The Kingdom Within First

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, addresses money values. It goes hand in hand with my post from September 10th. If you haven’t read that, I hope you will. This message builds further on that one.

The message speaks about seeking God’s Kingdom first, and securing our will, or setting our will, on that. Lining up our will with God’s is crucial. The next thing we’re told, to desire nothing less than that; and to desire nothing less than to advance His Kingdom. Matthew 6:33 “-Seek first the kingdom…”, and Matthew 6:22 are referenced.

Matthew 6:22 is the one I want to go to: “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” This is the very reason we need to seek God’s Kingdom first. It is the very reason that we need to strive to advance that Kingdom within us-first and foremost. You see, we prosper as our soul prospers. When we do this, the fear, the greed, the lack of self-respect and dignity, and the insatiable need to fill the voids, are destroyed. “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 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.” (2 Cor. 10:5) See, the Father really does know what it is that you really need first. He loves us so! He loves us so!

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 10, 2020, 10:52 a.m.

Fill Yourself With His Divinity

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we have a divine nature. The Holy Spirit within us helps us to remember this. Quoting directly from the message at twolisteners.org – “As you kneel in humble adoration I will tell you that when I took upon Me your humanity it was with the desire of raising that humanity to My Divinity.” I hope you’ll read the entire message; it is a powerful one.

In my Bible study on generational curses, I read a scripture that may help you to realize your divine nature; and step into it. It’s in Jeremiah 17:14 – “Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” So, when Jesus said, “It is finished,” it was a done deal. You are God’s child, and have His divine nature (again) NOW! First, let that bring you the peace you need to walk through this world without fear. Then, the rest will follow. Let that elevate your thinking to creating peace, joy, beauty, true restfulness within, and round about. We truly can have Heaven here on Earth when we realize and step into that divine nature. Keeping that at the forefront involves keeping the LORD/Lord at the forefront of our living.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 17, 2020, 11:30 a.m.

Right There, God Had Us!

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we do not need to plead with God to come to our aid.  He says, “Your need is my call.” – quoting directly from the message at twolisteners.org

During my studies regarding generational curses, I discovered a couple of things in the story of Adam and Eve and the devil, in Genesis 3:1-20.  I used the NIV Bible.  First, we’re all living under that curse.  Secondly, that curse is also a blessing that saves us.  Here’s how: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring  and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”  What happens to those who embrace evil and wickedness?  That enmity just might save your life.  God ordained in us a loathing of evil and wickedness, to keep us from falling into it.  God went one step further: “To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children.  Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”  This is exactly how our need for salvation, right then and there in that garden, was taken care of by God.  Right then and there, God had us!

You see, if you look at that in the spirit, and remember that the church is the Bride of Christ, you see the woman that surrounds man.  And who rules over the body of Christ?  Is our desire for our husband?  YES!  YES!  YES!  Lord, Jesus, YES!  Isn’t that awesome?!

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 4, 2020, 12:07 p.m.

He Is The Source From Which It Flows

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God is our only source of salvation.  We are to see Him as our only supply.  Everything else is a resource and/or a channel through which that supply flows.

Salvation comes daily, and it comes in many ways and from many things.  Poverty of spirit, lack of desire or energy, lack of love or peace within, etc.  These spiritual needs are as important to God as our physical well being is.  If God can send ravens to feed a prophet in the wilderness, He surely can send provision to us through whatever channels are available to Him.  All channels are available to Him, because the earth is His, and the fullness thereof.  (Psalm 24:1) “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;”

Deuteronomy 28:8 is referenced by the message: “The LORD will decree a blessing on your barns and on everything to which you put your hand.”  All the blessings listed in Deuteronomy 28 are the result, or fruit, of our obedience to God’s Word.  They go hand in hand.  This means that whatever I work at, or whatever effort I put forth in accordance to God’s Will and Word, will bring results.  This is also true of spiritual needs.  Whatever spiritual need I have, God will meet it.  Jesus promised us that if we ask, we will receive.  Just the other day, I had to ask the Lord to help me pray, because I really didn’t feel like praying for anyone or anything that morning.  I wanted to scream until the world just exploded.  I asked; I received.  God’s a good God!  Amen!

When I read Deuteronomy 28, I get a picture of how things operate in the Kingdom of Heaven.  Seed time, and harvest is the modus operandi.  That means that I have to sow something (time, effort, prayer, etc.,) in order to harvest something.  The really cool thing is this: God not only gives us the harvest, but He also gives us the seed to sow.  We just sometimes miss it, because we’re looking for a harvest when or where we have not sown…or because we have sown in fallow ground. (Jer. 4:3)  Basket and kneading bowl suggest gathering and working with what’s gathered, or working with what you’ve got.  Trust is the key to prosperity; prosperity of spirit, which is most important, and physical, or material prosperity as well.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 30, 2019, 11:24 a.m.

