I AM – Attributes of God

It was the greatest revelation recorded in the old testament–I AM.  It was the answer to a question that was asked by Moses during a time of great peril for the Israel community.  He was tending to his father-in-law’s flock when he beheld a great light.  Curiosity compelled him to go and walk towards what appeared to be a bush on fire.  “So Moses said, ” I must turn away (from the flock) and see this great sight– why the bush is not burned up” (Exodus 3:2).  I want to ask you today–During this season of your life, in what ways has God revealed himself to you?

Elohim: My Creator (Genesis 1:1)

Jehovah: My Lord God (Genesis 2:7)

El Shaddai: My Supplier (Genesis 17:1)

Adonai: My Master and Lord (Genesis 18:3)

Jehovah Jireh: My Provider (Genesis 22:14)

Jehovah Rophe: My Healer (Exodus 15:26

Jehova Nissi: My Banner and Victory (Exodus 17:15)

Jehovah Mikkadesh: My Sanctifier (Leviticus 20:7-8)

Jehovah Tsidkenu: My Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:5-6)

Jehovah Shalom: My Peace (Judges 6:24)

Jehovah Rohi: My Shepherd (Psalm 23:1)

Jehovah Shammah: My Abiding Presence, The Lord is There (Ezekiel 48:35)

“Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true [supreme and sovereign] God, and [in the same manner know] Jesus [as the] Christ whom You have sent.” ~ John 17:3 (Amplified)

Friends, it is the heart of God for you and me to discover WHO He is! Just as he revealed himself to Moses on the mountain of the burning bush, God wants to unveil his divine attributes to all of us.  He is our peace, healer, provider and so much more.

Today, it is my prayer that you find encouragement in knowing that we serve an all-sufficient, all-knowing God! Take the time to read each name, and meditate on each scripture provided.  Let it serve as a gentle reminder of God’s love and goodness intended for all of us.

 

Blessings and Love,

Melissa

It’s Not Over! – A Story of Faith

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Happy Sunday!

I pray that this finds you filled with peace and joy.

Here’s some good news:

“Renegade faith is like no other because it challenges you to abandon your norms. It pushes you to step outside of the borders that you define as safe. Faith requires you to talk BIG, become DARING and live FEARLESSLY!”

Today, I am over at Cisernos Cafe with my hot steaming cup of bustelo coffee as I share about awakening your giant for her new series-Begin Again.

So, grab your hot beverage of choice, and come join me as we find the soul grace to begin again by activating our faith in Christ!

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Blessings and Love!

Melissa

 

 

Renewing The Mind: Redesigning Our Thoughts in Christ

Scriptures to read: Romans 12:2; Psalms 57:10-11; and Joshua 1:8

I am on a journey.  It all started in 2016 and rolled over into the new year.  I wander in the desert with nothing more than my bible in tow.  Throughout the tedious process, I have cried, thrown my hands up in the air, questioned, and even doubt crept in.  I am naked before the eyes of my Lord, as he is remolding and reshaping my life.  Most importantly, my way of thinking.  To tell you the truth, it hurts like HELL!  For a time, I thought that my way was always God’s way (Isaiah 55:9).  But, clearly, evidence of life has proven that this was never what he had intended for me.  And so, I must lick my wounds and hold on to the hem of Jesus’ robe as he gently leads me.

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You have all heard the saying, “Be careful what you pray for.”  Needless to say, I was asking the Lord to purge my heart and soul.  I was praying for a huge makeover.  Our God is a gentleman and he never imposes himself on us.  On the other hand, once we invite God in to do damage control, he’s ALL in! Surely enough, as the days and weeks slowly roll by, He has exposed me; leaving me raw.  The Lord was showing me one area in my life that I had too much control over, my mind.  He revealed that my thought patterns were slowly choking the seeds of God’s truths planted in my heart.

You may be wondering how so? For example, I have struggled with low self-esteem for most of my life.  The word tells me that I am “fearfully and wonderfully made..” (Psalm 139:14), but years of hurtful comments from others suddenly became my truth.  It superseded what God spoke at the time of my birth.  Our thoughts can hold us captive and bound in chains.  We never realize that we are the ones keeping ourselves imprisoned in our own illusions.

