We Must Not Become Conceited

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This post is about the importance of remaining humble in all things and displaying the characteristics of Christ in all areas of our lives.  It’s not about us.  This is not about our ministry, our prophecies, our dreams, our visions, our words from the Lord, our prayers, our gifts.   This is not about what you have done for the Lord.   This is about bringing more souls into the Kingdom by way of people repenting before the Lord and accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

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We must remain humble in our walk.  When we get arrogant with our gifts, they can quickly be taken away from us.

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We also must truly forgive everyone;  not just say we forgave them, but actually forgive them.  We can’t wipe past pain out of our minds, but we can’t hold onto hurt by displaying anger to others that have done us wrong in the past.

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There seems to be a spirit of confusion going around.  Discernment is needed and so is wisdom.  If I tell you something that gives you a feeling of “something isn’t right here” feeling, then take it to the Lord in prayer.  

“1953 HITS ARCHIVE: The Hokey Pokey – Ray Anthony (original version) (Jo Ann Greer, vocal)” 

For example:   I could be leading a group of people and telling them that they had to perform the following each morning or they would go to hell:   “Place 1 teaspoon of sugar in your mug, then pour in coffee or tea and then stir it 3 times — if you stir any more than 3 or less than 3, you are headed to the Lake of Fire!”  I know that statement seems silly, but it’s an example of what can happen when we place our thoughts above the Lord’s will.

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Galatians 5:22-26

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,      23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit.  26 We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

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Leviticus 19:18

Do not take revenge or bear a grudge against members of your community, but love your neighbor as yourself; I am Yahweh.

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Ephesians 4

Unity and Diversity in the Body of Christ
Therefore I, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love, 3 diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope at your calling— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.  7 Now grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of the Messiah’s gift.      8 For it says:  When He ascended on high, He took prisoners into captivity; He gave gifts to people.
9 But what does “He ascended” mean except that He descended to the lower parts of the earth? 10 The One who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things. 11 And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness. 14 Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. 15 But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head—Christ. 16 From Him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.

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Living the New Life
17 Therefore, I say this and testify in the Lord: You should no longer walk as the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their thoughts. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them and because of the hardness of their hearts. 19 They became callous and gave themselves over to promiscuity for the practice of every kind of impurity with a desire for more and more. 20 But that is not how you learned about the Messiah, 21 assuming you heard about Him and were taught by Him, because the truth is in Jesus. 22 You took off your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires; 23 you are being renewed in the spirit of your minds; 24 you put on the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth. 25 Since you put away lying, Speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, because we are members of one another. 26 Be angry and do not sin. Don’t let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and don’t give the Devil an opportunity. 28 The thief must no longer steal. Instead, he must do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need. 29 No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear. 30 And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit. You were sealed by Him for the day of redemption. 31 All bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander must be removed from you, along with all malice. 32 And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.


 “We Are One In The Spirit”


“Somebody New” — Imperials


“Stand By The Power” — Imperials

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39 thoughts on “We Must Not Become Conceited

  1. Wow, J.C…….really well done!

    “It’s not about us. It’s ALL about Jesus.” That message has been coming to me many times in the past several days. This is more confirmation.

    Also, today I am reading an excellent and simple book (short) called “Practicing the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence (he lived in the 1600’s. He didn’t write the book. It’s a compilation of some conversations and letters. The title of this book came up to me several times recently, so I “took the hint” and ordered it.

    He was in the habit of daily ongoing conversations with God in a state of humility, love, and charity. Very inspiring!

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  2. Post Edit Notes: Important Scripture To Keep In Mind When Someone Tells You They Know The Time When Jesus Will Return, When The Rapture Will Occur or When Heaven and Earth Will Pass Away — Be Watchful Against False Prophecy! We Must Be Ready At All Times!

    Matthew 24
    Destruction of the Temple Predicted
    24 As Jesus left and was going out of the temple complex, His disciples came up and called His attention to the temple buildings. 2 Then He replied to them, “Don’t you see all these things? I assure you: Not one stone will be left here on another that will not be thrown down!”

