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   I was reading in 1 Peter2 9-12 where GOD has “called ” HIS people out so that they may walk in HIS Light!!! HE wants HIS people to shine before other peoples while in this realm. HE wants to gather!!! GOD is good!!!

   Overcoming the temptations of this world are oftentimes difficult for even the most diligent of us Christians. As previously stated Satan is a clever foe!!!  I myself oftentimes find weakness in the area of lust and have to get ” thinking on what is pure” quickly!!! The devil hits us at our weakest points.  Shame on him!!! Thank GOD for HIS Understanding!!!

       I want to walk in the light of GOD daily!!! These particular verses state that our behavior , should we be in the Light , will prepare us for our day of visitation.  I say Yes and Amen!!! Help me overcome Oh LORD!!!

    When we are in HIS Light I honestly feel as though nothing will tempt us that we can not overcome. With GOD we have an awesome power to defeat the unclean spirits which come at us daily!!! Thank you JESUS !!! We are victors in CHRIST JESUS!!!

         My future is so Bright I am going to need SON-GLASSES!!! This little light of mine i’m gonna let it shine…..!!!

   I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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This Is Love

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   I was reading John 15 1-17 where JESUS was telling mankind how to be content in this Life by giving instruction on how to be friends with GOD. Verses seven {7} and eleven {11}  truly strike me as to how much GOD Loves us and wants to be our friends!!! Thank You JESUS!!!

    I want to be a friend of GOD!!! I can not imagine a world in which GOD does not exist . I know that I can become close to HIM. A world in which we could not personally know GOD would be a world in which there was no Hope!!! Of all the relationships I can even dream of ; I would give them all away , just to have HIM in my life ;  every moment of every day!!! What else really matters anyhow??? If we go through this Life and fail to develop a friendship with GOD we have forfeited any right we have for eternal happiness, period!!! We were created for HIS pleasure ,however . HE has given us a way in which the benefits of loving HIM are mutual!!! Glory!!!

    GOD will never fail us!!! When we look to ourselves ,or  anyone whom we have ever really counted on , we find that without doubt that GOD is the Answer, the only Answer , which we might hold onto in this ever-changing world we inhabit!!!   Loving one-another becomes second nature with GOD involved in our decision to Love!!! GOD is Good and to have HIM as a friend is to have a Good friend!!! I love GOD!!!

      I feel Someone pruning on me!!! Must be my Friend!!! I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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            I was reading in 2 Peter 1 3-11 where we ,as Christians , have  been “called ”  by GOD in HIS  Glory and Goodness.  What a great way in which to live . Knowing that GOD has a purpose for us as individuals and that we can grow in that purpose. GOD is Good!!!

           As we walk in our calling we are promised by GOD that we can ” participate in the Divine Nature ” and escape the corruption which is caused by Evil desires. We are to add to our Faith first Goodness then Knowledge , then Self-Control , then Perseverance , then GODLINESS , then Brotherly Kindness , and then ,last but not least ,LOVE. With this combination of personal attributes we can not fall. Thank You JESUS!!!

    I am never quite sure exactly what others are thinking , however , I do know that I LOVE GOD!!!  I am more than certain the HE has  “called” me to do so many Great and Wonderous works here in this realm. I am Humbled in this Choosing!!! I am evermore convinced that GOD has , in HIS Infinite Wisdom , placed a stumbling stone or two in my path lest I should become proud. Thank GOD!!!

     Headed out to add some LOVE to my Faith!!! I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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                   I was reading in Zechariah 1 1-6 where the Prophet of GOD was given a directive to share with those around him .  “Return to ME ” is the commandment given by GOD!!!  In this we find a promise of GOD ;  He will return to us if we obey HIM. Glory!!! 

           I like to think that I come from a line of people who , once faced with the Truth , we can adapt accordingly. Certainly the experiences in Life itself brings forth a sure knowledge that Life is all about HIM!!!  A return to HIS Way is a command for all generations!!! Amen!!! 

