I Do!

By: Jessica Huber

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Loving the world is like the bride loving the ring more than she loves the groom.
I heard this quoted the other day and it made me say …”Oh Yes!”

It’s no secret, scripture compares The sacred union of a husband and wife to Christ and His Church.

It made me think even further. If we take it in another direction, I would think that the ring would represent His eternal Love, the gift of Salvation. To be worldly, would be to misconstrue the representation of the ring. The meaning behind the ring being forgotten or watered down.
The ring being appraised by the natural instead of by the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:12-14
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, 13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.

Titus 2:11-12
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,

To appreciate the gift, you must appreciate the Giver, get to know and understand His true character.
We can not Flaunt Salvation and then tuck Christ to the side, this includes his teachings. Honor the One Who gave this to you! Honor Him with your life!

Romans 6
15What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! 16Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?

Ephesians 2:8
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

When the Glory is not given to the Lord, then the gift is taken for granted. We cannot separate the ring from the groom.

The World tends to misplace where credit is due. ” look within yourself” “Believe in your own strength” ” You will find the answer within” We can not receive our gifts from any substitute, we certainly do not do it in our own strength.
JESUS is the Way The Truth and The Life, no one comes to the father accept through him.

Scripture reminds us not to conform to the patterns of the world. But to be transformed by the renewing our our mind.

Life revealed and lived by The Spirit!

Let’s stick with this wedding ring analogy and look at the actual picture of wedding bells within the world. Today, women run around flashing the ring, the wedding celebration becomes larger than the vows. We draw up contracts based on a future failure. There are shows based solely on the dress, the debt can grow beyond limits as long as it’s seen as the best! The budget could feed the five thousand or heck, the five hundred thousand! So much thought and effort is put into a one day celebration, falling in love with the hoopla, rather than the journey ahead.
It’s a mindset fixed on the worldly within an illusion of the temporary.

We have Christians who also live within this temporary realm, walking into a building for a one day a week celebration. We proclaim Salvation and receive His beautiful gifts but after the quick fix, when it’s all said and done the union is forgotten.
Manny even go as far as putting that ring in their pocket, allowing anything that comes by to catch the eye. They may proclaim of a walk but it looks NO Different from that of the rest of society. When things get rough, The groom is missing entirely from the conversation! Many actions and behaviors would lead one to ask, hmm are you even married? Where is the proof of your husband?
In other words ..”oh I had no clue you were any different, I never knew you were a follower of Christ.” “That’s news to me.” ???? “Where is the proof?”
How many times have we resorted to the back up plan and jump ahead of God’s will, just because our request was not for filled instantaneously?

The truth is, we are to be Set Apart! He did not die for us to go on living in the old. He died so that All who walk this earth may experience the New! His plan today is to do it through You!

Galatians 5:25.                                                           If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

The real value is in the marriage, not the celebration. Its what happens After the DJ packs up, after the guests go home and the venue has been swept and closed. In the end, it’s about the relationship. Two become one. There will be trials and difficulties, there will be pot holes within the ride home. How we weather the storm will determine on What we fix our eyes on, the temporary or the Eternal.

The world will not see the true value of the gift, if The Giver has been forgotten. Let’s start showing this world who we belong to ! Lets follow His lead! Brothers and Sisters, express love, gentleness, patience and kindness, start putting hypocrisy aside.

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Wear your Salvation proudly but make sure your arm is Linked to The One Who gave it to You. Display His Grace and Compassion as you walk! Don’t short change the mission with just a Sunday walk down the isle, Let His Commitment and Love be Always on display, EXPANDING beyond the walls.

James 1:22
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

We share the gift because it is the representation of His goodness, It’s the proof of His all consuming Love, a love that never changes, it is complete and never ending. The cost is far from worldly, it was priceless and might I add, it was paid in full! It is not something to be stingy with or withheld, it is for ALL to share within this union!
Engrave His Name on it!

Galatians 6:14
But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.


Prayer
Dear Lord, I thank you for the gift of salvation. Lord, help me to remember that I walk this earth as a representative of your Glory. Lord forgive me for passing on opportunities to allow for your light shine. I thank you for your commitment, All that you have been, All that you are, and All that you will be in my life. Help me to display your love, your patience, and mercy through my actions and behavior within this walk.
In JESUS Name.. Amen

I’m Over it! Done, No More!

By: Jessica Huber 

I am over it! I’m Done! I’m tired of being taken for granted, I’m tired of being used and taken advantage of! Im tired of only being called when it’s convenient for the other person.

