Posted by: judyhitson | August 25, 2017

Words of Encouragement

Words of Encouragement
by Brenda D. Flowers

I stared at the white page. Attempting to write but not yet feeling the freedom, I waited. Time passed and more time. Then I realized, the message I wanted to express today was to share the sweet words that had come to me several weeks ago. . .  words of encouragement to share with the body of Christ.

As I type these words, I am filled with expectancy. I linger long. . . absorbing the truth of the words. They are familiar words, not necessarily new words but they are definitely now words.

This message is in answer to my daily prayer, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” Matthew 6:10 KJV

God is answering this prayer for me and all who pray this prayer.

I hear these words and record them:

Love well. Let not your heart be troubled. Seek what is good. Be not wise in your own eyes. Acknowledge Me in all things and seek My face. My now moments of refreshing are yours as you trust Me with your life. I am here now and I am in the preparation process.

Be aware of the little things I am doing as you take the sure guided steps upward into My victorious presence. I have you on My life line and falling is not an option. I am pulling you upward and placing your feet on the firm path. No more dangling in doubt and despair. See the climb as a joyous time of clear viewed direction, looking with hopeful glances to the city of righteous living I have prepared.

There are relationships coming with liquid love to be poured out. Trust Me in the matters of the heart’s restoration process. Give what I give you. Be anticipating the new words I have for you to share, My encouragement to the body.

The hurting disjointed members need to come back in alignment with My purposeful plan of saving souls. Align yourself with others in a spirit of love and reconciliation. Connect in prayer and in time of celebration. Anticipate joyful connections of life celebrations. . .singing, dancing, and rejoicing, announcing to the world that satan is defeated.

Satan is a liar and his lies are being revealed.

The Truth of My Word Stands!

Posted by: judyhitson | August 23, 2017

Two Kingdoms

Two Kingdoms
by Judy Hitson

Colossians 1:13 NLT For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son,

Do you know when or if you were transferred to the Kingdom of God’s Son?

Without a shadow of a doubt, on October 25, 1979, I was rescued from the kingdom of darkness and transferred into the Kingdom of God’s Son. It was a dramatic conversion that morning as I was driving to work in my car. While listening to Christian radio, I told the Lord, “I feel like my prayers are not getting further than the ceiling.” When the music stopped, the radio announcer said, “That’s right folks. All you need to do is ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart.” I had asked Him many times in my life but this time my heart was desperate to surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ. In an instant, I knew I received the Holy Spirit. He instructed me to veer off the road. Instead I drove toward the intersection where I ended up in a car accident. In time, I understood what had happened. I was filled with the Holy Spirit. My testimony verse is Ephesians 5:18 NLT Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit. This verse disturbed me until I experienced it. I knew what it was to be drunk with wine, but being filled with the Holy Spirit was a new beginning for me.

Where do you stand in regard to the two kingdoms? Are you walking in the light as He is in the light by His Spirit who gives life?

The contrast of the two kingdoms is stark, from darkness to light and from death to life. Consider the following verses before the Lord.

John 8:12 NLT…….Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.

Acts 26:18 NLT to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’

John 5:24 NLT “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.

Romans 8:6 NLT So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

 Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, help me be active in the kingdom work You have for me by Your Spirit and finish well. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | June 28, 2017

Kingdom of God

Kingdom of God
by Judy Hitson

Mark 4:11 NASB And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables,

“Unsolved Mysteries” was the title of an old television program which comes to mind. Our family enjoyed seeing the mysteries solved week by week.

Looking at the mystery of the kingdom of God, I am no longer perplexed. Since receiving the Holy Spirit I continue to learn the simplicity and depth of this mystery. It is found in the person of Jesus Christ. For clarification, capture the revelation by the Spirit to understand the mystery of the kingdom of God through the following NASB verses:

Ephesians 5:32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.

Colossians 1:26-27 that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Colossians 2:2 that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself.

Colossians 4:3 praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned;

It may seem like a lot to digest but as we keep it simple to think about Jesus Christ, He will make clear to us the mystery of the kingdom of God. Note Jesus is talking to insiders, those who follow Him, who have received the Holy Spirit who gives life. Outsiders cannot understand (Mark 4:11-12).

