Tidbits of Truth: Deliverance

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“Yet God is my king from of old, Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth.” Psalm 74:12, NASB

God delivers–even in the darkest of places.

Ministry Update: Publishing & More

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“This is the LORD’S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.” Ps. 118:23, NASB

Dear Readers,

I’m so thankful for these monthly opportunities to share God’s workings in and through this ministry. I picture you sitting with me right now, listening to me communicate His recent activities. And I am blessed.

So … there’s no major publishing news to announce at this date. However, I’ve been in touch with a significant publisher just this past week, which in itself is a HUGE work of God. People like me just don’t call people like them :) . But we serve the same God, and HE made a way. I’ll keep you posted should anything further develop.

Though my contact with this particular publisher didn’t pan out according to my hopes–as in, a book contract–it did transpire into an offer to write devotions for one of their publications. I certainly didn’t anticipate this and clearly see it as an opportunity straight from God. I’m looking at it as a detour He’s placed on my pathway that’s another step toward a publishing contract. I don’t know where. I don’t know how. But I sense Him moving.

Another exciting update has to do with the Connecting with Christ Conference. I’m pretty sure I found a new location, and I’m praying about holding the next conference in March 2016.  Please join me in praying, and we’ll see how the Holy Spirit leads.

One last note: More friends joined my ministry Facebook page after my husband so kindly asked many of his fb friends to “Like” my page. This is a great way to share this ministry, and if you sense the Spirit’s leading, please invite your friends too. Thank you in advance, and if you have any questions about how to do this, please let me know.

May God bless you, dear ones who are “chosen of God, holy and beloved” (Col. 2:12).

Much love in Christ,

Emily

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Know Him Well

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“God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.” Hebrews 1:1-2, NASB

 

Leaving His Father and heaven’s glory, He humbly came:

“Then He said, ‘BEHOLD, I HAVE COME TO DO THY WILL.'” Hebrews 10:10

The world didn’t acknowledge or revere Him. Neither did His people.

“He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.” John 1:10-11

Still, Jesus came. Somehow He kept loving despite being rejected…

“He was despised and rejected by mankind.” Isaiah 53:3, NIV

 

He didn’t stand out:

“He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.” Isaiah 53:2

As Jesus walked dusty roads and extended His hands to those in need, He didn’t seek attention.

“He will not cry out or raise His voice, Nor make His voice heard in the street.” Isaiah 42:2

But He did stand out … to those His Father drew to Him…

“And He continued by questioning them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered and said to Him, ‘Thou art the Christ.'” Mark 8:29

 

He poured Himself into others–sacrificing sleep and comfort:

“And Jesus said to him, ‘The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.'” Luke 9:58

Until one day He poured out His blood.

“This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28

 

He came. He lived. He died. Jesus left everything … to become nothing … for you and me. Willingly He obeyed and perfectly revealed His Father’s heart:

“And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Hebrews 1:3

While His sacrificial death was sufficient once and for all (see Heb. 10), Jesus still intercedes for us. He sees our needs as we walk this earth. Seated at His Father’s side, He speaks to Him on our behalf…

“Hence, also, He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25

 

Oh, the marvelous beauty within this One who came for you and me! THIS. IS. JESUS. Having proven His love for all eternity, He’s captivated my heart and secured me forever.

“My beloved is mine, and I am his.” Song of Songs 2:16

Dear one, is He yours too?

“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Romans 10:9

“This is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.” John 17:3

God has spoken–He IS speaking–in His Son. May we listen … and know Him well.

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Tidbits of Truth: Value

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“More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ.” Philippians 3:8, NASB

Sometimes we rely on our qualifications–wrongly assuming superiority–when we should consider everything as worthless trash compared to knowing and gaining CHRIST.

Joy Awaits

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“The joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10, NASB

JOY: my word for 2015. I’m thrilled–who wouldn’t want to focus on that for an entire year? And just today, I remembered an acronym from my childhood. Surely you also know it:

J-esus

 O-thers

    Y-ourself

I wish I could say otherwise, but it’s only been this year in which I’m really grasping the ‘others’ part of this concept. I mean, really getting it. God is leading me on a journey, swiveling my attention from myself onto O-T-H-E-R-S.

Friends, I’m humbled to share my propensity toward self-focus because I’m 44 years old–far past an age when I should have let this go. For example, I’m very happy in the quiet. Time alone refreshes me. I treasure the solitude. While this isn’t wrong, I choose my comfort over time with others too frequently. And I’ve been way too comfortable for way too long. Thankfully, the Lord and others remain patient.

God is changing my perspective to align with His more accurately.

So here’s the deal: I’m praying God sets my sights even more on … YOU! As I labor over words and wrestle to communicate biblical truths, it’s all about stirring your hearts toward Jesus. This ministry is useless without making a marked difference for Christ in your lives.

Too often I’m hindered by looking at circumstances in light of how they affect ME. This holds true in my family and friendships as well as church and ministry relationships. Except now, I sense God freeing me from those blinders and exposing me to a landscape of beloved people. As we connect through Christ, He has amazing plans in store for us.

And that fills me with JOY.

Perhaps you can relate to my experience, and you long to taste joy as well. Of course, we know it originates from intimacy with Christ. No one and nothing can replace the love relationship He generates. But beyond that truth, God has created wonderful human beings for us to engage with on a daily basis. I’m not referring to lighthearted bantering although that maintains an important place. Laughing together certainly can reflect joy in action. Yet as Christians, meaningful interactions based on our life in Christ should feed our relationships. Sharing our beliefs about Him and His Word should characterize many of our conversations, encouraging and inspiring us toward more passionate Christian living. Joy exists as we “consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (Heb. 10:24). God uses our love for each other to fill us up and give us joy.

Today, let’s throw off the shackles of self-centeredness and embrace others for His glory. Joy awaits.

Note: Special thanks to Beth Moore for her perspective on others in her Bible study, Children of the Day
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