Abide, Then, In Perfect Love

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to make our Lord, Jesus Christ the one abiding presence we are conscious of all the time.  This means we need to abide, then, in perfect love; because that’s what Jesus is.  God is love, and Jesus said when we see Him, we’ve seen the Father.

The message tells us that it is God’s eternal life flowing through us that is the miracle working power. Please read the message at twolisteners.org –  it’s a powerful one.  When we have that life eternal flowing through us, we have wholeness within; real life within.  Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.  (John 17:3 -NIV)  This spills over into every aspect of our lives, and touches the lives of others.

Fear is the greatest obstacle to remaining in this consciousness of God’s presence.  Why?  I believe it is because we do not know God personally.  We try to be good Christians; but forget that we are Children of God.  He’s our Daddy!  As I’ve read, especially in the Psalms and Prophets, I’ve seen more and more clearly God’s heart for us.  In Jeremiah 4:19 God says: “My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain!  Oh, the pain in my chest!  My heart pounds within me; I cannot be silent.  For I have heard the sound of the horn, the alarm of battle.” (BSB)  That battle is the battle against fear and condemnation, against doubt, and detachment.  Nothing can separate us from the love of God; but we can, and do stray-especially when we’ve done something wrong and are afraid.  But  Jesus said, “”I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV)  

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1John 4:18-NIV)  Being made perfect in love includes knowing our Heavenly Father’s deep, deep, steadfast, and awesome love for us!  The more intimately you know Him as Father-I call Him Daddy-the less fear you will have in your life!   The more, peace, joy, and power you will gain.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 3, 2020, 11:37 a.m.

 

Forgiving Is The Easy Part

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we need to forgive and forget, if we want to move on.  I’ve said it before; forgiveness is for us, the “wounded.”  It is for our benefit, so much more than for the benefit of the one(s) who hurt us.

Forgiving is the easy part.  Forgetting is what’s hard.  It’s also the obstacle that gets in the way.  This is especially true when we’re dealing with generational curses.  It’s often not even the old wounds that cause the problem, but the old ways of dealing with them, that keep us on that vicious merry-go-round-and round, and round.  They call that PTSD in the secular world.  A similar situation, or one that triggers those same feelings of fear, helplessness, etc., can cause us to lose so much ground.  One minute can undo six months or more of progress, if we’re not alert to the dangers.

Here’s where God comes in, though.  Isaiah 40:10 tells us – “Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and His arm establishes His rule.”  God will take all those old things, show you the truth in, and about them, and then destroy their power over you completely.  I’ve been there.  We develop ways of coping, adapting, surviving.  Unfortunately, they’re not always the right ways.  God’s way is.  He not only will destroy those old strongholds, but He will teach you the right ways to think.  Our attitudes toward the sin in our lives-whether the sin is ours or belongs to others-are what affect our living.  God will give you some great attitudes!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 24, 2020, 2:13 p.m.

Think On These Things

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to look on the brighter side of things.  We are admonished not to weigh our spirits down by dwelling on the sins and sordidness in our world.  Philippians 4:8 bids us:  “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” (NIV)

In terms of overcoming generational curses, or even just recovering from a painful past event, this is very important.  Dwelling on all the stuff that was wrong and went wrong, will only pull you down.  It’s like trying to walk on quicksand.  What we need to to is to collect up all the things that were right and went right.  We need to meditate on those things; to explore them fully in terms of emotional impact,  strength, and progress for us.  The key is to recount our victories rather than rehearse our next failure; because you will go wherever you let your mind lead you.

God Calling has been my favorite inspirational read for years now.  The only book  I love more is the Bible.  I’m grateful to the folks that put it online for us all to enjoy at twolisteners.org   If you haven’t already, check it out for yourself.  It completely changed my relationship with the Lord, Jesus.  And yes, there really is wonder upon wonder of revelation in a life with Christ Jesus.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 30, 2020, 12:32 p.m.

 

Yea, Tho I Walk Through The Valley…

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are human, fallible, and that our steps will falter at times.  When I read the message, I thought of Peter walking on the water.

If Peter had never taken another step, his life would never have turned out the way it did.  Before his life was over, Peter’s mere shadow falling on someone was powerful enough to heal them.  Then, there was Peter, denying Jesus.  He betrayed the Lord just as much as Judas had.  Judas killed himself…never too another step.  Peter wept; his heart wrenched with the pain of his cowardice and shame.  Then, Peter jumped out of the boat to swim to Jesus on the shore.  He was filled with joy at the Lord’s presence.  What a beautiful moment!  Breakfast with Jesus; I can’t even begin to imagine what that joy bursting within Peter might have felt like…after all that stuff…Wow!  Peter might never have known that joy, had he not taken another step after those faltering steps on the water.

