Rise up my beloved

A testimonial of God's amazing love….

I miss you….

Isaiah 55:6

Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near

I can’t explain exactly how I’m feeling…all I can say is that I miss and long to be in His presence the way I used to…

It seems lately I  find myself in front of the t.v watchin all these reality shows and things that I had no interest in before….its so subtle how things come in to our lives again and slowly begin to take over….

I disconnected cable before because I had a problem with the many things that are on there and didn’t want my children learning from there….not saying that t.v is bad but a lot of the things that air….isn’t any good …and now I feel like I’m slowly being desensitized and things that used to bother me don’t anymore….and its grieving the Holy Spirit…..my walk with Christ has taken a back seat…and how did I get here?

Like I said..” subtle” and before you know it ….my language and thoughts began to change… I recognize it …..and I want Jesus more cause nothing that is on t.v or in the world can fulfill what Jesus Christ can….and I don’t want to be the person I was before…

One day,  I decided to take a walk around the small lake that  centers the middle of my town. I was in awe….of all its beauty, the lake with all its pretty ripples and trees …..how they dangled over the water ….it was all so beautiful…I just had to stop and take it all in….and as I stood there…I began to feel the presence of God and I just began to cry….He was still there and although with all my hectic and busy life…He was still waiting to dine and talk with me….I was battling with my walk and wasn’t reading the Word or spending time in prayer….maybe without realizing it, I had turned away from Him….

This past year has been a long and hard one but yet good at the same time if this makes any sense. I know in my heart that the Lord is still performing and working in me…and is preparing something good….I just didn’t realize how much I missed Him until that moment….nothing is like the father’s love…and how I missed Him…the world can turn their back on me…but He never has and never will….

We must endure and press in for the prize of the high calling….there are greater heights and blessings in Him ahead….we just have to keep going…

The vision of the drug rehab is getting closer and I’m becoming excited….I’m not thinking of a big place but would like to begin with a 5 bedroom house and begin to house 3 or 4 woman at a time…I would be sure to have services twice a week and mentor the women until they are built up in the Lord….and it would be by their choice when they would leave….I am so excited for this and trusting God,  to touch one life at a time….I’m not worried for anything else, I just know at that time, the workers and monies for this vision will all fall into place….

The place where I am presently is in high need for such a place…well I think there is such a high need everywhere….but I’m believing that this place will be my start…but of course that can change too…its one step at a time….

Proverbs 29:18

Where there is no vision the people perish

The vision….whatever vision that Lord has given you

As for the vision He has given me, it is for the single mothers, single woman who need help because of addictions who are weary and barely hanging on….

God has given us the tools which is His word and He has given us power which is the Holy Spirit which will lead us and guide us in to all truth. He has given us the baptism of His love that will extend to our communities and even to the ends of the earth.  We need to continue to walk in it and walk as He walked….

 I will never forget from where I came….He saved me when I wasn’t much to love, and when I was an addict and did  horrible things….But it was because of His love that saved me

I urge you that whatever vision He has given you…endure and keep pushing forward…He will keep you and strengthen you and even when you do go through dry times…He is still there….and no matter where we are….and where we go….as long as our heart and eyes are on Him….you are in His will and He is working out great things for you….sometimes the things we go through are hard to understand but know this….His ways and thoughts are higher….He is not surprised where you are, but is trying to bring us closer to Him…nothing is in vain…and all things are to build and edify …

If you …like myself have neglected the prayer closet and Him….we can return and seek Him tonight….He is here the moment we call….He desires a closer walk with us….it is so crucial to draw near, cause the days ahead are only going to get harder and it is only His word that will carry us through, so let us enter in and love Him with all our heart…..let us push aside the things that has taken His place and put Him first in our lives again….let us conform to His word and not to the ways of the world….

He is here in our midst and He hears our hearts and our prayers….

January 7, 2010 Posted by | 1 | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Enduring..another tough day….

