Posted by: judyhitson | March 8, 2021

Power Perfected in Weakness

Power Perfected in Weakness
by Brenda D. Flowers

During this past year from March, 2020-March, 2021, we all experienced new and very challenging circumstances in our world. We had to navigate uncharted territory. It hasn’t been easy facing the unknown.

We needed strength to persevere.

For many years, I have journaled. I love writing my ideas, creative thoughts, and special memories. I enjoy keeping prayer journals, too, where I record my prayers and the answers I receive from the Lord.

But this past year, my journaling was different.

God encouraged me to express my honest questions and struggles…to be real with Him.

This is what Paul did as recorded in 2 Corinthians 12: 8-10 (NKJV):   

Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.   
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

My Prayer Journal this year was a safe place where I recorded my prayers and what God was teaching me through difficult circumstances and times of waiting. It was also a place where I listed the ways God met my needs and blessed me.

I daily expressed my heartfelt thanksgiving in a special section of the journal.

When I am willing to honestly write down my struggles or questions, giving them to God in prayer, I discover the truth of God’s leading. He provides comfort and answers in the scriptures.

I am impressed by the timeliness of God’s words to me.

 He prepares me to face today’s challenges by His guidance.

In the natural or physical realm, we often gain power by what we do. For example, when we exercise, we strengthen our physical bodies and build our stamina. We grow in the ability to tackle physical challenges through discipline and exercise, gaining power in our physical bodies to accomplish greater feats. Exercising our bodies improves our physical strength.

Daily spending time in honest communication with God is key for building the strength or power to overcome. As I am willing to humbly express my weaknesses, casting them on Him in the pages of my prayer journal, I grow spiritually.

Recently, I asked this question, “What have I learned this past year through the difficult circumstances I experienced and what have You taught me, Lord?”

He showed me… I learned to depend more and more on Him each day and not on myself. I  learned when I am weak, He gives me strength. These are not just words I read in the scriptures, but they are words I experienced. God gives me power to carry on with joy in my heart. He is transforming me to be more like Christ.

Prayer:  Thank You, Lord, for Your strength as we trust You with our weaknesses. Amen

Posted by: judyhitson | February 26, 2021

Rivers of Living Water

Rivers of Living Water
by Judy Hitson

John 7:37b-39a NASB ……..37b Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” 39a But this He said in reference to the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive;

The power of the Spirit with Rivers of Living Water are words the Lord confirmed to my heart to write. A visual contrast came to mind of a river with a constant flow of water and a Colorado lake with a standing body of water. This gave a perspective of the Spirit flow in and through us who believe in Jesus Christ.

How can this be except by the power of God in us?

Jesus said, “for apart from Me you can do nothing,” John 15:5c.

 Years ago longing to walk and live in the Spirit, John 15:5c was part of my Bible reading. I said, Jesus apart from You I can do nothing? How can I abide in You for a fruitful life in the Spirit? Many times I feel my words are void of Your Spirit. I come to You, my Lord and my God, for You also say,” I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Phil. 4:13)

From that time until now and beyond, I continue to learn of our vital need of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Holy Spirit is powerful.

A river needs a continuous flow of water for nourishment. Yet, in seasons of drought, there can be dry river beds.  As a river needs a continuous flow of water, we need a continuous flow of the Spirit from the river of life to nourish our spirit and soul. There can be spiritual seasons of drought. If we fail to come to Jesus and drink when we are thirsty, the river of life will not flow through us by His Spirit. 

 We need God’s word, His Spirit and fellowship in Christ. Think about the following lyrics from the hymn, Spring Up O Well by Phil Wickham:

“I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me
Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see
Opens prison doors, set the captives free…. “

These lyrics reveal how the river of living water can flow through us by the Spirit’s power resulting in  miracles.

Prayer: Lord, give us words of life to speak with those we encounter. May the rivers of living flow from our spirit to their spirit. We long for the evidence of Your miracle working power. In Jesus name. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | February 2, 2021

Superior Power Hero

Superior Power Hero
by Brenda D. Flowers

“Look at me, grand-mommy, I’m a superhero and I have superpowers,” announced my five year old grandson as he jumped out of bed wearing his superhero pajamas. Later in the day, I hear my three grandsons describing their Lego creations as “bases” or “kingdoms”, with each “base” protected by an army clothed with super power capability. Scrolling through video and movie options for an afternoon break, many titles catch my grandsons’ attention with their superhero themes. Even in the children’s section of the library, books abound with characters who have super powers. 

