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Devote Yourself to Prayer

We are not Islands, untouched by the wickedness of the Powers and Principalities that promote this final war that is drawing all nations to Idlib, Syria. Who knew?

chris sunrise September 10 2018 - Copy From the most ancient of days, the Almighty knew, and foretold of the events that are happening in the unknown Syrian city near the boarder of Turkey. Daily we hear of prophecy either being fulfilled or of events being perfectly set up for fulfillment of prophecy. It moves faster then the lava from the Hawaiian volcano. What should we who believe do?

Colossians 4     #NTin2018

If you are a believer, then you are a brotherhood, a band of warriors under a heavenly Master (Col 4:1). Warriors fight, we are not here to run and hide, that is what our enemies will do (Rev. 6:16). We fight, we stand, united, not under denominational unity, but under our Messiah. Pray for your pastor, pray for each other too.

Devote yourself to prayer. (Colossians 4:2a) Our unity as a band of believers, as valiant warriors, comes in prayer. Here is what Paul, who fought to a wicked death in Rome, instructs us on the topic of prayer in Colossians chapter 4.

  • keep alert… (Colossians 4:2b) The days of falling asleep while praying may be past. Even so, it would be better to fall asleep praying then to fall asleep watching TV. Yet, Y’shua himself pleads with His followers, stay awake! (Matthew 26:40)
  • have an attitude of thanksgiving… (Colossians 4:2c) Scripture is filled with the call for us to be thankful in all things and for all things. When we are not feeling it, then we have the powerful option of offering a sacrifice of thanksgiving. (Psalm 116:17)
  • Pray for “divine appointments”…. specifically, Paul asks us to pray for an open door to speak the mystery of the word of Christ. (Colossians 4:3) This is what I want you to pray for me, it is what I will pray for you if you ask me to.
  • Pray that we make “The Way” clear… (Colossians 4:4) Personally, I know that I can be confusing when I speak. I pray for the words I speak to be God’s words, and that what I say is pleasing to the Almighty, as well as praying that those who hear will hear with understanding.

1 salvation Virginia Jones Finally, Paul encourages us to “make the most of every opportunity.” (Colossians 4:5) I would personally add a request that I would be alert to opportunities. Am I the only one who finds herself deep into a book or a bible study, when the Almighty sends a soul who needs Jesus, and I am reluctant to stop what I was doing? At those moments I can ooze an attitude that says, “Go away” even if I never say it with my mouth. In those moments, the Almighty is always gracious to me. Paul reminds me to show that same lovingkindness (Grace) to those He sent to me for a divine appointment. (Colossians 4:6)

The last word to the Colossians about the prayer of warriors is, labor in prayer for each other to stand perfect and for full assurance that we are in YHVH’s will, not our own. It is time to wake up. This army does not fight with an AK or a 9mm. Our weapons are not of this world, they are far more powerful then guns and bombs that can only take away physical life. (refresh yourself on our weapons, read 2 Corinthians 10:4 in context)

Are you ready? Put on your uniform (Ephesians 6:10-20) and let us encourage One-another!

Deb August 26,2018 Debs …on a beautiful day in Everett, WA, so far away from Idlib, but kneeling in prayer for the Christians who are on the front line, once under the protection of Assad, now dependent on our Almighty God…. those of whom the world is not worthy.

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But Seek 1st the Kingdom of God

Y’shua-Jesus said it, so does his bond-servant, Paul.

PAUSE - CAFe September 7, 2018 Keep seeking the things above where the Anointed (Christ) is seated at the right hand of the Almighty. Colossians 3:1 And if you didn’t quite get it in verse 1, he says it again in verse 2.

You and I started out as normal people. We had normal reactions to normal events and interactions with other normal people in our daily lives. If you have been born again, then you are no longer “normal,” the born again are supernatural. Supernatural isn’t normal. When you have something powerful, you need to learn how to use it. Colossians 3 is all about the basics of learning to be super natural.

#NTin2018   Colossians chapter 3

It is normal for normal people to think about themselves, to put themselves at the center of everything. We get angry, we think immoral thoughts, we slander other people. You can find the complete list when you read Colossians 3. When asked why we got so angry, or why we look with lust at someone, our normal response is, “I couldn’t help myself.”

