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i first heard this song at the Sista’s Conference 2011 held by LIFE Church. i hadnt heard it before and it totally captured my heart. it was like it was the prayer of our hearts being sung – let our faith arise, let us trust You, You are faithful. since then it has been a continued prayer, that i would fix my eyes upon God and trust in His unfailing mercy and great love.
Be still, there is a healer
His love is deeper than the sea
His mercy, it is unfailing
His arms are fortress for the weak
Let faith arise
Let faith arise
I lift my hands to believe again
You are my refuge, You are my strength
As I pour out my heart
These things, I remember
You are faithful, God, forever
Be still, there is a river
That flows from Calvary’s tree
A fountain for the thirsty
Pure grace that washes over me
Let faith arise
Let faith arise
Let faith arise, let faith arise
Open my eyes, open my eyes
this year i’ve just got into joyce meyer. seriously up till now i havent read any of her stuff or being interested in her at all. maybe catch a bit of her radio show if i was out and about and it happened to come on. but this year she has been a gift to me that i can pass onto others. she has such practical wisdom about life and dealing with emotions and overcoming. i have passed on her books to several people in our housegroup. what a gift she is. someone once commented on a quote i posted from her on my fb wall that she is a milk minister and i disagree with that. such information and revelation is soooo helpful for some people in their walk with God and character formation and overcoming. i think she knows who she IS and what she is called to do. she preaches faithfully the message and the mandate God has given her. and lives are being changed. i totally admire this woman, i love that she is stepping out there and being faithful to her call.
so interested to read this today by Steven Furtick and so agree in the overall premise – be YOURSELF not a carbon copy of anyone else. be who God has called YOU to be, not what someone is called to be. and recognize that you’re on a journey and that God shapes us and transforms us and that His promise is to complete the good work He has begun in us.
a woman was telling me the other day how she used to want to be Joyce Meyer. She fantasized about how exhilarating it would be to minister to all those people.
But since she said she used to want to be Joyce, I had to ask:
“Why don’t you want to be Joyce anymore?”
It was because she analyzed the story behind the glory, and realized:
1. Joyce has a gift that is supernatural, and an anointing that is irreproducible.
2. Therefore, attempting to do what Joyce does without having the divine empowerment Joyce has would be like hobbling around with the king’s XXL armor when you really need a shepherd’s sling. Other people’s armor doesn’t protect you, it paralyzes you.
3. Anointing oil is produced through pressure. Joyce Meyer’s ministry of worldwide compassion flows largely from her own personal pain of childhood sexual abuse, and the dysfunction that consumed the beginning of her adult life. To covet the oil but avoid the pressure is like mastering Guitar Hero, and signing your name Jimi Hendrix on all your correspondence. It’s called make believe, not Christ like ambition.
4. Joyce Meyer’s life is full of blessing. It’s also full of immense burden. It’s chock full of rewards. It’s even heavier laden with responsibilities. To want the blessing without considering the burden is shortsighted at best, and self destructive, ultimately. A blessing can be a burden if you’re not destined and prepared to receive it.
It’s refreshing when you have a conversation with someone who used to want to be what she was never meant to be, but left that illusion behind to become a bonafide best version of herself the world has ever seen.
When it is a matter of our preferences vs His Way and His will we often bow down to the altar of self. steven furtick
God’s Word is the highest authority. Not our feelings. Not our preferences.
Having a BUT GOD’S WORD SAYS in our minds, hearts and spirits aligns us with what God is saying, what the truth of the matter is. Having a BUT counters the lie of the flesh and the lie of the enemy. Having a BUT counters the lie of doubt and fear and sin and insecurity. Having a BUT counters circumstance and temptation. The BUT reminds us who we are and who we belong to and who we live our lives to please and honour.
BUT GOD’S WORD SAYS is the rock we build our life on.
BUT GOD’S WORD SAYS when i am tempted there is a way out and i can withstand it.
BUT GOD’S WORD SAYS when i am lonely that God is with me.
BUT GOD’S WORD SAYS when i am struggling in trial that fire and flood will not overcome me.
BUT GOD’S WORD SAYS when i am weary and worried that i can cast my cares on Him and find rest.
BUT GOD’S WORD SAYS when I am weak I am strong.
BUT GOD’S WORD SAYS that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
BUT GOD’S WORD SAYS I am empowered and filled with the Holy Spirit.
Have you ever struggled with letting a circumstance that came your way recently, suddenly define you? This seems to be a lesson God lets me live over and over. He wants to be my only definition of who I am. I am a child of God, holy and dearly loved. I know this. I teach this. I believe this in the very depths of my soul. Yet, it is so easy for me to slip into redefining myself when situations arise. When hard times come and beat against our stability, we must be determined to hear God’s words and put them into practice. Then nothing can topple our peace, security, or true identity. Lysa TerKeurst
The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.And the LORD God commanded the man, You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die. Genesis 2:15-17
Why didn’t God create the Garden of Eden without the tree of knowledge of good and evil in it, since he didn’t want Adam and Eve to eat from it? Wouldn’t all the subsequent problems have been avoided if Adam and Eve couldn’t get to the tree?
If God had constructed the Garden of Eden so that there were no rules and no way for Adam and Eve to do wrong, then Adam and Eve would be effectively forced to obey God. In order for us to be free – which in this case refers to the freedom to follow or ignore God – we have to be able to make choices. Adam and Eve couldn’t have chosen to follow God if they literally had no other choice.
God put the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden to give Adam and Eve a choice to obey Him or disobey Him. Adam and Eve were free to do anything they wanted, except eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
If God had not given Adam and Eve the choice, they would have essentially been robots, simply doing what they were programmed to do. God created Adam and Eve to be “free” beings, able to make decisions, able to choose between good and evil. In order for Adam and Eve to truly be free, they had to have a choice