Magnifying Fruit

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What else can we magnify God with? I had to think about it, and it dawned on me how much I have talked about the fruit of the Spirit. There is a cute song for children to memorize them and it was given recently as a word of knowledge. So let’s look at fruit and see how we can best magnify it in and by His presence.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22,23. I decided to parcel them into threes, seeing that God works in threes and even the enemy has attempted to copy Him. But first there are more verses that we must familiarize ourselves with about fruit.

Although, Jesus is speaking about false prophets and deception here, for now we are focusing on true believers, and He says, ” You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. Matthew 7:16-20.

The choice is there like in the Garden of Eden, will we choose what God says is good or forbidden fruit. Do we want everything to be peachy or do people really want to be rotten apples, sadly, some must.

As believers, Jesus wants us to bear much fruit. It is not that we all have to have large families but perhaps extended ones. We are reaching out to co-workers, friends and even across social media, and our words have power to produce fruit in the lives of others by prayer and intercession, witnessing and even listening.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. Proverbs 18:21

…..for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth. Ephesians 5:9

From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence. Proverbs 13:12 And there’s several more in Proverbs, but I told you about doing them in threes. You start with love, the greatest of all, the more excellent way, and wind up with self control. He does everything in order for a reason.

Love, joy and peace are listed in that order, one, two, three. They counter fear, terror and torment, and this is my own study and opinion. Why? Love casts out fear, actually it is His love. And Jesus wanted us to ask and have joy, and to remain in joy, that tramples terror, and torment. How can you have torment, if you are graced in His peace, John 14:27?

Now those were easy, I have been doing my best to apply them to my life. So what about four, five, six? Patience, kindness, goodness.  Love, joy and peace begin to produce these fruits, they are the counter to, frustration, meanness, unrighteousness. Why?

Patience is so the opposite of anxiety and frustration, when the fruits of the Spirit are operating in your life, Jesus can settle you down. Meanness and even spite, the wanting to get even, lash out or revenge, it is all in that category, the Holy Spirit will kindle kindness. And goodness, we are not good, only God is, and He imparted righteousness because of Jesus. We receive not because we are so good, but because He is.

And seven, eight and nine. Faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Faithfulness counters violence, go back to Proverbs 13:12, being unfaithful or unbelieving causing a craving for violence. Gentleness melts bitterness, aren’t sweet words tastier than sour grapes? And finally, self control does away with being out of control, in any area of life you apply the fruit in. Controlling yourself overcomes temper, anger and rage, all of these work with violence.

So  Proverbs 18:21 sums it up? What are we speaking? Death or life? Are we producing fruit for Jesus? Let’s use these fruits of the Spirit, which operate in believers a little more wisely from now on. It deserves further study, see how you would describe the counterpart, and how to overcome it.  If you don’t believe what you say matters, think again and start magnifying God and praying His words agreeing with Him.

In closing, I am magnifying Him, with a favorite verse of mine. Remember, words heal and words destroy. And also a verse that is a prayer.

I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him. Isaiah 57:19

May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation–the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ–for this will bring much glory and praise to God. Phillipians 1:11. Much glory and praise magnifies Him, and because we are filled with His fruit.

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Magnify Silence

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Magnify silence, as Lent began I was in prayer that morning, and I just realized I needed to stop. To stop praying, to rest and to be silent. I don’t believe the Lord ever intended that we should have to pray agonizing prayers all the time, He hears and He will answer, our place is to be still and let Him be a just God.

I have had occasion to see Him move for two similar but different events, not in my life but for prayers, one is ongoing, the Lord will work it out, He is a just God. One case involved a false accusation, the judgement in court, the case was tossed. If you are innocent, He will prove you so, If you are guilty, He forgives you, but sometimes there are consequences.

I realized that the enemy is sowing tares in even as we pray. And he will try to sneak in some doubt or unbelief, that we are not good enough, worthy enough, don’t have enough faith, don’t love enough. I have heard them all, been hurt by them, no more.

My prayers are sufficient, like His grace, because I let the Holy Spirit guide them, he prays perfect prayers and helps when I don’t really know the gist of a situation. I pray for people all the time, what their illnesses are I can address, if their something contributing to it, I don’t know, and I have no medical knowledge so I don’t know every cell or fiber of one’s being, not the whole mental state when asked to pray for depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s, He does.

