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    Monday
    Nov242014

    Days Past

     

    Morning Everyone

    Thank you for joining me this morning and welcome to "Dee's Thoughts". I hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I enjoy doing them. please pass them on to your friends. For your information, I have just completed and published a new thirty day devotional called "Let The Heart Rejoice".

     It is currently at Parables book store, stop by and take a look. you will find it in the local authors section. Also, there are others materials on our website as well at www.reachingthebroken.org. I am including the link for you to go directly to the publishing site (blurb) if you want to order the devotional for a Christmas gift. it is:

    http://www.blurb.com/user/store/deejohnston 

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I hope your thanksgiving this season is filled with love of family and friends at your table. Give thanks to God for all that he has given us.. past, present and future. Here is a thought for the day:

    Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you.  Deuteronomy 32:7

               It seems to me that there was a ‘time’ in life when our memories of the past consisted of both good feelings and perhaps sometimes not so good.  In fact, if we are honest with ourselves we probably thought more on the bad memories rather than the good.

               But as we get older, it appears that the majority of our memories seem to turn to the happy times of life and not the bad as much. Have you ever wondered why that is? When we tend to focus on the negative parts of our past it is usually because we have been either wounded, neglected or used rather than loved.

               There is nothing wrong in looking back to the past, but overall it is not healthy nor does it benefit us to stay there for too long. Isaiah 43: 18-19 says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? When we keep looking back to the past we fail to see the new things that are happening right in front of us.

     The past is meant to teach us and move us forward into the future. Romans 15:4 says, For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

     So, let us learn from the past, take the lessons from the good and the bad and let it move us into our future with hope and encouragement. Press forward with endurance and keep your eyes on the blessings of God.

     HAPPY THANKSGIVING

    Blessings, Dee

    We are a non-profit ministry that operates on the donations/gifts of others. If you would like to help us as we reach out to the hurting and broken please send to: 

    Healing Hearts Ministry; P.O. Box 390003; Omaha, NE 68139-0003

    Website Address: www.reachingthebroken.org

    Dee's email address: deejohnston1@live.com

     

    Monday
    Nov172014

    The weight of our 'words'

    Morning Everyone

    Thank you for joining me this morning and welcome to "Dee's Thoughts". I hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I enjoy doing them. please pass them on to your friends. For your information, I have just completed and published a new thirty day devotional called "Let The Heart Rejoice".

     It is currently at Parables book store, stop by and take a look. you will find it in the local authors section. Also, there are others materials on our website as well at www.reachingthebroken.org. I am including the link for you to go directly to the publishing site (blurb) if you want to order the devotional for a Christmas gift. it is:

    http://www.blurb.com/user/store/deejohnston 

    Most of us are too casual, or ignorant, about the importance of what we say, or don't say. It was Jesus Himself who warned, "For every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment." He continued, "For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned" (Matthew 12:36-37 NKJV).

    There is a weigh that comes with our words whether we recognize it or not. Our words have a spiritual impact (power) to impact those who receive them. Jesus said His words were "spirit and [they] are life" (John 6:63). The substance in Christ's words is eternal life, and believing His words transforms us.

    If I wrote with words that contained profanities, blasphemies and curses, would not the uglyness of such words, at least temporarily, have an affect on your soul? Our words, can actually become weapons the enemy uses to destroy us and wound others, as Job challenged his so-called friends: "To whom have you uttered words? And whose spirit was expressed through you?" (Job 26:4).

    When we slander or gossip, we must ask ourselves: Whose spirit is being expressed through us? You see, satan seeks to use our words against us and others. With our words, we can easily criticize and judge if we are not careful. These things immediately affect our future. Satan knows the power of the tongue.

    God's Word says; "The tongue...sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by Hell" Jamees 3:2-6).

    The devil can take our careless, insensitive words and literally crush others. Our words can become an unbearable burden on a person's soul, especially a harsh word spoken in anger. It can actually destroy another persons life. 

    Are we getting a feel of how impacting our words can be? We are living in times where our values and morals are being attacked and degraded every day to the point to where everything and anything is permissable. We have a choice to either be light or darkness to another. Our enemy (Satan) is out to kill and destroy all he can through our relationships, families and in the body of Christ.

    Gossip brings death to all of these areas. Our words carry life or death as we speak them. We have a choice, to lift up or tear down, to encourage or defeat, to love or hate. Let us speak words of hope and life.

