Guarding Your Heart

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“Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.” Proverbs 4:23

Who or what has your heart?

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“Where your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will be.” Luke 12:34

Are your treasures placed appropriately?

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“Create in my a clean heart. O God. Renew a right spirit in me.” Psalms 45:10

Are you sensitive to your thoughts, speech, and behavior? Do they honor the LORD?

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God’s word has countless scripture on the heart. If yours is troubled today, seek the Father today and be renewed. Blessings…

Perfect Peace

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Perfect Peace

Anything troubling you today? With so much going on in our world and living in a culture that hardly rests; need peace? He is waiting for you to rest in HIM. Just make the effort, He’ll do the rest – and you will see HIS power – in your heart, in your mind, you will be renewed, and you will FEEL again, feel his presence, know he is there, and find peace, because you will know for sure HE is real. Now trusting and having faith in him, PEACE will be yours!

Amen

Life In The Spirit

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Are you alive in Christ? Are you led by the Spirit of God? What controls your heart and mind?

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These are good questions for believers to ask, and a reminder to continually be led by the Spirit so that we can make our greatest difference for God and his glory.

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“God destroyed sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the requirement of the law would be fully accomplished for us who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.” Romans 8:3-4

“But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit of God living in you.” Romans 8:9

Thinking about your day to day life, can you think of instances where you allow the Spirit’s leading? Can you think about times when you don’t want to be led, so you can do your own thing? What is God pulling at your heart and mind about? What is he calling you to do? Are you listening? Why aren’t you letting him lead you? He is trying to meet with you, speak into you, give you a fresh start and a new beginning. He’s got something greater for you, but do you receive it? Do you see it? Do you believe it? Reach out to him, he’s waiting for you.

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What is God calling you to do? Make haste, don’t delay, meet with him and get a word for your life that will light the fire within you to continue to seek, serve, and obey your Heavenly Father.

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Blessings to you as you move towards daily obedience to the word put on your heart. Blessings to you as you move to walk closer with God, walking in the Spirit and not of your flesh. Blessings to you as you realize your purpose and do it for God. May God bless you, encourage you, keep you, strengthen you, and be for you what you need, so that you will full, full of life and full of blessing.

He’s Alive! Happy Easter

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Jesus rose from the dead many years ago to fulfill God’s perfect plan to save his people from their sins. And in this unfathomable act of love, all who believed in HIM would not perish but have eternal life. This is why a Christian celebrates Easter.

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And while “he rose” is “past” tense, in truth he “is risen” today. God’s word is alive and well, and the source of truth in a Christ followers life.

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Want to do more than just believe? God’s word says even the demons believe, so why not live a changed life as a result. When we accept and follow him, it’s DONE, FINISHED, OVER. No more guilt and no more shame. No amount of good or better behavior can earn the salvation that awaits a Christ follower; it’s a free gift for believing in him, following him, and being in HIS family.

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Together let’s declare with our words and take action with our efforts to make Jesus the center of our lives. And by doing one good day’s worth of living with HIM at a time, God promises the result will be a blessed life where he’ll take over and fight our battles for us and give us a hope and a future. Through the cross and the resurection, we have a hope and a future!

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Through the power of Jesus’ name, invite the Holy Spirit into your heart and mind and be led by the spirit. Jesus’ death and resurrection happened many years ago, but he’s Alive today and lives in the hearts and minds of those who call him savior. Call on him and live your new life today…

Pleasing God

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What pleases God?

While God’s love for us is absolute and unconditional, there are plenty of things found in scripture that speak to answer what pleases him. We find a bold answer to this in the book of Hebrews.

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So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6

So what then is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see. Hebrews 11:1

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He wants us to trust him. This pleases and moves him. We might not be able to see him, touch him, or show physical evidence that he’s with us – but like the wind can’t been seen, it can be heard and felt. Want to know if he’s there? Tell him you believe in him and have faith that by seeking him, he will reward you. And by sincerely seeking him, you’ll find him and get to know him in a way that will change your life, it will change everything.

