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    Current mood:REALIZING THAT GOD HAS GIVEN ME EVERYTHING I NEED
    Category: Religion and Philosophy
    MORNING MANNA - SEPTEMBER 19, 2009 - WHAT DO YOU HAVE?
     
    Genesis 12:2-3 (NLT) 
    I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 
    I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” 

    What do you have?  There are so many places in scripture that remind us that it's not how much we think we have that makes the difference, but how thankful we are for what we have.  It's not how much we give, but our motivation for giving it.  It's not whether we give out of our abundance but whether we give out of our faith in the One who provides abundance!  In these days of hardship for many, as the world economy is on a roller coaster, and many seem to be on an endless trip down, what do we have and what are we doing with what we have?  One thing that might help us get things back into perspective is that we are blessed to be a blessing.  That doesn't mean that we will have all the latest of everything this world has to offer.  But, it does mean that we are blessed by a Father who loves to give good gifts to His children. Matthew 7:11 (NLT)  11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. Not gifts to hoard and use to impress those around them, but gifts to share and bless those around them.  God promised to bless Abraham, our father in the faith.  But, sometimes we forget to remember that within that promise was the fact that God would alsomake Abraham a blessing.  Genesis 12:2 (AMP)  And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others].  Yes!  God's purpose for blessing Abraham was so he could dispense good to others!
     
    I am reminded then, of Moses.  God had placed a great call on his life.  But, instead of being willing to believe God, Moses began to make excuses for not having enough to obey God.  Exodus 4:10 (AMP) 10 And Moses said to the Lord, O Lord, I am not eloquent or a man of words, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and have a heavy and awkward tongue. Perhaps that was just Moses' perception of himself because later on we read the following:  Acts 7:22 (AMP)  22 So Moses was educated in all the wisdom and culture of the Egyptians, and he was mighty (powerful) in his speech and deeds.  So, how do you and I see ourselves?  As God sees us?  Fully designed and equipped by our Creator to do what He asks of us?  Or do we focus on what we think we don't have to do the job?   Moses seemed to be filled with excuses when God sent him out on a mission. Exodus 4:1 (AMP) AND MOSES answered, But behold, they will not believe me or listen to and obey my voice; for they will say, The Lord has not appeared to you. Finally, on this occasion, God showed Moses that even the little things we have can become great when we give them to God.  Exodus 4:2-4 (NLT)  Then the Lord asked him, “What is that in your hand?” “A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied.  “Throw it down on the ground,” the Lord told him. So Moses threw down the staff, and it turned into a snake! Moses jumped back. Then the Lord told him, “Reach out and grab its tail.” So Moses reached out and grabbed it, and it turned back into a shepherd’s staff in his hand.
     
    Can't you just picture Moses in the desert leaning on that old shepherd's staff and pouring out excuses to God as to why he was not equipped to answer God's call on his life.  I can relate!  So, what is it that small thing that you and I are leaning on while we complain or make excuses to God?  Are we willing to pray, "Lord, show me what You want me to throw down?"  God doesn't fail to answer open and honest prayer.  But, when He does answer, it may seem like a very little thing that He wants us to throw down so He can give it back to us in a much more powerful way!  His answer may seem totally backward and illogical in terms of what the world tells us to do.  And, even in terms of what our own feelings tell us to do.  What is it that God wants us to give back to Him so He can use us to bless others?  It might be a very small and insignificant thing to us but be the very thing that will accomplish great and mighty things for God and in the lives of others.  On the other hand, if God has blessed us in abundance, He may ask us to live on ten percent of what He has given us so that we might bless others, using the ninety percent to help meet their basic needs.  No matter what, you and I are blessed to be a blessing!  A smile.  A hug.  A letter.  Forgiveness when it is totally undeserved.  Or, a million dollars.  What is in our hands to give back to God and to bless others?  Will we dare to ask God?  And when He shows us, will we do it? 

