Making All Things New

I love spring! I love that all the barrenness of winter is leaving, and new life is waking up. I am not a big fan of winter, but without winter we would not appreciate spring, would we? Most of all I love seeing the growth and the newness of what spring brings!



Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

Sometimes it takes a season of winter or two ( lol ) to see a ” new thing ” come forth. A new way that God wants to do something in and through us. The only way that we will ever perceive a new way is to do a ” new thing”! Even though I perceive it to be mundane, it could be exactly what Isaiah 43:19 says, a stream in the desert to my soul.


Isaiah 43:19
Behold, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert.

God is moving; He was moving when Isaiah wrote this verse; God was moving towards the cross. God has finished the final work through Jesus, but He is still doing new things. Still actively moving in us and on behalf of us. I love how this verse says DO YOU NOT SEE IT? Oh! That question hits me, just like the Jews missed Yeshua (Jesus) our Savior! We can be so caught up in our daily lives, daily rituals, the busyness of life, and miss what God wants for our lives. We can be so caught up in religious activities and good works and miss God if we are not actively reading and dialoguing with Him in the scriptures, we can miss Him and miss the small blessings He brings to us daily.

I think more than ever we are losing something spectacular in our relationships with God. It is dialogue, the word of God is going to deal directly with your heart. It is going to speak to places you thought were dead and barren. God’s word was meant to be opened and we are supposed to ask questions and allow Him to answer us with His word. Ask, and you will receive. Seek Him and you will find Him. Knock and He will answer you! ( Matthew 7:7)

This past weekend I went to a leadership conference. I love how God uses these conferences to fill us up and to speak to us clearly through our leaders inside the church. Plus, let’s be honest just getting away and in a new atmosphere can bring clarity in itself. I suppose that is why I love going so very much. It is about God doing a ” new thing” in me and for me.

He used leaders to directly speak to places of uncertainty with the word of God. Directly into my circumstances! That prompted me to ask God more in-depth questions and to confirm His will through His word to me personally. Guess, what He did!

If I had chose to just shrug off what I heard God speaking and go on my way, I will have missed something God has in store for me. I haven’t always been walking with Christ. I would say seven years total that I have had a real relationship with Jesus. For years I believed, and I accepted Christ, but I never accessed our relationship. I simply didn’t think I had too! I missed those years, but I know now I never have to miss Him again! I have heard the loud critics voice in my ear, saying: ” You are taking that out of context!” “God is not saying that or why would He say that to you.” I don’t have the most exquisite way of saying it, but here is what I have experienced with the word of God and the Holy Spirit. The word of God is God’s very breath, all 66 books, from Genesis to Revelation. I believe and want God’s very breath to breathe in my life every day. The Holy Spirit is the power, wisdom, knowledge and understanding that I must have in order to take God’s breath in. I wish that for everyone, but as a person who lives in reality, I know that some won’t. That does not stop me though!!! I love God’s word, for goodness sake, anyone who knows me has seen my library of commentaries and my resource ” stuff ” I am not writing this to defend myself; I am merely writing this to express what God has shared with me and has helped me so much along the way. So here it goes:


English Standard Version
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12 ESV

If we are going to perceive a new thing that God wants to do in us or through us we have to be actively dialoguing with Jesus in and through the scriptures. That means you ask a question and He answers back through the word of God. In the verse above this paragraph, I want you to read that out loud. The word of God is alive, full of God’s spirit, and the word of God divides the lies that life throws us daily. The word of God redirects our motives and our thoughts.


English Standard Version
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2 ESV

The only way that God can transform us is by the renewing of our minds. Sound’s like God is directly saying to us that if we want a new mind He will give it through the scriptures. God radically wants to transform us, but we have to be willing to find it in the word of God.

Do you sense God is wanting to do a ” new thing” in your life?

Are you confused or unsure about it?

What is leading your walk with God?

All three of these questions are easily solved. The answer is to be found in the word of God.

I challenge you this week, ask God a question in your life. A problem that is throwing you for a loop? See, if He will not lead you to the answer! He is faithful! There are amazing conversations to be had with The Lord of the Universe! What are you waiting for…

Here are some more scriptures about God’s glorious word.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 
Philippians 2:14-16a
Psalm 119:105 
Psalm 119:9
Matthew 4:4
John 1:1 

Relationship Through….

