Something To Think About…

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And the people said, “speak unto us smooth things”. Have you noticed the change of times. I remember growing up the old people would tell you to drink the nastiest of concoctions for medicine to heal the body, and in reluctant obedience we would comply. Today everyone wants flavored water, flavored drinks, flavored medicine, and run from the remedies of the old days even if they worked. This makes me think about the changes in our culture over all.

Is the goal for personal pleasure and comfort taking us further and further from the old landmarks and more importantly God? Is the desire to please flesh suppressing the move of the Holy Spirit in our homes, communities,  and churches? Has the pursuit of worldly measures to heal the hurting heart, mind,  body, and soul taken away the true joy, peace, and deliverance that only Christ can give?

I think we can all sadly agree and answer, “yes” to each of the above. It’s way past time for us to go back to the old landmarks, and train up our children with the understanding of the need for boundaries to protect us and not bind us for the safety of our souls. It’s time for us to swallow the bitter pill of being separate and holy in a world that seemingly has found a better way and an easier way. It’s time to listen to the instructions and wisdom of our elders, those who have gone before us, to show us the way we should go. It’s time to lay aside every weight and every sin, and walk in the truth of the Word of God found in our bibles that many have set aside for an “easier way” sadly forgetting that the road to heaven is a narrow way.  It’s time to pursue after God, and to find our way into a church preaching and teaching truth. It’s time to submit ourselves to the word that’s sharper than a two edged sword, and allow it to cut away everything in us that’s not like Christ. It’s going to hurt. It’s going to sting. It’s going to taste bitter at times, but in the end it will be worth it all!!

Isaiah 30:9-10

That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord:

10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

Something To Think About…

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The joy of the Lord is my strength!! How often have we quoted this without fully comprehending and believing that it is so in our lives today and always. Life’s many trials and circumstances may cause us to feel weak and even despondent at times, but we can remember the name of the Lord and rejoice knowing that He is our provider and our waymaker.  We know that this is so, because we serve a faithful God who has proven himself to us time and time again. This joy that I have the world didn’t give it to me, and the world can’t take it away!! Through the good and the bad I will lean on my heavenly Father, and trust Him to guide me through it all!!  Storms may rise, but I am safe because my Father is there to protect me! He’s there for you too!! He is your joy in sorrow!! He is your provider when you have a need!! He is your healer when your mind and body are wracked with pain!! He calms the storms with simply a word from on high, “Peace. Be still.”  I am forever grateful to know and abide with a loving God who cares for me and cares for you too!!!  I may feel weak and you may feel weak at times, but our God is strong and mighty!! Trust Him!! He’s got this issue under control!! He’s got us in the palm of His loving hands!!

Podcast, “Warning!! Hurricane Florence On The Way, But So Is Christ!!”

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Listen to this episode of my podcast, Stepping Stones 123, Warning!! Hurricane Florence On The Way, But So Is Christ!! https://anchor.fm/devonne/episodes/Warning—Hurricane-Florence-On-The-Way–But-So-Is-Christ-e270tt

Something To Think About…

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In the midst of the uproar and news reports of the possible strength of Hurricane Florence remember to stop and pray for a quiet peace in your soul, and wisdom and direction from the holy spirit. God sees all, knows all, and hears all. Pray!! Stay safe!!

Something To Think About…

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Sharing an old Facebook post today. Please share your thoughts in the comments!!

You may not be able to depend on people to stay with you through the storm to comfort and help you in your time of distress. You might even lose some things or suffer damages in the process, however be of good courage. You have prepared in advance for the storm that has come upon you through prayer, fasting, studying the word, and obedience. Now, sit back and relax, knowing God is there to keep you and comfort you with His strength, power, provision, and never ending love!

Deuteronomy 31:6 (KJV)

6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Deuteronomy 31:8 (KJV)

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.

Luke 8:23-25(KJV)

23 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.

24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.

25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

Mission Minded: Go And Compel Them To Come!!

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Listen to this episode of my podcast, Stepping Stones 123, Mission minded: Go and compel them to come!! https://anchor.fm/devonne/episodes/Mission-minded-Go-and-compel-them-to-come-e24fb1

Mission minded: Go and compel them to come!!

Your Story Matters!!

 

 

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If you love fantasies Facebook is definitely the place for you, but real life is not always sunshine, roses, and happily ever after. Real life includes real storms, struggles, and battles to hang in there until your change comes. The reason I share personal struggles or issues at times is because someone else might be going through too, but believing the lie that they are the only one. They might be on the verge of quitting, giving up, and throwing in the towel. I don’t want that for anybody! Somebody might need that word of encouragement that “Hey, you’ve got this. We’ve got this!! Some how and some way, we will survive!!”

Too often people are afraid of transparency. Some because they just don’t care. Some because they are uncomfortable. Some because they don’t want to face their own shortcomings. Some because they believe if you don’t tell than it never happened. Some because they would rather believe and strive to live a lie. Some because they are concerned they will have to get involved with their time or resources. Is it even too much to simply pray without judgement for that “friend” in need?

Obviously, there is a time and place for everything. Social media is not always that place. We must pray for wisdom, and walk in the spirit. The posts I share at times is not for everyone, and probably even most, and THAT’S OKAY. However, if it only reaches the one that God knows is waiting for a right now word of encouragement than IT IS ENOUGH!! Every time someone lets me know a post I shared encouraged them or spoke to them I am reminded that God knows best, and my desire is always to please Him and not the crowds.

The bible says the good shepherd leaves the rest of the sheep to find the one. It’s bible. That one soul matters!! So with all that being said. Share your story. Be real. Use wisdom. Do it for the right reason, and not for attention or sympathy. Tell others the way to keep standing and how to find the way out through the Word of God, just like you did. Your testimony can breathe life into a dead situation, so share it! Somebody is waiting on you!!

 

Steward Of God

All that we have belongs to God!! We are just stewards passing through this land for a season.

Whatever we give to God already belonged to Him from the beginning, so there is no place for self righteous pride and boasting in our giving or obtaining. There is no reason for giving grudgingly or not at all from our time, finances, and resources to the one who already gave us His all.

Even those of us who are “homeowners” are still just renters with a few more freedoms like decorating as we choose and a whole lot more responsibilities for upkeep (lol), but in the end we still can take absolutely nothing with us.

Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Enjoy what you have, but keep the right perspective and focus. It all belongs to God, and we are blessed to enjoy it for but a season.

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