How to Apply Life from Words

 

How can I apply the life giving words of Psalm 119:1-8 to my everyday life?  What changes do I need to make in order to establish my life upon the promises of God?

The Living Word, the Word that is able to “penetrate to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and the immortal spirit, and of joints and marrow (of the deepest parts of our nature), exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12 (Amplified)

How can I soak in the Life of these words?

We are a blessed people when our way is blameless.  We are blessed when we walk in the Law of the Lord.  We are blessed when we Love.

We are blessed when we observe His testimonies and seek Him with all our heart.  When we walk in His ways, unrighteousness will be far from us.

The reward for obedience is blessing; rich, full, overflowing in our lives.

We wrestle.  We wrestle like Jacob who refused to let go of the Angel of the Lord until he was blessed.  We wrestle with deception, greed, wanting more.  We walk in unforgiveness, fear and shame.

Like Jacob.

We wrestle with our own thoughts, ideals and priorities.  We separate ourselves from our brothers and sisters.  Our family is solitary. Alone.  And our hearts wrestle as we sojourn.  We lay our heads upon the hard rock of fear.  Pleasure and longing for the acquisition of more and better pervade our senses.  We pursue what we hope will satisfy us.

Jesus pursues us.  Jesus is running after us with arms open wide, calling our name in the pursuit.  His plan is to overtake us with His goodness and mercy.  Tangible gifts of grace.

The compassion Jesus had for us far outweighed His love for His own life.

  I can imagine Jesus as He prepared Himself for His goodbyes.  His earthly father had taught Him so much.  Jesus learned early the grace of humility and submission in the carpenter’s shop. 
 
It was in the carpenter’s shop that He wrestled with His emotions.  The pleasure He felt as He ran His hands over the smooth wood, the feel of the sawdust between His toes, the scent of the fresh wood.
 
Within the walls of the shop darkness settled in slowly and Jesus wrestled.  His heart felt the pain of the crucifixion.  The fragrance of the wood filled His senses; the setting sun cast a rosy glow through the shuttered windows.  He loved it here.  He loved His family and knowing the pain they would feel at His death was almost too hard to bear.
 
Jesus turned His face, turned His face toward Calvary and set His face like flint to carry out His heavenly Father’s plan.  He turned His face once more and along the walls of the shop, it was as if He could see our faces.  Ours, radiating with the glory of His love.  The thought of us gave Him strength and once more He turned toward the Cross and this time joy flooded His soul as He imagined you and me today in relationship with Him.
 
His roughened hands had touched, healed and blessed.  Now spikes would pierce them through.  He trusted His heavenly Father’s plan of redemption implicitly.  He would go willingly to the Cross; His blood would pour out and provide life for us.
 
How often He had thought about us.  The time had come.  He kept His heart focused as every step He took brought Him closer to the cross.  The time of goodbye was near.  Mary and Joseph had housed the King of glory, loved Him fiercely and with great abandon.
 
His heart felt it would burst with the grief of goodbye.  His relationships had been deep and true.  He had loved like none other.  He had loved deeply, fully and known no bounds.  His heart was hurting.  His Father knew. The great plan of redemption intensified and once more, the hall of faith revealed our faces.
 
Love would see Him through.  Love would raise Him up on the third day.  Love spilt His blood so we could live!
 

We wrestle with our emotions and the Father knows and understands because He made us.  He wants us to come to Him, to cry out to Him and meet Him in the midst of our despair.

It is in our thought life our sin is birthed.  We wrestle for purity in our thought life and the Father doesn’t want us to ignore or mask our thoughts and feelings, He wants to meet us right in the middle of them so He can minister grace to us in our weakness.

Jesus was perfect. He expressed His emotions perfectly and if we make it a habit to ‘observe’ Him and seek Him with all our heart, we will wrestle ourselves into a place of peace.  A habitation for the Lord where His nature and characteristics rule the roost.

