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ISAIAH 30-31

Written by Phyllis. Posted in Articles

    What appears to be a totally unimaginative title for a website article is actually more homage to these wonderful verses than lack of creativity. I have read these scriptures many times both as a cohesive narrative, and as a basket of great verses to pick from, a couple of which I'll introduce in a bit, but rarely have I been as impacted with a couple of verses as I was recently by Isaiah 30-31. Ordinarily I'll read the Bible with my " Holy Hat " on, siding easily with Moses and Samuel, David and Josiah, and the other faith greats,recoiling at the faithlessness and overall knuckleheadedness of the Hebrews! On occasion, aided by the Holy Spirit, I'm sure, I'll read the Bible and be in complte identification with the faithless and knuckleheaded, and in awe of or mourning my spiritual incompatibility with the great spiritual leaders. In the recent case of reading these two verses from Isaiah, the prophet is speaking for God, and I was overwhelmed with the impossibility of what God was demanding of the Israelites!

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James 4: 7-8

Written by Phyllis. Posted in Articles

So be subject (placed under authority) to God. Resist (fight against, remain strong against the force or effect) the devil , and he will flee from you.  Come close to God and He will come close to you.

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John 3:16

Written by Phyllis. Posted in Articles

For God so greatly loved the world that He gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes, clings to, relies and trust in Him will not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have everlasting (eternal) life. 

There are times that life is hard ... we do things that we don't want to do and fall ... or maybe we don't really "know" God.  It says in the bible that if we confess our sins and turn to God he will forgive us.  When i was young I was taught how to understand the meaning of repentence.  It is agreeing with God that He is right and I was wrong.  Turning away from the sin and turning to God and accepting His forgiveness.  If you are reading this and haven't received Jesus as your personal savior I invite you to confess with your mouth and say out loud to God that you need Him and that you thank Him for sending Jesus to save you from your sin.  Jesus willingly gave his life to save yours.  It says in John 14:6....Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me."  If you have received Jesus as your personal savior and you have sinned then all we need to do is confess that sin and know that God hears your prayer and he cast that sin and remembers it no more.  Hebrews 8:12.  Trust God in whatever you are faced with.  Know that He loves you more than you can ever imagine and walk with your head up knowing that He has a plan for your life.  Ask the Holy Spirit to give you revelation on what that purpose is and then start walking toward it.  I pray God bless you and keep you!  Phyllis

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KEEPING POWER

Written by Phyllis. Posted in Articles

God is so faithful.  When I sit and look back over my life and even look at just yesterday, I marvel at how God continues to keep me.  The meaning of keep : preserve, maintain, to watch over and defend> keep us from harm> to take care of> tend> support: to maintain in a good, fitting, or orderly condition.  In this hour,  it is vital that we notice and thank God for keeping us each and everyday.  If God didn't keep us, it would blow our minds what our lives would look like.

In the word God says "I will never leave you nor forsake you."  When Noah was in the ark and it looked as if he was doomed, God kept him. When Lot was in the midst of Sodom and Gomorrah filled with sin and disaster, God kept him. When Joseph was in a pit, God kept him.  Paul on a ship that was about to go under, God kept him.  When Peter denied Jesus and he felt it was over, God kept him. Now I ask,  what are you going through?  Whether you feel it or see it God is keeping you.  You ask, oh really? John 17:15 Jesus prayed for us.  He said "I'm not asking that you take them out of the world, but to "KEEP" them safe from the evil one.  Jesus said that we would have trials and troubles but be of good cheer because He has overcome the world.  I ask you to look back from yesterday and throughout your life and just think about how God has kept and is keeping you.  Take notice and give credit where credit is due which is to the one true God who is the same yesterday, today and forever. 
 

 

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Look Away From Sin and Turn Your Gaze To Me

Written by Phyllis. Posted in Articles

Several days ago, I was praying and the Lord spoke to me. His first sentence was “ Look away from sin and turn your gaze to Me”. He then went on to encourage me, for which I was grateful, but as I left, that first utterance continued to roll around in me and I began to see the depth of what He was saying.
Turn from sin. The first part of the command was not so much leave the environment or location of sin, but rather quit dwelling on it , look away from it. When Eve first began her rationalizing conversation with Satan about the fruit from the tree of life, we can be sure it followed a period of study like a woman might do in the midst of a shopping trip where something catches her eye and she turns her full attention to it, picking it up , studying it, evaluating it and imagining it belonging to her. Study foments lust and lust begets temptation and temptation to sin begets rationalization and before long there is sin. God was telling Me to nip sin at the beginning and just walk on with the shopping cart. Actually, He’s telling me just don’t continue to look at it. I think this is the most obvious meaning of what He commanded.
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