A thought that can help us truly have a relationship with God is to ask Who Is In Charge of this world ? If your spirituality is composed of an energy force or higher power you have chosen to relate to something impersonal. As humans, we really can’t have a relationship with an impersonal deity. Some say well I know there’s something out there. What words describe your spirituality diety ?
When I was 42 years old I found out that there really was a God and that God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit actually loved me. That God was wanting to spend time with me. I was amazed at this truth. The religion of my childhood was Catholic. There are many great people who are Catholic and many wonderful ways of being a Catholic. For me though, I did not understand the way you got to be free of condemation in that faith practice. It felt like I had always one stack of bad stuff I did [sins] and another stack of good stuff I did. I could not understand how this scale with my stuff on it could randomly tip one day to hell or heaven. It seemed kind of cruel to me.
When I actually found out in my head and thats connected to my spirit and my soul, that God loved me it was a deal changer. I gave Jesus my steering wheel. I knew God was real and the Holy Spirit showed me that I was forgiven and very loved.
I felt like my spirit got literally plugged into God. I felt light and loved. Its like we walk around like a spiritually dead person until we choose to fall in love with God and want to know all about what Gods like. Life went from being a kind of cruel joke to a very big ahah… oh now I get it. We choose to say Yes to Gods invitation to live as Gods child and enjoy blessings and a living realtionship with God. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to earth to connect us with heaven now while we live in the earth. Its a wild wonderful ride.
What do you think Gods personality is like ? Is the God written about in the Bible nice, or scary, or random or ? Why would God tell us the first thing He wants is for us to Love the Lord Our God with all our heart, mind , soul and strenght ? I guess you could say that Gods personality is about wanting us to be in love with God because God is very in love with us. I highly recommend taking some time to read study and pray about what are you really like God.
Oh and God does not have a political party, or a color. God is uncreated eternally always. Sit with God at night or sometime each day and just talk and then listen. God speaks so eventurally if you exercise your muscle called your spirit you will see and know God is real. The result of your relationship with God is that you will become more and more of who you really are. The stuff we put on ourself that is not really us will fall away.
Becoming thoroughly familiar with what Jesus said and did regularly regarding healing and making a decision to follow Christ is enjoyed and established by studying together in an interactive mode the gospel accounts of Jesus’ healing ministry.
Leader Barbara Moore has taught many classes on healing and has been trained for years in courses as Elijah House, Randy Clark, Order of St Luke, Sozo, International Healing Rooms. She has an MDIV from Denver Seminary. She also had a radio broadcast on KLTT 670 am for two and a half years “Knowing Jesus More” which had many churches in metro Denver who regularly practice praying for healing give testimonies of physical and emotional healings.
Class starts on September 30 and meets at Lakewood United Methodist Church each Thursday at 9:30 to 10:30. Materials will be provided at no cost. First session will be ten weeks in length and we will study one healing scripture per week.
There are basic questions provided for each lesson. They are Who, What, Where, When kind of simple questions. They will help us discover what factors played an important role in the cure as well as other circumstances involed in the persons encounter with Jesus. The curriculum comes from Order of St Luke Christian Healing Ministry. Prayer will be part of our group.
SIGN UP: please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Have questions just email or call 720 231 8337.
We are all learning that to go first in our brain to kindness is always the best pathway. So often we can remind ourselves, “Well maybe I do not really understand the bottom line motive of that person that thinks different than me.” Kindness overcomes judging. A fist in someones face does not accomplish anything. A fist in a face can mean you are more full of fear than wisdom or understanding.
2020 has been a year of many opportunities to be humble and become a better listener. God says be quick to listen and slow to speak. I am learning that why God said this about being quick to listen is because that is exactly the way God is. Gods personality is just like Be Quick to Listen and Slow to Speak. The God of heaven and earth is so patient and so kind and always has a hand stretched out to lift us up and care for us.
How have you learned in 2020 to be more kind, and listen more and love more ? Its a great time to move in closer to God because we can. Share with us your journey and where you place your faith this time of year please. Use our Facebook page to share.
Any kid can be a hero through Kid for Colorado Gives! In fact, this program was created just for you. All you have to do is go to KidsforColoradoGives.org to start getting connected with your community!
Go to: https://www.coloradogives.org/kidsfor/tipsForKids
Since Kids for Colorado Gives was made for YOU, we’ll make sure you can experience the joy of giving while having fun and staying safe along the way.
How can I give on KidsforColoradoGives.org?
There are several ways for you to be a Kid for ColoradoGives:
1. Ask parents, grandparents or other important adults in your life to purchase a Giving eCard(s) and send it to you. These Giving eCards can be redeemed on KidsforColoradoGives.org and make great birthday and holiday gifts!
2. Talk to your parents about how you can earn Giving eCards through special projects, chores or volunteering.
3. For more ideas, checkout our Pinterest board on kids giving.
FOR PARENTS: Giving Activity Kit
We all want to raise good humans. Our Giving Kit will help you teach your kid to be a philanthropist and build a habit of giving…from the comfort of your own home. Download each activity below and help your kid discover and support the causes they care about.
Kindness Bingo—How does it feel to be kind?
Your child will be able to describe their own experience with acts of kindness.
Save. Spend. Give.—Teach your kids about money with this DIY project.
Take the abstract concept of the importance of money and turn it into something they can see and understand.
Words to Give By—What words do you use when you talk about helping others?
Your child will learn the definition of five vocabulary words about giving and use them in a conversation.
What Kind of Giver are You?—What does it mean to have a passion?
Your child will better understand which charitable cause they are passionate about.
Discover—How does it feel to be a philanthropist?
Your child will have experienced the joy of being a philanthropist.
Join us each FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH at 7:30 am to 8:45 am to pray for Jefferson County children and families. We must stand with them in prayer to believe for them to break out of the working poor hardships. We meet in the prayer chapel at ST Paul’s Episcopal church at 9200 W 10th Avenue Lakewood CO 80215.
Barbara Moore is calling more frequent prayer gatherings to come forth with Jeffco Prays. She has joined that prayer leadership team with Rick Roberts, Laura Boggs and Mark Barrington. https://www.facebook.com/jeffcoprays/
Answer: In Haggai 2:23 we read, “‘On that day,’ declares the LORD Almighty, ‘I will take you, my servant Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will make you like my signet ring, for I have chosen you.’” What did God mean when He said Zerubbabel was His signet ring?
There are times and seasons for all things in heaven. Ask the Lord, for specifics on your divine destiny this year to = bring heaven to earth – His visual and real rule and reign in your earth, your land, your reason to be breathing right now !
Ancient kings used signet rings to designate authority, honor, or ownership. A signet contained an emblem unique to the king. Official documents were sealed with a dollop of soft wax impressed with the king’s signet, usually kept on a ring on his finger. Such a seal certified the document as genuine, much like a notary public’s stamp today. In 1 Kings 21:8, the evil Queen Jezebel took King Ahab’s signet ring and “wrote letters in Ahab’s name and sealed them with his seal.” The ring’s stamp gave her letters the king’s authority. In Daniel 6:17, a signet ring was used to seal a stone covering a lions’ den: “A stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel.” A royal signet ring is also featured in Genesis 41:41-43 and Esther 8:8.
It is important to understand who Zerubbabel is. He is the governor of the rebuilt Jerusalem and is himself of royal blood, being a descendant of David and the grandson of Judah’s King Jehoiachin. Years earlier, Jehoiachin had lost his throne when he was deported to Babylon; in fact, God pictured Jehoiachin as a signet ring being removed from God’s finger (Jeremiah 22:24). Now, God calls Zerubbabel the “signet ring,” but this time it won’t be removed.
In Haggai’s prophecy, God is giving Zerubbabel encouragement and hope. The governor is “chosen” for a unique and noble purpose. As God’s signet ring, Zerubbabel is given a place of honor and authority. God is reinstating the Davidic line and renewing His covenant with David. Judah still has a future as they look forward to the coming Son of David, the Messiah, who would one day “overturn royal thrones and shatter the power of the foreign kingdoms” (Haggai 2:22).
Zerubbabel is also called “my servant.” This title was often a Messianic reference in the Old Testament (2 Samuel 3:18; 1 Kings 11:34; Isaiah 42:1-9; 49:1-13; 50:4-11; 52:13-53:12; Ezekiel 34:23-24; 37:24-25). The triad of servant, son, and signet ring creates a special combination of encouragement given to few in Scripture. Zerubbabel was an important leader involved in the reconstruction of the Jewish temple. As God’s “signet ring,” Zerubbabel becomes a picture of the future Messiah, Jesus Christ, who will establish His people in the Promised Land, construct an even grander temple (Zechariah 6:12-13), and lead the righteous in never-ending worship.
The voice of the LORD is on the waters: the God of glory thunders: the LORD is on many waters.
The voice.–The invocation to the angels over, the storm bursts, and seven successive peals of thunder mark its course of fury and destruction. It is first heard rolling over the waters from the west (comp. 1Kings 18:44), unless the “waters” and “many waters,” as in Psalm 18:11-12, refer to the gathered masses of rain-cloud, when we might compare
“Then broke the thunder
Like a whole sea overhead.”
BROWNING: Pippa Passes.
The Hebrew kol (“voice”), used also of any loud sound (2Samuel 15:10, of the trumpet; Ezekiel 1:24, of water), is sometimes used (Genesis 4:10; Isaiah 52:8) to call attention, like our “Hark !” So Ewald here. Others refer it to the thunder, as in Psalm 77:18; but it seems better to take it for the combined noise of the storm, thunder, wind, and rain, as in Shakespeare–
“The gods who keep this pudder o’er our heads.”
Verse 3. – The voice of the Lord is upon the waters. The description of God’s might in the thunderstorm now begins with one of the sudden transitions which David loves. “The voice of the Lord” – already identified with the thunder in Psalm 18:13 – is suddenly heard muttering in the height of heaven, “upon the waters;” i.e. the waters stored in the clouds that float on high in the air. The God of glory – the God set forth in vers. 1, 2 – thundereth. It is he himself, according to the psalmist, no minor agent. The Lord (Jehovah) is upon the many (or, great) waters (comp. Job 37:2-5 and Psalm 18:7-14).
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters,…. What follows concerning thunder, the voice of the Lord, gives so many reasons why he should have glory given him and be worshipped; the Heathens (y) paid their devotion to thunder and lightning: but this should be done to the author of them; which may be literally understood of thunder, and is the voice of the Lord; see Psalm 18:13; and which is commonly attended with large showers of rain, Jeremiah 10:13; and is very terrible upon the waters, and has its effect there, Psalm 104:7; and this is the rather mentioned, because that there is a God above, who is higher than the mighty, who are called upon to give glory to him, and because that thunder has been terrible to kings and great men of the earth; or this may be figuratively interpreted of the voice of Christ in the Gospel, which reaches to many nations and people, compared to waters, Revelation 17:15. The disciples had a commission to preach it to all nations, and the sound of their words went into all the world, Romans 10:18;
the God of glory thundereth; this shows that thunder may be meant by the voice of the Lord, who is glorious in himself, and in all his works; and may be applied to the Gospel of Christ, who is the Lord of glory, and whose ministers, at least some of them, are sons of thunder; see 1 Corinthians 2:8;
the Lord is upon many waters; that is, his voice is, as before, which is thunder; and that this belongs to God, the Heathens were so sensible of, that they called their chief deity Jupiter Tonans (z).
(y) Pausan. Arcad. sive l. 8. p. 503. (z) Horat. Epod. l. 5. Ode 2. v. 29. Martial. l. 2. Ep. 95.
3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars; yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.
7 The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire
8 The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness; the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.
10 The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever.
“The voice of the Lord is upon the waters.” The thunder is not only poetically but instructively called “the voice of God,” since it peals from on high; it surpasses all other sounds, it inspires awe, it is entirely independent of man, and has been used on some occasions as the grand accompaniment of God’s speech to Adam’s sons. There is peculiar terror in a tempest at sea, when deep calleth unto deep, and the raging sea echoes to the angry sky. No sight more alarming than the flash of lightning around the mast of the ship; and no sound more calculated to inspire a reverent awe than the roar of the storm. The children of heaven have often enjoyed the tumult with humble joy peculiar to the saints, and even those who know not God have been forced into unwilling reverence while the storm has lasted. “The God of glory thundereth.” Thunder is in truth no mere electric phenomenon, but is caused by the interposition of God himself. Even the old heathen spake of Jupiter Tonans; but our modern wise men will have us believe in laws and forces, and anything or nothing so that they may be rid of God. Electricity of itself can do nothing; it must be called and sent upon its errand; and until the almighty Lord commissions it, its bolt of fire is inert and powerless. As well might a rock of granite, or a bar of iron fly in the midst of heaven, as the lightning go without being sent by the great First Cause. “The Lord is upon many waters.” Still the Psalmist’s ear hears no voice but that of Jehovah, resounding from the multitudinous and dark waters of the upper ocean of clouds, and echoing from the innumerable billows of the storm-tossed sea below. The waters above and beneath the firmament are astonished at the eternal voice. When the holy Spirit makes the divine promise to be heard above the many waters of our soul’s trouble, then is God as glorious in the spiritual world as in the universe of matter. Above us and beneath us all is the peace of God when he gives us quiet.