Have you ever been tempted to just call it quits? No more chances? Done and Done? When we find ourselves in a position where we are being taken advantage of, it can lead to the feelings of resentment and bitterness. Our hearts may be little hurt and conflicted. You want to do the right thing, but at the same time.. it just doesn’t seem fair to be a doormat. Right?

So it is important that we seek our counsel from The Lord and not what our heart is telling us to do.

Proverbs 14:12
There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

Proverbs 4:23
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Our hearts can be so easily swayed by our emotions, so how do we guard our heart?
How can we protect our heart and how can we be sure to react in a way that is appropriate and pleasing in God’s sight?

Proverbs 23:26
Give me your heart, my son, And let your eyes delight in my ways.

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When  I think of the frustration that comes along with being wronged in this way, when I hear the words “I’m Done”, “No more chances”. My mind jumps to The voice of The Lord!
My children cry out in their convenience, they call on me when they are in need and as soon as I Work in their favor, I hear silence. They use me, they take me for granted, I AM unappreciated! I Give and I Give!

Can you hear him saying that? We have to acknowledge that this is true. How many times did we deserve to hear I AM Done? No More Chances and Yet He Loves.

We can be Grateful that He is Never Done! He is Faithful he is Grace Filled, He is supernaturally Patient and slow to anger.
How Great is His Love?
How Beautiful are His Ways?
Let us learn from The example that he sets.
If God responded the way we do, then we would all be in big trouble.
It’s hard to be the person being taken for granted but know this, what you do for others, is never unseen or unappreciated by Him. Whatever we do in this world we do as if we are doing it for Him. In that, there is no offense.

Now scripture does address taking advantage of a brother or sister. It also says that God will deal with that person.

1 Thessalonians 4:6
and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantages of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before.

Remember we are to seek the kingdom first. Does this mean we lay down and allow for people to mistreat us? Well, Galatians 6 says, that if a brother is caught in sin, then you who are spiritual should restore him gently.
Be open and honest, express your concerns to this person, but do it with love. From then on, it is between them and God. Remember that He is your defender, use this experience to practice your servanthood. Allow for this occasion to bring out your best, instead of your worst.

Galatians 6:8
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Pray and ask The Lord for His eyes on this situation, ask him to fill you with his gentleness, His compassion and His Love.

Give to others what you receive from God!

Galatians 6:9
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
Matthew 5:41-48
41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Prayer
Lord I am giving you my heart, teach me your glorious ways! When I am in the position of being wronged, help me to lean not on my own understanding. Help me to turn to you for guidance, calm my heart and allow for this to be an opportunity to Glorify you!
In JESUS Name I Pray, Amen

Joy Comes In The Morning!

By: Jessica Huber

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JOY comes In The Morning!!!
Let’s be honest the moment we open our eyes, it’s not always a burst of Joy, we may not hear birds singing a Disney song, or have rays of sunlight lifting us out of bed. We may have actually had a horrible experience from the day before or through the night. We may wake and the first thought is disappointment, when we discover that it wasn’t a nightmare after all, but a reality that we will soon face again.
Images and words recorded come flooding, recapping all of the hurt. The should have, could have, the why and the IFs come spinning like a little tornado over your head.
If you are facing this day with out first capturing your thoughts and directing them to God, then yes your tornado will follow you out of bed. The dark clouds from yesterday will loom and seek to destroy your fresh start, causing an out of control forecast of the day. Truth, we have moments that literally cause aftershock, little rumbles that try to take our God given joy away. Even if we were certain, we already handed this situation over to God the night before, the enemy likes to creep in first thing. He catches us off guard, trying to instill doubt, reminding of us of our struggles. In this moment we have the opportunity to hold onto God’s truth! Not Today satan, Not Today!

We have Joy in the morning not only because it is New, but because we Have a God that has the power to make all things New! He is Faithful and In Him we can have confidence of deliverance.

2 Thessalonians 3:2-3
2 And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.

Don’t let Yesterday discourage your Today! It’s Gone, done and over with!
Don’t give up, you have only experienced a speck of this journey, and there is so much that is waiting to be revealed.
It’s a NEW Day! A Fresh Start! It is filled with New Hope, and New Opportunities!
This day comes with The Fathers love and strength, this day comes with the truth that you are not Alone in this.

Many times we wake and it’s our own guilt and regret that starts a storm brewing.
In JESUS Name You are Forgiven today, regardless of your yesterday. If He has forgiven you, then you have permission to forgive yourself.

Psalm 103:2-4
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

His Love has you covered! Now let him Position you towards your best.
I know that it is hard to comprehend or understand a love like this, but it’s real and True and it’s here for you!
You do not have to make sense of it, just know that there is a Life and a Plan for You In This New! Embrace it, Appreciate it, and Multiply All that is Given!

