Posted by: judyhitson | October 15, 2018

Trust Jesus as King

Trust Jesus as King
by Judy Hitson

John 18:36 NASB Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.”

Do you think in the realm of His kingdom? If so, blessings to grow in His grace and knowledge to know and do your part in the Spirit until He comes.

I hear: “You don’t think in the realm of a kingdom but you need to.”

This hurts Lord, especially after writing on the Kingdom last year.
Lord help me think in the realm of Your kingdom with understanding. Amen.

Then I heard, “And the government will be on My shoulders,” Is.9:6,
“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth,” Matt.28:18
“I delivered you from the kingdom of darkness and transferred you to the kingdom of My Son,” Col.1:13

Looking up the word kingdom in Dictionary.com the following stood out to me: “1. a state or government having a king or queen as its head. 5. the spiritual sovereignty of God or Christ. 6. the domain over which the spiritual sovereignty of God or Christ extends, whether in heaven or on earth.

Placing trust in Jesus Christ as King is our primary focus. Look at this powerful word from The Message in Eph.1:21-23 All this energy issues from Christ: God raised him from death and set him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from his rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence.

Our resurrected Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is on the throne in heaven. We hear about it, talk about it, study it. In daily living, let us ask, Am I living Christ trusting Him as King?

He wants to rule from heaven on earth through us in His body, the church, the bride of Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords.

Prayer: Thank You Father in heaven for the exhortation to trust Jesus as King. Confirm Your word to me by Your Spirit that as Jesus called the disciples in Luke 9:1-2, I am called and given power and authority over demons and to heal diseases. Empower me to proclaim the kingdom of God and perform healing. Bless me now to go forth with trust in You Jesus as King and follow You by the Spirit. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | September 5, 2018

Trust God’s Names

Trust God’s Names
by Judy Hitson

Psalm 29:2 NASB Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in holy array.

How is it possible to tighten up the many names of God found in the Bible for this devotional writing? The following question came to mind and I believe it is from the Lord for us:

When you think of the names of God, is there one that comes to mind right now?

Each of us can fill in the blank and perhaps find the name of God pertinent to our present situation. That is a wonderful thing. Let us be attune to the word of God and the voice of God in regard to His names.

Two names of God came to mind initially, Jehovah Rapha, our God who heals and Jehovah Jireh, our God who provides. These are of utmost importance in my life for ways God heals and provides for me.

Later the word SOZO came to mind and my heart leaped with the reality of God as Savior, Deliverer and Healer. His saving grace provided me with His salvation when I received the life of His Holy Spirit, John 3:5. He delivered me from the kingdom of darkness and transferred me to the kingdom of His beloved Son, Col.1:13. I cried out to the LORD my God for help, and He healed me, Ps. 30:2.

The names of God on a greeting card at Precept Ministries in Chattanooga, TN ministered to the depths of my being as I discovered Hebrew names of God translated to English. I joined a women’s Bible study, “Lord I Want to Know You,” a devotional study on the names of God by Kay Arthur.

Later I joined a local Moms In Touch group to pray for our children and schools.  Again I met with the names of God, His character and His attributes to pray and trust God’s names.

His names confirm His character and tell us who He is. We are blessed to feel secure and hopeful in the presence of God as we consider and pray His names. Gideon when he built an altar to the LORD, named it, Jehovah-Shalom, “The LORD is Peace,” Judges 6:24.

In closing, this verse comes to mind, Colossians 3:4 NASB When Christ who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. Let us “ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name”…..

Prayer: O LORD, You are my God;
I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name;
             For You have worked wonders,
Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.
Isaiah 25:1

Posted by: judyhitson | August 9, 2018

Trusting God in Bewilderment

Trusting God In Bewilderment
by Kathleen Shore
“ . . . and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be
accomplished…” But they understood none of these things . . . Luke 18:31, 34 NASB
As I reflected again on ‘Trust In The Lord’ I was flooded with a lifetime of
remembrances dating clear back to my earliest childhood memories.
They were 
sufferings… filled with God’s divine purpose.
– The miracle story of my physical birth
– The death of my earthly father
– Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
Just to name a few…
Then a quiet whisper came like a gentle breeze, “Understanding will never bring you
peace. That’s why I have instructed you to trust in Me, not in your understanding… “As I waited in silence for God to bring His light into my thoughts, I began to
recognize that along the way of my journey, in order to be a manifestation of our
Lord Jesus I had to be changed into His likeness, with ever increasing glory.
And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.
Matthew17:2NASB
Father continues the transfiguration of Jesus in you and I, reproducing His
resurrection power and light through us, to all those peering in on our fiery furnace.
If we will simply behold Him in the midst, each one of us would recognize that we
are being drawn by our life experiences to the highest place with Him, to know Him
in deep intimacy out of desperation and painful trial.
My greatest hour of empowerment came in His moments of transforming me
through suffering, just like my Lord. They were my mount of transfiguration!
Will you trust God and allow Him to lead you “to Jerusalem” for the fulfillment of His
purposes for your life…which He may not explain or even discuss with you?
Rest your bewildered heart down at His feet and pray with me:
     Father, I give myself to You again, right now. I repent of resisting Your
fulfillment for my life because my eyes were fixed on my circumstance. I see where I
have leaned on my own understanding. I fix my eyes on You now. I give myself back
into Your trustworthy arms of love for me. You are my desire. May my life declare
that You are enough. In Jesus name…

