Archive | June 2013

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2)

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Hello! How is everyone?  I hope your week was peaceful-at least somewhat peaceful.  Sadly, crazy, busy is probably more accurate…but, I can hope! What do you like to do when the stresses of life wear you down? Run? Shop? Eat? Sleep? Gossip? Kvetch? (which means to complain).  Ignore people and things? Fall into delusion from the television? Yes? No? To be honest, I have done all of the above…hopefully, not all at the same time . 🙂

Now, what we (that includes me) should do is we should run and take refuge in God when we are in the process of our trial. “Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth, I will cry to You. When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.” (Psalm 61:1-4)  We should always seek God for His love, wisdom, and strength-because our own love will be selfish, our wisdom futile; and our strength finite. “But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell? No mortal comprehends its worth; it cannot be found in the land of the living.” (Job 28:12-13). It is only through God that we can lose ourselves and gain His true wisdom, peace and protection. The secret place is in our prayer time with God. It is when we are loving Him, conversing with Him and even un-burdoning our souls to Him that we are abiding in Him. That’s how we put our trust in Him. That is when our relationship develops and becomes less of us and more of Him! It is because of His presence that we have the confidence and knowledge to say He is my fortress and that I will trust in Him!  “I will love You, O Lord,  my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies. (Psalm 18:2-3)

Oh, my friends, have you encountered the tenderness, the intimacy of God’s love for you? Have you made the time to dwell and get to know Him? When we meet new people, we spend our time and dwell within their company so we can get to know them better. That is exactly how we get to know Jesus, we spend time with Him and we converse (pray) to Him. Prayer opens the window of communication and in His Word (the Bible) is where He speaks to us. “But when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to the Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:6)

As you get to know who God  I want to share this from His word with you: “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.” (1 Timothy 2:1-6)  “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6)

My prayer for you this week is that you will experience the secret place you can have with Jesus and abide in His refuge as you Walk Every Day With Grace.

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

 

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn.This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me, Says the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:17)

 

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Hello! How is everyone? How is the world treating you?  Many people I’ve been speaking with lately are feeling overwhelmed, or a bit down in the dumps-and the negativity people are spewing out of their mouths is out of control!  I tell you the truth, the enemy of our souls is trying to throw us off guard by any means he can. He is trying to get our eyes off of the one true God. “But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.” (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

I have been a Born Again believer for a long time. I have read and studied the Bible for  many years.  One would think that I’ve learned  what it says and applied it to my every day life, right? The answer is “yes” and “no”.  Why?  Because I am ever so far from perfect and I get caught up with the same nonsense that is familiar to all of us-especially when it comes to strife.  I should know better, I really should.  Why should I care about what people say or think.? Why take it to heart?  When I allow others to control my reactions, I no longer am walking in God’s spirit, but, rather my own emotions. “The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” (Proverbs 29:25)  This doesn’t mean one is afraid of people. It’s more along the line of the fear of rejection from people-and that is what ensnares us.  People will make you crazy if you let them.  The problem is we do let them. Basically, it’s like handing over the keys to your mind and emotions and saying “take them for a spin!”  The good new is that we can take all of the authority back from people and give it back to God.

Words and/or actions can be weapons against us when it comes from an enemy or a provoking spirit.  Sometimes (most times) the enemy will use those closest to us to hurt us. Judas was in the “inner circle” of Jesus and he betrayed Jesus with a kiss. That’s a intimate association. These words and actions even come from those of God. I am sure I have been on the other side of the offense myself. But God says “no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me, declares the Lord.” Nothing against me will dominate, win; or overcome me because I belong to God and that is my heritage from Him as a believer and child of God and that is how He vindicates me. “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.” (Proverbs 30:5).  Do you see how God looks after those who are His? “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.” (Isaiah 41:10). The “right hand” always symbolizes strength. Whenever we come against opposition, God will give us His strength to endure.  Our own strength is much too feeble in comparison to God’s strength.

I hope you now know that being a child of God and walking with Him gives one temporal and eternal value. One is never alone when one has an intimate, surrendered relationship with God. You never have to fight your battles alone again.  God will do that for you.  My revelation (finally) was not to fight back. Instead, I gave the battle to God and asked Him to deal with all of those who were coming against me. “for the battle is the LORD’s…” (1 Samuel 17:47) I surrendered this burden to God and He gave me His peace in its place. God will defend us-that’s definite. But, please realize that there are many times we are not an innocent bystander and that we bring battles upon ourselves.  Through every battle there is a lesson to be learned. Whether it’s repentance, forgiveness, surrender of self to God…whatever it is, there’s a lesson.