I challenge you to look and listen for how many times you see or hear the words, super power, this next month.

Recently, I was driving and listening to the radio. I happened to hear a brief news report warning that America may no longer be considered a super power nation because of our dependence upon other nations who are claiming this title. 

More than child’s play? 

God, what are You saying to us through our personal and national struggles? What do you have to say about super powers?

1 Chronicles 29:11-12 ESV Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. 

I believe the circumstances we are facing in our personal lives and in our world are being allowed by sovereign God for greater reasons than what we may fully understand.

 There is a Superior Power Hero who reigns and is in control.

Do we fathom the greatness of Jesus’ completed work on the cross and the power that was exhibited there?

 Do we realize the powerful gift of the Holy Spirit and His Kingdom life?

Lord, I don’t want to just pretend or play my faith, with one foot in your Kingdom and one foot in this world. I want to be Your Kingdom Ambassador, announcing to the world, “The King of kings and the Lord of lords reigns.”

 Your word is going forth…

Yes, we, who trust Your word with our whole hearts, are being granted authority to reign in life. The gift of Your Spirit is full of power to overcome. We are clothed in Your righteousness, Jesus. 

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for helping us learn to see with our spiritual eyes, maturing our understanding of Your Superior Power. When things seem out of control here on earth, may we remember Your Words of direction and hope. In Your mighty name above all names, Jesus, we pray. Amen

Posted by: judyhitson | January 18, 2021

My Power, My Witnesses

My Power, My Witnesses
by Judy Hitson

Acts 1:8 ERV (Easy to Read Version)  But the Holy Spirit will come on you and give you power. You will be my witnesses. You will tell people everywhere about me-in Jerusalem, in the rest of Judea, in Samaria, and in every part of the world.”

Wait, Jesus said to His disciples, until you receive what the Father promised to send, Acts 1:4. This was the promise of the Holy Spirit. The same way these disciples in Acts were told to wait to receive the Holy Spirit, we are to wait for the Holy Spirit as well. We cannot go in our own strength to tell people about Jesus. We need the power of the Holy Spirit on us, in us, flowing through us. The Holy Spirit gives life, the flesh profits nothing, John 6:63.   

It takes time to learn about the power of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps you have learned this in your own life as I did in mine.

When I was first born again, I was overzealous to share Jesus with everyone I met or worked with. It didn’t matter if I was at the grocery store check out or at work in the O.R. Those who knew the Lord appreciated Scripture I wrote down to tape on their lockers to share God’s word with them. Those who did not know the Lord were offended, saying I was pushy. One co-worker broke my heart when she said, “I can go to hell if I want to. I will have a lot of friends going with me.” So sad! So troubling for anyone to choose hell as their eternal destination.

After coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, I wanted everyone to know Him and about His great salvation for all mankind. It was alarming to me that not all people want to know Christ. With this particular co-worker there was no evidence of a heart change for me to share Christ with her. I continued to pray for her heart to be softened and her spirit teachable that she might come to know Christ as her personal Savior and Lord and leave it in the hands of God, who alone can save.

Prayer: Lord help us as Your disciples to learn like Your early disciples to heed Your words Jesus, to wait until we receive the power of the Holy Spirit to be Your witnesses in all the world. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | January 5, 2021

Power from Morning Light

Power from Morning Light
by Brenda D. Flowers

Several weeks before Christmas, I bought two Amaryllis bulbs at our local Trader Joe’s. My main reason for buying them was to do a science experiment with my three grandsons. I planned on placing one of the bulbs near the front window so it would receive the morning light and the other would be placed near the sliding door where it would receive indirect afternoon light. Together, the boys and I would discover which setting was best for the bulb to grow to its fullest potential.

When I got home with the bulbs, I asked my grandsons to consider which place would be best for the bulbs to grow and to predict which one would grow faster, taller, and bloom first. We each made our prediction or hypothesis statement.

Most of us predicted the one receiving the morning light would grow the best. I think the boys were disappointed that it would take several days before they would see any signs of life.

The boys lost interest in the Amaryllis experiment during the waiting period. (The wait seemed long to me too, but I’m sure it seemed even longer to them.)

 I can assure you, though, when the first sign of new life appeared, it was well worth the wait.