We often think our prayers are not answered, but often they are just not received by the person being prayed for. Many do not understand spiritual gifts, many are not strong enough to recover, many are not receptive to the Holy Spirit. And some languish in the unbelief in Christ or misunderstanding of Him and His sacrifice.

So I knew, I needed to just stop everything and be still, rest. In my silence is His peace, I needed to quiet my mind and heart. Often, I am so intent on the prayers or people, that I am not magnifying Him. Jesus thanked Him first in multiplying bread and raising Lazarus.Sounds like a plan.

So before I start rushing into agonizing prayer, I am going to be still, silent, having my quiet spirit at rest. I can’t fix everybody, save them or heal them, it is always Him, so why do I get so anxious that I have to pray so hard, He hears me. There may be times we will have to press into prayer, and time we should magnify silence.

I know that can be hard with children or family, we used to set aside, a quiet time in daycare, everyone needs that. No wonder there are vows of silence, we may not live secluded, but if we want peace to be included, let’s add some silence to whatever we do for Lent.

It is with reverence and respect I even approach that throne of grace, so why not go or come from it in His peace. In His presence there is peace, silent, still, peace. As I write, you can hear the proverbial pin drop. I could use a nap. Peace, be still…..silent, silence the storms and accept beauty for ashes. Rebecca Jones / stock photo

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Magnify Beauty

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Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Some of us are fasting, just a meal a day, taking daily Communion or just giving up something each day, even a cup of coffee, phone time, He understands. I will probably do a few different things and I plan on some more prayer time and rest.

This is a time we prepare ourselves to celebrate and remember His crucifixion and resurrection. Truthfully, it is something that I carry in my heart and meditate on each day. Jesus is never far away from my thoughts or me, I have learned to depend on Him and stop trying to fix it myself.

To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing ( or oil ) instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for His own glory. Isaiah 61:3.

People in mourning would rend their clothes and sit in ashes and put them on themselves and their heads. Job sat in them during his trials, Jacob was interesting, believing Joseph was killed, he would not be comforted.  He grieved over a lie, a lot of us do that. The ones the enemy shouts, ignoring the Lord’s whispers of beauty and love.

But we have the Comforter, His precious Holy Spirit, so let’s be comforted by His love. I am tired of mourning. I am tire of ashes. I am just so tired. It is hard to comfort those who will not be. So let’s receive what He died to give, salvation and all its benefit, His peace, and the rest of faith.

As we magnify the Lord this month and even longer, let’s magnify beauty and forget the ashes. We must focus on Him and what He has done and not our troubles. We must focus on the beauty that is the Lord and His sacrifice caused Him so much punishment and pain that we could have peace, healing and joy for mourning.

It is not always easy to do that I know, but necessary to receive His blessing of rest and His peace. If takes planting flowers, taking walk, or nap, worship music, coloring or journaling, singing His praises. Do what you can do and let Him do the rest.

He is the beauty for ashes and He is the giver of the crown of beauty for ashes and the oil of joy, for mourning, He robes us in righteousness, it is the only way we are. We could never be righteous without Him or saved or anything.

Whatever you give up for Lent, never give up the beauty of Jesus in favor of ashes, when we magnify the beauty of creation, His words, and encourage each other, we magnify Jesus, and we magnify beauty. His beauty, Rebecca Jones / Jill111, pixabay, love her work.

 

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Magnify His Peace

During our month of magnifying the Lord, it occured to me that we should magnify His peace. I wrote a lot about peace. The verse I meditated on was this one.  Just after He tells us the Holy Spirit is coming to help us.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27 That came on my heart late last summer like never before, I may have always had His peace but I never really experienced in full. Why? Because I was always giving to others and neglecting my own peace.

First, if you are not a believer, in order to have His peace, you have to believe Jesus died and ask Him to be your Lord. Psalm 34:14, says to seek peace and pursue it, and Jesus is the Prince of Peace, so He comes first, it actually says to forsake evil for good and then pursue peace.

