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It’s Time to Chillax… DAY 5: John 3:16 & The MSG

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16…What a scripture, what a thought! God LOVED the world… how many do you know that hate the world, despise the world, and could not care about the world!? They treat it like it is a used tissue, about to be thrown away, balling it up and tossing it aside! They are SO eager to leave! But here, in scripture the Word plainly states that our Father in Heaven LOVED the world. Doesn’t Genesis teach us that He saw everything that He created and found it “GOOD”? Not only did God love the world, He loved it SO much He sent His only Son to come and rescue it from all of its pain and sorrow. He sent His Son to die for us… ALL of us!

God LOVED the world so much He desired it’s WHOLENESS for us all

DAY 5: John 3:16 KJV & MSG Parallel…

The King James Version

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

The Message Version

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.

“This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.”

God-light and God-work is the BEST type of work, and there really is NO other work at all! The reality is that we are eternal beings momentarily housed in bodies- on our way either to Heaven or hell… is there ANY other reality than that? Is there a more notable profession than that of soul-salvation and eternal rightness? If we are not all called to be Preachers by profession- doesn’t that by default mean that our current professions are merely platforms in which we are called to expose Christ to the world? YES! “For God so LOVED the world”!

God desires the world (and those of us in it) to be made whole. He sent His Son Jesus in order to resolve the enmity in man and the battle between sin vs. salvation and in so doing- He left US the Holy Spirit to guide US to do the remainder of the work! Praise God we are up to the task! We who love God do God’s work! AMEN!

THIS MSG SCRIPTURE AT A GLANCE:

  1. God only had ONE Son, and He gave Him to the world, because He LOVED the WORLD and His creation.
  2. There is a destruction process for those that DO NOT BELIEVE in Christ. Christ came so that NO ONE would be destroyed who heard His Message and received Him as their King.
  3. EVERYONE can have everlasting life- this is NOT limited to race, religion or sex- it is not limited to anything at all!
  4. God did not send His only Son to earth in order to condemn it but to BLESS it… He LOVED/S it!
  5. Jesus came to set the world RIGHT again, to reestablish the order that once was… Back in THE GARDEN.
  6. ANYONE who trusts in Jesus is FREE from the sin of the world. If you are found in sin, sinning, or bound by sin… YOU have lost TRUST in the Father.
  7. Anyone who refuses to trust the Father has been entrapped by sin, and is lost to the point that they CAN NOT recognize grace, mercy, love and hope. They are stuck untrusting and entrapped because they DO NOT recognize the One and only Son of God when they meet Him.
  8. When Jesus came to the Earth, those who were so used to slavery CHOSE to run from freedom and run TO slavery. They could not get past the “comfort” of the familiar in order to walk IN the Glory.
  9. The worldly men and women CHOSE the world OVER the God-Light of Jesus, because they are NOT interested in pleasing God but themselves.
  10. Everyone who is addicted to sin and chooses that existence over truly LIVING free and in Christ- HATES the light of God and will NOT come near it in fear that their addiction will come to light and it will cause them unjust PAIN.
  11. Anyone who welcomes the Light of God into their lives and exposes the sin for what it is- is purified, forgiven, and made to be set free from sin. As a man and women is set free from sin, the Glory of God is seen in their transformation. God then exudes from them, and Jesus, God’s Son is exalted!

During this last week it has been my number one prayer to be able to take scripture that we all recognize, that may have become “ordinary” to us- and expand upon it for an increased depth of understanding and renewal of faith. I seriously pray that as you have read and re-read John 3:16, it has become more to you than just a quip to be memorized- but a real and revealed passionate love story between God and His Creation. God LOVED us, He LOVES us, and He will LOVE us forever more! We MUST continue to LOVE each other!

A PRAYER IN CLOSING:

Father God, release Your children from slavery. Reveal Your Light -Your Son Jesus- to them in a real and relevant way. Create in them a desire to do right, be right, live right, and love right. You have given us (the WORLD) Your SON and YOUR LOVE. We who love You EAGERLY receive it! THANK YOU FATHER! In Your Son Jesus’ name… AMEN!

It’s Time to Chillax… Day 4: Praying to the Father

Ask, Seek, Knock!

A few weeks ago, the pressure of living on a strict budget got me down. Ordinarily, I would have been worry free and not concerned at all about circumstances- but the enemy weaseled himself in, and I let him shape my prayers into worries… instead of the other way around.

