Mysteries of the Kingdom

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Mysteries of the Kingdom

Last night I dreamed that a bird came to the nest that is on a ceiling fan in my carport. (In reality, the bird that laid the eggs in that nest was a very small one. It had abandoned the eggs for some reason. I’m not sure if she was still alive or not. I just know she left the eggs before they were hatched.)  The bird in the dream was much bigger than the one who laid the eggs. She was bent over as if she was doing something to the eggs with her mouth. I could not see what she was doing but wished I could know what was going on.

I believe the time has come for me to remove that nest from the ceiling fan and dispose of it. The larger bird symbolizes an outsider coming to interfere with what does not belong to them. My looking and wondering was indicative of my caring but being unable to help. My conclusion to get rid of the nest (after awaking) is a result of my needing to move on and eliminate the distraction of human impossibilities. I tried to make sure I waited long enough to give ample time for the mother to return if she was going to. I now realize I cannot do anything else to remedy that situation. There are no impossibilities with God, but He works with human will. When we do not yield to Him, He is limited in what He can do because He gave us the power of choice. That may be why the scripture says, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9 NKJV

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Finding Praise 2

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Finding Praise 2

Psalm 2:4 NKJV

He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision.

The second psalm is a prophetic one that was quoted by the disciples in Acts 4 after they were persecuted. They were asking God for boldness to continue to proclaim the gospel despite the persecution they were receiving. As was normal for the saints in the Old and New Testaments, they opened their prayer with praise to God. They referred to this psalm to point out that the leaders never outsmart God. As in the case of the crucifixion of Christ, they only did what God determined had to be done to fulfill the plan of salvation. So the psalmist exalts the Lord as far above all men regardless of their position. God is not impressed by what wicked men can do. The Lord laughs at their pride, knowing they will be cut down in judgment. The psalmist concludes by saying, “Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.” Praise the Lord!

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Finding Praise

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Finding Praise

Psalm 1:1-3 NKJV

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

I was reading something recently and the author mentioned how the Psalms was a good place to see patterns of praising God. I went to the first psalm which I had memorized years ago and never thought of it as a psalm of praise. I just saw it as a contrast between the godly and the ungodly, as well as a psalm that gave the benefits of meditating on the Word. However, when I went to it this time, I saw praise in it for the first time. When the psalmist talked about the benefits of delighting in the Word of God and meditating in it continuously, He was actually praising God - bragging about how God’s Word is so beneficial. He contrasts the benefits of the godly with the consequences of being ungodly (verses 4-6). If God’s Word has all those benefits, and being like God (godly) brings rewards, that means God and His Word are ALL THAT! Praise the Lord!

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While men slept

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While men slept

Matthew 13:24-25 NKJV

Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.

This parable talks about how the enemy waited for a convenient time when nobody was paying attention to come in and corrupt a field. We must realize that much of what the devil has done in our lives, families, communities, cities, states and nations is a result of God’s people sleeping. We must awake and increase our prayer life and press to walk in sync with the Holy Spirit more and more. Ephesians 5:14 tells us to wake up if we are sleeping. Paul is not talking about physical sleep but spiritual sleep. What are we seeing changed for the good as a result of our actions? What are seeing get worse because we are not paying attention and therefore doing nothing to prevent it. Let us awake and pray so we can hinder the work of darkness where we live.

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Mysteries of the Kingdom

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Mysteries of the Kingdom

Jeremiah 1:11 NKJV

Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?

I recently had an inner vision in which I saw the garden at my mailbox. The plants were rearranged. As I wrote down what I saw, I understood what God was communicating to me. After that, my eyes opened to the fact that everything we see speaks to us. One of the functions of nature is to minister to our mental and emotional health. The psalmist said (Psalm 19) the whole creation speaks to us. This makes it important for us to create an environment inside and outside of our homes that will speak to us in a positive way. A picture of a spider on the wall will say something quite different from a dove in the same place. A cluttered space will say something totally different from an organized space, depending on our personality. In the same way, we must realize our words create pictures in our minds and affect the way we feel. So let us ask the Lord to help us improve our physical surroundings so they will say what He wants them to say to us. Also, let us order our conversation correctly so we will create images in our minds that will help and bless us. At the same time, we will bless those around us. What do we see? If it is not doing something positive, we must change it.

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How to Bear Good Fruit - Real, Not Artificial

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How to Bear Good Fruit - Real, Not Artificial

Mark 10:18 NKJV

So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.

I was out of town recently and caught myself conversing with my husband in an agitated manner. I thought to myself, “Why are you acting like this? You can do better.” And I realized that I was very tired and therefore irritable. I prayed, got myself together and apologized to my husband. I asked God for forgiveness for failing that test. When we are tired, we can become irritable and behave in a manner we thought we wouldn’t because we thought we had grown past that. What Jesus said to the young man in Mark 10:18 becomes clear at a time like this. I knew I needed some rest, but I was also reminded me that we’re not any good without God. He’s the only one who is good. When we are good, we are reflecting the character of God that is in us. When we seem to go backwards we’re showing what we are like outside of Him. Galatians 5:22 tells us that goodness is a fruit of the spirit. Jesus said that He is the Vine and we are the branches. Branches do not produce fruit. Branches bear the fruit that the vine produces. If we become detached from the Vine, the only fruit we can have is artificial fruit. We can glue on some fruit but it will not be the real thing. When we spend quality time with the Lord, when we charge ourselves up praying with the spirit, good fruit comes out automatically because we are sucking juice from the Vine. We don’t have to force it. We never advance to the point where we no longer need the Lord because we are good on our own. So let us rest and refresh ourselves physically, but let us also stay mindful of the importance of being refreshed in Christ continually for He is our goodness.

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