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VICTORY OVER FEAR

FEAR!

This is basically the definition of FEAR—the belief that something is out there that is going to get you that you can’t do anything to STOP.

This fear can manifest itself in many different ways—anxiety, nervousness, worry, stress, dread, hopelessness, panic, to name a few—and can spring up in your life from a variety of sources.

The giant of fear can get a foothold in your life and begin to dominate you.

  • It can demoralize you and ultimately diminish God’s glory in your life.
  • It can chew away at your life, erode your sense of confidence, rob you of sleep, blind you, and steal your praise to God.
  • Fear is a relentless giant. And it is one that must fall through the power of Jesus.

The solution to facing the giant of fear is not determination but faith in Jesus.

  • It isn’t so much saying, “Fear, go away,” but confessing, “I have confidence that Jesus is bigger than this giant and has already defeated it.”
In Romans 10:17, Paul states, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (NKJV).
When you see and hear God in and through his Word, the Word allows you to see and hear that He is bigger than your giant. That builds up your faith, and your faith in turn becomes the stone that shuts up the giant that’s already defeated.

So today, identify the source of your fear and place it in the hands of Jesus.

Remind yourself that with God all things are possible (see Matthew 19:26) and he is able to overcome this giant.

Remember that Jesus has promised to always be with you (see Hebrews 13:5).

Name what is keeping you up at night, and then offload those cares to the One who has promised to care for you (see 1 Peter 5:7).

Then fill your mouth with praise because you see God’s might, recognize his love for you, and know that he will always come through. His mercy will never fail (see Lamentations 3:22).

As you do this, even though the cause of your fear may not be removed, you will be actively relegating fear to its proper place: into the hands of Christ.
 
LOVE You all.
PK
 

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GOD’S WORD IS FREEDOM

Good morning!!

BEWARE & BE-AWARE!

God’s Word is Freedom!

I hear so many people saying;
“Pastor Ken I fail God everyday” OR “Thank God for grace because I fall short everyday!”

My question to those who keep speaking this into their life is simple, WHY?? WHY?? WHY??

 

First, yes every believer falls short or fails in sin. Yes EVERYONE messes up and finds themselves @ the altar repenting for mistakes they’ve made!!!!
 

BUT JESUS CAME TO FREE US FROM SIN AND DEATH!! God’s not playing a cat and mouse game with his children!

Romans 8:1‭-‬2 NLT
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has FREED YOU FROM the POWER OF SIN that leads to death.

 
IF JESUS IS YOUR SAVIOR the truth is you have been set free from “THE POWER” sin has over you daily walk through life! SO IF YOU CONTINUE FALLING SHORT or sinning DAILY- You are doing something wrong!!!
 

THIS IS GREAT NEWS! This means you have no “OBLIGATION” to allow sin to kill your spiritual momentum or interfere in your relationship with God and people!

Romans 8:11‭-‬12 NLT
“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, YOU HAVE NO OBLIGATION TO DO WHAT your sinful nature urges you to do.”

 

WOW. ISN’T THIS AMAZING? We have a God who made a way for us to be set free living not from the perspective of a victim but now from the vantage point of VICTORY IN JESUS!!

Romans 8:3 NLT
“The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent HIS OWN SON in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an END TO sin’s CONTROL OVER US by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.”

 

If you are falling or failing daily I want to encourage you to begin to change something now! There’s a reason for that daily flaw and I assure you it is not a life sentence for the believer.

1. Pray like you’ve never prayed before.
2. Go to church faithfully as if life itself depends on it (because spiritually IT DOES).
3. STOP verbally proclaiming daily failure and speak the Word of God instead.
4. Begin reading God’s WORD so you can grow to know EXACTLY WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT YOUR NEW LIFE.
 

“VICTORY IS OURS IS THE MIGHTY NAME OF YESHUA!”

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VICTORY IS YOURS!

“Victory is Yours!”

As sons and daughters, we fight FROM victory, not FOR victory

Just imagine!
Whipped 5 times, beaten by rods 3 times, stoned, shipwrecked 3 times, bitten by a snake, adrift at sea for a day, often without food, and arrested several times—Paul the apostle spent in total about 5 to 6 years of his life in jail.