 

Lord, let me say this with love in my heart and grace in my words.
If we do not know what gifting or calling we have in Christ Jesus may, I suggest something friend.

See, just out of being a follower of Christ Jesus does not mean He just poofs things into existence. He is not mystical. I mean He could, in His sovereignty if He desired to but, see, God is after something. He is after you! He wants you to speak to Him through prayer. He wants you to know His character through the pages of scripture. He intends to reveal to you personally.That means not just through a Pastor or a teacher

they introduce, they don’t produce Jesus for you or I.

( So, cut those men some slack! Pastor’s have responsibility’s, Yes, but they are not Jesus. They can’t be everything to you or I.)

Okay, getting back on track Jesus only reveals His callings, directions, instructions, constructions, healings, truth, discernment. To those who pray. I have talked to so many and have read from so many that say: “God just didn’t call me; as he has called you.”
Well, my dear, that would be canceling out hundreds of old testament scriptures and new testament scriptures. The fact is if you sincerely don’t feel like God has called or purposed you for anything. Can I ask you these questions?

1.)Have you asked Him?

2.) How is your prayer life? Do you have one?

3.) Are you seeking His face and will through prayer and scripture?

4.) Are you trying to read scripture to find the answers you that only make you feel good? (Quick fix of Jesus to make you feel good)

Only you, can truly answer these questions. Find time today, to seriously consider what your answers are.

Then,pray about them and most of all ask for help with each one. It is a daily walk with Jesus He knows that already, we are the ones that have to figure it out. He knows our hearts and character better than we know ourselves. It’s time we get to know God’s heart and character through scripture and prayer. I thought of this scripture in

Matthew 7:7

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened into you:

So, let’s ask the Holy Spirit to give us all of Him.That we may seek His will and the scripture says: seek , we shall find. Lastly, if we knock open the pages of scripture to seek and ask the Holy Spirit will open the door of His Heart to guide us correctly and effectively. He hears us. ❤

12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

Jeremiah 29:12

These are all questions every single purpose-driven Christian ask ourselves continually. It’s a constant battle against the flesh. It rises and falls in the blink of an eye. This is the battle that God has enabled us to remain in victory. Not because we can but, because the Holy Spirit can.  God did not give me more gifting than you; that’s absurd. He gave me talents and through getting to know Him in Scripture and through many prayers He showed me who I am in Him.

That’s the million dollar formula see, no big secret or prayer I said. It’s just relationship and Him being God. You can have all that He has given me and more. Whatever you see it’s Jesus. It’s not one smidge of me. You wouldn’t love me, but you love Jesus in me. That is the compliment of a lifetime! I’ll take it, sweet sister!

That verse is a promise to every child of God through the blood of Jesus Christ our Savior. He is renewing me every day and He will you too; if you will pray and study.
He is always right there we just have to seek Him out through the Holy Spirits guidance that’s how we actually fellowship with Him. I pray, if you do not know Jesus Christ the Savior of the world, that today would be the day you meet Him. If you would like to know more about Jesus Christ contact me at:

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Love always,
Kim
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His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

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Proverbs 19:22 tells us that we crave as human beings unfailing love and that no person can live up to that role (Proverbs 20:6). But there is an unfailing love that will fill the craving! It is god’s sake. We were designed to crave an unfailing love, by a God that is nothing but unfailing love. See we were created to find God and to be satisfied in His love. Psalm 136 has an overwhelming pattern that occurs. Some would say it screams it “For his steadfast love endures forever.” Praise God! Thank you, Lord, for your love never ends, it never leaves, it never is exhausted, it is honest, it is loyal, it never keeps a record of wrong doing, it never is puffed up or inflated, it is always constant. Sound familiar? Turn over to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 yes the love chapter!! Our God’s love, agape love; this is the love that Proverbs 19:22 tells us that we crave and need so badly. God’s love is only found in Jesus Christ. The perfect love, the divine love the perfect love that 1 John 4:18 says perfect love drives out fear. Listen, this perfect love can never be severed when Jesus Christ is abiding in our hearts through the Holy Spirit. Just like Paul says in Romans 8:38-39 nothing can separate us from the love of God once we are His. We have a love that is steadfast and endures forever!! If you haven’t accepted Jesus as your Savior, please reflect on your need for unfailing love. Do you crave it? Do you find yourself seeking to find an everlasting stable love? If you do friend, can I tell you that you will not find it in another human or object, but you will find it in the arms of Grace, Christ Jesus! Would that make you cry out to Him today? Would you believe and profess Christ as the Messiah, The Savior of the World, The Son of God that died took the wrath of God upon Himself? For our sins and rose again and ascended into heaven to take His rightful place at the right hand of the Father and that one day soon is coming back to rule and reign as our King! If you cried out today I am praying for you I am praying you will find a local body of believers, and you would have a hunger for the Word of God. I pray you would join a local body of believers and profess to them that Jesus is Lord over your life and be baptized and serve God for the rest of your days. barefeet

