There’s Always an Opportunity

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that it is God who sets the appointments and makes the opportunities for us.  We are bid never to doubt or fear, and to stop everything until we have that doubt or fear in check.

“Times of withdrawal for rest always precede fresh miracle-working.  Learn of Me.  To accept the limitations of human flesh is to be subject, except as far as sin is concerned, to the same conditions as man.”  Quoting directly from the book, and this is what I want to address today.

Jesus often withdrew to a lonely place, or to be alone.  This is where and when we get spiritual renewing, refilling, refreshing.  The revelation, and it’s a powerful one, is in the statement about accepting the limitations of human flesh, and being subject to the same conditions as man.  We live and walk in the Spirit.  For us to accept the limitations of human flesh, then, is defeating to us.  Some of those limitations come in the form of impatience, bad temper, gluttony, pride, sloth, etc.  We cannot allow these to rule over us.  However, we have to accept that they are part of the human condition, when we’re dealing with others.  Yes, we are as vulnerable as others to those kinds of limitations.  Sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on our maturity in Christ Jesus.

The conditions that we are subject to, are the conditions that the physical being is subject to here on Earth.  We need food, water, air, rest.  We age (some of us more slowly than others -LOL), we’re vulnerable to illness and injury, etc.  Our bodies are mere vehicles that we use to get around in down here.  Just like a car, they need fuel, they need to be kept clean, and they can get banged up and suffer wear and tear.  We need to take good care of ourselves.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” is quoted in the message.  No, it doesn’t mean you have to do everything.  It does mean that when God asks you to do something, He also provides everything you need to get it done.  It also means that when you are stymied, feeling a little overwhelmed, or tired, etc., -those human limitations, right? – God can and will show you a way to get through it.  Again, my example is the unexpected dinner guests and the roast.  When it was made into stir fry, there was more than enough to go around.  God’s a whiz in the kitchen.  And that was an opportunity to bless someone, and to minister to them, and to bring them God.  There’s always an opportunity if you let God lead you, and just live your faith out.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 25, 2019, 10:35 a.m.

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Blessing our Enemies Brings Them God

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are to bless our enemies, for blessing is much more powerful, and less dangerous for us, than cursing.

“To Love one another is to use God in your life. To use God in your life is to bring into manifestation all harmony, beauty, joy, and happiness.”   This is the statement I want to focus on.  It’s a quote directly from the message.  First, let’s look at harmony.  When things are in harmony, they are working together.  The result is usually something beautiful and joyous, and everyone is happy.  So, blessing someone could be as simple as apologizing for upsetting them or offending them, couldn’t it?  It may just squelch the animosity right then.  Blessing someone with beauty can be done with one simple little flower.  That can certainly bring joy and happiness, and create a harmonious atmosphere.

A blessing of joy is one of the most fun ones to give.  It usually involves a little mindfulness about the other, such as a favorite thing, or an unexpected gesture of love or affection -(dinner out, pastries and coffee brought in, or a chore done for them, etc.)   We can bless our enemies with joy too.  Have you ever seen a really grumpy face on someone you don’t really like?  They’re driving up to the parking space in the grocery store lot; the very one you were just about to pull in to.  You choose to let him/her have the space and wave the person in.  That’s sure to give him/her joy, and make the day a little happier.  It also sets the stage for a harmonious atmosphere to develop between you two.  What?  The beauty?  The beauty is in your heart, and that’s also treasure laid up in Heaven.  Happiness is simple.  When we bless people with the respect and dignity they deserve, treat them kindly, and with patience, and when we deal with them truthfully, with integrity, they tend to be happier people.  Showering little joys, and beauties on them also makes for happier folks.  This actually helps to create a harmonious atmosphere within them.

When we do things like this, we are loving people.  When we love people, we bring them God.  It’s like plowing the fallow ground and readying it for the seed.   They become more receptive.  God then can come in and teach, guide, correct, and love them.  It’s our job to bring God to them.  Jesus said, “…and I, when I am lifted up, will draw all men unto me.”  When we love others, even those who call themselves our enemies, we lift the Lord up.  He does the rest for us, and yes, through us too.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                          Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 24, 2019, 2:38 p.m.