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    Don't Hide yourself from HIs Love

    Friday, September 18, 2009, 2:44 PM [General]

    MORNING MANNA - SEPTEMBER 18, 2009 - WHO OR WHAT ARE YOU HIDING FROM?

     

    Psalms 57:1 (NLT) 
    Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy! I look to you for protection. I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings until the danger passes by
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    Sometimes it is appropriate to hide.  There are things that happen to and around us from which we need to stay as far away as possible.  Psalm 57 was probably written by David when he was hiding in a cave from Saul.  David was a warrior but even warriors need to know when and where to hide.  David knew that Saul was wrong but David had purposed in his own heart not to overcome evil with evil.  In this case, the brave one who had killed bears and lions with his bare hands and stopped a giant with just a slingshot and a pebble, was not out on the front lines.  He was hiding.  As he hid, He called on God more than once for mercy.  There are times in our lives when we have to stop fighting, be still and call upon God's mercy.  Where we hide makes all the difference!  Some of us may have tried to hide behind a bottle of liquor in our lives.  Some have tried to hide in illicit relationships, hoping against all hope that this would be "the one."  Some hide behind things that look good, like a successful career or in work for the Lord.  There are a vast number of places where you and I can run to find safety until the threats in our life pass by.  However, there is only one true place of safety.  And, that is in our Lord.  Right under His wings!

     

    In our world, self-sufficiency is considered a  good quality but we are not in any way, or form, self-sufficient.  Nor, were we created to be that way.  We all need the Lord and we need one another in order to survive and prosper.  David might have been put down in our day and even mocked.  Some might have said, "Come on, David, fight!  After all, weren't you the one who killed those lions and bears and even Goliath?"  As I write this, I am thinking of Jesus.  They mocked Him too when He knew His time for fighting had ceased.  As He hung on the cross, those below scowled and spit at him while telling him to come down from the cross if He was really who He said He was.  Instead, we heard words from Jesus that weren't exactly fighting words, as this world considers fighting words.  We heard words like, "Father, forgive them, they don't know what they're doing."  And, we heard these words, "Father into Your hands I commit my spirit."  Could Jesus have come down from the cross and saved Himself.  Sure He could.  But He didn't.  He was obedient to His Father and trusted His Spirit into His Father's hands.  He stayed there agreeing to fulfill the purpose God had for Him.  Could David have come out of that cave and killed Saul.  I imagine he could have orchestrated that also.  But, David knew better than to go against God's ways just to gain a victory. 

     

    Does today find you in some situation where you need to be still before God and wait for Him to strengthen you?  Do you need to be quiet and confident instead of running around like most of those around you trying to do things in your own strength and ability?  Can you see beyond your difficult circumstances to the purpose God has for your life and know that He will send help from heaven to rescue you and bring to nothing those who are causing you grief?  Psalm 57:2-3 (NLT)  I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me. He will send help from heaven to rescue me, disgracing those who hound me. Interlude My God will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness.  Have you taken a safe seat under the wings of the Lord and, even though you might be surrounded by awful circumstances and even some people who torment you, are you able to confidently say, "Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens!  May your glory shine over all the earth!  (Psalm 57:5)    That's what David did.  It may be raining cats and dogs all around you, but, if you're in that safe place under God's wings, you can find rest from the weariness that comes from being constantly distressed.  Psalm 57:6 (NLT)  6My enemies have set a trap for me. I am weary from distress. They have dug a deep pit in my path, but they themselves have fallen into it. Interlude There in that place of quietness, safety, warmth, and rest, we can be confident that our enemies will fall into the very pit that they meant for our demise!  If you read the remainder of Psalm 57, you will find that David finds confidence from being in his place of hiding.  He finds the confidence to let his heart sing again!  His distress has turned to delight and his circumstances have not changed at all!  He's still in the cave waiting patiently for the Lord to fulfill His purpose in his life.  David's circumstances have not changed but, because He has been hiding in the shadow of the Lord's wings, David has changed.  He has a new perspective.  He sees God more clearly than ever before.  He is able to look beyond his circumstances to God's unfailing love and faithfuless.  It is then that David is prepared to go forward.  Sometimes you and I just need to take a while to hide.  Is there someone or something in your life that you need to stop fighting in your own strength and just run under those welcoming wings of God where you can hide and be revived?  It may be tempting to try to hide in  the stuff around us that only makes our situation worse. The perfect place to hide is in the shadow of our Lord's wings.  When the enemy comes seeking us, He will not be able to find us! There, under the shelter of His wings, we will find healing and strength to continue victoriously on this journey through life!  Psalm 91:4 (TLB)  4He will shield you with his wings! They will shelter you. His faithful promises are your armor.  Is it time for you to hide for a while? 

