He is so Faithful!!!

Yes He is! I love how faithful and true God is to speak to His children. Whether we are able to hear Him or not He is always speaking beckoning us to draw closer. He amazes me…

Lately, He has totally been blowing revelation off the pages of 1Peter and Psalms 27! I’ll expand upon that later on this week.

As for now taste and see His goodness:

1 Peter 2

New International Version (NIV)

2 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

The Living Stone and a Chosen People

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house[a] to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
    a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
    will never be put to shame.”[b]

Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,

“The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone,”[c]

and,

“A stone that causes people to stumble
    and a rock that makes them fall.”[d]

They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

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Thoughts today…

This week I’d been thinking about Cain’s offering being unacceptable to God and why. Cain did not give his offering by faith.

“Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see… And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”

What was Abel’s motive behind his offering and what was Cains’?

When you continue further in Hebrews chapter eleven it speaks of the faith that men and women had which was directly tied to eternity. To have faith in God and His desire to reward those who have sought Him we must have an eternal vision.

I think some thing Cain lacked was a vision for eternity.

Sometimes it’s tough to think beyond our present circumstances and our faith in God is relegated to how He will come through or reward us in our near future. I think it’s an easy  limitation to become comfortable with allowing it to stunt our growth. We must apprehend an eternal vision and allow it to shape how we live.

What if from now on we lived as though we were going to receive no earthly rewards, but all rewards would come later?

Hmm let’s look at it through an extreme 401k.

What if you chose from now on to work and receive only enough pay to take care of the very bare necessities (food, clothing & shelter) and put all of the rest into the 401k.

Both of those examples require extreme faith! Let’s continue using the 401k example: It takes faith to live minimally putting basically all of ones wealth into a plan with a company. Having faith the company will protect your hard earned money you’re investing and doesn’t do anything illegal. Having faith that you’ll live long enough to actually retire. Having faith that you’ll actually enjoy the retirement time.

Thoughts.

 

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Take A Second

I thought this post would be a great follow-up to the Core Value post I did:

This is an amazing true story I got off of Dawn’s Facebook page:
A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Sometimes we forget and that’s okay. When you do remember just actually take the time to stop and stick your face in the rose. Don’t just smell it. Feel it. Taste it. Inhale it. Experience it.

Three minutes went by, and a middle-aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3-year-old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people.

The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?”

~Post from Kris Vallotton’s FB Page

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Core Values…

I'm a hilarious little nerd who knows how to have fun and that makes my life really bright.

I’m a hilarious little nerd who knows how to have fun and that makes my life really bright.

I was out catching up with a friend last night and they were telling me how one focus God has had them working on this season is how to live a celebratory lifestyle. My friend having noticed that my lifestyle and relationship with God is very celebratory asked me what were some of my core values and what things I do to live that type of life.

Very great question… I didn’t have an answer.

I sat there for a bit though, trying to quickly asses my life and what I do to contribute to celebration & true joy.

What I came up with was child likeness.

I am a child and wisdom happens to be one of my best friends.

I have faith like a child and that’s something I make a point to protect as well as grow further into; my daddy is able to do all!

I have an imagination and I spend time in it.

I dream, I dream big and if I’m able to think of it then by golly it can be done, whether now, in the future or in heaven.

I look for beauty in everything, I watch it when it’s found and I celebrate it.

I believe in people, because I truly believe that God loves them and desires relationships with all of us.

I celebrate people! Even if I’m not particularly fond of someone I ask God to show me how He views them and I take that as my reality.

I celebrate people!

I join in with nature, because nature is constantly celebrating!

I laugh a lot. God cracks me up and I crack Him up. We laugh together. I laugh at myself. I laugh at Him. We laugh at each other and others.

I celebrate what He has created!

I celebrate His kids!

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When is the last time you received a prophetic word?

I have always had a strong love for prophesy, because of it’s importance within the church. I love to prophecy as well as inspiring and activating others in prophecy. I serve on the prophetic team for church and we get the honor of prophesying into so many peoples lives. One of the special things we do are prophecy emails. This is where people email us there photo & name then we take time before we open up for people at the church to record a prophecy for them and then we email that back. So, I wanted to offer that to you guys! Just email propheticphoto@ibethel.org a photo of you or if you’re married you can send in one of your spouse & yourself and your names.

*Also I have a mini challenge for you. Prophecy over someone within the next day. Prophesy is for edification, so whether it’s a stranger or family member take a second to ask God what He’s wanting to convey to that person. Then go right ahead and encourage them!

1 Corinthians 14

14 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. For anyone who speaks in a tongue[a] does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. I would like every one of you to speak in tongues,[b] but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues,[c] unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.

What I really enjoy is the scripture that come a little later in the chapter:

12 … Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church.

What great advice right ;)

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Let’s Hear It For Germany

Hey guys, Yes, I am THE GUEST BLOGGER!!
My name is Sabrina, I’m the roomie of Avalon and according to her the “cutesiest German ever” and thanks to her the whole world can read my bangs/no-bangs-story now

Today I have the honor to share something with you I was thinking about a lot lately…it’s actually a really simple thought but just understanding it isn’t enough…it’s about living it out!!

GOD IS THE SOURCE OF EVERYTHING!!

That was my latest revelation…it’s actually really simple: We simply can’t do anything without Him…we’re so dependent on God!!

Have you ever seen a branch that was able to produce fruit while being cut off of the tree? It simply doesn’t work!! And it’s the same with us…we can try so hard to produce something…if we aren’t connected with the source we will never be able to produce fruit! And worse than that, we will wither because we won’t get water from the living source!! God is the source of everything…intimacy and love from God…that’s the living water we need every single day!!

That’s why I want to encourage you…if you have made a New Year’s Resolution to do more for the Lord this year…give it up!! Just make sure to be connected to the source and be filled with His love and everything He has for you every single day…then, the rest will come without you doing anything for it…because, God, the source, will give you what you need!! Without Him, we can do nothing…it’s all about intimacy and love!!

~Sabrina

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Never Before On This Blog

Only three days into January!

Only three days into my lofty pursuit of blogging once a day this year.

Did I forget about blogging? Did I have nothing to say? Did I intentionally miss a day to display my imperfection? All questions that need answers.

In a change of subject: It’s Friday Ya’ll!!!! If only at this moment you could hold a stethoscope to my chest, you’d here cheering and joyous laughter. As I am too in Lalala land to pull together a decent post even today, I am going to make way for something that has yet to be done on my blog before.

I’M GOING TO HAVE A GUEST BLOGGER!!!!

Yay you’re definitely in for a treat! Look out for the post later on this evening ;)

 

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IN for the kill

Despite the violence of the title, God is ever so sweet to me and gentle in His dealings…

Lately I’ve been craving more revelation on the subject of humility while becoming largely  aware once again of the copious amounts of pride I possess. I am determined to acquire a deeper level of meekness, so I’m going in for the kill… The killing of pride that tries to rule me.

In our culture we are taught that pride is a virtue, but I know pride to be a thief. A thief that steals away our opportunity to humble ourselves and be transformed further into the likeness of Jesus. Pride steals away our Papa’s chance to defend us and reward our secret plights openly.

Meekness is so important to KINGDOM life.

Has God been talking to any of you about any areas where pride has a foothold?

If so let us say, Yes, to another filleting of self. Have at it Papa!

*It is the sweetness of God to cause us to hunger for what our current disposition is blocking, than simply pointing out our weakness. Too Sweet

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