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.

__________________________________________________________________________________

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.

Posted by: judyhitson | January 26, 2018

I Trust Your Kingdom Come – Part II

I Trust Your Kingdom Come – Part II
by Kathleen Shore

I must say, pure delight for more of Him overtook any hesitation within me as I responded to Father’s request that quiet autumn morning…

Creation had painted a picture for me to see what my posture should look like in light of God’s faithful provision amidst the coming dormancy of fall, giving way to the death of winter. It was perfect. He is perfect.

As I focused on Him and His perfect way through the unknown of what I was being drawn into, all fear of what it might look like, or what may need to be pruned away in me, simply rested down in the comfort of what my Creator displayed right outside my window that morning. I was captivated.

Observing the level of trust with my very own eyes that all creation had for the Master, gave me a hunger for more of Him. Planted deep into my heart, a seed was shoved down into the readied soil…Left there to die, it would be a full year and one month before the Son/sun with all the warmth of His love/light would call me out of darkness, bursting forth with resurrection life.

But before the Master Gardener allowed dormancy to give way to death He spoke these words to my spirit…

                                                                  John 15:1-2
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

His sweet thoughts and intentions of me secured my heart in His hand as God graciously whispered the assurance of His desire. It was as though Psalm 139:5 was tending to me for all that would need to come. “He hemmed me in, behind and before…”
(See Psalm 139:5-6)

His promised springtime of resurrection life, whenever that would come, had to be believed in prior to God’s moment to bring it forth. It is His desire that we look to Him with hope-filled expectation during the seasons of dormancy into death, during the pruning of even the fruitful branch in our lives…for the sake of greater fruit. He wanted me to believe in all that He promised, before it took place. That’s what ‘believing’ is! Once you ‘see’ what you waited for, you’re no longer believing.

So, I received His invitation that quiet autumn morning, and believed (to the best of my ability) in all He would do. All I needed then was to simply choose (over and over) an internal posture of rest and let Him have His way…no matter what it looked like.

In the waiting, more specifically, what I chose to be doing in the waiting was a great lesson. SO MUCH IS GOING ON IN THE WAITING. Even if I had to wait in the refinement of humiliation, in false accusation, in heartache, or physical suffering…my response still needed to be at rest, trusting Him, expecting Him, just like the painted picture outside my window. These are the moments our lives crown Him – King!

May you see the glory of John 12:32 from the resurrection life in you…
“And I, If I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all peoples to Myself.”

 

Posted by: judyhitson | December 20, 2017

Rest to Reign

Rest to Reign
by Judy Hitson

Psalm 37:7a NKJV  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him;

When the Lord first spoke to me from His word on rest, I didn’t realize it was a life-long lesson. Deeper still, I continue to learn from our key verse to rest in Him and wait patiently for Him. What He revealed to me was the importance of waiting to hear Him speak to me on matters that concerned me. He promises in Psalm 138:8 that He will take care of that which concerns us. That is all the more reason for us to position our soul (our mind, will and emotions)  to rest in His presence and wait to hear Him.

At first, I thought resting and waiting on the LORD were spiritual exercises in quiet time, hear Him speak and be on our way to follow Him. Yet those of us who learned to rest and wait on the Lord, also discover He may answer at the time or it might take days, months, even years. He develops His character in us that we learn to rest in Him to reign with Him.

As children of God, we each have a place to rule and reign with Him on earth as it is in heaven. I hear, “Come up here.” These words found in Revelation 4:1 are also for us today. God wants us to experience open heavens. We are seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, Ephesians 2:6. Let us take our place seated with Him to live and walk in the Spirit day by day.

As we rest in the LORD and wait, let us remember His promise, My sheep hear My voice, John 10:27. Many books written on this topic are helpful. The best book and teaching for me is by Mark Virkler, “4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice. Quiet down, focus on Jesus, tune to spontaneity (the flow of the Spirit) and journal (write it down). We are to hold the words of life spoken to us in the place of rest in the Lord to reign with Him from the kingdom place He has for each of us.

Prayer: God, our Father in heaven, bless us Your children with kingdom rest to reign with You through Jesus Christ by Your Spirit giving us life to live Christ day by day until He returns. Amen.

Interested? A new book I purchased and look forward to reading:
Called to Reign by Leif Hetland

Posted by: judyhitson | December 1, 2017

I Trust In Your Kingdom Come – Part 1

I Trust In Your Kingdom Come – Part I
by Kathleen Shore

A full year has passed since Father caught my attention with His creation that was crying out for me to know Him in a new and powerful way. Yet, I will never forget that one particular autumn morning and the way God drew me into new life.