Let me help you magnify His peace in you as a believer. I will give you some verses to read and meditate on. And we will walk in peace together this spring, and hopefully hand in hand as sisters of grace and right into heaven, all because of Him, nothing we do, but because of His gift of peace. We should have peace being justified in the Lord. Romans 5:1

You keep him/her in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he/she trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3

We have to keep our focus on Him and the promises that He made in order for our minds to stay renewed in Christ and to have His peace.

God is the author of peace and not confusion. 1 Corinthians 14:33  This certainly makes it clear that God is not in confusion or chaos of any kind, even in church there is and orderly way to do things, though it is joyful and evenly lively, it does not not have to be frantic, rushed or hyped.

And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:7 / While Proverbs 4:23 tells us to guard it, the New Testament gives us this verse, and I found it most helpful, I couldn’t guard my own heart well enough but Jesus can, and mind too. Now, that is peace even in the middle of the world’s chaos.

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord make me dwell in safety.  Psalm 4:8  / So many women have trouble sleeping, and really, it is a good idea to grab a nap if you can. I have many posts on rest, that is different to sleep but includes it. Resting in His promises is imperative for a believer.

The Lord will bless His people with peace. Psalm 29:11 / What a great promise!

He is our peace. Micah 5:5

For Christ Himself has brought peace to us. Ephesians 2:14 / He broke down the walls between Jews and Gentiles, and opened the throne to the Father for us as well. It is more personal than the previous verse.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9  / This will take a great understanding of peace.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33  / That should give us a lot of peace knowing He overcame it all for us.

The God of Peace will soon crush satan under your feet. Romans 16:19  / Another great promise! Claim it everyday!

Let the peace of God rule in your heart. Colossians 3:15  And we should also be thankful.

And last but not least, May the Lord of peace, Himself, give you peace at all times and every way. 2 Thessalonians 3:16  I pray that I have helped you to focus on His peace, and to magnify His peace, and that is my prayer for Him to give you His peace and for you be able to receive it fully. Let’s magnify Him. Rebecca Jones / pexels

 

Magnify His Love

We are talking about magnifying the Lord this month and one of the best ways to share Jesus and encourage others, to bring healing and grace, even salvation into their lives is to magnify His love. There are numerous verses about His love in the word and while it is good to memorize, read, write them out, it is still imperative to live them.

And while many of us do our best, there are some that just don’t or won’t hear what He says. Some people have no desire to be changed. Lots of people have their own ideas of what love is or isn’t. I can guess it doesn’t magnify that of Christ. He cared more for others than He did Himself, He gave His life, He went from heaven to hell and back to save us. Now that’s love.

What are some ways we can magnify His love? One way, I have found is not to get angry when I have every right to be. I can make my point, express my disagreement or what I expect. And let it go. Especially, since it doesn’t help me. I was angry at myself for things that went wrong, what I allowed others to drop on me. It was underlying without dealing with it, it never set well with so much love. I was angry, not sinning and still I had to check it. God could easily rail on us, but Jesus took our place. Even the anger at the enemy, Jesus defeated him, so why let anger defeat me? He is in control and makes things beautiful in His time.

So let’s look at some verses on love. Sow them into your spirit, the more you know you are loved, the better you will give and receive love.

Let all that you do be done with love. 1 Corinthians 6:14, / Even your job, housework, parenting and volunteering or ministry. That may be one we have to work on, do I really do laundry with love or just because I have to?

His commandment. Love one another even as I have loved you. John 15:12 / His love never fails, we only fail to receive it. My prayer, let Jesus love us today. So that we are able to love others as He does.

We are to be rooted and established in love. Ephesians 3:17  / How deeply are we rooted? Too often we find out when tragedy strikes, let’s love deeply.

Love one another deeply because it covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8, / See, that will overshadow all the silly arguments, and even the deep hurts, it will heal.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 1 John 4:16  / Believers should be right at home in love.

This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:10,11, 12 / What a wonder explanation of His love.

How precious is your steadfast love, O God! Psalm 36:7  / It truly is!

We love because He first loved us.1 John 4:18  / We wouldn’t know any love without Him.

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2 / This one does take work.

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 1 John 5:2 / A perfect way to judge righteously.

