Abraham & Sarah-the wait

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
Galatians 4:4-5 NKJV

Other versions say “when the right time came…” Or “when the set time had come…”,
indicating that there is a right time and a wrong time.

My mind immediately goes back to Genesis 16:1-18:15, 21:9-18.  God promised Abraham, a son. But they were old-it was taking too long. Therefore they took matters into their own hands to fulfill the promise-you know “help God out.” The consequence of this caused great contention, resentment and anguish of heart for all involved.  Hagar gave birth to Ishmael–he was born in the flesh. He was not the promise.

For Ishmael he was sent away–rejected, from his father. Ishmael had no understanding of why, but confusion. And really, no fault of his own, the only fault-he was born to Abraham and his wife’s maid servant. To this day the effects are still seen. War continues between Israel and the Ishmael descendants.

Hagar was a servant girl, whose only purpose was to serve Sarah and live a life of slavery. With the birth of a son, by her master’s husband, suddenly she felt like she was someone very special. She bore him a son in which her master, Sarah, could not. She began to stand up straight, lift her head see her future brightly now for the first time. To the end she started to look down on Sarah, scoffing her.

Sarah thought she was making a noble sacrifice to “help God” fulfill a promise, but backfired. This brought pain and more emptiness to herself. She watched her husband dotting over his son, affectionately, interacting with his mother, laughing over his first steps, first words of his firstborn. Oh, the anguish of heart she must if felt when Hagar, her maidservant, would snub her nose at Sarah.

Abraham finally after all these years has a son of his old age and his namesake. In these days as even now a man to “have a son” is a big deal a very proud father exhilarating adoration. For a short season-soon to be stripped away. Abraham is torn between losing his only son or the loss of his wife Sarah, his love from his youth. What a horrible choice he was now to make.

All results from the unwillingness to wait for the promise of God, examples we need to pay close attention to. I need to give close attention to. As the effects of trying to “help God” and rush into a promise we are not ready for, in our flesh, can be devastating.

Oh yes God has a purpose and plan for each of us, not of evil but of good, a destiny of promise. But there is a set time, a fullness of time which only God can determine. A process we must all go through in preparation. This process looks different for us all as we all have a different purpose.
Nevertheless, one common thread we all must do during the process, during the wait–is to trust God. Not jump the gun. How you may ask? Spend time with Him in prayer and study. Draw close to Him, and He will draw close to you. In this “active waiting” He will guide you, show you things to come, strengthen you and prepare you.  Determine to wait on Him and trust Him, His way and His outcome will AWAYS be best.koolaus with waterfalls

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Waiting on God

 

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Waiting on God:
 
Waiting on God has been one of the hardest things for me to do in my Christian walk. I remember in the beginning of my journey with God; I would rationalize what ‘waiting’ meant for me.
 
I was a gung ho, go getter kind of person and now that I knew the truth, now that He saved me and my eyes wide open-I could not keep quiet! Or sit still.
 
Yet every time I opened the scripture, I kept seeing “wait.” It just stood out on the pages.
 
So, I likened ‘to wait’ to a waiter or waitress, to serve. After all, God couldn’t possibly mean for me actually to wait, after all the time I’d wasted acting a fool. God surely just wanted me to go out and do something-to serve.
 
“Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name. Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, Just as we hope in You.”
Psalms 33:20‭-‬22 NKJV
 
As I joined every ministry, worked the nursery, scrubbed toilets and then painted the bathrooms, cleaned and shampooed the carpets even helped pour concrete in the churches new parking lot, much to my surprise I was losing my teenage son.
 
I couldn’t understand why he was rebelling so much? I was no longer drinking and drugging and acting a fool why was his attitude so bad?
 
One day as I spent time in prayer, God began to reveal to me, although my son liked the new person he saw in me, a new mother, he started to resent this God who was also taking his mother away.
 
I was a single mom, and now spending all my time at church, not realizing I was neglecting the very one I was called to influence and demonstrate God’s love to, my son.
 
When I sat him down to question him if this was true, his face confirmed my fears. We talked for awhile; and I was devastated at what my actions portrayed. I apologized determining in my heart to be more sensitive. God first, family then ministries.
 
God wanted me to ‘wait,’ before running all over just doing ‘works.’ He knew how much my home was in shambles because of the foolish actions of my past and much healing needed to be done first.
 
