Monday, September 17, 2018

One hundred and sixty eight...

One hundred and sixty eight...

It is very difficult as humans, to not only get past our self love enough to be willing to love others unselfishly but to also fathom the depth in which our God does love us.

Truly, within your heart of hearts, can you know the love of the creator?
Can you imagine loving your family your friends, your children, a billion times more than you do in this moment?

I don't believe we have the capacity on this earth, in this time, to fully understand a love that true… BUT to know that truth lives inside of us AND that we came from that very love…(Tears) my soul wants to break away from this body in awe.

His Word declares His love for us in more ways than we can count. Likewise, He asks for our love in return.
Again, in countless ways, we are called to exemplify our love for the Father in our obedience to righteousness.

But did you know that what His Word calls us to follow more than ANYTHING else in that glorious book is His commandments??

Makes perfect sense really. There's nothing that can occur in any circumstance, in any place or time that WON'T be under those ten simple commands.
Remember, grey isn't really a color ;)

So if we want to know the love of our creator in such a way that words and thought and time don't create limits or understanding, then WE MUST OBEY.

This. Is. Love.

Luke 10:27 - And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

John 14:21 - He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

Deuteronomy 7:9 - Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he [is] God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

John 14:15 - If ye love me, keep my commandments.

John 15:12-14 - This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  
John 14:23-24 - Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

1 John 5:3 - For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

1 John 2:4-6 - He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

Matthew 16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

Seems like the commandments are the way to the heart of God…
As a mother, my children know well that my repetitive narrative can only mean it must be very important.

He loves us so much you guys. If we only could see, feel, smell the love He truly has and what He desires from us FOR us.

One hundred and sixty eight...

The number of times His commandments are called before us in His Word.

Wake up.

1 John 4:19 - We love him, because he first loved us.


Sunday, September 2, 2018

What is in a Name

How valuable is a name?

We hold names of all kinds in high regard. They identify who we are, they keep families family and at times our names can even define us.

Why do we hold such authority in a name? Where does that desire to identify, claim and depend on a foundation of sorts come from?
Certainly not from man. Although your earthly father would likely say otherwise.

The meaning of the word name in hebrew is all we need to know if we are wanting to see what is truly in a name.
It is quite possibly the most simple yet powerful means to mark.

The great I AM. The almighty God.

This is the beginning of a name. The only name. The name that would create the heavens and earth, you and I and would use the power of HIS name to save us...Jesus.

Psalm 37
Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

The Lord has shown the greatness of His name over and over throughout the old testament. He also gave His people knowledge of the coming of His power, in Christ.

Our Lord asked us to mark Jesus, to identify Him and to follow His holy name.
That we would know that He was God by His name! What a Beautiful sentiment it is that He not only gave His power to His children through the life of Christ but we also possess that power ourselves through the receiving of His Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:38
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 4:12
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Acts 4:30
By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

I do believe we underestimate the LORDS power. Jesus is quite literally God's power on earth. The creation of the mountains and seas to the stars and you and I, everything He created was done so of that power.

Romans 10:13 - For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

What a gift that is!! My heart sings with joy to know that our awesome Father has instilled within us the power to overcome evil with a call of His name!

Luke 10:17
And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

We are soooo truly blessed to be loved by Him.

We are called to follow His commandments. To be righteous and selfless. We are to KNOW that when we call upon the NAME of the LORD, He does in fact move mountains for our good.
His name is so very sacred. Holy is the name of the LORD.
And we get to call Him Father.

So next time the name of the Father leaves your lips, know the power that He holds in you… And what will you choose to do with it...

Be well friends, God bless xo

Friday, April 20, 2018

The fruits of the Spirit

The Spirit of our LORD...

Hello Brothers and Sisters,

Isaiah speaks in this chapter of a rod that will come forth out of the stem of Jesse.

Isa 11:1  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

Isa 11:2  And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD

These are the seven Spirits of the LORD.

