Faith & Love & Works

I spent some time with the Lord the other day, and He sure had a lot to say! This is some of what I recorded as I spent time in His presence. It’s amazing how He speaks when we listen.  I would love to hear your thoughts. What is in bold is what I heard Him speak. Some of this might be a little…haphazard, but I hope you can understand it! 🙂

I want you to give of yourself and give of yourself. Don’t let up. Keep giving, keep giving. That’s love. Love never fails.”

1 Corinthians 13:7, 8
Love “bears all things.” “Love never fails.”
You keep at it!

Prophecy fails (ends)
Tongues will have an end.
Knowledge will also have an end.

But LOVE….love goes on and on and on! It never fails! It never doesn’t come through!

Heard: “the unceasing love of the Lord.”

Your loving-kindness reaches to the heavens.

Thought of song lyrics: “Your love, it never fails, it never gives up. It never lets go of me.”

“Consider the interests of others as more important than yourselves.” (from Phil 2)

You have so much more of yourself to give. Your giving muscles are weak, I will help you strengthen them. You have more to give than you know.

Remember that I know the hearts of all men.”

“But Jesus, knowing their hearts…”

1 John 3:20
“God is greater than our hearts and knows all things.”

Heard: “Don’t be exhausted. Cast all your cares on Me. Cease from dead works. You can do all things through Me because I strengthen you.”

[Quickened eye glance] (this is when I see something out of the corner of my eye and the Lord says something along the lines of, “This is important! Pay attention” before I actually read it.)

1 John 3:16-18
“We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay our lives down for the brethren. Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed & truth.”
But whoever has the world’s gods, and sees his brother in need, and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?”

[heard:] “faith working itself through love.” (Galatians 5:6)

I think of all the Compassion children and World Vision requests for money. My heart is toward toward them—I am not closed toward them.

[Quickened eye glance]
James 2:14-17
“What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or a sister in without clothing and in need of daily food and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,’ and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what good is that? Even so, faith, if it has works, is dead, being by itself.”

Hmmm…
works are proof of faith. Faith is the proof of the unseen and what’s to come. (see Hebrews 11:1)

So, works, prove faith and faith proves the unseen.
But works do not prove the unseen or what’s to come.

Lol! I heard the Lord say : “The proof is in the pudding.
The proof of your faith is your works—

  • Meeting others’ needs
  • Persistently asking God until He gives
  • Obedience to the Lord and His word
  • Giving of yourself and giving of yourself to others
  • Giving of money

Works are the only part of your faith that can be seen by men—

HEARD: “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

=–
[Another quickened eye glance] Whoa, I never understood this before:

James 5:1-3
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure!

But now I get it, totally.
Their clothes, and money that might have been given to the poor…they are WASTED! Their clothes and money –stored up treasures—now just wasted, destoryed, worthless, when many might have been helped, none were.

How terribly sad!

[And how many of us are living like this? Buying things just to buy them, but storing them…doing nothing with them, not using them? Give what you have that you do not use before it becomes unusable! ]

Oh Lord I pray that we will not waste our money on needless things when children are starving or when they need clothing! Father, help us all give away our extra clothes and money for the hungry!!


So in summary, You’ve said that my ‘work’ (good deeds) that is the proof of my faith (faith that You will provide for us no matter what jobs we have or don’t have) is to not stockpile treasure (money, stuff) here on earth, but giving away our extra, having proof (our faith) that You will absolutely provide for whatever need comes up!
I will not worry about tomorrow!

Wow! What a word from Your throne!

Heard: “Now share it.”

Matthew 5:42 “Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.”

Matthew 6:24 “(you cannot serve God and wealth”)
Matthew 6:24b- 34
(I’m seeing this in light of giving what you have today, and God will provide for tomorrow!)
Particularly:
v.30-31 “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry, then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’
So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will take care of itself.”

That is quite the “risk”–living by faith, giving up what you have today when you are asked to, trusting that God will give you what you will need for tomorrow!

Now those works are definitely proof of your faith in God!

I think of this, when Jesus sent the disciples out to preach: “He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff—no bread, no bag, no money…” (Mark 6:8)
All by faith, risking having no food! Instead trusting God to provide for them through whatever means were available.

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Thoughts on Faith part 2!

Faith is evidence that what you believe will happen.

Whoa. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” NASB Hebrews 11:1

“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” NLT Hebrews 11:1

Faith assures us, it’s like proof that what we don’t see is real/will happen. Like a special knowledge paired with belief.