Sometimes the wait is difficult because we think we know what to do and know how to do something but just because we know how to do something doesn’t mean we have to do it. Sometimes it does. What is important is to know the difference, by spending time with God and He will reveal His plan, His heart to you.
 
As the scripture says ‘He is our help, He is our shield, as we put our trust in God, our soul waits silently, not complaining, and our hope in Him will not fail.
 
We see what’s on the surface, only what is in front of us. God sees the bigger picture, the eternal purpose, let’s determine in our hearts to trust Him and wait.
 
Even now I wait, and it still challenges, but I also know that I know that I know…He is worth waiting on. There are bigger stakes at hand trust Him, truly He knows best.
 
Ramona Kelly 7.22.2017
 

What is True Freedom

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Yes we are so thankful for the men and women who have laid down their lives for this great country. America the beautiful. There is no greater sacrifice than a man should lay down his life for his brother. We salute you not just today but every day.

However, true freedom comes from God. It is He who grants us victory. It is a true saying God has blessed America. Let us not take it lightly, but with true reverence.

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the Lord his God, Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them; Who keeps truth forever, Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.    (Psalms 146:5‭-‬7 NKJV)

At one time we were all prisoners, prisoners to sin. Prisoners separated from God. But Jesus came to break down that barrier wall to set us free, to become the Way, for those who believe.

Once groping in darkness, without hope or purpose, entangled in a web of deception. Angry, full of hate and unforgiveness becoming the very thing I hated, this was me.

“You were made free from sin, and now you are slaves to what is right.”                       (Romans 6:18 ERV)

Yes! Jesus came and set me free!!! Free to love, free to forgive, free to live my life for God. Cleansed from the bondages of sin. The freedom that gives strength in my inner core even when the storms of life are raging all around…I will stand.

Yes, He broke the chains that had me bound, when I surrendered all. His love and peace melting the walls I had become trapped in. This is true freedom!

I have peace with God and I have the peace of God!
Let Freedom ring!

Ramona Kelly 7.4.17

Sometimes We Wait

“Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by.”    Mark 6:47‭-‬48 NKJV

It’s interesting to me that in the evening,which we may consider evening at like 6-9 pm and Jesus saw their struggles….Yet it wasn’t until the 4th watch of the night that He came. I believe that represents the darkest time of night. In these times the Romans had divided the night into four watches, the fourth watch being between 3AM and 6 AM.

Why did He wait so long before He came to them and calmed the storm?

Why does He want us to wait? In this instance it was more important Jesus spent the time alone with His Father. There are times we too need to wait on God, follow suit spend time with God, wait on His instructions and then follow.

God had made a promise to Moses, but first Moses had to do his part. It wasn’t instant as we see in the movies it took all night

Promise:

“But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord , when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”   Exodus 14:16‭, ‬18 NKJV

Process and answer:

“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind ALL THAT NIGHT, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.”      Exodus 14:21 NKJV

(Emphasis mine,)

I don’t know what you’re facing but whatever it is if God has given you a promise, then He is faithful to bring it to pass. Trust Him, do whatever He has shown you and the answer will come at the perfect timing.

If you don’t know what He promises or what to do, then spend time alone with Him. Like Jesus, until he shows you instruction. He has not left us as orphans but we are children of the King. Go to Him He’s waiting on us.

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OutCasts No More

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At one time, we were all outcasts, separated from God because of sin.
Yet because of His great love for us, the unimaginable sacrifice Jesus laying down His life for us, because of Gods unfathomable forgiveness’ towards us, even while sinners, He calls us outcasts no more.

“Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful. The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
He gathers together the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He counts the number of the stars;

He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. The Lord lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground.”    Psalms 147:1-6 NKJV

Maybe you feel like an outcast today? The stepchild, always messing up, can’t seem to get it right? Don’t be discouraged, but encouraged there is hope in God your Father.

The same One who counts the stars, who calls them all by name wants to heal and mend your brokenness today. He loves you more than you know. He loves you with an everlasting love.

He says He will lift up the humble and cast your enemy to the ground. I beseech you trust Him in this! Humble yourself before Him draw close to Him and He will lift you up and He will heal you. We are outcasts no more.

 

 

Born into Privilege

Born into Privilege

In days of old, when the monarchy reigned and one was born into the royal family, this was known as ‘born into privilege’. Being born into privilege entails many aspects of freedom such as special advantages, immunity, rights, benefits and power, enjoyed not by all but by this certain individual, class or caste of people.

