07 June 2017

It was just my imagination

QOD -- Imagine you’re in a room that is filling with water. There are no windows or doors. How do you get out?

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Answer: Stop imagining

God has not given us a spirit of fear but He's given us love, power and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7.


How many times do we allow the enemy to talk us out of or convince us that we are less than what God has created is to be and do? We go through life second guessing our abilities and believing the lie of the enemy. We settle for second best, we think we should get everything for nothing, we can't possibly succeed at the things we attempt.

Our thought patterns are all off because we fail to pause, in our life, to wait and listen for the sure and steady voice of the Father who will lead us in all righteousness.

If we truly knew who we are and whose we are we'd be able to accomplish all things in Christ because it is He who gives me strength.

Go to, no run as fast as your feet will carry you to the Father. Listen to what He says about you.

You can do all things in Him.

You are more than a conquerer.

You are the head and not the tail.

You are an overcomer.

You shall live and not die.

You are healed.

Be humble and in due season He will exalt you.

Do all things in humility and love.


He has so much for you, so much to say about you ... We just have to take the time truly listen.



PRAYER: Father forgive me for not believing Your Word, for not listening to Your voice. You are a Good Good Father and there isn't any good thing that You withhold from Your children who walk according to Your precepts. Thank You for Your love for me.


05 June 2017

QOD -- What is orange and sounds like a parrot?

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Answer: A carrot

I remember as a child being told that if I ate my carrots I would have good eye sight. I believed it at the time and so ate them. I liked them more raw than cooked but in reality wasn't too sure about my eyesight being helped because of it.

With the right eye sight we can right everything there is to see, but with bad eyesight we aren't going to see cry well and maybe even miss something that would otherwise give us the confidence to do that which we initially deemed impossible.

Elisha's servant, in 2 King's 6, didn't have eyes to see what Elisha saw when they find themselves surrounded by the king of Syria's army.  The servant thought they were done for and even asked Elisha what they were going to do now.

But Elisha, whose mind was stayed on the Deliverer encouraged the servant: 2 King's 6:16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

When we are faced with seemingly insurmountable odds, keep your eyes on the Deliverer and see what He sees.

PRAYER: Father many times we will find ourselves surrounded by the army of our enemy ready to crush us, but may we have Your eyes to see what You see and know that there are far more for us than against us as we walk in Your way.


02 June 2017

Always the same

QOD -- What 4-letter word can be written forward, backward or upside down, and can still be read from left to right?

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Answer: NOON


The same no matter how you look at it. There's really no other way to explain it. It doesn't matter what my perspective is because the word noon is the same either way you slice it.  That my friends is truth.

Real truth isn't relevant. It isn't based on a feeling. It isn't even based on perception. Truth is what it is whether we like it or not; it even doesn't matter what our perception is and that's just the way some things are.

He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and that doesn't change based on anything in our thought pattern.  So many times in life we try to find a relevant truth because we want to be right, we want our way but that doesn't make things right.

Real truth? It doesn't change no matter how you look at it or try to make it fit ... Whether you see Jesus as whatever your perception may be; it will never change the fact that He is the only way, only truth and only life.


PRAYER: Father forgive me when I want things my way. When I try to base my truth in my feelings or perceptions. There is only one way to view truth and that is through the lens of who You, the Truth, are, regardless of my thought process.

01 June 2017

Authenticity

QOD -- Tool of thief, toy of queen. Always used to be unseen. Sign of joy, sign of sorrow. Giving all likeness borrowed. What am I?

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ANSWER: A Mask


When someone asks you the proverbial how are you doing?  What goes through your mind in that moment before you engage your mouth?

Are you wondering, does this person really want to know or are they being casual about conversation? Do they or I really have the time to go into it?
And then, probably out of reflex, you respond with the proverbial "fine, how are you?"

There are two inherent problems with thus simple exchange of words. Generally the root stems from the lack of genuineness from either party and the mask that each of us wears from time to time.
We tell someone everything is ok, when the reality of it all is our world could be crumbling down around us. Then we have the nerve to call someone a hypocrite because they seemingly don't care. When if, just for a moment we would be transparent, we might find the answers to the questions we've been asking all our lives.

It's when we remove our masks and go for authenticity that we find freedom through Christ, in Christ.

We might be able to hide behind the mask for a while but the more we cover and hide what's really going on, the hard it becomes too be free from sin and shame.

Psalm 139:14-16, reminds me that there is nothing I can hide from God. He knows everything about me and that includes the things I try to hide behind a mask.


PRAYER: Lord help me to be authentic in my relationships with the people You have put in my life. You knitted me in my mother's womb and nothing is hidden from You. My transparency. May be the key to helping someone else remove their mask as well. It is when we are authentic as a body that we find freedom to be that which You have called us to be.

31 May 2017

Better than a thousand elsewhere

QOD -- how do you add eight eights together to come up with one thousand?

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Answer: 888+88+8+8+8=1,000

If you had one thousand of anything that would be a pretty significant amount. Think about it, 1,000 moon pies to gorge upon, $1,000 to spend on whatever, 1,000 of your favorite things, 1,000 days to spend wherever you want.

But when you sit back to think about it, 1,000 days anywhere pales in comparison to one day in the presence of an Almighty God -- Psalm 84:10.

Many of us spend a lifetime trying to fill the void in our life with everything imaginable only to find that whatever we obtained in the moment for the moment did nothing for us because we are just as empty if not more empty than when we started.

There is only One Thing that can satisfy the emptiness we futily try to fill. We finally get that promotion, that raise, that house, that car, that relationship, that fix only to find it isn't enough and we want more.

If that has described you, your journey in life,  our your present state, I challenge you to simply give Him a chance. For whomever drinks from the Wellspring of Life will NEVER thirst again.

PRAYER: Lord I simply come to You this day, thanking You for the many blessings. More so thanking You for the gift of eternal life, that sustains and leaves me fulfilled not wanting more because I lack but wanting more because You are that good.