As I was driving home I had a break-down moment. Crying, blabbering, whining to God (and my husband) about the situation. I was more frustrated than mad. After all, as far as I had understood it you should be able to PRAY and get results! My conversation with God went kind of like this “Aren’t I supposed to pray God and ASK You for what I need as a daughter of the King… AND GET RESULTS? Aren’t I supposed to live by faith and by covenant ALONE? Haven’t I been doing everything You have asked of me? WHY then is their lack… why is there need… how am I failing in our relationship??? AHHHHH!*SOB*”

Well… after I had laid it all out- the need that we had, the concerns that I had, the reconfirmation to myself who I was in Christ- by the end of the day, ALL the need was filled! The Lord revealed to me that I had a few things left to learn, in the area of prayer!  The Lord provided for us a complete set of new tires, extra money that was coming to us and as for me… I GULPED, and said THANKS, lesson learned!

What I Learned From This Episode:

  1. We, as human beings, wait TOO long to talk to God. We let things get OUT-OF-CONTROL, THEN go to Him to ask.
  2. God is always listening.
  3. We need to KNOW who we are in Christ.
  4. Sometimes these “frustrating” situations are moments of opportunity. We have a better grasp of our ability when we are able to “voice” our standing in Him- not just to Him but to us and the enemy as well.
  5. Things CAN turn in an INSTANT! [Read Job 42:10]

Today, we are going to cover the “Lord’s Prayer”. Many children are taught to recite it and memorize it- but what happens when that is NOT enough? It is good for us- because when we memorize scripture we are able to become grounded in faith, but what we need as Christians is to begin to understand the thought and intent behind the prayer. We need to EMBODY HOW to pray to the Father and, as our brother Job did so long ago- walk in COMPLETE restoration… immediately.

“What things so ever you desire, when you pray,believe that you will receive them, and you shall have them” Mark 11:24

DAY 4: Matthew 6: 7-15 KJV & MSG Parallel…

King James:

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye:

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

The Message Version:

“The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:

 

Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best— as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.

“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.”

Our Father in Heaven desires to TALK with us, He desires a relationship. He does not want to be our “band-aid, a self-help tool, a resource, or a genie” He desires to be THE ONLY SOURCE for us. How do you put God first and start praying and seeing results? GO TO GOD AND HIS WORD FIRST, then TRUST that what He is telling you IS THE WORD OF GOD. As long as GOD is “god” in our lives- we haven’t made Him #1 and we are trusting Him “LAST” NOT first.

Preventative or Prescribed?

What is better exercising  1 hour a day, or taking a pill for diabetes? Is it better to take a multi-vitamin supplement today, or a prescribed blood pressure pill tomorrow? As long as we think “prescribed”  vs “preventative” we will be stuck in horrible situations- crying out to God for help, and NOT seeing anything happen! It is the TAIL wagging the dog!

In her 20’s Cassie began to feel empowered by her ability to make money and take care of herself.

So is it TOO late?

Is it ever too late for God to turn our situations around? NO! He is the Redeemer, Restorer, He is Omnipresent! He is ALWAYS available and READY to be there for us. It takes humility on our part, to admit that we have put things ahead of Him, but here is a story to illustrate how praying POST incident works:

When Cassie* was a little girl she had severe abuse issues growing up. She consistently found herself leaving the house to get away from her “family”. Bouncing from place to place- she eventually found herself living in a shelter, getting a job, and making her own money. In her 20’s she began to feel empowered by her ability to make money and taking care of herself. She eventually got a little apartment and paid all her bills on time, even though she had money- she never felt loved. As a matter of fact the only “love” she was able to find was in the solace of a chocolate cake. NOT just one slice, many many slices. She never felt a man could love her because of her past, and she never felt that she could do anything OTHER than make money to eat. Food gave her EVERYTHING she needed. Warmth, security, peace, and comfort.

On Cassie’s 30th birthday she walked to the bakery near her house and saw her reflection in the mirror. At 5’3″, she weighed nearly 300 pounds, and she was NOT happy. She had prayed “to god” before to help her loose weight- but in her mind she had never had her prayers answered. She had tried Atkins, South Beach, Vegetarian, Vegan, even a church prayer group. NOTHING had worked. Her 30th birthday though was a turning point- her Doctor had just given her 3 years to live at her current rate of health, and with this startling revelation, and upon seeing her reflection in the glass… something snapped. Cassie, decided to go “ALL IN” for God, “ALL IN” for Jesus.