I promise you this following Christ may not always be easy, and there will be days that you will fight for your faith, but His love endures forever, and He will keep you in His perfect love! You can always trust and know that! Just a short blog post today, but I feel that just meditating on “His steadfast love endures forever” is sometimes all we need to remind our souls that we are loved beyond measure. This life can be downright cruel, and what we need more than ever in this fallen world is the unfailing love of Jesus Christ. 

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Servants Sent for the King’s Kindness

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Today, I want to speak directly to the servants of Jesus Christ our King and Savior. I want you to know that He has sent you to extend His kindness, mercy, and grace. Even to a hostile people. Jesus spoke to me this morning through the word of God, and this is what He showed me through this passage of scripture. We will be taking apart 2 Samuel chapter 10.

First to just give you some background I would like you to know who the Ammonites were and where exactly their history and culture was. This always helps me in my study and helps me get the picture of the scene God is painting here. Ammonites were descendants of Ben-Ammi which is a son of Lot ( Gen. 19:38). The Ammonites were also an idolatrous nation, and their chief idol was Moloch which was a god that they sacrificed their children into the fire for this idol. In 1 Kings 11:5-7 we see King Solomon was led by his foreign wives to worship Milcom another name for Moloch. The Bible also mention’s this offense again in 2 Kings 23:13. The name Ammonites means “son of my people,” “children of my people,” which the Israelite’s would understand or say to them as that they are relatives and avoid conflict with them. (Deuteronomy 2:19). Their land was already given to them as God provided, so the Israelite’s knew not to engage in war with them because they were related as they were descendants of Lot, Abraham’s nephew. Their land was east of the Jordan river. 

Now with this information, we can see that this nation had totally fallen away from God and were now worshiping other gods.

Second_Book_of_Samuel_Chapter_10-2_(Bible_Illustrations_by_Sweet_Media)To get back to the scripture that we are looking at we see in 2 Samuel 10 that Hanun’s father who was the king of Ammon had just passed away. King David was sending a group of men that were very honorable men of King David. These men had noble and honorable intentions as servants of the King. They were simply going to represent the kindness, mercy, and grace for King David to Hanun during the loss of his father Nahash, just as his father showed kindness to King David. Hanun’s name even means gracious which is quite ironic because that is the last thing he showed to King David’s men. We see further down in verse 3 that the leaders said to Hanun “Just because David sent men with condolences for you, do you believe he’s showing you respect for your father? Instead, David has sent these men to scout out the city, spy on it, and demolish it? I would like to input here that what dwells in the heart, is in the mind and what is in the mind comes out of the mouth. You see they were suspicious and evil in their thinking because that is what dwells in their hearts. See they were already at war with King David in their hearts they just needed an opportunity to pounce and devise a poorly thought out plan of attack on the King’s servants.

004-david-ammonites.jpgIn verse 4 we see Hanun take the noble servants of King David and shave half their beards, and cut their clothes to expose their private parts to humiliate them and send a clear message to the King. See in shaving half their beards off it would not only make them look ridiculous but they would be in violation of the law (Lev. 19:27), as they would look as if they were mourning (Isaiah 15:2, Jer.41:5) see their actions were clearly speaking we will return your kindness for war (we will humiliate you for your kindness).

King David when he heard of this, he sent someone to the servants and told them to stay in Jericho until their beards grew back normal and they could be restored back. What an awesome King! We have that in our King Jesus when His servants have been sent to extend His kindness, mercy, and grace, and they are humiliated and mocked even scorned. He is faithful to send someone (Holy Spirit) to comfort us and to hide us away until we can be restored. Not just that but King David immediately sent Joab his commander to engage the Ammonites in battle. See just like King David; Jesus recognizes the threat that they meant to humiliate you but He will seek justice for you and will turn what was intended to harm you into good. I can imagine Jesus saying “Gabriel!  Go help my servant they have been humiliated and hurt, lead them to safety.” Jesus might have to set you in  Jericho (waiting) for a while so that your “beard” (confidence) will grow back and others will not mock you or humiliate you further, but He will restore you back into your role as an honorable servant and seek justice for your humiliation.