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love. 1 John 4:18 / Something we all have to depend on, if we are forgiven, we should not fear punishment from God.

But if anyone obeys His word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know. Remember to wear His love, a robe of righteousness, to walk worthy before Him.

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:14 / A verse we definitely need.

I hope this helps you to magnify His love. Rebecca Jones / Agnes Talalev, thanks.

Magnificent Rest

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Ahhh, magnificent rest, to be still and know that He is God. Psalm 46:10. Hands that fold in prayer, feet that stop running to and fro. We talk a lot about rest. resting in Him and in His peace.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27. This is pure peace because it is not of this world, but heavenly. Some translations say I am giving you a giff and it is, it truly is!

This is the peace that passes understanding, Phillipians 4:7, and what keeps your mind guarded in perfect peace being stayed on Him. Isaiah 26:3, stayed, settle or focused on Him, magnifying Him, His presence always with you.

This is what the wandering Jews did not understand, hebrews 4 goes into detail. If we never rest and let Him be God, we don’t get it. He just wants to be God and lead us and for us to follow, He finished His work and rested, Jesus finished His work and rested, He is seated at the right hand of the Father, He seated us in heavenly places.

So many people have trouble sleeping, I was one of them. Back pain, TMJ, thoughts and worries, all kept me awake. Not anymore. I understand Sabbath Rest, Shabbat Shalom translates as Sabbath Peace, more than a Sunday sermon that is gone by Monday, His blessed peace that carries over every night and day, morning and evening.

The disciples were instructed to speak peace to every house they entered. Luke 10:5, that is mentioned also in 1 Samuel 25:6. If the head of of the house receives peace it stays and if not it returned to them. Shalom, peace is a greeting common in Israel, however, peace is much more than hello or goodbye, it is wellness, wholeness, it encompasses your very being, and rests on you by His Spirit.

The enemy attempts to copy that, a false sense of security, peace, peace and sudden destruction, it will befall those who are not followers of the truth, of Jesus Christ, and are led by His Spirit, not a worldly, deceptive spirit of of Anti Christ which operates now as it did long ago and before he shows up only to be decimated again by the Lord.

Jesus is the truth that sets you free. John 8:36, He offers rest, invites the weary to rest, the enemy makes you weary. So let’s look at rest in March, let’s seek His rest and His peace, come to His table, feast on His goodness and grace.

He will give us His rest, may He magnify His peace and His rest to us, for it is magnificent.

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Who Do You Magnify?

 

Let’s face it, I ‘m not a reptile person. I’m not a fan or the natural or spiritual kind of creepies. Chameleons are lizards who can change colors in order to protect themselves, and that’s not a bad thing at all, in that respect. I’m a chameleon. I watched one in a video, it changed every color, even pink, and when all the colors were beside it, it looked like a rainbow. But are you a chameleon in the sense that you change your attitudes, opinions or even morals depending on who you are around? I know people like that.

I have had to study behavior. I noticed that there were times I would be talking about Jesus, being happy about making progress myself, talking about healing and hearing someone who was agreeing. But I also am not always around to hear everything but God is. Later on, I did hear more talk of the hospital, what was wrong, no Jesus. So who are you magnifying?

I know the Lord doesn’t mind if you appreciate doctors, medicine or ministries, but shouldn’t He get the credit as healer? Especially in situations that really are close to if not miraculous. I have seen people overcome serious medical issues, only to live another year. I am not judging by any means only remembering the nine who did not return to thank Jesus. So isn’t important to magnify the Lord for healing you?

And not just healing but many things. He is not only a part of our lives as believers but our whole life if we ever expect to whole or complete it is Him. Why magnify what we don’t have? Let’s magnify who we do have? I hope we can turn this around this month and see a better spring.

There are people those who are sort of bad actors who will assume role playing and be assertive, manipulative, and even controlling in relationships, whether they are right or not, or even know what they’re talking about. They will blend, change, color their lives with lies and deceit if necessary, for their own gain or ulterior motive. Or even to fit in, get out of trouble, avoid responsibility.