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    TRUSTING GOD AFTER YOUR TRUST HAS BEEN BETRAYED

    Thursday, September 17, 2009, 2:39 PM [General]

    MORNING MANNA - SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 - TRUSTING GOD AFTER YOUR TRUST HAS BEEN BETRAYED BY ANOTHER

     

    Psalms 55:21 (NLT) 
    21 His words are as smooth as butter, but in his heart is war. His words are as soothing as lotion, but underneath are daggers!

     

    Many people have experienced a very unfortunate and deeply painful experience in their lives.  You may be one of those people and, if not, you will certainly meet some in your lifetime.  These people have been wounded emotionally to the point that they may feel unable to return to any sense of normalcy in their lives.  Some have been battered and scarred physically also, making the emotional wounds much harder to overcome.  I know this is true.  I have lived through it with my own sister and am still living with the effects of what can happen when a person that you trust betrays your trust and deals a blow that will change your whole future.  David had this happen in his life too.  Look at how David laments over his situation.  We know that people who claim to be our enemies are prone to want to harm us in some way.  What we never expect is that those closest to us will do the job!  Psalm 55:12-14 (NLT)  12 It is not an enemy who taunts me— I could bear that. It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me— I could have hidden from them.  13 Instead, it is you—my equal, my companion and close friend. 14 What good fellowship we once enjoyed as we walked together to the house of God.  Yes, it could be that the one who hurts us most deeply is one with whom we have even experienced time in church!

     

    My mother used to pray a prayer similar to the following prayer when my sister and I were small.  "Lord, don't let your prophecy that the children will turn against the parents and the parents against the children be fulfilled in our home."  My sister and I really had no idea of what she was talking about at that young age.  However, she was referring to the following prophecy by Jesus. Luke 12:51-53 (AMP)  51 Do you suppose that I have come to give peace upon earth? No, I say to you, but rather division;  52 For from now on in one house there will be five divided [among themselves], three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.  Seeking to follow Jesus will bring unity with others who are truly seeking to follow Him.  But, it will also have the opposite effect and bring division when one is trying to follow Jesus and another refuses the great offer of salvation and discipleship.  As with David, the results can be ugly and heartbreaking.  David could have decided that he was not going to trust anybody after that devastating experience.  He could have doubted God's faithfulness and trustworthiness because it was someone who apparently claimed to know God.  If you have been through a similar experience, you may find it difficult to trust anyone too, including the Lord!  We might not say that we don't trust the Lord, but sometimes our other words and actions prove otherwise.  It is not easy to trust again when your trust has been violated, especially by one so close to you.  Jesus knew that firsthand.  It was those closest to Him that betrayed and abandoned Him.  It was the ones to whom He had given the most of His time and teaching.  So, if you are suffering this morning from having difficulty trusting the Lord because of the actions of some who have claimed His Name and then shamed His Name, know that God has not changed - He's still the same!  Trustworthy. Yesterday, today, and forever.  Hebrews 13:8 (NLT)  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

     

