Come Alive

The Valley of Dry Bones in the 37th chapter of Ezekiel is a marvelous revelation of God’s power to restore and bring life to those who were once dead. It confirms God’s promise of Israel’s rebirth and restoration prophesied in chapter 36, and points us to the true Messiah, Jesus Christ. Through the prophet Ezekiel, God beckoned the dry bones to come alive. And come alive they did.

Ezekiel 37:3-6

And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

When God speaks, His word is always fulfilled.

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When the Desire Comes

The Valley of Dry Bones is a depiction of hope and the amazing life-giving power of the only true God — the God of Israel.

 Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

Sometimes our hearts grow sick when our dreams are deferred. Hope seems like a distant memory and joy fades like a mist. We grow dry, and if not replenished, run the risk of fading away.

The children of Israel had been scattered and chastised with the rod of the Gentiles for their disobedience and rebellion. The nation that was once glorious and beautiful had been stricken with death. Surely the children of Israel felt battered and forgotten in the midst of captivity. But God promised He would not utterly destroy Israel. His promise is in the hope of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is the Tree of Life. Of a truth the Messiah Israel had been desperately waiting for did come the first time. He came to not only save Israel, but the whole world. Jews and Gentiles alike. When we see Jesus Christ again, it will be at His second coming. At that time Jesus Christ will reign with His saints on this earth for one thousand years before the final judgment.

What hope! What desire! What life!

If God can put together the dry bones, clothe them with flesh and tendons, and give them breath, surely He can breathe life into your situation. He is the same God who fashioned the first man and breathed the breath of life into Adam’s nostrils.

When Christ, our Lord, breathes on us and into us, we can’t help but to come alive.

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Your Gift Will Make Room For You

I’ve heard many times your gift will make room for you. But what does that really mean?

God gives us all a gift — a natural or special ability, capacity, endowment, aptitude or talent. It’s natural and is distinct from being taught a skill. Someone with a gift is typically above average in that area.

Perhaps you can draw, paint or play an instrument very well. Someone else may write, sing, sew or cook. Maybe you’re good with numbers or words. Can you do wonders with gardens or work well with animals? Are you a master builder or sensational speaker?

Whatever you are naturally good at, sharpen it, use it and share it. Your gift will make room for you. Opportunities develop because someone has seen or heard about you using your gift. Isn’t that what happened with King David? His gift made room for him.

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David — Skillful on the Harp

Saul was the first king of Israel, but he did not follow God with his whole heart. God rejected Saul because he was rebellious, stubborn and disobedient. As a result, Saul was tormented by an evil spirit because the Spirit of the Lord left him.  When the Spirit of the Lord leaves a person, an evil spirit takes up residence.

1 Samuel 16:14-15

14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.
15 And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.

David was a young shepherd who played the harp. People heard him and recognized how skillful he was.

When Saul was afflicted by the evil spirit, one of his servants referred David because he saw him demonstrate great skill on the harp. Yet, the skill alone was not highlighted. Saul’s servant praised David’s character, as well. David was valiant, prudent and comely. The cunning playing of the harp was icing on the cake.

1 Samuel 16:16-19

16 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.
17 And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.
18 Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him.
19 Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep.

David was summoned to stand before the king. When the evil spirit tormented Saul, David played music on the harp. Saul was refreshed and the evil spirit left him. Look at the beginning of music therapy!

1 Samuel 16:22-23

22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight.
23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.

Did David walk through pastures thinking he was going to be famous and perform music for the king? Probably not. He played because he could. God had given him a gift of music. David was a psalmist, songwriter and musician.

Your Gift

The most important thing about your gift is who you use it for. Do you use it for vain glory, selfish ambition or to the glory of God? I want you to look at Proverbs 18:16 again.

A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

See that it does not say you will be rich and famous because of your gift. It does not say that your gift will be better than another person’s gift. It says it will make room for you and bring you before great men. It will open doors and give you access to people God wants to put you before.

Great Men & Women

King David is the perfect example of what Proverbs 18:16 says. His gift made room for him and he was brought before great men, including Saul’s son, Jonathan. Although Saul was rejected by God and the Spirit of the Lord was upon David, Saul still held his seat on the throne for a time.

Saul was a great man by definition because he was still sitting as king, although the kingdom was being wrest from his rule by God. David’s gift ushered him into an environment where he could learn firsthand the workings of governing a nation from beyond the flock to the king’s domain. Although Saul was rejected, God gave him mercy through David’s gift. Saul was refreshed.

We should stretch our definition of greatness. Great men and women aren’t just in the realm of government and corporate board rooms. Great men and women may be behind the walls of your city’s senior care homes. Great men and women may be on the sidelines in the church building.

