 

© Beth Auman 2014

 

 

 

Sweet Perfume – By Conny H.

fp052705-06When I was still a young Christian I heard this song, called “Sweet Perfume” written by John Wimber, and it deeply touched my heart. These words healed and nourished my soul. I even printed the song out on cards to give to other women because I could see that so many needed to hear this message, too. I saw the same response over and over as they read the words and let them sink in. Often, I saw tears streaming down their faces when they allowed those words to touch their hearts.

I haven’t thought of this song in many years. I had to google it to find it again – thank God for the wonders of modern technology!

As I pondered the words again I felt the Lord had this message for me – and maybe someone else needs to hear this, too.

He spoke to my heart and said, “My child, this song is still true. You have often been disappointed in yourself, seen your shortcomings and your failures. You have prayed many prayers that seem like they haven’t been answered and somehow you blamed yourself and found it hard to believe that they are still as a sweet perfume to Me. I want to bring back to your remembrance the truth and gently guide you back into the unconditional love of your heavenly Father. You cannot earn more love and you cannot lose any of it. Just believe these words today and let Me love you.”

 Sweet Perfume

(John Wimber)

Consider how He loves you

His arms of love enfold you

Like a sweet, sweet perfume

He left His word to guide us

His presence lives inside us

Like a sweet, sweet perfume

 

Don’t ever think

That you’re worthless

You have his life within

You are a sweet,

Wholesome fragrance

So valuable to Him

 

He’ll light up all your darkness

And fill you with his Spirit

Like a sweet, sweet perfume

 

Your prayers are very precious

They reach the heart of Jesus

Like a sweet, sweet perfume

 

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