Have you ever thought of blessing the person who has really hurt or used you?
Does that not go against every grain of feeling and reasoning that is within you?
It seems that God goes against our logical reasoning and wants us to live the opposite of what the world thinks of doing.
My neighbor’s dog at times has given me fits. Her bark is very constant and, oh, so irritating, especially when she awakens me at five o’clock in the morning; it makes me want to choke her. I love dogs, but this is a bit too much. When I complained to the owner, she acted a lot worse than the dog’s bark; she nearly bit my head off. Luckily (knock on wood) I was firm, but did not respond negatively like she did. I just asked her if I could spray the dog with water when she kept barking, but this made the lady even more agitated. She said a firm “No” and accused me of some mean things I had not done.
Yes, I did talk to God about it, a lot to be honest, for I found myself getting provoked and wanting to do something. It seemed that God was silent…until I turned the TV on one day and heard a preacher say something like this: “When someone is spiteful and mean to you, then it is time to bless them.” I heard God say, “Well, there is your answer.” I could take it or leave it. I decided to take it and run with it.
Strange things happen when one obeys God’s voice. Somehow I am beginning to receive an acceptance, yes, even some love in my heart for that woman who was so belligerent. And the dog? Well, that is another lesson. The other day I heard a voice say to me, “Just let that barking not draw you away from Me, but closer to Me still.” Sure enough, bit by bit, it is happening. This is a battle of the mind, for sure.
Mathew 5:44 says, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despite-fully use you and persecute you.”
I believe that is a command God gave us, not a choice. May I be so bold as to say that this should apply to every situation in our life that is negative and wants to destroy us. God wants us to conquer by making the decision–His love throughout every opposition we go through.
Each of us has daily choices to make. Which road will you take? The broad one that leads to temporary ease and comfort, but ends in regret? Or the narrow one that may seem difficult but will lead to victory? You choose.
I hear Jesus say, “The road you are traveling on may seem beautiful and easy. My road at times is narrow and plain, but it leads to peace and life. Choose this day where you plant your feet. If you choose My road, I will comfort you and walk beside you to come to victory and peace.”
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Brushed by God .
This book gives a refreshing look at inspirational art ( prophetic art) exposed in church, to individuals, on the streets and in parks. The book shares many experiences on how almost any body can do prophetic art for people you love or want to reach for Christ. This book is for every one and a delight to read. See side panel for details. If you live outside the USA you need to add $5.00 extra for shipping by air.
Drawn by God
This devotional book has 52 short chapters and 176 pages. Each chapter starts with a question, has a biblical background scripture that is appropriate for the title of the chapter and then discusses the answer to that query through the eyes of the author’s vision of God. The chapter ends with a prophetic word from Jesus’ heart saying “I hear Jesus say…” Every chapter ends with a drawing by the author or an inspired artist who knows Jesus intimately.
The book will make you hungry to know more of Who God is and answers questions like, “Does He really care about the small stuff in my life? How can I give Him first place when I feel like I am losing it and I feel He does not love me anymore? Do we need conflict in our life? What about generational blessings? How far will He go with me? What about impossible situations? How do I ever attain to living a life that is bathed in God’s rest?”
The book also shares personal examples of how the author faced tremendous difficulties in her own life. How in her youth during the war in Holland they were hiding Jews right under the nose of the Nazis who occupied a castle next door. The pain she experienced in her broken youth when she felt like no-one even realized she was around. How God became her Father and her Mother when she herself was just a young mother, longing to be free from much bondage.
The book is based on spontaneous prophetic art and how God wants to speak to each one of us not only through His precious word, but through anything that comes our way
Spontaneous Prophetic art is practiced in some churches where the artist steps forward as the worship starts and asks God for a spontaneous picture for the congregation. After the worship, the artist explains the meaning of the picture and shares what she or he senses God wants to say to the people at that point in time.
Most of us have heard the maxim, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” We may try a hundred word-related ways to comprehend a truth, but somehow, pictures engrave the heart. When the picture matches the words well, the reader is more deeply impacted.
Each devotional highlights an aspect of life – a challenge, a question, an irritation, a potential decision – and offers biblical truths in a practical, encouraging voice. See sight panel how to obtain this reviving book. Orders outside the USA pleas pay an extra $5 for shipping by air.
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