Success is with Jesus

Hi, precious family of faith!!! In a world where there are lots of ways that a person can spend their time, gifts, talents, skills and resources in life, it is tempting to compare our lives with what other people are doing and find ourselves thinking “well if that person is doing that, I should be doing that.” “If that person is a Christian and doing that, it is the way I should go in life!!!”  “If that person isn’t doing that, then I shouldn’t do that!!!” Yikes!!! Let us watch out because their is only one path of victory or success for each one of us and that is to follow Jesus and His heart for each of us as individuals!!! If we are going to seek to imitate anyone, it should be Jesus who is everything right and of perfect love!!! Oh I’m a wanna be for sure, but trusting in Him as the enabler!!! 🙂

As I have reflected upon saints in Biblical writings, one thing is very true and that is that they each had their own individual story that was different from anybody else’s and their success in life was found in one common way – diligently walking with the Lord that led them to develop Godly character that showed in their work and in their lives that led to diligence in their efforts for seeing eternal heavenly things happen on earth. Therefore, their godly character and competence that came from walking with their Lord brought honor to their God and goodness for their forever future!!!

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They didn’t trust that just because they had morning devotional time with God that their promotion or victory would automatically happen, though. For example:

David is one of the Biblical saints in history who sought the heart of God, but he also put forth diligence to use what God had given to him in taking care of sheep to slay the giant Philistine that God moved his heart to stop on earth. David worked for it, but He also knew that God with Him would bring the victory as he stepped forward with a heart of trust in Him to help him bring Him glory!!!

As a result saints of Biblical days were successful with God working through them in powerful ways that made a difference right where He placed them in life!!! In order to be successful in life, a person is not always one known to be rich or famous or even well known at all. Some of the greatest works of heaven have been done on earth in secret in which no person is known for the success of it, but only God known behind it as the provider of all good things!!!

The efforts that we as God’s people put forth on earth should be with an effort to bring God glory through us as His creation and not for our own success in life, because apart from God we can do nothing. When we realize success in the eyes of the world, may God’s people of faith have hearts of gratitude to our Father and not one of arrogance, for it is not of ourselves alone that we can do anything. I do applaud you for your willing heart to let Father work through you and your dedication to seeing Him glorified, though, heavenly-hearted ones!!! We also have responsibility to take care of our own needs by working so that we are not a burden to society. Bless you in that effort with Father’s promise to see that our needs are met as we do our part and trust Him for the rest!!! I like this thought here:

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Above all our thoughts about success, may we foremost see our success is the putting forth of effort to rest in the grace of Jesus for us as sufficient and that as we look to Him, trusting in Him, He will lead us to utilize the gifts, skills, talents and resources that He has given to us individually to make a good difference in this world and for eternity as He sees is successful for His good purposes for us!!! How does that compare with what your idea of success for yourself is, dear one??? I like the meditation of this song here that reminds us that as we seek our personal relationship with our Father, step by step He will lead us in triumphant procession – in other words, successfully!!! Oh I am thankful Jesus knows what that looks like for each one of us.

Father may be calling you to be a cowboy or cowgirl for Him, a caregiver, a motorcyclist, a missionary, a hairstylist, a carpenter, a wife, a husband, a mother, a father, a son or daughter looking after your elderly parent, a banker, an evangelist, or a servant of the King of Glory (He as the God of the Universe), a soldier or perhaps none of the above, but a royal kingdom child of God!!! Whatever He leads us individually to put forth effort to rest in His grace for, He will provide us a good future as we honor Him in life as our Lord and Savior!!! Let us enjoy first in life the gift of life opportunity to enjoy His love and presence in our lives and success will happen as it is suppose to as we step with Him!!! Oh that just makes me smile!!! Proud of you for being successful in the effort of being YOU with JESUS’ sufficient grace for you to guide you successfully!!!

