It’s Only a Test

SPIRITUAL. Next Jesus was taken into the wild by the Spirit for the Test. The Devil was ready to give it. Jesus prepared for the Test by fasting forty days and forty nights. That left him, of course, in a state of extreme hunger, which the Devil took advantage of in the first test: “Since you are God’s Son, speak the word that will turn these stones into loaves of bread.” Jesus answered by …quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.” For the second test the Devil took him to the Holy City. He sat him on top of the Temple and said, “Since you are God’s Son, jump.” The Devil goaded him by quoting Psalm 91: “He has placed you in the care of angels. They will catch you so that you won’t so much as stub your toe on a stone.” Jesus countered with another citation from Deuteronomy: “Don’t you dare test the Lord your God.” For the third test, the Devil took him to the peak of a huge mountain. He gestured expansively, pointing out all the earth’s kingdoms, how glorious they all were. Then he said, “They’re yours—lock, stock, and barrel. Just go down on your knees and worship me, and they’re yours.” Jesus’ refusal was curt: “Beat it, Satan!” He backed his rebuke with a third quotation from Deuteronomy: “Worship the Lord your God, and only him. Serve him with absolute single-heartedness.” The Test was over. The Devil left. And in his place, angels! Angels came and took care of Jesus’ needs. (Matthew 4:1-11 MSG)

Voter ID Information

CIVIC. Came across this info. Keep reading for Updates on MS. –

Thirty-one states require all voters to show ID before voting at the polls ) In 15 of these, the ID must include a photo of the voter; in the remaining 16, non-photo forms of ID are acceptable ( Voter ID laws can be broken down into the three following categories)

Strict Photo ID (8 states): Voters must show a photo ID in order to vote. Voters who are unable to show photo ID at the polls are permitted to vote a provisional ballot, which is counted only if the voter returns to election officials within several days after the election to show a photo ID. At the beginning of 2011, there were just two states–Georgia and Indiana–with strict photo ID laws. Two states–Kansas and Wisconsin–passed new strict photo ID laws in 2011, and three states with non-photo ID laws–South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas–amended them to make them strict photo ID laws. None of these new laws is in effect yet, although they likely will be before the 2012 elections. Also in 2011, Mississippi voters approved via the citizen initiative process a strict photo ID requirement. The legislature will have to pass implementing legislation before the requirement can take effect. See the notes below Table 1 for more information regarding effective dates for new legislation.
Photo ID (7 states): Voters are asked to show a photo ID in order to vote. Voters who are unable to show photo ID are still allowed to vote if they can meet certain other critieria. In some states, a voter with ID can vouch for a voter without. Other states ask a voter without ID to provide personal information such as a birth date, or sign an affidavit swearing to his or her identity. Voters without ID are not required to return to election officials after the election and show a photo ID in order to have their ballots counted in the manner that voters without ID in the strict photo ID states are. The seven states with photo ID laws are Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan and South Dakota.
Non-Photo ID (16 states): All voters must show ID at the polls. The list of acceptable IDs is varied and includes options that do not have a photo, such as a utility bill or bank statement with the voter’s name and address. Rhode Island passed a new voter ID law in 2011. It takes effect in stages — beginning in 2012, voters will be required to show an ID (although not necessarily a photo ID) at the polls, and in 2014 a photo ID requirement will take effect. /end

Praise over Problems

An unknown author said, “We live with sadness, we needn’t live sadly”.

The truth is that we all have plenty to sulk over, plenty to sink down into, and plenty to complain about. However, if we choose to live IN that, we really don’t live at all.

Problems come but Praise is comely…keep praying and praising. Blessings

The Lord’s joy will give you strength to live fully, abundantly. Blessings, Neh. 8:10

Game Changer

SPIRITUAL / SOCIAL. You are a game changer. You are especially designed by God, a ‘one-of-a-kind design’, do not conform or ‘dumb down’ to lower patterns (standards).

Abraham Lincoln said, “Every man is born an original, but sadly, most men die copies.”

Ps139, Rom 12. Blessings

Think about what you have to offer…that is something that no one else can do like you can do it. God specializes in giving us special attributes. We just need to ensure that we don’t keep the treasures hidden in caves.

You Can Get There Faster

SPIRITUAL. Your fast will get you there faster!

