Think on these Things : The Door of Full Surrender

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“But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” Job 23:10

I was recently sitting with the leader of a workplace organization as he described a question he poses to workplace believers. “What if there were two doors to choose from; behind one door was the complete will of God for your life and behind the other door was how life could be according to your own preference. Which door would you choose?” The struggle for most lies in the desire to follow God completely and the fear of what might be behind the door of full surrender. Most of us desire to follow God, but few of us will do it at any cost. We do not really believe that God loves us to the degree that we are willing to give Him complete permission to do as He wills in us.

If we desire to fully walk with Christ, there is a cost. We may give intellectual assent and go along with His principles and do fine; however, if we are fully given over to Him and His will for our life, it will be a life that will have adversity.

The Bible is clear that humans do not achieve greatness without having their sinful will broken. This process is designed to create a nature change in each of us, not just a habit change. The Bible calls it circumcision. Circumcision is painful, bloody, and personal.

If God has plans to greatly use you in the lives of others, you can expect your trials to be even greater than those of others. Why? Because, like Joseph who went through greater trials than most patriarchs, your calling may have such responsibility that God cannot afford to entrust it to you without ensuring your complete faithfulness to the call. He has much invested in you on behalf of others. He may want to speak through your life to a greater degree than through another. The events of your life would become the frame for the message He wants to speak through you.

Do not fear the path that God may lead you on. Embrace it. For God may bring you down a path in your life to ensure the reward of your inheritance. “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Cor. 4:17)

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

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Prayer of the overwhelmed

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Dear Lord,
Everything today feels so overwhelming. All my problems seem insurmountable and I cannot see over this hill.

Lord I pray that you will be the sunshine at the end of this dark night in my life and deliver me from oppression, depression and doubt. Lord, let my mind and my eyes be open to your signs and messages, in Jesus’s name amen.

 

By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2011, defy, Denise N. Fyffe

Prayer to Maintain Thankfulness

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Dear Lord,
Help me to always be thankful, and see your blessings. Help me be conscious of the fact that there are others worse off than I.

There are those with no food, no shelter, no clothing, no food, no heat. There are those who are persecuted and cannot praise You as God openly. Lord, I pray for each of these individuals and myself. Help me not to be ungrateful, but realize, where there is life, there is hope. In my down moods oh Lord, life me up.

Jesus, I thank you for the opportunity to praise You, whenever and wherever I am. All this I ask in Jesus name, Amen.

By: Denise N. Fyffe
Copyright © 2016, Denise N. Fyffe

Prayer of Perpetual Praise

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To you oh Lord
I give perpetual praise still.

To you I owe as you paid my debts and cleared the bill
My life, I commit as it is yours
You catch my tears, heal my scars
Accept me and most of all
You help me to be a better person
To you oh Lord
I give perpetual praise, still.

By: Denise N. Fyffe
Copyright © 2016, Denise N. Fyffe

Prayer: Hinder my thoughts

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Lord, hinder my thoughts
These retched
Tormentors,
Who bear no respite for
My weary head.
Hinder their legs,
Though seemingly
Feeble,
Do trek and traverse
My mind;
Tirelessly.

Lord, hinder my thoughts
Give me peace
Of mind;
All my hopes,
I cash in
Today;
For this singular
Prayer,
Lord I pray

Hinder my thoughts.

Copyright © 2016, Denise N. Fyffe

The Faith Chronicles Part 1 – Is the Spiritual sabbatical over?

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Spiritual Sabbatical

Faith fears that her playtime is over and God is demanding his due and his time.

Of course, she is his child, but a rebel. He has allowed her to learn things her way and abate her curiosity of things. And like any other child, come back broken and bored and thinking there is nothing better.

Her life is indelibly his life and she has only borrowed it for a time. She must, like any person who has been given much, has to at some point accept the responsibilities as well.

One of her most favourite person called today, and the sound of her voice brought to her, utter joy. If she needed another sign, then surely that must be it. But in a time of so many transitions, how does she make this one.

Faith has always sensed the shift in times, been able to recognize things or more sense of things. She has moved from an immature little girl, to an uncertain teenager and adolescent is the next stage isn’t it?

Here one has to learn how to take responsibility. But was she ready for it?

 

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She has published several books of poetry including:

  1. Jamaican Honey and Sauce
  2. Jamaican Pebbles
  3. Jamaican Pebbles: Poetry Pocketbook
  4. Love Under The Caribbean Stars
  5. Sensuous One
  6. The Island Journal: Jamaica’s Golden Year
  7. Honey to my Sauce
  8. The Expert Teacher’s Guide on How to Motivate Students
  9. Messages to the Deaf
  10. Be Lifted Up

Copyright © 2016 · All Rights Reserved · Denise N. Fyffe

Spiritual Awareness and the Christian Life

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By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2012, defy, Denise N. Fyffe

From the moment I got saved 19 years ago, my life, my experiences, everything changed and was different.