Deciding to by-pass the bakery, Cassie hurried home and fell on her knees. She pleaded to God to “forgive” her for not trusting Him completely. She went to Him and asked Him in her prayer NOT to “help” her to loose weight, she asked Him to show her the CAUSE of all the weight gain. WHY?!

Immediately, He showed her the abuser that was in her childhood, and the fact that after she was abused- in an attempt to get her to forgive the injustice- she would be offered a candy treat. Therefore her WHOLE life she had associated “treats” with love, forgiveness, and comfort from pain. Breaking down, she saw her abuser in a new light and asked the Lord to forgive him. She also forgave her abuser and saw through God’s Divine Revelation that candy did NOT mean comfort, it was a sign of the abuser’s guilt. It was a pattern in his life, that he had endured- and she felt genuinely sorry for him. Cassie finished praying and was RELIEVED. God had SHOWED her the source of her weight gain, she immediately started walking in forgiveness and was HEALED from within… in an instant!

If it wasn’t for this prayer time with her Father, and her complete commitment to God as her FATHER- she would have never broken-through. It wasn’t long before Cassie began to love herself, as God loved her- God saved her life that day! Cassie became FREE! Fit and HEALTHY!

THIS MSG SCRIPTURE AT A GLANCE:

  1. Real prayer warriors know “how to pray”. They understand that their is a ROOT to every problem- and that no amount of formula, manipulative or calculative praying can move God. WE are moved through prayer to God.
  2. Those who understand HOW to prayer, understand that their prayers can be simple, because God is their FATHER. He loves them- they LOVE Him.
  3. In our prayers God REVEALS things to us. Who He is (our Father), and WHY things have happened to us.
  4. Only HE can set things right for us. Revealing to us the SOURCE of our sufferings.
  5. He does for us that which He would do for us in Heaven… bring us PEACE and FREEDOM.
  6. God FEEDS us, no amount of work that we do on our own will bring us to His table.
  7. Walking with God puts us in a “forgiving” state. We forgive others, He forgives us.
  8. CONSTANT communication with God BEFORE it is too late, keeps us from the devil.
  9. HE IS IN CHARGE, and it is only through HIM that we can have “revelation”. If it is something that we can think… than it is NOT new to us! It is NOT revelation!
  10. We must ALL forgive our accusers before we can walk on into victory and begin to see our prayers answered and our needs become manifested. Walking in forgiveness = walking in and with GOD.

A PRAYER IN CLOSING:

Father God, show our friends how REAL You are. Help them to see through You and Your Word that YOU ARE OUR FATHER. Show them Lord that a repetitive prayer of  “avoidance” without having confronted the hidden issues of the heart- will just lead them to a prescribed prayer result. We desire to WALK in prevention! Help our friends to FACE the truth. Give them the courage to ask WHY?! Why are they “fat”, why are they “unhappy”, why are they “poor”, why are they “divorced”. Give them INSIGHT into these issues- through Your Revelation power, and in this Revelation Lord, guide them to how-to-be 100% committed and INTO YOU! In Your Son Jesus’ name… AMEN!!

*Cassie is a fictional character used in this parable to illustrate HOW the revelation of God- while it may not “physically” be manifested i.e. praying and “opening our eyes to a loss of 150 pounds”, the freedom from understanding WHY things happen- puts us in a PERMANENT and restorative state.


It’s Time to Chillax… Day 3: God’s Wholeness is for You!

Friends!

It is such a blessing to be able to share a part of your day with you! I am so honored that you would take the time to read these postings, and I pray that you will be blessed beyond measure at the simplicity of the Word and its message.

Have you ever desired to be whole? I mean REALLY REALLY whole. God’s kind of wholeness- nothing missing and nothing broken? Imagine with me complete healing, complete peace-of-mind, financial control and prosperity, and blessed relationships… doesn’t that sound like heaven on earth?

When we started Wholehearted Ministries- it was by the unction of the Holy Ghost and on the revelation that “We have been made whole by the blood and in the name of Jesus.” PERIOD.

Jeff and I consistently preach and teach that as you have accepted Christ… YOU HAVE BEEN MADE SPIRITUALLY COMPLETE! The righteousness of God!