Truly, in the Father’s Keep the ways are the way of holiness, purity, never-ending mercies and steadfast compassion.  All of these are yours as you rest in My embrace and allow My hands to shape you, fashion you and perfect you. You will be no longer fragmented but whole and in peace.  People of integrity with the sanctified spirit, soul and body operating in unison – this is peace; this is the rest in the Father’s Keep.

All I have laid out for you is yours. Eat and drink, be filled with righteousness and the fruits thereof.  Drink from the fountain of purity.  Let your ear receive the Word from My mouth, it is food to your spirit, sustaining your soul and strengthening your body.

Go forth in joy and peace; stay leaning against My everlasting arms.  I will keep you from falling. I will cause you to stand in a place of purity; your feet will be securely planted upon the Highway of Holiness and joy and gladness will rain down upon you as showers of blessing from within the Father’s Keep.

Lift up your heads, lift up your hands, for the old has passed away and the new has come.  The joy of Jesus is within you. Everything He has, all of His qualities emanate and radiate from His life and surround you here in the Keep.

Joy is a safeguard for your souls, and here in the Father’s Keep alone it is protected and keeps you strong.  Your willing sacrifice of self is the highest and best offering you can bring, for it is then we are yoked together and walk in perfect  unity.  Joined thus, we walk as one. (Beckoned by the King)

Listening for His heart, Jeannie Pallett

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Seeking God with all our Heart

Seeking God with all our Heart ~ We Have Bread for the Hungry

Psalm 119:1-2 How blessed are whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord.

How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, who seek Him with all their heart.      Bread for the Hungry

Can You Hear Him?

What are some practical ways we can seek God with all our heart?

Did you hear the same answer as me?  The most obvious came readily to me.   Didn’t even have to think about it.   Establish a daily quiet time and learn to be disciplined enough to keep it.  Joyfully.  With anticipation and expectation high in our hearts.  Simple.  Like the Nike slogan, we just do it.  Sometimes it is that dogged determination that takes us over the hill and up the mountain and around onto the other side where victory lies.  Dogged determination is a good thing to learn.

I am hearing other words in my spirit.  Words that cut me to the quick and I must acknowledge them.  Listen oh my soul.  Listen to the Wisdom of the Ages.  Listen to the answer powerful to change us.  Really change us so we are the hands and feet of Jesus in our everyday walking about life.

Instead of looking inward, we change our focus and look outward.  Love, the fulfillment of the Law is both a vertical and horizontal relationship.

What if we were to look for the hungry and feed them?  In the local grocery store, look.  Eyes speak and reveal soul hunger.  Cart contents can reveal the pocket book.

What if we allowed compassion to move our hearts and look beyond our comfortable world?   What if we went shopping prepared not to fill our own shopping list but to ask God to show us someone who has a need and then pay his or her grocery bill.  Oh sure, it’s a little bit awkward to go up to the cashier and quietly tell her/him you are paying the person’s bill, but the awkwardness is worth the spark of joy and unbelief and WOW that lights their eyes.  Even the cashiers are taken aback.

Be a friend to one who is lonely.  Make yourself available to listen.  Really, listen with your heart so you feel their pain.  Instead of backing away from their mess and pain, compassion will move you into action.  My memory takes me to a time not so long ago when I was in a Canadian Tire store and I saw a native, drunk,  harassing one of the customer service gals.  His shirt was undone to his navel, he was loud and the girls were embarrassed.

I could have easily ignored him. But I knew him.  I knew his heart for Jesus and knew a little of his testimony.  I couldn’t ignore him.  He shared his heartbreak with me in the nuts and bolts aisle.  I told him to button up his shirt and then helped him as his fingers trembled.  I asked him if he needed a ride home.  I found my husband in the fishing aisle and we walked our brother to our vehicle.  My heart aches today as I think of him.  Jesus saved him, did an amazing work in his life and yet because of a woman who had a hold on a bottle he backslid after years of sobriety.

I wasn’t thinking of the words of Jesus that day.

We can serve at soup kitchens, and we can invite others into our homes to break bread and fellowship.  We can make extras so they can go home with arms and stomachs filled.

We can go through our bulging wardrobes and take our bests and favorites to services that clothe those who are in need.