    I am of the opinion that forgiveness is a must.  We don't really free the one who hurt us and betrayed our trust.  We free ourselves from bitter emotions that will bring about our demise if we don't let them go.  Someone once said that unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting your enemy to die.  Forgiveness is a must because Christ forgave us when we were still His enemies.  Beforewe got cleaned up.  When He forgave us, He asked us to follow Him.  One of the things He does is to offer forgiveness.  So, if we're going to follow Him, we must learn to offer forgiveness also.  He did have some rather hard words to speak to those who would follow Him though.  He said that we were not worthy of being His follower unless we put Him first and obeyed His commands. Matthew 10:36-38 (AMP)  36 And a man’s foes will be they of his own household.  37 He who loves [and takes more pleasure in] father or mother more than [in] Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves [and takes more pleasure in] son or daughter more than [in] Me is not worthy of Me;  38 And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conforming wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also] is not worthy of Me.  The gift of forgiveness was not given to us by Jesus in a sloppy, sentimental way.  The gift came with a responsibility.  We needed to prove to Him, by our obedience, that He could trust us with the gift.  When we forgive someone, that may not change the one we forgive.  But, it will change us.  If we see that one continuing in a pattern that goes against the Lord's principles, we can know that the best way to live peaceably with those around us may be to stay as far away from that one as possible.  Romans 12:17-19 (NLT)  17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. 19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord. Although it is not easy to do this, we should choose to refrain from constantly dwelling on the pain that has been caused us by another.  Our wanting to, "get even," only gets in the way of what God has planned for those who totally refuse to repent.  Notice what David says about the Lord.  Psalm 55:23 (NLT)  23 But you, O God, will send the wicked down to the pit of destruction. Murderers and liars will die young, but I am trusting you to save me. We can count on the fact that God will bring destruction on those who totally refuse to turn from their wicked ways.  That being said, I don't think that anyone with a heart after the Lord, would want to see that sort of destruction come upon even their worst enemy.  Jesus tells us what to do.  If we have no way of avoiding those who have hurt us, we must do the following.  Romans 12:20-21 (NLT)  20 Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.” 21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.  Admittedly, some people will not respond to the love of the Lord.  But, we will have been His obedient children.  And the rest is up to Him.  As far as trusting people who have betrayed us, if we have to be in close proximity to them, they need to know that they need to show us that they can be trusted again.  I recently read the following quote.  "Gaining trust is like filling a bucket one drop at a time."  ~Todd Duncan  It takes a very long time to restore trust if we have proven to be untrustworthy.  But, thankfully, God is trustworthy and has never proven otherwise, nor will He.  So, if we have been hurt badly because someone else proved to be untrustworthy, we can know that there is One in whom we can always trust.  After recounting all the pain and suffering that He went through and all the trouble that still surrounded him, David said, at the end of Psalm 55, "But, I am trusting You (God) to save me."  Have you been betrayed by another, even someone who should have been your protector?  Right this minute, you can turn to God and know that He is worthy of your trust.  He will not fail you.  He will bend down and save you.  Like David you and I can say, even in the middle of some pretty challenging struggles, "But, I am trusting You to save me."

     

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    I waited patiently for the Lord

    Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 5:38 PM [General]

    MORNING MANNA - SEPTEMBER 16, 2009 - PATIENCE AND TRUST

     

    Psalms 40:1 (NLT) 
    I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.

     

    David makes a very powerful statement here at the very beginning of Psalm 40.  When things just don't look as though they are going to pan out, and we have done everything we know to do, sometimes we just have to wait patiently for the Lord!  If you are facing circumstances this morning over which you have no control, you can pray this prayer!  Psalm 5:3 (AMP)  In the morning You hear my voice, O Lord; in the morning I prepare [a prayer, a sacrifice] for You and watch and wait [for You to speak to my heart]. I am praying that prayer this morning, myself!  The many uncertainties of life and the many injustices can cause us to faint within ourselves when it looks like we have done everything and there's just no way out.  This morning and every morning, whether we face challenging circumstances or whether we are in a season of smooth sailing, we must remember that the Lord hears our voice (that is, if we are taking the time to speak to him).  We, like the Psalmist can prepare a prayer and a sacrifice of praise for the Lord and then watch for Him to move in our lives and listen for Him to speak to our hearts, all the while, having the confidence that, as Psalm 40:1 states, He will turn to us and hear our cry!  The key is to patiently wait.  My trouble has often been, in the past, that I didn't want to wait!  And, to be certain, I was not patient.  I had some ideas about how to fix the situations in my life and I wanted God to go my way and help me do what wanted to do.  The trouble is that I did not have the proper perspective.  While my own ideas may not have been bad in themselves, they did not fit in with God's bigger picture.  There were times that I didn't wait on God!  Every time I go it on my own, I make a mess of things!  Of course, because God loves you and I so much, He is willing to take our messes and make messages out of them.  (Romans 8:28)   But, that usually requires us to make some admission of the fact that we were wrong.  Wouldn't it be better to wait patiently for the Lord knowing He is hearing our cry and that He is in the process of turning to us?  Speaking from lots of experience, I will say "yes," and "amen," to that!