Facing near death along with several other struggles, Paul found himself in a war, but he knew that it wasn’t people he was fighting against. In Ephesians 6:12, Paul informs us of an unseen realm that has influence over the thoughts and values of entire people groups.

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

We were born into a war. The opponent isn’t our neighbor, a POLITICAL PARTY or country that threatens our freedom. This war is not human-centered, it is centered on a spirit realm.

The attack is not on us—it’s on the Kingdom of God that lives inside of us. Truth is this war belongs to God, and He has already won. VICTORY is ours.

Jesus said: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 NLT

Jesus took on all sin, sickness, disease, trauma, and abuse and then rose from the grave to be seated “far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named.” (Ephesians 1:21). Knowing this, we have great hope in our Advocate, whose throne withstands all principalities and powers. His victory over evil is our inheritance.

As sons and daughters, we fight FROM victory, not FOR victory. This knowledge fills us with peace that crushes Satan under our feet. (Romans 16:20).

Jesus died and rose so that we could live in His victory, taking it on as our identity. In the middle of storms, we can rest in the Prince of Peace, reminding the enemy that he has already been defeated. The victory belongs to Jesus, and His victory is ours.
 
1. What hardship are you facing that is causing you to feel like a victim?
 

2. How does what you read about Jesus’ victory affect how you see this situation?

 

3. Take time to bring this situation before God, surrender it to Him, and REST IN HIS VICTORY and peace. Ask Him to show you who you are, and what it looks like to make His victory part of your identity.

 

God bless you all.
Love ya,
PK
 

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WHY CALL ME LORD?

“Why call me Lord?”

I love that this is what we see when my wife Missy Tyson and I see when we sit and reflect on our 10 years now in Osawatomie.

Like us sitting in church paralyzed with fear, many people can relate to the feeling that perhaps God called the wrong phone when He interrupted your normal, comfortable life for you to answer an impending call for service.

Excited but feeling unworthy I questioned God when He said preach the Gospel!! Besides doesn’t God realize what I’ve been and the many failures not to mention the immense amount of issues I STILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH? TRUTH IS – You will be the first one to question your ability, but probably not the last. Our culture tends to spotlight the polished and poised, but sometimes God likes to turn those expectations on their heads and use a vessel not so obvious.

If you think about it for even just a few moments, you might recall at least one time when you weren’t the best candidate or the best prepared or the most comfortable and yet God used you in your weakness. The power of the Holy Spirit made the difference, using you to accomplish His purpose.

 

1 Corinthians 2:1‭-‬5 NLT
When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.

 

I PRAISE GOD DAILY that His purpose for an unlikely choice will forever point people to HIM. This my friends (or self proclaimed enemies) is why we answer the call despite our feelings of being inadequate! That’s where God’s power is most seen and convincing.

Have a blessed day.

Love ya,
PK
 

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DECLARE VICTORY OUTLOUD!

“Declare VICTORY out loud!”

“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” (Proverbs 18:21)
 

Did you know that the SOUND of your voice is the MOST powerful weapon you possess?

The best thing you can do in a crisis or disappointment IS PRAISE GOD for who He is, despite what is going on around you.

King Jehoshaphat was the king of Judah and Jerusalem, and had just received word from the prophets that three armies—the Ammonites, Moabites and the people of Mount Seir—were coming to war against him and his people. Larger, stronger and bigger than Judah’s people, these armies had one goal—total annihilation. It was a time of great fear and panic among the people of Judah and for Jehoshaphat as well. He proclaimed a fast throughout the land and called the people together for assembly. Kneeling before God on his face, Jehoshaphat sought the Lord and called upon His name. While he prayed, the Spirit of God fell on one of the prophets who said,

“You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf. Tomorrow go out against them, and the LORD will be with you.”

(2 Chronicles 20:17)

 

This response to Jehoshaphat’s prayer shows us a beautiful aspect of God’s nature. When God moves through us, He emphasizes our authority. When God moves for us, He emphasizes our sonship. God told Jehoshaphat to “stand still,” because He wanted to fight for him, giving Jehoshaphat the position of a son who can rest in his Father.

