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    Monday
    Jul272015

    If Anyone Is Willing

       If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. John7:17-18

    Good morning everyone, thank you for joining me this morning and reading these blogs. I love your comments keep them coming. In regard to our text this morning in John Chapter 7, Jesus is teaching at the Feast of Tabernacles and getting comments like this from the Jews; verse 15, ”How did this man get such learning without having studied.?” This morning we will looking into this very question….”How do we get such learning if we haven’t studied?”

     Let’s set the stage…Jesus has just come out of seclusion and has gone to the feast just at the right time…”when no one was expecting him”. He went to the temple and called people to accountability by making a point that His teaching did not come from Him alone but His wisdom, message, and power came from His Father, the one who sent him. Then He continues to point out that if they (we) would choose to do God’s will, they would find out for themselves whether it was from God or man.

     What does it mean to do God’s will? It means that there must be a definite act (response) of our human will, a settled determined purpose to do God’s will. The secret of knowing God’s will is being willing to do it. We will know His will through our obedience to do it.

    Our obedience to God works within us the ability to be able to discern between what is a lie and what is truth.  God’s Word proves itself true to those who sincerely do it.

    Before Jesus fed the 5000, he blessed the 5 loaves and two fishes and thanked God. After the meal was over He gave the honor to God. Doing the will of God lies in our willingness and obedience to Him. Are you willing? A readiness of heart is all that is required!

    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
    Jul202015

    Weary In The Waiting?

     The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom, He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

    Good morning everyone, thank you for joining me, today we will discuss weariness in our Spiritual journey. We have all felt tired and weary from time to time and have questioned where God was in it! I know you can identify. It is difficult at times to keep going especially when it seems un-ending in our circumstances, but when we begin to feel that way, we must then dig deep into the Word of God and his promises. He tells us in Isaiah 40:28…”He will not grow tired or weary.”

     Over the duration of time we can become discouraged. But remember, this is one of the tricks of the enemy:  discouragement can lead us to defeat and cause us to doubt and give up on the promises of God

     What does it mean to wait? Waiting in this context has to do with faith, not service. It bears the concepts of trust, hope and longing. It means to wait with expectant hope. This hope is brought to those who wait in patience. This is not a passive, do-nothing wait. To wait on the Lord means to:

     1. Fully believe in His promises of deliverance. 2.To trust in His power to do all that He has said He would do. 3. To long for, and look forward to, the hope the completion of His covenant. 4. To believe His Word; stand on His promises; desire His will; to hope in His faithfulness. It is to expect good things from the Lord’s hand.

    It is to meet God half-way expecting Him to renew your strength. To renew!

     There is a limit to all human endurance. Exhaustion can cause even the strongest to stumble. In weariness we can fall. Even the strongest can only go so far.

     The Lord does not promise us an extension of our own natural strength. Rather, it is His strength that is supernaturally supplied. So, what happens when we wait upon the Lord? Our strength is renewed, our batteries are recharged, our tanks refilled.

     What a promise…As it says in Isaiah 40:31, But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Keep walking, keep looking, keep trusting, God will not let you down!

    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
    Jul132015

    A Void Filled

     

    Morning Everyone, I have been gone for awhile but back now. Thank you for reading "Dee's Thoughts" and please let me know your thoughts. Today we are going to look into the book of Isaiah chapter 6 as God is calling Isaiah to do a hard thing. Let's get started:

     A Void Filled

    In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Isaiah 6:1

    We have all lost someone that we loved or have greatly looked up to. Such is the case with Isaiah. King Uzziah has died. We don’t know how much the death of King Uzziah affects Isaiah, but we can probably assume he was devastated and dishearten and his confidence shaken as he witnessed Judah’s leader succumb to shame, stupor, leprosy and finally death; certainly the stability of his homeland without its king was foremost in his mind.

    It is important to note that Isaiah watched his king rot and succumb to the uncleanness of leprosy. It is at this time of the kings death that Isaiah is given a vision where he is standing in the midst of God’s realm seeing supernatural visions revealing the holiness of the Lord of hosts sitting upon His throne as seraphs are calling to one another, saying Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty, the whole earth if full of his glory. Verse 3.