I realized I was a chameleon in the fact that I could talk to just about anybody about anything, and I’m no expert. I changed in ways that were for the good with no bad intention, yet I think some may have felt that way about me. But just because you don’t agree doesn’t mean you don’t care. It doesn’t mean you don’t love someone. Just like saying it, doesn’t necessarily ring true.

The Bible calls these people wolves in sheep’s clothing. They will devour you, just like the enemy will so beware of chameleons. They may be cherry red with you and green with envy talking to others about you. They will be the pot that calls you, the kettle black, when their hearts are turning from the Lord. The accuser of the brethren has an army of these little minions at his disposal.

But it’s okay to be a chameleon when your guarding your heart and letting Jesus guard it. You can hide in the rainbow round His throne. You can be any color. Protect yourself, blend in , but stand for Jesus and stand up for Jesus. By going against the flow, you stand out for Jesus, but there will be times you have to change color, not cowardice or yellow, but pure and white, so you can live as peacefully as possible with all, because you will not be able to change everyone’s color. Jesus will not make people change, unless they choose to love Him. Notice it says as possible, the only real or true peace is in Him because He is our peace. Rebecca Jones / pexels

Magnificent March

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Since doing the 31 Day Writer’s challenge I have focused on month long studies. Sometimes, a day or a few is enough, and sometimes, we have to explore God’s word. We have to dig like archaeologists, excavate, sift and sort out God’s plans for our lives.

In March we want to focus on the Lord, the finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2 and Himself as the healer, Isaiah 53. And especially, “It is finished.” And bowing His head, He yielded up His Spirit. Matthew 27:50. We want to magnify Him and His work on the cross for the salvation of believers.

We know about magnifying glasses, right? Who hasn’t needed to magnify something, that fine print at the bottom of a contract, the tiny numbers on the back of your cards. Items on a menu? I got bifocals and I have hated them. I never have been able to read well with them, I never have been able to tilt my head the right way. I can’t do escalators, the lines just move wrong, and bending over and standing up, makes me woozy.

But when we magnify something, it gets larger, doesn’t it? Jesus should be greater in us, He is, even if we don’t realize it. And when we make it bigger, everything else will appear smaller. When we read about the people He healed, it makes us feel better, have faith for ourselves, after all, we’re not Lazarus. When we read about forgiveness, we can believe He forgives us. And when we magnify that magnificent love toward us, well, we know how much we are loved.

The principle works with wisdom, peace or joy or whatever you may need. Focusing on His suffering and finished work draws us closer and away from our own suffering. Don’t identify with Him, like I used to as being crucified, we were crucified with Him, identify with a risen Lord.

And we have all seen how magnifying glasses work, the enlarge and bring into focus and when the sun hits them just right, they can get hot, smolder, spark and even start a fire. And that can be dangerous, so it important to watch children with them. But a magnifying glass in the hand of a believer who allows the Son to hit it just so, wouldn’t be be a danger to the deadly and wicked one.

We could all use a spark, a kindle of the flame to fan the fire of our spirits as some many of my readers and blogger friends have suffered so much this past year. It is time to magnify Him and put out the wildfires that are burning because the fiery darts are at an onslaught. We want to be on fire but washed in the water of His words and He is our shield of faith held high drenched in the Spirit. We want them extinguished.

Let’s magnify the Lord, and not quench His Spirit, but quench the darts of disease and even death. If the enemy can use a magnifying glass to put us under a microscope and start dissecting us and our testimony, we can let Jesus reverse the curses with love and healing.

I’m not telling you not to take things seriously, see the doctor or whatever you need to do. But just because you get a bad report, Isaiah 53 says to believe that report. In fact, Jesus, Himself tells people not to be afraid, and instructs us not to worry or have troubled hearts. Don’t you think the one who died for us knows best for us?

Magnify the LORD with me; let us exalt His name together. Psalm 34:3 Rebecca Jones / pexels

Search For Rest

 

I am about to go and take some rest after I write this. I have done enough for now, laundry, dishes, picking up scattered books and blogging. Everybody gets coffee breaks, why not a little love break, to talk to the Lord and even a rest break? The Psalmist writes, Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Psalm 129:3, It  goes on to ask if there is any offensive way.