    Signs of the End of the Age
    3 While He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached Him privately and said, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what is the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?”

    4 Then Jesus replied to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they will deceive many. 6 You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these events are the beginning of birth pains.

    Persecutions Predicted
    9 “Then they will hand you over for persecution, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 Then many will take offense, betray one another and hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be delivered. 14 This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations. And then the end will come.

    The Great Tribulation
    15 “So when you see the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place” (let the reader understand), 16 “then those in Judea must flee to the mountains! 17 A man on the housetop must not come down to get things out of his house. 18 And a man in the field must not go back to get his clothes. 19 Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days! 20 Pray that your escape may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. 21 For at that time there will be great tribulation, the kind that hasn’t taken place from the beginning of the world until now and never will again! 22 Unless those days were limited, no one would survive. But those days will be limited because of the elect.

    23 “If anyone tells you then, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Over here!’ do not believe it! 24 False messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25 Take note: I have told you in advance. 26 So if they tell you, ‘Look, He’s in the wilderness!’ don’t go out; ‘Look, He’s in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever the carcass is, there the vultures will gather.

    The Coming of the Son of Man
    29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days:
    The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not shed its light;
    the stars will fall from the sky, and the celestial powers will be shaken.
    30 “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the peoples of the earth will mourn; and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

    The Parable of the Fig Tree
    32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: As soon as its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 In the same way, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near—at the door! 34 I assure you: This generation will certainly not pass away until all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.

    No One Knows the Day or Hour
    36 “Now concerning that day and hour no one knows—neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son —except the Father only. 37 As the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. 38 For in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah boarded the ark. 39 They didn’t know until the flood came and swept them all away. So this is the way the coming of the Son of Man will be: 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and one left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and one left. 42 Therefore be alert, since you don’t know what day your Lord is coming. 43 But know this: If the homeowner had known what time the thief was coming, he would have stayed alert and not let his house be broken into. 44 This is why you also must be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

    Faithful Service to the Messiah
    45 “Who then is a faithful and sensible slave, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give them food at the proper time? 46 That slave whose master finds him working when he comes will be rewarded. 47 I assure you: He will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But if that wicked slave says in his heart, ‘My master is delayed,’ 49 and starts to beat his fellow slaves, and eats and drinks with drunkards, 50 that slave’s master will come on a day he does not expect and at an hour he does not know. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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    1. Your post was great to read this morning! Listened to Matt 24 last night, (more conformation in the add on) Went through a crazy flesh battle off and on from yesterday afternoon till app an hour ago. What at first, appeared to be an attack of the enemy, was Holy Spirit showing me an area I had asked him to point out LOL! Spent time in repentance over it and He highlighted where it came from. God is so good and patient with us!!!!

      Some of the things He points out are so very sneaky…………..it goes with your post. Every time I get around a certain person who is on our property, or end up doing her job for her I get agitated. I mean really agitated! I got very angry with myself and the enemy, until the Lord showed me what was going on. I’m sure I wasn’t pleasant to be around at all….my poor husband. It’s not always words that cause others to get busy with “things that suddenly come up” to avoid us. There are times just over-doing our work and being overwhelmed, our frustration showing, can make others uncomfortable. Especially if they have a “fix the problem” personality. They sure can’t relax. IN that, the love of Christ is not showing.

      It may seem a silly area but it was dead on. All my life I was raised with words from my dad and his dad: “I can’t stand lazy people!” Guess what’s on our property and over in our home often? A very lazy person. It’s tied in with an area HE wants gone. It’s conceited to think everyone was raised to work hard or work, period. It’s a judgement and it’s haughty. It’s also something in His way to abide in His peace and love!!!!!

      Thanks again for the post:)

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  3. GREAT post, James and indeed . . . We MUST remain humble, for it is the POWER of the Holy Spirit that enables us to do anything for the Kingdom of Heaven. If we go the route of “me. . Me. . It’s all about me” and get into pride. . . .
    WAP!!!! As the discipline of the Father hits us really hard because He loves us and doesn’t want us to fall like Satan.

