Wednesday, April 15, 2015

1st Anniversary Extended Link Up Party! (Link Up 4/15 - 4/29)

Welcome to another 
Link Up Party!

April, actually April 1st, was my blog's
 First Year Anniversary!
and what a better way to
CELEBRATE
than throwing a
Special
Link Up Party!

This party will last two weeks instead of one! Link up any day during the next two weeks!

Help me celebrate by making this the best ever party by linking up several of your most loved posts!

Now that I've mentioned
"most loved posts",
here are last week's most loved(read) posts!


Balm of Confession


Now
on
with 
The Link Up Party!
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So Much At Home

Monday, April 13, 2015

Did Not Our Heart Burn Within Us?

And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? Luke 24:32
 This past Sunday, our preacher preached a wonderful message about our Lord Jesus being alive and well.  It was a message of encouragement, and a message to rouse one's soul to rejoice. On the road to Emmaus, Jesus appear to two of His followers.  Saddened and discouraged, these two were discussing all that had happened during the crucifixion of Christ, and they were unable to recognize that it was Jesus walking along with them.  Jesus asked them what they were discussing and why they were sad.  During their walk, they talked with Jesus and Jesus opened the scriptures to them.  Later, Jesus sat down to eat with them.  It was not until Jesus broke the bread and blessed it that their eyes were opened and the two disciples recognized Him.  Then Jesus vanished out of their sight.
Now here is the verse that has stuck with me ever since Sunday's message.
And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? Luke 24:32
Does your heart also burn within you as God reveals Himself and His truths to you through His word?
I love to feel Spirit swelling up within me like an enormous wave.  It makes my heart rush and flutter as the heat and excitement radiates all the way through my back.
His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones... Jer. 20:9
 My mind becomes fixated as I desperately try to retain every thought that races through my mind. 
Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. Psalm 119:18
...for thou hast taught me.
How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Through thy precepts I get understanding...Ps 119:102-104
The Holy Spirit is the very presence of God as He indwells within the heart of the believer. Throughout the Bible, fire often appeared as a symbol of God’s presence.  
Just as God spoke to Moses through the burning bush,
 The same fire(since the day of Pentecost) is His burning presence within believers!
Wow! What awesome "heartburn"! 
As He draws near and walks with me, my heart often BURNS as His word opens up before me.  I can read the same verse over and over, yet God reveals more and more as He wills. 
This also relates to my other post, Love The Lord Your God With All Your Mind.  The Lord desires for us to love Him with all our mind.  In fact, that is part of The Greatest Commandment. Therefore, I believe that He finds pleasure in opening up His word to us.
What will stoke up the fire of the Lord within us? 
God opened the scriptures to the two followers on the road to Emmaus.  Therefore, reading, studying and, meditating in His word will fan the flames.  He also walked with them, so fellowship with the Holy Spirit(the "Fire"itself) in prayer or worship will fuel the fire until it is a burning fire shut up in our bones!
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. Matthew 3:11
Because of the Blood, we have the Fire!
It is this same fire, this same "heartburn", that is the Spirit of the Living God within me.  It is the same fire as it was yesterday, today, and forever.
 It is God's presence.
 It consumes.
It provides light and guidance.
It refines.
  It purifies. 
It creates a burning passion for God just as it did for His two followers on the road to Emmaus.
Although the two followers previously said that the day was far spent, they immediately ran back to Jerusalem after Jesus opened their eyes and vanished out of their sight
And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, Saying, The Lord is risen indeed Luke 24:33-34
When this flame engulfs my heart, I too love to tell someone. 
His gifts are too wonderful not to share with others. Often times, it sparks a fire within them.
Go and Tell Somebody!
We are called to offer ourselves as a "living sacrifice" to the Lord in Romans 12:1. Isn't it interesting to note that sacrifices offered to God in the Old Testament were consumed by a fire!
Today, the Fire of the Lord has the same power as when it consumed the offering that Elijah ordered twelve barrels of water to be poured upon.
Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.
 1 Kings 18:33
Now, that same inextinguishable fire of the Holy Spirit lives within us!
Does not your heart burn within you?
Lord, stir up Your fire within me!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Link Up Party

Welcome to another Link Up Party!
Sorry for not hosting a Link Up Party last week, but I have been so busy with family, friends, spring cleaning, and graduation plans.

My nephew Jonathan had surgery to remove his gallbladder today, and everything went great.  Thanks for your prayers!

Here are the Most Read Posts from the last link up party!
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Love The Lord Your God With ALL Your Mind

The other day I heard a sermon on the radio, and I have thought on it so much here lately.  The sermon was about the greatest commandment,
"Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." Matthew 22:37.
As the preacher began speaking about loving God with all your mind, I began to think about those words differently than before.  I began to see ways that I was not loving God with ALL my mind.
Whenever I dwell on a matter (even a prayer request!) more than I do God himself, it can become an idol (anything that gets more of my attention than God).
  I am allowing "something" to crowd out God.   If I love Him as I should, I should keep my mind on Him. The Bible says He will give us PERFECT peace if we keep our mind on Him. This is truly LOVING God with ALL our mind.
 Now, I know this is hard to do during our daily life, but I hope that I can apply it regularly to situations.
  For example, whenever I am overwhelmed
 with so many prayer needs, I'm just going to
 look up,
 surrender it all,
 and say,
 "Jesus, I love You!"
He knows every situation. In my own power, I can not change the way things are.  
 I must trust the Lord for all the answers.
See, God's answer may already be on the way, and I don't want to keep asking as if I have no faith in Him.
I don't want my mind flooded with burdens that I can do nothing about, other than surrender them to the Almighty. 
I know that we need to have a burden to pray for others, but I do not want to dwell on the burden. 
Yes, I will still pray and fast, but 
after I ask God to handle a situation, I don't want to keep dwelling on it. 
I want to love the Lord with
 ALL MY MIND, 
and I CAN NOT do that if my mind is consumed with the cares of this world.  I may have a burden so great that all I can do is cry and say
"God I love You." 
but I believe that when I do this, He will understand and He will give me perfect peace just as He has promised in His word.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3
Isn't it amazing how these scriptures tie together?
What else can we possibly do other than trust in 
The Great I AM? 
"I LOVE YOU LORD!" 
Yes, we can help people, but our human ability is limited. We can work with our bodies, but our minds MUST stay on the Lord. 
The Spirit within us is strengthened that way. 
We can not be anxious or fearful for long if we love the Lord with ALL OUR MIND. 
Here is another example. 
My nephew had surgery today. After I had prayed for him a few times, I realized that I had been asking God over and over again for the same things. 
I am sure God heard me the first time. After all, He is God. 
Psalm 34:15 tells us that His ears are attentive to our cries. 
So the next time I thought to pray for my nephew, I didn't think about the surgery. I didn't worry about any "what ifs". I knew that the illness and surgery had already consumed enough of my thoughts, so I looked up and said, 
"God, I love You." 
and that took care of EVERYTHING! 
God knew what I was saying. 
He knew that I was saying thank You. 
He knew that I was saying, I trust You. 
He knew that I felt privileged being His child and able to ask Him for anything. 
He knew that I was asking Him to fill ALL MY MIND with His love, and to empty out every other care. 

Oh, how I love My Strong Tower! 
Lord, help me to keep my mind on YOU. 
Help me to love
You with
 ALL MY MIND.
Our minds can get so wrapped up on other issues. Even our good intentions, family obligations, and even church duties can crowd God out if we are not loving God with 
ALL OUR MIND. 
My prayer is, 
Lord, crowd out every thought that manifests itself above You.

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