Whom the Father Loves… Part2 June 6, 2013Posted by Streim in Life Lessons From the Word, Living in the Real World, The Grace of God, The Joy of His Love, The Power of the Holy Spirit.
Tags: being still, Bible, brotherly love, chastening, Christian living, Encouragement, Ephesians, Exhortation, fiery darts, God's Faithfulness, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Joy, Obedience, Praise, sin, Study, temptations, The Truth
Whenever the Lord impresses me to write about something, it’s because I am going through it myself. I know you all will agree when I say that the temptation to sin enters our lives everyday. Often it’s very subtle and appears harmless, or maybe it even seems right— but it leads to sin against the Father and our Lord Jesus. That’s how the enemy of our souls plays his game. He started that game in the Garden with Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:1-7) and still uses it today.
I knew something wasn’t right between the Father and myself. I read and studied the Word on a frequent basis, spent quiet time with Him in prayer and surrendered myself to the Lord Jesus to be conformed to His image. BUT—- there was an awkward, disturbing sense that something was amiss within my heart. I prayed often and asked the Lord to show me what was wrong… but as so often is the case, He waits until it is His time and not ours. (PRAISE HIM!!) In recent months I’ve heard many sad statements made by some Christian authors and writers. I’ve watched popular Christian leaders speak words that I knew were unbiblical. I read in various types of national news sources how our country’s largest Christian denominations are accepting sinful practices into their churches; saying the church must change with the times. I know we live in times of extreme attacks by the ” unseen darkness in heavenly places” ( Ephesians 6:12). I made sure I had my armor on, and walked daily with a “sharpened Sword–the Word”. I thought the words I spoke were truthful when I’d share with you readers and others what I saw as our battleground. But… I was horribly wrong! One of those “fiery darts” (notice they’re not flaming arrows) got past my “shield of faith” and I didn’t even know it. I wasn’t exactly sure what “my sin” against Him was until last Monday. Now I must say, it definitely wasn’t something I expected. I couldn’t see it because: I had a 4×4 in lodged in my eye. In the letter Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus, he was clear in his closing remarks to them.
Ephesians 6:10-18 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints–
I wasn’t praying for ALL THE SAINTS with prayers and pleadings (supplications) as instructed… I was pointing fingers, as though I had it all right and others didn’t! Our Glorious Loving God didn’t knock me around; or give me an incurable disease; or take away His Spirit from me. Instead, as I sat outside Monday morning I asked Him again. “What is wrong dear Father… I love you so, please for your glory an honor, in Jesus name please show me.” He did! I waked into my apartment just in time to hear one of my morning radio programs make their closing remarks. It was Ephesians 6:18; immediately I received a devotional on my phone with basically the same content. I could finally see— I wept as though as I realized my pride was the target of that “dart” and it was effective… until I repented at that moment! What joy there is when we know that the Creator God, the Great “I AM”, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ love us so much, that we are gently chastened and corrected. Thank you Father for loving us so much you chasten us!
My prayer is that this experience of mine may help someone… Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ… I extend my blessings to all of you! ♥ Streim
W-O-R-D-S May 28, 2013Posted by Streim in Living in the Real World, Security in Jesus, The Power of the Holy Spirit, Trusting God.
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Ecclesiastes 11: 12 ” The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious, But the lips of a fool shall swallow him up;”
Proverbs 16:24 ” Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.”
Psalm 36: 1-3 ” To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord. An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flatters himself in his own eyes, When he finds out his iniquity and when he hates. The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good.”
Psalm 94:12-22: ” Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O Lord, And teach out of Your law, That You may give him rest from the days of adversity, Until the pit is dug for the wicked. For the Lord will not cast off His people, Nor will He forsake His inheritance. But judgment will return to righteousness, And all the upright in heart will follow it. Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? unless the Lord had been my help, My soul would soon have settled in silence. If I say, ‘ My foot slips,’ Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up. In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul. Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law, Have fellowship with You? They gather together against the life of the righteous, And condemn innocent blood. But the Lord has been my defense, And my God the rock of my refuge”
Yes, the tongue is unruly… very much able to tear down a person’s integrity; however… when we ask our Heavenly Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to help us bridle the tongue… He does so by the power of the Holy Spirit. A lifelong lesson for many, one I am constantly reminded of and chastened for; as I am learning to talk less and listen more— Praise be to my Father and Lord Jesus!
I pray this video and the song will be a blessing to all. ♥ Streim
~~Prayer Warriors Needed~~ March 25, 2013Posted by Streim in Comforting Others, Everyday News, Living in the Real World, The Joy of His Love, The Power of Prayer.
Tags: Body of Christ, brotherly love, family, friends, Gospel of John, grandchildren, Holy Spirit, Hope, Jesus Christ, Joy, Living in the Real World, Love, prayer requests, Study, surgery, the Word
I know we have a very strong prayer community within this “blogging” space– so my dear brothers and sisters within the True Body of Christ, I’m reaching out today on behalf of two very special people in my life. Tomorrow morning (Tuesday 7:30 CDT) my second youngest daughter Mandilyn (27) is having a very serious surgery, while 100 miles away, at the same exact time my youngest granddaughter Joeie (2) is having hand surgery.
I’ve requested prayer for Mandilyn before that the trial birth control would shrink the mass on her right ovary. (for a little history Mandi had a mass removed from the left ovary July 2011) The previous mass was created by a ruptured egg , however this one is completely different. And… it hasn’t shrunk at all, it is the size of a golf ball. Her doctor has no real idea what the mass is but it’s not the same as before and we know that the doctor may have to remove the entire ovary. Mandi understands state and has accepted that God is in control of the situation (she knows Him as Savior— but is not walking with Him).
Little Joeie has a strange condition for an infant. Both of her thumbs has extra tendons; causing the thumbs to always be bent. It looks like arthritis would. A hand specialist is going to snip the extra tendons to release the thumbs. Her mother, my youngest daughter Missy knows the Lord and trusts all will work well.
I am asking 1) prayer for Mandi that the doctor may have true wisdom; for Mandi to be impressed by God’s love for her through this; and finally that it is not ovarian cancer!
For little Joeie 1) that there won’t be any difficulties with the surgery and that recovery be minimal, as you can imagine a 2-year-old with bandaged hands; also prayer for my daughter Missy and daddy Justin.
*** As I been doing my study through the Gospel of John I am finding the most beautiful, blessed truths about the love of the Father in heaven and how He loved us so much to send His ONLY begotten to live as we, die a horrible death without any sin of His own (of course Jesus was God in the flash) for the sole purpose of reconciling man to the Himself– The LORD God Almighty. This past week I’ve been reading and studying the words Jesus spoke to His disciples just previous to His death. I found none of these recorded in the other 3 gospels. There is so much there— I’m craving the Word! This I’d like to share, as it concerns me asking you for prayer support.***
John 16: 20-24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament , but the world shall rejoice : and ye shall be sorrowful , but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come : but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice , and your joy no man taketh from you. And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you , Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask , and ye shall receive , that your joy may be full .
Oh how I love you my Savior Jesus and my Forever Father in heaven. Bless all those who will believe your words… and crave them! Thank you all for considering, as the Holy Spirit leads to pray. ♥ Streim