In the middle of your battle, when the Father tells you to stand still, what seems restful for you actually violates the enemy, and reminds him of his defeat.

 

The next day came, and it was a classic Bible scene. Jehoshaphat prepares his army according to the Lord’s instructions, but he implements his own idea that changes everything. Jehoshaphat appointed singers and musicians to stand at the front lines of Judah’s army, commanding them to sing, “Give thanks to the LORD, for his steadfast love endures forever,” (2 Chronicles 20:21).

  • To put your most vulnerable and untrained civilians at the front lines of battle is a weak war strategy, but Jehoshaphat chose to partner with what God was saying by tapping into a heavenly strategy—giving thanks before he won the battle. Jehoshaphat made his weapon a melody.
  • Thanksgiving positions our hearts to receive greater measures of breakthrough from God.
  • We can give thanks after God moves on our behalf, or we can thank him before we see change. If you need healing, thank Him for being The Healer. If you are in a financial crisis, thank Him for being The Provider.

“You shall call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise.” (Isaiah 60:18)

 

Revelation describes the New Jerusalem as having gates made of pearl. Pearls are formed when an irritant works its way into an oyster, mussel, or clam. As moments of irritation enter our lives in the form of crisis, disappointment, conflict and sorrow, we can use them to flavor an offering of praise and thanksgiving to God. As we continually give thanks to God we are building a gate — a place of entrance and access — for the King of Glory to come into our current situation. (Psalm 24:7).

 

Jehoshaphat and his army sang praises as they marched forward to go to battle, creating a place of entrance for God to come into their situation. This is what happened next.

“And when they began to sing and praise, the LORD set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed.” 2 Chronicles 20:22

 

God is waiting for us to sing in the middle of our storms and remember who He is despite our circumstances. When we make our weapon a melody, heaven comes to fight for us.

After the Moabites, Ammonites and Mount Seir killed each other, Judah collected a spoil from their camps. The enemy may have things that belong to you—but to get it back, all you have to do is raise a hallelujah.
 
1. What is the situation you are currently facing that feels impossible? Bring it before the Father, and ask Him who He wants to be for you in this situation.

2. Make your weapon a melody. Begin to give God thanks and praise for His ability to meet your need, and for the miracle you want to see in your life.

3. Like Jehoshaphat’s decision to put his musicians at the front lines of battle, what are some practical steps you can take to partner with what God is doing in your life right now?
 
Love ya.
PK
 

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NOBODY’S QUALIFIED!

 
“Nobody’s Qualified!”
 

Would somebody please remind me WHO GOD USED TO DO MIGHTY THINGS IN THE BIBLE!!!

WHY would the imperfections of someone past or the the rough edges they possess NOW MEAN THEY CAN’T BE USED OR CALLED OF GOD????

SERIOUSLY. If you think Trump is any less qualified than you or I to be used by God maybe we need a reminder OF HOW MUCH GRACE WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN!!

We keep RIDICULING THOSE WHO GOD IS USING NOW BUT WE’RE FORGETTING WHO HE HAS USED BEFORE US!!!

There have been times in my life where I’ve experienced the pain of my poor choices or actions.

In these moments, it can be easy to entertain a notion that I have blown it, that God can’t use me and there’s no hope for restoration. I think we all face these feelings when we fail.

During these times, I draw strength from God’s word, where He tells the stories of heroes of the faith who have blown it. In some cases, their failures are so extreme, it would be natural to say that God would have a right to turn His back on them.

But that isn’t God’s nature. He is all about redemption. So when we fail, we can be thankful that God loves a good comeback story.

Paul reminds us that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28) This should give us hope that no matter what we may have done, our adventure isn’t over. God’s at work reclaiming our story.

