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The Privileges of being DEVOTED to God - Psalm 91:14-16

Posted on July 5, 2012 at 12:33 PM Comments comments (1)

The Privileges of being DEVOTED to God
Psalms 91:14-16 CEB
God says,
"Because you are devoted to me,
I’ll rescue you.
I’ll protect you
because you know my name.
Whenever you cry out to me,
I’ll answer.
I’ll be with you in troubling times.
I’ll save you and glorify you.
I’ll fill you full with old age.
I’ll show you my salvation."


Greetings!
BlogFam, I have a question that only you can answer. ARE YOU DEVOTED TO GOD? The answer is either yes or no.  And it is so important that you have an answer to my question.  It is important because I am very clear that there are some of you, or maybe people you know, who greatly yet inappropriately expect to be the recipients of the benefits of this entire passage of Psalm 91, in particular our verses for today.  Do not be surprised!  This is not unusual. 


People have wanted the benefits of heaven without devotion to the God of heaven since the beginning of time.  Who wouldn't?  When the windows of heaven open to pour out blessings, none of us have room enough to receive!  Besides, we see this kind of unfounded expectation in relationships every day - Men and women, boys and girls, wanting, desiring, and yes even expecting favors, hook ups, privileges, and benefits for which they have done nothing to deserve.  I am not saying that your actions will not guarantee that you will be privy to what God is able to provide in this passage, but I am saying that if your heart is not devoted to the Most High, then your expectations of the privileges you have read today really do not apply to you. 


There is one condition that must be met and whether that condition has been met is reflected in your response to my opening question... ARE YOU DEVOTED TO GOD?
God says,
"Because you are DEVOTED to me,
I’ll rescue you.
I’ll protect you
because you know my name.
Whenever you cry out to me,
I’ll answer.
I’ll be with you in troubling times.
I’ll save you and glorify you.
I’ll fill you full with old age.
I’ll show you my salvation."

ALL because you are DEVOTED to Me.


So what does it mean to be devoted?

To be DEVOTED to God...is to be zealous – enthusiastic - ardent – fervent - passionate in attachment, loyalty, or affection to GOD.  This a matter of the heart.  This is the non-negotiable prerequisite requirement to you "claiming" what the psalmist has recorded as the promises of God to those who are devoted to God.   Simply and only when your heart is devoted to God can you expect supernatural rescue, protection, hearing, responding, presence, glory, continuous salvation from now until you are filled with old age.


And having read this passage a few times now,  if none of these benefits are of any concern to you... well I pray that the grace of God would be extended to you to receive in spite of yourself.  I pray that you would come to know God as the one who loves you first and foremost and as the one who is the most dependable presence in your life.  I pray that you would forsake all counterfeit replicas of satisfaction in which you currently indulge or to whom you turn to fill the void in your heart that only God can fill.  I am praying that your expectations would be realistic and correspond to the level of your faith in the one whose grace and mercy towards you has already exceeded and will continue to exceed your every expectation.


On the other hand, if you just so happen to expect to be a recipient of such blessings, I pray that your heart is deeply devoted to the one from whom all blessings flow.  I pray that you would readily and frequently experience God's promises to you and all who are DEVOTED to God. And I pray that by the grace of God your devotion would please the Lord our God and inspire someone else to do the same.
God says,
"Because you are devoted to me,
I’ll rescue you.
I’ll protect you
because you know my name.
Whenever you cry out to me,
I’ll answer.
I’ll be with you in troubling times.
I’ll save you and glorify you.
I’ll fill you full with old age.
I’ll show you my salvation."

All because you are DEVOTED to GOD...




God Loves You and I do too!
Delesslyn
Twitter - @AudraSunshine; @SpiritedConcept


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High Rise Living - Psalm 91:9-13

Posted on July 4, 2012 at 8:32 AM Comments comments (0)
HIGH RISE LIVING
Psalm 91: 9-13

Because you’ve made the Lord my refuge,
    the Most High, your place of residence—
        no evil will happen to you;
        no disease will come close to your tent.
Because he will order his messengers to help you,
    to protect you wherever you go.
They will carry you with their own hands
    so you don’t bruise your foot on a stone.
You’ll march on top of lions and vipers;
    you’ll trample young lions and serpents underfoot.





Greetings!

BlogFam, as independent as we consider ourselves, or at least as we desire to be, we will never get to a place where we are IN-dependent of anything our God is able to provide in our lives.  I know that you know this but it is just good to be reminded of some things – especially of the thoughts that give us HOPE.  As you are preparing to move forward, in these coming days and possibly in this very moment, it is so easy to get distracted by ideas – thoughts – conversations – actions that leave us feeling aggravated, belittled, confused, devastated, expendable, and frustrated, it is so good to know that you know that you know that with
the Lord your refuge,
    the Most High, your place of residence—
        no evil will happen to you;
        no disease will come close to your tent.


As a son or daughter of the Most High, you are destined to rise above anything and anyone who would intentionally or unintentionally think, speak, or do evil toward you.


You are destined to rise above disease and dis-ease to walk in health, healing, happiness, and wholeness in your mind, body, and spirit.


You are destined to rise above despair and your own cry for help and your own fears of what you see and what you cannot see.


The Most High will ensure that you are given whatever help you need  - Spiritually, Socially, Psychologically, Financially, Emotionally, AND everywhere you go, you will walk in the company of God’s Holy and protective presence.


Friends, you must shift your own mindset and your own attitude to a HIGH RISE standard of living.  For the Most High is not only your refuge, your temporary place of escape; but the Most High must also be your place of residence, your permanent place of dwelling.


And if you are wondering exactly how this will happen, well this text tells us that the Lord will send messengers from heaven, angels, that will be assigned to help us, to protect us, to carry us with their own hands.  AND because of their obedience to the Most High we will be not bruise our foot on stone and we will march on top of lions and vipers/snakes and trample upon young lions and serpents underfoot. 


By now, I know you are probably thinking, why in the world would I need to be able to do all of that?  I am scared of snakes and the only time I see a lion is in its appropriate place caged in a zoo!  Besides, I have enough human issues to deal with right here where I am! 
AND my friends, I am in total agreement with you.  I have an appreciation for all of God’s wonderful creation.  I am in awe of the creativity of our God to make such a vast variety of creatures great and small.  I also respect their habitat and I do not go looking to establish camaraderie or enrage the tempers of animals smaller or bigger than myself.  So, it is appropriate for you to think about the strange picture that this scripture paints. 


So, I invite you to think about the people in your life who have the personality of these beasts.  I hate to admit it, but you know I like to keep it real!  BlogFam, there are beasts in our midst.  There are people whose animal instincts are on full attack mode and their ideas, their conversations, their actions can remind you of a roaring lion and a slithering snake.  Please do not be fooled.  This text is relevant to our human circumstance by way of analogy and it is necessary for the Lord to remind us that we can rise above the animal antics of our family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, strangers, and anyone else, young or old, who would step to us who have sought refuge and/or taken residence in the presence of the Most High! 


My friends, you can and you will rise above the animals in your life!  You do not have to play their games or get caught up in their plots.  When you see the lions on the prowl or hear the snakes coming in the grass,

Because you’ve made the Lord your refuge,
    the Most High, your place of residence—
        no evil will happen to you;
        no disease will come close to your tent.
Because he will order his messengers to help you,
    to protect you wherever you go.
They will carry you with their own hands
    so you don’t bruise your foot on a stone.
You’ll march on top of lions and vipers;
    you’ll trample young lions and serpents underfoot.


BlogFam, do not let your enemies trick you into thinking that it is cowardice to hide and seek in the refuge or to reside in the presence of the Lord.  It is not the cowardly thing to do to allow the messengers from God above, sent to your defense, to help you, carry you, and keep you from being bruised.  Please do not let the beasts make you think that to enlist your heavenly help is the scary cat thing to do.  No ma’am and No sir!


You better run to the Most High and get out of the snake pits and the lion’s caves where you might find yourself. 


You better run to the Most High and get away from the beasts that have come to attack every aspect of your life, your family, your reputation, your job, your school, or anything else that the beasts think will get you out of their way. 


You better run to the Most High so that you can march and trample on top of whatever plans, plots, traps, or triggers they thought would keep you from moving forward!


BlogFam, You are welcome to HIGH RISE Living.  You are welcome to the refuge and the residence of the Lord.  You are welcome to have access to the benefits and the privileges of heaven.  You are welcome to rest in the goodness of the Lord.  Welcome to HIGH RISE Living.  Don’t be scared!  Just have faith! And I know that everything will be alright!  This is our HOPE!


God Loves You and I do too!
Delesslyn
Twitter - @AudraSunshine; @SpiritedConcept


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THAT Will NOT Come Nigh Unto Me! Psalm 91:5-8

