MOVING ONWARD TOWARD COMPLETION

July 27, 2014

In order to move forward, we must take steps.  Each step is a building block for the next step; each step leading you closer to the finish line (the completed goal).

Who orders our steps? God

“The steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord.” (Psalm 37:23)

But we must allow God to order our steps by submitting to Him.

Laying down our own desires and adopting His desires for our lives.

This requires a willful choice.

Taking steps requires forward movement.  When you move forward, you are growing and graduating from one level of growth to the next level.  However, if you are not taking steps – moving forward – then you are doing one of two things: (1) stagnating – remaining still and not going anywhere; or (2) digressing – moving backward.

Taking steps toward completion of a goal is like walking.  When you walk, you are constantly taking steps forward; constantly in motion.  The steps you take when you walk get you from point A to point B.  For example, if you want to get to the bus stop, which is three blocks from your house, then you must take the necessary steps to reach the bus stop.

Moreover, as we allow God to order our steps, we remain focused and single-minded, rather than veering off the course that he has set for us.  It is important that we remain focused and single-minded because if we veer from our God-given course by taking a wrong turn, we begin to take steps in the wrong direction.  Therefore, we are no longer moving forward, but backward.  We are no longer growing but digressing.  This is analogous to traveling.  Suppose your destination is Annapolis, Maryland.  You are traveling on the Beltway, and you see road signs – Route 50 – Washington, DC, and Route 50 – Annapolis, MD.  Instead of going in the direction of Annapolis, MD you go in the direction of Washington, DC.   Thus, you are off the course to Annapolis.  If you continue on Route 50 – Washington, DC you will never make it to Annapolis.  You must make a U-Turn and go in the right direction.

In the course of life, once we veer off the course God has set before us, there is a way to get on the right course.  That way is to ask God for directions back onto the straight and narrow road that leads us on the path of His perfect will.  The longer we continue to take steps backward, the longer it will take us to reach our final goal.  Therefore, it is crucial that we allow God to order our steps so that we can remain on the straight and narrow road.

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14 – KJV)

“This is what I told them:  Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be my people.  Only do as I say, and all will be well.  But my people would not listen to me.  They kept on doing whatever they wanted, following the stubborn desires of their evil hearts.  They went backward instead of forward.” (Jeremiah 7:23-24- AMP)

“I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright:   no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done?  Every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle.” (Jeremiah 8:6 – KJV)

This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.
(Jeremiah 6:16 – KJV)

Requirements for Staying on the Straight and Narrow Road are:

A.        Diligence

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6 – KJV)

“Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper and be satisfied.” (Proverbs 13:4 NLV)

Prayer – “Pray without ceasing.” (I Thessalonians 5:17 -KJV)

Study the Word – “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (II Timothy 2:15 – KJV)

Fellowship With Other BelieversNot forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.(Hebrews 10:25 – KJV

Praise and Worship – “I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1 – KJV)

Benefits of Staying on the Straight and Narrow Road are:

  1. You remain in God’s perfect will;
  2. You increase your level of intimacy with the Lord Jesus Christ;
  3. You increase your knowledge and understanding of the Word;
  4. You are able to bless others; and
  5. You remain in a state of readiness to hear from God.

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105 – KJV)

 

 

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Karmen A. Booker has been called by God to exhort and teach others the Word of God.  She is the founder of Wings of Love Women’s Ministry (WLWM), which is a teaching and evangelist ministry whose vision is to encourage and inspire people to accept and commit their lives to Jesus Christ so their lives will be transformed into righteousness, and they will experience unceasing love, joy, and peace.

WLWM offers ministry resource products that are designed to encourage you to grow in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ and take you to higher spiritual heights of knowledge and understanding of the Word of God!!!   To order your products, Click this link - http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/karmen-a-booker.html 

 


The Bruised Reed

July 20, 2014

Many times in life we experience pain due to rejection and mistreatment by others.  This bruises our emotions and makes us feel less valuable or valueless.  However, we must remember that Jesus Christ is our strength, healer, and restorer.  But we must put all of our trust in Jesus Christ.  He will see you through.  We must establish ourselves in righteousness (rightness, in conformity with God’s will and order).  Then and only then will you be far from oppression and destruction.  Far from the very thought of oppression and destruction.

In John 10:10, it says the devil, your enemy seeks to kill, steal and destroy.  One of the devil’s strategies is to oppress you.  Oppress means to weigh heavily upon; persecute.  He uses people to persecute you.  For example, if you stand against abortion, others may ridicule you for your stance.  The devil also uses people to oppress you.  For example, someone may reject and neglect you emotionally.  Someone may physically abuse you.  However, you can overcome and avoid oppression by discovering who you are in Christ, trusting (depending and relying) on God and His Word.

