In His Presence Is Fullness Of Joy

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. – Psalm 16:11
There are many wonderful benefits from simply spending time with God. The presence of the Lord is always with us, but we do not always recognize it or take time to be conscious of it.
There seems to be a great lacking of contentment not only in the world but also among God’s people. Many people spend their lives chasing things when nothing can keep us satisfied except God Himself.
When people are not satisfied inwardly, they usually look for some outward thing to satisfy their hunger. Often they end up in a fruitless search for that which cannot fill the emptiness within.
We’ve heard it said, many people spend their lives climbing the ladder of success only to find when they reach the top, their ladder is leaning against the wrong building.
When we keep our priorities straight, we discover that everything we really need in life is found in the Lord.
Seek to dwell in His presence. In Him is the path of life, the fullness of joy, and pleasures forevermore. 


Seek God

You have said, Seek My face (inquire for and require My presence as your vital need). My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require [of necessity and on the authority of Your Word]. – Psalm 27:8
If we want to truly know the Lord, we need to choose to be where He would be, think what He would think, go where He would go, treat people the way He would treat people.
We must seek after the right thing. We need to take an inventory and be sure we are seeking God and not just the things He can do. We must seek His face, not just His hand!
Have you ever spent a lot of time, energy, prayer, and faith on a project only to discover it was an empty well and you were still just as thirsty as before?
I spent many years as a Christian with one faith project after another I thought would surely be “the thing” that would make me feel fulfilled, happy, and contented. I have finally found the one thing that satisfies my soul- the Lord.
Our quality of life does not consist in what the world has to offer, but in God’s presence, in His will, in knowing Him and knowing His ways. 


Living Beyond The Veil

Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living ways, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil…..-Hebrews 10:19,20 KJV
We can have a close, intimate relationship with God! To enjoy and be assured of God’s presence in our lives, we need to spend time with Him daily, fellowshipping and growing closer in our understanding of Him.
We can do things to help us experience His presence or we can do things to hinder that blessing. For example, if we walk in peace and in the love of God – both receiving His love for us and allowing it to flow to others – we experience His presence more. 
The Lord will teach anyone who truly desires to know Him how to know Him better. We should find out what draws us closer to God and do those things. 
We can veil or block our awareness of God’s presence by following our own fleshly desires and plans without consulting Him and by striving to make ourselves acceptable to Him.
Our striving should be in seeking God, seeking to know Him better, to hear His voice more clearly and to walk in obedience to His instructions.
We can experience His presence or the pressures of the world, His presence or desires of the flesh, His presence or religious bondage due to legalism.
Life beyond the veil is wonderful…enter in!


Love Is……

“A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  – John 13:34 NIV
Love is the new commandment Jesus gave under the New Covenant. The love walk is a liberating lifestyle because it sets us free from self. 
Love is a sacrifice-it costs. Every time we love someone, it costs us something. Time, talent, money, or pride may be the cost.
Forgiveness is love; it costs pride to forgive. The flesh is basically lazy and passive; it always wants effortless benefits. Love is effort.
There seems to be a lack of joy among God’s people; one of the major reasons is that we often become passive, looking for an effortless lifestyle. 
Love is involvement. It is impossible to have true relationship without involvement. Involvement requires commitment; commitment requires work; work is effort.
Love is an effort; it is an effort to walk in love.
Love is involvement, not isolation. Love requires reaching out. Love says, “I’m sorry.” first and initiates the move that can bring restoration and understanding.
Love involves sacrificial giving. Love doesn’t do the right thing to get something; love does the right thing because it is right. Love is healing; love restores.


Do You Feel Rejected?

All whom My Father gives (entrusts) to Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will never, no never, reject one of them who comes to Me].  – John 6:37
God gave me a word for a meeting I was preparing to lead. It is for anyone who needs to receive it:
“Many of My people are in prison because they won’t accept themselves. Many of them are gifted and talented, but they won’t express themselves because they fear rejection. They fear man. They fear what people will think.
“I want to love My people, but they hold Me at arm’s length and won’t let Me really love them because they have been hurt by others. They fear I will reject them, as others have, because of their weaknesses. But I will never reject them.
“Tell them I love them.
“Tell them to stop trying so hard to be acceptable to Me and to realize I accept them as they are. Tell them I don’t want perfect performance from them. I simply want them to love Me and let Me love them.”
God will not reject you because of your weaknesses or mistakes. He desires to heal you from past hurts caused by rejection. He wants you to know He will never reject you.


Beauty For Ashes

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes… – Isaiah 61:3 KJV
Multiplied thousands of people have been hurt severely in their lives. They come from broken relationships or abusive backgrounds that are still producing bad fruit in their personalities.
God wants to send the wind of the Holy Spirit into our lives (Acts 2:1-4), to blow away the ashes that are left from Satan’s attempt to destroy us, and to replace those ashes with beauty.
The Lord has taught me that consistently bad fruit comes from a bad root. No matter how much we may try to get rid of the bad fruit, unless the root is dealt with, more bad fruit will crop up somewhere else.
God created us to be loved. He wants to love us; He wants us to love each other, and He wants us to love and accept ourselves. Without this foundation of love and acceptance, there will be no joy and peace.
Some of us need to be transplanted. If we started out in the wrong soil, Jesus will transplant us so that we can get rooted and grounded in His love, as the Bible teaches.
Know that you are valuable, unique, loved, and special. When this is your foundation and your root, you will produce good fruit. 
Ask God to give you beauty for ashes.
 


God Loves You!

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believed in (trust in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.  – John 3:16
John 3:16 tells us that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son as a sacrifice for it.
God loves you! You are special to Him. God doesn’t love you because you are a good person or do everything right. He loves you because He is love. Love is not something God does; it is something He is. It is His nature.
God’s love is pure and ever flowing. It cannot be earned or deserved. It must be received by faith.
In Ephesians 3:19 Paul prays that we may come to really know this love. When we do, we are strengthened in our inner man. When we are strengthened inwardly, outward difficulties cannot defeat us. 
Unless you have received it yourself, you cannot give love away. Let God love you. Receive His love for you. Bathe in it. Meditate on it. Let it strengthen you. Then give it away.


Things To Remember

Faith is the substance of things hoped for.
Hope has no substance; it is only a goal-setter.
Faith works in the heart; hope works in the head.
The heart produces that which the goal is set on. Set your goal on the solution, not the problem.
Learn the language of success and practice it.
Dial your goal-setter to prosperity and success, then keep it there!


Do These Things To Make Your Way Prosperous

Set your goal on prosperity by knowing God’s will for your success. 
Recognize the Kingdom as the Source of supply.
Seek the Source (Kingdom) instead of things.
Sow good seed in the Kingdom.
Obey God’ Word by doing the sayings of Jesus.
Be a giver and not a grabber.
Don’t take thought by saying wrong things.
Continue to speak God’s Word concerning prosperity.
Begin to apply these principles today. Then you will make your way prosperous and you will have good success.


The Three D’s of Business

1. Don’t curse your own fig tree.
Don’t speak against your finances, your car, or your business.
 
2. Don’t substitute faith for good business practices.
There is an element of common sense that must be included. Don’t forget it.
 
3. Don’t substitute formula for principle.
Don’t just speak your desire, but believe what you say will come to pass. Believe everything you speak out your mouth will come to pass.
When you believe what you are saying you are releasing spiritual forces. It won’t work just because you say it, but saying it is involved in working the principle.