Daily Bible Verse
Isaiah 45:2 (peshitta)
I will go before you, and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of brass and cut asunder the bars of iron;
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Fix your eyes on him

K Reynolds
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A few years ago I remember trying an experiment. I attempted to leave the room by fixing my eyes not on the doorway but on the room around me. Instead of getting to the place I really wanted to be I found myself going nowhere except round and round the room. Why? Because my feet followed what my eyes were fixed upon. As long as they were fixed on the walls or the window I remained trapped in the room. In order to leave the room I had to not only think about leaving the room I had to fix my eyes on the doorway and move in that direction. Once I did that I no longer wandered around aimlessly. I purposely strode to the doorway and walked right on through it without any hesitation or side trips. The only thing that had changed was that my eyes were fixed on where I wanted to be instead of......

A few words to live by

K Reynolds
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In Paul&39s first letter to the Church at Corinth he includes within his closing remarks some instructions in how to live victoriously. These instructions can be found in 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 which says: Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous.Be strong.And do everything with love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NLT There are five things in this passage which Paul tells us to do: Be on guard Stand firm in the faith Be courageous Be strong Do everything with love We must never forget that we are in a battle not against flesh and blood but against the enemy who seeks to destroy us. Ephesians 6:12 1 Peter 5:8. Therefore we must be on guard not just when we feel like it but at all times. We must be watchful. We must pray. We must be clothed in the full armor of God Ephesians 6:13-18. We......

Vision unsnarling tangled up vine branches

Dorothy von Lehe
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  Vision: Unsnarling Tangled Up Vine Branches Early Sunday morning, January 5, 2003, God gave me a simple vision. I woke up about 5 a.m. that morning and started thinking about the Internet ministry God was calling me to establish. I started reflecting upon the content of ministry writings and about two areas of focus God had opened my eyes to see: the literal truth of the creation account and revelation concerning the end times and the timing of the removal of "The Church."As I was contemplating how to proceed, I experienced a vision in which I saw a large snarled up pile of tangled vine branches. I need to clear away this mess was my thought. Then, a man appeared in the vision dressed in gardening clothes and carrying a gardening tool. Dropping in right behind him the image......

Relearning our ways

deepa
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Christian life is primarily about unlearning what world has taught us and relearning what Jesus is teaching us. Unlearning the Fear of World and to relearn Fear of God is the first and most important transformation in our Christian life. We were most wonderfully and fearfully made. World teaches us to Hate; God loves us and teaches us to Love. World is filled pains and suffering which it gives into our lives; God is filled with healing and salvation which He gives into our lives. World teaches us to be lonely; God teaches us to be supportive and Prayerful. Jesus during His life on this earth, He focussed His message in delivering people from the fear of laws, customs and authorities, and instead instill the fear of God in people's lives and mind. Most times we are so busy taking......

Praise joy strength

John Knox
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  I have felt move to blog this word and post it today.  Praying that it will be received in love and will bring comfort to those you read Gods message to those on CB To those who have laid on the alter and the fire of the Lord has consumed the dross I hear the Lord say to you, Well done for I have prepared you for such a time as this.  I have planned this for you since the beginning time for you are beautiful in my sight so full of righteousness. Rise up now and allow me the fill that barren room that you had kept hidden from my spirit, for it now has been swept clean; but the secret place is devoid of my furnishings.  There is no carpet of love, no wall hangings of grace and mercy, no chairs of fellowship and no table of communion. Rest back into my arms and allow my joy to fill......

Dwelling in ashes.

joyce
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I am not quite sure how yesterday turned into an ashes day, it just sorta crept up on me .  I went from perfume and dress clothes to cinders, ashes and sack cloth in the space of half an hour.  i went from sweetness and light to tears and tantrums at the flick of a switch.  I was a snivelling shaking mess and it was not pretty. I decided to tear up my garment of worship and put on a torn coat.  I ignored the sheen of my hair and tipped ashes all over myself. Not just any old ash mind you, ashes with cinders in them, ashes with bits of nails in them. Wet nasty ash that had been lying in a bucket .  Then I went and filled the bucket for later on in the day in case I needed more.  Because I was determined I would need more.  Please dont get me wrong its not that I enjoy dwelling in......