Jeremiah 31:25 
 I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”

Proverbs 11:25 
A generous person will prosper;
    whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

Let Go, Learn from it and move on, step into His Grace. Dance in that Beautiful Light! Smile, Laugh and Be Thankful!!!
I pray that you will walk with your eyes fixed on The Perfecter of Faith, that you will know and hold onto The Love that He has for you. There is Nothing that He is unaware of, place all thoughts and concerns into His capable hands.
The scriptures say to take all your thoughts captive and hold them accountable to The Knowledge of God! So the moment you wake up, clear the air, with Prayer! Capture the recap of yesterday, before it spirals out of control! When the storm comes brewing over your head send it through The God filter. Anything that can not hold to God’s truth, anything that replaces doubt in the space of his promises, it needs to go!

Start your day by reflecting on God’s Truth and Arm yourself with Prayer. Choose Joy!

 

Psalm 51:10-12

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

God Bless You today as you soak in His Love! Be reminded of His Strength, wrap up in his peace and comfort. May you be filled with The Spirit as you Look forward to the Joy of second chances and New Beginnings!

The Table Has Been Set, Will You Sit?

By: Jessica Huber

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You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.

Let’s ask Him to fill us so much that it pushes out any lingering doubt, …
It’s one thing to have self doubt but its entirely another thing to have God Doubt! Our capabilities do not have to be tested or proven, but our Faith in God’s ability will stand against the greatest of Giants.

We want our cups to be gushing over with nothing but Him! His Truth and His Promises! When we stand before our enemy, we need only to think of the table that has been prepared, the oil that has anointed and the cup that overflows!

When I consider the verse above, My mind immediately goes into movie mode.

IMG_5179Imagine you are in the middle of a battle, a major conflict .. picture Braveheart type Warriors running at you with clubs and axes in hand! Despite everything going on, out of nowhere a table is set before you. Its beautiful, fine china, a gorgeous place settings, adorned with peace and serenity. The finest table you could ever imagine just plopped smack in front of you on a grassy battlefield. Candles lit, flowers arranged, this is a strange place for such a seen. Silence surrounds and your enemies move in slow motion. You are standing in a dome of calm. A gentle breeze leads you over to a chair, It’s pulled out and positions just for you. The voice of The Lord, “Time out, this is your place of rest.”
“But Lord!” “look around me!” “I have so much against me!” “I have to figure out my next move!” “I can’t” “I will be plowed over for sure!”
Again
“Sit my Child and Trust.”

“But” “But” “Did you see the size of”

Again
“Be Still and Believe.”

This struggle of putting our own capabilities before God’s has been repeated and repeated from the ancient of days! It Boils down to a lack of belief! Faith that is directed To Fear!

Exodus 14:13
And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, STAND STILL!
You will see the salvation of the Lord!

Be Still And Know That I AM God!

Check this,
In Numbers 13 It talks about how God told Moses to send out men to spy out the land of Canaan, which God chose to give to Israel.
So mosses sent out men from each tribe.
The men went and saw that the land was great, the fruit was plentiful and the land was flowing with milk and honey.
But they also saw that the land was already inhabited. they reported that the people who dwelled in the land were strong, and their cities fortified and very large. Plus they had giants in the land.
The Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim).
The men said that in their own sight they looked like grasshoppers compared to them these giants.
They went back and reported to Moses and Arron and all the congregation of the people of Israel and explained the details of the land and its obstacles.
One of the men, Caleb was ready to go take the land, he believed they could do it. But the men from the tribes said no way! There was no way they could defeat them.

In the KJV it says
we seemed in our OWN SIGHT as grasshoppers.

We place our own sight on our troubles.
Don’t we?
We put our own opinion on the situation. We place our abilities over God’s abilities.

It didn’t go well for these guys, they were so unbelieving, they panicked, and to make a long story short they ended up rebelling against God. They decided to go on with their own plans and eventually met their defeat by facing their enemies without God.
Caleb was commended for believing and God said he would be able to enter the land.

In a sense God set a table in front of the tribes, He positioned them to Go into the land and the table was set with His Promises. Their job was to stand up to unbelief. God was with them and Who can stand against God? He was their backing. They needed only to be still and dine, instead they basically flipped the darn table over!

Our enemy is satan, he is the face of all the troubles that we encounter, the giants of life. Whether it be addictions or financial struggle, sickness, relationship, temptation, fleshy desires, he’s lurking around them waiting. He’s waiting to see if we will accept what God offers, or if we will fall into fear and flip the table. So many times satan uses our own sight to his advantage.

