Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Praise: Count 'em Up!

This blog has been a singular blessing to my life, y'all.  Unless the Lord calls for its end (and I don't see why He would), Daddy's Girl will be around for many months and years to come.  Amen.


Since next week welcomes the holiday season, no new posts will appear here.  I pray all of you have a lovely Thanksgiving Day with family and friends;  God willing, I'm also looking forward to some great company and cooking.  =0)


To conclude the series this week, I thank my Abba for...
  • my intimate relationship with the Godhead.
  • continued life, health, and strength.
  • my best friend and twin sister, Lynette.
  • a year now of new beginnings, blessings, and territory.
  • my Google+, Twitter, and Word Press friends.
  • the thousands of lives touched by Glory Shield Ministries and the Daddy's Girl blog.
  • the magnificent lessons He's taught me about how to relate my testimony and message to Christ's Body.  So many times I didn't really know what I would say about what He'd placed on my heart, and Holy Spirit gently calmed and encouraged me by saying, "just tell your story."  It's what I've done joyously for the past two years, and God has filled my heart and mind with the words to bless, magnify, extol, and glorify His Holy Name and tender heart every time.  All any of us have to do is ask Him for the wisdom to write what we should and not write what we shouldn't; He does the rest, and the eloquence is His.
  • personal, "offline" pastoring and God's mega-affirmations and instructions in that area.  (Only God could make a pastor out of me, y'all!  His will be done!)
  • deliverance... always ongoing, deepening, and purifying.  Of late He has addressed the pain of childhood molestation issues I had never truly let Him touch until now. It was a giant "ugly" I pushed way down in my emotions, but God never lost sight of it.  His timing for the liberation of every area yielded to His tender, loving hands is perfect.  When we are willing, Abba can do more in a week to free us from festering bondage than can be accomplished in years of applying the world's "therapeutic" techniques. Who is like Him?
In Jesus' Name, I cover all my words and testimony of blessings/thanksgiving with the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth Who came in the flesh, and I forbid the enemy or his operatives any access to any of it at all.  Again, in Christ's Name, Amen.


For what are you most thankful, beloved?  There are so many blessings seen and unseen, known and unknown that the Godhead have granted us, it's challenging to know where to start.  But Holy Spirit will help you PRAISE HIM and THANK HIM and give Him the honor, glory, and heartfelt adulation from the very depths of your soul and spirit He so richly deserves... just ask Him!  Hallelujah! =0)


Be blessed, everyone, with a warm, safe, satisfying holiday in Jesus' Magnificent Name...
DADDY'S GIRL

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thanksgiving Praise: "This is Amazing Grace"

I believe the way thanksgiving to God fills a soul with bounding joy is brought forth most powerfully in song. I'm so glad and grateful to know that the Lord's Spirit is still affecting change in the hearts of millions (dare I say, billions) of young people throughout the earth based on their faith in His Name and their gratitude for His "amazing grace".


That brings me to today's song I'm delighted to showcase here which is, no doubt, familiar to every one of you and has been a favorite of mine for months.  It's by Phil Wickham, a young man whose life the Lord has touched with His saving grace and healing power.  You can look into this young man's eyes as he sings this hit song, "This Is Amazing Grace" and be washed with the genuine love he feels for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  I adore it when that happens; Holy Spirit will always identify those who belong to Abba... always... and this young man absolutely does.


His testimony includes having been healed of a throat malady and raised up again by the hand of God to sing for all that He's done for him.  My favorite line of this powerful, blessed, humble melody is, "Who brings our chaos back into order? Who makes the orphan a son and daughter? The King of Glory! The King above all kings!"


Hallelujah! I can identify with being rescued from the gutting impact of all those around me seeming to be "gone", leaving me what the world called an 'orphan' among the vast sea of unrighteousness sweeping over key members of my family when I was just a little girl.  Truly, GOD AND HIS MERCY didn't leave me fatherless!  He didn't leave me motherless when my precious mother departed this world for her place beside Him in holiness in Heaven's splendor.  Indeed, even the most loving, well-intentioned beings of family will one day leave us through the failings of the flesh and the curse of sin...


BUT NOT THE LORD!  Hallelujah, y'all!  Not the Lord!

"I Am He Who lives and was dead and, behold, I Am alive forevermore. Amen." (Rev. 1:18a)
"Because I live, you shall live also." (John 14:19b)
"For He Himself has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.'" (Heb. 13:5b)
 
Beloved, please enjoy "This is Amazing Grace" sung by brother Philip Wickham. I pray it blesses you and lifts your feet to dancing in glorious, joyful Praise to Daddy's Mighty Name!  Amen!







