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.

Posted by: judyhitson | March 29, 2018

O To Trust You More

O To Trust You More
by Kathleen Shore

“Come and rest here…” I heard Father whisper to my spirit. And at the sound of His voice, I was awakened to the clutter that was weighing down my soul. This clutter was holding me back from entering into the place of rest Father paved for me to dwell and the power of all Jesus poured out on the cross. This clutter was taking up His space.

Truly, His loving-kindness brought light to these things I needed to let go of and leave at the foot of the cross (or the throne room door) if I wanted to enter into Him, into His powerful rest.

It was as though He Son-kissed me with desire.

This desire for Him, this hunger, like a thirst…what a curious thing. In one moment, I wasn’t even able to identify I had a need, much less free myself from the clutter of self-will in my circumstance. The next moment, at the sound of His voice, I was given a deposit of desire! The desire to respond to His light shed upon me. All of my anxious thoughts I called ‘prayer’; all of my ‘leaning on my own understanding’; my constant state of busyness to mask my impatience toward the unanswered prayers. All of it fell to the ground as I turned my attention to Him and responded to His faithful love.

God IS rest… Born of God, we were created to live and dwell in Him, our perfect rest. This is God’s presence, The Secret Place, The Holy of Holies. Our soul was made to choose Him over the hurry, anxious, fearful, and unrest offered to us within our earthly circumstances. It is in choosing Him and trusting in His faithful love that we find our rest. Only then is He given His rightful place to set Himself down in us and be the fullness of all that is already ours. The power and authority to overcome is found in the surrender and trust of our heavenly Father.

Jesus, in His suffering gave us the gift of not only what it looks like to surrender and trust, but also the gift of His power and resurrection life when we surrender and trust in Him.

Oh, His great love of us… Would you confess to Him now, that He is enough? Would you let Him be?

Let us taste and see how sweet it is to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word, just to rest upon His promise, just to know, “This is what the Lord says!”

Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Posted by: judyhitson | March 1, 2018

Trust God and His Word

Trust God and His Word
by Judy Hitson

Psalm 56:4 NASB
In God, whose word I praise,
In God I have put my trust;
I shall not be afraid.
What can mere man do to me?

It troubles me that there seems to be a famine on the land, a famine as seen in Amos 8:11NASB “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the LORD.

It is heartbreaking to see and hear battles raging for values against God’s laws, His ways and His word. These  so called values are corrupt, immoral and self-righteous. Let us discern this enemy of deception.

“Whatever a man sows so shall he reap; to the flesh reap corruption; to the Spirit reap eternal life”. See Galatians 6: 7-8.

It is our choice what we sow and reap. If we belong to God and believe in His word, what is our part?

I hear, “Pray. Seek the Lord to sow to the Spirit and reap eternal life.” Let us share truth in love with those who are deceived. They speak lies they believe that distort God’s word.

How can they know unless they hear? Let us trust God and His word rather than the world as He prompts us to share words of life by His Spirit. As I write and consider the importance for us to trust God, I think of Ps.118:8-9 NLV It is better to trust in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to trust in rulers.

The deity of Jesus Christ is essential for us to think about as we look to trust God’s word. Take time to meditate on John 1:1-14. Jesus is the Word. Do you think of God’s word as the Person of Jesus Christ?  When we do, we see Him from Genesis through Revelation as we read the Bible, God’s written Word?

Scripture says the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart, Heb.4:12. It serves us well to know God and His word. Consider Matt.4:4NASB when Jesus was tempted in the desert by satan He said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'” Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know God’s word so well that when tempted by the enemy, the Spirit of God would bring to mind the word of the Lord to speak at that time?

There is more on my heart in regards to trusting God and His word but I close with a challenge. Read slowly Psalm 119, highlight each time God’s word is mentioned and ponder what He is saying for you to trust Him and His word.

Posted by: judyhitson | February 11, 2018

Trust in God

Trust in God
by Judy Hitson

Proverbs 3:5 NLV Trust in the Lord* with all your heart,
and do not trust in your own understanding.

*Psalm 33:12 GNT Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD….

Trust is a matter of the heart. It is a matter of who or what we rely on. We need to consider the state of our own heart. Note the following contrast of the heart in Scripture:

Jeremiah 17:9 GNT “Who can understand the human heart?
There is nothing else so deceitful; it is too sick to be healed.

Ezekiel 36:26 GNT I will give you a new heart and a new mind. I will take away your stubborn heart of stone and give you an obedient heart.

God reveals to us that only He can change our heart by His Spirit. Ezekiel 36:27 GNT I will put my Spirit in you and will see to it that you follow my laws and keep all the commands I have given you.

Questions we need to ask and discern:

Do I have a new heart?

Where is my trust, in God or myself?

Who or on what am I relying?

In our key verse, God tells us to trust in Him with all our heart, not in our own understanding. The verse that follows is an encouraging promise of God, Proverbs 3:6 GNT Remember the LORD in everything you do, and he will show you the right way.

Pray the Word:

Psalm 139:23-24 NASB Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.

Psalm 141:3 KJV Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth;
keep the door of my lips.

Psalm 19:14 NASB Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

Hymn: I need Thee every hour

Let us trust in the Lord with all our heart and be blessed to know our God is the LORD.

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Bible translations used: NLV – New Life Version; GNT – Good News Translation;
NASB – New American Standard Bible; KJV – King James Version

Posted by: judyhitson | February 2, 2018

Confidence in the Words Jesus Taught -Part 2

Confidence in the Words Jesus Taught – Part 2
by Brenda D. Flowers

Our finite minds must be enlightened by God to the reality. . . We were given His Kingdom life when we became born again. We can fully trust God to fulfill His promises in and through us.

We have the power to cast out negative thoughts that come to mind.

Those negative thoughts, saying it is impossible for God’s kingdom to come in our lives, are not our thoughts. When we are born-again believers, we can choose not to entertain negative, doubtful thoughts and instead choose to trust God’s powerful life-giving words.

In 1975, God loved me so much that He spoke to my heart through testimonies of Christian friends while in our graduate school dorm. Holy Spirit was softening my heart.

On January 21, 1976, God spoke to me through a Campus Crusade for Christ movie. The words quoted from Scripture pierced my heart, as did the words of the speaker, “like the wind, you can’t see it but you know it is there.” These words awakened me to the Holy Spirit. I received the revelation of what God had done for me by sending His Son to die so I would be reconciled to Him. My eyes were opened to the truth of His kingdom. That night I was born again.

As I have lived my life as a Christian, now over forty years, I have grown in my understanding of God’s kingdom life. I see the importance of daily quiet communion with God in prayer and  His Word. He is changing me on the inside. The more I spend time seeking God, the more I am given an understanding of His kingdom and His will.God has provided for me in many ways along my personal journey.

There are bigger giants to face in this place of deeper revelation, but my dependence upon God continues to grow. I realize everyday that we Christians are on earth for great purpose.We are bringing His Kingdom to our communities by His love and truth through us. We are His ambassadors. He uses us with our unique gifts to be the ones through whom He can reach the lost with His Kingdom love and hope.

We are instrumental in the answer to the prayer, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

Closing Prayer:
Father in heaven, Thank you for Your beautiful plan designed to bring Your kingdom and Your will on earth. I trust You to work through me with the body of Christ to be light and salt on the earth. Help us spend time with You each day to know You intimately and closely follow You. In Jesus name and life in Your Spirit. Amen.

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