However along with privilege come responsibilities. Living in a higher standard, knowing your life is not your own, but to govern over and-or serve the people. It would behoove us, to really research and understand this.

We, who have been “born again” into Christ Jesus have been born into privilege. We have been granted all the privileges and rights of the son of God. We have been made heir and joints heirs with Christ Jesus.

We, you and I are sons and daughters of the Most High God. We are filled with the power and authority, purchased through the blood of Jesus. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit who works in us, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. Selah

This position of privilege comes with not only great responsibility but with great recompense of reward.

The men and women of yester year were taught from an early age, trained up to know what their life entailed, they learned what was expected and why.

And we being children of the King of kings and Lord of lords must be even more diligent to not only know our rights but the benefits of walking in them.  If not we will live a life of mediocrity at best. Living below the standards God has called us to into a life of squander and failure.

Colossians 3:12-14 tells us to put off the old man and put on the new.  The characteristics of the elect of God, a son-daughter, is “… to put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another , if anyone has complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”

These characteristics cannot be attained in our own humanly strength.  No, we need the power of the Holy Spirit to work in us. How do we do this? Stay connected with God. Remain in the vine, (read John 15), apart from Him we can do nothing, it is only in Him and through Him we have life.

Today we have the internet, with the amazing discovery of wireless connection. Yet the same powers of wireless connection were around long before mankind discovered them.

We as sons and daughters of God have a greater connection. Unlike the internet, in which we may have interrupted services, due to lack of connectivity. We who are called by God have a direct line to God anytime, anywhere. The Holy Spirit reveals truth, convicts of sin.  He will guide you, direct you, He empowers you to do the will of God. He gives you strength, He comforts you, He shows you those things which belong to you. He is your advocate and it is to your great advantage to hang out with Him. Why wouldn’t you want to spend time with Him? Do spend time with Him, He will teach you and prepare you to truly understand your position as you have been born into privilege.

What is this recompense of reward I spoke of earlier?  In the third chapter of Colossians

  • First he tells us to put off the old man, giving description of what that looks like.
  • Second He tells us what to put on as we just read
  • Third in verses 15-17 is an amazing benefit of reward “and let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body;
  • Fourth “and be thankful.”

The world searches all over for peace, peace in a alcohol, peace in drugs, peace in relationships, peace of mind, world peace, however we see in this world there is no peace. Temporary at best, because when you come off your meds, when struggles arise, your peace escapes once again…

True peace is not bought with money, but comes as a benefit to those of us “born into privilege”. Our Father is the God of Peace, our brother Jesus the Prince of Peace. Know the truth, know your identity and be thankful.

Identity Theft

Identity theft did not originate in the natural realm we see today, but in the Spiritual.

In Genesis, the book of beginnings, we see Adam would walk in the cool of the garden with God they would have conversations. God empowered Adam and it was good. However only three chapters in, we see the serpent planting seeds of dissension saying …”did God really say…” by vs. 8 when Adam & Eve heard God calling out to them they hid. They were afraid. Why? They had forgotten who they were, their identity had been stolen.

We need to know who we are in Christ Jesus. I mean really know, that you know that you know.

You (we) are sons and daughters of the most high God. We are loved with an everlasting love. We are the head and not the tail. Jesus said not even one will be snatched from His hand.

Know your identity and know your rights. Do we really know what it means when Paul said in Ro. 8:17 we are “joint heirs with Christ Jesus?”

Joint: the connector where two bones meet together or a place where two things or parts are joined.

Heirs: A person who has the legal right to receive the property of someone who dies; a person who has the right to claim a title when the person holding it dies.

We are connected to Him. Jesus not only died and bequeathed these rights, the title deed to you and I.  But then He rose again to be joined with us to empower us to walk in it! The same power that raised Jesus from the dead resides in both you and me. We are victors! We are not defeated!

Our children or grandchildren are a heritage from the Lord according to Ps. 127:3. Therefore if they have walked away, if they are not serving God do not be discouraged! Be encouraged. God has given us ability to pull down strongholds, to stand against the lies of the enemy, to declare over our children the entirety of promises God has given us. They have just forgotten who they are…their identities have been stolen.

Pray strategically, laser beam in those areas, of truth against confusion, that the truth of His word pierce the darkness of the lies which have blinded their eyes and heart. Ask God to enlighten their understanding and deliver out of darkness. Don’t give up hope- our hope in God does not fail.

