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Had to be God

1 John 1: 3-4  (The Message Bible)

 3-4We saw it, we heard it, and now we’re telling you so you can experience it along with us, this experience of communion with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Our motive for writing is simply this: We want you to enjoy this, too. Your joy will double our joy!

Today is a day of reflection, a day to look back over the past year of your life and take notice of how you’ve grown in your spiritual, personal and professional life. Take notice of the things that you used to do but have no desire to do now. Notice your point of view and your mind-set. Do you focus on the negative things in life or are you now willing to push through the negative and see a brighter picture.

Yesterday I realized a great harvest in my life, both spiritually and personally. A place that had recently been filled with strife and torment was suddenly filled with peace! As I walked around in this place of  peace and claimed  victory in it, all I could say was “it had to be God.”  Only God could have moved this grand disturbance completely out-of-the-way.

See, I am a firm believer in showing up to praise God on his appointed days. Don’t get me wrong, everyday is a gift from God but yesterday was a day of harvest. Harvest means to reap the benefit of your labor and I can really say that I reaped a grand benefit!

I witness to you, only to give you hope. Hope for peace, hope for deliverance and hope for a brighter future. Many situations can be changed but it comes through faith. One’s faith is developed only by studying God’s word and continuously praising Him. Praising God allows us to see a new picture of who we are and who we were created to be. Once you get a glimpse of that new picture, lock into it and keep it loaded in your mind!

Thought for today: “Make Him Great in this Place!”

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

 

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Feast of Pentecost

Pentecost

Deuteronomy 16: 10 Then celebrate the Feast of Weeks to the Lord your God by giving a freewill offering in proportion to the blessings the Lord your God has given you. And rejoice before the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name-

The Feast of Pentecost is one of God’s chosen days to meet with him. He set aside three special occasions for His people to meet with Him and experience divine release in their life. Today at sundown, Pentecost begins and lasts until sundown tomorrow. In the Old Testament, the Israelites were commanded to rejoice in the Lord for their freedom from 400 years of Egyptian captivity. By doing so, they placed their entire family in position to receive a miraculous blessing from God.

 In the New Testament, Pentecost represents the release of The Holy Spirit to thousands of believers! Fifty days after the resurrection of Christ, believers from many nations were gathered together in one place, as Peter professed a mighty word, thousands became filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in tongues. This was a miraculous blessing from God!

Now it is your turn! You are in a pivotal moment in time. God wants to meet with and release his miraculous blessing in this season of your life. The only requirement is to acknowledge him on his divine day. He wants you to recall the countless ways that he has blessed you and your family this year. He wants you to rejoice in His goodness and give thanks for it.

The required offering is a freewill offering. Simply say “God I freely give myself away to you” and it is done. The highest offering of anything is to become it! Acknowledgement is the key and since we are filled with the Holy Spirit you can stop whatever you are doing and give Him a right now praise!

If by chance you have not received the Lord Jesus as your personal savior, simply follow these steps:

Become a Christian: Step through the Gospel
First, you can be sure that God loves you unconditionally and desires to have a personal relationship with you.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).

Second, you need to admit your sinful nature to God, because this is what separates all of us from Him.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).

Third, you should stop trying to please God through your own efforts, and realize that salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ is a gift that none of us deserves.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).

Finally, you just need to step in and truly accept God’s gift — His Son, Jesus Christ.

I hope you take time to meet with God today, he’s waiting on you!


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Grace

Revelation 22:21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people.  Amen (NIV)

In a quiet moment God asked, “what does the last scripture of my word reveal to you?” I jumped up and grabbed my bible and saw it just as plain as day. “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people.” As I wondered why he lead me to that verse, he whispered because the first shall be last and the last shall be first.

So in the beginning the earth was dark and without form (Genesis 1) BUT, the grace of the Lord Jesus was with God’s people. God knew that we needed the grace before he even formed this world. God’s grace displays his unfailing love, His grace gives us hope and motivation to hold on and see what the end will be!

 God’s grace parted the Red Sea (Exodus 13), His grace anointed a young boy named David as he tended to his sheep (Samuel 16), His grace allowed Esther to find favor with her King (Esther 5) and His grace caused a humble servant named Mary to believe what the angel spoke to her (Luke 1).    All the sacrifices of the ancient days, the idols and judges, the battles and stonings, they all equate to the modern-day, trying to fit in and conform with society, the judgement of others and the constant issues that we find ourselves dealing with daily. All of these require God’s grace.

