Time – Do We Ever have Enough of it? [Part I]

With all the new technology and “toys” we have, you’d think that Americans would have so much leisure time to enjoy life. But – no, that’s not how it is. It seems that the more efficient we are, the quicker the empty time slot gets filled!

So, where am I going with all this talk about time? And here it is: in talking with Christians, I have learned that many of them just don’t find the time to get into God’s Word and feed their spirits the way they really should. And the reason is that they are so preoccupied with the busyness of life that at the end of the day, they’re so tired that all they can do is plop in front of the TV and veg.

But I want to look at another side of this issue. What if God said the same thing to you when you went to Him with a problem to solve? What if He said He was just too busy today but maybe next week He’ll have more time? After all, there’s no one who’s busier than God Who’s answering requests and petitions 24/7 and even on holidays!

Brothers and sisters, time is not our problem for the most part. Granted, there are days we’re busier than others, but in the long run, we really do have time to spend with the Lord on a daily basis. The real issue here is, “Do you WANT to spend time with the Lord?”

Remember, everything with God is a heart/faith issue. He knows your schedule and He knows whether you’re really too busy or just too lazy. Neither one of those things is good. If we’re too busy to spend time with the Creator of the universe, the One Who has made every provision for us to live victoriously on planet earth, then, brothers and sisters, we’re just too busy!

Since we’re starting a new year, now is a good time to revamp some of our old habits and make new ones like spending quality time with the Lord each day and getting into His Word so that we can develop our faith and be the men and women of faith and power He has called us to be. We’re His hands and feet on this earth and if we don’t do what He has called us to do, it won’t get done!

Philippians 3:13-14 (KJV) 13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Pamela

If it Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix it!

I know this is bad English but that’s the way the saying goes. But I’m going to take a little different route on this one.

Today we have so many “versions” of the Bible which they call translations but some are really just paraphrases, not translations. My question to you is: which ones are correct? I’m going to discuss this from a different point view, not dissect each version of the Bible.

When we read the Bible, we need to recognize what we are reading – the Word of Almighty God to us! How many people really think about this when reading the Word?  

God’s Word is so pure and holy and accurate as to what He really is saying to us. We need to acknowledge this when we read and study. But how many actually do?

To many Christians, the Bible is just another book to make you feel good. [And most don’t let it get in the way of what they believe!] But that’s not all it is. It’s the life and faith of Almighty God poured into the pages between the covers. It’s His Word to us to show us how to be victorious in every area of our lives!

God’s Word is jam-packed with His DNA – His faith – and it’s just as powerful today as it was when He first spoke it. Now the Good News is that His Word is just as powerful and filled with faith when we speak it out of our mouths in faith. Wow – that’s a mouthful!

Which brings me to the next point having to do with the title of this blog: God’s Word works so DON’T change it! Unfortunately that’s what many of the newer translations have done. They’ve not only changed the Word but they have even omitted some of the verses for who knows why!

God’s Word doesn’t need changing. It’s perfect the way it is. Now I understand that by reading other translations, we can get a clearer picture of what He’s saying since the KJV is sometimes elusive due to the language. However, if you just stick with it, you’ll begin to enjoy the KJV because you can see the real intent of what is being said.

Not only that, how are you going to do a word study using other translations when the Strong’s and Young’s Concordances are based on the KJV?

And another advantage of the KJV is that it’s easier to memorize. I really had a hard time memorizing scriptures when I first got saved because I was reading a different version but when I switched to the KJV, I seemed to be able to memorize scriptures simply by reading and with hardly any effort!

In conclusion, let me say that no matter which version you read, you still need the Holy Spirit to interpret it to you and He’s the Best interpreter. Just keep reading and learning the Word so you can apply it to your life!

I use the Amplified Bible along with my KJV when I study and it really helps.

Hebrews 4:12 (KJV) 12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Psalm 119:105 (KJV) 105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Happy studying – Pamela

Who are You? [Part II]

6- You are complete in Jesus.

 Colossians 2:10 (KJV) 10  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Complete means to make replete, cram. We’re crammed full of the Lord Jesus by His Spirit. We’re wall to wall Holy Ghost!