 

Posted by: judyhitson | August 9, 2018

Trust God’s Timing

Trust God’s Timing
by Judy Hitson

2 Peter 3:8 NASB But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.

God has much for us to learn about His timing, while our flesh desires instant gratification.

Coming to the Lord as an adult presented a lot of baggage. It reminds me of Lazarus in John 11:44… Jesus said, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” Jesus gave me life but I needed help getting grave clothes off to be free in Christ by His Spirit. There were fears, anxieties, doubts and shame to get off. After receiving the Holy Spirit I hoped for instant transformation, not wanting anyone to know of my past sins. It took time, but praise God who confirmed to my heart I was washed by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. God encouraged me when I heard a hymn by Maranatha titled, “In His Time.”

He gave me a picture through my infant daughter of rapid growth in the first year of life. My first year as a born again Christian, I joined a weekly Prayer group, went to a Women’s Bible Conference and   participated in Bible Study groups. I had visions of teaching and preaching God’s word to large crowds. Then lessons of humility revealed maturity was a process that took time. Flashes through my mind of life experiences burst the bubble of my visions of grandeur. Having more children provided a new lesson to live a quiet life, 1Thess 4:11. As a volunteer Moppets Coordinator with MOPS ministry I wanted to influence young mothers of preschoolers to take in depth Bible Study. However, the Lord taught me through these young mothers the value of being a godly wife and mother as our primary ministries. While I was looking for ministry outside the home, God had lessons for me in our home. He gave me hope in His word, Phil.1:6NKJV being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

Now I understand God’s timing from Heb.11:13NASB All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.

Prayer: I wait for You LORD, my soul does wait, and in Your word do I hope. (Ps.130:5)

Posted by: judyhitson | June 14, 2018

Trust God with Thoughts

Trust God with Thoughts
by Judy Hitson

Colossians 3:2 NASB Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

Is your mind set on things above?

I confess my thoughts veer on earthly things. There are times this word of exhortation to set our minds on the things above comes to mind with my guilty pleasure of reality TV. Could it be the Holy Spirit wooing me to come aside from earthly things? I believe so.

Pray for me to obey whenever this nudge of the Spirit comes, to set my mind on things above.

One couple I recall coming to minister at our church impressed me as an example of setting their mind on things above. It is Brian Simmons and his wife Candice. He is lead translator of the Passion Bible translation. What I remember about Candice is how God gives her dreams in the night with revelation and understanding to share a word of the Lord with the church.

When my mind is set on things above, I practice the presence of God in sweet communion with Him. This blesses me to hear His voice. His word comes alive speaking to me in personal ways. Clarity comes as I remember to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 2 Cor. 10:5. Discerning our thoughts whether of heaven or earth is key and is possible when we trust God with our thoughts.

When my mind is set on things of earth it draws me to things of earth and away from God. For example when watching TV, I get interested in people’s life choices, talents, relationships and careers. With local and world news I view the world’s perspective of current events. Joy Dawson, Bible teacher and speaker, once said if we watch the news on TV, it is to be a prayer list. That was profound to me. When I heed that exhortation it is a blessing as an intercessor to bring heaven on earth through prayer.

Let us be in fellowship with the Lord to see and hear from His perspective and discern earthly things by His Spirit. We can pray and live in the Spirit wherever we are and in whatever we are doing.

Prayer: Father in heaven, set my mind on things above in Your name Jesus and by Your Spirit to give You pleasure with my trust in You to think with the mind of Christ. (I Cor. 2:16). Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | June 8, 2018

Trust God for Truth

Trust God for Truth
by Brenda D. Flowers

Jesus said to him, “I am the (only) Way (to God) and the (real) Truth and the (real) Life; 
no one comes to the Father but through Me.                                                                            John 14: 6 (AMP) 

Truth is the opposite of deceit. It is absolute, not able to be changed. The actions that
happened if one could see the actions from every angle and describe the actions without error is truth. Words that come forth from a source that is fully trustworthy are
considered truth.

In a culture of no absolutes, no moral law giver, truth can be ignored or distorted.
Deception reigns.

When caring parents are raising their children, they expect their children to tell them
the truth when asked about actions they did or words they said. Common questions:
“Did you get a cookie out of the cookie jar?
Did you pick up your toys?
“Did you do what you said you would do?”