Here are stories of five biblical characters whose failures weren’t fatal:

1. King David’s sin

  • There’s no question that David is one of the Bible’s more important figures. It’s easy to be inspired by his youthful willingness to fight Goliath, his tender friendship with Jonathan, his worshipful Psalms, and his enduring patience under wicked King Saul.
  • It’s almost hard to fathom that this beloved character who’s spoken so highly of in more than half of the Bible’s books would also be guilty of breaking half of God’s commandments. David coveted Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba (2 Sam. 11:2-3), committed adultery with her (2 Sam. 11:4) effectively stealing her from Uriah (2 Sam. 12:9), lying to him (2 Sam. 11:12–13) , and eventually having him murdered (2 Sam. 12:9).
  • When the prophet Nathan confronts David for his depravity, he immediately repents, confessing his sin. When the son that is born to David and Bathsheba gets sick, David fasts, prays, and mourns his sin in an effort to see God to heal the boy. When the child dies, David simply receives this outcome as God’s judgment.
  • Here’s the principle so failure doesn’t get the last word: When we have sinned, we must recognize it and repent. God’s forgiveness doesn’t save us from the consequences of our conduct, but if we’ve abandoned the behavior and are willing to accept the consequences, God will still use us.

2. The prophet Elijah’s breakdown

  • Elijah had so many miraculous experiences, you’d think that he’d have unshakable faith. After all, he caused the rain to stop for more than three years (1 Kings 17:1), was fed by ravens (1 Kings 17:4), saw a limitless jar of flour and jug of oil (1 Kings 17:14), witnessed a widow’s son resurrected (1 Kings 17:22), and beat the prophets of Baal by calling down fire from heaven (1 Kings 18:38).
  • But when the showdown with the Baal worshipers so angered King Ahab and his wife Jezebel that she vowed to see him dead, Elijah couldn’t take it. The pressure of being such a high-profile prophet of God had gotten to Elijah and he hightailed it into the wilderness. When God met him there, Elijah was undone, feeling like he was the only prophet left—confident that he was completely isolated and imperiled.
  • How do you imagine God responded to Elijah? He fed Elijah and allowed him to rest. After a time, he finally answered Elijah’s complaints and He encouraged Elijah with a still, small voice that he was not alone. (1 Kings 19)
  • Principle: Burnout is only permanent if you allow it to be. Don’t listen to everything that you’re tempted to believe when you’re exhausted. Take time to care for yourself physically, spiritually, and emotionally—and then get back in the game.

3. John Mark’s desertion

  • John Mark’s family was an important group of people in the early church. When Peter was miraculously released from prison, he knows that the believers will be gathered at the home of John Mark’s family. (Acts 12:11–13) Due to his family’s significance in the movement and relationship to Barnabas, Paul and Barnabas pick John Mark up on the way back from a mission trip to Jerusalem to take him with them to Antioch. (Acts 12:25)
  • From there, Paul and Barnabas are sent to Cyrus, bringing John Mark along with them as an assistant. (Acts 13:1–5) But somewhere along the way, John Mark decides that he’s had enough. After sailing to Perga, Acts tells us matter-of-factly that John left them there and returned to Jerusalem. (v. 13). Essentially, he quit when the going got rough.
  • We don’t know why John abandoned them, but we know that it wasn’t honorable. When Barnabas later suggests to Paul that they go get John Mark, Paul refuses. Such a strong disagreement arises between the two that Barnabas and Paul separate. These two men who had been on multiple mission trips together are so divided over young John Mark that they will no longer work together. (Acts 15:36–41)
  • Many years later, when Paul is sitting in prison awaiting trial, he writes a letter to the church at Colossae. He not only tells them that John Mark is with him and has been a great comfort, but he also tells them that they’re to welcome John Mark if he shows up. This kid that had sorely disappointed Paul had now become a man who brought him comfort. At one time John Mark was a personality that caused division in the body, but now Paul is proudly calling him a “fellow worker.” (Col. 4:10–11)
  • Principle: We all develop gradually. Failure isn’t always a sign that we can’t cut it. Sometimes we’re trying to operate at a level that we’re not mature enough to handle. We can always outgrow those kinds of failings, provided we don’t give up.

4. Paul’s awful history

  • Before Paul became the writer of most of the New Testament books, he was Saul of Tarsus, a terror to the early church. Not only was he present when Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was killed, he gave his approval of the murder. (Acts 7:57–8:1)
  • From there, Luke tells us that Saul made it his business to destroy the church, going door to door in Jerusalem looking for people who followed Jesus so that he could throw them in prison. (8:3) After putting these people in prison, he planned to hunt down the Christians they sent mail to. (Acts 22:4–5) On his way he had an encounter with the resurrected Christ, and the rest is history.
  • Did Paul regret his behavior before meeting Jesus? How could he not? In his letter to Timothy he said,

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” (1 Tim. 1:15–16)

  • Principle: For those who put their trust in Christ later in life, there are bound to be reasons you feel unqualified for service. But the gospel is so powerful that our transformation becomes a profound testimony to God’s goodness and grace.