The Table has been set!
Even in the midst of trial, within or everyday troubles and problems of this world, we have The assurance of The Lord’s Provision. His Peace, His Deliverance, His Security, His Promises! This is what the table is adorned with.
Its adorned with The Vision of God!

This Is The Work of God… to Believe!

You are sealed and anointed as His. Never Hunger, Never Thirst.

In 1 Samuel David was anointed and sealed, but in man’s sight he wouldn’t have been first pick, but in God’s sight he was the one. Because God does not look at hight or stature, he looks at the heart.
David is proof of what happens when you take advantage of the Power of God before your enemies.

Pretty sure Everyone has heard of David and Goliath! Right?
David knew God was with Him, He saw through the eyes of Faith and it made that Giant look like a grasshopper. He was able to defeat him In God’s Strength.

Now JESUS is The ultimate proof of what happens when you sit at the table. When you trust in The Work of the Father. When you Dine on his Truth.

He actually sat and dined with his disciples before facing The greatest Battle! In a way he explained the preparation of “the table” His covenant. Giving them the bread to eat as His body and the cup of wine to represent his blood. He explained to them that He was the bread of life. The Living Manna.
He told them that he was sealed and anointed by his father. “He who believes in me will never thirst.”
His Cup was More than full!

Read Psalm 23:5 Again!
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.

Work for the food of eternal life! That’s JESUS! Your work is Belief!
No matter what we face, we are already Triumphant because we have Christ as our Eternal Glory!

This explains it in depth
John 6
27 Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”
28 Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you BELIEVE in Him whom He has sent.” 30 So they said to Him, “What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.’”32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. 33 For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” 34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”
35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst”

May we always Believe and May We Always have an Over Flowing Cup!

JESUS Was triumphant over the The Giant named Sin. He slayed and defeated the Giant named Death!

When a table is set before our enemies and we choose to dine with God, we are showing the enemy who we belong to. We are showing our faith and our trust in God.

We do the work of the Lord by putting Our Belief into action.
Never mind, when we are faced with a situation and our Cup is full of Christ, this means we will not stoop, but instead we handle our afflictions with Grace and Love.
It’s a WIN WIN!

You are Well equipped!

Romans 8:31
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?

Who?

If you are facing a battle today I want you to picture the table that has been set before you.
Take a deep breath and KNOW who your God is! Instead of worrying about your next move, sit and rest. Take in His Peace and assurance. He has this! Hear his voice, Child you are loved and well cared for. Trust.

God Bless You, In JESUS Name

Show Me Your Glory

By: Jessica Huber

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Look closely and you can see little spider webs in this photo. God shines his glory even on the the things that we do not always appreciate, for instance that many spiders in one place! I’m not a person that usually appreciates the creepy crawlers of the earth, but I am thankful for God showing me this gift. It is not just a field with spiders waiting to grub on little bugs. No, this message is so much greater than that, in fact there is one similar to it in Matthew 6:25-34
25“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28“And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30“But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32“For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

When we walk with the Lord Our eyes see with a new light. What can a field of spiderwebs tell us about our God?
Just looking upon all of the intricacy that is woven into His Beautiful Plan. Everything serves a purpose, it’s also a reminder of His Provisions. We can be grateful that we have a God who Provides for our needs in such detail. Yes even spiders, let them praise the Lord!
Psalm 148
Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights!
2 Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts!
3 Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all stars of light!
4 Praise Him,highest heavens,
And the waters that are above the heavens!
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For He commanded and they were created.
6 He has also established them forever and ever;
He has made a decree which will not pass away.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
Sea monsters and all deeps;
8 Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
9 Mountains and all hills;
Fruit trees and all cedars;
10 Beasts and all cattle;
Creeping things and winged fowl;
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Princes and all judges of the earth;
12 Both young men and virgins;
Old men and children.
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above earth and heaven.
14 And He has lifted up a horn for His people,
Praise for all His godly ones;
Even for the sons of Israel, a people near to Him.

It’s not always easy to appreciate the ugly moments in our life, but through faith we can rejoice and have hope within these times.
1 Peter 1:6-9
6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

Christ is The Glory and He is enough! Put your Trust In Him!

IMG_5093.JPGMaybe you are feeling anxious today, feeling lost or just stuck in funk. If you are dealing with something big and having a hard time looking past your situation, start small. Appreciate the little things. Look at all of the blessings around you, as you start to scan this life in a new light, Praise the Lord!
He is So good! If he can equip a spider to spin a web, not just something to catch food in, but an actual masterpiece, then he can take care of you. If he can provide the grass for it to attach to and and then send food and water in its direction, He can do so much more for you. Seek fist The Kingdom! Look for his hand in everything around you. He will illuminate and reveal it, just as he did with this field of webs.