My old mate panic.

Shani
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  My hands start shaking. I cannot breathe. I know these feelings. I have been here before in a safe place feeling like the whole world is out to get me. I am terrified of dying in this moment, sitting here in Barbs chair in the middle of exposure therapy.  I feel like I have nowhere to turn and I know there is no way I will ever get out of this. I know the only way this shaking mess can end is when I m no longer here.   I hate this. More than any other feeling in the world. I despise this feeling of choking on air without even opening my mouth.  The words I want to speak get stuck in my throat, making it even harder to breathe. The world starts to spin, even though I m not moving.   I cannot move. I am stuck in this moment, unable to see anything past what is......

The master builder

John Knox
published . 2 min read
  Recently the Holy Spirit has been opening my eyes and spirit to the holy significance of numbers in the scriptures.  I have been impressed by the Spirt to not disregard these numerical occurrences as I was once wont to do.  For we have been exhorted to number our days so that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.  Couple this with the new understanding the Lord has been directing my interest in the Jewish calendar, and we have a springboard for the word given to me. As we are now becoming aware this is the Jewish year 5778.  Looking at the double 7 flanked by the 5 and 8 caught my interest, no doubt encouraged by the Spirit of the living God.  The number five has prophetic meaning I believe of the bride one growing in grace, whereas the numeral 8 has a prophetic meaning of a new......

The year 47 ad

Les B
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II Cor. 4:16 - Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. (NIV) Comparisons of relative deprivation generally are as unhealthy as comparisons with those in better circumstance. The past weeks considering the lifelong ongoing battles the Lord is carrying me through brought a distinct picture to mind. If in my current state almost two thousand years ago, I would be found by city gates begging for alms.  Would I be the one Peter might pass and reach out to heal though never asking for this blessing? (Acts 3) Struggling greatly the past weeks I am thankful for those who reached out to me. All in need of a God's touch themselves. What are we to make of such instances? The closest answer derived in my heart is......

Twelve legions of angels!

John Abela
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Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? Matthew 26:53, ESV These are the word of Christ, just before He was taken captive, the night before He was crucified on the cross. So how many angels make up twelve legions of angels? During the time of Christ, a Roman legion was made of us 6,000 Roman soldiers. So simple math, 6000x12 = 72,000 (seventy-two thousand). Now to put into perspective the fighting force power of 72,000 angels, take a look at Isaiah 37:36, which records an "angel of the LORD went out and struck down a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians", so if a single angel can take about 185,000 people, that would mean that those 72,000 angels available to protect Christ, would......

Grab a coffee and enjoy

joyce
published . 2 min read
Sleeping has not been one of my strong points for a long long time.  I would drop off as soon as my head touched the pillow but within two hours I am awake.  So with that in mind my doctor decided I needed a little help in the form of a magic white tablet to knock me out and allow my brain to rest.  She also increased my dosage of crazy pills at the same time.  I have never taken a sleeping tablet before and was a little nervous at the thought.  Had been to my pals house and had a lovely evening, eating pizza and having jokes at her expense, came home and took my meds and my sleeping tablet and because we had only been in one anothers company for four hours I got on the messaging service and we started to chat again.  Or at least I think we chatted again.  For ten minutes after......

Prepare to see the glory of God

deepa
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When Glory of God becomes the purpose of your day to day life, it brings in unique, true and real meaning in our lives. But how do I see the Glory of God in my day to day life, By Faith and by Belief, His Glory is something which God reveals in our inner being. It starts with our desire to see the Glory of God. There is no limit or boundary to His Glory. Everything around us reveals His Glory. Our own body, our own lives reveal His Glory. It is the thirst in our inner being (soul) to be connected to our creator our Father our own creator. To make our dwelling near the source of the living water. It is the hunger to hold on to His hand to live in His presence in His Light and Righteousness in the world of uncertainties and darkness. Contemplating on the word of God, looking into How......