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Saved from Evil

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

John 3:17

Jesus has sweet thoughts of love, peace and victory for us as His people of faith!!! As we keep our focus on Him and His heart for us today, we shall have a mind that has the same heart for ourselves and in seeing His kingdom happen on earth. I celebrate Jesus who was, who is and will always be there for us as His forever kingdom family of faith!!! Oh even the devil believes Jesus is our Savior, but he doesn’t trust Jesus to lead his life!!! I celebrate there is a difference between good and evil. Staying focused on the always good heart of Jesus brings us divine life and I celebrate He is with us with this song here:

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Divine life doesn’t happen without the grace and presence of Jesus with us!!! Forever blessed we are thru His love, light, power and grace for victory!!! Jesus just keeps me smiling!!! Happy today and counting all my blessings in Jesus with ya’s, dear saints!!! 🙂

Having a Grace Lift

Oh there is nothing more delightful in life as we journey along on this earth than having heaven reach down and give us a grace lift when earthly life has us knocked down by our enemy Satan. Do I hear an amen from you, precious saint???

One thing is sure in this life is that the enemy is always on the prowl to discourage God’s people however he can and what our Father wants us to know is we need not go there because our loving all powerful Father is always right wherever we are to uphold us with His righteous right hand of perfect unfailing, unconditional love!!! Not only does He keep us from laying down on the ground of defeat, but as He is lifting us up, He is reminding us that there is no such thing as failure – no condemnation for those of us in Christ Jesus, only grace to reveal to us divine life so that when we get our feet under us, we can continue on with Father’s supporting grace as sufficient to help us glean from our evaluated experiences and move forward the wiser with Father’s truth for us!!! Oh we are always learning that is for sure, so let us not ever let the enemy convince us that we are any different than anyone else who is learning about life on the go of experiencing it for the first and only lifetime!!! We have our Father’s Word (the Holy Bible) and we have learning from experience!!! How exciting to always be learning!!!

Hence as Father tells us, we can count it all joy as solid gold the experiences in life that the enemy seeks to use to destroy us, but our Father works through to enlighten us and empower us to keep a going in life!!! Oh this is amazing grace and our Father’s sweet love and amazing grace is truly something to joyfully sing about as we step through this life with Father always with us!!! Father has me smiling in His grace lift for me this new day and I’m a gal stepping into life with His reassurance that with Him, life is gonna be alright and that nothing can snatch us as His people from His hand of grace that He has forever upon all of us who believe in Christ and His forever defeat of the enemy on the cross!!!

The trials of the enemy just make us stronger as we keep our hearts fixed on the love and grace of Jesus for us!!! Let us always remember the secret of life contentment and power available to us over the evil one that the Apostle Paul came to understand from Jesus’ love and words for him:

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

2 Corinthians 12:9

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the ruler, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

Ephesians 6:12

“Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

Ephesians 6:13

How do we stand against the enemy??? Just as the saints of yesterday did:

“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.”

Revelation 12:11

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The saints of yesterday were sure of their future and their victory in Christ so therefore, they didn’t shrink back to the enemy bluffs, nor should we!!! They prayed, rebuked the Devil and claimed God’s authority over him!!! WOOOHOOO!!! I’m a gal standing sure and holy and blameless, without accusation and with no condemnation in Christ Jesus with ya’s in heavenly authority, precious saints!!! We are more than conquerors in Father’s amazing grace as our sufficiency to stand against enemy efforts to keep us down in defeat when he raises up his worthless efforts!!!

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Father’s unfailing sufficient grace, love, strength and power is ours as this song says here. Father laid down His life so ours can always be picked up!!! Now how awesome that we can always stand divine in Jesus, hanging onto His righteous right hand!!!

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Ya know what they say “Ya can’t keep a good man (or woman) down” and in Christ Jesus, that is oh sooo true!!! I’m a gal standing all right in Jesus’ robe of righteousness with ya, dear saints of royalty!!! HOOORRRAAAHHH!!! VICTORIOUS KINGDOM FAMILY WE FOREVER ARE!!! WEAR YOUR CROWN WELL TODAY AND LET’S NEVER LET SATAN TALK US INTO LAYING IT DOWN IN DEFEAT!!! PROUD OF YOU FOR KEEPING STANDING IN CHRIST JESUS VICTORY!!!