Prayer
I pray that God will cast His Love over your entire situation today. May your eyes catch the beauty that is all around you. As you scan, I pray that you will gain hope and strength. May you look forward to the precious details that he holds for your life.
In JESUS Name I Pray

Where Does Your Help Come From?

By: Jessica Huber

IMG_5085When our children cry out for us in the middle of the night, do we not come running to their rescue? If they are sick, do we not make them chicken noodle soup, give them snuggles and hold them? If they are sad do we not take that pain on, and comfort them? We Do! They are our precious children. We love them and when they hurt we hurt . We wouldn’t want them to go to a substitute. We wouldn’t want them to knock on a strangers door to find comfort, especially if we are right there ready and Willing to help. We wouldn’t want to sit back and watch them struggling while they try to put on their own bandaid….RIGHT?
Then why do we, as Adults try to put on our own bandages, Instead of crying out and asking our Heavenly Father for Help? He LOVES us, he doesn’t patch, he heals! He can take care of any need, hurt, fear, disappointment, sorrow, distress, or sadness. He does not enjoy sitting back and watching us struggle. He wants to swoop in, hold us, and feed us. He wants to pick us up, brush us off and give us guidance and the tools we need to succeed. All we have to do is Let Him! Say it, I need you Lord!
Oh, Give Thanks for his Grace. No matter what Crazy mess we find ourselves to be in. So many times we put ourselves smack in the middle of the problem, and still He is ready to pull us out.

Psalm 107:20
20He sent His word and healed them,
And delivered them from their destructions.
From who’s destruction??
It was their own!

In Psalm 107:2-43 there are so many accounts were he delivered His people from one pretty big messes after another . We see a pattern of failure and then a cry. He swooped in and saved them. It reminds us over and over to Give thanks to The Lord! For He is always there, Ready and Willing for the Rescue. Although we fail, He is UNFAILING, where we lack faith, He is FAITHFUL . He could have said no, you keep messing up, I’m just done! How often do we mess up, how often do we continue in our unhealthy patterns? Same problem, same outcome!
Here is a little dividing factor, we have to be willing to say, HELP, I messed up, I’m lost, I’m tired, I hunger, I thirst! Cry Out!
Immanuel! JESUS Savior, Might One!
We have to know Where our Help Comes from!
Psalm 121:2
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.

Do not be fooled, satan is always there to give his idea of what help looks like.
he preys on the weak, and he is happy to throw an answer in our direction. We have way too many substitutes floating around, ready to fill that hurt. The temporary relief comes at a price. What’s your poison?
Alcohol, pills, overeating, shopping, gambling, isolation, busyness? Do you project your hurt onto the people you love? Get it out what a release!. temporarily relieved and a path left burning behind. When we rely on the temporary, pain and destruction become the hangover that lasts a little too long. All of these things are temporary and leave us with shame, regret, bitterness, depression, and self loathing.
They dissolve and after they have warn off, we are still left with the original pain and then some. Left with an empty whole that only ONE can Fill, One can complete, The One and only, can Satisfy!
Who will be wise to open his mouth and seek the Lord?
It’s not always a Quick Fix! But God is Eternal! Jesus is the same Yesterday, Today and Forever! He IS Enough!
When we Cry out to Him we receive more than a rescue, we receive freedom from the cycle! Leave it! There is A New Life In JESUS CHRIST! The old is gone, it has proven its purpose! Now Let It Go and let Him Show you Yours Purpose!

Psalm 107:42-43
42The upright see it and are glad;
            But all unrighteousness shuts its mouth.
43Who is wise? Let him give heed to these things,
            And consider the loving kindnesses of the LORD.

Psalm 91:4
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Where does your help come from?
Are you tired, do you desire to be filled? Are you sick of the hangover that won’t end?
Cry out To JESUS and Let Him Step in!
God Bless You In The New!

Go, Be Church

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Running on autopilot, I woke up and packed my daughters lunch and sent her off to school. I turned around to make my son’s lunch and I had already packed it! First thought was oh, did I do that? The second was, well that’s out of the way.. on to breakfast. And COFFEE!

Just Program a setting and off you go. This happens a lot when we are tired or preoccupied. I started thinking how our “church life” in and out of the walls can get stuck in repetition mode.