It was such fun seeing my grandsons’ eyes of wonder as they discovered the stems popping out of the bulbs. After that day, with their interest restored, they checked regularly (even without my prompting) to see which one grew taller and to see if their prediction was correct.

As the stems grew taller, we had fun measuring them to compare the heights. After several weeks, we looked with awe when the flowers bloomed. Their blooming was extra special since it was near the time of our Christmas celebrations.

This year, we are going to be exploring the topic of power in our blog posts on this site. I can honestly say I am feeling childlike excitement about what God is going to show us. Like the boys, however, I’m having a hard time waiting.

I feel like I am beginning a treasure hunt in 2021. I hope you will come along with me on this journey to discover what God has to say in His Word.

For this first post, I was praying and seeking God’s guidance specifically on what to write related to the topic of power.

This thought came to me:  Share what you learned from the amaryllis experiment.

When we ask Jesus to be our Savior and Lord, believing God is who He says He is, we become new creatures in Christ. Like the Amaryllis bulb, we are enveloped in protection deep inside and we are full of the power of God to become who He has created us to be. His full potential for us is dormant, waiting to grow and bloom.

As immature Christians, we may not appear to have changed or to be growing spiritually. Yet, we are who God says we are just as the Amaryllis is fully an Amaryllis in that bulb form.

The power for us to grow and mature, blooming into who God has made us to be, comes from both inside and outside. Like the bulb, we need light to grow, sunlight…yes,  but also “Son-light.” God’s creative life-giving power and the power for us to give Him glory come from God’s Spirit, our faith and our position in and near Him, abiding. Spiritual growth takes time.

Does the morning light matter for us?

It seemed to matter for the amaryllis. At least that was the conclusion from our experiment.

Searching scriptures, it does seem that the morning “light” of abiding, may be a factor in helping us to grow spiritually. Is it possible that by starting our day with God and in His word, we will gain greater strength to reach our destiny? 

By abiding more in His morning light will we “bloom” for Him in 2021, giving Him the glory?

Each morning in 2021, let’s meditate on God’s word, seeking His powerful revelation and direction. May we “bloom”  together this year and in turn may there be plants springing up everywhere. (Isaiah 61: 11b NLT)

Psalm 143: 8 (NIV)
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you, show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.

Thank you, God, for the power You are giving us to “bloom” in Your Light and Life in 2021. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen

Posted by: judyhitson | December 22, 2020

Your Own Inheritance

Your Own Inheritance
by Judy Hitson

Joshua 24:28 NKJV So Joshua let the people depart, each to his own inheritance.

Own it!

What?

Your spiritual inheritance.

This year with a prayerful look through the Bible for verses on inheritance, I shared a different aspect each month. We could continue with other Scripture passages on this subject. For now, let’s review the different perspectives I wrote about on our spiritual inheritance: 

January – Thou Mine Inheritance (Lamentations 3:24 NLT)
February – We are God’s Inheritance (Psalm 33:12 NLT)
March – Thank God for Inheritance (Col. 1:12 NLT)
April – Inheritance as a Reward (Col. 3:24 NLT)
May – Land of Our Inheritance (Psalm 135:12 NLT)
June – Inheritance as a Promise (Eph. 1:14 NLT)
July – Nations as your Inheritance Psalm 2:8 NLT)
August – Joint Heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:17)
September – Receive the Eternal Inheritance (Heb. 9:15 The Passion Translation)
October – Don’t Forfeit Your Inheritance(like Esau). (Gen. 25:33 NLT)
November – Don’t Waste Your Inheritance(like the prodigal son). (Luke 15:12-13 Voice)
December – Your Own Inheritance (Josh. 24:28 NKJV)

Question for you:
Are you persevering in the process of conquering the land of your inheritance over your enemies through victory in Jesus by His Spirit?

Now, let us own our own inheritance. Relish in the goodness and kindness of God who lavishes His love on us as His children. He is our greatest inheritance.

Ephesians 3:20-21 NKJV Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Personal Prayer: Father, thank You for all You taught me this year on spiritual inheritance. I came to You as a student. You brought revelation and understanding in personal ways as I wrote month by month. You spoke of different facets on the inheritance You have for us as Your children. It amazes me. My heart is filled with gratitude for my own inheritance in Christ and sharing with readers what I have learned. Thank You Lord for Your word today on our own inheritance with the summary of different aspects You revealed. To You be the glory in Jesus name. Amen.

