Sunday, July 23, 2017

Rest in the Lord (7.23.17)

Matthew 11:28-29 - Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Matthew 26:45 - Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, sleep on now, and take your rest:

My Child,
When you don’t feel My Presence, do not feel as though you have done something wrong.  However, know that I Am allowing you this time to rest in Me; while I prepare your physical body for the next mission.

Do not worry that you are not kept busy all the time.
Know that the life that you are living is being smiled upon.
Know that the time will come when
     you will move mountains in My Name.
Know that all is well with your life as you trust Me.

Learn to rest in Me My child.

I rested so, shall 
you. Some things will take time for Me to show you
    but you must be patient and know that I Am GOD. 

No one will ever take you away from Me.
You are Mine, and remember to seek Me first
     in all that you do; as I hold you close
wipe away your tears.  

Now rest in Me.

Read and Meditate on God's Word
Genesis 2:2 - And on the seventh day GOD ended his work which he had made, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 

Mark 6:31 - And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. 

John 16:12 - I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Doing the Right Thing with the Right Motives for the Right Reasons (7.21.17)

Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. - Matthew 6:1-4

Faith Believers,
There is no doubt that Jesus wants us to do good things for others.
He wants us to love our neighbors and to give to those who have needs.
That’s just a part of what it means to follow Him.

But Jesus never looks just at the outward act of righteousness. He focuses instead on the intentions of our hearts. Why are we helping others? Is it to be well-thought of, or is it an act of worship before the Lord?

Most of the Sermon on the Mount deals with doing right things with right motives. Jesus never wants us to focus on just the horizontal, whether it is giving, fasting, or praying. Instead, the call is to do these acts vertically. Look to the Lord to engage in deeds of service and kindness as acts of worship, desiring His pleasure and not the affirmations or thanks from others.

One of the more challenging aspects of following Christ is to rightly discern our own reasons for doing what we do or saying what we say. If you are like us, we can both recall times in our lives when we have done or said “good things” not because of the call of Christ, but to be liked or thought well of. We have gone the extra mile so that another will do something for us in return rather than because it is commanded by Jesus.

Even when we think we don’t want acknowledgment or thanks for our actions, so often, deep inside, we wonder why nobody said anything. It’s precisely here where prayer enters in. We ask the Lord to examine our hearts. Praying Psalm 139:23-24 is helpful: “Search me, O GOD, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

The Lord is not constrained by the selfishness of our own desires and when we ask Him to search us . . . He will. As His Spirit reveals to us the ways we continue to do or say things for wrong reasons, we are being given the opportunity to repent and return to selfless service that honors the Lord.

  -  Marilyn

~ Prayer ~
Thank You Lord,
For giving me the privilege of serving others.

Your Word says that You came not to be served but to serve.
I want to serve others so that I will become more like You.

Guard my heart Lord, that my service would not be
    to attract attention to myself, but instead to You.

Search my heart and see if there is any offensive way in me.
Show me how to serve others so that my left hand does not
    know what my right hand is doing.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Trust in the Lord (7.20.17)

You know within your heart that you have power.
All the power that you need is within you.
You must learn to use it.
It is up to you to use it.

Do not hold back on what I have given you.

You must learn to trust Me, to trust what I have given you.
Hold on to My Fathers Word and trust Me.
I can do anything but fail.

My Father's Word cannot return to Me void,
    it shall accomplish that which pleases Me.

Trust and believe the promises I have spoken over your life.
I have not left you.
I have not abandoned you.

I Am leading you, hearing and answering your prayers.

I Am fulfilling promises made and I Will call things
     into line with My Father's Word.

Whenever you are weak, feast in Me.

I Am Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

Faith Believers,
There are times that the Lord assigns certain tasks to us.
It is in those times that we need to trust in Him for all we need to get the job done. We must not allow the circumstances to dictate to us whether we will obey GOD.
We must be obedient and know that He is with us in all we do.
He will never ask us to do anything without the way already being made. 

He would never allow us to fail. It does not matter that you do not feel worthy enough, for we all have fallen short of the Glory of GOD.
What matters is your willingness to obey the Lord.
He has already looked beyond your faults; He knows you can do it.
You must use the blessings the Lord has given you.
You must use what is in your hands, His Holy Word.
  -  Marilyn

Read and Meditate on God's Word: 
Deuteronomy 28:1-2 - And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy GOD, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy GOD will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy GOD. 

Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 

Isaiah 55:11 - So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 

Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Release those Heavy Burdens, Rest & Know that All is Well (7.19.17)

Faith Believers,
I know sometimes the pressures of life seem to weigh you down, more than ever.  It seems that as soon as you get on your feet, something new comes along and knocks you back down. It feels as though everything is coming at you, from all sides, trying to make you fall under the pressure of the heavy load.  If that is what you are going through, then I want to encourage with this Word so that you can look up from where you are and see that the Lord is there, ready to take that load from you and turn it into a blessing.

Let these words minister to you this day......
  -  Marilyn

My Child,
Please don’t allow the trials of life to weigh you down. 
I know that what you are going through is not easy, and at times it seems impossible to break through and be free of the trials you face. 