5. Peter’s denial of Christ

  • Loud and impetuous, Peter was the biggest personality in any room. It’s no wonder that he’d join James and John as one of Jesus closest friends and confidants. In fact, he was the only disciple willing to try walking on the water (Matt. 14:28–29), and was the first to call Jesus the Christ and son of God. (Matt. 16:16)
  • When Jesus predicts that Peter will deny him, Peter proudly rebuffs him. (Matt. 26:34–35) But that very night after Jesus is arrested, someone confronts Peter in the courtyard of the Sanhedrin and accuses him of being a follower of Christ. And, just as Jesus predicted, Peter denies him three times—the third time cursing his accusers. When he realizes what he’s done he breaks down and weeps bitterly. (Mk. 14:66-72)
  • Did Peter’s failure exclude him from Christ’s plans? On the contrary, Peter is the first of the twelve that Jesus appears to! (Lk. 24:34, 1 Cor. 15:5) He restores Peter in a touching moment on the Sea of Galilee. (Jn. 21:15–17) And Peter goes on to become the leader of the disciples, preaching the first evangelical message after which more than 3,000 people get saved. (Acts 2:14-36)
Principle: Failure doesn’t disqualify you, even if you’ve been following Jesus for some time.
 

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WE MUST CHECK FACTS FOR OURSELVES! POLITICS

Beware and BE-AWARE!
 

“We must check facts for ourselves! POLITICS.”

This is my personal thought in today’s politically heated culture. Enjoy.
 
POWERFUL moment right now taking place.
However—- most media will not promote HOW BIG THIS IS; “Middle East Peace Plan!”
 

Our President is leading this and like many other brilliant plans that have been amazing accomplishments, some will not see this. Nor will some acknowledge the brilliance in many of the dealings he has had that will lead our Nation deeper into greatness.
While under attack from every angle this president continues to win.


They’re fighting to stop him while he continues to work and fight the establishment of corruption which has drained our moral and economic successes. WHILE his haters are distracted in their attempt to ruin Mr. Trump he continues to brilliantly use even this opportunity to KEEP PROMISES and reestablish our moral and economic successes. Yes they are to busy trying to ruin him to stop him as he continues to work hard for us all FOR ABSOLUTELY FREE!!

 

IF YOU READ THE BIBLE GOD USED ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE WITH HORRIBLE HISTORIES TO CHANGE THE WORLD.
 

I SAY THIS TO MAKE THIS POINT;

I was a meth addicted womanizing man who lived strictly to satisfy myself for years. I like many do not deserve the life I live now as a Pastor, friend, husband, father and grandfather. When people look at men and women like me who HAVE A BAD TRACK RECORD they don’t label us “unfit” to help the lost, dying and underprivileged in the scums of society. Not at all. MOST LOOK AT THE TRANSFORMATION and send congratulations and accolades of affirmations because of THE NEW LIFE THEY SEE ME LIVING!
 
Our President has a history like ALL OF US and he is absolutely rough in his mannerisms still today. I personally can’t stand his vulgarity and often his arrogant attitude. I also don’t condone what he did in his past as it pertains to morality and integrity. BUT BEFORE I EVEN ATTEMPT TO THROW STONES THE TRUTH IS THIS — HE like many of us IS NOT WHO HE WAS IN THE PAST. He proves this by who he is NOW as a pro-life praying leader and pioneer of religious liberty and freedom. His life now is lived as a servant of our Nation, the world and God. MOST OF US WOULD NOT BE QUALIFIED to be where we are now, doing what we’re doing, IF WE WERE JUDGED THE WAY MOST ARE JUDGING OUR PRESIDENT. This is just not fair.
 