When you receive God’s love, joy, and peace, and compassion, recognize and depend upon the Holy Spirit to operate in your life, and obey God’s Word.  Then you can surely overcome any and all obstacles the devil throws in your way.

OVERCOMING OPPRESSION

Definition of Oppression

Oppression is anything or anybody that holds you back from accepting and committing your life to Jesus Christ.  It’s goal is for you to fall into the grave where there is a bottomless pit.

It works through people who appear to be helping you increase and prosper, but through manipulation, lying, and deception they guide you to the bottomless pit.  A bottomless pit of torment and destruction that feeds on wickedness.  The devices of wickedness include constant accusation of negative past behavior, and subjection of you to its every request.

Soloman in Ecclesiastes 4:1 says “So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun:  and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of there oppressors there was power, but they had no comforter.”

How to Overcome Oppression

A.  Comfort is Imperative

Comfort is essential in overcoming because it soothes the discomfort associated with oppression. This discomfort may be in the form of pain, stress, low self-esteem, and loneliness.

Crying normally accompanies oppression.  When you cry in your secret chambers, the oppression remains, but when you cry to God, he will hear your cry and heal you.  Jesus Christ is the Healer (John14:26).  The healing process is made up of two parts – comfort and restoration.  Jesus Christ soothes the wounds (comforts) and makes you whole (restores).  (Acts 10:38)

Jesus Christ heals all who are oppressed because of the power God has given Him.  You see, God is the source for Jesus’ ability and authority to perform these actions.

B.  Walking in Victory “That You Have Overcome

Victory means deliverance, help, safety, and triumph.

Triumph means to overcome, conquer, joyful, and rejoice.

Victory is a sign that you have overcome conditions and circumstances through dependence on Jesus Christ, which is the only way you can experience victory.  When one has overcome a negative condition or circumstance, his natural response is to rejoice because he is no longer pinned under or bound by the condition or circumstance.  Therefore, he becomes free to experience joy which yields rejoicing = triumph = victory.

“. . .in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him (Jesus Christ) that loves us.” (Romans 8:37)

“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world:  and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God.” (I John 5:4-5)

“And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ), and by the word of their testimony . . .” (Revelation 12:11)

The only way to BREAKTHROUGH and be delivered from oppression is to:

  1. Believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  (Romans 10:9-11)
  2. Know that you have all power and authority over the oppressor (Satan).  (Luke 10:19, Romans 8:37)
  3. Ask the Lord to place a shield of protection around you.

(Psalm 61:2-3, Psalm 91:3-4)

  1. Bind the devil in the name of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 16:19)
  2. Speak the Word of God for it is a two-edged sword.  (Revelation 12:11)

Confession

Today, I declare that I am determined to receive the prize that Jesus has prepared for me and that nothing from my past or my future, nor any trials or difficulties of the present will be able to keep me from your wonderful love and provision.  I declare that I am an overcomer, and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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Karmen A. Booker has been called by God to exhort and teach others the Word of God.  She is the founder of Wings of Love Ministries (WOLM), which is a teaching and evangelist ministry whose vision is to encourage and inspire people to accept and commit their lives to Jesus Christ so their lives will be transformed into righteousness, and they will experience unceasing love, joy, and peace.  WOLM offers resource products that are designed to encourage you to grow in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ and take you to higher spiritual heights of knowledge and understanding of the Word of God!!!


Prayer

July 13, 2014

Purpose of Prayer

  1. To come to God with your needs and desires
  2. To ask God to change things on the Earth.
  3. Express Your Love and Gratitude to God

Why Should WE PRAY

  1. To communicate with God and develop an intimate relationship with Him.  God desires fellowship and intimacy with His children.
  2. Prayer accelerates God’s plans and purposes for your life.  When you fail to pray, you delay and frustrate the pans and purposes of God. “And I beg of you to pray for us the more earnestly, in order that I may be restored to you the sooner.” (Hebrews 13:19)
  3. It is a vehicle that God uses to heal others

“And the prayer of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.  Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart].  The earnest prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available. (James 5:15-16)

Your prayers can cause God to act on behalf of others through healing, making the person whole through restoration, and forgiving the person.