Who are you sharing your gift with? Who have you refreshed with your gift?

Natural Vs. Spiritual

Keep in mind, natural gifts are not the same as spiritual gifts or gifts of the Spirit. Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; and 1 Corinthians 12:28 outline the gifts of the Spirit. Be aware you must be born again and have the Holy Ghost, according to Acts 2:38, to have a spiritual gift. It is the Spirit of God who distributes spiritual gifts as He wills.

1 Corinthians 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

What a blessing to have both natural and spiritual gifts to share with and encourage others to the glory of God.

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He assumed his predestined place on the front-line of the Civil Rights Movement with passion, dignity and hope. It was a divine appointment that rocked a nation.

Unashamed

Dr. King was a great orator. Of all his speeches, “I Have a Dream” continues to resonate throughout time with fervency.

We know Dr. King was a preacher. As such, he infused his speeches with Scripture; unashamed to make mention of the Lord — our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who is the essence of hope. He is the epitome of the dream.

In his speech, Dr. King quoted Isaiah 40:4-5

4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: 5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

Isaiah 40:3 states, “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”

Matthew 3:3 says, “For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”

John the Baptist indeed was the voice of one crying in the wilderness who prepared the way of the Lord, as prophesied in Isaiah. Surely Dr. King was familiar with this, and for whatever reason, saw fit to place a portion of Isaiah 40 in his speech. Perhaps he, too, could be likened to one crying in the wilderness; only this wilderness was a nation shackled by racism and marred by the stain of slavery.

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The Dream

King’s dream is a marvelous and beautiful dream. Yet, it is a dream of equity and justice that man cannot deliver. Only when the Prince of Peace returns will Dr. King’s dream truly ring true. Only then will we see the fullness of the glory of the Lord revealed.

Only God can exalt valleys, bring mountains and hills low, make the crooked straight, and the rough places plain. Not only is earth subject to the Creator and Almighty God, so are the hearts of men, women and children. God can humble or exalt us in due season. He can make our crooked paths straight, and lead us down the Highway of Holiness.

Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

I’m reminded of a Revelation 7:9, which says:

“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;”

Did you get that? Of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues… In Christ, no one’s nationality, kindred, race or language has preeminence over another’s. In Christ alone are we able to become one, and walk righteously before God and one another.

I thank God for the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I thank God for the dream and for the glory of the Lord that shall be revealed.

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Surviving the Arctic Blast

An arctic blast has taken hold of the United States. Warnings have been issued. Extremely cold weather can be damaging and deadly, and we should take necessary precautions to stay safe.

Amid its brutal freezing effects, daily duties still have to be attended to. One such duty for me is taking out my shih tzu. He’s an old fellow who enjoys an expansive backyard, shared only with unwelcome cats known as neighborhood squatters.

I typically take my dog out the patio door to the back yard. On this day, it was so cold the patio door was frozen shut. I could have taken him out the front, back or side, but I was intent on taking him out the patio. Apart from wanting to get the door unstuck, that’s his “exit to go potty” portal. My brilliant ah-ha moment was grabbing a hot pink hair dryer and defrosting the patio door so we could exit out that way and confront the chill. It worked.

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Arctic Blast

I began to think about the cold weather, particularly this current arctic blast. Brr… A particular verse came to mind.

Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

What on earth does this have to do with the current arctic blast? Nothing, in and of itself. But one thought leads to another, and I began to consider the cold on a spiritual note. Signs and seasons point to where we are according to God’s prophecies contained in the Bible. We are in the time of witnessing the love of many waxing cold.

Just look around. While you’re looking, be sure to look in the mirror, too. The love of many waxing cold could be you.

Are you in the part of the country where you feel the sting of ice? The lashings of bitter-cold wind beating you down? In other words, are you on the receiving end of an arctic blast? If you’re like most of us, you want out of the freezing weather and into somewhere safe, toasty and inviting. Respite.

Or are you the giver of all things arctic? The one blowing chilly comments, giving icy looks and assuming a frozen presence with below freezing esteem for God and others?

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Arctic Love

What manner of love is this?

Cold love. Callous love. Selfish love. Is that a such thing? Prideful love. Indifferent love. It’s not real love. It’s dead. It seeks its own. A puffed up, proud little thing. Hollow showmanship, making merchandise of God’s people. Despising the poor. Unkind. No hospitality. Rude and discourteous. Unforgiving. Greedy. Hateful. Boastful. Disobedient. Blasphemous. Indignant. Lovers of self. Wanton. Without natural affection. Cold.

Anything that is cold is dead. Anything that is warm gets spewed out, according to the Word of the Lord. God wants our love to be fervent, kindled by the power and fire of His Spirit – the Holy Ghost.

