The Bridge From Death To Life

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to learn from our Lord, Jesus. It is in learning of, and from Him, that we begin to dwell, or abide in Him. Therein lies our power, our passion, our purpose, and our peace. The message tells us that teachers are to point the way to the Lord. Then we must accept Him, and learn of, and from Him.

“Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not come under judgment. Indeed, he has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24) As I think of this scripture in terms of salvation, I am reminded of my own salvation. As a young child, I attended church with my grandmother. Growing up, I spent a couple of summers at Bible Camp. As a teenager, I attended church alone; neither of my parents went to church. At the age of 14, I said the sinner’s prayer, and accepted the Lord as my Savior. But it wasn’t until I found myself alone with the Lord, at that well…(John 4:5)…that I really got saved. It was there that I realized I’d been drinking from the wrong well. (John 4:12) “Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock?” I’d read that verse probably 100 times before. This time, it hit me like a ton of bricks. This is exactly what happens in generational curses.

That’s when things began to change in my life; because that’s when I began to change. I began to seek out the Lord and study His teachings. I began to really look closely at my life, at my habits, my hurts, my thoughts and attitudes, etc. Then, I began to learn from the Lord (The Word-made flesh). We truly do cross over from death to life, as we begin to change our attitudes, our thinking, our words, and our ways. It isn’t a simple process, it’s a lifelong process…but, really, it is a simple solution. When we die to all those old dead and deadly ways, we can rise to the right ways; to ways that honor, create, and sustain life.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 22, 2020, 2:45 p.m.

Giving Comes From Him

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to give all we can, in every way we can. We are to imitate the greatest giver(s) of all time; Jesus, and our heavenly Father, who gave His own son for us.

Jeremiah is the prophet I’m currently reading for my study on generational curses. Chapter 30:18-22 speaks to me of what a great giver God is. It shows how mindful He is of us, our needs, our trials and tribulations. This is how we should think when we are presented with opportunities to give. After all, we are blessed in order that we might bless others as well. Jesus said, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

As you read these verses, we can see God’s heart is to lift up, to rebuild/restore dignity, joy, and peace, to prosper a soul, and to honor humanity, as it was designed by God. That leader spoken of is Jesus Christ, our Lord. “I can do all things through Christ Jesus, who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) When I think about that in light of everything we face in the world, and how much of a difference one kind word, even a smile, or a helping hand can make for someone…I am inclined to bow before the Lord first, at every opportunity, and ask Him just to do it through me.

I’m also so grateful for all those beautiful people who give in almost every step they take. You are an inspiration to me when I want to just give up and throw in the towel. Thank you, all!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 29, 2020, 10:37 a.m.

What The World Needs Now…

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to love all, bringing joy wherever we can.  Romans 12:9 puts it this way:  Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.  Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

We’re told that we can’t fail to love someone, once we understand them.  We’re also told to look for Jesus in everyone.  When we do this, we are more apt to be reminded that everyone is created in His image and after His likeness.  This makes me think of the word, “Namaste.”  Literally, it means, “bowing to you.”

Something I learned some time ago, is that God loves because He is love.  That means it makes no difference whether or not I like you, or even whether or not I understand you.  It means I love you because I am called to love you.  We are called to be like our Master, Jesus, and our Heavenly Father.  “Be perfect, therefore, as your Father in Heaven is perfect.”  Perfect love casts out fear; which all too often is the wedge driven between us as humans.  Here, again, the key is understanding all of God’s ways with us, and growing in them.  God is love perfected.  We learn what we live, and we live what we learn.  So, let’s learn from the Master!

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 29, 2020, 11:06 a.m.

Serving All Isn’t As Hard As May Seem

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are here to serve…just as Jesus came to serve us, and not to be served.

The message bids us to be a servant of all.  The first time I read that, I scratched my head a couple of dozen times, and was still confused after I thought about it.  Oh, my God, how can I possibly serve everyone?  I don’t even know what some people need or want?  What?!   One day, I was reading about the woman at the well.  I read the part where Jesus told her that God seeks those who worship Him to worship in spirit and in truth.  That’s when it hit me.  I am to have an attitude of humility, friendship, helpfulness, and kindness toward others in my world.  I am to reject any notions that anybody owes me anything, that I am entitled to any honors, or preferential treatment, etc.  The best King is the one who will fight right alongside his soldiers.  Jesus never asks us to do anything He, Himself wouldn’t do.  When He does ask us to do something, He equips us for the task.

That last statement gets me every time I want to put my hands in my ears and act like I don’t hear God.  It makes me laugh at myself when I want to just fall to the ground and say, “I can’t,” or “I don’t want to.”  “Do it anyway,” God says.  When I change that attitude, and get the right one going, life is good.  Things get done, friends are found, or new ones made, and I’m not disappointed.  If you don’t expect anything, you won’t be disappointed.

Some might say that’s a negative viewpoint.  It isn’t.  It’s pure truth.  We are not entitled to anything more than anyone else is, nobody owes us anything in the way of lauds and praises, or preferential treatment.  We are all one in Christ Jesus.  That’s why we’re told to honor one another above ourselves.  When we do this, both you and the other person are honored.  God has said that whomever humbles himself will be exalted, but whomever exalts himself will be humbled.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 25, 2019, 3:54 p.m.

How The Race is Won

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we must press on, undaunted by the hurdles in front of us.  We are bid to rise above our fears and fancies into the joy of the Lord.  This message goes hand in hand with Saturday’s message about the best way.

The best way to win the race of life, is by the way that best suits the soul.  It is, after all, where we live.  That’s the part that will be going to Heaven.  Rising above fears and fancies (those are all those silly things we tell ourselves to deny the fears and such-or to cope with them) -rising above them is done via rigorous training of the soul.  Thus, we must always choose the way that best suits the soul.  “Will it be good for my heart, my soul?”  I’ve had to ask myself this question at times, and, quite often after I really got serious about God.  You know there are things you have to give up, even folks you have to walk away from for awhile, or for the long haul.

This what best suits the soul thing can be very gratifying as well as rigorous.  When you choose the Caramel creamer for your coffee on Sunday morning because Sunday is a special day, doesn’t that coffee taste a hundred times better than ever?  Yes!  One of my favorite treats is Philly Cheese Steak ANYTHING.  I don’t have it very often, but when I do, it tastes a hundred times yummier than all the other times I’ve eaten it.  Those are little treats that soothe our souls because they’re coming to our own little special need.  Quirks are the same.   You know; that’s where you have to have the shades drawn just so to be comfortable, or things like that.  When we honor those quirks, we’re honoring our uniqueness and our worth and worthiness as human beings.  All of these put together-the spiritual training and the loving of our souls, are the very things that make the race one that ends in victory.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 6, 2019, 2:09 p.m.