Posted on July 1, 2012 at 10:43 PM Comments comments (0)
#BloggingOnTheGo THAT Will NOT Come Nigh Unto Me! Psalms 91:5-8 CEB Greetings! BlogFam, THANK YOU for your patience this past week! I did make it successfully to my 200th day of blogging on the last Sunday of June 2012 and due to other professional and academic writing obligations I took a quick break and I am back with a renewed commitment to the task, the call, and my divine assignment to inspire others through my writing. I will continue through Psalm 91 and we will prayerfully discern where the Spirit will lead us next. PSALM 91:5-8 Don’t be afraid of terrors at night, arrows that fly in daylight, or sickness that prowls in the dark, destruction that ravages at noontime. Even if one thousand people fall dead next to you, ten thousand right beside you— it won’t happen to you. Just look with your eyes, and you will see the wicked punished. BlogFam, I am not sure how you will take this statement but as a child of God, I truly believe that there are some things (and certain people) that will NOT come nigh me. You can call me naive. You can call me jaded. You can call me inexperienced. You can call me crazy! BUT I just believe with all my heart and in the depths of my soul, that there are some things that I will not have to deal with, struggle through, or stress over. And I believe this to be true for all of my fellow sisters and brothers in Christ. There are some things that will NOT come nigh unto us simply because we are in relationship with the Lord God Almighty. Now I know that some of you want a list naming everything that I am referring to. I understand that. But I do not have one to give you. This is what I do know about THAT .... THAT is that. THAT is anything and everything, anyone and everyone that the Lord God did not, has not, will not ordain, correct, sustain, prosper for MY life. YES, THAT includes the good and the bad, the happy and the sad, the mountains high and the valleys low, the rivers wide and the creeks shallow. There are certain things and people that I will NOT have to face! So, BlogFam, Don’t be afraid of terrors at night, arrows that fly in daylight, or sickness that prowls in the dark, destruction that ravages at noontime. Even if one thousand people fall dead next to you, ten thousand right beside you— it won’t happen to you. Just look with your eyes, and you will see the wicked punished. This is the promise of the Lord! I know that there are probably some things and people that are in your life today to which you wish you could have avoided, averted, or arranged in such a way that would keep you from dealing with all the stuff you are dealing with right now. I know and I have been there and done THAT. AND I made it through! HALLELUJAH! I made it through. I may not have known what hit me at the time but I made it through. I may have cried my eyeballs out and had some sleepless nights but I made it through. I may have seemed like I was not acting like myself, but I made it through. AND because I made it through, I can testify... As a child of God, I truly believe that there are some things (and certain people) that will NOT come nigh me!!! And if THAT whoever or whatever comes, God is WILLING and God is ABLE to KEEP ME in sickness and in health, in construction and devastation, in curiosities and atrocities, at night and in the day, when I'm alone or in a crowd, GOD IS ABLE to do whatever God needs to do in me, around me, and through me in order to keep His word. For THIS is the Word of the Lord... Psalms 91:5-8 CEB Don’t be afraid of terrors at night, arrows that fly in daylight, or sickness that prowls in the dark, destruction that ravages at noontime. Even if one thousand people fall dead next to you, ten thousand right beside you— it won’t happen to you. Just look with your eyes, and you will see the wicked punished. TGBTG! GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO! Delesslyn www.spiritedconcepts.net Follow @AudraSunshine & @SpiritedConcept

Wings and Things... - Psalm 91:4

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 6:57 PM Comments comments (0)
Wings and Things...

Psalms 91:4 CEB

God will protect you with his pinions;
you’ll find refuge under his wings.
His faithfulness is a protective shield.


Greetings!
BlogFam, when you need a blessed assurance as you move on, don't forget the wings! Now before your mouth begins to salivate thinking about barbecue, lemon pepper, terayaki, or hot wings, chill out! I will not be sharing recipes or recommending wing joints on this post! Actually, I am not even talking about chicken wings, legs, thighs, or breasts. The wings you need for this new chapter of your journey are incomparable to any of the chicken wings you have ever tasted in your life and the temporary satisfaction they bring. Friends, the wings of the Lord our God are eternal, merciful, expansive, creative, protective, and restorative. Chicken wings have nothing on God’s wings! 


God will protect you with his pinions/wings;
you’ll find refuge under his wings.
His faithfulness is a protective shield.



We know that God is a spirit so the wings that the Psalmist refers to are a figurative illustration of one of the benefits of being a servant of the Most High. The Bible contains many ways of describing how God loves creation. These references help us to understand who God is and how God relates to the whole world. In this particular verse, God has wings and things.


God will protect you with his pinions/wings;
you’ll find refuge under his wings.
His faithfulness is a protective shield.



Now unlike the scrawny wings of a chicken, God's wings are:
eternal - there is no expiration date limiting God’s wings
merciful - there is unmerited favor underneath God’s wings
expansive - there is no end to the reach of God's wings
creative - there is an opportunity to experience the divine in new and exciting ways in the care of God's wings
protective - there is a reassurance of the abiding presence of God under God's wings AND
restorative - there is healing for the mind, body, and soul under God's wings


God will protect you with his pinions/wings;
you’ll find refuge under his wings.
His faithfulness is a protective shield.


So, my friends, I pray that on today, you would have a desire and take the necessary steps toward God's wings. Do not be afraid as you move forward. You are already covered and protected, shielded and even directed by the wings of God. So, be encouraged and rest under God's wings!
 
 
God Loves You and I do too!
DelesslynTwitter - @AudraSunshine; @SpiritedConcept
Email - [email protected]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Trapped and Sick... BUT GOD! - Psalm 91:3

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 6:43 PM Comments comments (0)
Trapped and Sick....... BUT GOD!
Psalms 91:3 CEB
God will save you from the hunter’s trap
and from deadly sickness.
Greetings!