See the issue here was they were at war with the King, not the servants they took it out on the servants, but they were saying something much more with their intent saying that they would reject the kindness of  David, and they are at war. Sometimes we can be in situations just like King David’s men and have to endure shame and mocking because we are doing what the King sent us to do. God see’s the humiliation/mourning and He also see’s that you were left in shame but He promises there is a day where everything will be brought to justice, and the King has sent someone to comfort us and take away our guilt until the time is right to be restored to our rightful place in His Kingdom. That man is Jesus Christ. I pray this gives other servants of Christ encouragement today knowing that when we do what He asks and we serve him even through the humiliation that He will restore us back, and He will seek justice for us.

God see’s and God know’s never forget that He knows your shame and still loves you and still has a place for you in this earth and heaven to serve! Has your beard grown in? Is it time to return to the King? Leave Jericho and be with Your King again. Knowing that He is sending you again and again to display the kindness, grace, and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, our King, and Mighty Savior. Don’t lose hope! Don’t allow the enemies attack to render you helpless get back up and fight the good fight and know that you belong to The King of Kings!! I am praying for the servants of Christ, and I know that we endure for Jesus our King, but there is no other King I would serve or love because He is so good and kind and loving, most of all my, all in all, my everything!

Reluctant Relationships

Somebody asked me if I thought time changes a relationship! I had to think for a while. I think it can if we let it, but no I don’t think time changes any relationship. I think people change relationships with assumptions and feelings. If the heart is in it, then it will last. If the heart lets’s go, then the mind lets go, then the soul lets’s go then it wither’s! Love makes a relationship last, time just test’s a relationship. It takes two to communicate. You decide! You chose. I pray we don’t throw out relationships because of what we feel, but I pray we stay in long-suffering in our relationships. This might be the biggest challenge God has given me! See, I tend to be a guarded fortress when I “feel” uncomfortable. That’s not the mind of Christ or the heart of Christ! That is not healthy, and it surely is not serving anyone but old faithful misery. There are times that I get disappointed, hurt, angry, sad, depressed, happy, silly, embarrassed, humiliated in relationships; we all do, there are things we would take back in a blink of an eye because we know the outcome, and we want to avoid it at all cost! There are times that I would go back and say this better or do that this way, but we do not have that option. We have right now to be gentle with one another. We can choose to look at the bigger picture in a person’s life and understand that they are just as broken and hurting as we are. The Lord can give us compassion and will freely give us if we ask. I pray that each of us gives and bless someone else today. That we can see past the mess and see a person that is just as broken and bruised as I am. Listen, if God has called you to be a beautiful friend to someone do it with the excellence of Christ. If God has given you, a companion love them like Christ loved the church! If God gave you any relationship, then let that relationship bring glory and honor to Him! The enemy loves nothing more to divide and bring strife. He gave it all so we all could have Him but he also gave it all so that we would be a kingdom family one day. So choosing today to take my advice I am purposing my mind on heavenly things. ( Colossians 3:2). I want to fill the void of my heart with the love of Jesus Christ ( Ephesians 2:4-5) But God, being rich in mercy, because of the vast love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—
I purpose in my mind, heart and soul that 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; In relationships we need to understand that there is only one that was ever meant to fill us when we are dry and wandering in the desert. I choose to purpose my mind when I feel like I am in the wilderness that He will never leave me nor forsake me. That is the only thing that has kept me going through my life. I pray that He is what pushes you forward too! If not would you please open your heart to the great love and grace and mercy God has planned for you. That perfect grace, mercy, and salvation came from His throne in Heaven made Himself flesh and fellowship with humanity so that He could become sin and take it away from humankind so that we could be restored back to the Father! He bore every curse/sin mentally, physically, spiritually so that we could be with Him forever. And He declared that on the third day when He rose from the tomb! What a mighty God we serve and such love flows from the living water! I pray with all my heart that you know that love! That you purpose the Word of God over your mind, heart, and soul. Lord, we praise you! In your mighty and holy name, Jesus let this be a balm to a hurting heart! Lord your word never goes out void! Thank you, Jesus! Amenthholding-hands

Cling To A Good God

beautiful-love-5Romans 12:9

9 Let love be without hypocrisy, Abhor what is evil, Cling to what is good.

I am focusing on this verse today. Simply because I need to be reminded of what to cling onto this morning.