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Cor 5:21

Woohoo! That is cause to celebrate! BUT… What happens after salvation? We as human beings are creatures of habit and even though you have been made complete and new in Christ and in spirit, well how can we get that wholeness OUT and REAL in our city? How does spiritual wholeness make itself manifest in the natural? Today’s study is an attempt at revealing to you just how to begin walking BOTH in spirit… AND in truth.


Let us Begin By Rejoicing!

2011 is a year to REJOICE! No more fuddy-duddy, bored-out, plain Jane passages and sermons! It is time to CELEBRATE God ALL day EVERYDAY!! It is a time in History to REJOICE IN THE LORD regardless of circumstances and situations. No money? NO PROBLEM… No health? NO PROBLEM! Why? How? It is simple really-
The MORE you praise God, the CLOSER you come to God,
The closer you come to God,
The more Godly you become.
The more Godly you become… the less dependent on the world you will be!
Rejoicing in the midst of trial and circumstances PROVES to yourself and to others- that you in fact are a SPIRITUAL being after all! God centered, Holy Spirit inspired and FULL of the power of God from within… the power that sees and gets results!

DAY 3: Phil 4:4-7 KJV & MSG Parallel…

King James:

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

The Message Version:

Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

As soon as we put God first place in our lives and quit worrying and start praying in CONSTANT communication with Him, we start to see things in a new light. Have you ever felt lost and hopeless, called a friend, explained the situation… and then felt MUCH MUCH better? GOD is better than a friend! He is ALWAYS available, ALWAYS present, ALWAYS listening, ALWAYS there… all you have to do is BEGIN talking!

THIS MSG SCRIPTURE AT A GLANCE:

  1. REVEL in the Lord! How AWESOME is He? Look at something as big as the Cedar and the Mountains to as small as the dragonfly and the microbe… the Lord is AWESOME!
  2. Make peace with others, entice them to the message of Christ.
  3. CHRIST is COMING- NO ONE knows the day or the hour!
  4. DON’T worry… PRAY!
  5. Communicate with God regularly. Tell Him what is on your heart, let these concerns you have be cause for conversation!
  6. As you communicate with God regularly, you will begin to feel WHOLE- everything will begin to become clear to you.
  7. God’s wholeness WILL settle you down. Whatever you are going through.
  8. With CHRIST as the center of your life… there will be no room for worry. If you are worrying-you have lost focus on Christ.

A PRAYER IN CLOSING:

Father God, give us this understanding and feeling of completed wholeness. You have showed us in Your Word that wholeness comes from consistent and regular communication with You. Father, we desire Lord for YOU to be the center of our lives, and nothing else. FILL us to overflowing Father- enable us to see ALL the glasses in this world as half full- GIVE US a warrior’s heart, a STRONG back, and a peaceful spirit. Purge from us ALL sources of worry. Money is not a problem for us- our bad spending habits were. Health is not a problem for us-our negative thoughts, poor eating and miserable worried demeanor  was the source of our ailments. Peace of mind is not a problem for us-our self-focused, seeking pleasure above Your Word and Your kind of peace had brought-us-to-the-brink. Thank You Lord for showing us the error’s of our ways… WE ARE FREE! WE ARE WHOLE IN YOU! THANK YOU THANK YOU! In Your Son Jesus’ name… AMEN!

It’s Time to Chillax… Day 2: God Speaks!

Friends! Greetings of peace unto you!

I had such a great time yesterday reading the Word and sharing it with you in today’s modern language! I certainly pray that you were able to relax, and hear the Words of Jesus and were able to smile from ear to ear.

Hearing from God is probably the thing that I get asked about the most. Jessica, how do I know if I am hearing from God? Is it a loud voice, quiet voice? Is it a feeling? There are some tools of the trade that I refer to, basic formulas for success in evaluating our decisions-but the number one thing that I would like to encourage you about on this subject is that there is NO “formula” FOR God. While there are questions that we can ask ourselves in order to check our personal motives and desire in listening for God to speak… God was never meant to be put into a box. He is not a Genie. He is what I like to refer to (for lack of a better analogy)as our “Spirit-mate”, while soul-mates are easy enough to understand- our Spirit has a mate and His name is JESUS!

Jesus was never intended to be our “tissue” when we are sad, our “checkbook” when we are poor, or our “medicine” for when we are sick. Unless you are sold out 100% to Christ and intertwined in Spiritual harmony with Him, you are just partaking in religion. Simply put: Using Jesus just as a Band-aid wont stay stuck.

God Speaks!