     

    What was the root cause of my not waiting patiently at times?  Looking back, I would say that it was because I was lacking in my trust of a perfectly trustworthy God.  Being a lover of music and one who likes to sing, I am encouraged by what David says in Psalm 40:3 (NLT)  He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.  When you and I get into desperate situations, it's not all about us and our feelings and discomfort.  God has a bigger plan in mind.  He wants to give us lots more to sing about!  In Psalm 40:2-3, David tells us what God can and will do for the one who will patiently wait for Him to work.  David found that God was faithful to lift him out of a miry pit and set his feet on solid ground!  How wonderful to be lifted from the pits in which we find ourselves trapped!  But, this is not the greatest thing out of the whole situation.  God then gave David a new song to sing!  He gave David a hymn of praise to Himself!  Why did God do all of that?  Sometimes our pits in life, as uncomfortable as they may feel, are to help others!  They are to show others around us how to put their trust in the Lord when they fall into a similar pit.  What are we like when we find ourselves stumbling over a pot hole, or even worse, in a pit of life?  When there is nothing we can do on our own to get out of that situation, do others see us patiently waiting on our God?  Do they see us demonstrating a trust in God that just won't quit?  The Lord did not leave David in the pit but the pit was there for a purpose. (Or, maybe God had several purposes).  One purpose was for David's testimony to shine, even during the hardship.  One purpose was for people around David to see that God would, indeed, lift him from the pit at just the right time.  David would have a new song to sing because of God's deliverance.  An old song says this:  "If I never had a problem, I wouldn't know that God could solve them and I'd never know what faith in God could do."  That's a very true statement.  Not only would we be devoid of the realization that God can solve any problem, others around us would not know either!

     

    God wants everybody to know that they can trust Him.  Psalm 40:4 (NLT)  Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord, who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols. He wants everybody to have those joys that come from putting our confidence in Him rather than in ourselves or the world's system.  While we live in this world, we are called to come apart from it when it comes to where we place our trust and confidence.  Those around us have perhaps never been taught of the Lord.  Maybe they have never visited a church.  Perhaps they have never even opened a Bible.  But, one thing is for sure, they experience problems, pot holes and pits in life!  The trust and confidence that they see in us may be the only time they can get acquainted in the Savior and Deliverer.  Our patience and trust is not just about our own comfort in life and about building ourselves in spiritual things.  It is about those who are watching us when we get into situations which appear to have no way of escape.  There are those times when others might need to see us fall on our faces before the Living God and declare some things like this:  Psalm 40:11-12 (NLT)  11 Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me. Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me. 12 For troubles surround me— too many to count! My sins pile up so high I can’t see my way out. They outnumber the hairs on my head. I have lost all courage. Patience and trust requires humility.  When we humble ourselves before God, we relinquish the right to take care of things in our own way.  We acknowledge our deficiencies and inability to solve everything.   In doing that, we give God the opportunity to bring about His good plans for our lives.  1 Peter 5:6-7 (NKJV)  Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,  casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. The trust that God will bring us out in His time is crucial.  Confidently knowing that He is able to and wants to take on all of our cares is of utmost importance when it comes to trusting God and being an example to others that God is truly trustworthy.  While it is okay with God that we express ourselves honestly to him as David did in Psalm 40:13, it is also essential that we develop a pattern of patience and trust as we, after having done all we know to do, be still and wait on Him.    Psalm 40:13 (NLT)  13 Please, Lord, rescue me! Come quickly, Lord, and help me.  It is in our being still before God and knowing that He is God that we find the confidence to trust Him.  Psalm 46:10 (NLT)  10 “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” It is there that we know that all things are possible with Him.  How do we know this?  Psalm 46:11 (NLT)  11 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress. Interlude   It is in that place of patience and trust that we can expectantly wait for Him to come quickly and help us!  And, not only will we see deliverance, but others will see that same deliverance, giving them the courage to put their trust in God, as well. 