Be still, and know that I am God! Psalms 46:10

Trust is doing what we can, not doing what we can’t. Once we’ve done what we can, what’s left is trust. Trust in God’s plan for us and he will honor us by working out the circumstances for our benefit and his glory. And know that trust can only work in the dark, when one can’t see. If one sees, then no trust is needed. It’s when things are unclear that we need to learn how to trust.

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So the question is who and what do you trust? What can you put your hope, faith, and trust into? What can you rely and depend on? And what guarantees do you really have? What’s the reward for trusting him?

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Pleasing the LORD

God reconciles our life’s challenges when we’ve exhausted our efforts

When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Proverbs 16:7

Learning to walk in the spirit and not of our own flesh and mind

For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:6-8

God blesses those who fear him out of reverence and realize their need for him

The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy. Psalm 147:11

Even the demons believed in Jesus, but those who have an ear to hear and follow Jesus please the Lord

This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him! Matthew 17:5

Obedience is better than sacrifice so says the Lord, when we hear and obey it pleases him the same as when our children mind us

What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Obedience is far better than sacrifice. 1 Samuel 15:22

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I pray that this word bless, encourage, and strengthen you. I pray that you let go of your circumstance and situation, focus your eyes on Jesus, and trust the Lord while seeking him with all your heart. There you will find peace and rest, and the joy of the Lord will overcome you. You will find his presence and rest in his love, mercy, and goodness. I pray that you experience the goodness of God and that by the blessings that come to you, that you too will be a blessing.

Pressing into God, what does it mean?

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You may have heard the term, press into God. When I woke up today this came to mind so I began looking for answers in the Living Word. Here’s some things I found…

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Sincerely and wholeheartedly seek Him

Hebrews 11:6

6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

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Press on to know him more and he will make himself known to you

Hosea 6:3

3 Oh, that we might know the Lord!
Let us press on to know him.
He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.”

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The Benefits of Wisdom

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1 My child, listen to what I say,
and treasure my commands.
2 Tune your ears to wisdom,
and concentrate on understanding.
3 Cry out for insight,
and ask for understanding
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4 Search for them as you would for silver;
seek them like hidden treasures
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When, if ever, might we be desperate enough to want to meet with him, experience his presence, and get THE word for our life and situation that only HE can give?

I pray that you seek the Lord, find him, hear him, and live a positively changed life. May God be with you and bless you, His presence changes everything!

Preparing for Greater things in 2016

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Friends, as we move towards the end of the year, together let’s take time to reflect on 2015, and prepare for 2016. God’s word says “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” Proverbs 16.9 And while we are to make our best practical effort, we are also called to walk in faith, knowing he will guide and direct our path.

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This time every year, our family gets together and talks about how the past year has gone. We talk about the triumphs, victories, and successes, and we also talk about our disappointments, hurts, and failures. In doing so, we give it all back to Him. We give Him all the praise and glory for the blessings of the current year. And we give him all our hurts, worries, and fears, and pray for his guidance, wisdom, blessing, and favor for the year to come. And we know and have faith that by including and having relationship with Him, that His presence will change everything and be the difference in our lives. “God blesses those who realize their need for him.” Matthew 5:3

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As we move into 2016, Paul tells us this from the book of Philippians, “dear brothers and sisters, I have not yet achieved it, but I focus on this one thing; Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,” Philippians 3:13 No matter what the situation and results of 2015, together let’s press forward to what lies ahead. Hebrews 12:1-2 “And let us run with endurance, the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom or faith depends.”

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In the book of John, chapter 15 gives us wisdom and insight to think about things we should cut out in our lives, as well as things we should continue growing – for God’s glory and purposes. HE is the vine and WE are the branches…

verse 1-2: I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardner. He cuts off every branch that doesn’t produce fruit, and prunes the branches that do produce fruit so they will produce even more.

