You Are the Light of the World

Shortly before dawn I sat on the back porch taking in life-giving truths in the Word of God. It was my morning practice once the weather turned mild enough for outdoor devotion time. On this particular day, loud screeches from the woods in front of me broke the quiet I enjoyed, and I was prompted to move closer to the trees and inspect the source of the clamor. I had been set up by God Almighty! Supermoon on August 10 2014Creatures high in the trees were obeying their Creator, drawing me out from under the roof’s cover and into a posture of reverent awe. I stepped down from the porch and was instantly captivated by the glorious view in the sky. The moon, setting full and low in preparation for the coming dawn, commanded my undivided attention. My eyes widened, breath escaped me, and my mind forgot the disturbance in the woods.

The Spirit of God spoke: You have no light of your own, but you reflect my glory!

Jesus said, “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14), and in the same way that He reflected the Father in heaven, so we, who are in Christ, reflect God and His kingdom in all we say and do.

What does the above truth mean to you? Please share thoughts and this post with the hashtags, #IDmakeover #walkitout

 

You’re the Salt of the Earth

Sea salt wooden spoon on brown wooden background.God says that you’re the salt of the earth, but when was the last time you realized that you left a mark on this world? Did you bring joyous flavor to someone’s life and direct his eyes to God’s kingdom? Did you manifest healing as the Spirit enabled you? Did you counter our culture’s decaying morals and bring preserving power to a hopeless situation? Please share your thoughts and share this post with the hashtag, #walkitout.

What Do You Believe For?

I believe I am favored of God and set up for success.

I believe I see miracles daily.

I believe my marriage will last.

I believe that I will die satisfied and not of disease.

This takes great faith knowing the things that I have seen. But there’s a power greater than sin and darkness, greater than unbelief, greater than a generational curse, and greater than genetics.

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe (Ephesians 1:18-19).

This is the heritage that I give my children. Faith.

The Atmosphere Was Charged

Are you one of the near three million people who has seen the video of Darlene Zschech’s Victor’s Crown? It’s a powerful time of praise and worship- actually, it’s preaching of Biblical truth in a musical format! You can view it here.

We sang this song yesterday in our Sunday celebration service. I’m so thankful for a worship pastor who seeks God’s heart for the songs that His congregation needs to sing back to Him! You rock, Pastor Karen!

When I sing praises that focus on Jesus overcoming the grave, I’m instantly caught up in the vision, declarations and songs of heaven recorded for us in chapter 5 of Revelation. I beg of you to read it again today and engage your imagination as though you are John and in his sandals!! There is so much celebration that is on-going in heaven! And it is loud! Living creatures, the elders, ten thousand times ten thousand angels, and us- every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them! So, when we sing these praises with conviction, we truly are caught up in the heavenly realms with Christ (Ephesians 2:6).

You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire… But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel (Hebrews 12:18, 22-24).

For the blood- bought children of God, we’re represented in the Hebrews passage! Did you find the group to whom we belong? Our spirits are lifted right up there when we join in the heavenly worship that is 24/7! Isn’t that amazing? And yesterday in church, I sensed it! The atmosphere was charged with faith as we esteemed victorious Jesus as THE NAME above all names. No name, no destructive power has His rightful place! Jesus alone is on the throne! Jesus alone wears the Victor’s crown! O, when we believe these truths, high things are cast down and strongholds are broken!

You, my dear friend, have just been set up to have an amazing Monday, because Jesus is in His rightful place in your life- on the throne! Every little annoyance and every terrifying issue you face- take heart! They are all under His glorious feet! He has overcome!

Celebrating,

Renee

Teach Me Your Ways

women's feet at the start of the race. concept, sunsetShow me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long (Psalm 25:4-5).

My Yes is Different From Your Yes

Today is a something new kind of day, and I’m pretty excited! Since the Holy Spirit began gently leading me in this direction a couple of months ago, a lot has happened, and I believe I’m experiencing another “suddenly” in God’s kingdom!

At the start of 2015, I realized that I’ve been in a stronghold of deception. For as long as I can remember, I have believed that my time is limited. Do you know what kind of person I have been for all these years while operating in that belief? Rushed!

God is not limited by time, and because His Spirit is within me, I am not limited by sharing love and truth in the Dominican Republictime! This new perspective changes things! Today I begin a new volunteer role at a crisis pregnancy center in my community. As a child of God who avails herself to speak His truth, I have this awesome opportunity before me to fulfill a kingdom mandate: speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.

I’m giving my yes to the Father in heaven and stepping into His possibilities! What is your opportunity to say yes? Listen. He is speaking and guiding you!

Overflow

It seems so insignificant, doesn’t it? That little, “oh” in response to another’s report of a friend or loved one’s cancer diagnosis. Add to it a grimace when the stage of disease indicates aggression.

Our vocal and facial reactions indicate something deeply hidden… the heart exalts the disease title or degree of severity.

Out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks (Luke 6:45).

Please do not misunderstand my approach to a heart inspection. I am not lacking empathy as though I have not dealt with ugly results of disease. I have. Yet, I remain resolute in holding fast to God’s eternal Word no matter the circumstance.

For instance, Ephesians 1:20-21 states that Jesus Christ was resurrected and seated at the right hand of God “in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.” (See my post with Jesus’ trophy here.)

One of my favorite truths to quote is Psalm 103:1-5, and it speaks of praise that the Lord is deserving of based on His salvation, healing of all diseases, redemption, love, compassion and satisfying the heart with good things so that one’s youth is renewed. That’s some good meditation!

Isaiah 53:4-5 indicates the exchange Jesus enacted on the cross by taking our suffering of sin and disease so that we may experience peace. That’s a total well-being: body, soul and spirit.

So when a title crosses your path- one of those that typically elicits an “oh,” give it, instead, an “Oh that? That was conquered over 2000 years ago when my Lord Jesus resurrected from the grave. It’s under His feet now, and since I am a member of His body connected to Him, the head, it’s under my feet too” (See Ephesians 1:22-23).

A heart at rest in the completed work of Christ eliminates the need for a fighting stance, doesn’t it? What are we fighting? Something already defeated? That seems like wasted effort in my eyes. If I truly believe the Scripture and walk out the belief of my resurrected Savior having secured total victory, then why do I fight? I believe the only fight you and I engage in is the fight to keep the faith. Our greatest battle is to not fall prey to unbelief!!!!!

I can hear the protests: “But, Renee, you don’t know about so-and-so and the faith they had. They didn’t receive what they believed for.” You’re right- I don’t know. But as for me and my house (in this case, I’m speaking of the temple entrusted to my priestly stewardship: my spirit, mind/soul and body), I will serve the Lord and ensure that no name or title has any esteemed place above His sovereignty! In everything, may I cause my Jesus to exclaim, “Woman, you have great faith!” (I love His reactions to those who esteemed Him above all things! The expression of pleasure recorded for us in the gospels ends with an exclamation mark! I want to give Jesus reason to use exclamation marks!)

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). Let us also walk in truth of the fullness of Christ afforded us by the blood covenant. Let us keep the faith and run our race to the finish line. You will know when it is time to depart and you will be ready to surrender your spirit so that your body is laid to rest and your spirit man continues on into eternity- a heavenly reward with great inheritance!

Keeping eyes fixed on Jesus,

Renee

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