7-You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people, and called out of darkness into the light of God.

1 Peter 2:9 (KJV) 9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
 

The word peculiar means purchased. Although, we could probably apply peculiar to some of us!

8-We are kings and priests unto our God. Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords. Who do you think these kings and lords are? They’re us!

Revelation 1:6 (KJV) 6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

9 – You’re the blood bought redeemed of the Lord!

Acts 20:28 (KJV) 28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
Hebrews 9:14 (KJV)
14  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
1 Peter 1:18-19 (KJV) 18  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

1 John 1:7 (KJV) 7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

10-We have the wisdom of God in us. But we have to draw it out by our faith.

1 Corinthians 1:30 (KJV) 30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
1 Corinthians 2:16 (KJV) 16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
John 16:13 (KJV) 13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

1 John 2:20 (KJV) 20  But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

 An unction is an anointing. You know all things in your re-born spirit, not your mind. You have to renew your mind.

Take heed to what you have in the Lord — Pamela

Who are You? [Part I]

Matthew 16:15-16 (KJV) 15  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Here we see Jesus asking Peter who he says Jesus is and Peter answers Him that He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Yes, this is Who Jesus is and we need to believe that in order to be saved. But let me ask another question: who do you say you are? Do you really know who you are?

I know this might seem a bit simple but it’s not. Too many Christians don’t really know who they are in the Lord. You see, when we get saved, we change allegiance and our whole outlook changes from a world-view to a Biblical view. At lease it should!

So, let’s dig around in the Word of God and find out who God says we are. That’s the mirror we need to look in if we want to know. We don’t look to the world to define us. We look to God because His assessment of us it the right one.

1-We are righteous in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:30 (KJV) 30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV) 21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Simply said, righteousness means right standing with God. So you see, Jesus bought and paid for our right standing with our Father God. Awesome!

2-We are called of the Lord. We each have a call on our lives from the Lord. But we need to seek Him as to what that is.

2 Timothy 1:9 (KJV) 9  Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

3-We are sanctified and we are saints. That means we are set apart and holy unto the Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:2a (KJV) 2  Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints

1 Corinthians 6:11 (KJV)
11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Colossians 1:2a (KJV) 2  To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse:  

Paul is addressing the Colossian believers and he calls them saints!

4-We are the temple of the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 3:16 (KJV)
16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

5-You are part of the body of Christ on earth. Jesus is the Head and we’re the body. Where we go, Jesus goes because the head isn’t separate from the body.

Romans 12:5 (KJV) 5  So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
1 Corinthians 12:27 (AMP) 27  Now you [collectively] are Christ’s body and [individually] you are members of it, each part severally and distinct [each with his own place and function].

Praise the Lord for His goodness to us — Pamela

You Can’t Move Forward Looking in the Rearview Mirror!

Of course we all know that but too many times we do just the opposite. We make a mistake and let it rule our lives. Some things you can fix, but some you can’t. Those are the ones that you need to let go of and move on or it’ll be like a plague that doesn’t quit.

Philippians 3:13b (KJV) 13 …. but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

The apostle Paul is saying that you need to move on from where you are, forgetting your past mistakes, if you want to get anywhere. And Paul had a lot to forget. When he had his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus, he was on his way to arrest Christians and throw them in jail. Plus he was responsible for the death of many Christians. He was not a nice person but thought he was doing God a favor by getting rid of all those Christians.

Later on he says that he has a pure conscience before God because he received forgiveness for all that he had done. That’s awesome and it goes to show us that God’s forgiveness reaches into our  deepest parts and cleanses us from all our past mistakes.  [II Tim. 1:3]

Brothers and sisters, we’ve all made mistakes and done stupid things that we wish we had never done but if all you do is dwell on those things, you’ll never move forward into the awesome things that God still has for you.

Just as you need to forgive everybody else, you also need to ask God’s forgiveness and forgive yourself for doing stupid things. I found that this is one of the hardest things to do because we keep thinking that we should have known better and done things differently.  But we didn’t and now it’s time to forgive ourselves, pick up, and move on into the rest of God’s plans for us. He loves us more than we can ever really comprehend and wants only His best for us. Go for it!