We are in a land of plenty and yet needs are even more plentiful.  We don’t need to go overseas; we can serve right where we are if we would see with the eyes of our hearts.

I hear Him saying, “Open the eyes of your heart to the needs.  They abound.  Will you choose to abound in love and good works?  Will you choose to seek Me with all your heart and find Me in the faces of the poor, the hungry, and the unclothed?  You hold the key to unlock prison doors and set the captives free.

As you welcome and give grace to the stranger, so you welcome Me into your midst.”

Matthew 25:42-45

For I was hungry and you gave Me no food, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome Me and entertain Me, I was naked and you did not clothe Me.  I was sick and in prison and you did not visit Me with help and ministering care.  Then they also will answer, Lord when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?  And He said, solemnly I declare to you, in so far as you failed to do it for the least (in the estimation of men) of these, you failed to do it for Me.  (Amplified version)

Now that gives me a completely new perspective of practical ways I can seek God with all my heart!  Will you ask Him what He wants you to do and then allow compassion to propel you forward?

 

Listening for His heart, Jeannie Pallett                                    Linking up today at:  http://www.w2wministries.org/2013/09/i-will-be-with-you.html

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I Am Longing

The great I Am speaks to His people in many ways. His heart is longing that we perceive His words to us.  To some He speaks in sleep, in dreams and in visions of the night.  Recently I heard these words over the busyness of my dreams:

My Name goes before you all the days of your life.

I AM goes before you  making your crooked places straight.
I Am goes before you meeting every need.
I Am goes before you preparing your road for victory. I Am fills your hands so you can reach out to others in their time of need.
I Am a very present help in time of trouble.
I Am longing to show you compassion.
I Am Love, I Am Jesus.

In the midst of your storms, I Am with with you. I Am leads you to higher ground.

In your hour of deepest need, I Am bringing you the provision.

I Am counts every hair on your head, I Am shaped and formed you.

I Am with you, I Am leading you in the way of triumph.

I Am. I Am a very present help in time of trouble. I Am knows you are more than a conqueror in Christ.

I Am sufficient to bring peace to your heart.

I Am covering you with love and compassion.

I Am victory

I Am need meeter, Filler of Joy and Lifter of your head.

I Am longing.

Longing for you to turn your heart to Me.

I Am longing to be gracious to you

I Am longing to shower you with love, fill every empty, aching space with the glory of My love.

I Am longing for you are My beloved.

 Psalm 119:130  The entrance of Your words gives light ( it brings clarity and understanding to our situations in life).

Your words give understanding to the simple.

Listening for His heart,

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Kingdom Reminders

 

Father, Precious Papa, Keeper of your Word, I am asking that you would remember your Word to your servant, for through it, you have given me hope.  (Psalm 119:49)

Your Word, if I may remind you says, “I am the God that heals you”.  Lord, would you remember this Word for through it you have given me hope?

“By the stripes of Jesus, you were healed.”  Father, remember your Word for we trust in you and our hope of healing rests in you.  Father, we believe your Word, we trust in your Word and therefore we expect you to remember your Word and bring it to pass in our lives.

Our comfort in our suffering is this:  “Your promise preserves my life.”  (Psalm 119:50)

1 Peter 5:10 is a promise I would like to remind you of Father.   “You who are the God of all grace, who called us to your eternal glory in Christ where our lives are hidden; you said after we have suffered a little while you yourself will restore us and make us strong, firm and steadfast.”

The Word says Father that you sent your Word and healed them.  In the Gospels, it says that Jesus healed all who were sick.

At the end of the Gospels and the beginning of our Christian lives, Jesus died on the Cross; He carried our sins, bore our sorrows and by his shed blood, healed ALL of our diseases.  He also has promised to redeem our lives from the pit, crown us with love and compassion, satisfy our desires with good things so that our youth is restored like the eagle’s.

So Father, will you not bring about justice for your chosen one?  You chose Bruce, Lord to be your son.  We cry out to you day and night.  Will you keep putting us off?  Will you not see that Bruce receives justice – and quickly?