MY PRAYERS CONTINUE TO BE THAT ALL WHO HAVE BEEN BLINDED by the political hate and the slanderous lies about this man would BEGIN TO SEE THINGS WITH CLARITY.

I pray God removes the blinders of hypocrisy (because we are all hypocritical at times in life) and that the world would simply give President Trump the same grace WE HAVE ALL BEEN GIVEN OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN LIFE’S JOURNEY TO THIS MOMENT.
 
FINALLY my prayers are that ALL PEOPLE – DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ALIKE – would stop believing EITHER SIDE, WITHOUT RESEARCHING ALL THE FACTS WE CAN FIND FOR OURSELVES.

TRUST ME those who are corrupt are banking on the fact that some will fall into line like sheep and JUST BELIEVE WHAT THEY SAY. They are bold enough to think so little of the common people that they lie to our faces trusting that WE WILL NEVER RESEARCH THE FACTS FOR OURSELVES!!! THIS MUST CHANGE!! One such corrupt politicians said this; “Just because some of my dealings are corrupt doesn’t mean I’ve done anything illegal!” Let that sink in!!
 
I pray God blesses ALL PEOPLE no matter what your political affiliation. Thanks for taking time to simply read what’s on my heart this morning after a time in prayer.
 

Blessings Pastor Ken


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LOVE IS NOT LOVE IF IT PROMOTES SIN!

“Love is not LOVE if it promotes sin!”

READ THE LAST VERSE…. The Word of God is either believed entirely or you really don’t believe at all.

The WORD OF GOD IS NOT A BUFFET where we pick and choose what we feel is good and leave the rest because we don’t like it. NO!

BY FAITH EVERYTHING IT REVEALS are guidelines & this is why God’s Word declares;
“For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this VICTORY through our FAITH.”
Without fully believing by FAITH you become those who enable others to live in the sinful compromise condoning what Gods Word clearly defines as wrong.
We are not called to bring condemnation to those who do not believe in Jesus Christ & His written Word…. BUT WE ARE CALLED TO stand strong in our beliefs without wavering.
 
Romans 1:21‭, ‬23‭-‬32 NLT

“Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like.
As a result, their minds became dark and confused.
And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.
So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies.
They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.
That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other.
And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.
Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.
Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip.
They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents.
They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy.
They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway.
Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.”
 

WE DO NOT HAVE TO TOLERATE Nor CHANGE our beliefs because someone’s living in what the Bible declared sinful.

This in no way gives us the right to hate or as I said condemn anyone for believing differently – BUT THEY ALSO HAVE NO RIGHT TO DEMAND WE ACCEPT THEIR SIN DESPITE WHAT GOD SAYS!!
 
UNFORTUNATELY if Gods Word offends sinners when I share my faith – that is never going to be reason enough for me to compromise my faith and offend God!!!!
 
Love says NO.
 

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REST ALLOWS US TO FILL UP TO POUR OUT

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
Galatians 5:22‭-‬23 NLT

“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”
Ephesians 3:19 NLT

“REST ALLOWS US TO FILL UP TO POUR OUT.”

“Being filled with the Spirit is simply this — having my whole nature yielded to His power. When the soul is yielded to the Holy Spirit, God Himself will fill it.” — Andrew Murray

The reason we need rest is because we have been working or exerting energy in some way. And just because we learn how to rest and may feel rested, doesn’t mean we will stay that way.

We will work again.
We will help others again.
We will be emotionally drained again.

Getting rest for the sake of rest is not the whole point. We rest and get rest so that we can work again. There is a beautiful ebb and flow of working and resting; of being filled up so that we can pour out.

As we’ve discussed, meditating on God’s Word, journaling, and disconnecting from things that distract us are practices that fill us back up. We find rest as we do these daily.

Just like our physical bodies need ample hours each night to recover, our spirits do as well. We can’t expect to have strong, vibrant spirits without investing in them.

We can’t think that one week of vacation will carry us through for months and months. We must make daily deposits in our rest bucket to endure. And we have to be paying attention when too many withdrawals have been made.

In his book, Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Refueling Your Passion,” author and pastor Wayne Cordeiro tells about a dream he had.