    Verse 4…As Isaiah heard the voices of the seraphs, the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. As Isaiah was witnessing with his own eyes what was happening around him, the same thing was also happening within his own heart, as he cried out to God “Woe to me! For I am a man of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty… HIS EYES WERE OPENED!

    So, what can we take away from this event in Isaiah 6 and how do we apply it to our own lives?   It is revealed to Isaiah that he is also unclean and guilty and living among others who are also unclean. It is easy for us to quickly look at someone else’s sin, but another thing entirely for us to see it in ourselves.

    Our own sinful condition has a way of creeping up on us, even the most devoted to God.  The process of spiritual awareness and understanding is critical as it applies also to our eyes, ears and heart. These senses are controlled by God; and it is only through His grace that they are opened that we may receive the message of redemption. We can do nothing to make that happen.

    God many times uses our losses to shake our world and open our eyes to see things differently and to move us in a different direction. Let us take the example that is given us in Isaiah and when God asks…Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? Let me say “Here am I” send me. .

    Monday
    Jun222015

    Dipping into the bottom

    Good Morning Everyone,

     thank you for joining me and welcome to “Dee’s Thoughts”. We can all identify with this Gentile widow woman in regard to us having very little at times and not knowing where the next provision will be coming from for the next day. In verse 7 we see that the Lord has already spoken to Elijah and to the woman at different times and has told them what to do.

    A Void Filled

    In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Isaiah 6:1

    We have all lost someone that we loved or have greatly looked up to. Such is the case with Isaiah. King Uzziah has died. We don’t know how much the death of King Uzziah affects Isaiah, but we can probably assume he was devastated and dishearten and his confidence shaken as he witnessed Judah’s leader succumb to shame, stupor, leprosy and finally death; certainly the stability of his homeland without its king was foremost in his mind.

    It is important to note that Isaiah watched his king rot and succumb to the uncleanness of leprosy. It is at this time of the kings death that Isaiah is given a vision where he is standing in the midst of God’s realm seeing supernatural visions revealing the holiness of the Lord of hosts sitting upon His throne as seraphs are calling to one another, saying Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty, the whole earth if full of his glory. Verse 3.

    Verse 4…As Isaiah heard the voices of the seraphs, the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. As Isaiah was witnessing with his own eyes what was happening around him, the same thing was also happening within his own heart, as he cried out to God “Woe to me! For I am a man of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty… HIS EYES WERE OPENED!

    So, what can we take away from this event in Isaiah 6 and how do we apply it to our own lives?   It is revealed to Isaiah that he is also unclean and guilty and living among others who are also unclean. It is easy for us to quickly look at someone else’s sin, but another thing entirely for us to see it in ourselves.

    Our own sinful condition has a way of creeping up on us, even the most devoted to God.  The process of spiritual awareness and understanding is critical as it applies also to our eyes, ears and heart. These senses are controlled by God; and it is only through His grace that they are opened that we may receive the message of redemption. We can do nothing to make that happen.

    God many times uses our losses to shake our world and open our eyes to see things differently and to move us in a different direction. Let us take the example that is given us in Isaiah and when God asks…Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? Let me say “Here am I” send me. .

     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
    Jun152015

    Giving is better than receiving

    A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great. Proverbs 18:16

    Good morning everyone and welcome to “Dee’s Thoughts”.

     Thank you for joining me and thank you for your comments I so appreciate them. We have all experienced at one time or another the benefits of giving and receiving.

     When we give it makes us feel so good inside that we have done something for someone else and when we receive we are left with a sense of humility and gratitude for what we have received. Today we will look at the benefits of giving. Let’s get started:

     From a Biblical perspective giving is a way “to love others more than ourselves”. It gets us out of a “self” way of thinking. Philippians 2:3-4. There is no better cure for us feeling sorry for ourselves than to give to someone else who is in need.

     Giving also helps us to understand more fully the character of God. Philippians 2:8. Giving is sacrificial and reminds us that the life we live is not ours alone but rather a gift from the one (Jesus) who gave His all for us.

      When we struggle with worry, how are we going live, pay bills, etc, giving breaks down within us the struggle of worry. When we give out of the little we have we release spiritual blessings back to us. God always gives back more than we give, we cannot out give God.

     Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38

     Today’s thought is for all of us, let us all take these words seriously and ask God for forgiveness of thinking only of ourselves at times and trust in Him for all our needs. Thank you Lord for all you provide!

     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