Confidence

Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”
Daniel 9:19 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/dan.9.19.NIV

Although I wont always get my way, I can have confidence because I bear His name.

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Impossible, not impossible.

Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
John 14:21 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/jhn.14.21.NIV

As I read this, my thought went to God’s commands…

And God spoke all these words: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. “You shall not murder. “You shall not commit adultery. “You shall not steal. “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
Exodus 20:1‭-‬17 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/exo.20.1-17.NIV

I then immediately thought that I can not keep these commands…. especially the heart of the commandments. If we did as a “people”, there would be peace… love one another…. love your neighbor as yourself…. I get along just fine with neighbors and people I think are nice…..it is the crazy people that have either lied about me, or has been so twisted in their thoughts that they too believe their lies….those who call themselves believers but do everything they can to destroy me, and what God has done through me, those are the people that I struggle with loving…

Lord, I can not do it on my own. I also don’t want to pray this prayer, because when I do, I am tested. And sometimes (ok, all of the time), I become anxious just by the thought of the test to come. Father, I cant do what you have called me to do, on my own. I need you to intervene. I need you to fill me with your spirit Lord. I need you to miraculously love people through me.

I give you this school year. I ask that you would guard my heart and my anxious thoughts. That you would fill me with your spirit. That I would be full of your peace, love, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self control.

Show yourself to me.

False testimony

God is so incredibly good to me. Yesterday, I heard about a coworker facing someone who has lied about us, and how graciously he handled seeing said person. Last night, I thought about it, and prayed for her…. of course a part of me wants him to smite her, (I am human afterall), another part of me knows that I should ask God to bless those that falsely testify against me.

Most of all, I pray for the peace of God, that passes all understanding.

Prayer for those I love

I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,
Ephesians 1:16‭-‬18 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/eph.1.16-18.NIV

Visalia First
June 29, 2019
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06/30/2019 Visalia First: Forming You World With Words
By: Mike D. Robertson
Lead Pastors | Mike & Karen Robertson
http://bible.com/events/645084
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The Incredible Glory Of God

1. Glory is the MANIFESTATION of God’s Presence.

The Incredible Glory Of God

2. The Glory of God is personally AVAILABLE to any born-again believer.

Exodus 33:18 NIV
18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”
https://bible.com/bible/111/exo.33.18.NIV

Isaiah 60:1 NIV
1 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
https://bible.com/bible/111/isa.60.1.NIV

The Incredible Glory Of God

3. The Glory of God is available CORPORATELY.

Haggai 2:9 NIV
9 ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”
https://bible.com/bible/111/hag.2.9.NIV

II Chronicles 5:14 NKJV
14 so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.
https://bible.com/bible/114/2ch.5.14.nkjv

The Incredible Glory Of God

4. The Glory of God can be LOST.

Romans 3:23 NKJV
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
https://bible.com/bible/114/rom.3.23.nkjv

Recapturing God’s Glory

1. Adam got TRAPPED in a world that no longer responded to him.

Deuteronomy 28:13 NIV
13 The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.
https://bible.com/bible/111/deu.28.13.NIV

Recapturing God’s Glory

2. Jesus came to restore Adam’s FADED glory.

John 1:14 NIV
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
https://bible.com/bible/111/jhn.1.14.NIV

Matthew 8:20 NIV
20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.8.20.NIV

Recapturing God’s Glory

3. If we live God’s Glory, we can take back our AUTHORITY.

Recapturing God’s Glory

4. An ANGRY woman takes back her glory.

Genesis 3:14-15 NIV
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
https://bible.com/bible/111/gen.3.14-15.NIV

Time away is important.

(Jan. 1, 2019)

I got to spend time away with my husband. I found that we need unhurried time together, and home isnt the best place for it. I also find peace at the beach….

My word for 2019 is Hope…. not just any hope… but Hope in Jesus….

Our first day was spent wandering Santa Barbara. We found an amazing camp ground…. El Capitan stste park…. and walked…a lot.

Street sign, reminded me that my word for 2019 is hope.

Sometimes, signs say it so much better.

Random dude that does random beach sculpting….

Sambos…. not sure this is politically correct today….

I love him… wish he was home more often.

My husband and daughter laugh at me… but dang! That Is a lot of geocaches!

We saw Mary Poppins returns. It was cute.

Visited the santa barbara mission.

Fed Fritos (illegally) to the birds.

Kind of funny when a stranger comes to take pictures of the birds you feed…

Boats, boats, and more boats

On the sunset cruise.

New years eve dinner on the wharf with this guy…. he makes me laugh….

New years day…Goletta.Starbucks…. more birds.

State park in Goletta…. right behind a residential area. The beach was fantastic. We walked 2 miles… (in 2 hours), and enjoyed the sun, surf and each other.

These are tide pools…. the black is actually tar….a tidbit I would have missed had I not looked at my GZ app.