Not Yet

February 10, 2018
“These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.” (John 8:20)

This is the last of seven times in the gospel of John that the phrase “not yet” is used in reference to the forthcoming death of Christ. Although this was the very reason He came into the world, the event itself could not be hurried.

When His mother wanted Him to provide wine for the wedding, He said, “My hour is not yet come”( John 2:4). When His brothers urged Him to show His mighty works in Jerusalem, His answer was “My time is not yet come” Jhon7:6, 8). When His enemies tried to take Him at the feast of tabernacles, “no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come” (John 7:30). Even when He preached His great promise of living water, John noted parenthetically that “the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified” (John 7:39).

But His hour did come, and they did lay hands on Him and put Him to death. Then He was glorified, and the Holy Spirit was given. And now we await another great time that has not yet come. John speaks of this also: “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but . . . we shall be like him” (1 John 3:2).

In that great time to come, all things will be made subject to Christ. “But now we see not yet all things put under him” (Hebrews 2:8). These great promises and others associated with them have not yet been accomplished—the world is far from being in subjection to Him, and we are far from being like Him. But the hour will come, just as the first one did, and it will be glorious. For “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). HMM

Party time!

I ‘m tired but excited tomorrow at noon the girls, will get together as we try to do once a month.

Met them all at a Sunday Church Class for C.R.

I had, decided that, after asking God but, not sure I was told, to, to become a Sponsor for Celebrate Recovery.

My thinking and pride told me that I had enough experience to ask the Church if I could.

That is when I came across “RULES”.

I hate rules!!

Before you can Sponsor anyone, you must do a year-long Sunday’s class.

Wow, that was too much.

The Bipolar in me wanted to run chased by my pride.

It was God’s choice, not mine.

I thought about it but I was so surprised that I could say yes,  so quickly, but, I wanted to be obedient and,  waiting to see if anyone would put their trust in me.(you have to be a true Christian to give me a chance) LOL.

Well, we “graduated last October and started this”get together” with boards, crayons etc. Just like kids, having a good time and share our lives events.

I love these Ladies!

If I had been disobedient I would have missed out the joy of love they gave me. I am not used to receiving that from people, I don’t mix much anymore after being hurt by other Christians making fun between themselves about my unwitting fast speech or interruptions during Bible study that made me look rude. I am truly a very polite person. I did not mean to do any of that but, that it is super hard for me. to keep my mouth shut as someone expect from others.

God has been working hard on my illnesses but, I am who I am, no reference to the passage in the Bible.

They know, I am a bit off, to say the least, and, when I am not ignored on”what’s up”, I get into conversations.

I am not offended, I am learning to be more humble as I have been asking the Lord for many years. ” clean my heart, Humble me “gently” my Lord and Savior by Your Holy Spirit.

I am who God made me to be and it happens that this makes me  His child, a princess.

So much I want to share. Maybe later. Thank you for reading my Blog. stopping bye I really feel privileged,

God Bless you all,

Later Pat.

 

Change Requires Honest Community

 

To change the defects in your life, you have to have people in your life who tell you the truth. You’re not going to get well on your own; you’re going to need other people in your life. You’re going to need support. You’re going to need a small group. Change requires honest community.

There are some things in your life you’re never ever going to be able to change on your own, typically the things that are the most difficult in your life and that you don’t want anybody else to know about.

You’re never getting over those things until you share them with someone. You don’t have to tell everybody. You just need to find one person who will trust you and whom you trust — someone who will be confidential, love you unconditionally, not be judgmental, and pray for you. Revealing your feeling is the beginning of healing.

This does not mean a small group where you get together on a superficial level and everyone is “fine” or “doing great.” You have to get to the level of maturity in your small group where you can say, “I had a tough week this week. Life stinks. Here’s what happened.”

If you’re a believer, you’re also a belonger. You belong in the family of God, and every other believer belongs to you. You cannot become until you belong. You can’t become what God wants you to be until you belong in a group that’s going to have gut-level, honest community. Put away falsehood. Talk to your neighbor. Tell your friend the truth, because we belong to each other.

If you are serious about changing the deepest hang-ups in your heart, the deepest defects in your life, you’re going to have to face the fear of being honest. You’ve got to stop faking it. You’ve got to put away falsehood. You’ve got to be real.

You can go through life with one of two choices: pretending like you’ve got it all together or getting it all together. But you’ll never get it all together as long as you pretend you’ve got it all together. And you’re never going to get well, get healed, get rid of that area that’s bugging you in your life until you talk to somebody about it.

This devotional © 2014 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Looking back limits the future

 

It is heartbreaking to see so many people live their lives camping out in the past that cannot be changed and turning their backs on a grand future. We all know it is not possible to be effective in two places at the same time and the only person who could accomplish that is God. We will never be able to give one hundred percent of ourselves in the present if we keep living in the past. Our potential will never reach its maximum capacity, future goals get delayed, insecurity and fear will dominate, the flesh will rule and life will become one heap of complaining. There is a lot at stake to choose to remain in the past and truthfully life will be unhappy.

The children of Israel found themselves in major bondage, they cried to God to deliver them and God sent a deliverer, They were able to experience firsthand the goodness, kindness, protection, and provision of God. He split the Red Sea, He destroyed their enemies, He made bitter water sweet, He rained manna from heaven and fed them, their shoes never wore out and their clothes was kept. He covered them, moved with them and most of all loved them even when they complained. But they could not let go of the past and that blinded them to the glorious future God had for them, They were eyewitnesses to the Promised land flowing with milk and honey but because they did not rid themselves of the “Look back mentality” they chose to see the giants in the land rather than the big, big God that was with them. The past kept them in fear and they doubted God’s plans. As a result of their evil report of the goodness of God they never made it to the promise land.

