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Christmas Miracle December 29, 2007

Filed under: Miracles,Travel — charredsmore @ 10:47 pm

Miracle story – yes, it IS a miracle! I was driving home for Christmas. I felt like the Lord said I would have a terrible accident, but that I would survive and it would be a miracle. No, I didn’t hear the “voice”, but I thought it and felt it strongly in my heart. I saw a vision of a cracked windshield in front of my face. Really, I thought I was maybe making it up, so I didn’t tell anyone about it, I really didn’t even pray about it. Sometimes when you feel like the Lord is speaking to you it is hard to discern if it is you or Him. That’s okay if at this point in the story you are ready to click on someone else’s album, but stick with it. It really is a miracle story!

I slid on a patch of ice that sent me swerving across the road four times, traveling at 70 mph (thank the Lord I didn’t hit anyone). I started going over the steep bank and knew that all I could do at that point was scream out for help from the the Lord. I screamed “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!” There must have been some supernatural protection (I joke around that an angel was hugging me), because when I finally landed after rolling 3 or 4 times all I had was a drop of blood on my thumb from a piece of broken glass. The windows were completely broken, the windschield was cracked in a million pieces (just like the vision I saw before the accident), and the car was flipped on its side. A man came running down the hill within 30 seconds asking if I was okay, he had called 911 and an ambulance was on it’s way. The EMT men checked me out. The hospital checked me out – ultrasound on my internal organs, x-rays, the whole bit.

Everything is OKAY!

 

Praise God!

 

This is just the beginning of the stories that I have from that weekend. I ended up traveling home on a Greyhound (my fav.) and met some interesting people. It was great. I made it home safely.

Psalm 91

 

 

Amen.

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How Great is Our God December 22, 2007

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<a href=”“>Worship with 16,000 people…that’s where I’ll be over New Years.

 

I wonder, “Do you know Him?”

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<a href=”“>That’s My King

 

His Body part IV December 20, 2007

Filed under: Newspaper Articles,Revelation and Growth,The Word — charredsmore @ 11:26 pm

There are more presents for you.  No, not from Santa, these gifts are from the Lord God Almighty and they were given to you when you received new life through His Spirit filling you.  They are for all seasons.  He is such a good God who delights in giving His children gifts from above (James 1:17).

Although this is not spelled out specifically in the scriptures, it is my belief that each person when created in their mother’s womb is given a motivational gift(s) (as described in His Body part III from Romans 12: 3-8).  I believe the manifestation gifts are given when one is born of the Spirit.  The Lord fills us with the manifestation of the Spirit and takes residence in us.

Here the manifestation gifts are described in 1 Corinthians 12…

·         Utterance of Wisdom

·         Utterance of Knowledge

·         Faith

·         Gifts of healing

·         Working of Miracles

·         Prophecy

·         Tongues –

·         Interpretation of tongues

·         Discernment of Spirits

Jesus was anointed by the Spirit to operate in all of these gifts – “And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38)  Jesus had the power to heal the sick, cast out demons, and even raises the dead. 

In Jesus Christ the fullness of God was pleased to dwell (Colossians 1:9).  Since I have the Spirit of God dwelling in me, ALL of those gifts are available for the Lord to use – if I am a willing vessel yielded to Him.

This same power is available to us.  In John 14:12-14 “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”  This anointing is incomprehensible to me…yet I know it is not about the power. In Corinthians Paul discusses the gifts and sandwiched in between these conversations is the description of love (1 Cor. 13).  We gain nothing without love.  As these signs and wonders increase, the manifestation of our Lord and Savior here on the earth, our eyes MUST be focused on Him.  Saints, if we become enthralled with the gift, we are missing the point.  All of these manifestations are from One Spirit and to glorify One Holy God.  We must pray that our hearts do not become deceived.  We must ask the Lord for wisdom and humility as we operate in our giftings.  Each day is an opportunity to glorify the King of Kings (and not ourselves).

In Jesus Christ the fullness of God was pleased to dwell (Colossians 1:9).  Since I have the Spirit of God dwelling in me, ALL of those gifts are available for the Lord to use – if I am a willing vessel yielded to Him.

 Move and breathe on us Spirit of God.  We are desperate for you. We need you.  Fill us with your rivers of living water. 

 

“On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. ’By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.” John 7:37-39 

 

 

*Do you want to know how God wired you and what FREE gifts He has graciously given you??? Of course you do!  Give us a call and we will send you some tools to help you discover your gifts – Two Rivers Ministry 734-4182.  We love you beloved of Cairo.Merry Christmas.  

 

Fill them up Lord.

Filed under: Ministry Stuff,Sheep,visions — charredsmore @ 6:15 am

“Give me the least of these and I will fill them with my Spirit.  Give me the ones that noone else wants.”