The night when I decided to give my life to God, the battle started for me. I felt different and I became aware. I was aware of a tug and war. I was aware of being swayed in two different directions. I became aware that many of the decisions I made was wrong and sinful. I also became aware that I had a temper and after getting baptized, it was ‘trigger happy’. That means, I lost my temper a lot and even more people couldn’t play with me. God also heightened within me the fact that it was wrong and he helped me to break how I reacted; well I did move from full out aggression to passive aggressive. I do internally combust at times, and even with 19 years I am still learning how to balance my reaction.

Since I have given my life to Jesus Christ and living a Christian Life, I have had varied experiences from hell and been the best and worst person you could know. I have been tempted of almost everything under the sun and then some. I have been persecuted, hurt, stolen from, lied to, hated, disrespected, and even backslidden. But, I am still standing and I am reconnected with God.

When you become spiritually aware in Christ, you are a different creature. You are both a servant of God and a soldier in battle. Whether you want to or not, those are your roles. To ignore any, is to almost seal your fate, in ignorance with the devil.

The devil doesn’t fight fair, and he will try to wound you and take you out even before you are suited in God’s armour. You are also mandated to serve in God’s kingdom, in various ways; big or small. So if you disobey that requirement, you will set yourself up for a fall.

Becoming a Christian. One of the best decisions you can make, but you must be wise and act responsibly when you become spiritually aware.

Think on these things : Awesome God

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Author: Anon

This will give you chills. Just remember, “Our God is an Awesome God!” This will give you the chills. GOOD Chills.

A young man had been to Wed. night Bible study. The pastor had shared about listening to God and obeying the Lord’s voice. The young man couldn’t help but wonder, “Does God still speak to people?” After service, he went out with some friends for coffee and pie and they discussed the message. Several different ones talked about how God had led them in different ways. It was about ten o’clock when the young man started driving home. Sitting in his car, he just began to pray, “God…If you still speak to people speak to me. I will listen. I will do my best to obey.”

As he drove down the main street of his town, he had the strangest thought to stop and buy a gallon of milk.  He shook his head and said out loud, “God is that you?” He didn’t get a reply and started on toward home.  But again, the thought, buy a gallon of milk. The young man thought about Samuel and how he didn’t recognize the voice of God, and how little Samuel ran to Eli. “Okay, God, in case that is you, I will buy the milk.”

It didn’t seem like too hard a test of obedience. He could always use the milk. He stopped and purchased the gallon of milk and started toward home. As he passed Seventh Street, he again felt the urge, “Turn down that street.” This is crazy he thought and drove on past the intersection.” Again, he felt that he should turn down Seventh Street. At the next intersection, the turned back and headed down Seventh, Half jokingly, he said out loud, “Okay, God I will.”

He drove several blocks, when suddenly, he felt like he should stop. He pulled over the curb and looked around. He was in a semi-commercial area of town. It wasn’t the best but it wasn’t the worst of neighborhoods either. The businesses were closed and most of the houses looked dark like the people were already in bed. Again, he sensed something, “Go and give the milk to the people in the house across the street.” The young man looked at the house. It was dark and it looked like he people were either gone or they were already asleep. He started to open the door and then sat back in the car seat. “Lord, this is insane. Those people are asleep and if I wake them up, they are going to be mad and I will look stupid.” Again, he felt like he should go and give them the milk. Finally, he opened the door. “Okay God, if this is you, I will go to the door, and I will give them the milk. If you want me to look like a crazy person, okay. I want to be obedient. I guess that will count for something but if they don’t answer right away, I am out of here.

He walked across the street and rang the bell. He could hear some noise inside. A man’s voice yelled out, “Who is it? What do you want?” Then the door opened before the young man could get away. The man was standing there in his jeans and a t-shirt. He looked like he just got out of bed. He had a strange look on his face and he didn’t seem too happy to have a stranger standing on his doorstep. “What is it?” The young man thrust out the gallon of milk. “Here I brought this to you.”

The man took the milk and rushed down the hallway, speaking loudly in Spanish. Then from down the hall came a woman carrying the milk toward the kitchen. The man was following her holding a baby. The baby was crying.  The man had tears streaming down his face. The man began speaking and half-crying, “We were just praying. We had some big bills this month and we ran out of money. We didn’t have any milk for our baby. I was just praying and asking God to show me how to get some milk.” His wife in the kitchen yelled out, “I asked him to send an Angel with some milk. Are you an Angel?” The young man reached into his wallet and pulled out all the money he had on him and put it in the man’s hand. He turned and walked back toward his car and the tears were streaming down his face. He knew that God still answers prayers.

“Stop telling God how big your storm is. Instead, tell the storm how big your God is!”