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Knowing God and Doing Exploits: Up For an Adventure, Anyone?

Knowing God and Doing Exploits: Up For an Adventure, Anyone?.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Knowing God and Doing Exploits: Up For an Adventure, Anyone?

In Defence of the Realm by Bernie CondonDaniel 11:32 “…but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.”

What does it mean to be strong and to do exploits? Is it simply an adventure? Like one of David’s mighty men? These men were crazy awesome, right out of the heroes from The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit.

I love the idea of adventure, being strong, and doing exploits, but what about the portion that goes before? The part about ‘the people that do know their God’? How do you get to know God? Really KNOW Him? Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart: and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

According to the Mac 101: Dictionary, the word ‘adventure’ is both a noun and a verb. The definitions include, ‘an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity, daring, calling for enterprise and enthusiasm, especially the exploration of unknown territory.’

To be honest, being a Christian is most definitely unusual and exciting, sometimes hazardous, certainly calling for enterprise and enthusiasm (Rejoice in the Lord always!). Choosing to set aside your own will and trust Someone I can’t see or hear or touch is all of the above and then some!

When Jesus came into my life and I gave Him my allegiance, He set up residence in my heart and life. People talk about ‘asking Jesus into your heart’ and that’s a good thing, but the reality, the true meaning of that is surrender, submission, giving up control. It’s not just turning away from my old life, it’s turning and cleaving to a brand new and very different life. 

One of the things I love about The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit is their sense of duty. These men (and women) are heroes. They have a purpose and they give their lives for it. Another favorite of mine is Baroness Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel series. These take place during the French Revolution with Sir Percy Blakeney, a rich English aristocrat, sneaking in and out of France in various disguises rescuing people condemned to the guillotine. Again, a hero who answered a calling.

Of course, these stories are fun, fiction, but what about reality? What about getting to know this great God of ours and being strong and doing exploits? Is that real? Is that even possible today?

Yes! Sometimes the strongest thing a man or a woman can do is what’s right.

The battles today are for our values, our marriages, our children. You have the ability to change someone’s world. By loving God and seeking His will and way and doing it, you can save a life. You can participate in saving a soul.

What’s an exploit? According to the Mac 101: Dictionary, an ‘exploit’ is a ‘bold or daring feat’.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes the Lord asks me to do what seems totally counter-intuitive. At least, it’s not what I want to do. (Guess that goes back to that Proverbs 3:5-6 verse, the one about trusting in the Lord with ALL your heart and leaning not to your OWN understanding…)

The Lord called my husband to be a musician. How can a man support a family as a musician? (We have five kids.) But, my husband obeyed the Lord and He has provided in incredible ways. The Lord called me to be a writer. What? A writer and a musician and five, FIVE, kids? Yep. We’ve got a great house in a good neighborhood and we’ve never gone hungry.

The Lord called us to pick up and leave a great, big house and move to Chicago, all seven of us. Nine million people terrified me. Yet, when the Lord called us, He took away all my fear and I don’t mind traffic. Miracle anyone?

If you choose to allow Jesus to direct your path, He may take you to some crazy destinations, but He will go with you. If you choose to take the time to get to know Him, to really KNOW Him, He will make you strong and you will do exploits. You will change the world…

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2015 in Author in the Trenches

 

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A Gift for You!

M90 PicThis year my children and I are studying the book of Proverbs and other wisdom writings in the Bible. M90 is a challenge to memorize only 90 of those verses (and each is powerful!). In taking the time to study out each proverb in greater detail, I have been so blessed and I wanted to pass the blessing along to you!

Here is the M90 booklet: M90_StudentGuide

You can memorize these in 90 days or take longer or shorter. Each page has an explanation and questions for reflection.

One thing I learned today was from Prov 2:11 “Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:”

I always thought of discretion as not revealing private information to others, but that is only half the definition. The first half is ‘the quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offense.’

What’s the one part of our person that gets us into the most trouble? Our mouths and our attitudes (which comes out in our behaviors)!

Another thing I learned in studying Proverbs is from commentator, Daniel Segraves. In his book Ancient Wisdom for Today’s World, A Commentary on the Book of Proverbs, he says, “The English word wisdom is the translation of several Hebrew words in the Book of Proverbs; the most common is ‘hokmah.’ This word speaks of the skill with which craftsmen, sailors, singers, mourners, administrators, and counselors perform their duties. Thus, being wise means ‘being skilled in godly living.’ Having God’s wisdom means having the ability to cope with life in a God-honoring way.” (John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck, eds., The Bible Knowledge Commentary (Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books, 1985), OT: 902.)

Isn’t it wonderful that God makes wisdom available to us through His Word? As we take the time to daily ‘…receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding.’ Prov 2:1-2, we have the promise that, ‘Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.’ Proverbs 2:5. We have to purpose in ourselves to receive and to hide or guard God’s words and commandments.

