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Written by Deborah. Posted in and Leaders, Depression, Divorce, Family, FEAR, Fishing for souls, FOLLOWING JESUS, GOD CARES, Guidance, JESUS IS ALIVE, Love, Love people, Marriage, Motive, Obedience, PEACE IN TOUGH TIMES, Repentance, Salvation, Uncategorized, Valentine's Day

IMG_6326If you will choose to love people right where they are—love will light the way. Everyone is on their own journey in life. How does God see a young mother who is struggling with rage, or a young father who is struggling with his temper? How does God view a child who is crying out for help with pain from being bullied at school? 

Jesus paid the price in full for sin—and it is nailed to the cross. God has rescued us from any possibility of a curse. The Bible says so and that settles it. Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrong-doing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree”’ (Galatians 3:13). 

That is great news my friends. The powerful truths found in God’s Word are life sustaining and enable us to extend the same life to people who are distraught and caught in the tangled web of sin—no matter if it is their own doing, or someone else’s. None of us have arrived–we have all fallen short of the glory of God. 

When a person knows that someone cares about them, no matter the distance, it’s like a breath of fresh air and rest for the soul. Confession is good for the soul and brings healing. Choose to be a safe place for others to share their hurts so they can move forward to healing. A safe place is where the intent of the heart is for healing and restoration. 

Many Christians wonder will God ever answer their prayers–to heal a relationship, repair a marriage, to bring back a prodigal child, to heal a sibling, to save a lost parent. Many times after we pray, things seem to get worse rather than improve. I’ve got great news– be reassured in the fact that your heavenly Father is at work behind the scenes on your behalf and in the lives for whom you are praying. 

It is time to plant hope in others through Jesus Christ—the Blessed Hope. Learn to love people right where they are in life. If you don’t know how to help them, ask God. He will lead you in the right direction. 

You can’t clean a fish till you catch it ….and God doesn’t expect us to get cleaned up before we come to Him. (That is the beauty of God’s grace and mercy). Choose to intentionally extend grace and mercy to those in need of help. 

God extends open arms to all. Don’t live another day thinking, that just maybe, because one trial hits right after the next, that your life is off course. Take time to turn to God’s Word and read about the trials and tribulations of those who submitted their lives fully to Jesus and followed Him. It wasn’t a rose garden with sweet smelling flowers perfectly lining a yellow brick road. 

God uses our trials and tribulations to prepare us to receive the blessings of His divine favor. He uses trials to position us in new platforms to touch the masses in need of a Savior—His name is JESUS!

Let me tell you one more thing—one of my favorite verses. I remember over twenty years ago how the Holy Spirit led me to a special service at a specific church and I heard a speaker share this verse: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). I will never forget that day—hearing that man say, “God changed the entire order of this service for someone to hear this word tonight.”  That is the amazing love of our heavenly Father. Don’t you dare give up. Don’t you dare stop short of all God has for you—keep moving forward IN CHRIST! 

Don’t fall for the trap of Satan and don’t believe his lies. Don’t listen to religious spirits or those who point fingers—turn to our loving Heavenly Father that has open arms for you. Turn to God and His Word—our map for success in life. 

You can become a world changer. God has removed every barrier and limitation to reveal the fullness of His glory in Jesus. “We all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18). Everything we need comes from God’s presence, and He does not withhold it from us. Choose to renew your mind in the Word of God–read and pray God’s Word.  It’s the only way to experience the transformation God promised in Christ. The River of Life–only found in God–is at work in us to draw the world to JESUS. 

Jesus Christ blesses all who believe in Him with rivers of living water so that we are satisfied in Him and can be a source of blessing and refreshing to others. 

Choose to be fully committed to Jesus. He has great things for you to do WITH HIM. You may be the very one that delivers the greatest love letter ever written–the Bible–to someone in need this upcoming week. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be more sensitive to His guidance. He will answer that prayer!

HIS love and mine, 

Deborah

 

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FISHING FOR SOULS

Written by Deborah. Posted in BAIT, Fishing for souls, FOLLOWING JESUS, GOD CARES, Uncategorized

FISHERSOFMENAnyone like to fish? I used to go fishing with my dad and he would bait the line for me. In many ways, that is how we are to fish for souls—we listen to the Holy Spirit, allow Him to bait the line (give us the words to say, tell us what to do), and we obey Him. It’s really not complicated when you trust the Holy Spirit’s leading.

Jesus said that He would make us fishers of men–that means all mankind. (Matthew 4:19) “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” (NIV). 

God cares about every person. He allows our paths to cross so we can impart Truth, impact others through God’s love, and leave a lasting legacy of knowing God and making Him known.

When we discover the greatness of God’s power within, we are moved to obedience through passion and purpose. In order to make the kingdom of God our first priority as Jesus taught us, we must choose to cut through the mystery surrounding it and find out what God wants to reveal to us through His Word. 

We can only go as high as the revelation we have received, so we must continue to renew our minds daily in the Word of God. The gospel of Jesus Christ turns the timid into the bold! 

In Matthew 3, John the Baptist begins to preach about the two kingdoms.

“In those days came John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, Repent ye for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:1).

John called people to repent (to turn away from sin and their old way of doing things), and to seek God and His way of doing things. God is calling all to come out of the kingdom of darkness. 

As believers, we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16), but we must CHOOSE to live by the Spirit of God and function from His mind instead of our natural, carnal, stinking thinking. It is only with the mind of Christ that we can walk in the supernatural power and goodness of God. 

When we follow Jesus, we will be confronted by the enemy. We cannot avoid it. The Bible makes it clear: “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Tim. 3:12). When we face hardships, attacks, and persecution, we must remember it is going to be a time for miracles—a time for God to show His Power to the world around us. There is no need to fear–God is with us, and never back down.

We need miracles in America. The Bible reminds us in the book of Daniel, King Darius had signed a law making it illegal to pray to any God or man. Daniel 6:10 says, 

“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.” 

Daniel didn’t hide his faith, and he didn’t try to avoid confrontation. He faced it head on and chose to obey God in the midst of a time when the law went against God. Satan cannot continue to steal, kill, and destroy because the Kingdom of God reigns over the kingdom of darkness, and like Daniel, we choose to work God’s system—by saying what He says about us and doing His Will.

Obey God’s Word, obey all His instructions to you, and He will change the world through you—one person at a time to the nations.

Jesus is LORD over all! Elevate Him and watch miracles happen! 

Dr Rick Ross, Lead Pastor

“For the last seven plus years we have been blessed to watch Deborah live out the principles in God’s Priceless Treasure. This book will bring supernatural courage to everyone facing a challenge. The battle sometimes seems overwhelming, but the Mighty Warrior has gone before you.....

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Joyce F

"Deborah imparted the tools, skills and understanding I needed to grow in the spirit. In this day's devotional, God also spoke to me of the hard lessons we all need to learn when "He" or your "Mentor" (such as Deborah) in my case, speaks into our life that we must choose to grow...

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Dr. Neal Speight

"...As a result of obedience in the midst of her desert experiences, I believe God has filled Deborah with wisdom that we would all do well to take to heart. Do you ever ask yourself why you seem to end up in the same situation over and over again? Why you fear the future, or are frustrated with relationships?...."

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