They are right to say that, you cannot help yourself. When we are born-again we are no longer normal; we become supernatural. But supernatural does not come normally. We have to look above normal, worldly, fleshly things and thoughts to Christ, who is seated at the right hand (the side of mercy!) of the Almighty. Supernatural people have to remove what is normal… but you are not stuck there, fighting to not feel normal feelings by just removing what comes natural. We look to Jesus and “put on” kindness because Jesus was always kind to us. We did not “deserve” that, except maybe in our own minds as we made excuses for our behavior.  Supernatural people show kindness as they have been granted kindness by our KING. Not by determination, but by faith in Y’shua-Jesus! Supernatural people are patient with One-another when natural people want to scream, “SNAP OUT OF IT!” Again, we can only do that by looking to Jesus who was patient with us. He is our identity. He calls us to be Thankful in all things and for all things.

Deb September Selfie Did you know…

When you are thankful ahead of time or at the first moment that you realize that things are getting crazy, out of control and scary; then you are ready to see supernatural power at work! Be Thankful!

Debs in Everett, WA, thankful for you.

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Overflowing With Gratitude

September 6, 2018 When I was a little girl I had trouble sleeping at night because of what I would “see” after I closed my eyes. Often it would be a vision of stars, pretty at first, but soon I was either falling through them or lifting over them, moving faster and faster. The only way I can describe them is the image from movies like Star Wars or Star Trek, when the space ship would go into “warp” speed: and the stars would start moving by faster and faster until they were only bright lines of light speeding by. I couldn’t make it stop.

I tried hiding under blankets or under the bed. I tried sneaking close to my parents in another room, I tried singing and rhythmic movements. None of these things stopped the visions of being flung through space. One time, a little girl (me) from an atheist family, whispered, “dear Jesus, help me!” The answer came, “Look above them, not at them.”

Behind my eyelids, I rolled my eyes high in an attempt to “look above” and stop seeing those flying stars, to stop feeling the weightlessness… I looked above it, and saw a man, maybe a prince or a king, smiling, peaceful. As long as I kept looking up to him, I was safe in bed, content, feeling secure, and very soon, peacefully asleep. I could dream little girl dreams feeling nothing but tranquil.

Colossians 2   #NTin2018

Have you tried everything in your struggle? Let me define struggle.

G73 AGON a contest for victory, such as a marathon or a wrestling match that requires endurance for victory. The opponent is your enemy, but our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against Powers, against authorities who use people, which distracts me from knowing who or what I am really fighting.

Hebrews 12:1-3 teaches me about this struggle.

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.     For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

As a child, I could not will the stars to stop, I couldn’t distract myself or hide from them. The only way to stop them was to look above them, by faith, to see the One I did not even know yet. It is the same with my adult struggles. By faith, I must look above and beyond the struggle, …looking to Y’shua-Jesus. He is…

  • The full measure of deity in bodily form Col. 2:9
  • My completer. Col 2:10
  • He is my head and is over those want to judge. Col 2:10
  • In Him I am a Child of God (Bene Elohiym).  Col 2:11
  • When I was Anointed (in Christ) I died by faith through baptism to live evermore. Col 2:12

Shooting Blanks Adults have adult fears. Many of them involve powerlessness against sin and fear of death. In Christ I am no longer under the judgement of the judges or umpires of this world. By faith in the Anointing (Christ) my debt from my sin has been paid. The powers of the world have been disarmed and cannot demand capital punishment, having found me guilty. (my sin condemned me to death, which is the only acceptable payment for sin) The Son of God, Y’shua-Jesus, was innocent of ANY sin when he was nailed to the cross. That is why he could pay for my sin, which he was willing to do because He loved me. When the Almighty raised Y’shua from the grave, by faith, he raised me also. Any weapon formed against me is useless because of that amazing gift of love. But sometimes the battle, the wrestling match against me seems to overwhelm me, just as it did when I was a child being flung through the stars. The victory is still the same. Look above it to Y’shua, the Prince of Peace, the King of Glory. The Victory!