     

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    I AM TRUSTING YOU

    Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 5:17 PM [General]

    MORNING MANNA - SEPTEMBER 15, 2009 - BUT, I AM TRUSTING YOU

     

    Psalms 31:14 (NLT) 
    14 But I am trusting you, O Lord, saying, “You are my God!” 

     

    David, the Psalmist and future King of Judah, had more than his share of problems.  He was constantly in communication with the Lord and didn't hesitate to lay out all of those problems before Him.  In Psalm 31, David was going to the Lord for protection.  There are many instances in which you and I need to admit our need for protection and talk to the Lord about it.  David asked the Lord not to let him be disgraced.  (Psalm 31:1)  He asked the Lord to listen to him and rescue him quickly.  (Psalm 31:2)   It could be that some of us are in situations where we appear to be at a dead-end.  Those situations might be in the area of finance, health, relationships, and a host of other places in our lives.  No matter where and how we might feel threatened, the principles are still the same.  Like David we need to lay ourselves before the Lord and ask for Him to be our rock of protection.  Our fortress where we will be safe.  Psalm 31:2 (NLT)  Turn your ear to listen to me; rescue me quickly. Be my rock of protection, a fortress where I will be safe.

     

    Today, no matter where we might be tempted to fear, we can begin to declare, like David did (right after his request that God be his rock of protection) that, indeed, Godis our rock and our fortress!  Psalm 31:3 (NLT)  You are my rock and my fortress. For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger. We need to remember that, if we are believers, the Lord has given us His name, for the honor of His name, He will do mighty works in our lives.  We need to remind ourselves that our protection from whatever challenge and attack, is from God alone.  (Psalm 31:4)  And, like David we can then trust our spirit into the capable hands of our faithful God.  (Psalm 31:5)  It may be that we have been trusting in this world's ways for deliverance.  If so, we need to remember that we do not belong to this world's system with its worship of worthless idols.  If our trust has temporarily been misplaced, we need to ask for forgiveness and  once again, place that trust in the Lord.  Psalm 31:6 (NLT)  I hate those who worship worthless idols. I trust in the Lord.

     

    Are you going through some difficult and scary situations in your life?  I have plenty that present themselves in my life.  It's not always easy to trust the Lord.  But, it gets so much easier when we take some cues from David.  He determined to be glad and rejoice in God's unfailing love.  He remembered that God had seen all his troubles and that God cared dearly about what was troubling him.  He remembered that God had not handed him over to his enemies, but instead set him in a safe place.  (Psalm 31:7-8)  David didn't hesitate to state the details of his difficulties.  He was in distress.  He couldn't even see correctly because of the many tears in his eyes.  His body was affected and so were his emotions.  He felt as if grief and sadness were causing him to die an early death.  He suffered from sin that had drained his strength.  That could have been a combination of the sin of others around him and his own failings.  Many times our situations in life are a combination of both.  He found himself without friends and despised by most people.  People talked behind his back but loud enough for him to hear what they said.  He never knew what was coming next leaving him in a state of terror.  His enemies were constantly trying to figure out how to kill him.  (Psalm 31:9-13)    Many of these things I just described can be applied to situations in our own lives.  Distresses, tears, grief, failing health, unstable emotions and sin can put a drain on all of our lives in one degree or another and in many situations.  Not knowing who we can trust, or if we can trust anybody, can cause us to think in negative ways.  David made a choice.  He poured out all of the above complaints and distresses to the Lord.  Then, he deliberately chose to say this:  "But I am trusting You, O Lord, You are my God."  This is a choice that you and I must make every day, even before those challenging situations come about!  My sister and I like to say, in the face, of very difficult trials, "But God............."  There are so many situations in scripture and in each of our own individual lives that point to the fact that everything was about to collapse around us.  But God........  God stepped in somehow and protected us.  He saved us and brought us through.  Of course, He did, we're all reading this now!  Our job, in the midst of troubles, is to say, "But I...."  To make that choice from what we know about our God and what we have seen Him do. To say, "But I am trusting You, O Lord, You are my God."  We can't remind ourselves and each other enough that He is truly worthy of our trust! 