Rev 1:4  John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne

Rev 3:1  And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the sevenstars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

Rev 4:5  And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

Rev 5:6  And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

This is our LORD Jesus Christ sent forth into all the earth.  Sent to teach us and show usHIS Spirit that we would learn how to be like HIM.  
We have been created in "HIS Image"

Gen 1:26-27  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: So God created man in his own image, in the imageof God created he him; male and female created he them

Job 36:22  Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him?

We are created to be "like HIM"

John 9:9  Some said, This is he: others said, He is like himbut he said, I am he.

1 John 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

All of our LORD's life on this earth HE walked in these seven Spirits because HE is these seven Spirits.  These Spirits are the seven lamps before the throne of our GOD.  These Spirits are the manifestation of our Father to us.  Has Jesus Christ these Spirits are made physical and walked with us day to day to show us our Father physically.  We are to be "like HIM"

Let's look at these Spirits.  The Spirit of the LORD was all over Samson in Judges and he did mighty things.  The Spirit of the LORD came upon Saul in his beginnings.

1 Sam 10:6  And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.

But Saul did not continue in this Spirit but chose rather to listen to another spirit.  This is what we all must face in this sinful earth.  The whispers of the evil ones are real and constant.  Even to try the most faithful,  for our Father would have us Strong and Righteous.

1 Sam 16:14  But the Spirit of the LORDdeparted from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him

This Spirit of the LORD is in all the earth...

Isa 40:7  The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORDbloweth upon it: surely the people is grass
Isa 40:13 Who hath directed the Spirit of theLORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?

Isa 61:1  The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and theopening of the prison to them that are bound.

These are the words of our LORD JESUS CHRIST to the people

Father is where all this comes forth from.

Eph 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Isa 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:

Hos 4:12  My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused themto err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.

Where is your counsel, wisdom, knowledge and understanding coming from?  Be careful who or what whisper you let in,  be very careful of what you listen to.  Is it from man?  or is it from God's Word.  You will become what you eat.  Father knows this and has taken every precaution to give us the very best opportunity to live.  HE even came down and wrote with HIS own finger a covenant in stone for us.  These 10 simple commandments are the straight and narrow path to righteousness.  If we abide and feed our spirit and soul with this covenant daily we can overcome all the whispers of temptation.  Our Father always provides a way out for each of us from temptation.  It is a choice.  As we dwell daily in this covenant our spirit and soul becomes this righteousness to become "like HIM"   We become stronger in these manifestations of our GOD.  We have the Spirit of our LORD "HIS IMAGE" within us.  Let's feed it and grow it and share it!!!   

As we grow and strengthen our spirit with these seven lamps before the throne of our Father,  naturally will grow within us the fruits of this Spirit.

Gal 5:16  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
(The law here is the sacrificial laws written by Moses as judgment for breaking the covenant)  

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

This is how we become "like HIM"  HE has made it very clear and plain for all to see.  What we sow on earth shall also be sown in heaven.
You have one spirit folks,  the spirit you have now is the same spirit you have when you die in the earth.  The spirit going to heaven will have these fruits.
Think about it..........  There can be no sin or desire for sin in Father's House ( the universe )  Would you want to have any sin in the heaven of which you will live?  Sin is like leaven,  if there is any in the loaf,  the entire loaf is leavened ( full of sin )  We have a perfect example of this in all the earth today.
We are waiting to leave this infected place behind and rest in the Glory of our Father in the place prepared by our LORD JESUS.  Learn your spirit now, fill it with the righteousness ( eternal good ) of our Father.  Every soul born is born with this goodness of GOD.  We get exposed to the sin very early in life and the choice begins.  The whispers grow stronger and our friends seem to eager to participate.  You can overcome!!!  Drown your spirit in righteousness,  its the essence of your being.  It's there I promise you,  seek it........... it will answer you in the most amazing ways.  You will begin to notice little things that happen and then more of them until you fully realize,  This is my Father who loves me the most!!!