Have you ever wondered why some people cannot get a clue to the truth to save their lives? For some reason, no matter how you try to explain things to them- sideways, upside down, right side up… THEY JUST DON’T GET IT. You can talk to them about finances, health, healing, life, love, relationships… and the light NEVER goes on for them, why? Why is it SO hard for them… and so EASY for you/us?

Unfortunately even some of the best and “good natured” Christians aren’t 100% in-it-for-God. Money problems, health issues, legacy bad-decision making clouds their knowledge of the truth. Instead of Christ and righteousness they REBEL to the good and the Holy. Scripture informs us that when we begin to treat God as “common place” we are no longer on His side. For example, scripture warns us that most Christians are sick and dying, because they have taken even the act of sacred communion to a mundane place. Jesus is NOT common! He is NOT mundane!

A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 1 Cor 11:28-30

Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ have quit being SOLD OUT for God, and have begun settling for “religion”, and this is sad… because JESUS IS GOD. Having Him IN YOU, ON YOU, AROUND YOU, working THROUGH YOU and BECAUSE OF YOU- MEANS THAT YOU ARE A GODLY INSTRUMENT FOUND WORTHY OF GOD’S ATTENTION AND WORTHY TO BE SPOKEN TO!

“Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” John 18:37 NIV

DAY 2: John 8:42-59 KJV & MSG Parallel…

King James:

Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.

Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?

He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

The Message Bible:

“If God were your father,” said Jesus, “you would love me, for I came from God and arrived here. I didn’t come on my own. He sent me. Why can’t you understand one word I say? Here’s why: You can’t handle it. You’re from your father, the Devil, and all you want to do is please him. He was a killer from the very start. He couldn’t stand the truth because there wasn’t a shred of truth in him. When the Liar speaks, he makes it up out of his lying nature and fills the world with lies. I arrive on the scene, tell you the plain truth, and you refuse to have a thing to do with me. Can any one of you convict me of a single misleading word, a single sinful act? But if I’m telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? Anyone on God’s side listens to God’s words. This is why you’re not listening—because you’re not on God’s side.”

People who cannot hear the truth, are NOT sold out to a life with Christ. They are NOT sold out to Jesus. What is 99% truth? 100% a lie! This isn’t a negative message- this is a message of HOPE for those of us who DESIRE to be on God’s side. ANYONE on God’s side listens to God’s words. If you cannot hear Him speaking, clean up your life- choose to live righteous- and here is what you will be able to come to expect:

How do you know if it is God who is speaking to you? How do you KNOW if you are on HIS side?

1. You will begin to have ideas, see visions, dream dreams that require FAITH in order to execute. (Ask yourself: Does what I heard require faith?)

2. You will begin to have ideas, see visions, dream dreams that require courage. (Ask yourself: Does what I heard require courage?)

3. Your dreams and visions for you life will begin to challenge “the norm”. (Ask yourself: Does what I heard go against reason and rationalization of the world?)

4. Your dreams, visions/Word from God WILL ALWAYS line up with His written Word, i.e. He would never tell you to rob a bank or commit murder in order to get paid. (Ask yourself: Does what I heard line up with the written Word?)

THIS MSG SCRIPTURE AT A GLANCE:

  1. Jesus was sent from God, and if you love Him YOU LOVE GOD. People who call God their Father LOVE righteousness, and God’s way of doing things.
  2. People who can not hear what you have to say and cannot handle you… CANNOT handle GOD. (You who operate in righteousness are OF YOUR FATHER in Heaven)
  3. Liars are liars from the start and live to please the enemy. THEY ARE IN REBELLION.
  4. People who are in a state of rebellion… CANNOT UNDERSTAND SIMPLE TRUTHS. (As soon as they step-in-line and submit 100% to God their Father, the truth will become simple to understand and will set them free)
  5. People who LIVE for God… HEAR GOD’S WORDS.

A PRAYER IN CLOSING:

Father God, we desire to speak with You! Let us hear Your voice and give us the Word we have LONGED to hear! We are throwing out the rebellion… coming into full submission and WE WANT ALL YOU HAVE GOT TO GIVE! We are listening, waiting, and will stand as long as You need us to stand! WE ARE ON YOUR SIDE and we love You so very much, that ALL we have is YOURS. Give us patience with those who do not know You, show us how we can guide them into Your Heavenly submission and outstretched arms! In Your Son Jesus’ Name… AMEN!