In the quiet of my house with everyone still asleep, I stood with my coffee and gazed out the window. Dawn had just broken through, the fog lifted, and light was shed on all He wanted me to be awakened to. It was as though God said, “Good morning.” And creation responded back to Him, with a resounding orchestrated movement. The birds fluttering about with twigs in their beaks, putting the final touches of warmth on their nests…squirrels scampering here and there to find the best place to dig and hide their nut mix…while the leaves danced about in the trees and floated to the ground on a breeze to show their array of many colors… It was magnificent!

It truly was the perfect picture that readied me to say, “Yes” to Him.

As peace filled my heart, Father whispered clearly to my spirit, “Notice how all of My creation is not resisting or complaining about the coming seasons of dormancy in fall, giving way to the death of winter…but everything moves with My hand and My way, preparing themselves, trusting me with great expectation, knowing that the resurrection life of spring is sure to follow.”

In awe of His truth displayed right before my eyes, He then gently whispered again, “Do you trust Me this way? If you knew ahead of time, as creation knows, that I am bringing you into a season of dormancy that would give way to a season of death…like a pruning of the dead branches, and even some fruitful branches in your life, for the sake of greater fruit (see John 15:1, 2)…would you move with Me, as this picture of My creation does, that I have shown you this morning?”

Somehow, I ran to Him and shrunk back from Him all in the same moment. Clearly His word, sharper than any double-edged sword, had penetrated me…divided my soul from my spirit, and left me standing perfectly bare before Him (see Hebrew 4:12). I recognized my desire for more of Him, and I longed to respond to Him in the way He had shown me that morning. However, I just as clearly recognized my hands of ‘self’ grasping tightly to all that could potentially be stripped away.

In full view of the ugliness of ‘self’, I ran to Him…weeping. “Father,” I cried out, “Please do in me what You have shown me this morning. I see how perfectly You take care of, provide for, and protect all that You have made down to the smallest animal. I want my life to declare, “Will You not do even more for me, than these! For have You not already given Your Son to die that I might have eternal life with You?”

In full love of me, a year later, He brought me into a springtime of new resurrection life, by Way of a season of dormancy and death.

                                                              John 12:24-26 NIV
“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.”

Posted by: judyhitson | December 1, 2017

Confidence in the Words Jesus Taught Part 1

Confidence in the Words Jesus Taught – Part 1
by Brenda D. Flowers

In many churches and homes this week and for centuries, since the time when Jesus first taught His disciples these key words to pray, people have been praying, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” If asked, some of the people who have said these words may admit honestly that they did so with little or no thought about what they were saying.

Many people may have prayed these words without the faith to truly believe the words of this statement. Some people may be wondering if God’s kingdom will come and can we REALLY know God’s will.

Many people who have prayed these words may still be lost, not having been enlightened to their need for a Savior and Lord.

At times, I am even challenged as I pray these words.

While I am saying these words, a negative thought tries to plant doubt in me…”Do I TRULY believe that God’s kingdom can come and His will be done in my life as it is in heaven based upon what’s happening around me?”

Now, when I have these thoughts, I realize they are not my thoughts. God’s Word states clearly we are in a spiritual battle. I must deliberately focus on who I am as a daughter of the King of kings and put on my helmet of salvation and other pieces of God’s armor. I am clothed in Christ’s righteousness, and I can pray with confidence.

I know I have been given the measure of faith to believe. I can pray believing that Jesus would not have taught His disciples to say these words if the request was not possible to be answered. I can and we can together trust that Jesus’ words are true and He answers our prayers. Jesus is coming in all His glory, but we must also realize He is here with us now showing us the Father’s will.

Yes, God’s kingdom is coming. His will can and is being done on earth as it is in heaven.

It is being done in me and in other image bearers of Jesus Christ today throughout the world. This is a mystery.

God (in His eternal plan) chose to make known to them how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in and among you, the hope and guarantee of (realizing the) glory. (Colossians 1:27 AMP)

Posted by: judyhitson | November 29, 2017

Relationships in God’s Kingdom

Relationships in God’s Kingdom
by Judy Hitson

Psalm 22:28 NASB For the kingdom is the LORD’S And He rules over the nations.