What area of your life is growing and needs to be cultivated?
What area of your life is dying and needs to be cut off?
What greater thing is God preparing for you?

verse 4;7: Remain in me and I will remain in you. (Jesus tells us) For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful apart from me. But if you stay joined to me and my words remain in you, you may ask any request you like, and it will be granted!

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What do you take away from what Jesus is telling us here?
What immediately comes to mind?

Today I pray that you and your loved ones will be protected and blessed. I pray that he put on your heart and mind anything that needs to be severed or let go of. I pray that in making your effort and following the path laid before you, that you will hear God’s voice and know what he wants and requires of you. Then, I pray for blind obedience and faithfulness to the plan, where fruit will be produced and you will tangibly see the mighty power of God’s presence in your life. Then, you will know HE is God and you will have peace and joy knowing you are one of his and a part of the family of God, through his son and our savior, Jesus Christ.

Overcoming Strongholds

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Do you have a stronghold in your life? What is a stronghold?

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By definition it means a few things; a fortified place, a safe place, a secure place, a castle; and in the ancient greek it also means prison, or something someone heavily relies or depends on.

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A stronghold in our lives is anything that exalts or builds itself up and pretends to be bigger or more powerful (more important) than God. A stronghold consumes our thoughts, dictates our attitudes and behaviors, and steals our focus and attention. It attempts to lead us and control us and gets us out of God’s willful plan and distracted by the plan of the world around us.

If we are to be in Christ and he is to be in us, shouldn’t we be led by the spirit and not by the world? Our mind (and thought-life) is the most challenging thing for us to control, and it’s also one of the easiest things the enemy uses against us, in order to control us. What is controlling us? What are we being led by? What are we allowing ourselves to be led by?

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Can we deal with these things in our human ability? Have we bought into the lies and deception of what’s true, true about ourselves, and true about God’s plan for us? What is the enemy holding your captive with? How is he using your mind to control you? What stronghold (prison of your mind) do you want freedom from today?

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2 Corinthians 10:4-5
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

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For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

So how then do we fight this fight?

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Ephesians 6:14-18
Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

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Just Push – A Message of Obedience

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In a message of obedience to whatever God calls each of us to do, I hope this MountainTopper encourages and inspires you in a new and positive way.

1 Samuel 15:22 But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices, or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.

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There once was a man who was asleep one night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light and the Saviour appeared to him.

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The Lord told him He had a work for him to do, and showed him a large rock explaining that he was to push against the rock with all his might. This the man did, and for many days he toiled from sunup to sundown; his shoulder set squarely against the cold massive surface of the rock, pushing with all his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling his whole day had been spent in vain.

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Seeing that the man showed signs of discouragement, Satan decided to enter the picture – placing thoughts in the man’s mind, such as “Why kill yourself over this?, you’re never going to move it!” or “Boy, you’ve been at it a long time and you haven’t even scratched the surface!” etc. giving the man the impression the task was impossible and the man was an unworthy servant because he wasn’t moving the massive stone.

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These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man and he started to ease up in his efforts. “Why kill myself?” he thought. “I’ll just put in my time putting forth just the minimum of effort and that will be good enough.” And this he did or at least planned on doing until, one day, he decided to take his troubles to the Lord.

“Lord,” he said, “I have labored hard and long in Your service, putting forth all my strength to do that which You have asked of me. Yet after all this time, I have not even budged that rock even half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?”

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To this the Lord responded compassionately, “My friend, when long ago I asked you to serve Me and you accepted, I told you to push against the rock with all your strength and that you have done. But never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. At least not by yourself. Your task was to push. And now you come to Me, your strength spent, thinking that you have failed, ready to quit. But is this really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled; your back sinewed and brown. Your hands are calloused from constant pressure and your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much and your ability now far surpasses that which you used to have. Yet still, you haven’t succeeded in moving the rock; and you come to Me now with a heavy heart and your strength spent. I, my friend will move the rock. Your calling was to be obedient and push, and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom, and this you have done.”