Your prayers also help you to repent of your wrongdoings through confessing your faults, negative ways (for example, criticizing others), and sins, so that God may forgive you.  Confession is the heart of Repentance.  You must first confess your wrongdoings and then ask God to forgive you.  Once He forgives you, receive His forgiveness by not continuing to have a guilty conscious.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9)

The devil likes to reminds us of our past wrongdoings, but if you have confessed them, and God has forgiven you, then there is no need for you to feel guilty.  God has put all of your sins into the Sea of Forgetfulness, and you should do the same.

“I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own; but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.  I press on toward the goal to win the prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward. (Philippians 3:13-14)

  1. Help others through Intercessory Prayer

Touching others lives by asking for protection, comfort, and transformed hearts and attitudes (I Timothy 2:1-5, Hebrews 7:24-25, Acts 6:4)

If you do not have a set time to pray, you will not pray.” (John Wesley)

 

What makes your prayer powerful? The Word of God

  • God and His Word are One.  “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was god Himself.  He was present originally with God.  All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without him was not even one thing made that has come into being.” (John 1:1)
  • The Word of God gives us direction.  “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105) “In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.” (Proverbs 3:6)
  • God watches over His Word to fulfill it.  The Word has the power to create the desired result.  “So shall My word be that goes forth out my mouth it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
  • The Word makes your prosperity fruitful (good success).  “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but they shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it.  For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)
  • Jesus name is above every name“Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name.  That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.” (Philippians 2:9)
  • The blood seals the prayer.
  • Jesus gave me the assurance that every prayer would be answered.
  • Jesus gives me the authority to pray.  “. . . All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.” (Matthew 28:18)

What are the fruits of prayer?

  1. A heart cleansing from sin (Psalm 19:12-13, Psalm 51:2)
  2. Knowledge of Self (Romans 7:18)
  3. Promotes Wisdom (James 1:5)
  4. Brings God’s Power into our work (acts 4:24)
  5. Helps to Evangelize the World

LIVING IN DARKNESS

July 6, 2014

Darkness – having no light; wicked; obscure; to conceal.

When a person is in physical darkness, he cannot see where to go.  If he tries to walk, he will stumble.  If the tries to run, he will fall. Therefore, he is really stuck in darkness.

The only way he can get out of the darkness is when light comes into the room via a light source, such as a flashlight, lamp, or light fixture.

“. . . open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of satan to God, so that they may thus receive forgiveness and release from their sins and a place and a portion among those who are consecrated and purified by faith in me.” (Acts 276:18)

“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19 KJV)

“For every wrongdoer hates (loathes, detests) the Light, and will not come out into the Light but shrinks from it, lest his works (his deeds, his activities, his conduct) be exposed and reproved. But he who practices truth [who does what is right] comes out into the Light; so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are–wrought with God [divinely prompted, done with God's help, in dependence upon Him].”

(John 3:20-21)

Many people love darkness (wickedness, deception) and hate light (truth).  They are consumed with fulfilling their own selfish desires and pleasures predicated on their self will, rather than God’s will.

But the Word of God says, “Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it.” (Matthew 7:13 – AMP)

Therefore, it is essential that one make a decision to come out of darkness into the light (truth), so that he can stay on the straight and narrow path that leads to righteousness.  In John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world.  He who follows Me, will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light, which is Life.”

 

As you follow Jesus (the truth, the way, and the life), you cannot follow darkness (worldly ways and attitudes) because the two are diametrically opposed.  Light and darkness cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Moreover, as you follow Jesus, you automatically follow the path of righteousness, where you experience love, joy, and peace, and the quality of life yields fruit of the Holy Spirit – is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence).” (Galatians 5:22-23 – AMP)

In John 12:35-36, it reads “ . . .  “You will have the light only a little while longer.  Walk while you have the Light [keep on living by it], so that darkness may not overtake and overcome you.  He who walks about in the dark does not know where he goes [he is drifting].  While you have the Light, believe in the Light [have faith in it, hold to it, rely on it], that you may become sons of the Light and be filled with Light. . . .”

 

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” 

(Psalm 119:105 – AMP)

 

God’s Word will lead and guide you into those attitudes and ways that are true and right in His sight.  “ . . . God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all.”

(I John 1:5)

In light of this, God cannot lead you into the way of darkness, but only light.  Following God, following His Word, is the only way to live a life that is characterized by truth and that is pleasing to God.

Remember, you are a “. . . chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, God’s own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him.  Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”  (II Peter 2:9)

God has called you out of darkness, but you must make a decision and stay committed to following Him and His Word throughout your life.  Then and only then, will you “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.”  (Proverbs 4:14)

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Karmen A. Booker has been called by God to exhort and teach others the Word of God.  She is the founder of Wings of Love Ministries (WOLM), which is a teaching and evangelist ministry whose vision is to encourage and inspire people to accept and commit their lives to Jesus Christ so their lives will be transformed into righteousness, and they will experience unceasing love, joy, and peace.