            I can certainly feel HIS Presence all around me these days . HE seems to be guiding my every move ; more than likely due to the fact of HIS Knowledge of my helplessness. Thank GOD for HIS Holy Spirit!!! Thank GOD for HIS Mercy!!! 

 I LOVE YOU !!!!!!! Mark 

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   I was reading  in Genesis Chapter 3 where Eve and  “the serpent” were having a discussion about what GOD had promised to Adam and her should they eat a certain fruit . GOD promised death!!! Our GOD keeps HIS  promises!!!      

   In Genesis 3 4-5 Satan goes as far as calling GOD , our GOD , a liar . Satan tells Eve that she will not die if she and Adam should eat the fruit . She bought into that falsehood ; I believe according to HIS plan.      

    In my daily walk I find that more than half of my acquaintances are suffering under a delusion that somehow our GOD does not keep promises. Nothing could be further from the Truth!!! HE keeps all of HIS promises. I am not saying that the folks whom I gather to are unbelievers , not at all. What I am saying is that there is more than enough evidence in our daily lives to know that GOD never lies!!! Everything which we find in HIS Word is Faithful and True . This includes the abilities which we posses as a result of letting HIS  Holy Ghost  dwell within us!!!   

     Some of my friends act as though they can not “speak into existence” so much as supper ; much less lay hands on someone for their healing!!!  It seems as though they have allowed Satan to convince them that GOD is a liar.   

  Friends , Satan is the liar!!!  He is the father of all lies !!!Do not let this world convince you otherwise . What we must do as true believers is to lead by example. You are in this world , however , do not be “of ”  it!!!       

       I believe ; I believe ; I believe !!! I believe GOD!!!!!!! Mark  

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GOD’S WILL ; OUR CHOICE

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   I was reading in Ezekiel 18 31-32 where GOD has no pleasure in seeing anyone die; HE would rather everyone be saved through the Blood of HIS SON!!! GLORY!!!

   Growing up I was under the impression that  the Will Of GOD was perfect and  that  when we accepted Jesus into our lives HIS Will was automatically set forth in our lives.  Nothing could have been further from the Truth!!! Salvation is the perfect example of how we as humans must ” COME INTO AGREEMENT” with GOD in order for HIS Will to become manifested in our lives.  Thank GOD for Covenant!!!

    I cannot imagine any situation where I would not want HIS Will ,and not mine , to be the determining factor in each and every daily decision. Sometimes I get sidetracked by the ever-increasing demands upon my time , however , I remember praying for a more fulfilled life . I got it!!! Thank You JESUS!!!

 Headed back to the well!!! Gonna “COME INTO AGREEMENT WITH GOD”!!!!!!! Mark

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CHURCH

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  I was reading in 1Corinthians  14 26-40 where Paul was speaking to the Church about the manner in which a congregation of believers should conduct themselves concerning gifts of the Spirit and sharing the WORD of GOD. I Love to hear a prophetic Word spoken over those of us in want of the Knowledge which GOD has for us and I am always in awe of tongues spoken which I may or may not receive as according to HIS perfect and Holy Will.  I may not understand everything which enters my mind  , however , I want to be in the Body of CHRIST so as I can ,  at the very least , retain  what I receive and hold dearly untill HIS appointed time of understanding!!!

      As for the role of women in the Church as outlined in verses 34 and 35 I am somewhat at odds with the author in as much as I want to receive all that I can from GOD from every possible outlet!!!  When men of the Church fail to stand up and conduct themselves accordingly I still  need to hear HIS WORD from someone!!! I spend most of my time with GOD outside of the Church , however , when I am at Church I expect Church!!! The real Shame comes from men simply not being men!!! If I am off course and am not going the right direction and GOD wants to run me into a wall or speak through my Donkey ; so be it!!!  Genesis 3vs.6 lets me understand how we are left to toil the ground when we  just stand by and allow women leadership roles. Adam let us down!!! Besides , Paul benefited greatly by the Love of the women in his ministry ; their Love for JESUS. I am of the mind that we can all benefit from anyone who Loves GOD and is willing to share !!!