Hebrews 4: 11

Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

In the old testament we know that many died in the Wilderness and did not make it into the promised land and so it will be the same fate for many here.

It seems that everywhere that I look, brothers and sisters are having such a hard time. Many are leaving the ministry and many are just giving up. Since my walk with the Lord, there is a handful of people in my circle who have gone the other way….choosing to walk their own way….

I know and pray that some will return and know that others are refusing this call….

I know in my walk with the Lord right now…things have been hard. I find it hard to get into the Word and get into prayer. It gets rough and there are times I want to throw a tantrum…but I dont and I know it’s not going to do me much good anyways….I submit and continue to love Him…that no matter what and where I am He has a purpose and plan for it. I continue to surrender my life cause I know that there is nothing else I want. ( in the world of course)

This scripture that I opened with ministered to me tonight. The word ” labor” we know how hard it is to accomplish something sometimes…our intentions to read and study His word are a desire but it never happens?!….

why doesn’t it happen? well besides the busyness of our life and things we do…there is another real reason….

We have a real enemy of our soul who desires to destroy and kill the word of God thats in our hearts.  He knows that if we read and if we study that our lives will change and it will change the life of others. He will do it in a subtle way…find ways to seduce and distract us( not always him to blame, we have a choice here too) but its real, the enemy of our soul is real.

We can’t be ignorant of this brothers and sisters. We can’t forget.

The Word of God is a lamp unto our feet and strength to our bones. His Word gives us life and peace beyond anything the world can offer. But in order for us to obtain these promises we need to know the Word and get into the Word. It is ” labor” …we have no problem of decorating our homes and designing the layout to give to the archetect…so let us first build our house by His Word. When His Word becomes established and built up in us…it is harder for us to be shaken. When we are standing on ground other that Christ, we are standing on sinking sand. Which will produce spiritual death. There is a rest in God that doesn’t involve our works( religious duties) when the Word is in us…and we believe His word to be truth…we can rest with full assurance that all is going to be well. When we do works, we get tired and weary and many die here. So let us not grow weary and trust the Lord with all our heart. Take the time today and read and pray, ask the Lord to open His word to you and meditate on that one scripture He gives….it will produce life.

You all have a blessed night, continue to sing, shout and love the Lord with all your heart!!

November 26, 2009 Posted by | 1 | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Internet again!

Hi,

sorry…been gone awhile and glad to be back. I will soon be posting some more and give some updates….

All is well with me…busy in  my studies now and looking forward to getting this year done, you all have a blessed day!!

October 4, 2009 Posted by | 1 | Leave a comment

Never know who’s around…

Hebrews 13:2

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.

This word was stirred up in my heart today…when I noticed a young man carrying a sign that read, ” Homeless”  he was standing on the median at one of the major intersections in my city, walking up and down waiting for someone to offer him change…sad I know…

Now he has not been the first, in fact there are several locations in town where they stand. When I have the change I will often give and say a prayer for them….I have friends who are so adamant about not giving money, that there attitudes are as such…” they could help themselves if they wanted too, and get a job!!” but really? if they are standing in the middle of the busiest intersections with signs asking for money, then they obviously are in a different frame of mind and need help. I imagined myself there for a moment and wondered how it would feel … after seeing face after face look at me with disgust as they drove by….I would be crushed…but yet they stay….they are desperate and they have passed that place of humiliation and embarrassment….they don’t care….heart has become dull…and dead” no life” with nothing to live for” but maybe just for the next bottle….

Today….this was a new face and a younger guy, maybe in his early twenties…I was reminded of a story my mother told me. She would always give to the many panhandlers that would come her way. Why? would be my question ?! I was much younger when we had this conversation and shared the same cold attitude some of my friends have, my thoughts were …” they can get a job and well….help themselves, so why would you give?”

My mother’s response…..” I gave because I know when you were out there on the street, I believed that someone out there would give back to you…” so she gave believing that if she gave, someone would help me…and she was right….others did. Our heart has to feel for them and we cant judge. I like my mothers approach and thankfully she gave because it was other’s out there who did help me in my time of need.

