Friday, August 15, 2014

Thankful Life - August 15, 2014

In the midst of "life" good or bad, we MUST stay grounded, engaged and moved by the Holy Spirit. After speaking and praying with my sister and ministry leader last night, we heard much from God. I am determined to stay on track... keeping the LORD first and at the forefront no matter what goes on around me is the key. Wisdom, strength and clarity to do this is sought through prayer and petition.

We mustn't depend on others to fill our gaps and our needs, that creates 'neediness', which essentially is 'independence' from God. Seeking God and knowing we are dependent on Him fulfills and develops our daily walk in freedom.

"He has told you, O man, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,[steadfast love]
    and to walk humbly with your God?" ~Micah 6:8 ESV

I am being very convicted to seek counsel and prayer for these personal struggles, and to the masses encourage as I am encouraged through the amazing Word of God, and encourage as to be encouraged.

As I met with my sister and friend last night, it was 'made very clear', that I am not trusting, "God's got this!" when I dwell in the hollowness of this world, or the depravity of all that is delivered of this world - WE MUST DWELL in the place of our Almighty God. "Blinders On" in this case are good.

"In your unfailing love you will lead
    the people you have redeemed.
In your strength you will guide them
    to your holy dwelling." ~Exodus 15:10 NIV

Faith without action is dead (James 2:17). 

For me, that means serving others in my own times of desperation... reaching out, encouraging and depending on Christ through the Holy Spirit to strengthen me to do so... we cannot grow when we are constantly 'waiting' for God to change our circumstances, we grow when we move to action despite our circumstances. We often become paralyzed in our situations (me included). Focusing on the obvious instead of the Divine Promises... 

We are already healed through salvation.
Our God will never leave or forsake us.
He will protect us, encourage us. 
Through our obedience and abiding, our prayers are answered. 

We must ask God to give us eyes to see, ears to hear and the voice to minister... In my own experiences, His words will come as I pray for, minister to, encourage others....

So today, in this thankful life I seek to serve more, as well as more graciously. I seek to be humbled and lifted, and today I pray. Father God You always know the Word and encouragement I need, thank You. You guide me amazingly to this daily when I obey and do what You request. My heart is full today of hope and contentment that You are 'for me', 'with me' and 'desire me to know joy'. HOW GREAT ARE YOU LORD! How great is Your will! I lift those up Abba who are struggling today in light of news or their past or the deliveries of what this life brings - that they too will be strengthened, encouraged, filled with hope AND they will step out and serve toward healing today. It truly is a thankful life! In the power of the Holy Spirit, I start another day and seek You throughout. In Jesus' mighty name, I pray and petition... amen.


©2014 Shawn Boreta

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thankful Life - August 7, 2014

Today, I am grateful for friendship and the leading of my Father to keep me in His Word.  As this week has progressed, so has my study in the Book of Acts. There have been some key passages - words - urgings. Sometimes in the midst of busyness, we are challenged to seek solitude. Lord, help me with that today. Help me to let go of the moments that are overwhelming me and lead me to that quiet place and those quiet times to be with You.

Thank You for this time with You Father.

Acts 2:

“And everyone who calls
on the name of the LORD will be saved;
for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
there will be deliverance,
as the LORD has said,
even among the survivors
whom the LORD calls.” -Joel 2:32

Vs. 37 Pierced at the heart.

Received His Word and were baptized in the Holy Spirit!

“Feeling a sense of Awe…” vs. 43 - Don’t we want that sense of AWE? That sense that all is good and He is working in all aspects of our heart, through our hearts and His desires for our lives? Desiring to see the “wonders and signs”? Father, it’s in this time of being in Your Word, seeking Your presence that I am at peace and wrapped in Your tender mercies. Even in the roughness of the days end, I know You are here – pursuing, stretching and giving me what I need. Help us LORD to grow in praising Your every direction, correction and elimination of the flesh as we seek to be wholly engaged, wholly present and wholly committed.

Acts 3:

Vs. 6 “I don’t possess silver or gold, but what I do have I give to you” and with that Peter healed the beggar – the heart of a servant. The draw of our Lord and Savior to His Work and purpose. And the beggar did not just ‘get up’ he leaped.

What are your thoughts?


©2014 Shawn Boreta

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Thankful Life - August 6, 2014

Good morning... Today we have a choice - to have a good day, or not. The "nots" are not so good, I am sure you agree. Decide today that no matter 'what' comes up or at you, that God can strengthen you to get through it. That with the Holy Spirit, the battle is not of flesh. You decide how to respond or not... in this case, the "nots" might just be the good answer. But in the case of listening to the Holy Spirit, we must comply.

Daily, we come before our King and request His favor for our day, and daily, we can trust that He has us. I am grateful for His Word, His Instructions, His Protection!

"And he said to them, “Men and Israelites, take care for yourselves what you are about to do to these men! For before these days, Theudas rose up saying he was somebody. A number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was executed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. After this man, Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and caused people to follow him in revolt. And that one perished, and all who followed him were scattered. And now I tell you, keep away from these men, and leave them alone, because if this plan or this matter is from people, it will be overthrown. But if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them, lest you even be found fighting against God.” So they were persuaded by him. And they summoned the apostles, beat them, commanded them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and released them. So they went out from the presence of the Sanhedrin rejoicing, because they had been considered worthy to be dishonored for the sake of the name. Every day, both in the temple courts and from house to house, they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the good news that the Christ was Jesus." ACTS 5:35-42 (Lexham English Bible)

Brothers and sisters, despite what is to come in this life, we give thanks... Give thanks and do what you have been called to do.

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. How great are your works, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep!" ~Psalm 91:1 (English Standard Version)

"But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and [a]show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!" ~2 Corinthians 12:9 (Amplified Bible)

You control you responses, but not your circumstances. We can be prepared for mishaps and the unexpected because we know "they are part of this life". So, now what? HIS WORD... GOD's promises apply here. NEVER LET THEM GO.

Move from being a worrier to a Warrior! We do this knowing that we already own victory!

God is for you!

Wooah... and all His people said Amen!


©2014 Shawn Boreta

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