BlogFam, as you move on, God will continue to save you! WOW! TO GOD BE THE GLORY! This is GOOD NEWS! We know that God is able to save our souls from sin, but on today, the scripture informs and reminds us that our God’s salvation is holistic and continuous. God is willing and God is able to save our minds and our bodies too!

God will save you from the hunter’s trap.

I know that most of us do not want to think about this or even consider that this could be apart of our own reality but BlogFam, you know I like to keep it real! And you NEED to know that the enemy, your enemies are hunting you down! Do not be ignorant of this truth. You must know that everybody is NOT on your side. Everybody does not have your back. Everybody is not celebrating your success. And I love you enough to tell you the truth. People are intentionally setting traps for you as part of their strategy to trap you and take you out or take you down privately and possibly even publicly. I am clear that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but evil, jealous, abs envious spirits reside in flesh and blood, in human beings that we can see and will work inside of them to trap you, to trip you, to catch you, to conquer you, to strap you, to strip you, to devastate you, and to destroy you. 

BUT GOD will save you from the hunters trap!

God will save you from deadly sickness.

Friends, there are sick people in this world. You might even know at least one person whose health is failing or being slightly challenged. Being sick is not something any of us aspires to, brags about, or welcomes.....except young children who don't mind having a few days off from school because they are ill or adults who need a vacation, a personal day to rest ,relax, and get away from their routine even if only for a day. Being sick and feeling "under the weather," is an indication that something is not right in our bodies. Sharp pain, weight loss or gain, headaches, stomach aches, swelling, rashes, out of the ordinary bleeding or sweating or blurring vision are just a few indications that something is just not right in our bodies. I am not a medical professional but I do know enough to tell you to get the help you need if anything in your body looks or feels unusual. Seek professional care but call on the Master Physician FIRST! Call on the one who has truly seen it all. Call on the one who created all parts of your body and is acquainted with every cell. Call on the one whose power is able to heal all manner of sickness and disease or dis-ease. Call on the only one whose healthcare plan is universal and accessible to all. Call on the Lord God! God will save you from deadly and not so deadly sickness.

Please notice that this scripture says that God will save you FROM. And I want you to know that God is willing and able to save you from traps and sickness by helping you to AVOID and by RESCUING you out of. In other words, some of us may avoid the traps of the enemy. The Lord will camouflage us in such a way that the hunters will have to go another way. On the other hand, we may yield to temptation, enticed by what really is a trap and the Lord will save us from such traps. Furthermore, the deadly sicknesses that spring from the malfunctioning cells in our bodies due to our own choices to be careless with our temples or due to random plots of nature, God is willing and able to save our bodies by healing us from all manner of sickness and disease.

My sistas and brothas, seek the salvation of the Lord! Do not just settle for your soul to be saved but seek the Lord 's salvation in mind, body, and spirit. Trust in the Lord to keep you from traps and sickness AND also trust in the Lord to release you from taps as well as heal you from all sickness. As you move on, you must be confident in the power of the Almighty to save you from any and every person, place, or thing that will come to keep you from moving on to fulfill God’s purpose for your life. Now is the time for you to be saved! Now is the time to move on!


God will save you from the hunter’s trap and from deadly sickness.     AMEN! 
 
 
 
God Loves You and I do too!
DelesslynTwitter - @AudraSunshine; @SpiritedConcept
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Right Place, Right Time, Right Company, Right Line - PART 2

Posted on June 22, 2012 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)
RIGHT PLACE
RIGHT TIME
RIGHT COMPANY
RIGHT LINE


Psalms 91:1-2 CEB

Living in the Most High’s shelter,
camping in the Almighty’s shade,
I say to the LORD, "You are my refuge, my stronghold!
You are my God—the one I trust!"



Greetings! BlogFam, when you need God's blessed assurance as you move on, you must do a check up along the way. I know that most of the time you read or listen and go on to the next post. And so today's post is a follow up post to lead you in a time of reflection, a time for you to pause and engage your mind and spirit, a time to gather yourself for the journey.
 
You need to ask and answer for yourself the following questions...
you might even choose to journal your answers:

AM I IN THE RIGHT PLACE?


IS IT THE RIGHT TIME?


AM I IN THE COMPANY OF THE RIGHT PEOPLE?


HAVE I SAID THE RIGHT LINES?


I hope and pray that you would take this very seriously and that these two posts together would help to bring you further clarity and assurance that you are indeed at the RIGHT PLACE, at the RIGHT TIME, in the RIGHT COMPANY, saying the RIGHT LINES.
 
 
God Loves You and I do too!
Delesslyn
Twitter - @AudraSunshine; @SpiritedConcept
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Right Place, Right Time, Right Company, Right Line

Posted on June 22, 2012 at 8:44 AM Comments comments (0)
Right Place, Right Time, Right Company, Right Line
 
Psalm 91:1-2
Living in the Most High’s shelter,
camping in the Almighty’s shade,
I say to the Lord, “You are my refuge, my stronghold!
You are my God—the one I trust!”
 
 
Greetings!
BlogFam, when you need God’s blessed assurance as you move on, you must do a personal check up along the way.  You need to ask yourself the following questions:
 
 
AM I IN THE RIGHT PLACE?
It is time for you to look around.  What do you see?  Is the place that you stand a place of hope and healing?  Is it a place where you can be yourself without apology?  Is it a place which allows for your growth and maturity?   Will you be better having stepped into this place or would it be better for you to simply walk by this place to another and a better place for you?
 
 
These are serious questions.  The psalmists states that he was LIVING in the Most High’s shelter, CAMPING in the Almighty’s shade.  Where are you living?  Where are you camping?  A few years ago, Karen Clark Sheard recorded a song with her daughter, Kierra Sheard which stated: The safest place in the whole wide world is IN the will of God.  So, when I refer to the place, I am not simply or literally referring to the physical location at which you find yourself, although that place is of consequence.  But I am primarily referring to your place in the will of God.
 
 
LIVING and CAMPING are two different things.  When we think about the places where we live, we think of a permanent living situation.  This the address that we receive our mail, list on applications, and sleep most nights.  Where we live is where we store our belongings, invite our company, raise our children, and pay our bills.  Where we live should be the place where we find stability, tranquility, and security.  We should take this seriously, physically and we must take this seriously spiritually. 
 
 
BlogFam, are you in the right place in your relationship with God, on your journey with God?  This is a question that only you can answer.  God knows and others might think that they know that about you, but we can be fooled.  So at least be honest with yourself.  Are YOU in the right place?  Have you accepted Jesus as your Saviour?  Are you striving to live a life pleasing to God? 
 
 
I know that it is not often that we are asked foundational questions about our relationship with the Holy One.  Yet, it is this ONE relationship that can influence EVERY aspect of our living situation. 
 
 
And I know at this point, some of you are thinking, well, I may not have taken up a permanent residence yet, but I have been camping out at the church – camping out at Bible Study – Camping out at choir rehearsal – Camping out at places where I believe God is.  This is interesting and it is a common reality because there are so many people who want the blessings of living in a particular place but do not want to also own the responsibilities of that place physically OR spiritually.  In other words, some of my BlogFam want to experience the permanent satisfaction of living in the presence of the Lord without making a commitment beyond camping out when they are in need, troubled, scared, perplexed, or lonely.  And to you I invite you to seek a permanent residence in the presence of the Most High. 
 
 
Furthermore, to those who are LIVING in the shelter of the Most High BUT you have found yourself in transition during this process of moving on and you know that you are headed in the right direction for your life, BUT you need a temporary place to lay your rest, relax, regroup, reconfigure, get revived or be renewed, I hope that you will find yourself CAMPING in the Almighty’s shade.
 
 
IS IT THE RIGHT TIME?
My sistas and brothas, is it the RIGHT TIME to live or to camp in the presence of God?  OR are you waiting for another time?  As you are in the midst of transition in your personal, professional, social or familial life, I pray that you are super-sensitive to the timing of God.  I know that we discussed this a few posts ago but I do think that it bears repeating.  This is not the time to be confused about the seasons of God.   You need to know what time it is so that you will know what assignment needs to be on your agenda so that your agenda will match God’s agenda and you will be in harmony with your Creator.  Friends, now is to the time for you to be clueless.  That is not cute and it is not right!  Now is not the time for you to be confused or wandering without direction.  Now is not the time for you to not be at peace with God about what time it is.  Now, PLEASE BE MINDFUL, I did not say that this time would be overflowing with milk and honey for your prosperity is not necessarily  the singular greatest clue that you are in the right place at the right time.  However, I am saying that the peace of mind, the kind of peace that surpasses all understanding, should be your guide as to whether your timing is off or right on point.
 
 
BlogFam, is this the RIGHT TIME?  Pray.  Let the PEACE of God be your time piece and trust God to handle everything else concerning you at this time.
 
 
AM I IN THE COMPANY OF THE RIGHT PEOPLE?
Since we were children, we have always been warned about the company we keep.  Well, this admonition is just as important, if not more important than it was then.  Friends, this Psalmist is clear about the relationship that he has with the Most High, the Almighty One.  He is in the presence of God – living and camping in the presence of God.  And this is highly significant for reasons we have already alluded to; however, you must be able to discern whether or not you are also in the presence of godly people, men and women who are also striving to be all that they can be in the service of the Kingdom of God as they fulfill God’s purpose for their life.  As you evaluate the company you keep, are you flying with the eagles or flapping with chickens?  Are you soaring with eagles or squawking with chickens?  Are you rising with eagles are roosting with chickens?  Are YOU in the company of the right people?
 
 
It is so true.  The company you keep is a reflection of you, your values, your reputation, your character, and your ambitions.  I have met many people whom I have had to leave right where I left them.  I have met some people who were helpful for a season but at the end of their season in my life, we went our separate ways.  I have met very few people who are lifetime connections that are themselves striving for excellence in everything they do and say.  Even if you have ONE good friend who loves the Lord with all of their heart, mind, soul, and strength, and who will hold you accountable for the things that God has ordained for you to do without jealously blocking or foolishly jeopardizing your progress, then you are truly blessed. 
 
 
And DO NOT BE FOOLED!  Just because people are saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy host, it does not mean that your life must be connected to theirs.  You must ask the Lord to help you discern the right people to whom you need to be connected.  Being in the wrong company will waste your time, squander your treasure, abuse your talent, and break down your temple.  You must get in the company of the right people, right now!
 
 
HAVE I SAID THE RIGHT LINES?
Lastly, you must talk the talk to match your walk!
I say to the Lord, “You are my refuge, my stronghold!
You are my God—the one I trust!”
 
 
BlogFam, proverbs and other passages advise us on the use of our tongues as we speak the words we choose to speak.  Your tongue is a powerful weapon in your moving on to this next season.  Your word is your bond and it will bind you to whatever you speak into your own life so WATCH your tongue!  Do not be cavalier in your conversations.  You do not need to be wasting your time cleaning up the messes you make with your verbal vomit!  You need to speak the words that God has spoken and watch that what God will create through you will be good. 
 
 
The first thing we must all do is acknowledge God in our conversations.  In other words, if you are about to have or are in the midst of a conversation with anyone, you need to honestly consider whether this conversation will be to your advantage or disadvantage as it relates to your journey to realizing your dreams and fulfilling God’s purpose.  If this conversation or this conversation partner is not helpful, then speak your peace and bite your tongue and move right on.
 
 
PLEASE BE CLEAR that everyone is NOT waiting for you to speak and everyone does not need to hear what you have to say.  So make every effort to be intentional with every word that proceeds out of your mouth.  I know that this can be hard and that it takes work and you are not used to filtering yourself in this way, but because words are so powerful, you cannot afford to release or receive any kind of words into your life or spirit.  AND I will take it one step further – especially for my BlogFam who are a little slow about opening their Bible to read the words on its pages.  In other words, be mindful of the conversations you read on Facebook and on Twitter, the headlines at the checkout counter, and the internet newsfeeds as well.  The same principle applies in those situations as well.  The words you hear and the words your read can have a tremendous impact on your progress or lack thereof.
 
 
BlogFam, Are you in the RIGHT PLACE? 
Is this the RIGHT TIME? 
Are you in the company of the RIGHT PEOPLE? 
Have you spoken the RIGHT LINES?
 
 
 
God Loves You and I do too!
Delesslyn
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On the Eighth Day: Key Assurances When Moving On

Posted on June 20, 2012 at 6:04 AM Comments comments (0)
On the Eighth Day: Key Assurances When Moving On
INTRODUCTION

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BlogFam, I must admit, I thought that yesterday was the end of our Moving On Series, but you know me, I am open.  I have to be.  And obviously, we need to linger in that space for just a moment longer.  Over the last few days, I have heard different versions of this one particular passage of scripture and each time, I was moved.  I was particularly moved when one young lady read it from the Common English Bible, a version I had never heard or read before.  I wanted to share it with you on today as a form of introduction to Part Two of our Moving On Series: On the Eighth Day: Key Assurances When Moving On.  Friends, apparently, we have not yet completed our conversation in this area and in obedience to the Spirit, we will linger until... 


Our scriptural passage is Psalm 91, specifically, the Common English Bible version of Psalm 91.  Please read this passage in its entirety and I look forward to how our journey will continue to unfold!


Psalm 91
Living in the Most High’s shelter,
    camping in the Almighty’s
shade,
I say to the Lord, “You are my refuge, my stronghold!
    You are my God—the one I trust!”

God will save you from the hunter’s trap
    and from deadly sickness.
God will protect you with his pinions;
    you’ll find refuge under his wings.
    His faithfulness is a protective shield.
Don’t be afraid of terrors at night,
    arrows that fly in daylight,
    or sickness that prowls in the dark,
    destruction that ravages at noontime.
Even if one thousand people fall dead next to you,
    ten thousand right beside you—
    it won’t happen to you.
Just look with your eyes,
    and you will see the wicked punished.
Because you’ve made the Lord my refuge,
    the Most High, your place of residence—
        no evil will happen to you;
        no disease will come close to your tent.
Because he will order his messengers to help you,
    to protect you wherever you go.
They will carry you with their own hands
    so you don’t bruise your foot on a stone.
You’ll march on top of lions and vipers;
    you’ll trample young lions and serpents underfoot.

