Monday, April 30, 2012

Nature of God

Our circumstances, our trials, our ill health, our tragedies, or mental anguish does not affect or change the nature of God's character!

Through it all, my God is still all Loving and all Caring! He remains my Redeemer, Savior, Healer in times of illness, and Provider in times of need! My God is all Powerful and all Knowing! He is my strong and mighty tower. He shelters me in times of distress. He is my all and all; never changing, never wavering. He is the one constant in my life that I can count on no matter what! I know He loves me and I love Him! His LOVE lasts forever and ever.

He is so much bigger then our petty needs, wants, and desires! He is so much bigger, better than anyone person, place, or thing!

So today Lord we come to you meditating on Your character, Your goodness and Your unwavering LOVE! Forgetting our own little self and our little petty circumstances as we dwell with You in high places, receiving all we need from You and You alone.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Living without Sin

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV) 

All things pass away and we become as new as the driven white snow. As our time with the Lord increases we too increase in His likeness. Notice I said time with the Lord. The time I am referring to is our personal private time talking to Him and getting to know His desires and hopes for our lives.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8 NIV) 

I do realize that when people of our past are in our lives they remember the old man and treat me like that old man I used to be. Sometimes just being in their presence brings me to the place where that old man comes back to life. Gee, I thought all things are made new. Yes, they are, in our spirit man. It is up to us and Holy Spirit to make changes in the old man--the carnal, fleshly man.

When that old man surfaces and takes over, we lose control and are therefore in sin. Just when we thought we were without sin. We realize once again that we are merely human walking this path of transformation.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV) 

Sometimes God removes sin from our lives sovereignly. I can only remember when I was first healed from Crohn's disease. At that same instant the Lord took away my filthy language. Wow! Then there are other things like having to get the last word in-you can ask my husband about that one. I really have a difficulty in shutting my trap. Self control. It is so much easier when God moves sovereignly in our lives having Holy Spirit work in us His goodness.

There is to no set rule on how God works in our lives. Yet one thing is for sure, He wants all things to work out for His good. That includes our character development.

To recognize our sin is another means of transformation and an opportunity to grow more like Christ Jesus.

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you-unless, of course, you fail the test? (2 Corinthians 13:5 NIV) 

We should not assume we are good soil. We might have to change our lifestyle, habits, and even friends or relatives who draw us to a place of sin.

Remember, the flesh or sinful nature is always lurking about waiting for an opportunity to rise its ugly head. For a chance to tarnish your witness and destroy our testimony. He wants to bring doubt to those things that we know are true.

Now we are not to walk about as if we are sinners. We are the redeemed and were bought with a price; the blood of the innocent blameless, sinless lamb. Jesus! We have the Spirit of Christ within, Holy Spirit who shall lead and guide and befriend us the rest of our days. To live in victory not defeat is our purpose; to keep our eyes on the prize.

Until we see each other face to face, I pray an extra blessing of mercy and grace upon you and your household.

His beloved, dianne

Monday, April 16, 2012

Can You Love

Can you love another without Judgments?
Can you love another without prejudices?
Can you love those who persecute you and cause you harm?
Can you love the antagonist?
Can you love when you are happy and when things are not going all that well?

How often I walk as a temporal man and not as an eternal man. I would like to think I could answer those questions with a yes and AMEM. However, I confess I cannot.

Can I love the way Jesus loved-a love that was shown as he hung from that tree? I know I want to. I know my heart wants to leap and say "Yes Lord that is for me". Yet like Peter, I too am weak and fail to meet up to that perfect man as Jesus was.

All I can say today is thank you for the cross, thank you for the blood, and thank you for your everlasting love and mercy You have stored up for me.

Today I pray for those of us who are weak in whatever area we find ourselves in. I pray for mercy and grace. MERCY that comes with another chance for a new start day after day. GRACE to empower us for the change that needs to occur. GRACE for the long haul of transformation. May our days improve and may our hearts be changed to become more and more like you, our LORD.

Monday, April 9, 2012

The Sun Rays

Before I begin my meditation, I want to thank those of you who have and are continuing to walk through this trial time in my life. Thanks for the numerous cards that are displayed on our buffet and coffee tables, thanks for the loving calls encouraging me in this healing process, and thanks to all for the gifts, meals and hours of company. I treasure them all!

How pleasant and sweet it is to sit in the soothing sun rays of nature.

As I sit, the sun comforts my skin and soul. I relax and release the stress and pain. As the sun relaxes me I can hear the birds chirp in the background speaking to each other in their bird language! Somehow I believe they are telling me to release my burdens unto the LORD.

Some might think I am becoming humanistic. I tell you this, the Lord created all unto His purpose and for our purpose and pleasure as well. He will use it all to minister and speak to us!

I take a breath and realize my Lord has breathed life into me once again. There is a call to a deeper place with Him. There are greater exploits to be had for His Glory. Yes my heart sings out. I want to be His instrument; an instrument that brings healing and the truth to all men.

I pray today that you find yourself wrapped in nature's arms so Holy Spirit can speak volumes to you.

Blessings, dianne

Monday, April 2, 2012

A Call to Pray

Intercession and the burden to pray is a gift of the Spirit! This burden/call comes from Jesus our chief intercessor. He calls us to come alongside Him to pray for change, healing, salvation, protection, and guidance for others. Whether we pray in the spirit or with our own tongue, He is looking for the heart cry for those you have a burden for!

In the last several weeks we have had visits from those who are praying for me and cards, and calls, and emails. I am overwhelmed with your love for me and the courage you have to answer the call. Your prayers have been felt and my soul has responded to the love and heart-felt prayers.

It is my prayer today that we listen closely to the heartbeat of Jesus and to intercede with Him for those whom we love.

Jude 2:20, Romans 8:26-27, John 14:26, and John 15:26...

We welcome you Holy Spirit. Touch and guide us into that perfect place in the Almighty-that place of peace and rest, in Jesus name!