Made the Grade

Blessed (happy) day to you, precious family!!! I smile in the peace of Father’s love for me today that rises me up above all cares of life!!! Oh when our Father smiles upon us, you just feel like you are on top of the world and we are!!! Our Father tells us this:

“No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loves us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow–not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below–indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:37-39 NLT

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As I reflect upon my own past memories of being a school girl, I recall the pressure or anxiety I used to feel when I was about to receive my report card at the end of the year that told me if I had passed for the year and would be given the opportunity to enter the next grade and not have to remain where I was. It was always such a relief to know that I had qualified or was accepted into the next class. It gave me peace and relief. Today, my Father gives me that same kind of peace for which I am thankful to Him for when He tells us that through our faith in Christ that we are “qualified” or fitted for sharing in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. We have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness. We have made the highest grade!!! To that I say “Wooohooo!!!” That feels so good!!! My Father tells me that He desires that we all have that good feeling and peace and that is why He gave the Apostle Paul and now each of us the request to open the eyes of others, to school them and turn them from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Jesus. We have been sanctified, meaning we have been passed on from the kingdom of darkness, have been freed from sin and death and are now set apart as a holy saint destined to inherit all of the riches of the Kingdom of Christ. Now that thought just makes my day!!! Isn’t it a great feeling to know we are qualified by the best?!! Celebrating with ya with His peace of mind as I step out into the day!!!

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If you would like to know more about God’s freedom for you or someone you know, here is more information to help you:

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I close with this song of peace here that we are no longer slaves to fear in Christ Jesus!!! I praise His name with you today who has forever seated us in His heavenly kingdom as royal kingdom family!!! Oh that feels good to my soul to have that blessed assurance!!! It just makes me smile!!!

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Col 1:12-14; Ac 26:12-18; Mt 28:19; Eph 2:4-9; Romans 8:37-39

Going Supernatural

Well, I’m a gal all zealed up for Jesus again today by His Holy Spirit moving my heart to go for Him, sweet family!!! Oh I just get all excited about all of the possibilities of where our Father can take each one of us as His kingdom family into life for making a divine difference as He moves our hearts individually!!!

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For each person, there are lots of possibilities and sorting thru them to find our Father’s heart is important for divine life!!! It happens when we seek Him in prayer:

Pray to God as Psalm 20:4 says: “May you (God) give me the desires (God’s desires) of my heart and make all your (God’s) plans succeed”.   Another prayer that I have found very helpful when overwhelmed is:

“Father:

Sometimes I find it hard to manage my time well. There is so much to do and that can be done! Please help me to prioritize my daily activities and finances to align with your will, your plan, your purpose, and to do what is most important as well as the little mundane tasks that must be done. Help me to know when to say “no” to projects and requests that come along that would overwhelm me or take away from what you want me to do. Please help me to always love and care for those lives you have entrusted to my care and circle of influence. In Jesus name I pray, amen.”

The best thing we can do in life is to seek His wisdom in weighing the amount of time and resources we have to devote to each area of ministry He asks us to step into and for wisdom in determining the right timing for each step we take. God doesn’t show us the whole road at once, so we must always step out with a submissive attitude to His desire to have us continue our direction, redirect our goals, postpone them or stop them all together. James 4:13-17 says “Now listen, you who say “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money. Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, if it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast and brag.   All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” Bearing these verses in mind, unless God makes changes, I step out with the light that has been given to me thus far to run the section of road God has made visible to me.

Given all of these things to think about each day, do you feel overwhelmed? Do you feel like you need a cape and a large “S” on your chest to be a supernatural “Superwoman” or “Superman?”

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I confess to that and the truth is that we do need supernatural strength and let me encourage you again that God is the supernatural strength that we need to run the road He has mapped out for you and I personally. Philippians 4:13 says “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”   This is true no matter where the road of God’s purpose may take us and no matter what the circumstances. It is important to let God give us the heart desire and grace to minister where He leads (Philippians 2:13) and not take an attitude of “legalism”, telling ourself we have to meet certain standards to earn God’s acceptance. This is a lie of Satan. If we believe it, we will wear ourself out by running too much and too fast and for unnecessary reasons. Because of what Christ did on the cross for us, we are deeply loved, completely forgiven and totally accepted by God. He tells us in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” God will lead us at the proper pace and in proper balance if we listen to Him. “It is God who works in us to will and act according to His purpose.” (Philippians 2:13)

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Living the Christian life is all about Father’s grace to us – apart from Him, we can do nothing divinely!!! With Jesus – it’s the supernatural divine life that just makes ya smile!!! 🙂 I’m a gal seeking His supernatural heart for me today with you, dear ones!!! Father tells us:

“For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.”