Do we offend God by not searching or seeking His rest. The Israelites did. And He withheld it a while, but Hebrews 4 makes it clear that there is a rest we must enter. It is a place we must come to within ourselves by searching our own hearts and asking Him to. We are all of into the realm of anxiety, so much so that it is treated as a disorder, but God made a place of rest. So search. Stand upon the solid rock that is Christ and look out over the sea of forgetfulness and picture everything He has tossed in it and what we should as well. I know I believe I could literally drive myself crazy with worry, but I have to rest and give it to HIm.

I made a post for Instagram and I will add it to Pinterest, it says make time for Jesus, He’s never too busy for you. He have talked a lot about Jesus going to the solitary places or lonely places. Even Jesus had to rest, did He labor for it? He knew the Old Testament principle of the Sabbath rest, He was there at creation, but as a person dealing with flesh, He had to face it.

He was in Gethsemane often, that’s how Judas knew where to look, but He was also by the shores or off on a hillside, He could rest, pray and even weep over Jerusalem. I’m positive He has wept over all of us. So is an hour of rest here and there as part of our day, everyday or all week too much to ask? Even if it means shutting off the phone, turning off the television, going to sleep a little earlier?

Does your hour have to be reading the Bible? No, it could be meditating on a verse. Does it have to be praise music? No, it could be can be your own voice, even a little Amazing Grace, and just talking to Him. Thank Him, just love Him because He loves you. Choose your own way to search. We know if we seek Him, He will find us and if we pursue peace, He will catch us, not exact quotes but true enough.

Do you have a reading nook? A prayer closet? A secret place to be with the Most High? Even a favorite chair, a sunroom or backyard will do. How about a walk? Or a garden or a patio? I have a couple of places, but one is a little more powerful, and I can rest anywhere I need to now that I truly understand what He finished on the cross and rest in Him. It takes a while sometimes but if you ever get to the rest of Hebrews 4, and truly understand why Jesus said come and rest, you will. So search, don’t wander the proverbial years.

Back then the days were divided into watches of all things to call them, it is almost a pun. A few hours here, usually six, though I suppose it depends, it could twelve like night and day, or even threes or fours, however God wants to do it. He can give us an hour of rest if we search, and He is usually to be found early the dawn of morning, and even on the night watch. Let’s search for rest. Rebecca Jones / Mitchell Hartley, Unsplash, thanks.

 

Commit

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Commit is an interesting word. you can commit a crime or be committed to an asylum. Commit to being on a committee or running for office, I suppose the best definition here is dedication.

Men who are afraid of commitment, don’t want to get married, immaturity, settling down with one woman as opposed to playing the field, fear. Women today are no different. And what about God, He compares His love for Israel to a marriage, and Jesus is the bridegroom of the church. Are we committed to Him?

Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, LORD, my faithful God. Psalm 31:5

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him and He will do this: Psalm 37:5

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and He will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3

Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Acts 20:32

And just before Psalm 37:5 is the verse about delighting in Him and receiving the desire our our heart, which I believe are His best for us because the Spirit searches deep things.  Paul also says before dedicated them to grace to be built up, that he has warned them night and day, and with tears, so grace and even salvation, is something the enemy will never have.

Which shows us how John 10:10 works.

Jesus, life and life more abundantly.

The devil, steal, kill, and destroy.

It might help to scroll back and read Survive With Jesus, so often we don’t see these attacks and traps, even snares of the enemy. We overlook our prayers, and changes our words so that they no longer line up with what we asked for or fail to speak God’s words allowing him a place.

We are to the appearance of evil, but do we even recognize it, really? We don’t want to believe it is attacking children, corrupting morals, even at a young age. We never see the gossip or lies behind our backs. Jealousy is not always obvious.

Many people are committed to staying married for their children, but how about the Lord. I would never tell someone to be alright with abuse, but sometimes little arguments and family quarrels are more of a lack of communication. Me time is good, but family time is necessary, and talking about what is going on, applying prayer to situations. Lots of people have been married a long time and still unhappy, living separate lives.

The answer to this is to be dedicated to Him, and rest safely under His hand of protection, no matter what comes our way, we have dedicated and committed our lives to Him and He is so very loving, He is committed to us. Rebecca Jones/ Jasmine Wallace Carter, pexels. Thanks.