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    1. I’m so overwhelmed and grateful at the short time He showed me this one! Too often it takes me awhile to “get it.” It also is His way of showing His love and mercy when He highlights these areas. WOW………what a mighty God we serve!! Peace and joy back and, instead of intermittent from yesterday ………oh how I love Him!

      Wonder what He’s going to point out next……..I pray I hear quickly, a whisper, ……I pray all of us hear quickly, heed quickly and in an instant vs periods of time, back under His Peace and even the healing in those areas that may be hiding.

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      1. Pride is so very subtle!!! It’s downright scary! Peggy, Linda, those traits James posted show much hidden pride too. I know we’re a work in progress and under His grace, but something about that list just smacked me upside the head in areas.

        HA! I’ve always been very physically active and worked long hours. Well……….chronic health issues and being unable to do so, was His way of a “lets sit down together.” For several years. Then the other areas of pride, (which of course I was blind as a bat to, and the fear of the Lord keeps me pressing in) besides being proud of my work ethic starting unfolding and still are.

        Yesterday and the day before He gave me:

        Eph 6: 5 Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; 6 not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. 7 With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men, 8 knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free.

        Soon we will either be underground or in a camp etc. (the upside of course) If this can’t apply here and be in a daily walk, how on earth would be it there…………uhg~ Certainly was the perfect word to hear with my resentment, conceit, pride, you name it concerning this person. It’s not about her, it’s about my stinkin thinkin.

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  4. Sometimes without my knowledge some people think Of me as haughty or ego inflated When i talk.

    Im certain IT is because IF i want or not i always seem to have an answer to most everything except what happenings are in the city or what this/that fellow did last weekend.

    People just consider me strange by default, maybe Even here. But i learned to live with it.

    Great post JC and big M happy baptismal day 🌹

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    1. I can guarantee you, Stig, no one HERE thinks you’re strange. We’re ALL
      “Odd for God.”

      As you know, it’s not what a person says but the “motive” or “intent” behind what they think, say, or do!

      Does the “motive”/”intent” spring from the fruit of the Spirit?
      Many times that’s not for any of us to judge……

      The Christian life is about building up the “INNER MAN.”

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  5. Heavenly Father, we come to you in the name of Jesus asking you to give all of your children patience in dealing with those who have taken upon themselves to judge other people. Please open their eyes, as they can be harming more people than they understand.

    Please let them know that they do not have the power to call out sinners as a way of excluding them from anything, but to give them Love and mercy as you directed us in you word.

    Please bring some sense of balance to those that are going in so many directions, that they are unable to see what is coming ahead. We ask you to direct the lips and written words of others that have an audience for you Lord.

    We are all sinners and give you the Glory for giving us your son to take away all of our sins. We ask for wisdom to know when we are sinning and the humility to come to you asking for forgiveness daily. We thank you and praise you in Jesus Name … Amen.

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  6. Matthew 9:10-13

    10 While He was reclining at the table in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came as guests to eat with Jesus and His disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

    12 But when He heard this, He said, “Those who are well don’t need a doctor, but the sick do. 13 Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

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  7. Daily Devotional — 06/27/2016

    PRISON PRAYER MIRACLE
    So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. Acts 12:5

    Nadia was in a prison in the Middle East for some months because she was a believer from Muslim background. She told the prison officials that she would not give them any information about the people she knew or about her husband, only about herself. This led her to being placed in an isolation cell for four days. The cell was small and extremely cold. There was no toilet or washing facilities at all.

    “At one point,” Nadia reported, “I was feeling very cold and found the whole experience tough. Suddenly though, I felt warm air blowing in my face. So warm, in fact, that when I breathed in and the air hit my lungs I had to cough.”

    She had no idea where the warmth was coming from and at the same time she became very joyful. This sense of joy overwhelmed her so much that she began to dance in the cell. Yet, at the same time, she also felt confused. How could she feel warm and joyful in a cold prison cell, she asked herself?

    “Then I heard a voice,” said Nadia. She emphasized that it wasn’t an internal voice but audible, “as if someone in the cell was saying, ‘That is because people are praying for you. This is the Spirit of happiness that has come upon you. Receive it.’”