Jeremiah 29:11-13

Stay close in heart to Jesus!!! Jesus will bring the divine life to us as this song says here!!! 🙂 WOOOHOOO!!! IT’S GONNA BE EXCITING, IT’S GONNA BE FUN!!! IT’S GONNA BE DIVINE AND AN ETERNAL DIFFERENCE MAKER!!! POWER ON!!! YEP – YA GOT JESUS!!!

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The Voice Above Others

Heavenly day greetings, dear family of faith!!! How blessed we are to have Jesus in our lives as the voice to be heard above all others in this world!!! He tells us this about Himself and His heart for us as His people:

In John 10, He describes Himself as “the good Shepherd” and that His sheep (us of faith in Him) will listen to His voice. They will never follow a stranger, in fact, they will run away from that one because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice. The longer you run with God, the more you get to know, understand and recognize His voice and see Him working in your life so that where He goes, you can follow.

People say that sheep are among the dumbest animals there are. If we were to compare our thinking to our Father, this is what He says of the difference between our wisdom and His:

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isaiah 55:9

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Truly when we look around at creation and the marvel over how our own bodies work, there is no contest between our ability to think like God. He is above us and that is ok. His heart for us is to not see ourselves as incompetent, but competent as His family of faith because His grace is sufficient for us and His Spirit lives within us to lead and guide us in triumphant procession thru this life!!! Not only that, but He has created each one of us as a royal Masterpiece, His workmanship created in advance for carrying our good works of individual purpose into this world. He has confidence in us to do so with He working in us thru His sufficiency as an enabler:

“For it is God who works in us to will and act according to His purpose.”

Philippians 2:13

Therefore, believe in YOU and JESUS team as mighty and powerful for going into this world to make a beautiful divine difference as only you two together can!!! Oh if YOU are not YOU then the world will forever miss out on the divine YOU and JESUS team, created and destined to leave a heavenly mark upon this world that will matter for all of eternity!!! Ruh, ruh, ruh!!! That is an arabic word  for “Spirit, Spirit, Spirit.” Father tells us that our success in this world is “not by our might or by our strength, but by His Spirit” at work in us, thru us and all around us!!! (Zechariah 4:6)

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Hearing our Father’s voice is important and so over the next few days, I will be sharing more here about how we can hear God’s voice in our lives!!! For now – it is important that we see ourselves with as He says “sober judgment” – highly qualified by the Most High for awesome deeds that matter!!! WOOOHOOO!!! Let’s move into life as Father’s Holy Spirit fire moves us in heart as this song says here. I am sooo proud of you for being YOU and JESUS team where He has YOU, dear ones!!! 🙂 Going with Jesus with ya’s as He guides me, too!!! It’s sooo fun and divinely adventureous!!! It just makes me smile to travel with Jesus where He wants to take us each one oh sooo special for such a time as this!!! 🙂

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The Past Blooming Forward

Life is an opportunity of growing experience!!! Amen??? Jesus is always at work in His people to conform us all to be like Him and that work in us is unique to each of us!!! We should not ever be ashamed or let the devil make us feel guilty for not knowing everything!!! Nor should we judge others for having to learn in life!!! We all need to grow and learn always and Jesus loves us each one thru all of our learning!!! Now how sweet is He to us!!! Oh He just makes me smile!!! 🙂 Only Father knows all and He knows we are each continually in needing to learn in life!!! It is something that happens from birth thru all of our lives!!!

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like His Son, so that His Son…”

Romans 8:28-29

As we go thru life, we can grow as we listen to our Father’s voice that helps us evaluate our life experiences, learn from them, step forward divinely enlightened and share the divine beauty we have learned from our past to be blessed and bless others!!! With Father’s guidance and grace at work in us, He works in us to bloom divinely where we are planted in life!!! Let the Son shine thru your past growing experiences as this sunflower I found on my morning prayer walk displays so beautifully!!!

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I love how it bloomed as an individual plant with the grace of God having worked in it and continuing to work in it!!! Father tells us this: “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6

WOOOHOOO!!! On that day when Christ returns, we shall be like Him – His completed Masterpiece each of us!!! I’m learning, growing and blooming where He has planted me with ya’s and sooo happy to be!!! 🙂 I love this fun song here of growing and changing with Jesus at work in us!!!