As we read the Bible on the kingdom of God, we discover it for the present as well as the future.
For example,

John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Think about it. When we are born of the Spirit we enter the kingdom of God. Alleluia! What a Savior. Alleluia! What a God. Have you experienced the second birth of the Spirit? If so, you understand this basic truth about the kingdom of God, ‘You must be born again.’ (John 3:7)

Mark 14:25 Truly I say to you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

Consider these words of Jesus to the disciples at the last supper. They couldn’t fully understand His words at that time. But the Holy Spirit came after Jesus left the earth and now we can understand the word of the Lord by the Spirit.

There is more I’d like to say as I recall John 6 when Jesus said we should eat His body and drink His blood. By His Spirit we can. The kingdom of God is all about Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Father in heaven help us believe and receive all You have to reveal to us by Your Spirit regarding the mystery of Your kingdom. In Jesus name. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | June 4, 2017

Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of Heaven
by Judy Hitson

Matthew 19:14 EXPANDED BIBLE (EXP) but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop[hinder] them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people who are like these children [meaning humble and dependent].”

Are you humble and dependent on Jesus?

This question came to mind after reading this verse in the Expanded Bible.  We need God’s help to be humble and dependent on Him. I thought about the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God through Scripture, assuming they were parallel phrases with the same meaning. In my  search to understand any distinction, I found an excellent article. It is titled, The Kingdom of Heaven contributed by if you are interested in reading a well written, Biblically informative piece on the topic. He distinguishes the sphere of profession and the sphere of salvation for the kingdom of heaven and kingdom of God through Scripture. It’s like an invitation for us to dig deeper to understand God’s kingdom. May we have and keep a child-like faith, humble and dependent on Jesus to learn our part in His kingdom and live it out by His Spirit who gives life. (John 6:63; 2Cor.3:6)

Another Bible passage caught my attention that I’d like to share with you. Matthew 18:1-5 NASB At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;

Previously I wrote about the following words that came to mind, “Kingdom of God Principles, starting with forgiveness.” Today, I see kingdom of heaven principles of humility and dependence on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Father in heaven bless us to be humble and dependent on Jesus Christ and rely on His Holy Spirit in daily living. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | May 5, 2017


by Judy Hitson

Matthew 18:23 NKJV Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts  with his servants.

“Kingdom of God Principles, starting with forgiveness.” These words came to mind as I prayed for inspiration to write and believe this is the word of the Lord to share. May your heart be impacted as much as mine. Through a Google search, I found the following definitions for the word principle significant for us to consider:

principle – 1. a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning. “the basic principles of Christianity”

Merriam-Webster on principle – a moral rule or belief that helps you know what is right and wrong and that influences your actions………..

In relation to forgiveness, the parable of the unforgiving servant deeply affects me by the Holy Spirit, Matthew 18:21-35. Through this passage of Scripture, there was a time the Spirit of God convicted me of being like the unforgiving servant.  It brought me to my knees to repent of this sin. He taught me how vital forgiveness is as a principle of God’s Kingdom and set me free from the bondage of unforgiveness and bitterness.

Matthew 6:9-13, the Lord’s Prayer, is a beautiful prayer I was required to memorize as a child. It was a religious ritual without a personal communication with God. Though I prayed, Our Father who art in heaven, there was no sense of relationship with Him at that time. Yet I struggled when I prayed, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” To ask God to forgive me as I forgive was scary. The conviction of sin was like a flashing red light but I was not able to contend with it on my own.

After receiving the life of the Holy Spirit, I remember going to a church in desperation for help, tormented in my mind. That is when the Lord revealed the reality of my experience as an unforgiving servant, Matthew 18:34-35 NKJV 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. 35 “So My heavenly Father will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”

It wasn’t until forgiveness flowed from my heart that I fully understood the parable of the unforgiving servant. It is essential to forgive from the heart.

Prayer: God I lift praise and thanksgiving to You for grace and mercy, for Your salvation through Jesus Christ and life by Your Spirit to learn to forgive as You forgive. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | March 16, 2017

Thy Kingdom Come

by Judy Hitson

Matthew 6:10 KJV Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Father in heaven, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. What is my part today in Christ as a kingdom worker by Your Spirit?

I quiet down, focus on You Jesus, tune to spontaneity and journal.