     

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    SIXTEEN & STRIPPING???

    Monday, September 14, 2009, 7:53 PM [General]

    ptember 14, 2009 - Monday 
    Sixteen & Stripping...YEP. 
    I know from the title you are semi-shocked.  (or at LEAST a little bit!) 

    Yes it is true...and it is happening right here in the United States more than you THINK.  Not just third world countries, where there are little girls working in the sex industry, but RIGHT HERE in our own backyard.  I know from personal experience. Girls are getting younger...and the pimps are getting smarter. 

    My story of exotic dancing started like this...

    I had already started selling my body as a high class escort the previous year...and was tired of cheap escort dates in Minnesota, not to mention "seedy" clientele that gave me the creeps.  So I opted out to "exotic dancing", and THIS time, I was in control...because now I could PICK my clients when I decided to "do the deed" of prostitution.  High class in its BEST form...or so I thought.

    So when I was a stripper, I gravitated towards anyone that was giving me ANY kind of attention that I needed. Compliments...but mostly the old fashioned dollar bill. M-O-N-E-Y!  So naturally, when I met a client that said I was gorgeous, intelligent, and was going to really "go" somewhere in my life, I was instantly wooed by him.  After all, he encouraged me where others had shunned me.  Made me feel accepted...made me feel LOVED.  So what happened? 

    Well, that client that was suppose to help me, push me into a "better" business woman/entreprenur became my supporter, my boyfriend, my bodyguard, and eventually, MY PIMP.  

    Human Sex Trafficking became so REAL to me at that moment.  I lived it. Breathed it. Almost died from it! 

    It was the start of a slow downward spiral into a lifestyle that I had NO clue about.  I didn't know that it would take 10 of my friends lives, and almost eventually my own! 
    Today, Monday September 14, 2009, I will be sharing about my experience with a beautiful, bright girl who is stripping on The Tyra Banks Show, "Sixteen and Stripping".   I ask of you to watch her share of her desire to do this and what her father has to say.
    I also humbly ask not to judge her and he decisions that she is making...and to those of you who are Christians PRAY for her that she will eventually make the right choices.
       
    Again...thank you for supporting us...because when you do, you are making a difference in women caught in slavery of human sex trafficking! 
    Annie Lobert

    Founder of Hookers For Jesus


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    Overcoming Evil with Good

    Monday, September 14, 2009, 2:21 PM [General]

    Romans 12:9~21
    Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good

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    Trusting God

    Monday, September 14, 2009, 1:01 PM [General]

    MORNING MANNA - SEPTEMBER 14, 2009 - WHEN IT'S DIFFICULT TO TRUST GOD - PART TWO

     

    Psalm 56:10 (NLT)  10 I praise God for what he has promised; Yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised.