    Later on, after her release, Nadia shared her amazing experience in the cell with her sister. Asking when it had happened, Nadia’s sister mentioned the same exact day and time when thirty-two believers had met to pray for Nadia and another believer in prison. Two of the participants had been appointed to represent Nadia and the other Christian. The remaining thirty believers gathered around them to ask God to comfort them, to fill them with joy and send His Spirit of happiness upon them.” They were deeply encouraged to hear Nadia’s experience.

    Pastor Gambo Boka from northern Nigeria was falsely accused and sentenced by the Islamic court to three years of imprisonment. When he was put in prison, together with five other falsely accused Christians, he said, “God has a purpose in all of this. My soul is at rest.”

    Though he lost weight and became weak, his faith became increasingly strong. He shared the Gospel with many fellow prisoners, who were almost all Muslims. “I experience comfort in this terrible place.” said Gambo. “I know that God’s promises are true.”

    The Islamic court gave Pastor Gambo thirty days to appeal. While members of Pastor Gambo’s church prayed, God performed a miracle. Gambo and the other five Christians were acquitted by an Islamic court because of a lack of evidence. “This is God’s grace,” said one of the church members. “Our prayers have been heard and my faith has been strengthened. God’s promises are so special!”

    Pastor Gambo and the other five Christians left the court singing, thanking God for His intervention.

    RESPONSE: Today I will remember that God’s promises are true and He still performs miracles.

    PRAYER: Pray earnestly today for Christians around the world in prison for their faith.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  8. Daily Devotional — 06/28/16 (Goes with Linda’s posts on BelieveActs2 Blog)

    PRAY AS A WARRIOR
    Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis. Colossians 4:12-13

    Today’s devotional comes from a Bible study prepared by a church leader in North Korea encouraging his fellow believers to “pray as a warrior.” It is fascinating to see how our persecuted brothers and sisters in North Korea regard prayer. He begins in Colossians 4:12-13:

    What can we learn from this? That Epaphras wrestled in prayer. He prayed as a warrior. The word “wrestling” in the text means “battling, fighting.” We, too, must pray as warriors. I must do so. In the past, I often went to the mountains and prayed all night…God uses this prayer to open doors. It is not for nothing that Paul tells us at the beginning of chapter four that we must be watchful and thankful and must keep praying. Then…God opens doors to proclaim the mystery of Christ.

    What does “praying as a warrior” entail?

    1. Discovering God’s will – Just like Paul, we must take our strategies from the Lord God. Paul wrestled in prayer in order to discover the will of God. This meant that God was able to lead him…When we make plans, we must pray according to His will. The Spirit knows what Satan is intending. God will reveal it to us and warn us if there is any danger.

    2. Concentrated prayer – We must pray in a concentrated way, and for a long time…while I was praying in a concentrated way, a sentence came to my mind: “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” I did not know this text. When I spoke to a friend about it, he told me that it is in the Bible, in Philippians 4:13. There was much sin in my life. I had to pray long and often in order to break down the barriers between God and me. This, too, is praying as a warrior.

    3. Prayer of sacrifice – The prayer of a warrior is also the prayer of sacrifice. Praying is the most important thing you do in a day. Whatever you do each day, begin everything with prayer. Prayer is the shortest way, not the longest! By sacrificing yourself and applying yourself to praying as a warrior, God will open the hearts of people and break through their thinking…this type of prayer helps us to conquer evil with good. This is why we pray that Kim Jong-Il will become a Christian. And even more, that he will combat the evil in our society.

    Epaphras remained faithful to Jesus Christ until the end. He was a prayer warrior. In this, he followed our Lord Himself…How can we manage without this prayer?

    RESPONSE: Today I will pray as a warrior…especially remembering Christians in North Korea.

    PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for the example of Epaphras in the hard work of wrestling in prayer.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  9. Scripture to remind us how to pray and an example prayer from Jesus himself.