A woman approached a farmer at his farm and asked him for something he didn’t have. He said, “Come back tomorrow, and I’ll have more.” She was upset but it didn’t bother him. He just kept working. People came to his farm everyday and when he was out of eggs or milk, he would simply say, “Come back tomorrow, and I’ll have more.” Pastor Cordeiro shared this newfound view he had after the dream:

I don’t have to tie myself to an imaginary, unrelenting cycle to produce more, make more or try to outdo last week’s numbers. I have just so much time in the day, and I want to do what I can with all my heart involved. When the clock runs out, then I’ll say, “Come back tomorrow, and I’ll have more.”

We wake up each day with a certain amount of mental, emotional, and physical energy. When we have poured out everything we have to give, we must rest. When we are in this empty state, there is less of us to get in the way of His work in our lives.

Lean in, be still, and rest. This is the most opportune and appropriate time to be filled up with God’s Spirit.

Do you feel that you have to meet every need that you see?
What is something you can incorporate into your day to feel refueled?

The answers to these questions- if we are courageous enough to answer them with brutal honesty- will help us to create new balanced lifestyles that make REST A POWERFUL WEAPON for emotional, mental and SPIRITUAL WELLNESS.

LOVE YA.
PK
 

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HOW DO WE LEARN TO REST IN HIM?

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
Philippians 4:6‭-‬8 NLT

“HOW DO WE LEARN TO REST IN HIM?”

Often we work hard and remain busy in life but neglect the work needed to keep is mentally, emotionally and spiritually rested!
We must apply the same efforts (or more) that we invest in the busyness of life, into using the tools God provides for our rest!

Meditation & Journaling are 2 of many tools that can help us rest in HIM when we are prone to live busy lives.

What do these tools look like?
 

1. MEDITATION!
The truths from Scripture sink deep into our souls when we meditate on God’s Word. Meditation provides us a new level of rest for us because we are spending our mental energy thinking about God’s Word and not drowning our minds with the worries of the world. Not only that, but we have the power to apply these life-changing words from God to our lives. We can’t help but become all that God wants us to be when we put this kind of effort in.
“Whatever you think about grows. Don’t focus on what you are going through. Focus on what you are going to do!” — Dr. Caroline Leaf

We learn to rest by meditating on God’s Word so that our actions will line up with His truths. There are many ways to let Scripture penetrate our spirits. His truth will literally pour over our minds and we will begin to see things differently. As we meditate on God’s Word, our minds will be renewed and we will find rest that we didn’t think was possible.

2. JOURNALING.
In order to get the most out of our time in God’s Word, we can ALSO integrate journaling as part of our daily practice. Journaling doesn’t have to be in depth or in great detail if this isn’t something we are accustomed to doing. It can be as simple as writing a few lines from any insight we received while reading the Bible. There are so many ways to journal. We can write down our thoughts or prayers; some people even do artwork during their journaling time. There is no right way to do it. To help you get started, here is a simple outline to follow:

A. Choose a verse (or multiple) and read it.
B. Read it again.
C. Write it down.
D. Ask God for insight and write that down.

For example;
Maybe you decide to journal about Romans 8:28 which says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

After reading through it two to three times, we write it down. We might even choose to write it down in different Bible versions.

We finish off our time journaling by asking God for insight about what we’ve just read and then write out the revelation the Holy Spirit reveals as we meditate.

As we pore over Scripture using the plan outlined above, we can internalize it through the day. Journaling daily also provides a timeline that we can look back on to see the spiritual progress we’ve made and the fresh ways that God has spoken to us in the past.

We will see things clearly and have a newfound perspective about how God’s Word applies to our lives and restores us from the inside out. And with our minds being renewed, we are receiving a REST THAT CANNOT be acquired by any earthly pleasure.

Have you ever made meditation & journaling a part of your daily time with God?
If not this could be the very cause of what’s exhausting your life and snuffing out your emotional and spiritual passion. Without rest the lack of balance leaves us vulnerable to character defects that lead to compromise and defeat.

God help those just LIKE ME WHO LIKE TO LIVE BUSY LIFESTYLES, to become just as busy in our pursuit of knowing YOUR TRUTH through knowing you intimately. Help us the find our rest in CHRIST ALONE.

LOVE YA.
PK
 

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