We just never know the true story…of why these men are out there,( or woman) some of them have such dire  circumstances. If they need to buy the alcohol, well then maybe we should consider first there addictions…..and anyone who has an addiction will know what thats’ about and we can go to the lowest extremes to feed that addiction. I know I have done numerous shameful things….and yet….God still set me free and loved me….

So I encourage you…when you see someone asking for money….say a prayer and if the Lord lays it on your heart….give him money….they could be really needing it for food, cause one day, someone you know or possibly yourself, may be in dire need…..and need help…

And we just never know….that person could be in disguise and we could be giving to an angel…

The Lord sees all that we do….love and give….and you will be rewarded greatly….

July 10, 2009 Posted by | 1 | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lover or prostitute?

Lover or Prostitute?

The Question that Changed My Life

 

By David Ryser

 

A number of years ago, I had the privilege of teaching at a school of ministry.  My students were hungry for God, and I was constantly searching for ways to challenge them to fall more in love with Jesus and to become voices for revival in the Church.  I came across a quote attributed most often to Rev. Sam Pascoe.  It is a short version of the history of Christianity, and it goes like this:  Christianity started in Palestine as a fellowship; it moved to Greece and became a philosophy; it moved to Italy and became an institution; it moved to Europe and became a culture; it came to America and became an enterprise.

 

Some of the students were only 18 or 19 years old–barely out of diapers–and I wanted them to understand and appreciate the import of the last line, so I clarified it by adding, “An enterprise.  That’s a business.”  After a few moments Martha, the youngest student in the class, raised her hand.  I could not imagine what her question might be.  I thought the little vignette was self-explanatory, and that I had performed it brilliantly.  Nevertheless, I acknowledged Martha’s raised hand, “Yes, Martha.”  She asked such a simple question, “A business?  But isn’t it supposed to be a body?”  I could not envision where this line of questioning was going, and the only response I could think of was, “Yes.”  She continued, “But when a body becomes a business, isn’t that a prostitute?”

 

The room went dead silent.  For several seconds no one moved or spoke.  We were stunned, afraid to make a sound because the presence of God had flooded into the room, and we knew we were on holy ground.  All I could think in those sacred moments was, “Wow, I wish I’d thought of that.”  I didn’t dare express that thought aloud.  God had taken over the class.

 

Martha’s question changed my life.  For six months, I thought about her question at least once every day.  “When a body becomes a business, isn’t that a prostitute?”  There is only one answer to her question.  The answer is “Yes.”  The American Church, tragically, is heavily populated by people who do not love God.  How can we love Him?  We don’t even know Him; and I mean really know Him.

 

What do I mean when I say “really know Him?”  Our understanding of knowing and knowledge stems from our western culture (which is based in ancient Greek philosophical thought).  We believe we have knowledge (and, by extension, wisdom) when we have collected information.  A collection of information is not the same thing as knowledge, especially in the culture of the Bible (which is an eastern, non-Greek, culture).  In the eastern culture, all knowledge is experiential.  In western/Greek culture, we argue from premise to conclusion without regard for experience–or so we think.  An example might be helpful here..  Let us suppose a question based upon the following two premises:  First, that wheat does not grow in a cold climate and second, that England has a cold climate.  The question:  Does wheat grow in England?  The vast majority of people from the western/Greek culture would answer, “No.  If wheat does not grow in a cold climate and if England has a cold climate, then it follows that wheat does not grow in England.”  In the eastern culture, the answer to the same question, based on the same premises, most likely would be, “I don’t know.  I’ve never been to England.”  We laugh at this thinking, but when I posed the same question to my friends from England, their answer was, “Yes, of course wheat grows in England.  We’re from there, and we know wheat grows there.”  They overcame their cultural way of thinking because of their life experience.

 

Experience trumps information when it comes to knowledge.