“The voice of the Lord is powerful.” An irresistible power attends the lightning of which the thunder is the report. In an instant, when the Lord wills it, the force of electricity produces amazing results. A writer upon this subject, speaks of these results as including a light of the intensity of the sun in his strength, a heat capable of fusing the compactest metals, a force in a moment paralysing the muscles of the most powerful animals; a power suspending the all-pervading gravity of the earth, and an energy capable of decomposing and recomposing the closest affinities of the most intimate combinations. Well does Thompson speak of “the unconquerable lightning,” for it is the chief of the ways at God in physical forces, and none can measure its power.
As the voice of God in nature is so powerful, so is it in grace; the reader will do well to draw a parallel, and he will find much in the gospel, which may be illustrated by the thunder of the Lord in the tempest. His voice, whether in nature or revelation, shakes both earth and heaven; see that ye refuse not him that speaketh. If his voice be thus mighty, what must his hand be! beware lest ye provoke a blow. “The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.” The King of kings speaks like a king. As when a lion roareth, all the beasts of the forest are still, so is the earth hushed and mute while Jehovah thundereth marvellously.
“Tis listening fear and dumb amazement all.”
3. The voice of the Lord—audible exhibition of His power in the tempest, of which thunder is a specimen, but not the uniform or sole example.
the waters—the clouds or vapors (Ps 18:11; Jer 10:13).
29:1-11 Exhortation to give glory to God. – The mighty and honourable of the earth are especially bound to honour and worship him; but, alas, few attempt to worship him in the beauty of holiness. When we come before him as the Redeemer of sinners, in repentance faith, and love, he will accept our defective services, pardon the sin that cleaves to them, and approve of that measure of holiness which the Holy Spirit enables us to exercise. We have here the nature of religious worship; it is giving to the Lord the glory due to his name. We must be holy in all our religious services, devoted to God, and to his will and glory. There is a beauty in holiness, and that puts beauty upon all acts of worship. The psalmist here sets forth God’s dominion in the kingdom of nature. In the thunder, and lightning, and storm, we may see and hear his glory. Let our hearts be thereby filled with great, and high, and honourable thoughts of God, in the holy adoring of whom, the power of godliness so much consists. O Lord our God, thou art very great! The power of the lightning equals the terror of the thunder. The fear caused by these effects of the Divine power, should remind us of the mighty power of God, of man’s weakness, and of the defenceless and desperate condition of the wicked in the day of judgment. But the effects of the Divine word upon the souls of men, under the power of the Holy Spirit, are far greater than those of thunder storms in the nature world. Thereby the stoutest are made to tremble, the proudest are cast down, the secrets of the heart are brought to light, sinners are converted, the savage, sensual, and unclean, become harmless, gentle, and pure. If we have heard God’s voice, and have fled for refuge to the hope set before us, let us remember that children need not fear their Father’s voice, when he speaks in anger to his enemies. While those tremble who are without shelter, let those who abide in his appointed refuge bless him for their security, looking forward to the day of judgment without dismay, safe as Noah in the ark.
I was reading this morning my theology textbook from seminary. I have been reflecting on growing to trust God more and thought, “GODS PROVIDENCE” must grow larger in my heart and mind.
As I look about in my daily life, I see so many opportunities to shout out, Hey God did that and God just helped us . One doctrine that we can get twisted up on is Gods Will and Gods Providence.
I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas about the following excerpt from, Existence Under Providential Direction, Integrative Theology text by Lewis and Demarest .
PROBLEMS IN RELATING PRAYER TO PROVIDENCE: page 111 – “Several fallacies or misconceptions often contribute to unnecessary difficulties about the role of petition in providence. The predestination fallacy reasons that prayer is pointless because God has predestined all things. This overlooks Gods two distinguishable strategies, the conditional and unconditional. Although prayer will not change those events that God predestined to be accomplished by his own power unconditionally, many aspects of our lives are not unconditionally determined. Most are envisioned in Gods conditional strategy. “If my people…. will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” 2 Chron. 7:14.
In accord with Gods conditional strategy, he forgives and revives ONLY in answer to prayer. Although prayer that asks God to act contrary to his nature or unconditional purposes is of no avail, our petition in other matters have great and eternal significance. ”
Love to hear your reflections on this truth about God. What I have also learned is that a great strategy for life with God is that before we pray we stop.
We get to stop and quiet ourselves and come before God and then as a weaned child at Gods breast we can say, Lord what is on your heart about this matter, or Lord how would you have me ask you about this ….. just learning to be quiet and ask God how we should pray before we start throwing up a bunch of words to God that are not really relevant at the moment or what He is praying really helps us be powerful and effective in our life with God and prayer life. Amen.