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There Is Joy In His Presence

Joy Of The Lord

Question of the day: Have you experienced the Joy of the Lord?
Joy is one of the fruit of the Spirit which is found in Galatians 5:22. Experiencing the joy of the Lord is not limited to the believers in the Bible. We are disciples, followers but first and foremost Children of God. As every mother will want to see their children happy, Christ desires for us to be filled with joy and gladness. There’s a difference between joy and happiness. Joy is internal, eternal, unshakeable , supernatural experience. Happiness is external. It is fickle. It based on conditions. If my man buys me that car, I’m happy. If he doesn’t, my day is ruined. If I get an A on my exam, I will be happy but if I get lesser than that, then I’m just going to sleep and talk to no one. When you have experienced the joy of the Lord, trials will come but you won’t allow it to dictate how your day will go. It won’t stop you from praising God. You release your cares and your burdens unto God. Having the joy of the Lord doesn’t mean you won’t cry or be frustrated at times. You are human. Jesus even wept. Having the joy of the Lord gives you a new found perspective on life.
In James 1:2, we are reminded that we should “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Trials will come but God is Greater than any circumstance that will come your way. You must seek Him. Don’t put God in a box. Seek His face at all times. Having the joy of the Lord is seen as fake to the world. Many will never comprehend how one can be facing a difficult trial in their lives but yet still they are living, praising and pursuing God. We are expected to be sad, and dwell on the situation for a long period of time. As you grow in your walk with God, you will look back on certain things and wonder why you stressed so much on that situation. It won’t bother you because you have a better understanding of things. You will learn the importance of putting your dependence on God and not on human beings like you. No one is perfect. Personally, a lesson I learned while back in college was leaning on God. I remember my first year in college, I was feeling really down and I called three of my friends at the time. No one responded but not that alone, they never got back to me. I had to call them a week after to see if they received my phone call. Sometimes, people say they are busy. The response that I received was as follows “I saw your call but I was busy and forgot to call you back”. Yes, things happen but I mean none of my friends called me back. It was really hard for me because I’m the one that’s either reaching out to my friends. Some of them are not texting/calling people as they say but this was a lesson I learned. I learned to cast my care to God. God must be my priority in every situation. He is not my last resort. For many of you, you are still learning this lesson. You find yourself calling someone every time you are faced with an issue. God is calling you to himself. He wants you to experience his presence in the midst of your trial. Your friends won’t always be there for you. They are humans with their own set of trials. When you learn to make God you focal point, you rest on his promises of never leaving you nor forsaking you. God is always at work in our lives whether you see it or not. He desires for all his children to experience joy in His presence. My prayer is that you will experience the joy of the Lord. He is waiting to fill his children up to the brim. He is the God who makes all things new. Ask the Lord to fill your heart/life with joy. I know He will.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. God bless you 🙂

With love,

Karen 🙂

 

 

 

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Posted by on April 10, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Fear Has No Room Here

Assignment3-8-2018

Hi loves,

I hope you are all doing well. Today, we will be looking at Exodus 4. There’s so much to take away from this passage. First, we will back track to Exodus 3. Let’s take a look at it.

Exodus 3

12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”

14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I am has sent me to you.’’

15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob has sent me to you.’

“This is my name forever,
    the name you shall call me
    from generation to generation.

16 “Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. 17 And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites a land flowing with milk and honey.’

18 “The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God.’ 19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. 20 So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go.

21 “And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. 22 Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.”

Exodus 4: Signs for Moses

Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”

Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”

“A staff,” he replied.

The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”

Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand.“This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob has appeared to you.”

Then the Lord said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous it had become as white as snow.

“Now put it back into your cloak,” he said. So Moses put his hand back into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored, like the rest of his flesh.

Then the Lord said, “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign,they may believe the second. But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.”

10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”

14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. 15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. 16 He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. 17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”

Reflection:

Exodus 3

  • God promises that he will be with him. He promises us time and time again that he will never leave us nor forsake us.
  • God instructs and always has a plan. God instructed Moses and told him exactly have to say.
  • Obedience is very key.