 

A similar problem exists with our concept of belief.  We say we believe something (or someone) apart from personal experience.  This definition of belief is not extended to our stockbroker, however.  Again, allow me to explain.  Suppose my stockbroker phones me and says, “I have a hot tip on a stock that is going to triple in price within the next week.  I want your permission to transfer $10,000 from your cash account and buy this stock.”  That’s a lot of money for me, so I ask, “Do you really believe this stock will triple in price, and so quickly?”  He/she answers, “I sure do.”  I say, “That sounds great!  How exciting!  So how much of your own money have you invested in this stock?”  He/she answers, “None.”  Does my stockbroker believe?  Truly believe?  I don’t think so, and suddenly I don’t believe, either.  How can we be so discerning in the things of this world, especially when they involve money, and so indiscriminate when it comes to spiritual things?  The fact is, we do not know or believe apart from experience.  The Bible was written to people who would not understand the concepts of knowledge, belief, and faith apart from experience.

 

I suspect God thinks this way also.

 

So I stand by my statement that most American Christians do not know God–much less love Him.  The root of this condition originates in how we came to God.  Most of us came to Him because of what we were told He would do for us.  We were promised that He would bless us in life and take us to heaven after death.  We married Him for His money, and we don’t care if He lives or dies as long as we can get His stuff.  We have made the Kingdom of God into a business, merchandising His anointing.  This should not be.  We are commanded to love God, and are called to be the Bride of Christ–that’s pretty intimate stuff.  We are supposed to be His lovers.  How can we love someone we don’t even know?  And even if we do know someone, is that a guarantee that we truly love them?

 

Are we lovers or prostitutes?

 

I was pondering Martha’s question again one day, and considered the question, “What’s the difference between a lover and a prostitute?”  I realized that both do many of the same things, but a lover does what she does because she loves.  A prostitute pretends to love, but only as long as you pay.  Then I asked the question, “What would happen if God stopped paying me?”

 

For the next several months, I allowed God to search me to uncover my motives for loving and serving Him.  Was I really a true lover of God?  What would happen if He stopped blessing me?  What if He never did another thing for me?  Would I still love Him?  Please understand, I believe in the promises and blessings of God.  The issue here is not whether God blesses His children; the issue is the condition of my heart.  Why do I serve Him?  Are His blessings in my life the gifts of a loving Father, or are they a wage that I have earned or a bribe/payment to love Him?  Do I love God without any conditions?  It took several months to work through these questions.  Even now I wonder if my desire to love God is always matched by my attitude and behavior.  I still catch myself being disappointed with God and angry that He has not met some perceived need in my life..  I suspect this is something which is never fully resolved, but I want more than anything else to be a true lover of God.

 

So what is it going to be?  Which are we, lover or prostitute?  There are no prostitutes in heaven, or in the Kingdom of God for that matter, but there are plenty of former prostitutes in both places.  Take it from a recovering prostitute when I say there is no substitute for unconditional, intimate relationship with God.  And I mean there is no palatable substitute available to us (take another look at Matthew 7:21-23 sometime).  We must choose.

 

 

Responses to this article are welcomed.  You may contact the author at drdave1545@yahoo.com

June 26, 2009 Posted by | 1 | 1 Comment

Singleness….

1 Corinthians 7: 34

There is a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world-how she may please her husband. And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.

Now, I know marriage is a good thing and it’s definitely in my prayers for a partner. But I know that during this time in my life, I welcome singleness in my life. It’s a time of growth and getting to know Jesus more intimately as my Lord and Saviour. I need to stay focused on Him and Him alone and this means getting into the Word. It’s one thing to read the Word and another to read the Word with zeal and have understanding of  the Word in a deeper level. When alone with Him we’re able to talk to Him and ask Him to show us His heart and what it is He is saying. His words are like love letters… and every-time you read it, it just gets sweeter and sweeter…

Jesus is our husband and should be our everything…and it’s so important to know Him more.