Within The walls

It’s good to have our reservation time with God, don’t get me wrong we can do this anywhere at anytime, but I consider the church building as a reserved setting. Uninterrupted praise, worship, study and fellowship. We can listen to praise music in our car, we can read and study with a couple friends in a group chat, we can have all of that away from the four walls, but think about it. We are so easily interrupted with the day to day. Going to the church building is a much needed reservation time. We go for the audience of ONE, to lay down the burdens carried in from the week. We plug in and charge up for the days to come. We check in with our brothers and sisters, we gather to get a refreshing of the word and most important we honor and sing praise to our King! An uninterrupted time to shut out the noise of the world.

All of that being said, let us not allow this to be a mundane experience. Let’s be honest, some of us push auto pilot within the church setting. We come in, do church and before we know it, the cycle starts again. Done and out of the way.
We allow it to become repetitious.
We forget that The Church is not a building but a People. A Body of believers who are to take the experience from the inner walls and go right out into noise!
What happens within the building should never be taken for granted, it is truly a valuable environment, we need that separation to focus and redirect.
Now, what do we do when we walk out of that environment?
Worship is not just for the inner walls, it should be the way we present and represent the gospel to the world.
What can I take from this experience and how can I apply it?
Our Worship life is played out on the mission field.

Outside the walls

When we are away from the building let’s not forget to continue to gather in thought and in Spirit, it gets busy and hectic yes, but we make the effort to have prayer time, not a laundry list, not a repeated recording of the same prayer over and over. This is our intimate time with God. It would get super annoying to hear your loved one repeat the same conversation over and over… oh wait did I just say this last night? Um ya! Let’s have intimate conversations with God.
Are we allowing enough space and time for the spontaneous calling or are we cramming it all into little blips of time. Let The Holy Spirit be The the one to do the interrupting in this world. Let The Spirit decide the when and where!
Our church experience should not be a confined area within our life. Church should be an on going continuation, a God Infused Life Style! Pray without ceasing, love without limitation.
Society likes stamp a time frame of where the church should be implemented, as if it is meant to stay within an “appropriate” setting. That is not what the word of God says, We are the moving living breathing Church! Our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which God gifted to us. Where we stand there is Holy Ground! We are children of The All Mighty and warriors of the Kingdom! So let’s not allow it to be a glazed over blip in time. Let’s live and breath our church life. Go Be a living example of What God can do! Use Your Gifts, Lift one another, comfort show a little vulnerability, be humble. We can all relate within this life, there is not one here that doesn’t need a savior! Go share the Gospel express the Good News of The One and Only Way, The Truth and The Life of JESUS CHRIST! Before you walk out the door ask God to use you today, regardless of plans, deadlines, whatever you have going on, make it your side job. Lord, I’m all yours!

Ephesians 4
1Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
7But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
8Therefore it says,
            “WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH,
            HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES,
            AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.”

If you see someone while you are out and about and you notice they are struggling, offer to pray with them, speak God’s Name over their life and their situation. You have no idea how many people out there just need someone to take a moment for them.
Be Bold with Compassion!
Don’t just do church, Be Church!

1 John 3:18
Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.

1 Corinthians 12:27
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

Ephesians 4:16
from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

1 Corinthians 6:19
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?

Romans 10:15
How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD.

Prayer
Dear Lord I Praise your Name on High! Lord I am thankful to be able to have a place to go and gather to worship. I am thankful for the Family that is In You!
Lord Help me to use my church time wisely, while I am inside the walls, help me to truly make the most of this experience. If I am feeling weak or sad guide me to the Altar to receive your grace. Help me to shut out the noise of the outside so I may give you the Glory that you deserve. Lord bless the message and the reading of your word, let it be impressed on my heart. While I am outside the walls Help me to take All your Goodness Along with me!
Lord I am yours and it is an honor to be used by you! Help me to stay humble and gentle within this walk. Lord help me to stay alert to your voice, and when the time is right give me the words, guide my actions and my behavior so that others will see your glorious light and come home to you.
In the precious name of JESUS I Pray 




Reach For the Light of The Son

By: Jessica Huber 

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Have you ever seen a tree take root in an undesirable setting? There may be a danger of it becoming crowded and choked out by surrounding growth, the soil is not rich, chances of it flourishing look slim to none. Still it Thrives. It may lead you to question, how can it be?

When we look at trees like this we Notice that the branches and the roots spread out for the proper nutrition. They Bend and Contort to Receive the Light of the sun. The tree may change it’s shape over the years, the roots may be visible from trying to obtain the rich soil, the trunk develops a hunch or a curve.
Although it started out rough, it can still be of good use, within and out of this process. For this tree, it may not look like the others, but it stands proud for a purpose. It offers shade and provides a safe shelter. The curve of the trunk and limbs create a resting spot for the weary.

God created this tree, he guides it’s growth with every twist and turn, just as He does with us.