It’s Time to Chillax… DAY 1

Friends!

Just this evening, I was watching a 4 minute video on youtube by Ms. Kathryn Kuhlman about “Not letting the Holy Ghost go common.” She said, “DON’T let the Holy Spirit become common… DON’T let JESUS become COMMON.” I rather liked that, and I began to think that it was high-time that we had some FUN! in the Bible and brought out some AWESOME Message Version translations to scriptures that we may all ready know… OR THINK WE KNOW…

A Brief Description of “The Message Bible” in Eugene Peterson’s words:

“While I was teaching a class on Galatians, I began to realize that the adults in my class weren’t feeling the vitality and directness that I sensed as I read and studied the New Testament in its original Greek. Writing straight from the original text, I began to attempt to bring into English the rhythms and idioms of the original language. I knew that the early readers of the New Testament were captured and engaged by these writings and I wanted my congregation to be impacted in the same way. I hoped to bring the New Testament to life for two different types of people: those who hadn’t read the Bible because it seemed too distant and irrelevant and those who had read the Bible so much that it had become ‘old hat.’

So Relax! And Enjoy!

Reading the Bible should be a pleasurable and ENJOYABLE process for everyone. Whether you are cruising along and taking your time, like on a hot day in the Louisiana sun- or if you are speed reading in order to get somewhere… The Bible should and CAN be a blessing to ALL who choose to read it! Those who read it regularly can pick a spot anywhere and immediately learn from it… those who are just getting started should find peace in reading the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John), perhaps even Genesis… and KINGS! Oh, it could go on forever! Each book more exciting than the last!

I get FIRED UP teaching about The Message Bible, because even if you do not agree with its translation you will have SOMETHING to talk about and ponder! (I actually had a pastor reprimand me for quoting from it-because it uses words like “beer” in it). The Message Bible stretches our thinking beyond the King James “thou’s and the’s”, but if it is too radical for you- the Amplified Bible is another excellent modern day translation AMPLIFYING the traditional King James. Most people never read Shakespeare- LET ALONE THE BIBLE. So this week, let us have some fun- let our hair down, and re-whet  our appetites to the Word… by SHAKING it UP!

DAY 1: Matthew 6:33 KJV & MSG Parallel…

One of our FAVORITE scriptures!

“Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” KJV

Now from The Message Version:

“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” MSG

Hallelujah! What a MESSAGE! There is NO doubt in my mind whatsoever that the King James Bible should be, and is THE standard for scripture reading and memorization however,  The Message Bible is an amazing and easily readable Bible to encourage those of us that well… might have gotten a little lost in translation. In it’s pages you can easily read each book from start to finish in a single sitting and ENJOY what you are reading. If you doubt what it is saying is Biblically sound then get your King James and Strongs out and have yourself a Bible study… you will NOT be disappointed! (You might have some FUN too!)

THIS MSG SCRIPTURE AT A GLANCE:

  1. If God takes care of the plants- what makes you think He wont take care of YOU?
  2. He wants His BEST for YOU
  3. RELAX, God is trying to GIVE to you- but He can’t very well give you more when your arms are FULL… LET GO
  4. Only people who DON’T know God have reason to worry!
  5. You know God, and how He works- Plant a seed… WAIT for harvest!
  6. Become CONSUMED will ALL THINGS GOD. God’s type of REALITY. God’s type of “GET UP AND GO”. God’s type of PROVISION.
  7. With God you will never miss out ON ANYTHING.
  8. ALL of your human needs and concerns WILL BE MET.
  9. LOOK! And see what God is doing RIGHT NOW, there is NO tomorrow today- why worry about it?
  10. WHATEVER comes tomorrow… GOD IS RIGHT THERE WITH YOU AND WILL BE THERE FOR YOU! So… Chillax!

A PRAYER IN CLOSING:

Lord Jesus! Bless Your people! Give us a taste of Your pleasurable Word! Create in us a THIRST and HUNGER for MORE! MORE YOU, MORE POWER! Remind us Father that You are NEW every morning and that there is NOTHING common about You! Challenge our dry minds and dusty thinking, feed us the honey of Your Word! Hallelujah Lord we ARE men and women of God and ARE EXCITED to be YOURS! Shake out our cobwebs Lord! JOLT us with the freshest MOST exciting Word that we have EVER HEARD! New ideas, witty inventions and PEACE OF MIND! In Your Son Jesus’ name… AMEN!