Take a moment to thank God for His grace, without it we are nothing, with it we are everything in him. God’s grace allows us to leave a place of religious restrictions and rituals and move freely into a place of praise and thanksgiving! Thank God for his grace!

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

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A Place for Miracles

Psalm 32:5 I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave me the iniquity of my sin.      (KJV)

In the freedom of truth God’s miracles are released. Those sins and transgressions that once held us captive, no longer have the same influence. When we acknowledge our sin to God and no longer attempt to hide it from Him, we set His good work into motion. All he needs is a willing heart and a committed spirit.

We may think that we are waiting on God to work in us, so that we can begin working for Him, truth be told, he gave you everything that you need to succeed when he first created you. He knew you before you were formed, He knew you before the foundation of the earth was set.

In knowing you, he formed the weapons that would be used to perfect you for His glory and he promised that the weapon would not prosper against you. Tell Him what he already knows. In doing this, you acknowledge His presence in your life and you trust the work that he is performing within you.  

God be in my head, and in my understanding; God be in my eyes, and in my looking, God be in my mouth, and in my speaking; God be in my, heart and in my thinking….Susan Primer

As God leads you in this place for Miracles, I pray you experience a peace that surpasses all that you’ve ever known or attempted to understand. I pray that you find comfort in His unfailing love and I pray that you believe His forgiveness and accept it!

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer  

 

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Waiting Patiently

Waiting Patiently

Judges 6:14-17

In the 6th chapter of Judges, we find an angel of the Lord sitting with Gideon under an oak tree. This chapter is very intriguing as the two engage in conversation.

The Lord’s Angel: Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”

Gideon: But Lord, “how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh and I am the least in my family.”

The Lord’s Angel: “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together.”

Gideon: “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.”

The Lord’s Angel: “I will wait until you return”

Isn’t it funny how thousands of years later, we often find ourselves in the same predicament as Gideon? We doubt the plan and purpose that God has ordained for us. Just as the messenger of God spoke to Gideon and stayed with him until he felt confident enough to walk in it, we too have a messenger within us (The Holy Spirit) that constantly encourages us to walk in our God-given assignments.

The longer we delay our call to do God’s work, the longer we struggle through life, not realizing His complete blessings.

In Gideon’s case, he felt weak and powerless to walk in His purpose. What Gideon soon found out was that God’s spoken declaration over Him, would be manifested and he would become the “mighty warrior” that he was designed to be. A “mighty warrior is a far cry from “weak and least”. The two descriptions are absolute opposites and cannot exist in the same space.

God’s command to Gideon was to Go and Strike! Before you know it Gideon was leading his men, commanding them “do exactly as I do”, all because he began to walk in his purpose! He went from being least to being a leader and so can you!

 Is God calling you to be the next teacher, business owner or inventor? Are you feeling an urge to start a nonprofit organization or go on a mission trip? Will you answer the call? Will you meet with God and allow Him to remind you of who he created you to be, not what society has labeled you.

He’s waiting patiently on you!

My prayer: Father, your people are stuck in an identity crisis. Now more than ever, we need change, we need to be reminded of who you created us to be. Lord so often we get comfortable and conform to what man wants from us, forgetting that you made us to be so much more. Lord, please give us those gentle reminders that we so necessarily need. Your words encourage and spring forth life within us. We cannot make it without you. Touch our mind and our heart and help us to glorify you by living out your word. We love you! In Jesus name. Amen!

 

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

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Seedtime and Harvest

Genesis 8: 22  As long as the earth endures, seed-time and harvest, cold and heart, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.

Today’s scripture focuses on opposing forces at work in the earth. God has promised opposition as long as the earth endures. There will be seasons of busyness, when we are at work planting seeds. In those times we may feel weary and overwhelmed. We may wonder if God sees our efforts to make a difference in this world. We may even be confronted by negativity as we go about our planting.  If our thoughts are focused on pleasing God, the seeds that we plant will be those of righteousness and good works. In our planting, we should focus on ways to help one another and do good to those in need.

After seed-time, we experience a brief intermission before we realize the harvest. Some call it the” in between time”, I like to call it the “meantime.” The “meantime” is when satan tries to convince you that your work is in vain. He throws little suggestions your way to discourage you.  The “meantime” is encouraging in itself because we come to realize that satans only plan is to try and stop God’s purpose from coming to pass. If we are not being bothered during the “meantime”, then we are not fulfilling God’s will!

