Friday, September 25, 2015
Those in me that have my peace are in one accord
They have my mind they are not the world's kind
They stand strong and my grace they embrace
My Spirit bears witness with theirs
We are one you see and they are free
Seeking and searching hungering and thirsting
They will find me and will be filled
It's my plan to keep them in my hand
No one or nothing can take them from me
Even the enemy must flee
This world does not move them
It has no power over them
Face to face is the place they love
It's the higher calling
Which keeps them from falling
They can never be held captive
Prison is not their home
They will always rise to soaring
While the world is warring
They walk in my strength clothed in my joy and humility
Not futility or subtlety, that's not their way
The wisdom they seek is from above and not below
It's the narrow way which they choose to go
Nothing can stop them, nothing can break them
Nothing can hold them and nothing can shake them
They keep their eyes lifted looking to the sky
Jesus (their Lord and Savior) they will behold
Just as the Bible foretold!
Monday, March 17, 2014
First I would like to consider people who live in a fantasy world. In a fantasy "you" the ruler of that world set up rules and guidelines for the plot of the fantasy. Your fantasy is a hiding place to run away to when life gets too serious. You consistently set yourself up for a fall, or disappointment, because when reality comes knocking at your door you will struggle in your ability to cope with day to day realities. For one to live a fantasy in this broken world is extremely difficult because inevitably you will always come up empty, hit a dead end and be disappointed. The definition of a fantasy is to create imaginings, daydreaming, an illusion, a delusion, a whimsical notion or idea.
"Fantasy is the soul being driven by the flesh". It is an erratic and impulsive behavior, emotional instability. The proverbial double minded man if you will. Fantasizing is an emotional escape to a world of illusions and false hopes in aspiring to fulfill the flesh in some way, it's the great deception. People will use all kinds of things to "deal with this world". Such as drugs, alcohol, cars, movies, cartoons, work, the opposite sex, gambling etc.. I think you get the picture.
Does this mean that one cannot live by faith and believe in miracles? No, for faith and fantasy are not the same thing.
The definition of Faith is a confident belief in God, trusting God, having a loyalty and allegiance toward God. In other words, "Living by Faith is the soul being driven by the Spirit". It is a wise and true state of mind, a sound mind in which emotions have not the power to rule, but submits itself to the higher power which is the Spirit of God. Faith is a Spirit driven hope of knowing and being assured that one day you will escape, but while you are here you trust God for His will to be done in your life as you yield to Him. Living by Faith is where your ultimate true peace, joy and rest lies. Faith is not slave to the flesh as fantasy is. It is slave to the Spirit of God.
Do you enjoy imagining things? if so then live by Faith in your imagination and not fantasy and try to imagine this for example: Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man what God has prepared for them that love Him (1 Cor. 2:9). Can you try to imagine what God has prepared for you, not in this worldly kingdom but "His Kingdom." Go ahead and go for it and be assured that it will be for real and exceedingly greater than you could ever imagine.
Hoping for better while here in this world is okay because God's Word says He gives us a hope and a future. But when you try to make this world your fantasy paradise it will not go well for you. For Jesus said "my kingdom is not of this world". Think on God's Kingdom and what it has to offer. When believing the enemy's lies you will find that what he has to offer in this world is shallow, a life of false hope and empty promises, an illusion. It's interesting that what the enemy offers and what fantasy offers is basically the same. May we allow Jesus when He was tempted by the Devil in the wilderness to be our example. What did Jesus do when Satan took Him up to an exceeding high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world? Satan said, "all these things I will give thee, if you will fall down and worship me". Jesus replied and said: "Get thee hence Satan for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve (Mt. 4:8-10). When we create a fantasy of the perfect life here in this world are we not essentially in that moment in the same position that Jesus was? He was being tempted by the enemy to place more value on the here and now. To desire the things of this world and to make it your mission to have all that it has to offer is the enemy's offer not what God offers. Is it not the great deception from the enemy to draw our attention away from God our Lord and Savior (Who is our only true hope for today, as well as our eternal hope). Satan's only goal is to get us to worship him and the things of this world. Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy. His goal is to keep us blind to that which is most important, that we (God's Children) have been given a hope and a future. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you hope in your "final outcome" (Jer. 29:11amp.). Did you catch that? He said "final outcome" so if you want to live by faith and not fantasy then place your hope in your final outcome when you leave this life and go into His Heavenly Kingdom.
Jesus tells us ever so lovingly in His Word to "Occupy till He comes" What that simply means is to carry on with what needs to be done to live out your life while here. For example: working, keeping busy and trusting Him to meet your needs, it's called living by faith and it can be a beautiful and contented life. And as you trust and obey Him, He will continue to give you His mercy and His grace. "Lean not upon your own understanding but acknowledge Him in all of your ways and He will direct your path" (Proverbs 5:3-6). So go ahead and be "Heavenly minded" for this will keep you living in faith and not in some fantasy world.
written by Joe and Tammy
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Time and age so fleeting but a friend indeed for it will unveil the many facets of God's beautiful character. Jesus as a Diamond that's been lifted from the dark earth by the hand of God all for you and me and brought forth into the Light of our Creator who makes all things beautiful in His time as we become the beautiful faceted diamond created in His Son's image.
written by Tammy
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
A real man will understand the concept of loving his wife as Christ loved the church and gave His life for it. A real man understands the love in laying down his life for a friend. A real man understands righteous indignation in loving tough, and understands that this is what it may take in order to see a victorious end. I would go as far as to say that a real man has a greater understanding of love and how to convey it then most women if he would be willing to let go and allow himself to be sensitive to the heart of God and be the man God created him to be. If men would do this without concerning themselves with the disgusting lies of the world they would not only be powerhouses in courage, strength, honor, determination, hard-working, but they would also be passionate, righteous, loving individuals who will display the most beautiful character of God which is love in its rawest form, and they will be as King David was, "a man after God's own heart".
I am thoroughly disgusted at how people poke and make fun of this kind of character in men and make jokes about it. Call me old fashion, a stick in the mud, I don't care. It's not right and I'm tired of the homosexual labels and jokes.
Quit you like men the Bible says, rise up man of God. Don't be embarrassed or ashamed of the emotional side of God that abides within you. You are not an idiot, you are not out of touch when it comes to love in it's purest form, you do understand, so stop pretending like you don't just because the t.v shows, psychologist, books and others tell you so. You are physical beings but you are also an emotional being just as God created you, stop going along with the lies that you are clueless. Nor are you effeminate just because you are in touch with your sensitive side, King David wasn't and he was a man of poetry as well as a man of war and had a deep abiding love ( not a sexual one) for his dear friend Jonathan. In fact King David was so in touch with his emotional/sensitive side that he not only wrote poetry he played the harp and fought with his bare hands a lion and a bear just to save the sheep he shepherded and loved. He was all the things that the world would label a man as gay. But the fact is, King David had a fondness of desiring many women and this was one of his flaws.
Men if you choose to act like you don't know and laugh about how you are clueless when it comes to emotion/sentiment or use them as a justification for perverted living then you "dishonor the character of God Himself". But, if you have been innocently ignorant up to this point, consider yourself now schooled in the character of God and how He created you, so be set free and be the man that God created you to be, a living loving being who is well intentioned and fully aware of your identity in the image of God!
written by Tammy
Friday, February 10, 2012
I thank you for your mercy
I thank you for your grace
I thank you for your healing
You're worthy of all praise
I love you I adore you
I praise your Holy Name
You're glorious you're wonderful
Your love forever reigns
You're our well spring of Joy
You're our life giving rain
You're our protector and deliverer
Your blessings have sustained
I thank you for the hope
The promise we foresee
One day all will praise you
And everyone bow their knee
No tongue shall keep silent
Every hand will raise
All creation shall worship you
And sing forth your praise
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Where has the time gone. It has been awhile since I have written anything. Life has a way of interrupting in good ways as well as maybe some bad. But for us it has been good and we are so very thankful. Here we are beginning a new year with a new Grandbaby, in a new home, and working new jobs. Our life in Arizona for 5 in a half years was filled with many a life lessons, some good and some not so good. But hey we are back living in our home town and life has seemed to begin afresh for us. Wow! how thankful I am for fresh starts. God is so very good about that, giving us new beginnings that is and allowing us the freedoms to live and learn and to come to that place where we can sit back and look at all that has transpired and say thank you God for your mercy and grace, for your loving kindness and for your blessings that come our way more often then not if we would just take the time to be still and listen and watch. How Great God has been and always will be. Placing our trust in Him will always in the end bring forth His tender affection and mercy. Life will never cease to be difficult from time to time but nor will it cease to be good from time to time. I guess that's what it takes so as to keep our eyes fixed upon what really matters in life. Trusting God and a whole lot of lovin is what will hold out in the end.
written by Tammy