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HOPE…Hanging by a Thread


As I was waking up this morning and praying for victims of abuse and human trafficking, I heard the Lord give me this word… “HOPE!”
A few hours later I heard it again but this time followed by “Hanging by a Thread”… I knew that God gave me a message and at that moment, this poem was quickly birthed…

There are many victims of abuse…
hanging by a thread.
It’s a tiny thread of hope…
but weighted down by dread.
For the burdens are many…
tugging their hearts like a rope.
And I totally understand…
and want to share a message of HOPE.
‘Cause I’ve been there…
not too long ago.
Then Faith came knocking at my door…
so this I want you to know.
Just a tiny seed of Faith…
can move mountains today.
So hang onto God and believe…
  then tell the mountains to move out your way!!
For it’s not you that makes it move…
but the Power of God working for you.
‘Cause Faith activates God’s blessings…
and there is nothing that He can’t do.

 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”    Hebrews 11:1

 “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”    Matthew 17:20

 ” For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11

I have been there, hanging by a thread, in my brokenness from abuse. I have felt the overwhelming weight of the world that I could no longer carry. Then, I had to not only hold onto God’s Word… but believe it. He has a plan for each of us and we have to trust Him. He may move the mountain, guide you around it or over it, or make a path right through it… but He will get you to your future He has planned for you if you have faith in Him.

Prayer:  Dear Lord, I thank You that You gave me this message today. I pray that You will touch hearts, turning them to You, and plant more seeds of faith in all who need it. I lift up every person to You who hangs on by a thread and ask you to give them a “rope of hope” and “seeds of Faith” so that they can step into their future with You. I praise You for the 16 child victims rescued from sex trafficking this weekend and ask for more victims of abuse to be rescued. None is hidden from You, Lord. Restore each victim’s Hope and Faith with visions and dreams of a brighter future as You orchestrate their rescue and we will give You all the praise… in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

by Secret Angel of Secret Angel Ministry and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel
http://www.secretangelministry.org and http://www.secretangelps911.wordpress.com

Receive Life


Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. – (Revelation 22:14, NIV)

 

Great blessings belong to those who have washed their robes. They will have the right to eat the food from the tree of life. They can go through the gates into the city. – (Revelation 22:14, ERV)

 

Our “robes” are washed, when we receive what Christ freely offers. We are cleansed by the sacrifice He made for our sin, when He suffered and died in our place. If we embrace what He lovingly gives, and choose to follow Him all of our days, we will be granted entry into Christ’s eternal presence, and allowed to eat from that which people were previously not permitted. All that is good, right, lovely, holy and true, will be the eternal surroundings of those who have chosen to make Jesus the Lord of their lives. Imagine a day when God’s glory alone is what lights our surroundings so brilliantly, that there is no longer need for the sun, nor lamps, nor any other source of light. May we receive what Christ has to offer, and allow His healing hands to cleanse us from all of our unrighteousness.

 

Our garments worn,Receive Life

surrounding our heart;

showing what dwells,

in the deepest part.

We all have stains,

wrinkles and some scars;

yet Christ calls us,

to come as we are.

The miracle,

of His great mercy;

and grace for us,

cleanses and makes clean.

Where blemishes,

were once dominant;

His love is seen,

light so radiant.

Not by our works,

but by His great grace;

we must receive,

as we seek His face.

Imagine when,

our days here are done;

the welcoming,

by Father and Son.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we seek You, we find You, if we seek You with our whole heart. Thank You that You forgive us and cleanse us, washing us clean, as if we had never sinned. Forgive us for either taking Your grace for granted, or for somehow thinking that Your grace is not enough to cover what we have done. Teach us to have a proper perspective of who You are, and what You have done for us. May we love others well, as You so lavishly love us, and may many come to know the glorious gift of Your forgiveness and grace as a result. Be glorified O God, as we receive what You offer, and walk in the fullness of Your grace. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Father, I thank You that You have heard me. – John 11:41

The Unadulterated Truth


There are some who absolutely declare that all religious roads lead to the same end. For these people the celebration of God comes in many ways and many forms. These conclusions are despite the fact that Christian foundations are quite different than the founding of other organizations and thoughts. However the difference in these sects is more than obvious especially when you consider the way that many of the organizations were started. For instance cultic organizations such as Buddhism and Islam were started by individuals said to have matured to the level of deity while in Christianity its founder is part of the Triune Godhead.