Iniquity

Iniquity is perverse immorality, wickedness and lawlessness. It is sin that you willingly commit, knowing it is wrong and knowing the consequences. There’s more and more iniquity in the world. And because many are willfully transgressing God’s law out of knowledge and not of ignorance, their love is growing cold.

The knowledge of the glory of the LORD is abundant. We, literally, are without excuse, no matter where or who we are.

Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

We are witnessing many falling away; losing faith, fervent love and hope in Christ to attain status, fame, acceptance and adoration from the world.

No love. No life.

We need protection from the cold in order to keep our bodies and temperature regulated. Protection from extreme cold and its effects preserves life. Did you hear the warning to bring in pets and vulnerable plants?

Maybe you’ve been in sitting in bitterness and damaging others with cold love for so long, you’re sort of stuck — like my patio door was. I remember the Sims® when a frozen Sim could be thawed with a hair dryer.

Do you need a hair dryer moment? Some thawing of the heart and limbs so you can love the way God wants you to? If your love waxes cold and is never set on fire again, you lose eternal life. No love; no life.

If you are repentant and believe, there’s some faith-driven kindling on the way just for you. What are you waiting for? Let’s turn up the heat.

 

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Be Content

How easy it is to become discontented. Life doesn’t go the way we expect. Dreams fade. People disappoint. We have things but no peace. We have less than we want and feel neglected. We grasp and grab, but end up empty-handed.

Content: state of satisfaction; peaceful happiness; satisfied; pleased; happy; cheerful; untroubled; unworried

The Apostle Paul wrote that he learned “how to be” in whatever state he was found. He learned to be content. What a marvelous thought to know how to be full and hungry; how to have plenty and suffer need.

Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

I love how Paul stated he learned this. We are not innately wired to do this, but a series of lessons and application bring about this learning.

Food & Clothes

I’ve pondered about contentment. Just like you, I’ve felt discontented about many things in this life. But I keep going back to what 1 Timothy 6:8 says.

And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

Do you have food? Do you have clothes? Be content. You may not have all of your desires, but if your basic needs are met, be content. God will never leave me nor forsake me—these are things I tell myself.

Jesus told us to not be troubled, cast our cares on Him, be of good cheer and to be anxious or worried for nothing. What was He saying? Be content. Even when it looks like you or I have nothing, we have everything. We have Jesus.

Hugs & Love!

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10 Tips to Deal With Anxiety

You’ve heard it before. Worry doesn’t solve problems; it only creates more. Anxiety compromises health and wellness. It is known to negatively affect blood pressure and glucose levels, as well as increase the heart rate. Prolonged anxiety affects concentration, digestion, and can lead to depression. If you are sick, anxiety can delay healing and recovery.

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

To “be careful for nothing” means to not worry. God doesn’t want us to be full of  worry and anxiety. They gnaw away at our faith.

10 Tips to Deal with Anxiety

1. Recognize your limits. Some things are outside of your control. Let go of what you can’t control. You’ll feel better when you do.
2. Accept each day as it comes You can’t know how every story or situation ends.
3. Find healthy ways to deal with people and circumstances that make you anxious.  Exercise, journal, craft, sharpen your skills, Polyvore 😉 etc.
4. Be patient with yourself and others High levels of anxiety correlates with impatience. It’s okay to slow down.
5. Forgive yourself and others. It’s easier said than done, but when you forgive, there are no more reasons to fret about what has come and gone.
6. Eat healthy foods. It’s a catch twenty-two. When we’re anxious, we tend to eat unhealthy foods, which can produce negative effects. This may make us even more anxious. Yikes!! TRY to eat healthy foods to keep yourself off the anxiety wheel. Don’t forget to drink water!
7. Talk it out. Many times all we need is a good listener in our corner. We are usually able to talk ourselves to a solution or encourage ourselves in a conversation.
8. Love a pet (or person). Petting and snuggling with a furry friend can help alleviate anxiety. For the allergy sufferers and those without pets, cute animal pics are in abundance online. Spend time with a person who brings a sense of calm in your life.
9. Laugh. A meme anyone? Cute and funny baby or animal pics? A funny show? Get to laughing! It’s great for the heart and reduces anxiety.
10. Last, but not least: Pray, meditate, and read God’s Word (and inspiring stories). — Simply put, it’s good for the soul.

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Natural Affection

What does it mean to have natural affection? Many times, to understand the meaning of a word or phrase, we look at its opposite. The opposite of natural affection is without natural affection — unnatural.

Affection is a fondness, warmth, gentle feeling or physical expression of love.