Closing Prayer: Father help us in the body of Christ to understand and do our part with You for our own inheritance as children of God. In Jesus name and by Your Spirit. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | December 7, 2020

Assurance of a Great Inheritance

Assurance of a Great Inheritance
I know that I know that I know
by Brenda D. Flowers

Titus 2:11 NIV For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.

During this special time of year, many of us will be given opportunities to talk with neighbors, friends and family members whom we have not seen in a long time. Our conversations may stay at the surface level with chitchat about our lives and world events. Or our interchanges with the people God puts in our path could be life changing.

On this website in 2020, we have been writing about the topic of our inheritance in Christ. God has downloaded inspirational messages which I pray have blessed you. My hope is that our writings have also challenged you.

Deep down, do you personally have the assurance of your great eternal inheritance in knowing Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord?

The Bible is clear… we are in a very special period in earthly history…the Age of Grace or the Church Age. Do we realize the urgency of our day as this age is coming to an end?

God has revealed His great lovingkindness through His gift of the Holy Spirit to guide us to His truth and through the fulfillment of His promise to send the Messiah, Jesus the Christ, the Promised One.

In this Age, when one seeks the Lord sincerely, he will find Him. Search the Scriptures to see.

Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

When we trust God in faith, believing and understanding His beautiful redemption plan through Jesus, we are sealed by the Holy Spirit. God’s promises are true. God is faithful. By searching and studying the Bible and the testimonies of people of faith, we can be assured that God’s Word is true.

As we trust God with our whole hearts, following His Way, we know without a doubt that we are His children. We then can confidently share with our loved ones and neighbors the hope we find in Jesus, empowered by His Spirit to speak with loving boldness.

God has prepared a wonderful inheritance for us who follow Jesus.

Our Heavenly Father loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son. (John 3:16)

Jesus loves me this I know…
And He loves you.

When we see a manger scene or beautifully wrapped gifts this Christmas, may we take the time to thank God for His special gifts to us.

May we realize the best gift we can give to others is the Gospel message Jesus commissioned us to share, remembering He is with us as we share.

Col. 1: 27c (NKJV) Christ in you, the hope of glory is a life verse on which I stand.

Prayer: Abba, thank You for loving us so much that You prepared a way for us to be restored to You. We honor You. Hallowed be Your name. May Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven as we obediently seek Your daily guidance, confess our sins and struggles, and choose to follow Jesus. Praise You for giving us Your Spirit to help us. We are truly blessed by You. Amen

Let’s bless the Lord and others by sharing our testimonies of faith.

Posted by: judyhitson | November 16, 2020

Don’t Waste Your Inheritance

Don’t Waste Your Inheritance
by Judy Hitson

Luke 15:12-13 Voice
One day the younger son came to his father and said, “Father, eventually I’m going to inherit my share of your estate. Rather than waiting until you die, I want you to give me my share now.” And so the father liquidated assets and divided them. A few days passed and this younger son gathered all his wealth and set off on a journey to a distant land. Once there he wasted everything he owned on wild living.

“Haste makes waste.”

Can you identify with me that making hasty decisions can lead to costly mistakes?

The prodigal son probably thought about asking for his inheritance a while, but once he received it, from what we read in Scripture it doesn’t look like it took long to waste it. In the culture of his day, a son was allowed to ask for his inheritance while his father was still living.  

The following verse comes to mind regarding the prodigal son and my own life:

Psalm 25:7 NLT Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth,
Remember me in the light of Your unfailing love,
For You are merciful, O LORD.

The prodigal son experienced the transformation from rebellious sin to the mercy of God through his father.

From my life, I can remember rebellious sins of my youth. Praise God for the experience of His grace and mercy when I confessed and repented of my sins. God in His amazing love forgave me the sins of my youth and gave me new life in Christ.  

We read of the prodigal son’s father running to meet him with compassion, extending love and mercy with a robe, a ring, sandals and celebrating his return with the fattened calf. (Luke 15:20-23) This is a reminder of God’s grace and mercy available for us in our times of need when we go to Him to repent of our sins.

The older son, however, reveals a different perspective. When he heard and saw his father was celebrating his younger brother’s return home, he resented it and was angry. He said to his father in Luke 15:30 Voice So this son of yours comes, this wasteful delinquent who has spent your hard-earned wealth on loose women, and what do you do? You butcher the fattest calf from our herd!”