John 3:16 clearly shows that “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not parish, but have everlasting life.” Academically and theologically terms such as “hypostatic union” can be used to show the relationship between God and His Son. The idea of “kenosis” can also be employed to show how Christ emptied somewhat of His attributes in order to walk with man. However the point of this essay is to call attention to the clear truth that there are stark differences between the God of love which is the Christian God and the purported god of peace which is the Islamic god. You see the God of love seeks only to reconcile man by way of acts of love such as the love Christ showed as he laid aside some of His attributes in order to live as man lives. Herein begins the juxtaposing of Christianity and Islam.

Love is the founding factor of Christianity. God loved and so He sent His Son. Christ so loved the world that He was in full agreement with the Father (I John 5:7) to the extent that He humbled himself unto death, even the death of the cross. This was not out of hatred or disdain for mankind rather love became the hallmark of the ministry of Christ not to condemn the world but rather that the world through Him might be saved. This is not the case with the founder of Islam. Islam (by many accounts) was born out of its founder’s disdain for Christianity. This disdain was a great reason for the Crusades in the 12th and 13th centuries wherein it could be argued that Islam sought to overtake the world by ridding it of Christianity. It is doubtful that the Crusades were born out of love.

The practice of Christianity is to love fellow man. It is not to harm him rather the practice of Christianity is to embrace individuals while hating the sin. With this in mind compassion coupled with love creates for the Christian a life of showing the love of the Father by expressing love even to those that reject Christ. On the other hand millions have had blood spilled because of Islam and those that purport that terrorism is the act of a “religion of peace.” Love did not crash into the World Trade Center more than a decade ago. Love had nothing to do with imprisoning a pastor only because he was a pastor. Love was not shown when three men were beheaded only because they were not Islamic. Additionally acts of love do not seek to force submission rather love allows choices such as Christians choose to serve the One and only God.

The truth of the matter is that many Muslims seek to force their view on “infidels” or they will suffer dire consequences. Christians seek to compel through the Love of Christ. Herein is the difference between Christendom and Islam; the former prefers love while the latter seeks conformity by force and even death. There are no true Christians that seek harm of anyone; not even Muslims. Yet there are some Muslims who cling to the idea that the only good Christian is a dead Christian. In this is the unadulterated truth concerning those that choose Christ and those that prefer Islam; the one works with the idea of love bringing forth reconciliation while the other prefers destruction in the hopes of gaining seventy-two virgins. So, the question must be asked; who will you serve? The One true and living God or the god of this world? I must say as the prophet of old once declared and say that as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

Steps of Faith… Like a Child


As Christians, we are all familiar with the importance of faith. There are many references in the Bible about faith but here are several faith scriptures for us to consider…

Hebrews 11:1 gives us a biblical meaning, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for…  the evidence of things not seen.”

1 John 5:4 tells us “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”

1 Corinthians 16:13 reminds us, “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.”

Matthew 17:20 says, “if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Mark 10:52 says, “And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.”

Romans 10:52, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”

Matthew 18:3, “I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

So as we look at these few scriptures, we see that faith is believing, though not seeing. Faith gives us strength, personal healing, salvation, and enables us to overcome and eventually walk in the miraculous. So obviously, there are levels of faith. These are the words that the Lord gave me… “There are stair-steps of faith” and “faith fuels the miraculous”. So to walk as overcomers, we have to build up our Most Holy Faith. We do this by reading His Word, praying in the Spirit and laying everything before the Lord for Him to take care of it and trusting Him, like a child, to do so. A child trusts a parent to take care of everything… and so it is with God. That is what He wants us to do.

An analogy that I heard recently referred to Faith as a Post Office. The concern or problem comes in and the Post Office sends it immediately to God…

No Job— Ship Directly to God

No Income— Ship Directly to God

Sickness— Ship Directly to God

Fears— Ship Directly to God

Any Worries— Ship Directly to God

That is the level of faith that He wants us to have… where we trust Him with everything with a “child-like faith” and hold onto nothing of this world, allowing Him to be the Provider, Healer, Redeemer, etc. The problem is that if we hold onto anything, we tie His Hands and He won’t pry it from us. Doubt negates faith. So think about it… Are you at that point to be a “Faith Post Office”, shipping all mail of fears or worries or concerns immediately to God and trusting Him like a child that it is taken care of?