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TRICKY LITTLE DEVIL!

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. – 1 Peter 5:8

The daily battle we face is a tug of war between flesh and spirit.  The enemy will attack the first line of defense, which is the mind of the believer.  He will try to infiltrate our thoughts and bombard us with lies of loneliness, doubt, depression, etc.  It’s a strategic plan devised to rob the living word of God from you and I.  Here’s the good news-God doesn’t leave us defenseless.  1 Corinthians 10 verse 4 states, “We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.”  The word of the Lord breaks the yoke and stronghold of the enemy over our lives.  Right now where you are, begin to open your mouth by declaring and decreeing the word of God over your mind!

 

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As my journey continues, I grow stronger, wiser, knowing that I am not alone.  The battle of the mind wages on, but I now stand fully equipped and empowered in God.  Ultimately, I choose to trust the process as the blessed assurance of renewal and sanctification await me at the start of each new day (Lamentations 3:23).

Will you join me today and pray the following:

Heavenly Father, I thank you because you are making a way for us during this season of our lives.  You are teaching and equipping us to use the heavenly weapons to fight and stand against the daily battle of our minds.  I pray that you would renew, and refresh our thoughts in the precious name of Jesus.  We yield the sword of the spirit, which is your precious word to pierce through any thoughts and old mindsets that are not aligned with your spoken word.  I thank you, Father, that you never leave us defenseless us as you gently guide us through the valley.  It is our prayer that you continue to perfect our faith in Christ as we trust in you, in the mighty name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

God Bless!

 

 

 

 

 

Staying Connected To The Source

Imagine a world without cell phones, iPads, or the internet.  Scary thought isn’t it? A few centuries ago, before the invention of mobile devices and Google, we were a society that somehow found a way to stay connected.  I remember a time when we put a pen to paper and perhaps wrote the best love letters that would even rival the works of Shakespeare.  We know how to stay connected to our gadgets, but are we taking the time to recharge our spiritual livelihood? As people of faith, if we don’t plug in to our greatest source – God, eventually our batteries will die out.

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Here are a few things you can do to recharge your spiritual livelihood.

SHUT IT DOWN.

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. – Luke 5:16 (NIV)

As a society, we have grown accustomed to being glued to our devices.  So much so, that we find it nearly impossible to unplug ourselves every now and then.  Jesus knew the importance of staying connected to the Father.  He would leave the crowds and find a quiet place to commune with God.  Take some time out today to spend with your creator.  In His presence, we are rejuvenated, refreshed and strengthened.

SING YOUR HEART OUT!

Sing to the Lord; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. – Psalm 96:2

I love to sing my heart out to God.  Anyone close to me knows that I will belt out in a song any chance I get.  When you begin to worship, a sound is released that is unique and unlike no other.  Remember the story of Mary and her alabaster box? The costly oil was her most treasured possession, it was all she had.  Without hesitation, Mary realized that her worship to Jesus was far more valuable than the small jar she owned.  In turn, Jesus was pleased and blessed her obedience.  Beloved, if you find yourself with nothing left to give, rest assured that there is a melody in your heart waiting to be sung.  The word says that He will inhabit your praise (Psalm 22:3).  It is the heartfelt cry of our spirit man that captures the heart of God.

See related article: Worship: The Cry of the Spirit Man 

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DO LIFE TOGETHER.

There is something to be said when people come together in fellowship.  In the book of Acts chapter 2, we read how they all assembled in one place and experienced a super natural encounter that changed their lives forevermore. As we continue to read on, verse 44 states:

All the believers were together and had everything in common. ~ Acts 2:44

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There is power when two or more people are present (Matthew 18:20). Like a well-oiled machine, we need each other.  The bible teaches us to encourage, pray and lift each other up continuously.  Just the other night, I had my very first life group with a few sisters from my local church.  My spirit leaped inside as we broke bread, studied the word, and shared about what God is doing in our lives.  Human connection does good to the soul because we serve a relational Father.

I pray that these little golden nuggets will help you navigate through the waters of life as you find unique and different ways to recharge your spiritual battery.

 

Blessings!