Lord Jesus, you are present with us, you see that our hearts are filled with faith; our mouths speak the promises of your Word concerning healing.

We are Kingdom citizens and we ask you O King by speaking forth Kingdom promises.

This is how I have been speaking lately and in obeying the Word, we/I have found a certain measure of peace.  Since Jesus promised trials and tribulations, why should I think we are exempt?  He has given us the promise of overcoming them so how else shall we know we are overcomers save for the trials?

This trial of prostate cancer has been a difficult one to embrace; I would be lying if I said I was not scared at times of the future, lying if I told you every time fear came that I flung wide my heart to embrace and speak the Word of God.  Many times, I have felt hopeless and fearful…but I choose not to remain in that space and that is when my conversation with God goes much like above.

We have seen the divine hand of God move in our circumstances and we have learned that as long as we keep moving, God will keep guiding us. We have paid attention to the peace we have felt, knowing that we are to let peace be the umpire that rules our hearts.  Each time we said no to something God would help us find new information or bring men alongside Bruce to share their story.  Right now, we have a specialist appointment for next week when we will be seeing a doctor trained in robotic surgery.  This is the way God has lead us.  Our hope and our trust are in God.

No matter the trial, test or tribulation, the most important thing is that we stay sensitive to the Spirit of God and go in the direction we sense He is leading.  One foot in front of the other, He gives us just enough light for the step we are to take.

I am reminded of these words, some of my favorites from Beckoned by the King:

Rejoice.  This is a fact that is to rule our emotions.  Without questioning the relevance or reasons, we are simply to rejoice.

But when the days come that threaten to topple the tranquility of the lives we enjoy, what gives us balance and stabilizes our hearts?  The Word of God that we have hidden in our hearts rises to quiet the straying thoughts in our heads that threaten to take us way off course.  The apostle Peter tells us to rejoice and be exceedingly glad when we face trials and hardships.

Our hearts will be able to rejoice when we make the choice to worship our unchanging God of mercy and might, compassion and companionship.  His friendship, His loving touch, His spoken words, His whispered encouragement and comfort all come to mean so much more than anything outside of Him can bring to us.

…We can rejoice in our afflictions, for they cause us to look for, hope for and wait upon our God.  In the good times of our lives, let us guard against complacency and let God arise so that His enemies are scattered.  Let God arise in our souls so that we can look about and see His salvation taking place.

When you go through times that are difficult, does your mindset need to change so that you can say that you too hope in His Word?   Begin making a list of all the ways God has shown you that you are in the palm of His hand.  Think of tough times and record how God cared for you.

What lessons can you learn about the faithfulness of God?

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Refreshed and Beautiful

The story in Acts 3, tells us of the lame man carried to the Beautiful gate of the temple each day in order to beg alms from those entering the temple to pray.

Alms are charitable gifts, gifts of compassion given to the poor. The giver is showing mercy and compassion and people think he is tender hearted.

How many times had he sat there and how many times had Jesus passed him by? The Bible does not tell us that – but it does teach us that we must recognize and honour the sovereignty of God; the One who rules the universe and yet knows every secret place of all hearts.

We must also see that, even as God is Sovereign, our times are in His hands.

Psalm 31:14 -15 But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God, my times are in Your hands”

There is no escaping the reality of unpleasant circumstances at some point throughout our lives and we usually get to the place of understanding later rather than sooner, that God actually uses these for our growth and to show us our even greater need of Him alone!

Of course, Jesus would have seen him begging; He would have seen and been fully aware of his helpless condition as he sat there by the gate.  Yet it was no ordinary gate for Ezekiel 43:1-4 speaks of how the glory of the Lord came into the house by the way of the gate facing toward the east, the Beautiful Gate.

The lame man was setting himself up to be filled with the Glory of God and I do not think he fully imagined what was about to happen to him!

The lame man had positioned himself to receive, but so far, he had not understood the depth of his need.  Yes! He was lame and therefore had need of financial help.  He was lame, not blind or deaf and surely would have been aware of the talk surrounding the miracles of Jesus.