I found myself feeling so overwhelmed for no apparent reason. My life is not falling apart. I kept asking myself ” Why do I feel so beat down, and like a failure? “Why am I angry and upset over things that are out of my control?” ” Why am I allowing my mind to go over failing moments over and over?” I heard a still small voice say ” Pray!”. So, I did; A product of what wisdom and instruction that came out of that prayer this morning. I want to share.

I will jump right into verse and break it down. I am using Strong’s Greek and Hebrew concordance also Nelson’s Bible Dictionary, along with Bible Knowledge Commentary.

First, I would like to point out that the word love in verse 9 is the Greek word agape Strongs’s number 26. Which the definition is properly love, to prefer, divine love, benevolence, good will, esteem. So we can translate verse into Let love (divine love, proper love, good will, esteem, charity, to prefer). So Paul is saying let our love be shown as Christ’s divine love (agape).

The second Greek word I would like to point out is without hypocrisy (anupokritos) Strong’s number 505 here is the definition to act without hypocrisy, to act rightly or accordingly, not a phony (put on), describing sincere free from hidden agenda’s and without selfish motives. (Genuine). So Paul is instructing us to act this way directly.

The third Greek word that is in the Strong’s concordance is Abhor this is reference number 655. This Greek word is (apostugeó) the form in this scripture is a verb, So we know that a verb is an action, so we are to take action by detecting evil, hating the sin, our sincere hating of evil (intent). So again Paul is giving us insight and instruction on where our minds, hearts, and souls should be. Also, what is pleasing and acceptable to God.

The fourth Greek word used is evil. This is Strong’s reference number 4190. The Greek word is ponéros, This word means (an adjective which is also used substantively, derived from 4192 /pónos, “pain, severe trouble”) – properly, pain-ridden, emphasizing the inevitable agonies (misery) that always go with evil. What stood out to me is highlighting the inevitable (pain) that goes with evil. Isn’t that the truth! Especially when we emphasize suffering! We focus on the times we have stumbled and created anxiety within ourselves. Whether that be through thought, the enemy whispered, or just our flesh!

The fifth Greek word used in this verse is Cling (reference number in Strong’s is 2853) (kollaó) again we see the form as a verb so, Paul again is telling us to cling actively. So, we need with action to adhere (I sense you might not be getting the action part) I mean read the word, But not just read apply, Pray, Choose purposely to obey God’s word. The definition is (I glue) I join myself firmly, cleave, adhere, I keep company with, of friendly intercourse. So Paul is also saying to stay close to Jesus, He is the way, the truth, the light. (relationship).

The sixth and final Greek word used in this verse is good.
Reference number 18. The Greek word is agathos. The definition of this word is intrinsically good, good in nature, good whether it be seen to be so or not, the widest and most colorless of all words with this meaning. Using Help word studies, I found this definition to be helpful with the context of agathós – inherently (intrinsically) right; as to the believer, (agathós) describes what originates from God and is empowered by Him in their life, through faith. So again Paul was instructing us through faith and trust in God that even when it does not look confident or even when it looks desolate. We have faith and assurance that whatever trial or tribulation we are enduring that God has allowed it to build and grow our faith! So we cling to what is good which is the living God, no matter what season we are in! We are to remain and behave like a child of God. Don’t let a season define your whole relationship with God. Focus on the times that God has provided, delivered, blessed us. Stop focusing on the lows and creating misery within your heart, spirit, and mind. Remember, at these times to cling to Jesus, To hate evil, To love like Christ!

I love you guys! I pray and hope that the Holy Spirit would give you wisdom and love today. To let you know that He see’s your fight! He see’s and acknowledges your tears, pain, and suffering. I will leave you with this one of my favorite scriptures.

Romans 8:18

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

In Jesus Mighty and Saving name Amen, Friends!
Go Ahead! Write it on whatever you can to remind yourself that no matter what we can not compare our sufferings to what He is doing inside of our hearts!!! You are beautiful and precious; you are being renewed for a purpose! Lift your head up!