Always Spirit; it is the Life Within

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we need to live from the inside out.  There’s a statement in the message that reads: “Once you are born of the Spirit, that is your Life’s breath. You must never doubt, never worry, but step by step, the way to freedom must be trodden. See that you walk it with Me.”  That’s what I want to address today.

When you’re dealing with a bondage of any kind, be it depression, addiction, negative emotion, or even confusion/indecision, etc., you must realize that these are spiritual in nature.  The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:4 that, ” the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;”  I used the KJV translation because the word “carnal” is more accurate in this case than worldly.  It points both to our physical being, and to worldly ways.

In the Spirit, there is now for us power and authority.  That’s where it all starts.  Jesus addressed unclean spirits coming in, and going out. (Matt. 12:14)  That’s a heads up to the fact that the devil’s not going to give up on you just yet.  We need to remain vigilant, and we need to be stubborn as oxen, or persevere.  2 Corinthians 10:5 – “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  This is what Jesus means when He says, “see that you walk it with me.”  That’s why He promised, “I’ll never leave you nor forsake you.”  So, bring every thought into obedience to Jesus, means that we refute all the negative and doubtful stuff, all the stuff that tells us we’re weak, unworthy, and unable.  

Once we realize that that craving for alcohol or drugs is an imagination (Satan likes to project things onto us), you can take authority over it in Jesus’ Name.  Projecting is when someone projects their own flaw or faulty characteristic onto you.  Satan is the accuser of the brethren. (Rev 12:10 -11) Verse eleven tells us just how we do take authority over that thing.  Always in the Spirit is the victory.  That’s why praise and worship is so powerful; the Lord inhabits the praises of His people.  The Holy Spirit draws near to us when we praise Him. (Acts 13:12)  Since it begins in the spirit, it must be your spirit that you deal with. (3 John 1:2)  For me, that meant that when I felt that heavy weight that wanted to keep me in bed, or otherwise immobilized, I put on the praise music.  I have actually prayed and asked Jesus to help me get up out of bed.  I’ve also put the devil on notice at times, saying, “alright, if you insist on being here, stay, but I’m driving the stereo!”  (In my partying days, my boyfriend would sometimes tell me to drive the stereo)  But, do you see who’s got the authority and power in that statement?  Yeah, my house, my rules!

The key is recognizing and acknowledging the truth about what’s going on inside you.  If you can’t admit it, you can’t quit it, right?  And there is now no condemnation in Christ Jesus, so you don’t have to be ashamed or feel guilty for being human and having limits. (Romans 8:1)  But, you can transcend that humanity, take on His divinity, and conquer that thing.  You have authority over spirits. (Luke 10:20)

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                            Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 23, 2019, 11:17 a.m.

‘Nuff Said

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we talk too much at times.  I know I sure can get wordy when I’m writing these posts.  Still, when it’s the words are spoken, it doesn’t seem like there’s that much.  But, we have to keep in mind that God is very efficient, and loves simplicity.

The message is actually about pushing ourselves to speak to someone, or speaking to someone who isn’t ready to hear.  “Be not too ready to speak to others.  Never make yourselves do this.  Pray always that the need may be apparent, if you are to do this, and the guidance very plain. My Spirit has been driven out by the words of men.  Words, words, words.”  That’s a direct quote from the book.  I have often found that a hug, a smile, a simple thank you or God bless you, convey so much more than all the words I might have found to speak could.  Jesus was a man of few words, actually, when it came down to the wire.  “Take heart, you sins are forgiven.”  “Talitha Cummi, rise.”  “Lazarus, come out,” and of course, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”  That’s just a few, but they all changed the world for some of us.