    Matthew 6:5-15

    How to Pray
    5 “Whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward! 6 But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 7 When you pray, don’t babble like the idolaters, since they imagine they’ll be heard for their many words. 8 Don’t be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask Him.

    The Model Prayer
    9 “Therefore, you should pray like this:

    Our Father in heaven, Your name be honored as holy.
    10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
    11 Give us today our daily bread.
    12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (see verses 14 – 15)
    13 And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
    [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]

    14 “For if you forgive people their wrongdoing, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well. 15 But if you don’t forgive people, your Father will not forgive your wrongdoing.

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  10. Update — See The Following News Aricle which is confirmation that they are preparing for a False-Flag Event, which is probably funded by the Luciferian Crowd:

    http://www.emergencyemail.org/newsemergency/anmviewer.asp?a=6035&z=34&ref=femoia
    *********************************************************************
    This is a re-post of comments from 6/20/16:
    Stay Alert!!!! Possible 3 different false flag events coming in July, based on recruitment of crisis actors for all 3 of these events!

    http://www.thedailysheeple.com/now-what-not-one-but-three-new-calls-for-crisis-actors-on-craigslist_062016

    Three different events listed

    7/18 – 7/21 — Republican National Convention (Donald Trump)
    7/25 – 7/28 — Democratic National Convention (Hitlery)
    7/26 – 7/31 — Large Military Exercise in Burlington, VT

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      1. You can say that again Vicki. It really makes me sick when I see truthful news that warns of upcoming “false flag” events and then I see the follow-up from our Luciferian Government Leader who is putting plans in place to make the false flag events look like they were not planned.

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  11. My Peace — Jun 28, 2016 06:53 am | Glynda Linkous

    My children, some of you have entered situations that hurt you that are not My will for you. Look closely, why do you think it is My will?

    Many of My children have been snared by the enemy into jobs, marriages and debts that were not My will at all. Where is My peace in your situation?

    If My peace abides in you, I am there. If it does not, go to where it does (abide in you – I saw He meant make changes to get back to His peace).

    Let My peace rule in your hearts, My children.

    Colossians 3:15-17

    15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

    16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

    17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him

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    1. Chaos, I feel it coming, I feel the turbulence in my spirit. That’s easy to say with everything that’s going on in the world, but I’ve felt it for a very long time and so I’m sure Mena is correct. Not to mention, everyone else who has shared there dreams and visions, Linda, Bette, etc.

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  12. Daily Devotional — 06/29/16

    THE DISCIPLINE OF FASTING
    But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:17-18

    Jesus assumes in this passage that His followers practice fasting. He says “when” you fast—not “if” you fast and then goes on to give these instructions. Fasting is a significant spiritual activity that goes along with intensive prayer times. To fast means to put God first. Fasting is an attitude of the heart in which we interrupt our normal life to pray for a specific matter or cause. It means to abstain from food—and for some, even drink—so that we can focus on God and be more sensitive to spiritual matters. Fasting is also perseverance in prayer until you have received an answer—be it yes, no, wait or something different. In essence, fasting means that we rend our hearts before God, confess our sins and turn to the Lord anew (Joel 2:12-13).

    Fasting is biblical. Consider the following: Moses fasted twice for forty days (Exodus 34:28); Daniel fasted (partially) for twenty-one days (Daniel 10:3); Joel called for a day of fasting (Joel 1:14; 2:12); Ezra withdrew for a period of fasting and mourning (Ezra 10:6); Elijah fasted for forty days (1 Kings 19:8); Leaders of the church in Antioch fasted (Acts 13:2-3); Jesus fasted for forty days (Luke 4:2); Paul and Barnabas fasted (Acts 14:23; 27:33).

    Captain Bill Tinsley was arrested on false charges under President Marcos in the Philippines following the completion of Project Pearl in 1981. As the days of his confinement passed, Bill fasted from eating. After a few days of fasting, his blood pressure rose very higher. A doctor visited him daily. Everything possible was done to get him to eat. He was accused of staging a hunger strike. Bill carefully explained to his captors many times, “My fasting is a spiritual exercise. If I want my God to take my part, I must become weak that He may become strong. President Marcos is a very powerful man. I cannot fight him. I must let God take my part.” His explanation brought only a certain resignation by his jailers. They did not understand.