These are exciting times to be alive on planet earth because God is doing awesome things and the Great Revival of all times is underway. We need to be part of it and help bring in the last Great Harvest before the Rapture. I’m not going to miss a thing! Praise the Lord!

1 John 1:9 (KJV) 9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Thanks You Lord for Your mercy and grace to us – Pamela

Don’t Let Your Past Forfeit Your Future!

What are you focusing on? Are you looking to what God has for you or are you wallowing in all the mess that has gone before you? We have an obligation to the Lord to let it go and move on to where we can hear from Him and fulfill His plans for our lives.

It’s the little things that trip us up, mainly because we think they’re no big deal. But to the contrary, it’s the same little things that add up to bigger things and then we have a rip, roaring fire on our hands! I think we all can relate to that.

Then, if we’ve let the little things pile up and it’s gets to the inferno stage, we look and wonder how did this happen! It happened one step at a time!

But then again on a good note, that’s how good things happen – one step at a time – line upon line, precept upon precept, here little, there a little. And the little things, the scriptures you’ve been standing on and confessing day after day, week after week, soon become the dunamis power of God in you and voilà – you have you answer!

So, watch those seemingly little wiles and tricks of the enemy and quench them before they mushroom into bigger things. And as Barney Fife so succinctly said, “Nip it, nip it, nip it in the bud!”

Song of Songs 2:15 (KJV) 15  Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.

Pamela

Who are You? [Part III]

11- We are victorious overcomers in the Lord!

1 Corinthians 15:57 (KJV)
57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 John 4:4 (KJV) 4  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Revelation 12:11a (KJV) 11  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony;  

2 Corinthians 2:14 (AMP) 14  But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere,

Romans 8:37 (KJV) 37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

12- We’re healed, prosperous, and delivered! But, as I said before, we have to do our part by believing God’s Word and then acting on it to see His promises come to pass in our lives.

1 Peter 2:24 (KJV) 24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
3 John 1:2 (KJV) 2  Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Colossians 1:13 (KJV) 13  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

13 – We are the sons of God! Sons is the word teknon  which means child – son or daughter.

Philippians 2:15 (KJV) 15  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
1 John 3:1 (KJV) 1  Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

1 John 3:2a (KJV) 2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God… 

Romans 8:14 (KJV) 14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
1 John 4:17b7 (KJV) 17  …  as he is, so are we in this world.

14- We are filled with the fullness of God! Fulness means completion.

Ephesians 1:23 (KJV) 23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Ephesians 3:19 (KJV) 19  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

15- We have all the power and authority we’ll ever need on planet through Jesus!

Matthew 28:18 (KJV) 18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Luke 10:19 (KJV) 19  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 
John 15:7 (KJV) 7  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Philippians 4:13 (AMP) 13  I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

The word for strength is endunamoo which means the strength of an entire army being deposited in you! That’s enough to make you jump up and shout!

Our Father God has so provided for us that we should be the envy of every unsaved person! They should want what we have and then we should tell them about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Praise the Lord of glory!

Start walking in all that God has provided for you and be the powerhouses you were meant to be–Pamela

The Most Important Thing You Need to Know is…  [Part I]

Okay – what do you think is the most important thing every Christian absolutely needs to know and it could be a matter of life or death? Go ahead and guess – don’t look ahead yet.

As I thought about what I was going to teach my “in person” PBS Bible Study group, I thought about what I’m going to share with you today. And it’s what I believe is the most important thing you need to know next to salvation – how to hear the voice of the Lord. Yes faith, love, the gifts of the Spirit, etc. are all so very important but without knowing how to hear from God, where are you going and how will you get there?

So, in a very short capsule version (this is Part I) of how to hear God’s voice, let’s begin. First of all, to reiterate, we are tripartite beings because we’re made in the image of God, Who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The real us is our spirit, we have a soul – our mind, will, and emotions and we live in a body – our earth suit. Having said all that, it’s with our spirits, the real us, that we contact God – not with our souls or body.