Stanley Colossians September 2018 Debs in Everett, WA… who looks up, who gets distracted and has to look up again, who believes fellowship and prayer partners are vital, but that Y’shua is enough. Hallelujah!

For this, I am, like Paul, overflowing with gratitude!

Colossians 2:7

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The Hope

Our happiness does not depend on the work we are doing….

That is the thought shared by Miss Amy Carmichael in today’s reading from her beautiful devotional, “Edges of His Ways“. It was just for me! For too long I wondered how I could be fully happy without teaching. This morning I did not even realize that it was another first day of school, until after I read that thought. She goes on to say,
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“No single one of the circumstances (listed earlier) has any power in itself to upset the joy of God, but it can instantly and utterly quench it if we look at the circumstances instead of up into the Face of light and love that is looking down upon us — the  face of God. This is the shining path, stretching away from the place where we stand to-day to the very heart of God. This is the shining path that shineth more and more as we walk in it. (Proverbs 4:18)    Edges of His Ways, by Amy Carmichael September 5th

That was before I began to pray through Colossians chapter 1, today’s #NTin2018.

Colossians 1The Hope

Colossians 1:5, 23 and 27 all speak of “The Hope.” I know about the Hebrew idea of TIKVA, the scarlet thread, as Hope, but what is Paul talking about?

Paul speaks of The Hope in Romans 8:24. There he speaks of The Hope as “the redemption of our bodies as the realization of our adoption as Sons”. That helps.

Colossians chapter 1,Verse 5 tells us that The Hope is “laid up in Heaven… so apparently it is for future use or realization. Verse 23 confirms the future realization when it tells me that we WILL be presented in Heaven because Y’shua-Jesus bought me with His blood on the cross (glory!). And verse 27 talks about The Anointing (Christ) IN me IS the Hope of Glory. What that tells me is that The Hope is not a “hope-so” or a wish. Verse 28 says that the hope is a sure thing. We can know if Christ is in us because we have prayed to God to accept our repentance in Jesus Name and have invited him into our hearts. When we do, the Almighty forgives you of your sin and gifts you with His own Holy Spirit to dwell in your heart, to comfort, teach and guide you on the glowing path to the face of God.

Then Paul prays… that  you, that I, would walk worthy of the One who gave his life blood to pay for our sin. He prays that we have a heart longing to please Him, that we would produce fruit (love, joy, peace, self-control… ) all the while increasing in our knowledge of the Almighty, becoming strong by His power, becoming steadfast and patient, all the while giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to to share the inheritance of the saints in Light. Hallelujah!

Have you asked Jesus into your heart?

Stanley Colossians September 2018 Debs in Everett, WA… whose scripture passage for September is Proverbs 25:1. I’ve just learned that the word translated “apples” is a difficult word to translate. It is a word that means “fragrance of fruit” (fruit with a strong, sweet scent, like apples, or oranges, or even pomegranates). It has to do with the “fruit” that Paul prays for us to produce, a sweet scent to the Almighty. How kewl is that?

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The secret strength of Paul

This day is holy to YHVH your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people were weeping when they heard the words of the Torah. Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”       Neh. 8:9-10    nasu

September 4, 2018 Philippians chapter 4   #NTin2018

Paul knew the secret. He had been whipped, persecuted, he was on more then one “hit-list.” His whole life was about life in Y’shua-Jesus but the enemy of souls had made it his purpose to kill Paul. To say that few people appreciated Paul’s struggle for their soul, would be a gross understatement. He knew what it was to be hated. How did he go on?

Rejoice in the KING (the Lord) always, and again I say rejoice. Philippians 4:4

I like to say that “rejoice” means to rehearse what gives me joy. To remember it, to practice saying it, to give thanksgiving for it. Think on these things. They are my strength. They will be yours too.

Sometimes I feel anxious about my day, my beloved husband, my sons, my life. That doesn’t have to be bad. Feeling anxious is a red flag to stop and pray. Plead with the Almighty, it is OK to speak with urgency, even to beg. That is all part of supplication in Prayer. Pray with thanksgiving. Start where you are at because we are to give thanks in everything. Let me be clear, thank God for the circumstance you find yourself in. He is near, he is about to work through you.