 

by Secret Angel of Secret Angel Ministry and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel

http://www.secretangelministry.org and http://www.secretangelps911.wordpress.com

Walking in Obedience


Walking in obedience
is never an easy thing to do.
If it was so easy,
more people would do it too.
To do whatever the Lord tells you,
no matter what the cost.
Not stopping to consider…
if it’s your win or your loss.
Realizing there’s more to life…
than what we’ve seen before.
And trusting in God…
to open whatever door.
Cause God will make a way…
when it seems there’s no way out.
But Faith is the whole key…
it’s what “walking in obedience” is all about.

“So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then.” 1 Peter 1:14

If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.” John 12:26

Dear Lord, give us the faith of Abraham to walk in obedience without knowing where You are leading us. Give us the faith of Noah to do whatever You tell us to do no matter what others say.  We ask You to increase the faith of Your children to walk in obedience to whatever You tell us to do. We thank You that You will orchestrate and bless our paths as we take each step in obedience as we walk into our futures… in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

by Secret Angel of Secret Angel Ministry and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel

http://www.secretangelministry.org and http://www.secretangelps911.wordpress.com

“Father of the fatherless… Come down and rescue us.”


“Father of the fatherless… Come down and rescue us.”

These words from Jason Upton’s song were playing in my head for several days previously so I prayed for the Lord to bring more understanding to what He wanted me to know.  I realized that we need to look beyond what we normally see to try to see what God sees… Our view is much different through our Father’s eyes.

Walking into a crowded room,
observe and what do you see?
People talking in groups,
smiling and happy as can be.
Others with cast down stares,
looking so broken and lonely.

These hiding in corners,
with no friends in sight.
Alone and hurting,
none caring about their plight.
For these are the broken,
who try to hide in plain-sight.

And no one sees them,
or gives them a second thought.
Others busy with their lives,
their own joy they’ve sought.
Not aware of these broken people,
or battles that they’ve fought.

Then walking into a nursing home,
observe and what do you see?
Many downcast and broken,
feeling neglected and lonely.
Once independent and healthy,
as they raised their family.

Many of this older generation,
fought for us to be free.
They stood proud and strong,
as they defended this country.
But now, broken and alone,
feeling abandoned by even family.

Looking forward to visits,
by those that they love.
But feeling lonely and forsaken,
they then call to above.
For God hears their prayers,
and covers them with His Love.

These are just some examples,
of those who are so broken.
But God loves the broken-hearted,
and this is clearly spoken.
He reaches out to them all,
and is with them to the end.

For He is a Father…
to all the fatherless.
He is a Friend…
to all the friendless…
And He is the Healer…
in all our brokenness.
And this call goes out…
Lord, come down and rescue us!

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“A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.” (Psalm 68:5 NKJV)

Dear Lord, I pray for the rescue of the broken around the world. I pray for eyes to open and hearts to receive that You are the Father of the Fatherless and that You would put a new-found compassion in every heart. I pray that Your children will realize that You sent them here to overcome this world and return their hearts back to You. You are the Key. You are our Father. I praise You and ask for a mighty move of Your Hand around the world in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

by Secret Angel of Secret Angel Ministry and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel

http://www.secretangelministry.org and http://www.secretangelps911.wordpress.com

Fellowship Friday!


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Find this story and many more right here.
This is a beautiful story of giving! I think the snow froze all of my brains!!!! I was going to write a whole piece about this but like I said frozen!
Just a quick prayer update and request. My brother is doing okay I suppose he is really focusing on school and everything he is doing. He has an amazing support system of friends and is starting to really utilize his family more! This may be a tough week for him. He and his wife are separated and Monday is their wedding anniversary. Please pray that he holds onto his strength and stays focused on the tasks he has at hand right now. Thank you very much. God bless all of you and your families, have a safe and God filled weekend!

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 6:19-20


SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-20)

 

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.   