John 4:24 (KJV) 24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (KJV) 23  And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 4:12 (KJV) 12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Each of our parts has a voice: our body speaks through our five physical senses – sight, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching. Our soul speaks through reasoning and intellect. And our spirit speaks through that still small voice that we have to learn to discern because that’s how God leads us. It’s the voice of your conscience – to know the right or wrong things that you’re faced with.

Then there’s that peace that passes all human understanding that Jesus has already given us.

Philippians 4:7 (KJV) 7  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
John 14:27 (KJV) 27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

If you’re a born-again Christian, then you can trust that peace in your heart when you’re deciding what to do. But if you’re not born-again, you can’t trust your heart. And this, my dear brothers and sisters, how God leads us most of the time – by that peace in your heart. If you don’t have peace about doing something, DON’T do it! Just wait ’til you get more information from the Lord.

We’ll continue this message in Part II but for now, start practicing listening to that peace in your heart. That’s how you get expert at hearing from the Lord – by practice.

You can do it – Pamela

The Most Important Thing You Need to Know is…  [Part II]

[Oops – I realize that I posted Part II instead of Part I which I will post on Thursday!]

Continuing along the line of hearing the voice of the Lord, let’s talk about what the voice of the Lord sounds like.

1 Kings 19:11-12 (KJV)
11  And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
12  And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

In these verses God was showing Elijah that He wasn’t going to speak to him in flashy, spectacular ways but in a still small voice. His voice was not in the winds, earthquake, or fire but in a still small voice. And so it is with us. If we wait ’til we hear a booming voice out of Heaven before we make a move, we’ll be waiting a long time because that is not how God mainly speaks to us.

God wants us to get quiet before Him so that He gets our attention and can speak to us. It’s usually just a sensing or a perception in your spirit. Sometimes it’s words that come up and you think it’s just you.  And yes, it will seem that it’s just you speaking but it’s your spirit. Sometimes it seems just like a thought that comes to you because it comes from your spirit up through your soul – mind.

Then there’s the voice of the Holy Spirit Who resides in your spirit. When He speaks, it’s a more authoritative voice, more of an urgency. When that happens, it’s usually because God wants to make sure you don’t miss what He’s telling you. But, that’s not the main way He speaks to you. Most of us will never hear the booming voice of the Holy Spirit but rather the still small voice of your spirit.

I know I’ve said a lot in a short space but the point is that God wants you to know His voice. How can He expect you to follow Him if you weren’t able to hear Him? But, it takes practice and many people are not willing to turn off the TV and spend time with the Lord to learn to hear Him.

John 10:27 (KJV) 27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Let’s tune into God’s frequency and stay on track to fulfilling His plans and purposes for our lives.

— Pamela

What are You Saving Your Faith for?

Too many times Christians don’t want to bother God with the little things. They feel that they can handle the little things. But, dear brothers and sisters, if you can’t believe God for the little things, you’ll never be able to believe Him for the big things.

What all this means is that we need to practice using our faith on the little things. That way it can develop over a period of time and then when we need the big guns of faith, it’s already in place.

You see, we do not become faith giants overnight nor do we become faith giants just because we hear a few messages on faith. And even though we have been given the measure of faith [Rom. 12:3b], we still need to develop it. It’s like a muscle that we have to develop.

2 Thessalonians 1:3 (KJV) 3  We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;

You see, our faith needs to grow and develop if we want to have mountain-moving faith. So how do we develop our faith?

First of all, as I’ve said over and over, faith comes from God’s Word because that’s where faith is. If you want to grow and develop in the God-kind of faith, then you must get into God’s Word and get His Word into you. That’s how it works. You might not like it, but that’s the way God designed it to work. And it really does!

Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

As born-again Christians, we should all want to be faith giants taking our rightful dominion over the circumstances of life. We are winners and victorious overcomers in the Lord Jesus Christ!

Mark 11:23-24 (KJV) 23  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Luke 17:6 (KJV) 6  And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

— Pamela