Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Are You Preaching to Yourself?

I am reading a book I actually bought for my husband for Father's Day. I see now I bought it for me and didn't know it. The book is Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick. It was only $10.50 at Church of the Highland's bookstore but it's value is priceless.

I wanted to share with you a portion of it. I hope it blesses you. Leading up to this point the author is saying speaking the Word isn't just for preachers and Bible heroes. If you want to walk in audacious faith and I believe we all do, you have to get really good at preaching God's Word to yourself because you may not always have people around you to motivate you and encourage you... And in those moments you can open God's Word and remind yourself of the truth. You may not feel competent to preach to yourself or know where to get started but below is a compilation of biblical principles to get started that can be applied to your daily life.

Twelve Audacious Faith Confession

1. I am fully forgiven and free form all shame and condemnation. - Romans 8:1-2; Ephesians 1:7-8; 1 John 1:9

2. I act in audacious faith to change the world in my generation. - Joshua 10:12-14; John 14:12

3. I have no fear or anxiety; I trust in the Lord with all my heart. - Proverbs 3:5-6; Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Peter 5:7

4. I am able to fulfill the calling God has placed in my life. - Exodus 3:9-12; Psalm 57:2; Colossians 1:24-29

5. I am fully resourced to do everything God has called me to do. - Deuteronomy 8:18; Luke 6:38; Philippians 4:13

6. I have no insecurity, because I see myself the way God sees me. - Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 139:13-16; Ephesians 5:25-27

7. I am faithful spouse (if you're single, you can slip future in there) and a godly parent- our family is blessed. - Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Ephesians 5:22-25; Colossians 3:18-19; I Peter 3:1-7

8. I am completely whole-physically mentally, and emotionally. - Psalm 103:1-5; Matthew 8:16-17; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Peter 2:24

9. I am increasing in influence and favor for the kingdom of God. - Genesis 45:4-8; 1 Samuel 2:26; Acts 2:37-47

10. I am enabled to walk in the sacrificial love of Christ. - 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17; 1 John 3:16; 4:9-12

11. I have the wisdom of the Lord concerning every decision I make. - 2 Chronicles 1:7-12; Proverbs 2:6; Ecclesiastes 2:26; James 1:5

12. I am protected form all harm and evil in Jesus' name. - Genesis 50:20; Psalm 3: 1-3; Thessalonians 3:2-3

Also, from the book - "How much difference would it make in our lives if we would preach these realities to ourselves" Let's resolve now to preach God's Word in our own hearts daily, emphatically, convincingly!"

How true is this. Preach to yourself and therefore your message will be clear and heard as you walk this out. So get ready to preach to yourself. He is always for you...always loves you unconditionally.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

LOVE- Truly In The Eyes of the Beloved

Every thought...every glance...every move...every smile Abba speaks as I look at my son in every day moments. Those moments become immeasurable. It becomes an indescribable LOVE in the eyes of the beloved. I am beloved. We are HIS beloved and He is ours. (Song of Solomon 2:16)

God has been speaking to me with scriptures as I look at my son. I decided to share two photos of those times I was able to capture. I won't dictate it but let Abba speak to you.

 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us ~ Ephesians 3:20

Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord. ~ Psalm 45:11

The picture above spoke the clearest to me. As I looked in that rear view mirror as I was driving my son to school, I couldn't hardly take my eyes off him. I was so enthralled by him. I am captivated!! My son asked me why I had the rear view mirror looking at him. I responded I just have to look at you. I can't help it. I love you. Anyone relate? Jesus does... He is captivated by you. ENTHRALLED by your beauty. He can't help but to look at you.

Think on that today. HE TOTALLY ADORES YOU.  There is truly LOVE in the eyes of the Beloved for you. There is nothing He wouldn't give you Who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. His eyes are burning like fire. (Revelations 1:14) I believe because He is so passionate for us. That is more than I can ask or imagine.