Today the stories told in this plan is of greater value than silver and gold. It may have been too late for the Israelites in the wilderness but it’s not too late for you. Living in the past is of great detriment to your future. I want to ask you today to leave the past behind, clear your heart of the clutter and take hold of the glorious future God has planned out for you. The past is over, God is about moving forward!

Holy Spirit, I thank you for the revelation I received during this time and I truly want to make it into the future God has for me. I am sorry I wasted so much time on things that I cannot change, I am sorry for taking for granted what you so freely provide for me every day. I am sorry for robbing the people in my life presently because of the “look back mentality”. Holy Spirit, help me to forget the pain associated with the past and as I visit my past from now on let it be for only moments of remembering how you brought me out of bondage. Thank you, Abba for a new start!

From YouVersion,

Later,

Pat.

 

 

Looking back limits the future

 

It is heartbreaking to see so many people live their lives camping out in the past that cannot be changed and turning their backs on a grand future. We all know it is not possible to be effective in two places at the same time and the only person who could accomplish that is God. We will never be able to give one hundred percent of ourselves in the present if we keep living in the past. Our potential will never reach its maximum capacity, future goals get delayed, insecurity and fear will dominate, the flesh will rule and life will become one heap of complaining. There is a lot at stake to choose to remain in the past and truthfully life will be unhappy.

The children of Israel found themselves in major bondage, they cried to God to deliver them and God sent a deliverer, They were able to experience firsthand the goodness, kindness, protection and provision of God. He split the Red sea, He destroyed their enemies, He made bitter water sweet, He rained manna from heaven and fed them, their shoes never wore out and their clothes was kept. He covered them, moved with them and most of all loved them even when they complained. But they could not let go of the past and that blinded them to the glorious future God had for them, They were eye witnesses to the Promised land flowing with milk and honey but because they did not rid themselves of the “Look back mentality” they chose to see the giants in the land rather than the big, big God that was with them. The past kept them in fear and they doubted God’s plans. As a result of their evil report of the goodness of God they never made it to the promise land.

Today the stories told in this plan is of greater value than silver and gold. It may have been too late for the Israelites in the wilderness but it’s not too late for you. Living in the past is of great detriment to your future. I want to ask you today to leave the past behind, clear your heart of the clutter and take hold of the glorious future God has planned out for you. The past is over, God is about moving forward!

Holy Spirit, I thank you for the revelation I received during this time and I truly want to make it into the future God has for me. I am sorry I wasted so much time on things that I cannot change, I am sorry for taking for granted what you so freely provide for me every day. I am sorry for robbing the people in my life presently because of the “look back mentality”. Holy Spirit, help me to forget the pain associated with the past and as I visit my past from now on let it be for only moments of remembering how you brought me out of bondage. Thank you Abba for a new start!

From YouVersion

God Bless you all

Later,Pat.

God’s Word as Life

 

When it comes to renewing your mind, think of God’s word as life. The Bible says to meditate upon God’s word day and night. As your mind is renewed, you will begin to see opportunities to do what is written in the Word. When you do that, you will make your way prosperous and successful.

It will take time to renew your mind to God’s way of thinking. Just as you wouldn’t plant a seed one day and expect a bumper crop the next, so you must be patient in letting God’s word work within you.

So be diligent to meditate upon God’s word. Meditate upon His character. Meditate upon His wondrous works.

This is the most important work that you will do every day. Believe that your destiny is to develop the mind of Christ. You will reflect His glorious character and win others to Christ!

From YouVersion.

God Bless you all,

Later,

Pat.

Morning Devotional

Morning, February 10

“I know how to abound.”

Philippians 4:12

There are many who know “how to be abased” who have not learned “how to abound.” When they are set upon the top of a pinnacle their heads grow dizzy, and they are ready to fall. The Christian far oftener disgraces his profession in prosperity than in adversity. It is a dangerous thing to be prosperous. The crucible of adversity is a less severe trial to the Christian than the refining pot of prosperity. Oh, what leanness of soul and neglect of spiritual things have been brought on by the very mercies and bounties of God! Yet this is not a matter of necessity, for the apostle tells us that he knew how to abound. When he had much he knew how to use it. Abundant grace enabled him to bear abundant prosperity. When he had a full sail he was loaded with much ballast, and so floated safely. It needs more than human skill to carry the brimming cup of mortal joy with a steady hand, yet Paul had learned that skill, for he declares, “In all things, I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry.” It is a divine lesson to know how to be full, for the Israelites were full once, but while the flesh was yet in their mouth, the wrath of God came upon them. Many have asked for mercies that they might satisfy their own hearts’ lust. The fulness of bread has often made fulness of blood, and that has brought on wantonness of spirit. When we have much of God’s providential mercies, it often happens that we have but little of God’s grace, and little gratitude for the bounties we have received. We are full and we forget God: satisfied with earth, we are content to do without heaven. Rest assured it is harder to know how to be full than it is to know how to be hungry—so desperate is the tendency of human nature to pride and forgetfulness of God. Take care that you ask in your prayers that God would teach you “how to be full.”

“Let not the gifts thy love bestows

Estrange our hearts from thee.”

Faithlife.

God Bless you all,

Later,

Pat.