Scripture does not tell us the end of this son’s story. But we see the faithfulness of this father (Lk.15:11-32) to both his sons, as our Father in heaven is faithful to us.  

Prayer: Come Lord Jesus to our aide to grow in Your likeness by Your Spirit who gives life that we do nothing apart from You and seek the will of our Father in heaven. Amen.  

Posted by: judyhitson | November 2, 2020

Peace in the Battle

Peace in the Battle
Inheritance of Christ’s Peace
by Brenda D. Flowers

Ephesians 6:15 NKJV and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace:

In America, as election day approaches, and even in some of our Christian homes, there is no denying … a battle is raging.

   Evil mocking and hurtful words blast through the air waves. A giant is waging war and many people are complacent, caught in indecisiveness or fear.

     Do we see this mocking giant for who he really is?

     Are we choosing to sit at the battle line doing nothing while our culture embraces more and more his false banter as truth?

     These are questions I’ve asked myself.

      I have come to the conclusion that I don’t want to remain quiet, doing nothing. I want to raise my voice as David, the shepherd, did long ago when he faced the Philistine giant, “for the battle is the LORD’s and He will give you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17: 47b, NKJV)

     As soldiers in God’s army, we are to be strong, courageous and prepared, knowing who we are in Christ. Our armor and actions matter.

      It is interesting to me that God emphasized the importance of our feet being shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Have you ever thought about why the scripture says these words? After studying the Bible and commentaries on the armor of God, I realize more and more the depth of this statement. God truly prepares us as we study His word and spend time with Him.

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

    Here is what I’ve discovered. Battles are not won by soldiers who have fear. Gospel means good news. When we have peace in our hearts, we do not have fear. A soldier must wear armor, including special shoes that fit him well, in order for him to be effective in battle. With God’s help, we receive our unique shoes of peace (so to speak). By going through personal battles or trials and coming out victoriously, God prepares us for greater battles.We can be assured that God’s peace is given to us as part of our inheritance in Him, the Prince of Peace.

      If we are willing to step into this spiritual battle for Truth, being willing to give God the glory, we are prepared ahead of time with His perfect peace. This is the good news we can stand on, proclaimed by Jesus:

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14: 27)

Prayer: Lord, thank you for preparing us for the spiritual battles we face. May we remain sure footed in Your Peace, knowing the battle is Yours. We give You the glory for the Victory is Yours. In Your mighty name, Jesus, we pray. Amen

Posted by: judyhitson | October 19, 2020

Don’t Forfeit Your Inheritance

Don’t Forfeit Your Inheritance
by Judy Hitson

Genesis 25:33 NLT But Jacob said, “First you must swear that your birthright is mine.” So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob.

What is a birthright?
 
Birthright (bekorah) has to do with both position and inheritance. By birthright, the firstborn son inherited the leadership of the family and the judicial authority of his father. Wikipedia -Jacob and Esau

Esau was so hungry, he cared more about filling his stomach then the privilege of his birthright as firstborn son. We see in Gen.25:29-32 Esau said he was starved and asked Jacob for some stew. Consider the vital lesson for us to subdue cravings of our natural desires for what is of greater value. In this case, we read Esau sold his birthright to his younger brother. We see he chose temporary pleasure rather than his family position and inheritance.

Today laws on inheritance differ from the ancient Biblical practice of birthright. However, my heart was impacted to understand Esau’s choice to sell his birthright and what we can learn from this for our lives.

Desires of our human nature can lead to wrong choices. 

There is a stark contrast in Luke 4 when Jesus was tempted by Satan. The key here is that Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit. This had me thinking of the privilege we have since the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Compared to Esau in the Old Testament, we can be filled with the Holy Spirit.

In the sense of eternity and our spiritual inheritance, it matters how we live.

Pastor Allen Jackson, World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, TN once said: “If you don’t turn your heart to the Lord, you will forfeit your inheritance.”

Let us turn our hearts to the Lord and not forfeit His inheritance for us. As the Lord had a plan for Jeremiah’s life (Jer.29:11), He has a plan for our lives. Pray with me Psalm 139:23-24 AMP Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart; Test me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.

Closing Prayer: Father, turn our hearts to You in Jesus name to follow You all the days of our lives. Help us think of eternity and the spiritual inheritance You planned for us. You are worthy of our all. Amen.  

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