God says He is married to the backslidden and we know He doesn’t believe in divorce. Our children are His, let’s fight for them and take them back! Paul in Gal 4: says “My little children for whom I labor in birth again until Christ be formed in you.”  Don’t give up! Whoever you are praying for, don’t give up. He who has promised is faithful to do it.

  1. Know who you are in Christ Jesus
  2. Know His word and His promises.
  3. Pray His word over those you are praying for, trusting Him.
  4. After you have done all to stand, then stand therefore and see the salvation of the Lord.

Joel 2:25 declares the Word of God;  “So I will restore to you the years the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, the chewing locust. My great army which I sent among you.

Halleluiah!

 

 

The War Inside

Years ago Pastor TDJakes had a title to one of his messages ” “The enemy inside a me ”

What a profound, truth. Yes we do not wrestle against powers principalities, spiritual wickedness in heavenly places. Yes we have an enemy whom Jesus said comes to kill steal and destroy. But we also have an enemy with in. And until we can die to this enemy, die to self we will always be subject to fail, fall, give up or react in my a manner contrary to the man/woman God designed you or me to be.

How can we battle effectively what is outside when are distracted by the war with in?

“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is “enmity against God;” for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.”  Romans 8:6-7 NKJV

Even Paul struggled with this as we read these famous words (below, taken from Romans 7) , he is transparent before us as example, for our benefit. We too struggle but we have hope, take hold of this truth.

By surrendering to God, “dying daily to ourselves” we too can overcome and do great feats. Starve the old sin nature, be transformed, and renew our minds with the Word of God.

“So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.

But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.

I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart.

But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.

Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.”  Romans 7:14-25 NLT

Know this! The same Spirit that rose Jesus from the dead lives in you!!!

“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you…..”                            Romans 8:11-A  NLT

Ramona Kelly 5.30.2017

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Demolishing Strongholds

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Demolishing Strongholds:

Every thought we have is not healthy, truly we have a battle that rages in our minds

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
James 1:5‭-‬8 NKJV

Doubt does not come from God because it causes us to become scatter brain. We will, if we entertain those thoughts become — unstable in ALL our ways , in our walk with God , in our hope consequently despair .

But God has not left us without hope, He has given us instruction on how to overcome.

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.” 2 Corinthians 10:4‭-‬6 NIV

As we rid ourselves of the negative destructive thoughts by demolishing them, it is necessary to fill that void. If the void isn’t filled purposely something else will enter in. We have choice victory or by happenstance.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16 NKJV

Here is the reward and great benefit of doing so

You (God) will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

Yes perfect peace! Even in the storms and challenges of life. We can have perfect peace. Whatever you may be facing today know that He is trust worthy. He who has promised is faithful to complete that which He has begun. He will bring you through the storm.

Gods Word is above His Name

Ps. 138:2b “…For You have magnified Your Word above Your name.”

Selah- think about this for a moment, this is such a unfathomable statement. God would speak this about His name? The “I AM”, the creator of heavens and earth, whose name is Adonai-the Lord, my Great Lord; Elohim-the All-Powerful One-Creator; El Roi- the God who sees Me; El Shaddai- the All Sufficient One; Jehovah- I Am, the One who is the self-existent One; Jehovah-Rapha- The Lord that heals- Jehovah-Tsidkenu- the Lord our Righteousness; Jehovah Jirah, He is our Provider… How is it possible that anything other than His name be higher, magnified to this level of such high prestige? For that matter how can anything even compare?

Yet, God in His infinite wisdom acknowledges His Word, He places above His Great Name. If this is truth, and we know God does not lie. Then this should be a “wake up call” of how important it is for us, who are called by His name, to spend time daily, often in His Word.  Reading scriptures meditation on His word, not just getting into His Word, but getting His Word into us.

Prov.4:20-23 “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my saying (21) Do not let them depart from your eyes; (22) For they are life to those who find them. And health to all their flesh. (23) Keep your heart with all diligence. For out of it spring the issues of life.”   Selah

Matt. 24:35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my Words will never pass away.”

If the God of the universe, the all knowing, all powerful, all sufficient one puts this much emphasis and value on His Words….then shouldn’t we? I don’t know about you, but for me this challenges me, have I really put 100% effort into my study and meditation of God’s Words? Is it really as important to me as I say it is? Is there action attached to my words and is that action truly effective in my life. Only God can reveal the truth to us all individually. To me, these are answers I need to know, that I will not deceive myself. I challenge you today, to go a little further, digtunnel wave deeper as there is great recompense of reward in Him, when we do.