Paul began the epistle (letter) to the Philippians with a prayer, “open the eyes of the heart” …in this last chapter, when the eyes of your heart are opened, you will find the attributes of Philippians 4:8. They are evidence that the Almighty is near to you. Rejoice! You are not alone AND you are about to have your weakness, whatever that may be, become the means to defeat the devil who hates everything that God Loves. So again, I say…

Deb August 26,2018 Rejoice!

Debs in Everett, WA     September 4, 2018

a word spoken at the right time is like the fragrance of apples on a silver tray …My September 2018 theme. 

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Forget About It!

#NTin2018 Philippians chapter 3

Hello September

Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,    Philippians 3:13 nasu

Rejoice in the KING (Lord) Rejoicing in Him is what keeps you safe in The Way. We who believe are not to put our confidence (of salvation) in ANYTHING but the Anointing (Christ). Torah is a tutor not our righteousness, never let your confidence be your Torah observance. Torah teaches us about The Way, but Y’shua-Jesus IS The Way (John 14:6) It is a powerful difference.

Forget About It! Forget about your degrees, both secular and religious (Phil 3:13). Forget about your heritage… many of us who cling to our vanishing American Heritage need to turn our eyes toward Y’shua and what lies ahead. Forget about your religious zeal before your salvation. It is nothing. Forget about your denomination, the one you chose because it seemed to be the most biblical… it is nothing in the Father’s eyes. Forget about how you looked down your nose at other denominations, that was pure rubbish. Your religion is rubbish, trash, stinky garbage left at the curb, never brought into the Kingdom of Heaven. (Phil 3:4-7)

Reach out to embrace what is coming. For Americans, of which I am one, there is no mention of the USA in scripture. If we are not Americans, then what are we?

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;   Philippians 3:20 nasu

Deb August 26,2018 American citizenship is earthly. It is becoming shifting sand, There is no doubt that DC has become evil even though America is filled with good people. But DC is the head and as the head goes, so goes the country. I for one intend to defend and make use of the privileges of citizenship as long as they are mine, but I am looking for Y’shua my KING, who is returning for me, who will transform this old woman so that I conform to his image, as a citizen of Heaven. GLORY!

Debs in Everett, WA…. Remembering to Rejoice in All things today.

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Is it grace or love?

August 30, 2018 Opening the book of Philippians, in the first chapter, I realize that I am seeing Paul use two words that are close in meaning. Grace (G5485 CHARIS and love (G25 AGAPAO) I’ve seen these words before and remember that both are acts of love given to undeserving men without expectation of anything in return. So, I wonder, is there a difference?

… in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me. For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,
Philippians 1:7-9 nasu

CHARIS (grace) is something that causes joy because of a kindness granted to us without an expectation of my ever being able to repay.

AGAPAO (benevolent love) is also given without expectation of pay back.

As I understand the words, grace is loving-kindness that only the Almighty gives. It is grace that sent His only Son to the cross for me and grace is what keeps me as a child of the kingdom of heaven. There is no way that I deserve grace, but I receive grace because YHVH (God) chose to love me.

Love, like grace is a gift given to another, not based upon merit.

 We love, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19 nasu

It is not the love we feel when we “fall in love” nor is it the love we have when we first look at our newborn baby. It is love that we choose to give to another because we are loved by Christ. This love is never based on how good they are but on simple choice. This is the love the Almighty has for us, it is also the love believers give to those we come across. Grace is unmerited, love is also unmerited. We can never repay either love or grace, but the love that God floods into our hearts is love that is to flow from us to others. This is not simply a choice, it is our debt to God and to man because of God’s love.

Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Torah-law. For this, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.    Romans 13:8-10 nasu

Deb August 26,2018What is the difference between grace and love? The very simple answer is we owe a debt, not to men but to Y’shua-Jesus who gave everything to save us from sin. In following him, we are to love others as he loved us. That is our debt… to pay love forward.

Debs in Everett, WA

Studying a chapter a day from the New Testament in the year 2018 (#NTin2018)

August 30, 2018  Philippians 1

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