    Have a great day

    Blessings, Dee 

    We are a non-profit ministry that operates on the donations/gifts of others. If you would like to help us as we reach out to the hurting and broken please send to: 

    Healing Hearts Ministry; P.O. Box 390003; Omaha, NE 68139-0003

    Website Address: www.reachingthebroken.org

    Dee's email address: deejohnston1@live.com

    Wednesday
    Nov122014

    Hearing the voice of God

    Morning Everyone

    Thank you for joining me this morning and welcome to "Dee's Thoughts". I hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I enjoy doing them. please pass them on to your friends. For your information, I have just completed and published a new thirty day devotional called "Let The Heart Rejoice". You can find this and other materials on our website www.reachingthebroken.org. Also, I am including the link for you to go directly to the publishing site (blurb) if you want to order the devotional for a Christmas gift. it is:

    http://www.blurb.com/user/store/deejohnston . Let's continue on this morning with our thought for the day Hearing the voice of God. How do we recognize the voice of God from all the other voices?

    When the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives He speaks to us.

    But does that mean that every thought that runs through our heads is from God? Sometimes God asks us to do some pretty unusual things and we are to obey, but other times we may be hearing the voice of God’s enemy who wants to lead us away from God’s path. How do you know when a prompting is from God and when it’s Satan whispering lies?

     It is very important to recognize that Satan does come whispering. Scripture , makes it clear that Satan has at least some capacity to influence our inner conversation.  Acts 5:3 points to this. Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn't it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn't the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God. 

     These “whispers” of the enemy can be very subtle in the way they come to us. He can even present himself as a godly presence disguising his lies as the voice of truth.

    So, as various thoughts flow through our minds is it possible to distinguish the voice of the enemy from the voice of the Holy Spirit? What are the marks of those two very different voices? Learning to sort out the voice of the enemy from the voice of the Spirit is critical to every believer’s spiritual well being.

    When Satan speaks into our thoughts he has only one purpose: to do harm.

     Whether through discouragement, temptation, frustration, depression or despair, his goal is always to divide us from God, to cripple our spiritual vitality, and prevent us from obeying and serving God.

    Key:    When you feel defeated or hopeless, that’s a good sign that Satan is at work within your inner world. When it feels right to nurse your wounds and stay angry you can be sure that you are being lied to.

    The voice of our enemy comes with messages like these:  God doesn’t care; No one cares about you; Give up; Run away; Your a failure; It's to late to fix it. 

    The voice of God’s Holy Spirit is very different.

     Whereas the goal of the enemy is destruction, the goal of the Spirit is always edification. He speaks messages intended to lift you up, to encourage you, to bring strength, faith, joy, and peace.

    He (Satan)tempts us with rationalization, excuses, and lies that prevent us from dealing with the sin.  We fall for it so easily because we don’t want to deal with the sin in the first place. He keeps us trapped in hurt feelings, shame, embarrassment, pride, anger and self-justification. He nurses our pain and whispers that we should stay away from God.

    God does exactly the opposite.  He does not minimize or dismiss our sin but He reminds us that our sin is covered. If we confess and repent we can be free. 

     The voice of God shows us a way out and gives us the strength to do the hard work of making amends. God always gives us a way out, He never leaves us in a state of hopelessness. Thank you Lord for your faithfulness even when I am not faithful.

    Have a great day

    Blessings Dee 

    We are a non-profit ministry that operates on the donations/gifts of others. If you would like to help us as we reach out to the hurting and broken please send to: 

    Healing Hearts Ministry; P.O. Box 390003; Omaha, NE 68139-0003

    Website Address: www.reachingthebroken.org

    Dee's email address: deejohnston1@live.com

     

    Monday
    Oct272014

    Days Past... part 2

     

    Morning Everyone

    Thank you for joining me this morning and welcome to "Dee's Thoughts". If you are at all like me, you may find yourself at times remembering back to the "days of old". Sometimes they are pleasant memories sometimes not! Regardless, let us continue with our question from last week. ..."Have you learned from your past"? Last week we began discussing what are some of the things we need to leave in the past. lets continue:

     Dr. James Montgomery Boice says,  (Quote) "There are many leeks-and-garlic Christians among us. You are one if you are constantly looking to the past. If your Christian testimony is entirely taken up with what God did for you thirty or forty years ago, or you are constantly talking about the old days when God's blessing on your life seemed great, then you are looking to the past.