Exodus 4

  • Moses questions God because of fear of how the Egyptians will react.
  • God in return asked Moses “What is that in your hand?.  A staff, he replied. “The staff represented Moses identity, as a shepherd. God was asking Moses to surrender all that He had in his hands.”
  • God used what Moses had. Still yet, he asked God what  if the Egyptians still didn’t respond to his call.
  • When we look at verse 8, “Then the Lord said, If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first miraculous sign, they may believe the second. But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry land. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.” God had a plan for the unbelief. He has a plan for everything. Moses was afraid of what will happen but God had a solution.
  • When we take a look at verse 10, “Moses said to the Lord, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue. Here we learn that sometimes, we may not be prepared for the assignment that God has for us but he equips us. Moses spoke about his flaws but God used his insecurity for greatness.
  • When we look at verse 11, “The Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deal or mute? Who gives him sight or makes blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” Even though God told Moses all that he created, Moses still felt that he was not positioned for the assignment. He asked if he can send someone else to complete the assignment. This was all because of fear. Moses response caused God to be angry. Then the Lord asked “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? God made a way for Moses. God wasn’t going to allow Moses insecurity  to stop him from completing his assignment. Many times, God sends destiny helpers. A destiny helper can come in the form of a friend, coworker or even your sibling. God was aware of Moses setback but he sent his brother ahead of him to meet him for the mission. Something that one of my Professors told me while I was in college was that “I can run away from my calling but my calling will always find its way back to me.”
  • Just like Moses, we have an assignment here on this Earth. We can’t run away from everything. We can’t tell God use someone else yet still be upset when someone else is doing the assignment we refused to be obedient to do. We have to ask God to help us. We have to bring our fears to the Cross. Lay them before the Lord. For some of us, God is calling us to share the Gospel to our friends and loved ones but because of fear of what they may think, we withhold the instruction that delays our blessing. The assignment is not about you. Its about God. When you have an understanding of your assignment, you won’t belittle/doubt God’s instruction. May we hear the voice of God clearly and may God give us the boldness to do that in which He has called us to do.

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. -Philippians 1:6

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. -2 Timothy 1:7

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you can take something away from this post. God bless you. Until next time, stay blessed & encouraged 🙂

With Love,

Karen 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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God’s Very Own

“You are now fully adopted as his own.”
Gal 4:5 TM

CHOSEN AND APPOINTED BY GOD (2)

The word “appointed” means God has scheduled certain things to take place in your life at certain seasons. Sometimes people have to make lifestyle adjustments to accommodate an unexpected pregnancy—but nobody adopts a child by accident. Think: Knowing in advance about all your weaknesses, God chose you anyway. “You are now fully adopted as his own…an heir, with complete access” (vv. 5-7 TM). You never have to wonder whether it’s okay to approach your heavenly Father because He’s always ready to welcome you. Your seat is reserved at the table. “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies” (Ps 23:5 NIV). That means obstacles and opposition can’t rob you of God’s blessing. Being “chosen and appointed” is like having a platinum credit card: You get preferential treatment! But that doesn’t give you license to live however you please. Some of us are like the little boy who prayed, “Lord, make me a good boy. But if You can’t, don’t worry—I’m having a great time the way I am!” No, “The Lord disciplines those he loves, and…accepts as a son” (Heb 12:6 NIV). And God’s correction isn’t rejection, it’s proof of His love! You’re not chosen and appointed based on your race, virtues, gifts, talents, looks, and intelligence. God chose you because He loves you and has a special plan for your life. And the best part is, He’s going to strengthen and equip you to fulfill it. “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion” (Php 1:6 NIV).

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Posted by on February 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Poured Out For You

Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman

When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Key Notes:

  1. This woman was not invited but she came because she knew that Jesus was in town.
  2. There is power in one name (Jesus).
  3. This woman came with her most precious accessory. As you and I know, the cost of perfume isn’t cheap but this woman poured all she had on the feet of Jesus. She wasn’t worried about who was around. She was focused on Jesus.
  4. The Pharisee’s on the other hand were too busy worried about the woman’s sinful nature. “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is that she is a sinner.”
  5. This woman came with a broken and contrite heart. Her posture reminded me Psalm 51, David’s outcry for the Lord to have mercy on him. “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” When we read this passage about the woman with the alabaster perfume, the main focus isn’t about the perfume but the condition of her heart. She was desperate. She must have been tired of the life that she was living. She was ready to come in contact with her helper, the one and only name above all names. His name is Jesus. He is waiting for you.
  6. The Pharisee’s were too focused on why she poured the perfume. They were rather judgmental. I love Jesus response. “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”
  7. Your faith has saved you. She believed that she can be delivered from her sins. She just didn’t come to meet Jesus and see what he can do but she was sure that she will not leave the same way she came. She received her deliverance.

Questions:

  1. What sins do you need to expose?
  2. What sins are you sick and tired of living in?
  3. How far will you go to receive your deliverance?
  4. Are you comfortable with living in darkness?
  5. What are you waiting for before you get the exposure of light?
  6. Aren’t you tired of the enemy holding you hostage?
  7. Have you prayed about your battles? Have you asked someone in faith to pray over you?