A prayer for you today

Kristen Gray
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"And now, Lord, what do I wait for and expect? My hope and expectation are in You (Psalm 39:7 Amplified Version)" "But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. (Psalm 39:7 NIV)" Father, In the name of Jesus, I'm praying for ALL those who may read this today. Touch the hearts and minds of Your people with the capacity to HOPE for You. You are a covenant-keeping God, You are a God that cannot lie, neither the Son of Man that should repent, Your promises are "YES" and "AMEN", You promised that You would NEVER leave us, nor FORSAKE us, You have given us the LIVING WORD, that was made into flesh and dwelt among humanity; in order to become the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. You gave us the NEWNESS OF LIFE, which we may live in the......

My friend harry

John Abela
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I have a friend, by the name of Harry. Harry is not hairy. Harry has been with me on every major adventure of my life for the last 25 years. Harry is a lizard. Harry is a plastic lizard. I have no idea why Harry is a friend, he just is. I have no idea why Harry has gone with me everywhere, he just has. I am not sure one could even say that Harry is a friend. Harry is a plastic lizard after all. But I can see Harry. I can touch and pick up Harry. I can put him in a suitcase or my Bible pouch, or on my truck dashboard. We cannot see God. We cannot reach out and touch God. Like with Harry, God does not audibly talk back to me. Harry is something I can see, something I can touch, something I can only have a one-way conversation with, yet I call it a friend. So how can something that I cannot......

3am ramblings.

Shani
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It starts like an itch, and then my face is wet. It is not raining. The sky is clear, especially for this time of night. I am crying. Barely five minutes ago, I was fine.   The depression drowns out the mania and sometimes they mix like a cocktail, having the effect of making me sick. These mixed states are one of the very worst parts of my illness. I m at two different poles of my bipolar. Right now, it s nearly 3 a.m. as I am writing this, and my mascara is blurring because I am raw, vulnerable and simply do not know what to do but write. I write because I am scared. I am scared of my own mind. Am I truly feeling my emotions, or is it my bipolar disorder? Am I happy, or it is onset of hypomania? Am I angry and irritable because the situation warrants it, or am I nudging into a manic......

Birthday my kirkus, birthday.

Beth
published . 3 min read
Oh my Love, Oh my Love, So much has happened. So much. I do not recognize the person I am. I would have thought that God would have helped me become a better person. He has not. I still cannot hear him most of the time. You were my man of God. You heard him so well. I can't do this on my own. I don't know how to get close to God again. You made everything so easy for me. You even made my spiritual life easy. So this person I have become. I used to be really nice. At least most of the time. Now I don't care. People tell me their problems and I don't care. Really I don't care. Where has the empathy gone? Died with you. Where has the compassion gone? Died with you. Thought maybe the Lord allowed you to die so I would learn to stand spiritually on my own two feet. Well, if......

When there are no words

Les B
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Eph. 5:16 - making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (NIV) This past week at our men's group, an individual shared of great heartbreak and grief. My second time around him, 'Bill' always wore a smile and is quick with kind words. I shared a situation where I felt greatly abandoned. Speaking I gained clarity not expected and needed to speak with the others. Too not allow it to become an item big item but failed. I must confront and repent. My time completed the group and 'Randy' spoke of additional challenges. He needs the Holy Spirit to guide him in forgiving a man who tried to kill him. Suffering brain damage, no longer able to recall things clearly or express ideas in speech. 'Bill" then spoke up telling of two years ago his wife......

Shelter - a testimony

Kristen Gray
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Recently, in my prayer time with the Father, the Holy Spirit gave me one word of knowledge that unfolded into greater understanding and revelation.   The one word was SHELTER .  Immediately, I began to battle negative thinking in my mind. These thoughts were trying to establish wrong thinking by tempting me to believe that something negative was going to happen to me.  I resisted these thoughts with the truth that Jesus loves me and He wants to share something important with me ( ¦Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7).  You see, we are not to be ignorant of Satan s tactics (2Cor. 2:11). He attempted to deceive me, and mentally torment me with fear. As I meditated on the word, shelter, I decided to review its meaning.  In the Greek translation, a shelter is......