That man who the Lord will bring into our lives( or woman) will come but all in His timing not ours. We  just need to prepare and look forward to Christ’s return, not staying focused on finding a partner. It will happen in due time and so if your in my situation, then rejoice it’s only for a time…and He knows what He’s doing…

We have to stay confident that everything that is happening in our lives right now is for the Lord. Things may look bleak and things may appear like they are never changing but this is not true. We have a God who has already gone ahead and made away for us…we just need to trust His hand and follow….

He is always building and preparing us for greater things but sometimes it may seem it’s taking sooo long, but it isn’t. His plans and ways are higher then our ways and all good things will work out for those who love Him.

I know that no matter what happens today, we  have Jesus and we being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in us will bring us to  completion….He is never late and is always on time.

Right now is a time of growing. I can spend the time I need with Him and not worry about working and pleasing my husband, that time will come but for now it’s my time with Jesus.

I know for others who are single, just endure. Count this time as a blessing, cause it really is. Allow the Lord to be the lover of your soul. He will dine with you and heal and build you up as no other man or woman can. He knows every thought and everything in the heart, and be confident that during this time, He is working things out in your parter for him/her to be ready for you. Just prepare yourself and rejoice!! Love the Lord with all your heart today. I never thought I would come to this place in being content in being single but I am.

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The Word of the Lord…a lamp unto my feet..

Hi!!

Well, I would like to greet you all in that wonderful name of the Lord!! Jesus, Wonderful , Councillor, Healer, Restorer, Friend, Alpha and Omega, Savior, Redeemer….our Everything….

I’m going to write the many things that has and still encourages me in my walk with the Lord.  I know that there are many who need to hear just a word of encouragement, and in His word, there is much!!

I’ve been walking with the Lord for about 9 years now, and it has been the best decision of my life. Things are so different now, I see things differently and I’m free….free from the things that had me bound. My heart was so hardened and not a care in the world until my kids came along….then came fear…fear of giving them the same life I’ve endured and making the same mistakes…I was an alcoholic and drug addict… and going from one relationship to the next…they didn’t deserve me?!!

Then the Lord came to me, and bit by bit I began to pray, little by little, and He began to change me. I wasn’t the same anymore, I was a new creation now, maybe this is hard to understand now but continue to read and I will open the Word as He has ministered to my heart. May you blossom and begin a relationship with the father because He cares for you…He loves you so much and this man named Jesus who walked the streets of Galilee is real! He is real indeed and all you have to do is invite Him into your heart…

It’s day by day but with every passing day, it’s a day closer to be home with Jesus and my loved ones,

Be blessed and if you would like prayer, please email me and we’ll lift it up in prayer…and no matter what is it the Lord is able….

A Word for today,

Psalm 3:3

But you oh Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the one who lifts up my head.

June 18, 2009 Posted by | Journal>>>My Devotions | Leave a comment

Keep your eyes upon Jesus….

Isaiah 52: 2

Shake yourself from the dust, arise; Sit down, O Jerusalem!
Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion! For thus says the Lord:

” You have sold yourselves for nothing, And you shall be redeemed without money.”

…dont sell yourself for nothing…was what I heard the Lord speak to my heart just a few days ago….

I was in prayer with my boy before he left for school and this particular morning was so much sweeter then any other morning, that I’ve had in sometime. His presence and stirring that filled my heart made me cry….” Lord, forgive me….” I had been so busy and my thoughts and attitude were becoming more carnal..LOl…..

We have to understand the cost in turning our ear away from the father…our heart over time begins to harden itself from the things of the Lord and soon the things of this world begins to slowly comform us back into it’s image…..

and sadly the result of this…is hearing less from God and turning away from our convictions….

Teach us to number our days Lord that we may recognize how few they are….

I know I can’t rely on anything or anyone for safety. No one can help us in time of need, the only one and who truly can is Jesus. He has proved over and over again how faithful He is…and He loves us unconditionally. Learning His word and declaring it over my loved ones daily….is the only thing that will keep us in this hour….