Perilous Times

The Bible tells us that in the last days, perilous times will come. There are things we notice in the unraveling of our families, communities and society that prove we are in the last days. One such thing is that people will be without natural affection. In these days, people have an unnatural way of showing love. Words and deeds don’t match. What should be gentle is brutal. What should be hot is cold.

God-given

Something that is natural exists in nature without being made or caused by humans. It is what it is — on its own. Some regard it as being innate. Natural affection is something that is God-given. Something that is unnatural goes against nature, thus it goes against the order of God.

  • It’s natural for a mother to desire to nurture her child.
  • It’s natural for a man to be protective of his family.
  • It’s natural for friends to want to help another friend in need.
  • It’s natural for a family member to want to see other family members do their best.
  • It’s natural to have empathy for others — friends, families, neighbors and strangers.

In the Jungle

Many mothers in the animal kingdom will fight to the death to protect their young. They’ll stand against predators, whom they have a small to no chance of defeating, just to give their young the chance to live. Sadly, some of us do not give as much natural love as a beast in the field.

But when unnatural affection is addressed in 2 Timothy, it is not about beasts, but about man.

Piety, or kindness, should first be demonstrated and learned in the home. This foundation is being destroyed. If we cannot be kind in the home, how can we have natural affection towards anyone?

2 Timothy 3:1-5

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Causes

Many things lead to unnatural affection. Lust is at the root — unruly passions that direct hearts to appease the senses and flesh. Selfishness is connected to lust. Many people aim to satisfy self and place one’s needs and desires (lusts) over the well-being and development of others.

Other factors are lack of wisdom and pride. A prideful and selfish heart does not give natural love because it has not submitted to God and the order He established in nature. A heart that is not wise does foolish things, especially when it comes to pursuing means to fulfill lustful desires.

Quite simply, those without natural affection hurt others. Sometimes they do it blindly. Other times their eyes are wide open and they just don’t care.

Titus 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children

What to Do?

  • The Word of God says it best: “from such turn away.” In other words, stay away from these types of people. This is for our good and protection.
  • Do a heart check and guard your heart. Be sure that you are one who lives a life of love filled with natural affection.
  • If you are a young lady, submit yourself to be taught by aged or older women on the subject of love. It is the job and calling of aged women to teach young women to love their husbands and children. To have natural affection.

 

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For Good to Them that Love God

We may not understand why certain things happen in our lives. But if we are Christ’s and love him, rest assured everything is working out for your good. Yes, even the hurt and brokenness has a purpose in God’s plan for you. If you give God time, you’ll see.

Conditional Good

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Many times we say things like, “All things work together for good, girl!” Which the other replies, “I know that’s right!”

That’s it. We stop right there as if the verse has a period behind the word good. We fail to recognize and accept that this “work together for good” is conditional. Certain requirements must be met to receive  this benefit of God.

We must:

  1. Love God
  2. Be THE called according to His purpose

Loving God requires obedience, for it was Jesus who said, “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

Do women (and men) call themselves everyday to fulfill a purpose that is not godly or of God, but for themselves? Yes! However, we should want to make sure we are called according to His purpose, and not after man, the flesh or the traditions of men. The Bible tells us to make our calling and election sure. Know where you stand in God.

2 Peter 2:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

Hide it in Your Heart

“For the Good of Them” by Milton Brunson was ringing in my spirit this morning. I know God is encouraging me, and I want to pass that encouragement along. I want to remind someone that although you may feel weary right now or like you can’t see your way out, God is working things out for Y-O-U-R good— because you love Him and are THE called according to His purpose.

Remember who you are and Whose you are. Endure.

I hope you will also listen to the words of this song and let God give you courage to continue in Him…in patience and hope.

Sample Lyrics of For the Good of Them
The race is not given to the swift, nor to the strong, but to the one that endureth until the end. There’ll be problems. And sometimes you’ll have to walk alone. But I know, that I know, that I know…things will work out, yes they will. For the good of them who love the Lord. Eyes haven’t seen. And neither have ears heard the things God has prepared for them that love Him. Sometimes you may have to cry. Sometimes you may have to moan. But I know, that I know, that I know, that I know, that I know, that I know…things will work out, yes they will. For the good of them who love the Lord. No matter what the problem you can’t solve it. They will come, but don’t you worry (I’m a living witness that) it will work out for the good of them who love the Lord.

 

Nothing Weak About Being Meek

Some people are afraid of the word meek. Society has taught us to believe it means weak. But this worldly definition is not God’s definition.

We are taught the synonym for meek is humble. This is acceptable in our English language. However, the closest synonym for meek is actually gentle.

Since we are to model our lives after God and not the world, let’s review meek. Continue Reading