    Each day during his captivity Bill went for a walk. A soldier always went along to guard against possible escape. On that tenth morning, after reading of Elijah’s running a great distance while fasting, Bill jogged. The soldier that went along couldn’t keep up and was forced to take shortcuts across the fields to stay with him.

    “How can you be so strong without eating?” a colonel asked referring to the jogging incident that morning.

    “It’s the power of God,” Bill told him sincerely. “And if you keep me here, you’re going to see me grow stronger and stronger!” The eyes of all the men present grew large. They believed him and that prospect was not to their liking. It was with some reluctance Bill later walked out of his cell for the last time. He had experienced God’s presence there. His captors, the same ones that had falsely arrested him, gave him a send-off as they would a dear friend.

    RESPONSE: Today I resolve to practice all the spiritual disciplines…including fasting.

    PRAYER: Help me, Lord, to practice fasting as a spiritual discipline without making it obvious.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  13. A Watchman on the Wall — Posted: 29 Jun 2016 12:13 AM PDT

    “Rejection and righteousness. The redeemed of the LORD?

    Two peoples walk among you. Two claim salvation in the Name of My Son. One rejects biblical truth, draping robes of righteousness about their shoulders. As a cloak it keeps out what will bring healing. The other seeks righteousness; running here, running there. With no root or substance their desire has no form of godliness but is self-serving and shallow. These fill My house on Sunday. These will be shaken by what I AM will do to My church. It will be a shell of its former self but from the ruins life will emerge.

    To those who are given much, much will be required. White washed tombs filled with dead men’s bones will not survive in these last days.”

    “…And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.” Matthew 21:13

    “Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of robbers in your sight? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 7:11

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  14. Daily Devotional — 06/30/2016

    MYSTERY
    He made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ… Ephesians 1:9

    Human beings always want to know “why?” and “why not now?” But it’s precisely because we are human we cannot know. That’s why mystery is so important to understand. The entire book of Job is all about the “why” of suffering and in the end God invites Job to see a bigger picture than even his suffering.

    Creation is a mistake if all you see is your suffering. But if you lift your eyes wider and let your gaze roam over the whole universe with God, you can also see that creation has even more beauty and grace.

    So we are to value mystery because it enables us to feel God’s love…love that was fully revealed in Christ.

    Sometimes we get to see “why?” and “why not now?” (one of the good aspects of growing older). Often we don’t because we are the players of life in the universe, not the playwright.

    Christine Mallouhi in her excellent book, Waging Peace on Islam, makes this significant conclusion:

    The victorious and triumphant Christian life does not conjure up pictures of suffering and death and feelings of abandonment. But this was all part of God’s victory in Christ. If this was the path the Master trod why should it be any different for the servants? Jesus cried out “why?” and “where are you?” to God when circumstances were crushing him. God is always greater than our understanding of him and there will always be mystery about him that causes us to fall down in awe and worship. This mystery, which we want to tidily categorise, keeps causing struggles in our life. Every time we get God tidied up like a ball of rubber bands, another end bursts out and the struggle begins over again, until we learn to live in faith with untidy ends. If everything is clear then faith is irrelevant. We are not called to solve the mystery, but enter it.[1]

    RESPONSE: Today I will value mystery because it enables me to feel God’s love.

    PRAYER: Thank You Lord that though the world around us if full of suffering, it is more full of beauty and grace. Help me to trust You and value mystery.

    1. Christine Mallouhi, Waging Peace on Islam (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2000), p.52.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  15. Changes Ahead
    Jun 30, 2016 06:00 am | Glynda Linkous

    Positions and posts are changing and great change is just ahead for My people, far and wide.

    Great change is on the horizon and you shall soon see what it is.

    My children shall delight in all I show them this year, but the wicked shall feel My wrath as the edges of it begin to encroach upon their lives.

    Keep your hands clean and your minds pure from all sin, My children.

    James 4:7-9

    7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

    8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

    9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.

    Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

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