“Put out the invitation.  Sound the trumpet. Gather the misfits. Gather them.  Teach, equip, encourage, and mobilize.  Let my Spirit move freely.  Do not be offended by the anointing I pour out.  Do not be offended.  What I will do no one can imagine or expect. “

 A scene scrolled past my vision:

Robin Hood and his ratty tattered men.  They were raised up as powerful men fighting for justice.  God will raise up the ragamuffins in this community (me being one of them) with the full armor on (Ephesians 6).  He will bring the heavenly riches into for the purposes of His Kingdom.

 

His Body Part III December 18, 2007

Filed under: Newspaper Articles,Revelation and Growth,The Word — charredsmore @ 12:37 am

I have been wanting to write this for about a week now, but it kept getting set aside.  Finally my deadline came, I only had an hour to finish.  Here it is, the third part to “His Body”.  Stay tuned, there will be a fourth part… 

Back again, with another message about the body of Christ. What I originally thought would be one article, has turned into three. My hope is that this article will be a bit more personal as I walk through the Word of God concerning spiritual gifts. Hopefully you will begin to see your unique place in the body of Christ.

“As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor].” ~1 Peter 4:10 (Amplified Bible)

First I would like to discuss the motivational gifts (now, don’t get hung up on language here, people may call the types and the gifts by different names, but let’s just stick to what the Lord is trying to communicate and not get controversial about verbiage). If we look at the Greek word for gifts in the above verse and in Romans 12:6-8 is “charisma” – meaning gifts we posses. “These are gifts that God has built into us, made part of us, to be used for the benefit of others and for His glory. They are gifts that shape our personalities.” (17, Fortune, Don and Katie).

Here is a breakdown of these gifts that God has so graciously given to us, where you can find them in the Word, and some of the weaknesses of these gifts…

Perceiver (Prophecy) – according to the portion of his faith. Those with this gift can clearly perceive the will of God. If we look in the Old Testament you will see examples of this personality in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Moses, and Deborah…In the New Testament John the Baptist as a forerunner telling of the coming Christ. Weakness: Need to remember to offer grace and mercy to others when speaking truth.

Service – let him give himself to serving. A servant will frequently work behind the scenes taking care of tasks and people. They don’t need to receive recognition; they just want to get the job done. One woman sticks out to me in the New Testament with this gift – Martha, Mary’s sister. She served our King Jesus while He was visiting. Weakness: Remember to abide in Him and work with Him, not just for Him.

Teaching – People with this gift have the unique ability to understand the Word of God, break it down and communicate it to others. They are looked at as scholars, researchers, and lovers of the Word. New Testament teachers: Timothy, Thomas, and Luke. Weakness: Remember ask the Lord for humility and meekness.

Exhortation – Exhorters often see the best in people. Encouragers want everyone to have a full and meaningful life. They are the people you often go to for a listening ear, advice and prayer. Biblical Exhorters: Weakness: Remember to speak truth in love. It is more important to speak the truth than to flatter someone.

Contributing to Needs – People with this gift love giving: friendship, love, time, talents, treasures, resources, whatever, they just want to give. They have a strong understanding of being a steward of the Lord. Biblical givers: Cornelius (a Gentile) was known for giving alms to the poor, in honor to God, before He even knew Jesus. Weakness: Remember

Leads – Leaders have the ability to see each unique role within the body of Christ and placing them together in a way that best glorifies the Lord. God gives them a strategy from heaven to organize groups of people. Biblical Leaders – Moses and Joshua lead the Hebrews to the Promised Land as they were lead by the hand of the Lord. Weakness: Remember to keep yourself humble and submit to your authority.

Acts of Mercy – People with this gift offer an abundance of compassionate love to people All people. Their heart breaks with the things that break the Father’s heart. They show their love through listening, prayer, and advice. Biblical examples: The Good Samaritan, Ruth, Rachel and Rebekah. Weakness: Remember to please God rather than man. People with this strong compassionate heart often find themselves covering up sin issues in order to please people.

Jesus Christ is the fullness of ALL of these gifts. His desire is display His personality IN us.

While discussing the beauty of these gifts with a friend, she commented on the goodness of the Lord, “They are totally free, we didn’t even do anything to get them!” Yes, that is right…totally free, His grace offered to mankind.

Sources:

Fortune, Don and Katie. Discover your God-Given Gifts. 1987. Grand Rapids: Chosen Books

 

The Second Chance December 16, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — charredsmore @ 10:45 am

My good friend has recommended this movie to me, and I am excited to see it.

 Of course, there may be a cheesy factor – it is a Christian film, but looks pretty realistic. 

 A white mega church deciding to work beside and a black church…

We are so diverse, yet still so divided. 

Let us stand together Lord Jesus.

http://www.imdb.com/rg/VIDEO_PLAY/LINK//title/tt0429068/trailers-screenplay-E27323-314