God Bless You.... Love one another

Saturday, March 3, 2018

A Whale of A Tale

Who would have ever dreamed that one of the most valuable lessons taught by the LORD, would have taken place inside the body of a whale...I bet Jonah was surprised as well…

Our beautiful, magnificent Father, the God of wonders, will do ANYTHING to reach us. He will strip us down as He did Job, have us walk on water as Peter did and yes, He will have a giant fish swallow you up if that's what it takes to get us to listen!
The book of Jonah, albeit a short one, packs a whole lotta spiritual and physical punch. This man, much like the Jonah's of today, went through so very much affliction and reproach in his walk with the LORD.
Although he was a believer, he clearly struggled to listen to the LORD’S calling in that precious moment.

1 Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,

2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

Jonah chose to run from God in that moment. He silenced his spirit and he fed his flesh. Fear and anger will do that to you.

Jonah seemed to carry much burden and reproach about his actions though. As many of us can attest to today, when we have found ourselves ignoring His still, small voice that is guiding our paths.

So there he sits, being torchured by his spiritual and physical afflictions, in the belly of a beast. He had a moment of pure understanding in that darkness I believe. He understood he cannot run from His Father, nor should he and he learned of a father's love.

2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.

3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.

4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.

5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.

6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God.

7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.

10 And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

Our Father surely loved Jonah and He loves us. We are not living in spirit though when we run from His will. Sometimes we need a second chance with the listening part…

1.And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying,

2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

So this merciful Father gave forgiveness to Jonah, much as He does for each one of us today. He sent him to fulfill His will for those one hundred and twenty thousand people who had turned against the Lord...and those people were spared. They were forgiven.

10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

Those people were given another chance because they listened.
They heeded Jonah’s warning from the LORD and they dwelled in their spirits to hear it.
If He answer.

So far, we have a man of God who has given into fear, ran from the LORD, returned to his spirit in the depths of hell and has finally followed the call of the LORD...but it's not over for Jonah yet.

See, Jonah was a lot like us. He had faith in the Lord and His will but in times of trouble the flesh likes to get really, really loud. So loud in fact that although Jonah had answered God's call and had overcome his flesh, he returned right back to the bottom of those mountains he had been pulled from. He became full of anger.

1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

2 And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.

3 Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.

4 Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry?

The best of intentions will always fail when we lead with our flesh and not our spirits.
Jonah struggled to trust God. He, like us, will listen for a time then like the wind, go rushing back to our selfishness of flesh.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

Jonah had every right of his flesh to be hurt by the succession of those that he despised. Ah, but his spirit, his spirit that is and should be dwelling in the LORD and HIS will should be rejoicing. Rejoicing in that many more were to be saved in the name of the LORD.
Thy enemy in flesh is still thy brother in spirit.

Our friend Jonah continued to struggle with acceptance of the LORD’S will. Our Father gave Jonah one last chance to learn a thing or two about compassion, wisdom and faith…

So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city.

6 And the Lord God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.

7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.

8 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.

9 And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.

10 Then said the Lord, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night:

11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Romans 5:19

See, Jonah completely missed the big picture! Running from God, repenting in fear, allowing for anger to seep into his spirit and literally getting mad at a tree!
He, as we often do, could not see that God's glory will always prevail. He will fulfill His will with or without you. He did not need Jonah per se to bring the Assyrians to understanding HE WANTED HIM TO!!
He wanted Jonah to understand that we must have faith in His will, even when it's really and I mean really, hard to do.
Those people, on that day, came to know the LORD. And despite all of Jonah's failings, of which I pray he corrected in due time, they came to the LORD through him.
What a gift it is to be called a son of God. To be called to serve in His will for OUR gain...we just have no idea how much we are loved.