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

 

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-20)

 

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of PREPAREDNESS (6:1-10-20)…

One of the greatest needs for Christians is to prepare beforehand for the spiritual warfare in which they face. The Bible clearly speaks of the need to recognize our enemy, the devil, and properly prepare for his attacks upon us …

 1Pe 5:8-9 KJV – “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:   Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The Need For The Armour Of God (vs 10-13)
II.        The Identity Of The Armour Of God (vs 14-17)
III.        The Empowerment Of The Armour Of God (vs 18)
IV.        The Ministry Enabled By The Armour Of God (vs 19-20)

 

 

EXPOSITION:

Just as, our prayer and ministry to others is a very important aspect of our Christian service, so too others ministering on our behalf is of great importance.

 

(Ephesians 6:19-20) And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

 

Paul now requests prayer on his behalf for the enhancement of his ministry…

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, 

Paul now requests for prayer for:

1. utterance – the proper words to be given to him
a. the proper words are used to clearly express the truths of God’s Word
b. the proper words are used to present the Word in a kind, loving way

 

2. boldness – an attitude of confidence and courage
a. the message of truth being presented with a confident attitude, knowing it is the truth from God’s Word and that it will accomplish that which the Lord pleases.
b. the message of truth being presented with a courageous attitude, willing to share it with those who oppose the Word and publically teach error.

 

to make known the mystery of the gospel, 

The “bottom line” to Paul’s request is that the gospel be proclaimed to those who are around us at every opportunity that is opened to us. It is only through receipt of the utterance and boldness that this can take place.

Why does Paul describe the message of the gospel as a mystery? The word translated “mystery” does not mean “that which is unknown”. In actuality it means “that which is unknown to the uninitiated”.  In other words, the gospel is a mystery to those to whom it has not been revealed.

Paul, by using this term, is saying that his desire was to share the gospel with the lost, especially to the lost who have never heard the gospel message. This is Paul’s ministry in a nut-shell. He took the gospel of Christ to a Gentile world that, in many cases, had never heard the gospel message before.

 

 

For which I am an ambassador in bonds:

It was this same ministry of this gospel message that had resulted in the imprisonment of Paul. Paul was willing to be in prison for the sake of the gospel being proclaimed.

Another description of Paul’s ministry is found in the title “ambassador”. In other words, Paul is describing himself as “a senior representative” for Christ and the gospel message.

 

 

that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Paul here, simply relates to us that due to the importance of his ministry (taking the gospel to those who had not received it) and his calling of God (a senior representative for the gospel), he greatly desired boldness to enable him to speak the truths of God as he should (in an understandable, loving way).

 

 

APPLICATION:

May we all be greatly concerned about our personal ministry for Christ as was the Apostle Paul. May we all see the need to be graced of God with the proper words and attitudes to be Godly representatives of His gospel. And finally, may we be encouraged to share the gospel message in every opportunity that is opened to us. Understanding that the gospel, His enabling, and the opportunities that are opened to us are all divine acts of grace and love that He has bestowed upon us.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 

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The Sheep of His Pasture


You my sheep, the sheep of my pasture, are people, and I am your God, declares the Sovereign Lord. – (Ezekiel 34:31)

 

These words were spoken by the Lord through Ezekiel, at the end of a prophesy of warning to those who were in leadership positions who had abused their authority and not cared for those whom they were meant to provide care. For those who had remained faithful, the Lord promised a covenant of peace and His blessing. God reminded them that He counted the faithful as His own, and that He would care for them, as would a good shepherd. Even more than that, the Lord assured them that He was their God, and His sovereignty was their assurance that He indeed has the supreme power and authority over all. The word given then, remains true throughout the ages. The Lord is still our Good Shepherd. He is our God and is sovereign over all. If we draw near to Him and give Him our heart, He counts us among His people. May we seek our Savior with our whole heart, and know His sovereignty in our lives.

 

May we be faithful,The little lamb

whole-heartedly seek;

our Savior and Lord,

as His humble sheep.

He is our Shepherd,

Who tends us with care;

provides safe pasture,

delivers us there.

When He is our God,

He forgives our sin;

He rules and He reigns,

our Lord, sovereign.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we seek You with our whole heart, You count us among Your people. Thank You that You shepherd us with Your loving kindness, and that You are sovereign over all. Thank You that no matter what comes our way, You are God, and You are greater. Forgive us for our fear and lack of faith, and help us to trust in Your unfailing love. Teach us to love as You so lavishly love us, and may many come to know You as their God, as we faithfully follow You. Be glorified, Lord God, as we go forth as the people of Your pasture. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Listen… be wise, and keep your heart on the right path. – Proverbs 23:19

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