And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting…And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin…and presenting my supplication before the  Lord my God…Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. (Daniel 9:3, 20-22 KJV)

Is there a time when you fasted and found yourself elevated or advanced and you know it was because of the fast?

THANK GOD FOR THE FAST!

Be for Real

SPIRITUAL. Brothers and Sisters in Christ, continue to pray even when hearts go astray. Preach The Word, even when it’s not popular to be heard. Continue to exhort praise even when problems are raised. Let your worship be for real as a witness that He Still Lives!

In what ways does Jesus still live big in you? I would love to hear from you.

Let us continue to be for real in our walk. Blessings

Fear God, Fear Nothing Else

Edith Parkman is just an inspirational writer and I wanted to share with you, one of her wonderful posts.

When you fear God, there’s no need to fear anything else.”

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

Psalm 111:10

I remember vividly my first plane ride.  My employers were sending me to Washington to work on a project.  Coupled with my pride at having been chosen to represent our agency was the overwhelming fear of boarding this huge piece of metal that was to take me there.  Geri, my friend and co-worker, was a seasoned traveler and was quick to assure me that all would be well.  You’ve heard all that stuff about only hearing about the planes that crash and more people die in car crashes daily, yada, yada, yada.   The only thing that brought a little comfort was  knowing my traveling companion, Rose, had made this trip many times.

Rose and I boarded the plane and settled in our seats.  After buckling in, Rose turned to me and said, “Marie, you are a Christian, aren’t you?”  “Yes, I am.” I replied.  “Good.” She said, “I’ve never gotten used to flying so I’m gonna need you to pray.”

Wow!  Here I was expecting her to help me relax, and she’s depending on my relationship with God to see us both through!  Her faith in my faith was stronger than my faith in God!  Now that was a real eye opener.  She brought my focus back to where it should have been all the time – in God.  I took her hand in mine, gave it a squeeze and prayed for the safety of everyone on the plane.

Our faith should be in God, not in the machines and contraptions man has made or the operators thereof.  No matter how much time man puts into his work, it’s still far from perfect.  When we fear and trust God, we will live as if each day, each moment may be our last and we will soon see our Savior face to face.  That shouldn’t be a fearful thing, but an expected joy.  None of us are literally begging for death, but we shouldn’t live in fear of it all the time.

I still feel the need to pray when I get on a plane…or in a car, train or even cross the street.  However, I don’t live in that crushing, paralyzing fear that would stifle me and keep me from living in peace or trying new things.  I’m in no hurry to leave this earth so I don’t take unnecessary chances or act foolishly.  But the fear of God, the reverence of Him, my trust in Him cause me to live so whenever He calls me home, I can say with assurance and without fuss, ‘Yes, Lord”.

Jus’ Sayin’!

Edith

Razzle and Dazzle can leave you Frazzled

SPIRITUAL. Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that’s not the way of Christ. Everything of God gets expressed in him, so you can see and hear him clearly. You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything. (Colossians 2:8-10 MSG)

Flowing

SPIRITUAL. Pastor Valerie Bass Russell preached a message that reminded me how important it is to be in the “flow” with the Lord’s Presence. As the Body of Christ, we must stay connected and stay under so that we can receive when He releases.

133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;

As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore

Don’t Hold Back

SPIRITUAL. In Haggai 2, God declared there would be greater glory to the second temple than to the first. The glory wasn’t in the physical building but in who possessed the building.
Some times we have to restart from the rubble and wonder if things will ever be the same or will ever get better. Let me say to you that things may never be the same and that could be the best thing for you. Greater comes, even if it looks different the second time around. So, please allow the word below to inspire you to not hold back. Give it a go and give it your best! Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is not yet, but we have today!
“‘So get to work, Zerubbabel!’— God is speaking. “‘Get to work, Joshua son of Jehozadak—high priest!’ “‘Get to work, all you people!’— God is speaking. “‘Yes, get to work! For I am with you.’ The God -of-the-Angel-Armies is speaking! ‘Put into action the word I covenanted with you when you left Egypt. I’m living and breathing among you right now. Don’t be timid. Don’t hold back……I own the silver, I own the gold.’ Decree of God -of-the-Angel-Armies. “‘This Temple is going to end up far better than it started out, a glorious beginning but an even more glorious finish: a place in which I will hand out wholeness and holiness.’ Decree of God -of-the-Angel-Armies.” (Haggai 2:4, 5, 8, 9 MSG)