Fresh Testimony

I posted this testimony today on Marriage Building Event and thought that you would like it too! Say “yes” to God’s promises! In the words of the blessed woman, Mary, “May it be unto me as you have spoken!”

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Avoid the Trap of the Devil

Do you want to know the way to avoid being tripped up and trapped by the devil? The Word of God grants us the following insight:

“Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble” (1 John 2:9-10).

The original language of make him stumble paints a chilling word picture. The English translation comes from the Greek word skandalon, “a trigger of a trap on which the bait is placed… Skandalon always denotes an enticement to conduct which could ruin the person in question.” 1

Take another look at the scripture verse and discover the skandalon. 

Christian brother and sister, we need to get into weekend warrior mode and not overlook negative feelings we have toward others. Do not justify anything short of love unless you take pleasure in the enemy having charge of your life. To make a decision against anything short of God’s divine love taking root in your heart is to live in such a way that the enemy has nothing in you. Do you get that? Satan has no key if there’s no hate. He is not granted access! He might have a fuzzy velcro strip from the pit of hell, but he cannot find the prickly receiver strip of velcro in your heart! Nothing he throws at you sticks because the love of God flowing in you and out of you does not give the enemy anything on which to latch his teeth!

Do you know that our Savior and Lord made the same proclamation concerning His own life? Jesus prepared His disciples for His soon-coming departure and clarified that what was about to happen was an act of obedience to the Father, not a result of the enemy’s control of Him.

“I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on Me, but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded Me” (John 14:30-31, emphasis added).

Weekend Warriors, we must refuse to operate in anything but love. To have even a small, unoccupied area, a little closed off section of our lives for hate to dwell is to harbor a skandalon that patiently awaits our demise. To host a hate trap is to eventually become its prey at a moment when we least expect it.

Prayerfully searching my heart,

Renee

 

1 Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible. AMG Publisers. Chattanoga, TN.

 

 

Because I’ve Seen and Heard

Do you wonder if you are effective in making disciples? I mean, if today marks the return of Christ for His bride, would you feel confident that you reached all the people who you could have reached?

If you have your doubts, know that I do too! But we’re not beating ourselves over this analysis! We just want to be found in Christ and following His commands. He told us that through abiding and obedience, we will have His complete joy. So no condemnation here, okay?

I notice a parallel in the Bible that I believe will fuel our disciple-making:

“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3).

Jesus said, “…the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing,” and “I do nothing on My own but speak just what the Father has taught Me” (John 5:19, 8:28).

If Jesus spoke and did only what He heard His Father say and do, and if the disciples proclaimed only what they saw Jesus do and heard Him say, then we must have the same testimony if we want others to have fellowship with us- the fellowship we enjoy with God the Father.

Seeing and hearing are key components of our relationship with the Father in heaven. In other words, we experience Him. But do not fear! More than your desire to know intimately your God is His desire to be known intimately by you! His Word says, “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). The apostle Paul’s cry of his heart was, “I want to know Christ…” (Philippians 3:10). And Moses requested of God, “Show me Your glory” (Exodus 33:18). You and I echo their passion when we ask our Lord to reveal Himself to us- a simple way of saying, “I want to know You.”

Maybe you’re a Christian and wondering if you have a testimony to share- something to relate to others based on what you have seen and heard. A good place to start is to reveal what change has occurred in your life since you surrendered it to Jesus Christ. You have first hand experience with Christ, made evident by the fact that you are not the same person!

Take some time to reflect on the power of God made visible in your life. Realize that you don’t think the same way, talk the same way or act the same way! Give God praise for His obvious work of redemption. Overflow with expressions of thankfulness, and keep on thanking Him. The Father enjoys your grateful heart and will likely reveal Himself even more when He finds you in such a glorious state of mind and heart! So be prepared to have even further witness of what you have seen and heard!