God says,
“Because you are devoted to me,
    I’ll rescue you.
    I’ll protect you because you know my name.
Whenever you cry out to me, I’ll answer.
    I’ll be with you in troubling times.
    I’ll save you and glorify you.
    I’ll fill you full with old age.
    I’ll show you my salvation.”

 
Friends, our new series,
On the Eighth day: Key Assurances When Moving On.

THANK YOU for joining us as we walk through this passage over the next few or more days.  I believe that at this juncture, you are pretty sure that it is YOUR time to move on and now that you have surrendered to the assignment the Lord has given, you need a little extra blessed assurance that the Lord will not leave you hanging.  Thus, I pray that this passage and Part 2 of our series will speak life and assurance to each of us as we move forward and closer to where the Lord has assigned for us to be.  BlogFam, Pray one for another and let us all ENJOY the JOURNEY!!!


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Delesslyn
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ON THE EIGHTH DAY: SPIRITUAL KEYS TO MOVING ON… REVIEW! Romans 8

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 6:33 AM Comments comments (0)

ON THE EIGHTH DAY:  SPIRITUAL KEYS TO MOVING ON… REVIEW!
Romans 8

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Greetings!

BlogFam, As we bring this series to a close, I just wanted to compile the list of Spiritual Keys for us to review...


Romans 8:1-2 - As you prepare to move on from whoever or whatever to wherever your next step will take you, you inevitably must be prepared to tell whoever or whatever you are leaving behind that IT is over and IT no longer has a hold on you. 


Romans 8:3-4 - When it is time to move on, you must do so empowered by the reality that what you are leaving behind is POWER-LESS to destroy to disrupt, distract, and discontinue your journey toward your pre-destined victory in Jesus Christ our Lord! 


Romans 8:5-8 - As you prepare to move on, I pray that you would take inventory of YOUR MIND.  I pray that you would ask our God to transform you by the renewing of YOUR MIND.  YOUR mind is a terrible thing to waste!


Romans 8:9-11 -   When you are preparing to move on, there are a few basic, non-negotiable and unavoidable details that you must know in order to have a successful move.  A few of those details include, but are not at all limited to, the time you will move, the date you will move, and the destination of your move.   


Romans 8:12–17 -  When it is time to move on, we must be convincingly clear with ourselves and with others about our primary obligation and identification at this time of transition.  I pray that you would walk in the godly confidence that you are indeed a CHILD OF GOD and that you would make it your highest priority to be led by the Spirit of God! 


Romans 8:18 - When it is time to move on, there will be brief moments along your journey forward when you will ask yourself is IT worth it?  In your current or at your next pit stop, keep this verse in mind and while you are asking yourself a bunch of questions, ask yourself this ONE question:  Do I consider that my present sufferings are not worth comparing with the GLORY that WILL be revealed in me?  The answer is YES or NO. 


My sistas and brothas, do not let your pit stop be in vain.  Learn what you need to learn.  Gain what you need to gain.  Drop off what you need to drop off.  And by all means, MOVE ON toward the glory of God that will be revealed in you!  


Three Post Series within a Series – Romans 8:19 - 25


Romans 8:19 – The World is WAITING on YOU! Friends, when it is time for you to move, the world will be watching to see and waiting to hear your witness as one who moves on as a child of God. 


Romans 8:20-21 – The World is FRUSTRATED because of YOU!  When it is time to move, you will encounter frustration by those from whom you are separating, but most especially by those to whom you will be going.  When it is time for you to move, those to whom you are currently connected will experience the frustration of having to adjust their lives void of your presence.  when it is time to move on, the people of your past, in particular those who are inconsequential to your future, can no longer be given permission to dictate the details of this new season. 


Those who have been waiting, whether you know it or not, are frustrated because they have been waiting on YOU to say YES, by faith.  Do you not realize that YOU are the answer to somebody’s prayers and when you delay the moves of God in your life because you are scared or because your current relationships do not agree with your move or because your lack of faith in God’s ability to do God’s work through you, that you, are frustrating the hope of those whose change has been a long time coming? 


Romans 8:22-25 – The world is GROANING because of YOU, GOD! When it is time to move on, we must rely on the enduring hope that an even greater move is to come and the move in this present day is preparing us for that greater move that we will see one day.  And until that day, we wait patiently for it.  We must wait on God to move and our hope lies in the truth that God WILL move.  But until that day, HOLD YOUR HOPE, BlogFam, and wait patiently for it.  The best, YOUR best, God’s best is yet to come…
 

Romans 8:26-27 -  When it is time to move on, you will have moments when you will find yourself speechless and the Great Intercessor will whisper words of life and love into your spirit and on your behalf at the throne of God.  In our weakness, there is a power that rests inside of us that will proclaim good news, healing, deliverance, prosperity, peace, and power on our behalf.  Let us trust the Spirit to pray in and through us now when we are strong but most especially when we become weak somehow knowing that when we are weak, we are strong.  For God’s grace is sufficient for YOU and God’s power is made perfect in your weakness!  