     

    It is certainly more difficult to trust God when we have a big problem (or many problems) in our lives.  These days in which we live are filled with problems of all kinds.  They seem to fly at us from every direction.  David was familiar with that feeling.  He had to acknowledge his fear to God more than once!  And he talked to himself more than once, reminding himself of the reality of his situation.  He knew he had problems.  But, he also knew that God's promise was always greater than any problem!  What do we focus on when times get difficult?  The problems?  Or, God's promises?  Twice in only thirteen verses of Psalm 56, David had to speak to himself and decide to praise God ahead of time for the promise that would dissolve his problem.  Before David saw his problems wiped away by God's promises, he chose to give the sacrifice of praise to the Lord.  Psalm 56:12 (NLT)  12 I will fulfill my vows to you, O God, and will offer a sacrifice of thanks for your help.  David chose to do this right in the midst of his problems.  He didn't wait until he got out of them.

     

    You and I, too, can remember to focus on God's promises rather than our problems when it becomes difficult to trust Him.  We can remember promises like the following:  Romans 8:31 (KJV)  31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  David was right in the middle of his problem in Psalm 56 and his enemies were threatening to take him down.  You and I, if we are believers, are in a constant warfare with spiritual forces of evil that try to take us down and sometimes work through unknowing people around us.  We must not become complaisant.  1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)  Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.   Yet, like David, we must be confident in the fact that, in Christ, we aremore than conquerors!  We do not become conquerors by living in a world without problems.  We become conquerors by living victoriously in the problems and knowing that God's promises are greater!  The Apostle, Paul, testified to this himself. Romans 8:34-39  (NIV)  34 Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died--more than that, who was raised to life--is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.  35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?   36 As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

     

    Basically, the Apostle, Paul, was saying what David said in Psalm 56:9.   My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help. This I know: God is on my side!  Both David and Paul clung to God's promises and their words encourage us to do the same.  David was not quite over his fears by the time he wrote verse 11 inPsalm 56.  A third time, he asked himself why he should be afraid.  He asked himself what people could do to him.  Psalm 56:11 (NLT)  11 I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? There is nothing wrong, and everything right, in going to God and admitting that we are being tempted to fear.  Denying that would be dumb, to put it mildly, since God knows everything anyway.  And, He's not surprised by what may surprise us.  Like David, we must humble ourselves before God admitting our weaknesses and temptations.  It's the only way.  1 Peter 5:6-7 (NLT)  So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.  It worked for David.  He admitted his weaknesses to himself and to God and traded his fears, cares, and problems for God's promises!  Later on he became King and a key person in the line of our Lord and Savior!  God has good things in store for you and me too if we will just get with His principles and His program!  A couple of last thoughts on how David handled it when it was difficult to trust God.  He was able to offer a sacrifice of thanks for God's help before he saw it in this particular situation because he remembered what God had done for him in the past.  Psalm 56:13 (NLT)  13 For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my feet from slipping. So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light. Hindsight can be good if we are looking back on our lives and seeing the times when God has rescued us from what could have been a disaster.  If we really want to try to realize just how many times God has rescued us from death and kept our feet from slipping, we can think about all those times, He doesn't even show us what He's doing.  For example, we may come out in a hurry to go somewhere only to find out we have a flat tire.  We may be very angry because our agenda has been compromised.  But,just what if, God had allowed that flat tire so we would not be on the road at the time the enemy had prepared that deadly accident to wipe us out?  Well, David saved the very best for the very last part of the very last verse in Psalm 56So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light.  What a victorious statement.  What a grounded statement, considering David was still in the midst of his problem!  Even in the midst of the serious problems David was facing here, he could walk in God's presence and in God's life-giving light!  We can do the same thing today by focusing on God's promises instead of on our problems.  By constantly reminding ourselves of what God has done in the past.  By remembering that our tears and sorrows of today are being safely taken care of by the Lord.  By being honest with ourselves and with the Lord in humility.  And, by making a decision to praise God and give an offering of thanksgiving right in the very center of the problem.  David worked through his problem in thirteen short verses here in Psalm 56.  He went from being fearful of his problem to walking in victory in the presence and light of the Lord.  How many verses might we have to write for us to do the same  thing this morning?  It is possible and we have a loving Heavenly Father who is just waiting for us to take an example from David! 

     

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