WOLM offers ministry resource products that are designed to encourage you to grow in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ and take you to higher spiritual heights of knowledge and understanding of the Word of God!!!  Click on “Ministry Resources of the Month Page” at the top of this blog to order Your Ministry Resources Today.


Barriers to Walking the Path of Truth

June 29, 2014

The Torn Walls

 

Walls, Walls, Walls.

Some are made of concrete and wood.

Some are physical and spiritual.

Many people use them as barriers to close themselves in, and to shut others out.

The reasons for these barriers range from being alone to hiding one’s true motives, needs, and desires.  These walls prevent us from walking in the true light where JESUS CHRIST guides our steps.

 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delighteth in his way.”   (Psalm 37:23)

 “A man’s heart deviseth his way, but the Lord directeth his steps.”  (Proverbs 16:9)

For God said in the Word, walk as children of the light and be ambassadors for Christ, for I am the truth, the way, and the life.  As my representatives, you must walk as I walk, and talk as I talk, or you are none of mine.

 Remember, you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  (John 8:32)

Like constructed walls are designed to support the foundation in a house, so our spiritual walls of love, joy, peace, faith, truth, temperance, endurance, and meekness, support and elevate our spirit, which is rooted and grounded in the foundation – Jesus Christ.

If these spiritual walls are not firmly in place, we will surely become like a landfill – wide open to receive all kinds of debris in the form of false doctrines, founded on manipulative schemes, which will undoubtedly cause confusion in the greatest degree.

These walls we put up, barricade us in a pit of pain and emotional scars, until we desire to tear down the walls by:

(1)           accepting the truth about ourselves;

(2)           asking God to heal us of those things that cause us to barricade ourselves; and

(3)           forgiving self and others who have offended us.

Only then can we live a joyful and victorious life in Jesus Christ.

 “. . . for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  (Nehemiah 8:10)

                                                 ©      1997   Karmen A. Booker

 

 


Removing the Layers

June 27, 2014

God has a treasure in each and everyone of us, that is to be developed and shine brighter than the brightest star.  In order for us to discover the treasure God has endowed us with even before we were born, we must remove the layers of unforgiveness, pain, depression, shame, anxiety, pride, and greed that cover it. These layers keep us at low levels in the knowledge and wisdom of God.

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:9-10)

 

God desires us to please Him by bearing fruit and constantly growing and increasing in the knowledge of God with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight of the Word of God. He desires us to come up higher in Him.  He desires His children to grow and reach new heights – new levels of spiritual understanding so that we can impart this knowledge and understanding to others.

These layers of unforgiveness, pain, depression, shame, anxiety, pride, and greed burden us.  They are weights that hold us down.  God wants us to be free, not burdened down.  For if we are burdened down we will not be able to finish the race (our Christian walk with God).  We must come from under the covers of “layers” and rise.

Arise and walk, saith the Lord.

Luke 5:17 -20

In this chapter, Jesus healed a man with palsy.  Palsy is paralysis, characterized by tremoring of body parts such as legs, arms, etc.

The palsy and sins were the layers that the man was covered by.  Once Jesus forgave and healed him, the layers were permanently removed.  He was able to not only arise physically, but spiritually.  His true treasure began to shine because it was no longer clogged by disease and sin.  The paralytic man began to carry the stretcher upon which he lay as opposed to the stretcher carrying him.  The stretcher represents all those things that burdened the paralytic man (sickness, disease, and sins).

These layers must be permanently removed before we can fulfill our God-given purposes.

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and  some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

So God wants us to minister to and edify the Body of Christ through our God-given purposes.  God may have called you to be a teacher or pastor or a prophet, but if you are burdened own with layers weighing you down, then your ability to minister and edify the Body of Christ is greatly diminished.

Remember God said to edify the Body of Christ, and he called his children to be apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, and evangelists for the perfecting (maturing) of the saints (brothers and sisters in the Lord).  How are we going to achieve God’s goals of perfecting and edifying if we are weighted down with layers of unforgiveness, pain, depression, shame, anxiety, pride, that inhibit our growth and maturity in the Lord, and our ability to edify (lifting up and encouraging) others.

We’ve got to come up out of the rut we are in and reach for and expect the best God has for us.  We’ve got to come up higher and experience the best God has for us.  God wants us to be free, not burdened down. For if we are burdened down we will not be able to finish the race (Christian walk with God) set before us.  We must come from under the covers of layers and rise. Arise and walk”, saith the Lord.