I would like to leave you with this scripture to hold on to as you Walk Every Day With Grace…”For He Himself has said,“I will never leave you nor forsake you. So we may boldly say:The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6)

 

 

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.” (Romans 7:15-17)

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Hello! How is everyone? How was your week?  I think life is speeding up by the minute.  I hear of more and more people “trying to do good”, they think that being “good” will make them better people. I’m here to tell you the truth about what God says about people being good…”The Lord looks down from heaven on  all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt, there is no one who does good, not even one .” (Psalm 14:2-4)  You might be very appalled by that.  You might even think How dare you make a statement like that! , “My mother is (was) a saint”; or, “You don”t know my Aunt Sally, but, she makes Mother Teresa look like a slacker!.” Touched a nerve, did I? No one wants to believe that they are not good. The issue is not good or bad.  The issue is one’s struggle with sin that causes the inner conflict-which in turn may cause an outward consequence. The struggle within is much more painful with those who are believers (born again) in Christ. Why? It is because when one repents (turns & walks away from) sin, we ask God to forgive all of our sins-.past, present and future.  At the point of salvation, one is given a new nature, one born of the spirit (we were already born in the flesh). However, the flesh will die; but, the spirit will live eternally.  “Jesus answered, Very truly I you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, You must be born again.” (John 3:5-7) When one is born of the spirit, it is their utmost desire to please God.  When we are born just in flesh, all one wants to do is please self-no matter the cost.  The struggle within oneself never ends. That is what the Apostle Paul was saying in this scripture. Can you relate?  “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”  Paul takes it further to show how intense one’s struggle can be…”What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?  Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:24-25) In case you don’t know this, Since Paul’s conversion, he was about as “sinless” as they come , so for him to be saying this, you have to wonder how intense inner struggles can be. You see, we don’t mean to be hypocrites (although some do). To be a follower of Jesus comes with a price on earth, but an eternal reward in heaven. The problem lies with the person who thinks he/she does not struggles with and acts upon his/her sin. “Dear friends, i urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us (1Peter 2:11-12) I think people get confused when the Bible says to live good lives because they think that is making them “good” before God and man.  Living “good” is a conscious decision. So is living “bad. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good,for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:7-9) It always comes back to the choices we make. ‘This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love( the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (Deuteronomy 30:18-20)

As you contemplate your actions (maybe for the very first time), as a believer in Jesus, know that you are not alone and that God is there to help you through these temptations. “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:12-13)

Choose life and humble yourself before a Holy God as you Walk Every Day with Grace.

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers” (Psalm 1:1-3)

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Hello! How is everyone? I hope all is well-despite the provoking spirit that lingers in the air. I am finding that more and more people are bitter, angry, and just plain crazy.  I maintain it is because many are so needy and insecure that they truly believe life is all about them!  Oh, try telling them it isn’t all about them and see if you  can do it without an argument…”Holy smokes, Batman!” It would be impressive if you got away without a scratch.  The choice one needs to make is this “do I retaliate? Or, do I let it go?” Sadly, you might not win either way because misery loves company and will do whatever it can to make you act the same. I just went through this myself today. I thought I took the “high road” by not engaging in conversation, and instead the person hung up on me.  See what I mean?

That’s one of the reasons I chose this scripture. What will be our action? Or, will there be a reaction.  Actually, I had this scripture picked  BEFORE this happened.  Blessed is the person who does not walk  with the wicked.  Wicked means anything or anyone who is behaves ungodly-un-Christlike. The person I dealt with was acting wicked by picking a fight and then hanging up on me. They want me to react. Had I reacted, I would have then “stood” in the same way that sinners take-meaning now we are interacting pretty much the same. That person throws insults, then I throw insults and it seems like we are the same type of person.  The we eventually would “sit”with mockers.  Do you notice the progression of behavior? We walk in sinful behavior, then we stand (no longer moving towards godliness; then we sit with ungodly. That’s how easy and comfortable it can become.  Bad or ungodly behavior is very natural to mankind.

But, to the person who delights in God’s laws (ways), he/she focuses on God constantly. They meditate (think about) God  so, therefore, they are putting God and His ways in place of themselves and their ways.  When a person puts God ahead of themselves, they become spiritually fed by God. That’s why they can be “like tree planted by streams of water”  These trees are strong and healthy and flourish because the roots go way down deep in the soil and are constantly being watered because the soil soaks up the water-which gives the trees life; which  produces fruit.  It is the sane knowing and walking with God. When we are rooted into the Word of God (scripture), we begin to produce new life and we begin to bear fruit as well. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)  Do you see how this is the complete opposite of sinful behavior and mocking? One type of behavior is acted out in the flesh and the other is a by-product that can only come from new life through Jesus Christ. “Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus] Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil” (Romans 16:17-19)  As we delight in God, we  begin to obey His precepts-which replaces our previous behavior. PLEASE NOTE: it is not always instantaneous.  I still fail and sin, but, I know that forgiveness is only a prayer away and so it is with you.

I leave you to read the entirety of Psalm 1 as you Walk Every Day With Grace.

In His love,

Melody

Psalm 1

Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.”