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!

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

Go, And Sin No More

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, gives us a powerful revelation about Jesus’ words in John 8:11 – “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”   The message bids us to “feel that between us and all scorn and indignity is a strong shield.”

We are also reminded that we are to be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect.  Being human, we are bound to do things imperfectly at times.  We are limited in patience, and even in perseverance at times.  Of course, it’s always easier to give up, isn’t it?  That’s because we have a tendency to be self-condemning.  Sometimes, we’re even harder on ourselves than others are.

Jesus spoke those words to a woman caught in the act of adultery.  The whole scene changed from one of self-righteousness and condemnation to one of self examination, repentance, and opportunity.  The men who were ready to stone the woman to death had to admit their own sinfulness, and repent  of their condemnation of her.  The woman was saved from them, and forgiven by Jesus, and given the opportunity to correct herself.  Jesus didn’t require anything from her, but to get up and go forward; onward.

We can do that very same thing when we miss it.  We can do it each and every time, if we just determine to step up and forward into the opportunity, learning from the mistake, without judging or condemning ourselves.  Psalm 119:1 says it like this: “Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD.” (NIV)  Now, if you give it little thought, you’ll realize that can also be applied to being non-judgmental, non-condemning…to learning what caused the failure, and correcting it, rather than focusing on who caused it.  Remember, God does not impute wickedness to us.  We ought not to either, then.  I, for one, do not attempt something with the intent of failing at it; do you?  Yeah, I didn’t think so either.  *Something I learned from my son when he dropped the bag of cookies at the store is that that’s the way the cookie crumbles.  LOL  PS – they’re just as good crumbly as they are whole.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 27, 2020, 11:34 a.m.

Who Are You?

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to trust Him; to know His divine power.  We are to seek safety in the secret place, where His glory dwells.

I was studying Isaiah 51 this morning.  Verses 12 and 13 come to mind.  “I, I am he who comforts you; who are you that you are afraid of man who dies, of the son of man who is made like grass, and have forgotten the LORD, your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth, and you fear continually all the day
because of the wrath of the oppressor, when he sets himself to destroy?”  That’s such a powerful revelation; not only about God’s power, but about who you became when you became a child of God.  Did you notice how he’a asking us about being afraid of man-as if  there is a differentiation between man and us (the children of God)?  

When that hit my spirit, it almost knocked me over.  I thought about Jesus’ words: “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24-ESV)  There is no evil that can defeat us. Jesus has given us power over all the enemy; even death.  Our God is an awesome God!  By the way, that whole chapter in Isaiah is awesome too.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 14, 2020, 12:51 p.m.

Blessed Assurance Is That Peace

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are to seek peace; to pursue it.  We are told that blessed assurance, that calm, knowing that God is God, is what brings about true success.  Only when we attain this calm, can true work be done, and body, mind, and soul be strengthened to achieve the victory.

Isaiah 32:17 tells us that “The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.” (NKJV)  This tells me that my work, as a child of God, is to seek peace in everything.  It is to bring peace to all situations; inner peace and peace round about.  This peace-making, bringing, and keeping, is righteousness.  (Matt. 5:9) -“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God.”  This assurance is the result of a deep trust and certainty in God’s love, His promises, and His Word.  This is that calm, the peace, that we need to fight for.  This is the peace we must protect, at all costs.  By that, I mean, sometimes you need to walk away from things, or even people, if they are destroying peace in your home, your life, your heart.  I don’t mean just one or two events.  I’m talking about someone who chooses this havoc wreaking as a way of life.  That’s a coat you need to take off so you don’t drown in the pool kind of thing.

When we strive to bring about peace within, we are better equipped to establish and maintain peace in our surroundings, our relationships, our daily living.  That’s why the commandment says, love your neighbor as yourself.  It’s you first, then your neighbor and all else follows…often without struggle.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 30, 2019, 12:22 p.m.

Practicing The Presence Of It

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God is a good God.  He is also eager to share His Goodness, and all good things, with us.  We are bid to taste and trust that goodness, and to hold fast to it, even in times of trouble.

When I read about God sharing His Goodness with us, I think about things like the fruits of the Spirit-because God is Spirit.  I also think about His love for us.  He gave His only begotten Son to save us.  That’s a pretty extravagant gift; don’t you think?

So, in order for me to experience and grow in trust, or faith, and intimacy with God, I must practice the presence of His Goodness.  I must receive it within myself; cultivate it in my life, my home, my relationships, etc.