What can we do when we find ourself in an undesirable setting?
Let’s take a note from the tree. Lets stretch towards the light. Now this light exposes and reveals, so we may have seasons of ugly, a bend might need to take place.
These are all things that happen with progress. The more we allow ourselves to reach for The True Source, the Better. When we Reach to be IN The Light of The SON, we Thrive. By reading His Word, we allow Him to Give our Life The Nourishment that we need. By Rooting ourselves In His Love and following The Path of His Truth , our story of transformation begins. Along the way Our Bumps and Curves become a testament To His Works! Some may question…how can this be, pointing Out His Glory For all to see!
The weary find rest within this growth ! It provides a connection and a hope!

Sometimes uprooting entirely is not the answer, sometimes it’s about learning to thrive within an undesirable setting. When we trust and reach For The Lord we Stand Strong for a Purpose, His Purpose!
Are you standing in a moment of disappointment? Have you found yourself in an undesirable situation?
We have the choice to conform or Transform!

2 Corinthians 4:16-18
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardlywe are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Philippians 3:14
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

John 8:12
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Be Blessed and Reach for The Light of The SON today! Be Encouraged, Be Strengthened by His Grace and Love!
Lend yourself to be of use, from this alone will come healing.
God is Good Press On!!!

 

Ephesians 3:16-18
16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,

Do You Believe?

Truly Believe

Mark 9
20 They brought the boy to Him. When he saw Him, immediately the spirit threw him into a convulsion, and falling to the ground, he began rolling around and foaming at the mouth. 21 And He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!”23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.”24 Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.”

“If You Can?” ???
I have seen the Lord work in spectacular ways! He most certainly CAN!
We have read of His Awesome Miracles, some of us have seen them with our own eyes. As history repeats, we are still stamping question marks on what God can do.
Believing takes action! It’s an attitude alteration!
I Do Believe! Lord, Help me with my unbelief!

Faith In His intervention.
This reminds me of the  television show Intervention. The need is there, the support is there, but one little thing needs to take place before it can all go forward. “Will you accept this help that is being offered today?” …YES!

Jesus often gave that same approach.
Matthew 9:28
When He entered the house, the blind men came up to Him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”

And again in John 5
6When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, “Do you wish to get well?”

7The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” 8Jesus said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.” 9Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk.

JESUS proposed a question and the man gave an answer much like we do, he began to explain the problem. We sometimes even go as far as the blame game, pointing to others. Or we look to the past for our answers. We continue to point to the problem instead of the Problem Salver.

Jesus already knew his dilemma, he wanted to know if he wished to be well or if He believed JESUS could make him well. It was a, lets do something about it moment! The next step was for JESUS to get this guy to move into ACTION! Get up and Walk! Move Forward!!!!

The need is there, the support is there, will we say yes! Will we pick up that pallet and walk?
Not only Walk.. but will be stay on the path and Keep walking? This takes action, a choice, this takes obedience, and commitment. The action is not saying yes to our own strength, it’s A YES to The LORD! I Believe you can make me well!! I Believe In Your Work! I Believe you can help me overthrow temptation and depression, I Believe you will work Forgiveness In my heart! I Believe you are able to restore broken Relationships! I Believe You work all things For The Good! I Believe You have set me Free! I Believe In Your Love!! I Believe you are For me and not against me! I Believe you will not forsake me!
Philippians 4:13
13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Matthew 15:28
28 Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once.

Mark 11:24
24 Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be grantedyou.

In Matthew 13:
Jesus had returned to his home town. He was preaching and teaching, and they received him with offense. They just couldn’t believe. They said, where did he get all of this? They had so much doubt, how could the son of Mary and and carpenter? How could that kid be the Man we see today? Were they jealous? Could they not get past His upbringing.. did they think nothing good could have come from his family or their town? Why did they have such hard hearts?
This happens today too, and I believe this is why it’s mentioned, it is very relevant. CHRIST said, they will hate you because they hate me.
Sometimes people we are closest to, just can’t get over our old condition. When they see us they see our past. They just can’t BELIEVE in God’s work. Listen, we have an empathetic God! His home town was filled with hard hearts. Have Faith, Let God be your defense.

The reason I bring this up, is to point out what He did Not do in His home town.
Because of their unbelief….

Matthew 13:58
58And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.

Hebrews 3:12
Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.
John 20:31
31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

John 11:26
and everyone who lives and BELIEVES in Me will never die.

Do you believe this?”