Innately, good parents usually know when their children are telling the truth.

Why do we, as parents, recognize the importance of truth and warn that there will be
consequences if our children don’t learn to tell the truth? Deep down, could it be that we have been given a moral compass to help us know what is truth?

What happens to people who repeatedly ignore the promptings to seek the real truth?
Do we allow our consciences to be ignored and our hearts to be hardened to the One who can guide us to truth?

There is only one Father, who knows the  real truth. . . our Heavenly Father. Human
beings have a limited perspective. We know in part.

The original sin was man’s choice to believe a lie rather than truth, and to trust in self
over God, taking action against God’s will.

The redemptive storyline of the Bible is God loves you. He sent His Son for you. By
trusting in Jesus as Savior and Lord, God gives us His Spirit to live in us and guide us.
As we seek Him daily, He reveals truth to us through His Word.

Our Heavenly Father loves us so much, He warns us that there are consequences for not telling the truth. He knows children make mistakes, that is why He provided the graciousWay to Truth.

Prayer:  Father, thank you for Your Spirit who will guide us to all truth. May we seek
Truth daily.

Jesus said, “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor,-—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you: but if I go, I will send Him
(the Holy Spirit ) to you (to be in close fellowship with You). . .
 

. . . But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth (full and 
complete Truth). For He will not speak on His own initiative, but He will speak whatever Hehears (from the Father—-the message regarding the Son), . . .” 

John 16: 7 & 13 (AMP)

Posted by: judyhitson | May 11, 2018

The Choosing

The Choosing
by Kathleen Shore

“This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”
Isaiah 30:15 NIV

What is this resistance? When God gives us the way unto Life and we will not turn from our own way and trust Him.

There is within each of us a daily, even moment by moment, ‘choosing’ taking place.  We may not even realize this is going on inside of us; even more so, how critical it is. This ‘choosing’, however, was fashioned into our very design when God made us – body, soul, and spirit.

God gives us clear defining lines through Galatians 5:16-17 NIV “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.” We may see the war raging all around us in our circumstances and our need to stay in step with Holy Spirit, but it is the war going on inside of us that is the real critical factor.

Again God gives skillful wisdom in Hebrews 4:12-13 NIV “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Why would God do this? Why design us with this war going on inside? Even from the very beginning, God placed a tree in the Garden of Eden (the perfect place) and said, “Do not eat of it…” Here, was the first earthly moment God expressed His desire for us to choose Him instead of our own wants.

This brings Father God the greatest pleasure when we choose Him and His way, over our own mind, will, and emotions (our soul). In doing so, we crown Him King of our lives, and our love relationship grows. Greater still, with every ‘choosing’ we are being transformed! As we choose Him, we die to our flesh, and are made alive into His image with ever increasing glory!

In complete trust and love of Him would you open your heart for Him to search you and know you…to show you if there be any wicked way of resisting Him. Would you lay ‘self’ down and simply ask, “Father, would you show me where I have given my trust to another?

Ask yourself:
– In what or whom do I put my trust?
(My spouse, my titles, earthly gain, or earthly systems of justice)
– Do I find a sense of security in my own will being accomplished?
(Maybe with my children, my siblings, or coworkers)
– Do I find comfort in old habits, addictions…maybe even religious activities that make me feel better about what is going on in my life?

“Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.” Psalm 20:6-8 NIV

Posted by: judyhitson | May 3, 2018

God’s Word is Absolutely Trustworthy

God’s Word is Absolutely Trustworthy
by Brenda D. Flowers

Psalm 119:105 (NKJV) Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

How do we know when someone speaks truth or something is trustworthy?

We often base our conclusion on the dependability of that person or thing. When someone says he will do something and he follows through on his word then we conclude he is trustworthy.

There is often an element of faith involved to show we believe that someone or something is trustworthy. For example, when a person gets in an airplane to travel somewhere, he trusts he will arrive at his destination. Yet, where is the passenger’s faith placed when the plane in flight suddenly experiences turbulence or an unexpected emergency?

The word  (8354) trustworthiness is defined in the Dictionary of Bible Themes-Bible Gateway as “that quality of truthfulness and dependability which rewards faith. God is trustworthy and his people are called to be trustworthy in their dealings with other people. Scripture warns against pinning one’s hopes on people and things that will prove untrustworthy. God is trustworthy. God’s words are trustworthy.  2 Sa 7:28 See also Ps 19:7; Ps 111:7; Da 2:45; 1 Ti 1:15; 1 Ti 4:9-10; Rev 21:5” (www.biblegateway.com. Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009)

In America, our founding fathers understood the importance of putting faith in the Word of God as the foundation of truth. Our national motto is “In God We Trust.” Our young citizens need to be taught how our nation was founded on the principles found in the Bible and why. To this day, in the courts of law across our land, people place their hand on the Bible and swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

It is important as Christians to understand the Bible is the Word of God and can give us clear direction. The truth of God’s Word is absolute.

