How different are we from our main societies;
How different is light from darkness?
“Thus your light will shine before the children of men that they may see your good works, and may glorify your Father who is in Heaven.”
Matthew 5:16 (Aramaic Bible in Plain English)
Long before anyone knew you would be,
Our loving God had an idea:
He put just the right features together, and then,
He created the one known as you.
There is nobody else in all the world,
In history or in years to come,
Who has been created with that specific idea
Of the person we know as you.
Uniquely made to reflect the glory
Of the Lover of each one’s soul;
He made your being and prepared all the good works;
Then gave a name to that one you.
Dearly loved, you are precious in his sight;
More treasured than any riches.
He pours out all that he is to respond to the
One he created to be you.
That your light will shine so brightly, all darkness flees before you.
That your love will cast out all fear.
That your hope, peace and joy will cheer every heart.
That hatred, bigotry, bitterness, abuse and violence will be banished forever.
That your healing presence will restore people and nations in every way.
That you will be exalted and glorified in all the Earth.
That all people will draw together in unity as they submit to you.
That your will is done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Love and affection freely expressed;
People with courage who endure life’s fire;
Those who are able to trust and rest;
These are ones that I admire.
Parents who raise their children with cheer,
Who bless and challenge them to reach higher;
Tender hearts who are able to hear;
These are ones that I admire.
Living expressions of God’s glory;
Unwavering trust in His faithful ways;
Examples of His loving story;
I admire all my days.
In the past couple of years, I have learned about the importance of declarations.
Unlike affirmations, which are usually meant to convince us of something that is not yet true, declarations are all about proclaiming the truth of God’s Kingdom.
Here are some verses to encourage you in this:
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. 1 Chronicles 16:24
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1
I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you. psalm 22:22
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. Psalm 51:15
Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Psalm 71:17
I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself. Psalm 82:9
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. Psalm 96:3
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
All praise and glory to God!
4 “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”
There is a principle in prayer and prophesy that I have learned:
We can “foretell” things, which is when god reveals something that is going to happen; we can “forth tell,” which is when we bring the future into the present.
Jesus always did what He saw His Father doing and said what He heard His Father saying.
When Mary said there was no wine, He checked with Papa, who was not yet giving him the signal to act. When Mary told the servants to obey Him, she called the future into the situation at hand. This account actually reminds me of another Gospel story, in which Jesus seemed to say, “No,” but the woman’s response brought a different result:
“Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an evil
spirit came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.
“First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”
“Yes, Lord,” she replied,” but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”
Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”
She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.”
I wonder a couple of things:
*Did God withhold His permission to strengthen Mary’s faith, much like what Jesus did with the woman whose child had a demon? Are there times when He seems to hold back a bit to get our attention and strengthen our trust in Him?
Verse 11 says this was the first of His miracles, performed in a small town that was considered to be the middle of nowhere and completely insignificant. It does seem that God works in ways that defy our expectations and ideas of how things should be done.
His glory (true presence and nature) was revealed; His disciples put their trust in Him. Wow!
The word we know as “religion” means “Relinking.”
So here’s a question:
To what or whom are you linked?
In a negative sense, religion can have to do with doctrine, tradition and works. All of these carry us away from an intimate relationship with god, instead of bringing us closer, mostly because they rely on rules and recipes. Who needs to depend on god, or even acknowledge Him for that matter, if we can achieve righteousness on our own?
This false kind of religion also misrepresents Him. Instead of turning people to Jesus and His love, we end up expressing ourselves and all that we bring with us, including injury, deception, pride, fear and very limited demonstrations of “goodness.”
In a more positive sense, religion is descriptive of the ways in which each of us lives out his or her relationship with God. It reflects our “link.”
This true sense of “relinking” is like the moon, reflecting sunlight. If it didn’t do that, we wouldn’t be able to see it in the night sky. That is how we are, reflecting God’s glory so that He can be seen in the darkness.
When we turn to Him first so that He saves and fills us, we can reach out to others in response, bringing the true goodness of God into the world: That which revives, heals, blesses, overcomes, saves, delivers and brings prosperity; God Himself.
How strong and wonderful
Is faith in god:
To trust him completely,
Rest in his goodness;
Fully know his love.
Powerful and intimate
Steadfast and deep
So full of compassion;
He knows who I am;
He created me.
Because God is so good
what He says is;
I put my hope in Him,
who always fulfills
all that He promises.
I live in His presence,
He lives in me,
Demonstrating His ways;
Speaking and acting
To give him glory.
You sent Your begotten Son
To save and heal us.
You delivered each of us
From sin, ills and death.
All the world is free,
Empowered to walk with You
To answer Your call.
Christ, Anointed One,
We love to know Your presence,
As we worship You.
Ever loving God,
Your compassion never fails;
You reign forever!