Our Lord wants to give us wisdom. His Word says so, ‘For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.’ Proverbs 2:6.

If you want to grow in wisdom, you can. It’s all there available to you. You simply need to be open ‘to receive the instruction of wisdom,’ Prov 1:3. I especially love Prov 1:6 ‘To understand a proverb and the interpretation; the words of the wise and their dark sayings.’ If you want it, you can have the ability to understand a proverb AND the interpretation. You can ‘get it!’

Pastor LoCascio preached this past Sunday on What Do You Expect?

I expect to believe what God’s Word says and apply it to my life. I expect to receive wisdom and become skilled at living God’s way rather than my own. I don’t need to live a stressed out, frustrated life. I can live God’s way, taking on His burden (which is light) and His yoke (which is easy), instead of trying to carry the weight of the world on my shoulders (of which I do a very poor job!).

I’m excited about what God is doing in my cities (Chicagoland), my church, my family, and my life and I can’t wait to see what He does next.

Download that free booklet above and see what the Lord wants to teach you, show you, and bless you with. :)

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2015 in Author in the Trenches

 

Fighting Spiritual Battles

ChristinaLi:

This works!

Originally posted on The Life Church of Des Plaines:

In Defence of the Realm by Bernie CondonThere is a system, the anti-christ spirit, with an agenda to attack the church and the Christian. We need to know how to combat this. Don’t blame a devil for everything. Not everything evil is from Satan or a devil. Be careful of extremes.

Idols were used to deceive people.

I Cor 10:19-20 “What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.”

Don’t swing the opposite direction and not give the devil credit for anything. Don’t be like those who won’t acknowledge they’re being attacked. There are times when we need to recognize we’re fighting.

How do we fight?

We have weapons.

2Cor 10:3-4 “For though we live…

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Posted by on February 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Pray Without Ceasing

ChristinaLi:

The theme for our Sunday School class yesterday was ‘If you choose God, He will bless you!’ If we will pray always, constantly keeping our focus on the Lord, seeking His wisdom and leading, doing things His way, He will bless us. We’ve got to pray!

Originally posted on The Life Church of Des Plaines:

featuredAd_30DaysOfPrayerMonday, Jan 26, 2015: Pray that those drifting away from Apostolic truths do not send forth a message of compromise and succumb to a spirit of deception. Pray for unity and that God would heal all hurts (James 3:11).

Tuesday, Jan 27: Pray for God to send out chosen workers to rebuild and restore that which has been broken in all facets of life. Pray for the restoration of prodigals and backsliders (Nehemiah 2:5).

Wednesday, Jan 28: Pray that whatever God sends along the way, the church will pray continually and obey Him, despite the circumstances (Jeremiah 42:6).

Thursday, Jan 29: Pray that God sends a great outpouring of His Spirit that results in great revival and harvest. Pray for healing, miracles, signs, wonders, and the manifested Shekinah glory of God (Luke 24:49).hat the church worldwide aligns to all God speaks and all He sends, and that they submit to…

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Posted by on January 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Committed to 30 Days of Prayer (Jan 5-11)

Originally posted on The Life Church of Des Plaines:

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Jan 5, 2015: Pray for God to help His people to overcome the fear “to go to all that He shall send them and to speak all that he has commanded” (Jeremiah 1:7).

Jan 6: Pray that each individual who God is calling will heed to His voice and reply “Here am I; send me” (Isaiah 6:8).

Jan 7: Pray that God sends out workers, laboring together in love. Pray they not only advocate God’s kingdom, but also demonstrate it in His name, power, and authority (Mark 6:7).

Jan 8: Pray that God would send abundant finances and resources, through the means of others, to spread the gospel and to accomplish His work (II Chronicles 2:3).

Jan 9: Pray that God would send the church skilled individuals who would use their talents and abilities to help build His kingdom (II Chronicles 2:7).

Jan 10: Pray that God sends out ministers…

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Posted by on January 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Committed to 30 Days of Prayer

Originally posted on The Life Church of Des Plaines:

The United Pentecostal Church International has embraced the theme “SEND” as we endeavor to sendThe Whole Gospel to the Whole World by the Whole Church. We unite to answer “the voice of the Lord, saying, whom shall I send, and who will go for us” (Isaiah 6:8)? We unite to pray “the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:38). We unite to advocate to the Lord, “O send out thy light and thy truth…” (Psalm 43:3). Join with us in prayer and fasting, and believe that God will SEND all that He has declared, according to His Word!

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Jan 1, 2015:  That the Lord would send His Angel to go before the UPCI, leading to a destination of biblical success (Exodus 23:20). 

Jan 2: That God would send His people forth to possess the territories that He has…

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Posted by on January 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
 
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