Guess what,  God says as long as the seasons change and day and night exist, I will bring forth a harvest for those seeds that were planted! If you’ve read the book and had a conversation with God, you know that we win! satan’s efforts are useless!

Ask yourself what seeds are you planting? Are you planting seeds of life or death? Do your words encourage others or do you discourage the heavy-laden? Whatever is being planted, will be harvested in your life. Make a choice to plant good seeds!

My prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for filling your people to the measure with your goodness. Lord you search our mind and our heart and you know those things that need to be pricked out. Thank you for making us whole and complete in you. We are so thankful that you sent your son Jesus not only to die on the cross in our place but to constantly intercede on our behalf. We are forever grateful and we love you so much! In Jesus Name.

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

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Pleasing

Psalm 19:14..May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock an my Redeemer.

The words of our mouth are formed in our heart. In order for our words to remain pure, our heart must meditate on things pleasing to the Lord. The Lord finds pleasure in his laws and his statues because they are perfect, right and trustworthy. Apart from God, we are useless and unable to please Him.

What dwells in us will eventually be released out of us. Keep God’s word close to you at all times. Study his ways, meditate on them and listen as you begin to speak as God speaks. You will move mountains and create a new way of doing things. You will begin to walk in your God-given purpose and go deeper with Him.

Today’s scripture describes God as my Rock and My Redeemer; in other words, He is my sure, solid and established means of restoration, deliverance and liberation. By keeping these thoughts in mind and trusting in them, I please Him!

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

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Life by Design

Job 28:23-28..God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells, for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.When he established the force of the wind and measured out the waters, when he made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm, then he looked at wisdom and appraised it, he confirmed and tested it. And said to man, “The fear of the Lord–that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.”

Today’s scripture gives us a detailed observation at just how deliberate God is. He established the force of the wind, he measured out the waters of the sea and he made a path for the thunderstorm.  All of these things are God’s doing, he purposely designed these things to happen.

Much like the thunderstorm, God has custom designed our life experiences. Nothing happens to us by chance, by accident or by luck. God has purposely created those forces of wind that catapult us to our next experience, he has decreed showers of rain to cleanse us from past situations and he has planned a system of thunderstorms to break us free from unhealthy associations. When all is said and done, our character is developed and our fear of the Lord shows just how wise we have become from our trails.  God knows what it takes for each of us individually to nurture that wisdom. He knows what will stick with you and what will slide off. He knows when you’re ready for the next chapter of your story or when you need a more advanced lesson.

Trust Him and remember that he views the ends of the earth and sees everything, including you, under Heaven! Allow Him to make you usable for His good works!

My prayer…My dearest heavenly father, thank you for planning the details of my life story.  I praise you during the wind, the rain and the thunderstorm.  I thank you that in those stormy seasons, seeds of wisdom are planted and when you see fit, your beautiful light will spring forth the glory of the harvest! Father I call it done in the name of your son Jesus. With that said, there is no need for me to worry, fret or lose any sleep over the matter. My only assignment is to trust you. I love you and thank you! Amen.

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Manna

Exodus 16:4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.

In the 16th chapter of Exodus, God again shows HIS mercy on the complaining Israelites by providing “bread from heaven” for them. This bread is described as being white like coriander seed and tasting like wafers made with honey. The Hebrew definition of  Manna is “whatness”, so in essence, God rained down a sweet “whatness” for the people each day and their only requirement was to gather as much as they needed.

Just as it was hard for the Israelites to categorize manna, we often have trouble finding words for God’s Grace and Mercy. I am not for certain of its exact definition but I know that it is new every morning and it is sufficient for all of my needs. Just like manna, my only requirement is to take as much of His Grace and Mercy as I need on a given day. Somedays I need a lot and other days, not so much.

Recently a co-worker asked me why I come to work so happy each day. I responded by saying what choice do I have. In Exodus 16, God commanded the people to “gather” enough manna, nine times throughout the text! If God said it, I am going to do it and since he said it nine times, I am really going to do it! I choose to gather HIS manna daily because I need it to survive. Without it, there’s no hope and no future.

I pray that you wake up each day, with a set intention on gathering God’s manna!

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer