The Booty

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I just love God’s sense of humor! My verse this year is Isaiah 49:25. I was thanking God for returning the plunder the enemy has stolen throughout our ancestral lifetime and on a whim I looked up plunder in this verse and it literally means booty!

Isaiah 49:25 connects to my verse from 2017; Joel 2:25. Both verses are numbered 25. A coincidence? Maybe, but, then again, I don’t believe in coincidences. Last year God promised to restore everything the locusts had eaten. Believe me, I have held onto that verse for dear life! Now, he promises to retrieve the boo…er plunder the enemy has stolen!

Many, many times God will direct us to His promises in His word but we may not see them materialize in the physical right away. Sometimes we have to wait a really long time. PLEASE don’t give up! God is faithful, he can be nothing less. Faithfulness is His character.

Try this, move from praying about the promise He is giving you to thanking Him for producing His promise. This doesn’t guarantee you’ll receive His promises sooner than His perfect timing, BUT, you are praising and giving Him glory for something you haven’t even experienced yet. That is a faith booster!

May you always boldly approach His throne of grace.

Shalom!

©2018TereseJMBelme

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Mizpah

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This beautiful verse jumped off the page at me and I knew I must share it. It was spoken out of tension between Laban and Jacob, as Jacob was obedient to God, who told him to go back to the home of his father.

Although Jacob was deceitful to Laban in the way he left to return to his father’s home, and Laban most likely wanted to harm Jacob, he instead extended the gracious words of Genesis 31:49. Some theorize that these words were actually a denunciation to Jacob for the way he treated Laban in parting, but only God could reveal it as a beautiful benediction.

With the sincerest of heart, I bid you mizpah!

Shalom!

©2018TereseJMBelme

 

Move that Mountain!

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When our oldest was younger she loved watching a certain show with the catchphrase, “Bus driver move that bus!”

This morning as I sat down to pray a song by Jeremy Camp came to mind, “Same Power.” As I listened the Holy Spirit highlighted this part of the lyrics, “The same power that moves mountains when He speaks.”

This same power, the Holy Spirit, lives in every person who calls Jesus Lord and Savior. Then, with His wonderful sense of humor, but in all seriousness, He spoke to my heart, call out to Me, “Holy Spirit move that mountain!”

If you’re struggling today and you don’t yet call Jesus your Lord and Savior, call out to Him and he will offer you the gift of eternity.

If you already know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, boldly call out to Him and say, “Holy Spirit move that mountain.” And, with childlike faith, keep asking because He is faithful to give according to His promises and His will.

We don’t have because we don’t ask. (James 4:3). Jesus is asking, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51). Do you believe?

Shalom!

©2018TereseJMBelme

 

Don’t Stop Short

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I  wonder why Abraham stopped short of asking God to save Sodom and Gomorrah for ten righteous people. Yes, the sins of these cities was severe and surely God’s heart was incredibly broken. But, Abraham had already established that he was being bold and God had established that he would answer Abraham’s multiple requests that began with fifty righteous down to ten.

The angels of the Lord even warned Abraham’s nephew, Lot, about the coming disaster telling him to gather his wife, two daughters and both sons-in-law (six people) and flee the area quickly.

What if Abraham would have asked God to spare these cities for the sake of his relatives living there?

Sometimes, perhaps many, we stop short of asking God for what is really on our heart or we ask out of the alignment of his will. The work of Jesus on the cross gives us the ability to approach God and ask big, bodacious things.

You will never know unless you ask.

Shalom!

#2018fulcrumyear #restoredtoovercome

 

For Simplicity Sake

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The battle never ceases. Early last year I was in a spiritual battle that literally could have meant life or death. I fought and fought until I thought I could fight no more. And, then, as the sun is faithful to rise in the east and set in the west each day, the Son delivered His miracle according to His time and His purpose. Then, suddenly, I felt I couldn’t find my way around in prayer.

This season finds me being called back into a deeper prayer time with God, re-reading some of my favorite books on prayer and adding some new. Today the Holy Spirit drew me to Joshua 6:2a.

God delivered Jericho to the Israelites before they had even begun their seven-day march around the city! The Holy Spirit quickly reminded me that I use to pray by thanking God for His answer to pray before I saw His answer materialize. This is what it looks like to be a prayer warrior and a praise warrior.

We don’t know when or how God will answer our prayers but we have faith that He will. Are you listening? Are you watching? Are you waiting in holy expectation? Don’t stop praying before your miracle is delivered.

Pray BOLD prayers and praise God for what He has already done before you witness it.

Shalom!

#restoredtoovercome #prayerwarrior #praisewarrior #backtosimplicity #2018fulcrumyear

©2018TereseJMBelme

In Between the Rains

 

fullsizeoutput_a08It is a gorgeously pre-dawn morning here in the Pacific Northwest. The tail-end of a storm is passing through and we wait in anticipation for the next storm to arrive. The gray-white, broken clouds look like floating mountains in the sky.

We are in between the rains (or storms) that sometimes bring chaos, uncertainty and even destruction but always new growth.

As the sun slowly makes its welcome on this brand new day, the Holy Spirit reminds me to praise God in all circumstances because our praises cause God to ambush the enemy on our behalf.

This morning as I watch the majestic mountains in the sky slowly drift by, I am thankful for Joel 2:25-26 and for God’s promises.

And, as I look back at this chapter in Joel I discover even more of God’s goodness and confirmation of what He is speaking to my heart this morning.

“Be glad, O children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given the early rain for your vindication; he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the latter rain, as before.” Joel 2:23.

Papa, thank you for the early rain of your vindication, for abundantly pouring down the early and latter rains.

May you walk in wondrous praise and worship of the Lord your God today and every day.

Shalom!

#2018fulcrumyear #restoredtoovercome #inbetweentherains

©2018TereseJMBelme

Ambushed by God

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Such a beautiful reminder to thank and praise God for his goodness, blessings and favor, especially when we aren’t feeling in a praiseworthy mood. That is the time to praise Him most, for our praises becomes a sweet fragrance of sacrifice right to His ears! Praising God causes the enemy to flee. Praising God causes us to walk in His victory that He won on the cross for you and me. When we praise God He ambushes the enemy for us and He rescues and delivers us!

Shalom!

#praisewarrior

©2018TereseJMBelme