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Monday, April 21, 2014

He is my Resurrection

My heart is aching and my soul is groaning...

I have so many other things I should be doing right now, but my Spirit says to sit down and write.

This Sunday was beautiful and I hope you had a beautiful remembrance and celebration of what Christ has done for you. My heart was in mourning over the thought of so many who rejoiced over Jesus as he came in to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, but then turning their backs on him before Passover... I mean talk about hot and cold, but isn't that us every day?

I mean one day we will be rejoicing His name and the next we will speak blasphemy and shame on Him. I will be the first to tell you I am not perfect, but I do strive to bring glory and honor to my Father above... do I always succeed, no but I really try.

I can be a little zealous... and what gets me fired up is if you say you are a believer in Christ and then you go and add things to Him. He is perfect and needs nothing added! I get very zealous, because I know what my Savior has done for me and I know the amazing power he has over my life... I am a slave to Christ and no longer a slave to my sin. It is amazing to me and I want everyone to have this amazingness inside of them!

Sometimes when I get riled up over people's words and comments my answer doesn't come out how it should... Lord forgive me, thankfully I know He knows my heart and my desire to serve Him.

My heart is aching and my soul is groaning for the people, who believe they need to add things to God. When I read the Bible it is very black and white (with some red) and I believe all of what it says with no ifs, ands, or buts... I also know He does amazing things through us. But sometimes we think He is doing amazing things through us,  but really it is ourselves and our pride takes over. I believe He can speak through us, give us prophecy, give us the gift of healing, have us speak in tongues, etc., but not one of us will have all these amazing gifts because we work as a body. Scripture says...

"Now, dear brothers and sisters, regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don’t want you to misunderstand this. You know that when you were still pagans, you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols. So I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.
 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have...
 Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to do miracles? Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not! So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts." 1 Corinthians 12

I also believe if you are performing any "gifts" that are not done in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ... I believe they are being performed through dark angels. I will get very zealous and protective of my faith when I see and my Spirit reveals to me of the wrong that is being performed. It hurts my heart to know words when the name of God is thrown around like a piece of garbage.

I am sorry if you get offend by this post it was not my intention, but the Truth so close to our grasp.



 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Complaing vs. Groaning

I am a complainer. We all are. Right? But, the people close to me hear most of all my complaints. (poor Bob) Sometimes my complaints are held in for a while until it is busting at the seams and it comes out hotter than ever... not always the greatest way.

But are all our complaints really complaining or are they groaning... when I say groaning I mean hurt and sadness from the evil that is wrong and needs justice. I think we hear complaining so much that we put it under the complaining umbrella when really the complaining is the way we are groaning for justice. Maybe we need to work on our groaning... but none the less we are sick of the evil "winning". (the bad guy never wins)

This week my Bible study has been focusing on sadness/aching. I totally get that. I mean how many times have I blogged about the aching in my heart? I have an aching for people I love who are lost and don't realize they need a Savior, I ache for the slaves of this world who feel like there is no way out, my heart aches for the abuse that goes on behind closed doors, I ache for kids who are exposed to things that darken their hearts and blind their eyes, I ache for women who are forced to sell their bodies for sex, my heart anguishes for human beings who believe they are worth less than trash, and my heart aches for the orphans who are left to feel no love, no touch, no embrace, and no laughter. My list truly could go on... and most of the time I have no words to express to God the agony I feel, but this week I have been comforted.

"Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 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 would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory." Romans 8:18-30

My heart yearns for justice and peace and for my eternal home... but my groaning is not being ignored. The author and protector of life hears me! My Spirit I was given when I first believed in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior is pleading for me! Yes I am sinful and a complainer, but I am an heir of God's righteousness... I am in harmony with God's will and nothing is out of His marvelous hand. I have faith this aching in my heart is for my own good... because God works everything for my good. This pain is transforming me and not emptying me. It is softening my heart that can become hardened by the ways of this world. My Spirit is pleading when there are no words... and pleading for those with no hope.