     Paul warns against this in Philippians. He would say, 'Look! I also remember the Past blessings of God, but those are old blessings, what about the new blessings of God? Old blessings serve no real purpose in our life today other than our remembering of them encourages us to press forward in God. We can and should be thankful for God's blessings always, but we reeed to be moving forward not lingering for to long in the past. There can be no real progress made in our lives until we can properly put our past behind us, learning from it and moving ahead. Here are some others things we need we need to forget:

    The guilt of past sins.

    We can despair over past experiences and failures to the point where it can cause us to doubt and wonder if we can or have ever been forgiven. Or, we can be encouraged by them instead, the choice is ours. Example, think of a husband or wife who is wasting away about some incident in their past continually asking for forgiveness over and over again. They have forgotten it but we haven't. So it is with our heavenly Father when we go to him and start to describe to him again the follies and falls of years past, if we listen we will hear the still small voice of God  saying,  "They are forgiven sins, my child" let them go.

     

    You may say to me how hard you find it to forget those things, and I say to you that that I understand, but what we are being asked in our text is not to remember them. God can forget nothing, but he chooses not to bring to his remembrance our sins . . . never! I know we cannot simply forget something in response to someone telling us to.  Refusing to remember simply means not bringing a matter up to use against ourselves or another person. When you promise to forgive another, you promise not to remember his wrongdoing by bringing it up against him. That means you won't talk to others about it, and you won't allow yourself to sit and brood over it either.

     

    Thank you for joining me this morning.

    Blessings Dee

    We are a non-profit ministry that operates on the donations/gifts of others. If you would like to help us as we reach out to the hurting and broken please send to: 

    Healing Hearts Ministry; P.O. Box 390003; Omaha, NE 68139-0003

    Website Address: www.reachingthebroken.org

    Dee's email address: deejohnston1@live.com

    Tuesday
    Oct212014

    Days Past

    Morning Everyone

    Thank you for joining me this morning and welcome to "Dee's Thoughts". If you are at all like me, you may find yourself at times remembering back to the "days of old". Sometimes they are pleasant memories sometimes not! Regardless, I want to put a question out to you this morning...."Have you learned from your past"? Let's look at this a little further:

     

    For example, didn't the Lord Jesus tell his disciples to remember Lot's wife? Yes, and shouldn't we remember God's past mercies to us? Yes! Forget not all his benefits. Psalm 103:2-5. Did not the Lord institute a feast of bread and wine by which we were to keep in remembrance his death for us? Obviously there are blessings and lessons and warnings which we must remember. What then are the things we must forget?

     

    1. The successes of the past..

    There is a man described to us in Zechariah 2 who wants to go back from the exile in Babylon and measure the ruins of Jerusalem. The city has been destroyed for over seventy years, but this man wants past glories and past failures to decide the dimensions of the future. God tells the man that the future Jerusalem is going to be a city without walls because of the great numbers who are going to be its inhabitants. Let's forget the glories of the good old days.  Let's concentrate on where we are going. There is something else in the past we must forget.

    2.  The pleasures of sin, and the taste of the forbidden fruit we must forget...

     

    Did Eve ever dare to say to Adam , " but didn't that fruit taste like nothing else you've ever tasted," as they daily walked by the grave where their murdered son Abel lay buried? Remember the children of Israel in the wilderness how they were given all they needed for the journey to Canaan - manna, fresh water, quails, a divine Guide by night and day, and all the protecting power of Jehovah.

    But there came hard times when they started to look back at everything they had left behind: "We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost - also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!" (Num. 11:5-6). They let sinful nostalgia for what they could never have again destroy their satisfaction with what they had now. They looked back selectively at the life of slavery in Egypt through rose-tinted glasses. How pleasant they made it seem. They failed to trust God for the present and be grateful for all his mercies.

     We will stop here today and go on next week. Keep looking forward but when you do look back, remember to not stay there to long.

    Blessing and see you next week

    Dee

    We are a non-profit ministry that operates on the donations/gifts of others. If you would like to help us as we reach out to the hurting and broken please send to: 

    Healing Hearts Ministry; P.O. Box 390003; Omaha, NE 68139-0003

    Website Address: www.reachingthebroken.org

    Dee's email address: deejohnston1@live.com