Now that he knew Jesus had been crucified, perhaps, he felt it was too late for him to receive…  Or perhaps, as he begged, he mulled the idea of the Risen Christ around in his head… Surely, he had seen and recognized Peter and John as two men who had been with Jesus...

Little did he know that by asking for a gift of charity that he would receive an even greater gift given in the fullness of love.  The Spirit of the One who is tender hearted and compassionate toward all of His creation now dwelt within Peter and John.

Mercy and compassion compelled Peter and John into action for the glorious Spirit of God knew that this was the lame man’s hour.  No longer would he sit outside the entrance to the Holy of Holies.  He would begin to live at the Win Gate!

Some lessons to take to heart….

  • God does not want any of His children to be spiritually lame.  How honest we are regarding our spiritual state will determine how much we move forward with God.  What things in our lives need to be put aside and what are some of our areas of need?  Admitting these things will take us into a place of greater intimacy with God – past the outer gates and into the Holy of Holies.
  • We apply God’s Word in our lives at whatever cost to our flesh. The lame man did not resist the spoken word, the choice was to trust and as we trust, our walk is sure and steady.  To walk is to move from one stage to the next having our roots go down deep in the soil of the Word of God.  Cultivating our heart to choose to spend time in worship and prayer and love for the Word and study of the Word causes growth in our walk with God.
  • We do not continue clinging to other believers, rather as faith is imparted to us our trust and confidence in God grows.  We no longer sit passively.  We sit expectantly and with anticipation with a readiness to receive.  We wait for the Presence of God to fall on us and when we wait, our patience is rewarded.
  • The Spirit of God reveals to us areas in our hearts where we are in need of repentance. His desire is that we experience a turning from them cleansed by the Blood of Jesus.  Repentance always brings to our hearts and souls a keen sense of refreshment.
  • Refreshment washes over our lives when we use all of our energies to walk in the ways of God.  This then brings pleasure to the heart of our Father God.  Even as the lame man was walking and leaping and praising God, so are we encouraged in the Word to have undivided hearts; loving God with all of our strength, soul, heart and being.  As we rise up and walk in the power of God, we find ourselves walking farther and farther away from the things of the world. The presence of joy, love, peace, trust and faithfulness to God will mark our lives so they are attractive to those who do not know Jesus.
  • The very Presence of Jesus in our lives ushers us into a life lived in the Holy of Holies.
  • Many times as Jesus entered the temple, He would have passed the lame man by. There are, in each of our lives, circumstances that cause spiritual lameness.  He knows our hearts, our times are in His hands and He is intimately involved with us because of His love for us.  He wants to pour the fullness of Himself into us and in His patience and tenderness, He waits for us.   He knows what causes our lameness; He knows what those deep, hidden and specific areas are in each of our lives.  It is His intention and purposeful plan to orchestrate our comings and our goings in order to meet us in those places of need.

Do you believe that? Have you met Him, face to face, heart to heart?

No longer, do we sit at the outer gate; for the Presence of God, the glory of the Lord has rested upon us and we rise in newness of life, shining with the light and glory of God for all those in our world to see! With the Spirit of God upon us and the anointing of the Lord within us, we go forward, sharing the good news of the Gospel with those who are afflicted.  We know Him as the Balm of Gilead, the Salve that brings healing and restoration to the broken hearted and downtrodden.

We speak the truth of the Word of God from our lips and the power in the Word of God sets people free from the many things that have held them captive and in bondage.

As we live our lives pressing toward the goal of knowing Jesus more and more, we become radiant lights in the midst of an ungodly society.  Our presence, because of the Spirit of God, unfettered within our lives, brings comfort, blessing and healing to others and won by one we will come to Him bringing our pile of ashes to receive a garland of grace, the oil of joy for mourning.

Jesus will create something of great beauty from the pile of ashes that we lay at His feet.

Have you experienced that something of great beauty?  I know I have!

I welcome you to leave a comment and tell me some of your story!

Held in His Palm,

Jeannie

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