I had a young lady walk up to me recently, and offer me one of those beautiful cactus leaf crosses you see being made on Fremont Street Experience; and probably on the Strip as well.  She said, “Excuse me, would you like this?”  I said, “It’s beautiful; is it a gift?”  “Yes,” she replied, “You can have it.”  I said, “Thank you, and God bless you.”  Then I hugged her.  She was smiling when she left me; and I smiled all day long.  As a matter of fact, I’m smiling now, remembering it.  She made my whole week!  I have that cross tucked safely away, awaiting it’s new home-which hopefully will come soon.  I’m pretty sure I will have to smile every time I see it.  What a beautiful young lady, and what a beautiful gesture to reach out like that.  Okay, ’nuff said.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 22, 2019, 3:14 p.m.

Disciples Wanted Must Love to Laugh

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we, as God’s children, have been given the power to change complaining into laughter and love.  We are bid to do so.

As I read the message, I have to laugh again about my Easter Sunday.  I went to church to praise the Lord.  It’s always so wonderful to praise Him corporately, in unison with by brothers and sisters in the LORD.  There was an announcement made about the evening’s agenda.  It was the rock opera, “Walk This Way,” being performed, and everyone was invited to come and to bring a friend.  I was intrigued, and thought to myself what a wonderful way to spend the whole day; in the LORD’s house with His people.  I took two tickets to the evening’s show when they passed them around.

I hadn’t had any breakfast this morning, and after the service ended, I was feeling just a bit lightheaded.  I thought I’d just run and get something to eat, and come back for the next service, and then return in the evening for the performances.  When the bus arrived, I boarded and took it to the cross street I needed to transfer at.  I figured by then that I wouldn’t get back in time for the next service, but would make the evening one.  As I waited for the bus, I discovered that my bus pass was missing.  “Oh, no!  Now what,” I thought.  I searched and searched my  bags to no avail; the pass was gone.  “Ah, well,” I thought. “I’ll just start walking toward downtown, because it’s going to take a minute.”  That’s when something prompted me to put the two tickets up on the bus stop map there.  I tucked them into the corner and went on my way.  I walked all the way from there to the bus station, which comes to about 7.8 miles. (Google maps)  I did make a couple of stops along the way; one to eat, and two more to drink some water and rest a minute.  What’s the point here, you ask.

Folks, it’s not always all about you, because it’s all about us.  I figured that bus pass could save someone a few bucks, and might afford them something to eat with the money they saved.   I really hadn’t wanted to lose it, but God knows what He’s doing, right?  Then I thought about the tickets I’d tucked into the corner of that little bus stop billboard.  “What’s the going rate for a life these days,” came to my mind.  I had to answer, “a life is priceless!”  Now, I only had a dollar to give at church earlier.  I gave it gladly, though, because I know what God can do with just a dollar.  He doesn’t bless dollar amounts, He blesses faith and faithfulness.    May I tell you how I laughed and laughed during my walk?  I laughed at the birds, and even had some “conversation” with one.  He wasn’t very appreciative of me calling him bossy.  Tomorrow,  I’ll tell you about the little man at a bus stop who looked at me with the most confused look on his face…Now, I’ll tell you how I laughed and laughed when, as I was in the ladies room at the bus station downtown, I found that bus pass, tucked neatly into my back pocket.   I put it to good use.  I enjoyed a long, relaxing ride and got to see some of the latest improvements happening all over Las Vegas.  I don’t know if anyone got those two tickets or not.  I’m believing they did, because I believe God.  He loves us all, and it’s not His will that any should perish!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 22, 2019, 11:58 a.m.

Happy Easter One And All! He is Risen!

Do you know the king

 

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                  Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 18, 2019, 1:51 p.m.

Picture  of Jesus, courtesy of Google/ Pastor Chris’s Blog @ http://www.pastorchrismullis.com

 

Saturday Silly – April 20, 2019

eapr_easter_happy_mtl_03 He said He’s going to rise after three days…I wonder if He’ll ask me if the eggs are kosher.  Of course they are!  They’re not deviled yet…

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Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 18, 2019, 1:38 p.m.