The message is that the 23rd Psalm is so very true.  The Lord does lead us beside still, or peaceful waters.  He does restore our souls.  He does lead us in paths of righteousness.  His rod and his staff do comfort us when our steps falter.  Faltering steps are found in the Valley of the Shadow of Death-especially in the spirit.  The shadow is the temptation to quit, to give up, to curl up, and to end up right back where we started from, or someplace even worse.  Judas is the prime example.  But Jesus is faithful to forgive us when we confess our sins.  His strength is made perfect in, and through our weaknesses – when we allow Him to save us and bring us through.  Remember Peter’s words?  “Lord, save me!”  We can do the same thing, and boldly; because there is now no condemnation in Christ.  We need to take a hint from that.  There should be no self-condemnation in us then, either.  Remember Jesus’ words to all he healed, and to the woman he save from being killed?  “Go in peace.”  Go means take steps; keep heading for your horizon, your goal.  You are on your way to somewhere, because this is not your home.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 16, 2019, 1:23 p.m.

Know That You Know, That You Know

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we, not only have the right to live in peace and joy, but also, the responsibility to.

There’s a very powerful statement in the message: “Success is the result of work done in peace.”  That tells me a couple of things.  First, it tells me that I have to be at peace within, if I want to make real progress outwardly.  By that, I mean manifesting positive change outwardly.  If I am not happy with myself, if I am hurting or confused, or angry within, etc., I’m not in a state conducive to positive change.  Secondly, it tells me that I must work to bring peace to another, if I want to truly help them.  First peace, then process, then, progress.  Finally, it tells me that I shouldn’t measure success by the wrong things.  There was a time in my life when just making the bed daily was a victory, a success.

Anything that brings peace, as long as it isn’t compromise with evil, is a success; it’s progress.  Of course, peace with evil, isn’t really peace, is it?  We have to be careful what we’re making peace with, also.  Sometimes, what we mistake for peace, can actually be compromise in the wrong direction, or even surrender.  Never surrender your peace, and the joy arising from true peace, to anything or anyone except the Lord, and the Word of God.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 16, 2019, 10:57 a.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.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

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

Seeking Fullness of Spirit

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that spiritual fullness is required to empower us to overcome the world.  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)  

This is the scripture referenced by the message.  Here’s a direct quote from the message, that will links the message up with that scripture.  “Do not weigh your spirits down with the sins and sorrows of the world.  Only a Christ can do that and live.  Look for the loving, the true, the kindly, the brave in the many all around you.”  That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t care, or care for the world around us.  First, we must know where to draw the line.  Medical personnel practice preventative hygiene and take preventative measures.  As ministers sent out to a sick and hurting world, we need to do the same thing.  Preventative hygiene for us is that looking for the loving, true, kindly, brave, etc.  We find that, not only in the people all around us, but also in the rest of God’s creation.  We find those things also in God’s Word, and in commune with Him through prayer and praise.  When we make this a daily practice, seeking in every place we find ourselves, we can have that spiritual fullness throughout the day.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 2, 2019, 2:54 p.m.

They’re All Deposits

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that whenever we praise God, thank Him, and/or obey Him, His Word, we are depositing faith money in the eternal “Bank of Heaven.”

Actually, I believe God’s bank is probably more like a field or a vineyard.  You see, when we speak, we plant seeds.  We’re either reinforcing our faith, or rehearsing our failures.  The Bible tells us that we reap what we sow.  This is true when we speak negative or doubtful words as well.  When we speak words of faith and  line our actions up with those words, we’re planting a forest of strong and towering trees that Satan’s going to get his horns caught up in the branches of.  We’re either planting victory or defeat.  When we hold tightly to faith, walk boldly in faith, and praise and obey God faithfully, we are growing victory for us, and defeat for the forces of darkness at work in the world.  Satan, you might be able to plant some weeds in my field, but I have a Weed Wacker!   I told him that recently when I prayed for the end of childhood cancers.  That’s something that’s been on my heart for about three years now, and it’s time for the breakthrough!   Hallelujah!  I hope you’ll all add that to your prayer lists.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 6, 2019