Romans 8:28-30 - When it is time for you to move on, God will work in all things for your good.  All things do work together for our good AND I also believe that God is working good in all things on my behalf.  This is ALL about having faith that simply because you love God, God will work in all things for your good.  Period.  God has created YOU, called YOU, justified YOU, and glorified YOU and YOU are the good thing that our God is working good within and without.  AND in this next move, God’s goodness to us is working on our behalf in the love that we now show to God first, to ourselves and to our neighbors.
 

Romans 8:31 - When it is time for you to move on, there are some conversations that must cease and certain conversation partners whose season has come to an end.  I have grown to the place where there are certain conversations that will NOT happen on topics that are not up for discussion and with people whose ideas and opinions do not deserve my attention.  Let GOD guide your every conversation and let God determine the status of every conversation partner.  God is for You but you must surrender your will and your conversation to ONLY what God is for.  YOU can do this!  YOU are ready!  It is YOUR time!  Just keep your mouth in check and YOU will be fine!


Romans 8:32 - When it is time to move on, you must never forget the ONE who has created you for this opportunity and created this opportunity for you.   
 

Romans 3:33-34 - When it is time to move on, you will not move forward without some opposition.


Romans 8:35-39 - when it is time to move on, you must walk in victory and in love.  


This concludes our - ON THE EIGHTH DAY:  SPIRITUAL KEYS TO MOVING ON… REVIEW!


BlogFam, I am praying for you in this next move of God in your life!  I pray that these few nuggets of wisdom will aid you in your journey in your Eighth Day.  I pray that these keys have and/or will unlock spiritual and practical truths that will aid you in your move.  And I pray, that by all means, as you are led by the Holy Spirit of God, that you will KEEP MOVING ON!!!



God Loves You and I do too!
Delesslyn
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Moving On in LOVE and VICTORY! - Romans 8:35-39

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 7:03 AM Comments comments (0)
Moving On in LOVE and VICTORY!
Romans 8:35-39
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
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BlogFam, when it is time to move on, you must walk in love and in victory!   This move is a done deal.  Your move has been signed, sealed, and though you are waiting for it to be delivered, you already know that you know that you know that agreeing with the will of God for your life in this season has brought about the peace of mind you need to wait for the manifestation of your next move.  For you already know that if you are truly being led by the Spirit of God, you will be moving with God whose love will never fail and whose victory has already been won!  If you are being led by the Spirit of God, you will be moving forward with and without certain people whose reason for being in your life has been reconsidered and whose season has just come to an end or has been revived or only just begun.  If you are being led by the Spirit of God, though you may hear the grief and the gripes about your moving on, you have already been granted everything you need to be a blessing in this new place and to silence, in your own special way, those who would speak against this move.
 
 
I cannot stress enough to you how important it is for YOU to be totally surrendered to God at this juncture.  I say this because, there will be people, sometimes those who are closest to you, who will intentionally attempt to convince you that you missed God this time!  I am a living witness that there are those who will boldly articulate that your decision to move on is not one of your better decisions.  They will often bully you by using God-Talk to twist your prayerful confirmation into an ungodly possibility that is not worthy of your consideration.  They will go as far as to challenge the substance of your faith simply because they cannot see what you hope for and because God may have only given you a glimpse, you cannot fully express or display the evidence that this is indeed the next right step.  Friends, I know how all of this feels.  And while it may seem and feel like a lonely place to be, the scripture for today reminds us that we can expect and anticipate to be loved and to be conquerors!
 
 
It is a strategy of the enemy to attempt to separate us or to make us feel as if we are separated from the love of Christ.  And everything that happens AFTER you receive the instruction to move, trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword, are simply tactics of the enemy to convince you that this move is not of God. The enemy is powerless to separate you from the love of Christ BUT that does not mean the enemy will not do it’s best to convince you otherwise.  YOU must be convinced and convicted that anything you endure as a good soldier, even to the point of death, is for the sake of Christ who will use your life as a witness of His grace and His glory – if you endure. 
 
 
Furthermore, this move in your life demands that your mind be set to the channel of VICTORY.  YOU are already victorious for seeking God about moving and for deciding to follow through with this move and you will continue to see your victory when the move actually takes place.  YOU are MORE than a conqueror through Christ Jesus who loves YOU!  Therefore, you do not need the affirmation or the accolades of people, especially those who are not even seeking God themselves for their next move, in order for you to be victorious.  YOU already are!  AND nothing the enemy can say or do can keep you from being loved by the one who has already declared VICTORY over your life in ALL things.
 
 
My sistas and brothas, YOU are MOVING ON! 
YOU are LOVED!  YOU are VICTORIOUS! 
AND NOTHING and NOBODY can ever take that away!
 
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
My Friends, IN THE NAME OF JESUS, IT IS SO…
 

God Loves You and I do too!
Delesslyn
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