*If you haven’t prayed take the time to pray. If it means that you have to partake in fasting/prayer, seek the Lord before you do so. I have faith that you will be delivered from whatever battles you are facing.

The Prayer of Faith

 “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” -James 5:13-16

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. God bless you. Stay Blessed & Encouraged 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Fan, Follower or Disciple?

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“You will be my witnesses.”
Ac 1:8 NIV

GOD USES ORDINARY PEOPLE (1)

A witness is someone who sees and experiences an event, then testifies to it in court in a way that convinces others. And that’s what you have been called to do! You say, “But I don’t feel qualified.” God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. And don’t let Satan convince you otherwise, because he will try. He will tell you God has an IQ requirement, or an entry fee; that He employs only specialists, experts, and high-powered personalities. No, Jesus said to His disciples, “You will be my witnesses…to the ends of the earth.” You uneducated and simple folk. You temperamental net casters and tax collectors. “You will be my witnesses.” The one thing the disciples had going for them was their willingness to take a step when Jesus said, “Follow me.” So if you’re more plumber than executive, or more blue jeans than blue blood, you’re qualified! “Few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful” (1Co 1:26-27 NLT). So pray: “Lord, You’ve called me into Your Kingdom to serve You in this specific place, at this specific time, and for this specific purpose. Despite my ordinariness I belong to You—and You are anything but ordinary! Today help me to pour out Your grace and compassion upon others, that they too may experience the richness of Your love.”

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Posted by on December 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Learn To Listen

“The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.” Pr 12:15 NIV

“LORD, WHAT SHOULD I DO?” Part #3

Another way God will lead you is: Through godly advice. Moses experienced this. Instead of getting help, he tried to do it all himself. At that point his father-in-law, Jethro, said to him, “What you are doing is not good” (Ex 18:17 NIV). Then he told Moses to delegate responsibility to capable leaders who could share the load with him. “Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said” (Ex 18:24 NIV). As a result, Moses’ problem was solved, and Israel made it successfully to the Promised Land. Some of the time God will speak to you directly and reveal what you should do, but much of the time He will speak to you through relationships. He will bring wise and seasoned people alongside you. At that point you need to be humble enough to heed their advice. You may be good; indeed, you may be better than most. But you’ll never be as good as you could be, without the help of others. But you must be careful who you listen to—trustworthy counselors and persons who want only what God wants. Such persons will stay objective, listen carefully, and answer slowly. Often they won’t give you an answer at the time you ask for it. They want to sleep on it; they want to pray about it; they want to think about it. Such a person is like having an extra set of eyes and ears. Why would you want to live without them? So today be open to those God sends into your life to help guide you. 

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Posted by on October 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Intimate Worship #2

 

Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
    Tell of his salvation from day to day.
 Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous works among all the peoples!
 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
    and he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
 Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and joy are in his place.

Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    bring an offering and come before him!
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;
   tremble before him, all the earth;
    yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice,
    and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”

1 Chronicles 16:23-31

 

  1. Elevation Worship: Give Me Faith
  2. Isabel Davis: The Call
  3. Hillsong: In Control
  4. Bethel Music: It Is Well
  5. Phil Thompson: My Worship
  6. :Grace Changes Everything
  7. Victory Worship: Safe
  8. Red Rocks Worship: God With Us
  9. Red Rocks Worship: You Never Forget
  10. Chris Tomlin: Your Grace Is Enough
  11. Steffany Gretzinger: The More I Seek You
  12. Matt Maher: Faithfulness
  13. Red Rocks Worship: Right Here, Right Now
  14. Bethel: To Worship You I Live
  15. Upper Room Music: The Joy Of Surrender + The Stand
  16. Vertical Worship: No Turning Back
  17. Neyi: Lamb Of God
  18. Dr.Tumi: Forgiven
  19. Jaye Thomas: Draw Near
  20. Free Worship: Christ Be Revealed
  21. Melisser Helser & Steffany Gretzinger: Catch The Wind

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you are encouraged as you spend time with God. These are worship songs that have been a blessing to me.  I have more coming your way. If there’s one thing I love doing is worshipping God. There are so many things that vie for our attention but we must learn to fix our eyes on Jesus. We must stay connected to God each and every day. It’s not always easy because we have so many things going on in our lives but with the help of the Holy Spirit we can spend time with God. Take time to spend time in his word this week amidst your busy schedule. Make room for God in the same way you make time for everything in life but much more. Remember, this walk is a journey. Stay Blessed & Encouraged 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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