DADDY'S GIRL


"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Only Spiritually Discerned

One thing I notice constantly is that whenever anyone tries to grasp the spiritual things of God with fleshly intellect, they crash and burn.  Me included.  I learned this scripture the hard way, but now I know and stand by its truth:
"But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."  (1 Cor. 2:14)
I remember years ago God telling me that my (view of) "education" actually separated me from Him, because I used my brains as prideful protection back then to "buffer" me on every side.  Now, does that mean God didn't create the intellect?  Of course not.  What it does mean is that, through sin, God's intended use for the intellect has been corrupted.  The biggest problem with what I did is that, as I walled myself inside the fortress of those intellectual storehouses, I also walled out any possibility of the Truth of God penetrating my fort.  Boxed in with my own narrow scope of vision and comprehension I felt safe but, honestly, I was fearful and deprived of truth's fullness in beauty and benefit to my soul.

The intellect was created by God not only to "hold" truth, but to "KNOW" truth.  And please remember that JESUS CHRIST IS THE TRUTH of which I'm speaking - the only Truth there is.  It's two different things to hold a Bible in your hand and have Jesus in your heart.  One is holding, one is knowing.  The flesh is twitterpated by the gathering of knowledge... jingling all the sourballs of information in your head until it's ready to burst is a real turn-on for the flesh.  The fleshly intellect feeds on its ability to turn phrases and circuitously explore the brainiac regions of man-made conjecture turned fact.

Gag me.  :0\

The things of God are spiritually discerned, folks.  That means we have to be willing to leave the safe box of our puffed-up storage room of fleshly intellect to stand in the sunshine of humble, pure faith in God.  That's the only way we are going to know Him as His bride - in His bedchamber - as the Divine Husband He is.  Fleshly intellect only mars the supernatural splendor of God's garments.  Faith and man's definition of intellect don't mix.  They'll never mix because the flesh cannot comprehend the things of the Spirit... it'll never happen.

But God's got a supernatural intellect residing in our spirit-man which is empowered and controlled thoroughly by His Holy Spirit, and through that we are given power to believe and become the children of God.  Through that we are given His spiritual impartation of faith, where we can believe the things our natural eyes don't see; we can receive the Truth of God as "Spirit", and we can welcome His wisdom and revelatory knowledge into our hearts and minds without the presence of fleshly intellect or a PhD.

The intellect of God's spirit-man in us is first of all HUMBLE... knowing that God reveals things outside of our human realm and scope of comprehension, constantly.  The thought that God is wrong just because we can't understand Him exposes immense arrogance and pride.  The whole point is not to pull God down to our puny minds and limited understanding (which we pitifully deem "vast"); but rather to allow His Holy Spirit to elevate our understanding to the heights of His Divine desire to (mercifully) enlighten us with Truth.

Beloved, without Holy Spirit's enabling, WE CAN'T UNDERSTAND.  No matter how many Bibles we read or universities we attend, true reception and appropriation of the things of Abba always depends on whether or not we yield to the Spirit's understanding and not our own.

Whenever we try to grasp the knowledge of God and His Realm through our own understanding, human experience, and fleshly intellect we will crash and burn - period - and yet again we'll be denied opportunity to reach the higher heights and deeper depths of experience with the Godhead.

That's a pity I don't want, ever.  How about you?

DADDY'S GIRL

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

God and Sneezing

Daily living often paints the most profound pictures and teaches the deepest lessons so reflective of the amazing heart of God.


I heard a daycare worker sneeze this morning, and I noted the delight of the children around her. I believe she sneezed twice, such that it caught the attention of the very little kids. Then, cleverly, she used their glee to joyful advantage and after her second sneeze exclaimed, "Oh, my goodness! What was in there?"  Everyone laughed.


This reminded me of God's conviction and cleansing of His children.

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9
How many times have you applied that truth to sneezing?  Yep... neither have I.  :0)
We're taught that God doesn't deal in condemnation, but rather conviction.  We've rehearsed the truth that condemnation's weaponry is brutal and accusatory, but Holy Spirit's gentle conviction simply says - "Not that way, this way," bringing us to what's been tagged an "Aha!" moment.


Enter the onomatopoeic link to sneezing.


"Aha!" mimics the involuntary breath we take just prior to being crumpled inside the powerful grip of a sneeze.  Then, what sound accompanies the release of all foreign matter?  Often a loud and forceful, "Choo!" Right? Much resembling the words, shoo and eschew, in my opinion.


Shoo: "To drive away unwanted or annoying people, animals, (things), etc."
Eschew: "To abstain or keep away from; shun, avoid."


It just fits, y'all (and you've gotta love dictionary.com)!  I believe our Heavenly Father has drawn an analogy to beat all analogies of simple human function by linking His powerful, merciful, search-and-destroy mission of convicting and cleansing us of sin to the humble, helpful, and holy... sneeze.


HALLELUJAH!


In one animated swoop of evacuating expression, Daddy illustrates how He brings to us the "Aha!" of conviction, swiftly followed by the "shoo!" or "eschew!" power-wash of cleansing from sin!  Saints, I ask you... who is like unto our God?!  And who can even come close to creating His parabolic lessons shining light on His life-changing goodness and spotless ways?  Hiyah!  NO ONE, that's who!


So, beloved, the next time you sneeze try to remember to thank our God for His loving kindness and faithful forgiveness and cleansing of our souls and bodies from sin...


... and then always grab a tissue!  =0)


DADDY'S GIRL


"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)