In God’s kingdom, our relationship with God is of primary importance and then our relationship with man. The Lord’s prayer comes to mind, Matthew 6:9-13. The first instruction Jesus gave His disciples to pray, Our Father who is in heaven. That is all about relationship. The first request He teaches in verse 10, Your kingdom come…..on earth as it is in heaven.

As a follower of Christ ponder this question with me:

How is your relationship with God as your Father in heaven?

Will you join me in this prayer?

Father in heaven,
I draw near to You. Thank You that You draw near to me, James 4:8a. I am Your daughter/son, John 1:12. Thank You for our relationship through Your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, my Savior, my Lord, my God, yet my brother, my coming Bridegroom, my life, my all. Your kingdom come, your will be done in my life by Your Spirit in me. Strengthen my relationships pleasing You for Your kingdom purposes on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus name. Amen.

Thinking of God’s kingdom, another scripture comes to mind for us to consider:

Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV
6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

 Through an intimate relationship with God, it is profound to consider His kingdom and our part with Him. I hear, “Relate to those in God’s kingdom in love and with a winsome spirit for those without that some might be saved. Always relate truth in love which can only manifest by the Spirit of God in us. Go forth now to love and serve the Lord your God, Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords. Prepare for His coming. Disciple those who know Him and warn those who do not.
On closing, I hear, “Faith of our Fathers.” Check it out on YouTube. Amazing!

Posted by: judyhitson | October 30, 2017

Manifest Kingdom Identity

Manifest Kingdom Identity
by Judy Hitson

Luke 17:21 NKJV nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

The Real You, Believing Your True Identity by Linda Breitman is a Bible study I completed the day I sat down to write this devotional. It helped to take time to contemplate important aspects of the study for personal spiritual application. Glancing through the book, I was deeply touched by the words I had written down, “Manifest Kingdom Identity.” It was like these words came off the page as the title to write about for the kingdom. Those words were written under an illustration of a woman with her arms lifted to the heavens.  It presented a visual understanding that what goes on inside us through Christ by His Spirit should manifest on the outside with our hands lifted to the heavens like this woman. Heaven is where our help comes from,
Psalm 121:1-2.

The following questions came to mind for us to ponder:

Do others see Jesus in me?

As Christians, for others to see Jesus in us, will we not manifest Christ likeness?

If the kingdom of God is within us, how should we live?

What is different about us from any other person walking down the street?

In simplicity, I hear, the answer is Jesus Christ who lives within us by His Spirit.
Think about these verses:

John 6:63 NASB It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

2 Corinthians 3:6 NASB who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills but the Spirit gives life.

Let us seek the Lord for fresh revelation and understanding that we manifest God’s Kingdom on earth. Then consider with the Lord the fruit our lives produce from the flesh and the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:16-24.

When people look at us who are in a love relationship with Jesus Christ, they should see us as those who have been with Jesus, like Peter and John manifested kingdom identity in Acts 4:13.

Prayer: Come Holy Spirit with personal revelation and understanding for me. Give me life to manifest kingdom identity through Jesus Christ and be victorious over the enemies of the flesh, world and devil. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | September 28, 2017

Hastening God’s Kingdom

Hastening God’s Kingdom
by Judy Hitson

2 Peter 3:12 NASB looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!

At this writing, North Korea threatens to attack the United States. Iran continues to head towards having nuclear capabilities. I’ve been wondering about this word in Peter which looks like the end will be nuclear war. We can see God’s timeless word with current threats.

What is going on Lord in the spirit world from Your throne to the second heaven and here on earth?

This verse caught my eye. Ps.103:19 AMPC The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom rules over all.

What is our part in the body of Christ to hasten the coming of the day of God by Your Spirit?

I look to You Lord, with anticipation that this day is near. 2 Peter 3:12 implies we have a part with You. You reveal a word of exhortation for us to heed, 2 Peter 3:14 Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless,………………….17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

As Christians, is it not our goal to mature in Christ?

Think about 2 Peter 3:10-11 NASB But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. 11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,

Consider God’s word in Hosea 6:2 NASB “He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, That we may live before Him.

 Lord, Is the third day imminent?

We read in 2 Tim. 3:1 NASB But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.

In Jude 18 NASB…..“In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.”……. 20 But you, beloved building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.

I sense this is a now word for this season in history. Let us prepare for His coming as a ready bride. And for this I pray Father, in Jesus name by Your Spirit. Amen.

« Newer Posts - Older Posts »

Categories