 

Staying In That Rest

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to come unto the Lord and rest…and to remain in that rest.  Quoting directly from the message: “Rest knows no fear.  Rest knows no want.  Rest is strong, sure.”

That tells me that when fear assails me, I must fight it.  When I feel lack of any kind, I must fight it.  I’m talking about lack within.  Lack of energy, lack of desire, lack of gratitude, etc.  Fear and lack go hand in hand.  “Rest is strong, sure.”  That means that I keep on keeping on, regardless of what it looks like, what someone says about it, what the general consensus may be, etc.  I stand on the Word of God.

No, we’re not to just go along lackidaisically.  But we don’t need to be immobilized by fear of anything.  We can be sure that God will provide, protect, lead, and guide us, etc.  We are to walk in that faith, not changing banners, but holding fast to the promises of God.  We are not moved, or motivated by fear.  We are held up, made strong, equipped by in the Word of God, and our faith in it.  The more readily we attack and fight fear and inner lack, the stronger faith becomes, and the more powerful the soul rest is.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 23, 2019, 1:03 p.m.

Preparing the Soil

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that the ground must be readied before God can drop seed blessings into it.  I’m reminded of the parable Jesus told about the sower and the seed, and the different kinds of soil.

Prayer and praise does much to prepare the soil, or one’s heart.  That’s true whether it’s our own heart or someone else’s we’re trying to open to the Lord.  Then, I think about Abraham, too.  And before him, Noah.  These two men believed, and walked in obedience to their calling.  How many know that whenever God tells you to do something, that’s a calling?  Steadfastness, diligence, and discipline in faith and obedience to whatever God calls us to do, even in our daily living, also prepare the soil for blessing.  That soil can be a heart, a place, an upcoming event, etc.

It all happens in the Spirit/spirit.  When I think about that, I think about Jericho.  How many times did God have them march around that city…before the final time, and that shout?  Soil preparation is kind of a wind up or warm up for the actual game, in some ways.  The blessings come in the form of readiness, growth, maturity, confidence, fitness, or ability, peace, and joy, or excitement.  If you can’t get excited over what God’s called you to do, you better make sure it was Him who called you.  God not only gives us the desires of our hearts, He gives us the heart to desire good things.  Anytime God calls you to do something, you know it’s got to be a good thing.  You can’t help but get excited about it.

Finally, I think about tilling and weeding, and plowing a garden.  That readies the soil for the seeds.  I remember finding all kinds of things as we worked the ground.  People have found arrowheads, awesomely shaped rocks, old coins, wonderful little treasures.  One of the greatest treasures you can find in preparing the soil, or your heart, for God’s blessing, is yourself.  You might discover some wonderful things you never knew were in you.

Here’s a great song for today’s post:  Again, Third Day is the group to thank for this awesome song.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 31, 2019, 3:14 p.m.

Great Way to Start the Work Week

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Happy Monday!  I’ll be at my cardiologist’s office today.  I chose this song for today; it goes wonderfully with today’s message.  I hope it lifts and encourages you as we start a new week.  God bless you all!  Thanks, Michael W. Smith!

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 7, 2019, 12:29 p.m.

Lining Your Desires Up With God’s

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God uses our desires to accomplish His desires.

This is why we are gifted in different ways, talented in different areas, etc.  The Bible tells us that God gives us the desires of our hearts. (Psalm 37:4)  He uses those desires to accomplish His will and His desires for us.  He uses those desires to bless others through us.  Think about how many people doctors and nurses, policemen, firefighters, and rescue workers bless through their professions.  That’s just one example.  Look around, and you’ll find out that everybody has a call on their life; and they’re gifted and talented in ways that will empower them to answer it.

Here’s the key to lining up your desires with God’s:  “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”  (Col. 3:23)  Psalm 37:5 tells us to “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”  (KJV)  When we begin to look at different things that touch our hearts, ways in which we are gifted and talented, and things we seem to just have a knack for, we have a list of “desires.”  The next step is to seek ways to use them to bless others, and to serve the Lord/LORD with.  The next thing you know, your desires are lined up with God’s, and some awesome things can happen-in your life, and in the lives of others.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 7, 2019, 12:19 p.m.