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August 22, 2017, 5:34 PM

Rejection

I've been leading a study entitled "Goliath Must Fall" Louie Giglio 

How do we win the battle against the giants in our lives? How do we define our giants?

Rejection is just one of the sessions and we will be dealing with it tomorrow night.

Do you realize in the story of David and Goliath, that David was rejected.

David was a teenager; he wasn't in the Israelite army, he went back and forth bringing supplies and food to his brothers.

1st rejection: David's oldest brother, Eliab, heard him speaking with the men and in anger asked, "Why have you come down here?" If we back up to when David was chosen to be king over Eliab, we can imagine Eliab felt his own rejection at not being chosen king as the oldest and strongest son of Jesse.

Rejected people reject others.

The 2nd time David felt rejected was when he said he wanted to fight the giant. King Saul responed with, "You are not able to go out against the Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth." I Samuel 17:33

Do you hear thoughts like these:

"Your never going to do that."

"Don't get crazy ideas."

"Don't get your hopes up."

"You're never going to amount to anything."

"You're not smart enough; not talented enough; not beautiful enough; not worthy enough or not wanted enough."

A third rejection for David in the story is when Goliath sizes him up and sees him as only a boy, rudy and handsome. He says to David, "Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks? Then he curses David by his gods, 'Come here," he said, "and I'll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field."

The enemy of rejection will come at you with all he's got. We have got to armor ourselves with the acceptance of Christ; meeting our rejections head on knowing we are already accepted and no form of rejection can take that away. 

David knew he was the work of God; whe he wrote Psalm 139, I encourage you to read the chapter but right in the middle David writes, "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." (vv. 13,14)

bjz

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August 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

Good Morning

Praise God! I am alive; I am healthy and I have all I need to live in the world of sin.

Exodus 20: 2,3 "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of salvery. You shall have no other gods before me."

Whatever your Egypt; whatever your a slave to, God will bring you out.

Joshua 24:15 "...choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, ... as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."

Deuteronomy 6:5 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength."

Choosing God; trusting God; serving God.

Do this with all your heart soul and mind.

Every moment, every action, every word - CHOOSE.

God was with His people; blessing them and giving them all they needed as long as they worshipped Him.

For 4,000 years God watched and waited; gave and took away.

Then He sent His Son.

He lived; he ministered and he sacrificed all.

Luke 23:34 "Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing."

Do I know what I am doing, I believe I do. It is all that I give to Jesus; it is God whom I believeth and whom I trust. For all things I trust.

"Praise God from whom all blessing flow, praise HIm all creatures below, praise Him above, ye Heavenly Host, Prasie Father, Son and Holy Ghost."

bjz

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May 1, 2017, 8:56 AM

Brokeness

Goodmorning followers of Living Hope Free Methodist Chruch,

Here at Living Hope we have had a spirit filled weekend. Beginning with a Ladies Conference on Beautifully Broken. Followed by a concert with Hope's Journey; Steve Bridgmon and Tracy Kelley Byrd.

Why brokeness you may ask? Why not, I say? If we were to take a survey; I believe we would find that every individual has been effected by some form of brokeness. Death; loss of home or job; loss of a friendship; are just a few I can mention.

Brokeness comes in many ways and effects each one differently.

What I believe is that the depth of your brokeness is no different than the depth of mine or anothers.

So what is brokeness; Merriam Webster defines it as: 

violently separated into parts; damaged or altered; not working properly;  being irregular, interrupted; violated by transgression; discontinuous; disrupted ; made weak or infirm; subdued completely; crushed; cut off; disconnected; not complete; disunite by separation, or desertion.

When broken especially within your heart it may be hard to understand; grasp and know where to find comfort and peace.

Embrace the fact that we have a loving God who cares beyond human understanding.

Romans 8:26 says: "In the same way, the Spirit helps un in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express."

If you are broken today, ask God to send the Spirit to abide in you and allow that Spirit to intercede for you. 

I personally testify that when I was in dark days of brokeness, the Spirit did exactly that for me and He will do it for you too.

Dear Lord,

For those who are broken today I am asking that you intercede on their behalf; may your Spirit bring the pain; the hurt the seperation and lay it before you.  And may the Spirit come down and embrace each one with comfort; peace and love.  In Jesus Name Amen.

bjz

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February 22, 2017, 9:10 AM

Another Grandma Blog

The funniest thing happened on the way to bed last night.  As you may know, I have a new granddaughter born January 4, 2017.  Such a precious little one.  Her Mommy and Daddy are so proud that they are often sending me pictures of her for my picture gallery in my new Smart phone.  I have 3 other grandchildren that are teens and 1 that is in his 20's.  I am just as much in love with them as I am my newest granddaughter but for some reason I don't hear from them as often. Has it gotten to be that we take each other for granite so much that we forget to communicate and say I love you more often and to remind each other that we are a blessed family? So yesterday afternoon I challenged my grandchildren to keep up with baby Samantha.  Just as I was heading to bed, my phone started beeping.  Before I went to bed, I had a whole gallery of grandchildren pictures.  All I needed to do was ask. 

Now my question is, "Is that the way we are with God?".  When God was new in our lives, we wanted to communicate with him everyday.  But as the years went on we just said, "Oh well, God knows my need without me asking Him and He knows I love Him and I know He loves me. So I'll just go about doing the best that I can for Him and not take so much time away with communicating."  No, friend.  That is not what we should say.  We should be so anxious to talk with Him each day that it should be the first thing on our mind when we wake up and the last thing we think about before we go to bed.  (I think that is Biblical, isn't it?) 

Lord, I want you in my gallery of pictures just as much as I want my grandchildren.  I love you Lord and you are so good to me.  All my needs are provided but I still want to talk with you about how thankful I am.

 

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Barb Crisenbery

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January 12, 2017, 10:44 AM

Grandma


I just became a Grandma again at 72.  Not a Great Grandma but a Grandma that wants to be GREAT.  I already have 4 other grandchildren that are the best that any Grandma could have.  Now I have the opportunity to have another bestie!!!!  God has blessed me so richly that I get so overwhelmed within when I think of my family.  It is so sad to see broken homes where Grandparents are not able to share in the lives of their children.  My dear sweet husband and I decided a long time ago that we could not raise our children without God in our lives.  He has since gone on to be with Jesus but I am sure he is looking down on us with great joy.  I hope that someday I can have "GREATS" but if that day never comes for me, I know that I have already had a very full and blessed life.

 

Grandma Crisenbery

 


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