That means, first, I recognize that I am worth dying for.  I am worthy of the best.  That means I will make good choices for myself, I’ll go the extra mile-(put that vase of flowers on the dinner table, or light that candle, etc.).  I will also be deliberate about creating my spaces, my surroundings, when possible.  Look at the way God created the planet, the Garden of Eden, etc.  The Bible says God devises ways to restore us to Himself.  That’s a clue on how we ought to view our relationships with one another.  We’re also told that God blesses us richly, and adds no sorrow to it.  (Proverbs 10:22)  -“The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, without painful toil for it.”  I like the Berean Study Bible version; it says the blessing of the LORD “enriches…”

When we seek to enrich our daily living experiences, even something like just a meal, we can turn it into a feast for the soul.  God seeks those who worship Him to worship in spirit and in truth.  It stands to reason then, that God would love to enrich our soul, our spirit.  When we seek to do the same to others, life takes on a much more beautiful hue.  As we practice the goodness of God within, and bring it out around us, trust that God’s Goodness is always present becomes solidified.  Before you know it, nothing can shake it.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 19, 2019, 2:59 p.m.

 

Suffering That Saves

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that sorrow and suffering don’t have to dictate who we are.

We’re bid to offer up our suffering and/or sorrow to the Lord.  Use that suffering to help another, and it becomes a pleasing sacrifice unto the LORD.  Help another, bless another, love another, in spite of your sorrow and/or suffering, and it becomes a gleam of joy and pride in His eyes.  It becomes a seed sown into eternity; a treasure laid up in Heaven.  “Behold, my son/daughter, in whom I am well pleased,” He says.

That’s the suffering that saves, not only others, but our own soul; our own spirit.  Jesus never stopped blessing, never stopped praying, never stopped teaching, never stopped being Jesus…no matter the rejection, the doubt, the scorn, the sorrow.  He prayed, even on the cross, “Father, forgive them.”  The whole world, every human being ever born, was, is, and will be saved from eternal damnation-if they choose to be.

What that does for our own soul or spirit, is immeasurable.  It brings peace, strength, joy, love, freedom, and life.  That’s just part of the list.  We don’t really think about those little things we do for others, even when we’re hurting ourselves, in terms of the ways in which they might come back to us.  As Jesus said, some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred fold.  Now He said this about grasping and living out God’s Word.  But it is that very Word, that very love, that empowers us to give in such ways, and at such times.  “He sent His Word and healed them,” applies to every sinner that gets saved.  Finally, there are the words of our Lord, Jesus.  “Give, and it will be given unto you; pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will men give into your bosom.

This is an oldie, but goodie!  Steven Curtis Chapman, thank you for this old favorite of mine.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 21, 2019, 2:12 p.m.

His Abundant Goodness Toward Us

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us of Psalm 31:19 -“How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you.”  (NIV)  The KJV says it this way: “Oh, how great is your goodness which you have laid up for those that fear you; which you have wrought for those who trust in you before the sons of men.”  

I want to illustrate the difference between an abundance of good things, and the great goodness of God.  Goodness is the quality of being morally or virtuous, righteous, ethical, upright, upstanding.  Having integrity, principle, dignity, rectitude; and the list goes on.  These are qualities that God bestows on us, working them in us, and through us.  The good things are the blessings and rewards that manifest as a result of that goodness.  They’re the bonuses we get for trusting God and obeying Him.  The last part of that verse (Psalm 31:19) can be read two different ways.  I believe both are true.  First of all, God bestows all of it, the goodness, and the good things, in the sight of the sons of men, or the sight of all.  Secondly, though, I think about Jesus’ words: “whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father in Heaven.”

Sometimes, the hardest thing in the world you’ll ever have to do,  is to trust God in the sight of men.  They’ll laugh at you, just like they laughed at Noah.  They’ll jeer and mock you, like the did Jesus.  But, we know who’s behind all that, don’t we?  And we have this promise from the Psalms also: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” (Psalm 23:5)  That tells me I am anointed to overcome, and I am more than able!  My cup overflows with God’s goodness and power, and God’s blessing on me, on mine, on my life.  Praise God!

My song choice for today is Let it Rain.  I’m still praying for an end to all cancers, but most especially, childhood cancers.  Please pray with me.  Thank you, Michael W. Smith for your faithfulness to the Lord, and for sharing that beautiful voice.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 6, 2019, 11:28 a.m.