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The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.  Psalm 34:18

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    Monday
    Apr272015

    You Have More Than I Do!

    Good Morning Everyone,

     Thank you for joining me this morning with “Dee’s Thoughts”. Today we are going to talk about something we all have fallen into at one time or another. Envy! Envy is when you have something and I feel I deserve it as much as you do! Envy feels more like a bruise or a slight wound when it hits us.

     Oscar Wilde tells this powerful story: The devil was once crossing the Libyan Desert, and came upon a spot where a number of small friends were tormenting a monk. The sainted man easily shook off their evil suggestions. The devil watched their failure, and then he stepped forward to give them a lesson. He whispered to the monk ‘Your brother has just been made bishop of Alexandria. A scowl of malignant envy at once clouded the monk’s serene face.

    Envy is dangerous to the soul because it doesn’t leave quickly.

    Why is Envy so toxic? Because we fixate on it, all of a sudden you and what you have or do has become my emotional enemy. Envy starts with a case of mild jealousy but can turn into a tornado soon if we it let it get the upper hand in our life. It will eventually turn us away from God if we don’t deal with it because it is a sin issue. Exodus 20:17 says, you shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

    When we are envious, we lack seeing the whole picture as resentment begins to builds. How is envy broken? We need to get our eyes off of others and what they have and be thankful for what God’s has given us. In our thankfulness, envy is broken. Hanging onto envy only destroys us it does not promote us or build us up. God gives us the best. Not what we want but what is best for us. When we embrace that we embrace life at its best!  

     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
    Apr202015

    What Are We Going To Do?

    Morning Everyone, thank you for your responses to these blogs and "Dee's Thoughts." I love hearing from you. Today we are going to examine "What do we do" when our circumstances are difficult.

     When we find ourselves in a difficult situation what do we do? It is far easier to look for a rescuer than to take responsibility isn’t it?  I am reminded of how we as people go through life’s day to day challenges. Are we participants or bystanders?

     Do we go through life feeling helpless unable to do anything about our situations, living with our hurt, rejection and disappointments rather than doing something about them? Where does our responsibility lie in these matters and what is our responsibility to God?

     Let’s take a look at a piece of Scripture in Mark 2 regarding a paralytic man that is being carried by 4 men to a house where Jesus is expected to be. Now let’s go down to verse 9 and following, which is easier, to say to the paralytic, your sins are forgiven, or to say, Get up, take your mat and walk? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins….”He said to the paralytic, I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home. He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all.

     We can all identify with the paralytic on some level, in that, we may still be living with past hurts and disappointments, living with our problems as a victim of our circumstances. What would Jesus say to us about our problems and our sin? Could it be that he would also say to us, “Get Up” take your mat and walk!

     The question is….What are we going to do?  ”Do we want to get well”? All too often we hold on to tightly to the things that paralyze us spiritually and emotionally. Jesus can and wants to heal us of those things but when he does, he will not leave us without excuse for the things we need to be forgiven for as well. So let’s take the challenge, take your mat and walk! 

     Blessings, Dee

     

     

     

     

    Monday
    Apr132015

    Who Is Your Master?

    Morning Everyone, welcome to Dee's thoughts:

    C.H. Spurgeon said, “If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival.

     In the church, we will find three kinds of people. There are the spectators, anticipators and participators. The spectator is just there to observe; the anticipator is expecting real blessings but not doing anything about it; and the participator is busy singing, praying, ushering, planning and doing the work. The participators are the minority, but they are the sacred few who are doing "the majority of the work."

     2 Peter 2:19 tells us this--They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.

     That is pretty clear isn’t it? We all have been enslaved to something at some point and have had habits we wish we could break but have felt powerless to overcome them. How do we identify a controlling habit?  A controlling habit is something you find yourself doing even though it is destructive.

     Some of us, reason things out in our minds, if we admit we have a habit than we are less than spiritual. Denial is not the way to deal with the problem. Controlling habits are like a cable, they slowly bind you up without you even noticing. Habits are formed through our willful behavior. The person has given in so many times to this thing that they now find themselves doing it over and over again. It has now become your master!

      Habits break us down to the point to where we don’t even try to resist anymore. This is a clue that we need to pay attention to! God wants us to be free of things that have gained control of us. James. 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”

     There is an old saying, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” You take a life problem which you did not get overnight and you break it down into bite size pieces and work on it one day at a time and rely on God’s strength one Day at a time.

     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
    Apr062015

    Do We Have A Spiritual Workout Mentality?

     

      

    Morning Everyone, Please send these blogs on to your friends. This morning we are discussing how we view our part in our walk with God. How do we view our responsibility in our walk with God. What should we do and what we should let God do. It is easy for us to fall into the trap of either trying to do to much or nothing at all. Lets see what God says:

    For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of  God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:9

    While salvation is grace alone by faith, the Bible is very clear that after we are saved there is work for us to do through the power of God. Many of us think that when we surrender our lives over to Jesus that our part is now over and it is all up to Him.

    NOT EVEN CLOSE! This is just the beginning, we have entered into a partnership with God (a marriage if you will) that will grow and deepen as we learn to hear His voice and walk with Him.

    We don’t do works to produce salvation, but real salvation will produce works. In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:17

    What is a Spiritual workout?  It is persevering, being immovable and diligently studying God’s Word and doing what He tells us to do. It is not working hard for God in hopes of being loved and accepted by Him. He loves us in spite of ourselves we can never work hard enough to be loved by God. He already loves us. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6

    Works alone without faith is not God’s way but we are asked to seek, knock, work, perfect, hunger, add to, give diligence, labor, follow after, lay hold, fight, and contend. Here are a few of the many Bible commands showing there is something for us to do.

    Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  Philippians 2:12

    Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Matthew 7:7

    Matthew 5:6.. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

    So let us stay planted firm and keep moving upward and forward. Galatians 6:9 says it all: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

    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
    Mar302015

    The Light Is Dim

    Good Morning Everyone 

    Revelation 2:3-4…You  have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.

     One of the most difficult things for the Christian and for the church is to “not grow weary”. The Ephesian church is a modal for us to look at regarding a cooled-down faith. Their fervor is gone, they’re still going through the motions of serving God defending the faith but the fire is growing dim.

    I remember when I first gave my heart to Jesus, Oh what joy filled my soul. I felt like a new person inside, I was changed. That has been over 40 years ago. I can say through experience that my life in Christ is a two-way relationship. What I do is never as important to Him as my relationship with Him.

     If I nurture that relationship my walk with Him draws closer, if I am slack in seeking Him I begin to sense a dryness within my heart and soul. Once a fire is lit (our life in Christ), it is important to keep it stoked so it doesn’t go out. If it does go out we run the risk of getting it re-lit again.

    Christ’s warning to the church at Ephesus not only applied to them in their day but it also applies to modern-day believers today whose hearts have also grown cold. He looks at distracted and complacent Christians who are laboring for every reason but the right one. It is not “our service that our Lord is looking for, it is us”!

    The heart grows cold when we begin to give priority to other relationships and activities instead of to the Lord first. Satan has subtly limited how we perceive the word. The truth is, anything that distracts us from God qualifies as an idol.

    Returning to a life of passionate service for God begins with repentance. We must assume responsibility for drifting away from our first love. Then, we need to put Jesus Christ back on the throne of our heart and reconnect with Him through regular prayer and meditation on His Word.

    God desires an intimate relationship with us. So let me ask you a question: If you don’t know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord it is never too late to ask Him to come into your life.

    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