So...whether we are called to open the door for a stranger, work a double shift or help bring salvation to one hundred and twenty thousand people who we REALLY don't like…
We listen.
We obey.
We trust.
We find joy.
We give thanks.
And we PRAY...that is doesn't take the LORD throwing us into the belly of a whale to get through to our spirits.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Jeremiah 29:11

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. John 14:23

Have faith.
Be blessed my friends xo

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Offering and the Altar

And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand.
                                             Malachi 2:13

And here we are.
We have fallen away from our Father, our creator, our home. We have relished in the lies of men, turning our very beings into weapons against our own Father.
We have fallen short. We have turned away.

We are becoming ashes with every breath…

The time comes… man has failed us, things have fallen apart and our hopes turn to the still small voice… we pray He is still listening.

And when we are met with silence, no comfort, no shield, no grace… We ask Him why; why have you forsaken me when I needed you most, why, when I am pouring out my heart, offering myself to You in my time of need, do you not help me LORD?

But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. Isaiah 59:2

We are those who have turned from our Father and yet we weep at His altar in our time of despair. We have a Father who loves us with all of His infinite being and yet we seek Him as a last hope when He is hope alone.
As His children we have many gifts, one of which is our offering,our willingness to give. He calls us to give offerings, to Him and to others, to give of ourselves at ALL times.
Guess what? Our LIVES are our offerings! Why? To show gratitude to our Father for giving us life so that we may be useful to His will. How? By living righteously, selflessly, Godly.

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD. Psalm 4:5

The thing is, we couldn't have a Father that would only love us sometimes. We couldn't thrive, grow or have value if we only had occasional love or support that came when only our provider saw fit to give it to us. (Example; most of the population of man being brought up by man…)
So likewise, our Father who is perfect in His glorious plan, cannot and will not allow for disobedient children to even taste of His beauty eternally. We cannot and should not turn from our Creator in selfishness and sin until it suits our needs to return, wallowing in self pity and desperation. Remember, He doesn't need you as much as He WANTS you.

For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 2 Peter 2:20-22

When knowing the beautiful plan the LORD has laid out for us in His word, it is so very, very sad to see man take this gift of life so selfishly, denying our Father for man, only to return begging and pleading for Him to fix it all for us when things come full circle.

Our Father knows we need Him...He wants us to WANT Him.

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Hebrews 13:15

Our lives are the offering. Every moment of it, all the time. Righteousness cannot excuse for selfishness. Saying with our lips that we love our Father with all our hearts and souls and minds requires that we follow His commandments, ALL of them, ALL of the time.

If we live as if our relationship with the LORD is reserved only for tearful moments of fear and regret at the altar, our offering is dead. We are wasteful flurries of ashes that fill the floors of the earth.

He calls us to LIVE fully committed to His will, His plan, for our sake and nothing else. We ought to humbly and graciously offer ourselves to such a wonderful LORD!

He alone is our salvation. He wants for us so completely, in a manner we could only dream to understand.

Let us not waste our offering…

Be well friends xo

Monday, July 10, 2017

If you want to know and be known...

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters…
                                Genesis 1:2

The Bible assures us that God is spirit. He can and does manifest in as many ways as is needed but one thing remains. He is spirit. He is energy. And He is only good.

We seek for Him in His word, through prayer, church and multitudes of other ways but how do we actually find Him?
We can know every word of the Bible and we can pray from dawn to dusk, we can spend countless hours attending church and surrounding ourselves with the like minded...

Of course all of these actions are of good intent, done in an effort and with a desire to connect with our Father.
We have to wonder though, how do we connect with something spiritually and are we able to do that with where we are in our walk right now?

Or do we even have a clue what or where our spirits are…

Proverbs 20:27
The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

Spirit in Hebrew, means breathe and air. It is the part of us that is not only energy but is alive with or without the body. It is the light with which we connect with the LORD, our compass if you will. It is that voice that guides us from a place much deeper than our minds or bodies can reach.
We are spiritual beings with physical abilities. Our connection to other humans even stems from our spiritual nature first, followed by our minds and bodies.
Unfortunately, we often choose to place our physical beings at the forefront and this silences our spirit. Like scripture says in Matthew 6:24; no man can serve two masters.
We cannot connect and be with the LORD spiritually, as we are to be, if we are living in our flesh, silencing our spirits.