The news with this H1N1 flu is really frightening to many communites. It’s going to hit harder among our First Nation Communities, sadly. We already have such a high percentage of diabetes among us and with this new flu, many more will die….

For the unsaved, I can see why things are scary but for those who are waiting and adorning themselves while waiting for the Lord, this time is exciting!!! the time is so near that we will be caught up in the air!

but sadly, many are just playing….this word that the Lord gave was an encouragement, don’t be too busy, dont get caught up with pleasures here that are only temporary…some are so caught up on appearance and are so superficial and really…what does all that matter anyways???

we’re not taking anything out when we leave, and no one including our bank accounts is going to save anyone….we have an advocate for those who know Him, get back into the prayer closet….as I am also….

we are in such a day that we need to stay near the Lord more then any other time ….don’t sell yourself for nothing….it will never be worth it…

I know my walk with the Lord is my first priority and I don’t want anything but Him…maybe a partner ( a partner in ministry to walk hand in hand with) but even if that doesn’t happen, then thats fine too….

nothing in this world now, can compare to my relationship with Jesus Christ and more then anything right now, is a strong desire just to be with Him….

I share and exhort cause…I know the feeling of tryna do what’s right and not doing it…but that’s ok…just arise and shake it off and press in and talk to the father….

We are all one body, Amen! so I exhort and encourage you to pick up the Word of the Lord and fight the fight of faith…

keep me in your prayers….luv you much….

June 17, 2009 Posted by | 1 | Leave a comment

Get moving!!

Isaiah 58:11-12

The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

Those from among you shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations;

I was thinking of this verse this past week and remembering both times it was given to me. Both times were critical times in my life and both times, I needed to hear a word and although maybe at that specific time, I didn’t know what they meant, I knew the Lord was giving me a word to stand on.

I know we are in days now where is it sometimes so difficult to find a church that preaches truth anymore, or to be felt “just accepted.”

I just want to take a moment to encourage you…the Lord is near to those who call on Him…and we just need to get into the prayer closet and seek His face…

I was remembering when I first came to know the Lord and how it was…it wasn’t easy…I would try and read the word and yes, many times I had no idea what it was sayin, but press in!

those who seek Him with all their heart will find Him….I would pray in the car, in the shower, anywhere….and just talk with Him.

One thing I would like to say …there is no right way or wrong way on how we pray….we can just talk to the father, whatever is on the heart, talk to Him….He already knows what there but it’s faith that please Him…

I know in my beginning…it was ” Father, I don’t know what to say and I don’t understand everything but lead me Lord, I want to follow you…forgive me for all that I’ve done and don’t leave me the same…”

pressing in everyday and readin what I could, He was faithful, and He would always show up. His sweet presence would fill the room and most often times, I would just weep…..His presence so amazing and wonderful….I loved Him so much cause He first loved me, He loved me no matter what I had done and all I needed to do was repent. He loved me so much, so much to not leave me the same….I was miserable in my state that I was in, I was horrible!

But now I was readin the word and it was beginning to renew my mind, I was this wonderful new creation and it was powerful. I had a new life in Christ and so do you….His word is truly a lamp unto our feet….I was changin and others were witnessing this, and thats whats amazing about it all.

When we lift up His name He will draw all men unto Him. He will feed with the word and lead us into all truth. Hang on and endure….thou there be a famine in the Land, the Lord will sustain you…enter in His rest and meditate on His word….

Read some of the old testaments and know that the stories of adversity and trials we also will endure. But like the old, we have the Holy Spirit that will empower us from on high to endure. We are filled with His power and with each trial, our faith will increase and you will see growth! and the former things of this world that used to captivate you will not captivate you no more! taste the Word and see how good it is, pray for wisdom and love the Lord with all your heart. He sees us exactly where you are and has delivered His word for this time to encourage and edify, Hallelujah!! cause He cares for you and for me….

well until next time, continue to sing and worship the Lord with all your heart and all your soul!!!

June 12, 2009 Posted by | 1 | Leave a comment