Making Your Joy Manifest

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, remind us that we should radiate joy.  We’re told, “Not only must you rejoice, but your Joy must be made manifest.  “Known unto all men.”  -quoting directly from the message.

The scripture about lighting a lamp and putting it under a basket is used to illustrate the point. (Matt 5:15)  That joy is meant to lighten up the whole house, so all who are in it can be touched by it; just as the light is to give light to all in the house.  When I read this, I think about my home, my work space/workplace, my church, my communities.  I say communities because we all have different groups of people that we come in contact with.  When we purposefully make manifest our joy and our joy(s), in our surroundings, we can make some very positive impacts.

I’m not talking about putting on airs.  I’m talking about putting on the joy of the Lord; making a garment of it, so to speak.  That means I take all those talents, knacks, and little things that touch me, and share them.  Part of manifesting that joy is creating beauty, peace, joy, and a loving atmosphere in my spaces, my surroundings.  The rest involves just being who I am and letting that joy flow outwardly.  This is why God loves it when you get over your shyness.  He likes bold lovers!  I use the word “lovers” because we are to love, and because love empowers boldness, and freedom.  Putting on the joy of the Lord comes when we put on the promises of God.  These empower a quiet spirit, as well as the fruits of the Spirit.  (Col 3:8-13)

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, November 19, 2019, 12:00 p.m.

Jesus Is The Light Of The World

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I chose this golden oldie to go with today’s post.  It speaks to us about how much light the Lord really can shed on life and our living…

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, November 20, 2019, 3:05 p.m.

Making Sense of What Doesn’t

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that Jesus is where we find all the answers we seek.  We are bid to seek to know Him more and more, and all the answers will be found in that knowledge of Him.

We are also told that when we meet Him face to face, in spirit, we will need to ask no more, for the answers, again, will all be in Him.  At first glance, that would have you thinking about Heaven, right?  But stop and think about spending time alone with the Lord.  What happens in praise and worship?  We enter into the Holy of Holies in spirit; we come in to the presence of God.  There, we are face to face with our Lord, Jesus.  This revelation connects with the message about being thankful and praising God in all circumstances.  Thankfulness and praise lead to worship, and worship leads to the Holy of Holies and the presence of God.

There is a difference between theology and intimacy with the Lord.  Jesus said to the pharisees, “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” (John 5:39-40)  That tells me that there’s a study of words, and then there’s a study of The Word.  Jesus is the Word of God, made flesh, and dwelling among men through the Holy Spirit.  Theology has to do with religion; faith has to do with relationship with the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.  “Blessed, rather, is he who has not seen, yet believes.” (John 20:29)  That’s because we are then in relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit through faith.

Finally, the message addresses unresponsive hearts.  Unresponsive hearts are those that are confronted with theology.  Someone, just this morning, was talking about some of the street preachers who shout at the crowds passing by.  They quote scriptures and tell people they’re going to hell.  Of course, people aren’t very responsive to this.  Jesus said, “First go and learn what this means: I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.” (Matt. 9:13)  That tells me there’s a way that’s better than condemnation.  The Bible also tells us that there is now, for those in Christ Jesus, no condemnation.  (Romans 8:1)  This is a statement with a revelation about what our mindset as Christians should be.  In other words, it’s not God’s will that any should perish, so we need to lend a helping hand up.  We need to find a way to bring the lost to Christ.  (2 Peter 3:9)  I’ve found there is no greater testimony than that of what Jesus has done, and is doing in your own life.  Coupled with prayer, and just walking out your faith, that’s the greatest weapon we have in this war of salvation.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, November 19, 2019, 11:38 a.m.

Things Look Up When You Do

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are to look to the Hills of Heaven.  It is from these that all things, for a child of God, flow.  There, we see our standard, our banner.  There, we see our strength, our wisdom, our peace, passion, and power.

Learning all the things that flow from those hills, involves some time spent in the Word of God, especially the Gospels.  It involves getting to know our Savior and King, Jesus, a little more intimately.  It was in studying Jesus’ dealings with us all, while He was down here, that I learned about courage, tenacity, faith, patience, peace within, etc.  it was Jesus who taught me about fearlessness.  It was also Jesus who taught me about compassion that causes one to weep for others.

When we lift our eyes from the pains, coldness, and disgrace of the world, to the hills of Heaven, we are infused with hope; or should be.   When we purposefully choose to raise our line of vision to them, we can more clearly see the standard of God, and His will for mankind.  Then, we rise toward that standard as we step forward into the higher things we see there…the abundant life found in living with and for God.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, November 18, 2019, 11:37 a.m.

When His Glory Arises Upon You

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to “Arise, shine; for your light is come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.”  We’re told the glory of the Lord is the beauty of His character.

We’re also told that that glory is risen upon us when we realize it.  That’s not an odd a statement as it looks to be at first glance.  What it comes down to is the difference between victim spirit and victor spirit.  The spirit of a conqueror banishes fear and doubt.  That spirit, in the deepest darkness, searches for the light.  When I think about that, I think about the light that is within each of us.  That would mean the victor spirit would search himself/herself for the things he/she needs to get through that darkness.

That light within each of us is The Word of God.  Therein lie the promises of God, the truths that will free us, and the way(s), or directions, or steps we must follow out of the darkness.  There may be things we need to pick up along the way (lesson learned, new strength, something that increases faith or resolve, etc.).  When we realize all these things are there within us, peace within is empowered.  When peace takes hold, we begin to see more clearly who we are in Christ Jesus.  As we do that, we step more firmly into that image and likeness; especially into our authority in His Name.  That’s the crux.  He came to give us back that authority and power; power to walk through the darkness in peace.  When we can do that, love comes out pretty much unscathed; just like Jesus did.  “In the world you’ll have tribulation; but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.”

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, November 14, 2019, 12:49 p.m.