Loving Him and you,

Renee

This Is the Hour to Pray

The warning Peter wrote to “all who are in Christ,” the “strangers in this world,” is a necessary reminder today. As we watch the stock market falter and hear the call to diversify one’s portfolio to include silver and gold, the wisdom of heaven has this to say:

  • Your FAITH is of greater worth than gold, because gold perishes in the fire.
  • Your BORN AGAIN status is imperishable because it was birthed through the living and enduring Word of God, not the perishable seed of man which brought your first birth.
  • GOD’S WORD stands forever, whereas man dies and his glory with him.
  • Your INHERITANCE in Jesus Christ never spoils or fades.

(See 1 Peter 1:7, 1:23-25, 1:4)

Peter also goes on to say that you and I are to be self-controlled and alert. This is an hour unlike any other in modern times. As long as we make it our goal to prioritize the eternal {our daily walk with Jesus, our salvation and that of our fellow-man, God’s Word, and our eternal reward in Christ}, we will prepare ourselves appropriately for what is to come. Keep in mind, if you are in the Lord Jesus, you have His peace. God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of love, of power and of self- control. Allow these products of His Spirit to fuel your prayer life.

This is the hour to pray.

Application: Pray that the Father in heaven leads you in the way that will grant you optimal influence for the advancement of His kingdom.

Loving the family of God deeply,

Renee

 

A New Song

Let my life show

I depend upon You.

My faith comes from

A Fountain that’s good.

Jesus, to Your Word

You remain true.

Let my life show

I depend upon You. 

(See Ephesians 2:8)

While enjoying a workout on the trail today, this song rose up from within, and I continued to sing many verses. In addition to faith, I also sang about my health, my relationships, and my finances! The scripture references for these are Psalm 103:3, Matthew 18:21-22, and Malachi 3:19, respectively.

Jesus, You do remain true to your Word. You say that abiding in You is the secret to a blessed life. So I’m holding fast to Your revelation, Your warning, and Your promise!

I am the Vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples (John 15:5-8).

 

 

I Cannot Keep This Hidden!

I’m challenging you to a 100-Day Identity Makeover! I’m challenging myself! We’re kicking off this devotional as a “Back-To-School” Event! You don’t want to miss this! Starting September 8, you will receive a daily update. And, the 100-Day Identity Makeover isn’t just information, it’s inspiration! Each Monday through Friday you will receive an Identity Trait in Christ along with a “Walk It Out” Charge! It’s not enough to just know something; our faith is real when we live it!

Friend, I’m very excited about sharing this teaching! I started writing it last spring after I compiled a list of 100 identity traits during a 40-day fast. It is critical that you and I understand who we are in Christ Jesus. I keep hearing this exact exhortation repeatedly, and I know that NOW is the time to release it into your hands. Please pass along the 100-Day Identity Makeover to anyone you know who is not walking in truth!

A motivating scriptural truth backing Sharing Love and Truth is Psalm 40:10.

“I do not hide Your righteousness in my heart; I speak of Your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal Your love and Your truth from the great assembly.”

I cannot wait for you to grow in understanding of who you are in Jesus Christ. I dare say, you are more than you know!

With love,

Renee

A Mind Consumed by Thoughts of What Could Go Wrong

reneebeamer:

Please share with your weekend warriors! This post on worry is a necessary read!
“It’s all about His Presence!”

Originally posted on sharing love and truth:

You’re a Christian and you worry.

That seems pretty normal, doesn’t it? When you tell your friends you can’t turn your mind off at night and fall asleep, they concur that it’s a difficult thing. A mind consumed by thoughts of what could go wrong is a sweet dreams killer. Everyone worries, right?

The wicked worry.

I’m sorry, I know that’s a harsh word and one we don’t want attached to us, especially if we profess to be Christians. However, it’s the Father’s choice word for those who do not know Him nor His nature. What God knows to be true, and what He has revealed to us through Jesus is that He is good, and He is faithful to His covenant. To allow our minds to be consumed with thoughts that deviate from this truth is to operate in unbelief… wickedness.

Worry is a condition stemming from fear of…

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