The layers must be permanently removed before we can fulfill our God-given purposes.

These layers are removed by releasing full control of our lives to Jesus Christ, for He is the truth, the way, and the life.  We must follow his ways of doing things, not our ways – founded upon our mind, feelings, and emotions.  In the Isaiah 55:8-9 it says that God’s ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts. We must set out to do what God has called us to do.  We must continue to RISE and REACH NEW HEIGHTS – new levels of spiritual understanding, and as we do we discover His ways of doing things, and conform our thoughts and ways of doing things through the R-S-M Method (Reading, Studying, and Meditating on the Word of God).

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth . (II Timothy 2:15 )

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein:  for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Joshua 1:8)

God desires and requires us to read, study, and meditate on the Word of God, and as we do, God promotes us, lifts us, shapes us, and molds us into a divine treasure.  When the layers that beset us, and keep us from God’s best are removed, then our divine treasure glows and shines like an endless stream of light.

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Karmen A. Booker has been called by God to exhort and teach others the Word of God.  She is the founder of Wings of Love Ministries (WOLM), which is a teaching and evangelist ministry whose vision is to encourage and inspire people to accept and commit their lives to Jesus Christ so their lives will be transformed into righteousness, and they will experience unceasing love, joy, and peace.

WOLM offers ministry resource products that are designed to encourage you to grow in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ and take you to higher spiritual heights of knowledge and understanding of the Word of God!!!  Click on “Ministry Resources of the Month Page” at the top of this blog to order Your Ministry Resources Today.

 


Increase is Flowing in the Land

June 22, 2014

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” (III John 2- KJV)

“But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.” (Matthew 6:33 – AMP)

“So be patient, brethren, [as you wait] till the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits expectantly for the precious harvest form the land. See how he keeps up his patient vigil over it until it receives the early and late rains. So you also must be patient.  Establish your hearts [strengthen and confirm them in the final certainty], for the coming of the Lord is very near.” (James 5:7-8 AMP)

In the scripture we see that the farmer waits expectantly for the harvest from the land.  He first planted the seed.  You can’t produce a harvest without planting a seed.  The farmer continued to nurture and fertilize the seed he planted.  He didn’t just plant it and go on about his business.  He diligently (actively and consistently) nurtured the seed. We as believers in Jesus Christ must do the same.  We must plant the seed (Word of God) in our hearts and we will reap a harvest of strength, peace, joy, unspeakable joy), and immeasurable and unlimited power.  Faith pulls the seed (Word of God) into our hearts and minds so that we can produce good fruit.

“For this reason we also, form the day we heard of it, have not ceased to pray and make [special] request for you, [asking] that you may be filled with the full (deep and clear) knowledge of His Will in all spiritual wisdom [in comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things — That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper, and clear insight, acquaintance, and recognition].”  (Colossians 1;9 – AMP)

An evil (wicked) heart cannot bear good fruit, only evil and wicked fruit. A good (pure) heart cannot bear evil fruit, only good fruit.  You see, the fruit is a direct byproduct of the heart.  If the heart is full of hatred, bitterness, lying, lust of the flesh and every kind of evil, then it will produce the same. On the other hand, if the heart is full of love, joy, and peace, it will produce love and exemplify peace.

“Who shall go up in to the mountain of the Lord?  Or who shall stand in His Holy Place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted himself up to falsehood or to what is false, nor sworn deceitfully  He shall receive blessings from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” (Psalm 24:3-5)

The purification of the heart and the renewing of our mind is an ongoing process, for God wants us to be entire (complete), not partial (incomplete).

“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customers], but be transformed (changed by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitutde], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

For by the grace (unmerited favor of god) given to me I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought [not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance], but to rate the ability with sober judgement, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him.” (Romans 12:2-3 – AMP)

Jesus Wants You To Come Up Higher

Come Up HigherSoar in the heavenlies by leaving the valleys and pressing toward your calling in Christ. As you continue to press inward to Christ and outward to those who need Jesus Christ, you will soar spiritually, mentally, and physically.

You will reach new heights in your persona relationship with Jesus Christ and with others (husband, wife, relatives, and friends).

“Come Up Higher” says the Lord.  Cling to my wings and I will carry you to higher heights and deeper depths.  “How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God?  Therefore, the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.  They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.  For with thee is the fountain of life:  in thy light shall we see light.  O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart. (Psalm 36:7-10 KJV)


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