In the Bible, Jesus is proclaimed to be the Word of God.

John 1: 1-5, 14 NKJV In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. . . . And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Prayer:  God, thank you for revealing to me by Your Spirit that Your Word is absolutely trustworthy. Please guide me by Your Spirit to share this with others. In Jesus name. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | April 25, 2018

Trust God’s Promises

Trust God’s Promises
by Judy Hitson

2 Peter 1:4 NLT And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

Are you trusting God’s promises that enable you to share His divine nature?

Like searching for gold, we have the privilege to dig hidden treasures for our life in God’s word, the precious promises He has given us to share His divine nature.

God says what He means and He means what He says. 2 Cor.1: 19 NLT For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” ……….as God’s ultimate “Yes,” he always does what he says.  

I heard, “Get personal.”Do promises come to mind God has given you?

A promise that continues to impact my life is 1 John 1:9 NASB If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 Confessing sin was familiar to me from childhood. The problem was no sooner I’d get home, I felt I needed to go back to the confessional. My mind was troubled as a sinner until I received Christ and Holy Spirit. The accuser of the brethren reminded me of personal sins day and night, Rev. 12:10. That is until the promise of 1 John 1:9 assured me when I confess my sins to God, He not only forgives me but cleanses me of all unrighteousness. This brought a new freedom in Christ in daily living.

Another promise that affects me is Matt.11:28-30 NASB “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

To take off hard and heavy yokes and put on the yoke of Christ that is easy and light is a rewarding learning  process by the Spirit. It brought me to a new level in the freedom of Christ.

Receiving God’s forgiveness and putting on His yoke increased my trust in His promises. Self reliance and self righteousness brings bondage. Relying on God’s promises and His righteousness brings freedom.

Prayer: God help me trust Your promises more each day with full assurance in Christ Jesus and the Spirit giving life. Amen.

In closing, consider the lyrics of “Standing on the Promises” by R.Kelson Carter. His back story to writing this hymn is worth a Google Search.

Posted by: judyhitson | April 7, 2018

Trust God in Prayer

Trust God in Prayer
by Judy Hitson

1 Chronicles 5:20 GNT They put their trust in God and prayed to him for help, and God answered their prayers and made them victorious over the Hagrites and their allies.

Think of a time you put your trust in God in prayer and He answered you?

As I consider that question for my life, I reflect back when I listened to testimonies of how God answered prayer. I said, “Lord, I feel like my prayers do not get further than the ceiling. These people share like they are having conversations with You.” That was many years ago before I knew the Lord. After I received the Holy Spirit, I could understand prayer through a personal love relationship with Jesus Christ, my Lord and my God (John 20:28), because I trusted Him.

Looking at the context of our key verse in Chronicles, we will find men going to war crying out to God in prayer because they trusted Him and God gave them victory over their enemies and allies.

Have you experienced victory over enemies in your life because you trusted God in prayer?

There are many times that God gave me victory over enemies in my life because I put my trust in Him and prayed to Him for help. First, I think of the victory God gave when He delivered me from the power of darkness and translated me into the kingdom of His dear Son, Col. 1:13, NMB. Following this were various battles of my mind such as fear, doubt, anxiety, anger to rage, selfishness, greed, pride and others. In each instance, God gave me victory from these enemies as I put my trust in Him and prayed to Him for help. He answered me with what I call Divine exchanges such as His Spirit of power, love and a sound mind for fear (2Tim.1:7), faith for doubts (James 1:6), peace for anxiety (Phil. 4:6-8), the righteousness of God for anger (James 1:20; Eph. 4:26; Pr. 15:1), humility for selfishness (Phil. 2:3), generosity for greed (2Cor 8:3; Luke 12:15),to be humble not proud ( James 4:6; 1Peter 5:5b; Pr. 11:2, Pr. 29:23)

These victories deepened my trust in God and gave me a greater desire to learn how to pray. Jesus taught His disciples how to pray(Luke 11:1-4; Matt. 6:9-13).  I learned from His instructions how to pray to my Father in heaven, not with vain repetition but engaging in personal communion with Him. I became aware of prayers through the Bible. Learning to pray without ceasing (1Thess. 5:17)is a continuing lesson. “Prayer is like breathing.” (quote I read in one of Andrew Murray’s books). On closing, I think about Jesus’ prayer to Father in John 17, The High Priestly Prayer that we all may be one. Let us look at this and pray for deeper revelation and understanding for our lives.

Prayer: Help me trust You God in prayer. Thank You Father in Jesus name for Your Spirit in me who gives life. Amen.

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