The Lord is moving and He wants his people blessed, but even more He wants His people Blessing. The Lord has been teaching me about blessing others and being a blessing for over five years. Back then I didn't hear much of anything about the act of blessing others. Sure the Bible talks about it all the time. But actually seeing it taught in churches and demonstrated through the church in the world around us was rare. I'm not talking about humanitarian blessing. The church has been doing that great work for centuries. I'm talking about act of speaking a blessing over another person, especially when they are hating you. It's about changing the way we talk to those around us. Instead of criticizing and putting others down, complaining about what someone did to hurt us. Instead speaking a curse, we speak a blessing. Matthew 5:44-48 directly tells us to bless those who curse us and pray for those who persecute us. Watch the news and you can see it happening. It's growing and getting stronger and in these last days it is the sign of his nearing return. Are you involved? Are you actively speaking blessing over those around you who hate and abuse you? The world will see us and recognize us because of our LOVE. Exercise that love in your life. The hatred of this world will grow ever darker and those caught up in it need a light to show them that there is something better. Speak blessing to everyone around you and let your love shine. You are the blessing to those around you.
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P.P.S. How do you like the updated home page? A little more color and little more fun. Just a little. I'm gradually learning how to add more variety to the pages.
For those who don't know me, I am not a very artistic person. Envisioning what the cover art for my book should look like just doesn't come naturally. I had ideas that there should be certain elements like a horn, time, and a sword, but I could never picture in my head what that would look like.
Well, the other night as I was going to sleep the Lord gave it to me in an instant. He not only showed me what it looked like, but went into detail describing the various elements and how they would be described to a graphic artist. One thing that really surprised me was the element for time. I had been thinking of a clock, but the Lord made it into an hourglass. Instead of one sword there are two and each one has special placement, presentation and meaning. The horn while a simple straight horn does something that I would never have thought of. In addition there are several other elements added that never crossed my mind. Overall this is a really cool cover and very expressive of the content of this book. Now comes the task of finding a graphic artist who can take that description and turn it into an image.
Thank you Lord!
Live in God's Peace.
Didn't get much sleep last night. The Lord was dumping new ideas into my head and telling me what I needed to do next on this website. At first I wasn't to sure how to do this, but the Lord showed me how to work around the problems and now it is finished.
A new tab has been added to the top menu titled "More Insight." This page will contain teachings and messages that I have prepared. Some will relate to topics you will find in the book. For now I copied and uploaded a few of the previous blog posts that I think should be easy to find. It is also setup to allow additions to those teachings as the Lord is always growing our understanding.
Click Here or click the "More Insight" tab at the top of the page to look around and let me know what you think.
Live in God's Peace.
While reading this Psalm the Lord impressed me to write it out as follows.
The enemy is pressing us on every side pushing us daily to take offense in something or someone. But Psalms 37 provides us with a great support and encouragement in the midst of the battle. He calls us not to worry about the wicked or envy those who prosper in doing evil. They will fade away like the grass and wither like the flowers. Instead turn from watching the actions of the wicked and trust in and focus in on the Lord and doing things His way. Then you will find safety and learn to live in the midst of madness and prosper in the blessing. Delight yourself in the Lord in worshipping and praising Him and in turn He will give you the desires of your heart. Trust in Him and commit our ways to follow Him and He will help you through all your challenges. He will make your innocence radiate like the morning sun before world around you and your causes will be justified in the brightness of the noonday sun.
Learn to relax and rest quietly in the presence of the Lord. Wait on Him to act and don't think about what the evil people are doing in the world around you. They may appear to be prospering, but it will end in their own destruction. Don't let their actions make you angry and resist the pressure to get angry, because that is exactly what the enemy wants, for if he succeeds it will only bring harm into your own life. But if you relax and trust in the Lord you will possess that which you believe for.
Soon the wicked will be no more, they will be gone like the wind. They plot against the godly and scream in defiance, but learn to laugh at their actions like the Lord, for He sees the day of their judgment coming. Those who submit to the Lord will possess the land and live in peace and prosperity. The wicked rise up in an effort to kill the poor and oppressed, seeking to destroy truth and righteousness. But their own actions will destroy them and they will be broken and brought to nothing. Thinking that they are strong is perilous as it is better to fear God and have little, than to have much and be evil, because God will shatter the strength of the wicked, but will take care of those who fear the Lord.
The Lord takes care of those who are innocent before Him, giving them an inheritance that will last forever. They will not lose that grace in difficult times and will have more than enough in the midst of famine. But the wicked will die off like flowers in a field and disappear like a puff of smoke. The wicked cannot be trusted because they will borrow but will never repay those loans thinking their greed makes them powerful. But the godly are generous givers and never lack. The Lord will bless them in their land, but the wicked will be cursed and die from from their debt.
The ways of the godly are planned out by the Lord. He delights in working out every detail of their lives. Even if they stumble, they will never fail, for the Lord will lift them up and gently return them to the path He had planned for them. From the time of my youth I have never seen the godly abandoned by God or their children lacking food. The godly are always generous and freely loan to others and their children are blessed for it.
Turn from your evil ways and do things God's way and you will live in the land of blessing forever. Because the Lord loves truth and justice and He will not abandon the godly. He will keep you safe forever, but the wicked will die. Those who chase after the ways of God will possess the desires of their heart and live there forever. Listen to the godly for they give good counsel and they teach others what is right and what is wrong. They have made the ways of God their own and the Lord will never let them slip from His path for their lives.
The wicked seek to destroy the godly, looking for excuses to accuse and deceive others that the godly are unrighteous. But the Lord will not allow the wicked to succeed or let the godly be condemned by their false accusations. Put your hope and trust in the Lord and follow after His ways and He will honor you by giving you what He has promised and you will see your accuser destroyed. The wicked may seem to prosper and flourish, but they suddenly disappear and are never seen again.
Give close attention to those who are honest and good before the Lord for their lives will be blessed because they love peace. While the wicked will be destroyed and have nothing. Seek the Lord for He rescues the godly and is a place of protection in times of tribulation. He will rescue them from the wicked and shelter them in times of trouble.