Be still and know that I am God. Draw close to Me and I will draw close to you. Have clean hands and a pure heart to ascend My hill. Seek My face. I am here.

Yes Lord. Search me O Lord and know my heart. Try me and know my anxious thoughts. Show me if there is any hurtful, offensive or wicked way in me and lead me in the everlasting way. I believe Lord, help Thou my unbelief. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Thank You for Your words of life. Thank You for this intimate relationship with You, my Father in heaven,  my Lord and my God, Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit for giving me life. I rest in You and wait patiently LORD. How do I partner with You today?

Be still and know that I am God. Rest in Me and move out of that rest with Me to go about your day with heaven on earth with you. Impart My loving presence wherever you go. I am with you My child. Be assured of My presence with you always. I will guide you by My Spirit. Be assured,  I say. I am here always. Bask in My presence and be at peace with God and man. No weapon formed against you shall prosper. This is My word to you this morning as you try to write, Thy Kingdom Come.  I have come by My Spirit to guide you in the way you are to go with Me. You know your call and gifts in the Spirit. Follow Me.  I am here with you always. Be holy as I am holy. Walk in the Spirit and walk in My love, peace and joy. Manifest the fruit of My Spirit by My Spirit in you as you go about your days. This way My kingdom is in operation in and through you as I lead you day by day and you willingly follow Me. Stay close to Me in intimate love relationship manifesting the presence of the living God with you. I will draw all men to Myself that they too may know and follow Me with My kingdom in earth as it is in heaven. You have all you need in Me. Be fulfilled in our covenant relationship personally and corporately.

Thank You Lord.

Note: This is a practice I learned from 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice by Mark Virkler and Patti Virkler and share from this personal experience.

Posted by: judyhitson | March 7, 2017

Kingdom Living

by Judy Hitson

Matthew 6:33 NKJV But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Are you seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness?

That is what the Lord prompted me to do years ago as I read this verse.

Matt. 6:19-34 came alive as a word of exhortation and reproof as I struggled with frustration and worry in prayer. I asked the Lord for earthly things, He was pursuing me to seek His kingdom and way of living.

Leaving a career to stay home as a mother was not easy. God revealed self pity, pride and selfishness. The praise of men puffed me with pride at work. Doing menial household tasks, changing dirty diapers, the baby crying or sibling rivalry was humbling. Doubts and fears caused me to think I made the wrong decision. This seemed a thankless position with the loss of salary, benefits and adult interaction. Yet  of greater value was learning to walk in sacrificial love through Christ by His Spirit and the work God ordained for me as a wife and mother. Children experience growing pains and so did I as a child of God.

What does it mean to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness?

Matthew 6:19-34 has specific points the Lord revealed and brought personal understanding:
Not to lay up treasures on earth
To lay up treasures in heaven
Not to worry about what we will eat or wear
Watch the birds of the air
Consider the lilies of the field

As I heeded the Lord’s promptings, I discovered anew God’s provisions. It confirmed my heavenly Father knew what I needed. My husband had a good career that provided food, shelter and clothing for our family. What was my problem?

“For where your treasure is there will your heart be also, Matt.6:21. Crying out to the Lord for earthly things exposed my treasures were earthly. My heart needed to be changed.  Matt.6:24b You cannot serve God and mammon. I thought mammon referred to money until a former pastor said it also referred to the flesh. That brought a new perspective of serving self rather than serving God. Lord change me, I prayed. Little by little, He did. No longer do I worry about tomorrow; today has enough trouble of its own, v34.

God taught me facets of kingdom living during this transition of my life to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Disciplines I learned at that time continue to help me live Christ by the Spirit. Quiet times alone with the Lord in prayer and the word, a local church family, Bible study, fellowship with women in the faith and times of confession and repentance to turn from my ways to God’s ways.

Prayer: Thank You Holy Spirit as my Helper to convict worldliness in me of sin, righteousness and judgment, teaching me Kingdom living and transforming me to grow to the full measure of Christ. Amen.
( John 16:8; Col.1:13; 2Cor.5:17; Rom.12:2; Eph.4:13.)

Posted by: judyhitson | March 7, 2017

Kingdom of God Prelude

After seeking the Lord for the topic to write in 2017, Christian Writers Circle agreed to write on the Kingdom of God and our part in relation to His Kingdom. In Scripture a parallel phrase to the kingdom of God is the kingdom of heaven.