Proverbs 25:28
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

The Lord comes to us in spirit always, even in the flesh of Jesus, He is the spirit of the Lord. He calls to us throughout scripture to understand of and to reside in spirit, this is where we came from and where we will return to upon leaving this place.

Ecclesiastes 12:7
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

He made the spirit within us to grant us the opportunity to be with Him eternally. We must choose to do that of course, by following His commandments as well as by walking with Him in spirit. If we live ignorant of our spiritual and feed our flesh alone, we will lose the only gift that gives us life…

Romans 8:16
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

1 Corinthians
6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

That still, small voice. That force of energy that calls us to move, that whisper of comfort when we are at the end of our rope. These moments, and countless others, are the love of His Spirit speaking to ours, connecting with us.
We will never truly know the place from which these moments come from or how very, very special they are without acknowledging; He is Spirit. We are spirit. This is how He knows us and is able to use us to further His beautiful plan.

Psalm 31:5
Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.

Wake up. Silence your flesh and He will awaken your spirit! We cannot exist in a spiritual reality without living in spirit here first.

And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters…
Let Him move upon you.

God bless xo

Saturday, April 1, 2017

All that is Desire...

119:36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.

And when we seek His will above all else, only then has faith truly begun…

The LORD'S Tenth Commandment

20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

Desire. Attract. Want. Covet.

This is a search your heart commandment all the way. This is the LORD requesting of you to hold no place in your heart for anything separate from His will for you.
See, I have come to understand this particular commandment to be a sort of trust fall, if you will. This is our Father asking you to rise above your flesh, above man's world, above all the feelings we love to give into and fall into the hands of a Father who wants to give you everything you could ever need and more… If you trust Him.

37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

We were created to feel, to enjoy and to love. Yes, we are of a God who IS love. He has created us with the ability to desire and to seek fulfillment, it's called free will.

What do we seek though? What are the desires of our hearts? not just in church on Sunday morning desires either… what are your desires when you're waiting in a long line with your little children, when you're co-worker gets that promotion or that new car you were hoping for or when you're at dinner with your husband and that attractive waiter gives you a wink… What. Do. You. Desire…

1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.


1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.


1 Corinthians
10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.


6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

God is so good, He has given us the choice. We can desire for His will, trust in Him and have faith that He will fulfill us or we can desire to cuss out the people taking so long ahead of us, sabotage our new supervisor or slip that waiter our number when our husband is in the bathroom.

The point is desire. What do you want? God is literally asking you every minute of every day, what do you desire? Where is your faith? If it is in Him, you will abstain from worldly ways, control your flesh and you will have His will as your heart's desire.

Or you can choose to desire your flesh, this world and the one who desires to watch you destroy yourself.

7:20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
7:23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

The LORD is all love, all things good. He calls us to be in the world but not of it.  He would likely want us to be patient with the man that has been helping people all day or be joyous and supportive to our friend that worked hard and got the job and surely He would call us to turn away from and pray for that waiter attempting to catch our eye, he has no idea the damage his selfishness could have caused.

We must desire for His goodness. We must rise above this selfishness and this flesh and find our way home to Him. We must be ever thankful for all of the things we have and are a part of, they are gifts from God. He alone knows us and only He truly knows what is in store for those who believe in Him and live righteously.

17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

I will leave you with this friends…
you will never find a car, a house, a job or a single man that can tell you these words and mean them.
I love you, I'll want you forever, I will give you everything you can imagine you need and more, I will take care of you, hold you and I will give you a purpose beyond your wildest dreams…  
But God can. He already has. His Word is faithful, His promise is Truth. He desires you and me, faithfully.

God bless xo