However, know this, the enemy sees you as a threat to his kingdom. 

Yes, you are a threat! 

His attacks coming against you are a sign that he’s scared, and you are so close to your promised blessings.  Don’t stop praying and don’t stop believing - you have the victory, just hold on.
I want you to know that My Hand is with you, and there is nothing the enemy can do to stop it.  I Am in control of everything. You don’t have anything to worry about.  Just trust in My Word and continue to press your way through the enemy’s weak attempts to block your blessings. 

Oh, what a mighty God you serve, and it’s My pleasure to bless you.  Stay close to Me, dwell in My presence and talk to Me morning, noon and night. 

I will help you, instruct you
     and embrace you with My love.
So, come to Me and release those heavy burdens into My Hands. 
Let Me take them away from you. 
I AM the answer to every trial that comes your way,
      and I want you to rest and know ALL IS WELL.

Read and Meditate on God's Word:
Matthew 11:28-30 - Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 

Luke 12:32 - Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

John 15:7 - If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 - We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair.  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

Philippians 4:6 - Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell GOD what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

1 Peter 5:7 - Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Change Your Focus & Move into God's Purpose with New Vision and Hope (7.18.17)

My Child,
There is nothing for you to do, but to continue
     to look to Me and trust in My Word.

You cannot earn or do anything to further
     your progress, or to elevate your position.
I Am in full control.
I know what I Am doing.

I Am working all things out according to My Plan.
Cease from worry, and from despair.
Have faith in Me.

As you look to Me, I will bring you further into understanding and into My timing.

You cannot hurry or bring forth what isn't there yet.
You must wait upon Me.
There is no pressure that should be weighing upon you.
If you have truly aligned yourself with Me, then walk with Me.

Stay in step, and quit striving.

Continue to trust in Me, and be sensitive to My leading. Do not let your circumstances pull you from My arms. Do not let the cares and duties limit your time with Me. Be ever diligent to keep Me first.

Take no thought for tomorrow, but leave the cares and the decisions to My able Hands. I Will lead you. I Will show you the way to go, and what to do. You cannot accomplish tomorrow, today; nor plan for it. You must fully be reliant on Me.

Do not think that you can walk
    separate from Me and be a part of Me.
We are united by your faith in Me. 

Allow My Peace to guide you. Listen to Me, and don't let the voices of this world drown out My Voice. You must bring all thoughts and feelings captive. Take authority over them, and bring them into subjection to the Holy Spirit.

It's time to shut out the world and listen anew.
I have much to show you and to tell you.

Do not be ruled by circumstances and emotions, be led by My Spirit. Take time to listen. You will not fail, if you obey; and you will not miss Me, if you listen. It is time to change your focus, and bring peace to your heart. Then you will understand, and you will know why you have been in turmoil and in despair.

Bring all of your cares to Me, and leave them here.

Do not allow condemnation to weigh you down.
Stand up.
I see 
you, and have made provisions for you.

I Am moving. The enemy has kept you at bay, with these circumstances, and has tried to prevent you from moving on in My Ways. No more! So, I want you to break free from all lethargy; move on from where you are, and move into My Purposes with new vision and hope.

I Am in control.

Remember My Word to you, and choose to believe it is true, for your faith gives Me the room to move.


Read and Meditate on God's Word:
Psalm 9:10 - And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. 

Psalm 121:1-3 - I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 

Proverbs 3:5 - Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 - For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Micah 7:7 - Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the GOD of my salvation: my GOD will hear me.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Isaiah 63:10 - The Consequence of Rebellion (7.17.17)

Yet they rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit. So he turned and became their enemy and he himself fought against them. - Isaiah 63:10

Faith Believers,
Is there any more grievous verse in Scripture? Those whom GOD loved, saved, redeemed, and carried; now turned their backs on Him in rebellion. Instead of responding in love and obedience as God had willed, they now sought only their own desires.

The result of their rebellion?
The GOD who wanted only to shower His Blessings
     upon them, now became their enemy
     and fought against them.

How is this possible?
How could GOD become the enemy of His own people?

As you read the rest of this passage, it becomes clear that the Lord had not rejected His people; however, their sin had consequences. Those consequences upon a rebellious people were so severe, it appeared that the GOD who previously was protecting them, had now turned; and was allowing disaster to overtake them.

My friends, do not allow yourselves to breathe a sigh of relief and say, “Whew, I’m sure glad that’s the Old Testament and not today. I’d hate to have GOD as my enemy.”  This is the unchanging, Holy GOD, who today still hates sin. He loves us enough that He will not leave us in our sin. Unrecognized, unrepentant sin still has consequences for the people of GOD.

~ Prayer ~
Holy Father,
Keep me from rebellion.
Forgive me for placing my desires first.

Pour into my life the spirit of repentance,
    that allows me to see sin
    from Your perspective and to hate it
    as You do.

Awaken my spirit today to see
    the grave consequences of unrepentant sin.

May I turn from sin and draw near to You!


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Stand on the Faith of God's Promises & Abilities (7.16.17)

My Child,
Why do you look to others for what you need? 
I know your heart aches, but didn’t I tell you
   that I would supply your every need,
   according to My riches in Glory?

Did you not believe Me? 

Then why do you continue to ask them to supply your needs? You are My righteous one; you do not have to beg them.  The righteous will never be forsaken or have to beg.  

Look to Me when all seems lost in your life, and when your hope seems to fade.  My Child, now is the time that I Will raise you up, and allow you to move in My Power. 

The time has come for you to experience My glory
     and all that I have desired to do in your life.

You may not have the strength to fight, but I will raise you up.
I never intended for you to stand alone, as I accomplish all that I desire to do in your life.  I have promised that I would stand with you through your trials. 

Stand in faith on the promises that I decree before you, and you will see them come to pass; for I Am the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 
I Am the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
I make the impossible become possible,
     and I will part the red sea in your life.  

Have faith in My Ability to deliver you through your present crisis. 
It is within My power and authority to cause the righteous to prevail. 
Nothing is more important than knowing that
      My Plan will come to pass in your life.

Do not fear the raging rivers or storms that you see. 

You might see them as an obstacle, but I seem them
     as an opportunity for Me to be glorified. 
I Will make a way through all the obstacles that stand before you. 
I Will make a way where there is no way. 

So, shed no more tears over what the enemy has done
     in your life, or for the things you’ve lost,
     for I Am the GOD of restoration,
     and I Will restore to the righteous all that was lost.

Read and Meditate on God's Word:
Psalm 9:10 - And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

Psalm 34:17 - The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

Psalm 34:19 - Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

Psalm 37:25 - I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

Psalm 55:22 - Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Joel 2:25-26 - And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.  

Phillipians 4:19 - But my GOD shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Do Not Fear. Do You Know How Strong I Made You, How Strong You Are! You Will Make It... (7.14.17)

My Child,
Why do you fear? 
I have proven Myself over and over. 
Cast that spirit of fear off of you,
  for it does not belong to Me. 

I never gave you a spirit of fear.
I gave you a spirit of power. 
Remember the gifts I have imparted 
in you,
    and use them.

Yes, I know you are under pressure. 
Please don’t forget, the Greater One is with you.
I Will not let the waters overtake you.
No, they will not overflow thee.  

Do you realize how strong you are?

In Christ Jesus, you can do all things.
You are more than a conqueror.

There are some who gave up on life over the very same issues you are dealing with. I Am strengthening your inner man by My Holy Spirit; and I Am  keeping you so you won’t faint at the tribulations that come your way. 

I know your flesh wants you to give up,
    because of the trials you are experiencing.
However, it’s the Holy Spirit within,
    telling you that you will live and not die! 

Yes, I Am carrying you right now,
    but I Am teaching your hands to war
    and your fingers to fight; because
    what you’re going through is for My glory.
Yes, you are going to make it!
Rise up My Child, and command that
    which is troubling you to leave in My Name.
Regardless of how hot the fire may get,
    you will not be burned, the flame will not come near you.

You are covered with the blood of Jesus Christ!
I AM your protection.  
In your weakness, I Will strengthen you and I Will keep you lifted with My Hand of righteousness.

I Will keep you rooted
    and grounded every step of the way. 
You must know that I Am with you.
I Am the One, who has blessed you
    with all spiritual blessings in Heavenly places.

I Am your strength;
    therefore, do not fear, you will make it!


Read and Meditate on God's Word:
2 Timothy 1:6-7 - Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of GOD, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.  For GOD hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 

Deuteronomy 31:8 - And the LORD,
he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

1 John 4:4 - Ye are of GOD, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in 

Mark 11:23 - For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 

Psalm 144 - Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: 

Psalm 118:17 - I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.

Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 

Romans 8:37 - Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  than he that is in the world. 
Isaiah 43:2 - When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Do Not Turn Back from Your Trials. Face Them, Pray, Stand On God's Word & Rejoice; Yes Rejoice.... (7.13.17)

My Child,
Continue to pray and press your way through,
     do not turn back from the trials placed before you.
Rejoice in them, yes, rejoice for all is well.

My Child, I See you, and I Am aware of the many times you stood on My Word. If you look closely at your time of testing, you will find Me standing right beside you. Yes, I Am there in the midst of your fiery furnace, holding you, strengthening you, and leading you safely through.

Do not give up now,
    for soon you will hear My Voice
    and see My Glory.

My Child, I Am so proud of you.

You could have turned back and given up, as most have done.
However, you prayed and stood on My Word.
Those prayers carried you through.

So, do not cease praying and reading My Word.
Pray as My Son prayed.

Let praying become your way of life,
for soon it will reveal the blessings
     I have in store for you.

If we would only realize what happens when we pray;
we would pray in, and for, every situation.
  - Marilyn


Read and Meditate on God's Word:
Isaiah 43:2 - When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 

Luke 18:1 - And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing.

1 Timothy 2:8 - I will therefore that men pray ever where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 

James 5:16b - The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.