God bless you to read our blog posts. Join us in taking and doing our part in the body of Christ as kingdom workers.

Posted by: judyhitson | January 25, 2017

Seeking to Walk in His Glory

Seeking to Walk in His Glory
by Brenda D. Flowers

John 17: 4, NKJV I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.

In my quiet time recently, I meditated on these words and asked this question in prayer, “Heavenly Father, what are you saying to me through these words of Jesus?” I waited in quiet and this is what I experienced.

First, my heart filled up with thanksgiving, “Thank you for sending Jesus to reveal who You are to all mankind. You are my life. You are my love. You are my hope. You are my joy. You are my all in all.”

Then, inside I felt a longing to follow Jesus’ example, to be in communion with Abba every day. “Abba, thank you for creating me to be Your child. What a loving heavenly Father You are! You don’t want me or anyone to be stuck in fear, doubt, or loneliness.”

Next, I realized more deeply how Jesus modeled how to receive from His Father and how to respond to the people God put in His path.

“Abba, You chose to reveal Your glory in Your Son and You have chosen to reveal Your glory in Your created image bearers, human beings. We are here on earth for great purpose. We are meant to have a deep relationship with You and to illuminate Your glory.”

“I ask You now, heavenly Father, ‘Am I revealing Your glory?’”

“Am I getting up each day realizing the amazing purpose I have for being alive?”

“Am I keeping my eyes on Jesus, trusting His anointed words revealed in scriptures?”

I knew at that moment, this was my sincere desire. As I meditated, I realized more deeply the truth that God our heavenly Father had given Jesus direction for where to go, whom to meet, what to say, and when to respond in words or actions. God’s Holy Spirit can do the same for me because He abides in me.

I pray again, “God, I want to reveal Your Glory so that the lost may be found, the sick may be healed, and the bound may be loosed.”

“Jesus, thank you again for Your creative, life-giving words and obedient actions. Thank you, today, for revealing to me by Your Spirit how to give God glory. I trust You to use these faithful words even now to touch the hearts of many.”

Posted by: judyhitson | December 25, 2016

Write for His Glory

Write for His Glory
by Judy Hitson

Psalm 96:3 NLT Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.

Is God calling you to write or speak for His glory? Or is God calling you to serve Him in other ways? Whatever God calls you to do or how He has gifted you, I bid you blessings to have courage and confidence in Christ to tell everyone about the amazing things He does in your life. To God be the glory, great things He has done.

As a testimony, I share with you the profound words of Psalm 96:3 NLT. This verse and translation were displayed as the logo at my first writers conference several years ago. My sister said I had a gift of writing and made arrangements for us to go. These words are still a call on my life from God.

At that conference in the midst of fear, I hoped to become a Christian author to encourage women.  Afraid because I knew nothing about writing for publication, the Spirit  nudged me to tell everyone about the amazing things God does in my life as I surrender to Him. Sharing with women my life stories of God’s grace and mercy grant understanding that what God did for me, He will do for them.

Washed by the blood of Jesus, knowing His everlasting love is greater than all my sins, I feared telling others sins of my past if I became a writer. At the conference I was nervous talking with editors, agents and writers. It was intimidating and humbling to tell my God stories as well as enter an unfamiliar field.

With childlike faith in Jesus Christ, I came to know the Lord as an adult. The glory of the Lord came upon me listening to Christian radio. I sensed the glory of God’s presence. Women I met at my local church were instrumental for me to mature in Christ. They invited me to weekly prayer time, Bible studies and weekend retreats. They blessed me as mentors and in discipleship. I also learned the importance of journaling  my journey of faith.

Now I look to Jesus, the Author and finisher of my faith to give Him glory for mighty things He has done. It is Christ in me the hope of glory that enables me to shed shame and blame to live for His glory, not mine. He helps me heed the call to write for His glory. Whether writing a personal note, card, message or publishing a devotional or article, it is glorious when anointed by the Spirit of God living in me. Whatever I do, I am learning to do it to the glory of God.

Prayer: Lord be glorified in me.

2 Thess. 1:10-12 NASB when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed–for our testimony to you was believed. To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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