Hebrews 4:2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.”

The word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.”

Faith completes the word of God. Phew. Faith completes the word of God. Faith completes the word God speaks to me about my life. About others. Faith completes the word of God.

Faith gives life to God’s word in your heart.

Faith is proof. Wow.

The world/many of us Christians see faith as hope or belief in God. But this is way bigger. Faith is the proof of what you believe. How can I wrap my head around this??

1 Peter 1:5

And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.”

Well faith is also those things too—belief in God, trust in God, belief that He will do what He set out to do, but when we have faith– the spirit filled faith– that’s the proof we need in order to believe that something will happen—the proof that what He said is going to happen is going to happen.

Like when I was praying about going to India. I wasn’t really sure, I didn’t have the faith that God was calling me to go, so I kept entrusting it to Him, that He would tell me. He told me by giving me an extra “measure of faith” –

Romans 12:3 “God has allotted to each a measure of faith.”

And that was the proof in my heart that God had certainly called me to go!! I had lots and lots faith.

Faith Grows: “as your faith grows” 2 Corinthians 10:15

Faith can also run dry. We need God to give us more and more faith –as the proof that He is working, He is answering our prayers. We need conviction that what we have prayed for is going to happen. We need proof, Lord!

2 Corinthians 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”

So what builds up my faith? HEARING THE WORD OF CHRIST.

And when I hear His word, I receive faith to believe it…and faith united with the word brings profit (the promise into fulfillment)!! (see Hebrews 4:2 – “but the word they heard did not profit them because it was not united by faith in those who heard.”)

Let us be faithful to ask God for more faith!!

Luke 17:5 The apostles said to the Lord,Increase our faith!””

Luke 17:5 NLT The apostles said to the Lord, “Show us how to increase our faith.”


So who is responsible for increasing our faith??

AMP–

The apostles said to the Lord, Increase our faith (that trust and confidence that spring from our belief in God).”

Oooo I like that definition of faith: “trust and confidence that spring from our belief in God.”

The Lord also stirs up faith, He did to me last week when I was pondering something I love to do and wondering if I’ll ever have the chance to do it again. I was filled with joy and faith that no matter what happens on earth (whether I have the chance here to do it again or not) I will be able to sing harmoniously and make beautiful, breathtaking music with a beautiful choir in heaven because He has given me that gift of song!! Oh, I can’t wait! And now I feel like I may have the opportunity again while on the earth, too. Thank You for fresh faith, Lord!

I can’t make myself have faith. The word of God brings faith. That’s a powerful word right there.

But, although I can’t make myself have faith, I can certainly make myself hear the word of God!! lol! Especially if we have it memorized and we quote it! Then our hearts and minds “hear” the word of God, and come into alignment with it, uniting the word with FAITH

Rambling Thoughts on Faith part 1

Wow! God has been sparking me into new faith! I’ve been going to Bible study and hearing from Joyce Meyer on her Battlefield of the Mind series and it’s fantastic!! God is really giving me new faith concerning His word. The Lord has been prompting me to write a second book but I have been very “faithless” about it and not acting as though I believe His word concerning me about writing this next book. The topic of the book is faith, ironically, so I know He must be teaching me about faith in even this circumstance.

I’ve been trying to pay more attention to my thoughts (something Joyce really encourages that we may have our minds renewed into the image of Christ–see Romans 12:2). Today I was pondering my book and then my mind went off in the direction it typically does when the topic comes up– “oh…no I don’t have any idea what to write…it’s overwhelming…I just can’t do it right now…I’m confused about it, there’s so much…” etc etc. Then BAM I suddenly realized, “No! These are not the thoughts I need to be thinking!”  So instead, I began declaring out loud, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil 4:13.) God is not a god of chaos, but a God of peace! (1 Corinthians 14:33). God will not overwhelm me–He leads me and guides me where I should go (Psalm 32:8).” Then I had such a different out look! Awesome, praise God! Did you know that that’s how Jesus fought off satan’s temptations? He quoted Scripture!! We have that same power and privilege.

Tomorrow I’ll give you some of today’s thoughts that I wrote about faith. Praise God!! Ask Him for more faith today. What He’s saying is pow-er-ful. 🙂

He is near

I felt drawn to Deuteronomy 4 this morning. The Lord spoke at least three different times to me, highlighting certain things, even a confirmation for Saturday’s post about not being deceived by removing things from the Scriptures! My favorite verse in Deuteronomy chapter 4 was quickened to my heart this morning too:

For what great nation has a god as near to them as the LORD our God is near to us whenever we call on Him?