Romans 15:13
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer
Dear Lord,
thank you for all the Glorious work that you have done within my life! I pray that when I am in the middle of a weak moment of faith, that you will help me with my unbelief.
Lord You know me fully and I Trust your Hand in my life! I thank you for your word, I am thankful to be reminded of your life here as a man on earth. There is nothing I go through, that you can’t relate. I Believe In your mercy, I Believe in your Love, I Believe In Your Healing! I Believe In Your Name! Thank You Lord JESUS!

It’s a New Day.. to LIVE!

By: Jessica Huber

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It’s A NEW DAY.. to LIVE!

Let’s say this Loud and Proud!!!

I am no longer going to buck or stand in the way of What God Can Do with my Life!
No more holding back!!

It’s yours Lord.. All Yours!!

No more identifying with the old!

Say This, Shout This, Believe This,
LIVE THIS!!!

I AM A NEW CREATION IN
CHRIST JESUS!!
The old has passed away and the New
Is Alive, Upheld, and Driven by The Holy Spirit!

This world will do everything to make you forget Who you are In Christ. Have no fear, God knows His children, if we are sober and Alert to His voice, we will hear Him calling.
When the world begins to taunt, listen for God’s Voice and remember the Escape Plan!!!! He provides!

This would not be written if it were not true!
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

You are not a child of this world, you are a Child of The Living God! You are a Child of The King of kings and The Lord of lords!!!
He Who Holds You with His Right Hand,
He Who Knew You before you were created. The One that is always One Step Ahead, He is For You!
He is Righteous, He is Faithful and
HE LOVES YOU!!!!!

The Greatest Sacrifice Known to mankind was for LIFE!
It’s time to make a choice and commit to it! Do you really want to stay half in, half out? I’m not saying we walk around as perfect beings flaunting a righteousness and pointing out the flaws of others.  If you think for a second that Holy, Righteous, and redeemed has anything to do with that life style then well, I think it’s a mistaken identity. I’m not saying that we plop down in our sin and settle in just because we have been forgiven,  Im not saying that we will never make a wrong choice again or have moments of weakness, but we have a Holy Spirit ready and willing to guide and step in, if we are willing.
We have a Savior who loved us at our UgLiEsT, so much that He died for us, but it did not stop there! He rose from the dead, and In Our Unity, so should we! He did not die so we could have a corrupted Life, He Died so we could Have a Life Connected to God! A life that stretches beyond the grave and into eternity.
Dead to sin ..Alive In Christ!
So Live! Be an Example! Forgive as you have been forgiven. Love as you are Loved.
I’m saying, show The Living God Working In Your Life today!
When we let God shine within our everyday life, we become a beacon for the lost. If you are walking this life as a Christian who is saved, congratulations on accepting an eternal glory, you have entered into an unimaginable covenant. Now don’t be thrown off when I say, this life is no longer for you, it’s for anyone and everyone who could possibly come to know The God you serve. You are now part of a living moving working body of Christ. You are a Family member of the most high! Give The family Name the Honor it deserves.

1 John 3:18
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

It’s important that we realize that we have an obligation, we serve as an influence.
For example, Children look to their parents for direction in their life. They trust us to show them the way.
It’s the same with the non believer, he looks to the believer to see what this Jesus is all about.

If they see no difference between the way you live from the way the rest of the world lives, What really is the difference? What does that say about The God you claim to follow?
A Christian is a follower of Christ and His Glory is to shine through His people.
Romans 12:2 says not to conform to the patterns of the world, but instead be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.

Is there an area in your heart that you know you have not allowed The Lord to access? Is there an area in your life where you have rejected His Will?
Access Denied! Seats Taken!

Or maybe you were once walking close with the Lord and over time you’ve allowed the world to gain your attention for just a little too long? Maybe you have forgotten your true identity?
Remember you’ve never gone too far and nothing can separate you from His Love. There is no better day than today to start A New Life with Christ.

Are you ready to experience this?
Are you ready to experience life not on your terms but on God’s terms?
For I Know the Plans Declares the Lord! I’m telling you, they are far greater than the cycle you’ve been settling for.
Prayer
Lord, I know that you are standing at the door of my heart. I hear you calling my name and I am ready to open.
I am giving you full access. If there is anything that is not of you, Lord I pray that you guide me away from it. Help me to turn to you when I am tempted to reject or shy away from your truth. I thank you for your love and your grace and I’m ready to take the next step. I am ready to take hold of the life you have Gifted to me. I’m ready to live the life that you have planned for me and I am eager for others to know who you truly are.
Prepare me Lord, so that you may use me according to your will.
In JESUS Name I pray
Amen!
It’s a New Day! LIVE with Thanksgiving, LIVE with Purpose, LIVE IN Him!!
What will You Do In The New???

Thank You JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!