      I am the Church!!! You are the Church!!! We are the Church!!!  I certainly welcome any gifts from a HOLY GOD who only cares about the welfare of HIS people !!!  I can feel a song inside of me just humbly begging to get out. Now that’s Church!!!!!!! Mark

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REAL CHANGE NEEDS LOVE

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  I was reading in Proverbs 6 16-19 about the things in life which GOD hates. To imagine GOD hating anything stretches our understanding of who HE is and who HE wants us to be , and,  gives to us both Realization and Hope in our everyday lives. We need to become like HIM!!!

    As I reflect back on what so far has been a very “interesting ” life I realize that without GOD I am lost!!! Most of the difficulties which have arisen in my life are born of those things which I hate most about myself.  Take addiction for example. What appears to be a never-ending battle with one addiction or another is merely a manifestation of how poorly I have dealt with my own character defects. Alcohol and drugs were never the problem!!!  Alcohol and drugs were tools which I used to runaway and hide from my problems. The easy way out only hindered my spiritual growth and clouded my reasoning.  I hate that about me!!! What blessed assurance to know that GOD has a Love for me which surpasses my own stupidity!!!

 Love never fails!!! Love never fails!!! Love never fails!!! GOD is Love!!!  To Love the Creator first you must develope a  Love for the creations ; one of which is you. As we learn to Love ourselves and Humbly ask HIM to remove our shortcomings we remove from ourselves any chance of action on our part which GOD might hate. GLORY!!!

 Going swimming today. Life always makes me happy as I dog-paddle around the Sea of Forgetfulness and draw closer and closer to HIM . With every kick of my feet I place my past further and further behind me!!! Soon and very soon I will just walk across!!!

   May GOD Bless!!! I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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PRAYER FOR ANOTHER

   I was reading in Joshua 3 14-17 where the Levitical priests stood with GOD [Ark of The Covenant] in the middle of the Jordan River untill the Israelites had crossed over into the Promised Land.  Led by GOD ,through HIS servant Joshua , the Israelites were able to leave the plains of Moab and come into their inheritance.

   In my humble opinion Moab represents Doubt and should be counted an enemy of GOD.  GOD’S people were stuck in Moab just waiting to get into the lands of their forefathers.  They were on the brink of their promise , however , being stuck in Moab [Doubt] they required help from their priests to cross-over.  They needed Faith put into action.  HIS people needed prayer from another!!!

     Oftentimes Doubt can cloud our Faith .  Does the presence of Doubt remove the Love of GOD???  Absolutely not!!! We can count on GOD to always be there in our time of need!!!  We might just be in a moment of “wilderness” and need prayer help from another placed in our lives for that very purpose!!!

    We who live in this time should have no Doubt about HIS Love for us. Since the time of JESUS mankind has not witnessed as many miracles, signs , and wonders!!! GOD is with us!!!HIS Love is everywhere!!!

      If you are having a difficult time in your prayer-life ask GOD to help you with that issue. Be specific!!! If your Faith is currently strong please take the time to pray for another.  Someone may just be stuck in Doubt and in need of your prayers to cross-over into their blessings.

     There is reason for praise and worship when you leave Doubt!!! Just look at the blessings which befell Ruth!!! We should be so blessed!!!!!!! Mark

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TRUE POWER

   I was reading in John 1 11-13 where JESUS gave power to man to become Children Of GOD.  All that we need to do is receive HIM. Glory!!!

     As I make my way through each day I simply wonder at anyone who could not accept someone who states ” Come to me , all of you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens , and I will give you rest. ”  Now there lies a promise made in Heaven!!!

     The more  I see of this world the more I understand why GOD will have to destroy it !!! The “spiritual” has polluted the “natural”. Wickedness abounds!!!

       In Revelation 8 vs.1 I read where The LAMB [JESUS] opens the seventh seal and there is silence  in Heaven for about half of an hour. Can you imagine that??? Silence in Heaven. I myself will be silently rejoicing; screaming inside ; “THANK YOU JESUS!!!” . By the Grace Of GOD , enough is enough!!!

          I am so blessed by receiving JESUS into my soul. I have been given True Power!!! My name is written in HEAVEN!!!!!!! Mark

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