The Lord is so near to you whenever you call upon His name! The nation referred to here is not the same anymore–instead, as it says in 1 Peter 2:9–

… You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”

–now YOU and ME and all believers are the holy nation whose God is near to us whenever we call on Him! Praise the Lord. After I read that and posted it as my Facebook status, I went downstairs to do some laundry. As I was down there, a song popped into my head, and I quickly realized God was continuing to speak! Here are the song lyrics:

And I’ll be by your side
Whenever you fall
In the dead of night
Whenever you call.”

-Tenth Avenue North ‘By Your Side’

Thank You Jesus! He is by your side whenever you fall, and absolutely whenever you call on Him!
Romans 10:13 “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED

Call on His name, He will come running. He is your Shepherd and He will lead and guide you! God bless you!

(PS I guess today’s tip is that God speaks to you when you get a song randomly in your head! Pay attention to what is going on in your mind, so often He speaks there–we have the mind of Christ! (1 Corinthians 2:16))

Do not be misled.

Hi everybody 🙂 I come to you today with what I believe is an important message from the Lord!

First of all I have to mention how seriously BIG and STRONG His love is for you. He is all encompassing. He doesn’t miss a thing about you, you are open and laid bare before Him. In His greatness He sees you as you are, and He knows your sensitivities and what makes you smile and what makes your heart leap or pound with anxiety. He is the answer to all of your problems. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He is the one who knows your heart’s deepest longings. He is so awesome!

🙂 🙂 🙂

After that beautiful exhortation (which I feel very refreshed now after writing!! Thank You Lord You are so good, Your truth is amazing!) I go on to another!

I was at a Beth Moore Bible study last week, and she was talking about knowledge and what God shows us in His Word and how important it is to know it. There is so much information that the Father wants to impart to us. Much of it (I think it’s safe to say all of it) is already in His word, ready for us to read, ready for us to read & receive revelation on.

Since we have this wonderful tool, —whoa I am coming to another understanding, praise God! Okay! So, (lol, hope I haven’t lost you yet!) —God has been teaching me this past year about how to use the Bible as a “sword”.

For example:

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

&

Ephesians 6:17
“…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

So the Bible is our sword. Earlier this year I asked God what that means. Here I see He is giving me another answer!

So look at these verses about the end times: “Jesus answered and said to them, ‘See to it that no one misleads you.” Matthew 24:4
2 Timothy 3:13 “But evil men & imposters will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”
Luke 21:8 “See to it that you are not misled“!!!

With warnings like these, it’s clear that Jesus must have made it possible for us to not be misled. “See to it” that you are not deceived. “See to it” that you not misled. It’s our responsibility to make sure that we know the truth so that we may not be led astray! Wow. And one of the signs of evil men and impostors is that they will go from “bad to worse” “being deceived”. Whoa! I was surprised to see here that being deceived is the mark of an evil man or an impostor. It’s not just deceiving, but by being deceived you are taking part in evil.

Surely, we must “know the truth and the truth will make [us] free.”

The Lord has given us His word to guard us from falsehood, to protect us from being deceived. We have to use it as a sword to cut through any lies that we hear or see. We have to start believing that God still does miracles, the gifts of the Spirit are true, prophecy is real and God still physically heals! Our churches must walk in understanding, wisdom, and knowledge of the Scriptures while we also walk in the Spirit! We must not be deceived! We must know & understand that there is a lot we do not currently understand, but Jesus says that we are able to make sure that we are not deceived, so let’s do it, with His help.

Father, I bless the Church! I pray for Your power and Your word and Your love to be known among Your peoples. May we not be deceived, in Jesus’ Name! There are so many heresies to watch out for–both when people add to Your word and when people take away from Your word and say that something isn’t true. Father I pray You will give us Your spirit of wisdom and understanding so that we know the truth and spot lies! I pray for Your protection to be on and around us. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear that we may walk in the truth, without adding to it or taking away from it! Thank You Jesus that You said we can prevent ourselves from being misled. May we know the truth and may it set us free!! Thank You! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Be yourself.

[I feel like I titled a post the same title a while ago! haha, I did! It’s here. This is definitely something God is highlighting to me in this season of my life. Being real.]

This morning I read a blog that challenged me to read Matthew 5,6,7 every day during the month of October. While I can’t promise that I’ll do that, (remember, I’m freeing myself from man-made rules that block me in–see this post and remember Galatians 5:1 “It was for freedom that Christ set us free, therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery“) I did decide to read it today. But I only got to verses 14, 15, and 16…

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see our good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” 

In the past I have read this simply as showing everyone that you are a Christian, however that might look. Today the Holy Spirit spoke differently.

Today here is how I understood what Jesus was saying.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand.

I am the light of the world. I am a city on a hill. I am a lamp.
I can’t be hidden. But I try to hide myself.  I should not be put under a basket. But I try to anyway. I hide my feelings, because I’m scared of what others will think of them. Or because I know I shouldn’t feel them. I try to hide from God. But I’m finding that the more I reveal myself, the more I feel known.

Father, help me to let my light shine before men in such a way that they may glorify You. Lord I’m tired of trying to hide. It creates more problems. I know that “there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known” (Matthew 10:26). Make me open, see-through and vulnerable. May I let my light shine! I want to be known as You know me, I want to know myself and recognize my own faults, mistakes and talents and gifts! Make me quick to repent and make it easy for me to say exactly what I’m feeling without fear of judgment from You or from others. May I be confident and let that light shine so others may glorify You! I am open and laid bare before You. Be glorified God, make me honest about all I fear and all I feel. Thank You Jesus for tearing the veil between the Father and us. Tear down the walls that separate me from others, too! Thank You Lord! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Psalm 38:9
Lord, all my desire is before You; And my sighing is not hidden from You.

Hebrews 4:13
And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”

Psalm 69:5
O God, it is You who knows my folly, And my wrongs are not hidden from You.”

Luke 12:3
Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops.”

Hallelujah. I am free to be me!

As I was reading through my Bible study this morning, I read this Scripture:

1 Corinthians 2:10-12 woo!
For to us God revealed them through the Spirit for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the Spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of this world, but the Spirit who is from God, so tat we may know the things freely given to us by God….

READ IT AGAIN!!! 🙂 God tells us His thoughts through the Holy Spirit!! Do you see it? Praise God.

The Holy Spirit reveals to us the depths of God. I am overcome by this thought. Can you imagine the “depths of God”.

The Lord is bringing to mind this Scripture:

  • Romans 11:33 “Oh the depths of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!

Praise You Jesus!! He is unsearchable and unfathomable…yet God has given us His Spirit to have access to search His depths!!! Just pause for a moment to consider the depths of His riches. Unfathomable! Glory to God.

God Can Never Exhaust His Resources!

I heard that quote yesterday from Priscilla Shirer at our church’s women’s Bible study. Think about it…God’s resources will never run out! God can never have too much on His plate!! I guess that’s why Jesus said this:

” Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
-Matthew 11:28-29

Jesus, I come to You will all that weighs on me, whether it’s something as simple as going to the grocery store or something as serious as watching someone go through a painful divorce. Oh Jesus, I pray for restoration of families, husbands & wives. I know You can do it!! It is not too hard for You, God!! You restore, You deliver, You make whole. Father, I lay my hopes & desires at Your feet.  I know You desire unity in Your children…may it be so, in Jesus’ Name! Thank You Lord that You never run out! Your living water never runs dry but keeps overflowing. Bless the Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

I’ve really been feeling close to the Lord the past two days. It’s not that I’ve spent more time in prayer or Bible study…but I’ve just felt a closeness to Him that I haven’t experienced very frequently in recent times. Thank You Jesus! I feel an overflowing thankfulness and joy knowing that He knows every one of my thoughts and He rejoices in who I am! How cool is that?

I love You, Jesus! Holy Spirit, I pray that Your presence will be with all of Your children today. Thank You for Your love, be manifest today. Reveal to us what is on Your heart, God. Thank You Lord for Your patience and overflowing love that never ever runs out! Thank You God! I love You, Jesus. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Edited to Add:

I just went to my email and read this!!
http://www.thequickenedword.com/rhema/SpiritualDNA.htm

Amazing confirmation. Thank You God!!

Promises

“ALL the promises of God are YES and AMEN in Christ Jesus!” 2 Corinthians 1:20

 

All of them!! Jesus fulfilled it all. May His promises to you be fulfilled in your life today 🙂

God bless you!